The Reformation Party


 

The foundation of all sound government, including civil government, is a true and proper fear of the Lord.  This is why we read in Psalm 2:10-11: “Now therefore be wise, O ye kings, Be instructed, ye judges of the earth.  Serve the Lord with fear…”    The Reformation Party is an international political party dedicated to promoting government based upon true fear of the Lord, such as was conceived in the Solemn League and Covenant of 1642. 

 

Party Platform

 

1.  It is the duty of all men and institutions of men, including civil governments at every level and for every nation, tribe and tongue, to acknowledge the Biblical doctrines accurately summarized in the original Westminster Standards, and to suppress heresy, idolatry, and every other enemy of sound doctrine, appropriate to their station and calling.  This includes violations of both the first and second tables of the Ten Commandments.

2. It is the duty of civil governments at every level and in every nation to recognize and protect that church which adheres to the Biblical doctrines accurately summarized in the original Westminster Standards, and to be a nursing mother to that church.  And only male communicant members of that church should be allowed to vote or hold public office in civil government.

3.  It is our duty not to enter into unlawful oaths and unlawful confederacies with heretics and infidels for purposes of political expediency.

Membership

 

There are two types of membership in the Reformation Party: voting members and associate (non-voting) members:

Voting members -

·         Indicated their desire and willingness to be a voting member in the Reformation Party.

·         Indicated their full adherence to the Biblical doctrines summarized in the original Westminster Standards (which include the Westminster Confession of Faith, the Westminster Shorter Catechism, and the Westminster Larger Catechism).*

·         Indicated their agreement with the Party Platform of the Reformation Party.

·         Communicant member in good standing in a presbyterian/reformed church

·         Male

·          21 years or older

 

Associate members -

·         Indicated their desire and willingness to be an associate member in the Reformation Party.

·         Indicated their full adherence to the Biblical doctrines summarized in the original Westminster Standards (which include the Westminster Confession of Faith, the Westminster Shorter Catechism, and the Westminster Larger Catechism).*

·         Indicated their agreement with the Party Platform of the Reformation Party.

·         Communicant or adherent member in good standing in a Bible-believing Protestant church

 

Council of Officers

 

The Reformation Party currently has a 3-man Council of elected officers.  Officers must be voting members and not ministers of the gospel. 

 

Looking Forward

 

At its inception the Reformation Party has but one Council of Officers.  But looking forward, if the Lord blesses with increase, it is hoped that within each nation there will be local and regional Councils formed, such that voting members can not only elect a national Council, but also a local and regional Council for their district.  Once at least two nations have at least ten voting members, it is hoped that each nation can have its own national Council.  And finally, it is hoped that each national Council can send representatives to an international Confederation of Reformation Party National Councils.  We pray for the day when all the nations of the earth are covenanted to serve Jesus Christ according to the Biblical principles outlined in the original Westminster Standards, and we pray that the Reformation Party may be used by God as one instrument towards that end.

 

 

Why Join Us?

 

Every man has the duty to contribute to the dominion mandate (“have dominion ...over every living thing that moveth upon the earth” – Genesis 1:28), which necessarily includes political involvement.  As a practical matter, most men are involved in politics in some way, but the question is how.  Are they voting for and supporting political parties which involve political alliances with heretics and infidels?  We believe men have a duty instead to engage in explicitly reformed Christian politics.

In addition, it should be in the heart of every believer that sees the world destitute of even one reformed Christian government, unlike the past, the sentiment expressed in Psalm 137, “By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down, yea, we wept, when we remembered Zion…”  These believers in Psalm 137 were not simply satisfied to meet for worship in the Babylon of their day, but they longed to see a nation restored which glorified God.  And they sought opportunity to have the nation restored, as we read in the books of Ezra and Nehemiah.

Finally, our course is time-tested and practical.  We are working towards the establishment of covenanted reformed Christian communities and civil structures, even if at first they be modest.   As the Lord ramps up His judgment upon non-reformed societies, such will likely become more feasible and the need for such more obvious. Making secularist societies less intolerable is becoming ever more obviously like rearranging deck chairs on a sinking ship.  But we know from the past that God has blessed the efforts of even  relatively small numbers of believers in establishing covenanted reformed Christian communities and civil structures, even as He blessed the small band of Pilgrims in the Plymouth Colony.

We hope you prayerfully considering joining us in this effort.  If you would like to join, or have questions about joining, feel free to email us at info@reformationparty.org .

 

 

 

 

 

 

* In order to clarify the meaning of certain terms used in the Reformation Party’s platform, etc., the Council of the Party has issued this announcement:

 

1.      It is the understanding of the co-organizers of the Reformation Party, as well as its initially elected Council of Officers, that by the phrase "original Westminster Standards" is intended all of the principles and doctrines outlined in the documents of the Westminster Standards (Westminster Confession of Faith, Larger Catechism, Shorter Catechism, Form of Presbyterial Church-Government, and Directory for the Public Worship of God), understanding that in certain of those documents (namely, the Form of Presbyterial Church-Government and Directory for the Public Worship of God) some elements of what was adopted were intended for a certain geography and time (e.g., in the Directory for the Public Worship of God the provision of praying for the Queen of Bohemia).

2.      It is the understanding of the co-organizers of the Reformation Party, as well as its initially elected Council of Officers, that by the phrase "original Westminster Standards" is intended "the original Westminster Standards as adopted by the Church of Scotland in the 1640s and as understood by them then".

3.      Although not products of the Westminster Assembly itself, the following documents historically associated with the Westminster Standards are agreed to by the co-organizers of the Reformation Party, as well as its initially elected Council of Officers: the National Covenant, the Solemn League and Covenant, the Sum of Saving Knowledge, and the Directory for Family Worship.

4.      With respect to the National Covenant and the Solemn League and Covenant, it is the understanding of the co-organizers of the Reformation Party, as well as its initially elected Council of Officers, that there is a descending obligation of these to the posterity of all parties for which these Covenants were intended.

 

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