On October 31st 1517 Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the door of All Saints Church in Wittenberg. From this happening flowed the great transformation of the church, as the gospel returned to the forefront of church life in so many places. It is interesting to observe how the document starts:-
Out of love and concern for the truth, and with the object of eliciting it, the following heads will be the subject of a public discussion at Wittenberg under the presidency of the reverend father, Martin Luther, Augustinian, Master of Arts and Sacred Theology, and duly appointed Lecturer on these subjects in that place. He requests that whoever cannot be present personally to debate the matter orally will do so in absence in writing.
- When our Lord and Master, Jesus Christ, said “Repent”, He called for the entire life of believers to be one of repentance.
It is interesting to observe that the first thesis is about repentance. We seem to lack an emphasis on repentance in the church today. Perhaps we might start to see a similar transformation in the church today as happened five hundred years ago when conviction of sin, and repentance once again grip the church.