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Semper Reformanda

"Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers."¯ 1 Timothy 4:16
 

As I write this the U.S. Bureau of the Census, is projecting that the the resident population of the United States will reach 300,000,000 people today (click here for current total). You take that number and with some polls that say  there are "78 million "marginal" Protestants who claim a traditional religious identity but are not active in churches." and the fact that "Church attendance across denominational lines has suffered a five-year decline and has sunk to its lowest level in two decades" you realize that something has to change.

Semper Reformanda is a shortened form of a motto of the Protestant Reformation,

"Ecclesia reformata semper reformanda est secundu Verbum Dei "

Which translates "the reformed Church must be always reforming according to the Word of God."

This refers to the Protestant position that the church must continually re-examine itself, reconsider its doctrines, and be prepared to accept change, in order to conform more closely to orthodox Christian belief as revealed in the Bible.

I believe that the church should continue to re-examine itself and its methods and the way it communicates to itself and this lost world but there are some things that remain true no matter what age we are living in. Some of those are:

  • Salvation has always been and always will be by grace alone, through faith alone in Christ alone.
     
  • God's Word - the Holy Bible - is inerrant (free from error*), infallible (incapable of error in defining doctrines touching faith or morals*), and is "God breathed" as stated in 2 Timothy 3:16-17 - "All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work."**
     
  • The attack on God's Word started in Genesis and continues to the present day. That is why we are told to "contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints" because "certain men have crept in unnoticed...who turn the grace of our God into lewdness and deny the only Lord God"

    "Beloved, while I was very diligent to write to you concerning our common salvation, I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints. For certain men have crept in unnoticed, who long ago were marked out for this condemnation, ungodly men, who turn the grace of our God into lewdness and deny the only Lord God and our Lord Jesus Christ." Jude 3-4**  
     

With the U.S. following many other secular nations in becoming a society without rigorous systems of Christian faith our churches could end up serving only as a moral training ground or a place of civic gathering unless Pastor's and congregations return back to our foundation that the Bible is the infallible, inerrant Word of God and is the source for every thing we need in this age.

The shortened form of the phrase, "semper reformanda," literally means "always about to be reformed", but the usual translation is taken from the full sentence where it is used in a passive periphrastic construction to mean "always reforming."

So whether we are "always about to be reformed" or "always reforming" let us remember to re-examine our methods and make sure we haven't become like the ones we set out to be reformed from but at the same time let us not dilute or water down our message to the point of becoming ill-effective.

Semper Reformanda!!!

Love in Christ
Jeff

*Merriam-Webster, I. (2003). Merriam-Webster's collegiate dictionary. Includes index. (Eleventh ed.). Springfield, Mass.: Merriam-Webster, Inc.
**The New King James Version. 1982 (2 Ti 3:16-17). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.


 

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