Baptists & Calvinistic Heritage


October 31 is Reformation Day, the day Martin Luther (1483-1546) nailed up his 95 theses. Thus, the five “solas” or “onlys” seem appropriate:


  1. Scripture Alone: Scripture alone as the authority for life and practice in the church. (Only Scripture; Latin: Sola Scriptura)


  1. Grace Alone: God’s sovereign grace alone as the reason for our salvation without any actual or potential human merit, effort, faith, or work. (Only Grace; Latin: Sola Gratia)


  1. Faith Alone: Justification by faith alone and no human works. (Only faith; Latin: Sola Fide)


  1. Christ Alone: Salvation through the Person and work of Jesus Christ alone. (Only Christ; Latin: Solus Christus)


  1. Glory of God Alone: All things ultimately for the glory of God alone. (Only God’s glory; Latin: Soli Deo Gloria)



Modified from…


“What do I mean by Reformed Baptist?”

By D. Wayne Layton http://static1.squarespace.com/static/5470b72ae4b0a5a150755676/t/5470c977e4b0b3e05f6912cc/1416677751659/reformedbaptist.pdf

Bad Protestant Theology: Weak God, Strong Man (part 2)

Fortunately the following views on election or Lordship are not what Baptists have historically believed nor what all believe today.

“Thus election is to both salvation and evangelism. In both the free will of man determines the final result. By free will men can elect to be saved but elect to be barren Christians. God forbid! Men can also elect to be both saved and fruitful Christians. In such lives the sovereign will of God and the free will of man find their divinely intended relationship (John 15:16).”

-Herschel H. Hobbs, What Baptists Believe, 1964

Bad Protestant Theology: Weak God, Strong Man (part 1)

“As sovereign, God reigns over all things. As lover, he seeks to restore a relationship with humans whom he created in his own image, but he cannot predetermine their response. Love is a spontaneous, mutual relationship between persons. We can show unconditional love to another person, but we cannot force a spontaneous response on his or her part. In his unconditional love, God foreknows those who will love him, but he does not predetermine that response.”

-Paul Hiebert, Transforming Worldview, pp 269-270

Evangelism and Calvinism

Greatest Intimacy

“Lord Jesus, in all of these situations and stories, really, really convince us that what we need and desire more than anything else is to connect with you intimately, in ways that the best sex between a husband and wife merely hints at. Even the best marriage and most fulfilling sex life is no substitute for the wonders of marriage to you. That is not hype, Jesus, it is our hope. So very amen, we pray.”

-Scotty Smith, Everyday Prayers, Sept 3

Confessions of Dort (Dordt)

Điều 1: Sự Lựa Chọn Thiên Thượng và Sự Hư Mất

Vì trong Adam mọi người đều đã phạm tội, bị rủa sả và đáng chịu chết mất đời đời, Thương Đế rất công bình nên tất cả mọi người phải bị hư mất và chịu đoán phạt bởi tội lỗi của họ gây ra, theo như lời các Sứ Đồ: Để chó miệng nào cũng phải ngậm lại, cả thiên hạ đều nhận tội trước mặt Thượng Đế (Rôma 3:19) và vì mọi người đều đã phạm tội, thiếu mất sự vinh hiển của Thượng Đế (Rôm 3:23). Vì tiền công của tội lỗi là sự chết (Rôm 6:23). {Bằng Tiếng Việt: Canons of Dordt}


Article 1: God’s Right to Condemn All People

Since all people have sinned in Adam and have come under the sentence of the curse and eternal death, God would have done no one an injustice if it had been his will to leave the entire ­human race in sin and under the curse, and to condemn them on account of their sin. As the apostle says: “The whole world is liable to the condemnation of God” (Rom. 3:19), “All have sinned and are deprived of the glory of God” (Rom. 3:23), and “The wages of sin is death” (Rom. 6:23).


“Unfortunately, a shallow view of sin will produce a shallow view of the cross and shallow Christians. Sin is deeper than our actions. It is also wrong attitudes toward God and others. And deeper than wrong actions are wrong affections. Our children (and we) don’t love God and others. We love idols and ourselves. Without a deeper view of sin, our children may develop several unintended characteristics.”


-Chip Bettis, “The Power of the Gospel” page 27

His sovereign hand in your fears and trails

“He [God] knows just how he will use what makes you afraid in order to build your faith. He is not surprised by the troubles you face, and he surely has no intention of leaving you to face those things on your own. He stands with you in power, glory, goodness, wisdom, and grace. He can defeat what you can’t, and he intends these troubles to be not enemies that finish you but tools of grace that transform you.”


-Paul D. Tripp, New Morning Mercies, June 25

Hiện “nay” kỳ lạ trong sứ mạng Cơ Đốc giáo (5 of 5)

Quyển sách dạy dỗ cho các dân tộc

Lịch sử dân Y-sơ-ra-ên không chỉ nói về dân Y-sơ-ra-ên thôi đâu. Mà lịch sử đó còn nói cho “miệng nào” và cho “cả thiên hạ”. Đây không phải là một chuyến đi lòng vòng 2000 năm. Đức Chúa Trời đang viết xuống một quyển sách dạy dỗ các dân tộc. Việc có phần Cựu Ước trong Kinh Thánh không phải là sự tình cờ sắp đặt nào đó.


To read the rest in Vietnamese, click here. (English here.) John Piper, “Cái gọi là hiện ‘nay’ kỳ lạ trong sứ mạng Cơ Đốc giáo.”