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The retreat of the Reformed Baptist Movement & there will be no Baptist Library Vol 2 at the moment

It seems that within the last few years the Reformed Baptist movement has taken a step or two backwards. Blogs that used to provide great content for Reformed (Particular) Baptists or websites that did the same, have disappeared over the last few years. The Confessing Baptist site is gone. One cannot click a link for it without getting an error message. Pb Ministries has disappeared. I could go on and on listing sites, but you all should get the picture just by the few I listed.

It also seems that there is little to no interest for a library for Reformed (Particular) Baptists. Having spent upwards to 18 hours a day building the Vol I Library has done nothing to peak the interest among Reformed (Particular) Baptists. I have had a few suggestions that I should build a library that would be Baptist friendly and that would also be an alternative to the Puritan Hard Drive. In other words, several folks have told me that I should build a library that would require the selling of a hard drive for Reformed (Particular) Baptists.

This was my goal. My goal was to build a library that was Baptist friendly and also a library that was so big that it would have to fit on a hard-drive. However, since releasing The Baptist Library Vol I. I have sold absolutely no copies. My posts have been shared on Facebook, Reddit, Tumbler, Youtube, Linkedin, and this blog. I have also had my post shared in several Facebook groups that are centered on Reformed Baptist Theology.

With 350 Cd’s ready to ship, but no buyers of said Cd’s, I have stopped thinking about a library for Reformed (Particular) Baptists and have started concentrating on how I will pay my bills. So for the time being, all work has ceased and it looks like I will be going back out on the road driving a big rig.

Now I don’t mind working and I love truck driving, however, I also love trying to build a library that will equip saints for the ministry of spreading the gospel. This is my number one goal in life and that is to develop something that will aide people in their study of the Bible and in making them more knowledgeable in sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ.

So my heart is divided. I want more than anything to put that drive together, yet I also have to provide for my household. Seeing that a labourer or worker is worthy of his hire, no matter if he has a secular job, or if he is in the ministry of equipping the saints, then whatsoever he does ought to provide for his household. With that said, I have come across many a website that claims one should not make money or be paid for their work in the things of God. This is simply not true. Scripture is plain that a minster is worthy of his hire and that ministry ought to provide for the necessities of this life.

Once I go back out on the road everything will continue on here at Reformedontheweb as usual. I have placed enough post in scheduled post mode, so that I don’t have to touch this blog for several months. However, as I have time, I will log into this site and answer questions, moderator comments, and pre-schedule some more post.

The Baptist Library Vol I will still be available for purchase while I am gone. This includes all individual collections as well. My wife will ship out the orders while I am on the road.

Thank you to all those who have followed this blog over the past 9 years.

Sincerely,

Hershel L Harvell Jr.

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Update on converting Bunyan to Pdf

Good morning. I hope and pray that all is well with the readers of this blog.

I can’t remember if I mentioned that I was converting John Bunyan’s works to Pdf, seeing that I work 3 hours a morning on this endeavor and then work 10 hours a day at my place of employment.

Anyhow, all is going well with the placing of Bunyan in Pdf format. I am almost done with his works. However, my storage space on my site has grown thin, so I may just offer the work up for a low price on Cd. This will allow me to purchase more web space. We shall see how this goes as the Lord leads me in this move.

Have a blessed day.

Your brother in Christ,

Hershel L. Harvell Jr.

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Library Update!

I just wanted to let everyone know that I have several new updates. First of all, I put a link on the top toolbar of every page. This required going through every page and installing it and then going into my site and deleting every page and loading a new page. One change on the page is not effective unless I load a new copy of that page.

Secondly, Sola Gratia Library has been updated with two new pages. I have put up ‘The Works of John Calvin’ and ‘Works of History.’ The ‘Works of History’ page is a page containing books on the history of the Church, the history of the Baptists, the history of the Reformation, etc…. It is history books written by men such as: Henry C. Vedder, J. A. Wylie, John Knox, Joseph Ivimey, etc…So be sure to check it out.

The Works of Augustine and some miscellaneous books have been added to the main page of the Sola Gratia Library. So be sure to check them out. Remember, all files are in Pdf.

To access my Home page, to access the Sola Gratia Library, to access The Works of John Calvin, and to access Works of History, click any link.

Hershel L. Harvell Jr.

One More Update!

I just wanted to let everyone know that I have added a library to my website. This library will contain the works of the Reformers, Puritans and men who were gifted by God to write on the deep things of God.

