Hardback Facsimile Edition of 1677 Second London Confession of Faith [Limited | RBAP]

Reformed Baptist Academic Press:

RBAP is offering the hardback facsimile edition of the 1677 Second London Confession of Faith for $15.00 plus s/h, suggested retail $20.00. This edition includes a preface by Dr. Mike Renihan, “To the Judicious and Impartial Reader,” table of contents, the text of the Confession, and “An Appendix.” This version has the original wording and original Scripture references, both of which have been slightly altered in subsequent versions. It is highly recommended to purists and serious students.

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The Appendix to the Second London Baptist Confession of Faith [1677/1689]

1689

Dr. James Renihan

Dr. James Renihan @ Institute of Reformed Baptist Studies writes:

When the Second London Confession was published in 1677 (2 editions in 1677) and again in 1688, it included an Appendix seeking to provide further reasons why the Baptists considered it important to form their own churches based on the practice of believer’s baptism. They had been stung by criticism implying that such actions were divisive; that they should have been content to remain in the paedobaptist churches. The Appendix was an irenic attempt to express their convictions about baptism in greater detail than the text of the Confession itself would allow. We publish this appendix here; the only changes we have made are to modernize most of the spelling to conform to contemporary (American!) English standards.

The Baptists address 4 points: (1) ‘Sponsor Baptism’; (2) Baptism on the basis of Covenantal relation to parents; (3) The ‘holiness’ of children in 1 Cor. 7:12ff.; and (4) ‘Household baptisms’. Several other matters are briefly mentioned at the end. Their comments are of great interest. One will notice, for example, that they do not reject the possibility that the children of believers may be considered, in some sense, as covenant children.

We hope that ready access to this Appendix will further understanding of our great Confession of Faith.

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Whosoever reads, and impartially considers what we have in our forgoing confession declared, may readily perceive, That we do not only concenter with all other true Christians on the Word of God (revealed in the Scriptures of truth) as the foundation and rule of our faith and worship. But that we have also industriously endeavored to manifest, That in the fundamental Articles of Christianity we mind the same things, and have therefore expressed our belief in the same words, that have on the like occasion been spoken by other societies of Christians before us.

This we have done, That those who are desirous to know the principles of Religion which we hold and practice, may take an estimate from our selves (who jointly concur in this work) and may not be misguided, either by undue reports; or by the ignorance or errors of particular persons, who going under the same name with our selves, may give an occasion of scandalizing the truth we profess.

And although we do differ from our brethren who are Paedobaptists; in the subject and administration of Baptism, and such other circumstances as have a necessary dependence on our observance of that Ordinance, and do frequent our own assemblies for our mutual edification, and discharge of those duties, and services which we owe unto God, and in his fear to each other: yet we would not be from hence misconstrued, as if the discharge of our own consciences herein, did any ways disoblige or alienate our affections, or conversation from any others that fear the Lord; but that we may and do as we have opportunity participate of the labors of those, whom God hath indued with abilities above our selves, and qualified, and called to the Ministry of the Word, earnestly desiring to approve our selves to be such, as follow after peace with holiness, and therefore we always keep that blessed Irenicum, or healing Word of the Apostle before our eyes; if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you; nevertheless whereto we have already attained; let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing, Phil 3. v. 15, 16.

Let it not therefore be judged of us (because much hath been written on this subject, and yet we continue this our practice different from others) that it is out of obstinacy, but rather as the truth is, that we do herein according to the best of our understandings worship God, out of a pure mind yielding obedience to his precept, in that method which we take to be most agreeable to the Scriptures of truth, and primitive practice.

It would not become us to give any such intimation, as should carry a semblance that what we do in the service of God is with a doubting conscience, or with any such temper of mind that we do thus for the present, with a reservation that we will do otherwise hereafter upon more mature deliberation; nor have we any cause so to do, being fully persuaded, that what we do is agreeable to the will of God. Yet we do heartily propose this, that if any of the Servants of our Lord Jesus shall, in the Spirit of meekness, attempt to convince us of any mistake either in judgment or practice, we shall diligently ponder his arguments; and account him our chiefest friend that shall be an instrument to convert us from any error that is in our ways, for we cannot wittingly do any thing against the truth, but all things for the truth.

