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

New Covenant

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

Old Covenant

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

Typology

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

Abrahamic Covenant

  1. Galatians 3:16
  2. Gal. 3:18 – Generic Law and Promise, or Sinai and Messiah?
  3. A Presbyterian (Finally) Gets Acts 2:39 Right
  4. Coxe and Pink on Circumcision
  5. Additional Answers to Founders Conference Q&A (Is the Abrahamic Covenant “of works”?)
  6. 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
  7. The Oneness of the Church – John Owen
  8. Is the Abrahamic Covenant Conditional or Unconditional?
  9. Hodge on the Visibility of the Church
  10. Pink on Circumcision

Covenant of Works

  1. Theonomy, Greg Bahnsen, and the Federal Vision? — Reformed Libertarian
  2. Murray on Lev. 18:5 – Why Did John Murray Reject the Covenant of Works?
  3. Leithart’s Monocovenantalism
  4. Is John Piper Confessional?
  5. Piper vs Owen on Romans 2:6-7, 13
  6. Timeline Snapshot of Justification Debate
  7. The Silent Shift on 7.1
  8. Kline’s Covenant Creation & WCF 7.1
  9. Nehemiah Coxe on Merit in LBCF 7.1
  10. The Current Justification Controversy (on sale $3.98)
  11. Norman Shepherd: What’s All the Fuss?
  12. Greg Nichols and Norman Shepherd
  13. Clarification on the Mosaic Covenant and Eternal Life
  14. McMahon’s Misrepresentation of John Owen

Westminster Federalism

  1. Heidelcast “I Will Be a God to You and to Your Children”
  2. Murray on Lev. 18:5 – Why Did John Murray Reject the Covenant of Works?
  3. Substance/Accidents = Substance/Shadows?
  4. They are not all Israel, who are of Israel
  5. Calvin vs 1689 Federalism on Old vs New
  6. A Critique of R. Scott Clark’s Covenant Theology
  7. Neonomian Presbyterians vs Antinomian Congregationalists?
  8. Hebrews 10 & John 15
  9. Kline on “Administration of the Covenant of Grace”
  10. The Olive Tree
  11. Church Membership: De Jure or De Facto?
  12. Gag Order @ the Puritanboard
  13. Kline’s Comments against WCF/WLC
  14. Contradiction in the Westminster Confession
  15. Iron Can’t Sharpen Iron Without Honesty
  16. Confusing Law and Gospel (and the WCF)

Leviticus 18:5

  1. Are Good Works More Than Fruit?
  2. Murray on Lev. 18:5 – Why Did John Murray Reject the Covenant of Works?
  3. A Post-Fall Covenant of Works?
  4. Can R. Scott Clark be Truly Reformed?
  5. Piper vs Owen on Romans 2:6-7, 13
  6. Neonomian Presbyterians vs Antinomian Congregationalists?
  7. Timeline Snapshot of Justification Debate
  8. Guy Waters on Leviticus 18:5
  9. OPC GA Republication Study Committee
  10. Clarification on the Mosaic Covenant and Eternal Life
  11. Summary of Venema’s Review of TLNF
  12. WCF/SDF/LBC 19.1,2 and Republication
  13. Confusing Law and Gospel (and the WCF)

OPC Report on Republication

  1. OPC Report on Republication – Background
  2. John Cotton: Proponent of the “Mixed Covenant” View?
  3. OPC Republication Report – Summary

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. Kline’s Argument Against Presbyterianism
  2. John Murray (the Baptist) vs James Bannerman (the Presbyterian) on The Church
  3. Ursinus on Who Ought to Come
  4. Meredith Kline: Baptist Criticism of WCF is Correct
  5. Who Should Be Baptized – Professors or Believers?
  6. A Presbyterian (Finally) Gets Acts 2:39 Right
  7. Does Teaching Someone the Bible Make Them a Christian?
  8. à Brakel (the baptist) on the Visible/Invisible Church
  9. Implications of Israel as a Type
  10. 1 Cor. 7:14 – No Proof of Infant Baptism
  11. 1 Cor. 7:14 – The “Legitimacy” Interpretation
  12. A Critique of R. Scott Clark’s Covenant Theology
  13. Les & Tanner Talk Baptism Again
  14. The Westminster Assembly Debates Credopaedobaptism
  15. Coxe and Pink on Circumcision
  16. God’s Covenant Unfaithfulness?
  17. Blood of bulls and goats : blood of Christ :: physical Israel : spiritual Israel
  18. Church Membership: De Jure or De Facto?
  19. Satan’s Appeal to the Regulative Principle
  20. The Half-Way Covenant
  21. Paedobaptism and Forks
  22. Goodwin vs. Gillespie: An Old Testament Debate for Church Polity
  23. Debate: Jeffrey Johnson vs Michael Horton
  24. Waters of Promise: Finding Meaning in Believer’s Baptism
  25. Reformed Baptist Covenant Theology and Biblical Theology (Sam & Micah Renihan)
  26. Riddlebarger interviewed on Amillenialism
  27. 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
  28. John Norcott: Answers To Common Objections (1672)
  29. Of Infant Baptism (Owen) – Analysis
  30. Of Infant Baptism – John Owen
  31. Credobaptist vs. Paedobaptist : The Great Debate
  32. Contradiction in the Westminster Confession

