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:

Site Changes: New Blog Roundup, RSS Feed, Twitter Account + More [Bapti-bots]

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We are going to use our main RSS feed for more of a news focus [new books, events, resources, deals, etc.].

So, instead of peppering that feed with blogs throughout the day then doing a roundup of blogs in the middle and end of each week, our ever-diligent Bapti-bots will be providing a “real-time” feed of all relevant blog posts (not just blogs, but blog posts) that fit within our site scope (basically, blog posts like we have highlighted in the past and featured on our roundups).

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Weekend Roundup: Everything Else That We Didn’t Get Around To Posting

Sermon PlanningPlan Well: How Sermon Planning Helps the Pastor and the Church at Worship by Phil Newton via Founders Ministries: The Blog

I can remember with anguish the early days of pastoral ministry when I had no clear plans on my preaching. Scrambling for a text to study and prepare when there are hundreds to choose from seemed overly daunting for a young pastor! Knowing that I juggled seminary studies, work, family, and preaching twice on Sundays built pressure as the weekend neared. How I wish that I had taken the time to do some sermon planning! It would have relieved a lot of stress, improved my preaching, and better served the congregation that probably tolerated much more from me than I realized.

Dear TimothyDear Timothy (revisited) Part II: Set your eyes on faithfulness by Jeff Robinson

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. The last time I wrote you, recall that I sought to stir up your mind by way of reminder, to use the words of our dear brother Peter, that you must find your contentment in Christ alone, else you will be habitually frustrated in your ministry. Remember, that was my first watchword for you in the ministry: contentment. Today, I write to you and commend to you a second, equally vital, watchword: faithfulness.


Particular, Importunate, Submissive, Endeavoring, Constant and Effectual Prayer by Nicolas Alford via The Decablog

From A Scriptural Exposition of the Baptist Catechism by Benjamin Beddome, published in 1752

new-calvinism-front1 Jeremy WalkerThe New Calvinism Considered by Jeremy Walker (A Review)

In conclusion then: If you love the New Calvinism and bristle at any suggested critique (you know who you are), you need this book.  It you loath the New Calvinism and get secretly giddy whenever one of its leading men makes a misstep (you know who you are) you need this book.  Jeremy Walker has offered criticism in a careful, humble, and charitable manner- yet he has been clear.  The current Calvinism, both New and Old, is in his debt.


Thoughts on “the true Light” and John’s following the hermeneutical lead of our Lord Jesus Christ by Richard Barcellos

In John 1:9, we read, “There was the true Light…” Note the description of the Light as “true.” This could simply mean not false. But “true” in John’s Gospel has another technical meaning, especially when it is connected to Old Testament concepts. Notice John 6:32 and John 15:1.


The Temptation of Christ: Why? [FYI: Includes image of Jesus] by Bob Gonzales via It Is Written

I’m not referring so much to the reason why God allowed Christ to be tempted, but rather to the reason why God included the account of Christ’s temptation in the Bible. According to John’s Gospel, 20:30, Christ did many significant things in His lifetime that are not recorded in Scripture. Apparently, the Holy Spirit moved the writers of Scripture to record those events which were most necessary for the salvation of sinners and edification of the church. Since three of the four Gospel writers include the temptation of Christ in their gospel presentation (see Matt 4:1-11; Mark 1:12-13; Luke 4:1-13), there must be a good reason!


Aslan just won’t go away… by Jeff Riddle via stylos

A friend sent me an email this evening that began, “Aslan just won’t go away” along with this link to an article from The Hollywood Reporter.  I thought it was going to be an article about a new Narnia movie.  Instead, it’s about Reza Aslan’s Zealot book being made into a movie. I told my friend that I’m at least impressed by Aslan’s tireless self-promotion, and it appears that there’s a ready market in Hollywood for alternative views of Jesus (you know how big the History Channel’s Bible miniseries was!). Maybe the Word Magazine’s (parts onetwothree, and four) I did on Aslan’s promotional interviews for the book will have an extended purpose.

Midweek Roundup: What We Didn’t Get Around To Posting So Far This Week

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Thoughts upon John Frame’s Systematic Theology by Jeff Johnson via Reformed Baptist Blog

Even with his inconsistency, John Frame is still John Frame and the strengths of this book far outweigh its shortcomings. It lines up nicely with the rest of my books on systematic theology. As a pastor, I am in search for the perfect systematic theology book to recommend to the next generation of pastors. At this point, Calvin’s Institutes has yet to meet its rival and Robert Reymond’s A New Systematic Theology is hard to beat for a contemporary presentation.



radio-free-button-2Radio Free Geneva! Dr. Steve Gaines Sermon Review Continued
 by James White via Alpha and Omega Ministries

We continued our review of the September 8th sermon by Dr. Steve Gaines, examining whether his simple foreknowledge view can really withstand scrutiny, and also noting the disastrous results of refusing to recognize the difference between the prescriptive will of God and the decretive will of God. We might be able to finish this sermon off with one more program, as we will be reviewing Dr. Allan’s presentation on the atonement from Liberty University in the near future as well!

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iGodcover1Review of iGods by Craig Detweiler
 by Ken Puls via Founders Ministries: The Blog

We live in an amazing day of technological wonders. Personal computers, the Internet, smart phones and tablets have all contributed to the marvels that help us manage our days. But, as Neil Postman warned us in Technopoly (1992), for every upside we gain from technology, there is a potential downside. Unintended consequences can, over time, take us by surprise if we are not on guard. These consequences can have profound impacts on our walk with God and our relationships with others.

 

iGods underscores the need for Christians and churches to think seriously and theologically about technology. Technology is a gift of God, but we must use it wisely and intentionally for His glory and our good.



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 by Evan D. Burns via Gospel Worthy

On his voyage to India, Adoniram Judson became convinced of the biblical doctrine of credobaptism, and he forsook his Congregationalist missionary society and turned to the American Baptists for help.  They were not initially prepared to oversee and care for the Judson’s in Burma, so Rev. Daniel Sharp, of Boston, first wrote back to Judson expressing their interest in supporting Judson and his wife, Ann, but also expressing their inability to do so at the time.  So, Sharp recommended the Judson’s serve with the English Baptist missionaries in Serampore.  Here is Sharp’s reply to Judson on May 6, 1813

Weekend Roundup: Everything Else That We Didn’t Get Around To Posting

Westminster Conference 2013The Westminster Conference 2013 by Jeremy Walker via Reformation21 Blog

The Westminster Conference is taking place on Tuesday 3rd and Wednesday 4th December at Regent Hall on Oxford Street. This year, the topics are, I hope, particularly timely, speaking to current issues and pressing needs in the church of Christ, and bringing the wisdom and experience of the past to bear on the immediate present. Six papers are given, with discussion afterward…


 

Disney v. Benjamin Keach via All Things Expounded

“In 1664, Benjamin Keach, a Baptist pastor, published 500 copies of The Child Instructor. It was an innocent manual devoid of theology that alarmed the dour Thomas Disney, who ordered the author pilloried at Aylesbury, ‘with a sign on his head saying: For writing, printing, and publishing a schismatic book.’ Disney also burned the entire edition. In some measure, he need not have bothered, for in two years the entire city of London went up in flames.”


