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Reply to a Critic of the Church of England Reformation Concerning my Biopgraphy of Toplady

An uninformed know-all seeks to suppress the truth concerning Augustus Toplady.        This letter was written to an enemy of the Church of England Reformers who wished to censor and suppress the publication of my Augustus Toplady biography. He maintained that my work was that of a Roman Catholic and an enemy and that I had defended ‘malignants’ and ‘drunkards’. Mention is made of two books in the letter but the biography and anthology were eventually printed together in one large volume. The criticisms of my correspondent were based on secondary and tertiary literature without my critic being aware of the original documents needed in forming an opinion. Sadly, most of theological discussion nowadays has become a rabies… Full Article

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The Seventeenth Century: No Time of Reformation

True heroes exchanged for lesser men     Nowadays, at least in Britain, our Reformed churches teach us to take our gaze off the 16th century Reformation and concentrate on the Revolutionary period of the 17th century where, they say, we shall find true Reformation theology. This, they say, was the age of Puritanism, though they define Puritanism in a very limited and often political way. This is advice which would be foolish to follow. The 17th century brought with it a grave departure from the teaching of the Reformation. The British public, government and churches experienced military and moral rebellion, down-grading and back-sliding in religion, fierce intolerance, anarchy in politics, an upsurge of Rationalism, a bawdy… Full Article

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William Carey: Using God’s Means to Convert the People of India (Part 1)

My reason for publishing this account of William Carey and his Indian mission on my website. On 18-21 February, 2010 a conference will be held at Muscle Shoals, Alabama under the theme ‘The Quagmire of Hyper-Calvinism’. The key speaker will be Dr. Michael Haykin who will lecture on Andrew Fuller as a missionary pioneer. The myth that Andrew Fuller pioneered a missionary movement is superstitiously believed by Dr. Haykin and his circle but the Baptist Missionary Society Fuller helped to found came at the rear end of a long line of Christian missionary organisations whether church based or, like the BMS, a para-church movement. Andrew Fuller was not the instigator of this missionary society but William Carey who urged the Baptists to… Full Article

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William Carey: Using God’s Means to Convert the People of India (Part 2)

Part II: The Mission Prospers The mission at Serampore prospered and spread. Carey was given the most prominent building in the city for the church in which he preached for the next thirty-four years. The town of Serampore, too, prospered as it proved an asylum of peace for fugitives from the Americo-Franco-British wars and it persuaded many wealthy investors to settle there. More missionaries were urgently needed as Brunsdon soon died of a liver complaint. Fountain, who was doing pioneer work at Dinapoor, also died after a short illness. Thomas rejoined the mission but became insane and soon died. The missionaries were able to purchase a very large house in the middle of the town with two acres of garden from the Governor’s… Full Article

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John Collet Ryland (1723-1792) and the Restructuring of Baptist History

     A number of modern writers who preach common-grace and duty-faith as redemptive means in evangelisation, view John Collet Ryland as a Hyper-Calvinist. Such a person, a recent BOT article tells us, does not appeal to sinners, “directly encouraging them to trust him (Christ), and appealing to them to do so now.” Obviously, given such criteria, Ryland’s critics know nothing of his extensive gospel ministry or are deliberately introducing a new conception of what ‘directly encouraging sinners’ means. Most of their ‘encouragement’ is found in their slogan ‘God’s provisions and man’s agency’ which stresses the need for man to use all his supposed natural abilities and duties to grasp out and take God’s provisions… Full Article

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The Ecclesiastical Chaos of 1643-1662

Part One: The Ejection of the ‘Scandalous Ministers’ The problem outlined      Having spent all my life in Free Church circles, I learnt very early of the severe persecutions meted out in England during the 17th century to Dissenters, Non-Conformists and Non-Jurors who wished to preach, teach and witness in Anglican parishes. Two books which became of special influence in forming my judgement were Thomas Coleman’s The Two Thousand Confessors of Sixteen Hundred and Sixty-Two and Edmund Calamy’s The Nonconformist’s Memorial, a three-volumed work on the same period. I treasure these works which served under God to cause me to abhor any form of religious, political and social persecution.      As a result… Full Article

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Heinrich Bullinger (1504-75) and the Catabaptists

Heinrich Bullinger (1504-75) and the Catabaptists: An examination of Alleged Roots of Present Day Baptists A brief look at the meaning of ‘Catabaptist’.      Most Baptists nowadays look upon the Swiss Catabaptists or Anabaptists of the 1520s as being the forerunners of the British Baptists who are, in turn, seen as the founders of the American Baptist churches. This argument is far from compelling as the following study of Heinrich Bullinger’s discussions with the Swiss Catabaptists will show.      The term Catabaptist is thought to have been coined by Gregory of Nazianzus in the fourth century to tease those Christians who insisted on a sacramental understanding of the amount of water necessary for baptism by… Full Article

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Are We Reformed?

Dear Brethren,      From time to time, we read postings to the HBS which state dogmatically that Baptists are, or ought to be, neither Reformed or Protestant. Such subscribers see so much error in these two branches of the institutionalised establishments that they beg loudly to differ and proclaim a ‘better way’. Not all Baptists, however, agree and we have that school represented by members of the American Founders’ Journal and the British Reformation Today who affirm strongly that Baptists are, or ought to be, both Reformed and Protestant. Again, as in most matters of faith and practice, Baptists are divided amongst themselves which led to Kenneth Good’s most interesting book, ‘Are Baptists Reformed?’      Now,… Full Article

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What is a Baptist?

Dear Brethren,      Before I had the privilege of joining this symposium, I felt that I knew quite well what a Baptist church was. My simple definition was that a Baptist church consisted of a body of believers who had joined together in fellowship, chosen a pastor and deacons, preferably out of their own midst, and decided, on what they held to be Biblical grounds, to require water baptism as an expression of their belief in saving faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ given to them as a gracious act of God.      After over six months of fellowship within the symposium, I find that my simple view is hardly accepted by any member of the various Baptist churches represented in the symposium. The matter appears to be much… Full Article

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Queen’s Abdication

Sir;      Though sympathising with John Graham re the Queen’s abdication, I fail to see the need for Anglican Christians, freed of their governess, to leave their Church. Are not the very Christians to whom he refers the true Church of England? A church is not where one goes but what one is.      Should Mr. Graham empty the Anglican Church of Christians, where would he transfer them? They might be an asset to his own denomination, but this would be out of the frying-pan into the fire. The many factions regarding faith, worship and church order amongst Baptists do not lag behind Anglicans in anti-Scriptural liberalism, sacramentalism and Pelagianism. Recent studies (Baptist Quarterly 8/2000), show how historically,… Full Article

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