In his book Minority Report: Unpopular Thoughts on Everything from Ancient Christianity to Zen-Calvinism, Carl R. Trueman has a chapter on creeds and confessions entitled "A Good Creed Seldom Goes Unpunished." In some ways, this chapter is a trimmed down version of his book-length treatment of the same topic. Trueman points out the problems with… Continue reading No Creed but the Bible?
Not the way some would have you think. Cornelis Venema writes: If the confessions of the Reformation clearly speak of justification as a once-for-all act of God, which does not comport with a final justification according to works, this still leaves open the question regarding the way they handle the final judgment and the obvious… Continue reading A Final Judgment for the Justified According to Works?
I found this interesting resource today (here is the .pdf version). It's a comparison of the wording of the 1689 London Baptist Confession with the Westminster Confession of Faith. Here is a link to James Anderson's website where this stuff is housed. Since I'm plugging his comparison chart, I wanted to give him proper recognition. While… Continue reading The Westminster Confession of Faith and the 1689 London Baptist Confession of Faith Compared
Nelson Kloosterman, in his chapter entitled "Office Bearers and Church Government" (in the book Called to Serve: Essays For Elders and Deacons), tackles the matter of an authoritative church order that is used in a church committed to sola scriptura. Though many Christian traditions speak disparagingly of church orders - as though they were simply… Continue reading The Church Order: Aren’t these just “man made” rules?
From Guido De Bres' "Dedicatory Epistle to Philip II" (trans. Alastair Duke, cited in Danny Hyde, With Heart and Mouth: An Exposition of the Belgic Confession, pg. 499.): If we had been permitted, most gracious Lord, to appear before your Majesty to defend ourselves against the charges which have been laid against us, we would… Continue reading Why Study the Belgic Confession?