Public Worship to be Preferred Before Private

David Clarkson (1622-1686)Practical Works, vol. 3, ch. 7. Listen to a reading of this treatise here. “The Lord loveth the gates of Zion more than all the dwellings of Jacob.” Psalm 86:2. That we may apprehend the meaning of these words, and so thereupon raise some edifying observation, we must inquire into the reason why the… Read More Public Worship to be Preferred Before Private

Polygamy in the Old Testament

God did not approve the polygamy of the fathers or commend it, but did only tolerate it as a lesser evil for the preventing of a greater. Marriage is the indivisible conjunction of one man and one woman only. This Christ of purpose teaches (Matt. 19) where He says that “God created them at the first man and woman,” and not women (v. 4), “that a man must forsake father and mother, and cleave to his wife,” not to his wives (v. 5), that “they twain shall be one flesh” (v. 6). And in all this Christ makes no new law, but only revives the first institution of marriage made in paradise. And Moses having set down this divine institution, adds withal that Lamech was the first that broke it by taking many wives.… Read More Polygamy in the Old Testament

Who Was the First Pope?

Having seen that Christ did not institute a papacy in the church, and that Peter was not a pope or universal bishop, one may ask when and how the papacy came to exist and how it became what it is today. The papacy did not appear immediately at one time, rather it developed over a long period of time. Attempting to identify the first pope is akin to asking: When does food become rotten? It is not easy to pinpoint at one specific time because it is a gradual process.… Read More Who Was the First Pope?

Suffering With The People of God

The ordinary state and condition of God’s church and people in this world is to be in affliction. Hence Paul says that “we must come to heaven through manifold afflictions” (Acts 14:22). The Lord knows what is best for His servants and children. And therefore He has set down this for a ground that “all that will live godly in Christ Jesus must suffer persecution” (2 Tim. 3:12).… Read More Suffering With The People of God