Wednesday, January 30, 2013
""St. Paul could not be clearer that we can have absolute assurance of our salvation when he said, 'To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.'" Or didn't he?
Arguing From a Non-Existent Bible Verse | Catholic Answers
Thursday, January 24, 2013
Have Baptists existed in every generation since Christ? Are Baptists Protestants?
Baptist Successionists frequently claim that they are not Protestants. To this, Leon McBeth, professor of Church History at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary writes, “Are Baptists Protestants? One sometimes hears the question whether Baptists are to be identified as Protestants. Whether one takes the shortcut answer, or goes into lengthy explanation, the answer is the same: Yes. Such important Reformation doctrines as justification by faith, the authority of Scripture, and the priesthood of believers show up prominently in Baptist theology. Further, the evidence shows that Baptists originated out of English Separatism, certainly a part of the Protestant Reformation. Even if one assumes Anabaptist influence, the Anabaptists themselves were a Reformation people. The tendency to deny that Baptists are Protestants grows out of a faulty view of history, namely that Baptist churches have existed in every century and thus antedate the Reformation”
(The Baptist Heritage [Nashville, TN: Broadman Press, 1987], pg. 62).