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Reformed Baptist Ideas of Authority

A critical examination of the Reformed Baptist Ministry

Preface

I have purposed here to write a critique of the Reformed Baptist ministry; this is done out of the conviction that it is a most necessary thing to do. Having been a Christian for thirty years, I have been exposed to a great many things in the Christian church that deserve criticism. But there are few things that strike me as worthy of it more than the ideas men hold on authority in the Reformed Baptist ministry. Fifteen years of my time as a Christian in the American church has been spent in association with the Reformed Baptist church. Therefore, I feel compelled, as well as especially qualified to write on some of the issues I have personally witnessed firsthand. Since I had been a part of this particular church identity for a considerable period of time, I have formed my own personal perspective on what constitutes its idea of authority. I am referring to Elder authority in particular, as this is a major theme as well as source of controversy in these churches. I have ruminated long and hard upon the subject before coming to the point that I would write about it. Also, I have studied the issues surrounding this matter from church history as part of the formation of my present thinking. Continue reading

All Israel, Part 10 – Concluding Remarks on Contemporary Thought

IX-Concluding Remarks on Contemporary Thought

This book has been concerned with the task of presenting a proper understanding of Paul’s words in Romans chapter eleven, over and against many false ones. It is revealed there is a serious problem within the Christian church today on its understanding on the subject of Israel. While everyone is entitled to have their own opinion of matters not directly stated in the Bible, this is not one of them. We live in a day in which Christian orthodoxy has been twisted in every direction. There are admittedly, numerous reasons for why this has happened. We cannot blame all the church’s doctrinal woes on a misunderstanding of this one (Rom. 11:25-27), or any other single text of Scripture. No doctrine is developed or destroyed from the interpretation of a single text of Scripture, at least that should not be the case. Certainly, we have not tried to do this ourselves. Nevertheless, there are a vast number of issues surrounding it in Scripture. It is clear from this that a proper concern regarding it is justified. 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