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ON POPERY

We are persuaded, as we have already intimated, that (this) ... appears to us to be clearly taught in Scripture,-- namely, that Popery, in its complex character and as a system, is Satan's great scheme for frustrating the leading objects of the Christian revelation.

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FALSE RELIGION IS FROM

THE ROMAN ANTICHRIST

 

Resource 1. DOOLITTLE, THOMAS

Popery is a Novelty; and the Protestants' Religion Was Not Only Before Luther, But the Same that Was Taught by Christ and His Apostles (1675, reprinted 1845)

 

Almost 100 pages comparing numerous specific doctrines of Scripture with those of the Papacy. States that "(t)he reception of the old doctrine, and the rejection of the new, is that which made the Reformation: and if the church of Rome would own what is in the scripture, and no more, as necessary to salvation; and would cut off the new, which they have added to the old; we and they should be of the same religion." This item is excerpted from Puritan Sermons 1659-1689, a six volume set listed at http://www.swrb.com/catalog/l.htm .

 

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THE ROMAN ANTICHRIST IS DRUNK

WITH THE BLOOD OF THE SAINTS

 

And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication: And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration (Rev. 17:4-6).

 

Resource 2. FOXE, JOHN

Acts & Monuments or Foxe's Book of Martyrs (c. 1554; 8 volumes, 1843-49 edition)

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THE ROMAN ANTICHRIST IS

AN ECCLESIASTICAL TYRANT

 

Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God (2 Thes. 2:3-4).

 

Resource 3. CUNNINGHAM, WILLIAM

Discussions on Church Principles: Popish, Erastian and Presbyterian (1863)

"Cunningham exhausts his subject... books like this one will be a tremendous help," notes Credenda Agenda magazine (vol. 6/#3 -- the irony of this statement will be obvious to anyone who understands what Cunningham teaches in this book and compares it with much that is found in Credenda Agenda magazine today).

This was originally volume four in Cunningham's Works, which also included Historical Theology and The Reformers and the Theology of the Reformation (both available at http://www.swrb.com/catalog/c.htm ). Iain Murray writes that "in the days of Cunningham and Bannerman, New College, Edinburgh, rose to be the finest theological college in Europe." This book is a good example why. It exposes Romanism, which Cunningham called "the masterpiece of Satan," spiritual tyranny, false views of the church's place and power, innovative worship (contrary to the regulative principle of worship -- Rome's specialty!), and much more! Indexed, 589 pages.

 

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THE INQUISITION AND PERSECUTION

ARE FROM THE ROMAN ANTICHRIST

 

Resource 4. LEA, CHARLES HENRY

A History of the Inquisition of the Middle Ages (1887, 4 volumes)

One of the perennial (and insurmountable) challenges for men like Scott Hahn, Gerry Matatics, and Karl Keating -- men who have devoted their lives and labors to the defense and promulgation of the Roman Catholic apostasy -- is dealing with their Church's history. The grim irony is that while these modern champions of Antichrist demand submission to the Holy Roman Church, contending that she alone has the witness of history and truth on her side, it is her very history indeed which removes forever any crumb of credibility to her claims of faithfulness and infallibility. Thus, it has always been one of the most powerful weapons in the arsenal of Christ's faithful witnesses simply to recount the true and undeniable history of the Mother of Harlots and Abominations of the Earth (Rev. 17:5). This tactic was used with devastating success by Luther, Calvin, and others, and is of equal necessity and efficacy in our day -- especially in light of the detestable neutrality and even outright returning to the ways of Rome on the part of so many "Protestant" and even "Reformed" and "Presbyterian" churches. Through this means it is hoped that God will wake up His people to the true nature of the ever-raging battle with the Dragon and his minions, and drive us to our knees to seek His face, His forgiveness, and His grace to stand against the darkness in our respective places and callings -- particularly teaching our children the mighty acts of God in delivering His people in times past from so great an evil, that they might be thankful and put their trust in Him (Ps. 78:1-8).

In his atrocious chronicle, Rome Sweet Home: Our Journey to Catholicism, Scott Hahn conveniently omits any mention of the volumes of embarrassing and self-refuting details of the Roman Church's true history, choosing instead to caricature the Reformers, pretend to scholarly acumen, and do the very thing he hypocritically accuses Lorraine Boettner of doing: presenting a lying portraiture of Rome. (See also the reference to Hahn in the book summary for William Whitaker's Disputation on Holy Scripture, another irrefutable resource for squelching his siren song of spiritual seduction: http://www.swrb.com/catalog/W.htm .) Therefore, we invite all seekers of truth to examine for themselves one ugly chapter in the annals of Rome's abominations: the inquisition of the Middle Ages. It is with gratitude to our merciful God and the earnest desire for His powerful blessing that we once again present to the public what was once a standard treatment on the subject, Henry Charles Lea's History of the Inquisition of the Middle Ages.

To close, we leave you with Larry Birger's comments. They are to the point and provide us with a telling summary of this work (and the thoughts and feelings of righteous indignation that such writing is sure to evoke among those led by the Spirit of God),

I am simply amazed at the true history of Rome. The best and only explanation I can find for why men would endure, much less embrace, such a "church" is what God says in 2 Thess. 2: that He's given them over to blindness, that they might believe great lies and thereby be justly damned for their failure to receive the love of the truth. In just the glances I had at Lea's work, I am simply astonished that any individual could submit himself to the "Holy Mother" of harlotries and abominations which Rome is clearly seen to be in these volumes. The Romish legacy of demonic brutality, inhumanity and disgrace stretches the ability of even fallen man to comprehend.

1939 pages, with a 71 page index!

 

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BY GOD'S GRACE, MANY CONTINUE

TO LEAVE THE ROMAN ANTICHRIST

 

And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues (Rev. 18:4).

 

Resource 5. BENNETT, RICHARD & BUCKINGHAM, eds.

Far From Rome, Near to God: Testimonies of Fifty Converted Roman Catholic Priests (1994, Banner of Truth edition 1997)

"This book contains the moving testimonies of fifty priests who found their way, by the grace of God, out of the labyrinth of Roman Catholic theology and practice into the light of the gospel of Christ. But this is not a narrowly polemical work, nor is its relevance limited to the ongoing controversy between Rome and the churches of the Reformation. The love and concern felt by the former priests for those they left behind, and their fervent desire that they too should experience the joy and peace of salvation in Christ are seen throughout. The wider relevance of the experiences described will also be felt in many contexts remote from Roman Catholicism where human pride and presumption have erected rival sources of authority between people and the Word of God, so obscuring the way of salvation by grace alone, through faith alone" (back cover). 378 pages.

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Bennett, a former Roman Catholic priest writes, "There have been numerous, alarming attempts over the past five years to declare Roman Catholics as "brothers and sisters in Christ" during the dialogue between Evangelicals and the Roman Catholic Church. Now something more sinister and authoritative has taken place. "The Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification" (JD), an official doctrinal statement jointly authored by representatives of the Roman Catholic Church (RCC) and the Lutheran World Federation (LWF), has been signed on October 31st, 1999, as a joint confessional agreement. On the 482nd anniversary of Martin Luther's pivotal posting of the yet unanswered "95 theses" that ignited the Protestant Reformation, the RCC and LWF vividly confirmed their position of the serious apostasy--to which ecumenism with Rome inevitably leads. The Lutherans of LWF have now embraced the doctrine of the Council of Trent, and in so doing have officially and formally denied the Gospel and the righteousness of Christ."

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FREE WILL IS FROM

THE ROMAN ANTICHRIST

 

But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God (John 1:12-13).