 

Journey Books Make Great Chrsitmas Gifts by Keith Throop via Reformed Baptist Blog

If you are still looking for a good Christmas gift, consider starting someone out on the Journey series of theological novels by Dr. Richard Belcher.

 

In this series Dr. Belcher has sought to combine teaching theology with the ongoing story of a man’s life, beginning with his first encounter with Calvinism in Bible college and following his career as a pastor and eventually a seminary professor. They are informed by the author’s own extensive ministry experience from many years of faithful service.


 

How to Make a Confession and Extend Forgiveness by Thabiti Anyabwile via Pure Church

It seems God is pleased to teach much of the evangelical world how to make confessions and to extend forgiveness. From comments made in panel discussions about Christian hip hop to radio confrontations over proper citation of written material, we’ve seen a lot of calls for apologies and opportunities for practicing the difficult discipline of forgiving.

 

This morning I woke up thinking about one of the most helpful and simple set of guidelines for making full confessions of wrongdoing in the hopes of being forgiven and extending complete and joyful forgiveness of the same. It’s called “The Seven A’s of Confession” and “The Four Promises of Forgiveness” published by Peacemaker Ministries. You can read more about these principles at the Peacemaker website or in Ken Sande’s book, The Peacemaker


 

Andrew Fuller Center“That He Might Find Access To Their Souls” by Evan Burns via The Andrew Fuller Center

In a sermon delivered at the Old Jewry Chapel, London, on December 27, 1797, Andrew Fuller unpacked the implications of soul prosperity from the book of 3 John:  “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth” (3 John 2).  Fuller’s sermon demonstrates his uncommon ability to wring out of a simple text every drop of biblical import and implication.  Outlined here are his observations of the prosperous soul:


 

Namibian Reflections and Challenges at the End of 2013 by Joachim Rieck via A Reformed Baptist in Namibia

I  am in the process  of  completing  24 years of  pastoral  service   at the Eastside Baptist  church – the only church that I have really known and loved  as a pastor. I will be turning 55 in December 2013   and I am  truly desirous  that whatever time I have left  in Christ’s service on earth, that I should be a good and faithful servant of Christ, whose call I have  followed since June 1978.

Midweek Roundup: What We Didn’t Get Around To Posting So Far This Week

forbidden-treeAdam and the 10 Commandments by Nick Kennicott via The Decablog

To understand the fall of creation, and specifically what Adam did in the garden to bring all of creation into a state of sin and misery, we must identify what law(s) Adam actually broke. Was it just that God told Adam to not eat of the fruit, but he did, and therefore all of creation fell? To be sure, that’s enough – but it’s much more than that.


 

Kept and Sealed by John Samson via Effectual Grace

Think about it: Do people with hearts of stone ask God to give them a different kind of heart?

John-RadioA Response to Shawn McCraney

Shawn McCraney’s attack on the biblical view of grace, the sovereignty of God, and the truths surrounding election have far reaching implications. The Gospel is at stake with issues related to grace, our condition before God, and our works. McCraney’s views are not helpful- they are not founded upon the Word of God.

 

In this two hour show I was asked to respond to Shawn’s attack on Reformed theology.

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Recovering a Covenantal Heritage: Essays in Baptist Covenant Theology by Keith Throop via Reformed Baptist Blog

In case our blog’s readers haven’t noticed yet, over at the 1689 Federalism website, on their books page, is a sign up form to be notified when the forthcoming book,Recovering a Covenantal Heritage: Essays in Baptist Covenant Theology, is published.

It promises to be an important work from a collection of excellent Reformed Baptist scholars, including our own Jeff Johnson. Richard Barcellos posted here back in February that he is editing the book.

Here is the description…


 

Joy in Church Planting by David Campbell via Association of Reformed Baptist Churches of America

So Dr. Thomas Chalmers describes it in a letter to his friend, Mr. Lennox, of New York City. Explaining, he says, “I have been intent for thirty years on the completion of a territorial experiment, and I have now to bless God for the consummation of it. Our church was opened on the 19th of February…I presided myself, on Sabbath last, over its first sacrament. There were 132 communicants, and 100 of them from the West Port.”


 

Three Dividing Lines This Week by James White via Alpha and Omega Ministries

Tomorrow afternoon we will offer a new Radio Free Geneva in response to a sermon preached by Dr. Gaines back in September (see the previous blog entry).  That will be 4pm EST.  On Wednesday afternoon, 6pm EST, we will be reviewing developments in the Caner Scandal, his on-going lawsuit against a Christian pastor in direct violation of clear Scriptural commands, and recent attempts by his defenders and abettors to create a mythology about Caner’s “vindication.”  And finally, on Thursday at 5pm EST I will be joined by Dr. Voddie Baucham, Shai Linne and Ivey Conerly to discuss the recent explosion of discussion regarding “Christian rap.”

radio-free-button-2Laughter in Medina/Ravaging Tischendorff/Radio Free Geneva on a Mega DL

Ended up doing two full hours today!  Started off responding to this announcement that the Caner Scandal goes on and on, and only becomes worse with the passing of time and the multiplication of dishonesty and falsehood.  I will do an hour tomorrow responding to the mythology being promoted by Peter Lumpkins and others.  Then we moved on to a brief response to Chris Pinto regarding Codex Sinaiticus and his theory relating to the Jesuits and Simonides, etc.  Then we took a brief break and launched into Radio Free Geneva, beginning our examination of Dr. Steve Gaines’ sermon on the sovereignty of God from back in September of this year.  We will continue that examination next week!

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Christmas and the Christian via Feileadh Mor

In a series on Christmas he [Al Martin] outlines the history of the practice in connection with Christian liberty.

