A Discussion of the Seventeenth Century Particular Baptist Confessions of Faith
Published to Examine the Historical, Political, and Religious Background of the 1644 and 1689 London Baptist Confessions of Faith
There are those today who claim that The First London Confession in its 1644 and 1646 editions has a different view of the Law than does The Second London Confession of 1689. It is contended that the First London Confession has a New Covenant emphasis that was lost or eliminated in the Second London Confession. The Second, it is claimed, possessed an Old Covenant emphasis concerning the Law because of the influence of the Westminster Confession as its view was forced on Baptists by the historical, religious, and political climate of the day.
Dr. Belcher and Anthony Mattia examine these claims to determine their historical validity. The authors set forth the evidence from history in a clear and convincing manner as they reach definite conclusions concerning this important and controversial subject. This book is a must for those who want to inform themselves further about the religious and political background of the seventeenth century Baptist confessions of faith.
About the Authors
Dr. Richard Belcher is the author of numerous books in the field of Bible study, theology, language and biography. These include his theological novels, beginning with A Journey in Grace. Dr. Belcher has been active in ministry for over 50 years and taught for 26 years at Columbia International University.
Dr. Tony Mattia has been pastor of Trinity Baptist Church in Wamego, Kansas since 1983. Trinity is a church that has been active in bringing to birth several new churches across Kansas. He is the Corresponding Secretary for the Spurgeon Baptist Association of Churches (SBAOC). He and his wife Twila have two sons.
A Discussion of the 17th Century Particular Baptist Confessions of Faith