The Confessing Baptist blog & podcast has been referred to, by some, as an ‘ecumenical’ Reformed Baptist blog. I (Javier) think I speak for everyone who contributes to the podcast and blog when I say this is an accurate assessment. The only basis for inclusion on our blog, or for any post to pass through our filters is for the author to subscribe to the 1689, be addressing the confession, Particular Baptist history, or anything related to reformed Baptists (see our Posting Guidelines | T&C | FAQs, or About page). The only thing original to the blog is the podcast; the blog posts are shared. We are a blog aggregate.
Some of you have emailed us about specific content that has disappeared from our site and asked why it was taken down. The following is an explanation:
On November 23, 2013 I received a text message from a contributor advising me that he had removed some content from The Confessing Baptist blog, namely, the series of posts entitled “Reflections on Reformed Baptist History” by Pastors Tom Chantry and David Dykstra. These posts contained details regarding certain controversies in Reformed Baptist history involving Grace Baptist Church of Carlisle, PA and Trinity Baptist Church of Montville, NJ. Some pastors had expressed concerns about the content of these posts. One was so concerned he made a phone call to one of our pastors. During the course of the phone call, he was told that we would receive a “public rebuke” and that our pastor’s “good name” was at stake if those posts were not removed. (It should be made clear the pastor who contacted this pastor was not an elder, pastor, or member of Trinity Baptist in Montville, NJ.)
This led to a series of emails, phone calls, and text messages to other pastors, friends, and among ourselves, as we tried to decide whether or not the posts would remain. The post you are reading now is part of the decision we reached. While the individual opinions of the five “Confessors” as to the content and propriety of the controversial posts are mixed, we all agree that we do not wish to become directly involved in a polarized discussion of a controversy that began before most of us were even born.
With that being said, let it be known that the removal of these or any other posts should neither be interpreted as showing partiality nor as a capitulation to threats. We will not cave to attempts at bullying or censorship. Hopefully, this explanation will serve to clarify that our actions are based on principle. We wish to maintain integrity with regard to our ongoing mission: “To provide Reformed resources from a 1689 perspective.”