On this day in 1517, Martin Luther, a German monk, nailed his “95 Theses” to the door of his local church, complaining about the excesses of the Roman Catholic church.
Nowadays he’d have just written an epic blog post!
But in that act he kickstarted a full-blown reformation of Christ’s church and a rediscovery of the Biblical truths of salvation by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone, according to Scripture alone, to the glory of God alone.
These truths became known as the five “Solas” or “alones” of the gospel.
I wonder if these truths have been so obscured by the fog of history that they’re in danger of being forgotten.
We always need reminding that salvation is by grace alone. It’s not because we’re loveable, but because God is loving, that we’re saved.
Salvation is by faith alone, not by works, so that no one can boast.
Salvation is according to Scripture alone, not according to the pope on the one hand or our individual subjectivities (I think I just made that word up but I hope you catch my drift!).
Salvation is in Christ alone- 100% dependant on Him. If it was 1% down to us we’d be lost and hopeless.
Salvation is to the glory of God alone: He doesn’t allow us to boast in ourselves that we’re saved, but only in Him the only Saviour.
If you have question marks about these truths, by all means raise them. But we always need reforming into the likeness of Christ, we can’t take the truth of His word for granted, otherwise we’ll end up drifting.