Test All Things

Monthly Archives: June 2010

“Let all things be done decently and in order.” (I Corinthians 14:40) The first thing we wish to note under this heading is that we refer to that group of the “baptized Churches of Christ” of the Predestinarian faith and Old School orders that are independent of the corresponding associations. They have a freedom to speak their minds as the Spirit gives them utterance, a freedom to go anywhere the Spirit leads… Read More

An ordinance is a divine arrangement or institution (Greek: diatage). This writer is one of a very few people that believes one should follow what the Holy Spirit has instituted in His Church. That means that he believes there are four ordinances, rather than just two as held to by modern Baptists. They agree that baptism and the Lord’s Supper are ordinances. Some of them say that for it to be an… Read More

The phrase “decency and in order” is rather vague. There is no specificity given to explain just how to do that. While Paul was with the Churches, they could ask him. But after the apostles were gone, they were so to speak as a “man,” on their own. Paul wrote to one Church on this topic saying, “Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not in my presence only, but now… Read More

The government, or constitution, of the baptized Churches of Christ: We might insert here a biblical principle. The government of the Church is “congregational.” That is, the “Church” determines what will or will not be done, and this is done by “unanimous consent,” and must have the Scriptures for the basis of their deliberation. These Churches do not go by “majority rule,” or Robert’s Parliamentary Rules of Order, as worldly societies do…. Read More

Observing the rapidity in which the greater portion fell from the doctrines of grace and New Testament order, one must ask: “How did this come to pass so quickly?” Were they not established in the faith of God’s elect? Did they not actually believe what they had so recently written in the Articles of their Faith for all men to read and understand? Did they understand the meaning of their own hand-written… Read More

The London Confession of Faith of 1644 ANNOTATION: We invite the reader to give attention to these dates: John Spilsbery established the first Church and congregation of “baptized Churches of Christ” holding to particular redemption in London in the year 1633. Eleven years later there were seven of these Churches, and in that year, 1644, they felt it advisable to write a Confession of their faith. Why? For all manner of slander… Read More

ANNOTATION: Reuben Ross preached the first Arminian, or Freewill sermon among Baptists near Port Royal, Tennessee in 1817. The Baptist Board of Foreign Missions had been set up on 1813-1815. During the same time, his brother, Martin Ross, introduced the call for missions in the Kehukee Baptist Association in North Caroline, from whence Reuban had come. The two events so closely joined together possibly is an explanation for the speed in which… Read More

The First Rising Opposition To The Board of Foreign and Domestic Missions ANNOTATION: We will here present a common sample of the letters the Baptist Board of Foreign And Domestic Missions sent out to all the Baptists’ associations in America, beginning in 1814. We must use Minutes of early associations that existed in 1814. For this reason, we have selected the historical note by Henry C. Vedder, the historian for the American… Read More

Public Address To The Baptist Society – By Daniel Parker, 1820 ANNOTATION: Almost ALL Missionary Baptists Historians (if they can be so classed), state that (1) Daniel Parker founded the Primitive or Old School Baptists, and (2) that Daniel Parker was an illiterate preacher. Both statements are typically as far from the truth as the doctrine they preach. First, we have already proven that there was a wide-spread and numerous collection of… Read More

Kehukee Baptist Declaration – 1826 ANNOTATION: Elder Rueben Ross had preached the first Arminian sermon among Baptists near Port Royal, Tennessee in 1817. He had come from the Kehukee Baptist Association in North Carolina and settled in Tennessee. Over in the East, his brother, Martin Ross, also in the Kehukee Association had been preaching up missions from the commencement of the New Divinity Missionary Movement in 1805. He naturally supported the establishment… Read More

The Black Rock Address – 1832 ANNOTATION: The action of the Kehukee, the most well-known and largest of the Southern Associations of Baptists, had a profound and stunning effect on the mission advocates on the one hand, and the “Old Divinity” churches on the other. The “non-fellowship” declaration severed all mission societies, benevolent societies, socialists and anarchist societies, and secret societies connection to the Baptist Church. Unlike the Baptist Board of Foreign… Read More

Mississippi Baptists’ Reason and Appeals – 1844 [In 1844, some of the churches composing the Mount Pisgah Baptist Association in central Mississippi withdrew from that fellowship and formed the Bethany Association. Both these associations still exit today. Some of the churches in the Mount Pisgah have united into a Southern Baptist affiliated association, while the Mount Pisgah remains a “missionary” association outside of the Mississippi Baptist State Convention. The Reasons and Appeals… Read More

The White River Regular Baptist Association of Indiana, 1844 Circular Letter Beloved Brethren, Wishing you health and salvation, and if anything more loving and charming can be experienced from the bowels of the Christian religion, we give all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation. The great Shepherd has been very mindful of His sheep many years past; and although they have been persecuted and even to death in almost… Read More

