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Concerning the complete 34 volume set of Puritan Fast Sermons (1640-1653), republished by SWRB, Dr. Joel Beeke and Randall Pederson write,
"This is a collection of sermons preached to England's Parliament during the glory days of the Puritan preaching on days of public humiliation
... These sermons richly combine prayer and thanksgiving on England's behalf. They encourage and admonish Parliament to govern in the fear of God.
The volumes include sermons of preachers who were frequently invited to Parliament, including William Ames, Samuel Bolton, William Bridge, Thomas Brooks, Anthony Burgess, Jeremiah Burroughs, Joseph Caryl, Thomas Goodwin, William Greenhill, Christopher Love, Thomas Manton, Stephen Marshall, Philip Nye, John Owen, Obadiah Sedgwick, and Ralph Venning (and many others like Samuel Rutherford and Geroge Gillespie - RB)" (from pages 632-633 of the important and useful book by Beeke and Pederson on Puritanism and Puritan books, entitled, Meet the Puritans: With a Guide To Modern Reprints
). Two free MP3s with excerpts from Meet the Puritans: With a Guide To Modern Reprints
are at https://ow.ly/kRJk30qQZlw
. Many of the books and authors mentioned in Meet the Puritan
are on the Puritan Hard Drive
This remarkable set of rare Puritan sermons is made up of facsimile copies of sermons preached before the "Long Parliament" in England during the second Reformation -- on appointed fast days between 1640 and 1653.
Many famous Puritans, as well as Scottish Covenanters and Westminster Divines, were called upon to deliver these important messages to the civil rulers (and nations, when these sermons were later distributed in print format) of that day.
A free online MP3 (audio) sample of one of these sermons, by George Gillespie (one of the Scottish commissioners attending the Westminster Assembly) is available at https://ow.ly/dCQW30qQZoZ. This sermon is titled "Reformation's Refining Fire; or, Iconoclastic Zeal Necessary to World Reformation."
The quote below should also help you to appreciate the spirit of these days of Reformation, while also illustrating the zeal and dedication that the Lord gave both the preaches and those who heard them,
- Linus Chua, The Westminster Confession of Faith: A Brief Historical Survey of the Westminster Assembly and Standards.
The following 238 sermons are contained in the 34-Volume Set of Puritan Fast Sermons:
- (1) A Peace-Offering to God by Stephen Marshall
- (2) A Sermon by Stephen Marshall
- (3) Another Sermon by Cornelius Burges
- (4) Sions Joy by Jeremiah Burroughes
- (5) The First Sermon by Cornelius Burges
- (6) The Love of Truth and Peace by John Gauden.
- (7) England's Looking-Glasse by Edmund Calamy
- (8) Gods free Mercy to England: Presented as a Pretious, and Powerfull motive to Humiliation by Edmund Calamy
- (9) Meroz Cursed by Stephen Marshall
- (10) Reformation and Desolation by Stephen Marshall
- (11) The Best Refuge for the Most Oppressed by Simeon Ash
- (12) The Necessity and Benefit of Washing the Heart by Cornelius Burges
- (13) The Workes of Ephesus by Joseph Caryl
- (14) Zerubbabels Encouragement to Finish the Temple by Thomas Goodwin.
- (15) A Sermon by Robert Harris
- (16) England's Preservation by Obadiah Sedgwicke
- (17) Israels Peace with God, Beniamines Overthrow by William Carter
- (18) Israels Petition in Time of Trouble by Edward Reynoldes
- (19) The Trade of Truth Advanced by Thomas Hill
- (20) Zions Deliverance and Her Friends Dutyby William Sedgwicke.
- (21) A Glimpse of God's Glory by Thomas Hodges
- (22) A Payre of Compasses for Church and State by Charles Herle
- (23) Calebs Integrity by Richard Vines
- (24) Christs Government in and over His People by Thomas Temple
- (25) Gods Rising, His Enemies Scattering by Thomas Case
- (26) Jerichoes Down-Fall by Thomas Wilson
- (27) The Craft and Cruelty of the Churches Adversaries by Matthew Newcomen.
- (28) A Sermon by Thomas Valentine
- (29) Eirenopoios, Christ the Settlement of Unsettled Times by Jeremiah Whittaker
- (30) Elias Redivius by John Lightfoot
- (31) God's Providence, A Sermon by Edward Corbett
- (32) Ioabs Counsell and King Davids Seasonable Hearing It by Walter Bridges
- (33) The Covenant-Avenging Sword by John Arrowsmith
- (34) The Sole Path to A Sound Peace by John Ellis.
- (35) Davids Song of Three Parts by Charles Herle
- (36) Gospell Courage by Andrew Perne
- (37) Hamans Vanity by Obadiah Sedgwick
- (38) Sions Memento and Gods Alarum by Francis Cheynell
- (39) The Axe at the Root by William Greenhill
- (40) The Fury of Warre and Folly of Sinne by John Ley
- (41) The Noble-mans Patterne by Edmund Calamy
- (42) The Song of Moses by Stephen Marshall.
- (43) Englands patterne and Duty in its Monthly Fasts - William Spurstow
- (44) Jerusalem's Watchmen by Matthew Newcomen
- (45) Prayers Prevalencie for Israels Safety by Thomas Carter
- (46) Reformations Preservation by Sidrach Simpson
- (47) The Militant Church, Triumphant over the Dragon and His Angels - Thomis Hill
- (48) The Necessity and Encouragement, of Utmost Venturing for the Churches Help by Herbert Palmer
- (49) The Woe and Weale of God's People by John Conant
- (50) Zeale for Gods House Quickened by Oliver Bowles.
- (51) A Divine Ballance to Weigh Religious Fast In by Humphrey Chambers
- (52) Babylons Ruine, Jerusalems Rising by Heny Wilkinson
- (53) Halting Stigmatiz'd by Arthur Salwey
- (54) The Balme of Gilead by Anthony Tuckney
- (55) The Christian's Course and Complaint by Thomas Coleman
- (56) The Difficulty of, and Encouragements to a Reformation by Anthony Burgess
- (57) The Hearts Ingagement by Thomas Colman
- (58) The Nature, Solemnity, Grounds, Property, and Benefit of a Sacred Covenant by Joseph Caryl
- (59) A Sermon by Alexander Henderson
- (60) A Sermon by Samuel Rutherford
- (61) A Sermon by William Bridge
- (62) Gods Work of Mercy, in Sions Misery by John Strickland
- (63) The Good Man a Publick Good by Daniel Cawdrey
- (64) The Robbing and Spoiling of Jacob and Israel by William Mewe
- (65) Threnodia - The Churches Lamentation by Stephen Marshall.
- (66) A Sermon by George Gillespie
- (67) A Thanksgiving Sermon by Obadiah Sedgewick
- (68) Hopes Incouragement by Thomas Young
- (69) Salvation in a Mystery by John Bond
- (70) Satan the Leader in Chief to all who resist the reparation of Sion - Robert Baylie
- (71) The Root of Apostacy and Fountian of True Fortitude by Thomas Case
- (72) The Saints Thankfull Acclamation at Christs Resumption of His Great Power and the Initials of his Kingdome by Joseph Caryl
- (73) A Sermon by Alexander Henderson
- (74) A Sermon by Peter Smith
- (75) Heaven Ravished: or A Glorious Prize, atchieved by an Heroically Enterprize by Henry Hall
- (76) Magnalia Dei ab Aquilone by Richard Vines
- (77) Nehemiahs Teares and Prayers for Judahs Affliction, And the ruines and repaire of Jerusalem by John Greene
- (78) Rupes Israelis: The Rock of Israel by Edmund Staunton
- (79) The Difficulty of Sions Deliverance and Reformation: Together With the activitie which her friends should manifest, during the time that her Cause is in agitation by Humphrey Hardwick
- (80) The Glory and Beauty of Gods Portion by Gaspar Hickes.
