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The Second London Baptist Confession of 1689
In 1677, Reformed Baptists anonymously published the Second London Baptist Confession of Faith. This was a confession based upon the Westminster Confession of Faith and the Savoy Declaration. The Baptists used these contemporary confessions as a basis for their own for two reasons. One was to show their unity with the reformed branch of the church; the other was because of the clear, beautiful, and biblical articulation found within them. In 1689, greater freedom was given to dissenting ministers in England, and the Second London Baptist Confession was republished and signed. It is called the 1689 Baptist Confession of Faith, or the Second London Baptist Confession, as it was the second confession published by Reformed Baptists in London.