Happy Reformation Day, also known as Halloween! (Both involve monsters, dead things, and sinners in deceptive disguises being given a sweet gift that they have not deserved.)
On this day 506 years ago, Martin Luther posted his 95 Theses against the sale of indulgences–through which the church claimed to release sinners from the punishments of Purgatory–thus igniting the Reformation.
That happened because Luther’s protest of an obviously corrupt practice on the part of the church led to bigger and bigger issues. Luther said the sale of indulgences violated the teaching of the Scriptures. Vatican emissaries trying to squelch the protest said that the indulgences were issued on the authority of the Pope. Luther insisted that the Pope therefore must be wrong and that the Scriptures are a higher authority.