- (81) A Sermon tending To set forth the Right Use of the Disasters that befall our Armies by Matthew Newcomen
- (82) Babylon's Ruining-Earthquake and the Restauration of Zion by William Reyner
- (83) Gods unusually Answer To a Solemne Fast or, Some Observations upon the late sad success in the West, upon the day immediately following our Publique Humiliation by Thomas Coleman
- (84) Hierusalem: or a Vision of Peace by Christopher Tesdale
- (85) The Glasse of Gods Providence toward his Faithfull Ones by Herbert Palmer
- (86) The Season for Englands Selfe-Reflection and Advancing Temple-work by Thomas Hill
- (87) Things Now-a-doing: or, The Churches Travaile of the Child of Reformation now-a-bearing by Stanley Gower.
- (88) An Arke against a Deluge. or Safety in Dangerous Times by Obadiah Sedgwicke
- (89) Christ's Warning-Piece: Giving notice to every one to Watch, and keep their Garments by Francis Woodcock
- (90) Englands Antidote, against the Plague of Civil Warre by Edmund Calamy
- (91) Englands Impenitencie under Smiting, Causing anger to continue, and the destroying hand of God to be stretched forth still by Nicolas Proffet
- (92) Gods warning to England by the Voyce of his Rod by Henry Scudder
- (93) Phinehas's Zeal in Execution of Iudgement. or A Divine Remedy for
- (94) Englands Misery by Edmund Staunton
- (94) Solomons Choice: or A President for Kings and Princes, and all that are in Authority by Lazarus Seaman
- (95) The Posture of Davids Spirit When he was in a doubtfull condition by Richard Vines.
- (96) A Firebrand Pluckt Out of the Burning by Benjamin Pikering
- (97) A Sermon by George Gipps
- (98) Davids Reserve, and Rescue by Charles Herle
- (99) England's Eminent Judgements, causd By the abuse of Gods Eminent Mercies by William Spurstowe
- (100) Immanuel, or The Church Triumphing in God With Us by John Strickland
- (101) Rome's Cruelty & Apostacie by Anthony Burgess
- (102) The Gainefull Cost by Henry Wilkinson
- (103) The Right Separation Incouraged by Thomas Hill.
- (104) A Catalogue of the Sermons That have been Printed by Order of both or either House of Parliament on dayes of Publike Humiliation, either Monethly, or on particular occasions
- (105) A Sermon by George Walker
- (106) A Sermon by John Maynard
- (107) An Indictment Against England because of her selfe-murdering divisions: Together with an Exhortation to an England-perserving Unity and Concord by Edmund Calamy
- (108) Gemitus Columbae: The Mournfull Note of the Dove by John Langley
- (109) Gods Call to Weep and Mourning by John Whincop
- (110) Moderation Justified, and the Lords being at Hand Emproved by Thomas Thorowgood
- (111) The Church Sinking, Saved by Christ by Simeon Ash
- (112) Discovering the Vanity and Mischief of the Thoughts of an Heart unwashed by Cornelius Burges
- (113) Englands Eben-ezer or, Stone of Help. Set up in thankfull acknowledgement of the Lords having helps us hitherto. More especially, For a memoriall of that help, which the Parliaments Forces lately received at Shresbury, Weymouth, and elsewhere by John Arrowsmith
- (114) Gods Judging Among the Gods by John Ward
- (115) Gods Master-Piece - A Sermon Tending to manifest Gods glorious appearing in the building up of Zion by Stephen Marshall
- (116) The Discoverie of a Publique Spirit by William Goode
- (117) The Happiness of Israel by Richard Vines
- (118) The Man of Honour by Francis Cheynell
- (119) The Strong Helper or, The interest, and power of the Prayers of the destitute, for the building up of Sion by Stephen Marshall.
- (120) A Sacred Record to be made of Gods Mercies to Zion by Stephen Marshall
- (121) A Sermon by Alexander Henderson
- (122) A Sermon by Samuel Rutherford
- (123) The Arraignment of Unbelief as The Grand Cause of Our National Non-establishment by Joseph Caryl
- (124) The Christians Hope Triumphing by Jeremiah Whitaker
- (125) The Good-Will of Him that Dwelt in the Bush: or The extraordinary Happinesse of living under an extraordinary Providence by John Ward
- (126) Zion's Answer to the Nations Ambassadors, According to Instructions given by Isaiah from God's mouth by Richard Byfield.
- (127) A Sermon by George Gillespie
- (128) A Sermon by John Lightfoot
- (129) A Sermon by Thomas Case
- (129B) Errours and Induration are the Great Sins and the Great Judgements of the Time by Robert Baylie
- (130) Hopes Deferred and Dashed by Thomas Coleman
- (131) Lex Talionis: or God Paying Every man in his own Coyn by Francis Woodcock
- (132) Ortus Occidentalis: or a Dawning in the West by John Bond
- (133) The Reformation of the Church To be endeavoured more then that of the Common-wealth by Anthony Burges.
- (134) Gods Covenant the Churches Plea by Francis Taylor
- (135) Israels Tears for Distressed Zion by John Whincop
- (136) Mercy Rejoycing against Judgement: or God waiting to be gracious to a sinfull Nation by John Strickland
- (137) The Life and Death of David by William Strode
- (138) The Necessity of Agreement with God by Cornelius Burges
- (139) The Progresse of Divine Providence by William Gouge
- (140) The Ruine of the Authors and Fomentors of Civill Warres by Samuel Gibson.
- (141) A Sermon by Jeremiah Burroughes
- (142) Israels Call to March out of Babylon unto Jerusalem by John Durye
- (143) The Danger of Greatness: or, Uzziah His Exaltation and Destruction by Jeremiah Whitaker
- (144) The Good of a good Government and Well Grounded Pease by John Foxcroft
- (145) The Spirits Conviction of Sinne by Peter Sterry
- (146) The Troubles of Jerusalems Restauration, or, The Churches Reformation by John White
- (147) The day of Revelation of the righteous judgement of God by William Strong
- (148) A Model of True Spiritual Thankfulnesse by Thomas Case
- (149) Heaven and Earth Embracing; or, God and Man Approaching by Joseph Caryl
- (150) Joseph Paralled by the present Parliament, in his sufferings and advancement by Francis Woodcock
- (151) Joy Out-joyed or, Joy in overcoming evil spirits and evil men, Overcome by better Joy by Joseph Caryl
- (152) The Advantage of Afflictions by Gaspar Hicks
- (153) The Noble Order, or, The Honour which God conferr's on them that Honour Him by Daniel Evance
- (154) The Purifying of the Unclean Hearts and Hands by Richard Vines.
- (155) A Plot for the Good of Posterity by Francis Cheynell
- (156) Deliverance-Obstruction: or, The Set backs of Reformation by Thomas Case
- (157) Publick Affections by Anthony Burgesse
- (158) Reformation's Remora; or, Temporizing the stop of building the Temple by William Jenkyn
- (159) The Great Interest of States & Kingdomes by Thomas Goodwin
- (160) The Sinfulnes of Sin by Samuel Bolton.
- (161) A Vision of Unchangeable free mercy, in sending the means of grace to undeserved sinners by John Owen
- (162) Delay of Reformation Provoking Gods further Indignation by James Nalton
- (163) Englands Plus ultra, Both of Hoped Mercies,and of Required Duties by Joseph Caryl
- (164) Gods Doings, and Mans Duty by Hugh Peters
- (165) Queen Esthers Resolves: or A Princely Pattern of Heaven-born Resolution, For all the Lovers of god and their Country by Richard Heyricke
- (166) The Danger of Vowes neglected, and The necessitie of Reformation by Francis Taylor
- (167) The Palace of Justice Opened and Set to View by Samuel Torshel.
- (168) A Sermon by Jeremiah Burroughes
- (169) Deliverance in the Birth by Samuel Bolton
- (170) Miranda, Stupenda. or The Wonderful and astonishing Mercies which the Lord hath wrought for England, in subduing and captivating the pride, power and poly of his enemies by Henry Wilkinson
- (171) The Duty & Honour of Church-Restores by Herbert Palmer
- (172) The Hearse of the Renowned, the Right Honourable Robert Earle of Essex by Richard Vines
- (173) The Saints Fulnesse of Joy in their fellowship with God by Walter Cradock.
