New Hope Reformed Fellowhsip
Pastor- Rev. D. J. Vander Klok  |  Dorr, Michigan@ Byron Road & 142 nd ST
Email Us!Our Website
Our Blog
Post+
Search
  
Filter By

Reformation Truth
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2011
Posted by: New Hope Reformed Fellowhsip | more..

REFORMATION FOR TODAY

JOHN CALVIN’S PASSION FOR - GOD GLORIFYING WORSHIP

W

e are again at that time of the year to remember the great works of God in Church history that is commonly known as the Protestant Reformation. This is especially displayed for all to see in Jehovah rising up men in whom He has placed within their hearts, a passion for His glory in upholding eternal Truth. The Protestant Reformation, also known as the Protestant Revolt, was the European Christian reform movement that established Protestantism as a constituent branch of contemporary Christianity. It was led by Martin Luther, John Calvin and other early Protestants.

In order to call ourselves Reformed or Calvinist in this age of great apostasy, we must know what these men embraced and how they lived out what they believed as the truth over against the lie. Today as in the past, many call themselves Calvinist but know little if anything of the Biblical truths these great men embraced, lived and died for.

This Truth consisted of “The Watch Words” that echoed throughout Europe and then to America.

Following men directly at the heat of battle- we find God rising up a man commonly known as John Calvin:

Jean Cauvin; 10 July 1509 – 27 May 1564) was an influential French theologian and pastor during the Protestant Reformation. He was a principal figure in the development of the system of Christian theology later called Calvinism. Originally trained as a humanist lawyer, he broke from the Roman Catholic Church around 1530. After religious tensions provoked a violent uprising against Protestants in France, Calvin fled to Basel, Switzerland, where he published the first edition of his seminal work Institutes of the Christian Religion in 1536.

Calvin began his Institutes of the Christian Religion with the following statement in Chapter I:

N

early all the wisdom we possess, that is to say, true and sound wisdom, consists of two parts: the knowledge of God and of ourselves. But, while joined by many bonds, which one precedes and brings forth, the other is not easy to discern. In the first place, no one can look upon himself without immediately turning his thoughts to the contemplation of God, in whom he “lives and moves”. For, quite clearly, the mighty gifts with which we are endowed are hardly from ourselves; indeed, our very being is nothing but subsistence in the one God. Then, by these benefits shed like dew from heaven upon us, we are led as by rivulets to the spring itself. Indeed, our very poverty better discloses the infinitude of benefits reposing in God.

In contrast to the above quote, people think of Calvin as a “joyless killjoy, ruining people’s lives in Geneva”. This negative view of Calvin had haunted this father of the faith since the 16th century. But, the great danger the church faces today is the practice of viewing the Bible as separate from our theology. We see signs that proclaim “ONE BOOK- ONE BODY” in direct contradiction to Eternal Truth. Calvin believed that there was no theology that did not come out of the Bible, but that out of the Bible came eternal Truth. It is deplorable when people dismiss the theology of the Reformation as being not adequately Biblical. In glaring contrast, most people today do not know one tenth as much about the Bible as John Calvin or Martin Luther did.

Calvin’s view of church life is meeting with God. As a result, worship must be structured according to God's word. Although the phrase "Regulative Principle" does not appear in Calvin's writings, the idea is pervasive. Calvin stated:

"I know how difficult it is to persuade the world that God disapproves of all modes of worship not expressly sanctioned by His Word. The opposite persuasion which cleaves to them, being seated, as it were, in their very bones and marrow is that whatever they do has in itself a sufficient sanction, provided it exhibits some kind of zeal for the honor of God." In our modern church age, most people think that if what they do in worship is sincere, God will be pleased. This is not true. It doesn't matter how sincere you are. If you're wrong, you're still wrong.

Again, according to Calvin:

"But since God not only regards as fruitless, but also plainly abominates, whatever we undertake from zeal to His worship, if at variance with His command, what do we gain by a contrary course? The words of God are clear and distinct, 'Obedience is better than sacrifice.' 'In vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men,' (1 Sam. xv. 22; Matthew. xv 9). Every addition to His word, especially in this matter, is a lie. Mere "will worship" is vanity. This is the decision, and when once the judge has decided, it is no longer time to debate."

