Baptist Confession of Faith

What is Adoption? God has granted[1] that, in and for His only Son Jesus Christ,[2] all those who are justified[3] share in the grace of adoption. By this they are numbered with and enjoy...

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Repentance to Life and Salvation

Baptist Confession of Faith

What is Repentance to Life and Salvation? Some of the elect are converted in later years, having lived for some time in their natural state[1] in which they have served various...

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Baptist Confession of Faith

What is Sanctification? Those who are united to Christ, effectually called and regenerated, have a new heart and a new spirit created in them through the efficacy of Christ's death and...

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What do we believe?

Christian Liberty and Liberty of Conscience

What is Christian Liberty and Liberty of Conscience?

The liberty which Christ has purchased for believers under the Gospel consists of their freedom from the guilt of sin, the condemning wrath of God, and the severity and curse of the [moral] law.[1] It also includes their deliverance from this present evil world, bondage to Satan, the dominion of sin,[2] the distress of afflictions, the fear and sting of death, the victory of the grave, and everlasting damnation.[3] Furthermore, it includes their free access to God, and their ability to yield obedience to Him, not out of slavish fear, but with childlike love, and willing minds.[4]

All these blessings were also shared in essence by believers under the [Old Testament] law;[5] but, under the New Testament, the liberty of Christians is further enlarged in their freedom from the yoke of the ceremonial law to which the Jews were subjected. We also have greater boldness of access to the throne of grace, and fuller provision of the free Spirit of God than believers under the law normally experienced.[6]

God alone is Lord of the conscience,[7] and He has left it free from [obligations to] human doctrines and commandments which are in any way contrary to His Word or not contained in it.[8] So to believe such doctrines, or to obey such commandments out of conscience, is to betray true liberty of conscience.[9] To require an implicit faith, or absolute and blind obedience, is to destroy liberty of conscience and reason.[10]

Those who practice any sin or harbour any sinful desires on pretence of Christian liberty, pervert the main purpose of the grace of the Gospel to their own destruction.[11] They completely destroy the purpose of Christian liberty, which is that we (having been delivered from all our [spiritual] enemies) might serve the Lord without fear, in holiness and righteousness before Him all the days of our lives.[12]

[1] John 3:36; Romans 8:33; Galatians 3:13

[2] Galatians 1:4; Ephesians 2:1-3; Colossians 1:13; Acts 26:18; Romans 6:14-18; 8:3

[3] Romans 8:28; 1 Corinthians 15:54-57; 1 Thessalonians 1:10; Hebrews 2:14-15

[4] Ephesians 2:18; 3:12; Romans 8:15; 1 John 4:18

[5] John 8:32; Psalm 19:7-9; 119:14,24,45,47,48,72,97; Romans 4:5-11; Galatians 3:9; Hebrews 11:27,33-34

[6] John 1:17; Hebrews 1:1-2a; 7:19,22; 8:6; 9:23; 11:40; Galatians 2:11-12; 4:1-3; Colossians 2:16-17; Hebrews 10:19-21; John 7:38-39

[7] James 4:12; Romans 14:4; Galatians 5:1

[8] Acts 4:19; 5:29; 1 Corinthians 7:23; Matthew 15:9

[9] Colossians 2:20,22-23; Galatians 1:10; 2:3-5; 5:1

[10] Romans 10:17; 14:23; Acts 17:11; John 4:22; 1 Corinthians 3:5; 2 Corinthians 1:24

[11] Romans 6:1-2

[12] Luke 1:74-75; Romans 14:9; Galatians 5:13; 2 Peter 2:18,21