Scroll past the links and ads below for a list of all the free MP3s and etext on the subjects and individuals noted above.
The Puritan Hard Drive contains many classic Reformation works on justification, assurance, the atonement, etc., by the Westminster Assembly, John Calvin, John Knox, Samuel Rutherford, John Owen, John Brown (of Wamphray), Thomas Manton, Matthew Henry, James Buchanan, Thomas Brooks, Greg Price, Robert Baillie, Francis Turretin, W.G.T. Shedd, Archibald Alexander, R.L. Dabney, Robert Traill, William Guthrie, Ebenezer Erskine, Charles Hodge, Jonathan Edwards, David Dickson, John Anderson, Andrew Fuller, and others, which thoroughly refute the new Auburn heresies being promoted by the likes of Doug Wilson, Steve Schlissel, Steve Wilkins, and John Barach.
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Important books (must reading!) on justification: BUCHANAN, JAMES, The Doctrine of Justification, BROWN, JOHN (of Wamphray), The Life of Justification Opened (1695), Commentary on St. Paul's Epistle to the Galatians by Martin Luther (MP3 audio book)
Note (Doug) Wilson's absurd comments: "I want to begin by saying that when we first start talking about the objectivity of the covenant and it starts to sink in what we are saying. You mean that you are saying that lesbian Eskimo bishop lady is a Christian? She is not a Buddhist, she is not a Muslim, yes, in the New Testament sense, she is a New Testament Christian" (Doug Wilson, "The Curses of the New Covenant," tape 7, as excerpted from Brian Schwertley's "A Defense of Reformed Orthodoxy Against the Romanizing Doctrines of the New Auburn Theology" below, footnote 24, emphases added).
SCRIPTURE ON WORKS AND GRACE
Rom. 4:1 What shall we say then that Abraham our father, as pertaining to the flesh, hath found?
Rom. 4:2 For if Abraham were justified by works, he hath whereof to glory; but not before God.
Rom. 4:3 For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.
Rom. 4:4 Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt.
Rom. 4:5 But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.
Rom. 4:6 Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works,
Rom. 4:7 Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered.
The "Auburn Four" consist of Steve Wilkins, Steve Schlissel, John Barach and Doug Wilson. The heretical teachings these men now promote attack foundational truths found in Scripture regarding justification, worship, etc. Their heresies not only repudiate many great biblical truths bought back to light by the Holy Spirit during past Reformations, but their false teaching leads directly back to Rome and the Papacy (Antichrist, see http://www.swrb.com/newslett/FREEBOOK/eschatol.htm ). Listen for yourself and warn your friends about the dangerous errors that are exposed in the FREE MP3s and etext above and below.
The Gospel Crisis in the OPC and PCA by Brian
http://tinyurl.com/ybv63x or http://www.reformedonline.com/view/reformedonline/The Current Crisis in the OPC and PCA.htm
The Gospel Crisis in the OPC and PCA by Brian Schwertley (MP3)
Christian Reconstruction and The Federal Vision: What Went Wrong by Brian Schwertley (MP3)
Deals with Doug Wilson, Justification by Faith Alone, Greg Bahnsen, Joe Morecraft, Steve Schlissel Steve, John Barach, Steve Wilkins, Gary North, R.J. Rushdoony, Andrew Sandlin, Paedocommunion the Covenant Works, heresy, heretics, Auburn Avenue Conference, Randy Booth, Covenant Media Foundation, Peter Leithart, James Jordan, Southern California Center for Christian Studies (SCCCS), The Chalcedon Report (Faith for All of Life) magazine, David Bahnsen, Norman Shepherd, the RPCUS, Westminster Seminary, Roger Wagner, etc.
Justification by Albert N. Martin (40 free MP3s)
Saul in the Cave of Adullam: A Testimony Against the Fashionable Sub-Calvinism of Doug Wilson (Editor of Credenda/Agenda Magazine); and, for Classical Protestantism and the Attainments of the Second Reformation by Dr. Reg Barrow
Doug Wilson and others at Credenda/Agenda used their magazine to publicly attack and slander Reg Barrow (President of Still Waters Revival Books) in a column that they call the "Cave of Adullam." This invective was Credenda's response to Barrow's comments on Knox Ring (where Barrow noted that John Calvin would have excommunicated John Frame for the apostasy that he manifests in his new book on worship). Numerous private attempts were unsuccessfully made (by Barrow and others) to call Wilson to repentance for this slander. Ultimately, charges for violation of the ninth commandment were brought (in accord with Matt. 18:15-17) against Wilson by Barrow. This book recounts the salient points of the controversy (and the Matthew 18 proceedings) between Wilson and Barrow -- in their actual email debates! Also included is Barrow's demonstration of why Calvin would have excommunicated Frame and Greg Price's Testimony Against The Unfounded Charges of Anabaptism. These debates are a classic example of the differences that exist today between paleopresbyterians (Barrow) and neopresbyterians (Wilson). Wilson's charges against Barrow, of Anabaptism, separatism, etc. are all refuted under a mountain of quotations from Reformation source documents. Barrow's refutations of Wilson's spurious charges bring to light many aspects of Reformation thought that have been lost or forgotten in our day. Besides the initial controversy (over Frame and worship) and the restoration process (set forth in Matthew 18:15-17), this book should be of special interest to all of those who love the "old paths" of truth -- trod by our forefathers in the Reformed faith -- for some of the most pressing issues of our day (regarding the individual, church and state) are addressed herein. Classic statements, cited by Barrow, not only exhibit the wisdom which God granted the best Reformers of both the first and second Reformations, but also specifically demonstrate how Wilson and many other modern Protestants actually reject the Reformation at many points (all their protests not withstanding). "And they that shall be of thee shall build the old waste places: thou shalt raise up the foundations of many generations; and thou shalt be called, The repairer of the breach, The restorer of paths to dwell in" (Isa. 58:12). This item is also available as a bound photocopy for $3.98 (US funds).
FREE PDF FILE: Saul in the Cave: A Debate between Doug Wilson and Reg Barrow on Worship, Church Government, etc.
