Regular Baptist Press has published a second edition of the late Dr. Ernest Pickering’s 1979 classic on separation. The new edition has updated some of the language as well as the footnoting to today’s style and information usage. Dr. Myron Houghton, senior professor and department chair of systematic theology at Faith Baptist Theological Seminary, has done a fine job of adding a chapter entitled, “Separation Issues since Ecumenical Evangelism in the 1970s.” Dr. Houghton also was instrumental in updating Dr. Pickering’s book, Charismatic Confusion (see review in the Dec 07 issue). Regular Baptist Press has done us all a great service in putting these books back into circulation. First, because this doesn’t seem to be a day when God’s people have a taste for issues of doctrine and especially those doctrines that can be divisive. These books put some important subjects back on the table. Second, because the issues of ecclesiastical polity and charismatic phenomena are as important today (and probably more so) as they have ever been. New issues having to do with music, liturgy, and church polity have only increased the need for clear lines of ecclesiastical separation, not lessened it. Third, because this book addresses the difficult topic of secondary separation which most of today’s writers, even within fundamental circles, won’t touch (a noted exception is Dr. McCune’s A Promise Unfulfilled—see review in the Feb 07 issue). Separation issues among brethren have become more difficult yet more important simply because the definition of “brother” has been widened beyond scriptural boundary due to today’s pro-ecumenical and anti-denominational attitude. Pickering’s original tact was to expose the reader to the historical roots of separation and bring those principles forward into his own generation. The updating of this edition and Houghton’s additional chapter again accomplish that purpose.
The Local Church of RevelationOctober 1, 2016
All conservative scholars agree that Revelation is the last book to be added to the canon of sixty six inspired books and that the apostle John is the author. John is given his three-fold division of the book as, “the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall […]
Cross, Creation and also ProphecyFebruary 1, 2016
There are three great mountain peaks of importance in Biblical history. First and foremost is Calvary. The cross is the center of all God’s workings with this world. If the believer could say with Paul, “I determined not to know any thing among you save Jesus Christ and him crucified” (1 Cor. 2:2), he would […]
Anointing With OilMarch 28, 2015
Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms. Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, […]