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The weapons, with which the saints overcame the dragon, were not carnal, but mighty. These, we are told, were "the blood of the Lamb, and the word of their testimony." They believed and they taught in opposition to the popular doctrine of good works and penances, that the righteousness which the law of God requires of a sinner, is provided by a Surety; that the blood of Christ alone cleanses believers from the guilt of sin, and thus justifies them in the sight of God. No man ever used stronger language than Luther in denouncing the supposed efficacy of works, or in asserting the sovereignty of free grace, in the justification of a sinner. Indeed it was the deep impression which the doctrine of justification made upon the hearts of men, and the firm hold which faith took of it, that enabled and constrained them to forsake the Romish church and to seek and erect a separate fellowship. This was with them "the word of Christ's patience." Other doctrines of grace were, of course, connected with this of justification in the apprehension of the Reformers, but it was the central one. And thus we may learn, that any doctrine of the Bible, when generally opposed, may lawfully become a point of testimony; and when openly opposed and practically denied, it may become a warrantable and imperative ground of separation. In all such cases, -- and history supplies multitudes of them, -- the declining majority are truly the schismatics and separatists. The malicious, the indolent and credulous, however, in all ages have joined in the cry of schism as attaching to the virtuous minority.

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"It is well known that Luther earnestly defended Christ's corporeal presence in the sacraments; but it is said that he was of a contrary sentiment a little before his death, and owned it. For as he was preparing to make his last journey to Isleben, he confessed to Melancthon, on the twenty-third of January, 1546, 'that he had gone too far in the sacramentarian controversy.' Melancthon persuaded him to explain himself by some public writing; but to this he objected, 'that by so doing he should make all his doctrine doubtful; but that he (Melancthon) might do as he thought fit, after his decease.' This speech was made before several witnesses."

Excerpted from "The Life of Luther," in Luther's Commentary on... Galatians, p. lxxiv, resource #10 below.



Rev. 14:8. And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.

V. 8. -- "There followed another angel." Some expositors (Faber) interpret this angel of Luther, some of Calvin; but no individual is sufficiently prominent in history to justify the application to him of so striking a symbol in so concise a prophecy. Such restriction of a symbol to an individual results from prelactic habits of thought. In the mind of a prelate the idea of a gospel ministry includes that of a metropolitan. This angel is, in fact, as usual, simply the emblem of the ministry, not excluding the social body of which they are the official guides.

This second angel carries forward the reformation effected by his predecessor, reviving that cause when it began to languish under the violence of Antichrist. "While the Roman pontiff," says Mosheim, "slumbered in security at the head of the church, and saw nothing throughout the vast extent of his domain but tranquility and submission, and while the worthy and pious professors of genuine Christianity almost despaired of seeing that Reformation on which their most ardent desires and expectations were bent, an obscure and inconsiderable person arose on a sudden, in the year 1517, and laid the foundation of the long expected change, by opposing with undaunted resolution his single force to the torrent of papal ambition and despotism." That individual was the heroic Luther, whose praise is in all the churches till the present day. No individual is so famous in the history of that eventful period as Martin Luther, for recovering the doctrine of justification by the righteousness of Christ, to the exclusion of all creature merit. This fundamental principle in the economy of man's salvation he justly denominated articulus stantis vel cadentis ecclesiae -- "the hinge of a standing of falling church."

By the defence and propagation of this doctrine especially, the priestly office of Christ was vindicated against the dogmas of penance, indulgence and supererogation, inculcated by the "Man of Sin;" and by consequence, one of the bulwarks of mystical Babylon effectually demolished. At the famous Diet of Worms, which, like the Council of Constance, combined the imperial power of Rome, civil and ecclesiastic, that indomitable servant of Christ gave a visible demonstration that "the Spirit of the Father" animated and "spake in him," (Matt. x. 20.)

Not less explicit was Luther on the fundamental doctrine of the divine decrees; which, with other Arminian dogmas of creature merit, had been almost universally propagated and stamped with the pretended infallible authority of Rome. By the translation and circulation of the Holy Scriptures among the people, the idolatries, impositions and profligacy of the priesthood were extensively discovered. And after years, of deference to ecclesiastical authority, conditional proposals of submission to the Pope upon conviction of error in his theses, or conscientious belief, Luther in time arrived at the conclusion that the church of Rome was irreclaimable, giving publicity to his deep convictions in a treatise De Captivitate Babylonica, -- "The Captivity of Babylon." In the 18th chapter of this book, he discovered that Babylon is doomed to destruction. He considered the church of Rome as answering to the prophetic symbol, and of course not to be reformed. It was an obvious inference -- he ought to obey Christ rather than the Pope, -- "Come out of her, my people." -- This call was indeed a sufficient warrant to separate from the Church of Rome; and, acting on it, protestant churches have ever since been organized.

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Resource 1. 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 (just published, see resource 20--RB), 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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Resource 2. LUTHER, MARTIN

Watchwords for the Warfare of Life (1869)


Classic quotes on a wide variety of subjects from the pen of Martin Luther. Some of the many subjects which Luther touches upon in this book include: the Lord Jesus Christ, the creation, the law and the gospel, the weapons of our warfare, prayer, the Word of God, preaching, patience, the Church, the holy angels, the devil, sin, temptation and depression of spirit, love, joy, peace, fear, humility, forbearance, hope, forgiveness, thankfulness, giving, nature, wine, music, people in the Scriptures, books of the Bible, eminent men, women, children, spiritual miracles perpetual, printing, trials, good works, hermeneutics, sorrow, sickness, bereavement, death, martyrdom, employments in heaven, immortality, the second coming, the resurrection, the joys of heaven and much more! 354 pages.



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Resource 3. WYLIE, J.A.

The History of Protestantism (3 volumes, 1878)


Walk about Zion, and go round about her: tell the towers thereof. Mark ye well her bulwarks, consider her palaces; that ye may tell it to the generation following" (Ps. 48:12-13).


