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  Christian Bible Study - Confession of 1967
Confessions and declarations are subordinate standards in the church, subject to the authority of Jesus Christ, the Word of God, as the Scriptures bear witness to him.
The purpose of the Confession of 1967 is to call the church to that unity in confession and mission which is required of disciples today.
Confession of sin is admission of all men's guilt before God and of their need for his forgiveness.
www.christian-bible.com /Exegesis/Confessions/1967cf.htm   (4371 words)

 Christ Church Constitution
One purpose of a Confession is to supply terms of doctrinal accountability to church officers (I Timothy 6).
We confess our view that these confessions faithfully represent of Scripture, but we do this, not as a means of dividing with Christians who differ, but rather to make a faithful and charitable testimony of what we believe Scripture to teach.
We therefore approve the Westminster Confession and Shorter Catechism for use in doctrinal accountability for officers of the church.
www.christkirk.com /Literature/BookofConfessionsDraft.asp   (1510 words)

 Confession of 1967 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Confession of 1967 is a confessional standard or guide of the Presbyterian Church (USA).
It was written in 1967 as a modern statement of the faith of the then Northern Presbyterian Church (i.e., the United Presbyterian Church in the United States of America to supplement the Westminster Confession and the other statements of faith in their Book of Confessions.
The Confession of 1967 is considered heavily influenced by modernism and the neo-Orthodox views of Karl Barth, the Niebuhr brothers, and other theologians of the age, especially regarding the view of Scripture.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Confession_of_1967   (335 words)

 New Horizons   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-10)
Clowney's colleague, Cornelius Van Til, took the Confession of 1967 as proof of his charge (made in a 1946 book) that the theology of Karl Barth had infiltrated the PCUSA as the "new modernism." Indeed, neo-orthodoxy had proved to be more triumphant in the Presbyterian Church than liberalism.
However, the largely Barthian Confession of 1967 entailed the rejection of the Westminster standards—and indeed of all that the historic Christian creeds affirmed.
One reason that Clowney, Van Til, and other Orthodox Presbyterians devoted so much attention to the Confession of 1967 was their anticipation of a windfall of congregations joining the OPC, anxious to escape the established neo-orthodoxy of the mainline church.
www.opc.org /nh.html?article_id=59   (1290 words)

 Presbyterianism - MSN Encarta
Although Presbyterian and Reformed churches regard the Bible as the supreme authority for the church and the individual believer, they are also known as “confessional” churches because of their effort to write confessions that define and guide the theology and practice of the church.
The most important early confessions were the First Helvetic Confession (1536), the Scots Confession (1560), the Belgic Confession (1561), the Heidelberg Catechism (1563), the Second Helvetic Confession (1566), the Canons of the Synod of Dort (1619), and the Westminster Confession and Shorter Catechism (1647).
Two examples of recent confessional statements are the Theological Declaration of Barmen, issued by the German Evangelical Church in 1934, and the Confession of 1967, adopted by the United Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. The most influential of all these confessions, particularly for Anglo-American Presbyterian churches, has been the Westminster Confession.
encarta.msn.com /encyclopedia_761567392_2/Presbyterianism.html   (656 words)

 The Context
One of the constant declarations made in behalf of the new confession of the United Presbyterians is that the church is speaking within the context of its present world.
All of this is used as a justification for laying aside the Confession of the Westminster Assembly and producing a new one.
The first of these is directly related to the Confession of 1967 and is indeed a part of the current context in relationship to it.
www.americanpresbyterianchurch.org /the_context.htm   (2564 words)

 TIME.com: Changing the Confession -- Feb. 26, 1965 -- Page 1
The proposed 5,000-word "Confession of 1967" does not have to deal with predestination, the historic preoccupation of Presbyterians; an amendment to the Westminster Confession way back in 1903 effectively modified the Calvinist doctrine that some men are predestined for salvation while others are damned to hell.
The document is called the Confession of 1967 because even if it is adopted by the 177th annual general assembly in Columbus next May, it will have to be approved by two subsequent assemblies and ratified by two-thirds of the 193 presbyteries.
His committee will propose to the general assembly that the church constitution include the West minster Confession, the Confession of 1967, and six other historical statements of belief, such as the Apostles' Creed and the Nicene Creed, which predate the Protestant Reformation and are accepted by most Christians.
www.time.com /time/magazine/article/0,9171,833508,00.html   (728 words)

