We have huge idols in our day â€“ true Reformation desires to smash the idols that spit in Christâ€™s face. True Christians are bothered when they see Godâ€™s law and Word impugned by men â€“ especially when done through law by the governments of men.
The Reformers conducted mission to the magistrates. They saw Christianity as important to the public realm. True Reformation affects both the inner and the outer man. Law and institutions will change for the better where repair is needed. Unwanted, unbiblical institutions will be discarded.
The Reformers courted the magistrates. Unlike the Christianity of today which has totally abandoned the magistrates. They saw civil authority as instituted by God. Their focus was to convert, coerce, or co-opt the magistrates into their camp â€“ or at least to their thinking on important matters of public policy.
There is so much that needs to be addressed and reformed in our day. The slaughter of the preborn; rampant homosex so much so that the created order of God regarding marriage is impugned; divorce for any reason; decriminalization of adultery; sexual perversion and licentiousness everywhere; the state seizing peoples children (should outrage us); materialism and ease the greatest desire of most men â€“ and we could go on and on.
Yet the church sleeps. Her pulpits filled with whores - with the people by and large liking it that way.
This sermon looks at the historical influence of the Reformation in Magdeburg, Germany - as well as delivers a crushing blow to a huge idol in our day. 39 min. MercySeat.net
Political Shockwave I have been found out as being pious according to this message, even though I make my faith known publicly. What I am is reluctant to engage politicians due to my ignorance of history and the men who changed it for the Kingdom's sake.
I will have to listen to this highly informative message on how we can actually make big differences influencing policy making of our elected officials.
I'd like to read your book about the duties of the Lesser Magistrates. That would be a good start for me, if I want to change things in my town.
Thank you again for diligently studying the things we need to know about government and how it functions. The Reformers knew. We should also.