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, 14 July 2019 23:00

Head Coverings in Worship?

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Head Coverings in Worship?

Preached on the Lord’s Day of March 18, 2018 by Pastor Michael Ives, of the Presbyterian Reformed Church of Rhode Island

Transcribed from the recording by Paul Barth.

Part of the practice that our Presbytery has adopted is that in the public worship of God, women have...

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Sunday, 07 July 2019 23:00

The Manner of Christ’s Coming

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Christopher LoveThe Penitent Pardoned, pp 172-180.

In treating of the doctrine of Christ’s coming again, the other query is this, how or after what manner shall this coming of Christ be? But I will come again.

Now in the resolving of this question, I shall confine my answers to these six...

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Thursday, 04 July 2019 23:00

Christ’s Coming Again to Judge

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Christopher LoveThe Penitent Pardoned, pp 181-185.

Christ’s coming again to judge the world is not on­ly a dreadful doctrine to a Felix [Acts 24:25], but may make thee a Christian to tremble in these cases.

First, the doctrine of Christ’s coming may make men tremble, who are guilty of...

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Sunday, 30 June 2019 23:00

Premillennialism Refuted

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Christopher LoveThe Penitent Pardoned, pp. 150-172.

Introduction.

Take heed of bold and adventurous conjectures, about the manner of Christ’s coming to judge the world by vain and carnal corruptions of a temporal Kingdom of Christ. Many are very peremptory about it, and there be strange...

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Sunday, 23 June 2019 23:00

The Importance of Catechesis

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Zacharias Ursinus Commentary on the Heidelberg Catechism, pp. 10-16.

I. What is catechising, or the system of catechisation? II. Has it always been practiced in the church, or what is its origin? III. What are the principal parts thereof? IV. Why is it necessary? V. What is its design?

I. WHAT IS...

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Zacharias Ursinus Commentary on the Heidelberg Catechism, pp. 6-9.

IV. WHAT ARE THE EVIDENCES BY WHICH THE TRUTH OF THE CHRISTIAN RELIGION, OR THE DOCTRINE OF THE CHURCH IS CONFIRMED?

There are a great number of arguments which go to establish the truth and certainty of the teachings of the...

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John Calvin, Commentary on Matthew 19:10-12.

10 His disciples say unto him, If the case of the man be so with his wife, it is not good to marry. 11 But he said unto them, All men cannot receive this saying, save they to whom it is given. 12 For there are some eunuchs, which...

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Wednesday, 05 June 2019 23:00

7. Rome Cannot Alter its Claim to Supremacy

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J.A. Wylie Book I. The History of the Papacy. Chapter VII. That the Church of Rome Neither has Nor Can Change Her Principles on the Head of the Supremacy.

We have shown in the foregoing chapter, that nothing in all past history is better authenticated than the fact that the Papacy has claimed...

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Sunday, 02 June 2019 23:00

6. The Canon Law

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J.A. Wylie Book I. History of the Papacy. Chapter VI. The Canon Law.

It would be bad enough that a system of the character we have described should exist in the world, and that there should be a numerous class of men all animated by its spirit, and sworn to carry into effect its principles. But this...

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Thursday, 30 May 2019 05:00

5. Foundation and Extent of the Supremacy

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J.A. Wylie Book I. History of the Papacy. Chapter V. Foundation and Extent of the Supremacy.

This is the favourable point for taking a view of the character of the Papacy,–its lofty pretensions and claims, and the foundation on which all these are based. The conflict waged by the seventh...

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Sunday, 26 May 2019 23:00

4. Progress of the Temporal Sovereignty

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J.A. Wylie Book I. History of the Papacy. Chapter IV. Progress of the Temporal Sovereignty.

We left the Papacy, at the opening of the ninth century, reposing beneath the shadow of the Carlovingian monarchy. One grand stage in its progress had been accomplished. The battle for the temporal...

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Sunday, 19 May 2019 23:00

3. Rise of the Temporal Sovereignty

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J.A. Wylie Book I. History of the Papacy. Chapter III. Rise of the Temporal Sovereignty.

Over the abyss in which the Roman empire of the west had been engulfed there now floated the portentous form of the Papacy. If the idolatrous nations, in their victorious march from the Upper Danube to southern...

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J.A. Wylie Book I. History of the Papacy. Chapter II. Rise and Progress of Ecclesiastical Supremacy.

