One Thing I Did Right in Ministry… [Blog Series | Founders]

Don’t miss these helpful insights from the recent series on the Founders Blog:

One Thing I Did Right in Ministry…

“I started a Book Table”  (Tom Ascol)
“I waited on God” (Jeff Johnson)
“I did Expository Preaching” (Phil Newton)
“I started a Pastoral Internship” (Jeff Robinson)
“I centered on Christ” (Tom Hicks)
“Expository Preaching” (Steve Weaver)
“Kindness” (Fred Malone)
“I didn’t Lead Alone” (Scott Slayton)
“Pastoral Care” (Shawn Merithew)
“I Learned from my Failures” (Joe Thorn)

Founders Journal Issue 106 (Fall 2016) “Decrees” Out Now FREE! [PDF | WEB]

Read online or download [51-page PDF] issue 106 (Fall 2016) of the Founders Journal on God’s “Decrees.”

Contents:

Introduction: Decrees | Tom Nettles

The Nature of God’s Eternal Decree An exposition of Paragraphs 1 and 2 of Chapter 7 “The Decree of God” From the 1689 London Baptist Confession | Tom Hicks

Predestined to Eternal Life Glory Hidden in the Mystery | Jared Longshore

Reprobation and the Second London Confession “the Second London Confession affirms reprobation, a doctrine which has been and continues to be the subject of much controversy” | Richard Blaylock

Like a Stone? The Perfect Confluence of God’s Providence And Human Freedom | Aaron Matherly

The High Mystery of Predestination An exposition of Paragraph 3 of Chapter 7 “The Decree of God” From the 1689 London Baptist Confession | Fred Malone

Book Review The Gospel Heritage of Georgia Baptists: 1772–1830 by Brandon F. Smith and Kurt M. Smith | Reviewed by Tom Nettles

Get more issues of the Founders Journal.

Covenant Baptist Theological Seminary’s New Website, Events & Publications

Covenant Baptist Theological Seminary:

Check out our new Website! No, it’s not chock full of fun activities for the kids, but we think you will like the new look. Whether you want to see our latest blog post, browse our course offerings, watch a free sample lecture or learn more about our Church Partnership Program, it’s all here and easy to access.

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Events & Speaking Schedule:

Dr. Tom Nettles
Dr. Tom Nettles

Dr. Tom Nettles will be instructing for us January 2-6. Join us as one of today’s foremost Baptist historians teaches the History and Doctrine of the Baptists.

Register Today!


Dr. Sam Waldron
Dr. Sam Waldron

Dr. Sam Waldron

November 20, 2016
Cornerstone Bible Fellowship,
North Ridgeville, OH

February 5,12 & 19, 2017
Grace Reformed Baptist Church, Carlisle, PA

March 3-5, 2017
Grace Covenant Church
Gilbert, AZ


Dr. Fred Malone
Dr. Fred Malone

Dr. Fred Malone

January 5-7, 2017
Young Adult Winter Retreat
Heritage Baptist Church,
Shreveport, LA


Dr. Richard Barcellos
Dr. Richard Barcellos

Dr. Richard Barcellos

January 30-31, 2017
ARBCA School of Church Planting
Ontario, CA

Publications:

Dr. Sam Waldron


Just Released:
The Lord’s Day, Its Presuppositions, Proofs, Precedents, and Practice
Chapel Library

Forthcoming:
Modern Exposition of 1689 Baptist Confession of Faith, 5th edition
Evangelical Press

Article:
The Regulative Principle of Worship: Contemporary Objections
Journal of the Institute of Reformed Baptist Studies 2016


Dr. Fred Malone

Forthcoming:
Founders Study Guide Commentary, Romans 9-16
Founders Press


Dr. Richard Barcellos

Article:
The Christian Ministry in the Church, Its Reasons, Duration and Goal, and Practical Effects
Journal of the Institute of Reformed Baptist Studies 2016

Forthcoming:
Getting the Garden Wrong: A Critique of New Covenant Theology on the Covenant of Works and the Sabbath,
Founders Press

