1/7/21 – What’s So Different About RC? (Article)

Just in case you thought we were teaching the same thing as everybody else. You might want to check this out:

Obedience

Tradition: Obedience entails us acting upon anything that God tells us to do, which varies day to day.

Reform Church: Obeying God does not entail your actions or you living for Him in ANY way. There is one obedience and that is to learn and believe what Jesus has done. Nothing else in the New Covenant is called obedience. (Rom. 1:5, Rom. 16:26, Jn. 6:29) Click here for teachings on this topic >

Judgment

Tradition: God is still judging people today. Or at the very least, He WILL judge people for their sins when Jesus comes back, if they don’t accept Him.

Reform Church: The last time God ever judged someone He was hanging on a pole at Calvary. God will never judge another person for their sins ever again. The coming judgment is for the devil and his angels, which people can inherit through unbelief, but it is NOT their judgment. Their judgment was at the cross. (Mat. 25:41, Jn 16:11) Click here for teachings on this topic >

Giving

Tradition: When we give, there is a blessing that returns to us, because giving is a show of trust in God.

Reform Church: Giving to church is wonderful, but there is absolutely nothing you can do to enact a blessing from God. We are blessed through faith in one Man’s work, not our own. (Rom. 4:5, Gal. 3:9) Click here for teachings on this topic >

Blessings In Heaven

Tradition: There will be blessings in Heaven for things we do on earth.

Reform Church: The only blessings you’ll ever receive are the blessings you receive through the work of Jesus. All of those blessings are available now, not later in Heaven (Jesus already died). (Rom. 4:5, Gal. 3:9)

Salvation

Tradition: Jesus essentially died for sin to save you from hell. Though there are benefits we can receive now as well.

Reform Church: Jesus essentially died to save us from this earth and all the tribulation in it. (Gal. 1:4, Jn. 16:33, 1 Jn. 5:4) Click here for teachings on this topic >

Forgiveness

Tradition: God loves us, so if we sin, we just confess it to Him, and He is willing to forgive us. 

Reform Church: We confess our sins once, before we get saved. A believer doesn’t need to ever confess his sins. Jesus died for sins forever, so once we accept His sacrifice we are eternally forgiven. When we sin, we just thank God that we are righteous through Jesus. (1 Jn 1:9, Heb. 10:12, Heb. 9:12)

Eternal Life

Tradition: Eternal life is mainly referring to spending eternity with Jesus in Heaven after we die.

Reform Church: Eternal life is a power that God puts in a believer’s body, which performs through them, causing their physical body to live forever when understood fully. (Jn 6:53-54, Rom. 8:11, Jn. 11:26) Click here for teachings on this topic >

The New Earth

Tradition: We are waiting for a new earth one day, so that we can enjoy its newness.

Reform Church: The present earth is waiting for us to manifest, so that it can enjoy our newness that we already have. (Rom. 8:19) Click here for teachings on this topic >

Receiving From God

Tradition: We receive from God by prayer, by being a good steward of what we own, by giving, by being in line with God ‘s will… and oh yes, by faith. 

Reform Church: We receive from God through knowledge of what Jesus has done on the cross. PERIOD. (Rom. 12:2, Rom. 4:5, Gal. 3:9) Click here for teachings on this topic >

Wealth

Tradition: Some people believe Jesus provided wealth. Others believe Jesus did not provide any means to physical wealth at all.

Reform Church: Jesus didn’t provide physical wealth, but He did provide us the means to it. Jesus provided the POWER to wealth, which enables every believer to excessive wealth. (Deut. 8:18, Pro. 10:22) Click here for teachings on this topic >

The Baptism Of The Holy Spirit

Tradition: Some believe the baptism of the Holy Spirit happens at salvation. Others believe it’s a second occurrence. Usually it’s defined as when you see evidence of the Holy Spirit.

Reform Church: The baptism of the Holy Spirit has nothing to do with seeing evidence. The baptism of the Holy Spirit is just the cleansing by the Holy Spirit, from sin. Baptism means washing. (1 Cor. 6:11, Titus 3:5) Click here for teachings on this topic >

Living For God

Tradition: Jesus gave up His life for us and now we live our lives for His glory in return.

Reform Church: The law proved that none of us can live for the glory of God, so in the new covenant the Holy Spirit lives through us, instead of us living for Him. (1 Cor. 15:10, Gal. 2:20, Rom. 7:6) (Teaching on this topic will be posted soon. Check back here for link.)

The Bible

Tradition: The Bible is the primary way God speaks to a born-again believer.

Reform Church: The Bible is the word of God spoken through many of our siblings in Christ, which aids us in our growth, but God speaks to us directly and personally by His Spirit inside of us, straight to our mind. (our inner man) (1 Jn. 2:27, Eph. 3:16) Click here for teachings on this topic >

The Control Of God

Tradition: God is in control. The things you see on earth are either allowed or caused by God, because He reigns over the earth.

Reform Church: God is not in control of the earth. He can only control things on earth to the degree that we allow Him to through knowledge of Jesus. Heaven is fully controlled by God, but the earth is not yet. (Mat. 6:10, Heb. 2:8)

Funerals

Tradition: When someone dies we memorialize them, because we will go to them, but they will not return to us.

Reform Church: We don’t hold funerals, because why would we memorialize someone that we may just raise up in the next two seconds? (Mat. 10:8, Jn. 11:25) Click here for teaching on this topic >

The Trinity

Tradition: We submit to one God who is three people.

Reform Church: We submit to one God who is over all, including His son Jesus Christ. They share the same spirit called the Holy Spirit, who lives in believers as well now. (Jn. 17:3) Click here for teachings on this topic >

Jesus

Tradition: Jesus is the center. He’s the Lord of our life. We owe everything to Him.

Reform Church: Jesus is the center. He’s the Lord of our mind. He paid everything for us, so we owe Him nothing. (Col. 2:14, Mat. 20:28).

Offended or interested? If you’re interested, come and see what’s going on with the gospel at Reform Church.

A good place to start is Reform U. www.reforminus.com/reformu