"Christ is the very essence of all delights and pleasures, the very soul and substance of them.
As all the rivers are gathered into the ocean, which is the meeting-place of all the waters in the world, so Christ is that ocean in which all true delights and pleasures meet.
" - John Flavel (on the Puritan Hard Drive
See how happy are God's saints at their death! They go to a kingdom! They see God's face, which shines ten thousand times brighter than the sun in its meridian glory! They enter eternal glory, which is the quintessence of all delight!
- Thomas Watson (on the Puritan Hard Drive)
"So in love is Christ with holiness that he will buy it with his blood for us." - John Flavel (on the Puritan Hard Drive)
"We are never nearer Christ than when we find ourselves lost in a holy amazement at His unspeakable love.
- John Owen (on the Puritan Hard Drive)
"We trust as we love, and where we love. If we love Christ much, surely we shall trust him much."
- Thomas Brooks (on the Puritan Hard Drive)
"Unfathomable oceans of grace are in Christ for you. Dive and dive again -- you will never come to the
bottom of these depths!"
- Robert Murray McCheyne (on the Puritan Hard Drive)
"They who love any thing better than Christ are not worthy of him."
- Covenanter field Minister James Renwick, on the day of his martyrdom (on the Puritan Hard Drive)
"Luther said he feared his own heart, more than Pope or Cardinal. The heart is the fomenter of sin. It mints evil thoughts-and blows up the coals of fiery passions. It is the Trojan horse out of which comes a whole army of lusts! Shall we not fight the good fight, and discharge with the fire of zeal against this bosom traitor, the flesh! The primitive Christians chose rather to be destroyed by lions without -- than by lusts within!" - Thomas Watson (on the Puritan Hard Drive)
"Prayer keeps the heart open to God -- but shut to sin." - Thomas Watson (on the Puritan Hard Drive)
"O when you go to God in any duty, take your heart aside, and say, 'O my soul, I am now addressing myself to the greatest work that ever a creature was employed about -- I am going into the solemn presence of God about business of everlasting importance!
- John Flavel (on the Puritan Hard Drive)
We (SWRB) are open all day Dec. 25, 2019, as usual.
"Christmas. This is the name of the day on which is wont to be celebrated the idolatrous Romish sacrifice of the mass, in honor of the birth of Christ. As nearly as can be now ascertained, the day was first set apart for this purpose by the authority of the bishop at Rome, toward the close of the fourth century, or early in the fifth. ... We do not acknowledge the authority of its appointment. If the religious observance of Christmas was divinely enjoined upon us, or if we had evidence in the writings of the apostles, that they observed it, or that they taught the churches which they established to do so, then we should feel ourselves obliged to observe the day. But as Protestants, we long ago abjured the authority of the Pope of Rome, and we still utterly repudiate his right to legislate for us, either over our consciences or our conduct. It was an essential principle of the Reformation, which we hold to have been sound, and the only principle which could have been safe, to reject every thing which appeared manifestly to be of human contrivance, and thus to carry the church back, both in its doctrines and its practices, to the incorrupt simplicity of the apostolic times." - "Christmas," from The Reformed Presbyterian magazine (emphases added), January, 1851, on the Puritan Hard Drive.
George Gillespie, one of the Scottish Commissioners to the Westminster Assembly, and one of the best theologians since the days of the Apostles, writes,
"By communicating with idolaters in their rites and ceremonies, we ourselves become guilty of idolatry; even as Ahaz, 2 Kings 16:10, was an idolater, eo ipso, that he took the pattern of an altar from idolaters. Forasmuch, then, as kneeling before the consecrated bread, the sign of the cross, surplice, festival days (like Christmas-ed.), bishopping, bowing down to the altar, administration of the sacraments in private places, etc., are the wares of Rome, the baggage of Babylon, the trinkets of the whore, the badges of Popery, the ensigns of Christ's enemies, and the very trophies of antichrist, -- we cannot conform, communicate and symbolise with the idolatrous Papists in the use of the same, without making ourselves idolaters by participation.
Shall the chaste spouse of Christ take upon her the ornaments of the whore?
Shall the Israel of God symbolise with her who is spiritually called Sodom and Egypt?
Shall the Lord's redeemed people wear the ensigns of their captivity?
Shall the saints be seen with the mark of the beast?
Shall the Christian church be like the antichristian, the holy like the profane, religion like superstition, the temple of God like the synagogue of Satan?"
- From: A Dispute Against English Popish Ceremonies, in Gillespie's Works volume one, p. 80, SWRB reprint, on the Puritan Hard Drive (book and audio) or as free MP3s at A Dispute Against the English Popish Ceremonies.
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 honour underfoot.
- John Calvin on the Puritan Hard Drive