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History of the Westminster Assembly by William Hetherington, the Westminster Assembly and Divines, Thomas Watson, David Dickson, Greg Price, Dr. Michael Wagner, Greg Barrow, Thomas Boston, Dr. Reg Barrow, A.F. Mitchell, Dr. Matthew McMahon, John Girardeau, W.J. McKnight, Ebenezer Erskine, et al. (Free MP3s, Free Books, etc.)
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History of the Westminster Assembly of Divines (13 Free MP3s), by William Hetherington
Anyone interested in the work of the Westminster Assembly -- and the men, teaching and events which were at the heart of this Puritan revolution against the forces of Antichrist -- should read (or listen to) this book at least once.
History of the Westminster Assembly of Divines (2/13) by William Hetherington (Free MP3s)
"All that learning the most profound and extensive, intellect the most acute and searching, and piety the most sincere and earnest, could accomplish, was thus concentrated in the Westminster Assembly's Confession of Faith, which may be safely termed the most perfect statement of Systematic Theology ever framed by the Christian Church."
- William Hetherington, The History of the Westminster Assembly of Divines, p. 345, SWRB Reprint, emphases added.
History of the Westminster Assembly of Divines (3/13) by William Hetherington (Free MP3s)
History of the Westminster Assembly of Divines (4/13) by William Hetherington (Free MP3s)
"The Westminster Confession of Faith (WCF) is the greatest, most accurate, and most biblical of all the creeds of the Christian church. The church of Christ cannot be creedless and live. Especially in an age of doubt and confusion, it is her duty to define and proclaim the one true faith. Nowhere has the Reformed church done this so effectively as in the Westminster family of documents. The Westminster Standards represent Reformed thinking at its purest and best. The Westminster Standards were intended, as part of the covenanted reformation taking place during its compilation, to be the binding confessional standard for every individual, family, school, university,church, court, and legislature in England, Scotland and Ireland - and in 'all his majesty's dominions' (including Canada, the United States, Australia, etc.). The Westminster standards were produced in fulfillment of the Solemn League and Covenant, an international covenant with God and some of the most powerful nations on earth at the time of its publication. This Solemn League and Covenant and the Westminster Standards were produced to provide the blueprint for all levels of society to come into obedience to the Word of God in its fullness."
- Cited from the "Further Study" section of Greg Barrow's The Covenanted Reformation Defended
History of the Westminster Assembly of Divines (5/13) by William Hetherington (Free MP3s)
History of the Westminster Assembly of Divines (6/13) by William Hetherington (Free MP3s)
"But the man who penetrates a little deeper into the nature of those unrevealed but powerful influences which move a nation's mind, and mould its destinies, will be ready to direct his attention more profoundly to the objects and deliberations of an assembly which met at a moment so critical, and was composed of the great master-minds of the age; and the theologian who has learned to view religion as the vital principle of human nature, equally in nations and in the individual man, will not easily admit the weak idea, that such an assembly could have been an isolated event, but will be disposed earnestly to inquire what led to its meeting, and what important consequences followed. And although the subject has not hitherto been investigated with such a view, it may, we trust, be possible to prove, that it (the Westminster Assembly--RB) was the most important event in the century in which it occurred; and that it has exerted, and in all probability will yet exert, a far more wide and permanent influence upon both the civil and the religious history of mankind than has generally been even imagined."
- William Hetherington, History of the Westminster Assembly of Divines, p. 17, emphases added (SWRB Reprint)
History of the Westminster Assembly of Divines (7/13) by William Hetherington (Free MP3s)
History of the Westminster Assembly of Divines (8/13) by William Hetherington (Free MP3s)
Is the singing of only Psalms a confessional matter? It is if one subscribes to the Westminster Standards as Subordinate Standards. For The Westminster Confession of Faith:21:5; The Directory For the Public Worship of God: "Of Singing of Psalms"; The Metrical Psalter produced by the Westminster Assembly and approved by the Church of Scotland contained only the 150 Psalms and allowed for none other to be used in public worship. These considerations ought to settle the question as to whether exclusive psalmody was the position of the Westminster Assembly. In the debate that occurred at the Westminster Assembly regarding the singing of psalms in public worship, there was never any recorded debate about the singing of any other songs (whether inspired or uninspired) than those inspired songs found in the Psalter (cf. Minutes Of The Sessions Of The Westminster Assembly Of Divines, ed. Mitchell and Struthers, Still Waters Revival Books, 1874, 1991, pp. xxxvii, 20, 21, 23, 77, 131, 163, 216, 221, 222, 418). The only debate surrounding the singing of psalms related to which version of the psalms to sing (whether Barton's or Rouse's), not to whether the Psalter ought to be the only hymnbook of the Christian Church.
The original intent of the Westminster Assembly, Parliament of England, Church of Scotland, and Parliament of Scotland was not a controverted question: only the Psalms found within the inspired Psalter ought to be sung in public worship. That being the case, one can then argue backwards to see that when the Westminster Divines place Col. 3:16, Eph. 5:19, and James 5:13 as proof texts for "singing of psalms with grace in the heart" as an ordinary part of the religious worship of God (WCF 21:5), they found their biblical warrant for exclusive psalmody from the biblical passages they cited.
- Pastor Greg Price, see Exclusive Psalmody 6/7 (& the Westminster Standards) by Greg Price (Free MP3)
History of the Westminster Assembly of Divines (9/13) by William Hetherington (Free MP3s)
History of the Westminster Assembly of Divines (10/13) by William Hetherington (Free MP3s)
"The product of Puritan conflict, a perfection of statement never elsewhere achieved."
