Why I don’t have a Statement of Faith
Here is a statement of my faith as to why i don’t have a ‘Statement of Faith’. :)
Actually, i do have a statement of faith, and it’s my works, my life, as James declared, that our life declares what kind of faith we have.
The spirit of antichrist manifests in MANY different ways, and many times has no problem giving it’s assent to a sound statement of faith like the Apostles Creed.
I agree with the content of that creed, that what is stated in that creed is true, but i don’t agree that it should exist in the first place as “a creed” : how and why it is used, that is, the reason for it’s existence. I can’t see anywhere in NT scripture where there is anything that points toward the justification of a creed or the use of a creed.
Just bcos someone says they believe in sound doctrine, a creed or even the Scriptures, what does that, in itself, prove about who they are or whether they are in right relationship to Jesus Christ? Nothing.
That’s why i don’t put out a Statement of Faith. If i did, and then someone reads it and says, Wow, that’s great, now i know that Ian is legit - then they’re dangerously naive.
Relational life is WHY there are no creeds given in the NT Scriptures. Whatever we believe, on each point, we need to have understood the truth of the Scriptures for ourselves and then, as the need arises, we can articulate the truth : No parroting of creeds as a basis for unity, the devil also believes and he trembles, and he’s also good at parroting creeds.
But the LIFE of Jesus in us can’t be parroted, can’t be faked, and when someone is filled with the Holy Spirit they are filled with the fruits of righteousness, and they will love and obey every word of God; they will love the truth of Scripture.
Which comes back to the Wisdom of God for His Church : if He had desired that His people recite creeds, He would have said so in Scripture and it would be clear in the foundational work of the Apostles. If it wasn’t God’s wisdom then, it’s not now.
We need to care enough about people to know them; to know their life as a statement of faith : all that we say, do and are is our statement of faith. But if you don’t care to get to know a person, why waste your time trying to have some input in their life?
So, if anything i say or do clashes with Scripture please let me know and we can discuss it. That’s IF you are praying for me, otherwise, what’s the point of the exercise?