Monday, October 29, 2012

White Horse Inn: In the INN: "What Does it Mean to be Protestant?"


In the INN: "What Does it Mean to be Protestant?"

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What Does it Mean to be Protestant?


Over the course of this mini-series on recovering the lost tools of discipleship, we've focused on the skills and practices that are required for growing up into Christ. But discipleship isn't just any school with just any curriculum. Paul lamented in Romans 10 that his brethren according to the flesh had zeal without knowledge. Yet it was their ignorance of something in particular that was keeping them from the kingdom of God: namely, the truth of the gospel. "For seeking to establish their own righteousness," he said "they did not submit to the righteousness of God that comes through faith in Christ."

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The Reformation

In modern historiography the term Reformation is customarily applied to a series of religious protests and reforms that swept Europe during the sixteenth century. To speak of the Reformation, then, is not to speak of a single, coherent movement with a single leader and a unified program. At the same time, the term encompasses more than a disparate collection of movements unrelated to one another and sharing few or no common characteristics. Collectively, these parallel movements sought to reform the Western church in ways that went well beyond previous reform movements within Western Christendom in both degree and kind. Using scripture as their primary authority and the early church as a model ... these movements rejected the authority of the papacy and, to varying degrees, much of traditional belief and practice that had grown up within Medieval Catholicism. They also attempted to reestablish the church ... in accord with their often varying understandings of scripture and early Christianity.

(Adapted from The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Reformation, s.v. "Reformation")


"If anything of virtue, the Christian life, progress, discipleship-if any of that sneaks over into the column 'justification' all is lost."
-- Rod Rosenbladt,
Co-Host, White Horse Inn

"The paradox is that if Christ is the final word, peoples' hearts fill with joy and gratitude and they suddenly desire to obey the law and begin obeying the commandments."
-- Kim Riddlebarger,
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