Baptist Confessions of Faith and the Preservation of Scripture
As demonstrated in the video here on the Bible’s teaching on its own inspiration and preservation (a precursor video to this video that really ought to be viewed first), God has promised in His Word to preserve every one of the words of the Bible, just as He has inspired every single one of them. God has also promised that those preserved words would be recognized and received by true believers and true churches. Since Baptist churches are the type of churches founded by Jesus Christ and preserved by Him until this present day (for Biblical and historical resources on ecclesiology, the doctrine of the church, please note the resources here), the type of text that they received is the type of text preserved by God. As Baptist confessions demonstrate, Baptist churches have been led by the Holy Spirit, the Divine Author of Scripture, to receive the aptly named Received Text or Textus Receptus, in contrast to the critical text of Westcott-Hort, Nestle-Aland, and the United Bible Societies (or the so-called “Majority Text” of Hodges-Farstad or Robinson-Pierpont). Confessions examined include the Schleitheim Confession of 1527, the 1611 Declaration of Faith of English People Remaining at Amsterdam in Holland, the Particular Baptist Confession of Faith of 1644, the True Gospel-Faith Declared According to the Scriptures of 1654, the General Baptist The Faith and Practice of Thirty Congregations, Gathered According to the Primitive Pattern of 1651, the Midland Association Confession of 1655, the Somerset Confession of 1656, the General Baptist Standard Confession of 1660, the Second London Baptist Confession of Faith of 1677 and 1689, the General Baptist Orthodox Creed of 1679, the New Hampshire Confession of Faith of 1833, and the 1923 Articles of Faith of the Baptist Bible Union of America. As an examination of these sources (and others) demonstrates, Baptist confessions evidence that true churches have recognized the Greek text underlying the English Authorized or King James Version as the Word of God.
Please also watch the video here on the Bible’s teaching on its own inspiration and preservation in conjunction with the video above.
The video on this webpage is also available on YouTube for viewing or download here.