Help needed on understanding the ten conclusions of Bern

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MJ. Smith | Forum Activity | Posted: Tue, Feb 1 2022 10:50 PM

Okay, my being in the Reformed forum is odd but I need help with a quote:

Their view was well summarized in the first two articles of “The Ten Conclusions of Bern,” from a disputation in 1528 in which both Zwingli and Oecolampadius took part:

1. The holy Christian church, whose only head is Christ, is born of the Word of God, and abides in the same, and listens not to the voice of a stranger.
2. The church of Christ makes no laws or commandments apart from the Word of God; hence all human traditions are not binding upon us accept so far as they are grounded upon or prescribed in the Word of God.25


Timothy George, Reading Scripture with the Reformers (Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic: An Imprint of InterVarsity Press, 2011), 219.

In the second statement, is "Word of God" meaning Scripture only or is the Word of God taken to mean Jesus Christ (Logos) + scripture. I need no theological interpretation, I just need to know how to correctly interpret the phrase.

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Graham Criddle | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Feb 1 2022 11:11 PM

MJ. Smith:
In the second statement, is "Word of God" meaning Scripture only or is the Word of God taken to mean Jesus Christ (Logos) + scripture.

This section in an article in a First Things journal suggests it is understand to mean Scripture only:

A still more serious breach between Campbell and his Baptist cohorts stemmed from his outright rejection of confessions of faith. Campbell viewed religious authority according to a simple maxim: “Where the Bible speaks, we speak; where the Bible is silent, we are silent.” To many ears this sounded like a reaffirmation of the Reformation principle of sola scriptura. “My conscience is captive to the Word of God,” Luther had stated at the Diet of Worms in 1521. “I can do no other.” The early Protestants in Switzerland had been equally unequivocal in the second of the Ten Conclusions of Berne (1528): “The church of Christ makes no laws or commandments apart from the Word of God; hence all human traditions are not binding upon us except so far as they are grounded upon or prescribed in the Word of God.”

 Timothy George, “Southern Baptist Ghosts,” First Things, no. 93 (1999): 19.

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MJ. Smith | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Feb 1 2022 11:13 PM

Thank you Graham.

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