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!