 

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Resource 6. CALVIN, JOHN

The Bondage & Liberation of the Will: A Defense of the Orthodox Doctrine of Human Choice Against Pighius (1543, 1996)

"In the belief that the 1539 edition of Calvin's Institutes, and in particular its chapters on free choice and predestination, constituted a greater danger than did the other 'Lutheran' writings, the Dutch Roman Catholic theologian Albert Pighius wrote a response entitled Ten Books on Human Free Choice and Divine Grace (1542). Calvin, when he saw Pighius's work, felt a pressing need to respond to Pighius's first six books, that is, those on free choice. The result was The Bondage and Liberation of the Will (1543). The Bondage and Liberation of the Will is undoubtedly the most significant of Calvin's works hitherto not translated in English. This is in striking contrast to Luther's study on the same topic, which is one of his best-known publications." This is Calvin's "fullest treatment of the relation between grace and free will, and contains important material not found elsewhere in his writings. It also contains far more discussion of the early church fathers than does any other of Calvin's works, apart from the Institutes. It is high time that this major work is made available to those whose knowledge of Calvin is confined to English translations" (back cover). 303 pages.

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REALTED:

 

Resource 6a. LUTHER, MARTIN

The Bondage of the Will (tenth printing 1998)

The Bondage of the Will is fundamental to an understanding of the primary doctrines of the Reformation. In these pages, Luther gives extensive treatment to what he saw as the heart of the gospel. Free will was no academic question to Luther; the whole gospel of the grace of God, he believed, was bound up with it and stood or fell according to the way one decided it... This is the greatest piece of writing that came from Luther's pen. In its vigour of language, its profound theological grasp, and the grand sweep of its exposition, it stands unsurpassed among Luther's writings (front and back cover).

Luther recognized this book as his most important work and even said that if all his other books perished, he would hope that this one, along with his Small Catechism, would be the only ones to remain. As noted above, this is one of the most important books of the early Reformation, for it deals with what Luther saw to be the heart of the Gospel.

Luther here refutes the Romish notion of "free will" in man and upholds the absolute sovereignty of God in the salvation of sinners -- as well as justification by faith alone. Luther clearly saw the issue of free will as the primary cause of his separation from Rome.

In this book he replied to the Roman Catholic scholar, Erasmus, and his diatribe The Freedom of the Will. Though disagreeing with just about everything else Erasmus wrote, Luther commended Erasmus for recognizing the crux of the matter at issue between Rome and the Bible believers, the debate over "free will." In this regard Luther wrote,

that unlike all the rest, you alone have attacked the real issue, the essence of the matter in dispute (i.e. man's so-called free-will--RB)... You and you alone saw, what was the grand hinge upon which the whole turned, and therefore you attacked the vital part at once; for which, from my heart, I thank you.

"This book is most needful at the present day," noted Atherton in 1931, for "the teachings of many so-called Protestants are more in accordance with the Dogmas of the Papists, or the ideas of Erasmus, than with the Principles of the Reformers; they are more in harmony with the Canons and Decrees of the Council of Trent than with the Protestant or Reformed Confessions of Faith."

It is easy to see how a lack of doctrinal and historical study is leading many into serious compromise with the false ecumenical apostasy espoused by Rome and other idolatrous beliefs which cry up man's ability to save himself (as with Arminianism) and to devise his own methods of worship (as with those that oppose the Reformation's regulative principle of worship in favor of their own will worship). In this area, many "Protestants," even now, bow down to Rome's humanistic, anti-Christian idol of free will.

It is our hope that God will use Luther's classic to give you the strength to remain faithful to His Word; this being a great place to start a new Reformation, for as the translators write concerning this book, "Nowhere does Luther come closer, either in spirit or in substance to the Paul of Romans and Galatians."

 

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Martin Luther Speaks for Himself

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PRETERISM AND FUTURISM ARE

FROM THE ROMAN ANTICHRIST

 

Resource 7. ELLIOTT, E.B.

Horae Apocalypticae; or, A Commentary on the Apocalypse, Critical and Historical; Including Also An Examination of the Chief Prophecies of Daniel (1862, 4 volumes)

The title continues: "Illustrated by an Apocalyptic Chart, and Engravings from Medals and Other Extant Monuments of Antiquity. With Appendices: Containing, Besides Other matters, A Sketch of the History of Apocalyptic Interpretation, Critical Reviews of the Chief Apocalyptic Counter-Schemes, and Indices." This four volume set is respected by many as a scholarly work on eschatology. It will be especially valuable in our day as it absolutely destroys the Jesuit inspired preterist system by conclusively proving a late date for the writing of the book of Revelation. Elliott also demonstrates the impossibility of the futurist system, which, like preterism, was also concocted (as a system) by the Jesuits to counteract the classic Reformation eschatology called historicism. That this is no small issue is clear, as Kevin Reed exhibits (in his book review titled "The Ecclesiology of John Foxe: A book review by Kevin Reed of John Foxe and the Elizabethan Church by V. Norskov Olsen [Berkeley: University of California Press, 1973]") by citing Olsen when he writes,

The Counter Reformation is generally considered to have three aspects: the Jesuits, the Inquisition, and the Council of Trent. In view of the significance of the Protestant apocalyptic interpretation of history which prophetically pinpointed step by step the events covering the whole Christian era from the beginning to the end, it seems justifiable to suggest a fourth aspect, namely the praeteristic and futuristic interpretations launched by Catholic expositors as a counterattack (p. 47).

All the major Reformers and all the major Reformation creeds and confessions adopted the historicist position -- and it is this position that Elliott so skillfully defends. Included in Horae Apocalypticae you will also find a very useful historical survey of who held which positions concerning eschatology, much history on the Roman empire (and its interaction with Christianity), how the Reformation, Islam, etc. were prophesied in the Apocalypse, a world chronology according to the Hebrew Scriptures (which would make the Earth 6127 years old), patristic views of prophecy, the beast and his mark (666) revealed, and much more. The Papacy is also shown to be the apocalyptic antichrist, which was a standard position among the Reformers. Elliott also deals with Moses Stuart's Preterism.

Sadly, one major warning needs to be given about this book. However valuable the contents are as a defense of historicism (and the late date of the book of Revelation), the author adopted the premillennial heresy and thus marred an otherwise useful work when he promotes these views. 2611 pages, with a 29 page index.

 

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HATRED FOR GOD'S WORD IS

FROM THE ROMAN ANTICHRIST

 

I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name (Ps. 138:2).

 

Resource 7. WHITAKER, WILLIAM

A Disputation on Holy Scripture, Against the Papists, Especially Bellarmine and Stapleton (Originally written in 1588; 1610 [Latin], 1849 English edition translated by Fitzgerald)

The apostate (now) Roman Catholic apologist, Scott Hahn, in his book Rome Sweet Home: Our Journey to Catholicism, speaks of the extensive reading of pro- and anti-Romanist literature he had done as he was led down the road to Rome from modern Calvinism. Among other reasons he lists for his declension, one major factor was what he saw to be the lack of cogent reply from modern "Protestants," including Dr. John Gerstner, to the arguments of the Roman Catholic Church. Notwithstanding that there are serious reasons to doubt Hahn's credibility and integrity (for example, he paints out Luther and Calvin to teach only a formal, "courtroom language" view of justification: "Luther and Calvin explained this [justification] exclusively in terms of courtroom language. But I was beginning to see that, far more than simply being a judge, God was our Father. Far more than simply being criminals, we were runaways. Far more than the New Covenant being made in a courtroom, it was fashioned by God in a family room." -- p. 30; for refutation of this ridiculous, slanderous caricature, see Luther's Small Catechism, question on "Our Father who art in heaven;" Calvin's Institutes, Book III, 20.36ff; Robert Dabney's Systematic Theology, p. 627; Westminster Confession of Faith, chapter 12; etc., etc.), had he read this work by William Whitaker (and it is our prayer that he may still perhaps do so), he would have found more than a lifetime of Romanist readings and reasonings could overcome.