The name of the library is ‘Sola Gratia Library.’ So far it contains all the writings of Arthur Pink, some partial works of John Gill, and some miscellaneous writings of others. Arthur Pink and John Gill have their own page. The miscellaneous works are linked to the main page of the ‘Sola Gratia Library.’ The link to this library can be found in the introductory portion of the home page of my site or you can access the library with the links below.

This will be my last update for a few weeks, as I have other things that I need to get done. I hope you enjoy the library.

Hershel L Harvell Jr.

Home Page

Sola Gratia Library

Arthur Pink

John Gill

Website Update! More Pdf’s!

Just wanted to let everyone know that I have done another major update to my website. However, it isn’t as big as the one I announced a week or so ago. By the way, if you haven’t seen the newly designed site, then check it out here. Every url to every page has slightly changed, so be sure to book mark the site.

Now for the update: When you build a site offline, then you have to build every single page separately. This means that whatever is on your tool bars or side bars has to remain consistent because if it changes, if you get one broken link, then every toolbar or side bar has to be fixed on every single page. It is not like a site built online, whereby you fix the broken link on your tool bars or side bars in one place and it fixes the tool bar or side bar for every page. The reason being is that the online tool bars or side bars are the same for every page. In other words, you have a tool bar or side bar that is one unit which is used on every page. Considering I have around 34 pages, then what I link on the tool bar or side bar needs to remain consistent, in order that I have no broken links on these bars.

Therefore, this past weekend I have finished editing and building 60 pdf books consisting of catechisms, creeds, confessions, and Church councils. All 60 pdf’s contain my own personal title page. All 60 pdf’s have been uploaded and linked to my creeds-confessions page. Therefore, if you would like to download some catechisms, creeds, confessions, and Church councils, then please visit my page here. Some of these are linked to my tool bars, so I wanted them to stay linked.

Some of these documents are not found on your average website, so download and peruse them in your ministry or for personal study.

Here is a list of what has been placed up over the weekend:

Catechisms:

Catechism of the Waldenses (Pdf)

The Larger Catechism by Martin Luther 1529 (Pdf)

The Small Catechism by Martin Luther 1529 (Pdf)

The Catechism of the Church of Geneva by John Calvin 1545 (Pdf)

The Heidelberg Catechism 1563 (Pdf)

The Westminster Larger Catechism 1647 (Pdf) Put in Scripture proofs when I have time

The Westminster Shorter Catechism: Scripture proofs 1649 (Pdf)

A Catechisme for Babes, or, Little Ones by H. Jessey 1652 (Pdf)

A Short Catechism About Baptism by John Tombes 1659 (Pdf)

Instruction for the ignorant , John Bunyan’s Catechism 1675 (Pdf)

The Baptist Catechism–Keach’s Catechism 1677 (Pdf)

The Orthodox Catechism 1680 (Pdf)

The 1695 Baptist Catechism (Pdf)

The Philadelphia Baptist Catechism 1742 (Pdf)

A Catechism for Girls and Boys 1798 (Pdf)

Gadsby’s Catechism 1800 (Pdf)

A Catechism or Instructions for Children & Youth 1810 (Pdf)

The Baptist Catechism-Charleston Association of 1813 (Pdf)

Baptist Scriptural Catechism by Henry Clay Fish, D. D. 1850 (Pdf)

A Puritan Catechism with Proofs Compiled by C. H. Spurgeon 1855 (Pdf)

A Brief Catechism of Bible Doctrine by James P. Boyce, D. D. About 1872 (Pdf)

A Catechism of Bible Teaching by John Broadus 1892 (Pdf)

A Collection of Baptist Catechisms (Pdf)

 

Confessions:

The Schleitheim Confession 1527 (Pdf)

Anabaptist Confessions of Faith (Pdf)

The Augsburg Confession by Philip Melanchthon 1530 (Pdf)

The Second Helvetic Confession 1536 (Pdf)

The Scots Confession of 1560 (Pdf)

The Belgic Confession 1561 (Pdf)

Thirty Nine Articles of Religion 1571 (Pdf)

John Spilsbury and His Confession (Pdf)

Early English Baptist Associational Confessions (Pdf)

English Baptist General Confessions (Pdf)

English Baptist Separatists Confessions (Pdf)

London Baptist Confession of 1644 (Pdf)

