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Appreciation, Reflection, Repentance, Prayer: The Third Annual Reformation Day Miniblog

by Carson T. Clark on October 31, 2012

October 31st. Everyone knows that today is Halloween. Few know that it’s also Reformation Day. On this day each year the Protestant Reformation is remembered and celebrated. My view of that event can be summed up in two equally 1.If I may be so bold, I think celebration of such a flagrant violation of Christ’s will is completely out of line.hard-hitting words: tragic necessity. Tragic because Christ’s desire, as seen in His prayer in John 17, is that His followers be one so that the world may know that the Father sent the Son.12.Though Erasmus is far and away my favorite figure of the era, were I alive then I doubt I could have, in good conscience, held his position and remained within the Catholic fold.Necessity because I do affirm that the late medieval Roman Catholic Church had become horribly corrupted and desperately needed restoration.2 Yet because an action had justification doesn’t imply its innate good.33.In legal terms, being found not guilty isn’t the same as being proved innocent. Regardless of where the fault lies, schism within the Body of Christ should never be celebrated. A more appropriate tone would be solemn appreciation, somber reflection, repentance that our sins have defiled the Bride of Christ, mourning that those sins have turned many in this needing world away from her, and hopeful prayer that one day there will be full reconciliation.

  • Derek Rishmawy

    Good stuff. “Solemn appreciation” is probably an appropriate stance. I thought of it more along the lines of “celebration through repentance.”

    Keep it up, Carson.

  • Rob Scot

    Great reminder, thanks Carson. Made me think of the introduction to Robert Webber’s “Evangelicals on the Canterbury Trail”, in which he talks about scandalizing a packed crowd at Wheaton College by giving a Reformation Day address entitled ‘The Tragedy of the Reformation’.
    “Schism within the Body of Christ should never be celebrated”. Amen to that.

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