- W.G.T. Shedd on the Westminster Standards
History of the Westminster Assembly of Divines (11/13) by William Hetherington (Free MP3s)
History of the Westminster Assembly of Divines (12/13) by William Hetherington (Free MP3s)
History of the Westminster Assembly of Divines (13/13) by William Hetherington (Free MP3s)
"We do not fear to say of them that they are the finest transfusion into uninspired language of the sublime, awful, blessed truths of the Word of God which the Church has as yet been honored to make... Never can the Covenanters be robbed of the immortal honor of having, while at the summit of their power, published this great principle to the world."
- J.A. Wylie, in praise of the Westminster Standards as cited in Johnston's Treasury of the Scottish Covenant, p. 101, emphases added.
History of the Westminster Assembly of Divines (1856) by William Hetherington (Digital Download, Enhanced SWRB PDF)
History of the Westminster Assembly of Divines (1856) by William Hetherington (Free Online Book)
History of the Westminster Assembly of Divines by William Maxwell Hetherington (Kindle Edition)
"As truly as in the cases of the Nicene and Chalcedonian formularies, the Westminster Standards mark an epoch in the history of human reflection on the truths of the gospel - an epoch in the attainment and registry of doctrinal truth; and as truly in the one case as in the other the statements they give of the truths that fall in their sphere are scientifically final. All attempts at restatement must either repeat their definitions or fall away from the purity of their conceptions or the justness of their language."
- Benjamin B. Warfield, "The Significance of the Westminster Standards as a Creed," 1897, emphases added.
History of the Westminster Assembly of Divines By William Maxwell Hetherington (Paperback)
History of the Westminster Assembly of Divines By William Maxwell Hetherington eBook (ePub for Adobe Digital Editions)
History of the Westminster Assembly of Divines By William Maxwell Hetherington eBook (PDF)
As far as I am able to judge, the Christian world, since the days of the Apostles, had never a synod of more excellent divines than this (the Westminster Assembly).
- Richard Baxter
Westminster Confession of Faith (1647, original edition) & the Solemn League and Covenant (1643) by the Westminster Divines (Free MP3)
The Westminster Confession of Faith (Original Edition, Free Online)
The Westminster Confession of Faith (Original Edition, Hardcover)
Also contained in this volume are the magnificent Larger and Shorter Catechisms, The Sum of Saving Knowledge and The Directory for the Public Worship of God.
History of the Assembly at Westminster (Puritan, Reformation & Covenanter History) by Greg Price (Free MP3)
The Ten Commandments (Westminster Larger Catechism, 1648) God's Law: Duties & Sins by the Westminster Divines (Free MP3)
The Ten Commandments (Exposition of the Shorter Catechism Drawn Up By the Westminster Assembly) by Thomas Watson
Question 1. What is the chief end of man?
Answer. Man's chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him for ever.
- Westminster Shorter Catechism
Easy To Understand Commentary on the Westminster Standards (1/5) by Greg Price (Free MP3s)
Easy To Understand Commentary on the Westminster Standards (2/5) by Greg Price (Free MP3s)
Easy To Understand Commentary on the Westminster Standards (3/5) by Greg Price (Free MP3s)
Easy To Understand Commentary on the Westminster Standards (4/5) by Greg Price (Free MP3s)
Easy To Understand Commentary on the Westminster Standards (5/5) by Greg Price (Free MP3s)
Westminster Confession, Assembly and Divines (Category At PuritanDownloads.com)
Paleopresbyterianism Versus Neopresbyterianism, History, Subscriptionism, Westminster Confession of Faith and the Solemn League and Covenant by Dr. Michael Wagner (Free MP3 and PDF)
"The Westminster Standards (including the Confession of Faith and Catechisms) were the fruit of the covenanted uniformity aimed at in the Solemn League and Covenant. The relationship between the Westminster Standards and the Solemn League and Covenant is so close, in fact, that to truly adhere to the Standards requires that an individual or church also adhere to the Solemn League and Covenant. In other words, all true Presbyterians must also be Covenanters. This is clear from 'The Directory for the Ordination of Ministers' in the original (1648) Westminster Standards' 'Form of Presbyterial Church-Government' where it says that every candidate for the ministry must 'bring with him a testimonial of his taking the Covenant of the three kingdoms,' i.e., the Solemn League and Covenant. All faithful Presbyterian ministers must adhere to the Covenant. As well, the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland ruled in 1648 'that all young students take the covenant at their first entry to colleges; and that hereafter all persons whosoever take the covenant at their first receiving the sacrament of the Lord's supper.' In other words, people who would not take the Covenant could not partake of the Lord's supper."
- Dr. Michael Wagner, Up From Reconstructionism; or, A Short History of the Puritan Reformed Church of Edmonton, 1996.
In Defense of Close Communion, Classic Presbyterian Reformed Teaching, Lord's Supper by W. J. McKnight (Free MP3)
Another instance in which posterity is recognized in covenant obligation is found in Joshua 9:15. This covenant was made between the children of Israel and the Gibeonites. Between four and five hundred years after that time, the children of Israel are visited with a very severe famine, in the days of David. 2 Sam. 21:1. And it is expressly declared by the Lord that, 'It is for Saul, and for his bloody house, because he slew the Gibeonites.' And at the same time, v. 2, that very covenant is recognized, and the breach of it is stated, as being the formal reason of the divine displeasure. Now, had it not been for this covenant, the extirpation of the Gibeonites would not have been imputed to Israel as a thing criminal; for they were comprehended in Canaanitish nations, which God had commanded them to root out.
- William L. Roberts, The Reformed Presbyterian Catechism (1853, emphases added), pp. 139-140, on the Puritan Hard Drive.
Commentary On the Westminster Confession of Faith (WCF), Truth's Victory Over Error, by David Dickson (Free Audio Book: 12 MP3s) and Much More!
