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Importance of Reformation

Discussion in 'Baptist Theology & Bible Study' started by Luke2427, Oct 27, 2013.

  1. Luke2427

    Luke2427 Active Member

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    Holding on to history is like soldiers holding a hill that they fought and shed blood to obtain. To let it go is to waste their blood, to lose vital ground and to be doomed to refight the same battles.

    Progress is only possible if we hold ground we’ve already covered while going to the next hill.

    Salvation by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone according to Scripture alone for God’s glory alone is one of the most important hills the Church has ever conquered. To lose the history of that conquest is to lose some of the most valuable real estate the Church has ever taken.

    If anything, that hill of history ought to be the headquarters from which the Church launches the next 500 years of missions. We need to cherish that piece of history and find untold inspiration for the battles ahead.
     
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    Earth Wind and Fire Well-Known Member

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    OK...I agree that it is (meaning Reformation) an important watermark to freeing everyone to studying scripture rather than blind faith and fieldty to the RCC. But it failed to rein in the many apostates that used it to express themselves...consequently every wingnut who could interpret scripture.....you know where I'm going with this. Do you feel that Baptists came out of this movement...I personally don't.
     
  3. Luke2427

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    That's why our battle cry is still "Semper Reformanda" - always reforming.

    Yes, it did give rise to Winmans and other such people who have no education and think God speaks to them so they don't need Greek or church history or biblical backgrounds, etc..

    However, neither did the popes and corrupt clergy of the RCC think they needed those things. And they thought God spoke to them.

    So, really the Reformation stifled that sort of thing more that it stimulated it.

    And we are still reforming.

    I envision a day when Christianity is ruled by Scripture and wisdom rather than emotionalism and ignorance.

    The Reformation was a huge leap forward toward that end. But we still have a long way to go.
     
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  4. Aaron

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    Christ sustains His church. As an institution, corruption will always be present though at varying degrees, but the government thereof is on Christ's shoulders.
     
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    Reform never comes without a catalyst -usually from outward sources on a world wide scale.

    The plagues created a hunger for divine truth that the RCC did not have.

    The holocaust created a backlash that arguably folks used to endorse a Jewish homeland.

    Even in the person, reformation comes from a catalyst. (some may consider this internal, but it is really externally imposed.

    In this present age, the rise for the need of security (both over physical and fiscal matters), the great turmoil of the nations will eventually cause folks to embrace the tribulation ruling bodies.

    Reformation does not always work for the good.

    Rust is steel being reformed.
     
  6. SolaSaint

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    Nice post Luke, as with the Alamo, we must never forget the Reformation. It is a great study to read what happened in the 15th and 16th century. We need bold men like they had then. God help us.
     
  7. preacher4truth

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    That would be more along the lines of deformation, not reformation, as contextually, Reformation was a positive, not a negative. It was an escape from legalism, works based salvation, and a return to the Word and the well renown five solas.
     
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    Yes, we should STILL contend for the faith. True preaching is in itself polemic in nature (2 Timothy 4:2ff)
     
  9. Luke2427

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    In light of today being the 496th anniversary of one of the most important events in human history...

    bump
     
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