Do What is Right – The Creeds
[2Tim 4:3-5 For the time is coming when people will not put up with sound doctrine, but having itching ears, they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own desires and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander away to myths. As for you, always be sober, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, carry out your ministry fully. NRSV]
Centurions are committed to always seeking to do the right thing. The question then is, What is right – how shall we know? The early Christians were trained before baptism in a creed (from the Latin verb “credere”, to believe.) A great site to learn more about the creeds and to compare them is to be found at Christian Classics Ethereal Library. This particular link provides a chart where on can compare and contrast the various creeds: http://www.ccel.org/ccel/schaff/creeds2.iii.i.xiv.html.
[An example of this contrast is the use of the word “Apostolic.” According to the chart, it had never been used in any of the historic creeds when it was added by the 2nd Council in AD 381]
In one place an article on this web site asserts, ” The creeds … were not to be written on paper, but to be engraved on the memory, and to serve to the baptized Christian as a viaticum for his journey through life, by which he might test the doctrine of any other teacher.
When a Centurion hears of a teaching that departs from the creeds, he should be very wary of the teaching and the teachers. Many clergy present false teachings about the Virgin Birth, Resurrection, Evolution, End Times, etc., which are in conflict with the creeds. Centurions should reject and denounce those teachings and rebuke the teachers. Defend the Faith -- That is the right thing to do.
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