New “Reformed Baptist Trumpet” e-journal [PDF] Vol.7 No.1 Summer 2016

The latest edition of the Reformed Baptist Trumpet, the e-journal of the Reformed Baptist Fellowship of Virginia, is out!

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In this issue:

  • An invitation to the 2016 Keach Conference (p. 2)
  • An article by W. Gary Crampton on “Special Revelation” (pp. 3-9)
  • An article by Felix Doulos on “Six Lessons for Christian Teachers” (pp. 10-14)
  • A review of Poh Boon Sing’s A Garden Enclosed (pp. 15-22)
  • paradosis article from Daniel King, A Way to Sion(pp. 23-25)
We hope you will join us for the Keach Conference on Saturday, October 1, 2016.

 


Reformed Baptist TrumpetThe Reformed Baptist Trumpet is the quarterly e-journal of the Reformed Baptist Fellowship of  Virginia (RBF-VA), a network of ministers, church officers, and congregations in Virginia committed to promoting renewal and reformation in congregations throughout the Commonwealth and beyond. The RBF-VA gladly affirms the Second London Baptist Confession of Faith of 1689. The Reformed Baptist Trumpet editorial committee: Steve Clevenger, Pastor, Covenant Reformed Baptist Church, Warrenton, Virginia; Jeffrey T. Riddle, Pastor, Christ Reformed Baptist Church, Charlottesville, Virginia; W. Gary Crampton, Elder, Reformed Baptist Church, Richmond, Virginia. The Editor is Jeffrey T. Riddle.

David Campbell’s radio interview on his book “Handle That New Call with Care: Accepting or Declining a Call to a New Congregation” [Iron Sharpens Iron]

From the recently posted October 1, 2015 Iron Sharpens Iron radio show:

Handle_that_new_call_with_care_2057b726-1abe-42d9-b74b-07d71586df8d_1024x1024Guest #1: DAVID CAMPBELL pastor of Grace Baptist Church of Carlisle, PA,
on his book:

HANDLE THAT NEW CALL with CARE:
Accepting or Declining a Call to a New Congregation…

1 hour audio:

 

New Seminary: Grace Bible Institute of Pastoral Studies

Pastor Jeff Johnson:

Grace Bible Church of Conway, Arkansas, where I am privileged to pastor, is starting a church based seminary called Grace Bible Institute of Pastoral Studies. See here:

Grace Bible Institute

This is truly amazing. Planting the church over fifteen years ago in my living room, I never thought this would be something God had in store for us. We are thanking God for this great opportunity.

In some ways, the seminary has been forced on us. With more and more young men joining our church with a desire to minister and preach the Word, our responsibility to train them became more and more evident. I have felt for some time now that it is the local church’s responsibility to equip the next generations of pastors. 2 Tim. 2:2 teaches us that pastors are responsible to train pastors. After starting a class that would meet once a month, more pastoral students have been sent to us by God. With such a reservoir of men, and with God supernaturally supplying the financial resources, it became clear to us that we needed to start a more robust training program.

Our objective is to equip, ordain, and send out the next generation of church leaders by providing faithful men with a doctrinal education and pastoral experience within the context, oversight, and accountability of our local church. We not only desire to offer a rigorous education in the classroom, but supply practical, real-life experience under the mentorship of our pastors.

So we created a degree program that is based on four avenues of study. First, we are offering four module courses a year where we will bring in some of the leading professors in America. Over an extended weekend, our students will be able to earn 3 credit hours in a classroom setting. Second, we will provide four residential classes a year that are taught by the elders of the church—including myself. Third, we will require six credit hours of self study a year that will be guided and overseen by the Institute’s staff. Fourth, preaching and counseling practicums will be required throughout the program.

If you want to view our course list, check here.

Dr. Bob Gonzales taught our first module on the Doctrine of the Word, and Dr. Tom Nettles is scheduled to come and teach Baptist Church History next week. For more information on this, see here:

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We desire to train pastors who self-sacrificially care for God’s sheep.

Though we are not currently accredited, our goal is to become affiliated and then accredited with the Association of Reformed Theological Seminaries.

If you would like to help us, we are seeking to build a robust theological library and would appreciate book donations. We are in the mist of the building construction of our new church and seminary facilities, and with limited wall space, we plan to build a 25 by 16 foot bookshelf with a spiral staircase and catwalk at the 8 foot mark. So, we need books.

Most importantly, we could use your prayers as our goal is not to make a great name for ourselves, but to help ordain and send out laborers into the harvest.

