Real Reformation men wanted! Genuine Gospel warriors wanted! Sword of the Spirit wielding soldiers of the cross wanted (Eph. 6:10-20, 2 Tim. 2:4, & Luke 9:23-26)! Mere Reformation celebrants, historians, and/or theologians are not the need of the hour. It has been 500 years since the Reformation began and the ancient cult of Roman Catholicism is yet thriving and damning millions souls around the globe. What is needed in this hour are men who will not sit idle, apathetic, and silent while sinners are drug down to Hell with doctrines of demons. We need men who will go to war. We need men who will go behind enemy lines to rescue the captives. We need men who will engage the enemy as if eternal souls depend on it. We need men who will unleash the “hammer” and “fire” of God’s Word directly upon the adversary without compromise (Jer. 23:29).
We don’t need men who merely deliver lectures about historic Reformation men who fought a good fight hundreds of years ago. We need real Reformation men who will fight a good fight for Christ and souls in the pulpit and on the street today, tomorrow, next week, next month, next year, and every year after that until the King of kings returns with a trumpet and a shout! We need men who feast upon the Word of God until there is steel in their spine, fire in their belly, and a double edged Sword in their hand, head, heart, and flowing from their mouth! We need real Reformation men!
From the time of Apostles until now the job description has not changed. The job is to turn “the world upside down” with bold and loving proclamation of the Law of God and the Gospel of Jesus Christ in the pulpit, in every city square, and on every village street (Acts 17:6). The job is to rescue precious souls from every tribe, tongue and nation from sin, cults, false religion, death, and eternity under the wrath of God in Hell. The job is to “wage the good warfare” against the most successful, longest standing, antichrist system on the planet (1 Tim. 1:18). The job is to rescue 1.2 billion Roman Catholic souls perishing under soul damning doctrine. The job is to joyously embrace the reason for Christ’s incarnation; “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” through a bold ministry of the Law of God and Gospel of Jesus (1 Tim. 1:15).
They seem obvious to some, however experience has shown that a few disqualifications must be made clear. No applicant will be considered for the position of “Reformation man” unless they readily refuse all unholy unions and alliances with obvious and avowed enemies of Christ…Rome’s Pope, bishops, and priests (2 Cor. 6:14-18). Furthermore, no applicant will be considered unless they readily refuse all Gospel compromising unions and alliances with professing evangelicals who openly betray Christ (Rick Warren, Luis Palau, Russell Moore, David Robertson, etc.), who willfully and knowingly defy Scripture and unite with the ancient and present enemy of Christ and His Gospel (Gal. 1:6-10 & 2:11-15).
To be very clear, double-minded men need not apply. Double-minded men who can’t seem to get and maintain doctrinal clarity and consistency when it comes to their associations, friends, and ministry partners are not real Reformation men and must not be trusted with the cause and banner of our King. There are notable men in the Reformed camp, who like Thomas Cranmer of old, need to stick “the hand that offended” into the flames of repentance before being enlisted in the Lord’s Reformation army to stand in Reformed pulpits and lead the Reformation charge. The Gospel is the hill to die on, therefore Gospel compromising double-minded men must not be tolerated in Reformed pulpits and ministries.
The present love of all co-laboring Reformation men, who truly love Christ, His Gospel, and the souls of men. The eternal love of all those who are rescued from Catholicism’s false gospel and eternity in Hell. Above all else, the eternal love and commendation of the Lord Jesus Christ, “Well done, good and faithful servant” (Matt. 25:23).
The momentary hatred of all those who love Roman Catholicism and hate the Lord Jesus Christ (John 15:18-25 & 17:14). The cunning and duplicitous opposition of all professed evangelicals who have made peace with Christ’s enemies; men who claim adherence to Christ and His Gospel while befriending those who oppose Christ and His Gospel; men who gladly sit on ecumenical councils with Christ’s enemies; men who blissfully bow their heads to pray with men who pray to Mary, to wafers, and to other abominable idols; men who pragmatically unite with notorious enemies of Christ and His Gospel to further their moral, political, or personal cause; men who insist on making peace where there can be no peace (Jer. 6:13-14). Job hazards include but are not limited to: harsh scowls, reviling words, social ostracism, exile, imprisonment, and various forms of death (see The Acts of the Apostles & Foxe’s Book of Martyrs). With bright and certain hope, let us be reminded that martyrdom results in immediate reception of eternal retirement benefits (see Acts 7:54-60 & below for further details).
Committed Reformation laborers have a guaranteed retirement package that is truly out of this world (Rev. 21:1-7). There is a strict policy regarding retirement and its benefits not beginning until death (Rev. 2:10). Gross cowardice and apostasy will nullify all retirement benefits and result in severe penalties (Mark 8:35-38 & Rev. 21:8). Martin Luther and Charles Spurgeon retired from their Gospel labors long ago, leaving us a well marked Reformation trail that we would do well to follow closely: