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Dr. Richard E. Bacon

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Faith Presbyterian Church Reformed

8301 Lakeview Parkway Suite 111-164

Rowlett, Texas 75088

United States

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Child Saving Institute

Education

Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary

BA

Memphis State University Whitefield Seminary

M.Div.

Ph.D.

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This issue of The Blue Banner is devoted to a review by Richard Bacon of Benjamin Shaw's Studies in Church Music.

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His response is the letter to which Pastor Bacon refers in footnote "2" of this review.
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It is my hope that Mr. Shaw in some measure responds to Pastor Bacon's review.
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By Richard Bacon.


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4. Church Polity . In Answer to Chapter Four of the Proposed Statement of Identity, by Richard E. Bacon, Pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Rowlett, TX.

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In Answer to Chapter Six of the Proposed Statement of Identity, by Richard E. Bacon, Pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Rowlett, TX.


FOUNDATION FOR REFORMATION: THE REGULATIVE PRINCIPLE OF WORSHIP by GREG PRICE (FREE BOOK on why BIBLICAL and PURITAN WORSHIP at Still Waters Revival Books)

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Though this illustration is not original with me (it comes from Pastor Richard Bacon), it helps us to understand the nature of the Regulative Principle of Worship. Suppose you were dining in a restaurant and the waiter came to take your order. After looking over the menu, your eyes fell on exactly the meal you wanted: prime rib. Having given the waiter your order, suppose he returned with a chicken dinner.


Bacon Bits: Richard Bacon's Straw Man "Steelite Controversy" Torched By Faithful Covenanters (Sometimes Called Cameronians, Steelites, etc.)

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Bacon Bits: Richard Bacon's Straw Man "Steelite Controversy" Torched By Faithful Covenanters (Sometimes Called Cameronians, Steelites, etc.)

