Here you will
find the creeds, confessions, catechisms, and history of the
church. As much as we would like to return to the first century church
with its simplicity, the church was planted as a seed, watered by the
blood of the martyrs, and nurtured in God's vineyard. The mustard seed
is now a large tree; the birds of the air have made nests in its
branches (Matt. 13:32).
The creeds and
confessions were developed in response to heresies. If nothing else,
you should know these creeds and confessions for their historical
value. But keep in mind that what was heresy yesterday, may be
orthodoxy today. Itís a moving target and hereís why:
Heresy is whatever is not orthodoxy.
Orthodoxy is whatever the church
currently declares to be sound doctrine.
Truth, on the other hand, is
whatever the bible teaches.
are always in pursuit of biblical truth.
May God be
true, and all men liars (Rom. 3:4)
The Church History
Page has a series of lessons on Church Discipline through the
Ages. I wrote them nearly 20 years ago, ending at about 1700. It
has been researched from works by Philip Schaff, Kenneth Scott
Latourette, Jarislav Pelikan, and Jeremy Jackson, among others. I will
be adding Modern Church History some day (1700-present).