- (174) A Sermon by Nicholas Lockyer
- (175) A Two-edged Sword out of The Mouth of Babes, to Execute vengeance upon the Enemy and Avenger by Stephen Marshall
- (176) A broken Spirit, Gods Sacrifices. Or, The Gratefulnesse of a Broken Spirit unto God by Francis Roberts
- (177) A shadow of the Victory of Christ, Represented to the Honourable House of Commons by John Maynard
- (178) Mans Delinquencie Attended by Divine Justice Intermixt with Mercy by William Price
- (179) Right Reformation: or, The Reformation of the Church of the New Testament Represented in Gospel-Light by William Dell
- (180) The Commemoration and Exaltation of Mercy by William Strong
- (181) The Saints Hiding-Place In the time of Gods Anger by William Bridge.
- (182) A Sleeping Sickness the distemper of the Times: As it was discovered in its Curse and Cure by William Jenkyn
- (183) A great Wonder in Heaven: Or, A lively Picture of the Militant Church, Drawn by a divine Pencill by John Arrowsmith
- (184) Jacob Raised: Or, The means of making a Nation happy in spiritual and temporal Priviledges by William Goode
- (185) Sinne's Discovery and Revenge by Thomas Horton
- (186) The All-Seeing Unseen Eye of God by Matthew Newcomen
- (187) The Head of the Church, the Judge of the World. Or, The Doctrine of the Day of Judgement by Lazarus Seaman
- (188) The Nature and Danger of Heresies by Obadiah Sedgwick
- (189) The Right Understanding of the Times by Stephen Marshall.
- (190) A Sermon by John Lightfoot
- (191) The Arraignment of Licentious Libertie, and Oprressing Tyrannie by Nathanial Hardy
- (192) The Authours, Nature and Danger of Haeresie by Richard Vines
- (193) The Churches Duty, for received Mercies by John Greene
- (194) The Growth and Spreading of Haeresie by Thomas Hodges
- (195) The Way to the Highest Honour by William Strong.
- (196) A Charge Against the Jews and the Christian world, for not coming to Christ, who would have freely given them Eternal Life by Thomas Valentine
- (197) A Sermon by Ralph Cudworth
- (198) Gods Incomparable Goodness unto Israel by Simeon Ash
- (199) Lux & Lex or the Light and the Law of Jacobs House by Robert Johnson
- (200) Spirituall Whordom Discovered in a Sermon by Thomas Case
- (201) The Magistrates Charge for the Peoples Safetie by William Hussey
- (202) The Trust and Accunt of a Steward by William Strong
- (203) Vae-Euge-Tuba or The Wo-Joy-Trumpet, Sounding the third and greatest woe to the Antichristian world, but the first and last joy to the Church of the Saints upon Christs exaltation over the Kingdomes of the World by George Hughes.
- (204) A Sermon by Nathaniel Ward
- (205) A Sermon by Stephen Marshall
- (206) Christ's Counsell to Poore and naked Soules, that they might bee well furnished with pure Gold, and richly clad with white Raiment by Thomas Valentine
- (207) England Saved with a Notwithstanding by William Bridge
- (208) Meate Out of the Eater Or, Hopes of Unity in and by divided and distracted Times by Thomas Manton
- (209) The Clouds in which Christ Comes by Peter Sterry.
- (210) A Sermon by Steven Marshall
- (211) A Sure Stay for a Sinking State by Richard Kentish
- (212) Christ's Coming by William Bridge
- (213) Emmanuel: A Thanksgiving Sermon by Stephen Marshall
- (214) Light in Darkness by William Carter
- (215) Self-Surrender unto God by Simeon Ashe
- (216) The Teachings of Christ In The Soule by Peter Sterry.
- (217) A Christian Standing & Moving Upon the true Foundation. or, A word in season by Matthew Barker
- (218) A Sermon by Samuel Anneley
- (219) Englands Spirituall Languishing with The Causes and Cure by Thomas Manton
- (220) Eshcol, Or Grapes (among) Thorns by John Bond
- (221) The Right Way: Or, A Direction for Obtaining good Success in a weighty Enterprise by William Gouge
- (222) The Sinne of Hardnesse of Heart: The Nature, Danger, and Remedy of it by Stephen Marshall.
- (223) A Sermon by John Owen
- (224) Flesh Expiring, and the Spirit Inspiring in the New Earth: Or God Himself, supplying the room of withered Powers, judging and inheriting all Hantions by George Cokayn
- (225) Gods Anatomy upon Mans Heart by Thomas Watson
- (226) Gods Delight in the Progress of the Upright... by Thomas Brooks
- (227) Gods Wisdom Justified, and Mans Folly Condemned by John Cardell
- (228) The Potent Potter by John Warren
- (229) The Shaking and Translating of Heaven and Earth by John Owen.
- (230) Christ Exalted above all Creatures by God His Father by Vavsor Powell
- (231) Jerusalem Fatall to her Assailants by William Cooper
- (232) The Commings Forth of Christ In the Power of his Death by Peter Sterry
- (233) The Hypocrite Detected, Anatomized, impeached, arraigned, and condemned before the Parliament of England. Or, A Word in Season... by Thomas Brooks
- (234) The Stefastness of Promises, And the Sinfulness of Staggering by John Owen.
- (235) A Sermon by John Owen
- (236) England's Deliverance From the Northern Presbytery, Compared With its Deliverance from the Roman Papacy by Peter Sterry
- (237) The Advantage of the Kingdome of Christ in the Shaking of the Kingdoms of the World: Or, Providentiall. Alternations in their Subserviency to Christ's Exaltation by John Owen.
Hugh Trevor-Roper in The Crisis of the Seventeenth Century, Chapter 6, " The Fast Sermons of the Long Parliament," gives us some useful context to these fast sermons in the selected quotes below (emphases added throughout).
"It was an observation of that time," wrote Clarendon of the Puritan Revolution, "that the first publishing of extraordinary news was from the pulpit; and by the preacher's text, and his manner of discourse upon it, the auditors might judge, and commonly foresaw, what was like to be next done in the Parliament or Council of State."
General fasts, with appropriate sermons, were, of course, nothing new in 1640. Great occasions had always called them forth. There had been a general fast on the approach of the Armada in 1588, a weekly fast in 1603 until the plague was over, and another general fast for the great plague of 1625. More recently, fasts had also been held at the beginning of Parliament. The first episode in this history comes at the very beginning of the Parliament. When Parliament met, its very first act was to propose a general fast. . . . All business was to be suspended. There were to be sermons morning and afternoon. . . . At the same time the House of Commons, following earlier precedents, also appointed a day on which all its members should take the sacrament and listen to further sermons.
Thus from the start the stage was set. . . . Pym 's message: from his earliest days in Parliament he had advocatedÂ a "covenant" among the enemies of popery and tyranny. Now both Burges and Marshall sang to the same tune. In the universal peril, said Marshall, all hope lay in a covenant such as had been made to defend religion in the days of Queen Elizabeth.Â It was not enough, added Burges, "to pull down and cut off some of the Nimrods" who had invaded English laws and liberties: "there must be a thorough joining of themselves to God by covenant."
Thus the regular series of "monthly fasts" began. They would continue for seven years. The routine was soon established. When one ceremony was over, the next would be prepared. The two Houses would separately choose and invite their preachers. The invitation of the Lords was impersonal, that of the Commons conveyed by named members -- neighbours, friends, kinsmen: presumably their original sponsors. Sometimes, of course, there were refusals and substitutes had to be found. When the fast-day came, official parliamentary business was omitted or cut down to a minimum. The Lords normally gathered in King Henry VII's chapel of Westminster Abbey, the Commons in St. Margaret's, Westminster. The two preachers delivered the sermons, one in the morning, one in the afternoon. The ceremonies were open to all: unless expressly excluded by a parliamentary order, the public was free to attend and (according to the fashion of the time) to take notes of the sermons. Next day, or within a few days, votes of thanks would be passed and conveyed to the preachers, generally with a request to print their sermons, by named members, generally their original sponsors. Then the process was repeated. Similar ceremonies took place all over the country. Nor was it only on the last Wednesday of the month that Parliament subjected itself and the people to this heavy dose of religion. Special crises called forth special fasts also: fasts to celebrate the opening of the Westminster Assembly, to desire blessings on the parliamentary armies when in difficulty, to persuade God to remove "a great judgment of rain and waters" or "abundance of rain and unseasonable weather," and to abate such calamities as the miseries of Scotland during the triumphs of Montrose, the incidence of the plague, divers crying sins and enormities of the Church, the spread of heresies and blasphemies, etc. There were also, when occasion called for them, special days of thanksgiving. All these entailed special sermons, whose preachers were chosen, thanked and invited to print in the same way.
