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Glory to God in the Highest!

Historic Christians since the time of Christ's glorious exaltation to the right hand of the Father, were biblically committed to their chief end: the glory of God and the enjoyment of Christ in living in a holy manner...coram deo (before his face). It is with these same goals that we approach Reformed.org.

The church in our age is given to liberalism, seeker sensitiveness and religious waywardness. There is little reverence and holy fear of God before our eyes. The church's distinction in the world should be a holy walk before Jesus Christ, and the glory of God, readily seen by the world. Christians today are not perfected and glorified yet, but can it be said that they are all fervent for the pursuit of holiness? And is this a holiness which the scriptures dictate? Is the Regulative Principle of Worship to God being followed in our worship practices? Are we strictly subscribing to the Bible and the Westminster Confession without reservation and scruples? Consider even this question, which no doubt, you already know the answer. Would the divines of Westminster accept our forms of worship and think our churches are examples of the best that true religion can offer? What would the Reformers have thought of our churches today? Just consider Psalm singing and its relationship to our cries of "Sola Scriptura."

The glory of God and the fruit of holy living is a primary goal of our faith, Jesus being our chief cornerstone. Are we walking in that faith? Are we walking in the power and victorious living of the Holy Spirit? Would others describe us in this way?

At Reformed.org, it is our hope and prayer that these sparkles of divine glory found in the articles and books on this site promote these characteristics of faith and living in our readers. With this in mind, we look forward to the day when the Master will tell us, "Well done, thou good and faithful servant," (Matt 25:23), but we are content to pray asking Christ to make your time here profitable to your soul, aiding you in a your faithful journey to be more conformed to the image of Jesus Christ.



Reformed Theology and the Five Solas

Scripture Alone: That Scripture alone (the 39 books of the OT and the 27 books of the NT) is the sole rule and standard for faith and practice before God. (Luke 16:29, 31; 24:27, 44; 2 Tim. 3:15-16; John 5:46-47)

Christ Alone: That Jesus Christ is the only mediator between God and man. (Isa. 42:1; 1 Peter 1:19-20; Acts 3:22; Heb. 5:5-6; Psa. 2:6; Luke 1:33; Eph. 1:22-23; Heb. 1:2; Acts 17:31; Isa. 53:10; John 17:6; Rom. 8:30)

Grace Alone: That it is by the decrees of God and His good pleasure alone that some men are saved through the Salvation wrought in Christ, for the manifestation of His glory. These men are ordained to eternal life through Jesus Christ, to the praise of His glorious grace; others being left to act in their sin to their just condemnation, to the praise of His glorious justice. (1 Tim. 5:21; Matt. 25:34; Eph. 1:5-6; Rom. 9:22-23; Jude 1:4)

Faith Alone: That grace of faith where people are enabled to believe to the saving of their souls, is the work of the Spirit of Christ in their hearts, and is ordinarily worked by the ministry of the preached Word; by which also, and by the administration of baptism and the Lord’s Supper, prayer, and other means appointed of God, it is increased and strengthened. (2 Cor. 4:13; Eph. 2:8; Rom. 10:14, 17; Luke 17:5; 1 Peter 2:2; Acts 20:32)

To the Glory of God Alone: Knowing that Man’s chief and highest end is to glorify God, and fully to enjoy him forever, the Reformers stressed this vital element of accomplishing “all things for God’s Glory” since they knew that God decrees all things as a means whereby He may pursue His glory to the uttermost. (Rom. 11:36; 1 Cor. 10:31; Psa. 73:24-28)

Jesus Christ, the Divine Son of Man, is God's Only Savior of Men

"And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world," (1 John 4:14).

"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved," (John 3:16-17).

"And said unto the woman, Now we believe, not because of thy saying: for we have heard him ourselves, and know that this is indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the world," (John 4:42).

"For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world," (John 6:33).

"Then Jesus spake again saying, "I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life,"" (John 8:12).

"As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world," (John 9:5).

"And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world," (John 12:47).

"To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation," (2 Cor. 5:19).

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Our site on Reformed Theology (Reformed.org) is dedicated to providing biblically sound online resources for the edification of God's people. We are committed to the system of doctrine known as Calvinism, which is the most biblically faithful systematization of the Bible's teachings concerning our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The Owners are dedicated servants of Jesus Christ committed to the bible and a strict subscriptionist view of the 1647 Westminster Standards, and worship at Grace Chapel in Crossville TN.

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