Happy Reformation Day!

In the post below, from last year, Jollyblogger (via challies.com) makes some important observations about Reformation Day.  It’s okay if you celebrate Halloween, but why not celebrate the Reformation all the more?
JOLLYBLOGGER: A Reformation Day Meditation

But even the vast majority of those from protestant traditions, who believe that salvation is by faith in Jesus Christ alone, have little, if any, appreciation for the Reformation. Here in America these same folks will celebrate national holidays like the 4th of July or Memorial Day or Veterans Day with the gusto they deserve while neglecting to remember the Reformation. This is a shame because the things that transpired at the time of the Reformation were world shaping events, whereas the national holidays that people from countries around the world usually have particular significance to particular nations and peoples. The Reformation has a significance that transcends national concerns.But more importantly, the Reformation has a spiritual significance which transcends these lesser matters of life, like the affairs of nations. This is because the Reformation marked the recovery of the doctrine of justification by grace alone, through faith alone, because of Christ alone, to the glory of God alone. It marked the recovery of the gospel. While it is true that these things are taught in the Scriptures and that no reformer or other human being should be given credit for the doctrines themselves, it is also true that these precious truths had been all but lost before the time of the Reformation. In His providence, God chose certain men at a certain time in history to recover the very gospel itself. It is this gospel by which we are saved. And we who confess the evangelical faith in our day are remiss in forgetting this important aspect of our history.

3 Responses to “Happy Reformation Day!”

  1. D.O. says:

    are y’all having a reformation day party? I know I will be.

  2. Thomas says:

    We are having some dinner guests and we just might read some church history or something like that (or just play Settlers of Catan).

  3. Rachel says:

    I think we’ll play some “pin the 95 theses on the door” to celebrate.