As a Christian, you might fall on one of two sides of the fence. You may celebrate Halloween or perhaps you celebrate the Protestant Reformation; both celebrated on October 31st. This post could be used to teach about Halloween (I’ll let Al Mohler do that) or teach about what happened during the Reformation (I’ll let Ligonier Ministries do that). But, I don’t want to focus on this. Instead, I want to share a few thoughts on how the Reformation is taken for granted.
Fighting and Dying for Doctrine
When time and money are invested in a thing, how our hearts cling to it. Much more so if what we invest is our very life. When flesh is ripped asunder, when bodies are burnt and the stench of charred flesh is in the air, what is invested just went to a new level. The martyrs of the Reformation gave their time, their money, their status, and even their very life for the doctrines of grace. For truth. We have taken for granted the plethora of men who have given their lives for what we believe without threat of life. How can we not take it for granted? Cherish the doctrine, study it, spread it, and instill it to the next generations. Truth: at all costs.
Biblical and Theological Resources
A book during the 16th century cost about as much as a house. Imagine not having a Bible or even having access to one. Hard to imagine considering I have about 10 scattered throughout my house. Luther’s only access to one was shared among other monks, and it was chained to a desk. During the Reformation, the only way to hear the Word of God was during a church service. But wait! The service was conducted in a foreign language you did not understand. I so often take it for granted how my resources I have at my fingertips and in my own language. I look at the State of Theology today and am amazed at the ability to share the word of God! With podcasts, the internet, and satellite TV being streamed into billions of homes, all carrying the gospel it is amazing.
Up to 70,000 people died in 1572 for being named a Protestant. Bartholomew’s Massacre is just one example of countless times and places that people have been martyred for the sake of the Gospel. I have never had to hide the fact that I go to church. I have never had to watch my back to see if anyone was watching as I went inside. We are able to worship freely (for now) and to sing as loud as we can the praises to our King. But with freedom comes responsibility.
We as the next generation should remember the Reformation and strive to not take for granted the doctrines that men spilled their blood for, the Bibles we have collecting dust on our shelves, and the freedom we have to be Protestants. The truth of the Gospel is always at stake and we must strive to impart these thoughts to our children for generations to come.
May we always be Reforming.
For Further Discussion:
What was the Reformation All About? by Ligonier Ministries