5 Reasons We Need to Remember the Reformation

As we celebrate the 16th century Protestant Reformation, here are five reasons why we need to remember and celebrate:

1. The Reformation reminds us that the church is built upon the gospel, not vice-versa.

2. The Reformation reminds us that the gospel can be lost.

3. The Reformation reminds us that confusion over the gospel will ultimately manifest itself in abusive practices.

4. The Reformation reminds us that the gospel is worth defending, even at great cost.

5. The Reformation reminds us of Christ’s faithfulness to preserve his church.

HT: Todd Miles

Happy Reformation Day!

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3 Responses to 5 Reasons We Need to Remember the Reformation

  1. Jon Hughes says:

    Hi TC,

    The Reformation was also a can of worms, bringing about the madness of multitudinous competing denominations, all claiming to be based on the plain meaning of Scripture – and even the secularization of Western culture over the past couple of centuries has been a direct result of the Protestant Reformation. The atheist, among others, should be grateful for what Martin Luther sparked. Mixed blessing indeed. I write this as a Baptist, not a Roman Catholic. Martin Luther, of course, loved Baptists 😉

    All the best,
    Jon

    • TC Robinson says:

      Jon,
      Yes, a can of worms, but I will take it over what was.

      • Jon Hughes says:

        Me too – it’s the overly simplistic approach that annoys me. You would also have to consider the reform movement within Roman Catholicism both then and now. Today’s 21st Century Catholics would certainly agree with point 5 about Christ’s faithfulness to preserve His Church. They would also celebrate the gospel as laid out in 1 Corinthians 15:1-4; some would no doubt even die for the sake of it. As for justification, we know what James has to say about a man being justified by works and not by faith alone, and we know what Luther thought of that. Why let Scripture get in the way of doctrine? Who cares if Catholics want to be more biblical here? 😉

        Don’t get me wrong, I could never embrace some of the hocus pocus, superstitious baggage of Roman Catholicism, but it is strongly Trinitarian and therefore, surely, Christian. We’re also witnessing in this 21st Century the aggressive resurgence of a religion which denies that God has a Son. It would be a shame to be caught fighting 500 year old battles.

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