Thanking God for the Reformation

Blogging has taken a back-burner lately as I’ve added a few time-consuming activities to my already crammed schedule!  However, one event our family has decided to remember and celebrate is the Reformation.

When one mentioned the Reformation, I stifled a yawn and thought of monks and men dressed in black with floppy hats, gathered to bicker about minute details of church doctrine and arcane documents.  However, as our family has been studying the Middle Ages and the circumstances surrounding the reformation, we have developed a great appreciation for how God intervened and shone Light into a dark and sad time during history.  I’d like to devote the next few blogs to quotes from books we are reading, as well as share with you what we are doing to help our children understand the importance of church history as we worship our great God and Savior with freedom and enlightened understanding. 

Here is a quote from ‘Grace Gems’:

(J. C. Ryle, “What Do We Owe to the Reformation?”)

We have neither an adequate conception of the 
evils 
from which the Reformation freed us–nor 
of the enormous good which it brought in.

In the days when the Roman Catholic Church ruled 
England–he who desired to obtain forgiveness of 
his sins–had to seek it through a jungle of . . . 
  priests,
  saints,
  Mary-worship,
  masses,
  penances,
  confessions,
  absolution,
  and the like!

This huge mass of rubbish was shoveled 
out of the way
 by the Reformers. They taught 
that justification was by faith alone, and that 
every heavy-laden sinner on earth had a right 
to go straight to the Lord Jesus Christ for 
remission of sins–without waiting for Pope 
or priest, confession or absolution, masses or 
extreme unction. From that time, the backbone 
of English Popery was broken! 

The Reformation found Englishmen steeped 
in ignorance–and left them in possession of 
knowledge. It found them blind–and left 
them seeing. 

It found them without Bibles–and left them 
with a Bible in every parish. 

It found them priest-ridden–and left them 
enjoying the liberty which Christ bestows. 

It found them strangers to saving faith, and 
grace, and holiness–and left them with the 
key to those things in their hands. 

It found them slaves–and left them free.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sovereign Grace Treasures (choice PRINTED books)

 


Grace Gems (choice ELECTRONIC books, sermons & quotes)

Grace Audio Treasures (choice AUDIO sermons)

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