"It belongeth to synods and councils, ministerially to determine controversies of faith, and cases of conscience; to set down rules and directions for the better ordering of the public worship of God, and government of his church; to receive complaints in cases of maladministration, and authoritatively to determine the same: which decrees and determinations, if consonant to the Word of God, are to be received with reverence and submission; not only for their agreement with the Word, but also for the power whereby they are made, as being an ordinance of God appointed thereunto in his Word." (WCF 31.2)It belongs to synods and councils to determine controversies of faith, and cases of conscience, except when the individual's conscience feels that those determinations are not "consonant to the Word of God". In other words, it belongs to synods and councils to determine and decide only what is in agreement with the individual's own interpretation of Scripture. Whenever the individual's interpretation of Scripture disagrees with the decisions and determinations of synods and councils, those decisions and determinations have no authority. But whenever the individual agrees with the decisions and determinations of synods and councils, then they do have authority. Whenever you agree with me, your decisions are authoritative. Whenever you disagree with me, your decisions are not authoritative. This is pure individualism, cloaked in the language of conciliarism.
"Let unity, the greatest good of all goods, be your preoccupation." - St. Ignatius of Antioch (Letter to St. Polycarp)
Monday, October 1, 2007
Individualism cloaked as Conciliarism
The Westminster Confession of Faith: