Confessions get a bad rap today. The ancient church and the churches of the Reformation bequeathed to us tried and tested creeds and confessions. In them, the church has found authoritative summaries of “the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints” (Jude 3). Today, however, there is a widespread and passionately held opinion that churches that outspokenly hold to a confession generally are not fulfilling the mandate of the Great Commission precisely because they are confessional. Their confessional standards, it is assumed, are not helping them evangelize. On the contrary, their standards are positively stymieing any true effort to bring a clear and simple gospel message to the world.