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

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

‘Honey Out of the Rock’ by Thomas Wilcox [Free E-book]

honey-rockWe’ve featured snippets of this work before, posted that it has been recommended reading, and even featured audio about it (see parallel session 3), but today we are excited to let you know that you can download the work for free:

Download in EPUB or MOBI (Kindle) format.

Monergism:

Thomas Wilcox was born in August, 1621 at Lyndon, Rutland, and probably was well educated. He was a Particular Baptist elder of a small congregation, which met at his house in London before the Plague. In those days of persecution, he was known for moderation, and preached frequently among the Presbyterians and independents. He was imprisoned in Newgate more than once, and suffered much for the sake of Nonconformity. After 1665, he pastored a Particular Baptist church, whose meeting-house was a small wooden building in Three Cranes Alley, Tooley Street in the Borough of Southwark. He labored lovingly, with pen as well as tongue, until his death on May 17, 1687 at the age of 65, leaving a widow and three children.

 

Wilcox’s well-known tract, “A Choice Drop of Honey from the Rock Christ,” often reprinted, and also translated, was much used of God…

Some pithy quotes from the book collected @ Feileadh Mor:

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“Let sin break your heart, but not your hope in the gospel.”

 “Apply what you will besides the blood of Christ, it will poison the sore.”

 

“All temptations, Satan’s advantages, and our complainings, are laid in self-righteousness, and self-excellency.”

 

“Whatever comes in when you go to God for acceptance, besides Christ, call it anti-Christ; bid it begone…”

 

“Christ alone did tread the winepress, and there was none with Him, Isa. 63:3″

 

“You complain much of yourself. Does your sin make you look more at Christ, less at yourself? That is right, or else complaining is but hypocrisy.”

 

“In all your temptations be not discouraged Jam1:2.Those surges may be not to break you but to heave you off yourself upon theRock Christ.”

 

“…Christ is our temple, sacrifice, altar, high priest, to whom none must come but sinners, and that without any offering, but His own blood once offered, Hebrews 7:27.”

 

“When you mourn for sin, if you do not see Christ then, away with it, Zech. 12:10.”

[Free E-book Friday] ‘Lectures to My Students’ by C. H. Spurgeon [EPUB | MOBI | PDF]

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In reply to many requests from those ministers who in their student days listened to my lectures, I submit a selection to the press. This, however, I cannot do without an apology, for these addresses were not originally prepared for the public eye, and are scarcely presentable for criticism.

 

My College lectures are colloquial, familiar, full of anecdote, and often humorous: they are purposely made so, to suit the occasion. At the end of the week I meet the students, and find them weary with sterner studies, and I judge it best to be as lively and interesting in my prelections as I well can be. They have had their fill of classics, mathematics, and divinity, and are only in a condition to receive something which will attract and secure their attention, and fire their hearts. Our reverend tutor, Mr. Rogers, compares my Friday work to the sharpening of the pin: the fashioning of the head, the straightening, the laying on of the metal and the polishing have been done during the week, and then the process concludes with an effort to give point and sharpness. To succeed in this the lecturer must not be dull himself, nor demand any great effort from his audience…

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[Free E-book Friday] A Love Found & Founded: Medicinal Meditations for the Christian Soul in Trial [Susannah Spurgeon & J.C. Ryle]

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This book contains revisions of A Cluster of Camphire by Susannah Spurgeon as reprinted by Particular Baptist Press and J.C. Ryle’s Expository Thoughts by J.C. Ryle as published by Grace Gems. Edited by Brian J. Mann.