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Please Forgive Me via Scott Brown Online

During the panel discussion on rap I should have engaged such a controversial subject as this with greater discernment, explicit scriptural grounding, clarity, definition of terms (like “rap”) and precision that comes from a full grasp of the subject. These were lacking in the rap discussion. The very question itself lacked clarity and nuance which opened the door to the misrepresentations common to the broad brush. In framing the question, I failed to distinguish between the use of music in worship compared to simply listening to music. We failed to distinguish between the various expressions of the artists. I failed to correct a panelist who made an unsavory comment. Panel discussions, off the cuff are useful for certain things, but to use a surprise question to a panel to engage a broader audience on such a complex controversial topic as musical genres they may not have been knowledgeable of was unwise. I did not engage this topic with the required care. There were moments where it lacked the brotherly tone that is essential for our critiques within the body of Christ. In at least these senses, it was unworthy of our Lord. Please forgive me…


 

Mark ChanskiHoly Spirit Impressions via Mark Chanski

Do you think the Holy Spirit gives saints “impressions” about how we should practically live our lives, and apply the Scriptures to daily situations?

 

I do — as long as we understand such “impressions” as bringing Illumination onto the already written Scriptures, and not new Revelation from beyond the bible.


 

My Recent Visit to Nigeria by Conrad Mbewe via A Letter from Kabwata

My trip to Nigeria was for the purpose of preaching at the Reformed Bible and Theological Conference hosted by the Reformed Tabernacle of Port Harcourt, a church pastored by Dr Aniekan Ekpo. Added to this event was the matriculation and convocation of students at their seminary and college. I then ministered on Sunday during their church service.

Weekend Roundup: Everything Else That We Didn’t Get Around To Posting

Book bites by Jeremy Walker via Reformation21 Blog

A couple of bits and pieces to recommend, either of which you might already have sampled, I hope to your edification.

First, Antinomianism by Mark Jones (Amazon.com/Amazon.co.uk/Westminster)… Second, The Shallows by Nicholas Carr (Amazon.com/Amazon.co.uk)


 

Baptists Initiate Congregational Hymn Singing via Feileadh Mor

A quote taken from A Survey of Christian Hymnody:

 

The Particular Baptists. It was in the Particular, or Calvinistic, Baptist churches that congregational singing of hymns was first introduced. Records of the Broadmead Church of Bristol indicate that congregational singing was regularly carried on from 1671 to 1685.

 

Benjamin Keach. However, the recognition for leading the movement for hymn signing must go to Benjamin Keach, who become pastor of the Particular Baptist Church in Southwark in 1668.


 

A Black Friday Purchase You Would Never Forget by Thabiti Anyabwile via Pure Church

Why not go to Israel? Why not tour the land of the Bible, not for “stones and bones,” but with a Reformed Covenantal perspective. Instead of dropping $2,000 on a tool set that he’ll never use to finish your “honey do list,” consider investing that in time away as a couple or family doing something you’ve always wanted to do. Instead of trolling the malls right up to closing time on Christmas Eve cluelessly looking for that gift she’ll swoon over, why not hand her a small envelope with plane tickets and travel brochure? And after you’ve spent Christmas with the extended family, packing and unpacking as you caravan like nomads from house to house, dragging the kids along despite their protests about aunt Betty’s beard and uncle Harry’s coarse jokes, pack your bags for an excursion you’ll be eager to make with the family of God.

Interested? Good. Check out my brother Voddie Baucham’s tour of Israel for 2014. I had the privilege of co-leading a tour with Voddie this year and it was the highlight of the year for my wife and me. More than that, it was an unforgettable experience!


 

The Vision (11.29.13): Thanksgiving by Jeff Riddle via stylos

In this season of Thanksgiving, celebrated “part in memory,” can we do as the psalms teach and remember God’s goodness, give thanks for his deliverance, and express our quiet trust and confidence in him?


 

SteveGainesDr. Steve Gaines of Bellevue Baptist Church on Tuesday’s Radio Free Geneva by James White via Alpha and Omega Ministries

Back on September 8th of this year Pastor Steve Gaines of the Bellevue Baptist Church in Memphis, Tennessee, preached a sermon titled “God’s Sovereign Plan.”  You are encouraged to download the sermon and listen to it here.  Given that brother Gaines’ sermon presents a very, very common view amongst Southern Baptists, and as his doctoral work was on the sermons of Herschel Hobbs, interacting with his position would be very useful to a wide variety of our listening audience…

 

So tune in the Dividing Line Tuesday afternoon, 4pm EST, 2pm MST, for an edition of Radio Free Geneva!

new-calvin1Jeremy Walker’s “The New Calvinism Considered” Considered by Mark Nenadov via All Things Expounded

This is an attempt by Jeremy Walker to analyze what is often called “New Calvinism”, a movement highlighted in Times Magazine‘s as being among “10 Ideas Changing The World Right Now” feature.

Weekend Roundup: Everything Else That We Didn’t Get Around To Posting

Theology of Martin Luther – [16] Video Lectures via RBS News

In the sixteen free video lectures below, Pastor Mark Sarver, a professor of historical theology for Reformed Baptist Seminary, highlights some of the prominent characteristics of Luther’s theology, which he classifies as biblical, doxological, existential, and dialectical. Then he surveys several of the major theological topics that Luther developed, including the knowledge of God, Scripture, human sin, predestination, and justification. These lectures serve as part of the curriculum for our historical theology course entitled “Reformation Church.”

15 more


 

Blank black book w/pathChapter 6 of An Orthodox Catechism (The Sacraments), coming soon from RBAP via Reformed Baptist Academic Press

 

Chapter 6 – The Second Part: Of Man’s Redemption

 

The Sacraments

Q. 64. Since faith alone makes us partakers of Christ and His benefits, from where does this faith come?

 

A. From the Holy Spirit (a), who kindles it in our hearts by the preaching of the gospel (b), and other ordinances (c), and confirms it by the use of the sacraments (d).

(a) John 3:5; Eph. 2:8; 3:16-17; Phil.1:29. (b) Rom. 10:17. (c) Eph. 3:16-17; Heb. 4:16. (d) 1 Cor. 10:16; 1 Pet. 3:21.


 

Dear TimothyDear Timothy (an addendum): Two watchwords for your pastoral ministry, Part I by Jeff Robinson via Founders Ministries: The Blog

A few years ago, Founders Ministries published an excellent, multi-author work, titled Dear Timothy (A must-read for young pastors and thankfully still available).

