Written in 1654, “The True-Gospel Faith Declared According to the Scriptures” is one of the earliest Baptist Confessions. It affirms the sinfulness of man, the resurrection of Christ, etc. However, what I found most interesting was the letter which accompanied the confession. The following is an excerpt from that letter.
“We therefore do desire that whosoever read it [the Confession] may weigh the Scriptures produced; and if it be according to the Scriptures, there is light in it; for its the Scriptures of the Prophets and Apostles that we square our faith and practice by, accounting that light within (not witnessed by the Scriptures without) which some much talk of to be deep darkness…Let the Scripture therefore be the rule of thy faith and practice…”
Above all man-crafted declarations, doctrines, and creeds comes Scripture. Through this, and this alone, can we direct our paths. History is all well and good until it contradicts the Word of God.
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