Monday, April 03, 2006


I took the term “Deo Gloria” from the phrase “Soli Deo Gloria”, which is one of the “Five Solas” (Latin phrases) that emerged during the protestant reformation in the early 16th century. The Roman Catholic Church of that day had become very socially and theologically corrupt, which inspired men like Martin Luther & John Calvin to lead the church into the reformation period. Here is a quick thumbnail of what these phrases stood for:

1. Sola gratia (by grace alone): Savlation comes by grace alone and not by any merit on the part of the sinner.

2. Sola fide (by faith alone): Justification (the legal dismissal of the penalty of our sins) comes through faith in Jesus Christ only, and not by good works.

3. Sola scriptura (by Scripture alone): The Bible is the only inspired and authoritative Word of God, and it is self-interpreting for all people (i.e. we don’t need a Pope, Bishop, or Coucil to interpret for us).

4. Solus Christus (Christ alone): Christ (not Mary, the saints, nor priests) acts as the mediator in bringing salvation.

5. Soli Deo Gloria (Glory to God Alone): Since our salvation is accomplished only through the grace of God, then all glory is due Him alone.

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