On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther boldly posted his Ninety-Five Theses on the door of the Castle Church at Wittenberg. In that document, Luther listed numerous grievances against the false doctrines forced by the Catholic church upon the ignorant masses, chief among them being the selling of indulgences–a papist fundraiser that claimed that absolution of sins could be bought with silver. Luther outraged that the work of Christ was spit and trampled upon by those who claimed to be the church, composed his grievances and posted them for the world to see, essentially rendering his life forfeit. By the grace of Guttenberg, the document spread across Europe like a wildfire and reformer’s life was spared, and it ignited what has come to be known as the Protestant Reformation, finally dethroning the wicked tyrant of Roman ignorance that had for centuries forbade that God’s people worship him in Spirit and in truth.
Despite the great victory that the Church of Christ achieved through the Reformation, the victory was merely that of a battle, not the War. For while the papist reign of ignorance was defeated by faithful men and the printing press, ignorance about God’s Word abounds nonetheless. Unlike the time of Luther where ignorance was cultivated by a lack of information, we in our day are flooded with information and have countless translations of the Scriptures into English. All of us in America can place our hands upon a copy of the Scriptures at a moment’s notice, be they printed or on the internet, and yet many in our churches are ignorant of the Faith regardless.