 Bethel Presbyterian - Beliefs
Our most recent confession, A Brief Statement of Faith, emerged from the 1983 reunion of the United Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. (mostly in the North) and the Presbyterian Church of the United States (mostly in the South).
It remained the confession of the Church of Scotland until it was replaced a century later by the Westminster Confession of Faith.
Brought to America by early settlers, this creed became the doctrinal statement of the Presbyterian Church in American in 1729 and was the sole confession until it was incorporated into the Book of Confessions in 1967.
www.bethelpcusa.org /beliefs.html   (716 words)

 Confession of 1967
The earliest examples of confession are found within the Scriptures.
Accordingly this Confession of 1967 is built upon that theme.
So to live and serve is to confess Christ as Lord.
www.creeds.net /reformed/conf67.htm   (4372 words)

 Presbyterian Government
In most Presbyterian churches, changes in the Confession of Faith must be approved by at least two-thirds of the presbyteries after they have been voted by a General Assembly (or General Synod).
The Presbyterian Church U.S.A. accepts a number of confessional statements in addition to the Westminster Confession of Faith, chief among which is a document known as the Confession of 1967.
The Presbyterian Church in America and the other Presbyterian churches in the North American Presbyterian and Reformed Council, retained the Westminster Confession of Faith and Catechisms as their doctrinal standards--believing that church order and unity are enhanced when a church puts into clear language its understanding of what the Scriptures teach.
www.fpcjackson.org /resources/apologetics/presgovt.htm   (2470 words)

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Our task was to write a new confession, but one person left the committee because he didn’t agree with our formulation of that task.
“The confession took its final form in 1966 and was adopted by the General Assembly, but in order for it to be constitutionally adopted, a majority of the presbyteries had to approve it.
While the confessions may never be able to speak specifically to every issue in our changing world, they continue to invite readers into identification with the historical community of faith and challenge them to understand what that means today.
www.ptsem.edu /Publications/inspire2/7.2/feature_3/page3.htm   (597 words)

 PC(USA) - Theology and Worship - Confessional Resources
The confessions may be particularly important at times when the church faces pressures from the culture, raising questions of identity distinct from the culture, or when the church faces conflict within, raising questions about the shape of evangelical identity, for these are precisely the situations that gave rise to most of our confessional standards.
Since we are challenged by the same issues that challenged the confessions’ framers, we can listen and learn from the ways they understood the crises, and the ways they responded.
Commends the Belhar Confession to the church for reflection, study, and response, as a means of deepening the commitment of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) to dealing with racism and a means of strengthening its unity;
www.pcusa.org /theologyandworship/confession.htm   (393 words)

The emphasis of the Westminster Confession is on the doctrines of the church; the Catechisms were for the education of children and adults confirmands.
The ‘Confessing Church’ gathered in Barmen to compose this document in 1934.
The Confession of 1967: Composed by Presbyterians from the former Northern branch of American Presbyterianism, its aim was to restate the historic positions of the Reformed church in light of the secular upheavals of the 1960’s.
www.cedartownfirst.com /creeds.htm   (583 words)

The position of the Confession of 1967 concerning the Bible is exactly that of Dr. Charles A. Briggs of the Presbytery of New York who, in 1893, was suspended from the ministry.
It is a fundamental doctrine of the Word of God and the Confession of Faith, that the Holy Spirit did so control the inspired writers in their composition of the Holy Scriptures as to make their statements absolutely truthful, i.e., free from error when interpreted in their natural and intended sense.
Now that these forces have entered the church, a report of struggle through the years to their final victory is one which will enable the faithful believer in 1967 to realize how complete has been the capture by these elements of the church itself.
www.americanpresbyterianchurch.org /briggs.htm   (1990 words)

