The Westminster Confession of Faith: Of Lawful Oaths and Vows.

We will continue to devote each Lord’s Day weekend in 2022 at to present a portion of the Westminster Confession of Faith (WCF). For those unfamiliar with the WCF, a brief explanation is appropriate. 

The Westminster Confession of Faith is a Reformed confession of faith. Drawn up by the 1646 Westminster Assembly as part of the Westminster Standards to be a confession of the Church of England, it became and remains the “subordinate standard” of doctrine (to Scripture) in the Church of Scotland and has been influential within Presbyterian churches worldwide.

It is to that “most precise and accurate summary of the content of biblical Christianity” that we will give our time and attention to each Lord’s Day in the year of our Lord, 2021. I trust you will be edified and encouraged each week by The Westminster Confession of Faith.

Chapter Twenty Two: Of Lawful Oaths and Vows. Part 1.

1. A lawful oath is a part of religious worship,a wherein, upon just occasion, the person swearing solemnly calls God to witness what he asserts or promises; and to judge him according to the truth or falsehood of what he swears.b

a. Deut 10:20. • b. Exod 20:7Lev 19:122 Chron 6:22-232 Cor 1:23.

2. The name of God only is that by which men ought to swear, and therein it is to be used with all holy fear and reverence;a therefore to swear vainly or rashly by that glorious and dreadful name, or to swear at all by any other thing, is sinful, and to be abhorred.b Yet as, in matters of weight and moment, an oath is warranted by the Word of God, under the New Testament, as well as under the Old,c so a lawful oath, being imposed by a lawful authority, in such matters ought to be taken.d

a. Deut 6:13. • b. Exod 20:7Jer 5:7Mat 5:3437James 5:12. • c. Isa 65:162 Cor 1:23Heb 6:16. • d. 1 Kings 8:31Ezra 10:5Neh 13:25.

I encourage you to read the portions of Scripture listed in this post.

Have a blessed Lord’s Day.

Soli deo Gloria!

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