There is a solid discussion ongoing among some internet-UMCers.
Rev. Jeremy Smith seems to think so and attempts to make the case with an essay that summarizes a longer sermon preached by Dr. Raymond E. Balcomb, a former pastor of First Methodist Church, Portland, Oregon. The post is a follow-up to another creed-critical post from about a year ago that came in response a tweet in which I quoted Tom Noble on the importance of the Creeds for the people called Methodist. You can read my response to Jeremy’s earlier post here.
This is my pondering as of late.
- The Development of a creed (beginning with the rule of faith) predates the Canon.
- The various creeds have helped to solidify Christianity around a central tenet, that Jesus Christ is God the Son.
- The creeds are based in Scripture
Because of this, I consider the Creed as part of Scripture. It is canonical. It is canon.
There, I said it. I cannot see a Church without a Creed.