“Things are bad where there is need of so many remedies.”

Posted in Christopher Blackwood with tags , , , , on September 3, 2015 by Jultomte

Christopher Blackwood, a Particular Baptist minister, said the following regarding infant baptism:

“It fills the conscience with scruples. Some question whether they were ever baptized. Some question how could I make a covenant by myself, much less by others, being an infant. Some think there is no word at all for what is herein done, but it’s only a laudable Apostolic tradition. Some think it a sign of faith in present, others in infants. But that which causeth most scruple is, about the formalis ratio, the formal cause that [entitles] a man to this infant baptism. Some think the faith of the parents, or of those that offer them, doth [entitle] them hereto. Others think that the faith of their Grand-father, great-grandfather to many generations if none be neerer, that were godly of the race, the faith of Noah shall serve. Others think the faith of the whole Church. Others think that Children’s seminal faith makes them capable hereof, the nature whereof who can understand, seeing all faith requires an act of the understanding which infants have not. Some think Abraham’s faith doth it. Some think there is an inward covenant which was made to Abraham, whereby whatsoever God is to a godly man, he is the same to all the seed. Nay say others; seeing many of the godly’s seed are wicked, this is impossible but there is a certain outward covenant, formerly in circumcision, now in baptism whereby infants do partake. Talk with ten men, and you shall see them divided into five parts about the formal cause that entitles an infant to baptism. It’s a speech of Erasmus, ‘Things are bad where there is need of so many remedies.'”

Blackwood was educated at Cambridge and ordained in the Church of England. He renounced infant baptism in 1644. This is from his book, The Storming of Antichrist, published the same year.

Southern California Reformed Baptist Pastors’ Conference, 2015

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , on August 31, 2015 by Jultomte

SCRBPC 2015 James Dolezal Redone

For more information: scrbpc.org

Of all the 17th-century humor I’ve encountered, this is one of my favorites

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , , on August 4, 2015 by Jultomte

Richard Nugae, Venales, 32

Ralph Erskine writes to George Whitfield

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , , on July 24, 2015 by Jultomte

Here are a few excerpts from an interesting letter written by Ralph Erskine to George Whitfield.

Ralph Erskine, Letter to Whitfield, 4-5

Ralph Erskine, Letter to Whitfield, 7

Ralph Erskine, Letter to Whitfield, 5

Ralph Erskine, Letter to Whitfield, 14

Coming Soon – God without Passions: A Primer

Posted in Impassibility with tags , on June 6, 2015 by Jultomte

Back in January, I announced God without Passions: A Reader. The intent of this book was to provide access to original source writings from the 16th and 17th centuries relevant to the classical confessional Reformed doctrine of divine impassibility. While that book included an introduction designed to help understanding and processing the authors’ arguments, there were no further comments on the content of the writers.

Coming out very soon from RBAP, God without Passions: A Primer is a new (and much shorter) book that explains the doctrine of divine impassibility as it is drawn from the Scriptures and understood in the contexts of the human and divine natures. God without Passions: A Primer has been peppered (and salted) with quotations from Reformed authors (their language updated), written with a personal and pastoral perspective, and it includes study questions at the end of each of the five chapters. The chapters are:

  1. Impassibility’s Foundation
  2. The Human Half of the Equation
  3. Eminence and Negation
  4. Perfections and Incarnation
  5. Personal Applications and Pastoral Implications

God without Passions: A Primer would be a great book for personal study, and even better for group study. I hope you enjoy it!

Title Page

***You should know that “primer” is pronounced “primmer” (unlike primer used in painting).***

Beware Golden Age Mentalities

Posted in Nehemiah Coxe with tags , , on May 22, 2015 by Jultomte

It’s easy to beautify and idolize the past. Many think of a “Puritan Era” in England and America which never existed (side note: the popular literature of the day mocks and makes fun of Presbyterians and Puritans). And for those who appreciate the Second London Baptist Confession of Faith, we might think that the men who edited such a document surely pastored a people who lived in a more civilized and outwardly moral time. We might even bewail the state of our nation’s outward morality, etc., wishing for bygone days.

As a reality check,  take note of the fact that in the Petty France church, pastored by Nehemiah Coxe and William Collins, the following sins were recorded as disciplinary issues in their congregation between 1675-1689:

  • Practical: consulting a conjurer, stealing, lying, adultery, kidnapping, spousal abuse, servant abuse, going to a prostitute, deceitful business practices, prolonged and intentional neglect of church attendance.
  • Doctrinal: Quakerism, Church of England, paedobaptism.

The list is not exhaustive. If there is anything “golden age” about this picture, it is that on the one hand the church openly and directly confronted these sins, and on the other hand that they always sought repentance and restoration.

There is nothing new under the sun.

¿Cómo entendés vos que se nos perdonan los pecados?

Posted in John Calvin with tags , , , on May 20, 2015 by Jultomte

Lector, la letra que parece como una “f” es una “s larga” que se usaba en el inicio o el medio de una palabra.

Juan Calvino, Catecismo, 115-116

De un catecismo de Juan Calvino, traducido y publicado en 1596.


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 1,075 other followers

%d bloggers like this: