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New reformation in Germany sought by school’s alumni by Alex Sibley

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COLOGNE, Germany (BP) — André Töws counts it a privilege to minister in Germany, with its spiritual heritage as the birthplace of the Protestant Reformation.

Unfortunately, this is not Germany’s only legacy within Christianity. German theologians such as Friedrich Schleiermacher and Rudolf Bultmann guided Christian academic thought toward liberal theology and textual criticism of the Bible, causing people to question the accuracy and trustworthiness of God’s Word.

“Because of the Reformation, there is a church in almost every little town,” Töws says. “In every church, there is a pulpit. Every Sunday, there is preaching from the pulpit.

“But sadly, in most places, the Bible is not preached anymore,” he says in regard to the influence of liberal theologians.

As pastor of an evangelical church in Cologne, Germany, Töws combats people’s low view of Scripture by preaching the Bible as God’s inerrant Word, containing His saving truth and relevant to every aspect of life. He is one of a growing number of German Christians who, in a sense, are striving to kindle a new reformation, countering the secularism that has plagued the country so that the masses may worship Jesus Christ as Lord.

“I truly believe that in the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, the Lutheran Church is farther away from Luther’s faith than ever before,” Töws says. “With his translation [of the Bible into German], Luther brought the Bible back to the people. Five hundred years after the Reformation, we need to bring the people back to the Bible.”

Töws is a student of both Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, and Bibelseminar Bonn (BSB) in Bonn, Germany, which have partnered together to strengthen the next generation of pastors, leaders and missionaries in character, academics and their personal walk with the Lord.

Andy Wiebe, student dean and lecturer at the German school, underscores the need to help students “see that God’s Word is the only solid ground to understand their purpose in life, and encourage them to live a life that glorifies and pleases God.”

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