The Westminster Annotations and Commentary on the Whole Bible (Six Volume Set, 1657) Annotations Upon all the Books of the Old and New Testament... by Westminster Divines
The Reformed Faith (Commentary on the Westminster Confession of Faith) - Updated and Revised By C. Matthew McMahon, Robert Shaw (eBook, PDF, 531 Pages)
The Westminster Standards & Exclusive Psalmody by Greg Price (Free MP3)
It cannot be denied by any student of church history or of the Westminster Standards, that the Puritans taught Exclusive Psalmody. ... The Puritans did not, in their age, teach anything that was not widely accepted. They are formulating no new doctrine. They are simply defending the truth of psalm singing originally commanded in God's word.
- Dr. C. Matthew McMahon, The Puritans on Exclusive Psalmody, emphases added
THE PSALMS OF DAVID IN METRE (Scottish Metrical Psalter of 1650) by the Westminster Assembly, Church of Scotland General Assembly & Francis Rouse, 1646-1650) With Devotional Notes On Each Psalm by John Brown Of Haddington
Instrumental Music in Public Worship: History Surrounding the Westminster Assembly by John L. Girardeau
Before the Westminster Assembly of Divines undertook the office of preparing a Directory of Worship, the Parliament had authoritatively adopted measures looking to the removal of organs, along with other remains of Popery, from the churches of England. On the 20th of May, 1644, the commissioners from Scotland wrote to the General Assembly of their church and made the following statement among others:
"We cannot but admire the good hand of God in the great things done here already, particularly that the covenant (Solemn League and Covenant - ed.), the foundation of the whole work, is taken, Prelacy and the whole train thereof extirpated, the service-book in many places forsaken, plain and powerful preaching set up, many colleges in Cambridge provided with such ministers as are most zealous of the best reformation, altars removed, the communion in some places given at the table with sitting, THE GREAT ORGANS AT PAUL'S AND PETER'S IN WESTMINSTER TAKEN DOWN (emphases added), images and many other monuments of idolatry defaced and abolished, the Chapel Royal at Whitehall purged and reformed; and all by authority, in a quiet manner, at noon-day, without tumult."(1) So thorough was the work of removing organs that the "Encyclopaedia Britannica" says that "at the Revolution most of the organs in England had been destroyed."(2)
When, therefore, the Assembly addressed itself to the task of framing a Directory for Worship, it found itself confronted by a condition of the churches of Great Britain in which the singing of psalms without instrumental accompaniment almost universally prevailed. In prescribing, consequently, the singing of psalms without making any allusion to the restoration of instrumental music, it must, in all fairness, be construed to specify the simple singing of praise as a part of public worship. The question, moreover, is settled by the consideration that had any debate occurred as to the propriety of allowing the use of instrumental music, the Scottish commissioners would have vehemently and uncompromisingly opposed that measure. But Lightfoot, who was a member of the Assembly, in his "Journal of its Proceedings"(3) tells us: "This morning we fell upon the Directory for singing of psalms; and, in a short time, we finished it." He says that the only point upon which the Scottish commissioners had some discussion was the reading of the Psalms line by line.
1. Girardeau cites this quotation from the Acts of Assembly of the Church of Scotland, 1644.
2. Girardeau cites Art., Organ.
3. Girardeau cites Works, Vol. xiii., pp. 343, 344; London, 1825.
Westminster Shorter Catechism (1648) by The Westminster Assembly Of Covenanted Divines (Free MP3)
Concerning the Westminster Shorter Catechism, A.F. Mitchell, in his Westminster Assembly: Its History and Standards, notes, "...it is a thoroughly Calvinistic and Puritan catechism, the ripest fruit of the Assembly's thought and experience, maturing and finally fixing the definitions of theological terms to which Puritanism for half a century had been leading up and gradually coming closer and closer to in its legion of catechisms" (p. 431).
Commentary on the Westminster Shorter Catechism by Thomas Watson (21 Free MP3s)
Commentary on the Westminster Shorter Catechism (2 Volume Set) by Thomas Boston (Digital Downloads, Enhanced SWRB PDFs)
The Westminster Assembly's Shorter Catechism Explained, By Way of Question and Answer by Ebenezer Erskine (Digital Download, Enhanced SWRB PDF)
Richard Baxter said of the Westminster Shorter Catechism, "It is the best Catechism I ever saw - a most excellent sum of the Christian faith and doctrine, and a fit test to try the orthodoxy of its teachers."
Westminster Larger Catechism (1648) 1 of 2 By The Famous Westminster Assembly Of Puritan, Presbyterian & Covenanter Divines (Free MP3)
Westminster Larger Catechism (1648) 2 of 2 By The Famous Westminster Assembly Of Puritan, Presbyterian & Covenanter Divines (Free MP3)
Commentary on the Larger Catechism (2 Volume Set) A Body of Divinity: Wherein the Doctrines of the Christian Religion are Explained and Defended. Being the Substance of ... Lectures on the Westminster Assembly's Larger Catechism by Thomas Ridgeley (Digital Downloads, Enhanced SWRB PDFs)
Election, Reprobation & Predestination In The Reformed Creeds & Confessions - Refuting The Heresies Of Arminianism & Pelagianism by Dr. C. Matthew McMahon (Free MP3)
The Sum of Saving Knowledge (Free MP3)
Creeds and Confessions: What the Bible Teaches It Means To Be Orthodox by Greg Barrow On the Westminster Confession (Free MP3)
The Westminster Assembly: Its History and Standards by Alexander F. Mitchell (Digital Download, Enhanced SWRB PDF)
Propositions Concerning Church Government and Ordination of Ministers (1647) by Westminster Assembly
The Independent Controversy, the Westminster Assembly and Oliver Cromwell by William Hetherington
The Reasons Presented by the Dissenting Brethren Against Certain Propositions Concerning Presbyterial Government. And the Proofs of them Voted by the Assembly of Divines, sitting by authority of Parliament, at Westminster... by Westminster Assembly
Godly Goals Of The Westminster Assembly (SWRB Blog)
"There was one great, and even sublime idea, brought somewhat indefinitely before the Westminster Assembly, which has not yet been realized, the idea of a Protestant union throughout Christendom, not merely for the purpose of counterbalancing Popery, but in order to purify, strengthen, and unite all true Christian churches, so that with combined energy and zeal they might go forth, in glad compliance with the Redeemer's commands, teaching all nations, and preaching the everlasting gospel to every creature under heaven.