 

The book was written as a series of letters from the veteran pastor, Paul, to the young upstart pastor, Timothy. In the spirit of that fine publication, I offer the following letter as an addendum in two parts.


 

Join Us for the Final Conferences of 2013 via NCFIC Blog

THE MASTER’S PLAN FOR FATHERHOOD

God has revealed in His word what He desires fathers to be.  Over the course of this weekend we will be illustrating the characteristics of a biblical father directly from Scripture.

BIRMINGHAM, AL – November 22-23rd – Click here for details.

BUILDING A GOD-CENTERED FAMILY

Today, families are in a state of frustration and collapse. Our Lord, in His Word, has spoken on a multitude of practical church and family issues to instruct His people how they ought to live in harmony with His Word.

ANCHORAGE, AK – December 5-8 – Click here for details.


 

Agnostic Mormonism on Today’s Dividing Line by James White via Alpha and Omega Ministries

Today I played portions of and responded to, one of the most amazing “soft sells” of Mormonism I have ever heard coming from a professing Latter-day Saint.

Audio:

 

Video:

 


 

Saving Christians from a False View of the Church by Joachim Rieck via A Reformed Baptist in Namibia

In Namibia  we   find   a number  of  false views  concerning the  nature   of the church  and the place of the church in the  life of the believer.


 

5 Things to Do Before Leaving Your Church: The Pastor Edition by Thabiti Anyabwile via Pure Church

In my last post on leaving well when you’re a member of a church several respondents pointed out that pastors often leave churches in very poor way. Sadly, they’re correct. We’ve all heard the horror stories about pastors who announce their departure after the morning service and U-Haul arrives first thing Monday morning. Or, we’re familiar with the all-too-painful accounts of pastors who apparently take a scorched earth approach to leaving, destroying everything they touch before they leave. We can add to that those pastors who leave by splitting the church. The pain abounds.


 

The Blessing of Argumentative Prayer by Nicolas Alford via The Decablog

In a few recent church prayer meetings my Pastor has been leading us in devotions from Isaiah 62.  I have been struck afresh by the language that is used in verse 6, that we are to give God “no rest” until He establishes Jerusalem and makes it a praise in the earth.


 

The Vision (11.21.13): Oh that we may kiss the rod! by Jeff Riddle via stylos

What trials have you undergone or will you undergo in the future?  Will you place God on trial and question his justice, fairness, and goodness?  Or will you kiss the rod and lay your hand on your mouth?


 

Helping those who hate the Lord. via Martin Marprelate

For those outside the U.K. who may be unaware, the Christian Institute is a charitable organization which campaigns for Christian values, lobbies Parliament and gives legal support to Christians who are sufferening harrassment on account of their faith. The Instutute has done many fine things and I, along with my church, have been pleased in the past to support it in various ways.

 

[…] So the Christian Institute is happy to work with the National Secular Society, which is dedicated to the complete marginalization and eventual extinction of Christianity within the UK. One wonders whether this is wise even on a human level. It reminds me of a famous limerick:


 

John Cameron on the differences between the old and new covenants by Sam Renihan via Particular Voices

From John Cameron’s Theses Concerning the Threefold Covenant of God with Man, translated by Samuel Bolton (1645).

John Cameron, Certain Theses, 66, 68


 

adoniram-judson“Not Because He Needs Them” by Evan D. Burns via Gospel Worthy

After his death, Adoniram Judson’s widowed wife, Mrs. Emily C. Judson, wrote some anecdotes and sketches of his piety and missionary devotion.  In this selection, she highlights Judson’s consecrated submission to God’s right to use a minister to his pleasure and his right to end the minister’s labor whenever he saw fit.

Midweek Roundup: What We Didn’t Get Around To Posting So Far This Week

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Pastor Jeff Smith

Our Bapti-Bots discovered a new blog by Pastor Jeffery Smith:

The Honor of God is at Stake by Jeffery Smith via Burning and Shining Light

Can you say and can I say that what matters most to me is not my own advantage or my own reputation or my own security. What matters most to me is the honor of God.

Praying Like Elijah

Notice several characteristics of Elijah’s prayer that we should imitate

First Post On New Blog Site

The inspiration for naming this blog site “burning and shining light” is taken from Jonathan Edwards sermon on John 5:35.


 

What did Peter mean by “the gospel preached also to them that are dead” in 1 Peter 4:6? by Jeff Riddle via stylos

Last Sunday evening during our Lynchburg meeting one of the college students asked me about the meaning of 1 Peter 4:6:  “For for this cause was the gospel preached also to them that are dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit.”  What does Peter mean by the reference to “the gospel” being “preached to the dead”?

Reflections on Text, Canon, and Translation from Carl Amerding’s “The Old Testament and Criticism”

This is a reminder that the issue of text is no longer limited to the NT alone, as the traditional (MT) text of the OT has been challenged by modern translations, with such challenges pioneered by the RSV.  This also explains why the ESV, following in the RSV tradition, so often provides OT translations based on textual emendations from the versions, etc.


 

tom ascol35 lessons from 35 years as a pastor via Tom Ascol Blog

As I recently reflected on the last thirty-five years I wrote down some lessons learned and convictions I’ve come to or continued to hold. Here are thirty-five of them.


 

Be Thankful – Tell Others About What God Has Done ! by Joachim Rieck via A Reformed Baptist in Namibia

Soon after I was converted, I learned about the importance of cultivating a  thankful heart,  by telling others  what the Lord had done for me. This is  otherwise known as  “giving a testimony”.


 

Where to Look in Dark Times by Ken Puls via Founders Ministries: The Blog

There are times when theology can be very practical, times when what we believe and what we preach to ourselves can have a profound impact on our spiritual wellbeing. Nowhere is this more true than when we face times of darkness—suffering, persecution, trials and temptations—times when we are doubting, distressed and unsure how to press on. John Bunyan offers a vivid illustration of this in his allegory The Pilgrim’s Progress.


 

TwitterTube Premiers on the Dividing Line! by James White via Alpha and Omega Ministries

OK, not really, but here’s what happened.  I started off with some brief comments on the incredible section in 2 Corinthians 4:3-6, and then I started to respond to a Twitter conversation I had had this morning with a Muslim.  I invited him to watch on YouTube, and he did.  He started to respond, and so we had a conversation going back and forth, he on Twitter, I responding as he posted comments.  It was quite interesting, and took up most of the rest of the hour.  I did manage to sneak in a few comments on Steven Anderson’s blog post/article about archaic words in the KJV right toward the end of the program.

