Welcome

I hold to the 2nd London Baptist Confession of Faith (“1689”) as the most accurate summary of what God has revealed in Scripture.

Here is an index list of posts on the site

1689 Federalism

(for an overview, start here: http://www.1689federalism.com)

General 1689 Federalism

  1. A Summary of Why Baptists Appeal to Owen
  2. Les & Tanner Talk Baptism
  3. Did Spurgeon hold to 1689 Federalism?
  4. Augustine: Proto-1689 Federalist
  5. An “Objective” Covenant
  6. Chris Villi’s Analysis of 1689 Federalism
  7. Review of “Recovering a Covenantal Heritage”
  8. 1689Federalism.com Update
  9. The More Things Change…
  10. Did A.W. Pink Agree w/ 1689 Federalism?
  11. The Fatal Flaw testimony
  12. Why Hebrews 9 Is Referring To A Covenant Not To A Testament
  13. Problems with PRCA Covenant Theology
  14. 1689 Federalism
  15. Review of TDBCT & Interview
  16. Debate: Jeffrey Johnson vs Michael Horton
  17. An Unguarded Paedobaptist
  18. The Distinctiveness of Baptist Covenant Theology
  19. New book coming soon: The Distinctiveness of Baptist Covenant Theology, Pascal Denault
  20. Covenant Substance vs Administration in the 1689 LBCF
  21. Sam Renihan on Kingdom & Covenant
  22. Reformed Baptist Covenant Theology and Biblical Theology (Sam & Micah Renihan)
  23. Scripture does not yield up its treasures
  24. Early Thoughts on Covenant Theology

New Covenant

  1. Calvin vs 1689 Federalism on Old vs New
  2. Jones on Conditions
  3. Neonomian Presbyterians vs Antinomian Congregationalists?
  4. New Covenant Union as Mystical Union in Owen
  5. Berkhof on Jer. 31:31-34
  6. M’Cheyne on the New Covenant
  7. The promise was sufficient & efficacious
  8. Joshua Moon “Jeremiah’s New Covenant: An Augustinian Reading “
  9. Calvin on Abraham as a Member of the New Covenant
  10. Owen: New Covenant Conditional or Absolute?
  11. Abraham Booth’s “The Kingdom of Christ”
  12. Gag Order @ the Puritanboard
  13. Petto: Conditional New Covenant?
  14. McMahon’s Misrepresentation of John Owen
  15. The Transtestamental (Retroactive) New Covenant
  16. John Owen’s Commentary on the Old and New Covenants (Outline)
  17. Augustine on the New Covenant

Old Covenant

  1. Calvin vs 1689 Federalism on Old vs New
  2. Can R. Scott Clark be Truly Reformed?
  3. Neonomian Presbyterians vs Antinomian Congregationalists?
  4. Paul’s Enthymemes on the Law
  5. Deuteronomy 6:25
  6. Guy Waters on Leviticus 18:5
  7. 1689 Federalism & Theonomy
  8. Thomas Scott on the Mosaic Covenant
  9. Abraham Booth’s “The Kingdom of Christ”
  10. John Erskine’s “The Nature of the Sinai Covenant”
  11. Paedobaptism and Forks
  12. Baptists Couldn’t Possibly Know What They’re Talking About: Debating Owen, Round 472
  13. OPC GA Republication Study Committee
  14. Martin Luther: Mosaic Covenant About Temporal Things
  15. Clarification on the Mosaic Covenant and Eternal Life
  16. Gag Order @ the Puritanboard
  17. Summary of Venema’s Review of TLNF
  18. Calamy’s Survey of Mosaic Covenant Views
  19. McMahon’s Misrepresentation of John Owen
  20. WCF/SDF/LBC 19.1,2 and Republication
  21. Kerux vs TLNF
  22. Iron Can’t Sharpen Iron Without Honesty
  23. John Owen’s Commentary on the Old and New Covenants (Outline)
  24. Confusing Law and Gospel (and the WCF)
  25. Pink on Moses (& Republication)

