I am reading an engaging book by William Cunningham entitled "The Reformers and the Theology of the Reformation". I am half way through the book and so far it is exceptional. I came across a wonderful quote that captures the essence of what it is to be Reformed-
"The fundamental position maintained by the Reformers was this, that the views which they had been led to form, as to what should be the doctrine, worship, and government, of the church of Christ, were right, and that the views of the church of Rome upon these points, as opposed to theirs, was wrong. This was the grand position they occupied, and they based their whole procedure upon the ground of the paramount claims of divine truth, its right as coming from God and being invested with His authority, to be listened to, to be obeyed, and to be propagated.
When the papists opposed them in the maintenance of this position, and appealed on their own behalf to tradition, to ecclesiastical authority, to the decisions of popes and councils, the Reformers in reply pushed all this aside, by asserting the supremacy of the written word as the only standard of faith and practice, by denying the legitimacy of submitting to mere human authority in religious matters, and by maintaining that men are entitled and bound to judge for themselves, upon their own responsibility, as to what God in His word has required them to believe and to do.
The primary question with them always was, What is the truth as to the way in which God ought to be worshipped, in which a sinner is saved, and in which the ordinances and arrangements of the church of Christ ought to be regulated? They were bent on answering, and answering aright, this important question, and they brushed aside everything that stood in their way and obstructed their progress."
This portion of Cunningham's work, particularly the last paragraph, strikes a personal chord with me as it resembles my journey out of the Roman Catholic Church and into the fellowship of the Presbyterian Church in America, a part of the Reformed Christian Church.