The Doxological Trajectory of Scripture: God Getting Glory for Himself through what He does in His Son – An Exegetical and Theological Case Study
Reformed Baptist Academic Press
A Practical Exposition of An Orthodox Catechism (Vol. I, Of Man’s Misery and Of Man’s Redemption)

Reformed Baptist Academic Press

Audit Baptist Covenant Theology course FREE w/ Dr. J. Renihan & Dr. Malone + more [Founders Study Center]

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The Founders Study Center:

Join Us this Fall

Spiritual Depression:
Its Causes and Cure

With lectures by Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Learn about the causes and cure for spiritual depression from a master physician and minister. Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899 – 1981) served as minister of Westminster Chapel in London for almost 30 years. This 16-week course begins September 8, 2015.

Also study Baptist Covenant Theology with lectures by Dr. Fred Malone and Dr. Jim Renihan…

The study of the Covenants has often been called the “marrow” of divinity. How we understand the covenants is how we understand the whole of God’s redemptive plan in history. This course provides an introduction to a Reformed Baptist view of the covenants, comparing and contrasting it with other prominent view including: Presbyterian Covenant Theology, Theonomy, Dispensationalism and New Covenant Theology. Dr. Fred Malone serves as pastor of First Baptist Church, Clinton, LA. Dr. Jim Renihan is Professor of Historical Theology and Academic Dean of the Institute of Reformed Baptist Studies on the campus of Westminster Seminary, Escondido, CA.

This course meets for 10 sessions. The course begins October 19, 2015. Students will have access to course material online until January 31, 2016.

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Learn how you can audit the Baptist Covenant Theology course free this fall.

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Sept. 24-25, 2015 “The Distinctives of Baptist Covenant Theology” Southern Baptist Founders Conf. SW. in Mansfield, TX. feat. Denault, J. Johnson + more

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The conference brochure may be download here:

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Featured Speakers:

Pascal Denault
Pascal Denault is the author of The Distinctiveness of Baptist Covenant Theology. He is the pastor at St. Jerome Evangelical Church in St. Jerome, Quebec, Canada.

Jeff Johnson

Jeffrey D. Johnson is the author of The Kingdom of God: A Baptist Expression of Covenant & Biblical TheologyThe Fatal Flaw of the Theology Behind Infant BaptismThe Church: Why Bother?, and Behind the Bible: A Primer in Textual Criticism. He is the pastor of preaching at Grace Bible Church in Conway, Arkansas where he resides with his  wife and two sons.

Schedule:

Thursday, Sept. 24th4

10:30 am Registration Opens

12:00 noon No Lunch

1:30 pm Devotional Psalm 32 | Jarrett Downs

3:00 pm What does it mean to be Baptist and Reformed | Fred Malone

4:30 pm Relationship of Covenant of Grace to the Old Covenant | Pascal Denault

5:45 pm Dinner

7:00 pm Hebrews 8 and the New Covenant | Jeff Johnson

Friday, Sept. 25th

7:30 am Prayer Meeting

8:00 am Breakfast

9:00 am Relationship of Covenant of Grace to the New Covenant | Pascal Denault

10:30 am Registration Opens Contemporary Challenges | Jeff Johnson

12:00 noon Lunch

3:00 pm Panel Discussion on Covenant Theology & Q&A | Jason Montgomery

4:30 pm Implications of CovenantTheology | Jeff Johnson

5:45 pm Dinner

7:00 pm Galatians 4:21-31 | Pascal Denault


Announcements:

1. SOLID GROUND CHRISTIAN BOOKS will again be represented at our conference this year. Michael Gaydosh will be bringing many wonderful Reformed books for your perusal. Be sure to come prepared to take home some of these great books that will be for sale!

2. REGISTRATION: A. Modes: To register for our upcoming conference, please mail the filled out registration form to: Heritage Baptist Church, 201 East Broad St., Mansfield, TX 76063 or register online. The option to pay by Paypal is also available.

