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This is a group of issues that need to be answered by Baptists. It is imperative that we are aware of these subtle and not so subtle attacks on our heritage, polity and eschatology.

The need now is to address several issues. The need is to express not just a “Christian” Worldview, but a “Baptist Christian Worldview.” The need is for a movement of sorts to emerge revolving around the “Baptist Christian Worldview.” In the last ten years, there has been an indoctrination of catholic Reformed (a term the Reformed readily accepts) Worldview in Christian school curriculum. This has not been an accident. The catholic Reformed worldview is Augustinian and Calvinistic. It proclaims a church-state marriage and postmillennialism.

The Baptist Christian Worldview ought to convey the imminent return of Christ, the disestablishment of the church over the state and the state over the church, with revival and winning the lost as our reason for being. This is not the catholic Reformed Worldview. The catholic Reformed Worldview advocates postmillennialism and dominion, theocratic government and the “consistant” Christian under initiation baptism and membership in a “Trinitarian church.” In addition, interpretation of world and American history is vastly different between Reformed and Baptist worldviews.

What is needed is a series of articles defending the Baptists and their principles. Our opponents have been lying and deceiving Baptist school children about their own heritage for almost a generation. We need a concentrated and comprehensive answer.

Written commentary is needed on these topics:

1. An answer/rebuttal to: Christian Resistance, John Whitehead, The Theology of Christian Resistance, P. 1.

2. Answer to: Religious Liberty, Craig S. Bulkeley, The Failure of the American Baptist Culture, P.244.

3. Refuting: R.J. Rushdoony, Religious Liberty vs. Religious Tolerance. The Tactic of Christian Resistance.

4. Comments about pacifism in John B. Jordan’s, The Theology of Christian Resistance, P.333.

5. Ray Sutton in general.

6. The Baptist view of history.

7. The Baptist authorship of liberty. Following the line of Wycliff (the Lollard), Busher, the anonymous Baptist, Roger Williams, John Locke, Thomas Jefferson, Isaac Backus, John Leland and James Madison.

8. The difference between covenant and compact.

9. Was Augustine a saved man?

10. Predestination: the Baptist definition would be: Man’s condition before the fall, and his destination after conversion. Predestination is the fuel of catholic Reformed theology. Their version closely resembles that of Islam. This worries them quite a bit, and it needs to be examined.

11. Major work: A Baptist Philosophy of Education.

12. The real reason American education failed. The catholic Reformed believe the reason is secular humanism. The truth is that paganism is the real culprit.

13. Are Baptists Secular Humanists?

14. Is America founded on Puritan principles? An answer to McFetridge and Boettner. These people believe John Calvin is the true founder of America .

15. Our Baptist forefathers believed that education was not possible without “experimental religion.” The Reconstructionists talk very little about “experimental religion,” what our fathers recognized as “ye must be born again.”

16. The Cult of Calvin: the outrageously worshipful things his followers say about him. (Read McFetridge and Boettner.)

17. Augustine and the sword of the magistrate against heretics. Bring out the persecuting ideas of Samuel Rutherford, John Calvin and Zwingli.

18. John Leland and simple laws of government.

19. David Barton’s omission of Baptist testimony.

Barton wrote “The Myth of Separation” about the separation of church and state. His views on Roger Williams and the Baptists are suspect at best. Barton also wrote “Original Intent” which is a helpful review of court cases proving we are a Christian nation. But he leaves out (on purpose?) any assessment of Williams, John Clarke, Obadiah Holmes, Isaac Backus, Shubal Stearns, and John Leland.

20. On Paul the Pessimist. (premillennialism) The catholic Reformed believe premillennialism is a pessimistic outlook (worldview).

21. A further discussion of John Locke’s relationship with the Baptists.

22. Every Home School and Christian school student should know about John Clarke, Roger Williams, Obadiah Holmes, Isaac Backus, Shubal Stearns, Samuel Harris and John Leland. Their Christian School curriculum is telling Baptist kids that the country was founded on Puritan principles. In some cases it is ignorance, in some cases it is deception.

23. We need emphasis on the Separate Baptist Revival in the South, spearheaded by Shubal Stearns which transformed Virginia .

24. An expose’ of Gary Demar, and his influence on Home Schools.

25. We need teaching on simple dispensational thought. On how the new covenant differs from the old and the local church is not Israel .

26. A short history of millennial (chiliasm) thought. The enemies of simple dispensational thought teach that premillennial beliefs began with the Plymouth brethren in the 19th century. The truth is that millennialism (chiliasm) was condemned by the second Ecumenical council of 381 and the third Council of Ephesus in 431. The Anabaptists were condemned as chiliasts by Stanislav Hosius (the Catholic President of the Council of Trent) in the mid-1500's.

27. An expose` on the obvious affinity towards Rhode Island and Roger Williams in the histories written by the catholic Reformed Presbyterians. (Such as The Light and the Glory)

25. An expose` on the the obvious affinity towards Virginia and her favorite sons: George Washington, James Madison and Thomas Jefferson by the catholic Reformed Presbyterians. Their negative opinions are surprising. The founding fathers were heavily influenced by the Baptists, and they had great affection for them.

26. Further explanation of Madison ’s belief that religious liberty would birth religious revival. (See  p. 116 of the Coming Destruction of the Baptist People quoting Madison ’s Memorial and Remonstrance.)

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