A Response to Mark Jones’ post: A Plea for Realism

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Mark Jones recently wrote an article about whether Baptist ecclesiology acknowledges Presbyterians as “Christians” to which Michael Haykin responded. Jones then wrote a reply to Haykin today. I’d like to weigh in briefly on this discussion. Let me say at the outset that I consider Mark Jones a dear brother in Christ and co-laborer in gospel….



2nd London Confession and Moral Law

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By the end of the 1670’s, both General and Particular Baptists began to reach the pinnacle of clarity regarding their beliefs about the Moral Law of God and its perpetuity.[1] The Particular Baptists, in the wake of much persecution, decided to “show their agreement with Presbyterians and Congregationalists by making the Westminster Confession the basis…



When Do You Leave a Church?

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It is the conversation with church members every pastor dreads but inevitably comes to every man who has shepherded a local flock: “Pastor, we need to meet with you and discuss our future at the church. We have been praying about transferring our membership to another church.” Naturally, you ask the inevitable question, “Why?” The…



John Rooker and God’s Sovereign Purpose

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Recently I read this item in the 1806 Circular Letter of the Philadelphia Association on Christian Missions: “The Charleston Baptist Association of South Carolina, at their last session, received favorable accounts from their missionary, Brother John Rooker, relative to his ministration among the Catawba Indians. They have engaged him to continue with them, and are…



What about Justification?

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1. Today’s Confusion on Justification Some of today’s theologians who claim the Reformed tradition think the traditional doctrine of justification needs modification. N.T. Wright says, “Paul has . . . spoken in Romans 2 about the final justification of God’s people on the basis of their whole life” (Paul in Fresh Perspective, 121). Dan Fuller says,…



Does church membership matter?

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One of the most frequent questions that I get from professing Christians is, “Why do I have to be a member of a church?” Over the course of the years the character of that question has increasingly shifted from honest inquiry to incredulous accusation. In fact I am no longer surprised when believers get angry at…



Guest Post: Perilous Times, Dead Baptists, and the Church

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[The following is a guest post from Aaron Menikoff. Aaron serves as Senior Pastor of Mount Vernon Baptist Church in Sandy Springs, Georgia. He will be speaking at the upcoming National Founders Conference in Charleston, SC in October] As I write these words, news outlets are buzzing over the beheading of the American journalist Steven…



Healthy Christianity is Confessional

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Faith precedes practice. Creed governs deed. What you believe controls what you do. This is true even though at times a person’s actions may be contrary to his confession and it is the very fact that he professes a standard that enables his actions to be judged in harmony with or contrary to his beliefs….

 

Whatever happened to the Law and the Gospel?

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When one looks at the New Testament teachings of Jesus and the writings of the Apostles, one would think that a confession of faith ought to have some explanation of the law of God as well as the gospel of Christ. You cannot read the Sermon on the Mount, Romans, Galatians, James, or 1 John…