What is the Promise of Acts 2?

Many Baptists recently seem eager to divorce the promise in Acts 2 from the promise given to Abraham in Gen 17, seemingly as a way to distance baptism from circumcision and the repercussions therein.

I first encountered this viewpoint several years ago when Jamin Hubner posited it while in discussion in the #prosapologian chat room. I seemed novel then, even to his fellow baptists. Then, a few months back, Chris Whisonant proffered the same view.  Now I see that Matt D. Robertson is saying the same thing.

The basic argument of the viewpoint goes like this:

Oftentimes in discussion paedobaptists will bring up Acts 2:38-39. Frequently they seem to throw this verse down as though it’s supposed to be incontrovertible proof of their position, which has always confused me…

When we look at these verses together, we are equipped to answer the most important question of vv.38-39: What is the promise? Is this not the key question?

The way this passage is used by our paedobaptist brethren, we can only assume they believe that the promise is New Covenant membership. “New Covenant membership is for you, and for your children…” Now I must say, if that is what the text said, there would be no discussion. It would be the power-verse many use it as. But if we look at the wider context, the identity of what (more accurately, Who) the promise is becomes clear.
Look at verse 33. “Therefore, since He has been exalted to the right hand of God and has received from the Father the promised Holy Spirit, He has poured out what you both see and hear.”…

This is extremely important, because if the promise is the Holy Spirit, then the promise is not explicitly Covenant membership.
https://mattdrobertson.wordpress.com/2017/08/01/analyzing-the-promise/

 

For just a moment, let me say that I agree with Mr. Robertson that the “promise” in Acts 2 is indeed the promise of the Holy Spirit. Peter quotes Joel 2 explaining how the outpouring of the Spirit will be manifest.

Joel 2:28
“And it shall come to pass afterward,
    that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh;
your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
    your old men shall dream dreams,
    and your young men shall see visions.”

The problem with Mr. Robertson (and the rest) who posit this as a definitive rebuttal of the paedobaptist position, is that the promise given to Abraham in Gen 17 etc. wherein we read the covenant formula “for you and your children” – is directly tied to the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.

Galatians 3:13-14
Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree”— so that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we might receive the promised Spirit through faith.

According to Paul, and thus the God-breathed commentary on the Old Testament, the promise to Abraham included Gentiles receiving the Spirit through faith. This is supported elsewhere by Paul wherein he writes:

Romans 4:13
For the promise to Abraham and his offspring that he would be heir of the world did not come through the law but through the righteousness of faith.

Galatians 3:29
And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to promise.

Thus, according to Peter, Paul, and therefore God himself, the outpouring of the Spirit is the definitive evidence that the promise to Abraham is being fulfilled.

Remember, the promise in Gen 17 includes this:  “you shall be the father of a multitude of nations” – and here the people of God are now reaching out to the nations, as expressed by the Holy Spirit’s gift of Gentile tongues.

Also note that the passage Peter is quoting in Joel, wherein he’s expressing the manifestation of the Spirit, calls on the people of God to “gather the children, even nursing infants”to meet with the bridegroom (Joel 2:16).

Attempting to divorce the promise of Acts 2 from the covenant promise to Abraham in Gen 12,17 etc. is not supported by Scripture.

Augustine on Perseverance and Trent Horn

Had a enjoyable little Twitter chat with Trent Horn today regarding his debate with James R. White on perseverance. I accused him of only partially quoting Augustine and he and I went around and round mostly about free will, predestination and compatibilism.

Horn is a nice fellow, and in the end I asked him to provide me resource that expressed his viewpoint on Augustine best, and he gave me a link to a JETS article in which he said the author, “a Calvinist” agreed with him.

[ It’s come to my attention that this same article is reposted (without permission?) on the biblicalcatholic.com website.  This really shows you one problem Protestants and Roman Catholics have in discussing these matters, we can read the same material and come away with completely different understandings.]

