We chose to put Reformed into the name of our church in recognition of where we as Christians have come from, and to remind us the that task of reformation is always ongoing. To put it bluntly, if you are not Roman Catholic, you are reformed, since every denomination in Europe, England, and the Americas was birthed out of the reformation.
What is the Reformation?
Philip Schaff, a noted church historian, writes: “The Reformation of the sixteenth century is, next to the introduction of Christianity, the greatest event in history. It marks the end of the Middle Ages and the beginning of modern times. Starting from religion, it gave, directly or indirectly, a mighty impulse to every forward movement, and made Protestantism the chief propelling force in the history of modern civilization.”
The Reformation was, at its heart, a recovery of the true gospel of Jesus Christ. Under the rule of the Roman Catholics, the Bible had been made a closed book, being illegal to print or own in any language other that Latin, Hebrew or Greek. Because of this, spiritual ignorance ruled the minds of the people. The gospel was perverted by idol worship and tranditions, personal holiness was replaced with indulgences.
Historian Stephen Nichols says of the reformers “They saw their efforts as rediscovery. They weren’t making something from scratch but were reviving what had become dead. They looked back to the Bible and to the apostolic era, as well as to early church fathers such as Augustine (354–430) for the mold by which they could shape the church and re-form it. The Reformers had a saying,
‘Ecclesia reformata, semper reformanda,’ meaning ‘the church reformed, always reforming.’”