The 500th anniversary of the Reformation offers us a fresh opportunity to examine people’s longing for wholeness, their aspirations for a dignified life.
Today we still see religion pushed into the marketplace as would-be believers are told that it is only through miracles that they can secure their prosperity.
Luther’s key message on justification by faith alone, rather than through good works or indulgences that could be purchased, should not be taken for granted in the 21st century. Salvation and wholeness, healed relationships, life in dignity, the longing for prosperity. None of these are for sale.
As we gather for the Assembly, we declare in a new age and in a new way that salvation is not for sale.