Category: Baptism

Abandoning Doctrinal Fidelity for the Lowest Common Denominator

While attending the FBC Jacksonville Pastor’s conference, the events of last week have weighed heavily on my mind. Namely what our site, SBCToday, should be about. The resource managers have primarily taken up the cause of the nearly forgotten doctrines concerning Baptist ecclesiology. Because of this, some have referred to us as “Baptist Identity” (BI), […]

Closed Communion and Inerrancy Part II

As you begin reading Part II, I need to remind you of a disclaimer.  I am writing this taxonomy as if I were writing in 1980.  The conclusion brings everything up to today, but the first part of this paper  is presented as one writing during the Conservative Resurgence in order to identify the verbiage. […]

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Closed Communion and Inerrancy – Part 1

When I entered seminary back in 1989, I was challenged by teaching that has come to be described as neo-orthodoxy. This teaching was presented as being open minded to what others believe. It was presented as the “humility” approach to understanding scripture without forcing one’s belief on another. I struggled with much of the teaching, […]

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Baptist Identity = Baptist Faith and Message

When I began my theological education, I remember a former Systematic Theology professor making a statement that troubled me until I could work through it. He said; “It makes no difference how many angels can dance on the head of a pin as long as we can agree that angels can dance on the head […]

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The Local Church as the Authority of Baptism

In this article by John Mann, he explores the idea of whether there can be a true church without the proper administration of the ordinances. For the Anabaptist , the atrophied doctrine among Rome, Wittenberg, and Geneva was a biblical ecclesiology. Indeed, a proper ecclesiology was the essence of the Anabaptist movement. Foundational to proper […]