But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

Purely Presbyterian - Apologetic Report
Sunday, 16 September 2018 23:00

The Divine Authority of the Scriptures

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Thomas Boston Works, vol. 1, ch. 2.

2 Timothy 3:16—All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.

The next head which falls to be touched is the holy scripture, the rule which God has given to direct...

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While the following excerpt is over a hundred years old, the substance of its criticisms remains highly relevant today. The modern Nestle-Aland and United Bible Societies texts continue to follow the flawed text critical assumptions and methodologies of Westcott and Hort. As D. A. Carson recently...

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Jus Divinum Regiminis Ecclesiastici The Divine Right of Church Government Chapter 10

That the community of the faithful, or body of the people, are not the immediate subject of the power of Church government.

Thus we see, that Jesus Christ our Mediator did not commit any proper formal ecclesiastical...

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Sunday, 26 August 2018 23:00

God Sends Affliction

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The Lord hath heard thy affliction.” (Genesis 16:11).

For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory” (2 Corinthians 4:17).

Robert Hill’s 1604 Preface toThe Combat between Christ and...

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Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ” (Philippians 1:6).

Herman Witsius Economy of the Covenants Book III, ch. 13, pp. 77-81.

Objection:

Perseverance of the saints promotes impiety and false assurance....

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Sunday, 12 August 2018 23:00

Abiding in Christ

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Rev. Dr. Charles Calder Mackintosh of Tain
“Abide in me”

Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.” (John 15:4).

These words were first addressed by Christ to the eleven, who were...

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Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.” Hebrews 11:3

Neither give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which minister questions, rather than godly edifying which is in...

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Sunday, 29 July 2018 23:00

Seven Reasons For Six Day Creation

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Robert L. Reymond
A New Systematic Theology of the Christian Faith Chapter 11, pp. 392-394.

Much has been written about the length of the days of creation, whether they were ordinary days of around twenty-fours hours duration, long ages, some combination of days and ages, or simply a nonhistorical...

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Sunday, 22 July 2018 23:00

The Necessity of Church Membership

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Neither let the son of the stranger, that hath joined himself to the Lord, speak, saying, The Lord hath utterly separated me from his people…” (Isaiah 56:3).
Wilhelmus à Brakel The Christian’s Reasonable Service vol. 2, pp. 55-60.

It is the duty of...

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Thou hast ravished my heart, my sister, my spouse; thou hast ravished my heart with one of thine eyes, with one chain of thy neck.” (Song of Solomon 4:9).

Samuel Rutherford The Trial and Triumph of Faith Sermon 24, pp. 260-261.

A Twofold Love of God, one of Good-will to the Person,...

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Sunday, 08 July 2018 23:00

Duties and Sins of the Fifth Commandment

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Thomas Vincent The Shorter Catechism of the Westminster Assembly Explained and Proved from Scripture

Q. 64. What is required in fifth commandment?

A. The fifth commandment requireth the preserving the honour and performing the duties belonging to every one, in their several places and relations, as...

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Sunday, 01 July 2018 23:00

Abstain From All Appearance of Evil

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Thomas Watson The Beatitudes: An Exposition of Matthew 5:1-12

4. A pure heart avoids the appearance of evil. “Abstain from all show of evil” (1 Thessalonians 5:22). A pure heart avoids that which may be interpreted as evil. He that is loyal to his prince not only forbears to have his...

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Sunday, 24 June 2018 23:00

The Lust of the Flesh

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Abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul.” 1 Peter 2:11

John Owen Temptation and Sin Works, vol. 6, exc. ch. 6.

The Lust of the Flesh.

First, In general it is said to lust: Gal. 5:17, “The flesh lusteth against the Spirit.” This word expresseth the...

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William G. T. Shedd, The Doctrine of Endless Punishment, Chapter 3, The Rational Argument.

Annihilationism is Speculative, Not Exegetical.

The chief objections to the doctrine of endless punishment are not Biblical but speculative. The great majority of students and exegetes find the tenet in the...

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Thursday, 14 June 2018 23:00

The Nature and Duration of Suffering in Hell

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William G. T. Shedd, The Doctrine of Endless Punishment, Chapter 2, The Biblical Argument, Part 3.
The Nature and Duration of the Suffering in Hell.

Having given the argument from Scripture, in proof that Sheol, Hades, and Gehenna, all denote the place of punishment for the wicked, we proceed to...

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Sunday, 10 June 2018 23:00

The Meaning of Sheol, Hades, and Hell

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Scriptural Terminology.

Having thus noticed the positive and explicit nature of Christ’s teaching, we now proceed to examine the terms employed in Scripture to denote the abode of the lost, and...

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Wednesday, 06 June 2018 23:30

Explicit Biblical Teaching on Endless Punishment

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William G. T. Shedd, The Doctrine of Endless Punishment, Chapter 2, The Biblical Argument, Part 1.
Christ Himself Taught the Doctrine of Endless Punishment.

The strongest support of the doctrine of Endless Punishment is the teaching of Christ, the Redeemer of man. Though the doctrine is plainly...

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imageWilliam G. T. Shedd, The Doctrine of Endless Punishment, Chapter 1, The History of the Doctrine.
 
Early Church.

The common opinion in the Ancient church was that the future punishment of the impenitent wicked is endless. This was the catholic faith; as much so as belief in the trinity. But as there...

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Sunday, 27 May 2018 23:00

Christ: Our Manna From Heaven

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I am the living bread, which came down from heaven: If any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever” (John 6:51).

Herman Witsius Economy of the Covenants Vol. 2, pp. 306-310.

XLVIII. Now let us consider the mystery of the manna. Paul teacheth us, that this food was sacramental, 1...

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Sunday, 20 May 2018 23:00

Proof that Presbyterianism is Biblical

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What is meant by church government?

That particular form and order, which Christ has fixed in his Church, for the proper management thereof.

How does it appear that there is a particular form of...

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Sunday, 13 May 2018 23:00

The Doctrine of the Trinity

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Thomas Boston Works, vol. 1, pp. 142-148.

Of the Holy Trinity

This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth. For there are three that bear record in heaven, the...

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Q. 77. Wherein do justification and sanctification differ?

A. Although sanctification be inseparably joined with justification, yet they differ, in that God in justification imputeth the righteousness of Christ; in sanctification his Spirit infuseth grace, and enableth to the exercise thereof; in...

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Sunday, 29 April 2018 23:00

Natural Theology | Herman Witsius

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Herman Witsius Economy of the Covenants Vol. 1, pp. 345-351.

VII. But this [effectual] calling is given, partly externally, by a persuasive power, called moral suasion; partly internally, by a real supernatural efficacy, which changes the heart. The external call is, in some measure, published by...

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Thomas Boston Works, vol. 2, pp. 460-465.

For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:13).

I come now to handle the questions in the Catechism concerning the...

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Sunday, 15 April 2018 23:00

Why Did Christ Partake of the Sacraments?

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Herman Witsius Economy of the Covenants Between God and Man Volume 1, Book 2, Chapter 10, pp. 271-280.

After what manner Christ Used the Sacraments.

I. Thus far we have at large treated of those things that relate to the covenant between Christ and the Father; and might seem to have completely...

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