Though they are quite unaware of it, people are not searching for eternal youth, but rather perfection. They seek to be made complete.
Luther had finally realized that the Catholic Church had been feeding him a lie that he had no way of refuting until now. That lie was that we can work our way to God.
Today, October 31st, 2017, marks the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation!
That is why the Reformation was full of committed pastors and theologians who proclaimed that the salvation of the elect was soli Deo gloria: to the glory of God alone.
Through Christ alone, we are given eternal life and will never perish. We who are truly a part of the elect are unable to be snatched out of Jesus’s hand, nor the Father’s hand.
The purpose of sola gratia was to draw the attention away from ourselves, and to realize that it was only through God’s sovereign grace that anyone can be saved.
Faith is how we are justified and faith comes from hearing the word of Christ. Faith is not something innate within us but is rather a gift from God to us.
The Five Solae (also called Five Solas) are the fundamental creeds of the historic Protestant faith, and they cannot be ignored when discussing the Reformation.
We should all want each and every person we meet to be saved and come to a knowledge of Jesus Christ. This cannot, however, be the goal of our ministry.