Martin Luther, like each of us, had his strengths and his weaknesses, his struggles and his successes (though many would not have seemed notable successes at the time). It was on this day in 1517 that he nailed up his 95 Theses, a systematic taking-down of the damning doctrines being taught by the Catholic church in his day. (Note, "damning" may sound strong/harsh, but I speak the truth in love, for any teaching that deceives a person into thinking that he/she is in right standing with the God into whose hands it is a fearful thing to fall, the God who offers redemption but demands it to be accomplished in the way He provided for, any teaching that deceives that person is condemning that person to an eternity separated from the God who died to save him/her and is therefore a religion of damning doctrine.) Personally, I'm thankful for Luther's courage and his conviction to take a stand for the Truth God communicated in His Holy, Loving Word. For a clear and practical explanation of the historical details and how they affect us today, check out www.gfcto.com/2006/04/martin_luther_and_reformation.php
Happy Reformation Day!