Today is Reformation Day. Really it is a bit of misnomer, because the reformation of the church is not confined to one day of the year. There is a good reformation principle that the church should remember: semper reformanda. In English this phrase means “always reforming.” This principle teaches that when the church is made aware of sin it must always correct and address it.
And yet though the church should always be reforming, remembering God’s care during the Protestant Reformation is healthy. This day commemorates a season of radical correction in a church that had become increasingly corrupt. And for that reason the church continues to celebrate and remember God’s work among His people.
His patient faithfulness. There is no reason, apart from His perfect plan that God should extend mercy to those who are in the church. All have sinned and fall short of His glory. On Reformation Day the church thanks the Lord for preserving His witness in the world so that His people can be called out of it.
The need for diligent watchfulness. There is no historical era where the church is exempt from corruption and sin. The church is responsible to guard Christ’s teaching and practice. When men corrupt those things, others must stand firm. That is true for the church in the 21st century as well.
So we thank God for His faithfulness and we pray for His strength to serve Him well in preserving the the witness of the church.