ADVERTISING
 
Thursday, February 20   Sign in or Register
 
Evangelical Focus
 
Flecha
 
ADVERTISING
 
 
FOLLOW US ON
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Google +
  • Instagram
  • Soundcloud
 

Newsletter
Newsletter, sign up to receive all our News by email.
 
 

POLL
Society
Should Christians join social protests?



SEE MORE POLLS
 

 
TOP 10 MOST VIEWED



Doctrinal debate
 

Should the Church of Scotland keep the Westminster Confession of Faith?

The moves could see the Confession being removed, replaced or changed in as little as 5 years - a significant development for the minority group of evangelicals who remain in Scotland’s national Kirk.

AUTHOR Alisdair Smith EDINBURGH 31 MAY 2018 11:38 h GMT+1
A general view of the May 2018 Kirk gathering.

The Church of Scotland has begun official procedures to investigate the status and the role of the Westminster Confession of Faith within its denomination.



The moves could see the Confession being removed, replaced or changed in as little as 5 years. It is a troubling and significant development for the minority group of evangelicals who remain in Scotland’s national Kirk.



The Westminster Confession of Faith was adopted by the Church of Scotland in 1647 as its subordinate standard of faith and it is the clearest statement of Presbyterian belief on major doctrines and practices. Many Protestant denominations around the world recognise it as a helpful and precise declaration of what they believe the Bible teaches.



All the Ministers and Elders of the Church of Scotland are required to signify their agreement with the teaching of the Confession as a whole. If someone denied the doctrine of God’s election, for example, they could not subscribe to the Confession.



A former Principal Clerk, the Very Rev. Finlay Macdonald recognised the widespread apathy of many Liberal ministers towards the Confession by saying, “We fear that the church is not well served by a subordinate standard which, let’s be honest, is taken less than seriously across the church.”



In reply, Rev James W Aitcheson asked, “Is it not shameful that many of us would stand and affirm such a thing without even having read it and tried to understand it? And, if we all affirmed it, why do we now wish to throw it away?”



Although the vote confirms a reality that has been well known for a long time, this decision will leave many evangelicals in a difficult position. Rev Mark Malcom said, “Is this a hill to die on? For some it probably is.”



This matter is likely to come back to the Assembly again in 2020. In other matters, the Assembly also voted to begin the process of changing church law to enable Church of Scotland ministers to conduct same-sex marriages in as little as three years’ time.


 

 


0
COMMENTS

    If you want to comment, or

 



 
 
YOUR ARE AT: - - Should the Church of Scotland keep the Westminster Confession of Faith?
 
ADVERTISING
 
 
 
AUDIOS Audios
 
Julia Doxat-Purser: 25 years of EEA office in Brussels Julia Doxat-Purser: 25 years of EEA office in Brussels

An interview with the socio-political representative of the European Evangelical Alliance about how evangelical Christians work at the heart of the European Union.

 
Ruth Valerio: A lifestyle that cares about creation Ruth Valerio: A lifestyle that cares about creation

Are Christians called to make a difference in environmental care? What has creation care to do with "loving our neighbours"? An interview with the Global Advocacy and Influencing Director of Tearfund.

 
Lars Dahle: Nominal Christianity, a mission field for the church Lars Dahle: Nominal Christianity, a mission field for the church

An interview with Lars Dahle, of the Steering Committee of the Lausanne Movement Global Consultation on Nominal Christianity held in Rome.

 
Testimony: Wildfires near Athens Testimony: Wildfires near Athens

Nico Spies, a Christian worker in Athens, gives details about the wildfires in Greece.

 
PICTURES Pictures
 
Photos: European Week of Prayer Photos: European Week of Prayer

Christians joined the Evangelical Alliance Week of Prayer in dozens of European cities as local churches came together to worship God. 

 
Photos: Students at ‘Revive Europe’ Photos: Students at ‘Revive Europe’

Photos of the student conference that brought together 3,000 European Christians in Germany. ‘Revive our hearts, revive our universities, revive Europe’.

 
Min19: Childhood, family and the church Min19: Childhood, family and the church

The first evangelical congress on childhood and family was held in Madrid. Pictures of the event, November 1-2.

 
VIDEO Video
 
What is Paul's main message in Galatians? What is Paul's main message in Galatians?

“God the Father, the Son and the Spirit are at work in our lives, through the gospel, to bring us into a relationship with theTrinity”, Peter Mead, Director of Cor Deo, says.

 
Why are some Christians opposed to higher education? Why are some Christians opposed to higher education?

“I can understand why people are cautious about higher education, but we need to understand that education in itself is not the danger”, says Daryl McCarthy.

 
Christian candidacies in Taiwan increased by 40% in 2020 election Christian candidacies in Taiwan increased by 40% in 2020 election

Many hope their effort will inspire a new generation of political representatives with a strong Christian faith. “God has a long-term plan”.

 
Video: Highlights of ‘Revive Europe’ Video: Highlights of ‘Revive Europe’

A video summary of the student conference that gathered 3,000 in Karlsruhe, Germany. 6 days in 6 minutes.

 
 
Follow us on Soundcloud
Follow us on YouTube
 
 
WE RECOMMEND
 
PARTNERS
 

 
AEE
EVANGELICAL FOCUS belongs to Areópago Protestante, linked to the Spanish Evangelical Alliance (AEE). AEE is member of the European
Evangelical Alliance and World Evangelical Alliance.
 

Opinions expressed are those of their respective contributors and do not necessarily represent the views of Evangelical Focus.