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The Reformation is Still Going On!

It's July 1 and July 31 happens to be the feast day (and death anniversary since he died on July 31, 1556) of the founder of the Jesuit Order, Ignatius of Loyola. The Jesuit Order was created as part of the Counter Reformation together with the Council of Trent to counter the ongoing Reformation. While some people think that the Reformation is over but it isn't. How is the Reformation not over? As long as there are men of God who are willing to preach the Gospel, the Reformation continues. One may say Martin Luther started the Reformation but before him there were already other reformers like former Catholic priest John Hus who became a born again Christian. The death of William Tyndale didn't stop the Reformation. Instead, it encouraged the Reformation to go on. Then Calvinist scholars like the Puritans came about. From Calvinist scholars also came the Authorized Version of 1611 or the beloved King James Version.

The Roman Catholic institution has been known for meddling in just about everything to make itself look good. Take a look at Roman Catholic countries and you've got the Roman Catholic Pharisees errr priests (take your pick) still meddling around just about everything. When they meddle in politics they protect religious Roman Catholic politicians while condemning those who go against them. They don't really condemn sin as sin but only condemn people whenever it's convenient for them. It's easy to assume that they still want people to remain poor and stupid while pampering to wealthy parishioners. They want people to remain ignorant and stupid so they can easily control them. That's why for a long time, the Roman Catholic institution don't want people to really read the Bible for themselves or they'll go crazy. Listen, there are lot of people in the mental hospital who don't even know anything about the Bible all the while there are people who are mentally healthy who read the Bible daily!

It's safe to say that Protestants were called Protestants because they protest everything unbiblical and that's just what's badly needed. Remember the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch (Acts 11:26). It might have been a derogatory term yet blessed St. Peter said 1 Peter 4:15-17, "But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men's matters. Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf. For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?" When one stands by for Jesus, expect the whole world to go against that person. John 15:18-19 and James 4:4 warns that friendship with the world is to have enmity with God. Since Christians have no friendship with the world then they have enmity with it. There's no business with the Christian to seek acceptance from unsaved people. Christians are called to do good works so God be glorified but if the world rejects them, they are still called to do good works and are still ordained and destined to do good works. Protestant Christians not Jesuits deserve to wear Ad Maoirem Dei Gloriam because to be a true Christian means to do what's right for the greater glory of God. The Jesuits just use the phrase but they don't really do anything for the greater glory of God.

Today, the Reformation isn't just about the Roman Catholic institution but it's all against everything unbiblical. Some Baptist churches today aren't Christian assemblies but "Easy Christianity" churches that have diminished authentic faith. Many so-called Protestant and Baptist churches today have perverted the meaning of Once Saved, Always Saved. If you're saved you're always saved but you're not just saved for the sake of being saved. To be Once Saved Always Saved is not Once Prayed Assuming Saved. Instead, to be Once Saved Always Saved means to be Once Saved Inevitably Perseveres because your salvation is from sin (Matthew 1:21). Jesus came to save people from their sins not in their sins. To be Once Saved Always Saved means to be always saved from sin - I was saved from sin, I'm being saved from sin and I will be completely saved from sin not I was saved from sin but now I'm still sinning and I'll still go to Heaven even if I keep living a life of sin. Such people are not true converts but false converts. The other group are the conditional security crowd who add works to staying saved. It's certainly foolish to say salvation is by faith alone yet to require good works to stay saved violates that fact. The truth is Christians do good works by the grace of God and not under the condemnation of the Law. Both views are very misguided and should also be targeted by the Reformation.


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