A Brief Overview of the 5 Solas of the Reformation

Just found a nice little article online summarizing the 5 Solas of the Reformation. The Protestant Reformation began 491 years ago tomorrow when Martin Luther nailed his Ninety-Five Theses on the door of All Saints Church in Wittenberg, Germany. Luther was reacting against what he believed were abuses in the church regarding the papal power and the selling of 'indulgences' (the removal of all or some of the punishment for sin) to the people as a form of fundraising.

The 5 Solas of the Reformation describe what came about as the core teachings of the church that broke away from the Catholic church. In modern times many Calvinist Reformed churches still affirm these 5 sayings.

1 Sola scriptura ("the`Scripture alone is the standard")
2 Sola fide ("justification by faith alone")
3 Sola gratia ("salvation by grace alone")
4 Solus Christus ("by Christ's work alone we are saved")
5 Soli Deo gloria ("for the glory of God alone")

Thanks Martin,

Brenton
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