Whitaker's design (prosecuted throughout his lifetime) was to deal systematically with the major points of controversy between the Protestants and the Roman Catholics; his Disputation on Holy Scripture was the first in this series, and the only one translated from Latin into English (of which we are aware). In his dedicatory epistle to William Cecil and his preface to his Cambridge audience, he describes his opponents, especially the Jesuits, and then his confidence in Christ and His truth to overcome them:

Amongst these locusts [Rev. 9:3], -- that is, as very learned men justly deem, amongst the innumerable troops of monks -- none, as we before said, have ever appeared, more keen, or better prepared and equipped for doing mischief, than are the Jesuits at this present day; who in a short space have surpassed all other societies of that kind in numbers, in credit, and in audacity. Other monks, following the rule and practice of former times, lived in general a life of leisure and inactivity, and spent their time, not in reading and the study of the sciences, but in repeating by the [hour]glass certain offices for the canonical hours, which contributed nothing to the advancement of either learning or religion. But the Jesuits have pursued a far different course. They have left the shade of ancient sloth and inactivity, in which the other monks had grown grey, and have come forth to engage in toils, to treat of arts and sciences, to undertake and carry through an earnest struggle for the safety of the common interest. It hath come to be understood, that the cause of Rome, which, shaken by the perilous blows dealt on every side by men of ability and learning, had begun in many parts to totter and give way, could never be defended or maintained, except by learned and diligent and active champions.... Among these Jesuits, Robert Bellarmine, a native of Italy, hath now for several years obtained a great and celebrated name.... Now, therefore, Bellarmine is cried up by his party as an invincible champion, as one with whom none of our men would dare to engage, whom nobody can answer, and whom if any one should hope to conquer, they would regard him as an utter madman.

When you, honoured sir, demanded my opinion of this writer, I answered, as indeed I thought, that I deemed him to be a man unquestionably learned, possessed of a happy genius, a penetrating judgment, and multifarious reading; -- one, moreover, who was wont to deal more plainly and honestly than is the custom of other papists, to press his arguments more home, and to stick more closely to the question....

[N]ow that Bellarmine hath been published, we shall know better and more certainly what it is they [the Papists] hold upon every subject, the arguments on which they specially rely, and what is (so to speak) the very marrow of popery, which is thought to be as much in the Jesuits as in the pope himself....

Our arms shall be the sacred scriptures, that sword and shield of the word, that tower of David, upon which a thousand bucklers hang, and all the armour of the mighty, the sling and the pebbles of the brook wherewith David stretched upon the ground that gigantic and haughty Philistine. Human reasonings and testimonies, if one use them too much or out of place, are like the armour of Saul, which was so far from helping David that it rather unfitted him for the conflict.... However, since we have to deal with adversaries who, not content with these arms, use others with more readiness and pleasure, such as the decrees of councils, judgments of the fathers, tradition, and the practice of the church; lest perchance we should appear to shrink from the battle, we have determined to make use of that sort of weapons also. And, indeed, I hope to make it plain to you, that all our tenets are not only founded upon scriptural authority, which is enough to ensure victory, but command the additional suffrage of the testimonies of the fathers, councils, and, I will add, even of many of the papists, which is a distinguished and splendid ornament of our triumph.... Thus it will be clear, that what Jerome, Epist. 139, applies out of Isaiah to the heretics, that 'they weave the spider's thread,' is pertinently applied to the papists. For, as Jerome says, they weave a web 'which can catch small and light animals, as flies and gnats, but is broken by the stronger ones.' Just thus many stick fast in the subtleties of the papists, as flies do in the spider's web, from which they are unable to extricate themselves, though nothing can possibly be frailer than those threads. Such are the reasonings of the papist, even the Jesuits themselves; who, although they seem to spin their threads with greater skill and artfulness, yet fabricate nothing but such cobwebs as may easily be broken by any vigorous effort. Be ye, therefore, of good cheer. We have a cause, believe me, good, firm, invincible. We fight against men, and we have Christ on our side; nor can we possibly be vanquished, unless we are the most slothful and dastardly of all cowards. Once wrest from the papists what they adduce beside the scripture, and you will presently see them wavering, turning pale, and unable to keep their ground.

Bellarmine was regarded by the Romanists as a scholarly and theological Goliath, and as Whitaker notes above, he was indeed a greatly gifted and learned man. It is most noteworthy, then, to read of Bellarmine's description of Whitaker:

"[a man] whom Cardinal Bellarmine is said to have pronounced 'the most learned heretic he had ever read,' and of whom Bishop Hall says, 'Who ever saw him without reverence, or heard him without wonder?...." "'I have,' says the writer of his life, in Lupton's Protestant Divines, 'I have heard it confessed of English Papists themselves, which have been in Italy with Bellarmine himself, that he [Bellarmine] procured the true portraiture and effigies of this Whitaker to be brought to him, which he kept in his study. For he privately admired this man for his singular learning and ingenuity; and being asked of some of his friends, Jesuits, why he would have the picture of that heretic in his presence? He would answer, Quod quamvis haereticus erat et adversarius, erat tamen doctus adversarius: that, 'although he was an heretic, and his adversary, yet he was a learned adversary'" ("Preface of the Editor" in the 1857 edition of Nathanael Culverwell's Of the Light of Nature; and from the editor's preface of Whitaker's work).

In this book we find the following six main chapters: "Of the number of the Canonical Books of Scripture," "Of the Authentic Edition and Versions of the Scriptures," "Of the Authority of Scripture," "Of the Perspicuity of Scripture," "Of the Interpretation of Scripture," "Of the Perfection of Scripture, against Unwritten Traditions," as well as Whitaker's "Preface to the Controversies, Delivered to the Audience at Cambridge."

Whitaker's masterwork, refuting some of the best the Jesuits had to offer (in upholding their Romish heresies attacking the Word of God), may even be more valuable in our day than when it was first written -- as many Protestants are unaware of the historic Protestant position on Scripture (witness the lack of response described by Scott Hahn), or worse, are already on the way back to Rome (on this and other vital points). Furthermore, Larry Birger comments, "...it's wonderful. He is absolutely thrashing the Papists, tying them in knots with not only the Scriptures, but the writings of the Church fathers (Jerome is devastating on the issue of the Apocrypha) and the Papists themselves (e.g., Cajetan, John Driedo, Melchior Canus, Sixtus Senensis)." This is a first-rate classic on some of the most foundational teaching of the Faith, not to be missed by the serious Christian, the scholar or anyone (including those presently trapped in Mystery Babylon the great, the mother of harlots and abominations of the Earth [i.e. Roman Catholic Church], Rev. 17:5) seeking ultimate truth. Study for yourself what Hahn missed, as the Christ-empowered Whitaker sinks his stones into Goliath's forehead, and then decapitates him with the sword of truth and the skill of one exceedingly learned in the very areas the Papists rely on the most! 718 pages, indexed; crystal-clear print.

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HISTORY EXPOSES

THE ROMAN ANTICHRIST

 

If thou know not, O thou fairest among women, go thy way forth by the footsteps of the flock, and feed thy kids beside the shepherds' tents (Song 1:8).

 

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Resource 8. Merle D'Aubigne, J. H.

History of the Reformation in Europe in the Time of Calvin (8 volumes, 1880 edition)

 

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The preface (in volume one) of this important work states it this way,

 

At the conclusion of the preface to the first volume of the History of the Reformation, the author wrote, 'This work will consist of four volumes, or at the most five, which will appear successively.' These five volumes have appeared. In them are described the heroic times of Luther, and the effects

produced in Germany and other countries by the characteristic doctrine of that reformer -- justification by faith. They present a picture of that great epoch which contained in the germ the revival of Christianity in the last three centuries. The author has thus completed the task he had assigned himself; but there still remained another.

 

The times of Luther were followed by those of Calvin. He, like his great predecessor, undertook to search the Scriptures, and in them he found the same truth and the same life; but a different character distinguishes his work.

