There was a Reformation, but the Kingdom didn’t come with it

“The first Reformation was about beliefs. This one needs to be about behavior.… We’ve had a Reformation; what we need now is a transformation.”  Rick Warren

‘Beliefs’ can be just ‘beliefs’ which a person holds but doesn’t really believe from their heart, resulting in right actions.

Righteousness can only come by believing the truth in Jesus, not by behavior modification/training.

The ‘beliefs’ of the reformation transformed Europe.

Europe was literally transformed by the power of the Truth of God’s Word, unleashing the Scriptures on a society that had been kept in the dark by the evil mutant ‘christianity’ of Rome, yet the lesson of the reformation is that, whilst the Gospel has the power to save individuals, it has not been ordained to change this present world into the Kingdom of God. That is, if saved individuals start ‘organizing’;  start trying to set up the Kingdom here, right now, it always ends up to be revealed to be a work of the flesh, just like the bad fruit of the reformation, despite the good fruit.

There was a reformation and a transformation in Europe, which spread to America and to many nations, but it was not the coming of the Kingdom of God. The Gospel can influence the world and yet that influence itself is not the Kingdom coming.

One Response to “There was a Reformation, but the Kingdom didn’t come with it”

  1. ianvincent Says:

    We quickly forget how ‘dark’ the dark ages, under Catholicism’s rule, were.

    The average person was indeed kept in the dark, and fed an endless stream of superstition and dogma by the Catholic institution.

    Therefore the reformation, in contrast, was radical and indeed a reformation.

    John 18:36 Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, My servants would fight, so that I might not be delivered to the Jews; but now My kingdom is not from here.”

    How can people think that anything has changed since Jesus said this? And since the time of the original Apostles?

    “My kingdom is not of this world” – whenever you are forced to be worldly for ‘kingdom’ things, or use any principle of this world for the sake of the ‘kingdom’ or Church, then it’s not the Kingdom in operation, it’s just a mere kingdom of man: wood, hay and stubble.

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