This truly magnificent, and also truly Christian idea, seems to have originated in the mind of that distinguished man, Alexander Henderson. It was suggested by him to the Scottish commissioners, and by them partially brought before the English Parliament, requesting them to direct the Assembly to write letters to the Protestant Churches in France, Holland, Switzerland, and other Reformed Churches. ... and along with these letters were sent copies of the Solemn League and Covenant, a document which might itself form the basis of such a Protestant union.
The deep thinking divines of the Netherlands apprehended the idea, and in their answer, not only expressed their approbation of the Covenant, but also desired to join in it with the British kingdoms. Nor did they content themselves with the mere expression of approval and willingness to join. A letter was soon afterwards sent to the Assembly from the Hague, written by Duraeus (the celebrated John Dury), offering to come to the Assembly, and containing a copy of a vow which he had prepared and tendered to the distinguished Oxenstiern, chancellor of Sweden, wherein he bound himself 'to prosecute a reconciliation between Protestants in point of religion'.
On one occasion Henderson procured a passport to go to Holland, most probably for the purpose of prosecuting this grand idea. But the intrigues of politicians, the delays caused by the conduct of the Independents, and the narrow-minded Erastianism of the English Parliament, all conspired to prevent the Assembly from entering farther into that truly glorious Christian enterprise."
- William Hetherington, The History of the Westminster Assembly of Divines, (Edmonton, Alberta: Still Waters Revival Books), pp. 337-339, on the Puritan Hard Drive.
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Why Is Reformed Worship So Important? by John Knox, Dr. Steven Dilday, John Calvin, Greg Price, William Perkins & Others (Free MP3s) The Puritans, Covenanters, Reformers & The Regulative Principle Of Worship (RPW)
Why Is Reformed Worship So Important? (1 of 2) The Puritans, Covenanters, Reformers & The Regulative Principle Of Worship (RPW) by Dr. Steven Dilday (Free MP3)
An excellent introductory treatment of classic Reformed teaching about the regulative principle of worship (or what is sometimes called "the Scriptural law of worship"). Contrasts biblical Reformed teaching about worship with Lutheran, Roman Catholic, etc., errors and superstitions.
JOHN KNOX ON THE REGULATIVE PRINCIPLE OF WORSHIP
The matter is not of so small importance, as some suppose. The question is, whether God or man ought to be obeyed in matters of religion? In mouth, all do confess that only God is worthy of sovereignty. But after many -- by the instigation of the devil, and by the presumptuous arrogance of carnal wisdom and worldly policy -- have defaced God's holy ordinance, men fear not to follow what laws and common consent (mother of all mischief) have established and commanded. But thus continually I can do nothing but hold, and affirm all things polluted, yea, execrable and accursed, which God by his Word has not sanctified in his religion. God grant you his Holy Spirit rightly to judge.
- John Knox, Works VI:14 cited in John Knox, True and False Worship, emphases added (Free Online Book)
Why Is Reformed Worship So Important? (2 of 2) The Puritans, Covenanters, Reformers & The Regulative Principle Of Worship (RPW) by Dr. Steven Dilday (Free MP3)
Regulative Principle of Worship in the New Testament (Free MP3 About The Second Commandment In Covenanter, Puritan and Reformation Worship) by Greg Price (Puritan Worship Series)
Regulative Principle of Worship in the Old Testament (Free MP3 ABout The Second Commandment In Covenanter, Puritan and Reformation Worship) by Greg Price (Puritan Worship Series)
For God is not worshiped of us, but when it is his will to accept our worship: and it is not his will to accept our worship, but when it is according to his will.
- William Perkins, A Golden Chain, or the Description of Theology
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SOLA SCRIPTURA AND THE REGULATIVE PRINCIPLE OF WORSHIP BY BRIAN SCHWERTLEY (Free Book)
Against Antichrist's Innovations In Worship (Free Reformation MP3s, Videos & Books)
Reformed Worship & Singing the Psalms (Free MP3s)
Christmas Is A Roman Catholic Missions Strategy (Free Reformation Resources & Quotes)
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Exclusive Psalmody 6/7 & the Westminster Standards, Confession of Faith, by Greg Price (Free MP3)
Imprecatory Prayer, Reprobation And God's Glory, And Other Free MP3 Sermons And Studies, By Dr. Steven Dilday, And Other Reformed Ministers
Imprecatory Prayer, Reprobation & God's Glory In the Punishment of the Wicked In Hell, by Dr. Steven Dilday (Free MP3)
At SWRB we consider Dr. Steven Dilday to be one of the top Reformed scholars alive today.
