Church Membership: A Treatise (2)

In the previous article, I surveyed Bojidar Marinov’s views concerning church membership. In this article, I will examine his views in light of God’s holy Word. At the same time, I will construct a biblical case for obligatory local church membership. Historically, both Baptists and Presbyterians have claimed Scripture as their ultimate authority in all…

Church Membership: A Treatise (1)

Issue: A group, which appears to be heavily influenced by a man named Bojidar Marinov, has effectively denied the Reformed doctrine of local church membership. This proceeding set of articles is in response to Marinov’s writings (which were in response to Jeff Durbin, pastor of Apologia Church in Phoenix, AZ), and general discussion on the…

Good Works: A Confessional Perspective

With the recent brush up concerning good works as they relate to the overall plan of salvation, it may be good to look at what the historic Reformed Baptist position was and is. The Confession can give the Christian both a historical and a theological perspective on tough issues such as these. We do not…

Calvin, the Almost Genevan Criminal

When we think of John Calvin, we rarely tend to consider his prolonged involvement in Trinitarian disputes. Calvin usually brings us thoughts of Reformed soteriology, a doctrine of salvation, which later came to rival that of the Remonstrants. But this doesn’t even come close to enveloping the full scope of Calvin’s work. Throughout his time…

When the Youth Take the Elderly to Church

You may have seen movies where parents were portrayed as forceful, church-going people who shoved their noisy kids down in the pew while smooshing their index finger into the child’s lips whispering, “be quiet!” Throughout the late 1800s and nearly the entirety of the 20th century, parents often struggled taking their children to church. In…

“We Don’t Need Religion Anymore, Man!”

Christian: “Why would almost every people group around the world, throughout known history, have a form of worship either to many gods or simply one God?” Atheist: “Religion seems to have served as an evolutionary benefit. Religion gives people a moral compass by which people treat one another in ways conducive to survival, population growth,…

Francis Cheynell on Eternal Generation

This is an excerpt from a larger article. See Here. This discussion picks up right after I talk about Bruce Ware’s claim that the orthodox notion of eternal generation is no less threatening to the doctrine of the Trinity than Ware’s own Eternal Relational Authority Subordinationism (ERAS). The issue that Ware points out here has…

The Law Before Sinai

This is an excerpt from a lengthier article. See here. Many critics of the threefold division of the law—and thus opponents of the idea that God’s law serves as a rule for the lives of God’s New Covenant people—start their theologizing in Exodus with the initial codification of the law. However, if the law is…

I’m Not Good Enough to Write This

In the 21st century, religion is kinda a strange thing. The term religion is used broadly and is attributed to mysticism as well as bible believing Christians. There are religions which require works in exchange for divine reconciliation. There are religions that think actions and thoughts matter about as much as your next food choice. Neither of…

What is Ungraciousness?

It’s easy to come off as ungracious to others, especially if you’re passionate about what you have to say. I confess to doing this often in the past, unfortunately. It’s also easy, in our society, to be charged with ungraciousness during times of heated disagreements. I confess to having charged brothers in Christ with ungraciousness…

How to be an Expecting Father

I’ve never had kids of my own. I don’t even really know the first thing about parenting, and my experience with infants has been rather limited. Beyond holding them and changing a few diapers, I got nuthin’! Just last week, July 13th, 2017, my wife and I discovered we were going to be parents! It’s…

Being a Careful Kingly Messenger

It was a day where you could fry an egg on the sidewalk in Okinawa, Japan. Hot, humid, and dry are all accurate adjectives for the day on which my Company Commander decided to take us on a beach run. This wasn’t a run in shorts and tennis shoes, but a run in a green…