Law And Reformation

A strange and puzzling paradox has appeared in American life. On the one hand, we are seeing a tremendous resurgence of religion; on the other, we are witnessing flagrant sin erupting all about us. To the entire nation, the phenomena of Madison Square Garden and the Cow Palace, with evangelist Billy Graham as God’s instrument, is amazing; but how does one explain James Hoffa’s continuation as head of one of our powerful labor unions? Religious articles are appearing with greater frequency in secular magazines, yet the country is right now flooded with the vilest literature in history. Church attendance increases, children flock to Sunday School, but the Lord’s day becomes more secular, and juvenile delinquency remains our major social problem. We rejoice when we see many lives changed by the Gospel of Jesus Christ; but corruption in national life affords little ground for joy. And while salvation is proclaimed in some places as a sovereign act of God, do-it-yourself religionists hold great popularity.

In the light of this current paradox, it becomes apparent that what our generation needs most is not more pep rallies, more evangelistic meetings, nor even more revivals as they are popularly conceived; rather our generation needs a reformation that will transform the life of individuals in the churches and in the nation. During the course of centuries, since the advent of Christ, there have been many revivals but only one Reformation. The Reformation came close to fulfilling that prophecy in Scripture which says nations would be born in a day. Protestant churches throughout the world give eloquent witness to the force and power of that great movement. True, much of this energy has been spent. We call ourselves ...

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