George Gillespie A Dispute Against the English Popish Ceremonies pt. 4, ch. 3, pp. 375–379 Every thing which is indifferent in the nature of it, is not by and by indifferent in the use of it. But the use of a thing indifferent ought evermore to be either chosen or refused, followed or forsaken, according… Read More Scriptural Rules Governing Indifferent Things
Martin Luther The Estate of Marriage Works, vol. 45, pp. 17-22. 1. Male and Female. “So God created man…male and female he created them.” (Genesis 1:27). From this passage we may be assured that God divided mankind into two classes, namely, male and female, or a he and a she. This was so pleasing to… Read More Childbearing and the Gift of Singleness | Martin Luther
Thomas Gataker Marriage Duties To the hopeful young couple, the right worshipful Mr. Robert Cooke esquire, and the virtuous gentlewoman, Mistress Dorothy Cooke, his wife; many comfortable days in God’s fear and favor to their mutual and eternal good. “Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as it is fit in the Lord. Husbands, love… Read More Marriage Duties
Head Coverings in Worship? Preached on the Lord’s Day of March 18, 2018 by Pastor Michael Ives, of the Presbyterian Reformed Church of Rhode Island Transcribed from the recording by Paul Barth. Part of the practice that our Presbytery has adopted is that in the public worship of God, women have their heads covered. The… Read More Head Coverings in Worship?
Samuel Willard A Complete Body of Divinity An Excerpt from a Sermon on the 5th Commandment There is a special equality made between some, which does not arise from nature, but combination; and this is that which is called friendship. Which is recommended to us, not only by moral philosophy, but also by the word… Read More The Blessing of Friendship
Samuel Willard A Complete Body of Divinity An Excerpt from a Sermon on the 5th Commandment We have taken a brief account of the chief and most comprehensive duties, relative between superiors and inferiors, both natural and political. There are some other differences in providence between men, which though they do not give a civil… Read More Social Inequality and the 5th Commandment
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
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
William Perkins Exposition of Christ’s Sermon on the Mount 3rd Branch, 1st Example, Matthew 5:21-22. “Ye have heard that it was said of old, Thou shalt not kill, for whosoever killeth, shall be culpable of judgment” (v. 21). Our Savior Christ having laid down His preface, does here begin His interpretation of the law, being… Read More Anger and the Sixth Commandment
“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16). William Perkins, Of Good Works, An Exposition of Christ’s Sermon on the Mount, Works, vol. 1, pp. 233-242. Now, because Christ requires of every minister, besides teaching, the evidence of good… Read More What Makes Our Works Truly Good?