And therefore we have endeavored seriously to consider, what hath been already offered for our satisfaction in this point; and are loth to say any more lest we should be esteemed desirous of renewed contests thereabout: yet forasmuch as it may justly be expected that we show some reason, why we cannot acquiesce in what hath been urged against us; we shall with as much brevity as may consist with plainness, endeavor to satisfy the expectation of those that shall peruse what we now publish in this matter also.

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Preface to the Second London Baptist Confession of Faith [1677/1689]

1689

Dr. James Renihan

Dr. James Renihan @ Institute of Reformed Baptist Studies writes:

While many who visit our site will be familiar with the Second London Confession (often called the 1689 Confession), usually they have only seen the text of the Confession itself. But when it was first published, it also included a letter to the reader as well as an appendix. Here, we present this Letter. It is our hope that these materials will further the understanding of this wonderful document.

TO THE

Judicious and Impartial

READER

Courteous Reader,

It is now many years since divers of us (with other sober Christians then living and walking in the way of the Lord that we professe) did conceive our selves to be under a necessity of Publishing a Confession of our Faith, for the information, and satisfaction of those, that did not throughly understand what our principles were, or had entertained prejudices against our Profession, by reason of the strange representation of them, by some men of note, who had taken very wrong measures, and accordingly led others into misapprehensions, of us, and them: and this was first put forth about the year, 1643. in the name of seven Congregations then gathered in London; since which time, diverse impressions thereof have been dispersed abroad, and our end proposed, in good measure answered, inasmuch as many (and some of those men eminent, both for piety and learning) were thereby satisfied, that we were no way guilty of those Heterodoxies and fundamental errors, which had too frequently been charged upon us without ground, or occasion given on our part. And forasmuch, as that Confession is not now commonly to be had; and also that many others have since embraced the same truth which is owned therein; it was judged necessary by us to joyn together in giving a testimony to the world; of our firm adhering to those wholesome Principles, by the publication of this which is now in your hand.

And forasmuch as our method, and manner of expressing our sentiments, in this, doth vary from the former (although the substance of the matter is the same) we shall freely impart to you the reason and occasion thereof. One thing that greatly prevailed with us to undertake this work, was (not only to give a full account of our selves, to those Christians that differ from us about the subject of Baptism, but also) the profit that might from thence arise, unto those that have any account of our labors, in their instruction, and establishment in the great truths of the Gospel; in the clear understanding, and steady belief of which, our comfortable walking with God, and fruitfulness before him, in all our ways, is most neerly concerned; and therefore we did conclude it necessary to expresse our selves the more fully, and distinctly; and also to fix on such a method as might be most comprehensive of those things which we designed to explain our sense, and belief of; and finding no defect, in this regard, in that fixed on by the assembly, and after them by those of the Congregational way, we did readily conclude it best to retain the same order in our present confession: and also, when we observed that those last mentioned, did in their confession (for reasons which seemed of weight both to themselves and others) choose not only to express their mind in words concurrent with the former in sense, concerning all those articles wherein they were agreed, but also for the most part without any variation of the terms we did in like manner conclude it best to follow their example in making use of the very same words with them both, in these articles (which are very many) wherein our faith and doctrine is the same with theirs, and this we did, the more abundantly, to manifest our consent with both, in all the fundamental articles of the Christian Religion, as also with many others, whose orthodox confessions have been published to the world; on behalf of the Protestants in divers Nations and Cities: and also to convince all, that we have no itch to clogge Religion with new words, but do readily acquiesce in that form of sound words, which hath been, in consent with the holy Scriptures, used by others before us; hereby declaring before God, Angels, & Men, our hearty agreement with them, in that wholesome Protestant Doctrine, which with so clear evidence of Scriptures they have asserted: some things indeed, are in some places added, some terms omitted, and some few changed, but these alterations are of that nature, as that we need not doubt, any charge or suspition of unsoundness in the faith, from any of our brethren upon the account of them.

