Reformed Baptist Fellowship

Reformation Truth Ministries 2009 Conference : The Reformed Pastor

In Reformed Baptist Fellowship on July 27, 2009 at 12:38 am

There is no higher calling in life than to be a shepherd of God’s people.

When many a modern day pastor has become an entertainer, comedian, esteem builder and/or CEO, it is time to call on the church to go back to the Scriptures and be reminded of the qualifications and roles God has established for the high office of pastor.

When we speak of the term “Reformed” pastor we speak of a pastor whose life, teaching and ministry conforms to the Word of God alone as the only standard for faith and practice. In this conference we will plumb God’s Word and church history to discover what a “Reformed” pastor looks like and his vital importance to the local church today.

Speakers:  Dr. Sam Waldron; Dr. Andy Davis; Dr. Nathan Finn

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  1. But Baxter didn’t have a reformed view of Justification! Owen debated with him on this very fundamental issue ….

  2. For those that may not be familiar with some of Baxter’s belief, here is he clearly denies the imputed righteousness of Christ in believers:

    Christ came not to possess God with any false opinion of us; nor is he such a Physician as to perform but a supposed or Reputative Cure: He came not to persuade his Father to judge Us to be Well, because He is Well, nor to leave us uncured, and to persuade God that we are Cured. It is We that were guilty and unholy; it is We that must be restored unto Righteousness. If Christ only were Righteous, Christ only would be reputed and judged Righteous, and Christ only would be Happy. The Judge of the world will not justify the unrighteous, merely because another is Righteous; Nor can the Holy God take Complacency in an unholy sinner, because another is Holy. Never did the blessed Son of God intend in his dying or merits, to change the holy Nature of his Father, and to Cause him to Love that which is not Lovely, or to Reconcile him to that which he Abhors, as he is God. We must bear his own Image, and be Holy as he is Holy, before he can Approve us, or Love us in Complacency.

    Richard Baxter, Rich: Baxter’s Confesssion [sic] of his Faith, Especially concerning the Interest of Repentance and sincere Obedience to Christ, in our Justification and Salvation (London: n.p., 1655), 4.

    This is not what the Bible teaches and it is not what Reformed Pastors hold to.

  3. Jade many of us are familiar with Baxter’s faulty views on justification (see Reformed Baptist Theological Review 3:1 pg. 3) I am sure that the men speaking at this conference are square on justification.

  4. But why use Baxter as an example for what a reformed pastor should be? Baxter was a legalist! He believed that by following the “new” and “softer” version of the law of God, one can earn God’s favor. This is heresy and maligns the Holiness and Justice of God. It doesn’t surprise me he did some marvalous work at Kidderminster. After all he was a moralist and enforced fear upon the people. But as you know enforcing morals upon people doesn’t get them any closer to heaven, apart from the Grace and merited work of Christ on the cross.

    Due to his faulty Soteriology, I don’t think Baxter embraced the Gospel. The confession above seems to reveal that danger. Surely there is a better candidate of what a reformed pastor should be, no? I say Keach is a better choice!

  5. Keach would be a great pick. I agree.

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