This is an audio sermon by Michael Pickett titled “Seed Supplied and Multiplied” The scripture text that brother Michael is preaching from is 2nd Corinthians 9:10 and the audio is 54 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Michael Pickett titled “Desire Satisfied” The scripture text that brother Michael is preaching from is Psalm 145:15-16 and the audio is 52 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Michael Pickett titled: “A Living Stone” The scripture text that brother Michael is preaching from is 1st Peter 2:5, and the audio is 51 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Michael Pickett titled “A New Song” The scripture text that brother Michael is preaching from is Psalm 98:1 and the audio is 56 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Michael Pickett titled “Everlasting Light” The scripture text that brother Michael is preaching from is Isaiah 60:20 and the audio is 53 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Michael Pickett titled “Prophesy as Commanded” The scripture text that brother Michael is preaching from is Ezekiel 37:9-10 and the audio is 52 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Michael Pickett titled: “Dead With Christ” The scripture text that brother Michael is preaching from is 2nd Timothy 2:11-12, and the audio is 46 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Michael Pickett titled: “Take Heed” The scripture text that brother Michael is preaching from is 2nd Peter 1:19 and the audio is 51 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Michael Pickett titled “Accompaniments to Salvation” The scripture text that brother Michael is preaching from is Hebrews 6:9 and the audio is 49 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Michael Pickett titled “The LORD Healeth” The scripture text that brother Michael is preaching from is Exodus 15:26 and the audio is 46 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Michael Pickett titled “Turning to Repentance” The scripture text that brother Michael is preaching from is Jeremiah 31:19 and the audio is 54 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Michael Pickett titled “Fear Not Worm Jacob” The scripture text that brother Michael is preaching from is Isaiah 41:14-15 and the audio is 51 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Michael Pickett titled “Take Heed” The scripture text that brother Michael is preaching from is 2nd Peter 1:19 and the audio is 51 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Michael Pickett titled: “No Water” The scripture text that brother Michael is preaching from is Isaiah 41:17, and the audio is 54 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Michael Pickett titled “Humility” The scripture text that brother Michael is preaching from is 1st Peter 5:6-7 and the audio is 59 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Michael Pickett titled “All Shall Come” The scripture text that brother Michael is preaching from is John 6:37 and the audio is 59 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Michael Pickett titled “Peace Through The Cross” The scripture text that brother Michael is preaching from is Colossians 1:20 and the audio is 56 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Michael Pickett titled “Prayer For Revival” The scripture text that brother Michael is preaching from is Habakkuk 3:2 and the audio is 56 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Michael Pickett titled “Come Hither” The scripture text that brother Michael is preaching from is Joshua 3:9 and the audio is 50 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Michael Pickett titled “To Proclaim Liberty” The scripture text that brother Michael is preaching from is Isaiah 61:1 and the audio is 55 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Michael Pickett titled: “Rich in Mercy” The scripture text that brother Michael is preaching from is Ephesians 2:4-5, and the audio is 53 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Michael Pickett titled “Naaman’s Confession” The scripture text that brother Michael is preaching from is Luke 4:27 and the audio is 50 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Michael Pickett titled “Naaman’s Cure” The scripture text that brother Michael is preaching from is Luke 4:27 and the audio is 47 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Michael Pickett titled “Naaman’s Condition” The scripture text that brother Michael is preaching from is Luke 4:27 and the audio is 50 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Michael Pickett titled “Sorely Grieved” The scripture text that brother Michael is preaching from is Genesis 49:22-26 and the audio is 53 minutes long.

My dear Friend in the Lord, Mrs. Peake, I am very glad that the memoir of our late dear friend, William Tiptaft, so far as written, has given satisfaction to yourself and my Oakham friends. I have had to steer a kind of middle course, which is always very difficult to maintain. On the one hand I wish to write an interesting biography, and on the other to make it as far… Read More

Dear Friend in the Truth, Mr. James Davis, Your handsome rug and the two muffs came safely to hand on the second of this month, and we beg to express our thanks for them; one of the muffs I have given to my dear wife, and my daughter begs to thank you very kindly for thinking of her and for sending her so pretty a present. Your last kind letter came to… Read More

My dear Friend, Joseph Parry, As regards myself, you have been rightly informed, for I have had an attack of my old illness, from which I am but slowly recovering. Mr. Gadsby expressed a great wish for me to marry his daughter at Gower Street Chapel; and as I had known her from an infant, I did not like to refuse. I took however the precaution of having a brougham to take… Read More

My dear Friend, Mr. Surin, I can only write you a few lines; but I know you will be glad to hear that I have thus far been brought through my London labors. I never before came to London so weak, both in body and in soul; but have found the Lord’s strength made perfect in my weakness. You know that I cannot take up with, and rest upon, such evidences and… Read More

My dear Friend, Mrs. Peake, I feel thankful to have returned to my own home in peace and safety, and to have been preserved during my absence as well as favoured with a sufficient measure of health and strength to fulfill all my engagements and to preach for fourteen Lord’s-days continuously. I hope also that I may say without presumption that the Lord helped me in soul as well as in body,… Read More

This is an audio sermon by Alfred J. Chompff titled: “Two Covenants” The scripture text that brother Alfred is preaching from is Deuteronomy 11:8-25, and the audio is 48 minutes long.

My dear afflicted and widowed Friend, Mrs. Brown, I desire sincerely to sympathize with you under your most distressing bereavement. It has indeed not come upon you unexpectedly, and thus your mind must have been in some good measure prepared for this desolating stroke. You have also the unspeakable consolation of knowing that your dear husband has passed away from this world of sin and sorrow to be forever with that dear… Read More

My dear Friend, Mrs. Peake, How we seem to stand, as it were, amid the dead and dying! How many of those with whom we have walked and talked on the things of God have passed away; and how, as each one is removed, it speaks as a personal warning, “You also be ready.” But we know well that all our readiness must be in Him and from Him who gave the… Read More

My dear and valued Friend, Mrs. Peake, I feel much obliged to you for your kind feeling towards my ministry among you, and could say much upon the point, if I could do so without seeming self-exaltation. The blessing of a sound healthy ministry is little appreciated, because, like our food, its influence upon the whole system cannot be always distinctly traced. To be kept from error which is so rife and… Read More

This is an audio sermon by Alfred J. Chompff titled: “Golgotha” The scripture text that brother Alfred is preaching from is Matthew 27:33, and the audio is 37 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Alfred J. Chompff titled: “The Day of Salvation” The scripture text that brother Alfred is preaching from is Isaiah 19:23-25, and the audio is 50 minutes long.