These days, it’s hard to find churches with a strong and public commitment to their confessions of faith. To be sure, most if not all churches have a confession—at least in some form—but it’s often relegated to obscurity, unknown and certainly unarticulated by the congregation as a whole. But for most of its existence, the church has identified itself as a confessional community. Indeed, from the time of its initial formulations of doctrine—the rule of faith, the canon of truth, the early creeds—to its current practice of recitation of confessional formulas, the Christian church has considered this element to be a normative part of being the church.By and large, the straying from confessional Christianity is a negative development in recent church life. In fact, there are several good reasons we should seek to reclaim a robust and distinctly confessional orthodoxy. I’ve listed six of these reasons below.
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