We, who come last, desire to see the first things and wish to return to them insofar as God enables us. We are like people who have come to a house that has been burnt down and try to find the original foundations. This is more difficult in that the ruins are grown over with all sorts of growths, and many think that these growths are the foundation, and say, ‘This is the foundation’ and ‘This is the way in which all must go,’ and others repeat it after them. So that in the novelties that have grown up they think to have found the foundation, whereas they have found something quite different from, and contrary to, the true foundation.
– Peter Cheltschizki, Bohemia, 1440
Just as Peter Cheltschizki wrote over 500 years ago, today’s church has “novelties” that have grown over and obscured the true foundation, and now are believed to be the foundation. Yet, they are actually “quite different from, and contrary to, the true foundation.” These “novelties” today go as deep as the very message we have proclaimed as the gospel. (more…)