 

The renovation of the individual, of the Church, and of the human race, is his theme. If the Holy Ghost kindles the lamp of truth in man, it is (according to Calvin) 'to the end that the entire man should be transformed.' -- 'In the kingdom of Christ,' he says, 'it is only the new man that flourishes and has any vigor, and whom we ought to take into account.' This renovation is, at the same time, an enfranchisement; and we might assign, as a motto to the reformation accomplished by Calvin, as well as to apostolical Christianity itself, these words of Jesus Christ: The truth shall make you free. (John 8:32)...

 

The reformation of the sixteenth century restored to the human race what the middle ages had stolen from them; it delivered them from the traditions, laws, and despotism of the papacy; it put an end to the minority and tutelage in which Rome claimed to keep mankind for ever; and by calling upon man to establish his faith not on the word of a priest, but on the infallible Word of God, and by announcing to every one free access to the Father through the new and saving way -- Christ Jesus, it proclaimed and brought about the hour of Christian manhood...

 

Luther transformed princes into heroes of the faith, and we have described with admiration their triumphs at Augsburg and elsewhere. The reformation of Calvin was addressed particularly to the people, among whom it raised up martyrs until the time came when it was to send forth the spiritual conquerors of the world. For three centuries it has been producing, in the social condition of the nations that have received it, transformations unknown to former times. And still at this very day, and now perhaps more than ever, it imparts to the men who accept it a spirit of power which makes them chosen instruments, fitted to propagate truth, morality, and civilisation to the ends of the earth.

 

In this extensive chronicle of international Reformation the author has made use of the archives in Geneva, Calvin's Latin letters, numerous French documents of the sixteenth century and many other sources not readily available (especially to English readers). This has greatly increased the value of this work, as a great deal of this information is not available elsewhere in English. Moreover, the broad historical and geographical range (from the Hugenots to the Netherlands to Norway and on) covered herein, coupled with the author's extensive research (in various languages) makes this an unique treasure for those seeking to "walk in the footsteps of the flock" (Song of Solomon 1:8). In fact, there are few other large Reformation histories, written by Calvinists, that rival this set.

 

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Volume 6: "Scotland, Switzerland, Geneva" (546 pages)

Volume 7: "Geneva, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Hungary, Poland, Bohemia, the Netherlands" (605 pages)

Volume 8: "Hungary, Poland, Bohemia, Netherlands, Geneva, Denmark, Sweden, Norway" (484 pages)

 

4106 pages, with an extensive 93 page general index (in volume eight).

 

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FALSE DOCTRINE IS FROM

THE ROMAN ANTICHRIST

 

Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee (1Tim. 4:16).

 

Resource 9. BLAKENEY, R.P.

Manual of Romish Controversy: Being a Complete Refutation of the Creed of Pope Pius IV

 

A massive refutation of the superstition and heresy of the Roman harlot. Contains 24 chapters dealing with all the major (and many of the minor) points at issue between Rome and the Protestants. Contains much research that is hard to find elsewhere. 316 pages

 

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MAN MADE HYMNS ARE FROM

THE ROMAN ANTICHRIST

 

Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men (Mark 7:7).

 

Resource 10. DICK, JAMES

Hymns and Hymn Books (1883)

 

Greg Price calls this one of the best short defences of exclusive Psalmody. It is excerpted from The Original Covenanter magazine (Dec, 1883, vol. 3, No. 12). Here is a taste of Dick's writing,

 

Hymns of human composition are used so commonly now in public worship by Presbyterian churches that it is difficult to believe that the practice is not a hundred years old, and that in some of the churches it is of very recent date. On the supposition that it is good and dutiful and wise to sing such hymns in worship, it is equally difficult to account for the neglect of the churches at the time of the Reformation, and for generations afterwards. What could have so blinded the reformers as to make them reject hymns and sing the Psalms alone? How could the Westminster Divines, in framing their Confession of Faith and Directory for Worship, have been so unanimous in the blunder that the service of praise is to consist of the 'singing of Psalms?' And apart from the aspect of duty, how could the Presbyterian churches, for about a hundred and fifty or two hundred years after the Westminster Assembly, have been so insensible to the power of hymns as an attractive addition to their public services? We cannot by any means understand how it was that, if it was dutiful to use hymns in worship, the reformers did not discover the Scriptural warrant for the duty, especially as hymns had been used for centuries by the Church of Rome. Nor can we understand how they rejected the hymns and used the Psalms alone, unless on the supposition that they believed the use of hymns to be part of the will-worship of Rome. If they were wrong on this point, then Rome and our modern Presbyterian churches are right. In that case, the Puritans and Covenanters were fanatics, and Romanists were truly enlightened! And most of our Presbyterian churches of the present day were fanatical too, and did not become truly enlightened and liberal till they got back to the Romish practice!

 

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OTHER RESOURCES RELATED TO THE THE OVERTHROW OF THE ROMAN ANTICHRIST

 

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David Steele on Rev. 11:3, "And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth," from Notes on the Apocalypse (below).

 

V. 3.--While the nominal church, "the outer court and the holy city," would be "trodden under foot," and the most eminent places would be filled with idolaters, infidels, hypocrites, and mercenary spirits, and true Christians grievously oppressed, the Lord would preserve a faithful few from defiling themselves with the prevailing abominations. These he claims and owns as his "peculiar treasure,"--"my witnesses." These have found that it was "good for them to draw near to God," when the multitude treacherously departed from him. The Lord Christ promises to sustain them in the midst of all their tribulations. The duration of their special work is the very same as that of the treading of the holy city, "a thousand two hundred and three score days,"--1260 years. In attempting to fix the beginning of this period, Daniel and John must be compared; both treat of the same events and dates, and this gives definiteness to the interpretation. Daniel fixes these events to the fourth monarchy after it had been broken in pieces, and the ten horns had arisen: (ch, 7:23-25;) so that we have both the geography and chronology determined by the prophets themselves. Hence it follows that we must date the beginning of the 1260 years after the first four trumpets; for by these the western Roman empire was dismembered or broken, that the ten horns might appear. Then the "little horn" of Daniel arose after and among them, (ch. 7:20, 24.) All reliable expositors agree that the "little horn" is the papacy or the Romish church. This little horn is the special enemy of the "saints of the Most High," and they are to be "given into his hand." (Dan. 7:25.) The first four trumpets subverted the Roman empire in the west in the latter part of the sixth century. This event made way for the bishop of Rome, in process of time, to acquire a great accession of ecclesiastical power. The civil and ecclesiastical rulers, equally unscrupulous and aspiring, were at this period on terms of comparative intimacy, and occasionally disposed to reciprocate good offices. Phocas, having waded through the blood of the citizens to supreme civil power, in order to secure his position, declared Boniface III., bishop of Rome, head of the universal church. This impious public act took place in the year 606. The pope became also a temporal prince in 756. Now we cannot know with certainty which of these events, nor indeed whether either of them, marks the period in time when the 1260 years began. Hence we must remain at uncertainty as to the exact time when this most interesting period will end. Of all transactions recorded in history, however, that between Phocas and Boniface appears most like "giving the saints into the hand of the little horn." At this juncture in particular, church and state conspire, as never before, to resist the authority of Jesus Christ the Mediator. Paul's "man of sin" has been "revealed in his time." (2 Thess. 2:6.) Paganism has been abolished by formal edict throughout the Roman empire, and Christianity established as the recognised religion of the commonwealth. That which "letted,"--hindered, that is, the pagan idolatry of the civil state, is "taken out of the way;" and nominal Christianity takes its place. This combination or alliance between church and state will be more clearly made known in the succeeding chapters of this book. Mean while it is the immediate design of the "little open book," to give an epitome or outline of this unholy confederacy in the first thirteen verses of this chapter. The treading under foot of the holy city by the "Gentiles," furnishes occasion for the witnesses to appear publicly against them. These pretended Christians, but real hypocrites, as will appear with increasing evidence as we proceed, have usurped the rights of Messiah's crown, and grievously oppressed his real disciples. Against these outrages on the prerogatives of Christ and the rights of man, these witnesses lift their solemn protest. Their distinctive name, "witnesses," is familiar to every one who searches the Scriptures. (Isa. 43:10; Acts 1:8.) But witnesses who love not their lives unto the death are distinguished by the name of martyrs. (Rev. 2:13; Acts 22:20.)

