October 10, in the year of our Lord . . .
1560 – Birth of Jacob Arminius, the Dutch theologian from whose writings and doctrines Protestants opposed to Calvinism have since been called “Arminians.”
1821 – Charles Finney, 29, claimed to have received “a mighty baptism of the Holy Ghost,” and was converted to a Christian faith. Finney soon abandoned his pursuit of law and embarked on a 50-year career in evangelism and higher education. Wanna read something really scary???
I read that Luther once remarked, “We’re all natural born Pelagians.” Errors such as those taught by the figures above, for whom today is an anniversary of one sort or other, tend to move toward the kinds of thinking which Pelagius pioneered in the fourth century. The following list of eras in church history (the years are my estimates) is offered to demonstrate how Luther’s Reformation was a high-water mark in Church history.
AD 1951-Present Still More Deformation (Decline of Extremist Fundamentalism, Post-Modernism/New Age/Inter-Faith Ecumenism)
Notwithstanding all of the above, in keeping with the ways of God, a remnant of Reformed truth is found in each era; pray that Reformation and God-sent (not man-generated) Revival will ascend again to more widespread influence for the glory of God and the good of his people!