There was also, in London, a good supply of preachers. From the start, as "scandalous" ministers were ejected, country preachers, encouraged by their local Members of Parliament, poured in to compete for their places, and from 1643 the Westminster Assembly provided a constant reservoir of clerical talent . . . . . . The preacher was John Arrowsmith, who had been proposed by Pym 's step-brother, Francis Rous. His text was Leviticus xxvi.25, "I shall bring a sword upon you, that shall avenge the quarrel of my covenant," and his message was that bloody civil wars were peculiar signs of God's blessing on a country, and that England, having now been singled out for this favour, must fight it out, exacting "like for like and, particularly, blood for blood (Rev.xvi.5 -6)." After listing the sins which called most loudly for blood, and which included especially the neglect of God's covenant and disrespect for its messengers, the clergy, he gave his specific instructions. He reminded his hearers that the English victory over the Scots at Musselburgh, a century before, had been won at the hour when Parliament, in London, ordered the burning of "idolatrous images." Thus if Pym held out his right hand to treat with the king, with his left he pointed the way to a more radical war and a new campaign of iconoclasm. Five days later he emphasized his threat by pushing through Parliament an ordinance abolishing episcopacy and including the ratification of the ordinance in the terms of the treaty.
Ellis was chiefly concerned to expose the dangers of "a false peace" - that is, one which did not guarantee the future by "putting Christ into the treaty." He urged his hearers to remember the message of his predecessor Mr. Arrowsmith and make no peace till the false brethren and enemies of Christ had been trodden down . . .
On 24 April Sir Robert Harley asked for a committee to destroy superstitious monuments in London churches and himself at once set about the work. Two days later it was among headless statues and shivered stained-glass windows that the Commons gathered in St. Margaret's to hear the monthly fast sermons. The first, appropriately enough, was by a protege of Harley himself, a country clergyman from Cheshire who served up the now familiar texts "Curse ye Meroz" and "Cursed be he that keepeth his sword back from blood." The second was by William Greenhill, another of Bishop Wren's victims, famous for his commentary on Ezekiel. His sermon once again was a pointer to immediate policy. He chose the ominous text, "The axe is laid to the root of the tree."
Like Samuel Fairclough two years before, Greenhill demanded "justice on delinquents." Indeed he referred back explicitly to the execution of Strafford. "When your justice fell upon that great cedar-tree above a year and a half ago," he cried, "did not all England tremble?" And now too much time had passed without a second stroke. Though great "delinquents" still lived, the executioner's axe had culpably been allowed to rust. That was most improper. However, he added, regretfully, "if justice be at a stand and cannot take hold of living delinquents to keep the axe from rust, let justice be executed upon lifeless delinquents. Are there no altars, no high places, no crucifixes, no crosses in the open street that are bowed unto and idolized? Lay your axe to the roots and hew them down!"
The message was clear, and was instantly obeyed. Two days after the sermon, the terms of Harley's committee were extended to include the destruction of idolatrous monuments in streets and open places. On 2 May Cheapside Cross, that bugbear of the Puritans, the pride and glory of the City, was at last ceremonially hewn down.
. . . 1644 began as the year of the Scots. In December 1643 the Scotch commissioners and Scotch ministers returned to London . . . In 1641 they had been sent empty away, but this time they meant business. . . . If they were to come as deliverers, they must receive the price; and the price had long ago been stated: in order to guarantee the revolution in Scotland, England too must adopt a full Presbyterian system, on "the Scots model." . . . They obtained seats in the Assembly; they organized a party, gave orders, reported home. And they secured invitations to preach not merely, as in 1640-41, to the gaping populace of London, but to the Parliament itself. This was an opportunity not to be missed.
The Scotch ministers preached to the Commons on the four successive fast-days after their arrival. The series was opened by Alexander Henderson, the framer of the National Covenant of Scotland. He delivered, according to his colleague Robert Baillie, "a most gracious, wise and learned sermon" urging the English legislature to repair its past errors and now, though late, build the house of the Lord in England. The other three ministers, Samuel Rutherford, Baillie himself and George Gillespie, pressed the same message. England, said Gillespie, had been culpably slow in following the good examples of Scotland. The whole nation was guilty of scandalous laxity in the past, still unredeemed. Why had not the idolatrous high places been taken away? The trouble was, England was intolerably Erastian: it put its trust in the laity, not the clergy: "it did even make an idol of this Parliament and trusted to its own strength and armies." No wonder God had been greatly provoked and had visited the guilty country with defeat, until it had drawn the correct deductions and appealed to Scotland. From now on, given due obedience, all would be well: "Christ hath put Antichrist from his outer works in Scotland and he is now come to put him from his inner works in England." Baillie, in printing his sermon, rubbed it in even deeper. He was astonished, he told Francis Rous, the chairman of Parliament's committees on religion in England, that "the wheels of the Lord's chariot should move with so slow a pace." This "wearisome procrastination to erect the discipline of God" was inexplicable "to mine and every common understanding." It caused millions to live in every kind of carnal sin "without the control of any spiritual correction."
On one occasion, indeed, Baillie could report "two of the most Scottish and free sermons that ever I heard anywhere." This was in the autumn of 1644, on the special fast-day for the armies of the Lord General, Essex, then in straits in the west: the two preachers then "laid well about them and charged public and parliamentary sins strictly on the backs of the guilty." And frequently the London clergy . . . let fly at the error of toleration, at antinomian doctrines or at preaching tradesmen.
These were the sermons to the Commons. But sentence must be passed by the Lords, and the Lords were still sticklers for legality. What preacher, in these circumstances, would the Lords choose? In fact, they found a way of evading the problem. For the fast-day of 30 October they did not choose their own preachers but, only five days before the ceremony, invited the Westminster Assembly to appoint them. The Assembly, of course, was glad to do so; the Scots, naturally, were delighted and the Lords heard a predictable sermon. The Rev. Edmund Staunton admitted that he had had "short warning"; but he did not have to look far for his matter. The City petition for the blood of delinquents, he said, had suggested his subject. So he sang the praises of Phinehas, who did not wait for legal authority before spearing Zimri and the Midianite woman, and of the eunuchs who threw down Jezebel so that "her blood was sprinkled on the wall"; he lamented the wickedness of Saul who omitted to hew Agag in pieces; "and now," he ended, "could I lift up my voice as a trumpet, had I the shrill cry of an angel which might be heard from east to west, from north to south, in all the corners of the kingdom, my note should be Execution of Justice, Execution of Justice, Execution of Justice! That is God's way to pacify wrath: Then stood up Phinehas and executed judgment, and so the plague was stayed."
The Scots did indeed find one opportunity of fighting back, at least from the pulpit. This came in the summer of 1645. By that time their own position had become very delicate. On the one hand they had, as they felt, triumphed in the Westminster Assembly and, through it, were demanding the instant, overdue establishment in England of a Calvinist theocracy, complete with . . . General Assembly, ruling elders, and full powers of excommunication. On the other hand, even as they pressed their claims abroad, their position at home was in jeopardy. While Cromwell was winning victory after victory in England, in Scotland Montrose was master of almost the whole country. It was therefore significant that at this moment the Commons appointed as fast-preacher a man who, in the Westminster Assembly, was already known as an Erastian friend of Selden, an enemy of Scotch claims. This was Thomas Coleman, formerly a rector in Lincolnshire, now -- as once before -- sponsored by the two members for his county, Sir John Wray and Sir Edward Ayscough. In his sermon Coleman urged that the lay legislature of England "establish as few things jure divino as can well be," allow no rules to have divine sanction without clear scriptural warrant, and "lay no more burden of government upon the shoulders of ministers than Christ hath plainly laid upon them." The clergy, he said, should be content to be secured in learning and supplied with maintenance: Church government they should leave entirely to Parliament, for "a Christian magistrate, as a Christian magistrate, is a governor in the Church." In this manner the English Parliament, triumphant at Naseby, gave its answer to the Scotch General Assembly, reeling under the victories of Montrose.
