A New Reformation

Posted: October 13, 2020 in Uncategorized

Out of love for God’s word and a desire to dispute certain teachings of the Catholic church, Martin Luther posted his 95 Theses on the door of the Wittenberg church. Unfortunately, Luther did not go far enough. Most of what Luther wrote in his 95 Theses had to do more with the pope and indulgences for sin than it had to do with God’s truth found in His word. In fact, he continued to support most of the Catholic church’s false teachings that have influenced most Christian churches to this day.

The modern, progressive church today needs true repentance and true reformation. So I am using social media to post my own theses in the hope of allowing God’s spirit to open the hearts and minds of God’s people. I envision God’s church to once again show itself strong to the world—but not by our own might or power, but by God’s own spirit. (Zechariah 4:6) In the name of our Lord and savior, Jesus, Our Messiah. Amen.

  1. When our Lord and Master Jesus Christ said, “Repent” (Matthew 4:17), he willed that the entire life of all believers be one of true repentance.
  2. This cannot be accomplished by only confessing in private to a pastor, priest or some other administrator of a denomination.
  3. And it cannot be accomplished by parroting a childish prayer of accepting Jesus as Lord and asking him to live in your heart. Such a thing is worthless and mocks God; unless it produces various signs of outward mortification of the flesh.
  4. The penalty of sin, even among those who claim to be believers, will remain as long as there is no true repentance. (Luke 13:1-5; 2 Corinthians 7:10)
  5. Only your lifestyle will prove to others that your guilt of sins has been removed. If this is disregarded, the guilt of sin will certainly remain unforgiven. (Hebrews 10:26)
  6. One must humble themselves in all things and make themselves only submissive to God’s word.
  7. God’s word is only for the living, and, has nothing for the dead. Because the dead know nothing. (Ecclesiastes 9:5-6; Isaiah 26:14) In the case of the dead, God has reserved their bodies for the resurrection of the righteous as well as for the wicked. (1 Corinthians 15:52; Daniel 12:2) 
  8. As Christians, we are to be light and salt to the world. (Matthew 5:13-16) But what are we teaching the world about God’s love and grace by our words and actions? (Colossians 3:8; Ephesians 4:29)
  9. You cannot serve two masters. (Matt. 6:24) You cannot love both the world and God. The time has come to choose either one or the other. When you are far more concerned about offending your friends than you are about offending God, you make yourself a hypocrite.
  10. If you say that you believe God’s word, you must do what it says. God has told us that obedience is better than sacrifice. (1 Samuel 15:22) Stop choosing to blindly follow the false doctrines and traditions of man and instead study the Scriptures to know what is true so you can accurately teach God’s truth without any shame. (2 Timothy 2:15)  
  11. There is only one inspired, infallible rule and authority for all matters of life and godliness and it is the sufficient, pure, perfect, inerrant word of God. (Psalm 19:7-14; 2 Timothy 3:16)
  12. So we must do what is right in God’s eyes rather than in our own mind. God has told us to obey His voice, and He will be our God, and we will be His people so it will go well for us. (Jeremiah 7:23)
  13. We must not just say we believe God’s word, but we must walk in all the ways that God has commanded us; and in return, we will become God’s peculiar treasure above all other people. (Exodus 19:5) 
  14. In the midst of worldly philosophy and beliefs it will require wisdom, integrity and reasoning that only comes from a profound understanding of God’s word and unwavering courage to communicate God’s truth in love. (Acts 17: 16-34) 
  15. We should not, like as so many others, use the word of God or the talents that God has bestowed on us for earthly profit. ( 2 Corinthians 2:17; Philippians 1:15-18) 
  16. We have been given a sacred trust and holy privilege to be a steward of the mysteries of God in our music, in our talents, in our ministry and even in our secular jobs. We should not dare to treat it flippantly. If what we speak does not square with the truth of God’s word, it must be rejected and cannot be embraced as beneficial to the gospel. (1 Corinthians 4:1) 
  17. God has not called us to be successful, but faithful. Godly character exhibited in response to sound doctrine is paramount in serving the Lord. To live privately what we proclaim publicly is the manifestation of genuine faith and integrity. 
  18. We are the light of the world. The kingdom of light and the kingdom of darkness are two opposing worlds that are incompatible with each other in regards to our faith. 
  19. God is our Father and we, as His children, must disavow any and all alliances with sin and Satan or we will forfeit the joy and blessing that comes from obedience of God’s word. (2 Corinthians 4:17-18) 
  20. Satan doesn’t want to destroy the church—he wants to join it. Satan’s number one assault is to infiltrate the church with error and replace God’s commandments with lies and the traditions of man. (1 Timothy 4:1-3) 
  21. We are to be in the world but not of the world. This may be our greatest challenge. Separation from the world does not mean to isolate ourselves from unbelievers of the world, but not conforming to them. It is our responsibility to share the true gospel of God and lead the world to conform to God’s word. (1 John 2:15-17) 
  22. It is impossible for God to fully bless and use His children who are in compromising relationships with non-believers. (2 Corinthians 6:13-15)
  23. Honesty and integrity in business dealings, relationships and all activities is indispensable to effectively carrying out the calling of God. 
  24. We must purpose to keep personal relationships more important than business deals; family more valuable than careers; and faith more precious than popularity and financial gain. 

25. Lastly, we must speak as men and women of God. If you claim to be a Bible believing, Jesus following Christian and the world cannot see any difference between the way you speak and act and the way they speak and act, what would make them desire to repent and seek God? (Ephesians 4:29; Ephesians 5:4;Colossians 3:8)

Remember: Judgment begins with the family of God. (1 Peter 4:17-18) 

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