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1689 Federalism Response to Wellum’s “Progressive Covenantalism and the Doing of Ethics”

by Brandon Adams

A 20 page paper by Stephen J. Wellum titled “Progressive Covenantalism and the Doing of Ethics” was posted in the New Covenant Theology Facebook group recently [Note: it has since been removed as it was not supposed to be posted publicly – it will be available in this volume]. It presents a good opportunity to bring to attention some of the important areas where 1689 Federalism (a particular version of covenant theology) disagrees with Westminster Federalism (what Wellum simply refers to as “covenant theology”), as well as highlight where 1689 Federalism believes Progressive Covenantalism errs. My comments will be brief, and I won’t be summarizing his argument, so make sure to read it first.

Covenant theology has sought to do ethics and establish the basis for moral law by following the venerable tradition of dividing the Mosaic law into three parts: moral, civil, and ceremonial… A direct equation is made between the Decalogue and eternal moral law and a general hermeneutical rule is followed: unless the NT explicitly modifies or abrogates the Mosaic law (as in the ceremonial and civil parts), it is still in force today. This rule becomes the principle by which moral law is established across the canon.

This is an important point. This is how modern RB and paedobaptist covenant theology answers the question, but it is not how 1689 Federalism answers the question. Unlike the other groups, we do not believe the Old and New are two administrations of the same covenant, therefore we do not believe the Mosaic covenant continues to be in force today aside from specific laws (or categories of laws) that have been repealed. Progressive Covenantalism is simply unaware of our position (I don’t blame them for that). We believe the entire Mosaic covenant, and thus the Mosaic law, is abrogated. Therefore we do not follow Westminster Federalism (“covenant theology”) in arguing that all Mosaic law is still in force today unless abrogated (because it was all abrogated).

 

 

 

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When interpreting scripture we must not divide Christ by saying that Christ can be someone’s Savior but not that person’s Lord

Arthur PinkParticular redemption (Christ making atonement for the sins of His own people only) must not prevent His servants from preaching the Gospel to every creature and announcing that there is a Savior for every sinner out of hell who appropriates Him for his own. Sunder not the two halves of John 6:37: all that the Father gives Christ shall come to Him, albeit the individual must seek Him (Isaiah 55:6; Jeremiah 29:13). Nor does the inability of the natural man annul his accountability, for though no man can come to Christ except the Father draw him (John 6:44), his refusal to come is highly blameworthy (Proverbs 1:24-31; John 5:40). Nor is a divided Christ to be presented to sinners for their acceptance. It is a delusion to imagine that His priestly sacrifice may be received while His kingly rule is refused, that His blood will save me though I despise His government. Christ is both “Lord and Savior” and in that unalterable order (2 Peter 1:11; 3:2, 18), for we must throw down the weapons of our warfare against Him and take His yoke upon us in order to find rest unto our souls. Thus repentance and faith are equally necessary (Mark 1:15; Acts 20:21).

Arthur W. Pink-Interpretation of the Scriptures

Deep South Regional Founders Conference – January 28-30, 2016- Some Audio Now Online

March 28, 2016 2 comments

2016: Effectual Calling: Conrad Mbewe

The 2016 Deep South Founders Conference met at Bethlehem Baptist Church, in Laurel MS, January 28-30, 2016. Audio will be available soon.

January 28-30, 2016

Thursday Evening: 6:30 pm

Conrad Mbewe: Evangelistic Sermon: Two Attitudes of the Eldest Son

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Friday Morning: 9:30 am

Ken Fryer: Grace and the Effectual Call

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Conrad Mbewe: Effectual Calling and Predestination

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Friday Evening: 6:30 pm

Tom Hicks: The Effectual Calling of Persons Incapable of Being Outwardly Called

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Conrad Mbewe: The Affect of Effectual Calling on the Mind, Heart, and Will

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Saturday Morning: 9:30 am

Ed Wallen: The Effectual Calling and Common Grace

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Conrad Mbewe: The Agency of Effectual Calling (Word & Spirit)

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Source [Deepsouth Founders]

Audio Files from 2016 “1689 Conference: ‘Reign of Grace,’” now online

March 28, 2016 2 comments

MARCH 18,19 – 2016

REIGN of GRACE

covenant – cross -consummation

That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 5:21 (KJV)

It seems as though in the year 2015 there has been many challenges facing us as Christians, both from outside our walls and from within.

The church needs to be encouraged with the reminder of the steadfastness and surety of God’s reign through grace, which will not be thwarted by sin nor traitors in our ranks.

If it would please the Lord, we are hoping to achieve several things with this year’s theme: REIGN of GRACE.