The first pastors of the Roman Church aspired to no rank above their brethren.[1] The labours in which they occupied themselves were the same as those of the ordinary ministers of the gospel. As...

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Sunday, 05 May 2019 23:00

1. The Origin of the Papacy

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J.A. Wylie Book I. History of the Papacy. Chapter I. Origin of the Papacy.

The Papacy, next to Christianity, is the great fact of the modern world. Of the two, the former, unhappily, has proved in some respects the more powerful spring in human affairs, and has acted the more public part on the...

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Sunday, 28 April 2019 23:00

The Office of Apostle

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Andrew Willet (1562-1621) Commentary Upon the Most Divine Epistle of the Holy Apostle St. Paul to the Romans

Quest. 8. Of the office and calling of an Apostle, what it was.

1. The word Apostle is taken, either aequivoce, in an equivocal and improper sense—and either in the better sort, as...

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Sunday, 21 April 2019 23:00

A Short Catechism on Baptism

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The Value and Virtue of Baptism in which:

  • The dignity and duty of Baptism

  • The due right of infants to Baptism

  • And their right above that of grown persons by Baptism

  • The degrading and destructive principles and practices of Baptism

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Catechetically propounded, plainly preached and now published as an...

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Sunday, 14 April 2019 23:00

The Authority of the Early Church Fathers

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This article is a synopsis of the second book in A Treatise Concerning the Right Use of the Fathers” by Jean Daillé (1594-1670). Click here to read Part 1: The Relevance of the Church Fathers Today.

The primary question Daillé’s second book addresses is...

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Sunday, 07 April 2019 23:00

The Relevance of the Church Fathers Today

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The early church fathers are highly respected by all Christian groups that are serious about the historical roots of their faith. Their writings are appealed to by Protestants and Roman Catholics alike to support their dogmatic and ecclesiastical beliefs and practices. However, it is easy to make...

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Sunday, 31 March 2019 23:00

True Antiquity: Scripture or Tradition?

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John Cameron An Examination Of Those Plausible Appearances Which Seem Most To Commend The Romish Church ch. 17.

The only means to prove true antiquity is to have recourse to the beginning by the Scripture.

Now that we allege St. Cyprian, it is not to authorize the truth, by the authority of men,...

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Sunday, 24 March 2019 23:00

Christ Alone Defines the Sacramental Elements

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William Attersoll
Badges of Christianity
Book 3, ch. 5, pp. 350-352

Christ delivered his Last Supper in bread and wine, then these signs may not be altered, but must be retained for the perpetual use and comfort of the Church. And howsoever it be left to the choice and liberty of the Church, what...

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Sunday, 17 March 2019 23:00

The Glorified Soul’s Enjoyment of God

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A Body of Divinity by Thomas Watson

To set out this excellent state of a glorified soul’s enjoyment of God:

(1.) It must not be understood in a sensual manner: we must not conceive any carnal pleasures in heaven. The Turks, in their Koran, speak of a paradise of pleasure, where they have riches...

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Sunday, 10 March 2019 23:00

The Blessing of Friendship

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Samuel Willard A Complete Body of Divinity An Excerpt from a Sermon on the 5th Commandment

There is a special equality made between some, which does not arise from nature, but combination; and this is that which is called friendship.

Which is recommended to us, not only by moral philosophy, but also...

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Sunday, 03 March 2019 22:00

Social Inequality and the 5th Commandment

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Samuel Willard A Complete Body of Divinity An Excerpt from a Sermon on the 5th Commandment

We have taken a brief account of the chief and most comprehensive duties, relative between superiors and inferiors, both natural and political. There are some other differences in providence between men, which...

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Sunday, 24 February 2019 22:00

Trinity is One God Not Three Gods

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Boëthius

Trinity is One God Not Three Gods.

I. There are many who claim as theirs the dignity of the Christian religion; but that form of faith is valid and only valid which, both on account of the universal character of the rules and doctrines affirming its authority, and because the worship in...

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Sunday, 17 February 2019 22:00

Objections to the Necessity of Prayer Answered

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William Perkins An Exposition of Christ’s Sermon on the Mount Works, vol. 1, pp. 407-408.

But sundry objections are made against the necessity of prayer:

1. First, it is said God knows our thoughts before we pray, and therefore it is needless to express them by prayer unto Him.

Answer. We pray...

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