The Protestant Roots
They loved not their lives to the death.” ()
· John Wycliff. Roman Church dug up his bones and burned
· John Hus. Roman Church burned him
· Savonarola. He was put to death by burning.
· Martin Luther. Returned back to true Christianity, the authority of scripture, by protesting against Roman Catholicism.
· John Calvin. The theologian
Queen Mary Roman Catholic
burned 300 Reformers men and women in
· William Tyndale was burned by the Roman Catholic Church.
· 1500s to 1600s. William Perkins, Thomas Goodwin, Richard Sibbes, John Rogers, Samuel Rutherford, Richard Baxter, John Owen, John Bunyan, Matthew Henry and others.
1620 Pilgrim reformers arrive in
· George Whitefield. (1714-70)
· R.L. Dabney (1820-1898)
· Charles Hodge (1797-1878)
· John Ryle (1816-1900)
· Charles Haddon Spurgeon. (1834-1892)
Today majority of the modern Churches have fallen away from the purity of the Reformation and embraced Roman Catholicism, Arminianism and other religions.
All Protestant Christians agree it was the reformation that brought us out of the darkness of Romanism, but do they know their history? Most don't, a pastor in a well known church told me that he is not aware of the history of the Protestants!
The reformation that brought us out of the darkness of Romanism. 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 desire of the Reformation was not to change God's word but rather to bring the church back to the early Christian church. Led by men like Martin Luther, Ulrich Zwingli and John Calvin, John Knox and the others. The Reformation churches split off from the errors of the medieval Roman church and began what we know today as Protestantism. The Protestant churches were born out of the Reformation.
In the 1500’s, Queen Mary of
The Protestants were persecuted and
When John Knox went back from Geneva to Scotland,
his soul cried out to the Lord,”O Lord give me Scotland, or I die” The
reformation came to Scotland. Then in the 1800’s Charles Spurgeon said, “The
old truths that Calvin preached, that Augustine preached, is the truth that I
preach today, or else I would be false to my conscience and to my God. I cannot shape the truth. I know of no such
thing of paring off the rough edges of a doctrine. John Knox’s gospel is my gospel, and the
gospel which thundered through
Without human manipulations for altar calls,
or using sensational and emotional gimmicks, Spurgeon trusted on God alone to
convict the sinners, as he said, "I do not come to this pulpit hoping that
perhaps somebody will of his own free will return to Christ. My hope lies in
another quarter, I hope that my Master will lay hold of some of them and say,
‘you are mine, and you shall be mine, I claim you for myself.’ My hope arises
from the freeness of grace, and not from the freedom of the will."
Jonah learned good theology in a strange school, in the belly of a great fish, as he realized salvation comes from the Lord! (Jonah 3:9) God pardons and justifies, and delivers from hell. All the glory to God!
Calvinism and Arminianism
Arminius, Jacobus was a Calvinist before, and then later he was influenced by humanistic traditions. Then he developed his own system of belief known as Arminianism. Some of the followers gave support to his views by signing Remonstrance a theological authoritative decision. Then a bitter controversy sprang on this subject. Then the Arminians made their five points first.
Election is not a controversial issue. Charles Spurgeon said on the election, "I do not hesitate to say, that next to the doctrine of the crucifixion and the resurrection of our blessed Lord, no doctrine had such prominence in the early Christian church as the doctrine of the election of Grace." Today Pastors feel very uncomfortable on this subject and they will avoid it as the plague. Many believe that Calvinists are against evangelism. This is also false as one of the greatest soul winners was non other than Charles Spurgeon who a Calvinist, then there are others like William Carey, David Brainerd, Henry Martin, Jim Elliot, Adoniram Judson John Paton and host of other great missionaries were Calvinists. Arminianism was unanimously rejected and condemned at the Synod of Dort, but today majority of the churches embrace Arminianism. Our goal is to show the errors of Arminianism and to bring the doctrines of grace back to the Church. Arminians get confused between Calvinism and Hyper Calvinism. The danger is not Calvinism but Hyper Calvinism.
Majority of the modern churches
are Arminian in their doctrine. All Roman Catholic churches are Arminian in
doctrine. Also Wesleyan/Methodists, Anglican,