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Why Do We Hold to the Baptist Confession of Faith of 1689?

Our church holds to the London Baptist Confession of Faith of 1689. There are four primary reasons why we chose that confession to summarize our teaching at Truth.

The first reason is theological. We believe the 1689 Confession accurately summarizes the teaching of the Bible. The 1689 Confession has a high view of the Bible, God, and Christ. It affirms God’s sovereign grace in the salvation of lost sinners. Those great themes are the foundation of our Fellowship.

The second reason is historical. Biblical truth never changes. Truth Community Church is comparatively new, but our teaching is not. We seek historical continuity with Christian men whose teaching has stood the test of time and biblical scrutiny over the centuries.

The third reason is polemical. The Lord has raised us up in a region with a long history of Roman Catholic influence. The 1689 Confession clarifies what separates us from Catholicism in a lucid and edifying way.

The fourth reason is pastoral. The 1689 Confession shows keen insight into the nature of Christian living and our future hope. Earnest believers who read the Confession will be encouraged to excel still more; doubting believers will find insight into assurance; unsaved sinners will find sure direction to the Savior.

We don’t claim perfection for the 1689 Confession. Scripture alone is our final authority, and if our elders find it necessary to distinguish secondary points of doctrine, they will.

However, we do affirm the Confession’s direction. We agree with Charles Spurgeon:

“This ancient document is the most excellent epitome of the things most surely believed among us. It is not issued as an authoritative rule or code of faith, whereby you may be fettered, but as a means of edification in righteousness. It is an excellent, though not inspired, expression of the teaching of those Holy Scriptures by which all confessions are to be measured. We hold to the humbling truths of God’s sovereign grace in the salvation of lost sinners. Salvation is through Christ alone and by faith alone.”