In direct opposition to the command cited above in Psalm 48:12-13, when The History of Protestantism was first published, Rome banned this book, buying up and burning all the copies that they could lay their hands on. It was more hated and denounced by Papists than any other book of its time. History is a powerful weapon and all tyrants seek to either revise or bury the history of God's marvelous works. Rome is no exception. Rome twists history for its own wicked purposes, whereas Protestants use history (as commanded in Scripture) to build one another up in our most holy faith (Ps. 78:1-8).


"Wylie's... is the best history extant. I welcome its republishing. Read it. Study it. Circulate it and by so doing you will help to dispel the dark cloud of priestly superstition, popish idolatry and papal tyranny encircling our land" writes Ian Paisley. He continues, "The Reformation of the 16th century was the greatest revival of New Testament Christianity since the days of Pentecost. Then once more the gospel in its purity was preached with apostolic power and with apostolic results."


This massive three-volume set contains nearly 2000 (8.5" X 11") pages, more than 500 illustrations and a 21 page general index. It chronicles Protestantism in its progress from the first century to the late 17th century -- though the focus is clearly on the 16th and 17th centuries. After dealing with the early church, other early "Protestant" witnesses, the erection of the inquisition, Wycliffe, Huss and the Hussite wars, Wylie begins to chronicle Protestant history primarily as it grew in various nations. The Netherlands, Scotland, Germany, England, Switzerland, Sweden, Denmark, France, Poland, Bohemia, Hungary, Transylvania and various other locales, all receive prominent and detailed notice. Geneva and the Protestantism of the Waldensian valleys are also spotlighted. A whole section is devoted to the Jesuits, exposing their demonic cruelty and aspirations in overthrowing Reformation truth, persecuting the Reformers and unsettling the civil systems of all the lands that they were allowed to enter. All major (Westminster Assembly, the Solemn League and Covenant, the Synod of Dort, etc.) and many minor Protestant victories are covered in the amazing accounts documented by Wylie. James Arminius (Arminianism), Bloody (Queen) Mary, Charles II, and other notorious figures are also covered in this comprehensive chronicle. Whether recounting Luther's burning of the Papal Bull "excommunicating" him or Calvin's refusing of the Lord's supper (close communion) to the Libertines of Geneva (who said they would kill him for doing so), the pages of this book provide soul-stirring testimony to the international life and death struggle for the gospel of Christ that became known as the Protestant Reformation.


As an added bonus the pictures in these books are excellent for introducing children to major historical events relating to the struggle, sacrifice and victory of Christ's church on earth. The pictures (in conjunction with the historical accounts) of Protestant martyrs giving their lives for Christ have often made a permanent and godly impression upon both young and old alike. Moreover, this history can be used as a reference work (to gain an overview of the great controversy between the true church of Christ and the false, Harlot church of Rome) or read in greater detail to see the hand of God moving through His people and church throughout the centuries (winning over and/or testifying against various nations, tongues and kings, as we behold Christ's two witnesses prophesying in the midst of the 1260 years of the great apostasy [Rev. 10:8-17]).


In our day, when the Papal antichrist addresses the United Nations, is often the subject of major news reports, and regularly meets with national civil leaders (and when professing Protestants are defecting to "the whore of Babylon," and signing "peace" treaties with this great enemy of Christ [to fight cultural battles]), these books are needed more than ever. William Cunningham's words, though written many years ago, should be heeded by all faithful Christians today, for he said, "[i]t is quite evident, from the signs of the times, that the Popish controversy must be fought over again... It is incumbent upon ministers of the gospel to prepare themselves for the contest." Wylie's History of Protestantism will do much to prepare all faithful Christians to once again apply the sword of the Spirit to the Romish "MOTHER OF HARLOTS" who sits on seven mountains (Rev. 17:9) and is "drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus" (Rev. 17:6).


Many who have forgotten this history have already become easy prey for the ecclesiatical beast of Revelation. Don't let ignorance of history cause you to be torn by the claws of our adversary. "Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour" (1 Pet. 5:8).



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Resource 3a. WITHROW, W.H.

Beacon Lights of the Reformation (1899)


An easy-reading introduction (of 304 pages, with illustrations) to the lives of:


John Wycliffe

John Huss

Jerome of Prague

Girolamo Savonarola

Martin Luther

Ulrich Zwingle

John Calvin

Gaspard de Coligny

William Tyndale

John Knox (and the Covenanters)

Thomas Cranmer

Hugh Latimer

Nicholas Ridley




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Martin Luther Bible of 1534

Complete Facsimile Edition (in German)

Martin Luther's Bible, first printed in 1534, was not only the first complete German publication of the Bible but also a major event in the history of Christianity. Luther's revolutionary translation, very modern in vernacular and interpretation, made the Bible accessible to laypeople for the first time in history and gave new life to Protestantism (the religion of the Bible).

The Luther Bible remains the most widely used version in the Germanic world today. This sumptuous reprint of this seminal book includes both the Old and New Testaments, separated into two volumes totaling over 1800 pages. The complete Luther Bible has been meticulously reproduced from a rare colored copy of the original.

Careful attention has been paid to Lucas Cranach's woodcuts and elaborate ornaments, which are printed in color and gold so as to be perfectly faithful to the original.

Contained in a third volume is Stephan Fuessel's introduction, providing an overview of Luther's life, a discussion of the significance of his bible, and detailed descriptions of the illustrations.


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Resource 4. MERLE D'AUBIGNE, J.H.

History of the Reformation of the Sixteenth Century (in 5 Volumes, 1846)


The author calls the Reformation: "one of the greatest revolutions that has ever been accomplished in human affairs."

He also notes that it was "one of the greatest outpourings of the life that cometh from God," whose "influence is still visible on every side." Moreover, he points out that this is "not the history of a mere party," but rather "the history of the Reformation addresses itself to all Christians, or rather to all mankind," for it "bears the mark of regeneration of the human race, of a religious and social change emanating from God himself." Furthermore, Merle D'Aubigne notes that this is the only edition that he personally revised and acknowledges "this translation as the only faithful expression of my (his) thoughts in the English language," and recommends it as such to all his readers.


