Andrew Fuller Lively Hope and Interaction with Socinianism

Two post on Andrew Fuller from the week:

  1. Fuller’s “Lively Hope” by Evan D. Burns via The Andrew Fuller Center

    In a circular letter, entitled, “The Excellency and Utility of the Grace of Hope,” Andrew Fuller reasoned from Scripture to show that hope in eternal rest and reward energizes the minister today to be active in the Lord’s service.

  2. Andrew Fuller Encounters Non-Calvinism: Again [11 min. readout] by Tom Nettles via Founders Ministries Blog

    Andrew Fuller, among his several encounters with non-Calvinism, gave a closely reasoned inspection of Socinianism as the last stop along the way from Calvinism to thoroughgoing infidelity—an expression of moralistic religion with no dependence on supernatural revelation and confidence in human virtue to the exclusion of redemptive intervention.

A Non-Calvinist Challenges a Calvinist: Andrew Fuller’s Defense of Calvinism – Tom Nettles

Andrew FullerOver at the Founders Ministries blog Tom Nettles wrote a blog entitled, “A Non-Calvinist Challenges a Calvinist: Andrew Fuller’s Defense of Calvinism”. It begins:

In light of the healthy interest in the Southern Baptist convention on the theology and effects of Calvinism, I believe it will be helpful to investigate the historical impact these doctrines have had and the particular objections that have been raised against them. In my most recent post, I looked at the origin of tension on this issue by comparing some pivotal doctrinal ideas of the Particular and General Baptists. Andrew Fuller (1754-1815) was a key thinker among the Particular Baptists. He gave a brilliant theological rationale for the beginning of the modern missions movement, rallied Baptists and evangelicals in England and America for the support of the missionary society, and propagated a robust doctrinal orthodoxy through his polemical, apologetic, and theological writings. All the while he also served as the pastor of a local congregation and preached expositionally week by week.


Among his theological and polemical writing were defenses of Calvinism in at least four major venues. In two writings he replied to the objections of Dan Taylor (1783-1813), the leading light among the English New Connection General Baptists; in one writing he defended the Calvinist understanding of regeneration against the Sandemanian objections, and in one he compared the moral tendency of the Calvinist and Socinian systems to each other.

Read the rest or listen to seven minute readout.

Sep. 27-28, 2013 Andrew Fuller & His Controversies Conference: The Andrew Fuller Center for Baptist Studies 7th Annual Conference

andrew fuller and his controversies conference


Andrew Fuller & His Controversies

Theological controversy is a perennial feature of the life of God’s people in this world. At such times, the church is best served by doughty and winsome champions of the truth. Such a man was Andrew Fuller, who, though he engaged heartily with numerous theological issues of his day, never lost his love for those whom he opposed and defended the truth with winsomeness. Our conference this year explores the various challenges to biblical Christianity that Fuller tackled with the goal that we might be better equipped to serve God in our generation. Come and join us then as we listen to and learn from a great theological apologist.

Dr. Michael A. G. Haykin
Director, Andrew Fuller Center for Baptist Studies

Registration is now open. More details here.



Andrew Fuller Conference Schedule (September 27-28, 2013; Louisville, KY):

Friday, September 27

8:30 am  Plenary session 1: Hyper-Calvinism (Paul Helm)

10:00 am Plenary session 2: Antinomianism (Mark Jones)

11:30 am Plenary session 3: Arminianism (Chris Holmes)

1:00 pm Lunch

Parallel Sessions 3:00 pm–4:30 pm

Session A (Chair: Dustin Benge)

  1. “Andrew Fuller Controversy with Abraham Booth over Figurative Imputation” (Chris Chun)
  2. Controversy with John Martin (Dustin Bruce)

Session B (Chair: Steve Weaver)

  1. “When Toleration becomes Persecution: Andrew Fuller and the Defense of Missions” (Paul Brewster)
  2. “William Vidler & Andrew Fuller: Correspondence, Conviction, and Controversy” (Roger Duke)

Session C (Chair: Cody McNutt)

  1. “Andrew Fuller and the Dublin Controversy (1804-1805)” (Michael A.G. Haykin)
  2. “Andrew Fuller’s Critique of Robert Robinson of Cambridge (1735-1790)” (Jeongmo Yoo)

7:30 pm Plenary Session 4: Socinianism (Tom Nettles)

Late night dessert fellowship

Saturday, September 28

8:30 am  Plenary session 5: Post-millennial eschatology (Crawford Gribben)

