Articles by Vanguard Presbytery

Always Do the Higher Commandment First

            Herman Bavinck’s, Reformed Ethics: The Duties of the Christian Life, is essential reading for reformed pastors in this writer’s opinion. I have been reading through it recently and was much benefitted by the second chapter of this volume, “Collision and Classification of Duties.” The gist of the chapter is answering the question of what is ourContinue reading “Always Do the Higher Commandment First”

The Importance of Good Rules

            There was an article recently on The Aquila Report by PCA pastor, Jacob Gerber, “The Biblical Foundations of Parliamentary Procedure”, which made some very good points, especially this one: “if we were to tease all the principles that the Bible teaches for resolving disagreements in the church, we would end up with a system that looks veryContinue reading “The Importance of Good Rules”

Church Courts Commend, But Do Not Command

            When I awakened this morning, I had an email from a Reformed Christian friend in Dubai, UAE. He referred to Jonathan Edward’s, A History of the Work of Redemption, particularly a section concerning the success of the gospel in the ‘empire of Muscovy’ (Russia):   I proceed now to show what success the gospel has had in these laterContinue reading “Church Courts Commend, But Do Not Command”

“I Have a Few Things Against You”

            In Revelation 2:1-3:22, Jesus addresses letters to the seven churches in Asia Minor. Some of those letters are commendatory. Some of them are rebukes. The letters to the churches at Pergamum and Thyatira have some important similarities. Both churches were commended for their Christian graces. Pergamum dwelt where Satan’s throne was and held fast theContinue reading ““I Have a Few Things Against You””

Apostolic Christianity

            On consecutive days last week, two people mentioned to me that events in their church reminded them of the Apostolic church. Both people are in Vanguard Presbytery congregations. One person is a lady in a Vanguard mission church that was started in 2020. They began with 2-3 families and have recently had as many asContinue reading “Apostolic Christianity”

The Rise of Tyranny in the Church

            French President, Emanuel Macron, recently specified the reasons for his country outlawing homeschooling. He said that too many homeschoolers were being taught about God and that has proved to be a negative thing for society. It is obvious to anyone that has eyes and ears that totalitarianism is on the rise throughout the world. CountriesContinue reading “The Rise of Tyranny in the Church”

Knowing the Times

            It was my privilege on March 23, 1977 to be able to go by the home and have a two hour visit with Dr. D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones. I was a young minister in my first year in the ministry and I was in Great Britain to attend the Banner of Truth’s Leicester Minister’s Conference theContinue reading “Knowing the Times”

Fleeing Persecution

            After calling His twelve disciples, Jesus gave to them several instructions. Most of the instructions are in the form of imperatives. They are principles which must be followed. These instructions are found for us in Matthew 10. They were rules for the disciples and those who would follow them. Thus, they are rules for usContinue reading “Fleeing Persecution”

Boast Only in the Lord

            During the reign of the wicked King Ahab of Israel, the king of Aram, Ben-Hadad, gathered his army to attack Israel. Ben-Hadad first demanded that Ahab give him all his gold and silver, as well as the most beautiful women and children of the land. When Ahab refused to do so, Ben-Hadad threatened that hordesContinue reading “Boast Only in the Lord”

Canadian Pastor, Steve Richardson, Needs Our Help

            TE Steve Richardson, formerly a pastor in the Canadian Presbytery of the ARP, has been greatly persecuted for his principled stance against the lockdowns in Canada as a response to Covid-19. Richardson and his former congregation, Faith Presbyterian Church (ARP) in Tillsonburg, Ontario, continued to meet for worship services in numbers larger than the stateContinue reading “Canadian Pastor, Steve Richardson, Needs Our Help”

Are These Just Petty Differences?

            Last Friday, June 12th, there was an article carried on Reformation Charlotte about the Woke Movement inroads into the Southern Baptist Church. Social Justice, Cultural Marxism. Critical Race Theory, Same-sex attraction, LGBTQ+, and Black Lives Matter movements are destroying both church and state throughout this great nation. Every major Protestant denomination in the US is experiencing theContinue reading “Are These Just Petty Differences?”

May 2021 Presbytery Meeting

Below is the video of the Worship Service of Vanguard Presbytery in person Presbytery Meeting held at Chapel Woods Presbyterian Church in Snellville, Georgia. Morning Worship Service Moderator – Rev. Dewey RobertsPreaching Session 1 – Rev. Jess StanfieldSeason of PrayerPreaching Session 2 – Rev. Henry JohnsonCommunion – Dr. Al Baker

Choosing a Denomination

            With Christianity falling apart in America, one of the most important questions to answer is this one: How do I decide what denomination to join? Of course, the answer to that question depends on where you want to go. If you are like the person who stops at a gas station to ask directions withoutContinue reading “Choosing a Denomination”

The Half-Way Covenant and Presbyterianism

Vanguard Presbytery             News: The website for Vanguard Presbytery (, has now passed 50,000 views. That indicates more interest in what we are doing than some people are willing to admit. We have not and do not recruit people. They come to us. They seek us out. It is the same way with our website. EveryContinue reading “The Half-Way Covenant and Presbyterianism”

Learning From the Past

            George Santayana (1863-1952), a Spanish philosopher, essayist, poet, and novelist, once penned words concerning the past that have been oft repeated. He wrote: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” Santayana was paraphrased by Winston Churchill in a speech to the House of Commons in 1948 when he said, “Those thatContinue reading “Learning From the Past”

Clerical Cowardice in Modern America

            Martin Niemoller (1892-1984) was a German Lutheran pastor who witnessed the horrors of the Nazi holocaust and, like many intellectuals and clergy in Germany, cowardly remained silent as the Nazis systematically targeted classes and groups of society. Following the war, Niemoller penned a prose confession about his guilty silence. Surely, you have heard it orContinue reading “Clerical Cowardice in Modern America”

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