You Might Be Reformed IF…

intellectualslackersThe following was written by Jody Harris, a member of my church on describing what it means to be Reformed in your theology. The graphic above is also Jody’s. He likes to challenge our thinking with great quotes, and deep thoughts.

… 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 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 supercedes 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 pick­and­choose 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 “modern worship” songs, …

If you accept God’s election because you find the doctrine clearly stated in Romans, even if you don’t “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 near­meaningless, 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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12 thoughts on “You Might Be Reformed IF…

  1. Elisabeth

    I believe that we are in agreement about doctrine, teaching, and church worship — specifically traditional worship music, which I favor. The majority of these lines, though, are more rhetoric than information. For example, nothing expresses what’s unscriptural about “Dispensationalism”, and lumps all non-traditional worship songs as “mindless drivel”. Perhaps it’s just impossible to express Reformed thinking in this format — but see what you can do with a Top Ten list.

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    1. Elisabeth,
      Thanks for your comments.I think Jody is writing from his perspective about dispensationalism and wasn’t intending to debunk the entire system in this post. You can see some of my posts against at places on this blog, but I will have to find them. I thought I had a page dedicated to, but just realized I didn’t.
      Blessings

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    2. Hi, Elisabeth,

      Actually, the whole thing is rhetoric, which is a good, God-given thing. Rhetoric is not bad. These things are meant to tell people wallowing in postmodern evangelicalism and looking for a way out that there is a way out, and a place to go.

      In a piece like this, it would have been out of context to show why Dispensationalism is broken. If the believer knows that Dispensationalism is broken, but does not know that there are other eschatologies beyond Dispensationalism, then this kind of thing will give them hope to look.

      Nothing in the line about “mindless drivel” necessarily lumps all modern worship songs as such. However, mindless drivel is the predominant mode of modern worship, so even if the few good, edifying songs did get swept up in the generalization, little would lost.

      The whole thing is, “You MIGHT be reformed.” One could agree to every single item on that list and not even be a Christian, so it’s just a list of indicators, not a check list to go by. It was a fun thing I wanted to put together, but it is neither a systematic doctrinal statement, nor a test.

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  3. Pastor Isaac

    Timothy, thanks for the funny “pick-me-up” this morning….

    First, let me first start of by saying that I am reformed and that I went to a reformed seminary. With that being said, I have learned much from my “non-reformed” brothers and sisters… It seems to me that this list could be said for many Bible believing “evangelical” Christians. All of the points seem to be able to apply to them with the exception of maybe this line:

    “If you accept God’s election because you find the doctrine clearly stated in Romans, even if you don’t “like it, …”

    And even that is a maybe. There are also many of our “non-reformed” brothers and sisters who are not dispensational… But like you said… they maybe reformed after all 🙂

    thanks brother,
    Be Encouraged 🙂

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