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Editor's Introduction

Editor's Introduction

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Dr. John H. Armstrong outlines his vision for the Reformation & Revival Journal. The Church is in need of these two movements today as it was in the 1500's. "Reformation undertaken without the power of the Spirit can lead to cold formal efforts... revival without reformation can produce new forms of doctrinal confusion and extremism."

Reformation & Revival, A Quarterly Journal for Church Leadership, Vol. 1, No. 1, Winter 1992
Dr. John H. Armstrong outlines his vision for the Reformation & Revival Journal. The Church is in need of these two movements today as it was in the 1500's. "Reformation undertaken without the power of the Spirit can lead to cold formal efforts... revival without reformation can produce new forms of doctrinal confusion and extremism."

Reformation & Revival, A Quarterly Journal for Church Leadership, Vol. 1, No. 1, Winter 1992

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Refortnation
&evival
A Quarterly Journal
for
Church LeadershipVolume
1,
No.1·
Winter 1992
 
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for each year for postage. Backissues and single issues are $5.00 each.Correspondence concerning articles, editorial policy,books for review, suggested manuscripts, and subscrip-tions should be addressed
to the
editor. Comments arewelcome.
The
convicdon
ofthe
staff
and
editors of the
Reforma-tion
&
Revival
Journal
is
that
awakening, of
the
kind seen
in
the First Great Awakening
in
this country, wedded to
the
doctrinal concerns of
the
historic Protestant Reformationas expressed
in
the terms,
sola scriptura, sola gratia
and
sola fide
is
needed
in
our
generation.
All
Scripture quotations, unless otherwise marked, aretaken from the HOLYBIBLE; NEW NTERNATIONAL
VERSION.
Copyright
©
1973, 1978, 1984,
by International Bible Society.Used by permission
of
Zonderuan Bible Publishers.
Table
of
Contents
Reformation & Revival
Journal
Editor's Introduction
9
Dr.
John
H.
Armstrong
Three Principles
of
Protestantism
13
Dr.
James
E.
McGoldrick
Reformation: A Pivotal
Issue
Martin
Luther-God's
ManA Man for
All
MinistriesWhere
arethe
Reformers?The
Starving
of
he
Church
29
Tom Wells
39
Erroll Hulse
53
Dr. James
I.
Packer
75
Geoffrey
Thomas
81
Jim Elliff
Reforming
the
Pastoral
Care
of
he
Church 89
Thomas
N.
Smith
Bibliography
105
Book
Reviews
107
 
Editor's Introduction
John
H.
Annstrong
On
the 31st day of October,
in
the year
1517,
around
12:00
noon, a relatively unknown Augustinian monk nailed upon
the
church door
in
Wittenberg, Germany,
Ninety-Five
The-
ses.
These theses, meant
to
stimulate debate and discus-sion concerning abuses
in
church practice, were not par-ticularly revolutionary. The issues
that
would later bediscussed, and concern the life of the church right down tothe present time, were not even on the table yetl But thisfirst move lit
the
candle that would not go out.
Of
his theses,Luther later stated,
"I
allowed them to stand, that by themit may appear howweakI was, and
in
what a fluctuating
state
of mind, when I began this business. I was then a monk anda mad papist, and
so
submersed
in
the dogmas of
the
Pope
that
I would have really murdered any person who deniedobedience
to
the
Pope."
In
our day another great apostasy has taken place.
A
great departure from the gospel has plagued churchesacross almost every line. What is needed?The answer now, as then, is a great recovery of the truth,a vital reformation joined with a genuine outpouring ofGod's Spirit upon
the
church of
the
Lord Jesus Christ, i.e.revival!
God
brings about reformation when
His
peoplereturn to the Word of
God
as their sole source of
doctrine
and
practice.
Revival attends the prayer and cry of a church,pleading for showers from heaven to
fall
again, as
in
bettertimes.
It
is the sovereign work of God, given most often atthe darkest times
in
the
life
of the church and society atlarge. The result
is
a renewed and powerful church andmultitudes of converts born
in
a season.
In
a very real sense,one cannot separate these twin concerns.
Men
like RichardBaxter, who is looked at
in
some detail in this issue, sawthese truths as virtually synonymous. Reformation undertaken without the power of
the
Spirit can lead
to
cold formalefforts at' recovery, while revival without reformation
can produce
new forms of doctrinal confusion
and
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