500 Years Since the Beginning of the Reformation - 500 Years Proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ

Saints of the Reformation

Saints of the Reformation

When people think of the Reformation, most people think specifically of Martin Luther. And while Luther looms large in the history of the Reformation, he is certainly not alone. Countless other men and women joined Luther in calling for a return to Scripture and in defending the clear proclamation of the Gospel. Pastors and professors, former nuns and monks, princes and commoners, clergy and laypeople… all played their parts in spreading the Reformation message.

You may have heard of some of these figures before; others you may not. But whether well-known or obscure, each contributed in a special way to the growth of the Reformation under God’s good guidance. We call them saints not because they were sinless. Like you and me, they put their faith in Christ alone for forgiveness and salvation—and in that sense all Christians are saints. But God also accomplished particularly important things through these people, and for that reason we do well to reflect on their lives. May their faithful witness be an encouragement to us to likewise cling to the Son of God.