The First London Baptist Confession of Faith 1646 Edition (Pdf)

An Appendix to a Confession of Faith, Benjamin Cox 1646 (Pdf)

The Westminster Confession of Faith 1647 (Pdf)

The Faith and Practice of Thirty Congregations 1651 (Pdf)

The True Gospel Faith Declared According to the Scriptures 1654 (Pdf)

Midland Confession of Faith 1655 (Pdf)

The Somerset Confession of Faith 1656 (Pdf)

1677-89 London Baptist Confession of Faith (Pdf)

Principles of Faith of the Sandy Creek Association (Pdf)

The Philadelphia Confession 1742 (Pdf)

Carter Lane Declaration of Faith 1757 (Pdf)

1833 New Hampshire Confession (Pdf)

The Abstract of Principles at adoption of charter by Southern Baptist Theological Seminary 1858 (Pdf)

American Baptist Confessions (Pdf)

 

Councils:

The Definition of the Council of Chalcedon 451 (Pdf)

The Canons of the Council of Chalcedon 451 (Pdf)

Council of Orange 529 A.D. (Pdf)

The Canons of Dordt 1618-1619 (Pdf)

 

Creeds:

Apostles Creed (Pdf)

The Nicene Creed (Pdf)

The Anthanasian Creed (Pdf)

 

Other:

The 95 Theses of Martin Luther (Pdf)

The Smalcald Articles-Luther 1537 (Pdf)

The TABLE-TALK of Martin Luther 1566 (Pdf)

 

Articles:

What is Catechism? by Zacharias Ursinus 1563 (Pdf)

Updated Links: Reformed Baptist and Particular Baptist Links

Over the past year, I have been away from my home and thus, away from my blog. During that time I have received countless emails, from those who follow my blog and website, of which have notified me that many links were broken on my sites. I am putting this post out today to let everyone know that all links, except for the Free Ebooks Page (1), have been fixed or deleted. Those links that were deleted will be discussed below.

Sometimes in life a man must make a decision that will cause him to leave the comforts of his home, in order to better provide for his family. When a job plays out, a job which a man has been used to doing for many years, a man must seek out a job that will make him valuable in other fields of industry. That being said, I chose to go back to driving a big rig or tractor trailer for a year. Now mind you, I had not driven a big rig in 17 years however, I knew that a shortage in this industry would readily provide me with a job and after a year would make me valuable as a local driver. I have driven all over the United States in the last year. I have been in California, Washington, Massachusetts, and Florida; from one corner of the US to another. I have endured: driving in extreme weather conditions, loneliness, being away from family, missing birthdays and holidays, and being away from what I enjoy most; namely: studying theology and updating my blog and website. I have missed interacting with those, with whom I have had discussions concerning theology on the internet. So that being said, I am now back at home and seeking that local driving position. I am asking everyone to be in prayer for me that I will find a local driving job that will provide for my family and allow me to get back to studying the things of God.

Deleted Links

When I left a year ago Reformed Baptists were making strides in recovering a covenantal heritage which had been obscured or lost over time. Articles were being written, sermons preached, and Ebooks made available online, which defended what we believe, concerning faith and practice of that faith within the local Church. Articles which defended believers-only-baptism and that showed infant baptism to be an erroneous position not supported by scripture were only a click away. Sadly, this is not now the case.

I have links on my website from Reformed paedobaptists. Also on my Apologetics page I have links from Catholic Apologists(2) that defend God’s existence. These links, for the most part, were still working and have not been deleted. However, among my Particular Baptists brethren, things have changed quite a bit within a year.

Reformed Baptist, Particular Baptist, Sovereign Grace Baptist (5 Point Baptist those called Calvinistic Baptist) and Primitive Baptist links no longer work. (From now on I will just use the term Particular Baptist because all these branches, of what is known as Baptist, have this doctrine in common; although not all adhere to covenant theology). Articles that argued from a covenantal Baptist position or articles which proved infant baptism to be an erroneous position, not supported by scripture, have disappeared. Some articles which can be found with a search of the internet are no longer free, but one must buy some book in order to gain access to these materials. I am not saying that just articles have disappeared, whole websites which have been up and running for years, of which had free Ebooks from Spurgeon, Pink, Gill, etc… have completely shut down. Blogs that I followed which supported and defended the Particular Baptist position have been deleted. So you will notice, on my sidebar to the right, that my Blog Roll has decreased drastically.