So I read the article, I come to the end and find this:

“God’s sovereignty in election and predestination, then, is the basis for Augustine’s understanding of final perseverance. The grace of God… Like Augustine, Aquinas and Luther before him, Calvin grounded the understanding of final perseverance on the doctrine of election… Calvin, Arminius and Wesley agreed that if election were unconditional, then final perseverance would logically follow as a matter of course. Augustine and Aquinas affirmed unconditional election but taught that believers did not enjoy infallible certitude of their election and hence of their final perseverance.”  The Perseverance Of The Saints: A History Of The Doctrine, John Jefferson Davis, JETS 34/2 (June 1991) 213-228

So basically, Augustine affirmed unconditional election – and since election is unconditional, final perseverance logically follows. This resource says the opposite of what Trent claimed.

One caveat: Augustine’s and Aquinas’ use of the terms justification and regeneration differ from the modern Reformed understanding and therefore it is possible to find Augustine saying that some “justified” will fall away. But this is different from the elect. Augustine views election as unto perseverance.

Next I went to a primary resource, Augustine – On the Free Choice of the Will, On Grace and Free Choice, and Other Writings edited and translated by Peter King.

Here Augustine writes:
“Anyone who has been elected has no doubt also been called. But anyone who has been called has not thereby been elected. The ones who have been elected, then, as is often said, are those who “are called in accordance with His plan,” who also are foreknown and predestined. If any of them perishes, God is in error. But none of them perishes, since God does not err. If any of them perishes, God is overpowered by human vice. But none of them perishes, since God is not overpowered by anything. Furthermore, they have been elected to reign with Christ, not the way Judas was elected for the work to which he was suited. Judas, of course, was elected by Him Who knew well how to use even evil people, so that even through his damnable work He might bring to completion the work for which He came (which we hold in reverence). “

Basically, Augustine is commenting on John 6, and in agreement with James White states: “The ones who have been elected… If any of them perishes, God is in error. But none of them perishes, since God does not err. If any of them perishes, God is overpowered by human vice. But none of them perishes, since God is not overpowered by anything.”

This is the opposite of what Trent Horn was saying, and the opposite of what he claimed Augustine said in his quoting tiny snippets of another document.

Elsewhere in the same document, Augustine writes:

“On the other hand, those who are not going to persevere, and so are going to fall away from Christian faith and conduct – and as a result the end of this life finds them such – then even while they are living well and religiously they should undoubtedly not be counted in the number of the elect. For God’s foreknowledge and predestination has not singled them out from the mass of perdition,35 and hence they are neither “called in accordance with His plan” [Rom. 8:28] nor, for that reason, “

Again, Augustine’s view is that those who are not going to persevere “should undoubtedly not be counted in the number of the elect”. Again, the complete opposite of Horn’s claim.

A short reply to Brandon Adams re: R Scott Clark

I want to address a few points in this article by Brandon Adams. Adams seems to be suggesting in his second section (“Or is he?”) that other paedobaptists disagree with this statement (and the previous section) from R Scott Clark:

“The comparison and contrast is not between Abraham and the new covenant but between Moses and the new covenant. The covenant that God made with Abraham was a covenant of grace, the covenant he confirmed with the “blood of the eternal covenant” (Heb 13:20).”

He then notes a disagreement about Republication of the Covenant of Works. The problem is that even those who disagree with a complete republication would agree with Clark’s statement above.

Note Clark has written elsewhere:

“It is not the case that, because Paul associates circumcision with Moses, there is no fundamental difference between the Abrahamic administration of the covenant of grace and the Mosaic.”

So R. Scott Clark allows for the Mosaic covenant to be an administration of the Covenant of Grace, though a temporary addendum (Gal 3:17) to it. There really are no orthodox paedobaptists who disagree with this point.

The disagreement extends primarily to whether and how, the Mosaic covenant was a republication of the Covenant of Works, and the quotes of Winzer you supply following are addressing that issue, which is not really the view you brought up in your first section.

Later he states:

“Notice that Calvin speaks of “the covenant” in the singular. He is clear: The Old and New Covenant were the same covenant.”

