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VALLEY REFORMED CHURCH

Savoring God through literacy in His literal Word

Catechisms

 

This is probably the one that the majority of Baptists and others of like faith object to the most.  Most people associate a catechism with the Roman Catholic Church, because we all know that Catholic children attend catechism.  It is important to understand that the catechism is not a document unique to the Catholic Church, because a catechism is a confession written in the form of questions.  Reading the confession in the form of questions is a valuable teaching aid, not only for children, but for adults as well.  For example, the first question in the London Baptist Confession Catechism is this: Q. Who is the first and chiefest being?  A. God is the first and chiefest being (Is. 44:6; 48:12; Ps. 97:9).

 

In a pastor/elder ordination service, the man is asked many questions about doctrine.  If he knows Scripture well enough, he will be able to answer the questions and provide Scriptural support for his answers.  In much the same way, before we admit someone to membership in our local Body, they must be able to answer questions from the LBC catechism.  In doing this, we take a substantial step toward preventing pseudo-Christians from becoming a part of the local Body and we ensure that we all come to the table on the same page.  This ensures sweet fellowship and freedom for the Holy Spirit to lead in our meetings.

 

A Position Statement

 

A position statement is a detailed explanation of what one believes about a specific issue that may or may not be covered in Scripture, but is very important for our Christian witness and position.  For example, with the possibility of the future collapse of the American economy, we have a position paper that covers how we will join together for food, leadership, instruction, work, and who will be allowed in our group and who will not be allowed.

 

A church might also have a position statement that outlines their view of abortion, homosexual marriage, or the ordination of women into the ministry.

 

In summary, I will quote my friend and Christian brother, Obialor Umozurike:

 

“It comes to me as a surprise, to discover there are believers who oppose the Reformed Faith, on the basis that it is a system of belief.  Such brethren have not read their Bibles properly.  The New Testament clearly demonstrates that the Christian faith itself is a system.

 

Please, consider the following passages:  'But God be thanked that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you.' (Rom. 6:17)

 

… THAT FORM OF DOCTRINE WHICH WAS DELIVERED YOU:  'Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.' (2 Tim. 1:13)

 

... HOLD FAST THE FORM OF SOUND WORDS:  'FORASMUCH as many have taken in hand to set forth in order a declaration of those things which are most surely believed among us, …' (Luke 1:1)

 

… SET FORTH IN ORDER A DECLARATION OF THOSE THINGS WHICH ARE MOST SURELY BELIEVED AMONG US:  'Therefore, brethren, stand fast and hold the traditions, which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle.' (2 Thess. 2:15)

 

'TRADITIONS’ refers to teachings handed down by the Apostles to succeeding generations of believers – a system in short!”