Toward a Confessional Doctrine of the Church [3-Part Video] by Tom Ascol [RBS]

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Dr. Tom Ascol
Dr. Tom Ascol

Reformed Baptist Seminary:

In this three part lectures series below, Dr Tom Ascol expounds the doctrine of the church as set forth in the 1689 Baptist Confession of Faith, and he draws out and applies many of the abiding principles that are relevant for the church in our day. These lectures are part of thirty lectures offered in the course HT 501 Creeds & Confessions. If you’d like the audit the entire course or take it for credit, click here.

“Of the Church,” Part 1 (2LBC 26.1-4)


“Of the Church,” Part 2 (2LBC 26.5)


“Of the Church,” Part 3 (2LBC 26.6-15)


Tomorrow’s Promise, Today’s Indulgence [Jeremy Walker]

christmas pudding flamingFrom Jeremy Walker at Reformation21:

Perhaps one of the reasons why the festive season is one of such excess and abandonment is because we indulge with the self-satisfying assurance that we will be sorting everything out tomorrow. So, whether it is food and drink, spending, or general laziness and laxity, we let it all hang out because tomorrow will be different.

We can do the same thing spiritually. We promise ourselves that tomorrow is the big day, the day when we will really begin to pray against a particular sin, wrestle against a particular temptation, address a particular habit. And what happens? First of all, our own sinful hearts will incline to one last fling, one last binge – after all, we will be taking ourselves in hand tomorrow. But more than that, Satan will begin to whisper. He will assure us that we might as well give in to temptation – after all, we can repent later and start over the day after. And how often does this happen?

Read the rest of this needed exhortation here.

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Baptists’ Timothy George and David S. Dockery update and substantially reshape their classic book in an effort to preserve and discover the Baptists’ “underappreciated contribution to Christianity’s theological heritage.” George and Dockery have re-arranged this volume—considerably abbreviated from the seven-hundred page first edition—in light of the Southern Baptist identity controversy.

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On Confessional Subscription [2-Part Audio|Video] by Dr. Bob Gonzales [RBS]

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Dr. Robert Gonzales
Dr. Robert Gonzales

Bob Gonzales:

Having argued for the legitimacy and usefulness of confessions of faith in a previous post [2 part video], I turn to the issue of confessional subscription in this post. One’s subscription to a confession refers to one’s affirmation of and commitment to that body of doctrines or articles of faith. The issue of subscription is obviously important for churches or ecclesiastical bodies that are self-consciously “confessional.” In the two-part lecture series below, I examine the key terminology associated with confessional subscription, survey the six major types of subscription, and set forth some of the biblical and theological principles for choosing and using a confession of faith. [These lectures form a part of RBS’s course HT 501 Creeds & Confessions.]

Confessional Subscription, part 1


In this lecture, Dr Bob Gonzales summarizes some of the vocabulary related to confessional subscription. He also surveys the first three of six types or forms of confessional subscription.


Confessional Subscription, part 2


In this lecture, Dr Bob Gonzales summarizes the remaining three of the six types of confessional subscription. He concludes by highlighting several biblical principles that help the pastor and church ascertain the best confession and form of subscription.


“Two of the most useful Islamic debates that we’ve done [now online,] get [them] out” – James White [Video]

Dr. James White
Dr. James White

On yesterday’s Dividing Line, James White made an important announcement and request:

“Two of the most useful Islamic debates that we’ve done [are now online]… whatever means you have, get [them] out there.”

Hear him for yourself at the 7 minute 41 second mark:

Here are the debates he was referring to:

A Historic Debate in the Juma Masjid in Durban, South Africa [video]

Let’s get this video to the widest possible audience, shall we? Link to it, promote it, like it on FaceBook, whatever it takes! Let’s get the word out!

James White and Yusuf Ismail debate the Christology of the Gospel of John, and then the Christology of the Qur’an, in an historic debate in the famous Grey Street Mosque in Durban, South Africa, the home mosque of the late Ahmed Deedat.

Crucifixion or Crucifiction? James White and Ayoob Karim Debate Ahmed Deedat’s Famous Presentation [video]

Please ask your Muslim friends to consider this debate! Let’s get the word out!

One of the most famous presentations made by the late Ahmed Deedat was his talk, “Crucifixion or Crucifiction?” In this debate from Durban, South Africa, Deedat disciple Ayoob Karim presents Deedat’s arguments in full debate against James White. Judge for yourself how well Deedat’s arguments fare!

Chris Arnzen’s review of the movie ‘Exodus: Gods and Kings’


LET MY PEOPLE *GROAN*!! I just saw Hollywood’s latest version of the Exodus story. Hollywood, especially in the 21st century, is not known for its love for, or even its mild respect for the Holy Scriptures (as they are written). It is notorious for the antithesis of that. That is a given. However, the thing I will never understand is why people who are in an industry where one of the top priorities has always been adding millions to their already overflowing wealth would create films that upset the primary audiences most crucial to appease in order to profit more abundantly (faithful Christians & Jews). Why do they continue to grossly disappoint & offend those who would have otherwise continued to feed their wealth by their eager promotion of the films they have created, not to mention multiple viewings of them, & subsequent purchases of DVDs, T-shirts, chachkies & paraphernalia related to these films???


