It was 494 years ago tomorrow that a great man of God took on the corrupted Roman Church. He knew the cost. Jan Hus was burned at the stake about 100 years earlier for less boldness against the morally crumbling religious entity. But the righteous are bold as a lion (Proverbs 28:1). The hammer that nailed those 95 theses to the Catholic Church door in Wittenburg still rings out its toll of revival. Luther did not bring anything new to bear in his day. No. Luther was a revivalist. Revivals have nothing to do with new things. Revivals are about restoration to the great old things. Luther was an Augustinian monk. He would bring the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ back to those early days when she was great; those days when she conquered the world- not with physical swords, but with the Sword of the Spirit. It was during those glory days when we'd not long cracked the complex and glorious doctrine of the Trinity. It was during those great days when we settled the Canon. It was during those days that perhaps the greatest theologian God ever gave the church, Augustine, withstood the heresy of Pelagius and expounded unto us the way of grace more perfectly. It was during those days that the Roman pagan gods bowed at the feet of Jesus and declared him Lord. It was during those days when missionary efforts would traverse the known world. Luther, by God's mighty power, steered this Old Ship back to her earlier moorings and away from her new corruptions. Corruptions like indulgences- something relatively new in Luther's day. Oh, how we need in our religious culture another mighty reformation- or perhaps a fresh jolt in that great protestant reformation that has lagged and lost ground here! We need a reformation of humility- true humility. Not the humility that makes one well liked- that is the opposite of humility most of the time. Humility is a willingness to be bold and confrontational though it may draw great hatred and criticism. Humility is not sweetness that you know will make you well liked. That's conceit. Humility is not caring about how much you will be hated- caring only about God and His Truth- and being willing to be ostracized for standing firmly for it. That's humility. That's what Luther was. Also, we need humility in the way we approach the sacred Word of God. Not this new, damnable, arrogant, God-speaks-to-me-and-I-need-no-help way of approaching the Scripture. But one that realizes you will be judged severely for how you handle the Word of God, so you'd better be right and you'd better seek all the help you can to make sure you're right, and your conclusions had better be supported by the Body of Christ which spans the ages. We need a reformation of reverence. God is not your buddy. God does not exist for you- you exist for God. God made yo not for you- god made you for his own glory. You DON'T talk to him like you would your best buddy. He is God. You don't approach him casually. You don't worship him lightly. he is not a geni who grants your wishes. He is a King who rules and reigns and is building a Kingdom that will take this world for the glory of Christ. He built this universe for and by Christ. It is a Christocentric universe. It is not about man. Man is a means to an end- albeit a glorious end- the GREATEST of all ends- the glory of God. To believe other than that is to be invincibly arrogant. The Bible is a Christocentric book. If you think it is about you you will never understand the simplest of its teachings. We need a reformation of wisdom. Shallowness, hypersimplicity and ignorance, and the love of such evil things, is at the root of every damnable heresy among us today. We need to hunger for the deep things of God once again. Many of our songs are shallow and theologically unsound. Many of our sermons have nothing to do with Scripture rightly divided. We are supposed to be teaching one another and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs. We are supposed to be giving MEAT not just milk. We are supposed to love the Lord our God with all of our MINDS as well as our hearts and souls and strength. Anti-intellectualism is absolute wickedness. To despise good seminaries is to evidence that you have a very dark and confused heart. To long for and love wisdom and the knowledge of God is to love God. God and Gracious, Loving Father, please send a reformation to our religious culture- one of humility, reverence and wisdom. In Christ's Name and for His sake and glory- AMEN.