Posted by: James Atticus Bowden | November 1, 2013

Happy Reformation Day 2013!

Martin Luther's "On Christian Liberty."  Still a great read.

Martin Luther’s                               “On Christian Liberty.”                  Still a great read.

Happy Reformation Day 2013!  Wrote this on the right date, yesterday, but lost the electrons to space.

Love celebrating the Reformation.  It means so much to Western Civilization – and the World, to America and me – and my family.

The historical start date is October 31, 1517.  Frankly, that is just the date when Martin Luther lit the fuse on explosive ideas.  The Reformation’s ideas were so powerful that the Reformation was going to happen – sooner or later.  Like anti-Colonialism, it was going to happen because it has ascending ideas.  Liberating, empowering, right ideas.

Recently, I downloaded many of Martin Luther’s works.  Read “On Christian Liberty” and was “wow-ed” by it.

Martin Luther’s words are still powerful. Sound doctrine is so sound that 500 years means nothing. Read the learned professor brother’s words from “On Christian Liberty” :
• A Christian is a perfectly free lord of all, subject to none. A Christian is a perfectly dutiful servant of all, subject to all.
• Who then can comprehend the riches and the glory of the Christian life? It can do all things and has all things and lacks nothing.
• Man has a twofold nature, a spiritual and a bodily one.
• One thing, and only one thing, is necessary for Christian life, righteousness, and freedom. That one thing is the most holy Word of God, the gospel of Christ.
• Therefore it is clear that, as the soul needs only the Word for God for its life and righteousness, so it is justified by faith alone and not any works; for it could be justified by anything else, it would not need the Word, and consequently it would not need faith.
• Faith works truth and righteousness by giving God what belongs to Him.
• But works, being inanimate things, cannot glorify God, although they can, if faith is present, be done to the glory of God.
• Not only are we the freest of kings, we are also priests forever, which is far more excellent than being kings, for as priests we are worthy to appear before God to pray for others and to teach one another divine things.
• Although we are all equally priests, we cannot all publicly minister and teach.
• Through his faith he has been restored to Paradise and created anew, has no need of works that he may become or be righteous; but that he may not be idle and may provide for and keep his body; he must do such works freely only to please God.
• Good works do not make a good man, but a good man does good works; evil works do not make a wicked man, but a wicked man does evil works.
• Therefore we must also preach the word of grace and the promise of forgiveness by which faith is taught and aroused. Without this word of grace the works of the law, contrition, penitence, and all the rest are done and taught in vain.
• Our faith in Christ does not free us from works but from false opinions concerning works, that is, from the foolish perception that justification is acquired by works.
• God our Father has made all things depend on faith so that whoever has faith will have everything, and whoever does not have faith will have nothing.
• Furthermore, I acknowledge no fixed rules for the interpretation of the Word of God, since the Word of God, which teaches us freedom in all other matters, must not be bound.
• How much more properly did the apostles call themselves servants of the present Christ and not vicars of the absent Christ?

In keeping with the Reformation’s focus the Word of God – the Holy Bible, I finished my 300 day Bible reading.  I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve read the Bible since I started daily reading 30 years ago.  This year was great!  The Olive Tree app on my I-phone fed me 4 readings a day.  Gives OT and NT every day for 300 days.  Allows me to highlight with different colors and book mark.  Look forward to reviewing this until January 2014 and doing it all over again.

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet.

Great Bible application for smartphones

Great Bible application              for smartphones




  1. […] for decades I gave little thought to Christianity or religion in general. So it is I read Happy Reformation Day 2013! by James Atticus Bowden wistfully. During the Protestant Reformation people focused intensely on […]

  2. Thanks, CT.

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