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Happy 499th Reformation Day!

31 Oct

Happy Reformation Day!

Today we celebrate 499 years since the Protestant Reformation began. We need to thank the Lord for his faithfulness and goodness to his church.

As I was reflecting on the Reformation, I thought of the common saying, “ecclesia reformata, semper reformanda (latin for “the church reformed, always reforming”). No doubt this one of the abused sayings in the Church today. Often it has been used to argue that the church needs to keep reforming or changing according to times.

For instance, I heard one arguing for female leadership in the church basing on the phrase. The argument went something like this: the church has been led by male leadership over the centuries, but now it’s time to embrace female leadership because the Church is reformed and always reforming.

What an abuse of this well-meaning phrase. The Church does not reform with times, it reforms with the word. Christ reforms his Church by the work of the Holy Spirit through the Word. Ecclesia reformata, semper reformanda secundum verbum Dei (the church reformed, always reforming according to the Word of God).

When the Old Testament church was deformed, God used the word to reform it (Nehemiah 8). The Pharisees also deformed the Church with their man made rules and Christ used the word to reform it (Matt. 5:17-20). The same thing happened in the 16th Century. God used his Word to Reform his Church. Reformation without the word is not Reformation at all. If the church is reforming without the Word, it is actually deforming.

Happy Reformation with the Word!

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Posted by on October 31, 2016 in Christianity and theology

 

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2 responses to “Happy 499th Reformation Day!

  1. Grace Morton

    October 31, 2016 at 10:15 am

    Happy Reformation Day to you as well brother. Praise God for using these men to bring us the Word of God. Oh that we may never forget and stand firm on the truths of the scripture these men died to make sure every person could have a copy of God’s Word in their language. Thank you Grace Morton

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    • conmakhalira

      November 1, 2016 at 12:33 am

      Thanks my sister. I trust you had a blessed Reformation Day. You are right, we should never take for granted that today we can read the Bible in our own languages and freely. Praise the Lord for all the sacrifices made for this to be so.

       

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