What is the ‘Remonstrance’?
The Remonstrance is not an angry protest, but a protest of love. It is for the love of God’s people that we are called to stand against the worldliness that renders them impotent.
The Remonstrance welcomes the destitute and despised, the downcast and the downtrodden. We welcome those with no place to go and who will follow Christ without reservation because they have nothing to lose. We welcome those who have been devastated by sin and seek a freedom from their chains.
The Remonstrance is not a movement or a revolution, but a breaking. It is only through this brokenness that we may be reborn and rebuilt into a people ready to carry God’s glory.
The Remonstrance is not counter-culture, but is decidedly anti-culture. We are not satisfied with any current, past or future culture of the world, and are not intending to build one more to replace it. We are committed to a radical following of Christ, even when His ways disagree with our notions and His leadings challenge us to follow Him into the uncomfortable and unknown.
The Remonstrance is wholly dependent upon God’s grace, but radically committed to righteousness. We recognize our inability to be righteous before a holy God outside the scope of the blood of Christ, yet we are untiringly committed to seeking His grace to live holy lives. At the same time we reject the righteousness of man and forced obedience to the doctrines of man as the commandments of God.
The Remonstrance recognizes God’s command to care for the poor, stand for the oppressed and love the unlovable. Yet we recognize a social program alone will not ultimately solve the world’s problems. A social program is not the calling of the church, but rather to preach the gospel. It is only in carrying out our ultimate goal of evangelism that our care for the poor takes on its proper meaning and purpose.
7 reasons why this change must occur
1.It must occur because the world is careening toward destruction. Lawlessness and sin are on the increase, and the church has been powerless to stem the tide. Because millions die each day, entering into a Christ-less eternity of death and suffering, and the blood of their punishment is on our hands because of our failure to warn them.
2.It must occur because children are digging in garbage dumps for food and billions suffer from malnutrition while the western church lives in luxury and ease. Their cries can no longer be ignored. We cannot hide our eyes any longer to the suffering, starvation, genocide, oppression, death and sorrow that infects the vast majority of the world’s population.
3.It must occur because the disintegration of the family, abuse and isolation are completely destroying a generation of children. Our world is reaping the morbid results of our selfishness and those results have reached crisis proportions. Society and culture are crumbling while the church has largely ignored the destruction around us.
4.It must occur because greed and materialism are sucking the life and power from the church, from our families and from our hearts, and God is sorrowful and angered over the utter helplessness and cold-heartedness of His people toward the suffering of the world.
5.It must occur because God’s righteousness, mercy and love demand it. The church is to be His instrument to demonstrate His mercy on the lost, His love for the sinner, and an example of His righteousness. God has chosen His church to be the ambassadors of His love to a dying world. Through His death He purchased a people to be separated to Himself, and He deserves the just reward of His suffering.
6.It must occur because “business as usual” is a failed model with failed results. We have for too long relied on methods that long ago ceased to be effective. We have based our methods, not on true apostolic faith, but on a corrupted religion based on the works of man and not of God, a religion that has been doomed to fail since its inception.
7.It must occur because our eyes have been opened and our hearts have been broken. We can no longer fool ourselves into thinking we can look the other way without consequences. We can do nothing else.