“Do not say, ‘Why were the former days better than these?’
For it is not from wisdom that you ask this.”- Ecclesiastes 7:10, NRSV
To whom it may concern:
The Reformation is dead. Anti-Catholic polemics must be considered a thing of the past. The 16th century was not a golden age. I love Martin Luther, the Anabaptists, Erasmus, John Knox, and even sometimes John Calvin, but I am pretty sure they would want us to heed the words of the author of Ecclesiastes.
There are new controversies to which pastors and scholars must concern themselves. Schismatics in the 21st century are coming in the name of Martin Luther, seeing themselves as reformers. Who is preaching the real change that we can believe in? What is necessary for Christians to confront schismatics, heretics, and apostates to my right and to my left? There is one thing that is for certain: a deep appreciation for historic Christianity and not an idolization of it.
People living in the past are doomed to be pimp-slapped by the future!
Truth and Peace,