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The collected readings in “A Love Found and Founded”, from the pen of two 19th century writers, are of inestimable value to the believer experiencing times of trial or who’s suffering down in the depths. J.C. Ryle and Susannah Spurgeon are brought into one volume to come alongside, as a tender brother and sister might, and address the reader as a family member enduring the trials common to man. It deserves a wide reading among believers in every condition, because whether you are in trial now or not – you will be. These seasoned saints can help.
~Dennis Gundersen, President, Grace & Truth Books

[source: Catherine Lake Baptist Church]

Free E-Book Friday: Reasons of a Change of Sentiment & Practice on the Subject of Baptism by James Haldane [PDF]

Today’s Free E-book Friday is brought to you courtesy of James Alexander Haldane (1768-1851), “Reasons of a change of sentiment and practice on the subject of baptism: containing a plain view of the signification of the word, and of the persons for whom the ordinance is appointed; together with a full consideration of the covenant made with Abraham, and its supposed connexion with baptism”

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On the last Dunker Bunker I mentioned that I think James Haldane is unique but I want to be wrong.

There are many who have “converted” from paedobaptism to credobaptism. There are even some of those men who have published works critiquing their old position and defending their new position (I’m thinking of Dr. Alexander Carson, Dr. Fred Malone, and Dr. Gary Crampton). What makes James Haldane unique is, to my knowledge, he is the only one who has published works defending paedobaptism and published defending credobaptism.  See James Haldane’s, “A View of the Social Worship and Ordinances Observed by the First Christians: Drawn from the Sacred Scriptures Alone, Being an Attempt to Enforce Their Divine Obligation and to Represent the Guilt and Evil Consequences of Neglecting Them.” specifically, “Chapter IX. Of the Ordinances Observed by the Apostolic Churches, Section 7. Of Baptism” (pp. 313-340)

Perhaps I am wrong. If you are aware of anyone else who has done this please let us know in the comments.

To find out more about James and Robert Haldane see Volume 2 of “British Particular Baptists” from Particular Baptist Press (Series Editor, Michael A.G. Haykin) and the Banner of Truth book, Lives of Robert & James Haldane.

Free E-Book Friday: Baptism in its Mode and Subjects by Alexander Carson [PDF]

Last week we featured the Journal of Baptist Studies by Baptist Studies Online from California Baptist University. Volume 6 (2014) of the Journal featured an article by Ian Clary on Alexander Carson, a former Irish Presbyterian converted to Credobaptism. I was surprised to find we hadn’t yet featured Dr. Carson in our “Free E-Book Friday”.

Therefore, please enjoy, via Archive.org and Princeton Theological Seminary Library, “Baptism in its Modes and Subjects” by Alexander Carson, LL.D., Minister of the Gospel, With a Sketch of His Life, published in Philadelphia by the American Baptist Publication Society, 1855, Fifth American Edition.

The book contains:

  • Memoir

    “Vigorous efforts were now made by the Presbyterians to dispossess him (Dr. Carson) of the meeting-house. A party was organized, whose business it should be to eject him by force. While he was preaching, on a Lord’s day, to a large congregation, they entered, and announced their intention of thrusting him from the pulpit. He quieted the rising tumult, and requesting the intruders to wait until the close of his discourse, assured them that he would then voluntarily retire. They accepted the proposal, and remained. After the services were concluded, as he descended from the pulpit, and was passing out, one of his deacons lifted the Bible from the desk, swung it upon his shoulder, and taking up his march in the rear of his pastor, exclaimed, ” let all who wish to follow the Bible come this way.”” The house was instantly emptied. A vast mass congregated in a green field near by ; and there, guided by the Bible, as by a Shekinah of glory, a little band, sixteen in number, partook, with hearts joyful amid their tribulations, of the emblems of their Redeemer’s love. This was the feeble beginning of greater things — the chrysalis from which was to spring a glorious gospel church, walking in the ordinances of Christ blameless, and pouring a flood of light upon the surrounding region.”