Beginning on Friday we hope to provide an overview concerning a very important way in how to understand God’s redemptive plan which is interwoven all throughout the Scriptures – the Covenant of Grace. This Covenant is central to the 1689 Baptist Confession and is sure to provide God’s people with confidence and renewed hope that the Lord fulfills His promises!

Then on Saturday, following the reassurance and reminder of the promises and plans made to Christ’s people, we will offer teachings that have a more practical mood, in hopes they may exhort, encourage and equip those in attendance to continue to fight the good fight,
and not to grow weary in well doing.

So then, please join us that we may continue steadfastly unto the end in the most holy faith which we confess.

Come, gather and meet new friends who share with you in precious like faith.

2016 Audio Sessions

Day One Audio

TALK #1
Rev. Ron Baines – Of God’s covenant of grace (this topic is also further expanded in Ron’s second talk – #5)

TALK #2 Dr. Sam Waldron – Of Jesus Christ the Mediator by which grace reigns.

TALK #3
Rev. Mike Waters – Of reigning grace through repentance and salvation.

TALK #4
Rev. JD Hall – Of reigning grace and our proclamation of the gospel.

TALK #5
Rev. Ron Baines – Of reigning grace in and through the local church.

TALK #6
Dr. Sam Waldron – The Consummation of the glorious reign of grace.

Day Two Audio

TALK #7
Rev. JD Hall – Of reigning grace and our Perseverance during this life.

TALK #8
Dr. Sam Waldron – Of reigning grace and new church planting.

TALK #9
Rev. JD Hall – Of reigning grace and passing on our beliefs to the next generation.

TALK #10
Rev. Ron Baines – Of the reign of grace and fleeing worldliness.

TALK #11
Rev. Mike Waters – The reign of grace through martyrdom.

TALK #12
Rev. Mike Waters – The reign of grace in self-denial.

Day One & Two Videos – Coming Soon

 

 

 
Source [1689 Conference]

Spurgeon Reflects on his Conversion

Spurgeon“Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.” Isaiah 14:22.

SIX years ago, to-day, as near as possible at this very hour of the day, I was “in the gall of bitterness and in the bonds of iniquity,” but had yet, by divine grace, been led to feel the bitterness of that bondage, and to cry out by reason of the soreness of its slavery. Seeking rest, and finding none, I stepped within the house of God, and sat there, afraid to look upward, lest I should be utterly cut off, and lest his fierce wrath should consume me, The minister rose in his pulpit, and, as I have done this morning, read this text-”Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth, for I am God, and there is none else.” I looked that moment; the grace of faith was vouchsafed to me in the selfsame instant, and now I think I can say with truth-

“E’er since by faith I saw the stream
His flowing wounds supply,
Redeeming love has been my theme,
And shall be till I die.”

I shall never forget that day, while memory holds its places nor can I help repeating this text, whenever I remember that hour when first I knew the Lord. How strangely gracious! How wonderfully and marvelously kind, that he who heard these words so little time ago for his own soul’s profit, should now address you this morning as his hearers from the same text, in the full and confident hope that some poor sinner within these walls may hear the glad tidings of salvation for himself also, and may to day, on this 6th of January, be “turned from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God.”

Charles H. Spurgeon- Sovereignty and Salvation-A Sermon Delivered On Sabbath Morning, January 6

Easter 2016

March 27, 2016 2 comments

Reformedontheweb would like to wish you a blessed and happy Resurrection Day.

“The Christian is the most contented man in the world, but he is the least contented with the world. He is like a traveler in an inn, perfectly satisfied with the inn and its accommodation, considering it as an inn, but putting quite out of all consideration the idea of making it his home.”

~C.H. Spurgeon

Free Ebook- The Doctrine of Revelation

March 25, 2016 3 comments

dfcfaa851be481f5b59bf2e9fe3b47d0_f2485Doctrine of Revelation, The

by Arthur W. Pink (1886-1952)

Available in Epub, .mobi, and Pdf

God speaks to us by His Spirit, in the Scriptures. The Doctrine of Revelation explores that reality, how God communicates, and what that means for us. From the author’s Introduction: “Our principal object will be to set forth some of the numerous indications that the Bible is something far superior to any human production, but before doing that we must seek to establish the existence of its divine Author. The later chapters will be designed chiefly for preachers or older students of the Word, presenting as they will some of the rules which require to be heeded if the Scriptures are to be properly interpreted; and though their scope will go beyond the general title of ‘divine revelation,’ yet they will complement and complete the earlier ones.”

Pages: 256.

Item code: dore.

Format: paperback.

 

 

Source [Chapel Library]