Typology

  1. A Presbyterian (Finally) Gets Acts 2:39 Right
  2. Implications of Israel as a Type
  3. Roger Williams on Israel as a Type of the Church
  4. Israel and the Church: See the Difference?
  5. Samuel Mather on Israel as a Type of the Church
  6. I Will Be God to You
  7. The Olive Tree
  8. They are not all Israel, who are of Israel
  9. Blood of bulls and goats : blood of Christ :: physical Israel : spiritual Israel
  10. 1 Cor 5:13 is the general equity of Deut 22:21 (TRL)
  11. Paedobaptism and Forks
  12. Objection to Israel as a type of the Church
  13. Jonathan Edwards on the Nation of Israel as a Type of the Church
  14. Riddlebarger interviewed on Amillenialism
  15. The Oneness of the Church – John Owen
  16. Hodge on the Visibility of the Church
  17. Mixing Types and Antitypes in the Blender

Abrahamic Covenant

  1. A Presbyterian (Finally) Gets Acts 2:39 Right
  2. Coxe and Pink on Circumcision
  3. Additional Answers to Founders Conference Q&A
  4. Gordon Clark on the baptism of great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great–great-great-great-great-great-grandchildren
  5. The Oneness of the Church – John Owen
  6. Is the Abrahamic Covenant Conditional or Unconditional?
  7. Hodge on the Visibility of the Church
  8. Pink on Circumcision

Covenant of Works

  1. Leithart’s Monocovenantalism
  2. Is John Piper Confessional?
  3. Piper vs Owen on Romans 2:6-7, 13
  4. Timeline Snapshot of Justification Debate
  5. The Silent Shift on 7.1
  6. Kline’s Covenant Creation & WCF 7.1
  7. Nehemiah Coxe on Merit in LBCF 7.1
  8. The Current Justification Controversy (on sale $3.98)
  9. Greg Nichols and Norman Shepherd
  10. Clarification on the Mosaic Covenant and Eternal Life
  11. McMahon’s Misrepresentation of John Owen

Westminster Federalism

  1. Calvin vs 1689 Federalism on Old vs New
  2. A Critique of R. Scott Clark’s Covenant Theology
  3. Neonomian Presbyterians vs Antinomian Congregationalists?
  4. Hebrews 10 & John 15
  5. Kline on “Administration of the Covenant of Grace”
  6. The Olive Tree
  7. They are not all Israel, who are of Israel
  8. Church Membership: De Jure or De Facto?
  9. Gag Order @ the Puritanboard
  10. Kline’s Comments against WCF/WLC
  11. Contradiction in the Westminster Confession
  12. Iron Can’t Sharpen Iron Without Honesty
  13. Confusing Law and Gospel (and the WCF)

Leviticus 18:5

  1. Can R. Scott Clark be Truly Reformed?
  2. Piper vs Owen on Romans 2:6-7, 13
  3. Neonomian Presbyterians vs Antinomian Congregationalists?
  4. Timeline Snapshot of Justification Debate
  5. Guy Waters on Leviticus 18:5
  6. OPC GA Republication Study Committee
  7. Clarification on the Mosaic Covenant and Eternal Life
  8. Summary of Venema’s Review of TLNF
  9. WCF/SDF/LBC 19.1,2 and Republication
  10. Confusing Law and Gospel (and the WCF)

20th Century Reformed Baptist View

  1. James White doesn’t know what 1689 Federalism is
  2. Waldron’s Sermons on Covenant Theology
  3. Non-Dispensational, Calvinistic, Credobaptist Covenantalism Compass

NCT/Progressive Covenantalism

  1. 1689 Federalism Response to Wellum’s “Progressive Covenantalism and the Doing of Ethics”
  2. Kingdom Through Covenant, a Review by Samuel Renihan
  3. Non-Dispensational, Calvinistic, Credobaptist Covenantalism Compass
  4. Critique of Jon Zens’ “Is There A Covenant of Grace?”
  5. Pink and NCT

