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In response to the blog posted on the WRF website entitled, “When a Pope Really Understands Luther,” WRF member Dr. Leonardo De Chirico has submitted this document and has urged all WRF members to sign the document - “"Is the Reformation Over? A Statement of Evangelical Convictions"
In addition to being an individual member of the WRF, Dr. De Chirico is Executive Director of the Instituto di Formazione Evangelica e Documentazione in Padova, Italy.
Is the Reformation Over?
A Statement of Evangelical Convictions
On the eve of the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, Evangelical Christians around the world have the opportunity to reflect afresh on the legacy of the Reformation, both for the worldwide church of Jesus Christ and for the development of gospel work. After centuries of controversies and strained relationships between Evangelicals and Catholics, the ecumenical friendliness of recent times has created ripe conditions for some leaders in both camps to claim that the Reformation is all but over – that the primary theological disagreements that led to the rupture in Western Christianity in the sixteenth century have been resolved.
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In all its varieties and at times conflicting tendencies, the Protestant Reformation was ultimately a call to (1) recover the authority of the Bible over the church and (2) appreciate afresh the fact that salvation comes to us through faith alone.
As was the case five centuries ago, Roman Catholicism is a religious system that is not based on Scripture alone. From the Catholic perspective, the Bible is only one source of authority, but it does not stand alone, nor is it the highest source. According to this view, tradition precedes the Bible, is bigger than the Bible, and is not revealed through Scripture alone but through the ongoing teaching of the Church and its current agenda, whatever that may be. Because Scripture does not have the final say, Catholic doctrine and practice remains open-ended, and therefore confused at its very core.
To read the full document and/or to sign it, click on the link below.