Is the Communion Table open or closed? Since all Christians recognize the Communion Table is restricted to professing believers, at the exclusion of all unbelievers, it is safe to say that there is no such thing as a purely open Table. And, since all discerning Baptists recognize the Communion Table is restricted to professing Christians that have been baptized, it is safe to say that there is no such thing as a purely open Table among Baptist churches. It therefore reeks of hypocrisy when the ‘Open Communionists’ accuse their brethren who subscribe to a restricted Table as being uncharitable, unkind, judgmental and legalistic. Unlike the open Communion Baptists who recognize only two restrictions on the Table (regeneration and baptism), I believe there are four restrictions—(1) An evidential…
On Friday, 21st March 2014, Dr. Matthew Hyde delivered the annual lecture for the Strict Baptist Historical Society at Bethesda Chapel. After the lecture, he and I shared a brief exchange on the subject of high-calvinism and nineteenth-century Strict Baptist pastors. Since one of these pastors, John Hazelton, had been connected with the church that I pastor, his name naturally came up. Subsequent to our chat, Dr. Hyde graciously gave me one of his copies of William Styles’, “John Hazelton: A Memoir”.
I believe Baptists should be familiar with the life and ministry of John Hazelton for three reasons:
First, the life and ministry of John Hazelton is worth knowing because he was one of the leading Baptist ministers in the city of London during the nineteenth-century.
Second, the life and ministry of John Hazelton is worth knowing because he is among a gallant group of Baptist ministers who tenaciously subscribed to a high view of Sovereign Grace.
Third, the life and ministry of John Hazelton is worth knowing because he has much to teach this generation of professing Christians who like to call themselves Reformed Baptists.
A lecture introducing the Historic Affirmations of the AHB.
The Affirmations set forth in the following statements are representative views of the historic values maintained by Strict (restricted table) and Particular (restricted atonement) Baptist churches, before and up to the mid-twentieth century. Since the Second World War, most historic churches have (1) adopted the Westcott and Hort text, thereby departing from the high view of verbal inspiration; (2) adopted the teachings of Fullerism, thereby departing from the high view of Sovereign Grace; (3) adopted the philosophy of Ecumenism, thereby departing from the high view of strict communion; (4) adopted an adaptation of Presbyterianism, thereby departing from the high view of Baptist polity.
It appears many Strict Baptists have failed to understand that moving with the times does not mean churches must move from the truth. Conservative values are…
This challenge was delivered on Saturday, 1 September 2012, for the Waddesdon Hill commemorative service. It was repeated the following day for the Baptist church on Kensington Place. The origins of a restricted communion table and a restricted atonement are traced to a principle highlighted in Genesis 14.
An Address to People Who Seldom or Never Go to Church
By the Rev. Robert Lee,
Minister of Campsie
“Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is”—Heb. 10:25
John Johnstone, 2, Hunter Square, Successor to Waugh and Innes
My friends, there are many questions which cannot be satisfactorily answered, there are many which are not worth answering, and there are many which may be answered most distinctly, and are so important, that no man should give himself a day’s rest till he has settled them to his complete satisfaction. It seems to me, that this question, “Whether it is your duty to attend Church?” is of the last kind, being an inquiry both which may be, and which ought to be, decided upon by every man for himself, without delay.
What is contained in the following paper, I have written with the view of persuading those of my own parishioners, who absent themselves from the house of prayer, to consider the subject. And if God shall be pleased . . .