1689 London Baptist Confession of Faith

1. Of the Holy Scriptures
2. Of God and the Holy Trinity 
3. Of God's Decree 
4. Of Creation 
5. Of Divine Providence 
6. Of the Fall of Man, of Sin, and of the Punishment thereof 
7. Of God's Covenant 
8. Of Christ the Mediator 
9. Of Free Will 
10. Of Effectual Calling 
11. Of Justification 
12. Of Adoption 
13. Of Sanctification 
14. Of Saving Faith 
15. Of Repentance unto Life and Salvation 
16. Of Good Works 
17. Of the Perseverance of the Saints 
18. Of the Assurance of Grace and Salvation 
19. Of the Law of God 
20. Of the Gospel and the Extent of Grace thereof 
21. Of Christian Liberty and Liberty of Conscience 
22. Of Religious Worship and the Sabbath Day 
23. CHAPTER 23; OF LAWFUL OATHS AND VOWS

Paragraph 1. A lawful oath is a part of religious worship, wherein the person swearing in truth, righteousness, and judgment, solemnly calls God to witness what he swears,1 and to judge him according to the truth or falseness thereof.2 

1 Exod. 20:7; Deut. 10:20; Jer. 4:2 

2 2 Chron. 6:22, 23

Paragraph 2. The name of God only is that by which men ought to swear; and therein it is to be used, with all holy fear and reverence; therefore to swear vainly or rashly by that glorious and dreadful name, or to swear at all by any other thing, is sinful, and to be abhorred;3 yet as in matter of weight and moment, for confirmation of truth, and ending all strife, an oath is warranted by the word of God;4 so a lawful oath being imposed by lawful authority in such matters, ought to be taken.5 

3 Matt. 5:34,37; James 5:12 

4 Heb. 6:16; 2 Cor. 1:23 

5 Neh. 13:25

Paragraph 3. Whosoever takes an oath warranted by the word of God, ought duly to consider the weightiness of so solemn an act, and therein to avouch nothing but what he knows to be truth; for that by rash, false, and vain oaths, the Lord is provoked, and for them this land mourns.6 

6 Lev. 19:12; Jer. 23:10

Paragraph 4. An oath is to be taken in the plain and common sense of the words, without equivocation or mental reservation.7 

7 Ps. 24:4

Paragraph 5. A vow, which is not to be made to any creature, but to God alone, is to be made and performed with all religious care and faithfulness;8 but popish monastical vows of perpetual single life,9 professed poverty,10 and regular obedience, are so far from being degrees of higher perfection, that they are superstitious and sinful snares, in which no Christian may entangle himself.11 

8 Ps. 76:11; Gen. 28:20-22 

9 1 Cor. 7:2,9 

10 Eph. 4:28 

11 Matt. 19:1


24. Of the Civil Magistrate 
25. Of Marriage 
26. Of the Church 
27. Of the Communion of Saints 
28. Of Baptism and the Lord's Supper 
29. Of Baptism 
30. Of the Lord's Supper 
31. Of the State of Man after Death, and of the Resurrection of the Dead 
32. Of the Last Judgment