John Owen

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

Justification

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

Sanctification

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

Final Judgment

  1. OPC Report on Republication – Background
  2. Murray on Lev. 18:5 – Why Did John Murray Reject the Covenant of Works?
  3. Piper vs Owen on Romans 2:6-7, 13
  4. Owen contra Piper on Justification & Heaven
  5. Piper’s Foreword
  6. Owen vs. Baxter on Active and Passive Obedience in Justification
  7. Rick Phillips’ Stand
  8. The justification of the good works of the justified
  9. Not Everyone Who Says Lord, Lord
  10. Olevianus on the Final Judgment
  11. Murray Conflicted on Future Justification?
  12. “According to” works / “Basis of” works
  13. 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

Reformed Libertarian

  1. A Case of Lex Talionis (Oshkosh) — Reformed Libertarian
  2. 1689 Federalism & America’s Founding
  3. Blood Feud and State Control: Differing Legal Institutions for the Remedy of Homicide During the Second and First Millennia B.C.E.
  4. Mohler’s Sacralist Commentaries
  5. John Frame on Gen 9:6, the Avenger of Blood, and Romans 13
  6. Jordan Cooper (Lutheran) Critique of VanDrunen’s Two Kingdoms
  7. De jure magistratum (On the Rights of Magistrates) – Beza
  8. Kline’s “Oracular Origin of the State” — Reformed Libertarian Blog
  9. Justice or Public Utility? — Reformed Libertarian Blog
  10. Theonomy, Greg Bahnsen, and the Federal Vision? — Reformed Libertarian
  11. Syllogisms on General Equity — Reformed Libertarian
  12. The Avenger of Blood — Reformed Libertarian
  13. A Single or Dual Rule of Morality? — Reformed Libertarian Blog

Two Kingdoms

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

  1. 1689 Federalism & America’s Founding
  2. Two Kingdoms Debate (Tuininga v Boot) Analysis
  3. 1689 Federalism & Theonomy
  4. 1 Cor 5:13 is the general equity of Deut 22:21 (TRL)
  5. The Natural Law State Church
  6. Kuyper on Natural Law
  7. Confused Kingdoms
  8. The Two Kingdoms Doctrine, Part Two: John Calvin (Tuininga)
  9. The two kingdoms doctrine: what’s all the fuss?
  10. James Anderson on DVD’s Natural Law 2K
  11. Good News for Two Kingdoms!
  12. 2K Natural Law or Theocratic Natural Law?
  13. God the benevolent Scientist
  14. 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. Two Kingdoms Debate (Tuininga v Boot) Analysis
  2. Review of “Bounds of Love”
  3. Simple Online Privacy Measures Everyone Should Be Taking (But Aren’t)
  4. 1 Cor 5:13 is the general equity of Deut 22:21 (TRL)
  5. Considering Marriage
  6. Isaac Backus’ Comments on the Non-Establishment Clause
  7. ReformedLibertarian.com
  8. The Founding Fables of Industrialised Agriculture
  9. IHS Webcast: How Should Libertarians View the Civil War?
  10. Genetically Modified Organisms (Reaction to Ballor)
  11. Unaware
  12. German Homeschool Case May Impact U.S. Homeschool Freedom
  13. Genetic Roulette
  14. ETS 2012 – “Caring for Creation” Panel Discussion on Global Warming
  15. I Voted Today
  16. Angry Christians and the Devil’s Tactics
  17. U.N. COUNCIL SHUTS DOWN THOR HALVORSSEN’S TESTIMONY
  18. KONY 2012
  19. The Love of the World
  20. If I Were the Devil…
  21. A History of the United States of America
  22. Why Ron Paul?
  23. Bungee Jumping and Investing
  24. Pakistan Juxtaposed
  25. Interesting Info About John Lennon
  26. Gary North Pulling Strings of the Antiunion Movement?
  27. James Anderson on DVD’s Natural Law 2K
  28. Good News for Two Kingdoms!
  29. A Mormon With a Mission
  30. Which Sword?
  31. 2K Natural Law or Theocratic Natural Law?
  32. What Caused the Financial Meltdown? A Guide to Understanding the Collapse in 3 Hours
  33. Inside the Meltdown
  34. Every Man Did What Was Right In His Own Eyes
  35. God the benevolent Scientist
  36. Spectacles Prescribed: A Review of VanDrunen’s “A Biblical Case for Natural Law”
  37. John W. Robbins (1949-2008)
  38. Notice on Strict Background Check on Applicants for the Olympic Games and the Test Events
  39. Adopted person offended by Obama’s remarks
  40. John Delling – Responsibility
  41. Nazi Counterfeiters and the Fed
  42. Not so gentle reminders
  43. John 18:28-38
  44. Soviet Sees Religion as Threat to Policy
  45. Ron Paul Update
  46. 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

