It's been around 500 years since the Protestant Reformation. I'd like to ask my Protestant friends some questions about where they find themselves now. If you are part of the Protestant branch of Christianity, are you still protesting? Do you know what you are protesting?
The Reformers first took issue with:
- the sale of indulgences.
- the practice of buying and selling church positions
- Particular judgment
- devotion to Mary
- the intercession of and devotion to the saints
- most of the sacraments
- mandatory celibacy requirement of its clergy
- the authority of the Pope.
- Sola scriptura ("by Scripture alone")
- Sola fide ("by faith alone")
- Sola gratia ("by grace alone")
- Solus Christus or Solo Christo ("Christ alone" or "through Christ alone")
- Soli Deo gloria ("glory to God alone")
As you can see with the links above I've written some posts in the past on many of these topics. I haven't written on all the topics yet - we will see if I get the urge to finish at some point.
But how about you, my Protestant friends?
Does this list of issues summarize where you stand today? Do you strongly feel the need to continue protesting these issues? Or are you ready to drop the label 'Protestant'? Or does being a Protestant mean something different to you today?