It is a judicial action of the church, consisting in two things here noted: first, in examination of false doctrine and false teachers; secondly, in condemnation afterward. The examination of them is set down in these words: “and hast examined them that say they are apostles, and are not” (Rev. 2:2); and their condemning or sentence giving in the words following, “and has found them liars” (Rev. 2:2).… Read More How To Combat False Teachers
What does the Bible mean by the terms “stumbling block,” “offence,” and “scandal” (Matthew 18; Acts 15; Romans 14; 1 Corinthians 8; 1 John 2:10; Revelation 2:14; etc.)? The following excerpt is from James Durham’s A Treatise Concerning Scandal (pp. 4-17). James Durham’s rich and exhaustive treatise was last published by Naphtali Press in 1990,… Read More What Does “Stumbling Block” Mean?
On every point Transubstantiation is a false, shocking, & novel doctrine. With Transubstantiation falls the sacrifice of the Mass. Upon Transubstantiation, everything important and decisive in the church of Rome may be said in a degree to hang. Yet, Protestant sacramentology truly captures the simple and beautiful institution of Jesus Christ.… Read More Transubstantiation: Unbiblical, Ahistorical, and Unreasonable
William PerkinsCommentary on Revelation 1-3Works IV, pp. 429-435. “Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love” (Rev. 2:4). The Rhemists in their annotations abuse this place to prove that a man may quite fall away from grace. Therefore, to clear this text and to confirm our hearts in the truth… Read More Perseverance of the Saints
James Durham,Commentary on Revelation,pp. 742-746. A Brief View of the Series of the Whole Book of the Revelation This whole book is formed by way of an epistle. Chapter 1. Beside some general circumstances, the matter of the book generally is divided in these two: 1. The things that then were, or the present state… Read More A Brief Summary of the Book of Revelation
William PerkinsWorks IV, pp. 484-485. The end of popery is to pull down the kingdom of Christ and to disannul His laws, as will appear by a short view in every commandment. And therefore it cannot be the true religion. The first commandment teaches us to choose and acknowledge the true God for our God… Read More Roman Catholicism Violates All Ten Commandments
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
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
The consequences of the Coronavirus have been dire, though not so much for public health, as for political liberty. Who could have predicted that for a flu which over ninety-nine percent survive we would lock down, mask up, and by a thousand stringent rules do irreparable harm to countless lives, families, businesses, and churches, all… Read More Hate Tyranny? Cancel Christmas
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?