Monday, August 23, 2010
While reading through Arminius' treatise on Protestantism and the Church of Rome that I posted most recently. I was struck by his definition of the "Reformed Church". There are some quarters in the Calvinist camp that take great pains to insist upon some measure of exclusivity to the title "Reformed". It is silly stuff to me but it makes them feel good about themselves in some odd sense. I generally do not refer to myself as Reformed unless I am using the phrase as Robert Picirilli has suggested, Reformed Arminian. Nonetheless, the Reformed label certainly has a broad historic application. Arminius provided a definition that I think is well stated.
We call "Reformed churches" those congregations professing the Christian faith which disavow every species of presidency whatever, assumed by the Roman pontiff, and profess to believe in and to perform acts of worship to God and Christ, according to the canons which each of them has comprised in its own confession or catechism; and they approve of such canons, therefore, only because they consider them to be agreeable to the Holy Scriptures, though they yield to the primitive church and the ancient fathers severally their proper places, but always in subordination to the Scriptures.