What is Scary about October 31st?

This time of year brings a strange situation that I continue to puzzle about – the non-starter of Reformation Day in almost all Protestant denomination churches.

Fact -> If the pivotal events which Reformation Day embodies and represent had not occurred (by God’s grace, of course), then each and every single person in all Protestant denominational churches would today be either a Roman Catholic or a non-believer, or both.

Fact -> Not only does Reformation Day and the events thereof go largely ignored and uncelebrated in most churches today, but the church seems much more concerned with Halloween silliness than with any awareness of the events that shaped (and contiues to shape) their church history.

What does this mean? What does it say about the church today?

I have, over the years, attended a number of churches – mostly Baptist and mostly Reformed in varying degrees. With one exception, they have proceeded to ignore the Reformation, as if the work of the Reformers of the 1500 and 1600s was largely unrelated to their freedom from Rome and their doctrinal beliefs.

I have no explanation other than willful intellectual hubris and entitlement of the first order, and I just don’t understand it.

They look hither and yon for alternatives to Halloween, running about in many case with great anst over things are for the most part meaningless if one takes the power of Christ seriously. At the same time, they ignore that which formed the foundation of their beliefs and which would provide something real to celebrate in the Lord.

Any questions concerning this to clergy or church leadership generally evoke non-answers, avoidance or clear ignorance of church history, along with a side order of disinterest.

I can only attribute the phenomena to a subtle man centered theology that will concentrate on almost anything of flesh rather than celebrate the reality of spirit that has shaped the church.

Mores the pity since we are all poorer for this…


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