1689 Confession of Faith

CHAPTER 4 OF CREATION Parts One through Three

CHAPTER 4  OF CREATION Parts One through Three The third chapter of the Confession is a statement of foundational truths regarding creation.  These foundations give sense to all that has happened since.  Without these foundations, everything else is rendered unintelligible.  The world is confused about so many things, in part, because the world rejects the foundational truths about creation. The Confession explains the who, why, and when of...

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Are you one of the few who understands predestination?

CHAPTER 3 OF GOD’S DECREE, Parts Six & Seven The doctrine of God’s Decree includes the doctrine of predestination.  To deny the doctrine of predestination is to deny the clear teaching of the Bible (Romans 8:29-31, Ephesians 1:3-12, and others). The Confession exhorts us to humble prudence and care regarding this lofty topic.  Rather than affording the elect any room for pride, those who possess any correct understanding of predestination (election) should...

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Chapter 3: Of God's Decree (Parts 4 & 5)

Chapter 3: Of God's Decree (Parts 4 & 5) The doctrine of God’s decrees teaches that the number of angels who did not fall and the number of people who will be saved is not only known by God from all eternity past, but it is also decreed by God.  Conversely, the number of angels who fell and the number of people who will not be redeemed is also decreed by God.  These numbers (and the individual angels and people they represent) can neither be increased nor...

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Chapter 3: OF GOD'S DECREE (Parts 1-3)

Chapter 3: OF GOD'S DECREE (Parts 1-3) The third of thirty-two chapters of the Confession is “Of God’s Decrees.”  This is about the Sovereignty of God—over all things, all of the time.  The simple explanation of this is “Whatever God decrees, comes to pass; and whatever comes to pass, God has decreed.”  And God’s decrees are not issued on the fly.  His decrees are from eternity past.  The Confession states it this...

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Chapter 2  OF GOD AND OF THE HOLY TRINITY Parts 3 & 4

Chapter 2  OF GOD AND OF THE HOLY TRINITY Parts 3 & 4 From the third paragraph of this chapter of the Confession we learn the following about the Trinity: God is One in essence [being]. (Deuteronomy 6:4, Galatians 3:20) God is at the same time Three Persons: the Father, the Son (Jesus Christ) and the Holy Spirit; each being God are co- equal, co-eternal, distinct but inseparable. (1 Corinthians 8:6; 1 John 5:20; Acts 5:3-4; Matthew 28:19) The Father is from none,...

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CHAPTER 2 OF GOD AND THE HOLY TRINITY, Parts One & Two

CHAPTER 2  OF GOD AND THE HOLY TRINITY, Parts One & Two The chapter about God follows the chapter about the Holy Scriptures.  Why? Because the definitive and final truth about God comes from the scriptures—and from nowhere else!  What does the Bible, explained by the Confession, tell us about God?  From the first paragraph we learn the following about God: There is only one true and living God.  All others are false gods. (Jeremiah 10:10) God...

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CHAPTER 1 OF THE HOLY SCRIPTURES, Parts One & Two

CHAPTER 1 OF THE HOLY SCRIPTURES, Parts One & Two There are thirty-two chapters in the London Baptist Confession.  The first chapter is: “Of The Holy Scriptures.” Why start here?  Without the Bible, everything else falls.  Apart from Scripture there is no objectivity.  All would be subjective and up to individual preference. The opening line of Chapter One states:  “The Holy Scripture is the only sufficient, certain and infallible...

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Historic Confessions

Historic Confessions. As Protestantism gained traction, the various wings established a number of confessions to define their beliefs.  The Lutheran Augsburg Confession was first, written in 1530.  It is the basis of Lutheran theology, and the only universally accepted standard of the Lutheran churches.  The Reformed churches, differing from the Lutherans, each wrote their own.  While the Reformed confessions have more things in common than differences, each differs...

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SIX BENEFITS OF CONFESSIONS:

CONSIDER TWO OF SIX BENEFITS OF CONFESSIONS: 1.  Confessions Help Identify Deviant Theology 2 Timothy 1: 13 “Hold fast to sound words.” Jude 3 “Contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints.” This is not to say that any and everything outside of the Confession is heretical, but it does warn us to double check to see whether whatever is not in the Confession is scriptural. 2.  Confessions Define A Church’s...

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What is a Confession and why?

What is a Confession of Faith? It is fine to say we believe the Bible.  Many cults and teachers of false doctrine do the same.  It is therefore important to define what we believe the Bible says.  Confessions do just that.  Confessions are always beneath and subject to the scriptures. Confessions are more detailed than Creeds.  The Apostles’ Creed and the Nicene Creed, for instance, are little more than a paragraph stating the most elementary essentials of...

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