The London Baptist Confession of 1646: A Modern Version for the Church Today

by David H. Wenkel

Genres: Bible Study & Devotionals, Christian Living

ISBN: 9781620206089

64 pages

Price: $6.99

The London Baptist Confession of 1646 is a foundational document for Baptist theology, history, and tradition. Its strong emphasis on biblical doctrine provides a timeless resource for anyone who wants to strengthen and clarify their faith. The London Baptist Confession of 1646 is a resource that can be used in the local church as a statement of faith. It will also serve those looking for a solid doctrinal foundation in Sunday school, church planting efforts, and church revitalization. The gospel truths offered in this Confession are a vital part of Christian unity and will remain a treasure for generations to come.

The London Baptist Confession of 1646: A Modern Version for the Church Today is an updated version that retains the message of the original Confession while the language has been updated for today’s modern reader. Readers will especially enjoy the rich imagery of Jesus Christ as prophet, priest, and king. The London Baptist Confession of 1646: A Modern Version for the Church Today draws from the Reformed tradition and offers a clear picture of God’s sovereignty in salvation, and its content also focuses on the New Covenant era established by the coming of Christ.



I have no doubt that our Sovereign God will use this updated version of the Confession to reform today’s church for His glory, and thus increase our joy in Christ.
—Charles R. Moore, Jr.
Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church of Paducah, Kentucky

For various reasons – theological, doxological, ecclesiastical and now even legal/political – churches need thorough, historic and orthodox confessions of faith. The London Confession should be the one to which Reformed Baptists look for all of these. Hopefully this modern version will help maintain and enhance its usefulness for a new generation.
—Carl Trueman
Paul Woolley Professor of Church History, Westminster Theological Seminary, Pennsylvania

With the help of the Holy Spirit and the faith and love of those before us, the good deposit continues to
get passed down from generation to generation. Lord willing, this modern confession will help churches articulate their faith and guard it as others did before them.
—Gregory Brown
Lead Pastor, Handong International Congregation, South Korea

In the seventeenth century, Baptist churches of Reformed convictions were not afraid to explain their faith for the benefit of fellow-believers and for others. This version of the 1646 confession, changed only in points of expression, will serve the same Christian purpose in the twenty-first century.
—David Bebbington
Professor of History, University of Stirling, Scotland

In a day and age when compromise and concessions are all too prevalent, a modern rendering of this humble, yet noble, confession is needed more than ever.
—Jon J. Cardwell
Pastor of Sovereign Grace Baptist Church, Anniston, Alabama

I am very pleased to endorse this modern version of the London Baptist Confession of 1646. It is greatly needed in our day.
—Geoff Volker
Pastor, New Covenant Bible Fellowship, Gilbert, Arizona

Creeds and confessions are an essential means to maintain, teach, and transmit the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints. Modern saints are certainly enriched by the reprint of this first Particular Baptist Confession.
—Pascal Denault
Pastor, Evangelical Reformed Baptist Church of Saint-Jérôme, Québec

One of the most classic and doctrinally rich Baptist confessions of faith has been made accessible for this and coming generations.
—Chris Whorton
Pastor, Grace Christian Fellowship of Wyandotte Co., Kansas

The first advance of Calvinistic Baptist truth in the British Isles during the tumultuous 1640s and 1650s took place on the basis of this confession of faith. I am thrilled that it is still considered of great value for use by modern congregations. May the blessing that attended its first publication likewise attend this modern rendition.
—Michael A.G. Haykin
Professor of Church History, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

What could be better for today’s church than a closer acquaintance with those great doctrines on which it rests. This new edition of the 1646 London Baptist confession, preserving that historic document for a new generation, will doubtless be of help to that end. Warmly recommended!
—Fred G. Zaspel
Pastor, Reformed Baptist Church,
Franconia, PA, and Adjunct Professor of Theology at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

My hope and prayer is that pastors and churches will use this updated confession not only as a doctrinal statement that summarizes the teaching of their churches, but they will also use it in their worship and discipleship in their churches. My heart rejoiced as I read over these glorious truths, and I hope this accessible version will help many more hearts to rejoice as well.
—Phill Howell
Pastor, Embassy Church, Palatine, IL

It is my hope that this modern version will be mightily used to help the individual Christian and the Church to walk in godliness and peace according to the New Covenant rule of Christ (Gal. 6:14-16).
—Gary D. Long
Faculty President Emeritus, Providence
Theological Seminary


David H. Wenkel (PhD Theology, University of Aberdeen) has served as a pastor at churches in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs. He has also worked as adjunct faculty for Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and Indian Bible College. His scholarly writing focuses on biblical theology and exegetical issues in the New Testament. He is the author of: Shining Like the Sun: A Biblical Theology of Meeting God Face to Face (Weaver Book Co.) and Jesus’ Crucifixion Beatings and the Book of Proverbs (Palgrave).