Special Statements
Faculty Pledge
Affirmations and Denials


Westminster understands that one of its roles is providing guidance and assistance to the church as the church faces specific challenges. And one of the challenges currently facing the church is some apparent confusion in some circles over the biblical doctrine of justification by faith alone.

As our very name suggests, Westminster believes that those wonderful historical documents, the Westminster Confession of Faith and Catechisms, continue to speak clearly the biblical truth about justification. As theological fads come and go, the essential truths affirmed by those documents remain constant.

Therefore, on May 25 and 26, 2005, the Board of Trustees and the Faculty of Westminster Theological Seminary voted again to re-affirm our united, corporate conviction that the statements about justification by faith alone in the Westminster Confession of Faith (WCF) and Catechisms are the statements the church needs to hear and to remember and to proclaim. The Board of Trustees and Faculty also determined to re-affirm our united, corporate commitment, as an institution, to these statements, to which every member of our Board and every member of our Faculty fully subscribe.

In the midst of the current confusion, we invite all members of Christ's church to join us in saying with respect to these statements, "Here we stand."

For a fuller discussion on the topic of justification, see the book Justified in Christ: God's Plan for us in Justification, edited by Rev. Dr. K. Scott Oliphint and featuring many Westminster faculty members.