Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Reformation Day



Reformation Day is tomorrow. Thanks to the guys at TeamPyro for jogging my memory on that one. Oddly enough, Halloween falls on the same day. In one of my more snide moments, I was wondering how some in the Emergent Church would celebrate Reformation Day if at all. Some of them seem to disdain the idea of the Reformation. In fact, given the penchant of some to toy with syncretism -- and their love of the mystic and medieval -- I find myself wondering if they'll have a Wicker Man celebration followed by communion afterward. But again, that's me in my more snide moments. Snidely Whiplash I'm not. At least not yet.

Seriously, I think Reformation Day would be a great day to remember all the good things the Reformers brought us. Recapturing the biblical Gospel. A renewed devotion to the authority of Scripture. A whole host of things that evangelicals seem to be forgetting. And of all people, evangelicals should know better. Going "home to Rome" is bad enough. But syncretism is even worse. The Gospel remains the stone of stumbling that it has always been. Jesus is the only way. He's the way, the truth and the life, and no one comes to God the Father but through Him. That has never been a popular message, and it never will be. But the Achilles Heel of the church today is that it wants to be popular. The Gospel has become a product to be sold rather than a truth proclaimed.

Perhaps we need a Reformation all over again.

8 comments:

Andrew Jones said...

yeah - i forgot reformation sunday but i wrote a post to make up for it

http://tallskinnykiwi.typepad.com/tallskinnykiwi/2007/10/reformation-sun.html

SolaMeanie said...

Hi, Andrew..

I read your post and it was interesting, as always. I don't agree with all of your conclusions, but some I think are fair. I'll comment more later.

Joe B. Whitchurch said...

It is scarey how much we think alike! I just posted something on my blog here. Then thought, "Hey, I'm logged on...let's see what 'meanie' has up" and zap. Harmonic convergence of the biblical sort!

crownring said...

Well, at least I learned a new word today.

Courtesy of the Merriam-Webster Ooline Dictionary:

syncretism

Main Entry: syn·cre·tism
Pronunciation: \ˈsiŋ-krə-ˌti-zəm, ˈsin-\
Function: noun
Etymology: New Latin syncretismus, from Greek synkrētismos federation of Cretan cities, from syn- + Krēt-, Krēs Cretan
Date: 1618
1 : the combination of different forms of belief or practice
2 : the fusion of two or more originally different inflectional forms
— syn·cre·tist \-tist\ noun or adjective
— syn·cre·tis·tic \ˌsiŋ-krə-ˈtis-tik, ˌsin-\ adjective

Randy said...

Joel,

Your last statement was so on cue: The Gospel has become a product to be sold rather than a truth proclaimed.

How many are selling out to make the gospel fashionable? Too many in fact. I've always said that when a person comes to Christ they may feel more miserable at first instead of better. For after all, we must admit we are sinners bound for God's wrath and in desperate need of the saving power of Christ.

The modern church can dress up their services to the nines, but to come to Christ, a person still needs to repent of sin! I know you spoke more about the Emergent Church, but I'd like to add one thing. The "seeker movement" tries to make the sinner feel 'so' welcome. Okay, I believe in making someone welcome in a church, but repentance is still called upon in coming to the Lord.

Good post as always!

Randy

crownring said...

"Perhaps we need the Reformation all over again."

Hmmm. What we need is THE TRUTH, Sola. For all the good Martin Luther did when he nailed his declaration on the church door, he also sowed the seeds that helped spark the genocide of 6-7 million Jews in WW2. And knowing Luther deliberately starved at least one Anabaptist to death for "heresy" even while he was writing the hymn "A Mighty Fortress Is Our God" doesn't exactly warm my heart towards another Reformation either. While I PASSIONATELY hate what the apostate Catholic church did to those whom wouldn't buckle under, that doesn't excuse the atrocities Luther was a part of and Calvin attempted to excuse.

BTW, the Anabaptists came to America to escape religious persecution too. They're now known as the Amish and Mennonites.

SolaMeanie said...

I am not unfamiliar with Luther's faults, and I imagine if you look at the lives of all the Reformers, you will find that they, too, had feet of clay as do we all. True as that is, we still should not dismiss the good, true and right things the Reformers did.

A lot of these things we cringe at today also must be understood in light of the times in which they lived, when the church and state were intermingled. Thankfully, the more of Scripture that gets imbibed and planted in our hearts, the more like Him we become as the Holy Spirit continues His transforming work.

WAM said...

Sola-
We still however live in the Mortal world- and must obey the laws that are established.

It seems- that reformaiton is a constant- some of it good-some of it bad.

As Christians today- we can only do the best we can- and that is to live it and to try to walk in his path-with him at our side.

Johannes Wolfgang