Letters to the editor - "What do you mean Reformed Theology?"

I often throw around terms without definitions, mostly because I make assumptions of my friends, my patients or my family - thinking they will know what I mean.  Recently, I've been asked several theological questions, so I'll do my best to answer what I mean when I use certain theological terms like this one below.

Reader: "What do you mean by Reformed Theology?"
Editor's Response: "Words that we use are funny, and they often change meaning.  Think about the terms "fundamentalist" or "evangelical"...these words no longer mean what they once did.  So let me explain what it means when I say that our family is theologically reformed. Basically, this system of theology comes from a specific period in church history called: the Protestant Reformation.  Those "protesters" wanted to reform the Roman Catholic church on several different theological fronts, their cry for reform can be summed up as follows : Faith Alone, Christ Alone, Grace Alone, Scripture Alone, and Glory to God Alone.  Simply put, sinners are justified before God by imputed faith alone, not by works or infused faith (which remains the defining point between the protestant and RCC to this day!).  That imputed faith is in Christ alone, not the church, the pope, baptism, or any program and is given to us not because we merit any of God's kindness by our own deeds. It is all God's doing as He draws (drags!) us to Him by His grace. our faith and belief system is based on Scripture alone, not on the words of men, modern day prophecies, or the doctrines of the church, but solely on the inspired Word of God.  Lastly, all that we have and all that we do is ultimately to bring Glory to God. Like the first question of the Westminster Shorter Catechism: What is the chief end of man?  To bring glory to God and to enjoy Him forever.

Quietly making noise,
Fletch
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Andy Fletcher

Andy "Fletch" Fletcher has been married for the past 22 years. He and his wife Kendra are the proud parents of five sons and three daughters, all of whom keep them laughing and on their toes. During the day he can be found fixing people's teeth, but in his spare time you can find Fletch stretching out a pair of flip-flops, creating a new pizza recipe, playing the drums, or rescuing a piece of his tie-dye wardrobe from his wife's donation pile. You can find him online where he writes on his personal blog: theMangoTimes and cohosts with his wife on the HomeschoolingIRL.com podcast.