 Biblical Inerrancy - Part III by John H. Gerstner
This is a major reason for setting aside the Westminster Confession by the drafters of “The Confession of 1967” as may be seen in the Appendix.
The one position of the Westminster Confession of Faith which the Confession of 1967 avowedly and admittedly changes is that on the Bible.
By contrast, the pre-eminent and primary meaning of the word of God in the Confession of 1967 is the Word of God incarnate.
www.the-highway.com /inerrancy3_Gerstner.html   (5182 words)

 Laguna Presbyterian Church
The Confession of 1967 states, and we believe, "all human virtue, when seen in the light of God's love in Jesus Christ, is found to be infected by self-interest and hostility.
The victim of sin became victor, and won the victory over sin and death for all men." (Confession of 1967) God's reconciling acts in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ reveal the depths of our human need to be reconciled to God, to ourselves, to others, and to the natural world.
The Confession of 1967 says, and we believe, "The new life takes shape in a community in which people know that God loves and accepts them in spite of what they are.
www.lagunapreschurch.org /theology.html   (1617 words)

 C-67 conference
Amid all the demands for confessions of faith in Christ, Gene TeSelle has noticed that a central section of the Confession of 1967 (C-9.31-32) offers a clear affirmation of faith in Christ, and links that faith to a radical ethic of reconciliation.
Continuing his theme, Ottati reminded us that all of the Reformed confessions were written with an awareness of earlier confessions and were immediately sent to other churches to continue the conversation.
The confession strongly advocates racial justice, of course, and there have been advances in civil rights; but there have also been reversals through court and legislative action, and we may legitimately ask how much progress has really been made since the Sixties.
www.witherspoonsociety.org /c-67_conference1.htm   (2455 words)

 The Constitutional and Legal Rationale in Support of A   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-10)
Amendment B attempts to make the Confessions equal in authority with Scripture by stating that church officers must live "in conformity to" the confessional standards of the church, and providing further that any unrepentant practice which the Confessions call sin is a bar to ordination.
This language in Amendment B is inconsistent with the Confessions themselves which state clearly that the Confessions are subordinate to the teachings of Christ and the witness of the Scriptures.
The Confessions are not infallible, unalterable statements of faith and absolute requirements for behavior.
home.earthlink.net /~valewis/oddleifson.html   (832 words)

 Paul Capetz
Calling to mind Matthew Shepard's death by the forces of homophobia enables me to engage the central theme of "The Confession of 1967," namely, the church as a community of reconciliation that is called to reflect in word and deed the gospel of God's reconciliation of humanity through Christ.
The commonly heard phrases "before Stonewall" and "after Stonewall" indicate that this uprising was a watershed in the new self-definition of a group of persons hitherto living "in the closet" but now determined to fight publicly for their own liberation from societal oppression and cultural prejudice.
We are engaged in the work of reconciliation, just as "The Confession of 1967" proposes as essential to the life of the church.
www.witherspoonsociety.org /paul_capetz.htm   (5961 words)

 What Christians Believe: The Historic Creeds of the Christian Church   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-10)
Written by Karl Barth and the confessing church in Nazi Germany in response to Hitler's attempt to politicize and control the church.
The Scots Confession is considered as one of the charter documents in Presbyterian history and tradition.
This confession appears in the Constitution of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
www.godweb.org /beliefs.htm   (597 words)

 Book of Confessions - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Book of Confessions is the book of doctrinal statements of the Presbyterian Church (USA) and is designated "Part 1" of the PCUSA Constitution.
None of them are required to be subscribed to point-by-point, and the newer confessions are said to take precedence over the older ones in points of conflict.
It is the most recently added statement in the Book of Confessions, and has gained popularity for use in worship, as well as educational, settings.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Book_of_Confessions   (198 words)

 Reformation Theology: The Beginning of the End of the PCUSA?
In 1903, the PCUSA adopted revisions to the Westminster Confession of Faith that were intended to soften the church's commitment to Calvinism.
1967 PCUSA supplements the Westminster Confession with a Book of Confessions, containing Christian confessions from the fourth century to the twentieth, including the newly-drafted Confession of 1967.
Before 1967 there was a constitutional basis to call the church to reform.
www.reformationtheology.com /2006/06/the_beginning_of_the_end_of_th.php   (579 words)

