Conflict and Chaos

Sunday, Apr. 17                                                         

The chaos that the Church feared took place right on schedule.  Luther lit a fire and which could not be quenched and was soon joined by others, including John  Calvin, who virtually ruled Switzerland.   Luther and Calvin did not agree on everything. Many RCC doctrines and practices were vigorously opposed by all the reformers, but others were modified or retained.  Debate over all these issues were fierce and unity was not easy to achieve.  Splinter groups sprang up all over the place.  All this took place before the era of separation of church and state.  Church and State were still battling each other for control over the masses and both were using force to do it.  Anabaptists, who opposed RCC doctrines and practices before Luther, should have been welcomed into the reform movement, but were hounded to death over the issue of believers’ baptism (versus infant baptism).  The Church of England with their monarch being the head of it, went back and forth between Roman Catholicism and Protestantism.  The same basic issue that brought on the Protestant Reformation—who can interpret Scripture—continued to be a problem within the Protestant movement.  That’s what made unity so difficult.  And that’s why splinter groups continued to emerge in the following centuries.  I doubt if anyone can even accurately count the number of Christian groups that exist today.  And they keep on being springing up!  Hang in there.  I’m going somewhere with this.

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