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Peter Masters has been the Minister of the Metropolitan Tabernacle (Spurgeon's) in central London since 1970.[1][2] He commenced the Evangelical Times, the monthly evangelical conservative newspaper. He directs the School of Theology, an annual Christian conference for pastors and Christian workers.

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Sword and TrowelEdit

He edits the international magazine 'Sword & Trowel' (started by Spurgeon in 1865).

London Reformed Baptist SeminaryEdit

He initiated the London Reformed Seminary in 1976 and directs the further studies of both pastors and aspiring pastors in the Tabernacle's adjunct seminary. The seminary went online from 2011.[3]

AuthorshipEdit

He has authored 28 books, which have been translated into at least 28 other languages. These include Arabic, Amharic, Belarusian, Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Hindu, Indonesian, Korean, Lithuanian, Maltese, Nepali, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Shona, Slovak, Spanish, Tamil, Telugu, and Urdu.

BroadcastsEdit

His sermons have been broadcast in the UK since 2003 on the Sky channel UCB with up to seven airings a week. In 2013 it transferred to the Sky channel Revelation TV, it is aired every Saturday evening at 8pm. These broadcasts include a sermon from Dr Masters and an accompanying apologetic or biographical feature. Current UK channels are Sky Channel 581, Freeview HD Channel 241 and Freesat Channel 692. Programmes are also carried by a number of overseas radio stations including in the USA and New Zealand.

Distinctive ministerial emphasesEdit

The necessity of regular Gospel preachingEdit

He has repeatedly lobbied for the necessity of distinctive and frequent evangelistic addresses, and lamented the loss of this basic duty amongst evangelical ministers.[4] His own church has a specific evangelistic service at 6.30pm on Sundays.

SeparatismEdit

By calling other ministers to remember and consider the Downgrade Controversy, Peter Masters has advocated a duty of ministerial separation from churches which have defected from basic precepts of historical evangelical doctrine, like the necessity of regeneration, justification by faith without works, or the infallibility and sufficiency of the Bible for church rule.[1][5] In this he has repeated the call of Martyn Lloyd-Jones, in his controversy with John Stott, to separate from non-evangelical churches, and followed in the tradition of E. J. Poole-Connor, the original founder of the Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches.[2]

Charismatic movementEdit

He has opposed and challenged the teaching of the Charismatic Movement that New Testament sign gifts are still extant, arguing that the Bible contains the promise that it is both sufficient and complete, rendering new revelation both redundant and dangerous.[6] This position has been described as cessationist. He has, upon the same grounds, critiqued claims of the gift of miraculous healing as spurious, lacking credibility and sometimes occultic.[7][8]

Young Earth CreationistEdit

He opposes Neo-Darwinian evolution, which evangelicals have seen historically as a form of humanist propaganda,[1][2] and as a doctrine viewed as wholly at variance with the first books of the Bible. He helped found the Newton Scientific Association, and has supported lectures and talks examining weaknesses of the theory.[9]

Selected works currently in printEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Dallimore, Arnold (Sep 1985), Spurgeon: A New Biography, Edinburgh: The Banner of Truth Trust, ISBN 978-0-85151-451-2 
  2. ^ a b c Sheehan, Robert (Jun 1985), Spurgeon and the Modern Church, Phillipsburg NJ: Presbyterian & Reformed Pub Co, ISBN 978-0-946462-05-6 
  3. ^ London Reformed Baptist Seminary official website, London Reformed Baptist Seminary
  4. ^ Masters, Peter (2002). Physicians of Souls: The Gospel Ministry. London: Wakeman Trust. p. 285. ISBN 978-1-870855-34-1. 
  5. ^ Masters, Peter (2004). Stand for the Truth. London: Sword & Trowel. p. 36. ISBN 978-1-899046-11-9. 
  6. ^ Masters, Peter; Whitcomb, John (Jun 1988). Charismatic Phenomenon. London: Wakeman. p. 113. ISBN 978-1-870855-01-3. 
  7. ^ Masters, Peter; Wright, Professor Verna (1988). Healing Epidemic. London: Wakeman Trust. p. 227. ISBN 978-1-870855-00-6. 
  8. ^ MacArthur, John (2013). Strange Fire. Nashville Tennessee: HarperCollins. pp. 12, 77. ISBN 978-0-7180-3830-4. 
  9. ^ Locke, Simon (1998). Constructing the Beginning: Discourses of Creation Science. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge. p. 48. ISBN 9780805823462. 

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