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An Open Letter to the Reformed and Never Reforming

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Brothers,

The oft-heard phrase in Reformed circles, ‘Semper Reformanda,‘ came first from Jodocus van Lodenstein – a Dutch Reformed stalwart who coined the expression in a devotional publication in 1674. According to Lodenstein and others who began to use this terminology, it was not enough for a resurgence of Biblical literacy to reform the doctrine of the church, but also by necessity must reform its practices and do so continually. The principle is simple – the church is always in need of being Reformed by the Word of God. Notice, it’s not that the church reforms (as though it’s the church performing the action). The church is being reformed by the Word of God. That’s the true essence of Semper Reformana. In short, it’s not being “Reformed” (as a one-word term) as though Reformed is a status of what has been accomplished.  It’s actually “being Reformed” as a…

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