How Can We Know Who Jesus Christ is? (Part 4)

WHOHowJCThe Westminster Confession of Faith

This Confession was developed by an assembly of 151 members from 1640’s.  In 1647 the Scottish General Assembly adopted the Westminster Standards.  They have served as foundational Presbyterian theology for centuries.  The Book of Confessions summarizes them as follows.

The Westminster Standards represent the fruits of a Protestant scholasticism that refined and systematized the teachings of the Reformation. The standards lift up the truth and authority of the Scriptures, as immediately inspired in Hebrew and Greek, kept pure in all ages, and known through the internal witness of the Holy Spirit.

Chapter 1: Of the Holy Scriptures

The stunning situation with regard to the Westminster Confession is the extent to which I have already documented the PCUSA elite’s utter abandonment of these standards.  The following brief comments contain links to some of the posts in which these betrayals are discussed.  This subversion is made all the more appalling due to the historic central place of the Westminster Confessions in Presbyterian theology.

6. The whole counsel of God, concerning all things necessary for his own glory, man’s salvation, faith, and life, is either expressly set down in Scripture, or by good and necessary consequence may be deduced from Scripture: unto which nothing at any time is to be added, whether by new revelations of the Spirit, or traditions of men.

I have argued elsewhere that the PCUSA elite are destroying the denomination through claims of “new revelations of the spirit,” and adherence to the ” traditions of men.”

9. The infallible rule of interpretation of Scripture, is the Scripture itself; and therefore, when there is a question about the true and full sense of any scripture (which is not manifold, but one), it may be searched and known by other places that speak more clearly.

They have also completely rejected any responsibility to search out and find in Scripture “places that speak more clearly” regarding Biblical interpretation.

10. The Supreme Judge, by whichg all controversies of religion are to be determined, and all decrees of councils, opinions of ancient writers, doctrines of men, and private spirits, are to be examined, and in whose sentence we are to rest, can be no other but the Holy Spirit speaking in the Scripture.

Note that it is NOT the “Holy Sprit” speaking OUTSIDE of Scripture that is the source of correct Biblical interpretation, but rather “the Holy Spirit speaking in the Scripture.


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