Dispensationalism

  1. Am I a Dispensationalist?
  2. International Fellowship of Christians and Jews

Baptism/Ecclessiology

  1. A Presbyterian (Finally) Gets Acts 2:39 Right
  2. Does Teaching Someone the Bible Make Them a Christian?
  3. Implications of Israel as a Type
  4. 1 Cor. 7:14 – No Proof of Infant Baptism
  5. 1 Cor. 7:14 – The “Legitimacy” Interpretation
  6. A Critique of R. Scott Clark’s Covenant Theology
  7. Les & Tanner Talk Baptism Again
  8. The Westminster Assembly Debates Credopaedobaptism
  9. Coxe and Pink on Circumcision
  10. God’s Covenant Unfaithfulness?
  11. Blood of bulls and goats : blood of Christ :: physical Israel : spiritual Israel
  12. Church Membership: De Jure or De Facto?
  13. Satan’s Appeal to the Regulative Principle
  14. The Half-Way Covenant
  15. Paedobaptism and Forks
  16. Goodwin vs. Gillespie: An Old Testament Debate for Church Polity
  17. Debate: Jeffrey Johnson vs Michael Horton
  18. Waters of Promise: Finding Meaning in Believer’s Baptism
  19. Reformed Baptist Covenant Theology and Biblical Theology (Sam & Micah Renihan)
  20. Riddlebarger interviewed on Amillenialism
  21. Gordon Clark on the baptism of great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great–great-great-great-great-great-grandchildren
  22. John Norcott: Answers To Common Objections (1672)
  23. Of Infant Baptism (Owen) – Analysis
  24. Of Infant Baptism – John Owen
  25. Credobaptist vs. Paedobaptist : The Great Debate
  26. Contradiction in the Westminster Confession

John Owen

  1. Calvin vs 1689 Federalism on Old vs New
  2. A Summary of Why Baptists Appeal to Owen
  3. Jones on Conditions
  4. Neonomian Presbyterians vs Antinomian Congregationalists?
  5. New Covenant Union as Mystical Union in Owen
  6. Debating Owen: Jones & Beeke
  7. Kline on “Administration of the Covenant of Grace”
  8. The Olive Tree
  9. Owen’s “Promised/Established” Covenant of Grace
  10. Baptists Couldn’t Possibly Know What They’re Talking About: Debating Owen, Round 473 – Lee Gatiss
  11. Owen vs. Baxter on Active and Passive Obedience in Justification
  12. Owen: New Covenant Conditional or Absolute?
  13. Owen on Changing His Mind
  14. Baptists Couldn’t Possibly Know What They’re Talking About: Debating Owen, Round 472
  15. Gag Order @ the Puritanboard
  16. Works of John Owen in PDF
  17. McMahon’s Misrepresentation of John Owen
  18. The Oneness of the Church – John Owen
  19. Of Infant Baptism (Owen) – Analysis
  20. Of Infant Baptism – John Owen
  21. The Transtestamental (Retroactive) New Covenant
  22. Iron Can’t Sharpen Iron Without Honesty
  23. John Owen’s Commentary on the Old and New Covenants (Outline)
  24. Critique of Jon Zens’ “Is There A Covenant of Grace?”

Justification

  1. Piper vs Owen on Romans 2:6-7, 13
  2. Jones on Conditions
  3. Neonomian Presbyterians vs Antinomian Congregationalists?
  4. John Gill: Good Works Necessary for Salvation?
  5. New Covenant Union as Mystical Union in Owen
  6. Timeline Snapshot of Justification Debate
  7. Owen contra Piper on Justification & Heaven
  8. Piper’s Foreword
  9. Guy Waters on Leviticus 18:5
  10. Nehemiah Coxe on Merit in LBCF 7.1
  11. Owen vs. Baxter on Active and Passive Obedience in Justification
  12. The Current Justification Controversy (on sale $3.98)
  13. The Emperor Has No Clothes
  14. The justification of the good works of the justified
  15. Norman Shepherd: What’s All the Fuss?
  16. Greg Nichols and Norman Shepherd
  17. Murray Conflicted on Future Justification?
  18. John Piper’s Justification According to Works