Coleman was not an Independent. He explicitly opposed Independency. He was a "Presbyterian" - but an English "Presbyterian," and the Scotch Presbyterians were aghast at his doctrines. They had already been very busy in the Assembly: a "blasphemous book" had taken up much of their time "before we got it burnt by the hand of the hangman." Now they found themselves faced by Coleman. To be silent under such an attack was impossible; but where could they counter-attack? The House of Commons was no good: the majority there were "either half or whole Erastians." But by good luck [providence - ed.] another opportunity presented itself. The House of Lords, commiserating with the military disasters of the Scots, had invited the four dominies (ministers -- ed.) to preach at four successive fasts and the last of these occasions was still to come. It was to be on 27 August, and the preacher was to be the youngest, most learned, most argumentative of the four, George Gillespie.
Gillespie seized his opportunity. . . . he turned on Coleman. Coleman, he said, had been neither active nor passive on the side of reformation "but will needs appear on the stage against it." His views struck at the root of all Church government, were contrary to the Word of God, the Solemn League and Covenant, the opinions of other Reformed Churches, and the votes of Parliament and Assembly. They had given no small scandal and offence . . . The controversy thus roused rumbled on, with increasing acrimony, for six months. Sides were taken; pamphlets proliferated. But whatever the . . . clergy of London thought, inside the Parliament the views of Coleman prevailed.
But in the afternoon a different, discordant voice was heard. Thomas Watson, pastor of St. Stephens, Walbrook, was a "Presbyterian" who had been proposed by the "Presbyterian" London merchant John Rolle. But the revolution which had occurred since he had been nominated, and which had probably excluded his sponsor from the House, did not deter him. To a congregation of furious or frightened men, hurrying or hurried blindly forward, he preached one of the boldest sermons that was ever uttered to the Long Parliament. It was a sermon against hypocrisy, and the preacher sketched, in apposite detail, the character of the hypocrite. The hypocrite, he said, is "zealous in lesser things and remiss in greater . . . zealous against a ceremony, a relic or painted glass . . . but in the meantime lives in known sin, lying, defaming, extortion, etc." He is zealous against popery, but makes no conscience of sacrilege, starving out the ministry, "robbing God of his tithes." Then he drew nearer and struck deeper. The hypocrite, he declared, "makes religion a mask to cover his sin." So "Jezebel, that she may colour over her murder, proclaims a fast." Already the congregation of parliamentary saints must have begun to tremble for what would come next. And well they might, for it came hot and strong, even personal. "Many," said the preacher (and there could be no doubt of whom he was thinking), "make religion a cloak for their ambition. Come see my zeal, saith Jehu, for the Lord. No Jehu, thy zeal was for the kingdom. Jehu made religion hold the stirrup till he got into the saddle and possessed the Crown. This is a most exasperating sin."
Predictably, the Rump did not thank Watson, or invite him to print his sermon. Even the Levellers, who would soon echo his sentiments about Cromwell's "hypocrisy," rejected such an ally. "This Presbyterian proud flesh," they said, "must down with monarchy, one being equal in tyranny with the other." But Watson ignored the implied veto. He published his sermon himself. He had no difficulty in finding a printer. The sermon came out under the same imprimatur as the Serious and Faithful Representation, the protest of the London clergy against the trial of the king and against the charge that they, by their opposition, had ever intended the destruction of the monarchy (Watson's sermon was published as God's Anatomy upon Man's Heart).
Immediately after the fast-day, Cromwell made up his mind, and on 28 December the obedient Rump passed the ordinance for the king's trial. Two days later it chose its preachers for the next fast, which was due to fall on 30 January 1649. This time there was to be no chance of error. The two preachers were proposed by two safely radical members, Gilbert Millington and Francis Allen, both of whom would sign the king's death warrant. They were John Cardell and John Owen. Furthermore, regarding John Owen, in The Correspondence of John Owen (1616-1683) edited by Peter Toon (James Clarke & Co., 1970), we find this comment,
The first occasion that Owen preached at a monthly fast was Wednesday, 29 April 1646. His name was suggested on 25 March by Sir Peter Wentworth and Thomas Westrow; the vote of thanks after the sermon was proposed by Robert Jenner and Sir Peter Wentworth.1 The sermon was preached in St Margaret's Church, Westminster, but, in good Puritan style, the Journal of the House of Commons simply speaks of "Margaret's Church." It was published as A Vision of Unchangeable Free Mercy in sending the means of Grace to undeserving sinners. His fellow preacher was James Nalton whose sermon was published under the title Delay of Reformation provoking God's further indignation. Owen sought to show that whatever happens on earth, especially in events and matters connected with the propagation of the Gospel, is controlled by the will and counsel of God. The sermon was from Acts of the Apostles 16:9, "A vision appeared to Paul in the night; there stood a man of Macedonia, and prayed him, saying, 'Come over into Macedonia and help us.'" From the words "come over and help us" he deduced that the people who are in the greatest need are those who do not have the richness of the Gospel message proclaimed unto them; and, he pointed out, there were many people in England who had no preacher of the Gospel in their parish. The sermon closes with an eloquent appeal for the Gospel to be taken to the parts of the nation ravaged by war and destitute of a godly ministry.
Here is another interesting quote related to these Puritan fast sermons: In the early 1640s, as power passed from Charles I (who largely supported the existing rituals and festivals) to the Long Parliament, parliament began the process of clamping down on the celebration of Christmas, pressing that "Christ-tide" (as they preferred it called, thus doing away with the "mass" element and its Catholic echoes) should be kept, if at all, merely as a day of fasting and seeking the Lord. In January 1642, shortly before civil war began, Charles I had agreed to parliament's request to order that the last Wednesday in each month should be kept as a fast day; many hoped that Christ-tide, 25 December, would come to be seen and kept as just an addition to these regular fast days. The Long Parliament, in fact, met and worked as usual on 25 December 1643. In late 1644 it was noted that 25 December would fall on the last Wednesday of the month, the day of the regular monthly fast, and parliament stressed that 25 December was strictly to be kept as a time of fasting and humiliation, for remembering the sins of those who in the past had turned the day into a feast, sinfully and wrongfully "giving liberty to carnal and sensual delights." Both Houses of Parliament attended intense fast sermons on 25 December 1644.
What Is the Chief End of Man? (Westminster Larger (Q&A1) & Shorter (Q&A1) Catechisms), by Jim Dodson (Free MP3 and PDF)
The Westminster Larger (Q&A 107-110) and Shorter (Q&A 49-52) Catechisms On the Second Commandment (Reformed Worship, the Regulative Principle of Worship, Etc.) by Jim Dodson (Free MP3s)
Concerning the Westminster Shorter Catechism, A.F. Mitchell, in his Westminster Assembly: Its History and Standards
(on the Puritan Hard Drive
), 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"
Westminster Larger and Shorter Catechism Commentaries by Jim Dodson, the Westminster Divines, Thomas Watson, Thomas Boston, Thomas Ridgeley and Others (Free Reformed MP3s, Books, Videos, Etc.)
Prayer and Fasting (Part 1) - So We Fasted And Besought Our God For This: And He Was Intreated Of Us, by Dr. Steven Dilday (Free SWRB MP3)
Henry Scudder's Daily Walk:
'It was never read or heard of, that a fast was kept in truth, according to the former directions from the word, but it either obtained the particular blessing for which it was kept, or at least a better, to him that fasted. Judges 20:26-35; 1 Samuel 7:6-10; Ezra 8:23; 2 Chronicles 20:3-22; Jonah 3:7-10.' - Covenanter FaceBook Group
Prayer And Fasting (Part 2) - Therefore Also Now, Saith The LORD, Turn Ye Even To Me With All Your Heart, And With Fasting ..., by Dr. Steven Dilday (Free SWRB MP3)
Fasting, Prayer & the Third Reformation, Underlying Aspects Of All Great Reformations, by Greg Price (Free SWRB MP3) Ezra #53, On the Road To Reformation, Prayer, Fasting, Covenanting and God's Honor, by Greg Price (Free SWRB MP3)
'When the tokens of God's high displeasure are gone out in afflicting providences, it is time for us to roll ourselves in the dust; and so to accommodate our spirit and way to the dispensation, humbling ourselves before him with fasting' - Thomas Boston
The Duty, the Benefits, and the Proper Methods of Religious Fasting, by Samuel Miller
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The Law of God Versus the Law of Man and An Introduction to the Ten Commandments (God's Law Is Full of Grace), by Dr. F.N. Lee (Free MP3)
If ye love me, keep my commandments.