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"The Puritan Hard Drive has been invaluable to me in sermon preparation, and personal and familial piety. For anyone interested in recovering our Presbyterian and Reformed past, the Puritan Hard Drive a must. The Puritan Hard Drive presents an historic and singular opportunity." - Dr. Steven Dilday, Founder Liberty and Grace Reformed Theological Seminary
The Shortness Of Life On Earth And The Eternity In Heaven Or Hell That Follows (Your Life Is But A Vapor Which Vanishes Away) by Dr. Steven Dilday (Free MP3)
Harmonizing Predestination & Human Freedom, With Comments On Jonathan Edwards' Book, An Inquiry Into the Prevailing Notions of the Freedom of Will by Dr. Steven Dilday (Free MP3)
The Covenant of Grace: Dispensationalism & Covenant Theology Contrasted Regarding Salvation & Biblical Interpretation by Dr. Steven Dilday (Free MP3)
Why Is Reformed Worship So Important? (#1) The Puritans, Covenanters, Reformers & The Regulative Principle Of Worship (RPW) by Dr. Steven Dilday (Free MP3)
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For God So Loved The World, That He Gave His Only Begotten Son, That Whosoever Believeth In Him Should Not Perish (John 3:16-21) by Dr. Steven Dilday (Free MP3)
Introduction to the Westminster Standards (Background And History To The Victories And Attainments Of The Second Reformation) by Dr. Steven Dilday (Free MP3)
The Voice of God's Holiness in the Rod of Discipline, Chastisement & Sanctification by Dr. Steven Dilday (Free MP3)
Providence: The Reformed Doctrine Of God's Governance Of All Things In Scripture And The Westminster Confession Of Faith by Dr. Steven Dilday (6 Free MP3s)
FIRST TIME ENGLISH TRANSLATION: Synopsis of Critical Interpreters by MATTHEW POOLE, Translated by Dr. Steven Dilday
Pastor Steven Dilday holds a Ph.D. from Whitefield Theological Seminary in Puritan History and Literature. He is currently translating Matthew Poole's Synopsis Criticorum , making it available in English for the first time. Also see the Matthew Poole Project Blog.
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Commentary On Revelation, Part 3, Historicism, Preterism, Futurism, Idealism & Rev. 1 by Dr. Steven Dilday (Free MP3)
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Antichrist, Revelation, Eschatology, Prophecy and the Man of Sin in the Writings of the Early Church Fathers by Dr. Steven Dilday (Free MP3)
Dr. Dilday is a Latin scholar, which likely helped make this message so interesting and informative.
The Eschatology of George Gillespie: An Introductory Analysis and Evaluation by Dr. Steven Dilday (Free MP3)
Understanding God's Righteous Judgments On Individuals, Families, Churches & Nations by Dr. Steven Dilday (Free MP3)
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The Use and Abuse of Social Media by Dr. Steven Dilday (Free MP3)
Dr. Dilday mentions headcoverings in this message and this brought to mind that this is presently one area of disagreement we have with him. The best work on the biblical view of headcoverings, of which we are aware, is Greg Price's free online book, THE CUSTOMARY PRACTICE OF HEADCOVERINGS: AN EXEGETICAL/HISTORICAL STUDY OF 1 CORINTHIANS 11:2-16 PRESENTED IN A SERIES OF LETTERS (available at no charge in these formats: PDF, Word, Kindle Mobi, ePub [eBook], audio book [8 MP3s] and on the Web). A printed copy of THE CUSTOMARY PRACTICE OF HEADCOVERINGS is also available here. In spite of this difference, as of this writing, with Dr. Dilday, we still heartily recommend his preaching and teaching in all other areas of which we are aware -- and this message on Facebook contains an number of valuable insights.
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The History of the Service of Song in Scripture by Dr. Steven Dilday, John Calvin, Robert Murray McCheyne, Greg Price, Dr. Reg Barrow, et al.
PERFECTIONISM A PERSISTENT HERESY IN PELAGIANISM, ARMINIANISM (JOHN WESLEY), ROMANISM by DR. STEVEN DILDAY
HISTORY OF HOLY DAYS (CHRISTMAS, EASTER, CHRISTIAN SABBATH, JEWS, etc.), IDOLATRY, ICONOCLASM, etc. by Dr. Steven Dilday, Greg Price, et al.
First of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse Solved, First Seal Opened, Rider on the White Horse, A Bow, A Crown, and Conquering by Dr. Steven Dilday (5 Brilliant Free Christian Sermon MP3s)
Understanding God's Righteous Judgments On Individuals By Dr. Seven Dilday, Edwards, Washer, Spurgeon, Watson, Bunyan, Price, Renwick, Dr. Reg Barrow & Others
ANTICHRIST IN CLASSIC REFORMATION TEACHING BY JOHN CALVIN, JONATHAN EDWARDS, DR. STEVEN DILDAY, JAMES DURHAM, RICHARD BENNETT, J.A. WYLIE, GREG PRICE, JOHN FOXE, DAVID STEELE, W.J. MENCAROW, ET AL. (FREE MP3S, BOOKS, ETC.)
FALL OF BABYLON THE GREAT & COVENANTING BY MASON, CALVIN, EDWARDS, SPURGEON, PRICE, DILDAY & OTHERS (FREE MP3S, PDFS, ETC.)
EARLY CHURCH FATHERS ON ANTICHRIST & ESCHATOLOGY BY DR. STEVEN DILDAY, JOHN CALVIN, JONATHAN EDWARDS, CHARLES SPURGEON AND OTHERS (FREE MP3S)
Top Ten Puritan Hard Drive Reviews (So Far)
by Pastor Paul Washer, Dr. Joel Beeke, Pastor Greg Price, Dr. Voddie Baucham, Pastor Brian Schwertley, Dr. Steven Dilday, Pastor W.J. Mencarow, Dr. Matthew McMahon, Jerry Johnson and Pastor Scott Brown (Director of NCFIC).
PASTOR PAUL WASHER REVIEWS AND RECOMMENDS THE PURITAN HARD DRIVE
"With the Puritan Hard Drive I can now carry one of the largest Puritan and Reformed libraries in my pocket.
No matter where I am, as long as there is some form of power source to operate a computer, I have access to some of the best Puritan and Reformed literature available.
The Puritan Hard Drive is a tremendous blessing. I travel frequently to many parts of the globe. The Puritan Hard Drive allows me to continue my studies on the road with the same depth as when I am seated in my study at home.
