The Reformation Resurrection 2011 conference starts here tomorrow in Denmark (click here for all the conference details) and it is an event of immense significance for those of us living among the ruins of the 16th century reformers. I have already discussed the perils of failing to teach history, more specifically the Sovereign Hand of God throughout history. But what even transcends this and flows out from it is the truth that Luther declared before the Pope:
Unless I am convinced by Scripture and plain reason – I do not accept the authority of popes and councils, for they have contradicted each other – my conscience is captive to the Word of God . . . . Here I stand. I cannot do otherwise. (Imperial Diet at Worms, 1521)
It is not in the power of the Roman pontiff or of the Inquisition to construct new articles of faith. No believing Christian can be coerced beyond holy writ. By divine law we are forbidden to believe anything which is not established by divine Scripture or manifest revelation. (Leipzig debate with the Catholic Johann Eck, 1519)
It is difficult to think of anything more important for Denmark than a call for the many apostate ministers to abandon their pulpits or repent and be men "who rightly divide the word of truth" (2 Timothy 2:15). When you have the collective evangelical coalition of Denmark (Frikirkenet) combining their theological insights to come up with the stunningly stupid and brazenly false assertion that Scripture says nothing against fornication, then it highlights the need to stand with Luther and align our worldview to the clear teaching of Scripture - instead of aligning Scripture to a carnal worldview.
It is this Scripture, the Holy Bible, that clearly spells out the One True Gospel that the reformers fought to recover and gave their lives to defend. How dare we, who profess Christ in this hour, go to sleep on our watch. We are called to contend for the once for all delivered faith (Jude 3) and "mark" all false teachers who teach doctrine contrary to that taught in Scripture (Romans 16:17). Paul tells Titus of the need for shepherds to:
Hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in sound doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it. (Titus 1:9)
We in Denmark are amidst an irreversible catastrophe with horrific eternal consequences. And the sooner this reality is faced by Danish believers the sooner they will drop their white flags of pacifism and enlist as soldiers of Jesus Christ ready to contend for this glorious once for all delivered Gospel. With that in mind, I could not think of anyone better to come and minister to us than Voddie Baucham. An apologist who is hostile and combative to the prevailing worldviews that so many cower in fear to. Someone once asked me to describe Voddie Baucham and I coined the phrase "an apologetics bulldozer". May God bless this intense time of reformation resurrection as Dr Baucham ministers.