Pastor Chris Gordon, Pastor Chad Vegas of Sovereign Grace Church, and Westminster Seminary Professor R. Scott Clark discuss how Pastor Vegas began leaning towards Reformed ideas and how, through his research, he came across Scott Clark’s The Heidelblog. A comment online led to healthy communication and debate between the two.
In Belgic Confession article 29, the Reformed Churches identify three marks of the true church and seven marks of the true Christian. The second mark of the true church says: “It makes use of the pure administration of the sacraments as Christ instituted them.” Regarding baptism, we confess: For that reason we
For some years, I have complained about Baptist squatters in the Reformed house. These are those Baptists who insist on re-defining the adjective Reformed. As it turns out, however, this habit of squatting is not new at all. Indeed, one of the earliest examples occurred in 1680. I use the
As Reformed Christians, we confess that infants of believing parents (or of at least one believing parent) should be baptised. Heidelberg Catechism Lord’s Day 74 asks, “Should infants, too, be baptised?” Answer: Yes. Infants as well as adults belong to God’s covenant and congregation. Through Christ’s blood, the redemption from
All the Protestant Reformers, including Martin Luther, Huldrych Zwingli and John Calvin, held to infant baptism. Though these three great Protestants disagreed on many things, they all agreed on the Protestant doctrine of justification by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone. They also agreed that infant baptism is
R. Scott Clark writes: Because we do not think of the two sacraments as having the same function, the Reformed churches have not practised paedocommunion. We do not admit infants to communion because communion is the sign of covenant renewal, not initiation into the visible church. Whereas baptism is for
R. Scott Clark writes: The Baptist and Reformed traditions are not, as is often assumed essentially identical in method and conclusions but diverging only on some minor issues. No, the two traditions read Scripture very differently, i.e., they have a different hermeneutic, a different reading of the story of redemption,
THE Reformed faith includes reference to total inability, unconditional election, the limited efficiency of Christ’s satisfaction, irresistible grace and the perseverance of the saints not as the sum total of the church’s confession, but as elements that can be understood only in the context of a larger body of teaching