Its unfortunate people are very biased towards a minister who preaches a type of doctrine they support.
George Whitefield was indeed an entertaining and great minister of the Word who preached to many people but being popular does not mean being the most effective. John Wesley - love him or hate him - was a great minister of the Word who won more souls for Jesus Christ than Whitefield.
Wesley had a more effective way of producing genuine converts than Whitefield mainly because of his Christian perfectionism doctrine (Matthew 5:48; 1 Thessalonians 5:23)
The greatest evangelist in history is obviously D.L. Moody, followed by John Wesley, then others
God is love, His offer for salvation is open to every soul in the world. If anyone repents of their sin and believes in Jesus they shall be saved.
The issue is that people are desperately wicked; they love darkness. God knew all along who would repent & accept this offer of salvation and who would reject it so He wrote it in the Lamb's Book of life (Rev 13:8) before the beginning.
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"The book by Dr. Beeke, Meet the Puritans: With A Guide to Modern Reprints, is on sale online at http://ow.ly/k7qMm or http://www.heritagebooks.org/meet-the-puritans/. This book is an excellent companion volume to the Puritan Hard Drive http://ow.ly/dZ3ua."
One of the Best Introductions to the Puritans! Thanks for another informative and interesting comment, Tom! The book by Dr. Beeke, Meet the Puritans: With A Guide to Modern Reprints, is on sale online athttp://ow.ly/k7qMm or http://www.heritagebooks.org/meet-the-puritans/. This book is an excellent companion volume to the Puritan Hard Drive http://ow.ly/dZ3ua.
Great Sermon! Dr. Beeke is one indefatigable laborer for the Lord. The amount of writing he does is amazing. This is a great book as well. Though I chided him, affectionately, at the door after hearing him preach - kidding him that I throw this book to the ground before I read it because he left out a bio account of John Brown of Wamphray. 1610-1679 Next month, May, look for the release of a new book, the Puritans and Prepared by Grace for Grace, cowritten with a good friend, Paul Smalley. http://www.heritagebooks.org/prepared-by-grace-for-grace-the-puritans-on-gods-way-of-leading-sinners-to-christ/
Perkins on Conversion This narration is now 27 years old. I was reflecting on this because the book is now available in modern typeset for free for the Kindle. Now 27 years later I have narrated that section again for my own edification. http://puritanaudiobooks.com/2013/04/14/william-perkins---cases-of-conscience-on-conversion-1602.aspx Back then I used a dual cassette deck with a built in microphone. It was all I had in those days.
A Visual Tour of Pilgrim's Progress If you have ever followed Christian on his path to the Cross and then on to the Celestial City, you will enjoy this wonderful tour of the journey. What a blessing to hear Spurgeon's love for John Bunyan's amazing work. You will truly be blessed by this series.
Charity Series This narration is a continuation of the book already commenced on SermonAudio, SID=102072056182: SID=102072057110: SID=102072057501 I have just discovered the 2 volume set of the sermons of Jonathan Edwards Jr. 1745-1801 I look forward to narrating some of those sermons in the future. T M S. www.puritanaudiobooks.com Thanks once again for the diligent labors of S W R B. Historical note: it has been pointed out that Edwards famous "Sinners" sermon was not the great sermon in his own congregation that it was in Enfield CT. But revival came to his congregation during the preaching of these sermons on 1 Cor. 13
Great Study Thank you Brother Bennett for taking a very bold stand for the truth. I agree with Louis about the U.S.A. I live in cold, liberal, clueless MN. We are a country of "ever learning but never coming to the truth" I invited a co-worker to church and he told me if he walked into a church the holy water would boil and a lightning bolt would fall from heaven. This prompted me to do further study on the catholic church and was astonished at the power and control it has had through the ages. I have been set free from the deception of the health and wealth gospel with ministers who remind the church not to question "God's anointed" and live lives of extravagant material excess unquestioned. The true gospel of Jesus Christ brings glory to GOD alone and humbles, not exalts man. Thank you again.
Richard Bennett, Berean Beacon, On the Inquisition Greetings Denny. Thanks for the comment. When we listen to this message the music is very low and all the voices are easy to hear. You may want to adjust the way your system handles sound, as that may help, or listen using headphones. There may also be a difference in the way you systems handles the MP3 versus the video, so you may want to try both. I hope this helps. Also, this important documentary was provided to us by Richard Bennett of BereanBeacon.org, to place on SermonAudio, and we have no direct control of the content of the message itself. More free resources on the Papal Antichrist and the Inquisition are at: Great Debate! Is The Papacy The Antichrist? (Free MP3s, Videos, etc.) http://ow.ly/jkPBb or http://www.puritandownloads.com/great-debate-is-the-papacy-the-antichrist-free-mp3s-videos-etc/.
Great Sermon! Please post this sermon without background music! Bennet speaks so softly it is difficult to make out what he is saying without deep concentration. The music is so unnecessary.
Fantastic Sermon By Charles Spurgeon (Baptist)! Though this may be one of Charles Spurgeon's best sermons, it does contain some ill-advised praise for the usurper and "Judas of the Covenant" (i.e., Solemn League and Covenant) Oliver Cromwell. For more on Cromwell's true character, in an online debate, please see OLIVER CROMWELL at http://ow.ly/iyHDy or http://www.swrb.com/newslett/actualNLs/crom.htm. Here is a excerpt from this debate: "For a faithful look at Cromwell (who was unaffectionately know among the Presbyterian's of his day as the "late usurper"), and the dissimulation, covenant-breaking and tyranny (he executed Christopher Love a covenanted Presbyterian minister, jailed others, included Thomas Watson and generally scuttled the Presbyterian establishment [to his shame and dishonor]) of his military dictatorship, see the book noted below. ... Cromwell was used of the devil to accomplish things that he (i.e. Satan) could never have accomplished with the more obvious antichrist religions which were not pluralistic (e.g. Romanism, Episcopalianism, etc.). Satan had employed these persecuting beasts often up to this point in history, but now it was time for a new twist, and Cromwell fell right into the devil's trap."
Powerful Sermon! This is a fantastic message denouncing RC religion. It opened my eyes as to how wrong the RC religion is and how it's leading many followers to hell. While I was brought up a RC, I turned away from it many years ago, and in the past 10 yrs. I've been "born again" and have Christ Jesus as my Lord and Savior and have been blessed far beyond what I expected and desired. God is Great!
5 Minutes in Hell? So many reflections while perusing this sermon. Even 5 minutes of what Edwards describes is over whelming. But the idea that he presses that makes the eternality of punishment unavoidable is a missing theme in most concepts of God in our day. That is, that God utterly hates the subjects of His wrath, and mercy and hatred are inconsistent with each other. So there is no hope that after billions of ages He will suppose the punishment is enough, because then He would have to at once love that which He now loathes. Since Dec. of 1985 I have narrated Edwards' sermons and it doesn't get any easier to come to grip with his language. He used all thought at his disposal to convey such an awful reality. He was a master of communicating this solemn teaching.