Religious Liberty For Muslims: A Baptist Tradition [Steve Weaver]

“It is the will and command of God that, since the coming of his Son the Lord Jesus, a permission of the most Paganish, Jewish, Turkish, or anti-christian consciences and worships be granted to all men in all nations and countries.” Roger Williams, The Bloudy Tenent of Persecution (1644)

Baptists have historically argued for the religious liberty of all people. As a group that was persecuted in their early days, Baptists have consistently argued for four hundred years that the civil government does not have authority over the consciences of citizens. Baptists have recognized that we either have religious liberty for all or not at all. If the government can take someone else’s freedom today, they can take yours tomorrow. Below is a list of quotes evidencing Baptists’ historic commitment to religious liberty. These could be multiplied many times over. The unique thing about the quotations below is not their advocacy of religious liberty for all, but that they specifically identify Muslims as deserving freedom to practice their religion freely. (Note: “Turks” and “Turkish” was used as an identifier of Muslims.)

“For men’s religion to God is between God and themselves. The king shall not answer for it. Neither may the king be judge between God and man. Let them be heretics, Turks, Jews, or whatsoever, it appertains not to the earthly power to punish them in the least measure. This is made evident to our lord the king by the scriptures.” Thomas Helwys, A Short Declaration of the Mystery of Iniquity (1612)

“It is the will and command of God that, since the coming of his Son the Lord Jesus, a permission of the most Paganish, Jewish, Turkish, or anti-christian consciences and worships be granted to all men in all nations and countries.” Roger Williams, The Bloudy Tenent of Persecution (1644)

Roger Williams also cited in a positive fashion that Oliver Cromwell once maintained in a public discussion “with much Christian zeal and affection for his own conscience that he had rather that Mahumetanism [i.e. Mohammedanism or Islam] were permitted amongst us, than that one of God’s Children should be persecuted.”

“The liberty I contend for is more than toleration. The very idea of toleration is despicable; it supposes that some have a pre-eminence above the rest to grant indulgence, whereas all should be equally free, Jews, Turks, Pagans and Christians.” John Leland, “The Virginia Chronicle” (1790)

To add contemporary Baptist voices, I could add these excellent pieces by my friends Russell Moore and Bart Barber. These men and their arguments are right in step with the larger Baptist tradition of defending religious liberty for all.

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The Trinity: Impassibility, What is Denied [Samuel Renihan]

The doctrine of divine impassibility is a biblical, catholic, classical, and confessional doctrine of the Christian church which states that because God is simple, infinite, eternal, and immutable, he cannot undergo any change in state of being, or be acted upon in any way. The Reformed confessions of faith express this by saying that God is “without passions.” This negation separates the being of God from an aspect of creaturely existence.

To understand divine impassibility, therefore, we have to study the divine nature that requires such a negation and the creaturely existence being denied of God. Many authors, far more capable and knowledgeable than myself, have dealt with the first part, arguing convincingly that the divine nature cannot be acted upon by anything or undergo anything. It is my goal to address the second element of this question, often untouched in these discussions, passions and affections in the context of the human nature. As we improve our understanding of the imperfections of our creaturely nature, we will improve our understanding of the perfections of God’s divine nature.

Man’s nature has parts—body (material) and soul (immaterial). And it has faculties seated within those parts—the mind, the will, and the passions or affections. The affections bring together the parts and faculties of the human nature. Affections are motions of the mind and will relative to perceived good and evil.

In other words, as a given person goes through life, their mind interprets the world around them and regards various objects as good or bad. If perceived as good, the person is drawn to those objects. If perceived as bad, the person is drawn away from those objects. These motions are the affections, and can therefore be sorted into two opposite lists.

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Oct. 1, 2016 Keach Conf. “Of Effectual Calling” [1689] in Harrisonburg, VA feat. D. Charles, McKinnon & Rice [Events]

Reformed Baptist Fellowship:

What?  The Keach Conference is an annual theology and ministry conference presented by the Reformed Baptist Fellowship of Virginia (RBF-VA).  It is open to anyone to attend.  There is no cost to attend, but participants are encouraged to pre-register.

When?  Saturday, October 1, 2016.

Where?  The 2016 Keach Conference will meet at the Providence Baptist Church 1441 Erickson Avenue, Harrisonburg, VA 22801

What is the 2016 theme?  We are continuing our ongoing series through the Second London Baptist Confession.  This year we are on Chapter Ten  “Of Effectual Calling.”

Effectual Calling - 1689 Chapter 10

Who are the speakers? The speakers will be David Charles, Pastor of Providence Reformed Baptist Church, Toledo, OH; Lee McKinnon, Pastor of Covenant Reformed Baptist Church, Bluefield, WV; Andy Rice, Pastor of Providence Baptist Church, Harrisonburg, VA.

How do I register? Cost: FREE, Web: Register Now!

What is the schedule?  The schedule will be as follows:

Coffee and Fellowship, 8:30 am

October 1, Saturday Morning, 9:30 am (Session I):

  • Message: Effectual Calling and Regeneration (paragraph 1): David Charles
  • Message: Effectual Calling and Spiritual Ability (paragraph 2):  Lee McKinnon

Lunch

Fellowship and Literature Tables

Saturday Afternoon, 12:30am (Session II):

  • Message: Effectual Calling and Elect Infants (paragraph 3):  David Charles
  • Message:  Effectual Calling and the Reprobate (paragraph 4):  Andy Rice

Question and Answer Session with the Speakers

REGISTER FREE

1689Singles.org | An Online Forum Helping Single 1689’rs Connect

1689 Singles
“An online forum exclusive to Pastors of churches who subscribe to the 1689 Baptist Confession and who wish to invest in the lives and futures of the singles within their church.”

Welcome letter and invitation from Pastor Mike Waters of Heritage Reformed Baptist Church in North Canton, OH.:

Brethren, it is our opinion (based on personal pastoral experience and conversations with other 1689 pastors) that there is a desperate need in “1689 Reformed Baptist Churches” to assist the church’s singles (who are ready and desire to become married) to locate and come into contact with potential God-fearing mates.

That is why our church is excited to be part this new online ministry with the hope that it will be used by God to bring many singles into the next step of their lives – holy marriage.

The goal is simple: attempt to put like-minded individuals in contact with each other through their pastors and fathers and then leave the rest in the Lord’s hands.

We desire to go through the pastor and the father for those singles who desire a godly marriage and are still living at home. Young people who are not living at home and have no father involved, need to go through the pastor who makes their names/profiles available for other pastors to see.

There may also be older people desiring a godly marriage, and so the form/questionnaire (which you will have access to upon registering your church) has attempted to take them into consideration as well.

In closing brethren allow me to add that surely you realize the seriousness of what we are trying to do.

No doubt, some things may get “under the radar”.  However, we have attempted to make a ‘thorough’ questionnaire in attempts to avoid such occurrences and are depending on each pastor to look out for the welfare of those under his care.

We understand that as we utilize this “new online approach”, there will be a good number of things we will need to address in the future and so your feedback and comments are always welcomed.

Brethren, our hope is that you also are wishing for 1689 Reformed Baptists to marry other 1689 Reformed Baptists and thereby strengthen our individual churches with the hope of raising godly families unto the further propagation of the gospel, according to the kind and sovereign grace of our LORD.

OUR CONVICTIONS CONCERNING SUCH A MINISTRY:

FIRST: This ministry is for churches that fully subscribe to the Second London Baptist Confession of Faith of 1689.  However, there are many families who have no good church home, and they can be helped on an individual basis.  Ideally, we suggest that you contact the nearest church to you who subscribes to the 1689 Baptist Confession and speak with that Pastor to see if he would be willing to work with you by participating through this online ministry. If however this is not feasible, then by all means contact us with your situation.

SECOND: This ministry is an online forum exclusive to Pastors of churches who subscribe to the 1689 Baptist Confession and who wish to invest in the lives and futures of the singles within their respective churches.  We believe that by having the Pastors of local churches endorse the postings of their single’s profile (instead of the singles themselves) it will add a great deal of credibility to mind of another who may be interested.  Additionaly this method will also maintain a proper and healthy atmosphere of accountability…particularly in situations where the single’s parent/parents or family are not involved for whatever reason.

THIRD: This ministry believes that it is the duty of a young man to seek a wife, and it is the duty of the young woman’s father to protect his daughter, (or Pastor in the case of a young woman without involved parent/parents) and so seeing these men as being thus responsible they are to ‘check out’ the young man who is seeking a wife and offer guidance and biblical counsel when it is required.

So then, If you have read this far and want to know the details find out here: HOW IT WORKS | FAQ

Tom Ascol’s radio interview on “Bringing Maturity to Young, Restless & Reformed” [Iron Sharpens Iron]

From the recently posted April 19, 2016 Iron Sharpens Iron radio show:

Pastor Tom Ascol
Pastor Tom Ascol

TOM ASCOL,

Executive Director of Founders Ministries
to discuss

Dr. Richard Barcellos interviewed on the Impassibility of God [Theology on the Go Podcast]

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Dr. Richard Barcellos
Dr. Richard Barcellos

From the Alliance of Confessing Evangelical‘s Place for Truth’s podcast “Theology on the Go”:

This week on Theology on the Go the topic will be the impassibility of God [Dr. Jonathan Master interviews Dr. Richard C. Barcellos]. This podcast is the third in a series focusing on the doctrine of the Trinity. In light of the recent Trinitarian controversy, Theology on the Go believes that a series like this is an important service to the Church of our Lord Jesus Christ. So, grab that cup of coffee and meet us at the table!

