Did A.W. Pink Agree w/ 1689 Federalism?


Some good thoughts here from Brandon Adams on AW Pink’s Federalism. I especially appreciate his summary statement “Perhaps if modern baptists had read Pink more carefully, we would have re-discovered this view (the Nehemiah Coxe and John Owen view, recently called 1689 Federalism) sooner.”

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A.W. Pink’s covenant theology came up recently in a Facebook discussion. It was being questioned if Pink held to 1689 Federalism or “20th Century Reformed Baptist Covenant Theology. (Federalism is just an old word for covenant theology)

First, here is a summary of 1689 Federalism:

By rejecting the notion of a Covenant of Grace under two administrations, the Baptists were in fact rejecting only half of this concept: they accepted, as we have previously seen, the notion of one single Covenant of Grace in both testaments, but they refused the idea of two administrations. For the Baptists, there was only one Covenant of Grace which was revealed from the Fall in a progressive way until its full revelation and conclusion in the New Covenant… If the Westminster federalism can be summarized in “one covenant under two administrations,” that of the 1689 would be “one covenant revealed progressively…

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