- John 14:15, KJV
For I delight in the law of God after the inward man.
- Romans 7:2, KJV
To be Christians under the law of grace does not mean to wander unbridled outside the law, but to be engrafted in Christ, by whose grace we are free from the curse of the law, and by whose Spirit we have the law engraved upon our hearts."
- John Calvin, on the Puritan Hard Drive
If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love. - John 15:10, KJV
#101 Westminster Confession 19:6 God's Law Is A Rule For Knowing the Will of God, by Pastor Jim Dodson (Free SWRB MP3 & PDF)
He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him. - John 14:21, KJV.
The ten commands being the substance of the law of nature, a representation of God's image, and a beam of his holiness, behoved for ever unalterably to be a rule of life to mankind, in all possible states, conditions, and circumstances; nothing but the utter destruction of human nature, and its ceasing to be, could divest them of that office, since God is unchanging in his image and holiness
. Hence, their being a rule of life to Adam and his posterity, had no dependence on their becoming the covenant of works; but they would have been that rule, though there never had been any such covenant: yea, whatever covenant was introduced, whether of works or of grace, whatever form might be put upon them, they behoved still to remain the rule of life; no covenant, no form whatsoever, could ever prejudice this their royal dignity
. Now, whether this state of the matter, or their being the covenant of works, which was merely accessory to them
, and might never have been at all, is the firmer foundation, to build their being a rule of life
upon, is no hard question to determine.- Edward Fisher, The Marrow of Modern Divinity
, 217 of 450, on the Puritan Hard Drive
and free online here
Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law. - Romans 3:31 (KJV)
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God's Holy Law #4 Christ Over Civil Rulers, Two Kingdoms & Theonomy Errors Rebuked and More, by Jim Dodson (Free MP3)
The Perpetuity of the Law of God, by Charles Spurgeon, Thomas Watson, et al.
Thus our author has proved, that the law of the ten commandments is a rule of life to believers; and hath vindicated Luther and Calvin from the opposite Antinomian error, as he does Musculus also, in the following words: and that from their express declarations, in their own words. And here is the conclusion of the whole matter. To show the judgment of other orthodox Protestant divines, on this head, against the Antinomians, it will not be amiss to adduce a passage out of a system of divinity, commonly put into the hands of students not very many years ago, I am sure.
"It is one thing [says Turretine, disputing against the Antinomians] to be under the law as a covenant; another thing, to be under the law as a rule of life. In the former sense, Paul says, 'That we are not under the law, but under grace,' (Rom 6:14), as to its covenant relation, curse, and rigour; but in the latter sense we always remain bound unto it, though for a different end; for in the first covenant man was to do this, to the end that he might live; but in the other, he is bound to perform the same thing, not that he may live, but because he lives." Turret. loc. 11. quest. 24, thes. 7.
View again, Westm. Confess. chap. 19,art. 6. Hereunto agreeth our author's conclusion, viz: That believers are no otherwise, not any otherwise delivered from the law of the ten commandments, but as they are the covenant of works. Now, how can those who oppose Antinomianism, on this head, contradict the author thereupon but by asserting, "That believers are not delivered from the law, as it is the covenant of works, but that they are still under the power of the covenant of works"? The which are principles as opposite to the received doctrine of orthodox Protestant divines and to the Confession of Faith, as they are to the doctrine of our author.
- Edward Fisher, The Marrow of Modern Divinity, 224-226 of 450, on the Puritan Hard Driveand free online here.
THOMAS WATSON (PURITAN EXTRAORDINAIRE) ON THE WAY OF SALVATION, ASSURANCE, GOD'S LAW (AN EXPOSITION OF THE TEN COMMANDMENTS OR THE DECALOGUE, THE BINDING AND UNCHANGING MORAL LAW OF GOD), SIN, REPENTANCE, FAITH AND THE GOSPEL
Q97: What special use is there of the moral law to the regenerate?
A97: Although they that are regenerate, and believe in Christ,be delivered from the moral law as a covenant of works, so as thereby they are neither justified  nor condemned; yet, besides the general uses thereof common to them with all men, it is of special use, to show them how much they are bound to Christ for his fulfilling it, and enduring the curse thereof in their stead, and for their good; and thereby to provoke them to more thankfulness, and to express the same in their greater care to conform themselves thereunto as the rule of their obedience.
1. Rom. 6:14; 7:4, 6; Gal. 4:4-5
2. Rom. 3:20
3. Gal. 5:23; Rom. 8:1
4. Rom. 7:24-25; 8:3-4; Gal. 3:13-14
5. Luke 1:68-69, 74-75; Col. 1:12-14
6. Rom. 7:22; 12:2; Titus 2:11-14
- Original Westminster (Covenanter) Larger Catechism, on the Puritan Hard Drive and free online at https://www.apuritansmind.com/westminster-standards/larger-catechism/
Antinomianism Refuted, Free and Sovereign Grace,Christian Liberty & God's Law Defended by the John Flavel, Samuel Rutherford, Greg Price, Charles Spurgeon, Dr. Reg Barrow, Burgess, Thornwell, Dabney, et al. (Free MP3s, Books, etc.)
When the First Table Of God's Law Falls Serious Judgments Follow, Related To Violations Of Both the First and Second Tables of God Law, by Dr. Steven Dilday (Free MP3)
Summary: A fascinating and fearful sermon about how violations of commandments one to four inevitably lead to violations of commandments five to ten. The ultimate result being atrocities like the wanton murder of pre-born babies (abortion -- and even the selling of the physical parts of these murdered children by satanic groups like Planned Parenthood), same-sex marriage, etc. Ignoring and violating the first table of God's law destroys individuals, families, churches and nations.
FREE SWRB MP3: First Commandment: Exposing the Idolatry of Arminianism, Roman Catholicism, Cults, Islam, Humanism, Psychology, Liberal Churches ... by Greg Price (Free MP3)
Q. 105. What are the sins forbidden in the first commandment?
A. The sins forbidden in the first commandment are
, atheism, in denying or not having a God; idolatry, in having or worshipping more gods than one, or any with or instead of the true God; the not having and avouching him for God, and our God;the omission or neglect of anything due to him, required in this commandment
; ignorance, forgetfulness, misapprehensions, false opinions, unworthy and wicked thoughts of him; bold and curious searching into his secrets; all profaneness, hatred of God; self-love, self-seeking, and all other inordinate and immoderate setting of our mind, will, or affections upon other things, and taking them off from him in whole or in part; vain credulity, unbelief, heresy, misbelief, distrust, despair, incorrigibleness, and insensibleness under judgments, hardness of heart, pride, presumption, carnal security, tempting of God; using unlawful means, and trusting in lawful means; carnal delights and joys; corrupt, blind, and indiscreet zeal; lukewarmness, and deadness in the things of God; estranging ourselves, and apostatizing from God; praying, or giving any religious worship, to saints, angels, or any other creatures; all compacts and consulting with the devil, and hearkening to his suggestions; making men the lords of our faith and conscience; slighting and despising God and his commands; resisting and grieving of his Spirit, discontent and impatience at his dispensations, charging him foolishly for the evils he inflicts on us; and ascribing the praise of any good we either are, have or can do, to fortune, idols, ourselves, or any other creature.
A fascinating and fearful sermon about how violations of commandments one to four inevitably lead to violations of commandments five to ten. The ultimate result being atrocities like the wanton murder of pre-born babies (abortion -- and even the selling of the physical parts of these murdered children by satanic groups like Planned Parenthood), same-sex marriage, etc.
FREE SWRB MP3: First Commandment: Exposing the Idolatry of Arminianism, Roman Catholicism, Cults, Islam, Humanism, Psychology, Liberal Churches ... by Greg Price (Free MP3)
Westminster Larger and Shorter Catechism Commentaries, by Jim Dodson, the Westminster Divines, Thomas Watson, Thomas Boston, Thomas Ridgeley and Others (Free MP3s, Books, Videos, Etc.)