  • Preface
  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1: The Burden of Proof
  • Chapter 2: The Mode of Baptism (17 Sections)
  • Chapter 3: The Subjects of Baptism (3 Sections)
  • Nine Chapters of Replies to various Paedobaptists

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See also Ian Clary’s paper delivered at the 2009 Andrew Fuller Conference at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, “Alexander Carson—‘Jonathan Edwards of the Nineteenth Century’

Free E-Book Friday: A Sermon on Christian Baptism [Adoniram Judson]

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Adoniram Judson: Christian baptism. A sermon on Christian baptism, with many quotations from Pedobaptist authors. To which are added a letter to the church in Plymouth, Mass., and an address on the mode of baptizing (1846)

Mr. Judson resolved to examine it (baptism) candidly and prayerfully, let the result be what it would. No one in the mission family knew the state of his mind, as they never conversed with any of us on this subject. It was very fearful he would become a Baptist, and frequently suggested the unhappy consequences if he should. He always answered, that his duty compelled him to examine the subject, and he hoped he should have a disposition to embrace the truth, though he paid dear for it. I always took the Pedobaptists’ side in reasoning with him, although I was as doubtful of the truth of their system as he. After we came to Calcutta, he devoted his whole time to reading on this subject, having obtained the best authors on both sides. After having examined and re-examined the subject, in every way possible, and comparing the sentiments of both Baptists and Pedobaptists with the Scriptures, he was compelled, from a conviction of the truth, to embrace those of the former. I confined my attention almost entirely to the Scriptures, comparing the Old with the New Testament, and tried to find something to favor infant baptism, but was convinced it had no foundation there. I examined the covenant of circumcision, and could see no reason for concluding that baptism was to be administered to children because circumcision was. Thus, my dear parents and sisters, we are both confirmed Baptists, not because we wished to be, but because truth compelled us to be. A renunciation of our former sentiments has caused us more pain than any thing which ever happened to us through our lives. Since their arrival in Bengal, brother and sister Judson have been baptized. Judson has since that preached the best sermon upon baptism that I have ever heard on the subject, which we intend to print. I yesterday heard that brother Rice had also fully made up his mind upon baptism. Ann Judson (wife).

As none of us had conversed with brother Judson before he showed strong symptoms of a tendency towards believers’ baptism, I inquired of him what had occasioned the change. He told me, that on the voyage, he had thought much about the circumstance that he was coming to Serampore, where all were Baptists; that he should, in all probability, have occasion to defend infant sprinkling among us; and that, in consequence, he set himself to examine into the grounds of Pedobaptism. This ended in a conviction, that it has no foundation in the word of God, and occasioned a revolution in his sentiments, which was nearly complete before he arrived in India. William Carey

Source: The Best Sermon On Baptism That I Ever Heard

The Congregational Missionary Society was shocked when its first missionary, Adoniram Judson, adopted credobaptist views while on his way to serve in India. In this book, Judson demonstrates the nature of Christian baptism.Dr. James Renihan

To find out more about Adoniram Judson:

Free E-Book Friday: The Doctrine of Sanctification [A. W. Pink]

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The Doctrine of Sanctification
by Arthur W. Pink

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colorful-ocean-pink-surf-water-Favim.com-276394The Doctrine of Sanctification is one of Pink’s most insightful books, which is a high commendation indeed! In it he deals with the Biblical answers to the following questions poised in the Introduction, and more. “What is ‘sanctification’: is it a quality or position? Is sanctification a legal thing or an experimental?—that is to say, is it something the believer has in Christ or in himself? Is it absolute or relative?—by which we mean, does it admit of degree or no? Is it unchanging or progressive? Are we sanctified at the time we are justified, or is sanctification a later blessing? How is this blessing obtained?—by something which is done for us, or by us, or both? How may one be assured he has been sanctified: what are the characteristics, the evidences, the fruits? How are we to distinguish between sanctification by the Father, sanctification by the Son, sanctification by the Spirit, sanctification by faith, sanctification by the Word?” May the reader be illumined by the Holy Spirit as he finds the answers herein!

Pages: 252.