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Covers the state of Europe before the Reformation; the youth, conversion and early labours of Luther (1483-1517); the indulgences and the Thesis (1517- May 1518); and Luther Before the Legate (May to Dec. 1518)

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Volume 2 of The History of the Reformation of the Sixteenth Century

Continues where volume one left off covering the Lutheran wing of reform and the Leipsic disputation (1519), the Papal Bull (1520), the Diet of Worms (1521). Moves from here to look at the Swiss Reformation (1481-1522).

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Volume 3 of The History of the Reformation of the Sixteenth Century

Picks up at the first Lutheran reforms (1521-1522), covers the agitations, reverses and progress in the years 1522-1526, and the divisions between Switzerland and Germany (1523-1527). Finally, begins to cover the French reforms and Calvin (1500-1526)

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Volume 4 of The History of the Reformation of the Sixteenth Century

Chronicles the period of protest and conference (1526-1529), the Augsburg Confession (1530), and conquest and catastrophe in Switzerland (1526-1531).

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Deals with England before the Reformation, the revival of the Church, the English New Testament, etc.

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Resource 5. Merle D'Aubigne, J. H.

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

This engaging set, comprising eight volumes, is the sequel to J.H. Merle D'Aubigne's History of the Reformation of the Sixteenth Century (in 5 Volumes, 1846, [$US34.91, cerlox bound photocopy; $US89.00, Hardcover photocopy]). In his typical easy-to-read, captivating style, the author resumes where he had left off in his other five volumes (which focused more on Luther and the period of Reform up to 1531), entering, in this set, upon the more developed Reformation thought of Calvin, Knox, et al.

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.

Contents of individual volumes are as follows:

Volume 1: "Geneva And France" (466 pages)

Volume 2: "Geneva And France" (493 pages)

Volume 3: "France, Switzerland, Geneva" (492 pages)

Volume 4: "England, Geneva, France, Germany, and Italy" (522 pages)

Volume 5: "England, Geneva, Ferrara" (498 pages)

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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Resource 6. SCRIBNER, BOB (& P. Johnston)

The Reformation in Germany and Switzerland (Documents and Commentary)


"Drawing on a wide range of primary and secondary sources, including many original documents translated here for the first time (into English--RB) from unpublished archival sources, the authors" bring to light many previously hidden aspects of Reformation thought and development. Of special interest to many will be the final sections of the book dealing with Calvin, Geneva, and the second generation of reform. Here we see the seeds of second reformation thought (i.e. the covenanted Reformation) being planted in Calvin's view and actions relative to social covenanting (e.g. those that would not swear a confessional oath to uphold the Reformation were commanded to leave the city), church discipline, purity of worship, civil authority (i.e. establishments), negative civil sanctions (against Servetus and other heretics), social and political tactics of reform, the use of the printing press, and much more. Luther, Zwingli, the Anabaptists, and major Reformation controversies (images, iconoclasm, liturgies, the Lord's supper, etc.) are also all covered. Much new light is shed on these aspects of the Reformation by the ground-breaking translational work of the authors. A very useful book, from Cambridge University Press, for those interested in seeing some of the original documents and writings from the first Reformation (in English for the first time). This book corrects some of the previous misemphases, regarding Reformation history and thought, that have come from those who have only had recourse to previously translated (into English) documents -- as much of Calvin's writing still remains in languages other than English. Eire's War Against the Idols: The Reformation of Worship from Erasmus to Calvin (Cambridge University Press) is a similar book accomplishing much the same service.


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Resource 7. LEE, NIGEL

Antichrist in Scripture: Luther and Calvin's Doctrine of the Antichrist (1992)

Few Christians know that the anti-Protestant Futurist theory originated with a Spanish Jesuit by the name of Ribera, who, in 1585, published a Commentary on the Revelation, in which he laboured to turn aside the Protestant application of the Apocalyptic prophecies and symbols from the church of Rome. It is also not well known that the anti-Protestant Praterite (preterist) theory came from the pen of a Spanish Jesuit, Alcasar of Seville, who in 1615 published a work having in view the same end as Ribera, viz, to set aside the commonly accepted Reformation view that the Roman Papacy is the Antichrist (adapted from Original Covenanter and Contending Witness magazine).

This books shows how and why "the Reformers denominated the papacy as Antichrist." Some quotes from the writings of Calvin and Luther appear here in English for the first time. Regarding the Protestant testimony set forth herein Paisley has stated,

the preaching of the Great Cloud of Witnesses of all ages in the Church is true... that the little horn is none other than the Dynasty of Rome's Popes and that therefore THE POPE IS THE ANTICHRIST.

This view (the "continuous historical Protestant theory") stands in agreement with Luther, Calvin, Knox, the Westminster Divines, Owen, Ames, Spurgeon, Baxter, Matthew Henry, Jonathan Edwards, Cunningham, Ryle, Cotton, Brown, and virtually all of the other standard Protestant interpreters of the book of Revelation.

Lee provides several pages of useful references on this topic in the various Protestant Confessions of Faith. He points out how the Westminster Confession and the Preamble to the Decrees of Dordt 1618-19 both clearly denominate the Papacy as the antichrist. He concludes his book with a useful chapter summarizing the contents (British Reformed Journal, April, 1993).

Have you fallen for a Jesuit ruse or are you standing in the footsteps of the flock? Read this book and find out.


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Resource 7a. BROWN, DAVID

Hal Lindsey and the Restoration of the Jews (1861, 1990)

The bulk of the book consists of David Brown's classic work focusing on Romans 11, The Restoration of the Jews (1861). This is the same David Brown that had a hand in the Jamieson, Fausset and Brown Commentary and whose "most enduring work... Christ's Second Coming: Will It Be Premillennial? [] ...remains the classic evangelical polemic against premillennialism" (Dictionary of Scottish Church History and Theology, p. 97). In short, this book demonstrates that Scripture teaches (and the best Reformation theologians concur) that the future will be most glorious for the Jews -- when they, as a people, are draw by God's irresistible grace to the Lord Jesus Christ. 200 pages.


