Author's Preface This volume owes its origin to a season of calamity. While the cholera was raging in the city of New-York during the summer of 1849, the author was called to witness a great variety of " death-bed scenes." At the same time his own health was too much shaken to admit of any severe literary pursuit. Under those circumstances, the work was suggested to his mind as one likely to subserve a useful purpose; and during that season most of the material for the work was collected and arranged. Since then, it has occupied the hours of respite from more imperious duties, in revision and preparation for the press. D W Clark Sept. 1 1861
Bible Tract 1832 This was originally circulated as a Bible tract by the American Tract Society. First it was printed as a contrast to the death bed of the believer - Samuel Finley - published in 1806. Then again it was published as a separate tract, 1820. and other numerous editions Francis Newport died in 1642 an apostate. The story is as solemn as that of the infamous death of Francis Spira, who apostatized when arraigned at the inquisition of Venice, 1548. That story is also on SermonAudio, SID=228121234157
Samuel Finley historical note Samuel Finley was the 5th president of the College of New Jersey which became Princeton U. In the early 1800's there was an amazing Bible tract published by the American Tract Society called, Death Bed of a Free Thinker - the horrible death of Francis Newport (died 1623) This book is no longer available as a free pdf, but it can be found alongside of the death bed of Samuel Finley. It was titled "The Death Bed of a Free-Thinker and the Death Bed of a Christian contrasted. The story of Finley's death is detailed in chapter 19 of A. Alexander's Thought on Religious Experience. Death Bed of the Believer. Finley said, " Although I have as earnestly desired death, as the hireling pants for the evening shade, yet will I wait all the days of my appointed time. I have often struggled with principalities and powers, and have been brought to the borders of despair. Lord, let it suffice."
Puritan Sermons Comment Today I narrated another sermon out of this 6 volume set, a Sermon by William Greenhill. The other two sermons I narrated years ago out of volume 1. But to have this person narrate all of volume 5 is a monumental feat. Today as I was learning about William Greenhill's 5 volume commentary on Ezekiel, I learned that volume 5 is very rare, because of the London Fire most copies were lost. so I did a search to see what volumes are available. This was on books.google, as well as AmazonDOTcom. Then I checked the Puritan Hard Drive and was not disappointed, in fact amazed that the whole commentary was there, in a single volume, 831 pages before the Index. All I can say is though not too many people go looking for such things, those of us who do are a miser in a gold mine when we find such gems. Thanks Again. This was a good day to be full of Christ and His word through the pulpits of pastors who long since have been in heaven.
Great Sermon! it has always been hard for me to listen to another man whether in a movie or someone who is not associated with hollywood, to boldly say "I am the way the truth and the life". i try to avoid movies where a mere human is saying "i and my Father are one" and "those who do not believe in me will die in their sins". what Jesus said on the cross can never be repeated by sinners pretending/believing they can save other sinners.
Pressing Into the Kingdom and SEEKING This sermon is the common counsel that Edwards gives to those who would be saved. A recent book has been written on this subject by Joel Beeke and Paul Smalley - Prepared for Grace by Grace, answering the charge that the Puritans taught preparationism. What Edwards IN FACT taught was that there was a desire to believe on Christ that had for its foundation purely mercenary motives. He said, you say you desire to be saved. But you really have a desire not to be damned. To have Christ as a Savior is a different thing. This was to expose what was called mercenary motives for coming to Christ. This sermon is therefore much like the sermon, Pressing Into the Kingdom.
