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Lord’s Day Reflections: WCF 1.9

This week, we’re looking at the last point in the first chapter of the Westminster Confession of Faith:

The supreme judge by which all controversies of religion are to be determined, and all decrees of councils, opinions of ancient writers, doctrines of men, and private spirits, are to be examined, and in whose sentence we are to rest, can be no other but the Holy Spirit speaking in the Scripture.

Westminster Confession of Faith 1.9

We protestants all profess to be Bible believing Christians. Of course, in comparison to Rome, who openly claims to have equal authority with Scripture, we are Bible believing. But what Rome does explicitly, we protestants often do implicitly. At least Rome admits her folly.

I’m not talking about listening to or respecting John Piper too much—although that can also be a problem. I’m speaking here of letting our presuppositions about how the world works interfere with bowing the knee of our mind to Scripture. When we read of terms like “love” or “justice,” we often import our own meaning to these words, rather than letting Scripture define them for us.

Christians will say things like, “Doing x wouldn’t be loving? How could God do y and still be just?” These questions are good to ask, as long as we’re getting our definitions of those terms from the rest of Scripture and not from how they’re used on television.

Our presuppositions, whether they’ve been taught to us implicitly or explicitly, need to be judged by Scripture. May God grant that we will all develop a reflex of bowing to Scripture when it tells us that our thinking or behavior is wrong.

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