There has been a question posed on which churches in the Greater Moncton Area would subscribe to the 1689 London Baptist Confession and if we would endorse these churches. We respond in stating that we support churches associated with the 1689 Baptist confession of faith throughout our country and elsewhere as well as the Association for Reformed Baptist Churches of America (ARBCA). In the city of Moncton, there are only two churches that we are aware of that would hold fully to the 1689 LBC. One is Providence Christian Church and the other is a small Reformed Baptist House Church. We go on record to state that we gladly endorse Providence Christian Church however at this time we do not endorse the small Reformed Baptist House Church for reasons outside of their confessional stance.
We had written a post awhile back on the importance of confession of faiths. One of the points I made was that these confessions have a purpose of keeping us theologically accountable in understanding the teachings behind the scriptures. They are not equal with scripture nor are they a substitute for scripture. They are an expression of our beliefs which we confess in writing to the world. While many scoff at the idea of a confession, we believe that everyone subscribes to a confession of faith whether in written form or in an individual’s head.
Here are this website we adhere to the 1689 London Baptist Confession of Faith. We believe it is one of the most accurate expressions of biblical teaching available. We understand that it is not a complete rendition of the bible’s teaching but a faithful summary of major themes within Scripture.
Recently we stumbled upon a series of studies on the 1689 LBC by Greg Nichols. This is a 35 part series of talks that takes the listeners through the teaching of the confession in quite some detail. There are some real gems in these talks and we highly recommend them if you are interested in going through the confession of faith.
There are ongoing discussions and debates going on amongst those who hold to Calvinism and profess a reformed theological heritage. Those dialogues are being addressed on various subjects and they are being conducted with respect and with a goal to shed light on these issues. One of the current subjects being addressed goes back, in essence, to the differences between the Westminster Confession of Faith and the 1689 London Baptist Confession. The topic being scrutinized is the different understanding of what is called Covenant Theology. Many among the reformed circles understand that there is a difference between what is called Paedobaptism (or infant baptism) and credobaptism (believer’s baptism) but what many fail to understand or have not encountered is the significant differences in their understanding of the covenants. The differences between these two positions is not merely baptismal methodology but a significant difference in their understanding of Covenant Theology itself.
I ran into a website recently called 1689 Federalism which really makes a point to help people understand the differences between these two positions. It made me appreciate that there is a reason the 1689 London Baptist Confession was drawn up and that these differences in theology should be explored. I have not looked at the entire website so please approach with caution but for the most part they had some interesting thoughts on this important matter.
Also, on this website, I found this debate between Michael Horton who wrote a book (which I own) on covenant theology called “The God of Promise” representing the paedobaptist side and a Jeffrey Johnson who wrote “The Fatal Flaw” representing the credobaptist side. I have posted it to the debate section but thought I would also mention it here in case anyone is interested in learning more about this very important issue.
Please feel free to also to visit our theology section on Covenant Theology for more information.