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Theological Resources

TONGUES & PROPHECY

Anyone who is vaguely familiar with the New Testament will know that it has a lot to say about tongues and prophecy. We find multiple examples of tongues and prophecy in the book of Acts.
First Corinthians has chapters devoted to the topic of gifts, especially tongues. These gifts were certainly practiced in the early church. Paul even instructed believers to desire and seek these gifts (1 Cor. 14:1).

In much of the contemporary Christian church, tongues and prophecy are practiced on a large scale. Many would not even think to question their validity.

To start up a conversation which questions the legitimacy of tongues and prophecy for today would therefore seem to be a nonstarter topic! However, I believe there are a number of sound, biblical arguments that indicate these biblical gifts are no longer available to the church today.

The main point of this booklet is to show that the revelatory gifts, such as tongues and prophecy, were temporary gifts for the early church, but were not intended for the entire church age.

LIGHT FROM GOD'S WORD

This book is an analysis of the 1689 Baptist Confession of Faith. The 1689 Baptist Confession sets out what many of our Baptist forefathers believed the Bible taught, and provides a framework of their systematic theology. I am in overwhelming agreement with the doctrines of this Confession. With one or two small exceptions, I believe this Confession captures the doctrines from Scripture accurately.

The Confession is not our final source of authority: the Scriptures are. The Confession itself makes this clear when it states that the Scriptures are the final and supreme source of authority for spiritual truth (chapter one, paragraph ten).

BIBLICAL COUNSELLING - A SHORT COURSE

We must approach the subject of counselling from a biblical worldview, and always bring Scripture to bear on any topic. We experience pain and suffering from two main sources.

Firstly, we have a sinful nature that is opposed to God and holiness (Rom. 8:7; Gal. 5:19-21). This sinful nature causes us to think and act in sinful ways, which brings negative consequences.

Secondly, the earth and everything in it is cursed by sin. We therefore experience pain and difficulties from external sources, such as other people’s sinful actions and natural disasters that impact on our lives and cause us distress. Our physical bodies are also subject to disease and decay.

The above two sources obviously impact each other. For example, as we experience pain and suffering from trials or difficulties, we can respond to them in sinful ways, which leads to further negative consequences.

This means that secular psychology, which does not have a biblical worldview, nor acknowledges the massive impact that sin has had on us and our environment, can never bring lasting comfort and help.

Volume 1: Biblical foundations for denominationalism

BAPTIST DENOMINATIONALISM

Volume 2: Baptist denominationalism in Southern Africa

BAPTIST DENOMINATIONALISM

THE LORD OUR GOD

A proper understanding of God is critical for biblical Christianity in any age. It is especially important in this current day and age when theological speculation is rife. Groups, organisations and individuals are writing, preaching and saying things about God; about what He can and cannot do; about who He is and what He is like.