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500 Years Post Reformation

On the 31st day of October 2017, it was exactly five hundred years since Martin Luther nailed his ninety-five theses to the castle church door in Wittenberg (or mailed his theses to the Archbishop of Mainz) and started what eventually came to be known as the Protestant Reformation. In the pitch darkness of the middle ages, Luther like other reformers before and after him sought to protest the loss of Christianity's original identity and doctrinal probity and restore the theological foundations of the early church's belief and practice. Perhaps the most important question they sought to answer is that of salvation— "What must one do to be saved?" Is Salvation a result of human effort entirely, a mixture of the grace of God and the efforts of man or a matter of the grace of God entirely from first to last, without any human component? While the Protestant Reformation provided a scriptural answer to this question of salvation, five hundred years after that restorat