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When I speak of a more inclusive definition of the word Reformed, I mean a definition that includes a larger number of believers who profess to be Reformed—confessional Presbyterians as well as Reformed Baptists, for example.
adjective amended by removal of faults, abuses, etc. improved in conduct, morals, etc. (initial capital letter) noting or pertaining to Protestant churches, especially Calvinist as distinguished from Lutheran.
Jul 12, 2013 · So – what does ‘Reformed’ mean? Historically the name comes from the period of the Reformation: ‘Reformed’ churches were those that followed Calvin rather than Luther. It is broadly accurate therefore to say that ‘Reformed’ is equivalent to ‘Calvinistic’.
Nov 26, 2012 · The term “reformed” itself means “to shape again”. So at its simplest, to be Reformed means to be forming the Church into the image Christ teaches in the Bible.
Mortification of Spin October 9, 2019 A listener asks "the famous Carl Trueman" what “to be Reformed” really means, as Aimee and Todd play the mediators. The term “Reformed” is full of meaning, but many times it’s reduced to simply mean holding to the five points of Calvinism or merely ascribing to a predestinarian theology.
- What It Is Not
It may be helpful to begin with what “Reformed” is not. It is not one thing. Nowadays, even well informed people mean different things by the term. Still, because the last several decades have witnessed a revival of theological seriousness in parts of American Christianity, and because that revival has had much Reformed influence running through it, many have taken to using the term to mean nothing more than “theologically serious.” Some even seem to be claiming the label just because it’s tr...
The term “Reformed” does have a history. If we imagine ourselves in the middle of the Middle Ages in Europe we find that Christianity consists of the Roman Catholic Church and a few obscure fringe groups. The gospel is still known and believed by many, though usually along side other beliefs not truly compatible with it. Eventually Martin Luther and other teachers lead a return to the authority of Scripture and to the pure gospel of salvation by grace through faith. Along with the work of the...
Today, individuals and groups claim “Reformed” to express agreement with the views of the Reformers in select areas. Much cross-pollination has occurred between historically Reformed (that is, churches/denominations that actualy formed during the Reformation) and other groups, partly due to the fundamentalist movement in America in the (mostly) 20th century. When theological liberalism (that is, the inerrancy-denying, miracle-denying, doctrine-upending academic movement) became a force in the...
What I’ve attempted here is to suggest a relatively simple way to go about figuring out what someone means when he claims to be “Reformed.” Understanding that the term has a historically proper meaning and a host of less-legitimate modern variations, you could ask the self-styled Reformed individual a series of questions to get an idea of what he or she means by the term. 1. Do you mean that you hold to the Reformed view of salvation and the doctrines of grace? 2. Do you mean that you hold to...
Though “reformed tradition” in Protestantism can mean a variety of things, it is a general identifier for a tradition that was born out of the ideas and writings of the great reformers, including Martin Luther and John Calvin.
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