Is the Reformation Over? A Statement of Evangelical Convictions

Reformanda Initiative | November 1, 2016

Editors’ note: The following is a statement released today by Reformanda Initiative on the state of the Protestant Reformation, which will mark its 500th anniversary next year. Join The Gospel Coalition for our 2017 national conference, April 3 to 5 in Indianapolis, during which we will celebrate “No Other Gospel: Reformation 500 and Beyond.”

On the eve of the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, Evangelical Christians around the world have the opportunity to reflect afresh on the legacy of the Reformation, both for the worldwide church of Jesus Christ and for the development of gospel work. After centuries of controversies and strained relationships between Evangelicals and Catholics, the ecumenical friendliness of recent times has created ripe conditions for some leaders in both camps to argue that the Reformation is all but over (that the primary theological disagreements that led to the rupture in Western Christianity in the 16th century have been resolved).

Why Some Argue the Reformation Is Over

Two main reasons are generally cited in support of the claim that the Reformation is over:


1. The challenges for Christians worldwide (e.g., secularism and Islam) are so daunting that Protestants and Catholics can no longer afford to remain divided…

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