By Nick Bibile
meaning of Reformation.
The term Reformation is a historical term that goes back
almost four centuries. It refers to a period when the church underwent a
"reformation" as men of God attempted to return Christianity to the
authority of Scripture.
The purpose of
POWER OVER PEOPLE
A SYSTEM OF
The sale of indulgences. Veneration of saints. Holding to
traditions of men rather than to the word of God.† The power of the Roman
The desire of the Reformation was not to change God's word
but rather to bring the church back to the early Christian church.
of the Reformation.
There were men like John Wycliffe (1330-84) and John Huss (1330-84) attempted to bring back the word of God by
exposing the heresy of the church.
Martin Luther (1483-1546) Reformation began in Germany.
Background of Lutherís life. Johann Tetzel the salesman for Pope. October 31, 1517 The 95 Theses. printing
press made the Scriptures available to a wider audience, †Rome tried to silence Luther, his appearance
before the counsel. Godís protection. Spread of the
(1509-64) The masterful theologian. Luther came
and completed solid new structure resting on the Word of God. The completion of
the building, however, was left to John Calvin, a master theologian. Geneva
became a haven of refuge to Protestants.
The heart of the of the Reformation
Justification by faith alone.
heart of the controversy between Rome
and historic Protestants is a dispute over the way of salvation. Rome
has a different salvation than the Protestants. But there is only one way of
salvation. In Joh
14:6 Jesus saith unto him, "I am the way, the
truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." Man
is a sinner but God is infinitely holy and righteous, man has to be righteous
to go to heaven. How can a man become righteous before God? "If you, O LORD, kept a record of our sins, O LORD who
could stand?" (Psalm 130:3) In Short
how can man go to heaven? This truth is at the foundation of historic
Protestant theology; we are justified by faith alone. The sinner is declared
righteous, based solely upon the righteousness of another that is of Christ's
righteousness, which is imputed or credited to the sinners account. even Christ Jesus. The righteousness of Christ is the ground
of salvation. "This is why it is credited to him as righteousness. The
words it was credited to him were written not for him alone, but also for us,
to whom God will credit righteousness for us who believe in him who raised
Jesus our Lord from the dead." (Romans 4:22-25)
absolutely denies the doctrine of justification by faith alone, pronouncing it
is an anathema (Divine curse) upon those who hold to this principle. Rome said,
in the 9th canon of the Council of Trent says: "If any one saith, that by faith alone the impious is justified, in
such wise as to mean, that nothing else is required to cooperate in order to
the obtaining the grace of Justification, and that it is not in any way
necessary, that he be prepared and disposed by the movement of his own will:
let him be anathema."
brought reformed theology. Reformed theology shows the †plan of salvation is entirely of God
from the very beginning to the end, no human can assist God in the plan of
salvation. It is the Lordís plan and executed in our time by the Lord. Calvinism
exalts the sovereignty of God and the grace of God and expose
the true condition of the sinful man. It is called Calvinism as John Calvin
taught the rule of faith is not manís traditions, opinions or feelings but the
word of God only.
difference of Calvinism and Armnianism is another
Bondage of the Will - Martin Luther