Great Sermon! More info. A Reformation Discussion of Extraordinary Predictive Prophecy Subsequent to the Closing of the Canon of Scripture.
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
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
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! 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
Great Sermon! Q. 35. How much of the Sabbath is to be spent in the public and private exercises of Godâ€™s worship? A. The WHOLE of it, from the ordinary time of rising on other days, to the ordinary time of going to rest; â€śexcept so much as is to be taken up in the works of necessity and mercy.â€ť - James Fisher, The Assemblyâ€™s Shorter Catechism Explained, p 262
Great Sermon! If they will still cry that we are schismatics and apostates, because we refuse to defile ourselves with their abominations, we cannot but appeal from their corrupt sentence to the uncorrupt Judge, of whose favors we are assuredly persuaded in that point; because he has said, 'Follow not the multitude in evil doing. Ex. 23:2 - John Knox, Works, VI:493.
Great Sermon! Many families in the RPCNA have a very low standard for sabbath keeping. The Lord's Day afternoon is engaged in unlawful recreations and pastimes while neglecting mediation and religious conference on the things heard during public worship.(Lev 23:3)
Great Sermon! The Westminster divine, Daniel Cawdrey, reminds us of what early Protestant and Reformed theologians thought of the Jesuits:
[â€¦] Papists, home-born Papists, who are vipers that most unnaturally have endeavoured to eat through their motherâ€™s bowels. Not their nature only, but their Religion also, teaches and allows them for the Good of the Catholic cause, falsely so called, not to spare their own native Country, their own kindred, Brothers, Fathers, no not of their own Religion. To blow up Parliaments, to ruin Cities, Countries, Kingdoms, is their ordinary work. Especially of those, whom they call Jesuits, the Bellows of Hell, the Incendiaries of Christendom, at this day. The Curse of God is upon them fearfully for arrogating their Name from Jesus, which signifies a Saviour, and is impropriated to the Son of God: Thou shalt call his name Jesus. These men, that call themselves Jesuits, are, by the just judgement of God upon them, Destroyers of Cities, Countries, Kingdoms, and might far better take their name from him, who is called in Hebrew Abaddon, and in Greek Apollon, but signifying a Destroyer. Revel. 9. 11.
Daniel Cawdrey, The good man a public good. A sermon preached to the honourable House of Commons, at the late solemn fast: January 31, 1643 (London, 1643), pp