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Baptist Faith & Message
On June 14th, 2000, the Southern Baptist Convention adopted
a revised summary of our faith. The committee's report says
"Baptists cherish and defend religious
liberty, and deny the right of any secular or religious
authority to impose a confession of faith upon a church
or body of churches. We honor the principles of soul competency
and the priesthood of believers, affirming together both
our liberty in Christ and our accountability to each other
under the Word of God.
Baptist churches, associations, and general bodies have adopted
confessions of faith as a witness to the world, and as instruments
of doctrinal accountability. We are not embarrassed to state
before the world that these are doctrines we hold precious
and as essential to the Baptist tradition of faith and practice.
As a committee, we have been charged to
address the "certain
needs" of our own generation. In an age increasingly
hostile to Christian truth, our challenge is to express the
truth as revealed in Scripture, and to bear witness to Jesus
Christ, who is "the Way, the Truth, and the Life."
The 1963 committee rightly sought to identify
and affirm "certain
definite doctrines that Baptists believe, cherish, and with
which they have been and are now closely identified." Our
living faith is established upon eternal truths. "Thus
this generation of Southern Baptists
is in historic succession of intent and purpose as it endeavors
to state for its time and theological climate those articles
of the Christian faith which are most surely held among us."
It is the purpose of this statement of
faith and message to set forth certain teachings which
the 2000 Baptist Faith and Message in PDF format. You
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