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Is the Reformation to be Blamed for Everything?

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7 M. Jovanović: Is the Reformation to be Blamed for Everything? Is the Reformation to be Blamed for Everything? The New Testament (NT) books from Acts to Revelation confirm the fact that Christ has always renewed his church, “cleansing her by the washing with water through the word” (Eph 5:26). The renewal of the church, thus, exists since the very beginning of the church itself. The renewal is not, and it cannot be, a non- repetitive act; the movement of the Reformation of the church did not start as late as the Middle Ages, but had already started on the day of the establishment of the church in Jerusalem. The church is a “living organism” comprised of people inclined toward mistakes and failures. Therefore, it is not an odd fact that the church has staggered and suffered, not only because of evil forces from without, but because of continual struggles from within. The church has suffered some of its worst strikes when it looked strong on the outside, and when its leaders were preoccupied with dominion, might and the conquering of territories. The struggles were always fought against different opinions, and that which was considered to be a heresy was fought against by “fire and sword”. However, that was far from a real and intrinsic renewal. Endless division and splits are well known in Christian circles. When a person disagrees with another person, they depart and found “their own church”. It is hard to consider this to be the way and path to a renewal of the unified church. The Bible teaches that the process of the renewal of the church begins and ends at a personal level. The renewed church is an assembly of renewed individuals. Is this not what Paul meant when he declared: “Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day” (2 Co 4:16)? If the inner person is renewed day by day, then the same thing happens to the whole church. What a wonderful thing it would be if all Christians were in

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