Next week we will be observing what is commonly known as Reformation Sunday. It is the day we commemorate as the initiation of the Reformation, where Martin Luther pinned his 95 thesis to the wall in Wittenberg.
(I bet it will be something of a Reformed "Year of Jubilee").
Most people think of the reformation as a time when doctrines of the church were reformed. But that is not the best way to think of it. It was primarily a reformation of the church. The Church of Rome had become plagued with all kinds of corruption. One of the great plagues upon the church was the rampant immorality of the priests. But a greater scourge was the corruption of its worship. It was run through with superstitions: images were venerated, there was no real reading or preaching of God’s word, the Lord’s Supper had all kinds of perversions, such that the people were only allowed to partake of the bread (only the priest was allowed to drink the wine). The list might go on.
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