Are Creeds and Confessions Just Traditionalism In Disguise?

Episode 529 Show Notes 

From the Show

The idea of having creeds and confessions is different than what the Catholic church believes with its view of Sacred Tradition in that we don’t elevate our creeds and confessions to being in equal standing with the authority of Scripture. We recognize that our creeds aren’t infallible, that the only infallible interpreter of the Bible is the Bible itself.

At the same time, we also want to have some kind of statement of faith, some sort of creed that we stand by…If you want to know the Lord and grow in your relationship with the Lord, you need to understand what you believe, and that’s why these creeds and confessions can be so helpful.

—Adriel Sanchez

Questions in this Episode

1. Could you explain what Jesus means in Matthew 18:18 when he says, “whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven”?

2. How do I position a conversation regarding someone who is an atheist or a Buddhist about Jesus, without them getting upset with me? And how do I do so effectively in such a short amount of time?

3. My wife and I haven’t been able to conceive, and we are thinking about pursuing in vitro fertilization. Is this an option for Christians?

4. I’ve heard some Christians defend the use of Creeds and Confessions in the church because they teach orthodox interpretations of Scripture. How is this any different than the Roman Catholic view that elevates Sacred Tradition to the same level as Scripture?

Resources

Bioethics and the Christian Life: A Guide to Making Difficult Decisions by David VanDrunen

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