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A Different Approach to Reformed Unity?

Darryl Hart revisits a topic that has been broached from time to time--the production of a new Reformed/Presbyterian confession.  Darryl provides links to some of the more important discussions.  I'm on-board.  I think this is a great idea.  Just as we need an up-to-date dogmatics text, Bible translation and liturgical forms, so too we need a new confession which addresses issues currently facing the churches.  Also, this would be a great way to see the North American Reformed and Presbyterian churches unite around a common confession.  Not likely to happen, but we can dream.  A New Confession?

Mike Horton has written a great essay on the "Burn the Koran" issue.   You can find the follow-up post here, as well as a link to the earlier post:  Burning the Koran? 

More two kingdom confusion.  "Lets have an Imam pray before the city council meeting to show our `solidarity' with him."  I'd prefer to do that through the Pledge of Allegiance (i.e. in the civil kingdom), rather than having to sit there with my eyes open and my arms folded in disgust while some Imam prays that the city submit to the will of Allah.  Let the Iman Pray?

This really chaps my hide!  41 current White House aides owe the IRS over $831,000.00 in back taxes.  Don't you just love the Beltway crowd?  Our tax dollars pay their salaries.  They don't produce anything, so there is no "multiplier effect" (take that Keynes).  Then, these bureaucrats are taxed on their salary, which  they owe to the IRS.  But then they don't pay it.  The nerve of these guys!  White House Tax Delinquents

Reader Comments (7)

A new confession? Good luck. Those produced in the 20th century are most notable for what they carefully avoid saying.

"Burning teh Koran" -- do I detect the influence of Sensei Kline? (This summer has been spent re-reading things that needed refreshing. The last book re-read was Structure of Biblical Authority, including the chapter on "The Intrusion and the Decalogue".)

Myself, I'd rather not have the Pledge of Allegiance, either. It's a rote patriotic ritual of dubious origin. And don't forget the "under God" part (inserted in the 50s for the KofC). Take that out and you'll hear some shouting from the usual sources.
September 10, 2010 | Unregistered Commenter"lee n. field"
What's wrong with the old confessions? I agree with them both, personally. Three Forms of Unity AND Westminster Standards.
September 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJenny
Van Til in his Intro to Systematic Theology, states that the creeds and confession of the Church must be grounded in scripture, and in addition to this the Systematic Theologian must attempt to go beyond the standard to see if he can possibly find better formulations of biblical truth. Once the Systematic Theologian has done this, it is time for the Church to revise her creeds and confession.

Does anyone think our best systematic volumes have pushed past the Westminster Standards?

Perhaps Bavinck did.
September 11, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterdlzr
Can a person honestly hold to the 3 Forms of Unity or the Westminster Standards and also reject inerrancy? I'm just curious.

Something that I do find bothersome though about present day believers writing new confessions or creeds is that they might try to make statements about the sciences which will attempt to do things like force certain views on the origins of man and the Earth.
September 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAlberto
Perhaps the best idea, short of producing a new Confession, would be an addendum to address some of the doctrinal challenges the Church faces today.
Definitely in favor of carefully written Liturgical forms; we have desperate need of recovering the Church calendar, the historic antiphons, the historic collects, and common prayer.
September 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCharles L. Baker
Glad that Lutherans have our Book of Concord, no additions are needed!

Regarding liturgies; I agree that new ones can be added, just so that they are sent through a worship committee which would consist of confessional pastors, for doctrinal purity.

Regarding the Florida pastor; just another example of the weak view that the Pentacostals have of the work of the Holy Spirit. The Word of God (Gospel) goes out, and the Holy Spirit enlightens those that are to be saved. We don't need to burn books.
September 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLloyd I. Cadle
Alberto - I agree, too many modern day Christians are trying to make the Bible compatible with the newest scientific revelation (speculation).

The Bible is immutable, and does not need to change with latest attempts by finite man in trying to figure out science.
September 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLloyd I. Cadle

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