While the Reformers speak much about "sola scriptura" there Westminster Confession of Faith and their doctrines shows they do not really believe it. B.B. Warfield said, "It must be observed, however that the teachings and prescriptions of Scriptures are NOT confined by the Confession to what is 'expressly set down in Scripture' but also what 'by good and necessary consequences may be DEDUCED from Scripture.' This is the strenous and universal contention of the Reformed theology...and it involves a characteristic honoring of REASON as the instrument for ascertainment of truth. "We must depend upon our human faculties to ascertain what Scripture says;...REASON is the instrument of discovering all doctrines and duties," THE WESTMINISTER ASSEMBLY AND ITS WORK, pp 226,227 This is the opposite of what John Knox said, "All worshiping, honoring, or service invented by the brain of man in the religion of God, without His own express commandment, is IDOLATRY." The error of the Reformers is they are Credalists, Baptists are Biblists.
Great Sermon! Dear Bro. John,
Thank you for your comment. I suggest you read what Warfield says that I posted under more sermon details. Note how he exalts reasoning and says, "Reason is the instrument of discovering all doctrines and duties." This is very different from what John Knox said and what Paul says in I Cor. 2:9-14. Webster defines the word creed as being an authoritative statement. That is this the error of the Reformers, creeds are their authority. Baptist say the Bible alone is our authority. Primitive Baptists do not have any creed except the Word of God. I will be most happy to discuss this future by email, if you desire.
John A. (6/15/2014)
Great Sermon! What the Westminster confession means by deduction from scripture is that comparing scripture with scripture truths are deduced that may not be expressly stated. Jesus himself used this method in Matt. 22:31,32 where he proves to the Sadducees the resurrection from the passage on the burning bush where there is nothing "expressly" stated about the resurrection but a resurrection can be "deduced" from the information in the passage. As for the contention concerning credalism a church must necessarily sum up what it believes the Scripture teaches . Your church does this too, that is why it says it is a "primitive baptist" church. This claim in itself is a kind of creed.
Great Sermon! Thank you Elder for allowing God's Spirit to use you, because many doctrines of the 'true Church' have been compromised by many reformist strange teachings.
Elder Hatfield has pastored Baptist churches in WV, NC, FL and MS. He served as an evangelist in the Caribbean and has made several evangelistic trips to Australia, India, Bulgaria and Siberia. Pastor Hatfield has a burden to preach the true Gospel of God's Sovereign Grace and...