Protestant Church of Christ Christians often profess pride in their lack of a creed, but they utilize a creed-like mantra as both a statement of belief and a disparaging commentary on Christians who do confess a creed. “No creed but the Bible”, however, does not communicate the self-affirming Restorationist wish for “biblical Christianity”; what it does is offer a proof of how, in itself, the Catholic Church is more plausible, more reasonable, more Christian.
“No creed but the Bible” is a belief. It is a statement of faith that the Bible – however interpreted – contains the body of doctrine that provides the necessary knowledge for accessing the means of salvation. The stated belief portrays a dependence on, an acknowledgement of, a subordination to a conduit of truth – truth that is, of course, subject to the private interpretation of the person who proudly professes the creedless creed. After all, “creed” means “belief”. If a person has no creed, then she has no belief. In other words, the mantra is a never-ending circular justification of one’s own belief. Put differently, the Protestant Church of Christ’s “creed” (its “belief”), is, “We believe what we interpret the Bible to mean”. More accurately, it means, “What we believe is what the Bible teaches.”
So, there is no real dependence, acknowledgement, subordination to any conduit of truth that comprises the mantra’s weight; it is the reliance on oneself that creates and completes its creedless creed. And while disparaging those in “the religious world” who admit to a creed, the Protestant Church of Christ fails to acknowledge God.
Where the Protestant Church of Christ firstly believes in its interpretation of the Bible, the Catholic Church of Christ believes in God – as evidenced by its very first line. The Creed of the Catholic Church begins with, “We believe in one God.” Catholics believe in God, Catholics pursue God through the means He intended: Sacred Tradition, Sacred Scripture, prayer, and graces. The Protestant groups’ beliefs begin not with God, but with a pursuit of knowledge gleaned from His written word only.
Should a member of the Protestant Church of Christ not wonder how her group is “the early Church” when the early Church was incapable of conceiving or minding the modern mantra? Should she not question her model when she is unable to find an example of a New Testament Christian who could even understand the mantra?
Christianity begins with Christ. The Church begins with Christ. Restorationism, however, begins with a creedless creed centered around the self.
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