“Reformed Baptist Trumpet” e-journal [PDF] Vol.6 No.1 Summer 2015 out now

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

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Inside this issue you will find:
  • An invitation to the 2015 Keach Conference to be held September 26, 2015 at Christ Reformed Baptist Church of Louisa, VA (see here for more info).
  • An article by W. Gary Crampton:  “The Word of God:  A Two-Fold Revelation”
  • An article by Jeff Riddle:  “The Administration and Administrators of Baptism”
  • A book review of Timothy Michael Law’s When God Spoke Greek (Oxford University Press, 2013).
  • A Paradosis article featuring a sermon excerpt from Benjamin Keach:  “The Voice of Christ.”

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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.

Interview #93 – Austin Walker – The Excellent Benjamin Keach [Audio Podcast]

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Pastor Austin Walker

[Benjamin Keach] was a good man, he was a godly man, he was a spiritual-minded man, he was a gospel man, he was a preacher and a defender of the faith. He didn’t  wilt, he didn’t give way, he didn’t flinch, he remained faithful unto death. He was like Bunyan’s Pilgrim in that regard.

On episode 93 of our interview podcast we have Pastor Austin Walker on to tell us all about his book The Excellent Benjamin Keach.

TOPICS:

  • Getting to know Pastor Austin Walker
  • What led to the writing of this book?
  • Who was Benjamin Keach?
  • What did he contribute to Particular Baptist life?
  • What controversies was he involved in?
  • Why is the year 1689 so important?
  • + more

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“Spiritual Melody, Containing Near 300 Sacred Hymns…” by Benjamin Keach [Free eBook Friday]

The full title of this book gives the description as well:

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Benjamin Keach

Spiritual melody, containing near three hundred sacred hymns. By Benjamin Keach, author of Trhopolgia, pastor of the Church of Christ meeting on Horsly-down, Southwark

Print souce: Keach, Benjamin, 1640-1704. London: printed for John Hancock, in Castle-Alley, near the Royal-Exchange in Cornhill, 1691.

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(You may also get it in print for over $40!)

 

Sale on Benjamin Keach Trilogy [Solid Ground Books]

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Solid Ground Christian Books:

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Benjamin Keach

Benjamin Keach (1640-1704) was one of the best and most well-known Baptist and Puritan theologians of the 1600s. He was instrumental in introducing hymns into the church’s worship, and also was one of the framers of the 1689 London Baptist Confession. He also had a profound love for the church, which is displayed in all that he wrote. We are delighted to offer this trilogy!

 

Here are the three books in this trilogy:

THE TRAVELS OF TRUE GODLINESS: from the beginning of the world to this present day : in an apt and pleasant allegory
“After defining godliness and showing its worthy pedigree and antiquity, ‘the excellent Benjamin Keach’ (as he was fondly called), allegorically personifies ‘Godliness,’ much as Bunyan did ‘Christian.’ He introduces us to more than two dozen enemies of godliness, then details Godliness’s encounters with several of them, including apostasy, hypocrisy, legalism, antinomianism, worldliness, and Satan. We meet in graphic detail the temptations of youth and old age, of riches and poverty, as well as the joys of contentment, thoughtfulness, kindness, and love. This is a fascinating read by the most important Baptist thinker of his day, designed to stir us up to a greater pursuit of godliness.” – Dr. Joel R. Beeke
THE MARROW OF TRUE JUSTIFICATION
“The publication of Benjamin Keach’s ‘The Marrow of True Justification’ is a timely and welcome addition to the growing body of literature from 17th Century Particular Baptist authors. This is especially true for two reasons. On the one hand, it provides us with a helpful insight into their wonderful grasp of the gospel and its nature. They were clear in their understanding of law and grace, forgiveness, the nature of the work of Christ and everything else related to a clear proclamation of the gospel. But on the other hand, it helps us to see that modern errors and deviations from the purity of the gospel are not new. They are simply old heresies dressed in modern terms. Keach’s work calls us back to the well-established path of Scripture and Reformed Theology. I pray that this work will be read far and wide and strengthen our resolve to preach Christ and his gospel in purity and simplicity. Thank you, SGCB for this reprint.” – Dr. James Renihan
 
THE GLORY OF A TRUE CHURCH
“Without question, Benjamin Keach was the greatest theologian among Baptists of the second-generation. He was also a faithful pastor who cared deeply for the church, and longed to see it ordered according to God’s revealed will. In this little book, ‘The Glory of a True Church’, Keach brilliantly, clearly, and succinctly explains the nature of church polity as well as regular and orderly church discipline. I highly recommend it to scholars, pastors, and laymen alike!” – Tom Hicks, PhD Pastor of Morningview Baptist Church
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In Print: “The Glory of a True Church” by Benjamin Keach + more [Baptist Reprints from Free Grace Press]

