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    This year I will be sharing brief excerpts from the articles, sermons, and books I am currently reading. My posts will not follow a regular schedule but will be published as I find well-written thoughts that should be of interest to maturing Christian readers. Whenever possible, I encourage you to go to the source and read the complete work of the author.

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Spending The Public Trust

Quoting Ronald Reagan:

“These United States are confronted with an economic affliction of great proportions. … It distorts our economic decisions, penalizes thrift, and crushes the struggling young and the fixed-income elderly alike. It threatens to shatter the lives of millions of our people. Idle industries have cast workers into unemployment, causing human misery and personal indignity. Those who do work are denied a fair return for their labor by a tax system which penalizes successful achievement and keeps us from maintaining full productivity. But great as our tax burden is, it has not kept pace with public spending. For decades, we have piled deficit upon deficit, mortgaging our future and our children’s future for the temporary convenience of the present. To continue this long trend is to guarantee tremendous social, cultural, political, and economic upheavals. You and I, as individuals, can, by borrowing, live beyond our means, but for only a limited period of time. Why, then, should we think that collectively, as a nation, we are not bound by that same limitation?”

Let Us Celebrate Reformation Day

 

Martin Luther by Lucas Cranach. The Protestant...

Martin Luther

 

Today, we celebrate Reformation Day. The Reformation was a time when God allowed light to shine in the darkness. God allowed his grace to come again into glorious sight, so that one could truly know how to be at peace with the living God. God, in His goodness, during the Reformation reestablished the gospel, the good news of salvation in Jesus Christ, that had previously been set aside for the good works of man.

On October 31, 1517, a young monk in Wittenberg, Germany posted 95 Theses on the door of the Castle Church in his home town. His intention was to begin a discussion with other teachers in the Catholic Church. Martin Luther was used by God to begin a reformation of the church by returning to the foundation of Scripture alone. Scripture alone taught that salvation was not earned or sold by indulgences and grace was God’s alone to give.

The study of Scripture alone, and asking what Scripture taught concerning man’s salvation, was the realization of experiencing true salvation. The teachings of the Reformation were established upon, and found in Scripture alone.  These doctrines were Scripture alone, faith alone, grace alone, Christ alone, and all to the glory of God alone. Salvation could be found by going only to Christ, not by going through the motions of external obedience. This righteousness of Christ was received by faith alone. Christ’s righteousness, not ours allows us to stand before a Holy and Just God. Christ alone is our sanctification and it is He who has paid the ransom price to purchase us from the consequences of sin and make us children of God.

Today is a great day to share the light of the Reformation with someone else.  Salvation is by faith alone in Christ alone. Surely, this is worth celebrating.

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