What is Classical Conservatism?

I'm posting this mainly to help define the term "conservative." It's a misunderstood word, though it is frequently used. Many who call themselves conservatives today are actually classical liberals, who advocate a freedom from most constraints both socially and economically. I would generally call myself a classical conservative. Here I’m speaking of conservatism broadly in …

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Is the covenant of works biblical?

The Reformed confessions of faith all affirm that God made a “covenant of works” with Adam in the Garden of Eden. For example, The Second London Baptist Confession 20.1 explicitly refers to this covenant: “The covenant of works being broken by sin, and made unprofitable unto life….” But some aren't sure the doctrine is found …

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Does the gospel threaten believers with condemnation?

Is part of the “good news” of Jesus Christ that He threatens His blood-bought people with an eternity of hell's torments if they don't believe and repent and keep on believing and repenting? To be clear, there is no question about whether the law as a covenant threatens anyone who does not believe. If you …

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Is general equity theonomy a confessional and biblical doctrine?

Some of those who identify as theonomists today refer to themselves “general equity theonomists,” believing that this identification lands them within the boundaries of Reformed confessional orthodoxy. But if it does, then the term “general equity” needs to be defined the same way the tradition defined it. The technical term “general equity” is used in …

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What is a Reformed Baptist?

What is it that makes a “Reformed Baptist” distinct from other kinds of Baptists and Reformed folks? Reformed Baptists grew out of the English Reformation, emerging from Independent paedobaptist churches in the 1640’s for some very specific theological reasons, and they held to a particular kind of theology. Here are some of the theological identity markers of Reformed Baptist churches.