Reformed Baptists (sometimes known as Calvinistic Baptists ) are [1 ] Baptists that hold to a Calvinist soteriology. They can trace their history through the early modern Particular Baptists of [2 ] England. The first Reformed Baptist church was formed in the 1630s. The [1 ] 1689 Baptist Confession of Faith was written along Reformed Baptist lines. [1 ] In the United Kingdom [edit ]
Reformed Baptist churches in the UK go back to the 1630s.
Notable early pastors include the author [1 ] John Bunyan (1628–1688), the theologian [1 ] John Gill (1697–1771), and the missionary [1 ] William Carey (1761–1834). [1 ] Charles Spurgeon (1834–1892), pastor to the New Park Street Chapel (later the Metropolitan Tabernacle) in London, has been called "by far the most famous and influential preacher the Baptists had." [3 ]
The 1950s saw a renewed interest in Reformed theology among Baptists in the UK.
Peter Masters, pastor of the
Metropolitan Tabernacle in London, created the London Reformed Baptist Seminary in 1975. [4 ] In the United States [edit ]
In March 2009, noting the rise of Calvinism in the United States,
listed several Baptists among current Calvinist leaders. Time [5 ] Albert Mohler, president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, is a strong advocate of Calvinism, although his stand has received opposition from inside the Southern Baptist Convention. [6 ] John Piper, pastor at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, is one of several Baptists who have written in support of Calvinism. [6 ]
While the Southern Baptist Convention remains split on Calvinism,
there are a number of explicitly Reformed Baptist groups in the United States, including the [7 ] Association of Reformed Baptist Churches of America, the [8 ] Continental Baptist Churches, the [8 ] Sovereign Grace Baptist Association of Churches, and other [8 ] Sovereign Grace Baptists. Such groups have had some theological influence from other [9 ] Reformed denominations, such as the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. The Orthodox Presbyterian Church was also the source of the [10 ] Trinity Hymnal, which was adapted for Reformed Baptist use. [11 ]
By the year 2000, Reformed Baptist groups in the United States totalled about 16,000 people in 400 congregations.
In 1995, the
Trinity Hymnal (Baptist Edition) was published for Reformed Baptist churches in America. [11 ] In Africa [edit ]
Notable Reformed Baptist figures in Africa include Conrad Mbewe in
Zambia, who has been compared to Spurgeon. [13 ] Variations [edit ]
Groups calling themselves "Reformed Baptist" are also differentiated from
Strict Baptists and Particular Baptists, who share a Calvinist doctrine, but differ on ecclesiastical polity. [4 ] Strict Baptists [edit ]
Strict Baptists, also known as
Particular Baptists, are Baptists who believe in a Calvinist or Reformed interpretation of Christian soteriology. The Particular Baptists arose in [14 ] England in the 17th century and took their name from the doctrine of particular redemption, while the term "strict" refers to the practice of [14 ] closed communion.
Groups calling themselves "Strict Baptists" are often differentiated from those calling themselves "Reformed Baptists." The latter share the same Calvinist doctrine, but differ on
ecclesiastical polity. Groups calling themselves "Strict Baptists" generally prefer a [15 ] congregationalist polity. [15 ] Sovereign Grace Baptists [edit ]
Sovereign Grace Baptists in the broadest sense are any "
Calvinistic" Baptists that accept God's sovereign grace in salvation and predestination. In the narrower sense, certain churches and groups have preferred "Sovereign Grace" in their name, rather than using the terms "Calvinism," "Calvinist," or "Reformed Baptist." This includes some who prefer the [16 ] 1644 Baptist Confession of Faith to the 1689 Confession, and who are critical of Covenant theology. [17 ]
All of these groups generally agree with the
Five Points of Calvinism - Total Depravity, Unconditional Election, Limited Atonement, Irresistible Grace, and Perseverance of the Saints. Groups calling themselves "Sovereign Grace Baptists" have been particularly influenced by the writings of John Gill in the 18th century. Among American Baptists who have revived such Calvinist ideas were Rolfe P. Barnard and Henry Mahan, who organised the first [9 ] Sovereign Grace Bible Conference in Ashland, Kentucky in 1954, [18 ] though groups designated as [19 ] Sovereign Grace are not necessarily connected to them. Current status [edit ]
Calvinistic baptist groups presently using the term
Sovereign Grace include the Sovereign Grace Baptist Association, the [8 ] Sovereign Grace Fellowship of Canada, and some among the growing Calvinist strand of Independent Baptists, including several hundred [20 ] Landmark Independent Baptist churches. [21 ] Sovereign Grace Baptist Association of Churches [edit ]
The Sovereign Grace Baptist Association of Churches (SGBA), which was organized in 1984,
