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, 11 November 2018 22:00

Internal Call to the Ministry

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What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia” (Revelation 1:11).

James Durham Commentary on Revelation pp. 52-59.

This command of writing, was particularly set down [Rev. 1:11]. Here again, it’s renewed; and...

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Sunday, 04 November 2018 22:00

To Beard or Not to Beard?

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I received this paper written by a church officer in a NAPARC congregation. He does not want this paper construed as binding church teaching, so he has chosen this platform and to write under a pseudonym. From his last paragraph, which expresses his heart on the matter:

“Many ‘overwise&rs...

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Sunday, 28 October 2018 23:00

Ceremonial Law Fading Away

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he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease… (Daniel 9:27)

For the children of Israel shall abide many days without a king, and without a prince, and without a sacrifice, and without an image, and without an ephod, and without teraphim. (Hosea 3:4).

In that he saith, A new...

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Sunday, 21 October 2018 23:00

Directions Against Sinful Dreams

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Richard Baxter Practical Works vol. 2, pp. 469-472

Directions against Sinful Dreams.

Dreams are neither good nor sinful simply in themselves, because they are not rational and voluntary, nor in our power: but they are often made sinful by some other voluntary act: they may be sinful by participation...

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Wilhelmus à Brakel The Christian’s Reasonable Service Vol. 3, pp. 171-176.

Objection 4: The Sabbath Is Detrimental to the Gospel.

One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind. He that regardeth the...

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Sunday, 07 October 2018 23:00

The Importance of Studying Scripture

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Thomas Boston Works, vol. 1, ch. 3.3.

The Scriptures the Book of the Lord, and the Diligent Study and Search Thereof Recommended and Urged

Isaiah 34:16—”Seek ye out of the book of the Lord, and read: no one of these shall fail, none shall want her mate: for my mouth it hath commanded, and...

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Tuesday, 02 October 2018 09:59

Identifying Obligatory Scripture Examples

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Jus Divinum Regiminis Ecclesiastici

CHAPTER IV.

II. Of a Divine Right by obligatory Scripture Examples.

II. By obligatory scripture examples (which God’s people are bound to follow and imitate) matters of religion become of divine right, and by the will and appointment of Jesus Christ, by...

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Sunday, 30 September 2018 23:00

The Scope of the Scriptures

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1 Timothy 1:13—”Hold fast the form of sound words—in faith and love.

In these words there is, (1) The character of scripture-doctrine; it is sound words; sound and pure in itself, and sound in its effects, being of a soul-healing virtue,...

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Sunday, 23 September 2018 23:00

Scripture: The Only Rule of Faith and Life

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Thomas Boston Works, vol. 1, ch. 3.1.

Doctrine II. “The scriptures are the rule to direct us how we may glorify and enjoy God.

Here I shall only give the properties of this rule.

1. Scripture is Clear.

1. It is a perspicuous or clear rule. For though all things in scripture are not alike...

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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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