But that’s simply untrue and Clark provides the proof. http://heidelblog.net/2014/11/calvin-on-the-distinction-between-the-old-and-new-covenants/

As Calvin states: “Hence, in general, the Old Testament [covenant] is the name given to the solemn method of confirming the covenant comprehended under ceremonies and sacrifices. Since there is nothing substantial in it, until we look beyond it, the Apostle contends that it behoved to be annulled and become antiquated, (Heb. 7:22,) to make room for Christ”

Both Calvin and Clark agree that the Mosaic and the New Covenant flow ultimately from the Covenant of Grace that God gave to Abraham.

In essence, none of his arguments really hit the target he intends. All involved agree that “Moses flows from Abraham”.  The rest of the article then builds on these errors and misapplications.

Baptism – a Study

Baptism

Reviewing the real thing before examining the counterfeits.

Baptism – vocabulary

Tabal – Hebrew to wash, dip – translated in the LXX as baptizo

Rachats – Translated as wash or bathe

Bapto – Greek to dip, wash – used to express the dipping of a garment for dyeing, dipping of finger into sacrificial blood, the washing of hands

                Baptizo, Baptismos – Greek to dip, immerse, sink, wash

Connected concepts:

2 Kings 5:10 – go and wash (rachats),  v14 and dipped (tabal) himself…
(Sproul – pg 48-51)

Old Testament Examples – all form our understanding of baptism

Lev 4:6 – dipping finger in blood – tabal (Hebrew)  bapto (LXX)

Lev 16:4, 23-24 – Aaron washing – rachats (Hebrew)

Eze 23:15 dyed

Dan 4:30 – bathed (with dew)

In the Old Testament, the words translated from Hebrew to the Greek words bapto or baptiso indicate they were used both of dipping and washing in mundane and ceremonial contexts. (1)

The simple vocabulary / word study misses the intent and context of baptism. Which is a ceremonial washing, a ceremonial purification. (Not arguing mode here, rather arguing intent.)

The problem with focusing on the meanings and roots of the words associated with baptism is that it misses the greater intent and context of the idea, which has to do with ceremonial cleansing. (2)

What was done with the blood and water of purification after the tabal (dipping)?

Lev 4:6, 17, 14:7, 16, 27 -… and sprinkle part of the blood…

Num 19:18-21 – water sprinkled for cleansing

Isa 52:13-15 – so shall he sprinkle many nations – BIG PROMISE!

Eze 36:25 – I will sprinkle clean water on you and you shall be clean…

New Testament Fulfillment

Preparatory Ceremony / Cleansing – preparatory cleansing prior to the coming of the Kingdom of God.  Making the way (the people/etc) read for the Lord.

John’s baptism – John 1:23John’s baptism was preparatory pointing to the coming of the Messiah and the need for Israel to repent. (3) 

John 1:31 – 33 – John’s baptism lead to the revealing of the promised Messiah (Act 19:4)

Matt 3:10-12 – pointed to the immediacy of the kingdom of God.

Ceremonial washingThe Jews already had a set of ceremonial washings they participated in.  Baptism wasn’t unheard of in Jewish ceremony, the jars used by Jesus to turn water into wine were for Jewish purification rites.

Mark 7:2-4, pp Matt 15:2 – Jesus’ disciples’ failure to obey Jewish customary washings upset the Pharisees

John 2:6 – Large stone jars, many gallons each, filled with water for Jewish rites of purification

Heb 9:10 – Various ceremonial washings (baptismos)

  • So far all we have learned is that baptism is a ceremonial washing that has connections with various washings, dipping and purification rights of the Old Testament
  • Notice none of the occasions that baptism is done in the New Testament is the water anything but river water, well water, or otherwise normal water. There is nothing special about the water.

The Covenant of Grace  – (pgs 25 – 31)

God is a covenant making and keeping God. Throughout the Old Testament God makes several covenants with man.  The major over-arching covenants are the “Covenant of Redemption” (a Trinitarian covenant between the members of the Trinity to redeem man, “Covenant of Works” (made with Adam in the Garden), and the “Covenant of Grace” – the covenant by which God establishes that he will freely and graciously redeem man from sin through the sacrifice of His own Son.  There are other covenants between God and man in Scripture, but these are the archetypes and/or originators of the rest. We focus on the COG.

