THE NINETY FIVE THESES by Dr. Harold Sala Know that a man is not justified by observing the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ.

So we, too, have put our faith in Christ Jesus that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by observing the law, because by observing the law no one will be justified.

Galatians 2:15-16 Young men are often radical and eager for change, so older professors were not terribly surprised when a young theologian who had been ordained to the ministry of the Church nailed a large piece of paper, handwritten in Latin, to the door of the Cathedral in Wittenberg, Germany on a chilly morning on October 31, 1517. The ideas of those statements were to burn like a fire in Germany, trigger the Reformation, and split the historic Roman Catholic Church. And who was the author? History identifies him as Professor Martin Luther, then just 33 years of age. What was it all about?

Principally Luther was angered over the manner of fund-raising that the church fathers were using to pay for the magnificent St. Peter’s Cathedral, the finest church in the world, then under construction in Rome. Raising money for churches has always been controversial, but this was the granddaddy of all controversies.

Before the smoke had subsided from the fires of controversy, Christendom was shaken to its very foundation. Luther never thought of himself as anything less than a faithful son of the Church.
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