Anyone familiar with the attacks on Covenant Eschatology by the Dominionist (Postmillennial) camp, knows that one of the chief charges against the true preterist view is that it is not creedal, and is not the view of the church historically. Now, make no mistake, I readily acknowledge that this is true. The real question however is, what does this prove? Were/ are the creeds infallable? Not according to the Westminister Confession!
Be that as it may, we begin sharing here an article– that I am breaking into installments, from a Reformed Amillennial scholar, in which he claims that Postmillennialism itself is anti-creedal and actually heretical! This is surely an interesting claim, and one to be taken seriously. Are the Domininionist being hypocritical in their charges against preterists? Read this to find out!
by Rev. Ron Cammenga, pastor of Southwest Protestant Reformed Church in Grandville, Michigan.
Bound by the Creeds
The Reformed creeds define the Reformed faith. What it is to be Reformed, the creeds establish. The creeds are the standard against which every teaching that claims to be Reformed and clamors for acceptance by Reformed believers is to be judged.
Every Reformed believer is bound by the Reformed creeds. No one has the right to consider himself to be a Reformed Christian who blatantly contradicts what the Reformed creeds teach.
Especially is the Reformed officebearer bound by the teaching of the creeds. At ordination Reformed ministers, elders, and deacons sign the Formula of Subscription. By doing this they affirm that they “… heartily believe and are persuaded that all the articles and points of doctrine contained in the (Belgic) Confession and (Heidelberg) Catechism of the Reformed churches, together with the explanation of some points of the aforesaid doctrine made by the National Synod of Dordrecht, 1618-’19, do fully agree with the Word of God.” In the Formula, the Reformed officebearer goes on to promise “… diligently to teach and faithfully to defend the aforesaid doctrine (of the creeds), without either directly or indirectly contradicting the same, by our public preaching or writing.”
What is true with respect to all the fundamental doctrines of Holy Scripture is true of the doctrine of the last things (eschatology) and the coming of Jesus Christ. The Reformed creeds have a great deal to say on these matters. From what they say, there can be no doubt about it that the Reformed creeds endorse amillennialism. More to come!