Particular Baptist Forefathers Sovereign Grace Reformed
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TITLE: THE MARROW OF TRUE JUSTIFICATION, OR JUSTIFICATION WITHOUT WORKS (1692) Benjamin Keach Romans 4:5
Read by Jeff Massey
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Benjamin Keach was a leader among the 17th century English Particular Baptists and a pastor of a Particular Baptist Church meeting at Horsly-Down, Southwark for 36 years. He also represented the church at Horsly-Down at the 1689 General Assembly, which adopted what has become known as the Second London Baptist Confession.
In this first reading from The Marrow of True Justification, Benjamin Keach explains why the Doctrine of Justification by Faith in Christ Alone is 'the very pillar of the Christian Religion.' Then Keach gives the scope and coherence of Romans 4:5, so that his hearers might 'understand the design and main drift of the Holy Spirit therein.'
Needed Sermon for Today! With all the talk of "justification by faith", sola fide, etc., Keach presents it all so much differently than modern pastors and theologians. More than this, he exposes the error of the Puritan Richard Baxter, which he proves to be a heretical and false doctrine (and quotes John Owen to refute him also). Must hear all 4 parts.
Also, after reading many Puritan works about seeking salvation (which Keach does not contradict entirely), it can be observed that "decisionism" and "making covenant with God", etc. by the Puritans, pre-dated the modern ideas of "making a decision for Christ", the "sinners prayer", etc., which now prevail. Could it be that the doctrine of justification and the New Birth has still entirely been misrepresented and distorted for a very long time, by the most orthodox?
Ben Keach is a breath of fresh air, and provides good personal counsel for true seekers so as not to have either a "presumptuous faith" (easy believism, mental assent), but also not a "preparationism" faith, which turns "means of grace" (so subtely, for Keach does not deny the use of means) into a form of "works" for salvation.
Is the new birth not truly a mystery, and wrought of God, like the "wind that bloweth where it listeth"? This is the Marrow of Evangelism lacking today.
Great Sermon! There is noting more refreshing to my soul than to hear of God's righteousness in salvation. You will absolutly love this teaching. Benjamin Keach has done an excellent job on what is the very core of the Gospel. An absolute essential doctrine that we all must understand. Part 2 is also very good. I can't wait to hear parts 3 and 4.
Benjamin Keach was a leader among the 17th century English Particular Baptists and a pastor of a Particular Baptist Church meeting at Horsly-Down, Southwark for 36 years. He also represented the church at Horsly-Down at the 1689 General Assembly, which adopted what has become known as the...