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 not to acquaint… Read More Objections to the Necessity of Prayer Answered
Peter Martyr Vermigli Common Places First Part, Chapter 10, pp. 72-91 Translated by Anthony Marten (1583). Ch. 10 Of appearings of devils; of their answers and sundry illusions. Here I may not pass over certain obscure places, which we find in the history of Samuel (1 Sam. 28). But that they may be the better understood,… Read More Ghost of Samuel, or a Demon?
William Ames Marrow of Sacred Divinity, Book 2, ch. 15. Of the Time of Worship. 1. The most solemn time of worship is now the first day of every week which is called the Lord’s Day (Rev. 1:10; 1 Cor. 16:2). 2. And it is called the Lord’s Day by the same reason that the… Read More The Time of Divine Worship
William Ames Marrow of Sacred Divinity, Book 2, ch. 14. Of the Manner of Divine Worship. 1. The adjuncts of worship especially to be observed are two: the manner which is contained in the third commandment, and the time which is commanded in the fourth commandment. 2. But these two are so adjuncts of religious… Read More The Manner of Divine Worship
William Ames Marrow of Sacred Divinity, Book 2, ch. 5 § 1-8 & ch. 13 Natural Worship. 1. The parts of religion are two; natural worship, and voluntary or instituted worship. 2. This distinction is grounded on Exodus 20:6, those words of the second commandment: “who love me, and keep my commandments.” 3. Natural worship is that… Read More Natural Worship and Instituted Worship
William Perkins Exposition of Christ’s Sermon on the Mount 3rd Branch, 5th Example, Point 2, Matthew 5:42. “Give to him that asketh; and from him that would borrow of thee, turn not away” (Mat. 5:42). Christ, having forbidden private revenge, does here command the requital of good for evil in two particular examples of well-doing,… Read More The Duty of Almsgiving
William Bucanus Institutions of Christian Religion pp. 99-103. 9. Of the Image of God in Man What is an Image? It is the portraiture or representation of some thing, and that both in the soul of man—to wit, in the mind or faculty of knowledge, and it is called of the Philosophers an Idea, namely,… Read More What is the Image of God in Man?
Christian Behaviour by John Bunyan If thou art a parent, a father or a mother, then thou art to consider thy calling under this relation. Thy children have souls, and they must be begotten of God as well as of thee, or they perish. And know also, that unless thou be very circumspect in thy… Read More The Duties of Parents to Their Children
Samuel Willard Complete Body of Divinity, pp. 652-654. Question 3. Wherein does the morality of [the Sabbath] consist? That we may take up a right conception of this matter, we must call to mind, what it is for a command to be moral, according as it has already been stated; namely, not merely as it… Read More Sabbath in the Light of Nature
Objection: “Natural law cannot contradict the Bible. So why depend on a vague concept of natural law when we can trust in the perspicuous revelation of God’s Law?“ Answer: First, what is Natural Law? Natural Law is the reflection of God’s moral character and the moral order of creation, as designed by God, which is… Read More The Propriety of Natural Law