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Reformation Day: A day worth celebrating!

Happy Reformation Day!

When the world is celebrating haunts, ghouls and the evil that surrounds us, we as Christians can cling to a history rich in bold leaders contending for the faith.  Today is one such instance, a day to celebrate, a day to remember, Reformation Day!  Almost 500 years ago in 1517, Martin Luther’s 95 Theses was written. It attacked the Catholic Church’s corrupt practice of selling “indulgences,” or what we might call “selling salvation passes for money.”  Martin Luther was a Pastor who, among numerous other 16th century Priests and Pastors, began to criticize the Catholic Church that they served. Luther dedicated himself to studying the Bible and believed in two ideas; that the Bible was the center of all religious authority and that humans reached salvation only through their faith and not their deeds. His criticisms were stated in a document, titled “95 Theses”, which ultimately ignited the Protestant Reformation.

On October 31, 1517, Luther boldly posted the “95 Theses” on the door (pictured above) of the quaint Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany. Luther hoped initially that the Catholic church would repent and see the error of their ways but instead, it was rejected.  Luther’s Theses ignited a fire within the church and a movement began.  Luther was forced into hiding for much of the Reformation because his life was in constant jeopardy but word of his works and writings continued to spread across Germany, Switzerland and the world.

Happy Reformation Day!

Interested in learning more about the Reformation?  Join us in 2017 as we celebrate the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation in Germany and Switzerland.  The Castle Church, Luther’s hiding places, homes of Dietrich Bonhoffer, John Calvin, the Anabaptists, the famous Wartburg Castle (where Luther was imprisoned), Coburg Fortress, Augustinian Monastery, Johann Sebastian Bach’s church, and Merneptah Stele, the earliest known writings that mention Israel as a nation, located in the Berlin Museum and more are highlighted on our 2017 Reformation tours of Switzerland and Germany celebrating the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s Reformation movement.

To plan a group tour, check out our 500th anniversary of the Reformation tour available now.

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