Thoughts about Westminster Shorter Catechism
Christians who call themselves Reformed, count the Westminster Shorter Catechism a masterpiece among the uninspired writings of men. I use the word uninspired as I would make it clear that Reformed Christians do not consider the Catechism, the Confession of Faith, or any other merely human writing to be in anyway on par with Holy Scripture. The Rule for faith and life for the reformed believer is the Bible. The Catechism itself states as much. The writers of the Shorter Catechism considered themselves fallible men, and therefore were careful in their writing to support each part of the Catechism with Scripture proofs. The Catechism is also not meant to be exhaustive. It gives us a compendium of the teaching of the Bible. In comparison to the Bible itself, it is like a plastic skeleton, it shows you where some of the bones are, but is nothing like the real Living Word.
Additionally, I think it is important too to communicate that my making this website and my commitment to the doctrines taught (I believe in Scripture) and in the Westminster Shorter Catechism, is by no means meant to be exclusivist. You may disagree with me and still be a Christian. You may argue with my doctrine and still be treated as a brother or sister in Christ. I pastor a non-exclusivist church, in a non-exclusivist denomination. We do not believe we are the only true church of Christ. Our membership includes members who do not see eye to eye on every issue. Yet, when Christians dialog, should not part of that dialog (actually more than part) be about the things of God and Christ? This site gives you a taste of what I believe, how about you, do you agree? Do you disagree? Let me know!
“If the Westminster Assembly had done nothing more than produce the Shorter Catechism, they would be entitled to the everlasting gratitude of the Christian Church … next to the Bible, it was probably the best book in the world.”
Puritan Richard Baxter (1681)
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