REFORMATION RUMBLINGS Yes and No.
BUFF SCOTT, JR.
Will Reformation Solve Our
Let me start by inquiring, Considering the rampant division within the Christian community, is reformation likely to occur?
Possibly, but change will not come easily. The “chief priests and teachers of the law,” or most of today’s clergy and religious leaders, will oppose reformational efforts. They will try to persuade their followers to ask for the status quo
and put reformation to death.
It was the clergy who “persuaded the crowd to ask for Barabbas and to have Jesus executed” [Matt. 27:20].
They refused change and killed the world’s greatest reformer. They executed the Prince of Peace by nailing Him to a Roman tree. They were more willing to “bosom-buddy” a murderer than to see their sects and denominations undergo reform. A repeat today would not alter the scene.
Most will not struggle for reform. Only the free man will opt for reform.
He must be free from anything that enslaves. He is not free if he is a party man. If he has yielded his will to some denomination or cult, he is enslaved, for he is bound to uphold his party’s creeds, promote its philosophies, and fight for its growth and survival. Should he waver a little to the right or lean a little to the left, he is soon called upon the partisan carpet and told to shape up or ship out.
If he refuses to shape up or line up with the party’s shibboleths, he will soon find himself on the outside looking in. But this is the best thing that could happen to him! For the first time, he would meet freedom face-to-face. He could then declare with the apostle Paul, “Though I am free and belong to no man, I make myself a servant to everyone, to win as many as possible” [I Cor. 9:19].
It is not easy to free oneself from all partisan entanglements? I know, “been there, done that.”
We can serve others better when we are free of all partisan fetters, and that is because we don’t have to look over our shoulders to see if our party’s chieftains are looking our way.
The free man does not nor cannot represent any church, faction, denomination, or sect. He is God’s representative. He answers only to his Lord, not to the “chief priests and teachers of the law.” He has no lords, popes, or masters to whom he must give account. He will, however, be open to the persuasion of wise qualified shepherds or overseers and submit to their leadership.