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Baptist Beliefs: Religious liberty

Religious liberty is truly a Baptist distinctive. Baptists were instrumental in the inclusion of the religious liberty requirements in the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Ironically, the greatest violation of human rights in the world today is quite likely the persecution and violation of religious liberty of Christians. There are also attacks on religious liberty in the U.S. The Bible provides a basis for religious liberty....

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Baptist Beliefs: Tragedy and hope in Oklahoma

Soon, the news coverage of Moore will be gone. Caring people from out of state will return home, and even Oklahomans will return to their lives before they were so dramatically affected May 19 in Shawnee and May 20 in Moore. We are grateful for their every caring act. People in Oklahoma and across our nation are asking “why” or attempting to explain the “why” of this terrible damage and loss of life caused by a mammoth tornado....

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Baptist Beliefs: Assurance of Salvation and the Christian Life

“Blessed Assurance, Jesus is mine, Oh what a foretaste of glory divine, Heir of salvation…” Baptists have resounded this refrain for many years. It brings comfort to their souls and reflects their confidence that this is God’s promise. The answers to two questions help explain this belief: When I become a Christian, how do I have the assurance that I will always be a Christian; and what is the way of life that demonstrates I am a...

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Baptist Beliefs: Election

For centuries, Baptist Confessions of Faith have entitled their understanding of election as “God’s Purpose of Grace.” In fact, these historic confessions of faith are not only in agreement, but they also have used nearly the exact wording of that article for almost two centuries. Article V of the BF&M 2000 (like Article V—1963 BF&M; Article X—1925 BF&M; Article V—1833 New Hampshire Confession) states that, “Election is...

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Baptist Beliefs: The Cross

The cross is the historic symbol of the Christian Faith. Crosses are seen on churches, in jewelry, and in many other materials. They are made by human hands, and have no intrinsic power, but they are no ordinary symbol for the Christian. The cross has inspired many to be faithful to God. We know that not everyone who looks at a cross understands the true meaning of the Cross of Christ. We discover the meaning of the cross in the...

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