How to be in the Spirit on the Lord’s Day

This is the main thing wherein the Sabbath is to be sanctified, and wherein it represents Heaven, to be abstracted from the world, and to be living above in our spirits, eminently ravished in Spirit, as abstracted from things, we are to be taken up with on other days. The frame of a Sabbath should be a kind of ravishment, wherein not only we are not taken up with working our ordinary callings, but we do go about prayer and other spiritual duties in a more heavenly way than on other days, and that with a difference in our frame, being more elevated and spiritual, we should be other men in more divine contemplation. This is the main thing called for in sanctifying the Sabbath.… Read More How to be in the Spirit on the Lord’s Day

The Crucial Value of Experimental Religion

Robert Burns (1789–1869)The Works of the Rev. Thomas HalyburtonIntroductory Essay, pp. 9-21. There are two extremes into which professing Christians of the present day are very apt to fall. While one class adopts a system of doctrinal sentiments without any practical regard to their influence on the heart and on the life; others satisfy themselves… Read More The Crucial Value of Experimental Religion

Paedo-Baptism, Yes; Paedo-Communion, No.

A common objection against infant baptism by credo-baptists is that if children are to be baptized, then, for the sake of consistency, they ought to also be admitted to the Lord’s Supper. In other words, the logical conclusion of infant baptism necessarily leads to the absurdity of infant communion; paedocommunion is obviously unbiblical and absurd,… Read More Paedo-Baptism, Yes; Paedo-Communion, No.

Paedo-Communion is Unscriptural | Herman Witsius

All the words of our Lord’s command (with respect to this sacrament) are so expressed that they cannot belong to infants, who can neither receive the bread nor eat it, unless it be chewed for them or soaked. For “babes are fed with milk, and not with meat” (1 Cor. 3:2; Heb. 5:12). Infants cannot examine themselves nor discern the Lord’s body, nor show his death, all which we have just heard the apostle requires of communicants. “Let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup; for he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body.”… Read More Paedo-Communion is Unscriptural | Herman Witsius

Paedo-Communion & Ex Opere Operato | Gisbertus Voetius

Gisbertus Voetius (1539-1676)Ecclesiastical Politics, vol. 1, 2.2.4, ch. 3, pp. 757-758.Translated by Charles Johnson 6. Question. Is the supper to be granted to infants, or to children? Resp. I. Regarding infants, it is absolutely denied for this one reason, that they are not able to examine and search themselves, nor do they have actual repentance,… Read More Paedo-Communion & Ex Opere Operato | Gisbertus Voetius

Rome Denies the Mediatorial Offices of Christ

By consequence of doctrine Roman dogma abolishes Christ, as I have shown. Papists in word confess Him to be “Our Lord,” but with this condition, that the Servant of Servants [i.e. the Pope] may alter and change His precepts, whose power (they say) is of the greatness, that he may be judged of none, and that he can open or shut heaven to whom he please. They confess Him to be “Jesus Our Savior,” yet a Savior in us, in that He gives us this grace, that by our own merits we may be our own saviors, borrowing also (if need be) a supply from martyrs and the rest of the saints. They confess Him to be “crucified, dead, and buried” for us, yet with this condition, that the fault being pardoned, we ourselves must satisfy for some part of the punishment, either in this world or in purgatory. They confess that, “He sits at the right hand of God the Father,” to be unto Him the Mediator of intercession for us. And yet withal, they hold that His mother is the queen of heaven, having authority to control and command her Son. What a Christ is He that, in sundry actions pertaining to our redemption, has partners or fellows joined with Him? For this cause, we reject this religion, because it turns our only and perfect Redeemer into a feigned Christ of man’s devising.… Read More Rome Denies the Mediatorial Offices of Christ