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Resource 7b. PRICE, GREG

Micah 4:6-8 (#11 & #12) Israel Turns To Christ (2 sermons, 1998)

In 1635 Samuel Rutherford wrote,

O to see the sight, next to Christ's Coming in the clouds, the most joyful! Our elder brethren the Jews and Christ fall upon one another; they will be kind to one another when they meet. O day! O longed for and lovely day-dawn! O sweet Jesus, let me see that sight which will be as life from the dead, thee and thy ancient people in mutual embraces

(from The Letters of Samuel Rutherford as cited in Iain Murray's, The Puritan Hope: Revival and the Interpretation of Prophecy [Banner of Truth, 1984, p. 98,]).

Price here sets forth the classic Reformation position on the restoration of the Jews, a "system of prophetic interpretation that historically furnished the Biblical basis for the most glorious future imaginable for the Jews!" (Reg Barrow, "Publisher's Preface" in Hal Lindsey and the Restoration of the Jews, 200 page softcover).


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Resource 7c. 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 8. DABNEY, ROBERT L.

The Moral Effects of a Free Justification


The Publisher's Preface to Dabney's Discussions notes that "[m]uch of Dabney's most valuable and influential literary work first appeared in the form of separate articles, reviews and sermons printed in various journals." This article certainly fits the above bill, first appearing in The Southern Review of April, 1873; being, in part, a review of the Journal and Works of the Rev. John Wesley. Luther once said that "if the article of justification is lost, all Christian doctrine is lost at the same time." Thus, one can hardly think of a subject of greater practical importance. Errors regarding justification have led whole nations into the darkness and superstition of Popery, and untold millions of souls into eternal perdition. Dabney here deals with the false charge of antinomianism sometimes brought against this doctrine by Romanists and legalists, in their hope of destroying the foundation of true Christianity. He cites some practical errors by Luther, concerning Luther's views on sanctification and the law of God, and concludes by proving "that this doctrine is the best, yea, the only adequate enforcement of true holiness."


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A Survey of the Spiritual Antichrist (1648)


The subtitle reads: "Opening the Secrets of Familisme and Antinomianism in the Antichristian Doctrine of John Saltmarth, and William Del, the present Preachers of the Army (headed by Oliver Cromwell--RB) now in England, and of Robert Town, Tobiah Crisp, H. Denne, Eaton and others. In which is revealed the rise and spring of Antinomianism, Familists, Libertines, Swench-feldians, Enthysiasts, etc. The minde of Luther a most professed opposer of Antinomianism, is cleared, and diverse considerable points of the Law and the Gospel, of the Spirit and the Letter, of the two Covenants, of the nature of free grace, exercise under temptations, mortification, justification, sanctification, are discovered. In Two parts." Also contains Rutherford's "A brotherly and free Epistle to the patrons and friends of pretended Liberty of Conscience." Putting this work into its context, James Clark, in The Life and Works of Samuel Rutherford (in the chapter titled "Antinomianism") writes, "This is another main controversy into which Samuel Rutherford entered. The term 'Antinomian" signifies one who is 'against God's Law'. The Antinomians were a major sect in the 1640's. They denounced as 'Legalists' the Christians who, like Paul, 'serve the law of God' (Rom. 7:25). They asserted that grace removes the Law out of the Christian's life, as absolutely as it does out of his salvation. This dangerous heresy, which is still popular, makes it no fault to disobey God's Moral Law, and turn grace into wantonness. Rutherford mentioned this heresy in several of his works before publishing in 1648 his SURVEY OF THE SPIRITUAL ANTICHRIST, written specifically against the Antinomians. The subtlety of Antinomians is that they oppose the use of the Law as a positive standard for holy living in the name of the Gospel! The Apostle Paul repudiated this error in Rom. 3:31; 6:1,2; Gal. 5:13" (p. 52). This book contains over 600 pages.




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Resource 9. BEEKE, JOEL

The Quest for Full Assurance: The Legacy of Calvin and His Successors (1999)


In-depth studies and comparisons of William Perkins, Willem Teellinck, the Westminster Confession, John Owen, Alexander Comrie, and Thomas Goodwin convincingly demonstrate, with fresh insights, that the differences between Calvin and English/Dutch Calvinism on assurance arose primarily from a newly evolving pastoral context -- rather than from foundational variations in doctrine. "The first extensive essay on this important topic to appear in the English language…" (Richard Muller, back cover). "A long-needed and outstanding work on the subject of assurance… of permanent importance for preachers and students" (Iain Murray, back cover). "An erudite treatise… a valuable study in pastoral theology. It will therefore repay careful reading by scholar, pastor and lay people alike" (Preface, p. xvi, Sinclair Ferguson). "It is a joy to see Joel Beeke's simplified revision of his Ph.D. dissertation produced as The Quest for Full Assurance. For the first time in the English language we are offered a superb description and evaluation of the neglected doctrine of Assurance as developed from the Reformers through the Puritans to Alexander Comrie of the Dutch Second Reformation. What strikes this reviewer most, having read the original Ph.D. thesis, is not merely the clarity, simplicity, ease and familiarity with which Dr Beeke moves through his chosen field, but also his evident love for the Lord's people -- both those who have been formative influences on his own spiritual life and studies and those who continue to struggle with the great question 'Am I His or am I not?' May the God of all comfort richly apply to others our good friend's sensitive and warm-hearted treatment of a subject so evidently dear to his own heart." (John M. Brentnall in Peace and Truth 1999:3). Chapters include: "The Early and Medieval Church," 'The Reformation from Luther to Bullinger," Reformed Development in Calvin and Beza," "The Fathers of English Puritanism and the Dutch Second Reformation," "English Puritanism and the Westminster Confession, Chapter 18," "John Owen," "Alexander Comrie," "Thomas Goodwin: The Merging of English-Dutch Thinking of Assurance," and an appendix on " The Dutch Second Reformation." One of the best books on this most important (and practical) topic -- maybe even the best! Contains a 68-page bibliography, an 11-page index of names and subjects and a 3-page index of biblical references. 407 pages.