 Theology Today - Vol 23, No. 1 - April 1966 - EDITORIAL - Renewal Through Reappraisal
The opening article in this issue, "The Confession of 1967," represents a major effort on the part of a large segment of American Presbyterianism to prepare itself for the future by a reappraisal of its past.
In his article, "Scripture and the Confession of 1967," James D. Smart argues that the place given to the Bible in the new document (it is discussed under the section on the Holy Spirit) is essentially in accord with the teaching of the Reformers.
Indeed, it has been accepted by the Confession of 1967 as the motif most in need of emphasis today.
theologytoday.ptsem.edu /apr1966/v23-1-editorial2.htm   (1678 words)

 Grace Presbyterian Church - Our Beliefs
Book of Confessions containing eleven statements of belief — catechisms and confessional statements.  There are recurrent themes, or “consistent convictions,” concerning central affirmations of Christian faith, common to the Presbyterian and Reformed tradition of Christendom.
But there is no absolute, final listing of these doctrines as being absolutely essential to “be a Presbyterian.”  Confessional unity does not necessarily mean uniformity.
When we speak of “confession,” we are speaking of identity and that which we affirm as well as what we disavow or renounce, almost like a person’s crest, symbolizing who we are, what we stand for, believe and want the world to know about us.
www.gpch.org /OurBeliefs   (249 words)

 Jarvis sermon   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-10)
Yet the spirit in which Christ alone is confessed as Lord of all has varied, throughout the ages, from graceful invitation to arrogant judgment.
The confession of Christ has come to be used as a judgment, first directed not against those outside the church, but turned against those within the church whose stance on social issues is presumed to coincide with a wrong-headed doctrine of Christ.
The real villain in relation to confessing Christ today, of course, is the gospel of pluralism, which theological liberals are said to espouse.
www.covenantnetwork.org /jarvis.html   (1505 words)

 Q and A   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-10)
The OPC holds to the historic Westminster Westminster Standards -- the Westminster Confession of Faith, Larger Catechism, and Shorter Catechism -- which have formed the doctrinal basis for Presbyterian churches since 1647.
The answers come from individual ministers in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church expressing their own convictions and do not necessarily represent an "official" position of the Church, especially in areas where the Standards of the Church (the Scriptures and the Westminster Confession of Faith and Catechisms) are silent.
Note that the "Questions and Answers" posted on the site have been edited—all personal references are removed, Scripture references or from some source may be added, and sometimes portions are expanded—to make the questions and answers more useful to a larger audience.
www.opc.org /qa.html?question_id=144   (1147 words)

Encourage congregations to reflect upon and re-affirm the Confession of 1967, identifying new concerns for witness or emphasis, and communicating their insights and proposals to their presbyteries and to the Office of the General Assembly for appropriate referral.
Request the Presbyterian seminaries to sponsor conferences or consultations on the nature of the guidance provided by the Confession of 1967 and other confessions of the Church, including their influence on the public voice, identity and unity of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and on the spiritual formation of ministers of word and sacrament.
The Confession of 1967 under-girded a church in mission within the world, a church that took seriously new events in history and related them to the Word of God, Jesus Christ, witnessed to in scripture.
www.hudrivpres.org /Iosso2002.02.03.htm   (506 words)

 Presbyterian Doctrine of Total Depravity   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-10)
As in the older documents, in the Confession of 1967 a strong indictment of sin occurs.
Although some continuity with Calvinistic sentiments is found in the Confession of 1967 in its phrases and sentences, in its paragraphs only an asymmetrical relationship is discernible.
The writers of the Confession of 1967 seem to have made this bifurcation of experience and understanding and hence give modern man the opportunity to excuse himself by making his own definition of sin.
www.graceonlinelibrary.org /articles/full.asp?id=1|4|251   (5246 words)

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