What caused these blogs and websites to completely shut down or what caused articles to be taken down and concealed inside books that require a reader to purchase them? I do not know. Did someone at the top of the ladder fall into sin and have to be disciplined? Did a huge controversy over doctrine breakout in the Particular Baptist movement? At the present time, I have no answers.

The large majority of books or articles, which I thought defended our positions concerning doctrine, I possess within my own personal library. Even though I have much space within my own website to upload these materials, nevertheless to keep from infringing on copyrights, I had no choice but to remove the broken links and just allow what remains on my sites to suffice any student of theology.

So to close, I welcome everyone back to my sites, as the links have been restored or deleted.

God bless,

Hershel Lee Harvell Jr.

(1) The Free Ebooks page links will be fixed within the next few weeks. I appreciate your patience.

(2) I can hear the critics now. You mean you provide links to Roman Catholic Apologists? Yes, I most certainly do. Most of them defend a Christian worldview from a Classical Apologetics position and have some good articles against: moral relativism, the problem of evil, atheism and the defense of God’s existence, etc… Someone might say, “Well Classical Apologetics is not a good or true apologetic methodology for defending the Christian worldview.” However, this is an in-house debate, even among Protestants themselves. There is not a mutual agreement among Protestant theologians concerning epistemology.

As a disclaimer: Every link on my site is not there because I agree with every position that the writer of the article holds, but is there to provide a student of theology access to topics which will increase his knowledge in all areas of theology. For instance: On my Baptismal Debates Page, I have articles linked which defend a credo-Baptist position. I also have articles linked which either critic the credo-Baptist position or that defend a paedo-baptist position. The reason being, is that a student of theology can read both sides of the argument and decide for himself which position he will take. About 6 months after I came to the knowledge of Calvinism, I made an appointment with a PCA Pastor and questioned him concerning what I was learning. I wanted to make sure that I had a right understanding of the doctrines of grace. This Pastor did not rail on me and tell me that his position was the correct one concerning all that he believed, but instead encouraged me to keep studying and told me that I needed to study baptism and church government and decide whether or not I was going to hold to credo-baptism and congregationalism or whether I was going to hold to paedo-baptism and a Presbyterian form of church government.(a) So I studied both sides of the doctrinal positions and came to a point where I decided that the Reformed Baptist position was the correct one.

(a) The advise of this PCA Pastor was unlike that of the Pentecostal Pastor I sat under after I first got saved. The Pentecostal Pastor I sat under, after I first got saved, was adamant in stating that if I did not hold to every doctrine he does or if I did not interpret every scripture as he does, then I was a heretic. This is brainwashing and was not the signs of a true Pastor of a Church, but instead was the signs of a cult. I have come to realize, through study, that he was holding heretical positions. He even thinks that Martin Luther was wrong concerning being saved by faith alone. He believes, as Roman Catholics do, that salvation is through faith plus works. That was straight out of his mouth.

Coming Soon! Biblical Theology II with Dr. Richard Barcellos

November 25, 2015 1 comment

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Barcellos

The time for our annual January modular course is fast approaching. It will be held January 4-8 in Owensboro, Kentucky. Dr. Richard Barcellos will be with us to teach Biblical Theology II. After talking with him about this course, I am assured that it will be a worthwhile time even for those who did not have the privilege of taking Biblical Theology I with us two years ago.

We want to invite both pastors and others who are interested in auditing this course to attend. We are able to provide free lodging and breakfast for those taking the course, on a limited and first come first serve basis. Our course numbers have been rising over the last several years. I would, therefore, encourage you to make known your plans to audit this course soon to make sure that we can provide you with free housing. We can provide lodging beginning January 2 if you would prefer not to travel on the Lord’s Day. Classes begin at 8:00 am on Monday.

Auditing will be free to pastors and members of churches that are church-partners of CBTS, but there will be a $50 auditing fee for all others.

For those of you who will be with us for the Lord’s Day preceding the course, let me add that Dr. Barcellos will be preaching in our morning worship on January 3. One of our Basic Training students, Scott Autry, will be preaching in the evening. In conjunction with our evening worship, we will also be awarding Scott his degree in the MAPS program.

You can find the Syllabus for BT12 here:

Register for the Course here:

You can pay the Tuition for the Course here:

The Lord Reigns,
Dr. Sam Waldron
Dean, Covenant Baptist Theological Seminary

 

 
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