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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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All Israel, Part 1 – Preface

A biblical examination of some commonly held views of the present and future state of Israel, taken from Romans 11:26

All my life I have consciously entertained a generally positive opinion about Jews as people. This is due in part I think, because I, like most people in America, have been brought up to think that Jewish people occupy a special place in world history. The Jews were the ancient people of Israel spoken of in the Bible. I knew this even as an unbeliever in my youth. So I imagine that it was through cultural conditioning, that I was made to think that Jews were supposed to be God’s special people. Clearly, Old Testament history is largely taken up with these people who are called Jews. Everyone knows that Jesus of Nazareth, the founder of the Christian faith was a Jew too. I have also, always been aware that Jews have historically been persecuted as a group, and this evoked in me a desire to look favorably upon them as a sort of underdog class of people. I hope no one will take that statement to be patronizing of me. Continue reading

Public Worship is a Sacred and Solemn Assembly

Preface

A friend of mine and I were talking about a church he is reluctantly attending. It’s the same old story. He was a member of the only Reformed church in the area in which he lives. This church was once vibrant but has since declined due to prolonged ministerial neglect and misconduct on the part of the minister and the people. It is something that is rampant in this area as well as throughout America today. After enough time had elapsed in this condition some of the more spiritually minded folk tried to do something about this, all to no avail. And of course, there was the usual fiasco that attends such a situation as this, when someone tries to wake the spiritually sleeping from their slumber. Continue reading

Apostasy, Part 4 – The all Pervasive Nature of Apostasy in the World

II-The all Pervasive Nature of Apostasy in the World

After considering the problem of doctrinal apostasy as it was encountered in the New Testament church, it is now our task to consider it from a much broader perspective, so that the vastness of the subject can be better appreciated. The purpose now intended in doing this is to view apostasy from God as it relates to man, history and society in general. Apostasy is clearly a theological concept, and not one that is just secular in origin, even though it may be used on occasion by people as nothing more than purely a literary device. We refer once again to Charles Buck who provides a good outline for this subject in his book. “Apostacy may be farther considered as, 1. Original, in which we have all participated, Rom. iii. 23;–2. National, when a kingdom relinquishes the profession of Christianity;–3. Personal, when an individual backslides from God, Heb. x. 38;–4. Final, when men are given up to the judicial hardness of heart, as Judas.” (A Theological Dictionary-Buck, Woodward Edition 1825). Continue reading