A Defense of Reformed Orthodoxy Against the Romanizing Doctrines of the New Auburn Theology by Brian Schwertley (OFFSITE)
"At the 2002 Auburn Avenue Pastor's Conference four speakers--John Barach, Doug Wilson, Steve Schlissel and Steve Wilkins -- articulated what they themselves called a new paradigm in theology. These men set forth this new paradigm as an answer to their own perceived problems within Reformed theology as well as the inadequate manner in which they believe Reformed interpreters and theologians have dealt with "problem" passages in Scripture. The main theme of the conference centered on a new way to view the covenant which they referred to as "the objectivity of the covenant." In their lectures a number of traditional, confessional Reformed doctrines were rejected and replaced by the novel ideas of the speakers. Some of the standard Reformed doctrines that were rejected or redefined were: the covenant of works, the distinction between the visible and invisible church, the nature of baptism (especially relating to efficacy), the doctrine of perseverance (we are repeatedly told that real believers can fall away), the doctrine of the atonement (the speakers repeatedly separate the ground of salvation from its application in an Arminian manner), justification (sometimes faith is defined in a Romish manner as an obedient or working faith [the Norman Shepherd heresy], at other times perseverance is defined in a manner that makes it either a partial ground of salvation or co-instrument in justification), and assurance (The main answer to problems of assurance [we are told] is baptismal regeneration: "Look to your baptism because you were really saved and united to Christ in your baptism.") Because the new paradigm set forth by the Auburn theologians is a radical departure from the Reformed faith and is heretical in many areas, we will briefly examine some of the most perverse areas of their teaching. Not every area will be considered, for that would require a book-length response. Further, some areas such as justification have already been discussed at length. (For example, many excellent articles have been written refuting Norman Shepherd's heretical view of justification. As far as this author can tell the Auburn doctrine of justification is essentially the same as Shepherd's. In fact, Shepherd was originally scheduled to speak at the Auburn conference but was replaced by John Barach because he could not attend.) Therefore, this author will not spend time analyzing their view of this topic. One area that will receive a great deal of attention is the Reformed doctrine of the atonement. The Auburn teaching is a repudiation of the classic Reformed formulation of this doctrine. It is our hope and prayer that this brief analysis of their perverse doctrines will inoculate Reformed believers against the Romanizing paradigm of the Auburn four… Reformed believers need to be made aware that the Auburn paradigm is a radical departure from the Reformed faith. It is not a refining of Reformed doctrine but rather a rejection of confessional orthodoxy in favor of sacramentalist, Arminian and Romanizing concepts. It is heretical because it strikes at the very heart of Reformed theology--the doctrines of the atonement and justification by faith alone. May God protect his precious church from this vile theological poison," writes Brian Schwertley.
BOOK REVIEW: "Reformed" is Not Enough by Douglas Wilson reviewed by Drs. Matthew McMahon
at "A Puritan's Mind."
This extensive book review contains much more proof that Doug Wilson is not only not Reformed (using the confessional and historic meaning of the word), but that he is also ignorant of many classic Reformation doctrines. Drs. McMahon writes,
Innovation and originality in theology are the parents of all heresy. Douglas Wilson in his book, "Reformed" is Not Enough demonstrates this subtly but effectively. To the untrained eye his arguments may sound cohesive, helpful and clarifying. To the trained eye his arguments are heretical, and his work demonstrates his theological and historical ignorance.
This review is must reading, as it exposes
much false teaching -- and is free online at:
A Defense of the "Active Obedience" of
Jesus Christ In The Justification of Sinners: A Biblical Refutation of Norman
Shepherd on the Preceptive Obedience of the Savior by Brian Schwertley (OFFSITE)
The reader would expect a 70,000-word Report "concerning the doctrine of justification and other related doctrines" to be a comprehensive discussion of the issues. However, the Justification Study Committee Report leaves critical issues untouched. It leaves much unsaid that must be said – inconvenient facts that the OPC's leadership has historically denied. Part of the Committee's mandate was to address "other related doctrines" beyond the Federal Vision and New Perspective on Paul, but the Committee has failed to do this. It does not address the false teachings and false teachers that have most seriously undermined the OPC itself.
Thus, the Report continues the conspiracy of silence that has prevailed in the OPC for three decades. It leaves the erroneous impression that the serious doctrinal problems are outside the denomination, not within it. The Report gives false comfort to those who think the OPC is still a bastion of Biblical orthodoxy. On the contrary, the Report, and the 2006 General Assembly's commendation of it, both maintain the OPC as a safe haven for those who teach error.
Men within the OPC, including at least one member of the Committee itself, teach heresy regarding the Gospel and many other fundamentals of the faith. Even the men on the Committee who have their personal doctrine right have facilitated the teaching of false doctrines by others for decades. Some will reject this as a blanket, indiscriminate indictment. But it is the truth, because those men have failed to speak out publicly against the errorists among them. Not one of the ministers appointed to this Committee has demanded, at any time, that the denomination rid itself of the cancer of neo-liberalism. And now the Committee – a coalition of conservatives plus neo-liberals and those who cooperate with them – has produced a "consensus report" continuing the conspiracy of silence. Each member of the Committee, regardless of his personal doctrinal position, has been and continues to be part of the problem, not part of the solution... Just as the Report ignores the cancerous spread of false teaching within the OPC itself, it does not discuss the root causes of the OPC's crisis... continued at The Orthodox Presbyterian Cover-up by Paul M. Elliott
"Some final questions: How can Gaffin defend Shepherd for thirty years and go undisciplined within the OPC? How can Gaffin by his actions condemn God's elect who rightfully fought Shepherd/Kinnaird and their teachings go undisciplined within the OPC. Why is the OPC trying to bury the Gaffin/Shepherd/Kinnaird issue. Since when is Gaffin's writing a new book considered repentance and church discipline? Finally, Why are those who condemn these teachings and these men who shout it from the house tops treated with contempt. What concerns me is the chameleon like nature of false teachers. Remember, ambiguous teaching is false teaching. If a pastor won't state clearly and unambiguously where he stands and what he believes don't sit under his teaching!"
Justification by Faith Alone" by Norman
Shepherd, A Review by David H. Linden (OFFSITE)
Reformation & Revival Journal Vol. 11, Number 2, Spring 2002
"We need to see that his doctrine is not that
of the Reformation, the Westminster Standards, or the Bible. We must guard our
pulpits from such teaching. Those ministers who stand in them should be very
frank and open about their views on these things. I say this because Mr.
Shepherd has lately had a growing influence among ministers in conservative
reformed circles. I say again that his inclusion of our obedience as necessary
for our justification is heresy. Let us beware."
All the best Reformation books on Justification are on Reformation Bookshelf CD #20 at: http://www.swrb.com/Puritan/reformation-bookshelf-CDs.htm -- also see Reformed and Puritan Classics.
To Be Right With God (Justification by Faith Alone)
Greg Price - 59 min (Romans 4)
The Doctrine of Justification by John W. Robbins (OFFSITE)
The Justification Controversy - 68 min
An important and well done lecture on justification. One drawback is a short section related to some of Mr. Robbins' peculiar views regarding the definition of faith. Otherwise, this is a "must-listen" on the classic (Reformation/Westminster Standards) position on justification.
