Creed: Part #2, Application of the Creed and Current CofC Disunity Regarding Baptism

CofC Christians,
The Creed provides unity and identity. People who visit the Catholic Church of Christ do not need to read the minds of any Church leader to learn what the Church believes; the Creed is available to everyone. Members of the Church all confess – some more sincerely than others – to the same one Creed. The Creed is not Scripture; it is a confession of faith. (Remember, “creed” means “belief”.) Like the Creed, the Catechism of the Catholic Church is not Scripture; it is an explanation of the Creed, it is the Church’s exegesis (its interpretation) of the Scriptures. All Christians have a creed, whether it is written down or not. The Church has the responsibility to declare the gospel, to explain it, to make it accessible.
The Protestant Church of Christ’s creedless creed creates confusion. The “Bible only” means nothing because the “Bible only” means anything; people see different things in the Scriptures. Today, more traditional members of your communities are concerned about some influential members who are advocating a newer approach – a newer tenet of your Faith: that Baptism is not for the remission of sins. (For more, see the always charitable CofC blogger Paul Smith’s article here.) Both Protestant Church of Christ positions can be derived from “the Bible only”, but both cannot be correct. And, of course, both camps would insist that “the Bible only” is their Rule of Faith.
The Protestant Church of Christ will inevitably become more divided, and the world will not be able to point towards a provably authentic Protestant Church of Christ. “No creed but the Bible” has undermined your groups’ quest for “biblical Christianity”.
The Creed – the Creed that has served to provide unity and identity for centuries – states, “We acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins.” If a Catholic states otherwise, then she is clearly not representing Catholicism, and the world knows it. And if anyone is confused by the Creed’s simplicity, the Catechism is organized to explain it in further detail. Thank God for a Church that has not been orphaned, for a Church that understands that through the Church, not the “Bible only”, the manifold wisdom of God might be known (Ephesians 3:10). Thank God for a Church that confesses the same one Lord, one faith, and one baptism (Ephesians 4:5) for the remission of sins.
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