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Reformed. Christianity. Evangelism. Modern Culture.
This question has been adapted from a post written by Jim Bublitz in 2007 titled Why has Jim become a ‘Reformed’ Christian?
As opposed to a “normal” Christian. . .
What exactly does it mean that I have become “Reformed”.
First off, “Reformed” simply means that I attend a church that holds to the beliefs of the protestant Reformation of the 16th century, when Luther and Calvin and others were instrumental in splitting the true church away from the abuses of the Roman Catholic system that evolved through the medieval centuries…
Like the majority of the churches during the post-Reformation era (and the Puritan era that followed), I have come to believe that Salvation begins with an unfailing work of God in the hearts of all those who will believe. While most churches in our current day believe that you “believe to be born again”, like the Reformers and Puritans I have come to believe the opposite about that; my belief is that you are “born again to believe” (see the change in order?).
Here’s a simple quiz for bible believing Christians who may not be convinced of this. Click the link below and see whether you truly believe that God is sovereign over the salvation of souls.
When you say, “God saved me”, do you mean that? Or do you (at least somewhat) feel that you caused yourself to be saved by making a “decision to follow Him”? Do you believe as one modern crusade evangelist said, that “salvation is 99% God, and 1% man”, or instead, is salvation 100% the work of God? How much power does God exercise over our lives and future versus how much does He “leave up to us”? It seems like a minor issue to some, but you’d be surprised to know how many things this effects in the way you live out the Christian life.
Take the quiz, and feel free to leave a comment here afterwards. But make sure you’ve got your bible handy. Here we go: