In 1788, as a member of the White Haven Congregational Church, Roger Sherman was asked to use his expertise in revising the wording of their creed.
In his own handwriting, he wrote:
"I believe ... that the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are a revelation from God, and a complete rule to direct us how we may glorify and enjoy Him ...
That He made man at first perfectly holy, that the first man sinned, and ... all became sinners in consequence ... and on account of sin are liable to all the miseries of this life, to death, and to the pains of hell forever.
I believe that God ... did send His own Son to become man, die in the room and stead of sinners and thus to lay a foundation for the offer of pardon and salvation to all mankind, so as all may be saved who are willing to accept the Gospel offer."