Gen 15:1-17 – God made a promise to Abraham to bless him and to be His God.  God swears by himself, because there is no one greater to swear by (Heb 6:13-14)

God is saying: ‘If I fail to keep my promises to you, may I be cut in two like these animals.’ (pg 37) – keep this concept in mind, with the shedding of blood and the threat of judgment for failure.

Signs/Seals – Thus it is established that covenants have signs pointing to aspects/conditions of the covenant and seals, marks of agreement or inclusion in the covenant.   Covenants are sealed with initiation rites, bloody ceremonies expressing conditions and penalties of the covenant. (5)

Gen 17:9-14 – Later God establishes the rite of circumcision wherein the males of the household of Abraham are circumcised in their foreskin, later all those who join themselves to Israel must be circumcised.

Covenant signs/seals have dual roles – Pointing to blessings: circumcision signified the cutting and removal of sin from the flesh and the setting apart of the people for God. (6)

Circumcision is both a sign pointing to the idea that the heart of the sign bearer would have sin removed from it and a seal of their inclusion in the people of God, it is also a warning of what will happen if the bearer fails to keep the conditions of the covenant. (They will be cut off! Gen 17:4)

After Israel falls into slavery, and when coming out, God establishes the Law to reveal sin but states that (Lev 26:40-42) even after He rescues them and yet they turn away again, God will remember the covenant He made with Abraham.

Eze 16:59-61 – prior to announcing the New Covenant, the prophet states that God will remember the covenant he made “in the days of your youth”… the context of the New Covenant follows in chapter 36 and again in Jeremiah 31. Eze 36:22-32 – the New Covenant promised, a renewal of that covenant made with Abraham, in which God will sprinkle clean water on his people and cleanse them from sin, removing heart of stones and giving hearts of living flesh.

What is the condition of the covenant of grace?

Calvin: In their conditions or promises. The law promises eternal life and all good things upon the condition of our own and perfect righteousness, and of obedience in us: the gospel promises the same blessings upon the condition that we exercise faith in Christ, by which we embrace the obedience which another, even Christ, has performed in our behalf; or the gospel teaches that we are justified freely by faith in Christ.

Francis Turretin: Faith is the sole condition of the covenant because under this condition alone pardon of sins and salvation as well as eternal life are promised…

Charles Hodge: The condition of the covenant of grace, so far as adults are concerned, is faith in Christ…. It is in this last sense only that faith is the condition of the covenant of grace. There is no merit in believing. It is only the act of receiving a proffered favour.

Consider what this means for someone who partakes of the covenant sign and seal, but fails to have faith in the Covenant maker.

Covenants have promises and conditions, the condition of the Covenant of Works was perfect obedience, the condition of the Covenant of Grace was/is faith in the Messiah. (7)  (Gal 3:8)

 

The New Covenant

The bloody signs of the Old Covenant are done away with – as Christ has put away sin once-for-all by one sacrifice of himself. (Heb 9:11-27)  (8)

Notice the language:  blood sprinkling of defiled persons, sprinkled the book and all the people, without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins.

No more blood sacrifices or cutting of flesh is needed in the New Covenant.

Baptism REPLACES circumcision because Christ has fulfilled it. (pg 29)

Col 2:11 – 12 – “Gentile believers who have received… baptism… have received an internal circumcision” (pg 29)

Belgic Confession Art. 34

Christ has put an end to every other shedding of blood…

Having abolished, circumcision which was done with blood…

Signifies… that just as water washes away the dirt of the body when it is poured on us and also is seen on the body of the baptized when it is sprinkled on him… the blood of Christ… washes and cleanses from sins and transforms us into the children of God.