The whole set of free MP3s from this series by Jim Dodson, explaining the Westminster Larger and Shorter Catechisms from Scripture, is at https://ow.ly/Qx87o (on SermonAudio), or will appear here, Lord willing, in the future. This series contains some of the best teaching you will ever hear on the Westminster Larger and Shorter Catechisms
God's Moral Law As Revealed In the Bible, By Al Martin (16 Free MP3s), Thomas Watson, John Flavel, the Westminster Divines, Greg Price, Dr. Reg Barrow, Samuel Rutherford, Dr. F.N. Lee, Dr. Steven Dilday, John Flavel, Charles Spurgeon, Scott Brown, (Free MP3s, Videos, Books, Etc.)
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The Moral Law of God 3 of 16 Evidence of the Ten Commandments in Men by Nature by Al Martin (Free SWRB MP3)
The Moral Law of God 4 of 16 Circumstances Surrounding the Giving of the Law by Al Martin (Free SWRB MP3)
The Moral Law of God 5 of 16: The Presence of the Moral Law in the New Testament (1) by Al Martin (Free SWRB MP3)
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The Moral Law of God 9 of 16: The Presence of the Moral Law in the New Testament (5) by Al Martin (Free SWRB MP3)
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The Moral Law of God 13 of 16: Goals of this Study for the Unconverted by Al Martin (Free SWRB MP3)
The Moral Law of God 14 of 16: Goals of this Study for the Converted by Al Martin (Free SWRB MP3)
The Moral Law of God 15 of 16: Principles for Understanding the Law (1) by Al Martin (Free SWRB MP3)
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Thomas Watson (Puritan Extraordinaire) On God's Law, Sin, Repentance, Faith, the Way of Salvation (the Gospel) and Assurance (Free Christian MP3s, Books, etc.)
The First Commandment: Exposing the Idolatry of Arminianism, Roman Catholicism, Cults, Judaism, Islam, Humanism, Materialism, Evolutionism, Mysticism, etc. by Greg Price (Free MP3)
O how love I thy law! (Ps. 119), Many Free Christian Resources
The Ten Commandments (Westminster Larger Catechism, 1648) God's Law: Duties & Sins by the Westminster Assembly (Free MP3)
The Ten Commandments by Thomas Watson (Free Online Book)
To Love Christ Is To Love God's Law (1 John Series 11/27) by Greg Price (Free MP3)
Pornography, the Anabaptists, and Doug Wilson's Civil Antinomianism by Dr. Reg Barrow (Free Online Text)
Antinomianism Refuted, Free & Sovereign Grace,Christian Liberty & God's Law Defended by the John Flavel, Samuel Rutherford, Greg Price, Charles Spurgeon, Dr. Reg Barrow, Burgess, Thornwell, Dabney, et al. (Free MP3s, Books, etc.)
The Law of God Versus the Law of Man and An Introduction to the Ten Commandments (God's Law Is Full of Grace) by Dr. F.N. Lee (Free MP3)
God's Law & the Church (Why & How the Ten Commandments Apply To the Church, the Nations, the Family and Individuals) by Dr. F.N. Lee (Free MP3)
Seventh Commandment: A Commandment For Purity in Heart and Home by Scott Brown (Free MP3)
Pornography, the Anabaptists, and Doug Wilson's Civil Antinomianism (1997) by Dr. Reg Barrow (Free Online Book)
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God's Law & the Family (the Place of the Ten Commandments in the Family and Family Worship) by Dr. F.N. Lee (Free MP3)
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The Law of God and Personal Devotion by Dr. F.N. Lee (Free MP3)
Civil Government, Civil Resistance, God's Law, etc. (Free Reformed Books, MP3s and Videos)
Biblical Civil Government Versus the Beast; and, the Basis for Christian Resistance by Greg Price (Free Online Book)
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CHRISTIANS AND CIVIL GOVERNMENT (Free Online Books at Covenanter.org)
A King's Obligation to Jehovah, The Biblical, Reformation & Covenanter Doctrine Of Civil Government (Establishmentarianism) by Dr. Steven Dilday (Free MP3)
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"If ye love me, keep my commandments."
- The Lord Jesus Christ, John 14:15 (KJV)
O how love I thy law! (Psalm 119), Faith, Salvation, Assurance & God's Law by Thomas Watson (Many Free MP3s, Video, etc.)
To Love Christ Is To Love God's Law (1 John Series 11/27) by Covenanter Pastor Greg Price (Free MP3)
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An amazing unfolding of the eighth commandment, as well as the rest of the Decalogue, which includes numerous specific applications to various areas of thought and life (most relevant to the contemporary Christian). Price explains how to avoid the extremes of legalism and antinomianism, while expounding the classic Reformed view of the law as it applies to the individual, family, church and state.
"For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous."
- 1 John 5:3 (KJV)
Pornography, the Anabaptists, and Doug Wilson's Civil Antinomianism by Dr. Reg Barrow (Free Online)
"Alexander Karelin was one of the most devastating wrestlers to ever live. His most impressive display of power was when he would lift 300+ pound opponents from flat off the the ground and reintroduce their necks and collar bones to the mat with crushing force. The move was nicknamed "The Karelin Lift". With parallel might, Reg Barrow's writings, which IMO are the best available writings anywhere representing true historical Presbyterian Principles regarding issues of authority, the church, and the state, have ripped the Americanist Pseudo-Reformed systems of Theology to shreds. In his work Pornography, The Anabaptists And Doug Wilson's Civil Antinomianism he clearly shows the primary fallacy of the Modern Theonomist movement and in so doing gives an exposition of the historical Puritan Theonomy which is nothing short of the ancient Patriarchal Establishmentarianism so common with human societies in the history of the world.
Barrow places his finger on the primary error of this system,
To begin with, on the pornography question Wilson (and other modern Theonomists) apply a form of "regulativism" (really "hyper-regulativism"; see below) where it does not belong - i.e. in the case of negative civil sanctions. Ironically, many of these same people also deny (if only by their practice; James 1:22; Titus 1:16) the true regulativism where Scripture teaches it does belong - i.e. in the public worship of God.
The rest of his work is an exposition of this very mistake and at the end of his work he lists some devastating questions that the Modern Theonomist cannot answer:"
- From "Reg Barrow Gives Modern Theonomy The Karelin Lift" by "olivianus"
Pornography, the Anabaptists, and Doug Wilson's Civil Antinomianism by Dr. Reg Barrow (Digital Download, Enhanced SWRB PDF)
For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
- The Lord Jesus Christ, Matthew 5:18-19 (KJV)
Vindiciae Legis: or, A Vindication of the Moral Law and the Covenants, from the Errors of Papists, Arminians, Socinians, and more especially, Antinomians (1647) by Anthony Burgess (Digital Download, SWRB PDF)
"A nonconformist clergyman," Anthony Burgess "was a member of the (Westminster) Assembly of Divines. Ejected at the Restoration... his works are much valued and have become very scarce" (James Darling, Cyclopedia Bibliographica, p. 439). This book contains 30 lectures preached at London "against the antinomian errours of the times." It is the second edition corrected and augmented.
The Moral Effects of a Free Justification by Robert Lewis Dabney (Digital Download, Enhanced SWRB PDF)
Again, because we need not only teaching but also exhortation, the servant of God will also avail himself of this benefit of the law: by frequent meditation upon it to be aroused to obedience, be strengthened in it, and be drawn back from the slippery path of transgression. In this way the saints must press on; for, however eagerly they may in accordance with the Spirit strive toward God's righteousness, the listless flesh always so burdens them that they do not proceed with due readiness. The Law is to the flesh like a whip to an idle and balky ass (donkey - ed.), to arouse it to work. ... But here the prophet proclaims the great usefulness of the law: the Lord instructs by their reading of it those whom he inwardly instills with a readiness to obey. He lays hold not only of the precepts, but the accompanying promise of grace, which alone sweetens what is bitter. For what would be less lovable than the law if, with importuning and threatening alone, it troubled souls through fear, and distressed them through fright? David especially shows that in the law he apprehended the Mediator, without whom there is no delight or sweetness. ... Whoever wants to do away with the law entirely for the faithful, understands it falsely.
