Reformation Day, October 31 – the day Martin Luther nailed his famous ninety-five theses to a church door in Wittenberg, Germany.
“Out of love for the truth and from desire to elucidate it, the Reverend Father Martin Luther, Master of Arts and Sacred Theology, and ordinary lecturer therein at Wittenberg, intends to defend the following statements and to dispute on them in that place. Therefore he asks that those who cannot be present and dispute with him orally shall do so in their absence by letter. In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, Amen.”
His ‘protest’ in 1517 birthed the ‘Protestant Movement’ and the Great Reformation.
THE TIDE IS TURNING
To this day many doctrinally sound Christians continue to stand against the ‘modern day down-grade’ in the church. From Africa to the Pacific, Asia to South America, concerned Christians have been sounding the alarm about the dangers festering within the visible church. Social media has played a massive role in this regard, with many believers calling out false teaching in their own unique way. Whether it be social media groups, forums, blogs, websites, podcasts or channels, the truth is getting out there.
‘Church Watch Central’ would like to acknowledge some new ‘reformed’ discernment ministries. Content creation is no easy feat – especially when it comes to videos, with many hours dedicated to researching, planning, and creating and editing.
On this Reformation Day, we would like acknowledge four of these outstanding individuals below who deserve our respect in continuing to lead the ‘protest’ against ‘the great deformation’. We acknowledge their faithfulness to God and His Church, with all four being added to our ‘Watchmen Hall of Fame’. Please note, these are in no particular order.
SALT AND LIGHT:
Recently rising to prominence globally, ‘Salt And Light’ has been doing exceptional YouTube work throughout 2021. Their short videos are packed with clever editing, humour and sound scriptures which quickly highlight serious errors in the visible church.
Follow them here: Salt And Light – YouTube
John Elving has worked tirelessly and faithfully to warn the body of Christ about false teachers and false teaching. Elving spreads his work across evangelicalism, exposing hundreds of false teachers. His videos are of varying lengths, depending on how controversial, complicated or political the subject matter is. He also calls for Christians to be biblical, loving and unburdened in these uncertain times while addressing worldly issues.
Brother John Elving is a remarkably humble man who is not afraid to speak out on important issues.
Follow John Elving here: John Elving | Facebook
THE ROYS REPORT:
‘The Roys Report’ was founded as a Christian media outlet by investigative journalist Julie Roys, “reporting the unvarnished truth about what’s happening in the Christian community so the church can be reformed and restored”. The work of Julie Roys eventually evolved to become the Roys Report, with much of the content this year being exceptional.
They expose cultic and abusive elements in evangelical churches (see their work on Mark Driscoll and Bethlehem Baptist) – and how to recover from such abuses. We cannot stress enough the importance of faithful Christian journalism today.
While ‘Fighting for the Faith’, ‘The Messed Up Church’ and ‘Church Watch Central’ do tackle controversial topics about the ‘Evangelical Industrial Complex’, we are very grateful that ‘The Roys Report’ also extensively covers this topic. And what makes ‘The Roys Report’ exceptional in these times is that not only can you read well-written articles on important church related topics today, you can listen to the Roys Report on podcast.
Follow them at: JulieRoys.com
REVEALING TRUTH – EXPOSING ERROR:
‘Revealing Truth’ also works tirelessly to warn the body of Christ about false teachers and false teaching.
‘Revealing Truth’ have practical and easy to listen-to videos that are 5 – 20 minutes long. While ‘Revealing Truth’ also gleans the latest insights from other sites and YouTube channels, his own fast content turn-around and biblically-sound rebuttals is to be commended. His work on exposing false teachers like Torben Sondergaard and Todd White is particularly impressive.
Follow him here: Revealing Truth – YouTube
“To him the gatekeeper opens. The sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice.” John 10:3
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“Have I then become your enemy by telling you the truth?” Galatians 4:16