Many have used this expression of late (I mean the expression “truly Reformed,” some even abbreviate it to “TR”) to exclude those who are more similar than dissimilar to themselves, especially with regard to infant baptism (e.g., the Riddlebargers and R. Scott Clarks of the blogosphere) and say that others aren’t “truly Reformed” because we don’t sprinkle our babies or organize our churches and denominations into sessions or reference the Westminster Confession or the Three Forms of Unity every week. This article brings some much-needed “sober discourse” to the debate (I’m sorry, I had to say it; couldn’t pass up the opportunity).
Here’s a quote:
This is the acid test of a truly Reformed ministry – that other believers need not be Reformed in order to be respected and included in our hearts.
I would add that some of our Baptist brethren who call themselves “Reformed” need to learn this as well. Just because we sing a song you don’t like or we kneel together for prayer sometimes rather than sitting in the pews does not mean we are not “Reformed.” Using flannelgraph in the Sunday School does not make a church either Dispensationalist or Pentecostal. And when asked why you don’t like something, don’t say to me, “Because it’s not Reformed.” That’s not an answer, that’s simply your opinion (and it’s often uninformed).