B.Deadlines: Save $5.00 off general or student registration if you register on or before September 5. If you are requesting to stay in a home, please submit your registration by September 5- first come, first served basis.

C. Contact: If you have any questions about digital notebooks, registration, lodging orany other matter, please contact: Cindy Cason at hbcmansfield@gmail.com; 817-453-5580.

D. Fees: Early Registration-1 person: $75.00 on or before 9/05 Registration after 9/05-1 person: $80.00

Student Registration (early)- $30.00 Student Registration after 9/05-$35.00

Early Registration Family Cap: $105.00 Registration after 9/05 Family Cap:$110.00

Each Additional Attender: $10.00 Children under age 5-free

The added attendees will not receive notebooks and the children will not receive nametags. Additional notebooks may be purchased at registration desk at the cost of printing.

3. OFFERING : If you are able to give a little extra, there will be an offering Friday evening during the service to help offset expenses and keep registration prices low.

Dr. Fred Malone on ‘Reformed Baptist Covenant Theology’ Now Available Online [VIDEOS | CBTS]

CBTS Covenant Baptist Theological Seminary

John Divito, Administrator at Covenant Baptist Theological Seminary:

We are excited to announce the online release of our latest course at Covenant Baptist Theological Seminary! Dr. Fred Malone’ class on Reformed Baptist Covenant Theology is now available on CBTS Pathway

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In this course, Dr. Malone considers covenant theology in light of Scripture. He also looks at modern-day issues which affect covenantal Baptists and explores the implications of a robust Reformed Baptist Covenant Theology. You can watch a sample lecture on our website for a small taste of our time together.

Would you like to learn more about the Bible’s central teaching of the covenants? Join with Dr. Fred Malone as he teaches about this critical area of theological study.

Even if you are not a CBTS student, we would encourage you to register as an auditor for only $20 to benefit from Dr. Malones’ lectures. Or you could consider becoming a subscriber to CBTS Pathway for $9 a month, which gives you access to all of the videos for every course on this site.

For another teaser check out our podcast interview with Dr. Fred Malone on this topic led by Dr. Sam Waldron.

Logos Pre-Pub: $77.95 ‘Founders Press Theology Collection (10 vols.)’ feat. 1689, Nettles, Malone, Ascol, Reisinger + more

The Founders Press Theology Collection (10 vols.)  is currently gathering interest in Pre-Pub to see if this becomes a Logos resource.

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Overview:

Connecting modern readers with a rich theological heritage, the Founders Press Theology Collection examines Southern Baptist history, message, and mission. Collecting theological studies and histories, these works from Founders Press promote historic Baptist principles, using the theological framework of the first recognized confession of faith produced by the Southern Baptists, The Abstract of Principles. These studies discuss the doctrines of grace, argue for the biblical authority for credobaptism, offer a modern rendering of the 1689 Baptist Confession, introduce important Baptist figures and movements, compile papers presented over the first 20 years of the Southern Baptist Founders Conference, and more. With contributions from Baptist preachers and teachers including Thomas Nettles, Ernest Reisinger, and Fred Malone, this collection is filled with insights into Southern Baptist history and theology for modern ministry…

Details:

  • Traces Southern Baptist history and introduces important figures
  • Discusses important elements of historic Baptist theology
  • Compiles papers presented over the first 20 years of the Southern Baptist Founders Conference
  • Includes a modern rendering of the 1689 Baptist Confession
  • Volumes: 10
  • Pages: 2,506

Individual Titles:

Interview #67 – Fred Malone & Sam Waldron – Covenant Theology [Podcast]

CBTS Covenant Baptist Theological Seminary

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How you define a covenant and how you determine the structure of a covenant has all to do… with your view of Justification.

On episode 67 of our interview podcast, we hand over the mic to Sam Waldron [who we first got to know on episode 14] to interview Fred Malone about an upcoming Covenant Baptist Theological Seminary class on Reformed Baptist Covenant Theology.

