The Reformation should not only be the believer’s past but also his/her present and future. “Return to Scripture” should be the cry of God’s follower as long as there is breath. May this be our challenge: conform not to the world, rather be transformed by the renewing of our mind as we engage with God’s Word. And as we are transformed, may our church be ever-reformed and reforming!
Martin Luther protested against the Roman Catholic Church. Luther saw the clergy make themselves lord over kings and peasants, hoard money and manipulate people by guilt and violence. Historians, both Christian and non, state that Martin Luther was the spark that burned down the dictatorship of the Church. Not only did Christianity change, so did governments. Monarchs would no longer be controlled by a religious power. People would have the choice to worship, or not worship, whom they wanted. And the idea that one person on Earth would be considered God’s representative was losing its power. Ultimately, the Western world, as we know it, has been changed and shaped by Luther’s actions.