Christ salvation

COLUMN: Salvation is an act of God, not due to human effort | Features

On October 31, 1517, a knocker knocked on the doors of the castle church in Wittenberg, Germany. Few would have suspected that the reverberations of this “post” would soon be heard around the world – and shake Christianity to its core – but it did. I am referring to Martin Luther nailing his 95 theses to the gates of Castle Church, which triggered the Reformation.

Luther held that salvation could not be obtained by purchasing indulgences, works of charity, making pilgrimage, or performing other acts of piety and devotion. He held that salvation was an act of God, given by grace through faith in Jesus Christ.

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