Adoption is one of the benefits of New Covenant membership. It is also one of the most neglected doctrines in theology books. Our own Confession only commits one paragraph to it; but that one paragraph carries the weight of ten. It reads: All those that are justified, God vouchsafed, in and for the sake of … Continue reading Meditations on ‘Of Adoption’
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 (?)
Etymology tells us theology just means “the study of God.” But defining theology has not always been so simple. Giving a definition of the term according to etymological considerations alone leaves questions open such as, “Does theology only have to do with the study of an object?” “Is theology distinctly Christian?” “Can any religion have a … Continue reading What is Theology?
The Reformed generally held to a real presence of Christ in the sacrament, or ordinance, of the Lord’s Supper and the Particular Baptists of the seventeenth century are no exception. The Second London says: 7. Worthy receivers, outwardly partaking of the visible elements in this ordinance, do then also inwardly by faith, really and indeed, … Continue reading Reviewing & Clarifying the Lord’s Supper
Holding to so-called “man-made” confessions in our day and age of personal independence is somewhat of a social and religious taboo. On the one hand, holding to a religious confession seems too wooden and static for our modern style of fluidity. On the other hand, confessions are often too arcane for those living in this … Continue reading Confess! Confess! Confess! | The Baptist Reformation
Before I begin writing about this, I want to acknowledge a few things. First, New Covenant Theology (NCT) is not a monolith. This makes it incredibly difficult to critique. Granted that NCT is not a confessional position, there’s no one organized statement as to what NCT is, or what NCT adherents believe about NCT. The … Continue reading The Nearsightedness of New Covenant Theology