Wednesday, October 31, 2012

What's Scary As Hell? - No Reformation

What's Scary As Hell? - No Reformation

Today October 31st is Reformation Day.
For kids its costumes, pumpkins and candy that dominate the day as most will just think of Halloween.
Adults will have parties with excessive drinking, skanky costumes and lots of jokes about evil because it’s only kid stuff.
American marketing has taken it to the top this year as Jim Beam is advertising its new Devil’s Cut bourbon, “It’s not for choir boys” says the commercial.
Lots of “evil” references are in the ads.
Hey, nobody ever suffered from too much fun have they?
Psychologists always have some articles about how mocking death and evil helps us get past horror.

But what about real hellish horror?
How about thinking you must depend depend on a Pope, clergy or a rich friend to to forgive your sins.
Your hope lies on a relative or friend who can pay your way out of hell or purgatory.
Real horror is having our access blocked to God by an intermediate party.
You are dead in your sins and another sinful person plays the controlling part in your salvation?
Here is the Good News-we have an excellent High Priest.
No one or can keep us or between us  and the only High Priest that can absolve our sins – Jesus Christ.
The Reformation did not start this idea – it made us remember Scripture.
John 14:6 “ Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”

Many people think from high school that the Reformation was just about making allowance for Henry the XIII so he could get a divorce to marry someone else.
Martin Luther started the formal counter-attack on biblical salvation by nailing the 95 theses on the Wittenberg door in 1517 on All Hallows Eve.
Scores of other Reformer heroes made sure the world that no one can keep us from the love of God.
Going to a real hell with unpardonable sins is the real horror.
Thank you Lord for sending the Reformers.

Celebrate this-
We can know God and receive His forgiveness by
Sola Scriptura - Scripture Alone
Solus Christus - Christ Alone
Sola Gratia - Grace Alone
Sola Fide - Faith Alone
Soli Deo Gloria - The Glory of God Alone

To God be the Glory-

In Christ Alone!

Fletcher Law

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