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Reformation Sunday 2006

By Dr. Robert A. Morey

 

A Call to Reaffirm and Restart the Reformation

  1. Why reaffirm the Reformation?
    1. The vast majority of evangelical pastors and Christians today are now Roman Catholic in their understanding of the Gospel. They are either totally ignorant of the gospel or willfully deceitful.

    2. False teaching is so widespread today that I hear from many pulpits the misquotation of Eph. 2:8, “we are saved by faith.” They think we are saved on the basis of our faith. Yet, what does the Bible say? Eph. 2:8-10 “by grace” not “by faith”

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    3. OT precedent:

      Noah: Gen. 6:8

      Abraham: Gen. 18:3

      Lot: Gen. 19:19

      Moses: Exo. 33:12-13

      Gideon: Judges 6:17

      Psa. 84:11

      Zech. 4:6-7

      Zech. 12:10


    4. NT teaching:

       

      John 1:14, 16-17

      Acts 15:11; 18:27; 20:24, 32;

      Rom. 3:24; 4:4; 5:2; 11:5-6

      1 Cor. 15:10

      2 Cor. 12:9

      Gal. 2:21

      2 Tim. 1:9

      Heb. 4:16

      Rev. 22:21


    5. There are two issues that are the “trip wire” on the issue.
      • First, the fate of the heathen reveals the truth about people. Up to 70% to 80% of professing evangelical Protestants today believe that if a pagan is lives up to the light he has, he will go to heaven. The heathen do not need to hear of or believe in Jesus Christ or His gospel. The Catholic Catechism has become the evangelical catechism.

      • Second, since the doctrine of justification is so little known today, it is now openly denied and denounced by well known evangelicals: Clark Pinnock, N. T. Wright, R.C. Sproul Jr., Doug Wilson, etc. The “New Perspective on Paul” is nothing more than the old Catholic perspective.

    6. So-called evangelical leaders accept and promote Roman Catholics as fellow Christians: Remember the Evangelical Catholic Accord? Chuck Colson, Bill Bright, TBN, CRI, Norman Geisler, Michael Horton, Moreland, Craig, etc.

      • The trip wire is how they view Thomas Aquinas. If they promote him as a Christian philosopher and theology and teach his Natural theology, they have sold out to Rome.


    7.  

  2. It is now time for all true blue Protestants to stand up for Jesus against the Pope and his gospel of good works and those apostate Protestants who have fallen into Catholicism. It is time to draw a line in the sand and say, “This far and no further. Here is where I am taking my stand. For the cause of God and truth:

    1. I protest against the false gospels of our day

    2. I boldly proclaim the biblical gospel that we are saved by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone, according to the authority of Scripture alone.

    3. I will sign the Reformation Proclamation and give myself, my family, my wealth, and my life if necessary to the preaching of the gospel of the sovereign grace of God.

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