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What is the Reformed Faith? Paperback – October 1, 1991
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Dr. De Witt is the author of Jus Divinum (an account of the Westminster Assembly), Amazing Love (on the parable of the prodigal son), and the booklet What is the Reformed Faith?, the latter two published by the Trust, of which he was formerly a Trustee.
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The first tenet that he gives us,as a necessary component of 'The Reformed Faith' is the divine inspiration,authority and sufficiency of the Scriptures. 'Sola Scriptura' was one of the major emphases of 'The Reformation'.I would differ with the esteemed Mr.Dewitt here,as I believe it is a necessary tenet of 'Biblical Christianity';not just a part of what it means to be Reformed.This is especially relevant,in our day,due to the significant impact that 'The Charismatic Movement' has had on 'Broad Evangelicalism' in the last six or seven decades.I believe The Reformers and The Puritan's,I'm convinced would have strong concerns (as should 21st century Reformed Christian's)re-The Charismatic View' on 'The Sufficiency Of The Scriptures'.Dewitt includes a quote from The Westminster Confession Of Faith which addresses this very concern-"The whole council of God concerning all things necessary for His own glory,man's salvation,faith and life,(The Westminster Confession Affirms)is either expressly set down in Scripture,or by good and necessary consequence may be deduced from Scripture;unto which nothing at any time is to be added whether by new revelations of the Spirit or traditions of men." I believe those who think God is giving 'New Revelation' apart from 'The Scriptures' is a direct assault on 'The Sufficiency Of The Scriptures'.
The second characteristic of 'The Reformed Faith' is 'The Sovereignty Of God'.This is the God we worship.I'm not sure that all would agree with the author here(though I think the majority of those who would consider themselves Reformed would embrace this as a 'Reformed Distinctive',I certainly do)-"...The Calvinist insists that God is Lord,and that,he reigns in history,over all the universe... ."
I personally know a number of Christian's who would call themselves Reformed;who would vary in their understanding of what The Distinctives of The Reformed Faith would be.John R.Dewitt has made a valiant effort to identify The Leading Features Of The Reformed Faith,that many who consider themselves Reformed,would(for the most part)embrace.