Principles of the Reformation
By David Bolduc, STR President
This article is reprinted from the STR October Ministry News
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In 1 Kings 13:2, it was prophesied a child would be born to the House of David. When he became king, he would slay the pagan priests on an altar Jeroboam had built. In 2 Kings 22, Josiah became that king and at the age of 18 he told Shaphan, the scribe, to cleanse the temple.
In the rubble, Hilkiah, the high priest, found the Book of the Law that Moses transcribed. Shaphan took the book to King Josiah. After hearing the words of the book, the king tore his clothes and asked Shaphan, Hilkiah and others to inquire of the Lord to see if His mercy was still towards Israel.
Since the days of the Apostles, many Truths found in the scriptures have been buried under man-made traditions. The Second Coming, Salvation, Christ's ministry in the Sanctuary, and the Sabbath are some of these lost Truths.
Like King Josiah, Martin Luther and many Reformers began to clear away the traditions that had covered the Truths of the Scripture for hundreds of years. They lamented the ruin that tradition had brought into the church. Their hope was to cleanse the church. Ultimately they found they could not hold true to the Scriptures and stay within the church. God showed them that His church is not an organization or a building but has always been the embodiment of the Truth. The “church” had left the Truth.
Building on the Truths of the early Reformers, the Second Great Awakening culminated with the end of the 2300 Days of Daniel 8:14, in 1844. The “host trodden underfoot” referred to the foundational doctrines of the Scriptures. Then the Second Coming, Salvation, Christ's ministry in the Sanctuary, and the Sabbath began to be studied and taught. God's word is still Truth and the Reformation continues on Strong Tower Radio, “Where God’s Character is Proclaimed!”
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