Validating the Protestant Reformation: Was God in it?

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Being that this is a Protestant forum I thought it beneficial to cite some reasons for the existence of the Protestant Faith by reviewing the basis for its emergence upon the religious world in an environment hostile to new ideas. And, most of all, to demonstrate by facts that God was definitely at work moving it forward and sustaining it.

I want to establish a basis by quoting an excerpt from THE NEW SCHAFF-HERZOG ENCYCLOPEDIA OF RELIGIOUS KNOWLEDGE, page 419.

    II. Principles of the Reformation:

    1. Its Basis.

    The movement started with the practical question, How can the troubled conscience find pardon and peace, and become sure of personal salvation? It retained from the Roman Catholic system all the objective doctrines of Christianity concerning the Trinity and the divine human character and work of Christ, in fact, all the articles of faith contained in the Apostles' and other ecumenical creeds of the early church. But it joined issue with the prevailing soteriology, that is, the application of the doctrines relating to Christianity, especially the justification of the sinner before God, the character of faith, good works, the rights of conscience, the rule of faith, and the meaning and number of the sacraments. It brought the believer into direct relation and union with Christ as the one and all-sufficient source of salvation, and set aside the doctrines of sacerdotal and saintly mediation and intercession. The Protestant goes directly to the Word of God for instruction, and to the throne of grace in his devotions; while the pious Roman Catholic consults the teaching of his church, and prefers to offer his prayers through the medium of the Virgin Mary and the saints.

    2. Three Principles of Protestantism.

    From this general principle of Evangelical freedom, and direct individual relationship of the believer to Christ, proceed the three fundamental doctrines of Protestantism-the absolute supremacy of (1) the Word and of (2) Principles the grace of Christ, and (3) the general priesthood of believers.

    Source on CCEL: THE NEW SCHAFF-HERZOG ENCYCLOPEDIA OF RELIGIOUS KNOWLEDGE @ CCEL

Recall from scripture that when God instructed Moses to build the wilderness tabernacle He said to him, “See to it that you make everything according to the pattern shown you on the mountain.” Hebrews 8:5. The pattern shown to Moses was that of heaven’s sanctuary and, along with the feasts, was a shadow of the true. (cf. Hebrews 9:23,24). The Psalmist said, "Thy way, O God, is in the sanctuary." Psalm 77:13. It was God's purpose that the Sanctuary model be a lesson book to the Hebrews to help them understand His plan of salvation. The typical things were to teach them concerning the anti-typical. The shadows to help them comprehend the reality. Therefore, I will be using the Sanctuary model to demonstrate how God used the Protestant Reformation to bring to the forefront His model, His Sanctuary model, to bring light upon His plan of salvation which had been lost sight of over the centuries.

Please note that this topic is not listed under the "Interdenominational Discussions Room" with the intent that the focus will be on the merits of the Reformation rather than contrasting conflicting viewpoints.

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Sanctuary Restoration Article 2: 1400-1500's Alter of Sacrifice

In the post about the wilderness and the Sanctuary being cast down (http://www.ccel.org/node/25413/58052#comment-58052) we learned that every article of furniture, which were shadows of heavenly realities, was cast down to the earth. Instead of pointing us to the work of Christ for us in the heavenly Sanctuary all of that work was brought low, to the earth, during the Dark Ages.

Now we will begin looking at the restoration of those truths, those heavenly realities, by God through the Protestant Reformation. We begin in the 1300's and move forward in time until every article in the Sanctuary is restored to its rightful place and significance.

The 2nd article restored was the Alter of Sacrifice.


1400-1500’s : Martin Luther : Lutherans : Justification by Faith effectively restoring the all-sufficient, once-only sacrifice of Christ (alter of sacrifice)

Christ's sacrifice was all-sufficient and lacked nothing in efficacy. It was able to atone for our sins and cleanse us from our guilt. Man can do nothing to pay the price short of dying for his own sins. Therefore, we cannot earn eternal life unless by faith we accept Christ's death in our stead.

We are not done yet. 4 more articles left to restore.


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