What is Reformation?
To be Reformed is to be Bible-believing and God-glorifying.
Roman 12:2 proposes a way of living that is quite contrary to the ways and means of the world but yet very profound in providing peace, contentment, and hope that can only be known by applying this verse from the Bible:
“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”
This verse present a means of reforming and the process to accomplish that. This process also led to the 16th century movement known as “the Reformation”. Believers from that period of time came to realize that the practices of the Roman Catholic Church were not consistent with the Bible, and that the teaching of the Church was also far removed from God’s Word.
The Bible presents fully God’s message of salvation in Jesus Christ alone by grace alone, through faith alone all to God’s glory alone.
This message was what the great reformers of that time, including men such as Martin Luther, John Calvin, John Knox began to teach in the Churches, protesting against the sinful practices and wrong doctrine in the Roman Catholic Church. The protest and changes taught led to the Churches that came about from this being called Protestant Churches and the Reformation movement became known as Protestantism.
The Canadian Reformed Churches stand in the Protestant and Reformed tradition. With the Reformed of then we say:
God’s Word to us, commonly known as the Bible, must direct us in all of life, being authored by the God of life, it should then also be the authority for all of life.