So if you’re one of those “young evangelicals” whose minds have been emptied out by the mindless cacophony of your “Willow Creek” church, don’t swim back to the Tiber. You have another option, a great one: swim to “Lake Geneva” where your minds will be fed with “true, deep, intellectually robust spirituality” of the 16th century Protestant Reformation.
Its mention of God makes it verboten in schools today. But not too many years ago this was the season when teachers would lead their students in the great ecumenical Thanksgiving hymn, “We Gather Together to Ask the Lord’s Blessing.” It’s a singable melody, and the stirring lyrics speak directly of the Pilgrims’ experience in overcoming religious persecution.
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Although most of our loved ones were not martyred for their faith, they too are our â€œheroes of the faith,â€ persevering through all kinds of sufferings, persecutions, and trials in this world. They too counted themselves as merely pilgrims and strangers in this world, but now reside in their homelandâ€”a better city and country.
Some of us seem to be all too willing to cast aside that for which our brothers and sisters paid with their blood, whether it is the doctrine of justification sola fide or the regulative principle of worship (i.e. sola Scriptura). Those Reformed folk who died in the frenzy of anti-Protestant violence did not die singing cheap and tawdry choruses.
“A Glossary of Terms Used in Reformed Churches Frequently Thought to be Catholic.”
People from mainstream evangelical churches who visit Reformed churches usually come away with the feeling that they had been to a Roman Catholic Mass or something similar. For example, when they hear us mention sacrament, they imagine a priest conducting Holy Communion. And in the Apostles’ Creed, why do we “believe in the holy catholic church”?