While taking an ecclesiology class at college, I became familiar with the "Young, Restless, Reformed" concept that seems to be taking the young people of the church by storm. (I, being in my 20's, would like to include myself in that group.)
This drastic paradigm shift is happening for what appears to be 2 reasons:
1. Young adults are sick of Postmodernism.
Viewing postmodernity as "the denial of the metanarrative of life" leaves too many holes in a person's life. There is no point of reference, and therefore, no foundation to their life. But young people of today have argued that accepting a postmodernistic worldview is accepting a relativistic mindset that leaves society defunct and leaves each individual to wander the world in obliviousness.
2. Young adults want a strong foundation in God.
This explains why many young people of the church, through many denominations, are looking for truth in Scripture, and take a low view of creeds and confessions. This movement is related to the "Jesus Movement" of the '70's. Instead of "Don't give me the Bible, just give me Jesus" it has become, "Don't give me tradition, Just give me the Bible." This leads to the great problem of why young people are leaving established denominations and are joining non-denominational churches.
Non-denom's are popular, because they have no hierarchical structure to answer to. Scripture talks about a "church," but not a "denomination." Each church in the greater part of the New Testament (except for Galatians) is referenced to as an individual church that wourks in cooperation with others, but not over others.
So, my question comes down to this: is there a way we can show how the creeds and confessions are backed by Scripture, without watering it down? If the original writers wrote something in the creed or confession, why take it out if it is taught by Scripture?