Tuesday, March 6, 2007
The Reformation did not start in 1517 by Martin Luther nailing the 95 Theses to the door at Wittenberg. Luther and the other early reformers were not innovators trying to start a new church. Luther would be appalled to hear that there is such a thing as a Lutheran church just because he didn’t want such a thing to happen. He didn’t want a church named after him. Luther and the other early reformers were not trying to start another church. They were calling the church back to what it was under Christ and the Apostles; back to the worship and doctrine of the Holy Bible that glorifies God. Now as a side note, why is it called the Reformation and the Reformed faith? Because it was a reforming; a forming again of the Biblical faith forming the church again back to what it was originally back before it became corrupted by sinful men. The Reformed faith is sometimes called Calvinism, which is named after John Calvin. John Calvin was not an innovator.
I don’t like labels. I think the Reformed faith should simply be called what it is: (faith in Christ). Let those who preach unbiblical doctrines be the ones with the labels. Everyone from Benny Hinn to Charles Colson to Robert Schuler to David Koresh to Jim Jones, I’m not equating all of them by the way, but I’ve made my point that there is a whole spectrum of people out there who call themselves “Christian”, including us. There’s a just a bunch of people with a whole bunch of different beliefs that call themselves Christian so the word has lost it’s meaning hence we have labels, we have creeds, we have confessions…
God alone determines what will come to pass. Here’s a quote from J. L. Packer:
“The idea that glory be to God alone is a motto distinguishing John Calvin and his admirers. That’s no discredit to them, but it’s a damning side-swipe at all other versions of Christianity.”
I’ll leave it to you to decide if the Lord teaches "versions" of Christianity.
- W. J. Mencarow