Posted by: Standing Solus Christus | September 29, 2006

The Apocrypha

Well I am still knee deep in reading assignments with mid-terms rapidly approaching.  However, today we will briefly address Article 6 of the Belgic Confession.  This Article deals with those books that are commonly referred to as the Apocrypha.  These, for the most part, were writings from inter-testament period (period between Malachi and John the Baptist) when God’s special revelation was silent. 

Since the prophetic word had ceased during this period, we know that no inspired writings could have been produced.  Furthermore, we know that the Old Testament Church never accepted these books as canonical.  As a result, we as the New Testament Church do not presume to add to that canon that was handed down to us. 

It should be noted that the Roman Church did decide in 1500s to elevate these books of the Apocrypha to canonical status.  And they, to this day include them within their Old Testament canon.  We, however, do not presume to possess the authority to canonize books that were never affirmed to possess canonical attributes.  For further reading on this subject please refer to this previous entry the-canon-not-by-the-church

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