The 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation

he 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation

“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God–not the result of works, so that no one may boast.” -Ephesians 2:8-9

Five hundred years ago, a world-shaking revolution was about to erupt and change history! The world was on the cusp of a dramatic shift. Europe was Christian, divided into two churches: The Orthodox Church in the East, and the Catholic Church in the West. Each blamed the other for separating away (back in AD 1054). In the West, there were seismic tremors suggesting the coming of a major quake.

The Catholic Church wielded amazing power, and tried to use that power to keep the culture in order and Christian. In an attempt to protect the holiness of God, it mandated that worship must be kept pure and based on tradition, that the Bible must be kept in Latin, and that salvation was found only in the path the Church explained.


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Jesus, The Only Way of Salvation, Part 3

Jesus, the ONLY Way of Salvation: Part 3

I continue to answer the question, “Why Jesus? Why for Christians is Jesus the one and only way of salvation?”

For me, there are four arguments that validate the orthodox Christian position that salvation comes only through professed faith in Jesus Christ.

  1. The first is the witness from Scripture.
  2. The second is that only Jesus can save because only Jesus is fully human and fully divine.
  3. The third main witness for me is the historical witness of the Church:

 

Christians have claimed for the past 2,000 years that what Jesus did was experienced as true in their own lives. Other religious people claim to find peace in following other religious paths. Some have claimed comfort and some have claimed hope. 

But only Christians have claimed victory. Can you see that important difference? You see, Christ’s saving power is witnessed in His followers. Christians have the resurrection power evident in their lives. That is why miracles are so important. They are proof for the power of Christ’s resurrection in our own lives. Only Christians can say, “The power of God came into my life, freed me from my trap to (addiction, anger, lust, pride, whatever) and has given me new life. Followers of other religions say, “I’m trying my hardest to conform my life to what is right and good.” Christians say, “Christ lives within me and gives me the victory!” That is such a unique witness in our world, and it is credible proof to Jesus as the only real salvation. John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, said that the proof of the truth of Methodism is the witness of all the thousands of radically changed lives of the Methodists living around us.


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