Not by the physical water but by the sprinkling of the precious blood of the Son of God – who is our Red Sea, through which we must pass to escape the tyranny of Pharaoh…

                                WCF 28

… to be unto him a sign and seal of the covenant of grace, of his engrafting into Christ, of regeneration, of remission of sins, and of his giving up unto God, through Jesus Christ, to walk in the newness of life…

HC 69 – 74

Initiation Rite – new Christians attested to their faith and entry into the church through baptism – it was a sign to others of their belonging to Christ

Matthew 28:19 – … make disciples of all nations, baptizing them…

Acts 2:38, Acts 8:12* (notice addition of women in this passage, ask why the special mention is necessary and what this might indicate for the credo-only position.)

Mark of Identity – Covenantal community (pg 27 – 32)

1 Cor 10:2 / 12:13 – just as circumcision was an identifier of the people of God, baptism is an identifier of God’s people in a new era.  Moses’ crossing the Red Sea is symbolic of baptism in that those who were faithful passed through, while the Egyptians fell under judgment.

 

Baptism is a Sign (pg 32-44) – points to something

Of our Engrafting into Christ – Eph 11-13, Rom 11:17-24

Of our death to sin, through Christ’s death and resurrection to newness of life – Rom 6:3-4

Of the circumcision of our dead flesh/heart of stone – Eze 36:22-32, Col 2:11-15

Of judgment for unbelievers  and those who fall away – Pharaoh and the Red Sea, the flood and the ark 1 Pet 3:17-22, Esau, Ishmael and others.

“baptism now saves you… as your identity with the people of God through the ark who is Christ will save you from God’s wrath and separating you from those outside.”  

Baptism is a seal – a mark of something

                Of God’s promises to us through the Spirit by faith – Acts 2:38, Eph 1:13, Col 2:12

A mark of our inclusion in the covenant people – Rom 6:4, Eph 4:5

 

Final thoughts – Baptism is a sign and seal of the New Covenant, replacing circumcision as the rite of the Covenant of Grace by which we are marked as God’s possession and visibly shown God’s gospel plan in a dramatic form, pointing us to salvation by faith in Christ whereby our sins are washed away by his blood shed on the cross and his resurrection to life anew.

Highway Patrol Citing Drivers on Patterson Pass

On Wednesday, August 19th, 2015 I was headed on Patterson Pass to Cross Rd. to take pictures, as I often do.  There was a fire on Tesla Rd. and I figured Cross Rd. would be a good place to shoot the smoke and the local barns.  At the beginning of Patterson Pass at Greenville Rd. there is a sign that states “Road Closed to Thru Traffic”, that sign does not indicate you cannot go to Flynn Rd. and turn, as many folks do.

Prior to getting to Patterson Pass (headed South-bound on Greenville) one sees this sign:

detour sign

 

Soon there after:

detour sign 2

Now, what these signs mean, who knows? Cross Rd. is on the other side of town…

“End Detour”? Great… when did I detour?


 While Patterson Pass states that the road is closed ahead, the first sign after that encountered is this:

closed where

 

Where is the road closed at?  Mile marker 6.4!  About 5 1/2 miles from this spot.  Yet, just past Flynn Rd. was another sign, not blocking the road, also stating “Road Closed to Thru Traffic”.

 

 

road closed traffic sign
This is the actual sign
road closed traffic sign 2
Notice how it is set so you can drive past it.

It was not my intention to go “thru” Patterson Pass,  but to head up to Cross Rd., which was well before mm 6.4 to take photos.

The California Highway Patrol had two vehicles hidden just behind the curve shown in the top photo.  There they had 3 cars pulled over and motioned me to do so as well.   I pulled over and provided my license and registration to the officer.  As I waited, more cars appeared behind us and the officers signaled them to stop as well. After waiting several minutes, the officer returned and had me sign a citation for  a violation of “21461(a)”.

 

pp4

 

Every government website states that Patterson Pass is closed at mile marker 6.4:

 

Road Closure Notice
http://acgov.org/pwa/updates/projects/pattersonpassvicinity.htm

 

http://www.acgov.org/pwahome/pub/documents/news/PressRelease-PattersonPassClosureBeginsJuly7.pdf
http://www.acgov.org/pwahome/pub/documents/news/PressRelease-PattersonPassClosureBeginsJuly7.pdf

 

pp2
http://patch.com/california/livermore/traffic-advisory-patterson-pass-road-closes-all-traffic-july-august-0

 

Notice that the closure is stated at every government website to be at mile marker 6.4.  Not before it.

There is no mention of the road closure on CalTrans site:

http://quickmap.dot.ca.gov/
http://quickmap.dot.ca.gov/

There is no mention of either the road closure nor enforcement on the CHP website or road conditions map site.

I was given a citation for a violation of “21461(a)” –

Obedience by Driver to Official Traffic Control Devices

21461. (a) It is unlawful for a driver of a vehicle to fail to obey a sign or signal defined as regulatory in the federal Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices, or a Department of Transportation approved supplement to that manual of a regulatory nature erected or maintained to enhance traffic safety and operations or to indicate and carry out the provisions of this code or a local traffic ordinance or resolution adopted pursuant to a local traffic ordinance, or to fail to obey a device erected or maintained by lawful authority of a public body or official.

Exactly, what sign did I fail to obey?  My intent was to go to Cross Rd., not to drive through Patterson Pass.

The sign does not state that “no traffic allowed”, nor “local traffic only allowed” (regardless, why wouldn’t I be considered local traffic, given that I work less than 2 miles from the spot of the citation?)    Plus, according to every government website, the road is closed “at mile marker 6.4” many miles beyond where the CHP had set up their roadblock.

I now face a fine of $234 and a point on my license because I didn’t “obey” an ambiguous traffic sign that neither told me where, or when the road was closed and was in opposition to the posted public documents found on their websites.

 

Notes.

http://www.courts.ca.gov/documents/tr205.pdf

http://www.r6-forum.com/forums/46-general-discussions/54247-how-fight-your-traffic-ticket-%5Buseful-info%5D-save-hundreds-$.html

 

UPDATE 8/20/2015

I wrote to ACPWA.org on 8/19 and informed them of my displeasure at being cited for their ambiguous signage and received a terse reply from Nanci Collins. I then revisited Patterson Pass today to document the signage, and found new signs and a better detour/road closure there.

road closed 8-20
THIS is how you close a road.

 

This is the scene now where that “road closed to thru traffic” sign was.  There’s no getting past that, however the previous orange sign still states that Patterson Pass is closed at mm 6.4.

 

 

White / Strawbridge Debate Review – Part 1

I’m starting with Dr. James White’s opening statement. I found little in Strawbridge’s opening worth commenting on, except I do not understand the paedobaptist insistence on pushing the household argument.  In my opinion it ignores the much greater issue of the nature and consistency of the Covenant throughout God’s Word, and fails to address the Baptist’s weakest arguments.

“Promise of New Covenant comes about by faith not by family lineage.”

Yet the Apostle Peter states in Acts 2:39 – “the promise is for you and for your children…” If the New Covenant promise NO LONGER comes about by family lineage at all, Peter was wrong to quote the prophecy he did, yet Peter uses the “you and your children” formula seen throughout the giving of the covenants in the Old Testament.

While it is true that “it is not the children of the flesh who are the children of God, but the children of promise who are considered offspring” (Rom 9:8), but this proves too much for the Baptist if they’re assuming that all of one’s offspring are specifically not included in the promise.  Every one who is baptized is promised that if they embrace the sign meaning of baptism by faith, they will enjoy the full benefits thereof.
“Reformed Baptists insist that only the “New Covenant documents” can properly interpet and apply the Old Covenant prophecies about the New Covenant.”

Herein is Dr. White’s first major presuppositional problem. While we would all agree that the “New Covenant” ‘documents’ are to interpret “Old Covenant” prophecies, to suggest that the New Testament alone is “New Covenant” is to wrongly divide the Scriptures. Like the Law and Gospel, the New Covenant echoes throughout the text from beginning to end. It is therefore wrong to assume that the only relevant texts to the New Covenant are found in the New Testament. This is a minor point however. A larger concern is how the line of reasoning that reads Hebrews 8 in this way and and makes it the governing hermeneutical lens for the rest of what even Hebrews says effects the larger intent of the author of Hebrews.