[27 min. mp3]

Six Ways a Church Should Use a Confession of Faith [Jeff Robinson]

Founders:

Particular Baptist churches planted in the tumultuous soil of 17th century England grew up and bore fruit under a nasty set of doctrinal and methodological accusations, including that they subscribed to libertarian free will, denied original sin, that their pastors baptized women in the nude, and were opponents of church and crown.

Perhaps their most virulent and colorful opponent, Daniel Featley—a separatist persecutor deluxe—derisively dismissed our Baptist forebears, writing in a venom-filled pamphlet, “They pollute our rivers with their filthy washings.” Such was Baptist life under Charles I.

These nefarious charges and numerous others arose from leaders of the state church and led to decades of grinding persecution for Baptists. Seven churches returned fire, but not by brandishing the sword of steel or by hurling theological invectives. The seven carried out their war for truth by wielding the sword of the Spirit. The product was the most comprehensive expression of orthodox Baptist theology ever written—the Second London Confession of 1689.

church pewThe signers of that venerable confession lived and moved in an age in which most local congregations wrote confessions of faith for a number of reasons, one of them to demonstrate their commitment to the historic Christian faith. Additionally, they sought to manifest their solidarity with the prevailing forms of Calvinistic orthodoxy as well as to expound the basic elements of their ecclesiology. The Second London Confession also aimed at refuting popular notions associating Particular Baptists with the radical wing of the Anabaptist movement on the continent.

Of primary importance, they saw biblical warrant for the practice of confessionalism in texts such as 1 Timothy 3:16, where the apostle Paul’s inspired pen produced a brief but beautiful display of the mystery of godliness:

Great indeed, we confess, is the mystery of godliness:
He was manifested in the flesh,
vindicated by the Spirit,
seen by angels,
proclaimed among the nations,
believed on in the world,
taken up in glory.

Fast-forward to 2016 and many Baptist churches continue to have statements of faith “on the books” as a part of their foundational documents. Yet, I’ve found that many churches do not know how useful the confession can be beyond establishing subscription to certain core doctrines. This raises a fundamental question: How should a local church use their confession of faith? Here are six ways a church might use a confession of faith. I owe at least four of these to my friend Sam Waldron’s fine work, A Modern Exposition of the 1689 Baptist Confession of Faith(Evangelical Press). Confessions of faith should be used:

1. As an affirmation and defense of the truth…

2. As a baseline for church discipline…

3. As a means of theological triage and Christian maturity…

4. As a concise standard by which to evaluate ministers of the Word…

5. As a doctrinal basis for planting daughter churches…

6. As a means of establishing historical continuity and unity with other Christians…

Read more on the above six points.

New Book: My First Catechism (Reformed Baptist)

My First Catechism

My First Catechism (Reformed Baptist)
Teaching Kids Biblical Truth

$2.00

From the Preface:

My First Catechism is a simple primer on the Christian faith in general and the Reformed Baptist faith in particular
(as it is preserved and expressed in the 1689 Second London Baptist Confession of Faith).

The structure and outline are designed to follow that of the 1693 Baptist Catechism which has been widely influential among Baptist Churches worldwide.
We have attempted to make the sequence of questions and answers as clear as possible so that they are more accessible to young children.

What is Catechizing? It is systematic instruction using simple questions and answers. Catechizing has proven to be an effective means for the spiritual nurturing of children. Beginning with the 1693 Baptist Catechism and then further aided by the 1776 printing of Benjamin Beddome’s ‘A Scriptural Exposition of the Baptist Catechism’ they have been used as a common form for expressing and committing to memory key elements of Scripture and the Baptist/Reformed system of doctrine.

It would be ideal then, if children began learning the answers as they begin to talk. By doing so, they will add to their vocabulary the words that reflect biblical truth and especially the doctrines of grace. This will be a stepping stone to prepare them to later study the 1693 Baptist Catechism and the 1689 Baptist Confession as they mature.

‘So then faith [cometh] by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.’ (Rom 10:17)

According to God’s sovereign will, our hope and prayer is that as our children are taught the truths of Scripture they will be brought into the bonds of the covenant of grace through saving faith.

Details:

Eternally Begotten of the Father: An Analysis of the 1689’s Doctrine of the Eternal Generation of the Son by Stefan Lindblad [PDF]

Andrew Lindsey:

[Here’s something I originally posted on 2/18/14. With some current controversies within evangelicalism, it suddenly seems timely.]

