Church History ~ Reformation Day

With Reformation Day upon us on the 31st this is a great documentary on Martin Luther and how he revolutionized the Christian faith.  I would highly recommend it to anyone that would like to learn about this important event in church history. This DVD is available at most public libraries or can be purchased as well for your church history library.  Here is an excerpt from the PBS produced documentary:

But after entering the monastery, Luther becomes increasingly doubtful that the Church can actually offer him salvation at all. His views crystallize even further with a trip to Rome, where he finds that the capital of Catholicism is swamped in corruption.

Wracked by despair, Luther finally finds release in the pages of the Bible, when he discovers that it is not the Church, but his own individual faith that will guarantee his salvation.

With this revelation, he turns on the Church, attacking its practice of selling Indulgences in the famous 95 Theses. The key points of Luther’s theses were simple, but devastating: a criticism of the Pope’s purpose in raising the money, “he is richer than Croesus, he would do better to sell St Peters and give the money to the poor people…”, and a straightforward concern for his flock, “indulgences are most pernicious because they induce complacency and thereby imperil salvation”.

 

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