THE REFORMATION PARTY

MEMBERSHIP

 

 

There shall be 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 presbyterian/reformed church

 

If at any time any of the qualifications cease to maintain, the voting member must immediately notify the Party Secretary, and the person be removed from the official voting membership.

Any changes in the rules governing the Reformation Party shall require a majority vote of the voting members.  Voting members will also elect a Council of Officers of the Party. 

 

We would encourage you prayerfully to consider joining the Reformation Party as a member.  If you would like to join, or have questions about joining, please send your emails to info@reformationparty.org .

 

 

Why Join With 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?  (In the US, this would include such political parties as the Democratic Party, the Republican Party, and even the Constitution Party.  For example, a significant portion of the Constitution Party is Mormon.)  If so, they are contributing to religious apostasy and calling down the wrath of God upon us, and contradicting the Biblical doctrines outlined in the original Westminster Standards and Three Forms of Unity, whether in ignorance or willfully.  (For an excellent treatment on this topic, please study George Gillespie’s treatise “Forbidden Alliances: Concerning Associations and Confederacies with Idolators, Infidels, Heretics, or Any Other Known Enemies of Truth and Godliness”, which can be read online at http://www.swrb.com/newslett/actualNLs/Forbiddn.htm .  George Gillespie was a Scottish commissioner to the Westminster Assembly.) 

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.  We live in our own modern “Babylon”, but do we not pine for the reformed Christian states that our reformed and Puritan forefathers knew?  Are we unwilling to seek opportunities to see such restored to the world, even if it may cause us mocking and discomfort?

It may be retorted, “but we lack the numbers today.”  Is that really a good reason for inaction?  Look at our Pilgrim forefathers that established Plymouth Plantation, whose original band included only 102 settlers, many of whom were women and children, and not even all Pilgrims.  That small band was willing to suffer great hardship to establish a model Christian society as a beacon to the world and to posterity. And we ought not to doubt God’s power to do what He will.  We should simply do our duty and wait on God.

So there is abundant reason to join the Reformation Party.

 

How to Join With Us?

 

                People can join the Reformation Party in one of two ways:

1.      Send an email to info@reformationparty.org providing the information indicated at http://www.reformationparty.org/membership.htm, which includes one’s desire to be a member of the Reformation Party, agreement with the original Westminster Standards, agreement with the Party platform, and nature and location of one’s church membership, along with contact information.

2.      If one lacks email, one can send the information requested in 1 above via someone who is already a member of the Reformation Party.  This Reformation Party member will serve as the means of communication between the new member and the Reformation Party.

 

 

* 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.