Heidelcast 13: Why the Focus on the Confessions?

An HB Classic

Both Nancy and William Twisse (and the latter is particularly remarkable since, as the first prolocutor of the Westminster Assembly, he’s been dead for centuries) both wrote to the HB sometime back to ask how Reformed confessionalists relate the doctrine of sola Scriptura to the confessions. They find frequent references to the confession instead of Scripture puzzling. They weren’t criticizing the us but making an observation about a Reformed practice. Is there a problem with citing the confessions? Does quoting them in response to a question indicate that Reformed folk have unintentionally replaced the authority of Scripture with that of a man-made document? Is it possible to avoid confessions? These are the sorts of questions tackled in this episode of the Heidelcast from 2009: