A Baptist Confession: The Role of Civil Government

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Historically, American Calvinistic Baptists have been fairly unified on their understanding of the role of civil government. They expressed their views in various confessions but the the Second London Baptist Confession was their mother confession. In Chapter 24, Of the Civil Magistrate, it provides the historic Calvinistic Baptist understanding of the role of civil government. It reads: CHAPTER 24; OF…



The Regulative Principle – A Baptist Doctrine

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God is being worshiped in new and inventive ways in Baptist churches these days. Years ago, one massive Baptist church installed a baptismal pool in the shape of a fire truck complete with red paint and lights, though it has since been removed. The baptistery was specifically designed for baptizing children who made a profession…



Seasoning the Heart for Prayer

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Prayer is an ever-accessible privilege and duty. We can always come before God in any place and in any circumstance. God has invited us to His “throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need” and we should “with confidence draw near” (Hebrews 4:16). But how much…



Founders-friendly lists

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Stan Reeves has overseen the Founders website from the beginning. Along with making sure that it is populated with a wealth of solid material Stan has maintained lists that enable individuals to connect with each other and with churches in their locale. Those lists are being updated and we need your help. If you are…



He Sends None a Warfare Upon Their Own Charges

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The dark waters of the Irish Sea rose to meet the River Bladnoch. The incoming tide moved closer to two lonely figures tied to stakes. What had Margaret McLachlan, in her late sixties, and Margaret Wilson, only eighteen, done to deserve such agonizing deaths? They refused to acknowledge the King’s religion and abjure their brothers…



Avoid Legalism: Emphasize the Law

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Many of today’s young evangelicals have happily thrown off the legalistic fundamentalism of their childhood. They’ve come to a greater understanding of God’s abundant grace, and the gospel has liberated them from slavery to guilt and fear. That’s a very good thing. But I submit that recovering the gospel alone isn’t enough to keep legalism…



Partial Recoveries Encourage Relapses

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I have tried to establish a narrative illustrating the factors that have altered American evangelicalism in the last two centuries and the way in which Baptists in the South experienced the change. The purpose of this series has been to give an interpretive background to the differences of doctrinal perception presently experienced between Calvinists and…



Benjamin Keach’s Covenant Theology and Justification

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Benjamin Keach (1640-1704), one of our early English Baptist forefathers, taught that the doctrine of justification was inextricably bound up with the biblical doctrine of the covenants, and especially with the covenant of grace. According to Austin Walker, “The covenant of grace assumed a central place in Keach’s thinking, so much so that it is…