Audio:

Video:


 

Thralldom in the Modern Church via NCFIC Blog

The leaders of the Catholic Church knew what modern mega- churches understand: if you can enrapture and thrill the people, they will become addicted to your inventions and keep coming back. Like modern evangelicalism, the Roman Church created itself as it went along and whatever worked was practiced, whether it was candles for worship, infant exorcisms at baptism, or complex and costly “programs” (such as pilgrimages).

The Reformers would have nothing of this…


 

America is the Loneliest Country in the World via Scott Brown Online

One of the great blessings of being in the church of the Lord Jesus Christ is that it is a family – a big family – a diverse family of extended brothers and sisters and mothers and fathers and grandfathers and grandmothers.  God is so kind to bring us into a community like that – bigger than we are and bigger than our biological families. It is designed to be a community of love where there are over 50 “one another’s” to shepherd a culture of love and genuineness.  We may live in the loneliest country in the world, but God always gives His people a better country.

Weekend Roundup: Everything Else That We Didn’t Get Around To Posting

Young and Longman on the Genre and Historicity of Esther by Jeff Riddle via stylos

These contrasting conclusions highlight two divergent approaches to the study of the Old Testament, the assimilation of modern historical-critical scholarship, and the affirmation of Biblical authority.  Upon reflection it appears to me that the contrast between Young and Longman is not merely that between a “fundamentalistic” and an “evangelical” approach, but that between a “confessional” and a “non-confessional” approach.

The Vision (11.14.13): Epistles

…a brief letter shared on a Reformed Baptist ministers’ list from a Pastor of a Reformed Baptist Church in the Philippines:

Dear Brethren

 

The church is doing benevolence work for the churches affected by the devastating storm, Haiyan or Yolanday. We already have a team that left for Leyte and will be sending another soon to survey needs. Please check our website sgbc-cebu.com for updates on specific requirements and how you may help.
Thank you, Pastor Jose Francis “Nene” Martinez


 

Threefold Imputation in Salvation by Tom Ascol via Founders Ministries: The Blog

Beyond this common use of the word and concept, the Bible describes three salvific relationships in which imputation operates.

Imputation of Adam's Sin

Sin imputed to Christ

Imputed righteousness

…it is impossible to concede the arguments of those who want to jettison imputation altogether or even remove it from its pride of place in the historic, Protestant understanding of the justification. Both the word and the concept are clearly employed in the biblical explanation of salvation by grace.


 

Join Me in Oakhurst, California, November 15-16 for the Building a God-Centered Family Conference via NCFIC Blog

OAKHURST, CALIFORNIA | NOVEMBER 15TH AND 16TH | CLICK HERE

This intensive weekend seeks to examine Scripture in detail on the doctrines and practices of family life. This in-depth, exegetical examination of the family, will give families a timeless biblical roadmap to calibrate their lives according to Scripture.


 

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Chapter 1 of An Orthodox Catechism, coming soon from RBAP via Reformed Baptist Academic Press

 Q. 1. What is your only comfort in life and death?

A. That both in soul and body (a), whether I live or die (b), I am not my own, but belong wholly unto my most faithful Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (c). By His most precious blood fully satisfying for all my sins (d), He has delivered me from all the power of the devil (e), and so preserves me (f), that without the will of my heavenly Father not so much as a hair may fall from my head (g). Yes, all things must serve for my safety (h) and by His Spirit, also He assures me of everlasting life (i), and makes me ready and prepared (j), that from now on I may live to Him.

(a) 1 Cor. 6:19; 1 Thess. 5:10. (b) Rom. 14:8. (c) 1 Cor. 3:23. (d) 1 Pet. 1:18-19; 1 John 1:7; 2:2. (e) 1 John 3:8; Heb. 2:14-15. (f) John 6:39. (g) Matt. 10:30; Luke 21:18. (h) Rom. 8:28. (i) 2 Cor. 1:12; 5:5; Eph. 1:13-14. (j) Rom. 8:24-25.


 

jobsJobs Wanted by Jim Savastio via Main Things – Reformed Baptist Church

This is not a post about employment, it’s about people. To put it another way, I am talking about capital ‘J’ Jobs. You know, the Job of the bible. If I were to ask you if you wanted to be like Job or if you wanted your church to be full of Jobs you would, no doubt, cringe. What kind of sadist wishes Job’s condition upon another person? We live in a world which is full of suffering and the Bible addresses for us the benefits that come to the body of Christ through suffering (James 1:2ff) These things being so, Job’s reaction to suffering, in it’s initial stages, in it’s full flower, and following the Lord’s self revelation, have much to commend our attention, instruction, and imitation. But I want to focus for a moment upon the description of Job before his suffering.


 

Toward a Covenantal Theology via Feileadh Mor

Over the years I have been blessed by more than a few titles that helped me move toward and define my Baptist covenant theology. In an effort to help others along I decided to create a list of books I consider essential reading on the subject, titles that I own, have read and will continue to re-read for years to come. This is not a definitive list of titles but a list to get you going in the right direction. Some of them I have mentioned before.


 

An Update on the New Camera Project by Rich Pierce via Alpha and Omega Ministries

A little over a month ago I blogged the post below. Well, today I thought that I would give an update on the project. First, I have been re-digitizing every video that I can get my hands on out of storage. Wow, do we have alot of videos, (I hope YouTube can handle it all), but I am feverishly working toward getting all of this footage up on our new YouTube channel. In the meantime the need for the equipment below still continues and we are almost halfway to the goal. If you haven’t read my first post please take a moment and familiarize yourself with the goal…

Here are the cameras that I am wanting to purchase for the ministry and here is the link to the donation page where you can help us get them.


 

large_Adoniram_Judson_-_art“Every Cup Stirred by the Finger of God” by Evan D. Burns via Gospel Worthy

Judson wrote an afflicted fellow-missionary, Mr. Osgood.  His words have the sound of a man who had tasted the bitterness of suffering and has seen the sweetness of heavenly promises.

“The Sacred Deposit in the Hands of the Church”

In a very commanding tone, Adoniram Judson contended that proclaiming the Bible should not be reserved only for oral communication, though proclamation is certainly not less than oral communication.  Proclamation, moreover, essentially involves distribution of the written Word of God.  Judson adamantly scolded those who were indifferent to the universal dissemination of the Bible.  At the ninth annual meeting of the American and Foreign Bible Society, held May 15, 1846, Judson wrote an address, which was read by the president because of Judson’s failing voice, which portrays his deep theology of gospel proclamation and his Word-centered piety.


