A Reformation Poem


by Jon J. Cardwell

The Reformation had been on
For several hundred years;
Through men like Wycliffe and Jan Huss,
Who serv’d with pray’r and tears.

October’s end, fifteen-se’enteen
Marked its official start;
Luther’s theses nail’d to the door
Rang true in faithful hearts.

By grace through faith in Christ alone
Was Martin Luther’s creed;
And, too, man’s sole authority:
The scriptures for to read.

The press sent this great truth abroad
And like a fire spread.
“Sola Scriptura!” was the cry,
“The Pope is not our head!”

Both men and women bled and died
For God’s most holy Word;
Its precious truth exalting Christ:
In their own language heard.

By grace through faith in Christ alone;
From whence is this faith come?
Through hearing of God’s Word alone:
Christ crucified, its sum.

Yea, all that will believe this truth:
Christ died for sins of men;
Was buried and the third day rose
From death to live again.

Ascended to His glorious throne:
His eternal reign supreme;
And by His Spirit dwells in hearts
Of those He has redeem’d.

This gospel truth, though some think small
Is strong in Christ Jesus;
For through Christ’s blood and righteousness
Is how the Father sees us.

Imparted faith, imputed good
Are doctrines we embrace;
Christ’s substitute, imputed sin:
Salvation’s all of grace.

About Jon J. Cardwell

"The Spirited Speaker" - Pastor of Sovereign Grace Baptist Church in Anniston, Alabama. Nationally recognized speaker and publisher. Author of several books, including the bestseller, Christ and Him Crucified.


  1. Great poem. Happy Reformation to you and your family!

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