sponsors an annual national conference and churches cooperate in missions, publications, retreats, camps and other activities. The Missionary Committee serves under the Executive Committee to screen candidates and recommend them to the churches for support. They currently (2009) are supporting one missionary endeavour. The Publication Committee reviews and approves submissions, and supplies literature to the churches. [8 ] Grace News is published quarterly. A Confession of Faith was adopted in 1991. Membership in the SGBA is open to any Baptist church subscribing to the Constitution and Articles of Faith. There are 12 member churches, half of which are located in Michigan. The association is recognised as an endorsing agent for United States [22 ] military chaplains. [23 ] Sovereign Grace Fellowship of Canada [edit ]
The Sovereign Grace Fellowship of Canada (SGF) is a fellowship for Baptist churches in
Canada holding to either the [24 ] Baptist Confession of 1644 or 1689. SGF had 10 member churches when it was formally inaugurated, located in [25 ] New Brunswick and Ontario. As of 2012, there were 14 churches, including the [26 ] Jarvis Street Baptist Church in Toronto. SGF is one of the Baptist groups associated with the [27 ] Toronto Baptist Seminary and Bible College. [28 ] Sovereign Grace Landmark Independent Baptists [edit ] Landmark in polity as well as Calvinist, there are several hundred Sovereign Grace Landmark Independent Baptist churches. [21 ] See also [edit ] References [edit ] ^ a b c d e f g Ward, Rowland; Humphreys, Robert (1995). Religious Bodies in Australia: A comprehensive Guide (3rd ed.). New Melbourne Press. p. 119. ISBN 978-0-646-24552-2. ^ Leonard, Bill J. (2009). . p. 5. Baptist Questions, Baptist Answers: Exploring the Christian Faith ISBN 978-0-664-23289-4 . Retrieved 2012-11-17. ^ Parsons, Gerald (1988). . Manchester University Press. p. 107. Religion in Victorian Britain: Traditions ISBN 0-7190-2511-7 . Retrieved 2012-11-17. ^ a b c Weaver, C. Douglas (2008). . Mercer University Press. p. 224. In Search of the New Testament Church: The Baptist Story ISBN 0-88146-105-9 . Retrieved 2012-11-17. ^ Van Biema, David (March 12, 2009). "The New Calvinism". Time Magazine . Retrieved 2012-11-17. ^ a b Wills, Gregory (2009). . Oxford University Press. p. 542. Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1859-2009 ISBN 0-19-983120-3 . Retrieved 2012-11-17. ^ Lawless, Chuck (2010). . B&H Publishing Group. p. 73. The Great Commission Resurgence: Fulfilling God's Mandate in Our Time ISBN 1-4336-6970-6 . Retrieved 2012-11-17. ^ a b c d e Jonas, William Glenn, ed (2006). . Mercer University Press. p. 273. The Baptist river: essays on many tributaries of a diverse tradition ISBN 0-88146-030-3 . Retrieved 2012-11-17. ^ a b Weaver, C. Douglas (2008). . Mercer University Press. p. 220. In Search of the New Testament Church: The Baptist Story ISBN 0-88146-105-9 . Retrieved 2012-11-17. ^ Brackney, William H. (2009). . Scarecrow Press. p. 473. Historical Dictionary of the Baptists ISBN 0-8108-5622-0 . Retrieved 2012-11-17. ^ a b Music, David W; Richardson, Paul Akers (2008). . "I will sing the wondrous story": a history of Baptist hymnody in North America Mercer University Press. p. 491. ISBN 978-0-86554-948-7 . Retrieved 2012-11-17. ^ Johnson, Robert E. (2010). . Cambridge University Press. p. 358. A Global Introduction to Baptist Churches ISBN 0-521-70170-8 . Retrieved 2012-11-17. ^ Old, Hughes Oliphant (2010). . Wm. B. Eerdmans. p. 228. The Reading and Preaching of the Scriptures in the Worship of the Christian Church, Volume 7: Our Own Time ISBN 0-8028-1771-8 . Retrieved 2012-11-17. ^ a b Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1910). "Baptist". The Encyclopaedia Britannicavolume=3 (11 ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. pp. 370–378  ^ a b Weaver, C Douglas (2008). "10. Baptists: An International Movement". In Search of the New Testament Church. Macon: Mercer University Press. p. 224. ISBN 0881461067 ^ Stevenson, William R. (1999). . Oxford University Press. p. 10. Sovereign Grace: The place and significance of Christian freedom in John Calvin's political thought ISBN 0-19-512506-1 . Retrieved 2012-11-17. ^ Brackney, William H. (2009). (2nd ed.). Scarecrow Press. p. 472. Historical Dictionary of the Baptists ISBN 0-8108-5622-0 . Retrieved 2012-11-17. ^ McBeth, H. Leon (1987). . Broadman Press. p. 771. The Baptist Heritage: Four Century of Baptist Witness ISBN 0-8054-6569-3 . Retrieved 2012-11-17. ^ Mead, Frank Spencer; Hill, Samuel S.; Atwood, Craig D. (2001). (11th ed.). Abingdon Press. p. 62. Handbook of Denominations in the United States ISBN 0-687-06983-1 . Retrieved 2012-11-17. ^ Crowley, John G. (1998). . Primitive Baptists of the Wiregrass South: 1815 to the Present University of Florida Press. p. 177. ISBN 978-0-8130-1640-5 . Retrieved 2012-11-17. ^ a b Wardin, Albert W. (2007). . Baptist History and Heritage Society. The Twelve Baptist Tribes in the United States: A historical and statistical analysis ISBN 1-57843-038-0 . Retrieved 2012-11-17. ^ "Sovereign Grace Baptist Association Website: Churches" . Retrieved 2012-11-17. ^ "Armed Forces Chaplains Board Endorsements". US Department of Defense. Archived from the original on 9 July 2011 . Retrieved 2012-11-17. ^ Bramadat, Paul, and Seljak, David (2009). . University of Toronto Press. p. 2008. Christianity and ethnicity in Canada ISBN 0-8020-9584-4 . Retrieved 2012-11-17. ^ "Sovereign Grace Fellowship of Canada Website: Constitution" . Retrieved 2012-11-17. ^ "Sovereign Grace Fellowship of Canada Website: Introduction" . Retrieved 2012-11-17. ^ "Sovereign Grace Fellowship of Canada Website: Member Churches" . Retrieved 2012-11-17. ^ "Toronto Baptist Seminary and Bible College: Mission" . Retrieved 2012-11-17.