Historical Perspective: Essay On The Protestant Reformation

An essay on the Reformation, a closer look at this movement within Christianity. Historical, theological and spiritual perspectives discussed.

Was the protestant reformation inevitable or was the breach in Christian unity avoidable? How do you assess the religious and political events of the 16th and 17th centuries? Was the western world better or worse because of them?

I believe that the protestant reformation was inevitable because the doctrine of the Catholic Church is wrong in so many points. The Catholics believed that works were neccessay to salvation. The Bible says in Ephesians 2:8-9, For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of

yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. It might have been possible that the Reformation could have been postponed for a few more years, but it would have come. God would not have His Word mis-interpeted.

Martin Luther, the German Reformist, believed that the Catholic church was wrong in teaching salvation by works and indulgences. The Catholic church taught that you could buy your way, or the souls of a loved one, out of purgatory by purchasing indulgences.

The political events were a very tangled web of deciet, treason and tyranny. At the begining of the Protestant Reformation, King Henry VIII was the ruler of England. His divorcement from Catherine of Aragon and then declaring that he was Supreme Head of the Church of England brought in the Reformation to England. In Germany, the political climate was just as bad, or even worse that in England.

In many ways the world is better because of the Protestants. There have been many missionaries sent out with the message of Jesus Christ.

Matthew 24:14 says, And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come. By the sending out of missionaries, we have carried out the Gospel of Jesus Christ thoughout the nations. So therefore, we have sped up the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ.

I will say that in many ways we are worse because we have so many different denominations. There has been great division in the church since the Modern Age. We need unity in the Body of Christ. Paul says in 1 Corinthians 1:10, Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.

The Protestants and the Catholics have had many disagreements with doctrine. In the Middle Ages, many of the contreversies have been over Holy Communion, salvation by works or by grace, and whether the sacraments were grace bearing. Now the main conflicts are about homosexuality, birth control, abortion, and women being ordained into the priesthood. The disunity is not just between the Protestants and the Catholics, but with in the Protestant denominations. There is a lot of fighting between the Charismatic denominations and the mainline denominations.

We need to have unity in the Body in Christ because we all have a common enemy. One person or one denomination cannot fight him alone. Some churches know the Word very well, but they don't have the Power of God. On the other hand, some have the Power, but don't know the Word. We need both persons in the Body. We cannot function with out each other. Second Timothy 3:16 says that, The Word is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.

The Power is for the conviction of the hearts of the people and to show that Jesus is indeed the Son of God. The Power of the Spirit of the Lord is for all believers in Jesus Christ. Isaiah 61:1 says, The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good

tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound. This says that we as believer in Jesus, we have the power to do all that He done on earth. Also, John 14:12 says Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.

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