 

Resource 11. STEELE, DAVID

Notes on the Apocalypse (1870)

 

In 1779, in their Testimony and Warning Against the Blasphemies and Idolatry of Popery, the Reformed Presbytery called Durham's Complete Commentary... On the Book of Revelation [$39.98, 2 vol. rare bound photocopy], "the best exposition of that book that has yet been published" (p. 61n). Had they had the privilege of reading Steele's Notes on the Apocalypse we are quite certain that they would have given it a similar endorsement. Though written in a different style than Durham's work, Steele's notes on Revelation may be even more valuable in many respects -- Steele having taken a more decided position "in the wilderness." Steele also had the benefit of many more resources, having written over two centuries later. Steele's aim in writing this book is made clear in his own words taken from the preface,

 

As this work is intended for the instruction and edification of the unlearned, rather than for the entertainment of the learned, words of foreign extract are used as seldom as possible. Practical remarks and reflections are rarely introduced; the principal aim being simply to ascertain and present to the reader the mind of the Holy Spirit. How far this object has been accomplished, is of course left to the judgment of the honest inquirer. The reader, however, in forming his judgment of the value of these Notes, may be reminded of that inspired rule in searching the Scriptures,--"Comparing spiritual things with spiritual." To assist him in the application of this divine rule, many chapters and verses are quoted from other parts of the Bible, but especially within the Apocalypse itself; that by concentrating the various rays upon particular texts or symbols, their intrinsic light may be rendered more luminous. Thus the interpretation given, if correct, may be confirmed and illustrated.

 

Appendices include a section on, The New Jerusalem, The Antichrist, The Image of the Beast, The Beast's "deadly wound," The Little Book, The Death of the Witnesses, The Mark of the Beast, The First Resurrection, The Identity of the Two Witnesses, Sounding of the Seventh Trumpet and The Title of this Book (i.e. the Book of Revelation--RB). This work also includes various "animadversions on the interpretations (of Revelation--RB) of several among the most learned and approved expositors of Britain and America."

 

Comments on this work include the four given below, all which were given without the solicitation or knowledge of the author. The Evangelical Repository notes, "the author adduces a greater number of Scriptural illustrations than any other writer on prophecy we ever met with." Hutcheson writes, "I can recommend it to any person as condensing the best thoughts to be had on the subject." Brooks says, "I have derived more knowledge of the Apocalypse from this work than from all other expositions which I have consulted." And finally, John Cunningham comments, "It is neither a dictionary nor concordance; neither a confession of faith, nor an encyclopedia, but a thesaurus of Theology, embodying the characters of all these." Steele dedicated this work to John Cunningham, author of The Ordinance of Covenanting ($14.99 P, $29.00 HP). 323 pages.

 

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Resource 12. DURHAM, JAMES

A Complete Commentary Upon the Book of Revelation (1658, 1799 edition, 2 volumes)

 

"After all that has been written it would not be easy to find a more sensible and instructive work than this old-fashioned exposition... the mystery of the Gospel fills it with sweet savour" writes Spurgeon of this work (cited in Johnston, Treasury of the Scottish Covenant, p. 318, emphasis added). Carstairs, in the introduction to this huge set, comments that the judicious reader "will count the author an interpreter, one among a thousand." This book touches on many subjects "with some practical observations, and several digressions, necessary for vindicating, clearing, and confirming many weighty and important truths." Furthermore, along with a detailed verse by verse interpretation of the book of Revelation it includes (at the end of volume two) a brief summary (containing 24 pages) of the whole book. The complete photocopy set is massive and covers 1750 pages!

 

We would also note that we are offering only a cerlox bound photocopy edition of this work at the present time. This is because Old Paths Publications intends on retypsetting the complete work, adding an introduction (or two), and publishing this set as a regular hardcover book. The Old Paths hardcover should be ready in a year or so and we hope to make it available to you through our catalogue at that time. You may want to wait for the hardcover as it will have the advantage of being retypeset (though it will likely be much more expensive); but if you absolutely need Durham now the cerlox bound photocopy is available.

 

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Resource 13. FULKE, WILLIAM

A Defense of the Sincere and True Translations of the Holy Scriptures in the English Tongue, Against the Manifold Cavils, Frivolous Quarrels, and Impudent Slanders of Gregory Martin, One of the Readers of Popish Divinity in the Traitorous Seminary of Rhemes (1583, 1843 edition)

 

"Whereunto is added a brief confutation of all such quarrels and cavils, as have been of late uttered by diverse Papists in the English Pamphlets, against the writings of the said William Fulke." Fulke was refuting, "A Discovery of the Manifold Corruption of the Holy Scriptures by the Heretics of our Days, Specially the English Sectaries, and of Their Foul Dealing Herein, By Partial and False Translations to the Advantage of Their Heresies, in Their English Bibles Used and Authorized Since the Time of Schism" (1582) by Martin. 621 pages.

 

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Resource 14. EASON, CHARLES

The Genevan Bible, Notes on its Production and Distribution (1937, reprinted 1998)

 

"The Genevan Bible Notes contain the fascinating account of the origins and revisions of the Geneva Bible originally published in 1560. The Genevan Bible was the most popular Bible of the English people from 1560 until the late 1600's. There were three primary editions: (1) the editions that follow the first edition of 1560; (2) the editions in which Tomson's New Testament of 1576 is substituted for the 1560 New Testament; and (3) the Bibles from 1598 that contain the Notes on Revelation of Francis Junius. 56 pages'" (GP fyler).

 

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BIBLES AGAINST THE

BEAST OF THE EARTH

(cf. David Steele's Notes on the Apocalypse, appendix on "The Antichrist")

 

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Resource 15. TYNDALE, WILLIAM

Tyndale New Testament (1536, 1999 reprint)

 

"Tyndale's New Testament of 1525 was the first portion of scripture ever printed in the English language. Tyndale corrected the New Testament before and during his incarceration for "heresy" at the Vilvorde Castle near Brussels, Belgium in 1535-1536. The corrections also "added a necessary table including the gospel of St. Matthew, St. Marke, St. Luke and St. John as well as the Acts of the Apostles." The book contains over 140 exquisite, original woodcuts. Much of Tyndale's corrected New Testament appears unchanged but unacknowledged in the 1611 King James Version of the Bible. On October 6, 1536 Tyndale was burned at the stake for translating the Bible into English, thereby attaining Christian martyrdom. 6 x 8 1/2, quarto edition, 550 pages" (GP fyler).

 

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Resource 16. The King James Bible (1611)

(Black leather hardcover with gold foil stamping)

 

"With the death of Queen Elizabeth I, Prince James VI of Scotland became King James I of England. The Protestant clergy approached the new King in 1604 and announced their desire for a new translation to replace the Bishop's Bible first printed in 1565. They knew that the Geneva Version had won the hearts of the people because of its excellent scholarship, accuracy, and exhaustive commentary; however, they did not want the controversial marginal notes (proclaiming the Pope an Anti-Christ, etc.) Essentially, the leaders of the church desired a Bible for the people, with scriptural references only for word clarification when multiple meanings were possible. This "translation to end all translations" became the most printed book in the history of the world. In fact, for around 250 years -- until the appearance of the Revised Version of 1881 -- the King James Version reigned without rival. Own a piece of original Bible history. 8 3/8 x 10 3/4, 1,520 pages" (GP flyer).

