27 June 2005

Why do I admire Benjamin Keach?

I admire Benjamin Keach because he was a coauthor of the 1689 Baptist confession which expresses the backbone of the Particular Baptist faith (to which I find myself a happy, if nuanced, adherent). I admire him because he was tenaciously abandoned to the dictates of Christ over his conscience and over his mind. I admire him because, though he was unwilling to bend against persecution, he was easily bent by the teaching of the Scriptures. Though he had already written and published Arminian teachings, Keach was willing to retract his statements, admit his errors, and proclaim the truth shamelessly. I suppose I admire Benjamin Keach because he is an ordinary man with an enormous God. Once he had seen through the gospel the glory of God in the face of Christ, he wouldn't let go of him for the world.

3 comments:

kevin mcfadden said...

Great illustration! Thanks Pitts.

joy mccarnan | karagraphy.com said...

although we use keach's baptist[ic version of the westminster] catechism with our children at morning star, and have learned a little of him, i was unaware that he was formerly so strongly arminian at one time. while i exult in the doctrines of grace, i also have deep admiration for any man in any "camp" or in any "system" who demonstrates humility, teachability, authenticity -- any man who will submit his own personal understanding and life applications and reputation to the primacy of God's Word.

Pittsley said...

I was also unaware of Keach's theological journey. Apparently he was premillennial at one time as well. I suppose "teachability" on that count doesn't work in my favor:P

Here's where I got the goods on him: The Excellent Benjamin Keach. Apparently the Baptist historical landscape is parched for material on Keach, and this venture is one of the first to cool the thirst.