Protestants and Creeds (from the January 2009 Tabletalk)
Q. What is then necessary for a Christian to believe?
A. All that is promised us in the gospel, which the articles of our catholic, undoubted Christian faith teach us in sum. (Heidelberg Catechism, Q&A 22)
I’ll never forget the first time I worshiped in a Presbyterian church. I had been raised in independent Bible churches where it was a given that Christians believed the Bible, while Roman Catholics relied on tradition. We had “no creed but Christ.” You can imagine how I was taken aback when the Presbyterian faithful recited the Apostles’ Creed with great gusto, including the line that, at the time, I could not bring myself to repeat: “I believe…in the holy catholic church.”
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