One of the major reasons the Orthodox Presbyterian Church was established as a new denomination in the 1930’s was a reaction against modernism.
Many of the minsters of that era in the Presbyterian Church USA, the body that this new denomination withdrew from, subscribed to a modernist document called the Auburn Affirmation.
The reason the Auburn Affirmation was so offensive to many conservatives in the Presbyterian Church USA, was that it was a direct attack upon some of the central truths of Scripture.
What were these attacks against the Truth of God’s Word ?
There were five major attacks upon the historical and God-breathed miraculous truths revealed in the Bible regarding Jesus Christ.
The authority and inerancy of Holy Scriptures, the factuality of the virgin birth of Christ, His miracles, His sacrifice on Calvary to satisfy divine justice and reconcile us to God, and His bodily resurrection were all questioned by those who signed this Auburn Affirmation.
Yes, the truth of the Word of God was placed under the scrutiny of man’s reason and understanding, instead of accepting it as the very truth of a transcendent God, whose understanding and ways are higher than man’s ways.
Since God is absolutely true, His revelation to man in the Scriptures must also be true,
God is without error, nor can He ever be otherwise, else He would not be God.
Sinful man tries to make God’s truth subordinate to his own understanding and rationale.
Any attempt to do this must necessarily lead one away from the truth, into chaos.
God humbled Job with these words, “Who is this who darkens counsel by words without knowledge? Were you there when I laid the foundations of the earth? Tell me if you have understanding. Who determined its measurements? Shall the one who contends with the Almighty One correct Him?”
Job 38:2-4; Job 40:2.
“Let God be true but every man a liar” Romans 3:4.
God IS absolute truth!
1,300 ministers in the Presbyterian Church USA placed their names upon this Auburn Affirmation, which was a direct attack against the truth of God’s Holy Word.
Does truth matter? Is it essential for a Church ?
When heaven and hell hang in the balance, it ABSOLUTELY MUST matter!
Terry Miller, elder, Westminster Orthodox Presbyterian Church in Barltlesville, Ok.