In an era when ‘Reformation Day’ (October 31) sounds as slightly anachronistic as the word ‘Protestant’ it is vitally important to remember that the centrality of the doctrine of justification by grace alone through faith alone as the essence of the Gospel is a truth which can be lost, or diluted to the extent that it is functionally lost.
When you can watch television programs that exhort viewers to send a suggested amount of money in order to obtain pieces of cloth that will bring them miracles, when you listen to the phrase ‘by His stripes we are healed’ quoted over and over again as the ground for recovery from physical sickness, when you hear of folk from Protestant churches cancelling their own Sunday worship Services so they can join the massed throng celebrating a Roman Catholic sainthood you can believe that if the Gospel is not absent it is, at the very least, sitting in the departure lounge with its ticket stamped “no longer central to our mission”.
Gene Veith writes a thoughtful post on “Bringing The Reformation To Protestantism” and briefly surveys the need for a return to the reformational emphasis on the Gospel, the Bible and Vocation.
The original Reformation, whose anniversary we mark on October 31, began in 1517 as an attempt to bring medieval Catholicism back to the Gospel, the Bible, and Vocation. It has occurred to me that today the various Protestant churches need that same Reformation.
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