Few, if any, events in the 2,000-year history of Christianity have been written about more than what is commonly called the Protestant Reformation. It fits the description of a watershed event, in that it literally altered the trajectory of history.
It has not, nor should it be abandoned (not only because of it’s accuracy, but because it came from an inspired source). It accurately describes the churches which are now bowing to Rome, idolizing the pope, and urging cooperation with the RCC. Sadly, for most “Protestants,” Tony Palmer was right: “the protest is over.”
Rekindling the Reformation, by Walter Veith, underscores how far removed most churches have fallen. It’s so bad, that in the cradle of the Reformation, where Luther helped end the stranglehold that Rome had over Europe, few have any clue as to what it was all about. “Protestants Are No More,” by Stephen Bohr, is another eye opener. Those who deny the possibility that the scenes portrayed in The Great Controversy, could ever happen, need to get their PC heads out of the proverbial sand and recognize how close we are to the end of true Protestantism. The RCC has not changed. It is Protestantism which has changed.
What celebrations? Many “Protestants” are becoming embarrassed by the whole thing. Apparently the fact that thousands (maybe hundreds of thousands) of “heretics” were murdered by the RCC, is no longer relevant; nor are the continuing heresies that exist within the RCC: veneration of saints, Mary as “co-redemptrix,” Sunday sacredness, papal “infallibility,” worshiping of idols . … . . .
Yes, we have a unique voice, “Babylon has fallen; come out of her, My people.”
i think we need to concede that adventist inheritance in the protestant reformation is a mixed bag…while the writings of egw are certainly directly linked, the conservative segment of our church is in denial of both the principle of justification only salvation and the doctrine of original sin, both strong teachings of luther…the progressive segment of adventism, on the other hand, tends to downplay the importance of works which, again, veers from what luther taught…
what i find interesting is that both paul and luther taught a variety of justification only salvation and works importance that, strictly speaking, makes no sense…only egw provides the logical connection, namely that our unavoidably faulty works, inspired by the holy spirit, are what jesus purifies with his perfect righteousness…in defense of both paul and luther, all the details of jesus’ mediatorial role were not perceived until the visions of egw…
adventism, then, at least in theological terms, is in a position to supersede what was achieved by luther…but obviously, we first have to reach the position he achieved before we can supersede it…
“Apostate Protestant” could well be most apropos appellation used by current current Seventh Day Jihadventism in its scathing lashes against those who do not partake in burgeoning headship harlotry.
Curious that teh fundamentalists want to take us so far back to the way things never were, past Calvin, and square back into emulating Romish practices and beliefs. That little alchemist noted above as well as the boorish are vis a vis evidence Luther did not go near far enough, making our little trip around this mountain so easy to detour from, hence we recreate Babylon within, despite we artfully call it “true protestantism”.
Such a thing-“true protestantism” would repudiate any grouch with their knickers in a painful knot over a progressive truth, um, progressing…don’t you just love that liberal, Jesus, and Luther? Oh, wait, Rome, that bastion of conservatism, had a hand in their demise
Religious extremism and idolatry have no denomination - they exist in all. I recently traveled in a place where I would be ashamed to own protestantism (“I’m just a plain Christ-follower”). Any in-power denomination can always find a million ways to degrade, demoralize and martyrize the rest of their populace (as I understand Luther’s followers did back in the day - Reformation! What a great excuse to murder and pillage!). Unhappily, none of us are immune, so why name names? Without God’s love we are clanging noisemakers, all badly in need of re-form.