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These "Bacon Bits" merely cover some of the more obvious blunders, poor scholarship and misrepresentations of Bacon, one of the chief malignants of our day. It may also be interesting for the reader to note that though we had to be informed of Bacon's attack upon our positions through a third party, we have always responded directly Mr. Bacon. To this day Dick Bacon has not contacted us directly in response to any of his unfounded charges.
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#1 Bacon Bits: Richard Bacon's Straw Man " Steelite Controversy" Torched By Faithful Covenanters (Sometimes Called Cameronians, Steelites, etc.)
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Though Bacon (above) cites the first book noted (below), Rutherford was thoroughly opposed to Bacon's schismatic views concerning church government, covenanting, separation, etc.
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Though Bacon (above) cites the first book noted (below), Rutherford was thoroughly opposed to Bacon's schismatic views concerning church government, covenanting, separation, etc.
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#2 Bacon Bits: Richard Bacon's Straw Man "Steelite Controversy" Torched By Faithful Covenanters (Sometimes Called Cameronians, Steelites, etc.)
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Recently, Richard Bacon, pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Rowlett, Texas, and frequent contributor to the _Blue Banner_ magazine, posted his lengthy essay, "A Defense Departed: Being A Refutation of 'A Brief Defence of Dissociation in the Present Circumstances'" for public view on his church's webpage. In this treatment, as well as in his earlier "review" of _Plain Reasons For Presbyterians Dissenting From the Revolution Church in Scotland_, he attempts to show the allegedly schismatic behavior of the Puritan Reformed Church of Edmonton (PRCE) in their earlier separation (Spring, 1996) from the Reformation Presbyterian Church (RPC; of which Mr. Bacon's church is a member). In doing so, Mr. Bacon paints himself as an offended, yet gracious and reasonable party, and the PRCE as unreasonable, covenant-breaking, implacable, pharisaical, Popish, and so forth. To the reader unfamiliar with PRCE, the writings of the second reformation and faithful successors of the reformation, and the details of PRCE's separation from RPC Mr. Bacon's work may appear conclusive. Based on his presentation, PRCE seems indeed to have reached a new and almost unrivaled (among Protestants, at least) height of arrogance, simultaneous with their nose-dive into blatant and ridiculous Romanist errors.
As the title of this series indicates, however, Mr. Bacon has in his endeavors only demonstrated a supreme disregard for biblical scholarship. Instead of accurately describing the theological position and resultant actions of PRCE, and then ably refuting these, he has chosen rather to concoct an imaginary "Steelite" foe, with sinews of straw, brains of hay, and integrity of weeds. This grotesque caricature is of course then ably dismembered by Mr. Bacon's apparent biblical and reformational expertise, leaving the little Popish faction vanquished in the dust; or, perhaps, scattered in the wind. Straw burns readily, though, and the honest inquirer will find that rather than the Covenanter position (the position held by PRCE) being devoured by the flames of biblical inquiry, it is Mr. Bacon's scandalous (mis)treatment of the doctrines, practices, and events in this controversy that is quickly engulfed and reduced to ashes.
A thorough examination and refutation of Mr. Bacon's work (by another author) is forthcoming (Lord willing), and this writer expects this rebuttal to be nothing less than an annihilation. (Another important piece by a third author is also in the works: _A Peaceable Plea for Worldwide Protestant Unity_.) In the meantime, he deemed it profitable to present a series of juxtaposed quotations from "A Defence Departed," and from faithful Covenanters (sometimes called Cameronians, Steelites, etc.). These "Bacon Bits" will readily and effectively demonstrate that the veneer of credibility of Mr. Bacon's allegations washes off very, very easily with the most meager counter-evidence, and will offer the public a prelude to the aforesaid refutation. Indeed, a devastating example has already been given in the first issue of "Bacon Bits". This series is presented with the hope that the reader will be introduced to, or confirmed in, true second reformation (i.e. Covenanter) teaching, and inoculated against the modern malignancy of Mr. Bacon and any similar detractors.
Before presenting future installments, a couple of comments are in order to help further profitably equip the unfamiliar reader. First, we must consider Mr. Bacon's epithet, "Steelite," throughout his essay applied disdainfully to PRCE. In a footnote to an early portion of his paper Mr. Bacon asserts, " David Steele was a Covenanter in the middle of the nineteenth century whose teachings these men follow," and he later claims, "Much of the error of the PRCE is rooted in the opinion of the nineteenth century covenanter David Steele. These allegations require two things of Mr. Bacon: first, that he demonstrate that PRCE has, in fact, been so influenced by Steele that he can truthfully say PRCE's views are "rooted in the opinion... of Steele" and that PRCE "follows his teachings"; and second, that he show that Steele actually believed and practiced error in the points of contention.
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If the contrary of either of these items can be manifested, Mr. Bacon's distasteful designation reduces to an ad hominem fallacy; "rhetorical terrorism" would be an appropriate title.
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Secondly, it should be of interest to the reader to note that although Mr. Bacon is continually alleging the PRCE to be schismatic and factious, all of the ministers and elders originally comprising RPC with him have (with good reason, as will become clear in due time) dissociated from RPC, leaving only the leadership of First Presbyterian Church of Rowlett and their congregation as constituting that body (unless any new churches have recently been added). Mr. Bacon begins "A Defence Departed," by noting that PRCE has separated from other Presbyterian bodies. Elsewhere, he champions the erroneous notion that one not joined to a body called "Presbyterian" precludes him being truly Presbyterian. So, then, is Mr. Bacon attempting to join himself with one of the "Presbyterian" bodies he alleges are lawfully constituted? More than this, given his principles of ecclesiastical union, why did he think himself justified in separating from the PCA in the first place (cf. _The Visible Church and the Outer Darkness: A Reply Against Those Claiming to be True Presbyterians Separating in Extraordinary Times_, 1992)? The informed reader will discern the fallacies of poisoning the well (i.e. "let‚s examine those 'Steelites'; you know, the wannabe Presbyterians, nothing but a bunch of separatists"), and special pleading (i.e. it's okay for Mr. Bacon to separate, but not others), the opened logic book clearly serving him well.
Having given a brief explanation of the scope and intent of this series, it should be noted that there will not necessarily be any particular order to the "Bacon Bits" chosen. Generally, each installment will stand alone in demonstrating Mr. Bacon's disgraceful and scandalous (mis)representations, though some topics may have to be treated in two or more issues. Lord willing, one installment per week will be released, with no definite total number in mind.
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#3 Bacon Bits: Richard Bacon's Straw Man "Steelite Controversy" Torched By Faithful Covenanters (Sometimes Called Cameronians, Steelites, etc.)
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Mr. Bacon states the following in his _A Defence Departed_ (p. 9):
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The paragraph above illustrates the serious problem of scholarship and accuracy encountered throughout Mr. Bacon's _A Defence Departed_. Mr. Bacon has obtruded upon the session of PRCE that it has a "somewhat selective and arbitrary" use of historical documents. However, let us observe for the sake of accuracy who has in fact been not only "selective" and "arbitrary", but who has grossly misstated the historical document cited and misconstrued the actual events as they occured. For the record, I take no personal offence to objections and criticisms to the stated positions of our church, for I do believe that such exchanges can promote our own sanctification in the truth. However, I do take offence at the many misrepresentations, misstatements, and misconstructions that abound in Mr. Bacon's _A Defence Departed_.
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Not only is Bacon's absolute statement historically false (which calls into question his level of scholarship in this area), but of greater concern is the fact that the source Mr. Bacon cites (Johnston's _Treasury of the Scottish Covenant_) does not say that Zachary Boyd *never* signed the National Covenant of 1638 (which calls into question his accurate representation of the truth).
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Mr. Bacon states that Boyd *never* took the covenant.
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Credible historians disagree with Mr. Bacon and indicate that Boyd refused to take the covenant "at this time."
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Richard Bacon, Pastor Faith Presbyterian Church Reformed

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Richard Bacon, Pastor Faith Presbyterian Church Reformed
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Richard Bacon, Pastor Faith Presbyterian Church Reformed
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