Second London Baptist Confession of Faith: 1689
Statement of Faith:
- We hold to the Holy Scriptures, God's inspired and inerrant Word, contained in the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments, as recorded in the original languages (The Old Testament in Hebrew and the New Testament in Greek), as our supreme and final authority for life and godliness.
- We believe that there is one true, living, sovereign, and holy God, who is eternal, immortal, and immutable in all His attributes. He is infinitely existing as one God (one essence) in three Persons: God the Father, God the Son (Jesus Christ), and God the Holy Spirit, these three being co-equal in power and glory, having the same attributes. The Triune God in six literal 24-hour days created the world and all things out of nothing, including mankind, for His own glory.
- We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, is true God and was true man, having been conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He died on the cross as a sacrifice for the sins of His people. He arose bodily from the dead and ascended into heaven, where, at the right hand of the Father, and as Lord, He is now interceding for His church and ruling all things on her behalf.
- We believe a person is saved, or justified, by an act of God's free grace and not on any merit of his own. The Grace of Faith, whereby the elect is irresistibly enabled to believe to the saving of their soul, is the work of the Spirit of Christ in their heart, and is ordinarily wrought by the ministry of the Word.
- God pardons the sins of the elect of God and accepts them as righteous in His sight, only by the righteousness of Christ imputed to us (through Christ's substitutionary atoning death and bodily resurrection) and received Sola Fide, by faith alone. True faith, that not of ourselves, is always accompanied by repentance and a determination to follow Jesus in a life of obedience and good works.
- Those who are justified will live eternally in the presence of God and all the redeemed, and those who are not justified will suffer eternal damnation in hell.
- There are two ordinances instituted by Christ for the church in the present age: water baptism and the Lord's Supper. These signs of the Covenant of Grace are not a means of justification, but are a means of the sanctification God desires for his people and are properly administered according to Scripture to every member of the visible church.