Refuting the Federal Vision Heresy (1 of 4): Conference Message (Refuting Doug Wilson, Steve Schlissel, Steve Wilkins, Richard Lusk, et al.) by John M. Otis (OFFSITE)
Refuting the Federal Vision Heresy (2 of 4): Conference Message (Refuting Doug Wilson, Steve Schlissel, Steve Wilkins, Richard Lusk, et al.) by John M. Otis (OFFSITE)
Refuting the Federal Vision Heresy (3 of 4): Conference Message (Refuting Doug Wilson, Steve Schlissel, Steve Wilkins, Richard Lusk, et al.) by John M. Otis (OFFSITE)
Refuting the Federal Vision Heresy (4 of 4): Conference Message (Refuting Doug Wilson, Steve Schlissel, Steve Wilkins, Richard Lusk, et al.) by John M. Otis (OFFSITE)
Great Reformational Truths (Refuting the Federal Vision Heresy) by John Otis
Some of the great battle cries of the Reformation were sola Christo (by Christ alone); sola gratia (by grace alone); sola fide (by faith alone). One of the great threats to the Reformed church is the Federal Vision movement. Romans 5 puts the blow torch to this theology.
The Federal Vision's Rejection of Historic Calvinism, Part 1 by Brian Schwertley (OFFSITE)
The Federal Vision's Rejection of Calvinism, Part 2 by Brian Schwertley (OFFSITE)
Federal Vision and Baptismal Regeneration by Brian Schwertley (OFFSITE)
The Federal Vision's Denial of the Atonement by Brian Schwertley (OFFSITE)
Auburn Avenue Theology Refutation, Part 1 by Brian Schwertley (OFFSITE)
Auburn Avenue Theology Refutation, Part 2 by Brian Schwertley (OFFSITE)
Auburn Avenue Theology Refutation, Part 3 by Brian Schwertley (OFFSITE)
Auburn Avenue Theology Refutation, Part 4 by Brian Schwertley (OFFSITE)
Auburn Avenue Theology Refutation, Part 5 by Brian Schwertley (OFFSITE)
Auburn Avenue Theology Refutation, Part 6 by Brian Schwertley (OFFSITE)
The Federal Vision and the Doctrine of the Church by Brian Schwertley (OFFSITE)
You've heard of N.T. Wright's book, now
hear the sermon, "What Paul Really Said in Galatians," in which Joe Morecraft exposits the
biblical perspective on Paul. Here Morecraft refutes some of the
heresies of N.T. Wright and the "New Perspective on Paul" movement. In so doing he also exposes some of the major
errors of the Auburn Four (Doug Wilson, Steve Wilkins, Steve Schlissel and John
Barach) on justification, and the
teaching and other teachers of what has come to be known as the Federal
Vision and/or Auburn Avenue Theology.
This sermon also contains some very useful practical aspects of the biblical
teaching of justification by faith alone, through grace alone, by Christ alone.
The only drawbacks in this sermon are the quotes from the man-made hymns of
Charles Wesley (an Arminian) and Isaac Watts (a Unitarian, see the free text at
http://www.covenanter.org/McMaster/Psalmody/psalmapdx.htm#1 and the MP3 series beginning at http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=860531825, as there are certainly many faithful men that
could have been quoted to make the same point regarding the imputation of
Christ's righteousness to the elect through faith alone.
The Theology of Richard Gaffin and Norman Shepherd (OFFSITE)
John W. Robbins - The Justification Controversy- 70 min
This free MP3 exposes some of the poisonous teaching coming out of Westminster Seminary (East) and provides some pertinent and interesting history leading up to the somewhat widespread adoption of the Auburn or Federal Vision heresies among previously conservative Presbyterian and Reformed churches, seminary professors and other teachers. It also deals with the dangers of "Biblical Theology," especially as it seeks to displace systematic theology.
Thomas M Sullivan (12/30/2005) writes: Excellent Material as well
as a Warning ˜ Whether one agrees
with the premise that the Auburn Theology had at its foundation the teachings
of Cornelius Van Til - I am not sure I am convinced of this - this material is
still excellent and important. As one pastor stated of Robbins' having the
Auburn Pastors in his cross hairs, "he is barking up the right tree."
The ramifications of their teaching is seen in such fruits as a new definition
for justification... it is sacramentalism rearing its head in a new form.
Analysis of Norman Shepherd (OFFSITE)
Dr. Venema - Justification Redefined? - 51 min
In the background of the Reformed faith of the late 20th century lies the subtle, yet growing influence of Norman Shepherd. Learn the subtle, yet profound differences that lie at the heart of "covenant obedience" and the new paradigm in covenant thinking.
Justification: 'We Must All Appear
Before The Judgement Seat of Christ' 14 of 14 by Jeff Pollard
Justification Series - 65 min - 2 Cor. 5:10
The Theology of N. T. Wright (OFFSITE)
John W. Robbins - The Justification Controversy- 75 min
Review & Critique of the Federal Vision / Auburn Avenue Theology
Guy Prentiss Waters
A soft overview and refutation of major Federal Vision / Auburn Avenue Theology errors.
The New Perspective on Justification by Dr. James White (Three Audio Lectures)
Studies on Saving Faith and Assurance 1
of 10 (OFFSITE)
A. W. Pink - 45 minutes (Mark 16:16)
Perseverance of the Saints (OFFSITE)
Greg Price - 50 min (Luke 22:31-34)
Perseverance of the Just
Greg Price - 50 min (Proverbs 24:16) (OFFSITE)
What Does Baptism Accomplish? (OFFSITE)
Greg Price - 54 min (1 Peter 3:19-21)
Auburn Avenue Theology (OFFSITE)
John W. Robbins - The Justification Controversy - 94 min
Much good is found in this lecture, however, regarding separation from corrupt churches (and this would include any church that holds to the "Auburn Theology" or any church that refuses to discipline teachers of these heresies), we believe that the most faithful course of action after separation from a church which lacks "well being" is to join with a church that possesses "well being." In this case that would entail joining with the Reformed Presbytery in North America (RPNA). For information on the RPNA please see http://www.reformedpresbytery.org/ . In this lecture Robbins also makes an error regarding Rome's baptism (an error which Thornwell also made) which we believe stems from a lack of knowledge related to classic Reformation ecclesiology, specifically the Reformers distinction between the "being" and the "well being" of the visible church. For an extensive explanation of this truth (along will numerous pertinent quotations from some of the best Reformers) please see chapter two in Greg Barrow's The Covenanted Reformation Defended. This book is free online at http://www.reformedpresbytery.org/books/covrefdf/covrefdf.htm#mis2 or at http://www.reformedpresbytery.org/books/index.html . The complete, free online edition of The Covenanted Reformation Defended is also at http://www.reformedpresbytery.org/books/covrefdf/covrefdf.htm or at http://www.swrb.com/newslett/freebook/gbarrow.htm . Barrow's Covenanted Reformation Defended in book format, as well as free MP3s from this book, are listed under "BARROW, GREG" at http://www.swrb.com/catalog/b.htm . This lecture also includes some of Mr. Robbins peculiar views regarding the nature of faith, which are addressed by one questioner in the question period near the end of this MP3.
