Hanserd Knollys on Independent Church Polity


In A Moderate Answer to Dr. Bastwick’s Book, called Independence is not God’s Ordinance. Knollys, a congregationalist, writes: Passing by many things less considerable, because I intend brevity, in the seventeenth page of the Doctor’s book, “There is a twofold question between them called Presbyterians and their brethren who are termed Independents; the first is, … Continue reading Hanserd Knollys on Independent Church Polity

Hanserd Knollys, Henry Danvers, and Jerome On Paedobapstism


The seventeenth century debate concerning the ordinance of baptism was not as simple as one might expect. The debate consisted of historical, hermeneutical, and methodological considerations. Perhaps the best way to picture such a controversy is in a series of ever-shrinking circles, the smaller inside the larger. Discussion may have began at the broadest circle, … Continue reading Hanserd Knollys, Henry Danvers, and Jerome On Paedobapstism

The Anabaptist Connection (?)


Since the seventeenth century, Particular Baptists have been referred to often as ‘Anabaptists’. In fact, to this very day, the same charge can be found swirling around Facebook discussions from our paedobaptist brethren to fellow Reformed Baptists. Is there any truth to this identification? If not, to what extent are the early Particular Baptists and, … Continue reading The Anabaptist Connection (?)

What Is The Old Covenant?


Typically, when we think of the OC (Old Covenant) we think of only the Mosaic Covenant made with the people of Israel on Mount Sinai, with all of the old laws that were specific to Israel and their culture, the Ten Commandments, and the requirement for sacrifices and circumcision. These ingredients are often thought to be what … Continue reading What Is The Old Covenant?

William Bradford in ‘Of the Plimoth Plantation’


The biblical-theological significance behind the Pilgrim’s sentiments and actions should not be forgotten. Sadly, Unitarian churches now line the streets of the original site of Plymouth Plantation. Not one of them preach the gospel—the good news of our Lord Jesus Christ, Who was so loved by our forerunners. In downtown Plymouth, not even a mile … Continue reading William Bradford in ‘Of the Plimoth Plantation’

The Second London Confession & the Covenant of Works


Linked below is a series of blog posts adapted from an academic paper on the topic of the covenant of works as it is found in the Second London Confession. Introduction The Westminster & Second London Historical Adherence to the Covenant of Works Nehemiah Coxe on the Covenant of Works The Second London Baptist Confession … Continue reading The Second London Confession & the Covenant of Works