[source: Chapel Library]

Free E-Book[s] Friday: from Hercules Collins’ Reading List

Andrew Suttles supplies us with an impressive roundup:

Given the recent re-publication of Hercules Collins‘ [podcastOrthodox Catechism [podcast], there is some renewed interest in his writings and works. In this light, our friends at Particular Voices have published a small snippet from “The Temple Repaired” which contains Collins’ recommended reading list for “those inclined to the ministry:

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I’ve collected below links to locations where these works can be found today:

(This is part 1 of 2…)

  1. Poole’s Annotations on the Holy Bible: Volume 1Volume 2
  2. The Dutch Annotations on the Holy Bible
  3. Joseph Caryl Commentary on Job
  4. The Works of William Perkins (HERE or HERE)
  5. Francis Roberts’ Clavis Bibliorum: The key of the Bible
  6. Edward Leigh’s A System or Body of Divinity (10 Volumes!!)
  7. Wilson’s Dictionary
  8. Works of Jeremiah Burroughs
  9. The Works of Richard Sibbes
  10. The Works of Edward Reynolds
  11. The Works of John Preston
  12. Foxe’s Book of Martyrs
  13. William Ames Marrow of Sacred Divinity
  14. Alexander Grosse’s A Fiery Pillar of Heavenly Truth
  15. John Owen’s A Brief Declaration and Vindication of The Doctrine of the Trinity
  16. Bates’ Harmony of the Divine Attributes (SGCB)
  17. Elisha Coles’ Practical Discourse on God’s Sovereignty
  18. Commentaries of James Durham
  19. David Dickson’s Brief Explication of the Psalms
  20. Dickson’s Commentary on Matthew
  21. Hutcheson’s Exposition of the XII Small Prophets
  22. Hutcheson’s Exposition of John
  23. Calvin’s Institutes
  24. Ursinus’ Catechisms
  25. Works of Anthony Burgess (more works HERE)
  26. Ainsworth’s Annotations on Pentateuch and Psalms

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I’ve collected below links to locations where these works can be found today:

(This is part 2 of 2…)

  1. Erasmus Greek and Latin New Testament (Images HERE)
  2. John Tombes’ Works (and baptism catechism)
  3. Andrew Willet – Many commentaries and Synopsis papismi, or, a General view of the papacy (only volume 5 available)
  4. Ussher’s Body of Divinity ($10 at SGCB)
  5. Samuel Newman’s Large and Complete Concordance
  6. Francis Roberts‘ Mysterium & Medulla Bibliorum: The Mysterie and Marrow of the Bible, Viz. God’s Covenants with Man
  7. DuVeil’s Literal Explanation of the Acts
  8. Samuel Clark’s A Mirrour or Looking-glass both for Saints and Sinners, held forth in some thousands of examples
  9. Plutarch’s Morals
  10. Seneca’s Morals
  11. Pliny the Elder’s Natural History
  12. Eusebius’ Ecclesiastical History
  13. The Works of Josephus
  14. Peter Heylyn’s Cosmographie
  15. Robert Boyle’s Considerations Touching the Style of the Holy Scriptures
  16. Thomas Blunderville’s The Art of Logic
  17. Adam Smith’s Rhetoric
  18. Elisha Coles’ Latin Dictionary

Well, there’s the list…

 

I found at least author’s names and full titles to each work. Some authors were just too prolific to list each work here. Many of these, although not all, are presently available for free. With these links, you have at your fingertips a theological library that would be the envy of almost every 17th Century Puritan pastor.

 

Please feel free to send me your updates and I will continue to update the list.