 

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Resource 17.  KING JAMES BIBLE WITH THE GENEVA BIBLE NOTES (1672)

The best Reformation translation (King James Version) combined with the best Bible notes of the first Reformation (the Geneva Bible notes)! A great tool for public, family and private worship and study. Printed from a marvelously clean original copy, surpassing the quality of all other printings (of the Geneva Bible notes in particular) we have seen. Contains almost 1000 (8.5 X 11 inch) pages with notes on the complete Bible (Old & New Testaments) -- making this a veritable library of study and classic Protestant commentary in just one book!

 

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Resource 18. THE COMPLETE

1599 GENEVA BIBLE

 

The Geneva Bible is the Puritan Bible with Reformation promoting marginal notes authored by prominent leaders of the Reformation (during the time of John Calvin and John Knox). The Geneva Bible was the predominant English translation during the period in which the English and Scottish Reformations gained great impetus. Iain Murray, in his classic work on revival and the interpretation of prophecy, The Puritan Hope (http://www.swrb.com/catalog/M.htm ), notes, "...the two groups in England and Scotland developed along parallel lines, like two streams originating at one fountain. The fountain was not so much Geneva, as the Bible which the exiles newly translated and issued with many marginal notes... it was read in every Presbyterian and Puritan home in both realms" (p. 7). This time also saw the rise of the forces for covenanted Reformation against the corruption and abuses of prelacy and the royal factions. Darkness was dispelled as people read this Bible and saw for themselves that there is no authority above the Holy Scriptures. Discerning this truth, it became apparent that the civil tyranny and the heretical superstitions imposed by Pope, King and Bishops were to be resisted unto death, if necessary (i.e. because these innovations in church and state were opposed to the Kingship of Christ and the law of His kingdom, as set forth in Holy Scripture).

 

Furthermore, this is the Bible that led to the King James edition. James (a flaming homosexual, megalomaniac, and tyrant) did not want the Calvinistic marginal notes of the Geneva Bible getting into the hands of the people because he considered them "seditious;" hence, he authorized the King James Version as a substitute (though the KJV far surpasses modern translations).

 

Although most people today have never heard of the Geneva Bible, it was so popular from 1560 to 1644 that it went through 140+ printings. The reason for its popularity among the faithful is obvious: the marginal notes promoted a full-orbed, nation-changing Protestantism! Taking a modern work, such as the Scofield Reference Bible, and comparing the notes to those of the Geneva Bible, it will readily be seen that the religion of the Protestant Reformation bears no resemblance to much of the nonsense being prattled today! Deluxe hardcover.

 

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Resource 19. Geneva Bible (1560, 1998 reprint)

William Whittingham, Thomas Gilbey, and Anthony Sampson

 

"The 1560 Geneva Bible is the work of religious leaders exiled from England to Geneva, Switzerland after 1553. It was the first Bible in English to divide the scriptures into numbered verses. It was the most widely read and influential English Bible of the 16th and 17th centuries. Shakespeare quoted the Geneva Bible more than 5,000 times in his plays. The images contained within the Bible were produced by hand created woodcuts. The marginal notes consisting of about 300,000 words or one-third of the text was the key to its popularity. The marginal notes often reflected Calvinistic and Protestant reformation influences, not yet accepted by the Church of England and led to its demise. King James I considered the Geneva Bible "seditious" and made its ownership a felony. The Pilgrims and Puritans brought the Geneva Bible to America. This Vintage Archives replica edition has been digitally re-mastered and slightly enlarged for easier reading, but none of the content has been altered. This is the first printing of the first edition. It contains all the books of the Bible (Old Testament and New Testament), as well as the non-canonical Apocrypha. 8 3/8 x 10 3/4, small folio edition, 1,226 pages" (adapted from GP flyer).

 

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THE ENGLISH HEXAPLA EXHIBITING THE SIX IMPORTANT ENGLISH TRANSLATIONS OF THE NEW TESTAMENT SCRIPTURES, WICLIF, TYNDALE, CRANMER, GENEVAN, ANGLO-RHEMISH, AUTHORIZED OR KING JAMES VERSION (1841)

 

"Hexapla," of course, means "six-fold" or "six-columned" As the section of this book explaining the "Plan of the English Hexapla" notes, "the term 'Hexapla' was originally applied to the work executed by Origen in the 3rd century; in which the first column contained the Hebrew Text of the Old Testament; the second, the Hebrew text in Greek letters; the third, Aquila's Greek version; the fourth, the translation of Symmachus; the fifth, the LXX version (i.e. the Septuagint--RB); the sixth, Theodotion's version." The English Hexapla offered here contains the six English translations noted in the title, arranged side by side for easy comparison and reference. Dates for each version used are as follows: Wiclif (1380, the first English New Testament), Tyndal (1534, the first English-printed New Testament), Cranmer's Great Bible (1539, the first authorized English Bible), Geneva (1557, the first Bible with numbered verses), Rheims (1582, the first Roman Catholic version), King James Version (1611, first edition). Of special interest may be the Geneva 1557 version (from a copy of the first edition), as both Geneva Bible's presently in print contain later versions (1599 and 1602) of this text. It should also be noted that the notes to the Geneva Bible are not included in the English Hexapla, just the text. The 1611 edition of the KJV will also be of value to those who would like to compare it with the more modern version of this translation. "The notation of the verses has been inserted in all the translations, for convenience of reference... In illustration of the utility of the comparison of the various translations, much that is interesting might be advanced, but which the use of the volume will at once afford. The varied, although ordinarily equivalent manner in which the different translators render the same phrase, often throws much light upon the exact meaning; and when the versions vary in sense, the enquiry suggested with reference to the Original cannot fail to afford profit while it interests" ("Plan of the English Hexapla," pp. 161-162). Additionally this English Hexapla also includes "The original Greek text after Scholz with the various readings of the Textus Receptus and the principal Constantinopolitan and Alexanderine manuscripts, and a complete collation of Scholz's text with Griesbach's edition of 1805... The Greek text has been placed in the upper part of each page, for the purpose of facilitating the comparison of the versions with the Original, so desirable when they vary in rendering any passage." This is all preceeded by a detailed and annotated 160 page historical account of the English translations. 1,080 pages.

 

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We are preparing THE WORKS OF THOMAS BOSTON (12 volumes) for publication in our cerlox bound and Hardcover photocopy formats. The photocopy editions will, Lord willing, be shipping in May of 2000. However, just in case our sales figures do not justify the renewal of our EMAIL SUPER SPECIALS past the dates when this set will be shipped, we would like to offer this resource to you now at the following SUPER SALE discounts.

 

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Resource A. BOSTON, THOMAS

The Works of Thomas Boston

(12 volumes, 1853)

 

By common consent Boston takes rank in the highest class of our practical religious writers; and in respect of spiritual usefulness his works have largely followed him. Except the Shorter Catechism and the Pilgrim's Progress, no book, perhaps, has contributed so much to mould the religious character of Scotland as his Fourfold State (F.C. Magazine, VI, p. 256 as cited in Johnston, Treasury of the Scottish Covenant, p. 479).

 

Dr. James Hamilton writes,

 

Thomas Boston whose peaceful walk with God is not yet forgotten in Ettrick Forest, and whose writings, originally designed for his own shepherds, are now praised in all the churches, and most prized by those Christians who have farthest grown in grace (cited in Johnston, Treasury of the Scottish Covenant, p. 477).

 

McGowan, in the Encyclopedia of the Reformed Faith (p. 38), also notes,

 

Boston was an orthodox federal Calvinist committed to the theology of the Westminster Confession. His federal theology was neither legalistic nor conditional in its understanding of grace.