Free Grace PressKeith Throop writes:

Free Grace Press (FGP) has begun to reprint important books from past Baptists. These books have been specially selected for their importance for Reformed Baptist history as well as their helpfulness for the church today. FGP has recently released the second in this Baptist Reprints series. The book is called The Glory of a True Church by Benjamin Keach. Here is a portion of the description from the website:

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Free Grace Press has had the privilege of adding another book to our Baptist Reprints set: The Glory of a True Church by Benjamin Keach. This book was last printed in the early 1880’s.

Benjamin Keach was one of the best and most well-known Baptist, Puritan theologians of the 1600s. He was instrumental in introducing hymns into the church’s worship, and also was one of the framers of the 1689 London Baptist Confession. He also had a profound love for the church.

He began preaching at 18, and pastoring at 28 and his ministry was tremendously blessed by God with growth in truth and defense against error. He was despised by the authorities of the Church of England and often persecuted for his faith. His church had to be added onto many times; and a little over 100 years after his death a preacher by the name of Charles Spurgeon took up the office of pastor there in his church.

This little book was written to be easily and readily available to all, even the poor. Many Congregationalists had written large books on the subject, but Keach was the first of the Baptists to put forth a book on church discipline; and he made it short in hopes that it would spark a Baptist discussion that would show the order and beauty of the Baptists in the midst of the Church of England’s persecution on them.

Though it is short, it is packed with practical examples on church discipline, and a contagious love for the church. You will find it very easy to read, and the book is sure to grow you in your love for Christ and his church, and to bring order to the church.

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I would also recommend reading the first book in the Baptist Reprints series, which is Baptists: The Only Thorough Reformers by John Quincy Adams. Here is the description from the website:

What does it mean to be a Baptist? Though ideas abound, we must go to the one man for a sure answer, John Quincy Adams. For with unashamed boldness and clarity Adams articulates the fundamental distinctives of the Baptist Faith. These fundamentals include the importance of Sola Scriptura, believer’s baptism, the separation of the church and state, equality of the saints, and liberty of conscious. Even C. H. Spurgeon, calling it “the best Manual of Baptist Principles he had met,” included the text in his Pastor’s College curriculum. First published in 1858 and reprinted multiple times since, this work has become a classic tome upon Baptist principles…

 

Updated Book: ‘The Excellent Benjamin Keach’ 2nd Revised Ed. by Austin Walker

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Ministering during turbulent times for Nonconformists, Benjamin Keach endured both persecution for his faith and rich blessing on his ministry. Arriving in London in 1668, Keach soon became pastor of a church in Southwark, on the south bank of the Thames, later known as the Metropolitan Tabernacle (where Charles Spurgeon was eventually to pastor). His extensive writings-including sermons, poetry, hymns, apologetics and treatises against theological errors-alongside his preaching ministry, made Keach one of the key Particular Baptist leaders of his day. His friends included Hercules Collins, William Kiffin, Hanserd Knollys, Henry Forty and Joseph Stennett.

The Excellent Benjamin Keach is a major study of his life and thought and provides insight into the ecclesiastical and political turmoil of seventeenth-century England. Keach’s solid character, integrity and Christian graces enabled him to defend scriptural truths while avoiding personal attacks. He is particularly known for his vigorous defence of the singing of hymns in church, the laying on of hands and the doctrine of justification by faith alone. His preaching was marked by fervency and zeal, for he said, “cold and lifeless preaching, makes cold hearing.” Keach encouraged his hearers to flee to Christ for salvation, assuring them there was sufficient mercy at the cross for the worst of sinners. For believers, Keach encouraged them to love the truth, to get it deep into their affections, so that they could “show themselves bold and courageous in the cause and interest of God, and their souls.”

This is a book to invigorate your love for God and his Word. It will challenge you to stand boldly with holy men and women of the past, as you seek to live faithfully for Christ in the present day.

Details:

Publisher: Sola Scriptura Ministries
Publication date: 1/2/2015
Edition description: Revised
Edition number: 2
Pages: 496

‘The Parable of the Wheat & Tares Opened’ by Benjamin Keach [Free eBook Friday]

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Benjamin Keach

Brandon Adams:

The Parable of the Wheat and the Tares was a series of sermons published by Benjamin Keach in 1701. Keach was a particular baptist. This parable was the central text in the debate over religious liberty, or liberty of conscience. We’re posting it here because an edited text version does not exist online. Here is a PDF version. A bit about Keach…

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Logos’ “Selected Works of Benjamin Keach (10 vols.)” available for bid

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Selected Works of Benjamin Keach (10 vols.)

