To take exception to the Confession’s doctrine of the Christian Sabbath is no minor thing.

  To take exception to the Confession’s doctrine of the Christian Sabbath is no minor thing. It ends up tinkering with the theological symmetry of the whole. Denying the formulation of 22.7 necessarily affects other doctrinal formulations within the Confession. Philip S. Ross, while discussing taking exception to the Sabbath by adherents to the WCF, […]

table of contents for Getting the Garden Wrong: A Critique of New Covenant Theology on the Covenant of Works and the Sabbath

  Here is the table of contents for Getting the Garden Wrong: A Critique of New Covenant Theology on the Covenant of Works and the Sabbath, Richard C. Barcellos, coming soon from Founders Press.     Table of Contents   Preface   Introduction What is New Covenant Theology? The Importance of Hermeneutics in Theological Formulation […]

Brief thoughts on “some men and Angels . . . to Eternal Life, through Jesus Christ,” versions of the 2LCF, and Scripture proofs

  The 1677 facsimile edition of our Confession cites two Scripture addresses that are of interest to our study.[1] Here is the text as it occurred in 1677: “By the decree of God for the manifestation of his glory (g) some men and Angels, are predestinated, or fore-ordained to Eternal Life, through Jesus Christ . […]

Ronald S. Baines, “The Preaching of the Word of God is the Word of God” – Part II

PRAEDICATIO VERBI DEI EST VERBUM DEI: “The Preaching of the Word of God is the Word of God” — Heinrich Bullinger and The Second Helvetic Confession Ronald Baines*   Part I is here.   This post is taken from Journal of the Institute of Reformed Baptist Studies, 2015: 30-42. It is used with permission. RBAP, […]

Some thoughts on the remaining sabbatismos for the people of God (Heb. 4:9)

    Some thoughts on the remaining sabbatismos for the people of God (Heb. 4:9) taken from my forthcoming book by Founders Press, Getting the Garden Wrong: A Critique of New Covenant Theology on the Covenant of Works and the Sabbath Copyright © 2016 Richard C. Barcellos. All rights reserved.   That which “remains” is […]

Drs. Fesko and Goligher endorse “The Covenant of Works: Its Confessional and Scriptural Basis”

  A proper understanding of Adam’s state in the garden is fundamental to a coherent doctrine of salvation, which is why this little book on the covenant of works is so important. Richard Barcellos mines the riches of the Reformed Baptist theology and explains the covenant of works with exegetical fidelity and theological clarity. Anyone […]

new series of small books coming from IRBS printed by RBAP – Recovering our Confessional Heritage

  Series Preface   The purpose of the series Recovering our Confessional Heritage is to address issues related to the Second London Confession of Faith of 1677/89 (2LCF). This centuries-old Confession is widely recognized as the most important Confession of Faith in Baptist history. First published in England in 1677, it became the standard for […]

what Dr. Liam Goligher thinks of Confessing the Impassible God

Probably nowhere is the downgrade within evangelicalism so marked as in its understanding of God; doctrines universally confessed and much-loved by the church have been systematically devalued, reinvented, sidelined or rejected by evangelical scholars. Nowhere is that understanding more degraded than in its understanding of divine impassibility. Confessing the Impassible God deals with the catholic […]

The Translation of the Phrase “the Lord’s Day”

  Copyright © 2016 Richard C. Barcellos. All rights reserved.   Note the translation of the particular phrase under consideration—“the Lord’s day.” It is not translated “the day of the Lord,” as in 2 Peter 3:10, because it is a different construction and uses a different word for “Lord.” Second Peter 3:10 reads, ἡμέρα κυρίου […]

A Proleptic Rest in Genesis 2?

  A Proleptic Rest in Genesis 2? Copyright © 2016 Richard C. Barcellos. All rights reserved.   Some have understood the Creator’s rest as establishing a pattern for man to follow, but not revealed as such until much later in man’s history (Exod. 16 and 20). This view is not new. In the early seventeenth […]