Wednesday, March 05, 2008

The Second London Baptist Confession

Chapter 23 - Lawful Oaths and Vows

23.3 Each and every person who takes an oath agreeably to the Word of God must well consider the seriousness of such a solemn act, and be extremely careful to assert nothing but what he knows to be truth; for by rash, false and empty oaths the Lord is provoked, and by reason of them a land is brought to misery. Lev. 19:12; Jer. 23:10.

23.4 An oath is to be taken in the plain and usual sense of the words used, without equivocation or mental reservation. Ps. 24:4.

23.5 Vows are to be made to God alone and not to any creature. Once made they are to be performed scrupulously and faithfully. But monastical vows of perpetual single life, professed poverty, and regular obedience, that pertain to the church of Rome, so far from representing superior sanctity, are merely superstitious and sinful snares in which no Christian ought to entangle himself. Gen. 28:20-22; Ps. 76:11; Matt. 19:11; 1 Cor. 7:2,9; Eph. 4:28.

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