”…there are today so many churches with an attitude of great indifference to a creed, or a confessional standard, as meaning a real obligation for teaching. There is in the atmosphere today among the churches a dislike for “confessionalism.” Individuals and churches must be “broad.” This means with most people that there must be no positive convictions along doctrinal lines.
“The things in which churches differ are matters of indifference. Never should we quote Scripture in support of our denominational positions.
“In our own country, George Washington has been written down to the level of a common, coarse, and unworthy humanity. Cheap side-lights thrown upon the framing of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States…”
“As is the case with every other noble work of God and every other noble product of time, it is possible to write down the Augsburg Confession to the level of a mere historical document, transient and temporary, and filled with the imperfections, the lower motives, and the ambiguities of its occasion.
Creeds are born, not made. They are wrung in the agony and anxiety of a Confession at an epoch fraught with the possibility of perilous consequences to the confessors.
The Apostles’ Creed, the Athanasian Creed, the Nicene Creed, and the Sixteenth Century Confessions of our Church are each and every one of them the product of the greatest upheavals and the most intense crises in the Church of Christ. Creeds are born, not made.
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We don’t become acceptable to God because we are members of a church, but rather because we have personal belief in the saving work (the atonement) of the Lord Jesus Christ on our behalf.