After a quick overview of the history in which the Three Forms of Unity and the Westminster Standards were written, the article compares the two confessional standards and how the doctrine of election features in each one. The author explains that the Belgic Confession tends to be infralapsarian compared to the Westminster Standards, which are more supralapsarian (such terms are clearly defined in the article).
Scripture speaks in a twofold way about the church, as being the one body of Christ as well as various churches in different locations. This article sets out from this reality to discuss how churches are to relate to each other and thereby enjoy and maintain unity with one another while respecting the autonomy of each church.
How should the church maintain unity and deal with new heresies using old confessions? Is there a need for new confessions or revised confessions? This article looks at two scenarios to show that what is more important is the need for the confessions to remain living among the members of the church.
How can churches relate together and have unity based on the confessions? This article proposes the adoption of Three Forms of Unity as the basis for church unity. Here focus is given to the issue of the expressions of different cultures and traditions and adhering to similar confessions.
Church unity should not only be limited to the local churches or even churches nationally. There must be a way of getting the churches to express this unity at an international level. How? This article examines some of the ways for international inter-relations within the churches.