Supposedly, the Roman Catholic Church and the Lutherans signed a document declaring that we are saved by grace through faith to good works. This ended the Protestant Reformation. While l agree that we are saved by grace through faith which is manifested in good works, I am not convinced that the Protestant Reformation is over. We’ll be celebrating the beginning of Luther’s face off with the Catholic Church, but the Reformation wasn’t just about Luther. Here are four reasons I am still Protesting.
I believe in Freedom of Conscience
Freedom of Conscience is important. Many people think that once we are united under one man the unity that Jesus speaks about will be accomplished. This is a strange notion. One man should not have sway over people’s minds. Unless of course, that one man is Jesus. Everyone should be free to examine the facts for themselves and decide how to implement them in their lives. People will abuse that freedom, but we should protect it whenever possible. I talk about this a little more in this previous post.
We still need to hold leaders accountable
Martin Luther was mainly upset because the religious and political leaders of his day were exploiting the people for their own benefits. This abuse was hurting the people financially and spiritually. Therefore, he boldly nailed his 95 theses
to the church door. I wish things were better today, but they are not. Not in the political arena nor in the religious sphere. Just like Luther and the other Reformers we owe it to the world to keep protesting in meaningful ways that bring about useful changes both spiritually and politically. These were the very men and women that inspired leaders like Ghandi, Martin Luther King, Jr. and others.
We need to stop undermining salvation
Mainstream Christianity continues to undermine salvation by accepting doctrines and traditions harm spiritual progress. “Once saved always saved” is the new form of indulgences. Prosperity gospel televangelist rise where gold laden popes and prelates once were. We have to continue fighting for the purity of our faith –the faith of Jesus. We need to heed the words of Paul
who said, “We destroy every proud obstacle that keeps people from knowing God. We capture their rebellious thoughts and teach them to obey Christ.” Not through legislation, but through personal conviction.
I would obey God rather than man
Most of all, I want every human to have access to the Bible. I want people to experience it for themselves. I want them to know that there’s a God who loves them. No human authority should stand in place of personal search and assimilation of those beautiful truths. No one should replace the beautiful Biblical traditions with man-made institutions. I want them to be able to question their authorities when they spin a cocktail of verses to support their preposterous ideologies. The battle is no longer about getting the Bible in the hands of the common person, but convincing them of its importance.
I still believe in the core principles of the Protestant Reformation and you should too. It is a free-thinking movement that brought light to a world darkened by greed and oppression. It continues to do that today. I want to keep that alive.
“Scattered over many lands, they planted the seeds of the Reformation that began in the time of Wycliffe, grew broad and deep in the days of Luther, and is to be carried forward to the close of time by those who also are willing to suffer all things for “the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ.” Revelation 1:9.” GC 78.1
Learn more about this powerful movement and it principles with the following resources.
A collection of short films telling the powerful stories of the Reformers.
An expose on why we should continue the Reformation.
A powerful book that retells the narrative of the Reformation and paints a picture of the future from Bible Prophecy. It’s for mature readers, but I think you can handle it.