 

On Boston's notes in the Marrow of Modern Divinity, James Henry (author of Theron and Aspasio) comments,

 

I never read the Marrow, with Mr. Boston's Notes, until this present time (1755) and I find, by not having read it, I have sustained considerable loss. It is a most valuable book; the doctrines it contains are the life of my soul, and the joy of my heart. Might my tongue or my pen be made instrumental to recommend and illustrate, to support and propagate such precious truths, I should bless the day wherein I was born. Mr. Boston's Notes on the Marrow are, in my opinion, some of the most judicious and valuable that ever were penned (cited in Brown's Gospel Truth Accurately Stated and Illustrated, by... James Hog, Thomas Boston, Ebenezer and Ralph Erskine, and Others; Occasioned by the Republication of the Marrow of Modern Divinity, p. 7).

 

Furthermore, in Brown's Gospel Truth (pages 107-110) we find a very useful sketch of the character and capabilities of Thomas Boston, as drawn by some of his closest friends (the three ministers, Colden, Wilson and Davidson). These pages are an edifying read in themselves; and we will supply you with a few short comments from this section,

 

Mr. Boston was... of a strong and faithful genius, of a lively imagination, such as affords what is called a ready wit, (which, instead of cultivating, he laid under a severe restraint,) of tender affections, a clear and solid judgment... There were few pieces of learning that he had not some good taste for... He had an admirable talent at drawing a paper, which made a statesman, a very able judge, say, (when Mr. Boston was clerk of the Synod of Merse and Teviotdale,) that he was the best clerk he had ever know in any court, civil or ecclesiatic... as a minister, he had on his spirit a deep and high sense of divine things, was mighty in the Scripture... His knowledge and insight in the mystery of Christ was great, though a humbling sense of the want of it was like to have quite sunk and laid him by, after he began to preach. He had a peculiar talent for going deep into the mysteries of the gospel, and at the same time making them plain, particularly in making intelligible their connection with, and influence upon, gospel-holiness; notable instances of which may be seen in his most valuable treatise, "Of the Covenant of Grace," and in his sermons on Christ in the form of a servant... No wonder his ministrations in holy things were all of them dear and precious to the saints. He was fixed and established upon solid and rational grounds in the Reformation principle, in opposition to Popery, Prelacy, superstition, and persecution... Far from serving the Lord with that which cost him nothing, it was his delight to spend and be spent in the service of the gospel... zeal and knowledge were in him united to a degree rarely to be met with... He was exceedingly cautious and scrupulous of any thing new or unprecedented, until he was thoroughly satisfied of its necessity and grounds... He was a scribe singularly instructed into the kingdom of God, happy in finding out acceptable words -- a burning and shining light.

 

Davidson further states,

 

The acquaintance I had with him, and the frequent opportunities I had of hearing him preach, I look upon as one of the greatest privileges I was favoured with in my early days, and which I still reflect on with great pleasure. He was one of the most powerful preachers I ever heard open a mouth... There were few men (if any) in his day, who courted popularity less than he did; nay, he rather shunned it, but, like his shadow, it followed him wherever he went, for his ministrations were savoury and acceptable to all who had a relish for the truth as it is in Jesus, and a love to that holiness of heart and life which the belief of it never fails to influence in the minds of all the children of God (Gospel Truth, p. 110).

 

In concluding his memoir of Boston in Gospel Truth, Brown notes,

 

Few writings, if any, are more acceptable and useful. The following epitaph was written by Mr. R. Erskine:

 

"The great, the grace, judicious Boston's gone,

Who once like Athanasius bold stood firm alone;

Whose golden pen to future times will bear

His fame, till in the clouds his Lord appear."

 

Regrettably, however profitable most of Boston's writing is to all Christians, we would be remiss not to mention that in some small sections of his works he clearly sides with the backslidden Revolution church (against the Covenanters). This is a sad defect and to counteract it we will include a FREE (cerlox bound photocopy) of Andrew Clarkson's masterful Plain Reasons for Presbyterians Dissenting from the Revolution Church of Scotland. Also Their Principles Concerning Civil Government, and the Difference Betwixt the Reformation and Revolution Principles (1731, a $29.99 value!) with every order of this full eight volume set.

 

Finally, of Boston, David Lachman writes,

 

He took an active part in the Marrow Controversy, having 'relished [the Marrow] greatly' since first finding a copy in a cottage while engaged in pastoral visitation in Simprin... John (Rabbi) Duncan aptly characterized Boston as a 'commonplace genius'... he infused it (Reformed Orthodoxy) with fresh life and warmth, influencing first his parish and eventually all of Scotland.

 

His theology can be characterized as what came to be known as 'Marrow theology'. From early in his ministry he emphasized a free offer of the gospel, an assurance focused on Christ and not in the believer himself, and the power of grace in the life of the believer rather than the threatenings of the law. These and the like emphases are evident throughout his works. His first published book originated in a course of sermons preached in Simprin and again in Ettrick. After a series of mishaps, Human Nature in its Fourfold State (E, 1720) was published anonymously. His most influential work, it has been reprinted perhaps 100 times and translated into a variety of languages. The Bible aside, it had an influence second to none in the religious life of Scotland for well over 100 years.

 

A fine linguist, Boston taught himself Hebrew... His Memoirs is a classic (less his confusion about the Covenanters--RB); primarily a spiritual autobiography, it recounts his life with an endearing candour... The Complete Works (12 vols, A, 1848-52 [i.e. the SWRB reprint edition--RB]) is the definitive edition (Dictionary of Scottish Church History and Theology, pp. 88-89).

 

Volumes in this set are divided along the following lines:

 

Volume 1

Commentary on the Shorter Catechism (volume one)

Volume 2

Commentary on the Shorter Catechism (volume two)

Volume 3

Discourse on the Holy Spirit: His Name, Nature, Personality, Dispensation, Operations, and Effect

-- His Work in the Old and New Creation Explained, and the Doctrines Vindicated

The Nature and Necessity of Gospel Holiness; the Difference Between Grace and Morality,

or a Spiritual Life Unto God in Evangelical Obedience, and a Course of Moral Virtues, Stated and Declared

Volume 4

Sermons on Various Practical Subjects

Volume 5

The Art of Man-Fishing

The Distinguishing Characteristics of True Believers

The State and Character of True Believers

Volume 6

Miscellaneous Questions

Miscellaneous Tracts

Practical Discourses

Volume 7

A Brief Explication of the First Part of the Assembly's Shorter Catechism

The Marrow of Modern Divinity (On the Covenants, the Gospel and the Law)

Everlasting Espousals

The Mystery of Christ in the Form of a Servant

The Peculiar Mercy and Business of Life Opened Up and Applied

The Evil and Danger of Schism (see Clarkson's Plain Reasons for a refutation)

The Necessity and Foundations of a Throne of Grace for the Behoof of Poor Sinners

The Evidences and Causes of the Decay of Religion in the Soul Discovered (and Its Cure)

Volume 8

Human Nature in Its Fourfold State

A View of the Covenant of Grace from the Sacred Records

Volume 9

Sermons on Various Practical Subjects

Volume 10

Sermons on Various Practical Subjects

Sermons on the Name and Attributes of Christ

The Christian Life Delineated in Several Practical Discourses

Volume 11

Discourses on Prayer

A View of the Covenant of Works from the Sacred Records

A Memorial Concerning Personal and Family Fasting and Humiliation

Volume 12

The Author's Address to His Children

Memoirs

 

There are 7376 pages in the complete 12 volume set.

 

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Resource B. OWEN, JOHN

The Works of John Owen

(16 volumes)

 

John Girardeau, in his Instrumental Music in the Public Worship of the Church (pp. 24-25), praises Owen's work A Discourse Concerning Liturgies and their Imposition (found in this set), by calling Owen a "great theologian" and adding the comment that "the British Isles have produced no greater." In the Encyclopedia of the Reformed Faith we find these words,

 

Owen is best known as a theological writer. He expounded the great dogmas of the faith... In his spiritual writings there is great warmth as well as a remarkable understanding of the work of the Holy Spirit in the hearts of sinners (p. 270).