Federal Vision Critique 1 (OFFSITE)
What is Federal Vision all about? How does its doctrine of God and Covenant impact justification by faith alone? After serious study, Professor Alan Strange presents his answer. Shows how the Federal Vision is not only contrary to Reformation thought, but also contrary to some earlier thought on covenant theology among earlier church fathers (including Augustine). Defends Van Til against Federal Vision misrepresentations of Van Til's thought. Also exposes liberal tendencies in Auburn Avenue / Federal Vision teaching.
Federal Vision Critique 2 (OFFSITE)
Deals with the covenant of works, the law and the gospel, faith, justification, sanctification, Christ's active obedience and the shortcomings of various proponents of the Auburn Theology / Federal Vision on these points. What the Federal Vision teaches about covenant changes their entire approach to the Bible. Find out how it affects the doctrine of man and Christ in this engaging summary. Also includes more about the tendency toward liberalism among some Auburn Theology / Federal Vision teachers.
Federal Vision Critique 3 (OFFSITE)
Federal Vision not only redefines covenant and the work of Christ, it also changes justification by faith alone, the meaning of faith itself and what perseverance of the saints entails!
Federal Vision Critique 4 (OFFSITE)
Demonstrates how some in the Federal Vision / Auburn Avenue camp oppose classic Reformed theology and the Westminster Standards in their erroneous views related to baptism, even how some Federal Vision proponents (Doug Wilson included) are falling into Rome-like confusion regarding baptism.
New Perspectives in Paul 1 (OFFSITE)
Dr. Venema - Justification Redefined? - 66 min
Is justification by faith alone obsolete? This question is quite real as some in the Evangelical and Reformed camps become attracted to these new teachings. Dr. Venema sheds light on this subtle yet growing approach of NT Wright and others.
New Perspectives in Paul 2 (OFFSITE)
Dr. Venema - Justification Redefined? - 61 min
Sinclair Ferguson's recent lecture on the so-called New Perspective(s) on Paul, and in particular the version of the NPP promoted by Bishop N.T. Wright.
How Do I Know That I Know Christ (1
John Series 5/27) (OFFSITE)
Greg Price - 66 min (1 John 2:3-6)
Justification for the Ungodly by Faith Alone - 23 (OFFSITE)
Dr. Joel Beeke - 64 min (Romans 3:28)
Justification by Faith Alone - 23 (OFFSITE)
Dr. Joel Beeke - 52 min (Romans 5:19)
Justification: What are the Basics? - 1 (OFFSITE)
Dr. Joel Beeke - 57 min (Romans 3:23-28)
Justification By Faith Alone Through Grace Alone By Christ Alone and Peace With God 1 of 2
C. H. Spurgeon - 40 min (Romans 5:1; Romans 1:17) (OFFSITE)
Justification By Faith Alone Through Grace Alone By Christ Alone and Peace With God 2 of 2
C. H. Spurgeon - 47 min (Genesis 15:6; Galatians 3:11) (OFFSITE)
I Will Never Leave Thee, Nor Forsake Thee (OFFSITE)
C. H. Spurgeon - 41 min (Hebrews 13:3)
The Atonement 1 of 16 (OFFSITE)
A. W. Pink - 48 min (Romans 5:11)
Spring In the Heart (A Look At God's Work of Salvation and Sanctification In the Heart of Man) (OFFSITE)
C. H. Spurgeon - 36 min (Psalm 65:10)
Biblical Church Membership (OFFSITE)
Greg Price - 85 min (Acts 2:41)
Baptism as New Testament Circumcision (OFFSITE)
Greg Price - 71 min (Colossians 2:11-12)
Why Do Heresies Arise in the Church? (OFFSITE)
Greg Price - 61 min (1 John 4:4-6)
The Doctrine of Revelation (OFFSITE)
John W. Robbins - The Justification Controversy - 69 min
RELATED (The Doctrine of Revelation):
Covenanter Terms of Communion 1 of 19:
The Word of God 1/2 by Greg Price
Free MP3 at http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=1210510584
Explains and defends the first term of communion, which is 'An acknowledgement of the Old and New Testament to be the Word of God, and the alone infallible rule of faith and practice.'
Covers the attributes of Scripture, including the necessity, inspiration, authority, sufficiency, perspicuity, perpetuity, etc. of the Word of God. Also deals with principles of interpretation (hermeneutics) and how we know that God's Word is His Word, and thus can be trusted as the absolute, inerrant, infallible and inspired truth.
Touches on higher criticism and the debate over bible versions, upholding the Textus Receptus (i.e. the ecclesiastical or received text) and the King James Version.
A fine defense of Sola Scriptura which also touches on how 'extra-biblical' terms of communion are not only required by Scripture itself, but are an inescapable necessity.
Price is careful to point out the difference between the primary, infallible standard of Scripture and those uninspired subordinate standards, which nevertheless bind the conscience whenever they say the same thing as Scripture.
A great introduction to God's Word that comes with our highest recommendation.
+ Covenanter Terms of Communion 2 of 19: The Word of God 2/2 by Greg Price Free MP3 at http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=12105141916
+ The Biblical and Logical Necessity of
Uninspired Creeds by Larry Birger, Jr.
(A humorous and instructive dialogue between Hans [a paleopresbyterian] and
Franz [a neopresbyterian], demonstrating the absolute necessity of uninspired
creeds. Hans shows Franz that Franz's rejection of uninspired creeds is itself
an uninspired creed.)
Free etext article at http://www.swrb.com/newslett/actualnls/BibLogCr.htm
+ PURITAN REFORMED CHURCH OF EDMONTON
(Session: Greg Price, Greg Barrow, Lyndon Dohms)
A Reformation Discussion of Extraordinary Predictive Prophecy Subsequent to the Closing of the Canon of Scripture (1998)
Free online book at http://www.reformedpresbytery.org/books/index.html
PDF Document (81KB) http://www.reformedpresbytery.org/books/prophecy/prophecy.pdf
ZIP File (74KB) http://www.reformedpresbytery.org/books/prophecy/prophecy.zip
Web Page (89KB) http://www.reformedpresbytery.org/books/prophecy/prophecy.htm
The Visible and Invisible Church (OFFSITE)
Brian Schwertley - 46 min (Romans 9:6; 11:1-7)
In his sermon on the visible and invisible church, Schwertley carefully analyzes the Reformed doctrine of the church. This sermon proves that the distinction between the visible and invisible church is biblical and unavoidable. In this sermon there is some very interesting interaction with modern speakers such as Doug Wilson who deny this biblical distinction. This doctrine is very important because its denial has led certain modern heretical theologians (e.g., the Auburn Four) toward a medieval Romish view of the church.