The Baptist Confession of Faith (1689), 2.3:

In this divine and infinite Being there are three subsistences, the Father, the Word or Son, and Holy Spirit, of one substance, power, and eternity, each having the whole divine essence, yet the essence undivided: the Father is of none, neither begotten nor proceeding; the Son is eternally begotten of the Father; the Holy Spirit proceeding from the Father and the Son; all infinite, without beginning, therefore but one God, who is not to be divided in nature and being, but distinguished by several peculiar relative properties and personal relations; which doctrine of the Trinity is the foundation of all our communion with God, and comfortable dependence on him.

(Matt 28:19; 2 Cor 13:14; Exo 3:14; John 14:11; 1 Cor 8:6; John 1:14, 18; John 15:26; Gal 4:6)

TrinityShield_300Examination:

In an article focused on BCF 1689 2.3 [found HERE], Stefan Lindblad makes several helpful observations. For example, Lindblad notes that unlike in human begetting, in which the generic human essence is divided- and, by virtue of being begotten, a human being moves from a state of potentiality (non-existence) to actuality (existence)- God the Son is begotten of God the Father eternally (both Father and Son always exist), with no division of the divine essence. The doctrine of the eternal generation of the Son is both “expressly set down” and “necessarily contained” in Scripture (BCF 1689 1.10)

Controversy:

Ware+Trinity.jpgIn his article, Lindblad defends the doctrine of the eternal generation of the Son against current evangelical skeptics. In the final section of his article, Lindblad specifically focuses on Bruce Ware‘s teaching the Son’s eternal distinction from and relation to the Father is best understood in terms of eternal functional submission RATHER THAN the Son being eternally begotten. Ware writes:

The conceptions of both the “eternal begetting of the Son” and “eternal procession of the Spirit” seem to me highly speculative and not grounded in biblical teaching. Both the Son as only-begotten and the Spirit as proceeding from the Father (and the Son) refer, in my judgment, to the historical realities of the incarnation and Pentecost, respectively. [Father, Son, and Holy Spirit: Relationship, Roles, and Relevance 162, n 3]

By contrast, Lindblad objects to Ware’s exegesis of 1 Corinthians 11:3 in which Ware asserts that Paul teaches that male headship is “a reflection of the authority and submission that exists in the eternal Godhead.” […read the rest.]

Read Stefan Lindblad’s 27 page “Eternally Begotten of the Father: An Analysis of the Second London Confession of Faith’s Doctrine of the Eternal Generation of the Son”:

Download (PDF, 261KB)

Today is the 50th Anniversary of the first gathering of the modern Reformed Baptists in America [Tom Chantry]

Tom Chantry:

Walter J. Chantry
Walter J. Chantry

“…Thus many of us seem to be as men without a country, or as odd individualists in other fellowships. Yet we do not relish the spirit of total independency which is plagued with weakness. Perhaps it is time to begin a Fellowship of like-minded brethren for mutual edification and encouragement…” – Walter J. Chantry, 1966

It is possible to posit a variety of dates for the beginning of the Reformed Baptist movement in America. The first of the modern Reformed Baptist churches was started in 1951. The same church adopted the 1689 Confession in 1958. Ernie Reisinger and Walt Chantry met Al Martin for the first time in 1965. However, if the question is when a movement of churches began, the answer must be fifty years ago today – June 7, 1966.

That day, which in 1966 also fell on a Tuesday, was marked by the opening of the first of the Carlisle Pastors Conferences which were the first attempt to form a more formal communion among those churches which subscribed to the 1689 Confession. The conferences were hosted by Grace Baptist Church of Carlisle, Pennsylvania, of which Chantry was pastor. The reason is expressed in the quote above, drawn from the letter of invitation sent to those Calvinistic Baptists known to the Carlisle church…

Read “Remembering June 7, 1966

Tom Chantry’s radio interview on “The Church’s Role in the Moral Collapse of our Society” [Iron Sharpens Iron]

From the recently posted September 22, 2015 Iron Sharpens Iron Radio show:

Pastor Tom Chantry
Pastor Tom Chantry

“The CHURCH’s Role in the

MORAL COLLAPSE
of our Society”
with guest

TOM CHANTRY

Pastor of Christ Reformed Baptist Church of Milwaukee, WI

2 hour audio [mp3]:


You can find the articles that spawned this discussion here:

“Regarding America’s moral collapse, I blame us… A very serious reformation is needed” [Tom Chantry | 5-part Series]
“Regarding America’s moral collapse, I blame us… A very serious reformation is needed” [Tom Chantry | 5-part Series]