Sanctification

  1. A Quest for More: Living for Something Bigger Than You
  2. Are Christians Totally Sanctified?
  3. The Key to Christian Growth: The Spirit or Self-Discipline?
  4. Cure of Souls (and Modern Psychotherapies)
  5. RT: Dirty Words of Counseling

Final Judgment

  1. Piper vs Owen on Romans 2:6-7, 13
  2. Owen contra Piper on Justification & Heaven
  3. Piper’s Foreword
  4. Owen vs. Baxter on Active and Passive Obedience in Justification
  5. Rick Phillips’ Stand
  6. The justification of the good works of the justified
  7. Not Everyone Who Says Lord, Lord
  8. Olevianus on the Final Judgment
  9. Murray Conflicted on Future Justification?
  10. “According to” works / “Basis of” works
  11. John Piper’s Justification According to Works

Calvinism

  1. Piper’s Two (Three) Wills of God and 1 Timothy 2:4
  2. Self Glorifying Vessels of Mercy?
  3. John Delling – Responsibility

Science

  1. DG Hart on General Revelation
  2. John Byl: Cosmology: Explaining the Universe
  3. Science as an Aid to Interpreting Scripture
  4. ETS 2012 – “Caring for Creation” Panel Discussion on Global Warming
  5. The Folly of Scientism

Two Kingdoms

(For much more of my writing on this, see my posts at http://www.reformedlibertarian.com)

  1. 1689 Federalism & Theonomy
  2. 1 Cor 5:13 is the general equity of Deut 22:21 (TRL)
  3. The Natural Law State Church
  4. Kuyper on Natural Law
  5. Confused Kingdoms
  6. The Two Kingdoms Doctrine, Part Two: John Calvin (Tuininga)
  7. The two kingdoms doctrine: what’s all the fuss?
  8. James Anderson on DVD’s Natural Law 2K
  9. Good News for Two Kingdoms!
  10. 2K Natural Law or Theocratic Natural Law?
  11. God the benevolent Scientist
  12. Spectacles Prescribed: A Review of VanDrunen’s “A Biblical Case for Natural Law”

Politics

(For much more of my writing on this, see my posts at http://www.reformedlibertarian.com)

  1. Simple Online Privacy Measures Everyone Should Be Taking (But Aren’t)
  2. 1 Cor 5:13 is the general equity of Deut 22:21 (TRL)
  3. Considering Marriage
  4. Isaac Backus’ Comments on the Non-Establishment Clause
  5. ReformedLibertarian.com
  6. The Founding Fables of Industrialised Agriculture
  7. IHS Webcast: How Should Libertarians View the Civil War?
  8. Genetically Modified Organisms (Reaction to Ballor)
  9. Unaware
  10. German Homeschool Case May Impact U.S. Homeschool Freedom
  11. Genetic Roulette
  12. ETS 2012 – “Caring for Creation” Panel Discussion on Global Warming
  13. I Voted Today
  14. Angry Christians and the Devil’s Tactics
  15. U.N. COUNCIL SHUTS DOWN THOR HALVORSSEN’S TESTIMONY
  16. KONY 2012
  17. The Love of the World
  18. If I Were the Devil…
  19. A History of the United States of America
  20. Why Ron Paul?
  21. Bungee Jumping and Investing
  22. Pakistan Juxtaposed
  23. Interesting Info About John Lennon
  24. Gary North Pulling Strings of the Antiunion Movement?
  25. James Anderson on DVD’s Natural Law 2K
  26. Good News for Two Kingdoms!
  27. A Mormon With a Mission
  28. Which Sword?
  29. 2K Natural Law or Theocratic Natural Law?
  30. What Caused the Financial Meltdown? A Guide to Understanding the Collapse in 3 Hours
  31. Inside the Meltdown
  32. Every Man Did What Was Right In His Own Eyes
  33. God the benevolent Scientist
  34. Spectacles Prescribed: A Review of VanDrunen’s “A Biblical Case for Natural Law”
  35. John W. Robbins (1949-2008)
  36. Notice on Strict Background Check on Applicants for the Olympic Games and the Test Events
  37. Adopted person offended by Obama’s remarks
  38. John Delling – Responsibility
  39. Nazi Counterfeiters and the Fed
  40. Not so gentle reminders
  41. John 18:28-38
  42. Soviet Sees Religion as Threat to Policy
  43. Ron Paul Update
  44. The Idolatry of Political Christianity

