Aside from being a full-time medical student, I also serve our local church as a worship leader and head of publications in print and online. This year, Christendom will be celebrating the 500th year of the Reformation, which was led by Martin Luther, giving way to reforms in the whole Christian church. Every week, I post some reflections on the events of the Reformation, writing about some points on it. This is our post for this Sunday:
As the 500th anniversary of the Reformation draws near, we are reminded of how this newfound faith of the Reformers brought the focus back to God and God alone.
Soli Deo Gloria, a concept further coined by John Calvin and other Reformers, was added to the three solas introduced by Martin Luther. Together with Solus Christus, these two concepts stress that the Christian faith must be focused on nothing else but on the Almighty God alone.
This means that our salvation can never be merited by our good deeds towards our church leaders or through our donations to the church. This only means that all men are equal, and we only bestow our utmost love, adoration, and worship to God.
Soli Deo Gloria or ‘All Glory to God Alone’ says that the Christian faith must be one that glorifies God. It must be a faith that forgets one’s own glory but instead focuses all the praise and worship on God. Paul highlights this in his letter by saying that, “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” (1 Corinthians 10:31)
This stand on the faith explains why most evangelical churches choose not to honor persons highly or deify martyrs. This is also why most members of the clergy do not have special titles or, if there are, not grandiose as to limit the glory that must only be reserved for God.
As one song says, “Every high thing must come down; every stronghold shall be broken.” We believe that all things must fall down before God and that His glory alone will shine. Soli Deo Gloria!
“And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power When He had made purification of sins, and He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,” (Hebrews 1:3)