October 26, 2016

The Great Evangelical Mea Culpa

Layton Talbert

An anatomical anomaly is on the rise these days: many are giving evidence of an essentially Fundamentalist heart trapped in an Evangelical body. True, many well-known Evangelicals have succumbed to the Asa Syndrome — a combination of age and habitual accommodation. Others, however, have for years been sounding self-critical alarms about the direction of Evangelicalism with increasing frequency. Examples include David Wells, Millard Erickson, and R. Kent Hughes, among others. One of the more intriguing and recent examples is Robert Gundry’s Jesus the Word According to John the Sectarian (Eerdmans, 2002). But first, a peak at the one who started this trend of self-criticism.

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Review: The Baptist Story

The Baptist Story: From English Sect to Global Movement. Anthony L. Chute, Nathan A. Finn, and Michael A. G. Haykin. Nashville: B & H Academic, 2015.

reviewed by Don Johnson

The Baptist Story: From English Sect to Global Movement ably tells the story of Baptist history from the first stirrings of the Baptist movement to the present day. It is designed as a textbook for an undergraduate level, but the book could be very profitably used in local churches as the text for an adult Sunday school series as well.

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Northern California Regional Fellowship


November 17-18, 2016

Two venues: San Mateo and San Carlos

Morning Location
217 N Grant Street
San Mateo, CA 94402

Evening Location
787 Walnut Street
San Carlos, CA 94070

Brethren, the kids have already been in school for several weeks, fall officially began a few days ago, and before you know it the Northern Fundamental Baptist Fellowship will be gathering for two days of encouragement, instruction and fellowship. The dates are November 17 & 18. Will you be there? If so, please know that we are doing all we can to make our gathering a worthwhile investment of your time and energy. You’ll receive more details shortly, but this letter simply serves as a brief introduction as to what to expect. Hopefully, it will spark your interest and motivate you to mark your calendar.

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Comments on Northern Baptists and the Deity of Christ

Don Johnson

In 1920, concerned Baptists of the Northern Baptist Convention met prior to the Convention in what was called the Pre-Convention Conference. With this meeting the Fundamentalist Fellowship was formed and the opening salvos in the Fundamentalist-Modernist Controversy were fired. We are reproducing here the messages that were preached at that Conference as collected and published in a book, Baptist Fundamentals.

We have seen among the messages reproduced so far something of a moderating tone in some messages. The Pre-Convention Conference was a mixed assembly. Some participants were not willing to really take a forthright stand against liberalism.

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Northern Baptists and the Deity of Christ

John Marvin Dean, D. D.

Director of the Dean Campaigns of Evangelism and Bible Study

Editorial note: We are in the midst of a series of posts from the messages delivered at the Pre-Convention Conference of the Northern Baptist Convention, 1920. From the Conference the Fundamental Fellowship was formed which is today known as the Fundamental Baptist Fellowship International. The messages from the conference were published in a book called Baptist Fundamentals. The book has been digitized by Maranatha Baptist University and is available as part of the Roger Williams Heritage Archives collection in Logos format, available here. Links to previous posts will appear at the end of this post.

Northern Baptists are Trinitarians. They worship Jesus Christ. He is their sovereign God. “The Word was God.” They do not believe merely in the Lordship of Christ, but with Thomas they cry, “My Lord and my God!” They do not have mental reservations concerning Christ’s deity. They would be false to the best that their minds and hearts teach them, false to the Sacred Scriptures, false to the testimony of the centuries, and false to human experience in the spiritual laboratory of prayer if they did not worship the Lord Jesus Christ. To the Jew Christ may be an impostor; to the Unitarian he may be a moral example; to the Catholic he may be a remote God, to be approached only through the mediation of Mary and the saints; but to the Baptist he is the Creator-Redeemer, to whom the soul of man moves inevitably and directly, and before whom it rightly bows in humble adoration and solemn worship. Baptists give a glad assent to the words of Lyman Abbott when he cries, “I have no thought of God that goes beyond Jesus of Nazareth.” Baptists claim that no sin compares with the rejection of Christ as God and Saviour. The Baptist’s message to the world is, “Turn from sin and self-sufficiency and fall at the Sovereign Saviour’s feet.” The Baptists feel that he is blind indeed who has not seen the glory of Christ’s deity. Baptists do not deify Christ, for one cannot “godify” God. They only, with very great reverence and godly fear and with unutterable tenderness, recognize and acclaim the eternal fact of the Triune God, and call upon rebellious men to join with angels and with saints and with the innumerable witnesses of the vast creation in unitedly adoring the Christ of God. If the Baptist hymn-book were reduced to a single selection that selection would be:

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