Epic study Since leaving the original comments here on Gerstner's two lectures, part of his 12 lectures on Edwards's doctrine, the link I provided has been moved. But I have three lectures here on SermonAudio that covers this material. starting with SID=5101012463110 Also available thanks to Still Water Revival Books.
John Wesley: 'I do not love God. I never did.' Because John Wesley is mentioned in this MP3, the following information may be helpful, regarding John Wesley's beliefs. Late in his life John Wesley wrote: "I do not love God. I never did. Therefore I never believed, in the Christian sense of the word." See more about John Wesley's teaching at http://ow.ly/yPJ3u â€“ as what John Wesley really believed is quite shocking and certainly not in accord with the Bible.
The Scientist for Studying the Christian Heart This month I have begun narrating this whole book once again. Certainly because a better digital recording is helpful to have. But more importantly because it makes me meditate on it. Owen wrote, "Where prayers are effectual, they will bring in spiritual strength. But the prayers of many seem to be very spiritual, and to express all conceivable supplies of grace, and they are persisted in with constancy, â€” and God forbid we should judge them to be hypocritical and wholly insincere, â€” yet there is a defect somewhere, which should be inquired after, for they are not so answered as that they who pray them are strengthened with strength in their souls. There is not that spiritual thriving, that growth in grace, which might be expected to accompany such supplications...how persons should continue in prayer in general according to the mind of God, so far as can be outwardly discovered, and yet thrive not at all as unto spiritual strength in their souls, is hard to be understood. And, which is yet more astonishing, men abide in the duty of prayer, and that with constancy, in their families and otherwise, and yet live in known sins. Whatever spiritual thoughts such men have in and by their prayers, they are not spiritually minded. puritanaudiobooks.net
Great Sermon! Men think that neglecting and slighting of ordinances, profaning of the Lordâ€™s day and holy things, is no such great evil, if it be an evil at all; but there is hardly any thing kindles the wrath of God hotter than the casting off, despising, and abusing the ordinances and mediums appointed of God, for his worship, our good, comfort, and salvation. Their sins here of this nature put God into fury, which is more than anger or wrath; upon pouring out of fury, and such pouring out as to consume them. Heb. 10.25â€”27, he tells you of some that did forsake the assemblies, cast off the ordinances of God, which was a wilful and provoking sin, excluding mercy, and hastening judgment and fierce indignation, which should destroy. When God in his infinite wisdom and mercy hath condescended to manâ€™s weakness, given him ordinances and mediums wherein he will be worshipped, and through which he will do good to the creature, and now the foolish creature to neglect, despise, or profane them, this pierces Godâ€™s heart, and transforms his patience into fury, and puts him into ways of destruction.
- William Greenhill, An Exposition of the Prophet Ezekiel
The Puritan John Flavel On Worship That God Hates Thanks MS! The Puritan John Flavel makes the same point that Jim Dodson does in the sermon above, when he writes, "By all which, you see where the idolatry of worship lies. The instituting of any, though the smallest part of worship, in and by our own authority, without scripture-warrant, makes it idolatrous, as well as if we worshipped an idol" (Ex: 20:5)." - John Flavel, The Works of John Flavel, Vol, 4. p. 527 (on the Puritan Hard Drive, http://ow.ly/dZ3ua).
Great Sermon! So let us hold to this rule, that all human inventions which are set up to corrupt the simple purity of the word of God, and to undo the worship which he demands and approves, are true sacrileges, in which the Christian man cannot participate without blaspheming God, and trampling his honor underfoot. - John Calvin
The Spiritual Bondage Of Christmas, Easter, Etc. Well said Asa! The following quote is interesting and sadly demonstrates how far our generation of Protestant and Reformed churches have fallen into the spiritual bondage of keeping Pagan and Roman Catholic holy days, which are not authorized by God in the Bible:
In 1899, the General Assembly of the PCUS was overtured to give a "pronounced and explicit deliverance" against the recognition of "Christmas and Easter as religious days." Even at this late date, the answer came back in a solid manner: "There is no warrant in Scripture for the observance of Christmas and Easter as holydays, rather the contrary (see Gal. 4:9-11; Col. 2:16-21), and such observance is contrary to the principles of the Reformed faith, conducive to will-worship, and not in harmony with the simplicity of the Gospel of Jesus Christ." - Kevin Reed, Christmas: An Historical Survey Regarding Its Origins and Opposition to It (Free Online Book at http://ow.ly/yacpW).
