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The Reformation: the Tragedy and the Triumph

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Posted by Ros Clarke, 28 Oct 2017

Revd Dr Lee Gatiss, Director of Church Society, speaking at St John's Tunbridge Wells, in October 2017

Not a Saturday sermon this week, but a wonderfully encouraging and heartening talk about the Reformation from our Director, Lee Gatiss.

There may be many tragedies in the historical events of the Reformation, but there was one great triumph of the Reformation: the free grace of the gospel. This message is not too good to be true, but instead a message worth going to the stake for, worth going to the ends of the earth for, worth giving our whole lives for.

The ongoing tragedy is that of division: not division between Christians who are indeed, truly one in Christ, by faith. But there is division where people continue to reject the gospel of grace, the gospel of justification by faith alone, the gospel of the Reformers. It was the gospel which caused the divisions in the sixteenth century, and the gospel which continues to divide where it shines light into the darkness.

Ros Clarke is the Associate Director of Church Society

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