Dabney on the WCF

“In an essay commemorating the 250th anniversary of the Westminster Assembly, Dabney compared the Westminster Confession to an arch in which “the removal of any one [stone] loosens all the rest and endangers the fall of the whole.” In the same way, the Westminster Standards were an organic whole; to deny one part was to do harm to the rest of the system. “It is for this reason,” Dabney wrote, “that the Confession will need no amendment until the Bible needs to be amended.” Strict adherence to an unchanging creed was the way to maintain orthodoxy in the South” (Sean Michael Lucas, Robert Lewis Dabney, 86).