Always Reforming

September 29, 2017

 

The Candle is Lighted, We Cannot Blow it Out

 

The Protestant Reformation is one the most important periods in Christian history. The drama spanning almost 40 years was the catalyst of great migration to from Papal authority to trusting the scripture alone to reveal truth about God. 

 

In many ways the Protestant Reformation is anchored to larger than life characters who battled and debated in the realm of ideas. In this era a bold and loud group of rising scholars and preachers, known as the Reformers, made a name for themselves by challenging Catholic Church.

 

The Results of the Reformation, however, are not principally to be remembered in the life of its heroes. The Reformation is to be remembered as a defense and reveal of truth to the common man. Thanks to the work of all the reformers, the scripture was translated, printed, distributed and interpreted in a manner that all men and women may understand.

 

Once the public got a taste of the sweetness of the truths of God, in their heart language, they hungered for more. Truly in the Reformation, a candle was lighted that would never be blown out.

 

500 Years After the Reformation

 

500 years after the Reformations we are still beneficiaries of the steadfast faith and strong stand of the reformers and martyrs.

 

Thanks to reformers such as John Wycliffe, Martin Luther and Williams Tyndale, who fought for the right of every person to behold and digest the words of God, we each have access to the Scriptures in our own language, and in whatever format we prefer....Even our computers and phone have access to the Bible!

 

Thanks, also to the theologians and preachers of the Reformation, such as John Calvin, Guillaume Flarel, Thomas Cramner, Thomas Cromwell, Philip Melachthon, John Knox, and Huldrych Zwingli, we have a wealth of Biblical notes and sermons that spur on believers to deeper devotion to God.

 

And, a special thanks to the Martyrs of the Reformation such as John Hooper, Jan Hus, and Hugh Latimer because their sacrifice fueled the reformation to a global event.

 

Story of the Reformers

 

Since this month marks the 500th Anniversary of Martin Luther's posting his 95 Thesis (Oct 31, 1517), the event that started the formal Reformation period, we will be profiling and remembering many of our favorite Reformers all month long.

 

Follow along and read each "Story of the Reformer" to your entire family.

 

 

 

Story of the Reformers

John Wycliffe (1320-1384)

Jan Hus (1369-1415)

Martin Luther (1483-1546)

Huldrych Zwingli (1484-1531)

Hugh Latimer (1484-1531)

Thomas Cramner (1489-1556)

William Farel (1489-1556)

William Tyndale (1494-1536)

Philip Melanchthon (1497-1560)

Primoz Trubar (1508-1586)

John Calvin (1509-1564)

John Knox (1513-1572)

 

 

 

 

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