Beliefs – starting point

Covenant Fellowship Scotland, made up of members and adherents of the Church of Scotland, believe what the Church says it believes in its official documents.

First, we believe that the Bible, the Scriptures of the Old and New Testament, in its entirety, is the Word of God written, as our Westminster Confession of Faith affirms.  Indeed, we believe that it is the failure of the Church of Scotland to unambiguously affirm the teaching of Scripture which has led us to the situation in which we now find ourselves with a disrupted Church.  The same-sex issue is not the primary problem, it is rather a symptom of a deeper problem, which is a failure to decide all matters of faith and practice on the basis of Scripture.

Second, we affirm the ‘Principal Subordinate Standard’ of the Church of Scotland, the Westminster Confession of Faith (online here: http://www.reformed.org/documents/wcf_with_proofs/ )

In affirming the Westminster Confession of Faith we stand in the Reformed tradition of Christian theology, following in the footsteps of Zwingli, Calvin and Knox.  The theology of the Confession is Calvinistic, emphasising the sovereignty of God and salvation by grace through faith.  Many of the members and adherents of the Church of Scotland in past days (and a good number today) learned the Shorter Catechism which is a summary of the teaching of the Westminster Confession of Faith written by the same theologians who wrote the Confession itself.

Third, we stand on the Articles Declaratory of the Church of Scotland.  This is the legal document, enshrined in law, which defines who we are as the national, established Church.  It commits us to certain core beliefs and to a nationwide territorial ministry. (You can read them in the article here). Covenant Fellowship Scotland does not hold to any doctrine or belief which is not already affirmed by the Church of Scotland in these core documents.  To that end, we believe ourselves to be orthodox and mainstream members and adherents of the Kirk.