Must the Reformation Wars Continue? (Part Ten)

John ArmstrongACT 3, American Evangelicalism, Faith, Missional-Ecumenism, Protestantism, Roman Catholicism, The Church, The Future, Unity of the Church5 Comments

I referred earlier to the way in which apologists for Catholicism and evangelicalism often employ methods that are not helpful to the better understanding of our real differences. The style chosen does not help to tamp down the rhetoric of theological warfare and thus fosters further misunderstanding. By saying this I expect that some, on both sides who have a vested … Read More

Must the Reformation Wars Continue? (Part Nine)

John ArmstrongACT 3, American Evangelicalism, Faith, Missional-Ecumenism, Protestantism, Roman Catholicism, The Church, The Future, Unity of the Church16 Comments

I begin this post by sharing, as openly as I know how, that I have seriously considered God’s call on my life in terms of the very pressing questions that I’ve engaged with in this series. I have earnestly considered my relationship with Christ’s Church on earth, including both the Catholic Church and the Orthodox Church. I think everyone who takes … Read More

Must the Reformation Wars Continue? (Part Eight)

John ArmstrongACT 3, American Evangelicalism, Faith, Missional-Ecumenism, Protestantism, Roman Catholicism, The Church, The Future, Unity of the Church16 Comments

The comments made on Michael Mercer’s April 24 blog about the Catholic and Protestant wars of the last five hundred years – “Memo to Tim Challies: The War is Over” – allow a person to encounter a number of all-too-common responses to Catholic-Protestant disagreements. Some of the comments at this blog were astute and thoughtful. A few revealed raw prejudice. Most … Read More

Must the Reformation Wars Continue? (Part Seven)

John ArmstrongACT 3, American Evangelicalism, Discipleship, Evangelism, Faith, Jesus, Missional-Ecumenism, Personal, Protestantism, Roman Catholicism, The Church, The Future32 Comments

Yesterday I asked an important question at the end of my post: “How do we evangelize church members, both Catholic and Protestant?” Sherry Weddell, the cofounder of the Catherine of Siena Institute, with Fr. Michael Sweeney, O.P., is a Christ-centered disciple maker who works to equip Catholic parishes to form lay Catholics for mission in the world. Sherry has been responsible … Read More

Must the Reformation Wars Continue? (Part Six)

John ArmstrongACT 3, American Evangelicalism, Discipleship, Evangelism, Faith, Missional-Ecumenism, Personal, Protestantism, Roman Catholicism, The Church, The Future, Unity of the Church26 Comments

In post yesterday (May 20) – “Must the Reformation Wars Continue?” – I ended by stating that there is a question I now routinely ask in my dialogue and mission with Catholics and Protestants. The question first came to me in a public setting that I’d like to explain. A decade or so ago I was recruited by an adult … Read More

Must the Reformation Wars Continue? (Part Five)

John ArmstrongAmerican Evangelicalism, Church History, Church Tradition, Discipleship, Faith, Gospel/Good News, Missional-Ecumenism, Personal, Protestantism, Roman Catholicism, The Church, Unity of the Church24 Comments

The debate Tim Challies generated about Pope Francis comes down to a simple question: Are devoted and faithful Catholics really Christians? I am still amazed at how many evangelicals assume that few (if any) Catholics are truly born of the Spirit of God. This was more common twenty or thirty years ago but it is still the “party line” in many … Read More

Must the Reformation Wars Continue? (Part Four)

John ArmstrongACT 3, American Evangelicalism, Biblical Theology, Church Tradition, Discipleship, Faith, Gospel/Good News, Missional-Ecumenism, Personal, Protestantism, Roman Catholicism, The Church43 Comments

The recent debate about whether the pope is a true Christian reminded me of the helpful book written by my friend Mark Noll, Is the Reformation Over? An Evangelical Assessment of Contemporary Roman Catholicism (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2008). I am honored that he mentions me as one person who believes the “Reformation Wars” are over. Mark did not know … Read More

Salvation and the Christian Life – Doing Theology in the Era of Global Ecumenism, Part 5

John ArmstrongBiblical Theology, Faith, Missional-Ecumenism, Protestantism, Reformed Christianity, Roman Catholicism, The Church, Theology9 Comments

What I have written in my previous four posts on salvation and the Christian life can be stated very precisely in the following way – we are saved by grace alone, but we are saved for works and through works in the sense that such works are evangelical and always proceed from faith and serve the advancement of our real sanctification. Our … Read More

Salvation and the Christian Life – Doing Theology in the Era of Global Ecumenism, Part 4

John ArmstrongBiblical Theology, Faith, Missional-Ecumenism, Protestantism, Roman Catholicism, The Church, Theology9 Comments

Sixteenth-century Protestant Reformers stressed that we are justified while still in our sins. I believe they were right. We are, as they put it, simultaneously justified and still sinful. The Reformers, including the Augustinian Martin Luther, were zealous for the sovereignty of God. Many of their modern heirs remain zealous for this great truth. I see this zeal as inherently good. … Read More

Salvation and the Christian Life – Doing Theology in the Era of Global Ecumenism, Part 3

John ArmstrongDiscipleship, Faith, Gospel/Good News, Lordship of Christ, Reformed Christianity, Roman Catholicism, The Church, Theology9 Comments

When Catholics and Protestants engage in the polemics of theological polarities they quite often misrepresent one another. In the process they miss the deeper fruit of real ecumenism in doing confessing Christian theology. Non-theologians often do this more poorly because they adopt the views they have been taught by their favorite teachers and then treat them as the gold standard. … Read More