A Call to Reformation

One of my heroes is Martin Luther, a Roman Catholic monk who challenged the un-biblical practices and beliefs of the institutional church of his day.  Luther insisted that the institutional church use the Bible and the Bible alone as it’s foundation for faith and practice.

My experience as a pastor for 25 years in several Protestant denominations and student of church history and theology has proven to me that the church in America needs a reformation of it’s own.  The common abuse of power and un-Biblical theology and practices not only strangle the lives and ministries of good men and women of God, but pervert the plan and purpose of God in the Church.

I will begin by differentiating between the church, small “c”, and the Church, capital “C”.  The small “c” church is the local, visible grouping of people claiming to be followers of Jesus in a locality.  The upper case “C” Church is that which is made up of true followers of Jesus world-wide, both on Earth and in Heaven.

My request of you, is that as you have seen abuses and misuses of power or authority of church leaders, that we bring the misses here and seek to “Challenge Churchianity” to reformation.  Whether Roman Catholic or Protestant, the institution of the church must be challenged – not to be relevant – but to be true to its calling and purpose as declared by Jesus Christ.

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About Richard L Rice

Just an ordinary, balding, blind guy, making my way to Heaven by grace through faith in Jesus. Richard has been an ordained minister since 1986, and pastored 6 churches. A graduate of Multnomah School of the Bible (Portland, OR) and Abilene Bible Seminary (Abilene, KS), Dr Rice is the author of numerous books, including a commentaries on Matthew, Romans, and the Pastoral Epistles of Paul. He is the pastor of a congregation in Portland, Oregon, and serves on the faculty of the Berean School of Ministry in Tala, Kenya. He lives outside of Portland, Oregon with his wife Kimberly and son Daniel. Further details about him can be found written on the pages of his blog.
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5 Responses to A Call to Reformation

  1. Is this going to be your regular Blog or is this Blog in addition to your other one?

    • This blog is in addition to WhereLivingBegins.Wordpress.com. Where Living Begins is a daily devotional, whereas Challenging Churchianity has a different purpose altogether. Also note that Where Living Begins has a new address; it’s no longer CalvaryOpenBible.Wordpress.

      Thanks for your interest!

  2. alienhippy says:

    “c” and “C” I’m hearing ya! Love and hugs my friend. Lisa. xx 🙂

  3. Angel says:

    Hi Richard,
    I am someone who is working through my “church” issues. I usually stay pretty quiet about my faith walk because of the trauma wrapped up in spiritual abuse, and confusion. I look forward to reading more on this blog. I already gain a lot from your other blog. It is not easy for me to comment a lot of times because my anxiety(Aspie) issues, but know that your blog has been really great for me to read.

    I was also wondering if you have read Mere Churchianity by Michael Spencer? or Pagan Christianity by Frank Viola and Geroge Barna? Or Grand Theft Jesus by Robert S. McElvaine? I read them a couple of years ago and they helped me in a lot of ways. My personal feeling is that they can come across in a negative way toward church in general, but they have a lot of good points. I was just wondering with your background in church history and your title with “churchianty” if you were familiar with them.

    Anyway thank you for all you share!
    Angel

  4. Linda says:

    It was refreshing to read your blog on “Challenging Churchianity” and speak out about the institutional church and challenge our churches of today. That’s how the Acts 2 Church had power and authority and turned the world upside down.
    They didn’t have the technology we have today but they had boldness and the Word of God and the Holy Spirit. Those leaders had character and boldness and did not back down to intimidation.
    May God raise up many leaders who will stand up for the Word of God.
    May they not be afraid to say, “Jesus said unto Him, I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life: no man comes unto the Father, but by Me.” John 14:6

    I’m with you Pastor and friend
    Linda

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