On October 31st, 1517 Martin Luther, a monk who had been at issue with the Catholic church for years over their “Indulgences scale.” So the day before “All Saints day” when he knew the church would be full, Luther posted his now famous “95 Theses” not as a formal protest but to initiate debate.
It had the exact opposite result. Luther was called on the carpet so to speak, and four years later in 1521, Luther was excommunicated from the Roman Catholic Church. Those that supported Luther’s stand against the Church of Rome’s practices became known as Protestants and later Reformers. Thus the term Protestant Reformation so widely used today.
In today’s sermon, C.H. Spurgeon carries on the tradition of the reformers by pointing out that attending Sunday Worship is not the end all for our reformed or change for the week: Now there are three effects which ought always to follow our solemn assembly upon the Lord’s day, especially when we gather in such a number as the present, with shouts of joy and thanksgiving. We should go home and first break our false gods; next, cut down the very groves in which we have been wont to delight, and after that break, the altars which though dedicated to the God of Israel, are not according to Scripture, and therefore ought to be broken down, albeit, they be even dedicated to the true God.
Delivered on Sabbath Morning, February 13th, 1859, by the
REV. C. H. Spurgeon
At the Music Hall, Royal Surrey Gardens.