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?

Civil Government

What is Civil Government?

God, the supreme Lord and King of all the world, has ordained civil authorities[1] to be under Him and over the people,[2] for His own glory and the public good.[3] For this purpose He has armed them with the authority to use force,[4] to defend and encourage those who do good, and to punish evil doers.[5]

It is lawful for Christians to accept and carry out the duties of public office[6] when called upon to so.[7] In the performance of such office they are particularly responsible for maintaining justice and peace in accordance with the wholesome laws of the nation. For that purpose they may (in terms of the New Testament) lawfully engage in war if it is just and necessary.[8]

As civil authorities[9] are established by God for the purposes given, we ought to be subject to[10] all their lawful commands[11] for the Lord's sake, not merely to avoid punishment, but for conscience' sake. We ought also to make supplications and prayers for rulers and all who are in authority, that under them we may live a quiet and peaceful life in all godliness and honesty.[12]

[1] Original, magistrates

[2] Psalm 82:1; Luke 12:48; Romans 13:1-6; 1 Peter 2:13-14

[3] Genesis 6:11-13 with 9:5-6; Psalm 58:1-2; 72:14; 82:1-4; Proverbs 21:15; 24:11-12; 29:14,26; 31:5; Ezekiel 7:23; 45:9; Daniel 4:27; Matthew 22:21; Romans 13:3-4; 1 Timothy 2:2; 1 Peter 2:14

[4] Original, the power of the sword

[5] Genesis 9:6; Proverbs 16:14; 19:12; 20:2; 21:15; 28:17; Acts 25:1; Romans 13:4; 1 Peter 2:13-14

[6] Original, of a magistrate

[7] Exodus 22:8-9,28-29; Daniel; Nehemiah; Proverbs 14:35; 16:10,12; 20:26,28; 25:2; 28:15-16; 29:4,14; 31:4-5; Romans 13:2,4,6

[8] Luke 3:14; Romans 13:4

[9] Original, magistrates

[10] Proverbs 16:14-15; 19:12; 20:2; 24:21-22; 25:15; 28:2; Romans 13:1-7; Titus 3:1; 1 Peter 2:13-14

[11] Daniel 1:8; 3:4-6,16-18; 6:5-10,22; Matthew 22:21; Acts 4:19-20; 5:29

[12] Jeremiah 29:7; 1 Timothy 2:1-4