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Calvin on the Authority of Scripture

Tuesday, April 29th, 2008

Scripture’s Authority: Institutes I:7:1 1.Scripture has its authority from God, not from the church Before proceeding farther, it seems proper to make some observations on the authority of Scripture, in order that our minds may not only be prepared to receive it with reverence, but be divested of all doubt.

Some Objections Considered (Part 3)

Monday, April 28th, 2008

Questions about the Historical Record It is argued that the Independents did not have any structures equivalent to the Baptist associations, and that they were opposed to such structures.  In the opinion of this author, such a notion is a misreading of the sources and the historical circumstances in which the Independents wrote. 

Some Objections Considered (Part 2)

Friday, April 25th, 2008

Some Objections Considered (Part 2) A Question of the Baptist use of the Savoy Platform In developing this argument based on the Baptists’ use of the Savoy Platform, it is easy to overlook two important factors that militate against this position. In the first place, careful notice must be given to the Savoy Divines’ own [...]

Some Objections Considered (Part 1)

Thursday, April 24th, 2008

Some Objections Considered (Part 1) When the previous material first appeared in pamphlet form, I received a response from a concerned pastor, objecting to my reading of the historical data. 

Confessional Associationalism in Practice

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008

The Practice of Associationalism as Implemented by our Forefathers There is still another important facet of our question which needs to be answered, and it is this: What did these associations do? 

The Confession on Associations

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008

The Confession on Associations There may be some who read the words of our last post, and have no difficulty accepting what has been written, but who argue that this type of oneness is demonstrated through conferences, pastors fellowships and personal friendships.  Nothing else is necessary, and anything more is an intrusion upon the rights [...]

Confessional Subscription: A Test Case (Part 1)

Monday, April 21st, 2008

Confessional Subscription: A Test Case by Prof. Renihan Since the General Assembly of the Association of Reformed Baptist Churches begins tomorrow, it seems good to demonstrate the nature of confessional subscription by examining our Confession’s doctrine of associations. This is one of the important means by which to gauge the extent of an individual’s, or [...]

Subscription Applied

Saturday, April 19th, 2008

The Application of Confessional Subscription: Full Subscription by Prof. Renihan In the light of Scripture, history and sound reason, full subscription seems the best course for churches and associations to follow. Why should we insist on full subscription, and not make allowances for differences of opinion, beyond exceptions over specific words or phrases?

The Scriptures and Confessions

Tuesday, April 15th, 2008

By Prof. Renihan The Scriptures and Confessions The Word of God has much to teach us about confessions and the act of confessing.

Confessional Subscription

Monday, April 14th, 2008

Submitted by Prof. Renihan The Institute of Reformed Baptist Studies is a Confessional school, seeking to represent a Confessional Association–the Association of Reformed Baptist Churches of America. Confessionalism is an essential part of our identity.

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