A Comparison and Contrast of: “a Short Confession of Faith of 1610” and “the Philadelphia Confession (Particular) 1742”

1625 Words Sep 4th, 2012 7 Pages
A Comparison and Contrast of:

“A Short Confession of Faith of 1610” and “The Philadelphia Confession (Particular) 1742”
The history of the formation of the Baptist faith is extremely important in understanding the doctrine it holds today. It is interesting to look at the growth since an English confession from the year 1610, to the American need to perfect it through a new confession over a century later. I will focus entirely on a comparison and contrast of A Short Confession of Faith of 1610 and The Philadelphia Confession (Particular) of 1742. This examination of two different Baptist confessions will analyze doctrinal, polity and ordinance differences, and show how these distinctions would affect the movement as well as
…show more content…
Charles Spurgeon once preached that since we really do not know which of these is true, we should accept them both. Limited atonement is a non-Biblical doctrine, as seen in John 3:16-17, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.”
A Short Confession of Faith of 1610 tells us that we can fall from Grace. This means that those who believe and are truly saved can lose their salvation by failing to keep up their faith, by partaking in non-Christian acts such as drinking, etc. The Philadelphia Confession of Faith of 1742 believes in the perseverance of the saints. Everyone who is chosen by God, redeemed by Christ, and given faith by the Spirit are eternally saved. Many Scriptures teach that a true believer is safe and secure in Christ, that salvation doesn't depend on our ability to keep ourselves, but on God's ability to keep us, as in John 10:28, “And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.”
A Short Confession of Faith of 1610, concretely believes that baptism brings salvation. The Philadelphia Confession of Faith of 1742 decrees that baptism by immersion is the believer’s next step in fellowship with Jesus. The bible and the Baptist church teach that believer's baptism

Related Documents