Today, Mr Alban Maginness, a former barrister, MLA and Lord Mayor of Belfast, writes that the Reformation was "a tragedy that still divides us" [click on the link to read his article]
He is heartened by the fact that "… ecumenical growth over the past century has led to a healthy and mature reconsideration of the Reformation by all and an easing of the inter-Church tensions."
In stating that in his opinion "the Reformation was a tragedy for all Christians," Mr Maginness asserts that the division created by the Reformation "… scandalously defies Christ's own words in John 17:21-22: "May they all be one. Father, may they be one in us, as you are in me and I am in you, so that the World may believe it was you who sent me."
In Rome's teaching 'Justification' is not an act experienced by faith alone. Rome in her most recent Catechism teaches:
The grace of the Holy Spirit has the power to justify us, that is, to cleanse us from our sins and to communicate to us "the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ" and through Baptism. [Emphasis mine]
[Catechism of the Catholic Church, CHAPTER THREE GOD'S SALVATION: LAW AND GRACE Article 2 GRACE AND JUSTIFICATION I. Justification section 1987]
Furthermore the Catechism states:
In Section 1989, of the same Catechism, Rome restates her position that Justification is a process:
Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?
And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,
And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.
The Protestant Reformation is the greatest blessing since the day of Pentecost. It may be an unfortunate tragedy and a scandal in Mr Maginness' eyes, but in the eyes of Bible believers the Reformation was the chiefest blessing God has bestowed upon this world since the Day of Pentecost.
The Protestant Reformation brought about the rediscovery, of the Biblical truth, as to how a man or woman is just with God, [Job 9:2: I know it is so of a truth: but how should man be just with God?] Justification is through faith alone, in Christ alone, by grace alone.