Some Things You Gotta Know

Published on Oct 25th, 2017 by Pastor Ed Hlad | 0
Some Things You Gotta Know

Some Things You Gotta Know There are just some things in life that you gotta know. For instance, it is very important to know that it is impossible to stop a hand mixer’s blades, with one hand, on slow speed. It is also important to know that if you run down a set of basement stairs, in your socks, and you hit a tile floor, you will not be able to stop until you run into the metal support pole in your basement. I know these things. Painfully, I know these things.

This month, one of the things that you gotta know is that October 31, 2017, is the 500th anniversary of when Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the door of the Wittenberg Chapel. That event sparked the Reformation. If you are Protestant, that event marked your beginnings. In his 95 theses, Martin Luther was seeking a debate among his peers. He wanted to debate the sale of indulgences. The Roman Catholic church taught that they had been given the keys to a “treasury of merit”. This treasury was a treasury of good deeds that saints had done. What gave the treasury an unlimited supply was that it also contained Christ’s good deeds. When someone sinned, and they needed extra good deeds to help mitigate the guilt of that sin, they could receive the needed good deeds from the pope and the church. Of course, this came at a price. Although Luther did not mean for his protest to go public, someone copied his document into German and distributed it. This began the public demand for reform in the Catholic church.

As the Reformation continued, five major differences became the battle cry for the Reformation. They were originally in Latin and all contained the word, “sola”, which means “alone”. Thus they are often referred to as, “The Five Solas”. These five statements of faith became the foundation for what it means to be Protestant. By the way, in case your missing it, Protestant comes from “protest”! No wonder we are always fighting. Anyway, these five “Solas” are some of the things you gotta know in life.

     1) Sola Scriptura – Scripture Alone – It is not the Word of God and the word of the Pope, or Mary, or even the Church. It is the Word of God alone.

     2) Sola Fide – Faith Alone – It is not by any works of our own but by faith in the finished work of Christ.

     3) Solus Christus – Christ Alone – Not by sacraments or a priest, only by the work of Christ

     4) Sola Gratia – Grace Alone – I can never earn or ever merit my salvation. It is a gracious work of God, alone.

     5) Soli Deo Gloria – God’s Glory Alone – Our salvation is not a collaborative effort between God, the church, and ourselves. It is a work of God alone and thus all glory belongs to God alone.

So now you know. Hopefully, you recognize each of these truths because they are taught each week in your church. These are not truths created during the Reformation. They are the truths of the Word of God that were lost for a while and rediscovered in a magnificent way through Martin Luther and many others. May we protect them, teach them, and live them in such a way that they are never lost again. May God always receive all the glory.

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