The unofficial launch of the Protestant Reformation was on October 31st, 1517, when an obscure monk nailed his 95 Theses to the church door in Wittenberg, Germany. This sparked a movement that changed the entire world as we know it. But why did it even happen? Here’s why:
The good news of who Jesus is and what He has done for us had been distorted for hundreds of years under the rule of the Roman Catholic Church.
The gospel was all but lost. The church was radically unfaithful to Jesus both in what they believed and what they did. It was a dark time. Thankfully, Jesus is always faithful to His church even when she is not. In the 16th century, the LORD opened the eyes of many and used certain men and woman to recover, clarify, and proclaim the true message of salvation in Jesus Christ—the very message that had for so long been hidden, unclear, and kept quiet.
The central focus of these reformers (Martin Luther, John Calvin, and Ulrich Zwingli, to name a few) is summarized well in what came to be known as The Five Solas:
We are made right with God through the revelation of Scripture alone, by Grace alone, through Faith alone, in Christ alone, to the glory of God alone.
These Five Solas are just as crucial for us to understand, apply, and teach today as they were in the 16th century. Why? Because they answer the most important question in the entire world: How can sinners be made right with God?