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

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. Natural Law: Greek or Israelite? — Reformed Libertarian
  2. EMFs
  3. A Post-Fall Covenant of Works?
  4. Gal. 3:18 – Generic Law and Promise, or Sinai and Messiah?
  5. Implications of Israel as a Type
  6. Update to Church Membership Post
  7. The Westminster Assembly Debates Credopaedobaptism
  8. Evidence Based Medicine?
  9. Index Page
  10. TRL Links 3.4.15
  11. TRL Links 11.06.14
  12. How the News Makes Us Dumb
  13. The Republication Debate Gets Muddy
  14. Ebola Virus (Curable-?, Reversible-?, Preventable?)
  15. Is It Sinful for Unmarried Couples to Make Out?
  16. The Messianic Character of American Foreign Policy
  17. A Few Thoughts for Consideration in the Modern Republication Debate
  18. Concordism and the Nature of Science
  19. The Real Daniel Plan
  20. Chantry on Frame
  21. The Lure of Flattery
  22. Rich Mullins Friday
  23. Mosaic Health in Orange
  24. Rich Mullins Tuesdays
  25. Fun with TVTV
  26. Josh Garrels
  27. For 40 Years, This Russian Family Was Cut Off From All Human Contact, Unaware of World War II | History & Archaeology | Smithsonian Magazine
  28. Misérable means Miserable
  29. Hitler’s Medicine
  30. RescueTime
  31. We Need To Talk About Mumford
  32. Rich Mullins Mondays
  33. F.lux
  34. Evernote
  35. Thomas Kinkade
  36. Don’t Assume
  37. Top Posts of 2011
  38. Music Recommendations
  39. New Theme
  40. The Myth of Adolescence
  41. New Portico Website
  42. A Tribute to Marv Meyer
  1. September 4, 2016 at 12:18 am

    Hi Brandon, What an amazing work you have done with this blog! I am 1689 federalist thanks all the consistent analysis of your blog. Please make videos! Thank you brother… also what do you think of thee “2016 – Republication: Report of the Committee to Study Republication submitted to the 83rd GA” http://opc.org/GA/republication.html
    They said that a possible view where the Mosaic covenant is somehow in substance the same as the covenant of works in not consistent with their standards?… I am also concerned with the statements like this in the report “the mandate of the committee is merely one of confessional exegesis”… Confessional exegesis? It sounds to me that before starting this study they had the intention to make their understanding fit into their standards rather than the Bible… what do you think Brandon? Thanks once again!

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    • September 4, 2016 at 8:22 am

      Hi there. I plan on writing a few posts on the OPC report as time permits. The report is correct that viewing the Mosaic covenant as a covenant of works is contrary to the WCF. Also, we must understand that the purpose of the committee was to determine which views are consistent with the WCF. How Presbyterians deal with controversies like this have greatly frustrated many people for a long time. Many Presbyterians, particularly Klineans lament that often the question of what Scripture teaches is not made the primary focus because of a per-committment to the confession regardless. This has to do with the fact that for Presbyterians, their ordination is tied to their Confession. Thus, rejecting part of the Confession means possibly ending your ministry. This has consequences for their views of subscription, which also affect how they handle these issues. In my opinion, the way that ARBCA was able to deal with controversy was much more profitable because the ecclessiology is different. Because membership in the association was voluntary and was not tied to anyone’s ordination or ministry, men were free to follow their conscience and to disagree and part ways – whereas in a Presbyterian context almost everything must be done to insure unity, regardless of disagreement.