We get to know Fred Malone then we get into questions such as:

  • Important of the Law & Gospel structure and its relation to Covenant Theology?
  • What is the relation between Believer’s baptism and a proper covenant theology?
  • Should Reformed Baptist have a distinct covenant theology–how distinct?
  • What challenges does Dispensationalism present for in developing a proper covenant theology?
  • What are some of the major questions being debated among Baptists today about covenant theology?
  • What are some of the major questions being debated among Reformed theologians with regard to covenant theology?
  • + more

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5 Books on Credobaptism vs Paedobaptism (2 free online + more) [Jeff Riddle]

Note: Below is from Pastor Jeff Riddle’s blog. Links to the books were added as well as embedding of PDF and MP3 files:

A couple of young people who occasionally drive from Williamsburg to attend our church, recently asked me to recommend some books on a confessional perspective on believers’ baptism by immersion, as they are studying the issue of credobaptism versus paedobaptism.  Here are five suggestions (listed in chronological order by the year published) with a few annotations:

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1.  John L. Dagg, Manual of Church Order [FREE] (The Southern Baptist Publication Society, 1858; Gano Books, 1990). [Amazon]

This is the companion volume to Dagg’s Manual of Theology (1857).  It provides a classic defense of believers’ baptism by immersion (pp. 13-73).  Special focus is given to the linguistic argument regarding the verb baptizo with references to its uses in ancient Greek.


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2.  Fred Malone, A String of Pearls Unstrung [FREE] (Founders Press, 1998). [Amazon]

This booklet, originally written in 1977, describes the author’s transition from being a Presbyterian to being a Baptist.  It can be read online here.  For a fuller treatment on the subject of baptism you can also read his book The Baptism of Disciples Alone:  A covenantal argument for credobaptism versus paedobaptism (Founders Press, 2003).


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3.  Samuel E. Waldron, Biblical Baptism:  A Reformed Defense of Believers’ Baptism (Truth for Eternity Ministries, 1998). [Publisher Amazon]

This 80 page booklet from a leading contemporary Reformed Baptist systematic theologian provides a careful exegetical, theological, and practical discussion of baptism.


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4.  Hal Brunson, The Rickety Bridge and the Broken Mirror:  Two Parables of Paedobaptism and One Parable of the Death of Christ (iUniverse, 2007).

This self-published book from… [one] who considered becoming a Presbyterian but who eventually became a confessional Baptist offers a creative take on the topic by imagining a discussion between the Presbyterian B. B. Warfield, the dispensationalist J. N. Darby, and the confessional Baptist C. H. Spurgeon.


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5.  W. Gary Crampton, From Paedobaptism to Credobaptism:  A Critique of the Westminster Standards on the Subjects of Baptism (Reformed Baptist Academic Press, 2010). [RBAP | Amazon]

A pastor and scholar describes his transition from the Presbyterian to the confessional Baptist position through a study of the Westminster Standards.  For my written review of this book look here

Download (PDF, 523KB)

(for the same review in audio look here). [10 min. MP3]

of 1 Corinthians 7:14 [Roundup]

1 Corinthians 7:10-16:
10 And unto the married I command, yet not I, but the Lord, Let not the wife depart from her husband: 11 but and if she depart, let her remain unmarried, or be reconciled to her husband: and let not the husband put away his wife.
12 But to the rest speak I, not the Lord: If any brother hath a wife that believeth not, and she be pleased to dwell with him, let him not put her away. 13 And the woman which hath an husband that believeth not, and if he be pleased to dwell with her, let her not leave him. 14 For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband: else were your children unclean; but now are they holy. 15 But if the unbelieving depart, let him depart. A brother or a sister is not under bondage in such cases: but God hath called us to peace. 16 For what knowest thou, O wife, whether thou shalt save thy husband? or how knowest thou, O man, whether thou shalt save thy wife?

1 Corinthians 714This post is a roundup of Reformed Baptist responses that can be found on the interwebs regarding this verse. These are just brief summaries. We want you to click the links for details.

John Norcott (-1676), Baptism Discovered Plainly and Faithfully

Object 18.

 

18. But the Children of Believers are holy, therefore they ought to be baptized.

 

I Answer.

