Un-Reformed Baptists and Reformation Day – Part 2

Yesterday’s post (Un-Reformed Baptists and Reformation Day – Part 1) addressed several objections to a Baptist (particularly an “un-reformed” one) celebrating Reformation Day. Today, in honor of said holiday, I would like to share several reasons why I have chosen to participate in it.

1. Church History

Unfortunately, many Christians are ill-informed or even unaware of church history. Go beyond Sunday, Moody, and Spurgeon and they know little of those whom God has used to be the conduit of truth through the centuries. The Reformation is one of the most significant events in that history. Reformation Day provides an opportunity to educate my sons about their rich, varied Christian heritage. And that’s worth celebrating.

2. Spiritual Heritage

To thoroughly discuss the varied consequences of the Reformation would require a series of posts. Historians have detailed the cultural, social, economic, and political effects of the Reformation. It is the spiritual results however that bear significance for believers.

Whether one is Protestant, Reformed, or neither, all evangelical Christians are the beneficiaries of the Reformation. The renewed emphases of the five solas helped shape Christianity as we know it today – and it’s better for it! That’s worth celebrating.

3. My Bible

One has to wonder if we would have the printed word of God in our hands today, if not for the Reformers. Shrouded for centuries in Latin and kept from the hands of the laity, the Scriptures were essentially unknown to the common man. The invention of the printing press combined with the Reformers determination to translate the Word into the language of the people to be the impetus for mass-printed Bibles.

I hold a copy of the Scripture in my hand today due to the translation efforts of men like Luther, Wycliffe, and Tyndale. That’s worth celebrating.

4. The Gospel

The famed rallying-cry of the Reformation was “by faith alone!” The Reformers not only proclaimed this bold and revolutionary message, they brought the Gospel to the forefront of the church’s mission. Just as our contemporary Reformed brothers are seeking to do today, Luther, Calvin, Zwingli and others made the Gospel their rallying cry. And that’s worth celebrating!

These are blessings common to all believers, so why not rejoice in them today?  Whatever your plans for the day, at least take time to give thanks to God for the efforts, emphasis, and effects of the Reformation.  You might also take time to read some of my Reformation Day posts from previous years honoring some of the martyrs of the Reformation.

Happy Reformation Day!

Previous posts:

Patrick Hamilton – Reformation Day 2006

Hugh M’Kail – Reformation Day 2007

James Guthrie – Reformation Day 2008

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4 thoughts on “Un-Reformed Baptists and Reformation Day – Part 2

    • That’s a great question, Bob. I tend to think he’d be like be pleased with the positive consequences, and disappointed by the negative. (How’s that for a safe answer? ;D )

      At least historically, he disapproved of how far some (such as the Peasants Revolt) tried to take his teaching in his own lifetime.

      • I remember how, in the latest Luther movie, Martin was appalled about the impact of his teachings. I do think that he would be disappointed that folks named a denomination after him especially when he so harshly condemned indulgences. Sadly, the Lutherans have canonized and beatified him like many RC churches do to their saints.

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