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

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Sunday, 14 January 2018 22:00

The Nature of Conscience and its Corruption

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Anthony Burgess Treatise on Original Sin Part 3, chapter 2, section 1.

But even their mind, and conscience is defiled.” (Titus 1:15).

Hitherto we have been discovering original sin as seated in the understanding, the metropolis (as it were) of the soul. We now proceed to manifest it as...

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Wednesday, 10 January 2018 22:00

Pollution of the Mind With Original Sin

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Anthony Burgess, Treatise on Original Sin, Part 3, chapter 1, section 4.

And be ye renewed in the spirit of your mind.” (Ephesians 4:23).

These things premised, let us consider, wherein original sin hath infected the minds of all men, so that in respect thereof it is to be renewed. ...

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Ephesians 4:17-24

This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, 18 Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of...

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Wednesday, 03 January 2018 22:00

Helping Your Spouse Grow in Grace

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William Gouge

Of Domestical Duties

Of husbands and wives helping forward the growth of grace in each other.

Hereunto must be added an helping forward of the growth thereof: which man and wife must mutually endeavour to effect one in another. The care which Elkanah had to carry his wives along with...

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Sunday, 31 December 2017 22:00

Fighting Against Original Sin

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Part 1: Original Sin: What It Is And How It Is Propagated

Edward Leigh, Body of Divinity, Book 4, ch. 3.

Corollaries from Original Sin.

1. Resist the Inclination Toward Sin

We must make it part of our daily business to consider this natural corruption (that we may be daily humbled in...

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Saturday, 23 December 2017 02:36

Encouragement to Pray for the Conversion of the Jews

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Thomas Boston Sermon 26, Works vol. 3 March 11, 1716

And the land shall mourn, every family apart, the family of the house of David apart, and their wives apart; the family of the house of Nathan apart, and their wives apart. (Zechariah 12:12).

It hath been for some time past, a time of penal...

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Sunday, 17 December 2017 22:00

True Assurance vs Presumption

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Spiritual Refining: A Treatise of Grace and Assurance, Sermon 6, by Anthony Burgess

Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?” (2 Corinthians 13:5)

Lord, I believe;...

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Sunday, 10 December 2017 22:00

Natural Law and Divine Positive Law

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Natural law is the reflection of God’s moral character and the moral order of creation, as designed by God, which is written on the human heart and evident through the light of nature (Rom. 2:14-15; Rom. 1:19; 1 Cor. 5:1), but held in unrighteousness (Rom. 1:18; Jer. 17:9; Prov....

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Tuesday, 05 December 2017 21:00

Occasional Days of Public Fasting or Thanksgiving

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The Westminster Confession of Faith, chapter 21, after discussing the Regulative Principle of Worship and “the parts of the ordinary religious worship of God“, goes on to address extra-ordinary parts of religious worship, which include “solemn fastings (Est. 4:16; Joel...

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Sunday, 19 November 2017 22:00

“This Is My Body”: Literal or Figurative?

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Why dost thou prepare thy teeth and belly? Believe, and thou hast eaten.” (Augustine, Tractate 25).

Daniel Featley,Transubstantiation Exploded pp. 154-189.

That the words of the institution, “This is my Body,” are to be taken in a tropical [from trope. Figurative;...

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A DECLARATION OF THE GLORIOUS MYSTERY

OF

THE PERSON OF CHRIST — GOD AND MAN

Chapter V

The Person of Christ the great Representative of Godandhis Will.

What may be known of God, is, — his nature and...

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Whether there be any such thing as a Covenant of Suretyship or Redemption between JEHOVAH and the Son of GOD? That there is such a Covenant, is proven by 11 Arguments.

No doubt, Christ God-Man is in Covenant with God, being a person designed from...

 

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1. How Evil the Mass is2. Why it is Sinful to Attend a Papal Mass3. Reasons for Going to Mass Answered

John BradfordHurt of Hearing Mass, Chapter 7.

But, to make an end of collecting any more reasons to prove that which all wise men see plainly, namely, that they grievously do offend...

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1. How Evil the Mass is
2. Why it is Sinful to Attend a Papal Mass
3. Reasons for Going to Mass Answered

John BradfordHurt of Hearing Mass, Chapter 6.

1. It is Idolatry.

First, out of the second commandment, “Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image…” This precept...

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1. How Evil the Mass is2. Why it is Sinful to Attend a Papal Mass3. Reasons for Going to Mass Answered

John Bradford,Hurt of Hearing Mass, Chapter 5.

Now, the mass being known to be the device and invention of man, I will briefly shew you that it is the most horrible and detestable device that...

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Sunday, 15 October 2017 22:00

Is Instrumental Music a Circumstance of Worship?

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This excerpt assumes the reader is familiar with the Regulative Principle of Worship and the difference between elements of worship and circumstances of worship. See here for a brief introduction: What is the Regulative Principle of Worship?

John L. Girardeau, Instrumental Music in the Public...

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Monday, 09 October 2017 00:03

Reformed Scholasticism: Distinguishing Ends

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For educated men distinguish the end of the work from the end of working” (Samuel Rutherford, Disputatio Scholastica de Divina Providentia, p. 215). [1]

This is a basic introduction to a distinction that one will commonly come across in reading Reformed Theology. This distinction...

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James Renwick Willson, though largely forgotten, still offers a timeless example to the Reformed Church today.  James Renwick Willson was a 19th Century American Presbyterian Pastor, specifically a Reformed Presbyterian. Willson was widely regarded as one of the best preachers of the Reformed...

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Saturday, 23 September 2017 06:08

America’s Dissenting Presbyterian Heritage

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American Presbyterians have always punched above their weight class, despite representing a relatively small portion of the American Populous throughout American History. Presbyterians have through their writings, educational institutions, and preaching left their mark on the religious landscape of...

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Tuesday, 19 September 2017 00:44

A Concise Case For Exclusive Psalmody

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This article assumes the Regulative Principle of Worship (RPW), which is the biblical doctrine that everything of religious significance in worship must be prescribed in holy Scripture, either explicitly or by good and necessary consequence, such that “whatever is beside the Word of God is...

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Saturday, 09 September 2017 03:10

The Pericope Adulterae: A Floating Tradition?

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The “floating tradition” argument against the authenticity of the Pericope Adulterae (PA), John 7:53-8:11, is summarized well by Bruce Metzger in 1964, “The pericope is obviously a piece of floating tradition which circulated in certain parts of the Western Church. It was...

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Friday, 01 September 2017 23:19

Thoughts on the Nashville Statement

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A Complementarian parachurch group, the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood (CBMW), recently published a statement of affirmations and denials regarding biblical sexuality, The Nashville Statement. This brief post will express my thoughts on the statement itself, as well as the manner in...

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Tuesday, 29 August 2017 03:26

Textual Criticism: Stylistic Arguments

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How should we think about arguments regarding human authorship of certain passages or books of Scripture based on style and word choice? Here is an example of this argument against the authenticity of the Pericope Adulterae (John 7:53-8:11): “its writing style is very different from what we...

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Thursday, 24 August 2017 22:00

Difference Between Ministers and Laymen

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ANABAPTIST.

That there ought to be no distinction by the Word of God, between the Clergy and the Laity; but that all who are gifted may preach the Word, and administer the Sacraments.

THE REFUTATION.

This prodigious error,...

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Saturday, 19 August 2017 02:54

Discourse For The Comfort of Childbearing Women

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Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety” (1 Timothy 2:15).

I shall not take my rise any higher than verse 12,...

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