Economics

(For much more of my writing on this, see my posts at http://www.reformedlibertarian.com)

  1. Ethics and Self-Interest: Mises, Clark, Piper, and Rand
  2. The Founding Fables of Industrialised Agriculture
  3. The American Economy is Not a Free-Market Economy
  4. Thoughts on the VFX Crisis
  5. I Voted Today
  6. Bungee Jumping and Investing
  7. Pope Talks Economics
  8. Measuring Time
  9. Gary North Pulling Strings of the Antiunion Movement?
  10. What Caused the Financial Meltdown? A Guide to Understanding the Collapse in 3 Hours
  11. Inside the Meltdown
  12. Understanding the sinking Titanic
  13. Self-Interest
  14. John W. Robbins (1949-2008)
  15. Hans Herman Hoppe on Empiricism
  16. The Myth of Adolescence
  17. Why I Loathe the USPS, Part 709
  18. Nazi Counterfeiters and the Fed
  19. Not so gentle reminders
  20. Gas station owner told to raise prices
  21. Gas-Out

Health

  1. Evidence Based Medicine?
  2. Biotoxin Illness
  3. I’m a Leper in a Leprous House
  4. Fix Your Gut
  5. Systemic Problems with the American Medical Association
  6. Eating and Thinking
  7. The Paleo Diet is Not Paleo
  8. The Calorie Myth
  9. The Founding Fables of Industrialised Agriculture
  10. The American Economy is Not a Free-Market Economy
  11. Food and The Fall
  12. Living the Bulletproof Life Live Webcast
  13. Vitamin C ’til You Poop
  14. Genetically Modified Organisms (Reaction to Ballor)
  15. There Was an Old Woman Who Swallowed a Fly
  16. Genetic Roulette

Film

  1. Review: Word Pictures
  2. Tetelestai
  3. Prayers Are Being Answered
  4. Prayer Request
  5. Thoughts on the VFX Crisis
  6. New Website
  7. Meaning at the Movies: Becoming a Discerning Viewer
  8. I’m Making a Movie
  9. The Redemption of General Butt Naked
  10. Useless @ Storylab
  11. Why Are Christian Movies So Awful?
  12. “Useless” Wins Best Film
  13. Useless Award Nominations
  14. Useless
  15. Portfolio
  16. Film As Religion : Intro
  17. Food in the Arts: NOT BY BREAD ALONE
  18. Shutter Island
  19. Recent Work
  20. Who is Todd Gould?
  21. Jesus Camp – some thoughts ** 1/2
  22. Soviet Sees Religion as Threat to Policy
  23. My thoughts on “300”
  24. Spiderman 3 – Two Views
  25. The Nativity Story

Books

  1. Review of “Recovering a Covenantal Heritage”
  2. The Emperor Has No Clothes
  3. Review: Word Pictures
  4. Timeless Christian Books Sale
  5. Free eBook: Berkhof’s Systematic Theology
  6. Trinity Foundation E-Books
  7. The Distinctiveness of Baptist Covenant Theology
  8. The Circle Maker (Review)
  9. Book Recommendations
  10. Three-Fold Division of the Law – Moral, Ceremonial, Judicial?
  11. True Spirituality : “Plus Nothing”
  12. Indiana Jones Gets Busted
  13. What is Saving Faith – Quotes
  14. Do Not Aim at Sensation
  15. Why Care About the Doctrine of Christ’s Imputation?
  16. John Owen – Overcoming Temptation and Sin
  17. Kuyper – Lectures on Calvinism
  18. The Perfect Christmas Gift
  19. Liberal Christianity and Sin
  20. Finally, someone agrees with my method of learning/teaching

