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

What About Baptists & Classical Theism?


Let’s remember that classical theism used to be the theological norm, dare I say the orthodox standard. But, when we look around at contemporary evangelicalism, and more specifically the broad stream of Western Baptists, we are reminded that this rich theological tradition has been largely buried by the rise of fideism, the seeker-friendly movement, and … Continue reading What About Baptists & Classical Theism?

Is Continuationism Compatible with Reformed Protestantism?


Do Christians still receive extra-Scriptural revelation from God? Many think new revelation, or at least repeated revelation continues into the New Covenant era. This appears to be true even for many who lay claim to “Reformed Baptist” theology. True, some of these dear brothers only adopt a partial understanding of Reformed Baptist theology, admittedly so. … Continue reading Is Continuationism Compatible with Reformed Protestantism?

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

Does the Second London Affirm the Covenant of Works? (Conclusion)


Not only does the Confession assume a covenant of works in chapter seven; not only was the covenant of works a prevalent doctrine within Reformed Protestantism; and not only was the covenant of works explicitly maintained by one of the editors of the 2LBCF. The covenant of works is explicitly mentioned in the 2LBCF as … Continue reading Does the Second London Affirm the Covenant of Works? (Conclusion)

Does the Second London Affirm the Covenant of Works? (The Second London Baptist Confession on the Covenant of Works)


If the 2LBCF put forth a covenant of works, surely it would do so in the chapter concerning God’s covenant. This is the popular assumption, and it makes perfect sense. However, the seventh chapter is a chapter about a particular covenant––the covenant of grace––not any other covenant. Therefore, a broader examination of the Confession is … Continue reading Does the Second London Affirm the Covenant of Works? (The Second London Baptist Confession on the Covenant of Works)