Friday, September 07, 2007

Confession = Scripture?

Lee Irons:
I’m with Lane Keister in opposing the Federal Vision, but I think we do ourselves a disservice by using the Confession as the primary tool for critiquing their views. Unless we appeal primarily to Scripture, our arguments will be less persuasive than they ought to be. What could be more important than the doctrines of free grace and the imputed righteousness of Christ? By making our appeal primarily to the authority of the Confession in support of these doctrines, we cheapen these precious truths to the level of mere human traditions. Is that really the best we can do? If the gospel itself is at stake — and I believe it is — we must appeal to the highest authority, the authority of Christ himself speaking to us through his appointed representatives, the apostles.