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Resource 10. LUTHER, MARTIN

A Commentary on Saint Paul's Epistle to the Galatians


"Luther had a very sharp and satirical style; but his Commentary on the Epistle to the Galatians was his favorite work, which he used to call his wife, his Catherine de Bore...


His favorite doctrine was justification by faith alone, and not by works, moral, legal, or evangelical; but we must do him the justice to observe, that he perpetually inculcated the absolute necessity of good works. According to him, a man is justified only by faith; but he cannot be justified without works; and where those works are not to be found, there is assuredly no true faith...


His followers called themselves Lutherans, much against his mind; but they recede from him in many things, as may be seen by their writings...


Melancthon says, 'I am a logician; and Justus Jonas is an orator; but Luther is good at everything: the wonder of mankind; for whatever he says, or writes, it penetrates the heart, and makes a lasting impression." (Excerpts from "Life of Luther," in Luther's Commentary on... Galatians, p. lxx).


Includes: "The Life of Luther and a Complete... History of the Times in Which He Lived" (76 pages). The complete book is made up of 576 pages.


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Resource 11. M'CRIE, THOMAS

History of the Progress and Suppression of the Reformation in Italy in the Sixteenth Century (1856)

This book (266 pages, indexed) has been translated into French, Dutch, German and Italian. "The circulation" of this book, notes the advertisement to the second edition (in 1856),

especially in the language of the natives of Italy, has, as might be expected, roused the jealousy of the Court of Rome. Accordingly, in the Index of Prohibited Books, by command of Pope Gregory XVI, under the decree of 22d September 1836, the Italian version of Dr. M'Crie's Progress and Suppression of the Reformation in Italy, takes its place with other criminals... In the famous Encyclical Letter, published by the same pontiff on the 8th May 1844, against the Bible Society and the Christian Alliance, our author's work is again denounced in the goodly company of the Bible and the History of the Reformation by Dr. Merle d'Aubigne (see below--RB).

Further notes reveal that "the history of the Reformation in Italy was a favorite with the author;" it being

the only work of standard merit on the Reformation in Italy -- ' the one book on the subject,' as it is termed by an Italian correspondent -- (which) has been the production of a Scottish minister, whose time was so occupied by other pursuits, which he held to be of paramount importance, that the wonder must be how he could have contrived to collect, condense, and arrange in such an interesting narrative, the mass of information which it contains.

Another interesting sidebar, which M'Crie relays in the Preface to the first edition, shows that,

the Index Expurgatorius of Rome was itself reformed, with the view of preventing it from being known that certain names had once been branded with the stigma of heresy.

When your father is the father of lies, as with Rome, you leave quite a trail to expose your wickedness to all those who are open to the truth.

The appendix contains some very interesting pieces, not the least of which is a letter written from Rome in 1521 concerning Luther. Items like this give insight (otherwise unavailable) into the intrigues and machinations of Romish whore, as well as painting a clear picture of what the Reformers and those who followed them were facing, as they risked their lives for the cause of Christ. At one point the writer (of this letter) notes that "there is not an intelligent person in Rome who is not perfectly convinced that Martin has spoken the truth in most things; but good men dissemble from dread of the tyrant, and bad men are enraged, because they are forced to hear the truth;" at another point he comments that Luther is "looked upon as a greater enemy to us than the Turk."


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Resource 11a. 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: 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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Resource 12. CALVIN, JOHN

Calvin's Selected Works (7 Volumes)

These remarkable volumes contain Calvin's tracts and letters. They clearly exhibit why Calvin was one of the great saints (who defended the regulative principle of worship) and why his work was singularly blessed of God. Understanding these works will shed much light on our current situation; for many in the professed Christian community live in as great (or greater) darkness today than those who were contemporaries of Calvin. This set contains such classics as "The Necessity of Reforming the Church," "The Catechism of the Church of Geneva," "An Antidote Against Trent," "The Sinfulness of Outward Conformity to Romish Rites" and much more. Calvin's only letter to Luther, his letters to Knox, Bullinger, Beza and a host of other Reformers, along with Beza's 100 page Life of Calvin are also all included. Indexed, 3507 pages.


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When the Lord brought the testimony of his witnesses out of obscurity in Piedmont, Bohemio, &c., by the ministry of Luther, his contemporaries and successors; then the psalms were restored to their place in the churches of the Reformation. Luther was skilled in music, himself composed many hymns; but he carefully distinguished between the Psalms and his hymns. An old lady in eastern Pennsylvania is said to have in her possession "a German Psalm-book, published by Luther himself." The book closes with a collection of Luther's hymns; but the old lady says that in her young days in Germany, "its directions were rigidly obeyed, and in public worship they sang only the Psalms of David. The same order, as is well known, prevailed in all the other reformed churches of Europe and the British Isles."


Cited in: David Steele, "Psalms and Hymns," The Original Covenanter Magazine (Vol. 3:1-3:16, March 1881 to Dec. 1884), p. 41 (see resource #19 below).


Resource 13. M'MASTER, GILBERT

An Apology for the Book of Psalms in Five Letters (1852)

This book argues for exclusive Psalmody. It includes a detailed history (ancient [the Fathers, Augustine, Apostolic Constitutions, etc.] and modern [Wickliffe, Luther, Calvin, etc., to the author's day]) of Psalmody, gives reasons for retaining the book of Psalms and considers numerous objections. It takes on both Watts (and his anti-Trinitarianism) and Wesley. 223 pages.


