Reformation Day – October 31, 1517

Reformation Day is a religious holiday celebrated on October 31, alongside All Hallows’ Eve, in remembrance of the Reformation, particularly by Lutheran and some Reformed church communities.

In 1516–17, Johann Tetzel, a Dominican friar and papal commissioner for indulgences, was sent to Germany by the Roman Catholic Church to raise money to rebuild St Peter’s Basilica in Rome.[1]

Indulgence – a grant by the Pope of remission of the temporal punishment in purgatory still due for sins after absolution. The unrestricted sale of indulgences by pardoners was a widespread abuse during the Middle Ages (and a biblically false teaching)

On 31 October 1517, Martin Luther wrote to Albrecht, Archbishop of Mainz and Magdeburg, protesting against the sale of indulgences. He enclosed in his letter a copy of his “Disputation of Martin Luther on the Power and Efficacy of Indulgences,” which came to be known as The 95 Theses.[2] Hans Hillerbrand writes that Luther had no intention of confronting the church, but saw his disputation as a scholarly objection to church practices, and the tone of the writing is accordingly “searching”, rather than doctrinaire. Hillerbrand writes that there is nevertheless an undercurrent of challenge in several of the theses, particularly in Thesis 86, which asks: “Why does the pope, whose wealth today is greater than the wealth of the richest Crassus, build the basilica of St. Peter with the money of poor believers rather than with his own money?”

Luther objected to a saying attributed to Johann Tetzel that “As soon as the coin in the coffer rings, the soul from purgatory [also attested as ‘into heaven’] springs.” He insisted that, since forgiveness was God’s alone to grant, those who claimed that indulgences absolved buyers from all punishments and granted them salvation were in error. Christians, he said, must not slacken in following Christ on account of such false assurances.

According to Philipp Melanchthon, writing in 1546, Luther “wrote theses on indulgences and posted them on the Church of All Saints (also known as Castle Church) on 31 October 1517”, an event now seen as sparking the Protestant Reformation.

The fact that Reformation Day coincides with Halloween may not be mere coincidence. Halloween, being the eve of All Saints Day (November 1st)  might have been an entirely appropriate day for Luther to post his 95 Theses against indulgences since the castle church would be open on All Saints’ Day specifically for people to view a large collection of relics. The viewing of these relics was said to promise a reduction in time in purgatory similar to that of the purchase of an indulgence.
Conclusion –  Martin Luther’s theses objecting against the practice of “buying forgiveness for the sins of yourself or the deceased” proved that this practice was BIBLICALLY FALSE and therefore a false teaching.

This is just one of the many ways people can be misguided away from truth and a real relationship with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ when we don’t take the time to read, pray, and seek God to reveal the truth to us that is found only in the Holy Bible; God’s infallible Word.

 

Beloved, while I was very diligent to write to you concerning our common salvation, I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints. 4 For certain men have crept in unnoticed, who long ago were marked out for this condemnation, ungodly men, who turn the grace of our God into lewdness and deny the only Lord God  and our Lord Jesus Christ.
Jude 1:3-4

Beware the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves. By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles?
Matthew 7:16

But those who are determined to be rich fall into a temptation and a snare and many foolish and harmful lusts, such as drown men in ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some have been led astray from the faith in their greed, and have pierced themselves through with many sorrows
1 Timothy 6:9-10

But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them—bringing swift destruction on themselves. 2 Many will follow their depraved conduct and will bring the way of truth into disrepute. 3 In their greed these teachers will exploit you with fabricated stories. Their condemnation has long been hanging over them, and their destruction has not been sleeping
2 Peter 2:1-3

Grace, peace, & love, in truth!

Shai Linne – False Teachers
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KJmcEAwazD0

Its A Process… But I Thank God!

God and Man's Role

The Difference Between Regret and Repentence

 

Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through. A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy. He wanted to see who Jesus was, but because he was short he could not see over the crowd. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way.

When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today”. So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly.

All the people saw this and began to mutter, “He has gone to be the guest of a sinner.”

But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.”

Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost”
Luke 19:1-10

 

 

Zacchaeus could’ve pretended he did nothing wrong.

He could’ve felt bad and sat in regret for what he did.

He could’ve felt bad and even continued on doing it.

But what he truly did, was repent. An effectual change that caused a change in the direction that he was once going in. He not only understood what he was doing was wrong, but in repenting, he allowed for God’s love to change him.

A one hundred and eighty degree turn from all that he had once done.

Regret has to do more with how you feel about what you did. Repentence has to do with understanding how you offended God by what you did.

True repentance is only the beginning, but it is the most important first step.

Did you know that it is just as important to repent of your good deeds as your bad deeds? This only applies to if you thought your good deeds could earn your salvation.

Our good deeds blind our eyes to the necessity of needing a Savior; believing we could somehow attain eternal life on our own. I find it actually more difficult to witness to “good” people, than it is to those who know their sin and feel their need for a Savior but the truth is, we all need God and the gift of Christ.

I’m not advocating to turn away from lending youself to the service of others as a faithful servant, but simply stating that it is by no merit of our own that we gain salvation. It cannot be earned. We can simply receive what Christ did for us, and allow His Holy Spirit and Word to lead our lives.

 

What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ
Philippians 3:8

 

But we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles
1 Corinthians 1:23

 

Trust in God brothers and sisters… Repent… Believe… Be Baptized… Receive.