In those things wherein we differ from others, we have exprest our selves with all candor and plainness that none might entertain jealousie of ought secretly lodged in our breasts, that we would not the world should be acquainted with; yet we hope we have also observed those rules of modesty, and humility, as will render our freedom in this respect inoffensive, even to those whose sentiments are different from ours.

We have also taken care to affix texts of Scripture, in the margin for the confirmation of each article in our confession; in which work we have studiously indeavoured to select such as are most clear and pertinent, for the proof of what is asserted by us: and our earnest desire is, that all into whose hands this may come, would follow that (never enough commended) example of the noble Bereans, who searched the Scriptures daily, that they might find out whether the things preached to them were so or not.

There is one thing more which we sincerely professe, and earnestly desire credence in, viz. That contention is most remote from our design in all that we have done in this matter: and we hope the liberty of an ingenuous unfolding our principles, and opening our hearts unto our Brethren, with the Scripture grounds on which our faith and practise leanes, will by none of them be either denyed to us, or taken ill from us. Our whole design is accomplished, if we may obtain that Justice, as to be measured in our principles, and practise, and the judgement of both by others, according to what we have now published; which  the Lord (whose eyes are as a flame of fire) knoweth to be the doctrine, which with our hearts we must firmly believe, and sincerely indeavour to conform our lives to. And oh that other contentions being laid asleep, the only care and contention of all upon whom the name of our blessed Redeemer is called, might for the future be, to walk humbly with their God, and in the exercise of all Love and Meekness towards each other, to perfect holyness in the fear of the Lord, each one endeavouring to have his conversation such as becometh the Gospel; and also suitable to his place and capacity vigorously to promote in others the practice of true Religion and undefiled in the sight of God and our Father. And that in this backsliding day, we might not spend our breath in fruitless complaints of the evils of others; but may every one begin at home, to reform in the first place our own hearts, and wayes; and then to quicken all that we may have influence upon, to the same work; that if the will of God were so, none might deceive themselves, by resting in, and trusting to, a form of Godliness, without the power of it, and inward experience of the efficacy of those truths that are professed by them.

And verily there is one spring and cause of the decay of Religion in our day, which we cannot but touch upon, and earnestly urge a redresse of; and that is the neglect of the worship of God in Families, by those to whom the charge and conduct of them is committed. May not the grosse ignorance, and instability of many; with the prophaneness of others, be justly charged upon their Parents and Masters; who have not trained them up in the way wherein they ought to walk when they were young? but have neglected those frequent and solemn commands which the Lord hath laid upon them so to catechize, and instruct them, that their tender years might be seasoned with the knowledge of the truth of God as revealed in the Scriptures; and also by their own omission of Prayer, and other duties of Religion in their families, together with the ill example of their loose conversation, have inured them first to a neglect, and then contempt of all Piety and Religion? we know this will not excuse the blindness, or wickedness of any; but certainly it will fall heavy upon those that have thus been the occasion thereof; they indeed dye in their sins; but will not their blood be required of those under whose care they were, who yet permitted them to go on without warning, yea led them into the paths of destruction? and will not the diligence of Christians with respect to the discharge of these duties, in ages past, rise up in judgment against, and condemn many of those who would be esteemed such now?

We shall conclude with our earnest prayer, that the God of all grace, will pour out those measures of his holy Spirit upon us, that the profession of truth may be accompanyed with the sound belief, and diligent practise of it by us; that his name may in all things be glorified, through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.


For more on this check out The Purpose of the 1689 London Confession of Faith [James Brown Jr.’s 3-part Audio Podcast]To The Judicious & Impartial Reader: Charity & Clarity [Reformed Baptista]

Aug. 18-28, 2015 “Baptist Symbolics” [IRBS class] feat. James Renihan in Escondido, CA

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Baptist Symbolics? Here is the description of the class from the 2013 class notice:

Baptist Symbolics Header 1689Baptist Symbolics is a study of the importance of confessions of faith in Baptist life. It begins with some historical material, considers various views of confessional subscription, and then focuses on the First London Confession of 1644/46 and the Second London Confession of 1677/89. We will expound both of these Confessions in detail.

