Are You Reforming?

If we want reformation, we have to start with ourselves. We have to start bringing the gospel itself out of darkness, so that the motto of every reformation becomes post tenebras lux — “after darkness, light.” Luther declared that every generation must declare freshly the gospel of the New Testament. He also said that anytime the gospel is clearly and boldly proclaimed, it will bring about conflict, and those of us who are inherently adverse to conflict will find it tempting to submerge the gospel, dilute the gospel, or obscure the gospel in order to avoid conflict. We, of course, are able to add offense to the gospel by our own ill-mannered attempts to proclaim it. But there is no way to remove the offense that is inherent to the gospel message, because it is a stumbling block, a scandal to a fallen world. It will inevitably bring conflict. If we want reformation, we must be prepared to endure such conflict to the glory of God.

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R.C. Sproul

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2 thoughts on “Are You Reforming?

  1. I lost a “lot” of sleep last night ended up getting up @ 2:00 to study Romans 14 . I know the Lord is working on me to keep me from compromising …

    Berean Wife Reply:

    Leigh,

    When the Lord works with us we can lose lots of sleep and it will be painful. However, nothing is as bad as not being disciplined as a child of the Lord.

    Hebrews 12:5-13 (ESV)
    5 And have you forgotten the exhortation that addresses you as sons? “My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord, nor be weary when reproved by him.
    6 For the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and chastises every son whom he receives.”
    7 It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons. For what son is there whom his father does not discipline?
    8 If you are left without discipline, in which all have participated, then you are illegitimate children and not sons.
    9 Besides this, we have had earthly fathers who disciplined us and we respected them. Shall we not much more be subject to the Father of spirits and live?
    10 For they disciplined us for a short time as it seemed best to them, but he disciplines us for our good, that we may share his holiness.
    11 For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.
    12 Therefore lift your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees,
    13 and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be put out of joint but rather be healed.

    Soon the discipline will yield the fruit of peace.

    Berean Wife

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