It seems the church has always been in a state of flux. I’m not saying that it should be, I’m admitting this is true. Changing to meet the times or to combat the pagan, secular, non-Christian world, or even to protect against heresy and false prophets and false teaching.
The problem with so many of these things is that when they are dealt with, the church will often move away from the clear teaching of scripture. Then the traditions that may or may not be biblical, become equal to or even greater, in their minds and practice than the Scripture.
I will admit that Wikipedia is a dangerous dictionary because people can add to definitions and meanings. There is, after some searching and finally getting the search terms correct, a form of theology called Biblical Theology. Here is a one line definition from Wikipedia for Biblical Theology. “Biblical theology seeks to understand a certain passage in the Bible in light of all of the biblical history leading up to it and later biblical references to that passage.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biblical_theology
Many non-denominational, independent, and inter-dependent churches are doing what the Restoration Movement began doing. Let the scripture speak for itself and letting God’s word be the only guide and final word on all things in life, including the church.
Instead of reform for Christianity and the church, restoration. Go back to the Bible and follow the practices of the early church. That’s why there are so many churches called New Testament churches. It’s not that they ignore or don’t believe the Old Testament is scripture or doesn’t have value, it’s that since Jesus died and raised, when the church began, the teachings and practices of the church are found in the New Testament.
Over the 2000 year history of the church, man-made concepts and creeds, and scriptural maneuvering (accidental and purposeful) have put barriers between the church and God because they have taken a focus off of God’s Word and on Man’s thoughts. Let the Bible be our guide, the one and the only guide for understanding and life.