Concern Expressed About Richard Baxter’s so called “Reformed Pastor” [Brian Mann] | The Confessing Baptist.
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James Renihan on Richard Baxter’s Doctrine of Justification [Audio & Video] | The Confessing Baptist
This is an excellent presentation that pretty much lets Baxter speak for himself with regard to his explicit rejection of justification by faith alone, endorsement of justification by faith+works, and the inseparable nature of his doctrinal and practical works.
James Renihan on Richard Baxter’s Doctrine of Justification [Audio & Video] | The Confessing Baptist.
Shane Lems writes about The Federal Vision and Union With Christ.
“But apart from sloppy equivocation, purposeful ambiguity, or outright lying, there is no way to harmonize these two positions. Either union with Christ is inseparable or it is not. The Federal Vision says it is not. The Reformed Confessions say it is. This is one of many reasons why historic Reformed churches have collectively and publicly spoken against the Federal Vision (for two examples, see the Orthodox Presbyterian Church’s Report on Justification and the URCNA’s Report of the Synodical Study Committee on the Federal Vision and Justification, among others).”
The Federal Visionists try to escape the contradiction by claiming the “decretally elect” will remain united to Christ as the Confessions describe. So we’re left with two elections and two unions – The intial stages of which unions are identical and carry the same redemptive blessings of Christ. This is the confusing mess that claims to follow the Reformed tradition?
HT: Jason Punches of Somerset Reformed Fellowship
At Particular Voices, Sam Renihan brings us an extended passage from George Downame (chaplain to King James; not a Particular Baptist) dealing with the nature of and relationship between our effectual calling, regeneration, justification, and sanctification.
via Definitive Sanctification and the Ordo Salutis [Particular Voices] | The Confessing Baptist.
More Particular Baptists fighting the Federal Vision heresy before it was even formed. There’s nothing new under the sun, and that includes attacks on the doctrine of Justification by Faith Alone.
Keach: Unity Against Distortions of Justification by Faith Alone | The Confessing Baptist.
You can download a PDF of this song, including sheet music, here.
This song was forwarded to me by Jason Punches of Somerset Reformed Fellowship.
All mankind fell in Adam’s fall,
One common sin infects them all;
From sire to son the bane descends,
And over all the curse impends.
Through all man’s powers corruption creeps
And him in dreadful bondage keeps;
In guilt he draws his infant breath
And reaps its fruits of woe and death.
From hearts depraved, to evil prone,
Flow thoughts and deeds of sin alone;
God’s image lost, the darkened soul
Nor seeks nor finds its heavenly goal.
But Christ, the second Adam, came
To bear our sin and woe and shame,
To be our Life, our Light, our Way,
Our only Hope, our only Stay.
As by one man all mankind fell
And, born in sin, was doomed to hell,
So by one Man, who took our place,
We all received the gift of grace.
We thank Thee, Christ; new life is ours,
New light, new hope, new strength, new powers:
May grace our every way attend
Until we reach our journey’s end!