A Concern About Infant Inclusion in the Covenant of Grace (OFFSITE).
The New Catechism on Infant Inclusion in the Covenant A Short Defense Against the heresy of the Auburn Four and the heretical Theology of the New Perspective
Refuting some heretical teaching in comparison to the Reformed Doctrine on the issues of infants.
I received an email from a concerned brother that the New Catechism on Infant Inclusion in the Covenant I have posted here may have "connotation" of the Auburn Four's theology. I want to express a deep concern here. The Auburn Four's Theology is heretical. If they do not repent of it, they will be damned for believing it. I repudiate their "works salvation." The New Catechism I have out, though, in no way represents or purports the same ideas as the Auburn Four.
by Dr. C. Matthew McMahon
LUTHER, JUSTIFICATION, REFORMATION AND SEPARATION by DAVID STEELE
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.
+++ Important books (must reading!) on justification:
JAMES, The Doctrine of
JOHN (of Wamphray), The Life of Justification Opened (1695)
+++ Important books (must reading!) on separation:
+ DOUGLAS, JAMES
Strictures on Occasional Hearing (1820)
http://www.swrb.com/catalog/d.htm or in MP3 at
+ BARROW, GREG
The Covenanted Reformation Defended
http://www.swrb.com/catalog/b.htm or in MP3 at
DEBATE on the Meaning of the Church in
Covers some of the most important (and
often forgotten, in our day) aspects of the Reformation doctrine of the church,
unity and separation (championed by Calvin, Knox, the Covenanted Presbyterians
at the Westminster Assembly, et al.). Includes many citations from Reformation
leaders & confessional statements of the best Reformed churches. This is
chapter 2 in Greg Barrow's The Covenanted Reformation Defended (free at:
The Following information on N.T. Wright and the "New Perspective on Paul" heresy has been added below as the Auburn speakers (Doug Wilson, Steve Wilkins, Steve Schlissel, and John Barach) have clearly been drinking from this poison well. N.T. Wright is a liberal heretic, don't be fooled by his fair sounding words. He may pen phrases like "justification by faith," (as the ecumenical Romanists do) though never "justification by faith alone," and he denies outright the biblical (Reformation) understanding of justification by faith alone! Furthermore, as you will find out in the articles cited below, as well as in the quote by N.T. Wright which follows (where Wright himself states that he believes there is a "possibility" that the biblical account of the virgin birth "might just be true"), this false teacher denies much about Scripture that our Reformation forefathers faithfully proclaimed -- even those very truths for which some of our brave Reformation brothers (and sisters) sealed their testimony with their own blood, as martyrs of our Lord Jesus Christ. Beware the subtlety of the serpent (2 Cor. 11:3) -- neither the new perspective on Paul nor the new Auburn theology teaches "the faith which was once delivered unto the saints" (Jude 3).
"The New Perspective (on Paul) is
'Another Gospel'" by Andy Webb
(The system of salvation by Covenant Nomism that Wright advances is a different gospel.)
"New Approaches of Biblical Theology to Justification" by Douglas Kelly
(The new perspective on Paul offers us less than the gospel of justification by grace through faith.)
"Wherever the knowledge of it
(i.e., justification by faith alone) is taken away, the glory of Christ is
extinguished, religion abolished, the Church destroyed, and the hope of
salvation utterly overthrown"
(John Calvin, A Reformation Debate: Calvin's Reply to Sadoleto, p. 66, available on Reformation Bookshelf CD 17
under the title Defending the Reformation: John Calvin Debates the Romanist
Sadolet at http://www.swrb.com/Puritan/reformation-bookshelf-CDs.htm ).
The New Perspective on Paul: Calvin and N. T. Wright by J. V. Fesko
(What makes the new perspective most harmful to the church is its use of terminology.)
http://www.fpcjackson.org/resources/apologetics/Covenant Theology & Justification/fesko.htm (OFFSITE)
Here is some interesting information about N.T. Wright's belief (or, rather, lack thereof) concerning the virgin birth:
 These are not the only questionable areas in the theology of new perspective advocates. Wright, for example, does not come out and say he believes in the virgin birth of Christ but that it is a possibility and that the New Testament authors believed it: "What if we find that, very early within the movement that grew up around [Christ], there arose two independent sources claiming that he had been conceived without a human father? Faced with all of this, a belief in this God, and this Jesus, may compel us to hold open the possibility that this account of his conception might just be true" (Wright, Who Was Jesus?, p. 83). He also states, "One of the best possible answers is that [Matthew and Luke] very firmly believed it to be true" (Wright, Who Was Jesus?, p. 84).
- From footnote 58 at: The New Perspective on Paul: Calvin and N. T. Wright by J. V. Fesko
(What makes the new perspective most harmful to the church is its use of terminology.)
http://www.fpcjackson.org/resources/apologetics/Covenant Theology & Justification/fesko.htm (OFFSITE)
Pornography, the Anabaptists, and Doug Wilson's Civil Antinomianism (1997) by Reg Barrow (Pointed but irenic, Barrow decisively refutes the view of Doug Wilson (cf. "Cyberporn: A Case Study" [Credenda/Agenda, vol. 7, no. 5, p. 11]), many modern Theonomists and the civil libertarians, that the production and distribution of pornography is not a crime (and thus not subject to negative penal sanctions by the civil magistrate). Barrow demonstrates that Wilson's view of civil government (which logically results in such a monstrous conclusion) is actually a overly strict view of the regulative principle. This "hyper-regulativism" (denying lawful inferences, or what Samuel Rutherford calls "logical consequence") is then wrongly applied to the civil magistrate, rather than to worship (when rightly interpreted). He also points out the link between Wilson's view and the principles of the Anabaptists, Libertines and other antiestablishmentarian forces. With an impressive array of historical citations (primarily John Calvin, George Gillespie, Samuel Rutherford, and the Westminster Confession of Faith), and a cogent analysis and application of relevant Scripture passages, Barrow shows clearly that Wilson's view of civil government "gives birth to illegitimate offspring in the case of pornography, contradicting as it does common sense (the light of nature), our reformed fathers in the faith, and the express commands and approved examples of Scripture. In short, it is anything but the 'classical Protestant' position, and anything but biblical." This item is also available as a bound photocopy for $1.99 [US funds]) and is appendix "B" excerpted from Saul in the Cave of Adullam: A Testimony Against the Fashionable Sub-Calvinism of Doug Wilson (Editor of Credenda/Agenda Magazine; and, For Classical Protestantism and the Attainments of the Second Reformation.