John Calvin On Musical Instruments In Worship Great quote Iain! John Calvin also wrote, "We are to remember that the worship of God was never understood to consist in such outward services, which were only necessary to help forward a people as yet weak and rude in knowledge in the spiritual worship of God. A difference is to be observed in this respect between his people under the Old and under the New Testament; for now that Christ has appeared, and the church has reached full age, it were only to bury the light of the gospel should we introduce the shadows of a departed dispensation.
From this it appears that the Papists, as I shall have occasion to show elsewhere, in employing instrumental music cannot be said so much to imitate the practice of God's ancient people as to ape it in a senseless and absurd manner, exhibiting a silly delight in that worship of the Old Testament which was figurative and terminated with the gospel."
More by John Calvin and others about why musical instruments are not for use in worship in the church, since Christ (the Light)) came and did away with all those ceremonial "shadows", can be found at http://tinysa.com/144645, in the blog "JOHN CALVIN ON MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS IN CHURCH PUBLIC WORSHIP, EDWARDS, SPURGEON, KNOX, OWEN, et al.".
Great Sermon! While many who employ [the organ] consider themselves the very champions of Protestantism, it will be long, long indeed, before they uproot Popery by this regulator of choirs; and while nothing has ever proved more annoying to Papists than the singing of Psalms in a congregational manner, the playing of all the heretical organs in Christendom causes to them comparatively little sorrow. On the contrary, the cross surmounting a Protestant meeting house, and the swelling tones of the organ within, give to her sons the hope that â€śholy motherâ€ť may yet receive these errorists, who are, at least, so far rejoicing under her shadow, and becoming familiar with her â€śimage and superscription. â€”Alexander Blaikie, The Philosophy of Sectarianism
Great Sermon! Thank you Mr. Bennett for this message in the precious name of our Lord and Saviour Christ Jesus..... I grew up as a Roman Catholic also. Baptised at 3 weeks and going to catechism & making my Holy Communion at age 9....... first time I went into a confessional and the last...... I was horrified though I told no one at the time...... My parents divorced when I was age 5.....and now that I look back, only my grandma ( on my father's side) didn't live like the world, though she was a Roman Catholic also..... I would visit her every summer when growing up and she took me to Mass every week...... I could pick Sat. night or Sunday....... I have so much to say about what happened in my life up to now at 44 yrs......I was saved at 39 yrs. And I have learned more about God and have a personal relationship by grace through faith in Christ alone and not of works lest any man should boast.......I go to a Free Presbyterian Church of NA. and I am grateful for our High Priest, The King of kings and Lord of lords.... Jesus Christ full of Grace and Truth.......All Praise and Glory to Him who sits on the Throne. Worthy of Worship to Him alone..... HOLY, HOLY, HOLY is the Lamb of God who is the only One who takes away the sins of the world..... FOREVER and EVER AMEN.
Great Sermon! Some one will therefore ask me what counsel I would like to give to a believer who thus dwells in some Egypt or Babylon where he may not worship God purely, but is forced by the common practice to accommodate himself to bad things. The first advice would be to leave [i.e. relocate] if he could.... If someone has no way to depart, I would counsel him to consider whether it would be possible for him to abstain from all idolatry in order to preserve himself pure and spotless toward God in both body and soul. Then let him worship God in private (at home), praying him to restore his poor church to its right estate.
- John Calvin, Come Out From Among Them, The Anti-Nicodemite Writings of John Calvin, Protestant Heritage Press, "A Short Treatise," pp. 93-94