Did the Puritans and their successors teach preparationism prior to conversion? In this 60 page paper wrote some years ago, I examine this question and counseling the “awakened” sinner.
Souls are wont to be brought into trouble before God bestows true hope and comfort. The corrupt hearts of men naturally incline to stupidity and senselessness before God comes with the awakening influences of his Spirit. They are quiet and secure. They have no true comfort and hope, and yet they are quiet; they are at ease. They are in miserable slavery, and yet seek not a remedy.
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.
From Wiki: an English clergyman. Described as a “radical Puritan”, he was unpublished in his lifetime, but more than a dozen works were put out in the five years after he died. His commentary on Ephesians is his best known work; the commentary on the first chapter, itself of 400 pages, appeared in 1618
From A Course of Lectures on the Principal Subjects in Pneumatology
A reading from the book, A Mirror For Saint and Sinner published in 1793. The Moral Law’s use to drive a sinner away from it, to Christ.
John Brown 1610-1679
From Alexander Whyte’s Characters of John Bunyan, The Holy War, Why God allows indwelling sin to remain in a Christian.