Articles of Faith from 1794

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  1. Jeff Weaver

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    Howdy

    Perusing some stuff, I found these articles of faith from a North Carolina Baptist Church established in 1794.

    Comments?

    Would you have them for your church today?

    “1. We believe in God the Father, creator of all things visible and invisible, and in Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, the Mediator of the New Covenant and in the Holy Ghost; and that these three are one God, co-equal, co-eternal, the same in substance, power and glory.

    “2. We believe the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the Word of God and the only Rule of Faith and Practice, and that the only way of salvation is by the imputed righteousness of Jesus applied to the soul by the Spirit of God without anything in us or done by us as meritorious to our salvation.
    “3. We believe the duty we owe God is to adhere to the Scriptures and comply with the commands and duty therein, as baptism, and the laying-on of hands and the Lord’s Supper, keeping the Sabbath and attending on public and private worship of God and church meetings, especially on Saturday more than any other meeting.
    “4. We believe the duty we owe to our family is to pray with and for them morning and evening and to set such examples before them and our neighbors as may be for God’s glory and their good.
    “5. We believe that sanctification is a work of God's Spirit carried on in the soul and will not be finished till the soul and body are disunited and that all true believers in Jesus Christ shall persevere in grace and never fall so as to be lost
    “6. We believe in the resurrection of the body, both of the just and unjust, and there is a day In which God will judge the world by that man Christ Jesus, and that the righteous will be received into eternal glory and that the wicked will be sent into eternal punishment and that through the endless ages of eternity."
    “7. We believe it to be our duty to counsel, admonish and reprove one another, and not to expose one another to any in the church or out of it till it is brought before the church agreeably to the Word of God."
     
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    Interesting, but not surprising. Seems to be quite a few strands of thought going on there — sabbatarianism, some bits from the Philadelphia confession (laying on of hands, the teaching on sanctification).

    Is Section 7 evidence of and reaction to a bad church split?
     
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    No, no church split that I am aware of, but the articles were penned during the time of the Regular/Separate merger, which was causing some friction in the association (Yadkin) that this church was a member of. Her pastor was also moderator of that Association.
     
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    That would make sense, because it seems to blend the two traditions without spelling out a lot of details. I assume there was some connection between the Yadkin Association the Sandy Creek folks.
     
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    Yadkin was a daughter of Sandy Creek, and John Gano adjusted the disagreements in the Yadkin at their first session in 1790 over whether or not to have associational officers. Interesting debate on that.
     
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    "Adjusted" is an interesting word to use.

    David Benedict, History of American Baptists
     

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