Let the Word of Christ Richly Dwell Within You: A Case for the Patient Pursuit of Corporate Sanctification To Handle the Thorny Problem of the OPC’s Lack of Conformity to Her Confession’s “Within the Space of Six Days”

Let the Word of Christ Richly DwellThe OPC professes to believe, the “true and full sense of any Scripture … is not manifold, but one” (Westminster Confession 1:9).  Further, it confesses that, “God did in the beginning … make of nothing the world, and all things therein, for himself, within the space of six days” (Westminster Larger Catechism 15), paraphrasing Exodus 20:11’s “in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is” (Exodus 20:11 KJV).  The Oxford English Dictionary (s.v. ‘space’) includes this entry: “With the (that, etc.): a. The amount or extent of time comprised or contained in a specified period. Construed with of, or with preceding genetive,” meaning that the text of the confession itself has paraphrased Exodus so as to make it rigorously clear that “six days” defines a specific amount or extent of time.  In other words, the OPC’s confession is clear that the one true sense of the six days referred to in Genesis one and in Exodus twenty define the length of time it took for God to create all things.  Nevertheless, the OPC has, since its birth, fully tolerated many in its eldership who openly deny one must believe that and even some who reject such an interpretation.  The attached file suggests a peaceful path for dealing with this confessional contradiction which has often led to strife in the church.

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About woody lauer

Husband of Laurie, Father of 7, Grandfather of 5 OPC missionary at Kita Numazu RCJ chapel Adjunct Faculty at Kobe Theological Hall
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