Martin Luther, in the year 1517, questioned the church’s doctrine that a person could merit God’s favor by pilgrimages, veneration of relics, praying to saints or the Virgin Mary, or even taking the vow of chastity and poverty as a Monk or Nun. The Holy Spirit revealed to him from God’s Word that Christ’s sacrifice on the cross satisfied God’s justice because of which God justifies (declares not guilty) the sinner (Romans 3:23-26). The sinner (this includes everyone, Romans 3:23) has God’s favor, not as a result of works, but as a gift, received by faith in the work and promises of Christ. Those who persist in unbelief reject this gift to their condemnation.
“Therefore, being justified by faith we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 5:1).
Come hear this reformation message at Peace Lutheran Church, Texarkana, Arkansas. Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m.