Daily Archives: October 31, 2008

Happy Reformation Day ~ October 31st



I’m republishing this post from last year, with a few revisions; enjoy!

Reformation Day is not so much a day as it is a movement. Movement away from the catholic church at the time to the bible, the simple law of God.

Many people became dissatisfied with the man-made laws, traditions, rules, sacraments, etc of the catholic church and started to reform Christianity.

Some men wanted reformation IN the catholic church and some just wanted to ‘protest’, break away from the church and begin anew.

Get back to the basics, get back to the bible, show people the Word in their own language {which the catholic church would not allow} no more indulgences for the dead, no more un-scriptural demands laid upon the people of that time.

Then they decided to make up a new  creed called the 5 Solas to stress the reliance on the things of Christ:

Sola Scriptura – Scripture Alone
Solus Christus – Christ Alone
Sola Gratia – Grace Alone
Sola Fide – Faith Alone
Soli Deo Gloria – The Glory of God Alone

Which I have on the back of my car:


Q and A about Reformation Day here

A Sunday school lesson here

Protestant Reformation atWiki

William Farel, John Calvin, Theodore Beza, and John Knox

The Reformation Wall in Geneva. From left: William Farel, John Calvin, Theodore Beza, and John Knox

Some other sites to look at:




Well, now I’m sure I did not do the explanation justice, but I wanted to give you some tidbits about the Reformation. see here, here and here, too.

We attend Evangelical Reformed Church and we celebrate Reformation Day.

We will be having dinner, candy, crafts and booths where we talk about events that happened during the reformation period, and a video.

We focus on a certain person of the Reformation. This year is John Calvin.

The kids are able to dress in reformation era costumes, will mostly include monk attire. I have brought a brown bathrobe, huge cross and rope for years now. 🙂

My son will be in the booth discussing the TULIP  (http://www.calvinistcorner.com/tulip.htm) and the kids get to make a craft.

From here:

A dog barks when his master is attacked. I would be a coward if I saw that God’s truth is attacked and yet would remain silent.
John Calvin

 All the blessings we enjoy are Divine deposits, committed to our trust on this condition, that they should be dispensed for the benefit of our neighbors.
John Calvin

Augustine does not disagree with this when he teaches that it is a faculty of the reason and the will to choose good with the assistance of grace; evil, when grace is absent.
John Calvin  

Every one of us is, even from his mother’s womb, a master craftsman of idols.
John Calvin

For there is no one so great or mighty that he can avoid the misery that will rise up against him when he resists and strives against God.
John Calvin

God preordained, for his own glory and the display of His attributes of mercy and justice, a part of the human race, without any merit of their own, to eternal salvation, and another part, in just punishment of their sin, to eternal damnation.
John Calvin

God tolerates even our stammering, and pardons our ignorance whenever something inadvertently escapes us – as, indeed, without this mercy there would be no freedom to pray.
John Calvin

However many blessings we expect from God, His infinite liberality will always exceed all our wishes and our thoughts.
John Calvin

I consider looseness with words no less of a defect than looseness of the bowels.
John Calvin

Is it faith to understand nothing, and merely submit your convictions implicitly to the Church?
John Calvin


Blessings on whatever and however you celebrate today, and in everything glorify God!