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Overview

Bolster your library with key texts in the Baptist tradition. Seventeenth-century Particular Baptist Benjamin Keach was a gifted pastor, writer, theologian, and pioneer in religious education. Walking the difficult line of nonconformity, Keach wrote a number of important works, though frequently persecuted—even once pilloried. However, Keach is perhaps best remembered for pioneering congregational hymn singing. Despite staunch opposition, he served as an outspoken advocate, and led his church in singing hymns in addition to the usual psalms and paraphrases.

 

This collection presents 10 texts that reflect the varied facets of Keach’s career and ministry—offering rich insights that translate powerfully to Christian life and ministry over 300 years later. Examine his work on justification through faith alone. Study the Baptist catechism that bears his name. Explore his guide to the Bible’s figurative language. Peruse his compilation of spiritual songs. Discover his allegorical rendering of “ungodliness” and the power of sin.

 

In the Logos editions, these volumes are enhanced by amazing functionality. Scripture citations link directly to English translations, and important terms link to dictionaries, encyclopedias, and a wealth of other Reformed resources in your digital library. Perform powerful searches to find exactly what you’re looking for. Take the discussion with you using tablet and mobile apps. With Logos Bible Software, the most efficient and comprehensive research tools are in one place, so you get the most out of your study.

Find more works by Benjamin Keach in the Baptist Covenant Theology Collection.

Key Features

  • Compiles 10 works by Particular Baptist preacher, Benjamin Keach
  • Provides insight into Baptist history and tradition
  • Discusses justification, baptism, hermeneutics, spiritual songs, and more

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Evangelism, Church Planting & the 1689 [James Renihan]

How did our Particular Baptist forefathers view and do evangelism? James Renihan fills us in, with the help of some materials from his 1997 doctoral dissertation, “The Practical Ecclesiology of the English Particular Baptists, 1675-1705: The Doctrine of the Church in the Second London Baptist Confession as Implemented in the Subscribing Churches.” (also see Edification & Beauty):

church plantingIn order to account for the remarkable growth present among the Particular Baptists, one must remember this fact. Evangelism is at the heart of the doctrine of the church. New assemblies are planted as men and women are brought to faith in Christ. In these Confessions, practical theology is the necessary concomitant to ecclesiology. Doctrinal formulations are not merely theoretical constructions. They have very important implications and applications for life and ministry.

 

Historic Baptist theology brought together theology and practice. In the best puritan fashion, it was recognized that what we believe must influence what we practice, and that what we practice must rest on the theological truths we confess. These men and their churches sought to be faithful to that principle. As we strive to preach the whole counsel of God, and apply the principles of reformation in our churches, we must take hold of this perspective. Church planting ought to be at the very forefront of our agenda. In Particular Baptist Ecclesiology, the church was fundamentally the result of the personal and sovereign activity of Christ in calling sinners out of the world to salvation. From its roots in the New Testament, it was intended to be a holy community, separate from the world and focused on heaven. But, so important was the planting of churches that programs were established to promote their increase. Funds were raised, men were ordained and sent, and new congregations were organized. Does our theology of the church inform our evangelism? What more can we do?

Read “Church Planting and the London Baptist Confessions of Faith” [13 min. readout]

Benjamin Keach’s The Marrow of True Justification [4-Part Audio Read by Jeff Massey]

Jeff Massey, who helps kick out an excellent weekly radio program, in 2006 provided this excellent resource [RSS for MP3s]:

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TITLE: THE MARROW OF TRUE JUSTIFICATION,
OR JUSTIFICATION WITHOUT WORKS (1692)
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Read by Jeff Massey

Benjamin Keach was a leader among the 17th century English Particular Baptists and a pastor of a Particular Baptist Church meeting at Horsly-Down, Southwark for 36 years. He also represented the church at Horsly-Down at the 1689 General Assembly, which adopted what has become known as the Second London Baptist Confession.

 

In this first reading from The Marrow of True Justification, Benjamin Keach explains why the Doctrine of Justification by Faith in Christ Alone is ‘the very pillar of the Christian Religion.’ Then Keach gives the scope and coherence of Romans 4:5, so that his hearers might ‘understand the design and main drift of the Holy Spirit therein.’

