Tuesday, June 24, 2008
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Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.-Matthew 7:15-17
In the day in which we live, the true Gospel is constantly under attack, both from inside the church and out. The attacks from the inside come in the form of false teachers who are declaring a false gospel, a false Jesus, and a false Christianity. They deceive many through their twisting of Scripture, undermining of the authority of God’s Word, denial of repentance, and teaching of a god that is tolerant of sin.
In addition to false teachers, the church is also weakened by pastors who treat the church like a business, building huge assemblies through clever marketing schemes, gimmicks, and sinful practices. This is done in the name of relevance, and is often done with good intentions, but it is harmful nonetheless.
In Scripture, however, churches are never commended for their size or their outwardly successful programs; rather, they are commended for their faithfulness, love, and defense of the truth. The Reformata blog network is composed of bloggers who recognize this, and who are passionate about counteracting these trends within the church by reclaiming the true Gospel of Jesus Christ. We recognize that the work of reformation is never finished until Christ returns, and therefore the needs for discernment and revival are constant.
Because the Church must always be reforming, we believe we must ever be analyzing our faith and practice and ajusting it into greater conformity with God’s unchanging Word. This involves defending the truth by addressing and exposing error, false doctrine, and sin within the body, as well as edifying believers through the clear proclamation of biblical Truth. This must always be done circumspectly and humbly, yet boldly and with Scriptural clarity. The cancers of sin and heresy must be condemned for what they are, yet the antidote, God’s grace in the Gospel, must always be presented. It is for these purposes that the Reformata blog network exists. May God be glorified in using weak vessels such as ourselves to proclaim the glorious Gospel of his Son.