Soli Deo Gloria

Today is the day! 500 years ago today, October 31, 1517, Martin Luther posted his 95 Theses on the door of the castle church at Wittenberg, setting in motion a string of events that would lead to the recovery of the gospel and the reformation of a church that had drifted away from the gospel … More Soli Deo Gloria

Sola Fide

The fourth of the Reformation solas is Sola Fide, Faith Alone, or the doctrine of justification by faith. Along with the formal principle of the Reformation, sola scriptura, Philip Schaff called justification by faith the “material principle” of the Reformation–the substance or essence of the Reformers’ theological formulation. It is this doctrine, Luther proclaimed, “on … More Sola Fide

Sola Gratia

Grace is almost universally recognized as being something we admire and desire, but paradoxically, grace is also something we hate to think we need. We resist grace whenever we seek to hold on to some measure of merit in ourselves. It is the realization of this fact that the third of the Reformation solas, Sola Gratia, or … More Sola Gratia

Solus Christus

In this post, I continue my consideration of the five solas of the Reformation. There is no standard sequence to the solas. They were developed in the twentieth century as a way to capsulize and summarize the distinctives of the Reformers, but for the Reformers themselves, these simply were all rolled into their understanding of Scripture and … More Solus Christus