A statement here from a letter which speaks of revival of church testimony.
A Letter About Revival
Yes, my friend, there have been several reformations in history. In the Middle Ages the various recovery efforts were all seeking to get back to the fundamentals of the Word of God from the religious tyranny of the RC religion (circa 500 AD to 1500 AD), which Judaized the faith and enslaved people to elitism of religious men and their organization. During the Middle "dark" Ages there was a revival of God to recover the Gospel message of salvation (called, the Protestant Reformation), which is essential truth and fundamental to all religious thought. In the early 1800's God moved to then recover church truth. Much has been written on this, which is available at the addresses below.
This fellowship I am with concerns church truth and began in Ireland and then England in 1827 (and J. N. Darby was a principle in this together with three or four others), but through the years our part in this was diminished by some seeking after personal innovations and greater freedoms, and the Open (Plymouth) Brethren (PB) group left the fellowship and became more prominent. As you may know from history, about 1800 there was a movement by God to revive church truth, out of the denominated sects and systems that developed after the Reformation of circa 1500 (which recovered the true Gospel message). The significant work for the universal church seemed to be that next revival, which was formed in 1827 in Dublin.
You can read something of that history at the Bible Counsel site (biblecounsel.homestead .com), and at Bible Truth Publishers in Addison, IL. God has been faithful to preserve church truth and His pure testimony to this present day, in spite of the divisions which occurred. Trust God and His Word! -RLD