When we invite men to share with us our responsibility as witnesses to God’s truth, they have a right to ask us what the tenor of that witnessing is to be.  It is but dishonest child’s play to say, “Holy Scripture is the creed to which we witness,” when the inquirer knows that every party of heretics and enemies of God’s truth is ready to give the same answer.  We give a clear and honest reply.  We say to the inquirer, “Here is our printed creed, which expresses the propositions we believe the Scriptures to teach in carefully chosen words, whose meaning is unambiguous.”  He who would banish creeds must silence all preaching and reduce the teaching of the church to the recital of the exact words of Holy Scripture, without note or comment. – Robert L. Dabney (1820-1898)


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