The topic of what it means to be Reformed in doctrine came up in another post . At the request of Gomarus (thanks for the nomination), this is a new post to discuss that matter specifically.
So, here are some things to kick us off…
To be Reformed one must hold to the five solas…
- Faith Alone
- Scripture Alone
- Christ Alone
- Grace Alone
- Glory to God Alone
To be Reformed one must hold to the Regulative principle of worship…
The Regulative principle of worship in Christian theology teaches that the public worship of God should include those and only those elements that are instituted, commanded, or appointed by command or example in the Bible. (From Theopedia )
To be Reformed one must hold to Covenant Theology (no dispensationalism)
To be Reformed one believes that the marks of a true church are…
- Rightly preaching the Gospel
- Rightly administrating the sacraments
- Rightly exercising church discipline
Can one be considered reformed if adheres to any of the following…
- Premil eschatology. Must one be amil or postmil to be considered Reformed?
- Adult-only covenant community membership. Can one be considered Reformed if they don’t believe children of believers are admitted into the Covenant community?
- Charismatic gifts. Can one be considered Reformed if they believe the charismatic gifts are still working in believers today?
This may get interesting 🙂