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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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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

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

 The 2013 Bolton Conference

The Bolton Conference has come and gone once again. This year’s conference themes were entitled ‘The Christian’s Confession and Living as Christ’s Church.’ As usual, it was a wonderful time of teaching, preaching, praise and fellowship with the many believers who attended. I have to say, the messages this year were especially helpful in terms of what they were intended to address. Continue reading