Thursday, June 29, 2017

What is Reformation Sunday?

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On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther nailed his Ninety‐Five Theses on the Power and Efficacy of Indulgences on the door of the castle church in Wittenberg, Germany.  The Ninety‐Five Theses outlined Martin Luther's objections to many of the practices of the Catholic church, particularly that of "indulgences" — the selling of pardons for sins.  Luther was outraged that Catholic priests were having people pay money for what was already theirs as a free gift from God: forgiveness of sins through Jesus Christ.  Martin Luther's Ninety‐Five Theses were copied, translated, and distributed throughout Europe, sparking the Protestant Reformation.