Athanasian Creed on Eschatology Just before I listened to your sermon I was reading the Athanasian Creed, which seems to make a general resurrection and judgment an essential doctrine.
"...who suffered for our salvation,
descended into hell,
rose again the third day from the dead;
he ascended into heaven,
he sits on the right hand of the Father, God Almighty;
from there he shall come to judge the living and the dead.
At whose coming all men shall rise again with their bodies;
and shall give account of their own works.
And they that have done good shall go into life everlasting,
and they that have done evil into everlasting fire.
This is the catholic faith, which except a man believe faithfully, he cannot be saved."
High quality recording Following the example of Charles Koelsch from 'The Prince of Preachers' here on SermonAudio.com. The right voice, intonation, volume. Does justice to the writings of the Puritans. May the Lord use this reader more and more.
What is meant by 'deliverances'? The word 'deliverances' in the sermon title is unclear to me.
I didn't hear anything to the effect that God was delivering Samson from temptation, or from his enemies in this specific sermon.
Does the word 'deliverances' then mean that God was delivering Samson over to his corruption, as in Romans 1? But the context of Romans 1 doesn't speak of sinning saints, but of the ungodly. The Westminster Confession, in the section on Providence, does have the following words:
"The most wise, righteous, and gracious God does oftentimes leave, for a season, his own children to manifold temptations, and the corruption of their own hearts, to chastise them for their former sins, or to discover unto them the hidden strength of corruption and deceitfulness of their hearts, that they may be humbled; and, to raise them to a more close and constant dependence for their support upon Himself, and to make them more watchful against all future occasions of sin, and for sundry other just and holy ends."
When God leaves His children to the corruption of their own hearts, is God 'delivering' them over to it? To me, leaving to and delivering over to are not synonymous terms.
So, what did you mean by the word 'deliverances" in the sermon title?
Great Sermon! Just a few questions: What has been the practice of the Reformers and Puritans concerning individual public confession of sin before the congregation, whether as part of his restoration or in his excommunication. Should we look to the public confession of Aichan, or of Jonathan after eating the honey, or David's confession in Psalm 51 as examples of this? And how is James 5:16 put into practice?
Excellent Reader This is the kind of recording that I expect from Still Waters Revival Books. The audio is high quality and the reader isn't mechanically reading, but really expresses what he's reading.
I also believe that a strong male voice is much better than a soft female voice, especially when listening to theology. And if the text being read was originally written or preached by a man, then let a man speak in the place of his brother. In theatre, a woman is not cast to play a man. The same rule should apply to audio books and sermons. To listen, for example, to John Bunyan read by a woman, isn't like hearing from Bunyan. A British or Scottish reader would also be a breath of fresh air if someone like Spurgeon or Knox were read. :-)