In 1517, a Catholic priest named Martin Luther, in protest, nailed 95 theses to the door of All Saints’ Church in Wittenberg Germany. Luther was angry over the sale of indulgences, a practice whereby someone could pay a sum of money to the Catholic Church and supposedly purchase an indulgence that kept a person from punishment for some type of sin. Luther believed that this was a corrupt teaching and practice and a clear sign of how far from true Christianity the church had wandered. So he itemized all the ways that he believed the church was in error and nailed them to the door as theses to be discussed and debated. Many people see this action as the starting point of the Protestant Reformation. Joined by John Calvin and other church leaders, this new protest movement began to rally around five fundamental truths that they believed were the core of biblical Christian faith. These truths were expressed in Latin, the language of the Church and the primary language of the universities of the day. The Latin word sola, or its variations, were used to set these truths apart with the designation of “alone”. The point was simple: These biblical truths alone were the sure foundation and authority of the Church, and not church traditions, edicts or councils.
Our faith community is rooted in this history and as we recognize the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, we will start 2017 by reflecting on these five fundamental truths. These timeless truths are still needed and still form the foundation and core of true Biblical faith. Join us as we explore these five stand-alone truths and may they encourage and anchor you ever more deeply in true faith.