 

As it is said the Children are holy, so it is said the unbelieving Husband is holy, or sanctified by the believing Wife. This Holiness is wholly to the use of Marriage, for the Apostle is in that place, ( 1 Cor, 7. ) speaking of Marriage, and whether those who have believed should live with unbelieving Husbands, or put them away, as I Cor. 7. 13. So that the Holiness here spoken of, it is wholly to their use ; it is said, Zech, 14.20. There shall be Holiness on the Horses Bells, and every pot in the Lords House shall be Holy. Now do you think this was a sufficient warrant to baptize Bells, as you may read they did in the Book of Martyrs? But there is a being holy for the use of the Believer, as every Creature is Sanctified by the Word of God and Prayer, 1 Tim. 3. 4, 5.And to the Pure, all things are Pure, Tit. 1. 15. That is to their use : Thus Children are holy, and unbelieving Husbands are sanctified to their use ; But if you think, Believers Children are inherently holy, doth not your experience tell you the contrary ? do not we see good Men have ungodly Children, and bad Men have holy Children ? So that they are only holy for their use,they are not born in uncleanness.

John Gill (23 November 1697 – 14 October 1771), gill_johnJohn Gill’s Exposition of the Bible

“The sense I have given of this passage, is agreeable to the mind of several interpreters, ancient and modern, as Jerom, Ambrose, Erasmus, Camerarius, Musculus which last writer makes this ingenuous confession; formerly, says he, I have abused this place against the Anabaptists, thinking the meaning was, that the children were holy for the parents’ faith; which though true, the present place makes nothing for the purpose: and I hope, that, upon reading this, everyone that has abused it to such a purpose will make the like acknowledgment; I am sure they ought.”

Abraham Booth (1734–1806), Paedobaptism Examined, Vol. II.booth

Reflect. IV. The incompetency of this passage to prove the lawfulness of infant baptism will farther appear, if the following things be considered. Whatever the apostle intends by the term holy, as here applied to children, one of whose parents is a believer, it is not confined to the infants of such persons, but belongs to all their offspring, whether younger Or older; whether born before the conversion of either parent, or after that happy event had taken place; for the children, without any distinction, are pronounced holy. If, therefore, it be lawful to baptize them on the ground of this holiness while infants, it must be equally so when grown up. That holiness, of which the inspired author speaks, is not inferred from the faith of the believing parent, but from the sanctification of the unbelieving party, by or to the believer. See No. 17. Whence it follows, that the holiness of the children cannot be superior, either as to nature or degree, to that sanctification of the unbelieving partner from which it is derived. For Paul as expressly asserts, that the unbelieving husband hath been sanctified by, or to the wife; and that the unbelieving wife hath been sanctified by, or to the husband; as that the offspring of such parents are holy. Agreeably to which Bengelius considers the holiness of the children, and that of the unbelieving parent, as the same: because (Greek) and (Greek), differ only as, to be made holy, differs from, to be holy. If, then, that sanctification of the unbelieving husband gives him no claim to baptism, the holiness thence arising cannot invest his children with such a right.

William Shirreff (-1832), “Lectures on Baptism

“1 Cor. vii. 14, ”For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband ; else were your children unclean, but now are they holy.” The Corinthians had consulted Paul whether a believer might live with an unbelieving spouse. He acquaints them with the law on the subject, which sanctified the relation. He is not treating of baptism, nor does he mention, in any way, the sprinkling of infants.”

Alexander Carson (1776-1844), Baptism in its Mode and Subjects Alexander_Carson

“Give me Scripture for infant baptism, and I will receive it. Give me any reasoning that is founded on a basis of truth, and I will weigh it. But I can have no respect for a mode of reasoning that founds on nothing, or on untrue assumption. A man would read himself blind, before he would find anything like family baptism in Gal. iii. It cannot be truth that requires learned and ingenious men to adopt such a mode of defence. Mr. Ewing, either yield, or give us argument. Do not continue to force and misrepresent the word of God, to sanction the traditions of men. You are floundering in a quagmire, — every plunge to relieve yourself, will only sink you more deeply.