Alexander Karelin was one of the most devastating wrestlers to ever live. His most impressive display of power was when he would lift 300+ pound opponents from flat off the the ground and reintroduce their necks and collar bones to the mat with crushing force. The move was nicknamed "The Karelin Lift". With parallel might, Reg Barrow’s writings, which IMO are the best available writings anywhere representing true historical Presbyterian Principles regarding issues of authority, the church, and the state, have ripped the Americanist Pseudo-Reformed systems of Theology to shreds. In his work Pornography, The Anabaptists And Doug Wilson's Civil Antinomianism he clearly shows the primary fallacy of the Modern Theonomist movement and in so doing gives an exposition of the historical Puritan Theonomy which is nothing short of the ancient Patriarchal Establishmentarianism so common with human societies in the history of the world. Barrow places his finger on the primary error of this system,
"To begin with, on the pornography question Wilson (and other *modern* Theonomists) apply a *form* of "regulativism" (really "hyper-regulativism"; see below) where it does not belong — i.e. in the case of negative civil sanctions. Ironically, many of these same people also deny (if only by their practice; James 1:22; Titus 1:16) the true regulativism where Scripture teaches it does belong — i.e. in the public worship of God."
The rest of his work is an exposition of this very mistake and at the end of his work he lists some devastating questions that the Modern Theonomist cannot answer.
A Testimony Against the Unfounded Charges of
Anabaptism (1997) by Greg
Price (Answers some of Doug
Wilson's false charges, bad theology and confused historical comments
concerning the Anabaptists, the Covenanters (in Edmonton), and classical
Protestant teaching. Demonstrates
the irony of Wilson's confusion regarding Reformation thought by showing that
Wilson himself has adopted some of the Anabaptists' errors -- while
simultaneously (and falsely) charging others with Anabaptist disorder and
declension. This item is also available as a bound photocopy for $4.49 [US
funds] or as a Hardcover photocopy for $19.00 [US funds].)
International Covenanted Reformation or Schism? (A Reply to Doug Wilson) by Reg Barrow
Doug Wilson's Five Questions on the Regulative Principle of Worship Answered by Reg Barrow
(Barrow answers five questions that Wilson has been repeating in opposition to the classic, creedal, Presbyterian and Reformed understanding of the regulative principle of worship. Excerpted from: Saul in the Cave of Adullam: A Testimony Against the Fashionable Sub-Calvinism of Doug Wilson (Editor of Credenda/Agenda Magazine); and, for Classical Protestantism and the Attainments of the Second Reformation.)
Worship: The Regulative Principle of Worship in History by Reg Barrow
Psalm Singing in Scripture & History by Reg Barrow (Discusses Reformed worship-song in the context of the regulative principle of worship [Sola Scriptura in Worship]. Defends exclusive Psalmody from Scripture and the writings and testimony of the most prominent Reformers.)
Calvin, Close Communion and the Coming Reformation (a book review of Alexander and Rufus... by John Anderson ) by Reg Barrow (Shows how Calvin practiced close communion and how the biblical view of this ordinance is intended to purify the individual, church and state. Refutes the Popish and paedocommunion heresies (regarding this sacrament), as well as all views of open communion. Also argues that Arminians, anti-paedobaptists, anti-regulativists, and all those who openly violate the law of God [and are unrepentant] should be barred from the Lord's table -- as a corrective measure ordained of God for their recovery. This is Reformation History Notes number two.)
Publisher's Preface to The Covenanted Reformation Defended Against Contemporary Schismatics (1998) by Reg Barrow (An overview of the landmark work The Covenanted Reformation Defended Against Contemporary Schismatics, focusing on some of the most controversial points found therein. Contrasts the many differences between the faith of the original Reformers with that which goes by the name of the Reformed faith today -- with many examples from source documents exhibiting the differences between the neopresbyterians [RPCNA, OPC, PCA, BPC, etc.] and the paleopresbyterians [like those at the Westminster Assembly]. Informs the reader, in summary form, why the The Covenanted Reformation Defended "conclusively and irrefutably demonstrates that those churches which today call themselves Presbyterian [and even many which claim a more general Reformed heritage] have grievously departed from the Scriptural standards and principles of these previous Spirit led Reformations [i.e. the great Reformations of the 16th and 17th centuries--RB]." Also shows that "when the testimony and evidence is weighed in light of Scriptural verities, it is entirely safe to say that the original Reformers would not only have sought negative ecclesiastical sanctions against our modern pseudo-Reformers, but in many cases negative civil sanctions as well." This resource, of 23 [8.5" X 11"] pages, is also offered as a cerlox bound photocopy [$1.98 US funds] or a Hardcover photocopy [$14.00 US funds]).
The Covenanted Reformation Defended Against Contemporary Schismatics by Greg Barrow (Greg Price, Reg Barrow and Larry Birger) A modern classic defending divine right Presbyterianism, the attainments of the second Reformation, the Westminster standards and the Solemn League and Covenant! The best modern book on the church, the Lord's supper, and various other questions that still agitate the church today. This book, of over 300 [8.5" X 11"] pages, is also offered as a cerlox bound photocopy [$14.98 US funds] or a Hardcover photocopy [$25.00 US funds].)
The Necessity of Reforming the Church (1543) by John Calvin
Justification By Faith Alone Through Grace Alone By Christ Alone and Peace With God 1 of 2 by Charles H. Spurgeon (Romans 5:1)
- SUMMARY: Luther rightly regarded justification by faith alone as the article of the standing or falling church. Thus, the devil hates this doctrine and attacks it every chance he gets. Of late, the attacks on justification by faith alone have been coming from both inside and outside the Presbyterian and Reformed churches. Spurgeon here defends the classic biblical (Puritan) teaching in such a way that you might think that he was refuting some of the modern attacks on this teaching by false teachers like Norman Shepherd, the Auburn Avenue speakers (Doug Wilson, Steve Schlissel, John Barach, Steve Wilkins) or other teachers of heresy like N.T. Wright and the New Perspective on Paul movement (see http://www.swrb.com/newslett/FREEBOOK/DWilson.htm for more resources refuting the aforementioned false teachers -- as well as the free PDF file containing a DEBATE BETWEEN DOUG WILSON and REG BARROW [president of SWRB] at http://www.swrb.com/newslett/Barrow-Wilson-Debate.PDF). Rome also hates this doctrine. For these reasons and many more this is an important sermon to hear and to pass on to your friends. See also the 11th chapter of the Westminster Confession of Faith, "On Justification" at http://www.swrb.com/newslett/FREEBOOK/RefConf.htm, or with Scripture proofs at http://www.reformed.org/documents/ (OFFSITE). More classic Puritan teaching on justification can be found on Reformation CD 20 at http://www.swrb.com/Puritan/reformation-bookshelf-CDs.htm.
