Tuesday, October 26, 2010

The Creeds and Today's Church


Every now and then, commenters on blogs or other social networking sites like Facebook post remarks that are keepers. Enter a comment from "Jerry," who posted the following about the historic church creeds on John Ankerberg's site . . .

"The Creeds were useful, but they did not deal with other errors that crept in like the hierarchical Church structure, Replacement Theology, allegorical biblical interpretation and baptismal regeneration. This is why these ancient Churches claim to be orthodox because they keep the creeds . . . but in the Gospel and the structure of the Church . . . they have departed from " the faith that was once for all entrusted to the saints." (Jude 1:3).

Well said. I would add to the "ancient churches" some of the Emergent crowd who talk much these days about creeds such as The Apostle's Creed, claiming to adhere to them as hallmarks of their churches' orthodoxy. Sounds fine and good on the surface until you start digging deeper about what they really believe about truth, epistemology and orthodox doctrine in general. You often find they're quite liberal. And the biblical apostles most certainly would not approve.

1 comment:

lee n. field said...

The ecumenical creeds serve as a basic filter. Deny what they affirm, and you're probably a heretic, or a young Christian, poorly taught. Affirm the creeds, and you still might have problems. They're where you begin, not where you end up.

Too bad I never hear them anymore, unless I say them to myself.

"The Creeds were useful, but they did not deal with other errors that crept in like the hierarchical Church structure, Replacement Theology, allegorical biblical interpretation and baptismal regeneration.

Hmm. I, personally, would strike "Replacement Theology", a pejorative term coined in and used in dispensational circles. Only there, best I can tell.

Well said. I would add to the "ancient churches" some of the Emergent crowd who talk much these days about creeds such as The Apostle's Creed, claiming to adhere to them as hallmarks of their churches' orthodoxy.

The emergents are, best I can tell, quite a mixed bunch. I do recall hearing Michael Horton recount trying to pin on of the big name emergent guys down (I forget who. Padgett?) on the Nicene Creed. E.G. would not do it.