If God is the giver of the fundamental human right to religious liberty, then no merely human power may rightly take it away. Baptists refer to this right as “soul competency.”

What does “soul competency” mean? Various terms have been used for this concept, such as soul freedom, freedom of conscience and soul competency. Basically it means the God-given freedom and ability of persons to know and respond to God’s will.

Baptists believe that God gives people competency-that is ability- to make choices. Human beings are not puppets or machines. Baptists emphasize that this ability is not a mere human characteristic, but a gift from God.

If you take God out of it, this right becomes a merely human assertion. If it is humanly discerned and granted, then other human beings can infringe upon, impugn, imprison, or redefine it.

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