- John Calvin, Institutes of the Christian Religion, 2.7.12, emphases added
Antinomianism by James Henley Thornwell (Digital Download, Enhanced SWRB PDF)
He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.
- The Lord Jesus Christ, John 14:21 (KJV)
A Survey of the Spiritual Antichrist Opening the Secrets of Familisme and Antinomianism in the Antichristian Doctrine of John Saltmarth, and William Del, the present Preachers of the Army (headed by Oliver Cromwell--RB) now in England, and of Robert Town, Tobiah Crisp, H. Denne, Eaton and others. In which is revealed the rise and spring of Antinomianism, Familists, Libertines, Swench-feldians, Enthysiasts, etc. The minde of Luther a most professed opposer of Antinomianism, is cleared, and diverse considerable points of the Law and the Gospel, of the Spirit and the Letter, of the two Covenants, of the nature of free grace, exercise under temptations, mortification, justification, sanctification, are discovered. In Two parts (1648) by Samuel Rutherford (Digital Download, SWRB PDF)
The Antinomians were a major sect in the 1640's. They denounced as 'Legalists' the Christians who, like Paul, 'serve the law of God' (Rom. 7:25). They asserted that grace removes the Law out of the Christian's life, as absolutely as it does out of his salvation. This dangerous heresy, which is still popular, makes it no fault to disobey God's Moral Law, and turn grace into wantonness. Rutherford mentioned this heresy in several of his works before publishing in 1648 his SURVEY OF THE SPIRITUAL ANTICHRIST, written specifically against the Antinomians. The subtlety of Antinomians is that they oppose the use of the Law as a positive standard for holy living in the name of the Gospel! The Apostle Paul repudiated this error in Rom. 3:31; 6:1,2; Gal. 5:13" (p. 52).
Christ Dying, and Drawing Sinners to Himself, Or, A Survey of our Saviour in His Soul-Suffering, His Loveliness in his Death, and the Efficacy thereof. In Which Some Cases of Soul-trouble in weak Believers, Grounds of Submission under the Absence of Christ, with the Flowings and Heightenings of free Grace, are opened. Delivered in Sermons on the Gospel according to John, Chap. xii. ver. 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33. Where are also interjected some necessary Digressions, for the Times, touching divers Errors of Antinomians; and a short Vindication of the Doctrine of Protestants, from the Arminian pretended Universality of Christ's Dying for All and every One of Mankind; the moral and feigned Way of irresistible Conversion of Sinners; and what Faith is required of all within the visible Church, for the Want whereof, many are condemned (1647, 1727 edition) (Digital Download, SWRB PDF)
The Dictionary of Scottish Church History and Theology says of this work, "Samuel Rutherford's writings during the London years provide a significant commentary of the theology of the Westminster Confession and Catechisms. In Christ Dying and Drawing Sinners to Himsel Rutherford elaborately scrutinizes the Antinomian notion that the law has no obligation for the Christian" (p. 736). This book contains an extensive index, is 764 pages in length and is an excellent example of sound and faithful Covenanter preaching, balancing both faith (doctrine) and manners (practice).
If we love our PLEASURE more than God, we make a god (idol - ed.) of it. "Lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God." 2 Tim 3:4. Many let loose the reins, and give themselves up to all manner of sensual delights; they idolize pleasure. "They take the timbrel, and the harp, and rejoice at the sound of the organ. They spend their days in mirth." Job 21:12, 13. I have read of a place in Africa, where the people spend all their time in dancing and making merry; and have not we many who make a god of pleasure, who spend their time in going to plays and visiting ball-rooms, as if God had made them like the leviathan, to play in the water? Psalm 104:26. In the country of Sardinia there is a certain herb, that if any one eats too much of it, he will die laughing: such a herb is pleasure, if anyone feeds immoderately on it, he will go laughing to hell. Let such as make a god of pleasure read but these two Scriptures. "The heart of fools is in the house of mirth." Eccl 7:4. "She has lived in luxury and pleasure, so match it now with torments and sorrows." Rev 18:7. Sugar laid in a damp place turns to water; so all the sugared joys and pleasures of sinners will turn to the water of tears at last.
If we love our BELLY more than God, we make a god (idol - ed.) of it. "Whose god is their belly." Phil 3:19. Clemens Alexandrinus writes of a fish that had its heart in its belly; an emblem of epicures, whose heart is in their belly; their belly is their god, and to this god they pour drink offerings. The Lord allows what is fitting for the recruiting of nature. "I will send grass, that you may eat and be full." Deut 11:15. But to mind nothing but the indulging of the appetite, is idolatry."Whose god is their belly." What pity is it, that the soul, that princely part, which sways the scepter of reason and is akin to angels, should be enslaved to the brutish part!
If we love a CHILD more than God, we make a god (idol - ed.) of it. How many are guilty in this kind? They think more of their children, and delight more in them than in God; they grieve more for the loss of their first-born, than for the loss of their first love. This is to make an idol of a child, and to set it in God's place. Thus God is often provoked to take away our children. If we love the jewel more than him who gave it, God will take away the jewel, that our love may return to him again.
- Thomas Watson on the first commandment, from the book The Ten Commandments (emphases added).
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Let mortification be especially directed to strike at those sins that act your master sins -- that are most prevalent and predominant in your heart, that yet you have most prayed against and are least able to resist, that strongly assault you and most easily beset you and are masters over you.
- Christopher Love, emphases added
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Let our hearts admit, 'I am poor and weak. Satan is too subtle, too cunning, too powerful; he watches constantly for advantages over my soul. The world presses in upon me with all sorts of pressures, pleas, and pretences. My own corruption is violent, tumultuous, enticing, and entangling. As it conceives sin, it wars within me and against me. Occasions and opportunities for temptation are innumerable. No wonder I do not know how deeply involved I have been with sin. Therefore, on God alone will I rely for my keeping. I will continually look to Him.'
- John Owen, emphases added
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Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God. - 1 Corinthians 10:31, KJV
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That God justifies he sanctifies, if you are not being sanctified you are not saved. How much are we living in prayer and communion with the God we will be spending eternity with, is sin keeping us from this reality? If the Lord should bring a wicked man to heaven, heaven would be hell to him; for he who loves not grace upon earth will never love it in heaven.
- Christopher Love, emphases added
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Pray much for self-denial. Prayer sets God to work, Psalm 10:17. Some pray for assurance but lack self-denial, as if God would set seal to a blank. Let this be your grand request, a self-denying frame of heart. Self-denial does not grow in nature, it is a fruit of the Spirit. Beg God that he will plant this heavenly flower in your soul.
Say 'Lord, whatever Thou deniest me, deny me not self-denial. Let me rather lack great parts, nay, let me rather lack the comforts of the Spirit than self-denial.'
There may be going to heaven without comfort, but there is no going there without self-denial.
- Thomas Watson, The Duty of Self-Denial and Ten Other Sermons, pp. 36-37, emphases added
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I. They, who are once effectually called, and regenerated, having a new heart, and a new spirit created in them, are further sanctified, really and personally, through the virtue of Christ's death and resurrection, by His Word and Spirit dwelling in them: the dominion of the whole body of sin is destroyed, and the several lusts thereof are more and more weakened and mortified; and they more and more quickened and strengthened in all saving graces, to the practice of true holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord.
II. This sanctification is throughout, in the whole man; yet imperfect in this life, there abiding still some remnants of corruption in every part; whence arises a continual and irreconcilable war, the flesh lusting against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh.
III. In which war, although the remaining corruption, for a time, may much prevail; yet, through the continual supply of strength from the sanctifying Spirit of Christ, the regenerate part does overcome; and so, the saints grow in grace, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.
- Westminster Confession of Faith, "Of Sanctification", Chapter 13, Original Edition, emphases added
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Sin is cosmic treason. Sin is the treason against a perfectly pure Sovereign. It is an act of supreme ingratitude toward the One to whom we owe everything, to the One who has given us life itself.
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Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.
- Revelation 2:4 (KJV)
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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)
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- To Lovers Of Jesus, An Example By Charles Spurgeon (on the Puritan Hard Drive)
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