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How do creeds and confessions help us? – Burk Parsons


Those who understand this and understand the
place of creeds and confessions understand how helpful they are to the church. My concern is for those who don’t know the
creeds and don’t know the historic Reformed confessions and thus don’t refer to them and
don’t use them on a regular basis. Often, if they’re not using them or they are
not aware of them or haven’t studied them, typically they are basing their faith on a
short, very short confessional statement that either their church or some organization has
made up. And all organizations have to have some sort
of basic confessional statement, and churches due to some degree as well. But if they don’t have a significant, formulated,
historic, attested to historical creed or confession, then the likelihood is that their
creed and confession is changing quite frequently, sometimes even based on the moods and whims
of their own pastors and elders and sometimes based on their own moods and whims. So creeds and confessions help to ground us. They also help to guard us. They become a perimeter for us to help us
to know where we can go and where we can’t go. They also serve us as maps, as guides for
us. When we travel somewhere, when we hike somewhere,
I like to hunt as you know, and I love to hike and backpack and fish and especially
here in Florida, backcountry fishing you need maps, you need to know where you’re going
so you don’t run aground and you can find your way back. And you use maps, looking at where people
have gone before you. You’re saying, “They’ve gone here, and they’ve
told us don’t go this way because you’ll run aground there. You’ll run aground into heresy there, into
false teaching there, into error there, so steer clear of this way and that way and steer
a straight path.” And creeds and confessions help us to do that. They help us to train up our children, they
help our teachers, our pastors, our elders to remain steadfastly orthodox in the faith.

Otis Rodgers

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4 COMMENTS

  1. Ravikumar T Posted on November 18, 2019 at 11:35 am

    My foundation is on Christ. How can it be insecure?

    If my Savior is not enough to keep me in Him & if the Holy Spirit is not my map navigator, then I need to be born-again.

    Creeds & confessions are ways of expressing our faithlessness in Christ & our indwelling Holy Spirit.

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  2. HeWhoHasTheSon Posted on November 18, 2019 at 11:52 am

    I was exposed to the WCF about 3 years ago and the 1689 about 2 years ago and i read the 1689 and thought why has nobody ever showed this to me? I grew up in a evangelical church with a very short doctrinal statement and now i have something foundational that I’ll use as a guide to teach my own children, a privilege i never had. Great video!

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  3. Biblical Christianity Posted on November 18, 2019 at 12:41 pm

    Yep, I can relate to this. I used to be an evanjelly believing in NDE's, barely studying my Bible, no solid stance on anything. Now I'm Reformed, Evangelical and Catholic and I know what I believe and why.

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  4. Eric Smith Posted on November 18, 2019 at 7:25 pm

    Creeds and confessions are important and essential, but can also be a trigger for others. Creeds and confessions gives a good roadmap to a believer's belief on important doctrines in scripture. This completely falls in line with 2 Timothy 2:15; it isn't meant to replace scripture at all, but give a concise, declarative summary of the beliefs of the Christian faith based on scripture. Today, many churches don't adhere to creeds or confessions, but have a brief statement of what they believe. It's like a mini-confession, but it doesn't always go into specifics.

    The negative of creeds and confessions really come from the objections to it. Many times people will hear someone referencing a creed or confession and think they are overriding scripture with man's opinion. In this respect, they may not understand what creed and confessions are for. And not all confessions agree on every point of doctrine; that is when the Christian need to prayerfully check the scriptures to see if something is true (Acts 17:11). The Bible is God-breathed and sufficient for all believers (2 Timothy 3:16-17); therefore it is good to have creeds and confessions to explain what you believe. They are not above scripture, but they should always point you to it.

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