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Confession statement 50

Published in 1646

The Text used: There has been some updating of Old English words but otherwise no changes have been made to the original texts.

CONFESSION OF FAITH of seven congregations or churches of Christ in London. which are commonly, but unjustly, called Anabaptists; published for the vindication of the truth and information of the ignorant; likewise for the taking off those aspersions which are frequently, both in pulpit and print, unjustly cast upon them. Printed in London, Anno 1646.

L IT is lawful for a Christian to be a magistrate or civil officer; and also it is lawful to take an oath, so it be in truth, and in judgment, and in righteousness, for confirmation of truth, and ending of all strife; and that by wrath and vain oaths the Lord is provoked and this land mourns.

Acts 8:38, 10:1,2,35; Rom.16:23; Deut.6:13; Rom.1:9; 2 Cor. 10:11; Jer.4:2; Heb.6:16.

The First London Baptist Confession 1644/46 

Confession statement 49

Published in 1646

The Text used: There has been some updating of Old English words but otherwise no changes have been made to the original texts.

CONFESSION OF FAITH of seven congregations or churches of Christ in London. which are commonly, but unjustly, called Anabaptists; published for the vindication of the truth and information of the ignorant; likewise for the taking off those aspersions which are frequently, both in pulpit and print, unjustly cast upon them. Printed in London, Anno 1646.

XLIX BUT in case we find not the magistrate to favour us herein; yet we dare not suspend our practice, because we believe we ought to go in obedience to Christ, in professing the faith which was once delivered to the saints, which faith is declared in the holy Scriptures, and this our confession of faith a part of them, and that we are to witness to the truth of the Old and New Testament(s) unto the death, if necessity require, in the midst of all trials and afflictions, as His saints of old have done; not accounting our goods, lands, wives, children, fathers, mothers, brethren, sisters; yea, and our own lives dear unto us, so we may finish our course with joy; remembering always, that we ought to obey God rather than men, who will when we have finished our course, and kept the faith, give us the crown of righteousness; to whom we must give an account of all our actions, and no man being able to discharge us of the same.

Acts 2:40,41,4:19,5:28,29,20:23; 1 Thess.3:3; Phil.1:28,29; Dan. 3:16,17,6:7,10,22,23; 1 Tim.6:13,14; Rom.12:1.8; 1 Cor.14:37; Rev.2:20; 2 Tim.4:6,7,8; Rom.l4:10,12; 2 Cor.5:10; Ps.49:7, 50:22.

The First London Baptist Confession 1644/46 

Pregnant teen wins abortion battle

As one ages it is assumed that they will gain more wisdom. This should have been due to the fact that as one ages they will have experienced hardships and struggles that mould and shape someone into a wiser person. For instance, when someone is younger they tend to be a bit loose with their finances or tend to be more reckless with their driving and how they live their lives. This is why insurance rates are a whole lot higher for younger adults, than they are for older adults.

However, when it comes to what is morally right, one doesn’t always gain more wisdom as they get older. In other words, if someone thought that it was alright to shack up with their potential spouse, when they were younger, then they might not change their views as they get older. This is also true of those who think it is alright to have an abortion. If a young person believed it to be alright to have an abortion, then they may not necessarily change their views as they age.

The moral law of God presses down on the consciences of every individual that is born. And since we are born sinners, none of us obey this moral law. This moral, however, does convict us of sin.  When we are young and tender of heart, we are more likely to feel guilty when we violate God’s moral law. But as one gets older and hardens their hearts to God’s word and laws, then they tend to be more hardened than they were when they were younger.

This is true concerning a recent case between some parents and their daughter. The parents of a 16 year old, who reside in Texas, found out that their daughter was pregnant and instead of supporting her, they instead demanded that she have an abortion.

Now certainly it was sinful for the 16 year old to go out and have a sexual relationship outside of marriage but, these 16 year old’s parents wanted to add murder to the sin of fornication. This shows that they have no wisdom in the things concerning morality and have seared what consciences they do have.

I praise God that the court system sided with this teen.

Here is a portion of the story:

 

A pregnant teen who sued her parents, claiming they were coercing her to have an abortion, will be able to give birth to her baby.

Attorneys representing the 16-year-old girl were granted a long-term injunction against the girl’s parents in Texas family court on Monday, according to court documents.

The teen is 10 weeks pregnant and the injunction will last for the duration of her pregnancy.

As part of the order, the girl will be able to use her car to go to school, work and medical appointments. Her parents had taken away the use of the car as part of their effort to force an abortion, court papers stated.

The teen’s parents will be liable for half of the hospital bill when she gives birth, unless she is married to the baby’s 16-year-old father.

“We are extremely happy with the judge’s decision today and we are very proud of our teenage client for being strong enough to stand against her parents to save her unborn child’s life,” Greg Terra, president of the Texas Center for Defense of Life, said in a blog post on the group’s website.

Attorneys filed a lawsuit on the teen’s behalf earlier this month arguing that her parents “are violating her federal constitutional rights to carry her child to term by coercing her to have an abortion with both verbal and physical threats and harassment.”

 

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