The fifth parable of 'The Hidden Treasure' covers the period from approximately 1500 - 1700 AD or the 'Reformation Church'.
Last time we looked at the Magisterial Reformation. This is a look at the Radical Reformation of the Anabaptists.
The Magisterial Reformation refers to the reformers who relied on the authority of the civil magistrates to enforce and further their agenda.
The Radical Reformation movement had no state sponsorship. The Radical reformers thought that the Magisterial reformers were still captive to a political marriage of church and state. Anabaptists insisted that the church be separate, govern itself, and have no official ties to the state.
We also examine the Five Solas. This refers to 5 Latin phrases that emerged during the Protestant Reformation and summarize the Reformers’ basic theological beliefs in contrast to the teaching of the Roman Catholic Church of the day. The Latin word Sola means ‘alone’ or ‘only’ in English. The Five Solas articulated 5 fundamental beliefs of the Protestant Reformation, pillars which the Reformers believed to be essentials of the Christian life and practice.
1) Sola Scriptura (“by Scripture alone”)
2) Soli Deo Gloria (“glory to God alone”)
3) Solus Christus (“Christ alone”)
4) Sola Gratia (“by grace alone”)
5) Sola Fide (“by faith alone”)