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Definitions of Doctrine-Volume 3-Foreword

My Comment: The next section of C. D. Cole’s ‘Definitions of Doctrines’ is centered on the Doctrine of the Church. Caution should be used as one reads this section. Cole was a Landmark Baptist. Landmarkism is a type of Baptist ecclesiology developed in the American South in the mid-19th century. It is committed to a strong version of the perpetuity theory of Baptist origins, attributing an unbroken continuity and unique legitimacy to the Baptist movement since the apostolic period. It includes belief in the exclusive validity of Baptist churches and invalidity of non-Baptist liturgical forms and practices. Hence this is the focus of the little book by J. M. Carroll entitled ‘The Trail of Blood.’

It is certain that C. D. Cole was a defender of Calvinistic soteriology. He also knew Arthur W. Pink and had a falling out with him. Though his views of the church are towards landmarkism, nevertheless this does not mean that everything C. D. Cole writes concerning the Church is heretical. As with everything that one reads, this section should be read with discernment.

Finally, the owner of this blog, rejects the Landmark view. Instead, I recognize that the modern day Baptist arose out of English separatism and is the view that I promote. I mainly put out C. D. Cole’s ‘Definitions of Doctrines,’ because for the most part, it is sound. I am not one who throws the baby out with the bath water.

To read a short biography of C. D. Cole, click here.

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