Can Christianity Be Reformed?

Martin Accad calls evangelicals to learn from Pope Francis about how to renew their churches and the worldwide evangelical community as a whole.

The Institute of Middle East Studies

By Martin Accad

Pope Francis was recently asked about his process of reforming the Roman Curia. He “explained that often renewal is understood as making small changes here or there, or even making changes out of the necessity of adapting to the times. But this isn’t true renewal, he said, noting that while there are people every day who say that he needs to renew the Vatican Bank or the Curia, ‘It’s strange (that) no one speaks of the reform of the heart.’ ‘They don’t understand anything of what the renewal of the heart means: which is holiness, renewing one’s (own) heart…’”

Three important ideas emerge from the Pope’s understanding of reform and renewal:

  • Renewal is not about “making small changes here or there”
  • It is not about “making changes out of the necessity of adapting to the times”
  • And most importantly perhaps, reform and renewal have little to…

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Author: DanutM

Anglican theologian. Former Director for Faith and Development Middle East and Eastern Europe Region of World Vision International

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