The wonderful portability of this massive Puritan library (and remarkable research software) makes the Puritan Hard Drive ideal for missionaries, students, or anyone who needs instant access to the best Reformation study materials in a variety of locations.
There is much more to the Puritan Hard Drive than just convenience, portability and the exceptional quality and extraordinary number of Reformation resources it includes. Even if a minister owned the largest printed Puritan library in the world, he would not be able to properly research the material. However, the KnowledgeBase software on the Puritan Hard Drive provides an effective road map to access the material in ways that are easy-to-use, organized and highly productive. With the click of a button, you can easily do ten hours worth of research in just seconds!
Having the Puritan Hard Drive is like owning the largest Puritan and Reformed Library in the world along with a full time research assistant with his PhD in Puritan Studies from Oxford or Cambridge.
Imagine not only owning the largest Puritan and Reformed library, but having a full-time team of world-class research assistants at your beck and call.
The high level of educational and scholarly functionality, combined with a marvelous library of over 12,500 top Puritan and Reformed resources and an extremely reasonable price, really makes obtaining the Puritan Hard Drive a stewardship issue. It is almost as if God is saying, "Here is a tool that will lead you to more truth faster than ever before. Make the best possible use of it and bring much glory to My Name." (2 Timothy 2:15, Ephesians 5:16).
In the history of extra-biblical study and research tools there has never before been a resource as useful as the Puritan Hard Drive. The immense body of Reformation material (books, MP3s and videos) on the Puritan Hard Drive, along with the phenomenal proprietary software program that is included, makes the Puritan Hard Drive a valuable tool for Reformation in our day.
As a member of the HeartCry Missionary Society, I am witness to the great needs of Christians throughout the globe. Possibly the greatest need is sound Christian literature. Even though many Third World pastors read English, they have very few good books available to them. Even if we could afford to buy each indigenous minister a small library, the cost of shipping would be astronomical. With the Puritan Hard Drive we can provide pastors throughout the globe with one of the most complete Puritan and Reformed libraries at a fraction of the cost.
The Puritan Hard Drive is also ideal for situations where concealment is a priority in countries which are hostile to the Gospel. The Puritan Hard Drive is the most compact way to smuggle the light of over 12,500 Reformation resources (with powerful study software) into the spiritual darkness of those nations that are in most need of Gospel truth."
- Pastor Paul Washer (Missionary, Author, Conference Speaker, etc.) See HeartCry Missionary Society and click here to hear some of Paul Washer's most downloaded free MP3s (sermons), which we highly recommend!
PASTOR GREG L. PRICE REVIEWS AND RECOMMENDS THE PURITAN HARD DRIVE
"I was one of those who had profited much from using the plethora of out-of-print Reformation materials offered by Still Waters Revival Books in the 62 CDs (Puritan CDs and Reformation CDs) for a number of years in my ministry -- works that I could only have found in select libraries (usually hundreds of miles away from my residence).
With the CDs, it took a little while to go to the index of each set, locate the documents I needed, and then find the correct CD. Of course, the time was always well spent in finding that particular document that I needed.
However, now that I have the Puritan Hard Drive, I am able to use my time much more efficiently in finding that particular document I need by quickly searching for it and finding it in a matter of seconds. It's like going from "dial up" to "high-speed" Internet!
And for all of those documents that have a font that are in block letters, I am able to simply cut and paste from the Puritan Hard Drive to my own document with ease.
Amazing surprises do come in small packages!
If you want to understand Reformed theology (i.e., the whole counsel of God) the Puritan Hard Drive is unsurpassed, outside the Bible itself. The First and Second Reformations gave us the most faithful Scriptural teaching and preaching since the time of the Apostles, and there is no other resource, outside Scripture itself, where you can find so much of God's truth as in the Puritan Hard Drive.
May the Lord continue to use this most profitable tool to promote a Third Reformation that encompasses the whole world (Isaiah 2:2-4)!"
- Greg L. Price (Author, Theologian, Covenanted Presbyterian Pastor, USA) Free online books, MP3s and videos by Greg Price and at Sermonaudio (SWRB considers Greg Price to be the most doctrinally sound preacher alive today, because he holds completely to the original Westminster Standards and all the biblical attainments of the Second or Covenanted Reformation.)
"Nevertheless, whereto we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing." - Philippians 3:16, which applies just as much to the family, the church and the state, as it does to the individual.
DR. JOEL BEEKE REVIEWS AND RECOMMENDS THE PURITAN HARD DRIVE
"The Puritan Hard Drive is a massive collection of primary Puritan resources, dozens of which are very hard to find anywhere else in the world.
Any lover of Puritan literature, which, more than any other body of literature ever written, powerfully expands our minds, convicts our consciences, allures our hearts, and moves our hands, will find a treasure trove here."
- Dr. Joel R. Beeke, President and Professor of Systematic Theology and Homiletics at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary (click here for free MP3 seminary lectures and sermons by Dr. Beeke), Author of many important Reformed books (including the must read, Meet the Puritans: With A Guide to Modern Reprints), Editorial Director at Reformation Heritage Books, Editor of the Banner of Sovereign Grace Truth magazine and Pastor of Heritage Netherlands Reformed Congregation in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA.
PASTOR BRAIN SCHWERTLEY REVIEWS AND RECOMMENDS THE PURITAN HARD DRIVE
"I would like to commend our brothers at Still Waters Revival Books for putting together the most complete collection of classic and rare Puritan and Covenanter works.
We should rejoice to see so many long out of print works finally available in an easily affordable and searchable format. No longer do we solely have to wait for expensive reprints to trickle out one at a time, year by year.
Every scholar, pastor, elder and professing Christian should take a great interest in the Puritan Hard Drive, for it sets before us the golden age of Protestant piety, preaching and scholarship. Everyone should benefit from the labors of these dear, departed saints."
