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Summary: With the 500th anniversary of Reformation (31st Oct 1517-31st Oct 2017) around the corner , Yours Truly felt inspired to come-up with a 2 Part series on Reformation. Having already submitted Part 1 of the same, I am submitting herewith Part 2 of the same.

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Of Motion, Reformation and Celebration –Part 2

The Sermon Central readership would recall that whilst ending the First part of this series, I had stated that in the ensuing second part of the same, I would be focusing on the 5 “Solas” (Latin term meaning essentially “principle” in English) which undergirded the Reformation Movement (as per Church historians these principles’ evolved over a period of time and not all at once) and their relevance thereof in contemporary Christendom. So here goes...

Sola Scriptura (Bible alone)...

It fundamentally means that the infallible Word of God has to be the sole basis for understanding God’s counsel in any matter. Take for instance, Mary’s mediatory role which the Catholic Church was deifying but the Reformers’ defied on the basis of truth-defining Scripture portions such as John 14:6, 1 Tim 2:5 and Rom 8:34 which leave none in doubt that the mediatory role belongs to Jesus and Jesus alone.

Coming to the present day Christendom (in the contemporary Protestant Church) once again the Bible alone needs to be banked upon in immediately identifying the “Wolf who come in sheep clothing” (Not only cultists’ (2 John 1:7-10) like Mormons, Jehovah Witnesses’ but also Prosperity Gospel preachers like Creflo Dollar, Kenneth Copeland etc- Matt 7:15/ 2 Tim 4:3). There is no shortage of prosperity Gospel preachers in the present scenario who would pander to those with “itching ears” assuring them of “riches all the way” in following Christ, when the truth is to the contrary (Philippians 3:18-21). Hey...the Early Church preached not the Gospel of Prosperity but the Gospel of Adversity- John 16:30/ Acts 14:22/ Phil 1:30!!! Now who is to tell these folks that our Heavenly Father in the NT Dispensation would provide richly only as per our need and not as per our greed (Matt 6:33/ 1 Tim 6:6-10)!!!

I would encourage all the Christians’ of the present generation to take a leaf out of the Berean Believers’ book by cross-checking what all is being preached with the Grand Ole’ Book (Acts 17:10-12). It pays to be well-grounded in the Scripture for then only we can distinguish between a teaching which is in conformity with it and the one which is not. As it is said “One can identify a crooked line only when he knows how a straight line looks”. Mind you, another word for The Bible is “Canon” meaning a measuring “Straight line” (in Classical Latin).

Sola Fide (Faith alone)...

Habukkuk 2:4 (B) which formed crux of the life-changing, Reformation-triggering Bible portion (Romans 1:17) of Martin Luther would read as “The righteous shall live by his faith” in most of the translations but The Living Bible captures the essence of it better by paraphrasing it thus...

“This Good News tells us that God makes us ready for heaven—makes us right in God’s sight—when we put our faith and trust in Christ to save us. This is accomplished from start to finish by faith (emphasis mine)...”

The key operative words are “from start to finish by faith” meaning we get to right relationship with the Almighty on Earth and eventually go to Heaven not by acts such as one-time demonstration of human will as seen in scaling 28 steps of Scala Sancta but by consistent walk of faith marked by not only the

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