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The London Baptist Confession of 1689
The Five Solas of the Protestant Reformation-
ONE: SOLA SCRIPTURA
We reaffirm the inerrant Scripture to be the sole source of written divine
revelation, which alone can bind the conscience. The Bible alone teaches
all that is necessary for our salvation from sin and is the standard by
which all Christian behavior must be measured.
We deny that any creed, council or individual may bind a Christian's
conscience, that the Holy Spirit speaks independently of or contrary to
what is set forth in the Bible, or that personal spiritual experience can
ever be a vehicle of revelation.
TWO: SOLUS CHRISTUS
We reaffirm that our salvation is accomplished by the mediatorial work of
the historical Christ alone. His sinless life and substitutionary
atonement alone are sufficient for our justification and reconciliation to
We deny that the gospel is preached if Christ's substitutionary work is
not declared and faith in
Christ is not the sole source of our righteousness before a Holy God.
THREE: SOLA GRATIA
We reaffirm that in salvation we are rescued from God's wrath by his grace
alone. It is the supernatural work of the Holy Spirit that brings us to
Christ by releasing us from our bondage to sin and raising us from
spiritual death to spiritual life.
We deny that salvation is in any sense a human work. Human methods,
techniques or strategies by themselves cannot accomplish this
transformation. Faith is not produced by our unregenerated human nature.
FOUR: SOLA FIDE
We reaffirm that justification is by grace alone through faith alone
because of Christ alone. In justification Christ's righteousness is
imputed to us as the only possible satisfaction of God's perfect justice.
We deny that justification rests on any merit to be found in us, or upon
the grounds of an infusion of Christ's righteousness in us, or that an
institution claiming to be a church that denies or condemns sola fide can
be recognized as a legitimate church.
FIVE: SOLI DEO GLORIA
We reaffirm that because salvation is of God and has been accomplished by
God, it is for God's glory and that we must glorify him always. We must
live our entire lives before the face of God, under the authority of God
and for his glory alone.
We deny that we can properly glorify God if our worship is confused with
entertainment, if we neglect either Law or Gospel in our preaching, or if
self-improvement, self-esteem or self-fulfillment are allowed to become
alternatives to the gospel.