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  2. Dan Clark
    September 9, 2016 at 9:09 am

    Living Stream Ministries does not list Watchman Nee’s classic book titled “The Normal Christian Life” on their website. I found this peculiar, and in reading it myself found that Nee’s writing here disagrees with many of the current (unbiblical) teachings of Witness Lee and the Living Stream Ministry

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  3. September 22, 2016 at 5:51 pm

    Brandon, have you read “Truth or Territory: A Biblical Approach to Spiritual Warfare” by
    Jim Osman? It is a book by a dispensational Calvinist (I think) against pseudo-charismatic practices of spiritual warfare, such as rebuking and binding Satan and praying a hedge around an individual. If you have read it or heard about it, what do you think? Or do you know about any other reviews of it? Thanks.

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    • September 24, 2016 at 11:58 am

      Hello Hardy,
      No, I’m sorry I have not read of it or heard of it.

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  4. Dave
    September 28, 2016 at 5:31 am

    I recently retread your posts re: Les and Tanner. As much as I enjoy the Reformed Pubcast with Les and Tanner, I was extremely disappointed as I listen to Les’s interview with R. Scott Clark on the most recent episode of The Heidelcast podcast. The program was purportedly to discuss Les’s upcoming movie “Calvinist.” Clark couldn’t pass up the chance to inquire of Les’s “conversion” to the paedobaptist view. Les’s explanation of his change of mind demonstrated once again, as you noted in your posts, that he really does not understand 1689 Federalism.

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  5. Bachzart
    January 20, 2017 at 2:40 pm

    Hello Brandon. I’m a 1689er and a regular reader of your blog. Thank you for putting out so much helpful information on 1689 Federalism. Perhaps you’ve written on this, but I was wondering if you might be able to direct me to some resources on practical issues regarding paedobaptist/credobaptist church relations and questions of membership.

    Specifically, the types of questions I’m seeking answers to are:

    1. How is it biblical to view paedobaptist churches as true churches if, from our perspective, what they regularly practice and accept as baptism is not really baptism?

    2. If we believe that paedobaptism is not really baptism, and we believe the bible teaches that one must be truly baptized to become a member and be admitted to the Lord’s Supper, how can we invite those who were only baptized as infants to take communion with us?

    I’m struggling with the matter of consistency, as it seems to be a consistent position to not accept those baptized as infants as members or admit them to the table (due to their not really having been baptized). On the other hand, how can we not accept members of churches that we view to be true churches to the table?

    Any helpful resources you might be able to point me to would be greatly appreciated.

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    • March 1, 2017 at 8:24 am

      Hi there. Glad the material has been helpful.

      1. The 2LBCF does not use the language of “true church.” Instead, it says

      26.2. All persons throughout the world, professing the faith of the gospel, and obedience unto God by Christ according unto it, not destroying their own profession by any errors everting the foundation, or unholiness of conversation, are and may be called visible saints; and of such ought all particular congregations to be constituted.

      It then goes on to say

      3. The purest churches under heaven are subject to mixture and error; and some have so degenerated as to become no churches of Christ, but synagogues of Satan; nevertheless Christ always hath had, and ever shall have a kingdom in this world, to the end thereof, of such as believe in him, and make profession of his name.

      So paedobaptist churches are (at least in modern day) made up of visible saints. However, they also include their children and baptize their children. Thus they are subject to mixture and error. It doesn’t mean they are “no churches of Christ.” It just means their practice is in error. This is sometimes referred to as the esse (being) and the bene esse (well being) of the church.

      2. This is an issue that baptists have been split about, including baptists who signed the 2LBCF (as far as I understand). I would recommend studying the Open Communion controversies.
      http://equip.sbts.edu/event/conferences/session-9-william-kiffen-john-bunyan-open-communion-controversy-2/
      http://confessingbaptist.com/tag/close-communion/

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  6. March 19, 2017 at 4:51 pm

    lot of work put into this, thanks for your diligence!

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