Part 1 [mp3]

In this second reading from The Marrow of True Justification, Benjamin Keach answers the false and erroneous teachings of some men concerning the great Doctrine of Justification. He refutes the teachings of the Papists, Socinians, Arminians, Quakers, and some men, such as Richard Baxter, who were looked upon as true preachers of the Gospel by many, but who wrongly insisted that ‘sincere obedience’ must be joined to faith in order for a man to be justified.

Part 2 [mp3]

In this third reading from The Marrow of True Justification, Keach gives the scriptural proofs and arguments to confirm the doctrine that all works done by the creature are excluded from justification. Keach also shows that the false notion that men can be justified by works has its real origin in our corrupt natural reason and is part of the wisdom of this world.

Part 3 [mp3]

In this fourth and final reading from The Marrow of True Justification, Keach provides further scriptural proofs and arguments to confirm the doctrine that all works done by the creature are excluded from justification. Keach also shows that the Doctrine of Justification by Faith in Christ Alone does not lead to lawlessness (Antinomianism).

Part 4 [mp3]

Some Old Pics from the Metropolitan Tabernacle [Reformed Baptist Fellowship]

Well this is stinkin’ awesome…

C.Jay Engel:

The Reformed Baptist Fellowship blog posted some great old photos of Metropolitan Tabernacle.  This was the church pastored by CH Spurgeon, and before that John Gill, and before him Benjamin Keach.  Keach, of course, was a key participant of the 1689 General Assembly which produced the confession to which I subscribe: the 1689 London Baptist Confession of Faith.

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Keach Contra Baxter [Austin R. Walker]

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Austin R. Walker, writing for the Reformed Baptist Theological Review, describes how Benjamin Keach wrote against Richard Baxter’s rejection of the orthodox, confessional view of the gospel.

At the heart of Baxterianism was the teaching that by his death Jesus Christ the Mediator died for all men and merited a new and milder law of grace, the requirements of which were faith, repentance, and sincere obedience. It taught that God now presented the gospel as this new law, replacing the original law under which man was created. Christ, it was alleged, having made a compensation to divine justice and the law of works, effectively removed from the equation the original law that demanded perfect obedience. God will now no longer execute against sinners the punishment due to sin as a result of the breaking of this original law. Instead, the gospel offers an amnesty to penitent breakers of the old law. By virtue of Christ’s work, God now accepts penitent sinners on the basis of a new law of grace, with faith, repentance, and sincere obedience as their righteousness. Sinners are justified insofar as they obey the gospel terms and live holy lives, and not by the active and passive obedience of Christ imputed to them by faith. Justification is no longer by faith alone, by trusting in Christ and in God’s promised pardon. Rather, it is conditional: pardoned sinners accepting this new arrangement must now fulfil the easier gospel terms by their own obedience.

This stands in stark contrast to the teaching of the Reformed confessions.

Read a larger selection from this article at Reformed For His Glory.

More contra “Baxterianism”

New “Reformed Baptist Trumpet” e-journal [PDF] Vol.5 No.1 Jan.-Mar. 2014

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:

–  Announcement for the 2014 Keach Conference [details here]

 

– Review Article by W. Gary Crampton on “R. C. Sproul’s ‘Are We Together?’ and the Remaining Differences Between Catholics and Protestants”

 

– Review Article by Jeffrey T. Riddle on “Austin Fisher’s ‘Young, Restless, No Longer Reformed’ as Cautionary Tale”

 

– Book Review of the Holman KJV Study Bible

 

– Paradosis Article: Excerpt from Benjamin Keach’s “The Axe Laid to the Root”

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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.

James Renihan on Richard Baxter’s Doctrine of Justification [Audio & Video]

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This lecture is primarily based off of Dr. Renihan’s article in the Reformed Baptist Theological Review: Reforming The Reformed Pastor: Baptism and Justification as the Basis for Richard Baxter’s Pastoral Method… in which Dr. Renihan shows the unorthodox neonomian errors of Richard Baxter who denied justification by faith in his Aphorisms of Justification.

Pastor Tom Hicks:

I’m grateful for the post, since while many people are aware of Baxter’s Reformed Pastor and Christian Directory, few are aware of his denial of all imputations (Adam’s, ours, Christ’s), denial of justification by faith only, and affirmation of justification by works of inherent righteousness.

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Here is the 67 minute video from Dr. Renihan’s Puritanism in Context course:

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More contra “Baxterianism”

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Particular Voices [Roundup] on God’s Affections, Passivity, Immutability, Simplicity, & Impassibility

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Sam Renihan:

For those interested in some historical perspective on the way that the Particular Baptists and other 17th century theologians spoke of these issues, reference the following: