“So when the devil throws your sins in your face and declares that you deserve death and hell, tell him this: “I admit that I deserve death and hell, what of it? For I know One who suffered and made satisfaction on my behalf. His name is Jesus Christ, Son of God, and where He is there I shall be also!”
― Martin Luther
We don’t celebrate Halloween. Instead, we prefer to celebrate Reformation Day on October 31. That is the day that Martin Luther nailed his Ninety-five theses to the Wittenburg church door. It is such a great time to remember the reformers and thank God for their courage. I’m in the middle of reading a biography on John Calvin and I picked it specifically right now so I would be reading it on Reformation Day.
Do you know why we have the five points of Calvinism? It’s not because they were the only ones written, but because they were the ones that the church had a problem with. I learned that from another book I’m reading right now: Grace Unknown by R.C. Sproul. Excellent book.
Last year, we made Reformation lapbooks and had bread bowls for dinner. One year, we had dirt (the dessert) in honor of the Diet of Worms. We have four hoopskirts that we got when a Christian school around here moved. I told the girls that this year I would wear a hoopskirt all day on Reformation Day. When I said that, I didn’t realize that I had to give a piano lesson and babysit for a ladies Bible Study and help with Wednesday night church. Hmmm…Can I drive in a hoopskirt? I realize that a hoopskirt is a little late for that time period but I don’t have a bunch of petticoats lying around here. Oh well, it will be lots of fun! Caroline thinks I need to find a reason to run to Walmart. She wants to see how many weird looks I get.
So, in honor of the day, I’ll share some quotes from a few of the Reformers.
“It would be the height of absurdity to label ignorance tempered by humility “faith”!
― John Calvin
“Christ is our justification, from which follows that our good works, if they are of Christ, are good; but if ours, they are neither right or good.”
— Ulrich Zwingli