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Reformation Day 2011

This has been a quiet Reformation Sunday for me because I preached this day on the topic of Fasting and Feasting. I was asked to speak at three services, and the first two services were conducted the usual way. By the third service, I had a huge surprise. I could hardly imagine it, but out the blue the worship leader said, “Today is Reformation Sunday.” And I could hardly contain my joy because the 16th century reformation has not been forgotten altogether. Before I started preaching, I jokingly said I was almost inclined to change the topic and speak about the reformation.

Sola fide. Once again, we are reminded of the call to justification by faith alone. That justification is imputed righteousness; the righteousness that is required of us which we cannot never live out. Yet Christ lived it for us–his perfect obedience was the only way that we can be accepted by God.

Thank God for the recovery of the gospel. Happy Reformation Day!

Horton is Coming to Town

We look forward to Dr. Michael Horton’s visit to Manila for a theological conference in January next year. Details of the conference will be posted from time to time.

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Reformation Day 2009

Halloween parties, All Saints’ Day celebration or remembering the day when we have come to grasp the theology of justification by faith alone. Here at the seminary, Reformation Day will be like many of the years in the past–silent and uneventful.

The notion that God in Christ has justly declared a condemned sinner a righteous person is losing its appeal in a very quick manner. Very few churches teach sola fide anymore–much more understand its biblical meaning. Our many Christian brothers and sisters do not even care about it anymore. Dialogues with Roman Catholic theologians on justification have shown that the sola aspect has lost its hold on evangelical theology.

So where do we stand today? Can we echo Luther’s words again by saying, “Here I stand!” Or the follow the Allince of Confessing Evangelicals and declare, “Here We Stand!”

Happy Reformation Day!

Reformation Day 2007

October 31, 2007

490 years of Reformation history

Listen to a lecture by Riddlebarger “The Reformation: Then and Now

Read: Landry, “Wither Protestantism?

Past the Reformation

Are we past the Reformation? Don’t Luther, Calvin matter anymore? I have heard from within the evangelical community that the reformation was just a reaction to the church’s excesses of the day. It is time to patch up things and discuss our differences. Having said this, the state of our churches and theology today seem to reflect this kind of attitude and indifference. Pastors and church leaders have been complaining about too much theology and not much practical things coming from seminary and seminary students. There are even complaints about “picking” on popular preachers today. They are popular and successful, that is why.

Was Martin Luther wrong? Were John Calvin, John Knox or any of those reformers wrong? Have we lost track of their sacrifices to just put all aside and continue on?

On October 31st, we will commemorate the 490th year of the nailing of the 95 Theses or un-popularly known as the Disputation on the Power and Efficacy of Indulgences. So as a result of the document’s call for debate on ninety-five issues Luther was condemned and found to be a criminal. And that is now history to us.

Remember the solas.

Reformation Day and Sunday

Remember to celebrate (sic) Reformation Day on October 31 or Reformation Sunday on October 28.

This is a free resource that you can download for your Sunday bulletin cover.

Reformation 2007

You may also visit the online exhibit of the Presbyterian Historical Society.

The 95 Theses

Happy 489th Reformation Day! It is so sad that as we come closer to the first 500 years of the Reformation, we see the church and many believers have forgotten the essence of the 95 Theses. In fact, just ask any Christian today what it means, most probably he or she will shrug his/her head in ignorance. Ask Christian what October 31st signifies, the normal answer, would be the eve of All Saints’ Day or Halloween!

The 95 Theses:

The protagonist, Martin Luther, or vice versa, considered a fugitive.
The antagonist, the Roman Catholic Church, the Pope and indulgences.

What Martin Luther stands for: justification by faith alone, the material cause of the Reformation. Justification is the result of faith not works.

The Bondage of the Will. A very good argument against human freedom.

We have come a long way in our understanding of justification. May the church continue to defend and uphold this truth. Soli Deo Gloria.