Monday, February 26, 2007
The Church cannot perform her function in the world, unless she becomes conscious of, and give clear expression to, the contents of her faith. The Church of Jesus Christ was appointed to be a depository, a guardian, and a witness of the truth, and can only be true to her calling, if she has a definite conception of the truth. Ministers are exhorted to hold fast the pattern of sound words [2 Tim. 1:13], and believers in general, to contend earnestly for the faith once delivered to the saints, but how can they accomplish their important task, if there is no agreement as to the “sound words” and as to what the Church believes.
Berkhof, Louis, Introductory Volume to Systematic Theology, (WM. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1932), P. 30