Every year on October 31, much of the world pauses to wallow in the excess and prurience of Halloween. That same date represents a very different holiday for believers: Reformation Day. This remarkably uncelebrated day marks the anniversary of Martin Luther nailing his Ninety-five Theses to the church door in Wittenberg, Germany. That audacious act by a passionate monk is often recognized as the flashpoint of the Protestant Reformation.
The true catalyst of the Reformation was not merely that one act, but an understanding. The doctrine of Sola Scriptura (Scripture alone) was the true cause of the Protestant Reformation. Through the study of God’s Word, Martin Luther and others like him became convinced that Scripture alone was sufficient for salvation and sanctification; that the teaching and traditions of the Catholic Church were actually impediments to truly knowing and loving the Lord.
In a special edition of “Renewing Your Mind” that first aired October 31, 2014, John MacArthur sat down with Dr. R.C. Sproul to discuss the importance of Sola Scriptura, the vital work of Martin Luther, John Calvin, and other reformers, and the ongoing battle for the sufficiency and inerrancy of Scripture. You can listen to their insightful, encouraging discussion below.