It’s Autumn and that means it’s Reformation season in Reformed congregations all across North America. Christ United Reformed Church, Santee, California is holding a free, one-day Reformation conference on Saturday November 1, 2014 featuring Mike Horton on “Scripture Alone” (sola scriptura), Bob Godfrey on “To God Alone Be The Glory” (soli Deo gloria), Mike Brown, will be hosting the Q & A session, and I’m speaking on By Grace Alone, Through Faith, in Christ Alone (sola gratia, sola fide, solo Christo). The conference 9:00 AM—1:00 PM. Free coffee and “breakfast treats” will be provided. CURC is at 10333 Mast Blvd, Santee. The conference is free but space is limited so you can register and find out more about the speakers at the conference website.
With all that’s going on in the world around us one might be tempted to ask whether the Reformation still matters. After all, many seem to have simply given up on the entire project. There will certainly be “ecumenical” documents released in 2017 announcing the end of the Reformation and the ostensible resolution of all the issues. Really? Is Rome about to agree that Scripture is so clear that it alone is the sole authority for the Christian faith and the Christian life? Is she about to agree that we accepted by God by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone, and that God alone should receive all the glory in justification and sanctification? Is Rome about to abandon her propitiatory eucharistic sacrifice of the mass? Is she about to abandon five false sacraments? Is she abandoning the elevation of the blessed virgin to the status of co-redemptrix and co-mediatrix? Is Francis about to resign his office and renounce the claims of the papacy to universal episcopacy, that the Bishop of Rome no longer regards himself as the vicar of Christ on the earth? Of course, to ask those questions is to answer them. Whatever documents emerge in 2017 (the 500th anniversary of Luther’s 95 Theses, about which he later said that he was a “right roaring papist” when he wrote them) it is virtually certain that mainline (liberal) “Protestants,” who no longer believe the Reformation tenets, and evangelicals, who have long been closer to Thomas Muntzer than to Luther and Calvin, happily will sign away that which they have not held for many years. People always like to give away what is not theirs. If you doubt me, you must not pay taxes.
If, however, you have always wondered what the Reformation was and what the Reformation solas signify, this is a great opportunity. Santee is a warm, growing congregation and Bob, Mike, and Pastor Brown will do an excellent job helping us to understand the significance of what happened and what is happening today in congregations all over the globe.