Many are well educated on the history and contents of the Westminster Confession of Faith. Some may have just a nodding acquaintance with it, while some may never have heard this term.
I recently read an article in Joy! Magazine asserting that the Westminster Confession “has been described as the finest, most Biblical description and definition of Christian life, faith and practice”. Only those adhering to the Calvinist system of theology could assert such a thing so I promptly submitted an article presenting a different view on the subject. The article is to be published in the August edition of Joy! Magazine. If you would like to read the full article then please click HERE, but for those of you who need a bit of background, here is a brief description of the Westminster Confession.
The Western Confession of Faith was commissioned by the Church of England and published in 1646 to set out its essentially Calvanistic understanding of the Christian Faith. It consists of a number of questions each followed by the Church of England’s response.
The condensed version of the confession, usually referred to as the Shorter Confession, starts with three important questions:
- What is the chief end of man?
- What rule hath God given to direct us how we may glorify and enjoy Him?
- What do the Scriptures principally teach?
My article attempts to answer these questions, not from a Calvinistic standpoint, but from a Jesus-centred perspective. l am deeply committed to the idea that the questions of faith and life should be answered, not in terms of systems of theology, but from what Jesus taught and did
You can find “The Westminster Confession through Jesus spectacles” here at www.truthistheword.com under the PUBLISHED ARTICLES tab, where you can also find other articles I have written over the years.
Please note that the dates shown are not the dates the articles were published (most of them are a lot more recent) but back-dated for archival purposes.
God Bless you!