A Reformed Baptist Manifesto (by Samuel Waldron)

I absolutely love this little book, and I have turned to it again and again as a quick reference.  It is an excellent book that focuses on the New Covenant Constitution of the Church (Jer. 31:31-34), much like our American Constitution governs our nation.  It is a very focused book with well constructed biblical argumentation.  Below is an excerpt from the Introduction:

It is the conviction of this author that confessional Reformed Baptist churches [holding to the 1689 Baptist Confession of Faith] reflect the major distinctives of the New Covenant.  In other words, what confessional Reformed Baptists endeavor to be is stated clearly in the terms of the New Covenant.  The purpose of this study, therefore, is to set before you a Reformed Baptist Manifesto by means of an examination of the New Covenant as the Constitution of the Church….

Though differences with other Christians will be discussed, let it be clearly and emphatically stated at the outset that confessional Reformed Baptists stand with many Reformed and Dispensational brothers on the essential issues of the Christian faith.  We gladly stand shoulder to shoulder with all those who hold to the plenary inspiration, inerrancy, authority, and sufficiency of Scripture.  We are very glad that many of our Reformed and Dispensational brothers are standing firm on justification by faith alone in Christ alone.  We are glad to affirm our unity with all who are standing firm against the onslaughts of Open Theism.  Though we differ on the details of the New Covenant, we are one on these issues and many others essential to the Christian faith….

Due to the issues at stake and the attempt to present a Reformed Baptist Manifesto this study will be somewhat polemic.  As the study progresses, we will be discussing the views of others with which we differ.  As we unearth confessional Reformed Baptist distinctives grounded in the New Covenant, some differences with other Evangelical Christians will be exposed.  We will conduct ourselves in the interest of truth, intending no malice….

The approach to these issues will be as follows.  During the course of our examination of the New Covenant, confessional Reformed Baptist doctrine will be established and then compared and contrasted with Dispensationalism, Antinomianism, Arminianism, and Paedobaptism.  The result will be a Reformed Baptist Manifesto based on the New Covenant as the Constitution of the Church.


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