The Brilliant Ambiguity of the Westminster Standards

Confessions and creeds are useful tools and teachers for Christians who want guidance for standing firm in the faith.  Sadly, some people view Reformed creeds and confessions as straightjackets or paper popes that bind and restrict Christians in  many ways.  However, the Reformed confessions and creeds are purposely ambiguous on certain doctrines; this allows for …

Yes, You Do Have A Creed

  One major thesis in Carl Trueman’s new book, The Creedal Imperative, is that all Christians have creeds.  He argues well that no Christian or church simply believes the Bible.  In other words, no Christian, when asked what they believe, is going to start reading Genesis 1:1 and end at the last verse of Revelation.  …

We All Have Creeds…

 For those readers of ours who worship at a church without a creed, this book is for you: The Creedal Imperative by Carl Trueman.  Also, this book is for readers of ours whose church used to be confessional, but has now tucked the confessions away in the closet of dusty irrelevance.  Finally, if you are …

What Confessions Are…and Are Not

God Transcendent is a collection of some sermons preached by J. Gresham Machen in the 1920's and 1930's.  It is really a gem; priced at under $10, it is a solid addition to any Reformed library.  Anyway, one message in this book that stuck out for me was the one called "The Creeds and Doctrinal …

Is Anybody Wrong?

 J. C. Ryle wrote this around 150 years ago (though it could have been written yesterday): "We live in an age when men profess to dislike dogmas and creeds, and are filled with a morbid dislike to controversial theology.  He who dares to say of one doctrine that 'it is true' and of another that 'it …

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