“500th Anniversary of Reformation: Martin Luther Nailed His 95 Theses”
Mike and Cindy Jacobs, Red Oak, TX
The Reformation Manifesto 2017
Dear Praying Friends,
On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther nailed his Ninety-five Theses on the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany, beginning what would become known as the Protestant Reformation. Ironically, these Theses’ were not an attack on the Church, as much as a reintroduction of what true repentance really meant and a call to return to it.
We now find ourselves just days away from October 31, 2017, the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. The Church today is in a similar place of lack in understanding true repentance. We are still not yet operating in the full potential the Church was established by Jesus to display.
In Martin Luther’s Day, sin and corruption were rampant, immorality was destroying the family, and “truth” was whatever influential people said it was. Sound familiar?
Our Generals have written a new Reformation Manifesto specifically for this 500th anniversary on October 31, 2017. You can read it below or download it here.
We are asking you to:
• Read it and pray through it as often as possible through this month and up to October 31, 2017.
• Consider gathering people for prayer at a church or in a home or other location on October 31, 2017. Pray through the items mentioned on the Manifesto.
• Print it out and post it on the door of your home.
• Print it out and post it on the door of your business, if you own your own business or if your employer is willing.
• If you are a pastor or minister of a local church, print it out and post it on the door(s) of your church or ministry.
• If you are not the pastor of a local church, forward it to your ministry leader or bring them a copy and ask them if they will post it on the doors of their church. Also, see if they will print copies for the congregation to take home to post. (Note: We recommend it be printed on Southworth Fine Parchment Paper 984C for best results.)
Reformation Manifesto 2017 Mission:
On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther nailed the 95 Theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany. Reformation began with the sound of that hammer. On this 500th anniversary, we declare that:
A new season of Reformation has begun. The Church of the Lord Jesus Christ will love as Christ loved. We will stand for Truth as it is written in the Word of God, the Bible, and in so doing will shift our countries toward righteousness and justice in our homes, churches, areas of governmental authority, in the marketplace, financial arena and business, in educational systems and schools, in arts and entertainment, and in media. (Photo via Cindy Jacobs)
As we carry forth His Gospel, we will see the prayer of Jesus made manifest: “Your Kingdom come, Your Will be done, on Earth as it is in Heaven” (Matthew 6:10).
As the Church of the 21st Century:
We acknowledge that Jesus Christ is our only Savior and Lord and we serve Him first and foremost.
We declare that the Word of God is the standard upon which we shall conduct our lives and we will carry that standard into every arena of life God leads us into.
We believe that we have a Biblical mandate to pray for all those in authority, regardless of political party or persuasion, so that the decisions they make will be the best for all citizens of our nation.
We believe in the sanctity of life—that all individuals have the right to life from the point of conception to death; therefore, no one has the right to take the life of another person through crime, abortion, euthanasia, or assisted suicide.
Additionally, we believe that the quality of life for every individual matters; therefore, we believe in addressing systemic issues like poverty, racism, and human-trafficking, as well as advocating for Biblically-based systems of education, healthcare, justice, economics, and government.
We believe that God entrusted humanity with the stewardship of the earth; therefore, we believe we have a responsibility to properly care for the environment and wisely use our natural resources.
We believe that God intentionally created human beings as male and female; therefore, the gender identity we are born with is not a mistake and is unchangeable. Additionally, we believe that God created men and women as equals; therefore, we believe in addressing systems, doctrines, and practices that treat women as inferior or less valuable. We believe that the creator of the universe, Almighty God, has endowed these rights and responsibilities to all individuals:
1. Education: We believe that every person has the right to an education in order to fulfill their God-given potential; therefore, we seek to establish educational systems that not only provide solid job skills, but also promote character development and critical thinking.
2. Family: We believe that marriage between one man and one woman is the Biblical foundation of the family. We acknowledge that many families have been fractured; therefore, we seek to support and promote wholeness for every parent desiring God’s best for their children.
We believe every person belongs in the fellowship of a family, regardless of age or marital status; therefore, we actively engage in building community and connecting the generations. We believe that every child has the right to a family and that adoption is the option to abortion.
3. Government: We believe that government is given by God to serve the people; therefore, we believe it is the right of every citizen—regardless of race, gender or economic status—to elect to public office those who will govern them.
We believe that Christians should not shrink back from serving in elected and appointed government offices, as this brings peace and justice to the land.
4. Church: We believe that Jesus Christ is the one true God, the Creator and owner of the world. Every individual has the right to hear that Jesus is God and needs to personally accept Him as Savior.
We believe it is the role of the Church to steward His world and represent His Kingdom; therefore, it is the right of all people to have the freedom to share their faith in every institution of society.
5. Business: We believe that Biblical character and ethics are essential for the operation of righteous business to produce wealth. We believe it is the right of every person to have purposeful work with adequate provision; therefore, we believe we are called to eradicate systemic corruption and poverty.
6. Arts and Entertainment: We believe that arts and entertainment are a means of celebrating our Creator and His creation. We believe that arts and entertainment can provide rest and enjoyment, in addition to being an expression of the culture, and should be consistent with biblical worldview; therefore, we are committed to developing such expressions and fostering space for godly artists and entertainers to cultivate their gifts.
7. Media: We believe it is the role of media to inform, educate, investigate and report on issues related to the establishment of righteousness and justice in society.
Fair and accurate reporting of the truth is essential for this to occur; therefore, we believe it is our right to freely express a Biblical worldview through all media outlets and to disseminate information without censorship.