What makes a “Reformed” Baptist Church distinct from a Calvinistic Evangelical Church? Jeff Riddle Answers

capitol reformed baptist churchJeff Riddle:

In recent years Calvinism has become cool again in many evangelical circles.  Popular evangelical preachers and authors like John Piper and John MacArthur have fueled interest in “the doctrines of grace” or “five point Calvinism.”  Many mainstream evangelical churches now claim to some degree or another to be “Reformed” or to promote “Reformed” theology.  I cannot help but think, however, that there is often no small degree of what might be called false advertising in that claim.  I say this knowing that many of my Reformed Presbyterian friends might well say the same thing about “Reformed” Baptists altogether, since we do not embrace some things that they hold as essential to the Reformed faith, like infant baptism or highly structured connectionalism among churches.  That might be a good topic for a future essay. For now, however, allow me to suggest five ways in which a “Reformed” Baptist Church will differ from an evangelical church which, for the moment at least, has embraced some measure of a Calvinistic view of salvation.

 

A Reformed Baptist Church will be:
1.  Confessional…
2.  Covenantal…
3.  Cessationist…
4.  Regulative in Worship…
5.  Sabbath-keeping…

Read the explanation of each of these points plus more or listen [5 min.]

Update: Nov. 8, 2013 – Read in Spanish: ¿Qué hace a una iglesia bautista “reformada”, distinta de una iglesia evangélica calvinista?

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