Wednesday, May 28, 2008

A creed by any other name...

I have been working on a procedures manual at work, that is why I called my last post Company Policy and then posted the Nicene Creed. My brain has been playing connect the dots with corporate handbooks and church doctrine. Many similarities, but I'll save that for another post, another day.

A creed is a statement of what we believe, teach and confess.

A creed is not Scripture - but it summarizes what we believe Scripture teaches.

Almost all Christian Churches have creeds, but they don't all call them by that name. You'll find creeds called Doctrinal Statements, Confessions, Articles, Catechisms, Beliefs, Declarations, Statements of Faith, Agreements, Expositions, Canons, and so on and so on.

At some point, someone or some group, committee or council gets together, puts pen to paper and writes "We believe..." or "We profess..."  and before you know it, they are telling you "what the Bible means."  Or what they believe it means....And a creed is born.

Is it wrong for a church to develop creeds or doctrinal statements etc? No, it is not wrong as long as those creeds/statements are in agreement with Scripture. And do the churches that claim not to have creeds, develop creeds? Yes they do.

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