+ FREE AUDIO MP3 at: http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?sermonID=15040458 (OFFSITE)
Justification By Faith Alone Through Grace Alone By Christ Alone and Peace With God 2 of 2 by Charles H. Spurgeon (on Genesis 15:6)
- SUMMARY: Here Charles Haddon Spurgeon continues his teaching in accord with Scripture and the original Westminster Confession of Faith (WCF).
On justification Westminster Confession of Faith 11:1 states,
Those whom God effectually calleth, he also freely justifieth: not by infusing righteousness into them, but by pardoning their sins, and by accounting and accepting their persons as righteous; not for any thing wrought in them, or done by them, but for Christ's sake alone; not by imputing faith itself, the act of believing, or any other evangelical obedience to them, as their righteousness; but by imputing the obedience and satisfaction of Christ unto them, they receiving and resting on him and his righteousness by faith; which faith they have not of themselves, it is the gift of God.
See chapter eleven of the WCF for more biblical teaching on justification. The complete Westminster Standards (original wording) are available in the free books file, in searchable format, on all the Reformation Bookshelf CDs (at http://www.swrb.com/Puritan/reformation-bookshelf-CDs.htm).
More classic Puritan teaching on justification, as well as all the Westminster Standards, can be found on Reformation CD 20 at http://www.swrb.com/Puritan/reformation-bookshelf-CDs.htm .
+ FREE AUDIO MP3 at: http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?sermonID=160415232 (OFFSITE)
The Decline of American Presbyterianism (A Book Review of Gary North's Crossed Fingers: How the Liberals Captured the Presbyterian Church) by Kevin Reed ("Last year, the present writer reviewed volume 1 of David Calhoun's history of Princeton Seminary. The first volume of Calhoun's narrative ended at a pivotal point in the history of Northern Presbyterianism: the reunion of the Old School and New School Assemblies in 1869. Realizing that a significant part of Princeton's story (as well as the story of the Northern Presbyterianism) was yet to be told, I eagerly took up volume two of Calhoun's narrative, shortly after the book was published. Unfortunately, the second volume, The Majestic Testimony, is a major disappointment. Readers who want to know what happened after 1869, in order to gain an understanding of the demise of Princeton (and Northern Presbyterianism) will require additional sources beyond Calhoun's second volume. Therefore, we are presenting readers with a combined book review, in which we will also draw attention to another important work, Gary North's Crossed Fingers: How the Liberals Captured the Presbyterian Church," notes Reed.)
(PCA) Federal Visionists apparently never learn -
Posted by: reformedmusings October 5, 2008
TE Jason Stellman noted in this post that PCA Federal Visionist TE Peter Leithart was given a pass by Northwest Presbytery (NWP).
Biblical Civil Government Versus the Beast; and, the Basis for Christian Resistance by Greg Price
Reformation Civil Government by Reg Barrow
Biblical Church Government by Kevin Reed (Covers the basic principles of Presbyterian church government: (1.) scriptural church officers, (2.) church courts, (3.) confessional standards, and (4.) church membership. Second (expanded) edition. "This is the best short statement [of Presbyterian principles of church government] we have ever seen," noted the Banner of Truth magazine.)
Would John Calvin Excommunicate John Frame? by Reg Barrow
(In this short letter Reg Barrow replies to an inquirer [on Knox Ring] asking for comments concerning John Frame's claim [in his book on worship] that the traditional Puritan view of the regulative principle is a "minimalist" view of worship. Also noted in the this post was James Jordan's assertion that the classic view of the regulative principle is sectarian. Barrow, in the short space allotted on KR, begins to demonstrate how both Frame and Jordan have apostatized and would have been rejected by the Presbyterian and Reformed wing of the Reformation.)
The Unity of the Church by Thomas M'Crie
The Visible Church: Essence Versus Lawful Form by Larry Birger, Jr. (Discusses Calvin's and the Westminster Confession's view of the visible church, exhibiting the vital distinction between that which is necessary to the being of the visible church and that which is necessary for the well-being of the visible church. Clearly exposes the erroneous notion that the government of the church equals the church. Calvin listed this as a fundamental difference between Protestants and Papists, indicating that the multitude of churches in our current apostasy are (as to their form or constitution) daughters of the Roman Catholic whore (Rev. 17:5). Because they have not followed in the footsteps of the flock (Song 1:8), but instead are walking in the adulterous ways of their (constitutional) mother, these churches are schismatic. Birger concludes with 13 Scripture commands to separate from such denominations who themselves have separated from the company of the faithful.)
Of Uniformity In Religion, Worship of God, and Church Government by George Gillespie
Apostolic Presbyterianism by William Cunningham and Reg Barrow (Shows from Scripture how the Apostles practiced the divine right of Presbyterianism)
Proof That the Church is Often Obscured by Francis Turretin (Proves from Scripture that, throughout much of history, the church [visible and constitutional], is often found only in a very small remnant.)
Calvin, Close Communion and the Coming Reformation (a book review of Alexander and Rufus... by John Anderson ) by Reg Barrow (Shows how Calvin practiced close communion and how the biblical view of this ordinance is intended to purify the individual, church and state. Refutes the Popish and paedocommunion heresies [regarding this sacrament], as well as all views of open communion. Also argues that Arminians, anti-paedobaptists, anti-regulativists, and all those who openly violate the law of God [and are unrepentant] should be barred from the Lord's table -- as a corrective measure ordained of God for their recovery.)
Corporate Sanctification: Holding Fast the Attainments of Reformation by John Brown (of Wamphray; Samuel Rutherford's Disciple) (An overview of the Covenanter doctrine of reformation attainments by one of the great Covenanter theologians. Helpful in dispelling false charges of Anabaptism and perfectionism laid at the feet of faithful Covenanters.)
Presbyterian Government in Extraordinary Times by Kevin Reed
What Is A Moral Person? How God Views the Church and the Nations by David Scott, John Cunningham, and George Smeaton (A clear and concise summary of the biblical doctrine of the moral person; i.e. that God regards churches and nations as moral entities separate from the individual members of which they are composed. No Christian can afford not to understand this vital teaching! In many ways this is a crux of the Covenanter position, underlying as it does upon the issues of separation, civil government, the Covenants, eschatology, etc.)