 

Goold, in the "General Preface" (of volume one in this set) writes,

 

It would be a presumption to enter upon any commendation of John Owen as an author and divine. His works will continue to gather round them the respect and admiration of the Church of Christ, so long as reverence is cherished for the Christian faith... His treatises on experimental religion are yet unrivalled; and it is wonderful with what ease and point he brings the highest principles of the faith to bear on the workings of the human heart, and the details of Christian experience. His controversial writings, apart from their intrinsic merits, have a relative value that is perhaps too much overlooked, and renders them indispensable in any good collection of British literature... his works... enjoy an extensive circulation. Nor was their popularity confined to England. They have repeatedly appeared in the language of Holland; and by the Dutch divines the most favourable mention is made of the various treatises of our pious and learned Puritan... In Scotland, the influence exerted by Owen's writings has been very great... (his) name towers into just pre-eminence among all his venerable compeers in Puritan literature.

 

Stillingfleet, though an opponent of Owen at one time, writes,

 

Owen stands pre-eminent among the writers of this (Puritan--RB) school... Though his works will be the Minister's constant companion through his course, yet are they most valuable parts of his preparatory study, as exhibiting the scriptural doctrines in an experimental mould and in practical influence,-- a complete pattern of that form of Ministry which equally adapts itself to the various purposes of our office.

 

Thompson, in his "Life of Dr. Owen"(included in volume one) states,

 

John Owen belonged to a class of men who have risen from age to age in the church, to represent great principles, and to revive in the church the life of God. The supreme authority of the Scriptures in all matters of religion, -- the headship of Christ, ...-- religion as a thing of spirit, and not of form, resulting from the personal belief of certain revealed truths, and infallibly manifesting itself in a holy life, ... these principles often contended for in flames and blood, were the essence of that Puritanism which found one of its noblest examples in Owen.

 

Amidst all this praise for Owen, one note of warning needs to be sounded. Though Owen is admittedly among the top Puritan writers on most of the subjects he covers, when he deals with issues related to church and civil government his genius only seems to add to his confusion (at least until shortly before his death, see below). Thus, to counteract two of his major errors we will include FREE cerlox bound copies of Daniel Cawdrey's Independence a Great Schism: Proved Against Dr. (John--RB) Owen, His Apology in his Tract of Schism (1657, a $19.98 value!) and John Brown of Haddington's The Absurdity and Perfidy of All Authoritative Toleration of Gross Heresy, Blasphemy, Idolatry, Popery, in Britain (1797, 1803 edition, a $69.95 value!) with every order of Owen's full 16 volume set. In this regard, it is also extremely interesting to note that just before Owen died he said,

 

that now he had seen his mistake as to the Independent way, and declared... that after his utmost search into Scriptures and antiquity, he was now satisfied that Presbytery was the way Christ had appointed in his New Testament Church.

 

Documentation for this will be included in our printing of Owen's Works, as an added bonus! Furthermore, because of Owen's involvement with Oliver Cromwell you may also want to view the free debate material on Cromwell at http://www.swrb.com/newslett/actualNLs/crom.htm .

 

This set contains some of the best practical, doctrinal and controversial Puritan writing that you will find anywhere (less the defects noted above); and whether or not you are in agreement with Owen on every point, you still have to admire his style and the manner in which he approached the issues. For example, in his classic work "On Justification" (and the Romanists would certainly disagree with Owen on this point) Owen wrote,

 

I lay more weight on the steady direction of one soul in this inquiry, than on disappointing [i.e., refuting--LB] the objections of twenty wrangling or fiery disputers...

 

Owen's work often represents the best that Puritanism had to offer -- and this is high praise, as the Puritans excelled in their mastery of Scripture and in the quest for holiness, to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever.

 

We leave you with a translation by Dr. Gibbons of the epitaph inscribed on the monument of Dr. Owen in Bunhill-fields,

 

JOHN OWEN, D.D., born in the county of Oxford, the son of an eminent minister, himself more eminent, and worthy to be enrolled among the first divines of the age; furnished with human literature in all its kinds, and in its highest degrees, he called forth all his knowledge in an orderly train to serve the interests of religion, and minister in the sanctuary of his God. In divinity, practical, polemic, and casuistical, he excelled others, and was in all equal to himself. The Arminian, Socinian, and Popish errors, those Hydras whose contaminated breath and deadly poison infested the church, he, with more than Herculean labour repulsed, vanquished, and destroyed. The whole economy of redeeming grace, revealed and applied by the Holy Spirit, he deeply investigated, and communicated to others, having first felt its divine energy, according to its draught in the Holy Scriptures, transferred into his bosom. Superior to all terrene pursuits, he constantly cherished, and largely experienced, that blissful communion with Deity he so admirably describes in his writings (Christian Worthies, p. 32).

 

Indexed, 9617 pages.

 

Volumes in this set are divided along the following lines:

 

DIVISION 1: DOCTRINAL

Volume 1 - The Glory of Christ

Life of Owen, by Andrew Thomson

On the Person of Christ

Meditations and Discourses on the Glory of Christ

Meditations and Discourses on the Glory of Christ Applied to Sinners and Saints

Two Short Catechisms

Volume 2 - Communion With God

On Communion With God

Vindication of the Preceding Discourse

Vindication of the Doctrine of the Trinity

Volume 3 - The Holy Spirit

Discourse on the Holy Spirit: His Name, Nature, Personality, Dispensation, Operations, and Effect

-- His Work in the Old and New Creation Explained, and the Doctrines Vindicated

The Nature and Necessity of Gospel Holiness; the Difference Between Grace and Morality,

or a Spiritual Life Unto God in Evangelical Obedience, and a Course of Moral Virtues, Stated and Declared

Volume 4 - The Work of the Spirit

The Reason of Faith

Causes, Ways, and Means, of Understanding the Mind of God, as Revealed in His Word, With Assurance Therein.

And a Declaration of the Perspicuity of the Scriptures, With the External Means of the Interpretation of Them

On the Work of the Holy Spirit in Prayer; With a Brief Inquiry Into the Nature and Use of Mental Prayer

and Forms Of the Holy Spirit and His Work, as a Comforter admonitory as the Author of Spiritual Gifts.

Volume 5 - Faith and Its Evidences

The Doctrine of Justification by Faith

Evidences of the Faith of God's Elect

 

DIVISION 2: PRACTICAL

Volume 6 - Temptation and Sin

On the Mortification of Sin

On Temptation

On Indwelling Sin in Believers

Exposition of Psalm 130

Volume 7 - Sin and Grace

On the nature and causes of Apostasy, and the Punishment of Apostates

On Spiritual-Mindedness

On the Dominion of Sin and Grace

Volume 8 - Sermons to the Nation

Sermons

Volume 9 - Sermons to the Church

Posthumous Sermons

 

DIVISION 3: CONTROVERSIAL

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A Display of Arminianism

The Death of Death in the Death of Christ

Of the Death of Christ

A Dissertation on Divine Justice

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Of the Death of Christ and Justification

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Eschol: a Cluster of the Fruit of Canaan

Of Schism; in Three Books

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The Church of Rome No Safe Guide

On Union Among Protestants

On the State and Fate of Protestantism

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Discourse Concerning Evangelical Love, Church Peace, and Unity

Inquiry Concerning Evangelical Churches

Answer to Dr. Stilingfleet on the Unreasonableness of Separation

Instruction in the Worship of God

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True Nature of a Gospel Church

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On the Divine Original of the Scriptures

Posthumous Sermons

Indices

 

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