Christopher Arnzen
Christopher Arnzen

Even coming from the standpoint of cinematic art, why make stories that are well known to the masses (even to those with just a cursory knowledge of the Bible & a mere sentimental reverence for it) far LESS interesting visually, cinematically & in every other way by removing or subduing the miraculous??? Now, having said that, this new film on the Exodus story does have some visually *stunning* special effects, such as scenes of the plagues God brought down upon the Egyptians. But [SPOILER ALERT!] the spectacular is quelled by giving mere *natural* explanations of these plagues. Also, in a day & age when special effects no longer require the risk of having supernatural occurrences look laughably hokey (even for future generations) if the filmmakers have enough capital, why REMOVE the PARTING of the Red Sea??? Here we have been given an UNNECESSARY anticlimactic LOWERING (DRAINING) of the Red Sea!!!! A movie about Moses without the PARTING of the Red Sea??? Come on!!! Why not take FULL advantage of the amazing technological advances now available in Hollywood, stick to the true Biblical account & make the BEST PARTING of the Red Sea EVER SEEN (other than the one seen by those when it actually happened, of course).


I can only assume Hollywood’s filmmakers hate God’s Truth so much, & are so embarrassed by it when they involve themselves in creating a so-called Biblical epic, that they simply find diluting & degrading what has been proclaimed in His Word far too irresistible, even if it means making less money, or losing it. It’s hard to believe (even when only looking at this as a *business* investment) that they don’t fully realize those who should have been their target consumers, true Christians & faithful Jews, will not be able to enjoy this movie in spite of anything aesthetically amazing about it. The UNNECESSARY changes in the Biblical account will have you continually wincing & shaking your head for 2 & 1/2 hours. You’ll just wind up like me, groaning in the parking lot, wishing that you did something far more interesting with your time & money, like getting a haircut. I’m so glad I only purchased 2 tickets, unlike those who will be unfortunately hauling their whole family out to see this mess.


In His gip,

Chris Arnzen

[posted with the author’s permission]

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‘Rightly Dividing the Word’ [John Samson] 18 Rules for Interpreting the Bible [AUDIO + VIDEO]

John Samson
John Samson

John Samson:

[H]ere are a some simple rules of interpretation (hermeneutics) which should at least get us started. May God use these brief words to encourage you as you search out the truths of God’s word, for His glory:


1. Consider the Author – who wrote the book? (what was his background, language, culture, vocation, concerns, education, circumstance, what stage of life?)


2. Consider the Audience (why was the book written? who was the audience? what would these words have meant to its original recipients?)


3. The Meaning of Words (this has become a lot easier in our day with all the information and technology at our disposal. The computer program Bibleworks 8 is especially recommended).


4. Historical Setting (avoid anachronism – trying to understand the past while viewing it wearing 21st century glasses – will not help toward understanding the original meaning of the author).


5. Grammar – (how things are being expressed – imperative is a command, a subjunctive would be “would you like to do this?” – two quite different meanings result)


6. Textual Issues – (are there any questions about the earliest or most authoritative manuscripts in comparison with others of a later date – and how does this influence our understanding of what was originally written)


7. Syntax – this refers to words and their relationship with one another. […]


8. Form of Literature (we should interpret the Bible literally, but that doesn’t mean we don’t recognize that parables are parables, and that to interpret them correctly, we interpret them as literal parables! Historical narrative is historical narrative, nouns are nouns, verbs are verbs, analogies are analogies)


9. Immediate Context (a text out of context becomes a pretext. It can be made to say something not intended by the author). Always check the immediate context of a verse or passage to determine the correct interpretation.


Bible key interpretation10. Document Context (in Romans, there is a certain argument Paul is pursuing, and this helps us to determine what is meant in isolated verses when we know the purpose for what is being written. Always keep the author’s broad purpose in mind when looking in detail at the meaning of texts). […]


11. Author’s Context (this refers to looking at all of a person’s writings – John’s writings, Paul’s writings, Luke’s writings, etc.).


12. Biblical Context (the broadest context possible, the entire Bible; allowing us to ask if our interpretation is consistent with the whole of Scripture. Scripture is never contradictory to itself.


13. Understand the difference between prescriptive and descriptive statements in the Bible. Is the verse telling us to do something, or does it describe an action someone does? […]


14. Build all doctrine on necessary rather than possible inferences. […]


15. Interpret the unclear passages in Scripture in light of the clear. Though all Scripture is God breathed, every passage is not equally clear (easy to understand). […]


16. Build doctrine on didactic (teaching) statements in Scripture rather than possible inferences from narrative passages […]


17. Think for yourself but not by yourself […]


18. Avoid hyper allegorical interpretations […]

He made his way through each of the above points in the last four Dividing Line broadcasts:

Dec. 2, 2014 MP3:



Dec. 4, 2014 MP3:



Dec. 9, 2014 MP3:



Dec. 11, 2014 MP3:


[sources: 1, 2, 3]

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