I mean, hereI am, in utterly misplaced faith, following that sixteenth-century unbeliever John Calvin (the embarrasing drunken great-uncle, if you will), thinking that the Bible is the lens by which we view all things, whether human persons, human societies, nature, nuclear weapons, health insurance plans, literary works, games, whatever. I think of the Bible as the document that is used by the Holy Spirit to break down barriers, to shatter idols, to divide the depths of the human heart and bring conviction and repentance–to rip off false perspectives and ideologies and presuppositions that blind people, and allow them to see the truth and discern all things rightly.
Of course, this is usually done through human speakers who know the Bible, but it still comes down to the Bible. And furthermore, the process of recovering the truth in all areas of life comes from continually learning the Bible and conforming one’s mind to its patterns.
But no, that is just idolatry. The Holy Spirit uses the Westminster documents for those purposes–at least when it comes to Scripture. You can’t even understand the Bible rightly unless you use the Westminster Confession and Catechisms in order to interpret it.
It is there objectively, of course. But it is just a dead letter. It can only be mishandled and misused until God raised up a pack of warring Englishman with Scot handlers (using their military aid as pressure) to drop into the world for the first time the one true necessary interpretation of all of Scripture that was the missing tool to actually allow sinful men to read Holy Writ aright.
It is now the job of all true believers to tell Christians everywhere to repent of their autonomous, idolatrous attempts to read the Bible, and go to the Westminster documents, where the Holy Spirit will correct their misconceptions, with the “Standard’s” self-interpreting truth–qualities God’s Word has never possessed.
Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers, before the mid 1600s, in vague signs and hints of the truth. But now but in these last post-Reformation days he has spoken to us by his Westminster Confession and Catechisms, which he appointed the heir of all things, through which also he created the world. The Westminster Standards are the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and they upholds the universe by the word of their power.
Or is Scripture the lens by which we interpret the Westminster Standards? Should this be a difficult question?