Reformed Links inc -3 Covenant Lectures on Baptist CT
Welcome to www.reformedbaptist co uk. To save you time figuring out the Doctrinal stance here, this personal site is maintained along the lines implied by the following shorthand labels: Conservative, Evangelical, Independent, Reformed, Calvinist, Baptist, Amillenial, Cessationist, Creationist, plenary inspirationist and literal inerrantist. Sometimes the labels are helpful, sometimes they are misunderstood and divisive, hopefully they let everyone know what to expect, and I would hope to be able to make a Biblical case in defence of each view. So, seeking like-minded believers, welcome to this site!
The historic bases of a number of Christian denominational churches are worthy, God-centred, theologically rigorous documents: like the Westminster Confession of Faith. But, sadly, there exists a widening gulf between these formal principles and the current practice of many once sound denominations. This renders the documents all but meaningless unless read as the case for the prosecution in a charge of neglect.
Unlike many church labels, "Reformed Baptist" is not a denomination, but at the time of writing is rather a description of an independent local church, supported by its congregation, governed by its pastor and officers under Christ, and adhering to the Scriptures and a Reformed statement of faith (as a summary of major doctrinal distinctives, never as a replacement for scripture). The pastor is the undershepherd of the church under the Lord Jesus Christ and is accountable to the Lord, the church officers and the congregation for his discharge of his calling. A local church will be self-contained under God -His provision supplying all their needs for resources and gifts. A Reformed Baptist Church should not be (without misrepresenting the name) ecumenical, charismatic, liberal, arminian or hyper-calvinist.
The three What is a Reformed Baptist Church? articles give independent yet coherent accounts of these distinctives by pastors of Reformed Baptist Churches. The first is by Pastor Jim Savastio of Louisville, Kentucky; the second by Pastor William Payne of Burlington, Ontario; and the third by Dr Poh Boon Sing (Sri Hartamas, Kuala Lumpur) and Rev Earl M Blackburn of La Mirada, California.
The articles presented here aim to set out the doctrinal and ecclesiological understanding that has come to be known as Reformed Baptist, and to illustrate how at every point of contention Scripture presents this entirely practicable yet Divinely Appointed pattern for the the local church. To see the NT Pattern church is to reach Reformed Baptist conclusions, while to hold another view it is necessary to deny God's provision of the scriptural pattern church. There is more to be said, but this is only the introduction.