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Seventeenth Century Congregationalism – An Introduction

Preface

This paper is the product of a personal interest in the origins and principles of Reformed Congregationalism. It is a subject which has engaged my attention since I first obtained a newly reprinted copy of the Cambridge Platform, back in 1995.[1] It is part of the story of my development as a Christian over the years, since first believing in my Savior in the beginning of 1986. As Providence had it, I was led to associate with Baptistic churches. However, in my second year as a Christian, I was blessed to be led into a deeper understanding of salvation, from a Calvinistic and Reformed perspective. This led eventually to my association with the Reformed Baptist church. The mid nineties were a time that was especially developmental for me as a Reformed Christian. As I studied the 1689 London Baptist Confession, and the Scriptural foundation for it, I became a committed Congregationalist. This might be surprising for some people to hear. This is owing to the fact that modern day Reformed Baptists customarily denounce Congregationalism. They are in fact, very much like their cousins the Fundamentalists. That is to say, they are run by extreme authoritarians. Continue reading

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Romans – An Exposition of Chapter 1, Verse 1

Verse 1 – Paul, a bondservant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated to the gospel of God Continue reading

Romans, I. Paul’s Introduction, 1:1-17

I. Paul’s Introduction, 1:1-17

A. Paul greets the Roman church, 1:1-7

Paul introduces us to his book by first introducing us to himself in its opening verse. Although never having had the opportunity to meet these saints formally in their church, yet, Paul was known publically as the apostle of Jesus Christ. Paul was also known by those Roman believers who came to minister to him in prison. But Paul greets the Roman church not only as an apostle but as a believer too. In Paul’s greeting it is clear that his aim was to put forth the great doctrines of the faith to the believers in the Roman church. This is evident in his statement concerning the promises of Scripture; concerning the deity of God’s Son; concerning the Lordship of Jesus Christ; concerning the power of God; concerning the Holy Spirit; concerning the resurrection, and other things that pertain to the obedience of the Christian faith. Continue reading

Who Chooses Elders?

A Critique of Contemporary Practice in the Modern Reformed Baptist Church

Preface

The occasion which led me to write this paper was one in which I had some personal involvement. It arose from of a situation within a particular Reformed Baptist church I was in association with. However, I was not a member of this particular church. The reason why this was so may be ascertained by reading a previous paper I wrote entitled Reformed Baptist ideas of Authority. What I want to do now is to speak on one particular issue touched on in the previous essay. This and other issues are a huge factor in my decision to dissociate myself from not only that local church, but with Reformed Baptists in general. The subject of this essay is entitled Who Chooses Elders? It seeks to expose what I see as a fundamental problem within the Reformed Baptist church in the area of its polity. I have in the past been a member in two other Reformed Baptist churches, so I can speak with some authority on this problem as I have witnessed it from my own personal experience. What I have seen in these churches is a certain kind of disfunctionality due to a completely unbiblical approach to its church order. Continue reading