Great Sermon! Dear Bro. John,
Thank you for your comment. I suggest you read what Warfield says that I posted under more sermon details. Note how he exalts reasoning and says, "Reason is the instrument of discovering all doctrines and duties." This is very different from what John Knox said and what Paul says in I Cor. 2:9-14. Webster defines the word creed as being an authoritative statement. That is this the error of the Reformers, creeds are their authority. Baptist say the Bible alone is our authority. Primitive Baptists do not have any creed except the Word of God. I will be most happy to discuss this future by email, if you desire.
Great Sermon! What the Westminster confession means by deduction from scripture is that comparing scripture with scripture truths are deduced that may not be expressly stated. Jesus himself used this method in Matt. 22:31,32 where he proves to the Sadducees the resurrection from the passage on the burning bush where there is nothing "expressly" stated about the resurrection but a resurrection can be "deduced" from the information in the passage. As for the contention concerning credalism a church must necessarily sum up what it believes the Scripture teaches . Your church does this too, that is why it says it is a "primitive baptist" church. This claim in itself is a kind of creed.
Great Sermon! Thank the Lord for this great message and the messenger that has faithfully delivered it. May the Holy Spirit impress on the hearts of all who hear this message the truth of it.
Great Sermon! Isaiah 1:6 speaks of oil, if not specifically olive oil, as that which mollifies wounds , bruises and putrifying sores - so the analogy to oil and wine as that which brings comfort to God's people does accord with the scripture's concepts related to God's people - Isaiah 1 preceding Isaiah 2 the present age speaks of the judgment upon Christ/His Body in the crucifixion when all the sheep were scattered and the oil of comfort ceased following this the spiritual oils of comfort shall never cease operation even through the persecutions of this present evil age
Brother Herb, greetings in the name of Christ, our Surety!Have listened with sheer delight to your sermon Four Horsenmen Pt3! Am reformed by persuasion,but rarely do I find such gospel-centered, Bible soaked exposition, especially as regards preaching through Revelation! People get stuck with carnal literalism of dispensationalists and even New Genevan Study Bible notes on Rev. 6:5,6 mumbles the usual "economic" view. Praise the Father of lights for your evangelical, Christological interpretation, which I believe is THE true one. Now, you must be in Ukraine now. Do you know, by any "chance" of the likeminded Brethren in Moscow or its vicinity? I mean, are there any Primitive / hard-shell / Strict Baptists in Moscow? I am a Covenant Reformed myself, i.e., a Reformed paedobaptist, but I find MUCH spiritual affinity with the sovereign grace baptist brethren, indeed frequently even more so, than with many lukewarm "Reformed" of my own creedal position. May God bless your ministry and please do let me know if thou dost know of any true sovereign grace baptist brethren in Moscow region. In Christ, the faithful Witness, Renat
Thanks for the great message Mr. Hatfield,
Thank you for this message. Without messages of this sort, many can be confused. I particularly appreciated the section on the Bible being the sole authority in matters of doctrine and practice. Sadly, this message even needs to be re-taught and brought to mind of many in Primitive Baptist churches.
I look forward to listening to some more of your sermons.
Great Sermon! Bro. Herb,
¬†I thank the Lord for your article, your commitment to those truths and your courage to state them openly. ¬†I pray that, under the blessing of the Lord, your message will benefit everyone who hears it. As you know, many will be a shocked who have been brain-washed to be against sound Baptist-church thinking. Tragically, a lot of them believe that our position is strictly based upon a warped view of church perpetuity. While we do strongly believe in church perpetuity, a person could write a list of Bible passages and Bible doctrines that Baptists believe which show Baptists are not Protestants. Many old Baptists from the past have plainly stated their views of the difference between Protestants and Baptists and their views of the Protestant Reformation. ¬†Again, I thank the Lord for your message and pray it will have a wide circulation. As the Lord might bring us to mind, remember to pray for us here.¬† I remain,
Only By Christ‚Äôs Longsuffering Mercies,
Bill W. Lee - director
The Baptist Standard Bearer, Inc.
# 1 Iron Oaks Drive
1874 South State Hwy 309
Paris, AR¬† 72855
Dear Bro. John, Thank you for your prayers for out trip to Ukraine. The Lord was pleased to graciously bless and we had a great time of fellowship the saints there. I am now safely back home trying to get ready for Sunday services. As to your comments about the saints being scatter from Jerusalem, you are correct. I do believe that all of God's saints are to be witnesses for Him wherever they are. However, this is not to endorse women preachers or teachers in the Lord's churches.
You might find that the Apostles were all left in Jerusalem (Acts 8:1) at the persecution, so the preachers who went out (whom I call the Acts 8:4 preachers, and have written a lengthy article about) were unordained, ordinary men and women, members probably of the church in Jerusalem.
I shall remember this trip and others in prayer, certainly.
Yes, times are changing. God has been pleased to recover some Primitive Baptists from their error concerning Biblcal missions so that today we have Biblcal mission work going on in India, Ukraine, Phillipines, Africa and Cambodia.