- Pastor Brian Schwertley, Westminster Presbyterian Church (Waupaca County, Wisconsin), Author, Debater, Theologian, Conference Speaker, etc. Free MP3 sermons and free reformed books by Brian Schwertley are here, here, here and here.
JERRY JOHNSON REVIEWS AND RECOMMENDS THE PURITAN HARD DRIVE
"If you search the Internet for Reformed and Puritan works you will inevitably see a banner for a product called the Puritan Hard Drive. I often thought, "why would I want to purchase a hard drive when so much of the information (probably) contained on it could be easily found with a free search on the Internet?" Was I ever wrong!
The Puritan Hard Drive is the best resource money can buy.
It is easy, simple to use and the search feature cut down my time searching web pages that had absolutely nothing to do with the query I typed into the search engine. Not to mention a lot of the material is not accessible on the Internet.
To have so many books and articles at my fingers-tips is both truly amazing and a blessing. The Puritan Hard Drive just added thousands of volumes that I never could afford, nor store, to my library.
If you, like me, love the Puritans and Reformed theology, then the Puritan Hard Drive is simply a resource that you cannot live without."
- Jerry Johnson (President of Nicene Council, Seminary Professor, Author, Video Producer, etc.) See Amazing Grace: The History & Theology of Calvinism and The Myth of Neutrality (free video at Against the World).
PASTOR W. J. MENCAROW REVIEWS AND RECOMMENDS THE PURITAN HARD DRIVE
"The Puritan Hard Drive is the must have digital learning device for Puritan and Reformed studies.
Nothing like it has ever been available before!
If you don't have it you are almost certainly not learning as much as you could about God, or growing in grace at a pace that the Puritan Hard Drive, by the grace of God, facilitates.
If necessary, sell what you have (that does not draw you closer to God) to get the Puritan Hard Drive, and prayerfully use it until you become, by the Lord's sovereign and sanctifying grace, the most extraordinary Christian you can be (for His glory!)."
- W.J. Mencarow (Author, Pastor of Reformation Church, Boerne, Texas [San Antonio area] with free MP3 sermons on Sermonaudio,
Editor of The Paper Source Journal, etc. Pastor Mencarow has also been interviewed on numerous radio and TV programs (including "Good Morning America"), most networks and in major U.S. newspapers and magazines.
We also recommend that you listen to what may be the best audio commentary ever recorded, on the book of Revelation, by W.J. Mencarow (100+ free MP3s as of this writing), on Sermonaudio.
DR. C. MATTHEW McMAHON REVIEWS AND RECOMMENDS THE PURITAN HARD DRIVE
"In the history of the church's sanctification I don't believe there has been a more valuable extra-biblical resource and tool than the Puritan Hard Drive.
It holds some of the most priceless Reformed works of God-centered and Christ-glorifying truth that were ever penned.
Most students, ministers and scholars of the Bible would never personally acquire even half the literal number of books on the Puritan Hard Drive, much less the extreme caliber of its contents.
In God's providence modern day Christians have been chosen to be the recipients of both a theological and practical blessing. May we not squander it."
- Matthew McMahon, Ph.D., A Puritan's Mind (Pastor, Author, Seminary Professor, etc.) Over 200 free MP3s by Dr. McMahon are free online at Sermonaudio.
DR. VODDIE BAUCHAM REVIEWS AND RECOMMENDS THE PURITAN HARD DRIVE
I want you to know that I have enjoyed my Puritan Hard Drive immensely!
I simply could not have imagined such a resource before getting my hands on it!
To have that much information from a consistent, biblical, orthodox, and gospel-centered point of view is simply astonishing.
Anyone who admires the Puritans simply must have the Puritan Hard Drive.
From Pastors to Ph.D. candidates, there is simply nothing else out there that puts so much at your fingertips.
What an amazing tool for pastors... thank you for your work.
Soli Deo Gloria!
AND THIS LATER COMMENT FROM DR. BAUCHAM:
I was in Zambia showing it to Conrad Mbewe (the Spurgeon of Africa) and he absolutely fell in love with it. I simply had to leave it there.
It is a valuable tool, and I meant everything I said about it.
All of our guys love it.
We'll probably start buying them for our interns and leadership/elder training students as well.
Soli Deo Gloria!"
PASTOR SCOTT BROWN REVIEWS AND RECOMMENDS THE PURITAN HARD DRIVE
|Amazing 54 Second Puritan Hard Drive Video Review by Pastor Scott Brown, Director of the National Center For Family Integrated Churches|
Transcript for the video above:
Scott Brown: Hey Reg Barrow, this is Scott Brown. I'm doing a conference on the Baptist Confession of 1689, and just right after I gave my last message, this guy comes up to me, and he asks me a question about the Puritan Hard Drive. So, what did you ask?
Tall Guy: Scott, this is a simple question: What do you think of the Puritan Hard Drive?
Scott Brown: I love it. You have to get it. It's the best thing. It's the best for the money you'll ever get anyplace for books.
Tall Guy: Okay. Here's a question, 'cause I've read a little bit about it. But tell me about the Search Engine. Is it, do you type in an author, do you type in a word, a topic, what do you do?
Scott Brown: Yes, yes, author, topic. It's so easy, it will take you to anything you want. It's absolutely phenomenal.
Tall Guy: Have you exhausted the resources?
Scott Brown: You cannot exhaust them. It's impossible. It's so vast. But I'm telling you, as far as a research tool, it's second to none. Unbelievable stuff. And the search, the search function is just beautiful.
Tall Guy: Alright, thank you.
Scott Brown: There you go.
"Still Waters Revival Books has performed an astonishing feat in pulling together a massive collection of books and other resources.
Let me tell you how absolutely fantastic the Puritan Hard Drive really is.