Uncategorized

  1. Implications of Israel as a Type
  2. Update to Church Membership Post
  3. The Westminster Assembly Debates Credopaedobaptism
  4. Evidence Based Medicine?
  5. Index Page
  6. TRL Links 3.4.15
  7. TRL Links 11.06.14
  8. How the News Makes Us Dumb
  9. The Republication Debate Gets Muddy
  10. Ebola Virus (Curable-?, Reversible-?, Preventable?)
  11. Is It Sinful for Unmarried Couples to Make Out?
  12. The Messianic Character of American Foreign Policy
  13. A Few Thoughts for Consideration in the Modern Republication Debate
  14. Concordism and the Nature of Science
  15. The Real Daniel Plan
  16. Chantry on Frame
  17. The Lure of Flattery
  18. Rich Mullins Friday
  19. Mosaic Health in Orange
  20. Rich Mullins Tuesdays
  21. Fun with TVTV
  22. Josh Garrels
  23. For 40 Years, This Russian Family Was Cut Off From All Human Contact, Unaware of World War II | History & Archaeology | Smithsonian Magazine
  24. Misérable means Miserable
  25. Hitler’s Medicine
  26. RescueTime
  27. We Need To Talk About Mumford
  28. Rich Mullins Mondays
  29. F.lux
  30. Evernote
  31. Thomas Kinkade
  32. Don’t Assume
  33. Top Posts of 2011
  34. Music Recommendations
  35. New Theme
  36. The Myth of Adolescence
  37. New Portico Website
  38. A Tribute to Marv Meyer
  1. Cliffton
    April 19, 2015 at 8:30 pm

    Does what is “most accurate” necessarily possess any absolute value? And, can this question be answered from what is of relative value?

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  2. Hardy Smith
    June 13, 2015 at 7:22 am

    Brandon, have you read “Jesus on Every Page”? I just got it and liked it but then I saw the author David Murray refers to the New Covenant as an administration of the Covenant of Grace. That doesn’t seem to square with Heb 8. What do you think? Does that affect how Mr Murray sees Jesus on every page in the OT?

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    • June 13, 2015 at 7:31 am

      Hi Hardy, I have not read the book. Murray is a paedobaptist who subscribes to Westminster Federalism. I do not believe that is biblical. It will affect how he sees Jesus on every page. He will tend to flatten out typology and view Israel as the same as the church. He will tend to say that redemption from Egypt, rather than simply pointing towards redemption in Christ, was actually redemption in Christ – Israel as a people were redeemed in Christ. It will change the way he reads the obedience of Israel required in the Mosaic Covenant, and therefore how they related to Christ. I’m sure he still has many good things to say though.

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  3. June 13, 2015 at 6:43 pm

    Hi Brandon,

    I just realized that you had a webpage that is separate from the 1689federalism.com page. I have to say that I love the resources that you have put up here. It looks like I’ll be doing a lot of reading on this blog. Thanks again for your work.

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    • June 13, 2015 at 7:20 pm

      Thanks for the support. I hope the material is worthwhile. Keep in mind it has been written over the course of several years so you may see some development throughout

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  4. August 23, 2015 at 1:25 am

    Hi Bro….Some of the best things are right next to us. Thanks for this site Brandon.

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  5. elias1689
    November 24, 2015 at 12:13 pm

    Hey Brandon, is there a way I can contact you privately?

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  6. rj
    February 13, 2016 at 10:48 am

    I love your diagram on Israel and the church. Great job!

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  7. Rob
    April 1, 2016 at 7:46 pm

    Re: “so you may see some development throughout” lol I’d hope so.😉

    Just found this site will be reading. Looks like solid food to go through. Thx

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  8. olan
    April 5, 2016 at 7:43 am

    hi brando, i would like to ask about what you mean by spiritual pride..quoting from-Because of the nature of spiritual pride, it is the most secret of all sins. There is no other matter in which the heart is more deceitful and unsearchable and there is no other sin in the world that men are so confident in… thanks for your good site… olan

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