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Reformation Day

Many of us know October 31 has Halloween, but did you know that October 31 is also Reformation Day?

Reformation Day - October 31, 1517 image

Reformation Day – October 31, 1517 image

Reformation Day is a religious holiday celebrated alongside All Hallows’ Eve. It is to help remember the Reformation by Martin Luther. Celebrated mainly with the protestant churches like the Lutherans and the Reformation Church.1

Reformation Day

Martin Luther wrote The 95 Thesis on this day and nailed it to the  Castle Church door in Wittenburg in Germany and the Protestant Reformation was born. Luther questioned some of the practices of the Catholic Church. This was on October 31, 1517, almost 400 years ago. The 95 Thesis was originally written in Latin. It was later translated into German.2

It marked a departure from doctrinal error and superstition and a return to the Bible. Salvation by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone.

Most churches celebrate Reformation Sunday, instead of Reformation Day. Reformation Sunday is the Sunday before October 31 and makes All Saints Day on or before November 1.1

The holiday commemorates the actions of a man who was willing to stand against the ideas of his day and to present God’s Word as our guide for salvation (John 3:16) and Christian living.3

In his preaching and writing, Luther began to emphasize two main points: justification by faith and the priesthood of all believers. Justification by faith means that Christians can never earn God’s love or forgiveness. All that Christians must do is to accept God as God, and God will love and forgive and cherish them. The priesthood of all believers means that every Christian has his or her own personal relationship with God, reading the Bible and worshiping in his or her own language, and praying directly to God without anyone’s going in between.4

Grace Alone – Faith Alone – Christ Alone

One Million Tracts has a gospel tract about Reformation Day. This is what the front of the tract says.

Reformation Day Tract by One Million Tracts (front)

Reformation Day Tract by One Million Tracts (front)

Happy Reformation Day! (It isn’t just Halloween)

The truth written here is sweeter and lasts an eternity longer than any Halloween candy! On October 31st, 1517, Pastor and Professor Martin Luther nailed a list of 95 arguments on a church door in Germany. Back then that’s how you started a discussion. Luther’s arguments gained wide acceptance and were sent throughout Europe via the newly invented printing press. His central concern was the Roman Catholic Church teaching that rejected the Bible’s simple instruction that one can be made right with God, but only by faith in God’s Son, Jesus Christ.

Departure from doctrinal error

I saw this posted on Todd Stinnett’s Facebook page. It marked a departure from doctrinal error and superstition and a return to the Bible. Salvation by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone. My friend, Pastor Justin Breeden shared his post on his wall, that is how I saw this. Stinnett, a resident of Powell, TN. A town not too far from Jefferson City where I live. It’s just north of Knoxville. The image that I used came from that blog post.5

I think the above quotes and rewrites from the sources below sum up what Reformation Day is. If you want to dig deeper, feel free to click on the links below. You can also do a google search and find more.


  1. WikiPedia | Reformation Day
  2. WikiPedia | The 95 Thesis
  3. Got Questions
  4. Sunday School Lessons
  5. Todd Stinnett | Facebook

First published October 31, 2015. Republished October 31, 2016.

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Steve Patterson

I am saved through the blood of Jesus Christ. I blog for God here at I serve as a youth leader, van driver and usher at my church. I also serve where ever else may be needed. I am working on a bachelor's degree in Theology. I also like to go out and hand out Gospel of John's and Gospel Tracts. I am a single father with custody of my almost adult child. I am a graphic designer too. Once an Eagle, Always an Eagle. I attained the rank of Eagle in the Boy Scouts of America in 1994.

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