You Might Be Reformed If…

March 4, 2013

Reformation Wall @ Geneva

As one who dwells firmly within the Reformed wing of Evangelical Christianity, I found the following to be astute, accurate, and a little bit amusing:

You might be Reformed …

  • If you think prayer is more than just trying to manipulate God into giving you what you want …
  • If you think that there are things more important to God than your comfort …
  • If you think the Bible has more to say about the Church than just what is found in the second chapter of Acts …
  • If you suspect that how you “think” about God might be at least as important as how you “feel” about God …
  • If you believe that the fact that a doctrine is described in the Bible supersedes your personal feelings about that doctrine…
  • If you feel that nagging suspicion that something isn’t right when the pastor can preach an entire sermon series without ever opening a Bible…
  • If you think that all of those letters that Paul, Peter, James and John wrote to the churches have something to do with how the Church should look today…
  • If you think that there has to be more to the Christian life than just being nice…
  • If you have always suspected that the pick­-and­-choose belief buffet can’t really reflect Christianity as it is expressed in Scripture…
  • If the theology of, “God has a plan, and it’s all about you!” makes you suspicious…
  • If you like the hymns unrelated to “tradition,” but because they are meaningful and true; in contrast with the mindless drivel of many “modern worship” songs…
  • If you accept God’s election because you find the doctrine clearly stated in Romans, even if you don’t necessarily  “like it” …
  • If you get a little creeped-out when someone stands up in church and declares: “I’ve had a revelation from God” …
  • If a “worship service” comprised of 45 minutes of near ­meaningless, highly repetitive songs leaves you hungering and thirsting for something real and meaningful…
  • If you’ve secretly abandoned Dispensationalism for not making sense, and gone searching for an eschatology that actually reflects what is taught in Scripture.

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Thanks to Timothy J. Hammon.  This post originally appeared on his blog: The Things That Matter

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