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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 5

Modern Christians. — The Battists in 1669

Modern Christians.

The Battists in 1669.

The following confession of faith, signed by John Bunyan and forty other elders, deaeons, and brethren, and approved by more than 20,000 others, was presented to King Charles II., in London, 1660. They declared, "We are not only resolved to suffer persecution to the loss of our goods, but also life itself, rather than decline from the same." Where are the Baptists of 1660?

Art, 22. " We believe that the same Lord Jesus who showed himself alive after his passion, by many infallible proofs (Acts i. 3), which was taken up into heaven (Luke xxiv. 51), shall so come in like manner as he was seen go into heaven (Acts i. 9–11)– 'And when Christ, who is our life, shall appear, we also shall appear with him in glory,' (Col. iii. 4.) `For the kingdom is his, and be is the governor among the nations,' Psalms xxii. 2s, and 'king over all the earth,' Zech. xiv. 9, 'and we shall reign wilh him on the earth.'—Rev. v. 10. 'The kingdoms of this world' (which men so mightily strive after here to enjoy) `shall become the kingdoms of our Lord and his Christ.'—Rev. xi. 10.' For all is yours' (ye that overcome this world),' for ye are Christ's, and Christ is God's. '—1 Cor. iii. 22, 23. 'For unto the saints shall be given the kingdom, and the greatness of the kingdom, under the whole heaven.'—Dan. vii. 27. "Though, alas! how many men be scaree content that the saints should have so much as a being among them, but when Christ shall appear, then shall be their day, then shall be given unto them power over the nations, to rule them with a rod of iron.—Rev. ii. 26, 27. Then shall they receive a crown of life, which no man shall take from, them, nor they by any means turned or overtimed from; for page 32 the oppressor shall be broken in pieces (Psalms lxxii. 4,) and their vain rejoicings be turned into mourning and lamentations, as it is written.—Job. xx. 5, 7.

"We believe that there will be an order in the resurrection; Christ is the firstfruits, and then next, or after, they that are Ohrist'a at his coming; then, or afterwards, eometh the end. Concerning the kingdom and reign of our Lord Jesus Christ, as we do believe that he is now in heaven at his Father's right hand, so we do believe that, at the time appointed by the Father, he shall come again in power and great glory; and that at, or after his coming the second time, he will not only raise the dead, and judge and restore the world, but will also take to himself his kingdom, and will, according to the Scriptures, reign on the throne of his father David, on Mount Zion, la Jerusalem, for ever.

"We believe that the kingdom of our Lord will he a universal kingdom, and that in this kingdom thr Lord Jesus Christ himself will be alone, visible, supreme king of the whole earth.

"We believe as this kingdom will he universal, so it will he also an everlasting kingdom that shall have no end, nor cannot be shaken; in which kingdom the saints and faithful in Christ Jesus shall receive the end of their faith, even the salvation of their souls; where the Lord is they shall be also.

"We believe that the New Jerusalem that shall come down from God out of heaven, when the tabernacle of God shall be with them, and he will dwell among them, will be the metropolitan city of this kingdom, and will be the glorious place of residence of both Christ and his saints for ever, and will be so situate as that the kingly palace will be on Mount Zion, the holy hill of David, where his throne was."—Crosby's "History of Baptism" vol. ii., App. 58.

Let Baptists, and other professors of religion, read the above noble and scriptural confession of faith, and comnare the same with the Creeds and Confessions of Faith of the present day. Header, who is right? The Baptist of 1660, or the professors of the present day? The Scriptures are the same now as then. Search and see if these things are so.