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Confession and Catechisms

When the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America was formed in 1788, it adopted (with minor revisions) the Westminster Confession of Faith, Larger and Shorter Catechisms (1647), as its secondary standards (the Bible itself being the only infallible rule of faith and practice). Officers in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church take a vow to "sincerely receive and adopt" these confessional documents "as containing the system of doctrine taught in the Holy Scriptures."

The following PDF documents contain the Confession and Catechisms with full Scripture proofs (several are quite large; please wait for them to load):

Note: The quality hardbound book The Confession of Faith and Catechisms with Proof Texts ($12.00, postpaid to USA addresses) may be ordered from our publications page or by sending your order to:

Committee on Christian Education
Orthodox Presbyterian Church
607 N. Easton Rd., Bldg. E
Willow Grove, PA 19090-2539

See also: Modern English Study Version (MESV), a helpful paraphrase of the Confession of Faith, but not a part of our doctrinal Standards; First Catechism (for children); Westminster Confession of Faith (frames); Larger Catechism Bulletin Inserts.

The following files were kindly supplied by ruling elder Bill Carson.

A table showing the American Revisions to the Confession of Faith is also available.


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