Why We Have Creeds & Confessions

Council of Nicaea

The Council of Nicaea painting in the Gate Church of the Trinity of the Kiev Pechersk Lavra in Kiev, Ukraine

Mention to an evangelical the words “creed” and “confession” and more often than not, the reaction will be, “Our church has no creed but Christ.” Thinking that this is a wise saying, they do not realize how ironic and contradictory that “bumper sticker” is. That statement is in itself a creed! This self-contradiction is like the fool’s declaration, “There is no God” (Psa 14:1). No one, including the fool, can make that declaration without acknowledging the existence of God, or else, how did he conceive of this word and being called “God” if he does not exist? It is because God has written his existence on the fool’s darkened heart (Rom 1:21; 2:15), but he suppresses this plain truth (Rom 1:18-19).

All churches, by their statements and practices, whether they admit it or not, out in the open or in secret, have creeds and confessions of faith. We therefore are not ashamed to call our church a confessional church, that is, a church that believes and confesses the Word of God—the Holy Scriptures—as summarized in the great creeds and confessions of the early church and the Reformation.

Why must a Reformed church be confessional? Rev. Danny Hyde has the answers in his article, “Why We Have Creeds & Confessions.”

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