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The Rev Andries Combrink is a Presbyterian Minister of the Gospel. He lives in Centurion, South Africa.  He is amongst others a blogger and lyrics writer. To teach the Word of God is his calling,  based on the Reformed tradition. 

 

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Written by: Andries
Sunday, September 23, 2018 10:38:05 PM  RssIcon

Which Christ do you follow?
Can we ever ignore our Reformed / Presbyterian Confessions and heritage, witnessing about the truth about salvation through the grace of the only one God and Saviour whom me know through the work of the Holy Spirit?
 
"Creed or Chaos" is the title of one of author Dorothy Sayers' most challenging books. Sayers was a brilliant Christian thinker "who took doctrine seriously and became annoyed at the growth of fashion, schisms, heresies, and anti-christs within the Church of England”. - (Quoting Sayers.)
 
Church growth and renewal movements that downplay the rich nourishment of the doctrines of the Bible in an effort to reach the unchurched, plague our time. "We have no creed but Christ," is a battle cry of too many so-called “evangelists” today. 
Ancient creeds and confessions from hundreds, or even thousands, of years ago, unfortunately became irrelevant to the "excite me now or leave me alone" culture. You hear Christian leaders, even ministers of the Word, saying: "I don't want to bring people to our Christian heritage. I just want to bring them to Jesus."  
Is it even possible to do so, if not in fellowship with the Apostolic church that taught the true Gospel for more than 2000 years?
 
If you are creedless the question remains, which Jesus do you follow?
If you stand on no teaching, doctrine or creed on whom Jesus is, how can you introduce him to those ignorant of him?
Did we forget that the Apostolic church in the New Testament often warned that we must be careful of what we teach, because there are a lot of "christs"? 
One may wish to place what the church taught and preserved in her creeds and confessions on the back burner, to make room for a modern or a post modern Jesus that appeals to the masses of our day, but which christ are we proclaiming then?
 
Doctrine, as our Christian heritage, shares with you the ultimate truth about Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who takes away the sins of the world.
How can the teachings of the historic church be dry, if the Holy Spirit led the church in the past as he does today, showing us the true Christ and convicting us of sin – also the sin of honouring man-made, post modern gods. How can the exciting growth of the church and the gracious preservation of the gospel of our Lord over centuries not be nourishing, exciting and unifying?
 
 

 

 

Our unity lies within travelling on the same way, Jesus, confessing the same truth, Christ, and living the same life that only is an can be the Lamb of God.
 
Sadly the attitude that promotes creedless worship, where anything goes, has found its way into churches that fly the Presbyterian / Reformed banner too.
Dorothy Sayers observed the same phenomena in churches throughout England during the 1930s and 40s. She responded:
Christ, in His Divine innocence, said to the Woman of Samaria, "Ye worship ye know not what" — being apparently under the impression that it might be desirable, on the whole, to know what one was worshipping. Did Jesus showed himself out of touch with the modern mind, for the cry today is: "Away with the complexities of dogma — let us have the simple spirit of worship; just worship, no matter of what!" The only drawback to this demand for a generalized and undirected worship, is the practical difficulty of arousing any sort of enthusiasm for the worship of nothing in particular. (“Creed or Chaos?” )
 
We cannot be too careful or we may go into the modern/post-modern night, "blown about by every wind of doctrine" or desire, as Paul taught the Ephesians. The Reformed church in the 21st Century faces a similar challenge that faced the Ephesian church. Many want to promote denominations without identity, creed or position on even the most crucial of the foundations of the Biblical gospel.
 
What is it to be reformed, but to embrace and to care for the Reformed confessions, as they summarize and explain the only master of truth, faith and life, God’s Word, in the Holy Scriptures?
 
We have an incredibly rich heritage. It is neither dry nor boring; more than any other expression in history, the Reformed, meaning Biblical, confession has announced: "Oh taste and see that the Lord is good!"
May God bless every effort for his glory. But this can only happen if we adhere to the warning of the Apostle John in the Second Epistle of John: 
8 Watch out that you do not lose what you have worked for, but that you may be rewarded fully. 9 Anyone who runs ahead and does not continue in the teaching of Christ does not have God; whoever continues in the teaching has both the Father and the Son. 10 If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not take him into your house or welcome him. 11 Anyone who welcomes him shares in his wicked work.
 
 

 

 

(We try to be helpful in promoting the teaching of Christ, by placing various Reformed Confessions, most of the time in modern, readable English, on Pastoral, at “Ministers useful links” and then choose “Confessions of faith and creeds”).
  

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