Reformation Creed 1517-2017

This inspired piece of writing is by Senior Student Mike Colombo. This is the conclusion to the 2017 Humanities Faire, “The Reformation”. I love how Mike captures the essence of the Reformation, and brings it to modern day relevance. Great Job Mike! 

Reformation Creed

Some five hundred years ago, Martin Luther, well-read as he was, initiated a movement that hath changed the world as he knew it, commonly known to this day as the Protestant Reformation.  The rallying cry for said Reformation consisted of five statements, all containing the Latin word Sola, which beareth the meaning “alone.”  These five statements art the following: Sola Fide, Sola Scriptura, Solas Chrisus, Sola Gratia, and Soli Deo Gloria, which meaneth “Faith Alone,” “Scripture Alone,” “Christ Alone,” “Grace Alone,” and “Glory to God Alone” as such.  The Reformers adopted and proclaimed these doctrines as their own, and thus, so shall we.  On this day, in the tenth month of the two-thousandth and seventeenth year in the name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, we, the community of Jesse Remington High School in Candia, New Hampshire, hereby swear to apply these rallying cries to our very beings; and we pray that thou shalt bear these with us as we tell others of our great, powerful, and merciful Master.

Sola Fide: faith alone.  We believe that for by grace are we saved, through faith, and this is not of our own doing: ‘tis the gift of God.  Not by works of righteousness which we have done, so that no one may boast.  We hath been brought to redemption by his mercy and the washing of regeneration.  We have also been told that He shall never leave nor forsake us, and that He loves us with an everlasting love.  We shall be humbled by this fact, and go forth with this truth in mind as we proceed to combat the forces of evil around us.

Sola Scriptura: Scripture alone.  We believe that all scripture is true, and is given to us by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, and for instruction in righteousness.  We shall equip and utilize this quick and powerful double-edged sword to present the Gospel of truth and peace to this shattered generation, but not in our own words, but with the words of the Holy Spirit in and through us as He pierces even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and joints and marrow to those around us.

Solas Christus: Christ alone.  We believe that Jesus Christ is the way, the truth, and the life; and that no one may come to the Father but by Him.  We believe that He is the only One who can act as the propitiation for our sins and intercede for us on our behalf because without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness of sins; and also because according to the Scriptures, Christ died for our sins, was buried, and was raised on the third day.  We shall recognize Him as such, and glorify Him as our Redeemer and Lord.

Sola Gratia: grace alone.  We believe that there is none righteous, no not one; and that all our righteousness is as filthy rags in His sight.  Yet God, in His holiness, demonstrateth His love for us by sending Christ to die on our behalf.  The wages of our transgressions is eternal separation from God, but He gives us eternal life through Christ.  He hath given us the right to be His children for those who have accepted this gift of grace.  We shall tell others of this grace that He hath bestowed upon us through the power of the Holy Spirit.

Soli Deo Gloria: glory to God alone.  We believe that God created the heavens and the earth, and that the heavens declare the glory of God.  He alone, the King of kings and Lord of lords, is worthy of this glory because of His holiness, justice, power, and love.  He is the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end.  We shall do all, whether in word or thought or deed, to the glory and honor of our Heavenly Father and sing of His indescribable grace and love.

These five ideologies laid the bedrock of the Protestant Reformation, and they shall be the bedrock of our mission here in the New World during these times of pride and godlessness.  If any of you who are present today would care to join us in this mission, let him sign our Reformation Creed and pin it to Geneva Wall, as ye embark on this challenge and advance the Kingdom of the Lord, and allow the Holy Spirit to use you as a vessel to bring many lost souls to Christ.  Let us remember the words and deeds of those who have gone before us, and let them shine forth as a beacon of hope for us and Christ-followers across the world as we accept this mission that the Reformers of old have left for us to accomplish.

 

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