We warmly welcome you to come and celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation by attending our week of meetings.
Sunday 8th October to Friday 13th October
SUNDAY at 11:30am and 7pm with Rev. David McLaughlin
The Authority of the Scriptures Alone
The Conversion of Martin Luther
MONDAY at 8pm with Mr. Cecil Andrews from Take Heed Ministries
The Reason for the Reformation
TUESDAY at 8pm with Mr. Cecil Andrews from Take Heed Ministries
The Results of the Reformation
WEDNESDAY at 8pm with Rev. John Greer, Ballymena FPC
The Doctrine of Justification by Faith Alone
THURSDAY at 8pm with Rev. John Greer, Ballymena FPC
The Priesthood of all Believers
FRIDAY at 8pm with Mr Wallace Thompson, Evangelical Protestants
The Reversal of the Reformation: is it all over?
The Reformation was the most important and influential movement in the history of Western Europe, and as such, has shaped the world in which we live. While the movement revolutionised European politics, law, literature, science, and individual conscience, it was rooted in a renewed spiritual understanding of man’s relationship with God. It was a movement which brought Christianity back to the Bible and faith in Christ alone, the essence of the Gospel.
It’s our belief that Luther and the other reformers did not introduce a new teaching but rather rediscovered and re-emphasised the truths of the Gospel as taught by Christ, the Apostles and the early Church. Neither did Luther “set out to break with the Church of Rome. That was not in his mind at all at that time. Indeed he was anxious not to do that”.
He said, “No crime or abuse can justify a schism”. It is not surprising that he said that. He was speaking out of a background of some twelve centuries of the rigid Roman Catholic system and the idea of The One Church. All he was proposing to do was to call attention to a grave scandal that was taking place at that time in the Church in connection with what was called the ” sale of indulgences”. This was all he proposed to do on the 31st October 1517. But, nevertheless, in doing that he was unconsciously taking the first step that led eventually to the Protestant Reformation and to the formation of a new Church”.