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Exceptions to the Westminster Confession

Introduction

While we agree with the doctrines of the Westminster Confession of Faith, we do not always agree with how those doctrines are supported with the Scripture proof texts which the Westminster Divines cited.

Exceptions to:

Chapter I - Of the Holy Scripture

Chapter VII - Of God's Covenant with Man

Chapter XXI - Of Religious Worship and the Sabbath-Day

Chapter XXIII - Of the Civil Magistrate

Chapter XXIV - Of Marriage and Divorce

Chapter XXV - Of the Church

Chapter XXVII - Of the Sacraments

Chapter XXVIII - Of Baptism

Chapter I - Of the Holy Scriptures

2. Para. 2 We are unwilling to be dogmatic as to the Pauline authorship of the book of Hebrews.

3. Para. 8. We believe that the original languages to be consulted in the matters of controversy are Greek, Hebrew, and Aramaic.

Chapter VII - Of God's Covenant with Man

4. Para 2 (cf. Chp. 19, para. 1, 6). While we agree with the original intent of the Westminster Divines, we believe the usage of the phrase "covenant of works" is open to misinterpretation by modern Christians. By way of clarification, we deny that any covenant can be kept without faith, and we affirm that good works flow out of faith in God, and not vice versa.

Chapter XXI - Of Religious Worship and the Sabbath-Day

5. Para. 8. We believe that along with works of piety, necessity, and mercy, the command also calls us to rest physically on the Sabbath (Gen. 2:2-3; Ex. 16:30; 31:15-17).

Chapter XXIII - Of the Civil Magistrate

6. Para. 3 -- Delete the last phrase, beginning with "to provide that whatsoever..."

Chapter XXIV - Of Marriage and Divorce

7. Para 4: Delete the last sentence, which reads, "The man may not marry any of his wife's kindred, nearer in blood than he may of his own: nor the woman of her husband's kindred, nearer in blood than of her own."

Chapter XXV - Of the Church

8. Para. 6. Though we believe the Pope of Rome to be anti-Christian, we do not believe him necessarily to be the anti-Christ.

Chapter XXVII - Of the Sacraments

9. Para. 4. We believe that the Lord's Supper should not be administered without the oversight of an elder, lawfully ordained.

Chapter XXVIII - Of Baptism

10. Para. 3. We believe that the proper modes of baptism include sprinkling, pouring, and immersion.

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