A Question I Was Asked:

Do the Great Christian Creeds Really Matter Anymore?

Do the great Christian Creeds really matter anymore?

UK Apologetics Reply:

Sure they do. They not only still matter very much indeed but it saddens me that many evangelical congregations do not occasionally go through them. How often does your congregation go through, at least, the 'Apostles Creed'? After all, these things define who we are and what we believe!

It greatly alarms me when people suggest that they are now irrelevant. Look, men of great faith and Bible understanding were very careful to draw up these creeds in order to hold on to and to protect vital Bible teachings, for example, the teaching that Christ is God - not just some 'higher angelic being' (which He becomes in the Arianism of 'Jehovah's Witnesses'). These creeds were formulated to help protect solid Bible teaching - does one need to say more?

As an example, the plainly biblical teaching of the Holy Trinity needed to be protected and some of these very intelligent and canny people used the creeds to define what is essential in that area - and other areas too - for a Christian believer in order to separate them from heresy and heretics. I think they were right. Now, it is true that some of the later creeds became questionable; 'The Westminster Confession' of 1646, for example, turned the 'Lord's Day' into a new Sabbath, which it wasn't and isn't. That was an error which led to much legalism among some reformed-type believers, although the rest of that creed was pretty much sound. But I find the early creeds to be theologically sound. Incidentally - in passing - Calvin himself realised that 'The Lord's Day' should never turn into a 'new Sabbath' (as he clearly demonstrated in his 'Institutes of the Christian Religion'), it was the later Calvinists who adopted this idea.

I am aware that nowadays some charismatic preachers attack the great early creeds, some of these people are more interested in experiential and emotional Christianity - I think that is highly dangerous. All the founders of the cults and sects rejected the great creeds too, for reasons which should be obvious, they used any reason they could find. No, the great early creeds are essential to keep a firm separation between heretical teachings and sound Bible teachings.

1. I believe in God the Father, Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth,
2. And in Jesus Christ, his only begotten Son, our Lord,
3. Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary,
4. Suffered under Pontius Pilate; was crucified, dead and buried: He descended into hell.
5. The third day he rose again from the dead,
6. He ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty:
7. From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
8. I believe in the Holy Ghost,
9. I believe in the holy catholic church: the communion of saints,
10. The forgiveness of sins,
1l. The resurrection of the body,
12. And the life everlasting. Amen.

Robin A. Brace. December 19th, 2015.