The Power and Impact of Confessions of Faith

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This week I have been at the Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary lecturing to a group of PhD students. They gather the week before the beginning of the regular semester for a week-long session of seminars and at noon have a plenary session. I have delivered those lectures on the subject “The Art of Pastoral…



Andrew Fuller on Perseverance (Part 2 of 2)

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  (This is part 2 of a 2 part series on Andrew Fuller’s doctrine of perseverance.  Go here for part 1.) We quoted Fuller’s concise affirmation of Perseverance beginning our last entry on this issue. He wrote, “I believe all those who are effectually called of God never fall away so as to perish everlastingly;…



Andrew Fuller on Perseverance (Part 1 of 2)

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(This is part 1 of a 2 part series on Andrew Fuller’s doctrine of perseverance.  Go here for part 2.) The “Confession of Faith” presented by Andrew Fuller at his installation as pastor at Kettering affirmed in article XIV, “I believe all those who are effectually called of God never fall away so as to…



Charles Finney: Sharing a Context

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I will propose in the next couple of posts that Charles Finney set in motion ideas and methods that greatly altered the American evangelical understanding of Christian experience and truth. Before I launch into that, however, I want to point to several assumptions that Finney shared with those who initially opposed him. First, in times of declension revival…



The New Hampshire Confession: Warm Evangelical Calvinism

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  In carrying forth this analysis of the movement in American Christianity toward what Ross Douthat has termed “Bad Religion,” I am seeking to particularize this development in Baptist life. Several lines of thought began to challenge the evangelical Calvinist consensus among Baptists. American Baptist Unity Among American Baptists, a high degree of unity had…



Two Roads Diverged in a Yellow Wood: Edwardsean Calvinism vs. New Revival Theology

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The indebtedness of Baptists, from a human standpoint, to the Judsons is incalculable. Because of their conversion to Baptist views, along with Luther Rice, two hundred years ago the General Missionary Convention was formed. Specifically for the purpose of combining the energies of the whole Baptist denomination for carrying the gospel to peoples that had…



Fuller and the Atonement (Part 4): Limited Atonement and Free Offer

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Editorial note: This is the seventh post in a series on Andrew Fuller’s theology.  Here is the series so far: Fuller the Non-Calvinist? (Part 1), Fullerite: Doctrine of Inability (Part 2), Fuller and Irresistible Grace (Part 3), Fuller and the Atonement – 1/4 (Part 4), Fuller and the Atonement – 2/4 (Part 5), Fuller and the Atonement – 3/4 (Part 6), and Fuller and the Atonement…



Fuller and the Atonement (Part 3): Until You Have Paid the Last Penney

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Editorial note: This is the sixth post in a series on Andrew Fuller’s theology.  Here is the series so far: Fuller the Non-Calvinist? (Part 1), Fullerite: Doctrine of Inability (Part 2), Fuller and Irresistible Grace (Part 3), Fuller and the Atonement – 1/4 (Part 4), Fuller and the Atonement – 2/4 (Part 5), Fuller and the Atonement – 3/4 (Part 6), and Fuller and the Atonement 4/4 (Part 7)….



Andrew Fuller and David Allen (Part 2)

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Here’s “Andrew Fuller and David Allen (Part 1).” A Renewed Commercialism In a recent post, David Allen claimed, “What Haykin has missed is that Fuller is saying that the free offer of the gospel is grounded in the fact that Christ died for the sins of all people, not just the elect. This is further…



Andrew Fuller and David Allen (Part 1)

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 The Reason for Such a Long Discussion In a recent blog post, David Allen argued for a second shift in Andrew Fuller’s view of the atonement. Allen never denied Fuller’s continued proposition that the intent of Christ’s death was for the elect only establishing the ground for a particular redemption. Fuller, according to Allen, rejected,…