What Reformation means!

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Reformed believers tend to have a mind-set that concentrates on events that happened 500 years ago and led to the churches of which they are a part but at an individual level human beings MUST be reformed or perish! “The awesome truth here is also that He (God) re-formed us—that is what is meant when He forms us for Himself while we were in a devilish form which was realized by Satan–for HIMSELF That is, for His own glory! And by all means take hold of that last part: God forms us for Himself in order that we may show forth His praises. His praise and His desire to receive our praise is behind the work of salvation which He realized in His Son. He established that wonderful covenant for His own praise and glory. There we have the deep purpose of our salvation. It is realized so that we do show forth and are able to show forth His praise. We are saved so that we may sing His praises, want to do so, and can do so! There you have the deepest reason for the covenant which He drew up and signed. There you have the purpose of God’s covenant. He forms us for Himself. He planned and designed our salvation so that He might be praised by us constantly in the New Jerusalem.” John Heys in Standard Bearer.

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Mass versus Once-for-all sacrifice of Christ.

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Two letters protesting the Reformed Protestant position that appeared in Belfast Telegraph October 2016

  1. Michael O’ Cathail is correct (Telegraph Friday 14th) in saying that the Roman Catholic church needs forgiven. Conscientious Protestants should never attend the sacrilegious idolatrous ceremony called the Mass because it denies the once-for-all sacrifice of Christ over 2000 years ago clearly spelled out as a ONCE FOR ALL sacrifice in Hebrews 10 verses 10,12 and 14. That one atoning event is sufficient to save and take to heaven all God’s elect people and never needs repeated much less believing the elements are turned into his body and blood seeing he was BODILY present when he instituted the Lord’s Supper and is BODILY in heaven right now from whence he will come again. The Mass belittles Christ, makes an idol of the wafer and wine, and plainly contradicts the word of God. Avoid it like the plague! Repent and be converted if you still foolishly attend and think your “good works” relating to the RC church will merit for you! They won’t! Grace alone, Faith alone, Christ alone, Scripture alone, To the glory of God alone.
  2. Patrick McCafferty (Writeback October 25th) clearly delineates the true Roman Catholic position. The mass is the “exact same sacrifice that Jesus offered once and for all on the cross!” Can’t he see that this is impossible! What was done “once for all” cannot, and ought never to be, repeated, otherwise you make it worthless. The mass is NOT a holy sacrifice—it is the unholy idolatrous man-made tradition of a false church. Once for all means unrepeatable! Transubstantiation, the belief that the elements are changed into the actual body and blood of Christ, has no basis in science, reality, or more importantly, authoritative Scripture. As I said previously when these elements were first dispensed Christ himself was bodily present and alive. They cannot and do not change magically. They stay bread and wine but they SIGNIFY body and blood.

Much of what Patrick says is actually true but I think his understanding is befuddled. Jesus gives us himself by speaking the word and applying his sacrifice to us by his Holy Spirit who is the one who is with us forever. The word is what changes people and converts them NOT the sacrament (“The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul”-Psalm 19:7). It is the living Christ through the written revelation of Scripture who crucifies our inherited depraved human nature and remakes us into the image of Christ by rebirth (“ Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.”-I Peter 1:23). Sadly it is this word that is not known, not preached and not believed in the Roman Catholic church otherwise it would have been Reformed. The absolutely necessary, God-sent, Reformation initiated by Martin Luther in 1517 is celebrated after 500 years next year! Reformation is still needed in every false church today that disparages and sets at nought what Christ did for his people once for all over 2000 years ago at Calvary, outside Jerusalem, and never to be repeated.

One final thought. When the Lord’s Supper was instituted (Matthew 26:26-29, I Corinthians 11:24-29) Christ said, “Do this in remembrance of me” clearly meaning that it was to remember what he would do ONCE on the cross, that he would then NOT be bodily present till he came again at the end of the world at which time the supper sacrament would become the reality of sitting at the marriage supper of the lamb with him. In the gospel of John 16:7 he also states categorically that he was going away and his presence with them would by the Holy Spirit NOT as the bread and wine. We remember him who in his first coming through the incarnation lived among us till his sacrificial death, then left us to be in heaven till his second coming.

Luther

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Martin Luther joyfully lived in Scripture. It was his Delight.
Martin Luther boldly struck with Scripture. It was his Hammer.
Martin Luther humbly stood under Scripture. It was his Authority.
If we are truly sons and daughters of the Reformation, the same must be said of us.

The Standard Bearer 15/10/2016 has as it’s sole content the Reformation.

Read it here: Standard Bearer Reformation Issue 2016

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Luther mural, Dunclug, Ballymena.