Ligonier Ministries is offering a Free e-book today in honor of Martin Luther’s “I stand” quote made this day in 1521.
“Unless I am convinced by Scripture or by clear reasoning that I am in error – for popes and councils have often erred and contradicted themselves – I cannot recant, for I am subject to the Scriptures I have quoted; my conscience is captive to the Word of God. It is unsafe and dangerous to do anything against ones conscience. Here I stand. I cannot do otherwise. So help me God. Amen.”
You can get the book here: The Heroic Boldness of Martin Luther
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The Daily Mail reported today that the number of Americans who self identify as Protestant has dropped below the critical 50% mark for the first time in recent history.
According to the article:
The rising numbers of Americans with no religious affiliation is on the rise, which led to the percentage of Protestant adults in the U.S. reaching a new low of 48 per cent.
This is the first time that Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life has reported with certainty that the number has fallen below 50 per cent.
The drop has long been anticipated and comes at a time when there no Protestants are on the U.S. Supreme Court, and the Republicans have their first presidential ticket with no Protestant nominees.
They also note that, “Growth among those with no religion has been a major preoccupation of American faith leaders who worry that the United States, a highly religious country, would go the way of Western Europe, where church attendance has plummeted.”
And point out the political ramifications that could effect the upcoming presidential election between President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney:
American voters who describe themselves as having no religion vote overwhelmingly for Democrats.
Pew found Americans with no religion support abortion rights and gay marriage at a much higher-rate than the U.S. public at large.
These ‘nones’ are an increasing segment of voters who are registered as Democrats or lean toward the party, growing from 17 per cent to 24 per cent over the last five years.
The religiously unaffiliated are becoming as important a constituency to Democrats as evangelicals are to Republicans, Pew said.
On October 31st 1517 Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the door of the Wittenberg Church, helping to light a fire that would spread across Europe and alter the course of human history.
Less than a century later, the ideas that were kindled spread to the New World and became part of the foundation for the freedoms that we enjoy in the United States.
Today the Protestant Reformation is correctly recognized as one of the most transformational events in world history.