Nov 01, 2017
Ted N.C. Wilson, president of the Seventh-day Adventist world church, encouraged top clergy and government leaders in Russia’s capital to uphold the principles of the Protestant Reformation and to seek a God-guided reformation of the heart.
Keeping his focus on church mission, Wilson also emphasized practical Christianity and the three angels’ messages in his remarks at a Moscow forum commemorating the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s nailing of the 95 theses to a church door in Germany.
“It is a great privilege on this day 500 years after the Reformation began, when there seem to be so much instability and challenges in the world, to continue the reformation in our own hearts,” Wilson said in a short speech to 200 leaders gathered for the “Reformation: 500 Years” event on Oct. 31.
He said the Seventh-day Adventist Church was grateful for the foundations of the Reformation, and he singled out several principles as especially important: only the Bible, salvation only by faith in Jesus, Christ is the only mediator, eternal life only through the grace of Jesus, and to God only be the glory.
Wilson said that those Reformation truths are proclaimed by sharing the three angels’ messages of Christ’s soon coming in Revelation 14.
“The very heart of the three angels’ messages is righteousness, the justification of Christ,” he said.
Pointing to Jesus’ words in Luke 4:18, Wilson added, “The Reformation must help make Christianity practical. Preach the gospel to the poor. Heal the broken hearted. Preach deliverance to the captives, recovery of sight to the blind, and set at liberty those who are bruised. As the Reformation continues, may these principles burn in our hearts and help us truly fulfill the Protestant Reformation.”