The Apostle John records as a final invitation in his Revelation of Jesus Christ these magnificent words The Spirit and the bride say, “Come.” Let anyone who hears this say, “Come.” Let anyone who is thirsty come. Let anyone who desires drink freely from the water of life. (Revelation 22.17, NLT). Personally, I think the […]
In his book, Metaphysics, philosopher Richard Taylor discusses the thorny problem of determinism and free will, a fascinating read, I might add–one that most of us, though challenging it remains, can, for the most part, understand. And, as I was reading it, my mind immediately snagged a possible application his discussion has for Calvinists and […]
It seems to be taken for granted that all those venerable fathers, who founded the Baptist Denomination in this state [Georgia], were as stern calvinistic preachers as are the opposers of the new plans. But this is altogether a mistake. Abraham Marshall [Son of Daniel] was never considered a predestinarian preacher. Some of them were […]
The day has gone by among responsible scholars when the Gospels could be reduced to legends of the second century. You find such views now only among the derelicts of amateur rationalism, or the mother wit of the cheap secularist press. – Forsyth, P. T. “The Christianity of Christ and Christ Our Christianity.” Review and […]
In view of the actual practice of the Calvinists in every land where Calvinism went it is difficult to believe that Calvinistic theology contributed anything to the doctrine of religious freedom. —W. J. McGlothlin, “The Struggle for Religious Liberty,” Review and Expositor, 1911.
The New Hampshire Confession of Faith published in 1833 was so mild in its Calvinism that the five points of distinction between Calvinism and Arminianism are almost ignored. –W.W. Barnes, “The New Hampshire Confession of Faith, Its Origin and Use.” The Baptist and Reflector vol 39, Jan 1942 The New Hampshire Confession of Faith
The nap of the carpet is worn a bit, is it not? under your Spurgeon shelf and mine. His volumes of sermons are among the books you do not need to blow the dust off from when you take them down to read, and the sentences speak back to you as fresh and vital as […]
Though not well known today, Zechariah Thornton Cody (1858-1935) stands as no stranger to either Southern Baptists in general or to Georgia Baptists particularly. While Alabamian by birth, Cody attended Mercer University, was ordained to ministry by the Second Baptist Church, Atlanta, GA and later received a D.D. degree from Bowden College, GA. Cody was a sophisticated […]
Below is a description of the New Hampshire Declaration of Faith (1833; revised in 1853) as recorded by W.J. McGlothlin, then Professor of Church History at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, in his book, Baptist Confessions of Faith (1911, pp. 224ff). Perhaps most relevant for today’s Southern Baptists is, the New Hampshire confession was the […]
The Philadelphia Confession of Faith is one of the most influential confessions among Baptists in early America. Being the first known published Baptist confession on American soil, the confession clearly presents adherence to strict Calvinism and is believed to mirror the Second London Confession of 1689. Baptist historian, William McGlothlin, explains: The first reference to […]
The entry below is adapted from A History of the Baptists of Louisiana, From the Earliest Times to the Present (1888) by Baptist historian, W. E. Paxton. Simultaneously with the movement to organize the Eastern Louisiana Association, many churches partly occupying the same territory, but principally situated near the Mississippi river, started another movement which […]
On November 3rd, 1832, several Baptist churches in northern Louisiana met to form the Concord Missionary Baptist Association. Leaving behind the strict Calvinistic roots of the older Louisiana Association, Concord Baptists would unite around articles of faith less controversial for Louisiana churches than the old confession apparently produced. Below is the theological document upon which […]
In or around January, 1892, The Magazine of Christian Literature had begun running a series of articles on The Sovereignty of God written by Dr. G.W. Northrup (1826-1900), President of the Chicago Divinity School. These articles had already been published in The Standard. Though not so known among Baptists today, Northup remained an undeniable influence […]
In the final essay in his series critiquing strict Calvinism’s understanding of God’s Sovereignty in Predestination, Dr. G.W. Northrup proposes to “apply to the case of infants dying in infancy and of the congenitally idiotic the positions of the Calvinistic system already discussed.”1 On the whole, and contrary to many today who seem to feel […]
In closing his third essay in the series entitled “The Sovereignty of God in Predestination as Held by Many Representative Calvinistic Theologians,” G.W. Northrup asked and answered two specific questions.
Part I of this series began with a brief background to the publication of a book entitled The Sovereignty of God (Kentucky: Baptist Book Concern, 1894) by longtime editor of The Western Recorder, T.T. Eaton. Eaton published in The Western Recorder a series of critical replies to then president of the University of Chicago Divinity […]
The Western Recorder is and has been the denominational paper for Kentucky Baptists since 1826. At the turn of the 19th century, T.T. Eaton was editor of the Kentucky paper, a position he had held much of his life. For 27 years, Eaton was pastor of the historic Walnut Street Baptist Church in downtown Louisville.
A fourth reason why infant baptism ought to cease. It reflects injuriously upon God, and tarnishes the glory of the atonement. It originated in the frightful dogma of infant damnation; and still connives at and fosters that abominable heresy. It nourishes, also, that other heresy to which men are so prone, which detracts from the […]
A slightly lesser light among towering figures of early Southern Baptists like James P. Boyce stands the magnificent Texan, Benajah Harvey Carroll (1843-1914). While Carroll died a Texan he was born in Mississippi. And his greatest contribution to Baptist life was his assistance in founding the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1908. When we read Carroll […]
Below are some quotes about Limited Atonement from one of the greatest and most popular Baptist preachers of all time, Charles Haddon Spurgeon. The first quotes are taken from a sermon in 1858 at Royal Surrey Gardens on Isaiah 53:10 entitled “The Death of Christ.” Two lengthy paragraphs from his sermon make it crystal clear […]