 

God is faithful, who has called you into fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord
1 Corinthians 1:9

 

Grace always

 Flame – 2 Peter 1:3
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TR3piaxAp-0

Attain, Comprehend, Apply!

Blessed is the one who finds wisdom, and the one who gets understanding, for the gain from her is better than gain from silver and her profit better than gold. She is more precious than jewels, and nothing you desire can compare with her. Long life is in her right hand; in her left hand are riches and honor. Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace
Proverbs 3:13-18

Blessed – Made holy

Wisdom – The quality of having experience, knowledge, and good judgement

Understanding – the ability to comprehend something

Comprehend – Grasp mentally

Precious – of great value; not to be wasted or treated carelessly

Peace – freedom from disturbance; tranquility; a state or period in which there is no war or a war has ended

 

Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear
Ephesians 4:29

Edify– instruct or improve (someone) morally or intellectually

 

Worldly Vs Godly

Worldlyof or concerned with material values or ordinary life rather than a spiritual existence

Godly – devoutly religious; pious

Devout – having or showing deep religious feeling or commitment

Religious – relating to or believing in a religion

Piety – the quality of being religious or reverent

Reverent – feeling or showing deep and solemn respect.

Grace always,

Word Of The Day – Forgive

Forgive

Stop feeling angry or resentful towards (someone) for an offence, flaw, or mistake

Angry – Feeling or showing strong annoyance, displeasure, or hostility

Resentful – Feeling or expressing bitterness or indignation at having been treated  unfairly

And forgive us our sins as we have forgiven those who have sinned against us
Matthew 6:12

For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but of you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses
Matthew 6:14-15

Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave  you
Ephesians 4:31-32

And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father also in heaven may forgive you your trespasses”
Mark 11:25

Grace always,

Gosple Ft Jahaziel & Lionel – The Great Commission

Jahaziel – In My Neighborhood
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nnzlbxAAI4U

Word Of The Day! Spartan

This word just seemed to be in my thoughts today. To my surprise it was the perfect term I was recently looking for!

Spartan

1. Rigorously self-disciplined or self-restrained

For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it
Hebrews 12:11

2. Simple, frugal, or austere

The Lord preserves the simple; when I was brought low, he saved me
Psalm 116:6

3. Marked by brevity of speech (concise and exact use of words in writing or speech)

All you need to say is simply “Yes” or “No”, anything beyond this comes from the evil one
Matthew 5:37

4. Courageous in the face of pain, danger, or adversity

For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self control
2 Timothy 1:7

Blessings always,

Word of the Day! Exponent

Since I woke up today, for some reason this question plagued my mind, “what does the “E” in BEDMAS stand for. I mean, i’ve learned it in the past but it’s been a while since I had to use it so I guess I forgot. I decided today to look it up. This is what I found:

BEDMAS

E = Exponent

1. A person who believes in and promotes the truth or benefits of an idea or theory

2. A person who has and demonstrates a particular skill, especially to a high standard

3.  Someone who supports a particular cause

4. A symbol written above and to the right of a mathematical expression to indicate the operation of raising to a power

5. One that champions, practices, or exemplifies

Synonyms – Advocate, Apostle, Champion, High Preist, White Knight, Gospeler, True Believer, Promoter, Supporter, Herald, Friend

A Psalm of David. The Lord says to my Lord: “Sit at my right hand, until I make your enemies your footstool.”
Psalm 110:1

So then, when the Lord Jesus had spoken to them, He was received up into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God
Mark 16:19

Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends
John 15:13

A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother
Proverbs 18:24

You are my friends if you do what I command you. No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you
John 15:14-15

The proof of the truth of Jesus Christ will always be evident to us. Our everyday lives in this world He created bear witness to our conscience to all the things that He both said and did so that no man will have an excuse, as to why he chose not to trust in the true and living God.

For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him
Colossians 1:16

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made
John 1:1-3

Turn to Jesus friends,

Grace, peace and love always,

Perception Correction – True Insight On Correcting The Issues of The Education System

In a society where high school bullying, drug/alcohol abuse, mental disorders, and teen pregnancies seem to have become far more prevalent and also even gaining morbid fixations upon by reality TV based programming; where we’ve become very prompt to produce statistics to measure the growth of these occurrences; swift to globally spread news and reports and speak about it, and instantaneous to judge, label, categorize and/or confine, those who are both offenders and mostly only victims to these misplaced acts of spiritually enslaved and depraved thinking caused by sin and the fallen state of man, I created this video with hopes to pose the question:

If God has shown His immeasurable love and given us an answer to all pain, suffering, depravity and affliction, why is our society’s mainframe designed in such a way as to suppress the truth that leads to healing of physical, emotional, and spiritual ailments that is the true leading cause of why people enter down such paths in life? And why isn’t this truth given the same attention as the numerously flawed alternatives proposed by man?

Could it be that there is some underlying gain to those who suppress the truth?

I pray that you find this video inspiring and challenging.

 

Perception Correction – True Insight On Correcting The Issues of The Education System
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MYzitSkXYxI

 

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is– His good, pleasing and perfect will
Romans 12:2

 

God bless you all brothers and sisters,

 

“If he have faith, the believer cannot be restrained. He betrays himself. He breaks out. He confesses and teaches this gospel to the people at the risk of life itself
Martin Luther