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Ecclesia reformata semper reformanda – die ongemaklike eis

Johan Buitendag
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 64, No 1 | a7 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v64i1.7 | © 2008 Johan Buitendag | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 14 January 2008 | Published: 14 January 2008

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Johan Buitendag, Universiteit van Pretoria, South Africa

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Ecclesia reformata semper reformanda – a hard to do command

This article is a reworked version of the Moderator’s opening address at the 68th General Assembly of the Netherdutch Reformed Church of Africa in October 2007. Against the fourth-century background of Emperor Constantine’s “church politics”, the paper reflects on the first-century rhetoric of the Apostle Paul in 2 Corinthians 10:3ff and 17ff about non-worldly, divine weapons of warfare, and about boasting and self-commendation. It shows how Paul understood oral rhetorical words as theatrically performed by employing the genre of the so-called “Fool’s speech” by means of which Paul argues that masks disguise the authentic identity of Christ- followers. Paul’s rhetoric is applied in the article as an appeal to the modern-day church to be ecumenically open and anthropologically inclusive. The article demonstrates the uneasiness of some members in the institutional church to proceed along a path of ongoing reformation (ecclesia reformata semper reformanda).


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