Hebrews 8… the supremacy and present reality of the New Covenant… no amount of Old Covenant sameness argumentation can be allowed to undo the author’s primary point.”

I would argue that the author of Hebrews primary point stated time and again throughout the book is not that the New Covenant is completely different from the old, but rather: “Take care, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God… and “Let us therefore strive to enter that rest, so that no one may fall by the same sort of disobedience.”

The author’s point is not that the New Covenant is made up of professing adults only, but rather that because the New Covenant is the final fulfillment of the Covenant promised to Abraham, we have a greater responsibility to be obedient to it by faith. There is a real commonality between the Old and the New Covenant, namely the reality of apostasy from the faith and a falling away from the covenant people of God and being cut-off by God from the promises found therein.

This is one of the reasons Baptists have such trouble with the warning passages in Hebrews. If the New Covenant is only spiritual covenant, made only with those who are truly regenerate and truly faithful, then the warning passages in Hebrews must be interpreted around that grid and the power thereof lost. This is why some Baptists have taken to calling the warning passages “hypothetical” or speaking of “false professors” rather than genuine members of the Covenant under wrath of God for their failure to fulfill the condition of the covenant.

We must remind Dr. White that the contrast between the covenants brought up in Hebrews 8 is not between the Covenant of Bethel and the New, but rather, and most specifically the covenant made when God “took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt.”

“You don’t come up with an idea of covenant signs and then reason from there to the nature of the covenant, you start with what the Bible teaches about the covenant and then move downward from there.”

I would argue that we don’t come up with an idea of covenant signs and application by listening only to one part of God’s Word to the exclusion of the rest of His testimony and creating an idea about them in the absence of a majority of God’s testimony.

It would be fine if there was clear text in the “New Covenant documents” specifically discounting the rest of God’s testimony regarding how he commands covenant signs applied, but God has provided us vast testimony of how HE applies covenants and it is error to ignore them.

“We cannot begin with Old Covenant paradigms and applications and the force them onto the fuller New Covenant reality…”

Again, Dr White confuses all of the Old Testament with “Old Covenant paradigms.” The Old Covenant, according to the author of Hebrews, Paul and others, began with the Exodus from Egypt and not with Abraham in Bethel. This is the fatal flaw in the Baptist argumentation and a presupposition that must be questioned at every turn.

Epson Inkjet Waste Tank Reset R1800

So I’ve got an Epson R1800 Color Inkjet printer that’s telling me “PARTS INSIDE YOUR PRINTER ARE AT THE END OF THEIR SERVICE LIFE” – that probably refers to the waste ink tank or the Ink Pads.  So you have two choices, reset the tank and pads temporarily till you can buy a new printer, or replace the tank.

I’m getting a new printer so trying to reset the tank was the issue.

Get the software from Epson, don’t use the 3rd party apps that require $.  Get it here!

 

http://www.epson.com/cgi-bin/Store/support/InkPadsForm.jsp

Thought Crimes Prosecuted in Europe

Apparently, in the EU you can be prosecuted for denying the holocaust. Now, while I believe the holocaust was real and horrific, isn’t prosecuting stupid people for their beliefs frighteningly fascist itself?

“Doğu Perinçek the leader of the Turkish Workers Party was fined by a Swiss court in 2008 after calling the 1915 genocide an ‘international lie’, during a visit to Switzerland.

Mr Perinçek later appealed to the European Court of Human Rights, which ruled that Switzerland had violated his right to free expression in December 2013.

His appeal is now being challenged by Armenia, which argues that denying the 1915 genocide is a crime on par with Holocaust denial.”

Thought crimes being prosecuted in Europe… what scary times we live in.  Not to mention the fact that George Clooney’s wife seems to be using the trial as a photo-op.