Four Ways to Celebrate Reformation Day

As always, Reformation Day coincides with Halloween. But as our Catholic brothers and sisters know, Christian celebrations and leftover paganism work together quite well.

Here are some thoughts on how to wed Halloween and Reformation Day.

1. Instead of playing Ring-and-Run, try Nail-and-Run.

You remember the old ring-and-run trick: sneak up to someone’s doorstep, ring her doorbell, run, hide, and watch the hapless lady of the house come to the door and look around.

To celebrate Reformation Day, take a page from Martin Luther.

Instead of ringing the doorbell and running away, nail some profound thoughts to the door and then run away.

2. Give Reese’s Theses to trick-or-treaters.

Using your home printer and PhotoShop, recreate the Reese’s Pieces bag as Reese’s Theses.

Now open a few bags of Reese’s Pieces. Count out 95 candies and insert them in a Reese’s Theses bag. Seal and set by the front door.

Image how cool it will be if someone comes to the door dressed like the Pope.

3. This year, try the un-costume

As many Protestants believe today, robes and mantels and cassocks are all Romish trappings.

Roman Catholic priests wear these offensive costumes of robes as a statement against justification by faith.

There is only one fully adequate, completely satisfactory act of defiance in the face of these vestments.

You guessed it. You must dis-robe. You can’t be justified by boxers — or briefs.

4. Instead of handing out evangelistic tracts, preach sound theology.

When you hand out candy to trick-or-treaters, tell them, “This is an example of unmerited favor.”
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Happy Reformation Day! Happy Halloween!

One response to “Four Ways to Celebrate Reformation Day

  1. Just wondering…

    Re”form”ation.
    Good, or, er,
    just another religious alternative “form?”
    Solved some problems but created a whole bunch more.

    There are now 38,000 denominations according to wikipedia. Wow!!!
    Most still look a lot like Rome.

    Jesus warned us about making “the word of God”
    of non effect through our traditions; Yes?
    Mk 7:14

    KJV – Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition…
    ASV – Making “void” the word of God by your tradition…
    NIV – Thus you “nullify” the word of God by your tradition…

    What if “The Whole Religious system,” for the past 1700 years,
    has been/is totally corrupt?

    Corrupt – Dictionary

    1- having or showing a willingness to act dishonestly
    in return for money or personal gain.

    2- in a state of decay; rotten or putrid.

    3- debased or made unreliable by errors or alterations.

    Don’t condemn the messenger just yet.

    Why was there a reformation?
    Rome was/is corrupt according to scripture. Yes?
    People wanted to serve and worship Jesus in truth. Yes?
    Any Popes as the head of “The Church of God” in the Bible?

    Why were there Pilgrims and the Puritans coming to the USA?
    Church of England was/is corrupt according to scripture. Yes?
    People wanted to serve and worship Jesus in truth. Yes?
    Any Monarchs as the head of “The Church of God” in the Bible?

    And every denomination since,
    tries to tweek Romes version of doing religion.

    wikipedia says there are now 38,000 denominations. Wow!!!
    Does that sound like a “tradition of men” to you?
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Christian_denominations

    Oh, you can change a few “titles,” pastors intead of priests,
    suits and ties instead of collars and robes,
    Presidents instead of Popes,
    but basically it’s still Rome
    still, “Tradition of men.”

    Was “the Reformation” a dangerous detour, leading people away from;
    “Jesus being the “head” of the body, the Church,”
    and “those led by the Spirit, those are the sons of God?”
    Is Religion the system, and NOT the relationship?

    Did Jesus reform “the Jewish Religious System” He established?

    Or did He leave it?

    When Jesus left “The Religious System,”
    He called others out of ”The System” with Him. Didn’t He?

    Jesus is the head of the body (the ekklesia, the called out), the church.

    “Disciples of Christ” were “called out” of the religious system,
    into a relationship with Jesus.

    They are “called out” of the worlds system,
    into the Kingdom of God.

    They are “called out” of self,
    into the body of Christ.

    They are “called out” of sin,
    into righteousness.

    They are “called out” of bondage,
    into liberty.

    They are “called out” of darkness,
    into light.

    They are “called out” of death
    into life.

    Doesn’t “Religious” reform mean to take one “religious” form
    and change it, make it different?

    Isn’t it still a form, still religion, NOT a relationship?

    2Ti 3:5 Having a form of godliness…

    Peace…

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