IT has often occurred to me as something wonderful, that, amongst the vast variety of books, which are to be met with, on the important subject of Religion, there should still be wanted a manual for the information and direction of the Minister in his daily intercourse with sick persons and other members of his flock. There are indeed plenty of excellent theoretical treatises upon this branch of the Minister’s duty; and much also might be learnt from the biography of Clergymen, who have been eminently active in their parochial labours.
This is a masterly exposition of question 81 of the Larger Catechism. It is a superb treatment of what the Puritans did not believe that “Assurance is of the essence of faith.”
In this study, we have come to the place where Christian and Hopeful are deceived by the Flatterer. A modern illustration is drawn by this character to the teaching of the proponents of the Federal Vision or Auburn Avenue Theology and the redefining of the doctrine of justification by faith. Finally, we discuss the encounter with Atheist.
Letter: ” I cannot rejoice at the very thoughts of grace, death, the resurrection, and the life, I am afraid I do not truly and sincerely believe. Believers are exhorted to rejoice always; but I cannot rejoice when I ponder upon the most important concerns of my soul; therefore I fear I am not a believer. Alas! I am not able to look steadily upon Christ as my Saviour. At times when I join with the saints in divine worship, I am pretty confident of an interest in Christ; but when I retire, I conclude that that proceeds only from a kind of a heavenly gale upon them, or else upon myself, merely to capacitate me for more use and service among them. I conceive that my heart is not in the least renewed, but in the sense of Scripture is still a stone. ”
He, that being often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy.’ — Proverbs 29:1
It is wholly impossible that a person should be frequently and faithfully admonished for his crime, and yet experience no alteration in is condition. His rancorous pride will be augmented, and his conscience seared as with a hot iron. But the day comes that shall burn as an oven. Then his stiff neck and his stout heart will not exempt him from the terrors that shall overtake the soul of every guilty culprit that shall stand at the judgment seat of God.
This is the 13th chapter of The Lifting Up on the Downcast. The application of Exodus 34:5-7 applied to doubting Christians is very powerful. It answers so many doubts in just 3 verses.
In this lesson, as a companion to the study of Little Faith, we discussed a character from Bunyan’s second part – Mr. Fearing. “It took him a whole month,” tells Greatheart, “to face the Slough. But he would not go back neither. Till, one sunshiny morning, nobody ever knew how, he ventured, and so got over.But the fact of the matter is,” said the shrewd-headed guide, “Mr. Fearing had, I think, a slough of despond in his own mind; and a slough that he carried everywhere with him.”
Whyte, Alexander Characters in Pilgrim’s Progress
J.I. Packer wrote, “Downame stands with Perkins, Greenham, and Richard Rogers as one of the architects of the Puritan theology of godliness.”
Joel Beeke wrote, “With the possible exception of Gurnall’s ‘Christian Armour,’ this book is the finest Puritan work on the theme of the Christian warfare. It is also Downame’s best work.”
This 30 minute sample is from the 1634 edition to assist new converts who are being unusually and violently attacked in their minds from the devil’s onslaughts. There is already about 4 hours of narrations from the 1603 edition of this work. This sample is to assist someone dear to me who is being terribly afflicted.
In this study, we go into detail on the subject of deep spiritual depression, the definition of spiritual melancholy. We look at a number of test cases and finally discuss the cures. Finally, we look at Christian and Hopeful’s escape from Doubting Castle.
PowerPoint Slide Show GiantDespairDefined
Notes for the Class on Giant Despair 2 The Castle of Giant Despair 2
This is Greenhill’s Commentary on Ezekiel 9 ” 5 : Go ye through the city after him, and smite: let not your eye spare, neither have ye pity; 6 slay utterly the old man, the young man and the virgin, and little children and women; but come not near any man upon whom is the mark: and begin at my sanctuary. Then they began at the old men that were before the house. 7 And he said unto them, Defile the house, and fill the courts with the slain: go ye forth. And they went forth, and smote in the city. 8 And it came to pass, while they were smiting, and I was left, that I fell upon my face, and cried, and said, Ah Lord Jehovah! wilt thou destroy all the residue of Israel in thy pouring out of thy wrath upon Jerusalem? 9 Then said he unto me, The iniquity of the house of Israel and Judah is exceeding great, and the land is full of blood, and the city full of wresting of judgment: for they say, Jehovah hath forsaken the land, and Jehovah seeth not. 10 And as for me also, mine eye shall not spare, neither will I have pity, but I will bring their way upon their head.
The commentary of this is very powerful. “It was music to the enemy (The Chaldeans) to slay them in the temple itself, to dash out their brains against the ark and altar. ”