Posts Tagged ‘Sam Waldron’

Why (and How) Your Church Should Hold the 1689 Confession

by Sam Waldron

Introductory remarks by Mark Dever May 27, 2005

“This article considers the question of why a church should consider using the Second London Confession (1689) as its church statement of faith. It has been occasioned by an article by Shawn Wright in the 9Marks e-newsletter in which Shawn concludes that the 1689 confession is not the best confession for a congregation to use. While I agree with many of Shawn’s points, I regret needless division over this. I love and appreciate the 1689 confession, and the sister churches who use it; and I would not want to discourage them in their God-glorifying work in any way. How a statement of faith is used is as much at issue in this discussion as which statement of faith is used. I hope and pray that vigorous and charitable discussion of the congregational use of statements of faith will be encouraged by this exchange. It is a good conversation to be had between brothers, and it should be had in a way which encourages us all to get on with the work according to the best light we have. Sam Waldron, a friend and co-laborer in the gospel, associate pastor of Heritage Baptist Church, Owensboro, Kentucky, has submitted this defense of using the 1689 confession. He instructs us well on the practice of many Reformed Baptist churches and provides good food for thought.”


Let me begin by thanking 9Marks for graciously allowing me this opportunity to respond to Shawn Wright’s article, “Should you use the 1689 London Confession in your church?” Fairness to Wright dictates that this essay not greatly exceed his in length. A more extended rebuttal will be published in the June 15 issue of the Founder’s Journal. Allow me to say that it gives me no joy to criticize the essay of my friend, Shawn Wright. It is only a sense of the importance of the issues he raises that constrains this response….

Read the entire article at 9Marks 

Free Ebook- The Lord’s Day: Its Presuppositions, Proofs, Precedents, and Practice

February 24, 2017 Leave a comment

lords-day-waldronBy Sam Waldron

Now available at Chapel Library is a new (FREE) book titled The Lord’s Day: Its Presuppositions, Proofs, Precendents, and Practice by Sam Waldron: The Lord’s Day

The Lord’s Day is a thoroughly up-to-date consideration of the Fourth Commandment and its ramifications for modern Christianity. Its four sections include the Presuppositions that influence our thinking; Proofs at creation, by Moses, and in the New Testament; Precedents in the Apostolic Fathers and John Calvin; and finally its Practice. While precise and careful, the author avoids extremes and makes the nuances and complexities of the theological issues clear for most Christians.

Available in Epub, mobi, & Pdf


Source [Chapel Library]

Sam Waldron Interviews Dr. Curt Daniel on Hyper-Calvinism

January 24, 2017 2 comments

Interview with Dr. Curt Daniel (part 1 of 4)

Interview with Dr. Curt Daniel (part 2 of 4)

Interview with Dr. Curt Daniel (part 3 of 4)

Interview with Dr. Curt Daniel (part 4 of 4)


Source [CBT Seminary]

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

March 28, 2016 2 comments

MARCH 18,19 – 2016


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

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.

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

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

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

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

Day Two Audio

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

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

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]

The Slick-Waldron Debate: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (part 5)

February 23, 2016 Leave a comment

By Sam Waldron

One or two more matters should come up for discussion before I finish my post-game analysis of the Slick-Waldron debate over the gifts of prophecy, tongues, and healing. Here, I think, we pass from the good things I learned and the ugly of my confusion over the debate question to the bad.

I think Matt’s use of 1 Corinthians 1:7 was bad. 1 Corinthians 1:7 reads: “so that you are not lacking in any gift, awaiting eagerly the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ.” In this statement Paul congratulates the Corinthian church for the fact that they do not lack in any gift as they await the Second Coming. Matt pressed the text as a proof that all the spiritual gifts given to the Corinthians are normative for all churches till the Second Coming.

Well, quite evidently the text teaches no such thing. I actually asked….




Read the entire article here.

The Slick-Waldron Debate: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (part 4)

February 16, 2016 Leave a comment

By Sam Waldron

Another topic which I want to follow up on from my debate with Matt Slick has to do with my first assertion that the apostles of Christ are the first and greatest of the gifts Christ gave to His church. Matt’s response to this was to show that the blood of Christ and the Holy Spirit were the greatest charismatic gifts of Christ to the church. Gotcha!

Well, of course, the blood of Christ and the Holy Spirit are greater gifts than Apostles. But again we see here why Matt was so concerned to have that word charismatic in the title. Anything called a charisma in the New Testament thus becomes a charismatic gift.

It is true that in Romans 5:15, 16, and 6:23 salvation and eternal life are described as charismas. (I actually don’t think charisma is used of the blood of Christ or the Holy Spirit, but I will let that go.) It is also true that I would concede that these things are greater than the gift of Apostles of Christ. With qualification I would grant this.




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The Slick-Waldron Debate: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (part 3)

By Sam Waldron

In my last blog post I promised to share the word studies that have confirmed for me that Matt Slick’s distinction between charisma gifts and doma gifts was overdrawn. Remember that his assertion was that Apostles of Christ were a doma gift and not a charismatic gift. Hence, he could claim that all the charismatic gifts continue in the church. As to the Claim that Charisma and Doma are Distinct and that Charisma is Never Used of Apostles, let me share the actual state of the biblical evidence.

First, Slick’s assertion assumes that a careful distinction between these two words is maintained in this matter in the New Testament. Such a distinction is not apparent.

Actually, Doma is used only four times in the New Testament. Matthew 7:11 and Luke 11:13 use it of parents giving gifts to their children. Philippians 4:17 uses it of a church’s financial gift to Paul. It is used only once of spiritual gifts. That occurrence is Ephesians 4:8….




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The Slick-Waldron Debate: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (part 2)

By Sam Waldron

I said in my first blog post that debates for me are about truth—not about winning. I do, of course, hope the truth will win. I also hope to do a good job for the sake of the truth and the defense of the truth. One of the good things, then, about this debate is that I learned something more about how to defend the truth and how to answer arguments contrary to it. Let me tell you about that.




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The Slick-Waldron Debate: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (part 1)

By Sam Waldron

I have not previously blogged about debates I have been asked to participate in. But since this was a social media event of sorts, and some things worthy of comment happened, I have decided to write some blog posts about my debate with Matt Slick.

Matt Slick and I had an opportunity to talk before our recent debate. He seems to be an amiable guy and genuine Christian. He says he is “Reformed” and even Amillennial like myself. He attends (I really am not sure how, given these convictions, but I guess that is his business.) a Calvary Chapel in Boise, Idaho. He is the man behind CARM.ORG, something which a number of my younger Reformed brothers seem to know. My brief perusal of the site seemed to indicate that it had a wise and moderate tone about most things. It does advocate for the continuation of the charismatic gifts, but not the continuation of Apostles of Christ. I would characterize his view as Third Wave. Matt also made clear that he wanted to distance himself from more extreme Charismatics and their ungodly antics.




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Does the Bible Teach That the Charismatic Gifts Are For Today?

January 26, 2016 5 comments


Above is a debate between Dr. Sam Waldron, Dean and Resident Professor of Systematic Theology at Covenant Baptist Theological Seminary, and Matt Slick, President and Founder of the Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry. They debate the question, “Does the Bible teach that the charismatic gifts are for today?”

No matter which side of the issue you may be on, I highly recommend watching this debate, which is very instructive and helpful in seeking to understand the important issues involved. I think it may be the best debate I have seen on the issue, especially since it is between two men who share a commitment to Reformed theology.



Source [Reformed Baptist Blog]