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Was the Reformation Missions-Minded?

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If one maintains that it was the greatest recovery of the biblical faith since the first century, the Reformation constitutes the most remarkable missionary movement in post-apostolic church history.

Martin Luther was so certain of the imminent return of Christ that he overlooked the necessity of foreign missions... Calvinists generally used the same line of reasoning, adding the doctrine of election that made missions appear extraneous if God had already chosen those he would save." So writes Dr. Ruth Tucker, professor at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and author of From Jerusalem to Irian Jaya: A Biographical History of Christian Missions (Zondervan, 1983, p. 67).

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Michael Horton is the J. Gresham Machen professor of apologetics and systematic theology at Westminster Seminary California (Escondido, California), host of the White Horse Inn, national radio broadcast, and editor-in-chief of Modern Reformation magazine. He is author of many books, including The Gospel-Driven Life, Christless Christianity, People and Place, Putting Amazing Back Into Grace, The Christian Faith, and For Calvinism.

Issue: "Evangelism: To the Ends of the Earth, Till the End of the Age" May/June 1995 Vol. 4 No. 3 Page number(s): 27-29

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