An Amazing Verse I was looking for about an hour through
Puritan sermons to put eternal things in eternal perspective in light of the AZ governor vetoing Senate Bill SB 1062. The verse in the 2 Chapter of the 2 Epistle to the Thess. intrigued me and I wanted more light upon it. "God Shall Send Them Strong Delusion" Manton's Doctrine: "That by God's just judgment there is an infatuation upon the followers and abettors of Antichrist that they follow the grossest errors to their own destruction." I thought this appropriate because things that are so self evident and obvious are rejected by the wicked, and that which is most out of the way, foolish, and self-destructive is embraced with an incredible avidity that we can only marvel at it, depressed at it and for them afraid. Since as I type this note I have only a couple of more pages to narrate of the next sermon by Manton, "That they all might be damned" - verse 12. At the same time how can I not sigh and cry for the abominations in the land? Thinking of the words of a fellow puritan, Thomas Watson, who for a cup of pleasure would drink a sea of wrath?
Great Sermon! Excellent interview, Praise God! for the simple Gospel message... " That in the ages to come He might shew the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us through Christ Jesus . For by grace you are saved through faith , and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God: not of works,lest any man should boast." Eph.2:7-9
Preached April 1679, Totally Relevant for US Today Owen preached: There is a particularly ruining provocation, when men set their tongues against the Lord. It a great sign, of he approaching, ruin of a people and nation 1. By blasphemy 2. By mocking at judgments
What are the sins that have a special opposition unto the eyes of Godâ€™s glory? All sorts of uncleanness, â€” adultery, fornication. 2.2. When men are bold in sin.3. The last aggravation whereby men provoke the eyes of Godâ€™s glory is when they declare their sin as Sodom.â€ťHow is it to â€śdeclare their sin as Sodom?â€ť (1.) When men will confer and talk together about the vilest sins and wickednesses.(2.) When they will come unto that impudence, not only to confer about their sins, but so as to make them a scoffing and a laughing matter. Prepare to meet the Lord in the way of his judgments. God is righteous in all his ways, when he shall bring the scourge upon the nation, and it â€śshall be spoiled as Shalman spoiled Betharbel in the day of battle,â€ť Hos. x. 14.Let us consider whether there be not those abominations among us against which the wrath of God is revealed from heaven. - John Owen 1679
Helpful Psalm, but which one next? Years ago I already narrated Psalm 119, The Treasure of David, sid=218081854252, but it was done on cassettes and at 32kbps. I know it would really be beneficial for my own soul. I have thought about reading the sermons by Thomas Manton on the Psalm (but there are 158 sermons on just this Psalm by Manton)or Charles Bridges, but since I am already on a roll with Charles Spurgeon, I guess I will continue and just redo those 5 narrations. www.puritanaudiobooks.com
Faith Trumps Love! Find out HOW "Faith Trumps Love" - and where, and when - in this part of Watson's masterpiece. Please pray for me, that I will have the health and opportunity to complete my reading of A BODY OF DIVINITY in 2014. Thanks in Jesus our Lord.
Great Book I was surprised by the DEPTH of this book written in 1620. It is like having Lloyd-Jones book, Spiritual Depression, on steroids. That is because spiritual depression in the 17th century was very marked and there were not easily prescribed anti-biotics in those days. It appears that this book is written in the pattern of the same title by an earlier Puritan, Richard Greenham, 1535-1594, but much more complete. The section alone warning preachers to not be daubers, Ezekiel 22:28 is very full.
nothing to compare to Owen In the last week I have read and looked through Puritan works from Robert Bolton, Obadiah Grew, Jonathan Edwards, John Bunyan, Richard Baxter,Richard Greenham, and yet when I read through this I think Owen has no equal. This answers the question whether sin indwells in a professor or still has dominion over him. Though the warnings are terrific, if one follows the logic carefully and knows anything of Romans 7:14-25 the true believer will be most helped in his assurance. But, as Rabbi Duncan would say, prepare for the knife.
Gleanings in the Godhead I wasn't aware, until today, that someone had narrated this. Gleanings in the Godhead consisted of two titles, The Attributes of God and this title. Some interesting facts about this. This was published by Moody Press near the time the pastor of Moody Church - Harry Ironside wanted the books of A W Pink to be gathered and burned. It is certain that Pink's works have sold far more than any Ironside commentary.
He never would have supposed this since his magazine never had many more than 1000 subscribers. This book was my first introduction to A W Pink, in 1980. I didn't have a good church so my two pastors were authors - David Martyn Lloyd-Jones and A W Pink. There is a lot made of the title Knowing God by J I Packer. But in holding out God in His awful majesty and greatness - few books are equal to Pink's. (obviously Stephen Charnock was the master of this subject) I was so impressed with these words I memorized them. The god of the average pulpit no more resembles the Sovereign of Holy Writ than the dim flickering of a candle, the brightness of the midday sun. I didn't have a lot of light in 1980, I went from reading Watchman Nee to reading Pink. But I knew that God must be supreme and Pink had to be right.
Why Read Richard Baxter? A Reformed Blog asked: What do you think of Richard Baxter? My reply was,
Always come to your own conclusion. If you read, the Reformed Pastor, Now or Never, The Saint's Rest, The Christian Directory, Directions for a Sound Conversion, and his sermon in the Puritan Morning Exercises on Melancholy And Overmuch Sorrow, and you are not the better for it, and stirred up. the problem may well be with you. Those persons who are such great theologs that the ONLY thing they can tell you is that Baxter was not clear on justification probably can't name one of his books they read 10 pages in a row in if they were honest.This evening, while researching the titles of Baxter, I just learned something new. He wrote a preface to Joseph Alleine's Alarm to the Unconverted. I will begin narrating this tomorrow. There is enough unction in Baxter and Alleine combined to thaw this Michigan winter. Well at least the winter that shadows my heart.
Paul Bayne 1573-1617 Bayne was a student of William Perkins and then his successor. His ministry was used in the conversion of Richard Sibbes. He is noted for the saying, beware of a strong head and a cold heart. None of his writings were published in his lifetime but 12 volumes appeared within 5 years of his death.
America's First Best Seller? The comment from Princeton University is interesting, "Wigglesworth's epic poem (1662) is widely regarded as America's first "best-seller," though it was published long before that term came into popular usage. Composed of 224 ballad stanzas, the poem laments the "backsliding" of Puritans into sin and complacency and depicts the final day of Judgement (or "doom") as a series of dramatic confrontations between sinners -- meaning everyone -- and their God. 1,800 copies were published, none of which survive today; historians suspect it was literally read to pieces." sample: For at midnight breaks forth a light, Which turnâ€™d the night to day, And speedily an hideous cry- Did all the world dismay.
Sinners awake, their hearts do ache,
Trembling their loins surpriseth;
Amazâ€™d with fear, by what they hear,
Each one of them ariseth.
They rush from beds with giddy heads,
And to their windows run,
Viewing this light, which shines more bright Than doth the noonday sun.
Straightway appears (they see it with tears,) the Son of God most dread;
Who with his train comes on amain
To judge both quick and dead. Wikipedia comments, "It was so popular the early editions were thumbed to shreds. No first editions are known to exist. The 2nd editions are exceptionally rare."