LIBERTY UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF DIVINITYNew Hampshire Confession of Faith CommentarySubmitted to Dr. Gaylen Leverett in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the completion of THEO 350-01Fundamental Theological IssuesbyHannah Whitley
Hannah Whitley 1Hannah WhitleyTheology 350-01November 30, 2017Commentary on the “New Hampshire Confession”The New Hampshire Confession was created by the Reverend John Newton Brown in 1833. John was from New Hampshire. This confession was adopted by the New Hampshire Baptist Convention and was accepted by many Baptists as their statement of belief and faith.1According to Jeff Wright, the New Hampshire Confession and the Baptist Faith and Message of 1925 have a lot of similarities. It could be possible that the New Hampshire Confession influenced the writing of the Baptist Faith and Message. 21 2 Jeff Wright, “Comparing Baptist Confessions.” Accessed November 28, 2017.
Hannah Whitley 2Article I. We believe that the Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired, and is a perfect treasure of heavenly instruction (1); that it has God for its author, salvation for its end (2), and truth without any mixture of error for its matter (3); that it reveals the principles by which God will judge us (4); and therefore is, and shall remain to the end of the world, the true center of Christian union (5), and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and opinions should be tried (6).For the first statement, the declaration cites 2 Timothy 3:16-17, which states: “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.” We see all throughout the Bible that the Word of God was inspired by God. One verse that is used to support the second statement the Bible has salvation for its end is 2 Timothy 3:15, which states: “and that from childhood you have known the sacred writings which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.” This shows us that the Bible teaches us and explains to us that salvation is found in Christ Jesus. This article could have explained the John 12:47-48, that supported statement four, whichstates: “if anyone hears My sayings and does not keep them, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world, but to save the world. He who rejects Me and does not receive My sayings, has one who judges him; the word I spoke is what will judge him at the last day.” This verse could confuse people because it seems to contradict itself in saying that they will not be judged in the first verse, and then saying they will in the second. If a person does not understand the context and exactly who is doing the judging in the two verses, this looks like a contradiction. The article could have added John 12:49-50 with the previous two verses to clarifythat Jesus did not speak on His own terms, but what the Father commanded Him, therefore showing that it is not Jesus who judges, but the Father.