by Miss Elliot

” ‘Something must be done!’ Luther said. Following the custom of the day, he decided to bring these matters to the attention of the church officials by inviting his fellow professors to a debate. He therefore put his thoughts into writing. When he was finished, he had written the Ninety-Five Theses, or ideas. In them he objected to using indulgence money to build a great church in Rome and to the pope’s claim that he had power over souls in purgatory. The Theses also argued that religion was a personal matter between God and man and that the Gospel of forgiveness in Jesus Christ was all-important.

“Luther sent the Theses to a friend to be printed. The on Halloween (Holy Evening), October 31, 1517, he took a finished copy and walked from his room to the north door of the Castle Church. Here he took the paper and, with a few hammer blows, nailed it to the door. There was nothing unusual in this action; it was the customary way to announce a debate. Nor was there anything unusual in the opening words of the paper on the door: ‘Out of love and zeal for making the truth clear, the following theses will be debated at Wittenburg, the Reverend Father Martin Luther, Master of Arts and Sacred Theology, presiding. He begs that those who cannot be present at the oral discussion will communicate their views in writing. In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.”

Luther: Biography of a Reformer, by Frederick Nohl

(Take THAT, all you people who put gross stuff in your front yards around this time of year!)

Just a brief pop-in to say toodle-pip and to shout out to Reformation Day. I’m sorry about my scarcity of late – I have been more busy than busy. But I had to say something about Martin Luther – an amazing man who decided to be brave and follow the Bible, even though the prevailing government of the day (not to mention the Catholic Church) tried to squash his very existence.

So, have a good time today, eat chocolate (wait, did someone just say… CHOCOLATE??? :-)), and remember Martin Luther and his Ninety-Five Theses.

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