The Puritan's knowledge of his enemy. Just 8 days ago a listener from the United Kingdom requested more audio from this book. His request was seen one day later, this chapter was narrated 2 days after that, and placed on my podcast. But to have it also here on SermonAudio, once again I am absolutely indebted to my friends at
S W R B. I simply am astonished at all the materials they upload. The book really makes an impression on the narrator, may it benefit the listener as well. There are numerous puritan authors on the Christian Warfare - Ambrose, Gurnall, Downame... but fewer that are this detailed on the temptations themselves. In fact, this 451 page book by Gilpin may have no equal in its field. Note: It is amazing how familiar our Puritan forefathers were with death bed scenes of their own children. All 11 of John Owens children died, 10 in infancy, 1 daughter at 19 of consumption. Gilpin had 13 children, 7 of them died in infancy. T M S puritanaudiobooks.com
Largest Commentary in Church History Caryl's commentary on Job is a 12 volume commentary. It is the fruit of 22 years of preaching through this single book. It has never been published in any other than a facsimile edition. But to attempt to narrate it, even a small portion of it, is worth the effort. Though this 12 vol. book was photo-copied for me from a friend elsewhere, the Puritan Hard Drive edition from S W R B is what I used here because the scan was more readable. Last week, while on vacation, I looked through book by book of all the Puritan works on the Puritan Hard Drive. Many people have left comments on the whole drive, I am attempting to look at every single document and become familiar with all that is offered there. I am gratified to find rare names such as William Spurstowe and John Arrowsmith. I hope my legacy to the world is to leave one narration of every unique puritan name I can find. But I hope someday that Caryl will be reprinted in a more satisfactory format. Not too many people will purchase a 12 volume commentary, but if they buy any ONE, I doubt they would be disappointed. It is because of Jonathan Edwards' sermon on this same text - Hypocrites Deficient, that I read Caryl on these two verses. T M S www.puritanaudiobooks.com
Arminianism Another Gospel - Spurgeon, Edwards ... And yet, Old Norwegeon, we see no Scripture in your comment, just your own "reason, logic, and philosophy" -- thus you have rebuked yourself by your own words (which were not Scriptural in the first place, as the Bible instructs us to listen to teachers who are faithful to the Scripture, 1 Corinthians 11:1, Song of Solomon 1:8, etc., insofar as their words agree with Scripture).
Nevertheless, hear what the King of kings declares in the Bible:
In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will. (Eph. 1:11, KJV)
No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day. (John 6:44, KJV)
But our God is in the heavens: he hath done whatsoever he hath pleased. (Psalm 115:3, KJV)
Arminianism Another Gospel - Spurgeon, Edwards ... And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and he doeth according to his will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay his hand, or say unto him, What doest thou? (Daniel 4:35, KJV)
Therefore hath he mercy on whom he will have mercy, and whom he will he hardeneth. (Rom. 9:18, KJV)
(For the children being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of him that calleth;) It was said unto her, The elder shall serve the younger. As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated. (Rom. 9:11-13, KJV)
... whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world ... (Revelation 17:8, KJV)
According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will. (Eph. 1:4-5, KJV)
Arminianism Another Gospel - Calvin, Spurgeon ... Much more on God's sovereignty can be found at:
+ The Sovereignty of God by Al Martin (17 Free MP3s)
+ A.W. Pink's Sovereignty of God (Free MP3 Audio Book, Free Online Books and Other Formats)
+ God's Absolute Sovereignty (Predestination) and Man's Full Responsibility and Free Agency (In the Bible) - Free Reformation Resources (MP3s, Videos, Books, etc.)
+ THE SOVEREIGNTY OF GOD OVER DISASTERS, HURRICANES (SANDY, KATRINA, ETC.) & ALL THE TROUBLES OF LIFE (FREE MP3S, VIDEO, ETC.)
+ An Antidote Against Arminianism, the Arminian Heresy Refuted & The Five Points Of Calvinism Upheld by Christopher Ness (First Time Free SWRB Audio Book, 4 Free MP3s)
Just Started and I'm Concerned I just went through the brief intro. I will listen to it completely (Lord willing); however, as much as Pastor Spurgeon said many wonderful things...this quote is not...in fact I have been spending a lot of time counseling young men who have "read" mere sin cursed fallen mens "reason, logic, and philosophy" and become more animated and drawn to their astounding intellect and leave the Bible as almost a secondary source...until we have mastered the Word of God (by the Holy Spirit who will lead us into all truth), I will ignore his / your counsel. I am learning also that the enemy is the designer and builder of "camps" these camps divvy out 80% truth and 20% poison and leadership (in all "camps") vehemently embrace a "all or nothing" ethos to it's adherents...we sheep who love to "belong" capitulate and ingest the poison in order to avoid alienation. The reformers and Puritans had astounding intellects which unfortunately got them into as much doctrinal troubl as the simpleton (In my opinion)...Luther had so much Catholic Philosophy mixed in with his theology that he propagated and we often mindlessly regurgitate his sin cursed logic and reason mixed with his theology and eventually my dear reformed brothers enjoy hearing themselves talk more than hearing the King of Kings declare.