The Need

Today, morality is like a serpentine river: the water increasingly erodes the banks away. The water, being political correctness, redefines the definition of words such as marriage, family, gender identity, and love. The political left is stripping away the armor that protects society: Truth. Postmodernism is the tool they use. The questions we must raise encompass what we can do for today to prolong the inevitable. While we wade through the mire of deconstructionism and subjective morality, we must stand firm in the Truth. We must stand firm on God’s Word—even when it’s on our knees. The situation seems bleak, but Christ Jesus is the One who builds His Church and the ash-covered gates of hell itself will not prevail.

How can Christian organizations keep their doors open when there is an LGBT activist standing there with a hammer and nails ready to nail the coffin shut? As of now, the American concept of religious liberty keeps these militants at bay, but for how long is the question. In the meantime, these Christian organizations can indeed travel through the muck. They can keep afloat by Creeds and Confessions.

What is a Creed/Confession

Coming from the Latin word Credo, meaning ‘I confess’ or ‘I believe’, this draws from the biblical passages where Christ talks about denying those who deny him (Matthew 10:32) by not confessing Him. There have been creeds throughout church history dating all the way to the 2nd century with Irenaeus with the Apostles Creed and the Nicene Creed following in the next few hundred years. Creeds help with maintaining a belief system. 

Some people are scared about creeds and confessions, thinking it is too restrictive and traditional. Frankly, that is what makes them good and necessary. They restrict beliefs to stray and many have stood the test of time with countless church fathers verifying its accuracy. For those who are opposed to creeds and confessions, what is so wrong about having a statement of faith detailing what you believe? Isn’t it desirable to see what one believes?  A Creed is simply a statement of faith regarding what you believe.

Barmen Declaration

An example of how a creed could, in a sense, save a church is the Barmen Declaration of 1934. “Save” in the sense from keeping heresy out. The setting is Germany pre-WWII. The country, now being further steeped in National Socialism, was becoming more hostile to the true Christian faith. The government controlled the main line church, so to speak. Many leaders of the true church organized and adopted six articles, calling them, ‘The Barmen Declaration’. This declaration was a public creed (or confession) of what they believed and how this group viewed the heresies that were in the main government church. This confessional church was one of the only ones to last in Germany throughout the war to come. And no, we are not talking about buildings being saved but individuals souls being saved. The other churches, not having a confession, did not have a leg to stand on and had no mooring to be tied to; causing them to be susceptible to heresy which paraded itself as Christianity amongst the National Socialist country. One by one, the churches without confessions fell to the influence of the governmental ideologies. The ones who stood firm to the truth were the ones who had a creed to stand by.

Consequence

As Albert Mohler remarked in “The Briefing,” it is imperative for Christian schools and organizations, receiving Title 9 funding, to have a statement of faith regarding what they believe [i.e. creed/confession], specifically when it comes to marriage, gender, and sexual ethics. Without this, getting an exemption from the law will be difficult. Without this exemption, there would be no legal protection in the refusal of hiring a person who had different moral standards than that of the organization. For the time being, this exemption only applies to organization receiving Title 9 funding, but it is only a matter of time before churches will be held to the same standards as the rest of the nation. It could be Creeds and Confessions that can keep us out in the open and they could also be what sends us underground.

The Apostles Creed: Passed Down From Generation to Generation since 390 A.D.

I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit
and born of the virgin Mary.
He suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to hell.
The third day he rose again from the dead.
He ascended to heaven
and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty.
From there he will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic* church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.

*the universal Church

May we be courageous for confessing to the watching world that Jesus is Lord and may He be glorified in His bride, the Church.