As Jesus is the cornerstone upon which the Church is built, so are his teachings the unifying cornerstone of Christian doctrine.

Reformation Self-Righteousness

The Pharisees were reformers of their day and they exhibited a trait which should warn any reformer: self-righteousness (Luke 18:9-14). Every society is always in need of fundamental reform. Whether it is the traditions and disciplines which stand as roadblocks to the Gospel, or the doctrines which are faulty, there is always an underlying need for improvement. There are also large dangers in reformation. Those ahead of the curve can easily believe that they are superior to those behind and vice versa. This easily causes unnecessary division. A self-righteousness inevitably sets in on both sides of a reformation dividing those who see no need to change from those who do. Today’s reformers will become tomorrow’s conservatives as they seek to preserve what they have reformed. The fact is that sin taints both traditionalists and reformers. We are all faulty.

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