This 1964 Eerdman’s book is one with which I have been familiar for years but had never read cover to cover. Now, after having done so, I regret I took so long. No one who wears the name “Baptist” ought to miss this book, nor anyone who knows he cannot claim Rome or the Reformers as spiritual fathers. Verduin carefully and scholarly traces the origin of independent believers to the New Testament and focuses on their fundamental disagreement with both Roman Catholicism and Protestant Christianity, primarily over the matter of external control on independent churches. The reader will definitely be surprised at Augustine’s, Luther’s and Calvin’s defense of the union of civil authority with the Church, not to mention the twisting of Scripture in order to prove it! The path is also strewn with sad cases of persecution on those who objected.
Local Churches and Their PastorsOctober 29, 2016
The month of October afforded me a number of opportunities to fellowship with local church pastors from various states and even countries. Though I have written on the local church a lot this year, I want to relate the blessing that I received from my fellowship with these men and also to enhance our appreciation […]
Borders, Language, and CultureAugust 1, 2016
41 Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls. 42And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers. 43And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done […]
Why Do We Have Baptists in the First Place?December 2, 2015
In a day and age when Southern Baptists are the largest Protestant denomination in America and Baptist churches are seemingly everywhere, it is easy to ask what Baptists are all about and even why are they so prevalent. There is no short answer but I think that a brief general account of their beginnings can […]