Today marks the 495th anniversary of Martin Luther’s bold stand to expose blasphemy: the selling of God’s grace and forgiveness in the form of indulgences. It was the spark that ignited the Reformation which also exposed many other heresies through the authority of Scripture. Many evangelicals today are not aware of the eternal truths that the Reformers laid down their lives defending. Others have forgotten the unspeakable torture, imprisonment and horrifying deaths the Reformers endured for the sake of the Gospel.
Over at Letter of Marque, Chris Rosebrough (who will be our guest next Thursday), has made available some free resources, which I am sharing here today. At the end of this article is another excellent resource from Ligoneir Ministries on what Reformation Day is about, including more free downloads. Enjoy!
FREE Reformation Day Books and Resources by Chris Rosebrough
Happy Reformation Day!
I am firmly convinced that if you understand the history of the Reformation including an understanding of Medieval Roman Catholicism and Martin Luther’s torturous sojourn through it that you will have the ability to better spot the false theology that has crept into today’s church. To help you gain an understanding of that history I’m providing you with links to download FREE books and other resources that you can add to your digital library that will aid you in better understanding the historic Christian faith.
Enjoy and Be Edified by these Free Resources!
Here I Stand: A Life of Martin Luther by Roland Bainton
This biography of Martin Luther is simply the best one written in the English language. I cannot recommend it highly enough. This biography will give you a deep understanding of the terrors of soul that Luther suffered while trying to save himself and merit salvation under Roman Catholicism as well as the freedom and boldness that he gained through his rediscovery of the Biblical Gospel.
It is available for free as a PDF. To download it Click Here
Commentary on the Epistle to the Galatians by Martin Luther
This is one of the most important books written in the entire history of mankind. John Bunyan, the author of Pilgrim’s Progress said, “I do prefer this book of Martin Luther upon the Galatians, excepting the Holy Bible, before all books that I have ever seen.”
Concerning Christian Liberty by Martin Luther
This short but powerful work by Luther is a “must read” for all Christians as it helps drive home the implications of the Gospel to our daily lives.
A Treatise on Good Works by Martin Luther
What is a good work? There is a lot of confusion today regarding what a good work is just like there was in Luther’s day. This short treatise will help you understand the Bible’s teaching regarding good works.
FREE MP3 Recordings of The Great Hymns of the Historic Faith
If you’ve ever had the desire to sing many of the great hymns of the faith but didn’t want to pay hundreds and thousands of dollars for CD’s then this website resource will blow your mind. It literally has free downloads of nearly every hymn for nearly every major hymnal in print including the Lutheran Service Book.
Click Here to Visit this Amazing Site!
Reprinted from Ligonier Ministries
At the time, few would have suspected that the sound of a hammer striking the castle church door in Wittenberg, Germany, would soon be heard around the world and lead ultimately to the greatest transformation of Western society since the apostles first preached the Gospel throughout the Roman empire. Martin Luther’s nailing of his ninety-five theses to the church door on October 31, 1517, provoked a debate that culminated finally in what we now call the Protestant Reformation.
An heir of Bishop Augustine of Hippo, Martin Luther is one of the most significant figures God has raised up since that time. This law student turned Augustinian monk became the center of a great controversy after his theses were copied and distributed throughout Europe. Initially protesting the pope’s attempt to sell salvation, Luther’s study of Scripture soon led him to oppose the church of Rome on issues including the primacy of the Bible over church tradition and the means by which we are found righteous in the sight of God.
This last issue is probably Luther’s most significant contribution to Christian theology. Though preached clearly in the New Testament and found in the writings of many of the church fathers, the medieval bishops and priests had largely forgotten the truth that our own good works can by no means merit God’s favor. Salvation is by grace alone through faith alone, and good works result from our faith, they are not added to it as the grounds for our right standing in the Lord’s eyes (Eph. 2:8–10). Justification, God’s declaration that we are not guilty, forgiven of sin, and righteous in His sight comes because through our faith alone the Father imputes, or reckons to our account, the perfect righteousness of Christ (2 Cor. 5:21).
Martin Luther’s rediscovery of this truth led to a whole host of other church and societal reforms and much of what we take for granted in the West would have likely been impossible had he never graced the scene. Luther’s translation of the Bible into German put the Word of God in the hands of the people, and today Scripture is available in the vernacular language of many countries, enabling lay people to study it with profit. He reformed the Latin mass by putting the liturgy in the common tongue so that non-scholars could hear and understand the preached word of God and worship the Lord with clarity. Luther lifted the unbiblical ban on marriage for the clergy and by his own teaching and example radically transformed the institution itself. He recaptured the biblical view of the priesthood of all believers, showing all people that their work had purpose and dignity because in it they can serve their Creator.
Today, Luther’s legacy lives on in the creeds and confessions of Protestant bodies worldwide. As we consider his importance this Reformation Day, let us equip ourselves to be knowledgeable proclaimers and defenders of biblical truth. May we be eager to preach the Gospel of God to the world and thereby spark a new reformation of church and culture.
Free MP3 Downloads by R.C. Sproul (Right click on the links to save to your computer.):