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Resource 14. BUCHANAN, JAMES

The Doctrine of Justification


"The doctrine of justification by faith is like Atlas: it bears a world on its shoulders, the entire evangelical knowledge of saving grace. The doctrines of election, of effectual calling, regeneration, and repentance, of adoption, of prayer, of the church, the ministry, and the sacraments, have all to be interpreted and understood in light of justification by faith. When justification falls, all true knowledge of the grace of God in human life falls with it, and then, as Luther said, the church itself falls," states Packer in his "Introductory Essay." Furthermore, he writes, "It is doubtful whether a better exposition of it (justification) exists. And his (Buchanan's) preacher's style imparts a warmth to his writing which we do not find in (say) the lawyer-like Cunningham, and which is very refreshing. There is no doubt that this is still the best text-book on its subject, from the standpoint of the classic covenant theology, that the student can find." This book contains an outline of the history of this doctrine in the church (from the Old Testament to the author's day), as well as a lengthy exposition of it from Scripture.


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A Treatise on Justification by Faith (1837)


Justification by faith played a large role in throwing off the shackles of Popery and superstition early in the first Reformation, especially among the Lutherans. And "(a)lthough Calvin refers to justification by faith as 'the principal article of the Christian religion,' it seems that he is acknowledging its importance to an earlier generation, rather than stating its importance to his own theological position. Justification is not demonstrably of central importance to Calvin's conception of the Christian faith. Nevertheless, the issues raised by the doctrine of justification remained active, even in Calvin's day" (Oxford Encyclopedia of the Reformation, vol. 2, p. 365). In our day this issue bears reinvestigating in light of the predominance and resurgence of Romanism and the heresies which follow close on her heels, Arminianism and eventually Pelagianism or even Universalism. In our modern context this book should provide a very helpful shorter statement of the classic Protestant position pertaining to what Alexander himself terms "the most important question which can possibly be conceived." 50 pages.


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Resource 14b. BROWN, JOHN (of Wamphray)

The Life of Justification Opened (1695)


The title continues: "Or, a Treatise grounded upon Gal. 2.11. Wherein the Orthodox Doctrine of Justification by Faith, & Imputation of Christ's Righteousness, is clearly expounded, solidly confirmed, & learnedly vindicated from the various Objections of its Adversaries. Whereunto are subjoined some Arguments against Universal Redemption." In 1828 Dr. Burns wrote, "Mr. John Brown was unquestionably one of the most eminent divines Scotland has yet produced, as his numerous writings, still carefully sought after by solid and judicious Christians, fully envince" (Johnston, Treasury of the Scottish Covenant, p. 339). Regarding this book Dr. Walker noted, "By far our most thorough exposition and discussion of the doctrine it handles; and all the more to be prized because of the particular bearing it has on the new views which Baxter and others had begun to propagate, and which in some shape are ever returning upon ourselves" (Ibid., p. 341). Interestingly, Brown, in the preface, after warning against Arminianism "as the immediate way to introduce Popery" states, "Yea even those who were purer in appearance, pressing the moral duties and practical doctrine of piety (I mean the followers of that famous Minister Mr. Richard Baxter) did corrupt the true doctrine of justification, because they adopted universal grace and redemption." One of the best, if not the best, books ever written on the topic of justification! 563 pages.




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"The reformation met with opposition. It progressed, nevertheless, under the smiles of an approving Providence, and in different nations they who sought the Lord publicly covenanted. In the year 1530 the Lutherans performed this important duty. They framed the famous League of Smalkalde, which was solemnly renewed four years thereafter. On the 20th day of July, 1537, the capital articles of the Christian religion and discipline were sworn publicly by the senate and people of Geneva. As soon as the reformation put on a regular appearance, and the reformers had erected a separate communion from the Roman Church, the Waldenses strengthened their hands, and joined in their Churches. On the eleventh of November, 1571, in a general assembly, they entered into a solemn bond of union. They all bind themselves, under the sanction of an oath, to maintain inviolably the ancient union between all the faithful of the evangelic religion of the Waldenses down to their own time. They promise to submit to the good external regulations and ecclesiastic discipline already established, and to this period maintained among them."


From: Reformation Principles Exhibited, 1807, pages 50-51 ( )




Resource 15. BEZA, THEODORE

(Revised and enlarded by Peter Hall)

The Harmony of Protestant Confessions Exhibiting the Faith of the Churches of Christ, Reformed After the Pure and Holy Doctrine of the Gospel, Throughout Europe

After 1579 (and some failed attempts at writing a common Protestant Confession), it was decided that it would be a safer plan to compile a Harmony, in which the Protestant Confessions already extant could be distributed under certain heads, and by which all parties involved might be called back to agreement and any appearance of variation that existed might be discussed and explained. The design was accordingly entrusted to Theodore Beza (Calvin's student and successor in Geneva), Daneau, and Salnar. Twelve major Confessions, beginning with Augsburg (1530) through to The Confession of Scotland (1560), are catalogued according to topics (loosely ordered along the general lines of the headings found in the Westminster Confession) in this unique and massive volume. The Westminster Confession (1647), The Synod of Dort (1619), The Thirty-nine Articles of the Church of England (1571), and the Irish Articles of 1615, have all been appended to this work, increasing its value and making it the most comprehensive compilation and topically indexed reference tool available to creedal Christians today! Over 700 pages.


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(Session: Greg Price, Greg Barrow, Lyndon Dohms)

A Reformation Discussion of Extraordinary Predictive Prophecy Subsequent to the Closing of the Canon of Scripture (1998)

"The following document is a response to questions raised by Mike Wagner (a member of the Puritan Reformed Church of Edmonton or PRCE) regarding the position of the PRCE on the subject of extraordinary predictive prophecy subsequent to the closing of the canon of Scripture. This is not intended to be an exhaustive treatment of the subject, but simply a response to specific questions asked. Though this was not initially intended for public distribution, we have received requests that it be made available to a wider audience. It is hoped that this summary of our position will aid the Church of Christ by encouraging further study of this difficult subject" (Introductory paragraph).