 

“Mr. Ewing has perceived that the passage cannot be consistently quoted for the one and not for the other, and that it applies equally to the Lord’s supper : he therefore, instead of giving up the argument, as proving too much, boldly adopts all its consequences. The unbelieving wife, then, is to be baptized, and to be admitted to all the privileges of a believer’s house. This privilege, it seems, is granted on the right of property. The unbelieving wife is to be baptized as the property of her husband. Slaves have a similar claim. To refute so monstrous a position, is anything necessary but to state it 1 Is this like the kingdom of Christ? Can anything be more contrary to the Scripture accounts of baptism and the Lord’s supper? Faith is necessary to entitle to admission into a church ; faith is necessary to eat the Lord’s supper without condemnation ; faith is necessary for baptism. How, then, can an unbelieving wife, or unbelieving children, be admitted to such privileges by this passage? Can any passage in the word of God give a warrant to persons to eat and drink condemnation to themselves ? Can any passage warrant the admission of unbelievers into a church from which the Lord has excluded them? Can any passage sanction the baptism of unbelievers, when all the accounts of baptism require faith ? Can any passage give countenance to persons evidently in their sins, to be admitted to an ordinance that figuratively exhibits their sins as, by faith in the blood of Christ, already washed away?

 

“Well, suppose they are all determined to adopt the shocking consequences avowed by Mr. Ewing, their hardihood will show only their disposition — it will not save their cause. This holiness of the unbelieving wife and children, is a holiness not of the truth nor of the Spirit ; and therefore cannot entitle to any ordinance of Christ’s kingdom. It is a holiness of marriage, which is an ordinance of God for his people, in common with all men. It is a holiness which is here expressly said to belong to unbelievers ; and therefore can have nothing to do with ordinances that were intended for believers. It is a holiness that demands the believing husband or wife to live with the unbelieving, not to baptize such. The question treated of is solely this. There is no reference to any ordinance of the kingdom of Christ. Why, then, should this unbelieving holiness admit to the ordinance of Christ’s kingdom, more than it will admit to heaven ? All the ordinances of Christ imply, that the partakers of them have the holiness of the truth by the Spirit. If this can be dispensed with as to an avowed unbeliever, the declaration “without holiness no man shall see the Lord,” may equally be dispensed with for his salvation. The same reasoning that will baptize the unbelieving wife, will introduce her into heaven as an unbeliever.

 

“But why are unbelievers of this description baptized rather than any other unbelievers? Because, says Mr. Ewing, salvation is come to the house. Salvation come to the house! But it seems it has not yet reached the wife ; and if it had reached her, it may not have reached the children. The wife is here said to be sanctified while an unbeliever. Then salvation has not come to her, except the Gospel is false, and she can be saved as an unbeliever. Why, then, should she be baptized, or receive the Lord’s supper, which supposes that she has been already made a partaker of salvation? But it may be said, she will yet believe. I reply, although this were certain, it would be no reason to give her an ordinance that implies faith and sanctification of the Spirit through the truth. This, however, is not certain, for the reason by which the husband is urged to live with her as an unbeliever, is, not the certainty that she will yet believe, but the mere possibility of this. ” For what knowest thou, O.wife, whether thou shalt save thy husband? or, how knowest , thou, O man, whether thou shalt save thy wife ?” Here the mere possibility of the future salvation of the unbelieving husband, or wife, through the means of the other party, is urged as a reason to continue in the marriage relation. Nothing can be a clearer confutation of the opinion of our opponents with respect to the meaning of the expression, ” salvation is come to this house,” than this passage. The utmost that the apostle states as a ground of not forsaking the unbelieving partner, is, that it may turn out to the salvation of such ; there is not a single promise pleaded. If this is a ground for baptism, we might baptize any person; for we do not know but he may yet receive the truth.”

