In the first series of this article, I raised an issue on how the evangelical church has failed to take the task of adhering to the stake of historic faith. This built-up spells out the root of evangelical Christianity.
It is so obvious today that most contemporary evangelical Christians do not know the tenets of their faith. Much practice of evangelical Christianity is done today without the proper knowledge of the doctrinal standing position of the church. Consequentially, the church has recently existed at the mercy of false teaching that has slides the church back to mere human traditions.
Human traditions in the medieval era were placed above the scripture and faith church. God then raised people like John Whcliff, Martin Luther, John Calvin etc. to insist that true Christianity is based on scripture alone (Sola scriptura) and justification by grace and faith alone (Sola gracia and Sola fide).
This was an insistence on obedience and adherence to the scripture as against the common practices of human traditions such as paying of penitence, confession to clergy, purgatory etc. that undermined the authority of the scripture. It was also an insistence that the right application of God’s grace that comes by faith in the finish work of Christ on the cross. This was meant to refute the unscriptural teachings that man merits salvation through his religious activities that was prevalent in the church at the time.
There has never been a balance Christian movement in the history of the church like the Protestant Reformation. The appeal was an appeal for the restoration of apostolic Christianity. The apostolic Christianity was scripturally based; making reference to the Old Testament. In like manner, it is expected that the proceeding church in the subsequent generation should build there Christianity on the Old Testament, the gospels and the epistles.
The church from the second century was plunge into doctrinal crisis and Constantine the ‘’Christian’’ Roman Emperor in the third century plunge the church further into utter confusion by merging the church to the Roman traditions. From this development, the church further derails from scriptural foundation during medieval era until the Protest of the Reformers that brought Reformation in the church.
The church history is divided into four the ancient, medieval, Reformation and modern church history. The trends of events from these periods of the church can be categorized into three. The packaging and the branding of the work of the apostles in the ancient times by the church fathers, the fall of the church in the medieval era, the restoration of the true Christianity by the Reformers and the fall of the church again in the modern day.
The Evangelicals or Protestants church as the followers of this movement are technically called are scriptural and faith base Christians. However, sad to note how far the evangelical church has gone from this balance Christianity in pursue of mere human traditions and imagination.
Mark A. Noll, Protestantism: A Very Short Introduction (New York, Oxford University Press Inc., 2011)