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n October 31, 1517, an Augustinian monk named Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses on indulgences to the door of the Wittenberg castle church. His intention was to spark discussion, according to the academic custom of the time. The action was interpreted as defiance against ecclesiastical authorities and meant the beginning of the Reformation.

THE LEGACY OF

REFORMATION

An overview on the Reformation history shows that its movements were always different. Nevertheless, as a whole, they left important contributions to humankind and contemporary civilization.

SPIRITUAL LEGACY “Despite the differences between various Reformation movements, there is no doubt that Reformation, as a whole, managed to consolidate a series of theological pillars acknowledged by all reformers, which clearly defined their spiritual legacy” (Vidal, 2016, p. 215). 1. The Bible was given back to the people (Sola scriptura). Reformation argued that the only authority of faith and behavior is the Word of God (Matthew 5: 17; Mark 7: 13; Luke 24: 44; John 5: 39). Pre-reformers and reformers such as Erasmus of Rotterdam, Peter Waldo, John Wycliffe, Jan Hus, Martin Luther and William Tyndale, translated or helped spread the Bible. The Bible in Spanish. Francisco de Enzinas published the first translation of the New Testament directly from Greek. The fierce persecution that followed did not discourage other men of God, such as Casiodoro de Reina, who published the Bible’s full translation into Spanish: the “Biblia del Oso” (Bible of the Bear). Reina’s translation would be later reviewed by Cipriano de MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 16 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia

Valera; the result was published in 1602, under the title of “Reina-Valera Bible”. Every time, the Roman religion used fake documents to defend their dogmas, to which reformers replied, “Sola scriptura!” 2. The Gospel was given back to the people. This happened in two ways:

• Sola fide. Roma controlled the monopoly of salvation (confessions, penances, even sale of indulgences). Reformation stood up and replied, “Repent ye, and believe the gospel” (Mark 1: 15); “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life” ( John 3: 36); “The just shall live by faith” (Romans 1: 17).

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Magazine Evangelistic Impact Edition November 2017 English language

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Magazine Evangelistic Impact Edition November 2017 English language

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