This book (of 28 pages) clearly demonstrates that many major Reformers (and even the early church fathers) were not strict cessationists, nor were they "Charismatics." It shows how extraordinary predictive prophecy was practiced during both Reformations and how the Reformers justified this from Scripture. Proof for this continuing practice (and the parameters laid out in Scripture) is provided from the teaching and practice of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland (from the Second Book of Discipline), John Knox, Samuel Rutherford, George Gillespie, James Durham, David Steele, John Calvin, Martin Luther, Thomas Goodwin, Justin Martyr and a host of others. Notice, for example, the following comment by George Gillespie,

I must say it, to the glory of God, there were in the church of Scotland, both in the time of our first reformation, and after the reformation, such extraordinary men as were more than ordinary pastors and teachers, even holy prophets receiving extraordinary revelations from God, and foretelling diverse strange and remarkable things, which did accordingly come to pass punctually, to the great admiration of all who knew the particulars. Such were Mr. Wishart the martyr, Mr. Knox the reformer, also Mr. John Welsh, Mr. John Davidson, Mr. Robert Bruce, Mr. Alexander Simpson, Mr. Fergusson, and others. It were too long to make a narrative here of all such particulars, and there are so many of them stupendous, that to give instance in some few, might seem to derogate from the rest, but if God give me opportunity, I shall think it worth the while to make a collection of these things (George Gillespie, "Miscellany Questions," in The Works of George Gillespie Vol. 2, Chapter 5, section 7, p. 30).

The following eight questions are answered herein:

Question #1 - What is the difference between the theological position on prophecy (extra biblical revelation) of the above mentioned men of God and the present day charismatics?

Question #2 - What is the explicit Scriptural teaching that underlies and justifies what those men of God did? Why should I believe that extra-biblical revelation can still occur?

Question #3 - Is the cessationist position basically correct with extraordinary exceptions, or is the cessationist position a theological error that should be repudiated?

Question #4 - Is it permissible for church officers to receive extra-biblical revelation that will guide them in the direction of church affairs?

Question #5 - Is it permissible for members of our congregations to claim to receive extra-biblical communications from God about future events and to claim to be prophets?

Question #6 - How would someone know that he has received extra-biblical communication from God rather than having simply deceived himself?

Question #7 - How would I know that someone claiming to get extra-biblical revelations from God is actually getting such revelations from God?

Question #8 - What is the difference between mysticism and genuine spiritual experience?


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Resource 17. EIRE, CARLOS M.N.

War Against the Idols: The Reformation of Worship from Erasmus to Calvin

Eire shows that as the Reformation progressed the primary focus of the Reformers became upholding God's sovereign prerogative in worship -- what today is called the regulative principle of worship. Eire's War Against the Idols demonstrates the extent of the Reformers clear condemnation of Arminianism in worship (i.e. will-worship [Col. 2:23]) in rejecting all elements of worship that did not have Scriptural warrant. In fact, Calvin was so intent on highlighting this point, concerning the centrality of worship (and the application of Sola Scriptura as exhibited in the regulative principle of worship), that he placed worship ahead of salvation in his list of the two most important elements of Biblical Christianity. Regarding Calvin's On the Necessity of Reforming the Church Eire notes,

Calvin speaks about the nature of worship and about the seriousness of the sin of idolatry in his 1543 treatise, On the Necessity of Reforming the Church, where he concentrates on the significance of worship for the Christian religion. Calvin's argument, as indicated by the title of the treatise, is that the Church had reached such a corrupt state that its reform could wait no longer. The most significant aspect of corruption singled out by Calvin is the perversion of worship, and it is in explaining this issue that he set forth the basis for his attack on idolatry.

Calvin begins by studying the place that worship holds in the Christian faith, and he concludes that it is one of the two elements that define Christianity:

If it be asked, then, by what things chiefly the Christian religion has a standing amongst us, and maintains its truth, it will be found that the following two not only occupy the principal place, but comprehend under them all the other parts, and consequently the whole substance of Christianity, viz., a knowledge first, of the right way to worship God; and secondly of the source from which salvation is to be sought. When these are kept out of view, though we may glory in the name of Christians, our profession is empty and vain. (War Against the Idols, p. 198, citing from Calvin's On the Necessity of Reforming the Church [FREE at: ] , emphases added).

The scholarly translational work found in Eire's book also gives insights into the worship question not found in any other English history books (concerning Calvin, Knox, and a host of others) -- for it contains much from previously untranslated (into English, that is) Reformation documents.

A large portion of this book centers on Calvin, but its major thrust is to reveal the single most burning issue confronting the Reformers: purity of worship! Furthermore, this book's teaching regarding the Reformers (and their view of the Scriptural law of worship) is as applicable today as it was in the days of the first Reformation -- for it brings to light the time-tested Biblical principles which guard against the errors, excesses, and idolatries of the Roman harlot (Roman Catholicism), Eastern Orthodoxy and all liturgical innovators on one hand and the modern "evangelicals" (including the sub-Reformed movement headed up by the likes of Steve Schlissel, John Frame, Doug Wilson et al.), Anabaptists and Charismatics on the other. This is, without a doubt, one of the best Reformation history books available -- stirring, scholarly, relevant and edifying!

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Martin Luther once proclaimed that "the purpose of marriage is not pleasure and ease but the procreation and education of children and the support of a family.... People who do not like children are swine, dunces, and blockheads, not worthy to be called men and women, because they despise the blessing of God, the Creator and Author of marriage" (Christian History, Issue 39, p. 24). Luther also said that birth control was the equivalent of sodomy -- probably because of the likeness between homosexual wickedness and impotent sex (see book below).


Resource 18. PROVAN, CHARLES D.

The Bible and Birth Control


John Calvin declared that birth control was the murder of future persons and the Synod of Dort issued a Bible commentary which stated that contraception was the same as abortion. If you are shocked,by the strong statements from these Godly men, that really is not too surprising, because Protestant opposition to birth control has largely been forgotten in our decadent 20th century. If you want to know about Biblical principles which oppose contraception, or wish to know what the Reformers and their heirs thought about this important subject, we certainly hope that you will get this book! Mary Pride's books The Way Home ($24.95-20%=$19.96) and All the Way Home ($24.95-20%=$19.96) also address this topic.


