17 November, 2006

All Roads Lead to Rome

Eight Days OF Silence is an article about a Christian Reformed minister who went to a monastery and was silent for eight days. This experience was considered to be invigorating and reviving of his own personal spiritual life. He encourages us to do the same thing.

Is this really what minister's of the Gospel are supposed to be doing? Does a church with the name Reformed attached remember from what we have reformed? Does the blood of the martyrs not cry out against such practices that attempt to bring us, once again, under the blood-stained-staff of the so called Holy Father of Rome?

If we are going to drop the distinctives that Reformed churches have maintained since the 1500s (and not to mention the lights that shone in the Ancient and Medieval church), should we not just pack our bags and go knocking on the door of Saint Peter's basilica?

I desire one united catholic church- if others desire the same thing and have no problems with the errors and abuse of Rome- then they should return unto her shepherd. She is there to welcome you with open arms!


Cheryl said...

How about we set up some reformed retreats where you can go and be silent and commune with God without the RCC trappings? In our noisy world, a bit of quiet now and again might not be a bad thing.

Penumbra said...

Silence is golden.

Nate said...


Silence is a precious thing that is not valued in our culture. We should learn to stop and to meditate upon God's Word, His character, His attributes, etc.

This should not be done in via monkery though. Remember the Westminster Confession on lawful oaths and vows!

Anonymous said...

I think we should expect to see more influence of, or throw backs to Rome in many CRC congregations. Especially as the CRC Synods have been working for the last few years to tone down, and remove "offensive" language from the Heidelberg, in regard to the Catholic mass. Unity is not worth attaining outside of truth.

Andrew Duggan said...

You have made a logical error in your posting. In your first paragraph you identify the person in question as a Christian Reformed minister. In your second paragraph you refer to that person as a minister of the Gospel. The sad fact is that Christian Reformed ministers are not ministers of the Gospel. I think if you bear that in mind, the monastery stay doesn't seem all that surprising, does it?

Anonymous said...

Andrew, not all CRC ministers are errant. There are still many (though by far the minority) solid CRC ministers, preaching the pure gospel of Jesus faithfully. We have many heretics among us and leading us, but there's still a large remnant that God has kept faithful to Himself, even in the CRC.