The Reformation’s purpose was to cause the church to return to the teachings of the apostles. As we see with post-reformation church history this is a journey that in many ways is still taking place. The pattern and the final authority is the teachings of the apostles as recorded in the New Testament. So the church should be examining itself and return to the pure form of Christian doctrine.
I want you to take a moment to read this statement from the booklet called A Message To Return to the Original Faith, “Edmund J. Fortman, in speaking of the church historian J.N.D. Kelly, wrties: “Kelly studies the Apostolic Fathers, the Apologists, Irenaeus and Tertullian and Origen, as well as the Nicene crisis, theology and aftermath. In the Apostolic Fathers he finds no sign of a Trinitarian doctrine.”
This means that there is no sign of belief in three co-equal, co-eternal persons who are of the same essence. In the booklet A Message To Return to the Original Faith we examine this, water baptism, church government, Mystery Babylon and a call to heed the end-time message.
God’s purpose is to conclude the purpose of the Reformation by restoring us back to the original faith.