Saul in the Cave of Adullam: A Testimony Against the Fashionable Sub-Calvinism of Doug Wilson (Editor of Credenda/Agenda Magazine); and, for Classical Protestantism and the Attainments of the Second Reformation by Reg Barrow
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) by Andrew Clarkson (In this file you will find the complete table of contents, the preface and the first reason for dissent. Lord willing, other sections will follow in time. The table of contents is very valuable as it lays out in summary [and with a fair amount of detail] the whole scope of the book. It can serve as a kind of summary of second Reformation thought concerning the church, state, separation, schism, worship, civil dissent, church planting, opposition to idolatry and tyranny, and much more!)
Wholesome Severity Reconciled With Christian Liberty; or, the True Resolution of a Present Controversy Concerning Liberty of Conscienceby George Gillespie (1644)
Communion Catechism (1592) by John Craig "John Craig (1512-1600) was a Scottish reformer. Previously a Dominican Friar, Craig was converted to the Protestant Faith. The Roman Inquisition condemned Craig to death, yet he escaped and returned to Scotland. In 1560, Craig became co-pastor with John Knox in Edinburgh. Later, Craig became a chaplain to James VI. At the direction of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, Craig composed this catechism, which was subsequently approved by the Assembly in 1592" (Kevin Reed).
An Able & Faithful Ministry by Samuel Miller
The Ruling Elder by Samuel Miller
The Solemn League and Covenant by Alexander Henderson and others
The Six Points of the "Terms of Ministerial and Christian Communion in the Reformed Presbyterian Church by the Reformed Presbytery
The Scottish Confession of Faith (1560)
The First & Second Books of Discipline
Geneva Book of Church Order (1556)
The Order of Excommunication and Public Repentance adopted by the Church of Scotland in 1569
Paleopresbyterianism Versus Neopresbyterianism by Michael Wagner
A Brotherly Testimony Against the Use of Instrumental Accompaniment In Public Worship by Larry Birger
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The Doctrine of Justification
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. 514 pages, indexed.
"James Buchanan's 'Doctrine of Justification' is THE classic work on this cardinal doctrine by which a church stands or falls. After lucidly covering the historical development of the doctrine through the Old Testament, the apostolic age, the scholastic divines, the Reformation and Counter Reformation, and in the Church of England, Buchanan expounds the doctrine itself by covering the scriptural meaning of the term, its relation to the law and justice of God, its relation to the mediatorial work of Christ, its relation to grace and works, and more. The chapter on justification in relation to the work of the Holy Spirit is alone worth the price of the book. Throughout, Buchanan systematizes the doctrine of justification in an orthodox Reformed manner that is fully reliable, is consistent with all the doctrines of grace, and is still relevant to the burning issues of our day, such as the New Perspective. A new introduction by Dr. Gerald Bilkes on the New Perspective is also a great help. If you can only afford to read one book on justification, read this definitive work."
-Joel R. Beeke
"Justification is, perhaps surprisingly, perhaps not, a point of contention within the evangelical, Protestant world in our own day, but so many evangelical ministers and students lack a knowledge of the historical and theological content and categories necessary to engage the discussion helpfully. Buchanan to the rescue. This magisterial nineteenth century treatment remains a standard. Indeed, you'll be surprised at the present applicability of Buchanan's assessments. Yes, in the century since Buchanan wrote, we've learned a lot of helpful, biblical things about the shape and stuff of justification. But Buchanan cannot be bypassed. Read and learn at the feet of a master."
- Dr. Ligon Duncan
"... a gem! Buchanan's exposition of justification is, in my opinion, still the best one that has been done."
- William Shishko
"The Reformation has been declared over by some. Justification by faith alone is under attack. Confusion abounds on this doctrine upon which the Christian faith hinges. Therefore, it is indeed most timely that this classic treatment receive fresh attention. There is no mere theologizing from the Scotsman, but honest exegetical work with incisive exposition. Pastors, students, and may I add, seminary professors will benefit greatly by returning to this marvelous treatment of this gospel doctrine."
- Dr. Nick Willborn
"At the present stage of the
justification debate, Buchanan would be a very wholesome remedy against unfair
representations. He is absolutely masterful on the subject."
- Dr. Roger Nicole
"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."
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Church of Christ: A Treatise on the Nature, Powers, Ordinances, Discipline, and Government of the Christian Church (1869)
Two large volumes. A classic on the Church and worship! This is one of the most extensive studies of its kind ever compiled. Nothing compares to it on this subject. Regarding these gems, Iain Murray has stated,
In our day, however greatly we need an evangelical revival, we need more than that. We need another Reformation, a movement which will go 'to the root of the mischief' and bring back the visible church to the pattern of God's Word in her government, ordinances and ministry. The republication of Bannerman is a step in that direction... For those who wish to study the doctrine of the Church in its several aspects as it was held by the majority of the Reformers, Puritans, Covenanters and leaders of 'The Third Reformation,' it will prove an invaluable textbook.
Volume one deals with the nature and power of the church, containing a lengthy explanation of the Church in its relation to the state (which is one of the best treatments of this topic to be found anywhere!). From there it deals with matters in regard to which church power is exercised (i.e. in regard to doctrine, ordinances, the instrumentality and time of public worship -- with a discussion of holy days, Independency, and confessions). Volume two continues where volume one left off, providing a lengthy section on the sacraments, covering the parties in whom the right to exercise church power is vested, examining crucial points concerning Christian liberty, comparing the Popish, Prelatic, Independent, Congregational and Presbyterian systems, etc. Nine appendices deal with a wide range of practical topics including union between churches, church/state relations, ordination, and valuable notes on the literature related to this subject. If you are interested in Church issues, it is not likely that you will find a better set.
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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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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 title continues: "Also the Questions of Paedobaptisme and Dipping Handled from Scripture. In a Second Part of the Dissuasive from the Errors of the Time." Shows the origin, progress and changing character of the Anabaptist's heresies -- many which still afflict the body of Christ in our day (even in so-called "Reformed" circles). A fine defense of the biblical view of baptism is also given, including many answers to Anabaptist (Baptist) objections on this point. A staggering array of "testimonies" (i.e. quotations) are marshalled by Baillie -- both in refuting and setting forth the pernicious Anabaptist teachings. Baillie was one of the Scottish Commissioners sent to the Westminster Assembly. His international perspective and insight (concerning the ecclesiastical and civil battles for the Protestant cause of his day) makes for an interesting backdrop to this title -- not often encountered among most authors dealing with these topics. 220 pages.
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