This is my reply to a post by Rev Noli Malibuyo at : http://www.twoagespilgrims.com/doctrine/?p=28
My problem with our Reformed brethren is that they want to restrict more what is already restrictive term. What is its goal? faithfulness? John Macarthur is leading many evangelicals and baptist into an understanding of salvation that glorifies the grace of God in Christ. What more do we like him to do? Make sure that others baptized their infant children? -when we in the Reformed paedobaptist camp does not know how to rear our children so that they will trust the Lord Jesus as their Savior and Lord when they grow up?
The LBCF Reformed baptists is as old as the WCF-at least same generation. Some of original Anabaptist were predestinarian in theology and yet we hounded them like pigs and drown them as one.
Do we now glory in the fact that Calvin relentlessly and without impunity hounded Servetus with incriminating evidence to the Catholic authorities just because Servetus mentioned in the side of a book of Calvin that “anyone who believes in baptizing infants has a demon” . I know we defended Calvin that he only did this things because he is a man of the times-and therefore we should not be proud of it-and instead be sorrowful and repentant about it. Do we now use this to demarginalize our Reformed Baptist brethren again?
Or so that all of us will have a restrictive view of RPW? Or that we will be all amilllenialist in a Dutch ghetto-where we are fearful of the betrayals and unfaithfulness of those around us?
Or we glory in the law for our sanctification instead in the grace of God? Or should we glory in our confessions when we use it to obscure the glory of Christ in the Word fo God? Or we hold to ahistorical covenant theology instead of the biblical covenants (plural)?
The fact that we are many last Jan 29-30, 2010 , with many differing eschatologies/ecclesiologies/sacramentologies and yet united in the gospel and grace of Jesus Christ should be cause for joy. We should be known for that-and be respectful of those who joins us away from a Semi-Pelagian Churchianity.
I am a confessional Reformed holding to the Three Forms of Unity since 1982. I know my Berkouwer,Kuyper,Bavinck,Turretin,Olevianus and others. I just felt sorry that instead of uniting within the banner of the Grace of God-we need other qualifications to be Reformed.