Adoniram Judson, Jr. (August 9, 1788 – April 12, 1850), A Sermon on Christian Baptism adoniram-judson

The following passage also has been supposed to favor the church membership of infants : “For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband ; else were your children unclean; but now are they holy? (1 Cor. vii. 14)

 

The holiness ascribed to the children, cannot be moral holiness, for it is ascribed to the unbelieving parent also. Nor can it be ceremonial or federal holiness, securing a title to church membership, or any church privilege ; for though it is ascribed to the unbelieving parent, he is not considered a member of the church, or entitled to any church privilege. Nor is this interpretation consistent with the apostle’s reasoning. It appears, that the Corinthians had inquired of the apostle, whether it was lawful for believers, who were married to unbelievers, to continue the marriage connexion. The apostle determines, that it is lawful ] for, says he, the unbeliever is sanctified by the believer, that is, as ‘ every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving ; for it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.’ (1 Tim. iv. 4, 5) In this sense, the unbeliever is sanctified, so that it is lawful for the parties to dwell together. Now if it was not lawful to dwell together, your children would, of consequence, be unclean. But they are not unclean. Therefore, you may be satisfied, that your cohabitation is lawful marriage. But to urge the church membership of children, or their title to any church privilege, as proof, that the unbeliever is sanctified to the believer, so that it is lawful for them to dwell together, would have been quite irrelevant.! (Pages 69-70)

 

When I proceeded to consider certain passages, which are thought to favor the Pedobaptist system,. I found nothing satisfactory.

 

The sanctification, which St. Paul ascribes to the children of a believer, (1 Cor. vii. 14.) I found that he ascribed to the unbelieving parent also; and therefore, whatever be the meaning of the passage, it could have no respect to church membership, or a right to church ordinances. (Page 99)

James Alexander Haldane (1768-1851), Reasons of a Change of Sentiment and Practice on the Subject of BaptismJAHaldane

“Another passage which has been brought forward is 1 Cor vii 1 4 “For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband else were your children unclean but now are they holy”. This may at first seem to afford reason for supposing a peculiar holiness in the children of believers But it would not only establish the baptism of the children but of the unbelieving husband or wife for if the children are holy the unbelieving husband or wife is sanctified This therefore cannot be a good argument Indeed it has no relation to baptism of young or old but to the question whether a believer might lawfully remain in the married state with an unbeliever ver 12 13 The idea that this was not lawful appears among other Jewish notions to have been creeping into the church and the apostle instructs them on the subject and shews that although a believer was bound only to marry in the Lord ver 39 yet if they were already married and the unbeliever chose to remain they were not to separate for as to the pure all things are pure Tit. i. 15. the unbelieving husband or wife was sanctified by the believer so that their connection was lawful and the apostle adds “else were your children unclean but now are they holy”. Were it not that the unbeliever is sanctified by the believer your children would be illegitimate or unclean and must be put away as well as the husband or wife He here refers to what is recorded of the Jews in the time of Ezra and Nehemiah when they were not only obliged to put away their heathen wives but the children born of them Ezra x. 3. 44., Neh. xiii. 23. 24 (If the Jews being called holy though in unbelief Rom xi. 16 be no reason for baptizing them surely the children of believers being called holy cannot affect the question of infant baptism Holy is here opposed to unclean.)”

Fred Malone, A String of Pearls Unstrung Fred_Malone

It is my conclusion that 1 Cor. 7:14 is referring either to the children’s legitimacy in the eyes of God, or at the most, to their “set apart” position for the sake of their parents’ gospel heritage rather than covenant position. And how can we give two separate meanings to the sanctification of the children, on the one hand, and not to the unbelieving parent, on the other hand, unless we do so arbitrarily? It is impossible to do so except by a prejudicial treatment of the text. This verse makes no mention of covenant children’s baptism even though this would have been a perfect opportunity for Paul to explain that practice to these Gentile Corinthians. The use of this text to support infant baptism is completely unwarranted.

