The Manuscript for the 5th edition of A Modern Exposition of the 1689 Baptist Confession of Faith has been sent to the publisher! Over the next few weeks we plan to share some insights, additions and improvements that you can expect to see in the new edition.
I want to enlarge on the improvements in the 5th edition of A Modern Exposition.
One of the major improvements, I hope, is in the expanded appendices at the end of the exposition.
Appendix A: The Historical Origin of the 1689 … corrects some historical inaccuracies owing to the primitive state of the sources I used to construct it in the original version of the Exposition.
Appendix B: The Analytical Outline of the 1689 … is a development of an outline I originally borrowed from Greg Nichols. It is now refined by the insights I have gleaned from Jim Renihan’s teaching on the structure of the Confession.
Appendix C: The Doctrinal Overview of the 1689 Baptist Confession is entirely new. It provides an argument that the Confession embodies a tradition which combines historic (catholic) orthodoxy with Reformed theology and Baptist principles.
Appendix D: The Proper Holding of the 1689 Baptist Confession is my response to the notion that the membership in a confessional church requires full subscription and that, therefore, the 1689 is too detailed to be a good, local church confession. I argue that elders must teach the Confession and thus fully subscribe, but members need only sweetly submit to the Confession and need not fully subscribe. This article has been posted on Founders.org for some years now. How (and Why) Your Church Should Hold to the 1689 Confession