On November 3rd, 1832, several Baptist churches in northern Louisiana met to form the Concord Missionary Baptist Association. Leaving behind the strict Calvinistic roots of the older Louisiana Association, Concord Baptists would unite around articles of faith less controversial for Louisiana churches than the old confession apparently produced.
Below is the theological document upon which Concord churches unanimously stood.
Articles of Faith
- We believe in one only true and living God, and that he has revealed himself unto men under the characters of Father, Son and Holy Ghost.
- We believe the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments were given by inspiration of God and are of divine authority and the only rule of faith and practice.
- We believe in the fall of Adam, in the total depravity of human nature, and in man’s inability to restore himself to the favor of God.
- We believe in the everlasting love of God to his peopl«, in the doctrine of election, and the perseverance of the saints in grace.
- We believe that sinners are justified in the sight of God only by the imputed righteousness of Christ,which is unto all and upon all who believe.
- We believe that there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time, and in becoming an offering for sin hath perfected forever them that are sanctified.
- We believe that good works are the fruits of faith and follow after justification, are evidences of a gracious state, and are performed by believers from a principle of love.
- We believe in the resurrection of the dead and a general judgment, and that the happiness of the righteous and the punishment of the wicked will be eternal.
Source: A History of the Baptists of Louisiana, From the Earliest Times to the Present. W. E. Paxton, 1888.