Calvinism: An Introduction and Comparison with the Main Historic Christian Alternatives With the Principal Relevant Historical Councils and Creeds Stephen Paynter April 2020

Review Article Calvinism: An Introduction and Comparison with the Main Historic Christian Alternatives With the Principal Relevant Historical Councils and Creeds Stephen Paynter April 2020      I have been recently sent an online copy of Stephen Paynter’s new book, or rather a new version of a work done in 2014, by Academia.edu free of charge. This academic consortium has kindly provided me for several years with many gems both small and large from writers on theology, missiology and church history. It is rarely, however, that I receive works from them dealing solely with evangelical, Reformed issues. This is also the more surprising because Dr Paynter is a software engineer and neither a theologian nor a… Full Article

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Portrait of a Fullerite

Warts and all      Cromwell is said to have told his portrait painters that they must be exact in picturing him ‘warts and all’. After viewing the many pretty portraits of Andrew Fuller painted by Michael Haykin over the last decades, I have realised that the artist has not followed Cromwell’s advice and the ‘warts and all’ have been painted over in meticulous iconolatry, making a fictive Fatima or Mary out of Fuller. This artistic repainting is Haykin’s way of spending his time and there is no harm in that but for the fact that Haykin demands academic status for his portrayals and will have us believe they are the real thing. This reminds me of the Ugaritic portraits of the Old Testament heroes as gods whereas… Full Article

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Bridging the Waters of Baptism: A dialogue on the right use of the ordinance

Introduction: How things began      The discussions recorded here are not fictive but have actually occurred. They did not take place in a pastor’s vestry or a private home or in the usual, traditional places where friends meet, but in internet chat-groups. To make matters easier, I shall reduce the forty-odd people who have debated on the subject of baptism with me over the past eight or nine years to eight. Tyler, Jim, Dan and Howard, represent the traditional and, I believe, Scriptural side concerning the baptism of believers and the children in their charge. Ralf, Detlef, Nigel and Jean represent those who feel that Scriptureteaches baptism as a post-conversion duty leading to an entrance into a local church. The discussion… Full Article

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Has the God of Moses, Abraham, David and the Prophets a Different Righteousness to the God of the New Testament as some Christians now claim?

New times of apostasy      It would have seemed folly a few generations ago for a confessing Reformed Evangelical to ask such a question without earning the undoubtable and rather shocked answer, ‘No’. But we are living in new times of apostasy and sadly, the righteousness of God as displayed in all the Scriptures and even the presence of Christ in all the Scriptures has been greatly challenged by a new para-Christian movement which has revived the Marcion heresy of the second century. To refresh our memories and inform those who have never heard of Marcion, he was born in Synope, thought to be the Synop of present day Turkey, and visited Rome around 144 A.D. spreading dualistic teaching concerning a wrathful God of severe justice… Full Article

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A New Look at Developing NCT Theology

Echoes of the misled past in modern thought      I have been inactive in writing for the past couple of years due to several illnesses and the loss of my library but now the Lord has somewhat restored me and I am back in action. I see now that my work on the Covenant of Grace before my long pause cries out to be continued due to new attacks from once Reformed sectors.      The gospel news of a Covenant of Grace from eternity covering the whole of time has been severely challenged recently by Dispensationist-Neo-Covenant campaigners with their cut-down theology who are quite out of date with their views mainly built on heretical teaching spread by the Marcionites at the beginning of the world-wide Christian outreach and the… Full Article

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Randy Siever’s 15 Points

Dear Brother Randy,      It was good of you to reply so quickly. As many NCT people, you are moving on to new discoveries and I trust I shall not lag behind in learning and growing in grace. These are not the tenets I meant but they will do as I need something concrete to go on. I notice that you cannot speak on behalf of the NCT people as a solid movement, which would have helped but I see that you have moved further than many of them. I am still criticised for not formulating NCT principles correctly but when I formulate those of one adherent, the others protest that they believe nothing of the kind. I suppose this goes for most of your friends who hold to various reformed paths who protest when you lump them all together. In future… Full Article

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Randy Seiver’s Ten Questions

     Some years ago, I had a very stormy debate with Randy Seivers concerning his writings on the NCT and my response to them. Gradually, the storm died down and we started to discuss things amiably and calmly. I asked Randy to give me a detailed list of what he believed for my consideration which I believe he did and I started to work on it. Then came a long period of illness which removed me from active service and I had to sell off my large library with a view of going with my dear wife into what we call here a Senior Residence’. However both of us have emerged from our troubles (mostly due to old age, bad sight and painful limbs) after a long ‘Sabbath Rest’ and I started to look into the web to see if I could find any traces… Full Article

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The Relationship between Justification, Faith and God’s Eternal Existence

Part One: David Gay’s ‘Principles’ as displayed in his book Eternal Justification (I cannot comment line for line on this scandalous work as I would then have to write double the amount that Gay writes and quote much unedifying waffle. I thus comment in brief on Gay’s ‘Principles’ and shall follow up with further essays.) Eternal justification netted      Yesterday, I came across a freebie in the Internet entitled Eternal Justification. As I have long wondered what that phrase could mean and have never been convinced by various expositions of what it signifies, I downloaded the essay and discovered it was by David Gay and dated 2010. Now Brother Gay is to be commended for putting his books and essays online free of… Full Article

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Maurice Roberts and Hyper-Calvinism

Those ‘Theological Swearwords’ ‘Antinomianism and Hyper-Calvinism’ Again      Some years ago in the Evangelical Times, one of their directors, John Legg, referred to the terms ‘Antinomianism and Hyper-Calvinism’ as ‘theological swearwords’ and used them indiscriminately with his co-director Errol Hulse to describe my practice of preaching the whole of the gospel to the whole man wherever I was placed by God to do so. This irresistible calling led to my marching 35 kilometers a day through swampy marshland and glacier-covered territory with a map and compass to help me find the way and a fishing rod, snares and a small casting-net in order so I could feed myself so I could take the gospel to nomad Lapps and to my work… Full Article

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A Baptist Argument from History

     It has become the custom amongst modern Baptist apologists to argue from history in order to establish a Baptist apostolic succession of believers’ immersion from the earliest Christian times similar to that boasted of by the Landmarkers and now even the Southern Baptists. There is indeed sporadic evidence of such a succession but only within Baptist churches who have, mostly since the Reformation, covenanted to practice such a succession where it previously did not exist.      Many Baptists look to the Swiss Widertœuffer, or Täufer movement of the 16th century as historical examples of those who practised so-called believers’ baptism only, but here they err greatly. No less than twelve or so different Swiss Täufer… Full Article

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