 

Free E-Book Friday: The Breach Repaired In God’s Worship [Benjamin Keach]

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Benjamin Keach, “The Breach repaired in God’s worship : or, singing of Psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs proved to be an holy ordinance of Jesus Christ ; with an answer to all objections ; as also, an examination of Mr. Isaac Marlow’s two papers, one called, A discourse against singing, &c. the other An appendix wherein his arguments and cavils are detected and refuted” 1691

 

 “As Puritanism waned at the close of the seventeenth century, a Puritan-minded Baptist preacher named Benjamin Keach (1640–1707) introduced hymns, in addition to psalms and paraphrases, into the English Nonconformist churches. He began by allowing one hymn after each administration of the Lord’s Supper, and then moved to one hymn per Sabbath. Eventually he became “a pioneer of congregational hymn singing.”

 

Keach Breached Repaired Prev“In response to Isaac Marlow’s A Brief Discourse Concerning Singing in the Public Worship of God in the Gospel Church (1690), which argued that hymn singing was a distraction from the plainness of Puritan worship, Keach wrote his first book on the subject: The Breach Repaired in God’s Worship; or Singing of Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs, Proved to Be an Holy Ordinance of Jesus Christ (1691). Keach argued for hymn singing based on examples from David, Solomon, and others, and its “educational value.” This book, together with Keach’s Spiritual Melody; containing near Three Hundred Sacred Hymns (1691), created quite a stir, even in Keach’s own church, where nine people withdrew their membership. That, however, was the tip of the iceberg. Marlow responded with an appendix to his own book even before Keach’s The Breach Repaired was available to the public, moving Keach to add an appendix to his own book. That sparked pamphlet war among a number of pastors, most of whom supported Keach. Despite this, Keach lost an additional twenty members to Robert Steed, who wrote against the congregational hymn singing in An Epistle Written to the Members of a Church in London Concerning Singing (1691). The following year the issue of hymn singing reached the General Assembly, which censured both sides for their uncharitable reflections against their brethren; with that, the pamphlet war ceased for four years.

 

“In 1696, pamphlet war began again after Keach published A Feast of Fat Things; containing several Scripture Songs and Hymns. In all, Keach himself wrote nearly five hundred hymns and promoted hundreds more by publishing hymnbooks that circulated throughout the United Kingdom and North America. His work paved the way for Isaac Watts (1674–1748), often called “the father of English hymnody,” whose renowned Hymns and Spiritual Songs (1707) dealt a serious blow to the fading Puritan convictions about Psalm singing in public worship. For the first time in church history, man-made hymns replaced psalm singing.”

 Joel R. Beeke, “Psalm-Singing in Calvin and the Puritans“, The Outlook, September-October 2010, Volume 60, No. 5, pp. 18-23.

 

Online Particular Baptist Resources [Sam Renihan]

This page is dedicated to collating online links to copies of Particular Baptist literature (which are rare). Links to PDF downloads of original sources are the preferred material, but transcribed works are useful as well. If you know of any, or if you find any, please leave the link in a comment, or send a message through the about/contact page, so that I can update this page.

Here’s some starters:

Broadmead Bristol Church Records (1640-1687)

John Bunyan

The Confession of Faith (Various Editions):

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Make sure and bookmark the page!

[Free E-book Friday] Hanserd Knollys’ Exposition of the Book of The Revelation, 1698 [Quotes, Downloads, Audio Explanation]

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Feileadh Mor has some quotes on Revelation 1 from Hanserd Knollys’ Exposition of the Book of The Revelation, 1698. Here are some he posted:

Rev. 1.5:

This blood of Jesus Christ cleanseth us from all sin; (1Jo 1:7,9) purgeth our conscience from dead works; (Heb 9:14) sanctifieth us; (Heb 13:12) justifieth us. (Ro 5:9) Thereby we are redeemed. (Eph 1:7 Heb 9:15)

 

Rev. 1.9:

They that are fellow heirs with the saints in the kingdom of glory, must be fellow sufferers in the kingdom of patience trough tribulation. (see Ac 14:22)

 

Rev. 1.11:

It is the liberty of the ministers of Christ, when they cannot edify the churches of God by preaching unto them, to endeavor their edification by writing unto them.

 

Rev. 1.17:

Christ’s deity “I AM,” and his eternity “the First and the Last” revealed and believed, and by himself applied unto sanctified believers, will abate their fears, and remove them. (Ps 56:3,4 Isa 8:12,13-14 Mt 14:27 Mr 5:36 1Pe 3:14)

You can get this book in several different ebook formats [most free]:

Audio on his view of Revelation from the 2008 Andrew Fuller Center Conference “The English Baptists of the 17th Century”:

Plenary Session 3: “Hanserd Knollys (1599-1691) and the Interpretation of Revelation (Barry Howson)

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Hanserd Knollys

 

(from R. Hadyen. English Baptist History and Heritage, Didcot. Oxon: The Baptist Union, 1990)

Hanserd Knollys was born in Chalkwell, Linconshire, and educated at Cambridge University. He was ordained to the priesthood in Church of England in 1631 and incumbent at Humberstone (Lancashire). Due to his Puritan convictions he became a dissenter and resigned his living, moving to London. In 1638 he was imprisoned for unlicenced preaching. Being allowed to escape he fled to America and established a church in New Hampshire. In 1641 he left America and returned to England arriving there in December of the same year. By about 1643/44 he had come to adopt baptist convictions.

In London he was instrumental in the formation of a baptist church at Great St. Helen’s, Bishopsgate. Knollys took part with Kiffin and Keach in many baptist endeavours. Knollys was one of the seven men who sent out the invitation to the 1689 General Assembly. Two years after he had subscribed the 1689 London Baptist Confession of Faith, he was called to his Master.

“An Advertisement to the READER.” Appended to the Baptist Catechism [1695] + The Entire Catechism [PDF]

From Particular Voices:

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Transcription:

An Advertisement to the READER.

Having a desire to shew our near Agreement with many other Christians, of whom we have great Esteem; we some Years since put forth a Confession of our Faith, almost in all Points the same with the Assembly, and Savoy, which was subscribed by the Elders and Messengers of many Churches baptized on profession of their Faith; and do now put forth a short Account of Christian Principles, for the instruction of our Families, inmost things agreeing with the Shorter Catechism of the Assembly. And this we were the rather induced to, because we have commonly made use of that Catechism in our Families: And the Difference being not much, it will be more easily committed to Memory.

Here is the Catechism itself from two different places:

The Charleston Association adopted and published the Baptist Catechism in 1767 ALONG WITH the Baptist Confession of Faith and other chapters which would be their equivalent of a BCO:

  • Of a True and Orderly Gospel Church
  • Of Church Officers
  • Of Receiving Persons to Church Membership
  • Of the Duties Incumbent on Church Members
  • Of Church Censures
  • Of the Association of Churches

The Gospel Focus of Charles Spurgeon – Free eBook [through Nov.]

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During the month of November, Reformation Trust is giving away the eBook edition of Steven Lawson’The Gospel Focus of Charles Spurgeon.

 

Charles Spurgeon, the great Baptist preacher of nineteenth-century London, is remembered today as “the prince of preachers.” However, the strength of Spurgeon’s ministry went far beyond simple rhetorical skill. In The Gospel Focus of Charles Spurgeon, Steven Lawson shows that Spurgeon fearlessly taught the doctrines of grace and simultaneously held forth the free offer of salvation in Jesus Christ.

 

This book is a passionate call for all Christians to follow Spurgeon in maintaining the proper balance between divine sovereignty in salvation and fiery passion in spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ.

 

“Spurgeon’s ministry is legendary, but what animated and motivated his life and ministry is often overlooked. With ample extracts from Spurgeon’s own writings and sermons, this book reveals how the gospel of Jesus Christ provided both the power and content of his preaching. Far from being a distraction to the gospel, those doctrines that are historically known as Calvinism caused Spurgeon to understand the person and work of Jesus more clearly and preach Christ more passionately.”

Thomas Ascol

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