Halloween is also Reformation Day, which celebrates the day Martin Luther nailed the 95 theses to the door of the
Wittenberg Church. This is usually seen as the beginning of the Protestant Reformation. One of Luther’s biggest
complaints was against the selling of indulgences, which were documents that were supposed to cut years off of a
person’s time in purgatory. In doing so, Luther also indirectly attacked the role of the Pope and undermined the idea of
purgatory altogether.
Later, Luther stood trial for his writings. Tradition tells us he said, “Here I stand, I can do no other.” Luther stood for the
truth of the Scripture in a time where standing up for his faith could get him killed. He knew, like the apostles in the Book
of Acts, that it is better to obey God rather than men. If you face a conflict this week with the Word of God on one side,
and people in authority on the other side, we must always stand on the Word of God. We can do no other.