In Tuesday’s blog this week, I mentioned that Luther was born at the right place in the right time. If Martin Luther had been born a century earlier, Gutenberg’s printing press would not yet have been invented. There would have been no way a reformation fire would have been started with one document on one church door in Wittenberg, Germany.
But thanks be to God that the Lord of the Church, the Lord of history, not only watches over His church and raises up servants to serve His holy purposes, He provides all that is needed in every generation to do His work and proclaim His name to the ends of the earth.
Here we stand today on November 1, 2014. Here I stand today, without reservation, to declare that the Christian church on earth today is ripe for another reformation.
As in Martin Luther’s day, the church was in need of reform. We live today in a time where reform around us is desperately needed.
The foundations of society – Marriage and Family – are crumbling as the world redefines them contrary to the Creator’s design. What is the value of a human life? Today, our world screams, “Everyone has rights!”, yet the life unborn has no rights! There is no right or wrong.
‘Even now,’ declares the LORD, ‘return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning.’your heart and not your garments. Return to the LORD your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and he relents from sending calamity. knows? He may turn and have pity and leave behind a blessing. Joel 2:12-14
It’s not too late.
“Remember these things, O Jacob, for you are my servant, O Israel. I have made you, you are my servant; O Israel, I will not forget you.have swept away your offenses like a cloud, your sins like the morning mist. Return to me, for I have redeemed you.” Isaiah 44:21-22 (NIV)
Another reformation is coming. God uses the servants in His church to bring repentance and forgiveness in the name of Christ. After all,have all the tools today, both old and new, to be a part of the New Reformation.
We still have the Scriptures that are able to make us wise to salvation. (2 Timothy 3:15)
We’ve got new tools, too:
We have email. The question is, are we using it to reach an unbelieving world?Are we using it to influence a confused world?
We have Facebook. It is believed that there are more than 750 million people on Facebook daily. Imagine what we could be doing if we were using all the tools available to us.
We have twitter. Could you “tweet” for the sake of the Gospel?
Could we be praying together on line, across county lines, state lines, to the ends of the earth?
Are we doing all that we possibly can do to reach a lost world in the name of Jesus Christ and to influence a world in need of help and hope with the promise of the gospel so that another reformation may begin with you and me for the sake of Christ? Let us pray this song:
I love Your kingdom, Lord, The place of Your abode,
The Church our blest Redeemer saved With His own precious blood.
Beyond my highest joy I prize its heav’nly ways,
Its sweet communion, solemn vows, Its hymns of love and praise.
I love Your Church, O God, Your saints in ev’ry land,
Dear as the apple of Your eye And graven on Your hand.
For them my tears shall fall; For them my prayers ascend;
For them my cares and toils be giv’n Till toils and cares shall end.
Sure as Your truth shall last, To Zion shall be giv’n
The brightest glories earth can yield And brighter bliss of heav’n.
In Jesus’ name. Amen.
(The above hymn, “I Love Your Kingdom, Lord”, text was written by Timothy Dwight 1752-1817, taken from Lutheran Service Book, LSB 651. If you are interested in purchasing a hymnal with this and other great hymns of faith to go: https://www.cph.org/p-98-lutheran-service-book-pew-edition.aspx )