The Apostles’ Creed: Exploding Controversies about Counterfeit Gospels, False Doctrines and Diluted Theology [Video]

Craig HueyGod's Word6 Comments

I love the Apostles’ Creed.

It’s a foundation statement of belief for Christians everywhere.

It stands in sharp contrast to false theology, false doctrines, and false religion.

The Apostles’ Creed carefully reflects what it means to be a Christian.

Many people claim to be Christians but don’t understand anything about Christianity.

Some people even teach the Bible but they’re not Christians…

Many false religions talk about Jesus or the Bible, but they are not Christianity.

Here are 8 things you should know:

  1. The Apostles’ Creed is the oldest creed in Christendom. It was created in 390 A.D.
  2. The Apostles’ Creed is a reflection of the clear theology of what a Christian believes. It enables Christians to be grounded in Truth so they will be able to detect false doctrine and false Christianity.
  3. The Apostles’ Creed emphasizes not just belief in God – not just belief in an entity – but its core statement deals with Christ and Christ alone. Al Mohler just finished his book called, The Apostles Creed: Discovering Authentic Christianity in the Ancient Counterfeits. He says, “We don’t believe we are saved by faith; we believe we are saved by faith in Christ.”
  4. Christian songs, books, movies, prayers, sermons, and Bible studies may sound good, but they must reflect Jesus Christ as their core … and the importance of putting our faith and trust in Him. Without a recognition of the cross – that he died for our sins and rose from the dead because of the power of God – we are hopeless. That is the core of the gospel. That is what the disciples believed. Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life.”
  5. Some people have a problem with the Creed because in its original form it talks about a belief in, “The Holy Catholic Church.” Al Mohler points out that the word “Catholic” does not refer to the name of the religious body known as the Catholic Church of today. Instead, it’s a definition of what the church is. Jesus said his church was catholic with the idea that is was for all people, all races, all countries, all cultures over space and time.
  6. Throughout the history of the Church, the martyrs – as they were being beheaded, stoned, thrown to the lions, burned at the stake, hung, tortured, whatever the case – would often recite the Apostles’ Creed.
  7. The Apostles’ Creed was foundational to the Puritan and Protestant reformers as they founded America.
  8. The Creed doesn’t cover certain doctrinal disputes such as:
    * how to be baptized
    * church hierarchy
    *gifts of the spirit
    * end times
    Instead, it concentrates on the essentials.

Here is one of my favorite songs that basically recites the Creed: “This I believe (The Creed)” by Hillsong Worship (about 7 minutes).

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6 Comments on “The Apostles’ Creed: Exploding Controversies about Counterfeit Gospels, False Doctrines and Diluted Theology [Video]”

  1. Craig, The Apostles’ Creed originated with the Roman Catholic Church (RCC) and during the early Protestant reformation was adapted by the Reformed church under John Calvin, the so-called “Protestant Pope”. Also, like it’s founder Martin Luther, Lutherans today never really left their RCC roots. Episcopalian and Presbyterian denominations, with also their retained RCC liturgical structures, later followed.

    Today, with the advent and the propagation of such movements as Evangelicals & Catholics Together (ECT), the Emergent Church (EC), etc., the lines of distinction between Protestants an Catholics are being blurred. It is also spreading to nonreformed and independent Bible churches, like Calvary Chapel.

    It is in this “New-Age” religious day that we live in that many of the liturgies and creeds of the primitive “catholic” church, like the Apostles’ Creed”, “contemplative prayer”, etc., are being adapted. In so doing, many of the Biblical Fundamentals of Christianity are coming into question and being discarded.

    1. I was born and raised Catholic. I am now in a Pentecostal church. The Apostle’s Creed uses the words Holy Catholic Church, yes but I was taught in Catholic schools.that the word “Catholic ” means universal. There is much I disagree with in the Catholic church. That said, rhe Catholic church’s root can be traced all the way back to the Last Supper. All other denominations spring out of that root. The bottom line is that the core beliefs as stated in the Apostles Creed are the same for all Christians. It makes Protestants more comfortable with it to change out Catholic church for Holy church. Either way it is a statement of faith in Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

  2. It’s a great creed. However, one thing it doesn’t say happens to be essential to the gospel: the necessity of salvation by grace through faith apart from works. Those last three words open up an unbridgeable divide between truly “orthodox” faith confessions and those which fail to lead adherents into God’s kingdom at all. It’s a great start, but it doesn’t reach the finish line, apart from which there is no redemption.

  3. The word “catholic” derives from the Greek katholikos meaning “universal or general,” which further breaks down in the Greek from kata, meaning “by” and holos, meaning “whole.” As Craig points out, the Creed was authored in AD 390, when the church based on Rome and headed by a pope was the only Christian denomination in existence. The Protestant Church did not come along until the early 1500s when Luther first broke away and began to translate into the vernacular. Hence, the Apostles’ Creed has remained pretty much word for word the same in the Roman Catholic Church and the Protestant denominations except for that one phrase where “holy catholic church” is lower-cased in the Protestant version.

  4. Some denominations stay with “holy catholic church,” LC, with the understanding that “catholic” means “universal.” Some other denominations have changed the wording to holy Christian church.” Either way works for me.

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