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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 (resource 20 below--RB), 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, "'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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"Lay people who refuse to learn (the catechism--RB) should not be admitted to the Sacrament, and fathers must insist that children learn to recite these basics" (Oxford Encyclopedia of the Reformation, vol. 1, p. 276).






Resource 20. LUTHER, MARTIN

Luther's Small Catechism Developed and Explained (1893)


"Sturmius says, that he saw a letter written by Luther to Wolfgang Capito, in which he affirmed, that scarce any of his writings pleased himself, except his (Small--RB) Catechism, and his book De servo arbitrio (The Bondage of the Will--RB), or 'Free-will a Slave'" ("The Life of Martin Luther" in Luther's Commentary on... Galatians, p. lxxvi, see resource 10 above). Luther also taught that "lay people who refuse to learn (the catechism--RB) should not be admitted to the Sacrament, and fathers must insist that children learn to recite these basics" (Oxford Encyclopedia of the Reformation, vol. 1, p. 276). Originally prepared and published by the General Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in the United States. 130 pages.



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Resource 21. EDWARDS, THOMAS

The Third Part of Gangraena: or a new and higher Discovery of the Errors, Heresies, Blasphemies and insolent Proceedings of the Sectaries of these times; with some Animadversions by way of Confutation upon many of the Errors and Heresies named (1646)


More against the sectarian Independents; with some special attention given to Thomas Goodwin's attempted refutation of Edwards' Antapologia (which was a devastating refutation of the Independent's positions found in the Apologetical Narration of Goodwin, Nye, Simpson, Burroughs, Bridge; all who were members of the Westminster Assembly), Jeremiah Burroughs and other prominent detractors from the ranks of the schismatic covenant breakers hindering the work of the Westminster Assembly. Darling calls these works "very scare" and notes that Edwards wrote "in a spirit of fierce and bitter invective" (Cyclopedia Bibliographica, p. 1026). Edwards had already replied to this charge in his day in this very book, which includes a lengthy "justification of the manner and way of writing these books called Gangraena, wherein not only the lawfulness, but the necessity of writing after this manner (i.e. naming names and "rebuking them sharply," Titus 1:13 -- RB) is proved by Scripture, Fathers, the most eminent Reformed Divines (including Calvin, Luther, Beza, Bullinger and others--RB), Casuists, the practice and custom of all ages" -- including the practice of the Independents themselves. It is startling to note the great inroads that the errors of independency, answered in this book, have made throughout modern "evangelicalism" -- even among those who call themselves Reformed: making this book extremely pertinent for our day. This work is conveniently indexed by using both the names of the Independents refuted and also their particular heresies and errors. 328 pages.


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Resource 21. REED, KEVIN

The Canterbury Tales


Interacts with James Jordan's Geneva Papers on worship. An excellent expose demonstrating how Jordan's views on worship are seriously flawed and how his writings "often show more charity toward Papists, than toward the Reformed faith." Reed wades through the many contradictions found in Jordan's writings, to show that corruption of the Reformed faith is most evident in three major areas: 1. the repudiation of the Reformed regulative principle of worship; 2. the attempt to introduce superstitions and unwarranted practices into the church; and 3. the rejection of confessional Presbyterianism. Elaborating, Reed notes that "the primary indication of the Tyler (this was first written in 1984) corruption of worship is seen in their repudiation of the Reformed regulative principle of worship. This repudiation is manifest in four ways: by false portrayals of the regulative principle; by a failure to make proper distictions within the regulative principle; by a faulty pairing of Reformed and Anabaptist notions; and by a failure to deal exegetically with the scriptural position of the reformers (and the Reformed confessions) on the topic of worship... Moreover, Mr. Jordan does not stop with the repudiation of the Reformed regulative principle. He goes on with a program to reintroduce within the church many superstitions and unwarrranted practices" (pp. 4, 24). This is not surprising, for as historical teaches, when you reject Scriptural institutions of worship, you of necessity must replace them with some form of man-made, idolatrous, ceremony or rite; building monuments to antichrist and the false prophets of the past! This very fact is illustrated by Reed when he writes, "It is also quite telling that Mr. Jordan acknoledges his affinity with Lutheran and Anglican forms of worship, in preference to others (Geneva Papers, #25). Lutheran/Anglican worship is built on an entirely different presupposition than Reformed worshiip. The Lutheran/Anglican position holds that we may worship God by various means, as long as what we are doing is not explicitly forbidden in scripture (this error of Jordan's can also be seen in his Sociology of the Church, when after paying lip service to the regulative principle (p. XX) he then repeatedly argues for the introduction of idoltry in worship on the basis. This is a good introduction to historic Reformed worship, using Jordan as an example of what misguided zeal (and a great deal of ignorance) can produce in this area. Reed writes clearly and has a very good grasp of the Scriptural and historical data concerning worship issues. Reed also includes an excellent bibliography which clearly demonstrates the point at issue, showing that Jordan has jettisoned the historic Reformed view of the regulative principle (as have most modern Reformed churches and Christian Reconstructionists), all his protests to the contrary notwithstanding.


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Resource 21a. YOUNG, WILLIAM

The Puritan Principle of Worship


Must reading on the regulative principle of worship. "The biblical regulative principle is formulated in the Reformed confessions in opposition to the Lutheran and Anglican rule that anything may be introduced into God's worship which the scriptures do not expressly reject," noted Sherman Isbell (PR magazine, 1993). Dr. Young writes, "Calvin formulated this regulative principle with clarity and applied it with great consistency, in the Reformation at Geneva. It is implicit in his celebrated definition of pure and genuine religion as "confidence in God coupled with serious fear 'fear which both includes in it willing reverence, and brings along with it such legitimate worship as is prescribed by the law.'" Dr. Young is a brilliant scholar, in the Puritan tradition, and this book shows why.


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