TOM NETTLES begins his helpful Introduction with these words: “This present volume highlights the early days of theological witness among Baptists in Georgia. Truly noble were these men, Marshall, Marshall, and Mercer, who grasped the importance of embracing and proclaiming all the truths of God’s revelation to men. Kurt Smith and Brandon Smith have given a clear and vigorous discussion of the early Baptist witness to the gospel in Georgia. That sinners are reconciled to God, are removed from their condition of condemnation, by the mercy and grace of God, apart from any meritorious attainment on the part of man, yea, in spite of the massive accumulations of demerit should sound like good news in the ear of any that truly feels the justice of God’s wrath and anger against him. These humble heroes of truth among Georgia Baptists were concerned that the trust that sinners had was fully directed toward Christ alone with an undiluted sense of their dependence on the divine initiative, continuance, and consummation in their salvation.”
One of the authors, Brandon Smith, was interviewed about this book on Iron Sharpens Iron on February 10, 2016. The relevant audio is the first 60 minutes of the audio [mp3]:
You may also listen to the time when we interviewed Brandon Smith on this topic:
One of the reasons we started The Confessing Baptist Podcast wasn’t because we were pros (as you can easily guess) or for the money (wait, people don’t lose money off this kind of stuff!?) but because we simply wanted to interview Reformed Baptist pastors or those who could inform us more about our Particular Baptist history since no one else was doing something like that.
Also many heartfelt thanks to everyone who has contacted me from around the world over the years, both friends & total strangers alike, expressing prayerful hopes, invigorating encouragement & enthusiastic anticipation for my program’s return.
Please join me in praying all that is said & done on this broadcast will be edifying to God’s people & enlightening to the lost, & will bring praise, honor & glory to the name of Jesus Christ!
• 25:18 – 29:00 “When a homosexual says, ‘We all have our pet sin’ how do you approach that?”
• 29:01 – 30:49 “While many Christians speak of it being a reality that same-sex attraction exist amongst truly born-again people, why is it that very few dare to say the same of some of the abominations recorded in the Scriptures such as bestiality and necrophilia?”
• 30:50 – 34:47 “What part, if any, do you believe that Islam plays in the end times?”
• 34:48 – 41:31 “If you agree that the Abrahamic Covenant is a covenant of promise to believers and their children and is an eternal covenant, so how is the New Covenant any different?”
• 41:32 – 45:49 “In an interview with a King James Only guy you made the comment about Paul quoting an Old Testament variant… would you please comment on how that would affect the Word of God being perfect.” (here is the interview that was being discussed with Steve Anderson)
• 45:50 – 51:38 “How great of a danger do you see presented by the ‘Prosperity Gospel’ as compared to other religious or spiritual movements?”
• 51:39 – 55:22 “How or should we condemn Unitarianism and Modalism as damnable heresy even if it maintains a view of Christ’s deity when at the same time many Christian apologist recognize that the majority of Evangelicals in the pew could not Biblically define the Trinity without slipping into a Modalist [or Unitarian] example.”
• 55:45 – 64:00 “How would you teach the best way to approach a Muslim with the Gospel? …”
A while back, Chris Arnzen mentioned that the Iron Sharpens Iron (ISI) radio show mp3s were going offline. That came to pass but, thankfully, Brandon Adams has downloaded and made them accessible to all via a public Dropbox folder which you can access here.
If you’re weary of the typical fluffy Christian radio broadcasts, you’ll find Iron Sharpens Iron addresses a multitude of topics from a distinctly Reformed Christian worldview. Chris asks the right questions, presents guests who have the answers, and continually challenges Christians to apply their faith to every aspect of their lives.
Here are some commendations:
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—Dr. Tom Ascol
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—Dr. James R. White
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“In a sea of distractions from the central message of Christianity, Chris Arnzen brings insight, joy, and biblical wisdom to bear on issues of interest to us all. Beyond informing, it will transform your thinking with the renewing power of God’s Word.”
—Dr. Michael Horton
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—Dr. John MacArthur
Chris Arnzen also asked the RBList to, “Please pray that I can overcome a couple of financial hurdles in order to get “ISI” back on the air soon. A network is interested in relaunching it when I’m ready.“(!)
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???
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.
One comforting note is that I know reliable eyewitnesses who are aware that Robin over the years has investigated Christianity (& specifically Reformed Theology), & has visited, off & on, conservative Presbyterian & Reformed Baptist churches in CA, NYC & Canada. A Reformed Baptist friend (who he met at a mutual friend’s funeral years ago) actually accompanied Robin to rehab, at Robin’s request.
Whether or not he ever truly embraced Christ & His Gospel may be only known to him & to God.