Evan Burns, on his blog Gospel Worthy, has outlined a very influential book in Baptist history, that is, Andrew Fuller’s “The Gospel Worthy of All Acceptation: Or the Duty of Sinners to Believe” [order various print versions]:
Evan Burns is an ordained minister of the gospel, and works for Training Leaders International (TLI). He has served in the Middle East and East Asia, and he and his family now live in Southeast Asia as TLI Missionaries where he is on faculty at Asia Biblical Theological Seminary of Cornerstone University. He is currently researching the spirituality of Andrew Fuller under the supervision of Dr. Michael A.G. Haykin.
Today is the 198th anniversary of Andrew Fuller’s death, and Nathan Finn wrote a short essay for the Desiring God blog on Fuller’s defense of the gospel. He writes on his blog:
I discuss two aberrant views of the gospel that Fuller critiqued in this day: High Calvinism and Sandemanianism. I also make the following practical application.
Fuller reminds us to be diligent in guarding the gospel from unhelpful articulations of the saving work of Christ. Though no longer widespread, High Calvinism continues to eek out an existence, always leeching off of evangelical Calvinism wherever the latter is popular. Sandemanian-like views are embraced by the Campbellite traditions and are popular among many revivalistic evangelicals and in the so-called Free Grace movement among some Dispensationalists. As in the past, current versions of these heterodoxies often give rise to antinomianism, whether of the Calvinistic or revivalistic variety. Contemporary gospel-driven pastor-theologians can find a helpful role model in Andrew Fuller.
I hope you’ll go to the Desiring God blog and read the whole essay.
You can also listen to a readout of article [7 minutes].
Bill Brown, at the Spurgeon Blog, writes:
The recent admission by NBA player Jason Collins that he is gay has been embraced by the media. This is really not news. The media has been in the tank for Gay Rights for decades. In the beginning their bent was veiled. Now it is nothing less than open advocacy. This used to be the domain of the Left, but no longer. Recently a major GOP PAC, American Unity PAC, lead by Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton, has come out in favor of same-sex marriage. So much for social conservatism. The GOP has always been one step behind Democrats on social issues. Believe it or not, I think this is a good thing…
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Yesterday’s post resulted in some misunderstanding on the part of some. Nothing that I wrote yesterday should be misconstrued as advocating Christian inaction. The Church, and individual believers, should engage in the serious issues of the day. Abortion, racism, biblical marriage et. al. The Bible contains the answers to the problems society faces and we should not shy away from saying so. What we should beware of is placing our faith in secular political parties instead of God. I hope this eases the concern of some.
Bill Brown is an Elder at Grace Baptist Church of Odenton, Maryland.
The Spurgeon Fellowship of Florida hosted its first regional conference for the year 2013 in Pensacola, Fl at Mt. Zion Bible Church on February 15th-16th. The topic of the conference was Building Biblical Churches.
The sermon topics were The Gospel, Evangelism/Discipleship, Conversion, Biblical Preaching, Biblical Theology, Church Membership, Church Discipline, and Church Leadership.
Our Speakers were (starting photo left):
Joshua Henry, Robb Coleman, Jeff Hunter, Jonny White, Chris Hatton, Joshua Wallnofer and Jeff Pollard.
The prayer behind this conference was that the Lord would use this conference to promote unity, cooperation, and fellowship among like-minded local churches.
[source: Spurgeon Fellowship of Florida]
Jeremy Walker posted some thoughts on offensive Christianity at the Reformation 21 blog:
“The problem with Christianity – the cause of the offence – is that it speaks very plainly and directly to sinners about their sin, their need of salvation and the only possible way of salvation. It tells men that they are neither good nor wise, and that therefore salvation is of the Lord. Such searching scrutiny of and honest counsel concerning the soul is not palatable to the natural man, whose “mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be” (Rom 8.7). And yet there seems to be a general resistance to the idea that Christianity must cut.
Among those who profess the name of Christ are multitudes who bend over backwards to avoid any hint that Christianity labels certain things as right and wrong, declares certain behaviour to be sin and identifies those who pursue it as sinners, condemns the unrepentant sinner to hell, demands allegiance to Christ crucified and to him only, declaring his to be the only name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved (Acts 4.12). Instead, we find a determination to avoid issues and individuals who might upset the applecart, preaching instead a spineless inclusivism that never makes a distinction, never draws a line, never takes a stand.”
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Jeremy Walker is one of the pastors of Maidenbower Baptist Church in Crawley in West Sussex (in the UK).
You can follow Jeremy Walker on Twitter @peregrinus75