Does the Reformation still matter?

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  1. Ken Howes says:

    The Reformation will continue to matter as long as the Roman church continues to teach false doctrine: works-righteousness, the Pope as divinely instituted head of the Church, the unchurching of all outside of Rome and the East (and maybe Anglicanism), the invocation of saints, the false teachings concerning the Communion, etc.. Luther was right on these issues 500 years ago, and he remains right.

  2. Rev. Thomas Wenndt says:

    I want to thank each of these men for their insightful responses. But I find myself thinking that each of these fall under the category of stating the “blatantly obvious.” At the same time, not one of them seemed willing to tackle what I believe is the more pressing question: “Is the Reformation really mattering to the people we are trying to reach?” The question is not “should it” but rather “is it”.

    In the lives of most people today in our country, if they were surveyed, in my humble opinion, the number of people that even know what the Reformation (really) is, let alone how it really impacts their lives, would be abysmal. And as much as it hurts to admit this, I even wonder how much better the numbers would be in Christian churches today.

    I think this article would have served us better to ask a question like, “What can we do to make the Reformation REALLY matter in the lives of people on a day-to-day basis, more and more of whom never step inside a church or pay any attention to history to learn such things.

    Of course the Reformation still matters, and the message of justification by grace through faith is timeless. But in a time where we can’t even keep such words in a dictionary (as they are being replaced by words like twerk), finding ways to make the Reformation alive and relevant will be the church’s REAL challenge.