Greg Welty, “A Critical Evaluation of Paedobaptism” Greg_Welty

“In addition, the paedobaptist interpretation of this text is a classic example of what was previously identified as “Judaizing” the New Testament. That is, distinctions peculiar to the Old Testament, such as “external” or “covenantal” holiness, are read into New Testament texts. Paedobaptists forget that the entire concept of “covenantal” holiness has been abolished in the NT. In Acts 10:28, Peter informed Cornelius’ household that “You are well aware that it is against our law for a Jew to associate with a Gentile or visit him. But God has shown me that I should not call any man impure [koinon] or unclean [akatharton].” In the context it is obvious that Peter is speaking about external, covenantal holiness, based upon external membership in the covenant community. Thus the very thing which God commanded Peter never to do (call men unclean because of their birth outside the covenant community), paedobaptists do with respect to the children of non-Christians (call them unclean). They forget that such distinctions have been abolished in the New Covenant era, as God taught Peter.”

These books also contain responses to 1 Cor. 7:14 but aren’t available online:

Oct. 16-18, 2014 National Southern Baptist Founders Conference at Charleston, SC. feat. Ascol, Nettles, Malone + more

2014 National Southern Baptist Founders Conf

Confessional Power and Gospel Advance:
The 2nd London Confession at Home and Abroad

From today’s newsletter:

Registration is now open for the 2014 National Southern Baptist Founders Conference. It has been several years since we had a national conference and we are looking forward to a time of rich preaching and renewed fellowship.

Register Now and take advantage of our early registration discount [$90 through July 1st].

We will meet October 16-18, 2014 at the historic First Baptist Church of Charleston, SC.

The 2nd London Confession of Faith was published in 1689. This year marks the 325th anniversary of that historic event. This important confession, which has been called the most influential among Baptists in the South in Colonial America, has helped shape Baptist identity here and abroad. This conference will celebrate this anniversary while focusing on the importance of confessional Christianity for the advance of the gospel around the world.

Speakers will include: Tom Nettles, Phil Newton, Fred Malone, Tom Ascol, Andy Davis, Steve Lawson and Aaron Menikoff.

Check out the conference page.

Reformed Baptist History [Audio] Roundup: Renihan, Hulse, Malone, Savastio, Dolezal, Nettles, Andrew Fuller Center + More

From Junior’s Credopedia:

2001-10-14: Origin of the Reformed Baptists, Jim Renihan, Immanuel Baptist Church, Sacramento, California


2003-12-03: English Baptist Histroy, Erroll Hulse


2003-12-06: American Baptist History, Erroll Hulse


2004-09-26: Reformed Baptist Myths, Jim Savastio, Reformed Baptist Church of Louisville, Kentucky


2005-09-23: The Founders of the SBC and Calvinism, Fred Malone


2007-02-11: Reformed Baptist History and Distinctives, Jim Savastio


2009-11-13: Credo-Baptism During the Reformation, James Dolezal, Christ The Center


2010-07-03: Doctrines of Grace in Baptist History 1, Dr. Tom Nettles


2011-03-03: Doctrines of Grace in Baptist History 2, Dr. Tom Nettles

 

From our podcast:

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Podcast #7: James Renihan – Particular Baptist History + Book Giveaway


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Podcast #8: Paul Brewster – SBC History: GA Baptist Assocation & Sandy Creek


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Podcast #25 – Tom Nettles – Living by Revealed Truth


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Podcast #24 – Spurgeon’s Sermons: His Preparation to Printed Product – Curt Arend – Rare Document Traders + More


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Podcast #28 – Dr. Steve Weaver – Hercules Collins


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Podcast #29 – Vincent & Dykstra – Reformed Baptist Movement/History in America [1960s to Today]

 

From various conferences:

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The English Baptists of the 17th Century [2008 Andrew Fuller Center Conference Audio]

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“Remembering Baptist Women” Conference – May 11, 2013

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“Andrew Fuller & His Controversies” Audio Now Online [2013 AFCBS Conference]

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Being Baptist: Reflections on a History Audio Now Online – AFCBS Conference Feat. Michael Haykin

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Andrew Fuller & His Friends Conference

 

User input:

Sam Waldron – Reformed Baptist History in America

Any other audio that you know of that we should add?