Reformed Baptist Fellowship

A Short History of Reformed Baptists

In Reformed Baptist Fellowship on June 2, 2012 at 10:56 am

I. Past

Several decades ago, a number of men looked at the state of evangelical and fundamentalist churches and concluded that too much carnal thinking and not enough Bible characterized the doctrine, life and government of the churches.  They sought after a thorough Biblical reformation.  Thus developed a number of Reformed Baptist congregations in the US, the UK and throughout the world.  [1]

II. Present

More recently, a number of men looked at the state of these Reformed Baptist churches and concluded that they were too small and too few.  They sought to bring about change that would remedy this situation.

III. Future[2]

Subsequently, a number of men looked at the state of these “new Reformed Baptist” churches and concluded that too much carnal thinking and not enough Bible characterized their doctrine, life and government.  They then sought after a thorough Biblical reformation.


[1] Whether they accomplished their goal of Biblical reformation is a matter for discussion and debate.

[2] 2030, 2040, 2050?


  1. So Dr. Trueman is writing on RBs these days, eh?

  2. Rich that is a nice guess. But the man who wrote this is a solid RB pastor.

  3. then he is either from the UK or has friends from there who have influenced him

  4. THE PAINFUL TRUTH!

  5. My own observation isn’t worth much, but I am in the habit of listening to a number of Reformed Baptist messages from the early 70’s and into the early 80’s. I have even been so bold as to re-listen to a number of messages from Jim Hufstetler (Solomon’s School of Wisdom, the Sluggard,) The Thorny Ground Hearer, and others – just this week. I also listen with a great deal of marvel such series as “The Sin of Achan” by Albert Martin, as well as Covering Sin, Searching Questions, True Conversion, Necessary, Rare and Difficult. I wonder if the real problem with some modern Reformed Baptist churches is the pastors would be afraid to make the searching applications with some of the real “meddling” that marked the preaching in those days. There is a lot more humor in the modern preaching, but a lot less of the urgency. The preaching is good, don’t get me wrong, but I have tasted the old wine and it is better. Maybe this is personal preference, I don’t know, but I have listened to numerous sermons this week that I am putting into MP3 format and I will take the criticism, the ostracization, the raised eye-brows and still little today stirs me like the preaching that marked the pulpit when I came to the Reformed Baptist Church of Grand Rapids in 1988 or attended Trinity in 1984-1985. Even if J A H had not fallen, he would have been marginalized in our day like other Reformed Baptist pastors, but, Oh God!, give us 5 or 6 men who could preach like he did.

  6. I am sorry Brethren but this is the kind of gross oversimplification and caricature that is unworthy of serious minded Christians. And, I have been a RB for a fairly long time.

  7. I’m with you on your comment,Thomas Sullivan. Give me the old paths! If more of our preachers would catch a glimpse of the urgency of true repentance and holiness of life, our churches would be healthier, and, most important, give glory to God!

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