He being dead yet speaketh Thankyou for this information of a dear brother in Christ.
I use 3 gospel tracts based on the writings of J.C.Ryle in my outreach work.
They are 1) The value of a soul 2)Jesus the Saviour and 3)The forgiveness of sins.
They are written lovingly but firm,Ryle never watered down the gospel,repentance being mentioned ,and hell for those who die unrepentant.
Thats how highly i respect this man and his ministry.
Thankyou brother Phillips for a really good message.God bless you for 2010 if we are spared.
Helpful but incomplete I've benefited a great deal from Michael Phillips's lectures on church history (and highly recommend them). His lecture on the Huguenots is admittedly short, but it lacks in the exact area where most discussions lack, that is, it doesn't cover the Huguenot's own militarism. I've found that secular lecturers pickup the militarism, but seem to minimize or mishandle the spiritual/theological nature of the Huguenots. This lecture is good, but is unfortunately an incomplete view of the French Calvinists of the 16th century.
Great lesson in faith. Great lesson about faith. Moving story of the conversion of Muller, of his passion for souls, of his love for the orphans and of his faith in God. We have to learn his lesson: when we have a problem, not to go with it to men, but to God.
Hermeneutics. To evaluate Calvinism, we need: submission to the authority of Scripture (not the reason of man is the authority); respect the voice of the Church (great men of God believed it); recognize the spirit of the age, which is opposed to this doctrine.
Sovereignty of God exalted. Good biblical argumentation. Explanation of what foreknowledge and foreordination is. Condition of election is found in God and not in the sinner. God had chosen some for salvation only out of His love.
Needed. If God's grace would be resistible, every men, dead in sin, would reject salvation. It is needed God's power to save a sinner. Irresistible grace do not mean that God violates the will of man, but that He draws men inclining their will to embrace Christ. He frees the will of men from the bondage of sin.
Good argumentation. Good refutation of this doctrine. Examples of hyper-Calvinists mentioned: Hoeksema and Gospel Standard Baptists. Hyper-Calvinist errors regarding common grace and the offer of the Gospel to everyone refuted.