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ARTICLE I of The Baptist Faith & Message 2000: The Scriptures

The Bible is God’s revelation of himself to man and is a perfect treasure of divine instruction.

Article I of The Baptist Faith & Message 2000 reads:

The Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired and is God’s revelation of Himself to man. It is a perfect treasure of divine instruction. It has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth, without any mixture of error, for its matter. Therefore, all Scripture is totally true and trustworthy. It reveals the principles by which God judges us, and therefore is, and will remain to the end of the world, the true center of Christian union, and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and religious opinions should be tried. All Scripture is a testimony to Christ, who is Himself the focus of divine revelation. 

Comparing 1925/1963/2000

  • Article I of the BF&M 1925, Article I of the BF&M 1963, and Article I of the BF&M 2000 are quite similar.
  • The 1963 edition adds that the Bible is “the record of God’s revelation of Himself to man.” It closes with a further addition: “The criterion by which the Bible is to be interpreted is Jesus Christ.” Many Southern Baptists come to believe this statement is theologically liberal, or at least vague, and needs to be corrected.
  • The BF&M 2000 addresses this challenge with the addition of two statements: “Therefore, all Scripture is totally true and trustworthy,” and, “All Scripture is a testimony to Christ, who is Himself the focus of divine revelation.”
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