 

Midweek Roundup: What We Didn’t Get Around To Posting So Far This Week

weddingOf Weddings and Funerals by Tom Chantry

I am perpetually astonished to hear and read pastors repeating the same complaint: “I just hate doing weddings and funerals.”  It is a sentiment I cannot comprehend.  Let me see if I can explain.


 

The Narrow Mind 13.5 via Gene Cook Jr.

Part 2 of interview with Sam Harris and Joe Rogan.


 

andrew fullerThe choice of Moses: “the sweetest of all sweets” by Michael A.G. Haykin via The Andrew Fuller Center

“The society of the people of God, though afflicted, reproached, and persecuted, exceeds all the pleasures of sin while they do last. It is delightful to cast in our lot with them; for the bond of their union is holy love, which is the sweetest of all sweets to a holy mind. If we have once tasted of this, every thing else will become comparatively insipid. How sweet a bond of union is the love of Christ!—How sweet is the fellowship of saints! Even when borne down with reproaches and afflictions, how sweet are the tears of sympathy!” – Andrew Fuller


 

Effective personal evangelism: experience by Jeremy Walker via Reformation21 Blog

As we move toward the end of this series, the marks of effective personal evangelism we have surveyed so far are love,tenacityboldnessconsistencyunderstandingprayer and faith.

The eighth mark of the effective personal evangelist is experience. If we engage in this kind of gospel work, over time we should become more adept at it, humanly speaking. We ought to become more effective.

Your spiritual appetite

When even a well-stocked Lord’s day seems an unconscionable burden to many, I suggest that Baillie’s appetite offers something of a corrective for our easily-satisfied, all-too-easily sated and therefore often-malnourished age. Can we say with Job, “I have treasured the words of his mouth more than my necessary food” (Job 23.12)?


 

I Don’t Believe in Soul Mates by Jeff Johnson via Reformed Baptist Blog

I did not marry my wife because I thought she was my “soul mate.” Rather, I married her because I thought she was godly, friendly, and pretty.

By saying that I do not believe in “soul mates” I do not mean that God does not have every detail of our lives (including whom we will or will not marry) already determined in His eternal council. Because God predestinated every detail of history, God knew in eternity past that I would marry Letha.


 

New World Order Bible Versions! by James White via Alpha and Omega Ministries

Tomorrow on the Dividing Line I am going to address the new trailer for “New World Order Bible Versions.” Take a look at it:

Three Subjects on Today’s Dividing Line

James starts by responding to Andrew Lincoln and then moves to an update on the Ergun Caner scandal. Then replies to Steven Anderson’s new trailer advertising his upcoming documentary.

Audio:

Video:


 

Arthur PinkPink quotes Owen concerning Hebrews 13:5 and the promises of God via Reformedontheweb’s Blog

But if the believer gives way to unbelief, the devil is very apt to tell him, That promise belongs not unto you. You are not the captain of armies, commissioned by God to overthrow the forces of an enemy: the virtue of that promise ceased when Canaan was conquered and died with him to whom it was made. Instead, as Owen pointed out in his comments on Hebrews 13:5…

Weekend Roundup: Everything Else That We Didn’t Get Around To Posting

Dangerous ideas by Jeremy Walker via Reformation21 Blog

I am currently working on a piece for an upcoming conference about public Christianity, and found this helpful statement from Herman Bavinck: “Christians need not hide from their opponents in embarrassed silence; the Christian faith is the only worldview that fits the reality of life.” Whatever your political convictions and affiliations, and whatever Peter Hitchens’ true spiritual allegiance, he is right about this: if Christ Jesus is the Son of God who died and rose again, everything changes. It is the most dangerous idea. The people who ought to be most clear about this, by what we say and how we live, are true believers.


 

How Did Jesus Handle Depression? by Bob Gonzales via It Is Written

A few years ago I preached a sermon on depression, which I’ve posted below. I focus on the underlying factors that give rise to depression, including the species of depression that Jesus experienced. Then I highlight the ways in which Christ responds to his depression, giving us an example to follow when we’re “under the clouds.”


John GillGill on Romans 5:1 by Patrick T. McWilliams via The Sovereign Logos

Therefore being justified by faith
Not that faith is at the first of our justification; for that is a sentence which passed in the mind of God from all eternity, and which passed on Christ, and on all the elect considered in him, when he rose from the dead…


 

New Hampshire Confession of Faith (1833) Recorded by Mark Nenadov via All Things Expounded

I’ve just finished and posted an MP3 recording of the New Hampshire Confession of Faith (1833). You can access it at archive.org

 


 

New Word Magazine (11.6.13): Reaction: Doug Phillip’s Resignation by Jeff Riddle via stylos

I posted a new episode of Word Magazine this morning (11.6.13).  This episode offers a reaction to Doug Phillip’s resignation from Vision Forum Ministries.

The Vision (11.7.13): Christ Above All

Notice first the stress upon one who comes but who does not give full allegiance to Jesus.  Already Jesus is anticipating here a warning against false starters or false professors.


 

Radio Free Geneva: Reviewing Pastor Eric Hankin’s NOBTS Chapel Sermon on Election by James White via Alpha and Omega Ministries

Today on an edition of Radio Free Geneva (which included our newly re-done Radio Free Geneva theme!) I reviewed a sermon by Pastor Eric Hankins preached September 26, 2013 at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary on the subject of election.  In this sermon Hankins basically seeks to reduce the concept of election to merely a call to service after salvation, but he never addresses in a helpful fashion the heart of the matter:  monergism vs. synergism, whether God’s grace saves, or makes man savable, etc.

Here is the audio:

Here is the video:


 

Some Words About Language by Eric Ayala via Covenant Legacy

Language is fluid, not only does each word have a range of meaning (i.e. Trunk: the nose of an elephant, the body of a tree, a chest to store things in etc.) but socially words can also add, subtract and change the meanings from what they were. While this phenomena bothers many people (and I admit it does bother me a bit) it is not a modern issue, but one that has been around since the beginning of language. New terms, concepts and situations can shift words into new uses.


 

Worship of God Media Available Now via NCFIC Blog

Last weekend we held our fifth national conference – The Worship of God. Throughout this weekend, many pastors, elders, and Christian men discussed the regulative principle as it applies to music, modesty, giving, prayer, and many other areas of worship. These messages are now available to purchase on CD, MP3, or DVD.  The DVD set features all nine keynote sessions, along with four breakout sessions, while the CD and MP3 sets contain the keynotes and all breakout sessions for a total of 42 messages.