As we gather each Sabbath, may we always be mindful for what purpose Jehovah has called us together as His covenant people. We can find rock solid Authority in the Word’s of our Lord Jesus in: Matthew 4:22ff Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews. But the hour cometh and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

May all those who confess Christ as our Lord and Savior always bear witness to an unbelieving world and a mocking apostate church, that we are content to follow our Reformed forefather’s passion, to worship God in the directives He has set forth in His Holy Word.

Rev. D. J. VanderKlok

Category:  Reformation

permalink | post new | clone this | rss feed | blog top »

     PAST BLOG ENTRIES     

Numbering our days
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 30, 2010
Posted by: New Hope Reformed Fellowhsip | more..
Psalm 90:10 In the days of our years there are threescore years and ten. He again returns to the general doctrine respecting the precariousness of the condition of men, although God may not openly display his wrath to terrify them....
[ abbreviated | read entire ]
permalink | post new | clone this | rss feed | blog top »


The Light of Christ
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2010
Posted by: New Hope Reformed Fellowhsip | more..
THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life; John 8:12b A ll too soon the carefree days of summer have quickly slipped away from us and already we...
[ abbreviated | read entire ]
permalink | post new | clone this | rss feed | blog top »


Echo's From the Reformation
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2010
Posted by: New Hope Reformed Fellowhsip | more..
Echo’s From The Reformation Earnestly contend for the faith, Jude 1:3b T he changing of the seasons each year evokes diverse memories and emotions for most people. The world hears the distant echo of past Football...
[ abbreviated | read entire ]
permalink | post new | clone this | rss feed | blog top »


Netherlands Confession, i.e. BCF
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2010
Posted by: New Hope Reformed Fellowhsip | more..
Article 28 That everyone is bound to join himself to the true Church We believe, since this holy congregation is an assembly of those who are saved, and that out of it there is no salvation, that no person of whatsoever state or condition he may...
[ abbreviated | read entire ]
permalink | post new | clone this | rss feed | blog top »


Netherlands Confession, i.e. BCF
TUESDAY, AUGUST 25, 2009
Posted by: New Hope Reformed Fellowhsip | more..
Of The Catholic Christian ChurchArticle XXVII We believe and profess, one catholic or universal Church,# which is an holy congregation,# of true Christian believers, all expecting their salvation in Jesus Christ,# being washed by his blood,...
[ abbreviated | read entire ]
permalink | post new | clone this | rss feed | blog top »


Netherlands Confession, i.e. BCF
MONDAY, JULY 13, 2009
Posted by: New Hope Reformed Fellowhsip | more..
Article XXVIOf Christ's IntercessionWe believe that we have no access unto God, but alone through the only Mediator and Advocate, Jesus Christ the righteous, who therefore became man, having united in one person the divine and human natures, that...
[ abbreviated | read entire ]
permalink | post new | clone this | rss feed | blog top »


Netherlands Confession, i.e. BCF
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2008
Posted by: New Hope Reformed Fellowhsip | more..
Art XXVOn Abolishing the Ceremonial LawWe believe, that the ceremonies and figures of the law ceased at the coming of Christ, and that all the shadows are accomplished; so that the use of them must be abolished amongst Christians; yet the truth...
[ abbreviated | read entire ]
permalink | post new | clone this | rss feed | blog top »


On Justification and Good Works
TUESDAY, AUGUST 05, 2008
Posted by: New Hope Reformed Fellowhsip | more..
Art XXIV We believe that this true faith being wrought in man by the hearing of the Word of God, and the operation of the Holy Ghost, doth regenerate and make him a new man, causing him to live a new life, and freeing him from the bondage of sin....
[ abbreviated | read entire ]
permalink | post new | clone this | rss feed | blog top »


Netherlands Confession, i.e. BCF
SATURDAY, MAY 17, 2008
Posted by: New Hope Reformed Fellowhsip | more..
Article XXIIIOf Our JustificationWe believe that our salvation consists in the remission of our sins for Jesus Christ's sake, and that therein our righteousness before God is implied: as David and Paul teach us, declaring this to be the happiness...
[ abbreviated | read entire ]
permalink | post new | clone this | rss feed | blog top »

· Page 1 ·  Found: 35 entries · Jump:  [1] 2 3 4