Reformation Sunday: Titus
Sunday, 31 October 2021 // God's Story: New Testament
Truth must not be recanted. Truth must not be sold out. Truth must not be compromised.
500 years ago in 1521, Martin Luther was summoned to the Diet of Worms to recant the 95 Theses he nailed on the church door at Wittenberg.
However, with his conscience captive to the Word of God — the source of truth, Luther stood true to his conviction against his accusers.
Many besides Luther have gone before us, convicted by the truth revealed by the Word of God to reform the church, often at great cost.
Why did they have to fight so hard? Because the gospel was at stake.
In the book of Titus, Paul charged Titus with the duty of guarding sound doctrine against a fallen world enslaved to its passions. Titus was asked to appoint godly men to lead the church — men who hold firmly onto the trustworthy Word of God, and who would teach sound doctrine and rebuke those who contradict it.
This rings true even today. The church of the 16th century had the likes of Luther, Calvin, and Zwingli standing up for the truth; the church today needs all of us to continue reforming the church with the same uncompromising spirit.
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