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Thomas Nettles

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BAPTIST FAITH AND MESSAGE: Article 17: Religious Liberty

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP)--Religious Liberty sprung fully panoplied from the earliest Baptist writings. Their doctrine of the church assumed that the Spirit, and he alone, used the power of biblical truth, normally through preaching, to produce the new birth. The composition of the church consists only of those born again under such influences; believers only, therefore, should be baptized.

BAPTIST FAITH AND MESSAGE: Article 5a: God’s Purpose of Grace, Election

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP)--This article of the Baptist Faith and Message is a noble condensation of a beautiful biblical and historically Baptist doctrine. "Election is the gracious purpose of God, according to which He regenerates, justifies, sanctifies, and glorifies sinners."