This is a treasure trove for a local church pastor.
The search ability is beyond my expectation.
I was just on the island of Iona where Columba established a missionary outpost sending evangelists all over Britain. Searching the hard drive for "Columba" added much to my understanding of this great leader through the eyes of Spurgeon and many others.
Thank you so much... for going to the trouble to make this available.
I am greatly improved by it and I anticipate the pace of worldwide reformation to be improved as well."
I blogged about it here:
Below is the blog post from the link above:
"On my way across the ocean to study the reformation with Doug Phillips, I did not have a suitcase of books as I usually do. I was lamenting that fact at the airline ticket counter and my daughter Claudia said to me, "Papa, close your eyes and step into the new world." Well, let me confess: on my computer I have approximately 13,000 puritan and reformed books which I have acquired through my son downloading ebooks and a gigantic collection put together by Reg Barrow from Still Waters Revival Books. I am now like Abdul Kassem Ismael, Grand Vizier of Persia who, in the tenth century, carried his library with him wherever he went. The 117,000 volumes were carried by 400 camels which were trained to walk in alphabetical order."
- Pastor Scott Brown (M.Div.), Hope Baptist Church (NC, USA), Director of the National Center for Family Integrated Churches (NCFIC), and Conference Speaker (who speaks at conferences alongside other Reformed ministers like Joel Beeke, Paul Washer, Doug Phillips, Jeff Pollard, et al.) See Sermonaudio, Tear Down Your Father's Idol: The Rough Road to Real Reformation and Paganism, Syncretism, in the Church, Family and Education by Scott Brown (free MP3). Click here to see an additional short video of Scott Brown talking with a friend about the Puritan Hard Drive.
DR. STEVEN DILDAY REVIEWS AND RECOMMENDS THE PURITAN HARD DRIVE
"For a number of years now, I have followed, and benefited from, the work of Still Waters Revival Books, particularly the Reformation and Puritan Bookshelf CD sets... and now the Puritan Hard Drive.
The Puritan Hard Drive is a remarkable accomplishment!
The common Christian can now have a world-class Presbyterian and Reformed library at his fingertips, for only pennies per volume.
I do not think that it is an exaggeration to say that the Puritan Hard Drive presents an historic and singular opportunity.
The works on the Puritan Hard Drive have been invaluable to me in sermon preparation and in improving personal and familial piety. If these had been the only blessings attached to the reading of these documents, the expense (even if it had been much greater) would have been justified; but there is more here.
In this present time, a great many Presbyterians (particularly in North America) have forgotten and implicitly (perhaps unwittingly) rejected their Presbyterian heritage. Strangely, Westminster confessing churches have rejected the theological distinctives of the Westminster Standards.
Although the Westminster Assembly produced a beautiful statement of soteriological Calvinism, the histories clearly demonstrate that soteriology was not the principle focus, nor chief interest, of the Assembly. The Westminster Assembly was primarily concerned with uniformity in worship (in accordance with the Regulative Principle), the form of church government (Presbyterianism jus divinum), and Church-State relations (the Establishment Principle). It is a sad irony that the great and distinctive attainments of the Westminster Assembly have been ignored and rejected by so many Westminster confessing churches.
However, we may yet entertain the hope that these great attainments are rejected largely because of ignorance. The best books on these subjects have not been readily available; but (thanks be to God) they are available again on the Puritan Hard Drive.
For anyone interested in recovering our Presbyterian and Reformed past, the Puritan Hard Drive is a must.
It is my hope and prayer that the Puritan Hard Drive will be used by God to bring to light the things that were hidden, to call to remembrance the things that were forgotten."
- Dr. Steven Dilday, Pastor of Liberty and Grace Reformed Church in Northern Virginia (free MP3 sermons online at https://www.sermonaudio.com/PRCNOVA) and founder of Liberty and Grace Reformed Theological Seminary (with distance learning).Dr. Dilday is currently translating (from Latin to English) the "Synopsis" written by the Puritan Divine, Matthew Poole. This project when completed will consist of approximately 82 volumes. Many free MP3s messages by Dr. Dilday are also at: HISTORY OF HOLY DAYS (CHRISTMAS, EASTER, CHRISTIAN SABBATH, JEWS, etc.), IDOLATRY, ICONOCLASM, etc., The History of the Service of Song: Real Reformation, Faithful Worship And Praising The Lord Jesus Christ Through Songs by Dr. Steven Dilday and a collection of some of Dr. Dilday's most important messages at Sermonaudio.
|From Facets of Grace|
"The Puritan Hard Drive has been such a superb blessing to me personally and for my ministry, that I lack words to adequately praise the Lord! " - Richard Bennett (former Roman Catholic priest who now preaches Reformation truth), Berean Beacon
MANY MORE PURITAN HARD DRIVE REVIEWS (Click Here)
"As a member of the HeartCry Missionary
Society, I am witness to the great needs of Christians throughout the globe. Possibly the greatest need is sound Christian literature. Even though many Third World pastors read English, they have very few good books available to them. Even if we could afford to buy each indigenous minister a small library, the cost of shipping would be astronomical. With the Puritan Hard Drive we can provide pastors throughout the globe with one of the most complete Puritan and Reformed libraries at a fraction of the cost."- Pastor Paul Washer, HeartCry Missionary Society (click here to see Paul Washer's full review of the Puritan Hard Drive)
History of the Westminster Assembly by William Hetherington, the Westminster Assembly and Divines, Thomas Watson, David Dickson, Greg Price, Dr. Michael Wagner, Greg Barrow, Thomas Boston, Dr. Reg Barrow, A.F. Mitchell, Dr. Matthew McMahon, John Girardeau, W.J. McKnight, Ebenezer Erskine,
et al. (Free MP3s, Free Books, etc.)