Cyril Lukaris was was the Patriarch of Alexandria (1602-1620) and the Patriarch of Constantinople from 1620 until his death in 1638. He corresponded with several European Protestants for many years, eventually resulting in his acceptance of the Reformed Faith. He was accused of treason against Murad IV, Sultan of the Ottoman Empire, and was arrested… Read More The Confession of Cyril Lukaris (1629)
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
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
I received this paper written by a church officer in a NAPARC congregation. He does not want this paper construed as binding church teaching, so he has chosen this platform and to write under a pseudonym. From his last paragraph, which expresses his heart on the matter: “Many ‘overwise’ Reformed brethren take it upon themselves… Read More To Beard or Not to Beard?
Thomas Boston Works, vol. 1, ch. 2. 2 Timothy 3:16—All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness. The next head which falls to be touched is the holy scripture, the rule which God has given to direct us how we may glorify… Read More The Divine Authority of the Scriptures
“Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ” (Philippians 1:6). Herman Witsius Economy of the Covenants Book III, ch. 13, pp. 77-81. Objection: Perseverance of the saints promotes impiety and false assurance. Answer: XLI. Hence appears the falsehood… Read More Does Perseverance of the Saints Promote Impiety and False Assurance?
Rev. Dr. Charles Calder Mackintosh of Tain “Abide in me” “Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.” (John 15:4). These words were first addressed by Christ to the eleven, who were “in… Read More Abiding in Christ
“Thou hast ravished my heart, my sister, my spouse; thou hast ravished my heart with one of thine eyes, with one chain of thy neck.” (Song of Solomon 4:9). Samuel Rutherford The Trial and Triumph of Faith Sermon 24, pp. 260-261. A Twofold Love of God, one of Good-will to the Person, another of Complacency… Read More God’s Love Before Time and God’s Love In Time
“Abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul.” 1 Peter 2:11 John Owen Temptation and Sin Works, vol. 6, exc. ch. 6. The Lust of the Flesh. First, In general it is said to lust: Gal. 5:17, “The flesh lusteth against the Spirit.” This word expresseth the general nature of that opposition which the law of… Read More The Lust of the Flesh
Jus Divinum Regiminis Ecclesiastici The Divine Right of Church Government Conclusion, pp. 136-141. What is meant by church government? That particular form and order, which Christ has fixed in his Church, for the proper management thereof. How does it appear that there is a particular form of government appointed in the New Testament Church? As… Read More Proof that Presbyterianism is Biblical