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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

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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

Christ Came From the House of David

Introduction

Another Christmas season is here in America and the focus of it is already the same as usual. Black Friday touched the season off with its Christmas bargains and the throngs of wild-eyed shoppers that lined up to get them. We are told on the news that this is a good thing for the economy, for the stores look to this season to make the bulk of their yearly sales in it. Whether they manage to do this or not has nothing to do with the reason for Christmas. Christmas is supposed to be a time of remembrance of the birthday of the most important person in history ever to be born, Jesus of Nazareth. How the gift of a Savior to the world from the God who made it turned into a season filled with crass materialism, I’ll never know. Wasn’t Christmas supposed to be a religious holiday, or so we have been told for generations? Continue reading

The Regulative Principle

Introduction

The worship that is practiced in most of the modern church today does not even remotely resemble that which was known in the early church. An examination of the early church reveals a simplicity in worship and in church order in general that is completely unheard of in this present day and time. The worship that characterized the early church was simple in its design because it was first and foremost biblical, by direction of the inspired apostles. Simplicity is the chief characteristic of everything set forth by God in the New Testament concerning its form of religion. This is in sharp contrast to the Old Testament form of religion that God set forth for the nation of Israel. In that economy a much more elaborate scheme of rituals and regulations made up its identity as a religion. That public expression of God’s congregation and kingdom had its specific purpose in the will of God that supported the elaborate nature of it. Continue reading