                                                                     Worship of God CD Set                       Worship of God MP3 Set                     Worship of God DVD Set
(42 Messages)                                               (42 Messages)                                                               (13 Messages)


 

“The Sacred Deposit in the Hands of the Church” by Evan D. Burns via Gospel Worthy

In a very commanding tone, Judson contended that proclaiming the Bible should not be reserved only for oral communication, though proclamation is certainly not less than oral communication.  Proclamation, moreover, essentially involves distribution of the written Word of God.  Judson adamantly scolded those who were indifferent to the universal dissemination of the Bible.  At the ninth annual meeting of the American and Foreign Bible Society, held May 15, 1846, Judson wrote an address, which was read by the president because of Judson’s failing voice, which portrays his deep theology of gospel proclamation and his Word-centered piety.

Midweek Roundup: What We Didn’t Get Around To Posting So Far This Week

andrew-fullerFuller on the Covenant of Works via Feileadh Mor

Random quotes from Andrew Fuller about the covenant of works…


Effective personal evangelism: faith by Jeremy Walker via Reformation21 Blog

The marks of effective personal evangelism we have surveyed so far are lovetenacityboldnessconsistency,understanding and prayer.

The seventh mark of the effective personal evangelist is faith. With prayer is allied faith.

A striking and conclusive proof that the Old Testament promises belong unto present-day saints is found in Hebrews 13:5, where practical use is again made of the same. There Christians are exhorted, “Let your conversation be without covetousness: be content with such things as ye have.” That exhortation is enforced by this gracious consideration: “for He hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” Since the living God be your portion your heart should rejoice in Him, and all anxiety about the supply of your every need be for ever removed. But what we are now more especially concerned with is the promise here cited: “For He hath said, I will never leave thee,” etc. And to whom was that promise first given? Why, to the one who was about to lead Israel into the land of Canaan—as a reference to Joshua 1:5 shows. Thus it was made to a particular person on a special occasion, to a general who was to prosecute a great war under the immediate command of God. Facing that demanding ordeal, Joshua received assurance from God that His presence should ever be with him.

 

Arthur W. Pink The Application of Scriptures-A Study of Dispensationalism


The Narrow Mind 13.4 via The Narrow Mind

Part 1 pf a series in which Gene chimes in on a conversation between Joe Rogan and Sam Harris.


A Response to Richard Lucas’ comments on my Reformed vs. Calvinist “Vision” article by Jeff Riddle via stylos

Note:  A reader named Richard Lucas took exception to my brief assessment of the book Kingdom through Covenant in last week’s Vision article.  I tried to add the following response to the comments, but it exceeded the allotted word count, so I am posting it as an article instead.


Demythologizing Scholarship and Calls on Today’s Dividing Line by James White via Alpha and Omega Ministries

Bored everyone to tears the first part of the program by discussing two books I read yesterday, one by James D.G. Dunn, the other by McGrath, both on pretty much the same area of study.  Tried to speak about the necessity of demythologizing scholarship.  Included a brief clip of what those books “sound” like while riding.  Then we took two good Skype calls, testing our set up (it worked!) and dealing with such topics as presuppositions regarding creation and the JW’s use of Revelation 5:9-10.

Here’s the audio of the program.

And here is the video:


“Of Religious Worship and the Sabbath Day” via NCFIC Blog

In the first keynote of the day, Sam Waldron gave an invaluable exposition of the 22nd Chapter of the Second London Baptist Confession of 1689, explaining the regulative principle of worship and working through some of the issues surrounding it’s application.

Two Kinds of Worship

This evening Scott Brown walked us through an exposition of Isaiah 1:10-20.

Does Music Really Affect Us?

Jeff Pollard’s afternoon message laid a foundation for the two messages he’ll be sharing tomorrow to help us better understand how to think about glorifying God in song.

Day 1: The Worship of God

Scott Brown began The Worship of God Conference tonight with an overview, laying out the important issues we’ll be considering this weekend.
How important is worship? In Psalm 27, David says:

On Halloween Night Around 2,000 People Will be Gathered to Worship God

As my family and staff get nearer and nearer to Halloween night, the contradictions are evident. On Halloween night we will be gathering with approximately 2000 people who have come to The Worship of God Conference in Asheville NC to “behold the beauty of the Lord,” Ps 27:4. We will begin the conference by acknowledging that October 31 marks the day that Martin Luther nailed the 95 Theses on the Wittenburg door, catapulting a reformation that would transform the church, and bring back the true worship of God in churches and families.


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Weekly Roundup: Everything Else That We Didn’t Get Around To Posting

Barcellos_better_than_the_beginning__73910.1369667072.1280.1280Book Review: Better Than the Beginning by Richard Barcellos via Reformed For His Glory

Simply put, this is a rapid journey through redemptive history that shows not only that all things are created for the glory of God, but also, that this glory of God is for the greatest good of the believer (which often gives rise to our brother’s evangelistic words for those who may be reading, yet not believe). Although only those who have been redeemed by the precious blood of our Lord may understand that which Richard puts forth, I share in his fervent desire that any who are yet unredeemed, yet read this book, will be claimed by the Father for the Son, regenerated by His Spirit, and given that eternal life that is a blessing in this age, and the age to come.


 

Church History Module in Bogotá by Pastors Guillermo Gómez and Jorge Castañeda via RBS News

We would like to thank God for the completion of another theological module in Bogotá, Colombia as part of RBS’s Marrow of Theology program. This fall Pastor Guillermo Gómez of lectured on the history of the church. We’re happy to report that the Lord supplied the needed grace to Pastor Gómez and used the lectures to give the students a better grasp on Christ’s activity in building his church. It was truly a time of instruction and praise for God’s faithfulness to his people through the ages.


 

Two Quick Thoughts About Strange Fire by Tom Chantry

Here’s an irony for you:

The main argument of the Strange Fire Conference appears to have been that any Charismatic belief engenders a lack of discernment, enabling the worst sort of Charismatic excess.  That’s it.  Pretty simple statement, right?


 

Judson on the Written Word (part 1) by Evan D. Burns via Gospel Worthy

At the ninth annual meeting of the American and Foreign Bible Society, held May 15, 1846, Judson wrote an address, which was read by the president because of Judson’s failing voice.  It reveals his deep spirituality of proclaiming the gospel and of his Word-centered piety.