 

Dr. Renihan’s Exposition of the entire 1st LBC 1644/1646 [3 Videos]

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Three videos from IRBS [The Institute of Reformed Baptist Studies] Continuing Education classes have been posted of Dr. James Renihan’s Exposition of the First London Baptist Confession of Faith:

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Intro, Outline, and Unit 1 of the Confession (paragraphs 1 through 6) [49 min. video]:

Units 2, 3, and 4 of the Confession (paragraphs 7 through 32) [75 min. video]:

Units 5 and 6 of the Confession (paragraphs 33 through 53) [67 min. video]:


 

Here is the book Dr. Renihan recommends at the beginning of the lecture:

Baptist Confessions of Faith by William LumpkinBaptist Confessions of Faith Hardcover by William Lumpkin
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Dec. 9-12, 2013 “Baptist Symbolics” feat. Dr. Renihan @ Mansfield, TX [Event]

Baptist Symbolics Texas 2013

Brothers,

 

I hope and trust all finds you well in The Lord.  If you have not yet heard we, the churches of the Texas Area Association of Reformed Baptist Churches, have invited Jim Renihan of the Institute of Reformed Baptist Studies (IRBS) located at Westminster Seminary West in Escondino, CA to come to Heritage Baptist Church next month to hold his course in Baptist Symbolics that he teaches at the seminary.   The Symbolics Course is a series of lectures on the Second London Baptist Confession of Faith or the 1689.  This particular part of his course will cover the second half of the confession.

 

We, the TAARBC churches, would like to invite you to come and profit from this study with us.  This is a wonderful training opportunity for church leaders, elders and deacons, concerned laymen and any other who would be interested to engage in serious study of the confession.  It will also afford a wonderful and rich opportunity for brotherly fellowship.  We believe your heart will be encouraged.

 

The cost for the course is minimal: $20 for those seeking to just come and benefit from the study and an additional $100 for those who are interested in obtaining credit for the course through the Continuing Education Program of the IRBS.  We will be meeting December 9 – 12.  The schedule on the 9th will begin at 1pm and conclude by 8pm with a break for dinner.  On Tues – Thurs we will be meeting from 10am – 5pm with a break for lunch.  Dinner on Monday and lunch the other days of the week will be provided in the registration cost and snacks will be provided throughout the day.  If you need a place to stay there are hotels close by the church or perhaps we might be able to find you a spot in someone’s home.  Just let us know of your need.

 

If you would like more information about the course or would be able to let us know how many will be coming with your group please contact Jarrett Downs @ jddowns7839@sbcglobal.net or myself @ fcbchurch@sbcglobal.net.

 

If you know of any who may benefit from this study, please forward this [page] to them.  We pray The Lord will bless you labors in his vineyard for his great name.

 

For the Gospel,

Jason C. Montgomery
Moderator, TAARBC
Pastor, Faith Community Baptist Church

2013 Baptist Symbolics Lectures @ IRBS

Dr. James Renihan posted the following on the Institutes of Reformed Baptist Studies website:

You are invited to attend the 2013 IRBS Symbolics class to be offered August 20-30, 2013 on the Campus of Westminster Seminary California, Escondido, CA. Lectures will be held Tuesday-Friday of each week.

Baptist Symbolics  is a study of the importance of confessions of faith in Baptist life. It begins with some historical material, considers various views of confessional subscription, and then focuses on the First London Confession of 1644/46 and the Second London Confession of 1677/89. We will expound both of these Confessions in detail.

Pastors and church leaders are invited to audit the course for only $50.00. Through a generous gift from the Foundation for the Advancement of Reformed Baptist Causes, students registered in the IRBS Continuing Education program may take the course for CEP credit for free!

Limited free housing is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Why not join us for these two weeks? For more information, please contact Prof. Renihan at irbsoffice@gmail.com.

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