Reviews

Particular Redemption and the Free Offer

David H. J. Gay Brachus 2008 Obtainable from Amazon Books £10 per copy. Bulk prices available. No easy read      David Gay promises ‘no easy read’ in this supplement to his The Gospel Offer is Free: A Reply to George M. Ella’s The Free Offer and The Call of the Gospel. It is basically a collection of notes, quotes and sources in tiny print covering a hundred pages more than Gay’s initial work. ‘If this gets too involved’ Gay advises, “omit the copious footnotes”. But where is the main text to which they are all appended? It is scattered higgledy-piggledy throughout the notes. You might find half a sentence somewhere followed by eight pages of notes before two more sentences appear only to delve into… Full Article

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Kiffin, Knollys and Keach: Rediscovering our English Baptist Heritage

A Review Article      The news that Carey Publications were to publish the lives of these three 17th century Baptists filled me with a feeling of hopeful expectancy. The three Ks have aided my own understanding of the ways of God immensely and I know from my correspondents that there is an awakened, wide-spread interest in them. Michael Haykin’s book thus comes at a most appropriate time.      My expectancy was dampened by Robert Oliver’s foreword in which he takes up his pet theme, Hyper-Calvinism, and back-projects it onto the teaching of Kiffin and Co., arguing that they were against it, whereas they had nothing to do with it, or rather, nothing to do with this modern controversy which is forced onto the churches,… Full Article

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Review of Amyraut Affirmed

Review of Amyraut Affirmed: or ‘Owenism, a Caricature of Calvinism’ by Alan C. Clifford      In this provocative booklet, Dr Allan C. Clifford’s responds to Ian Hamilton’s Amyraldianism – is it modified Calvinism? by presenting Amyraldianism as orthodox Calvinism and the Westminster Confession as a caricature of it. Clifford’s argument is that both John Calvin (1509-1564) and Moses Amyraut (1596-1664) believed that God had two conflicting wills in salvation. Clifford is so enamoured with his theory that he dispenses with objective textual proof. He merely quotes speculations he has made in former works “for the benefit of those who have been either unable or unwilling to consult” them, arguing that this is all that… Full Article

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Walter Chantry and the New Law of Righteousness

An editorial downgrading      Recently, BOT editor, Walter Chantry, published three essays under the title ‘Sort of’ Reformed, dealing, amongst other things, with New Covenant Theology. Though he concluded that new NCT is worse than old Neonomianism, he accepted many NCT ideas regarding ‘moral law’ and Mosaic Law, arguing for a new Neonomianism and a new emphasis on man’s moral duties. This makes him a ‘sort of’ NCT himself. So, too BOT’s close ally, Tom Wells, is an avowed protagonist of New Covenant Theology and one who Iain Murray uses to promote his works as in his Unresolved Controversy. Tom Wells is also a welcome contributor to the Banner’s theological partner Reformation Today. Other close associates of the… Full Article

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The Works of Andrew Fuller with a Biography (Part 2)

The Works of Andrew Fuller with a Biography by the Editor Andrew Gunten Fuller A Banner of Truth Trust Facsimile Reprint Part Two      The bulk of BOT publications between the late nineteen-fifties and mid-eighties were a great support to the churches. Since then the BOT have lowered their standards to meet a wider readerships and have bowed to popular demands for less solid doctrines. Surprisingly, this broadening of views has led to the BOT adopting a narrow, intolerant, party spirit against those who refuse to take their lead. With their reprint of Andrew Fuller’s works, the BOT have now abandoned Reformation teaching altogether, giving their readers a philosophy of religion which appeals to the fallen human heart… Full Article

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The Works of Andrew Fuller with a Biography (Part 1)

The Works of Andrew Fuller with a Biography by the Editor Andrew Gunten Fuller A Banner of Truth Trust Facsimile Reprint   Part One      On the cover of the new BOT facsimile of Fuller’s works, we find the title and the name Michael A. G. Haykin. Prof. Haykin, however, neither edited the work nor provided the introductory biography. This was done by Andrew Fuller’s son, Andrew Gunten Fuller in 1831. Of Fuller Jr.’s efforts, Spurgeon said that he had used much moss to cover his father’s thorns. What then has Michel Haykin to do with this volume? Very little, apart from lending his name to the cover. True, Prof. Haykin has written a few opening words entitled Andrew Fuller: Life and Legacy A Brief Overview but… Full Article

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The British Particular Baptists, Vol. II

     This volume depicts the lives of another thirteen Baptists stalwarts. Michael Haykin’s starts with a moving portrayal of Benjamin Francis, the man Gill wanted to succeed him at Carter Lane. Francis’ triumphs through his humble faith are inspiring. Then Robert Oliver gives interesting insights into the life and ministry of Abraham Booth, a man respected and honoured outside Baptist circles. Oliver sees Booth as following Gill’s leadership in combating Antinomianism and devotes a large section to the controversy between Fuller and Booth which ended in the latter calling Fuller ‘lost’. Booth spoke of a true imputation in the sense that the elect’s guilt was transferred to Christ. Fuller denied any transfer, viewing… Full Article

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The British Particular Baptists 1638-1910: Vol. I.

The British Particular Baptists 1638-1910: Vol. I. Particular Baptist Press      Thomas Watson (1633-1686) wisely wrote, “Get books into your houses, when you have not the spring near you, then get some water into your cisterns; so when you have not that wholesome preaching that you desire, good books are cisterns that hold the water of life in them to refresh you; so, when you find a chillness upon your souls, and that your former heat begins to abate, ply yourselves with warm clothes, get those good books that may acquaint you with such truths as may warm and affect your hearts.”      Though we are overflooded with ‘Christian’ books nowadays, the kind recommended by Watson are still few and far between…. Full Article

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John Rusk and Sanctifying Grace

     Each period in the history of the Church has its controversies. It is part of the Kingdom of Heaven exerting itself against the powers of darkness. God in His grace gives succeeding ages special glimpses of His Word so that these controversies may be resolved and settled. Since the Reformation, men who believe in the doctrines of grace have found themselves united in the common cause against Arminianism. Doctrinal differences amongst themselves have scarcely arisen except for matters relating to church order and baptism. Nowadays most Reformed men feel that the battle against Arminianism has been won clearly and Scripturally. Consequently they feel themselves ´at ease in Zion` regarding Free-willers never with fear and hardly… Full Article

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History of the English Calvinistic Baptists 1771-1892: from John Gill to C. H. Spurgeon

History of the English Calvinistic Baptists 1771-1892: from John Gill to C. H. Spurgeon Robert W. Oliver, BOT. Emerging Deconstructionism      This book is based on Robert Oliver’s 1985 doctoral dissertation. His title is misleading. It is not a history of the British Calvinistic Baptists but, as Michael Haykin’s Foreword explains, an analysis of controversies regarding communion, the use of the law and the so-called fee offer. These are discussed at an inter-denominational level with chapter-long references to Non-Baptist William Huntington, set up as the arch-contender against Dr Oliver’s modernistic Emergence Theology. As Oliver hints in his Preface, the work is a justification of his own prodigality away from the… Full Article

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