Judson on the Written Word (part 2)

Continuing from the previous post, Judson argued for the preeminence of proclaiming the written Word in missions.  Here is the rest of his sermon text…


 

Today on the Dividing Line: Steven Anderson, Strange Fire, David Allen, and More by James White via Alpha and Omega Ministries

Covered a lot today, with a brief recounting of my interview with KJV Only advocate Steven Anderson, and then a longer series of comments based upon my listening to three of the presentations from the Strange Fire Conference on my ride this morning.  Then we took calls, including one from Rory on the presentation of David Allen from Southwestern against the Reformed understanding of the atonement, specifically in regards to his attempt to make 1 Corinthians 15 a verbatim presentation by Paul to the Corinthians rather than (as the vast majority of scholars see it) a summary of the apostolic kerygma.

Here’s the audio of the program.

 

Here’s the video:

Response to Dr. Ally, Part III

Before flying to Vancouver over the weekend I began responding to an article posted by Dr. Shabir Ally relating to the substance of our debate at the University of Pretoria in South Africa, which took place on Tuesday, October 8th.  I had come to the fourth point in Dr. Ally’s presentation…

Response to Dr. Shabir Ally, Part IV (Conclusion)

 hurry to finish my response to the article published by Dr. Shabir Ally shortly after our debate at the University of Pretoria in South Africa in early October.  This is the fourth, and thankfully, final portion of my response.  Dr. Ally continued…


 

Effective personal evangelism: prayer by Jeremy Walker via Reformation21 Blog

The marks of effective personal evangelism we have surveyed so far are lovetenacityboldnessconsistency andunderstanding.

The sixth mark of the effective personal evangelist is prayer.

The Christian traveller

So, the next time you face a journey by plane, train or automobile (other modes of transport are available) and anticipate a prolonged period in close company with your fellow mortals, perhaps it would be worth asking yourself whether or not your demeanour, disposition and deeds will leave those with whom you have come into contact with a savour of Christ. We should cultivate a personal identity so rooted in him and a spiritual affiliation so governed by him that, if people know his name, there might at least be some sense in which they might take notice of us, that we have been with Jesus.


 

G3 Seminary Scholarship via The G3 Conference

We are happy to announce that the G3 Conference will be building a scholarship to be awarded at the 2014 G3 Conference in January.  We are also delighted to work with The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary as the school of choice for the 2014 scholarship fund.  This scholarship will be built through the generous donations of donors along with conference attendees on campus during the G3 – January 23-25 of 2014.


 

AriusDid Arianism Help the Church? by Nick Kennicott via The Decablog

One of the greatest theological disputes of the early 4th Century church revolved around the question of Christ’s divinity as it related to his humanity and suffering. Arius was the voice being opposed, and was confronted under the leadership of Alexander of Alexandria. Alexander led the initial charge against Arius who, along with his companions, was eventually condemned as a heretic by the synod of Alexandria. However, while arguing for orthodox Christology largely after the death of Arius, Athanasius is most often credited with the refutation of Arius’ claims. The charges of heresy against Arius were a serious matter, but they positively served the church in the establishment of a biblical Christology and a well defined trinitarianism.


 

Two major issues with baptism: subject and mode by Jeff Riddle via stylos

When it comes to the issue of the sacrament or ordinance of baptism there are two major questions:  (1)  Who are the proper subjects of baptism?  Should only professing believers be baptized or should we also baptize the infants of believers?  (2) How should we perform the baptism?  This is the question of mode.  Should we pour water upon, sprinkle water upon, or immerse the person in water?

I got an email this week from a friend who has been reading and listening to some of my material on text criticism.  He wrote with several questions.  I have reproduced his note and questions below (in italics) along with my responses.

Weekly Roundup: Everything Else That We Didn’t Get Around To Posting

martin-lutherMartin Luther as a Theologian by Bob Gonzales via It Is Written

The great Protestant Reformer Martin Luther is known primarily as an exegete and a preacher. He never produced a systematic theology like Aquinas’ Summa or Calvin’sInstitutes. Nevertheless, Luther made important contributions to systematic theology. In the two lectures below, Pastor Mark Sarver, a professor of historical theology for Reformed Baptist Seminary, highlights some of the prominent characteristics of Luther’s theology, which he classifies as biblical, doxological, existential, and dialectical. These lectures serve as part of the curriculum for our historical theology course entitled “Reformation Church.” Enjoy!


 

Does “All” Ever Mean “All” in Scripture? by Tom Hicks via Founders Ministries: The Blog

“All means all and that’s all all means.” …is Hankins’ statement true? Does the Greek word “pas” (each, every, any, all, the whole, etc.) ever mean “all” categorically and apart from any limitation? There are over 1,200 occurrences of the word “pas;” so, it’s not practical to list them all here, but an examination of a concordance will show that the term “all” is almost always limited to some category. The meaning of “all” in Scripture is always determined by the context, and rarely, if ever, means “all without any kind of limitation.”


 

Church and Multiculturalism in Namibia by Joachim Rieck via A Reformed Baptist in Namibia

Since its very  inception  in 1985, Eastside Baptist Church  has embraced the principle  of  being a multi- cultural congregation. In the 1980’s  that was  difficult   to implement,   for   we  then lived under the rule of apartheid. We  lived in culturally segregated areas and  this made it  difficult  for cultures to cross the physical and mental boundaries  that had been created by the government of  the day.  However even in those days  our first pastor, Charles Whitson  made it clear that we were to be an culturally inclusive  congregation.


Effective personal evangelism: understanding by Jeremy Walker via Reformation21 Blog

To date, we have looked briefly at lovetenacityboldness and consistency as particular features of the effective personal evangelist.

The fifth mark of the effective personal evangelist is understanding.


 

Worship of God Livestream via NCFIC Blog

We’re only one week away from this year’s national conference, The Worship of God. If you are unable to join us in person, you still have the opportunity to tune in live online. We are encouraging people to host viewing parties, if you are interested in doing this, please send an email to info@ncfic.org. Viewing locations will be posted online so that Christian families can come together and listen to the messages as a group.

Click here to sign up for the livestream as a family or group, before the cofnerence begins you will be given a link to the stream.


What Is Your Church’s Front Door? Why Sunday Morning Shouldn’t Be via Reforming Baptist

What is the front door to your church? No, I don’t mean the front door to the building you meet in, but what is the primary way people find out about your church and get introduced to it?


You Lift Me Up: Overcoming Ministry Challenges via Reformed Baptist Fellowship

Book Review