Anyway, now for the list of reasons why I am a confessional Christian and why I think evangelicals should at least be open to the consideration of aligning together under a confession of faith
- It provides a framework for a commonly held belief structure in things of primary importance. This can be seen as the points by which a church (or other body) identifies itself, and the things that it holds as key beliefs and values.
- It provides a way of teaching the future generations orthodox teaching, and gives them a lens through which to read Scripture, and a worldview to understand their surroundings.
- It provides boundaries for proper belief and gives churches and other bodies a basis for discipline and correction. Members who subscribe to a confessional statement who later turn from it or err in teaching/living can be disciplined in order to bring them back into the fold (restoration of fellowship being the ultimate goal of any spiritual discipline).
- It gives answers to the difficult doctrines and does it in a way that is easy to remember, providing members with a "fact sheet" they can use to give an apology.
- It gives a litmus test for the character and genuineness of a person's faith and repentance before the Lord. By testing a person's beliefs it can be determined their spiritual maturity, or even if they are regenerate or not.
- It takes the canon of Scripture and puts together the major doctrinal teachings found in it in a way that is easy to read and systematized. For example, find the chapter in the Bible that deals exclusively with the nature of the Trinity. In a creed or confession, these things can be clearly articulated with Scripture references.
Here's some confessions/creeds I like, all in one website