10:00 am Plenary session 6: Deism (Ryan West)

11:30 am Lunch

1:15 pm Plenary session 7: The communion question (Ian Clary)

2:30 pm Plenary Session 8: Sandemanianism (Nathan Finn)

3:30 pm A concluding word (Michael A.G. Haykin)

Tom Nettles’ 2012 Founders Breakfast Audio

Today is the 2013 Founder’s Breakfast. For those who can’t be there and have to wait for the audio to come out here is the 2012 audio to whet your appetite:

Dr. Tom Nettles spoke at the 2012 Founders Breakfast in New Orleans before the opening session of the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention. In his talk, he analyzes the history of the SBC in a chiastic structure and then looks at the contemporary scene in light of this analysis. I highly recommend that you listen to it.


You may download the audio file or listen to it here, free of charge. More resources from Dr. Nettles, including his latest book, Whomever He Wills, edited with Matthew Barrett are available from the Founders website.

“The Southern Baptist Convention: Retrospect and Prospect”

[source: Founders Blog]

Samuel Pearce’s Piety: Summary & Blog Series by Evan Burns + More From Nettles & Haykin

After a 3-part blog series on the life of Samuel Pearce, Evan Burns at Gospel Worthy wrote the following summary:

PEARCE, Samuel

(1766-1799), was born on July 20, 1766, in Plymouth.  His father, William Pearce (d. 1805) was a silversmith and a deacon of the Baptist church in Plymouth.  In 1792, the Spirit of God regenerated Pearce’s heart under the preaching of Isaiah Birt (1758-1837).  A year later, he was baptized on his seventeenth birthday (July 20, 1783), and he became a member of the congregation in Plymouth.

At nineteen years old, Pearce received a call from his church to pursue ministry of the Word, and he studied at Bristol Baptist Academy from August, 1786 to May 1789.  He quietly consecrated himself to faithfully study and prepare for the ministry.  His piety was described as “serious, industrious, docile, modest, and unassuming” (Works, III, 370).  Redemption themes were the roots of his zealous spirituality.  “Christ crucified was his darling theme, from first to last” (Works, III, 431).  He was clearly heavenly-minded, and he saw every experience as a window of the soul through which he would look for foreshadows of heaven.  Pearce’s friendships were built around a “kindred piety” (Works, III, 372).

While ministering at Cannon Street Baptist Church in Birmingham (1789-1799) Pearce burned with affection for God. “The governing principle in Mr. Pearce, beyond all doubt, was holy love” (Works, III, 429).  His hunger for God was commonly expressed in such sentiments: “I want more heart religion; I want a more habitual sense of the Divine presence; I want to walk with God as Enoch walked” (Works, III, 372).  His heart was enflamed with missionary zeal because of the beauty he beheld in the cross.  Pearce was most enthralled with God when he was most active for God.  Having been disallowed by the Baptist Missionary Society to serve as a missionary in India, his piety revealed a “singular submissiveness to the will of God” (Works, III, 392) as he contentedly stayed home to preach and promote the mission.  He encouraged a joyful embrace, not a glum acquiescence, of God’s mysterious providence.  The sovereignty of God was not merely a soteriological doctrine; it was the kindling of his piety.

Pearce died an early death, and being impressed with this young man’s unabated holy affections for God, Andrew Fuller wrote his memoirs.  “Like Elijah, he has left the ‘chariot of Israel,’ and ascended as in a ‘chariot of fire;’ but not without having first communicated of his eminently Christian spirit.  Oh that a double portion of it may rest upon us” (Works, III, 368).

For Further Reading:  Andrew Fuller, Memoirs of the Rev. Samuel Pearce (Works, III, 368–446).

(Above suggested reading can be downloaded via a FREE e-book here or here. Can also be purchased from Amazon here or here.)
Here is the blog series:

The Joy Of Confessing Original Sin

Tom J. Nettles writes:

“I recently returned from giving a series of lectures on the New Hampshire Confession of Faith. The exercise was stimulating (at least to me) and gave a real sense of privilege and gratitude for blessing. In particular, I mean the blessing of joining with the saints of decades and centuries gone by in confessing truths that have been revealed by God—redemptive truths that bear within them the matter for endless praise. We get to state and meditate on what Paul called ‘the mystery hidden for ages in God who created all things’ (Ephesians 3:9).”

Read the rest here.