A Reading from the Treasury of David
This narration is of a few choice paragraphs in Alleine’s book. The book also went under the title, A Sure Guide to Heaven.
Though regeneration is monergistic, what does God do prior to regeneration to prepare the sinner to see his need for grace?
Taken from the Rise and Progress of Religion -THERE is a case which often occurs in the Christian life, which they who accustom themselves much to the exercise of devotion have been used to call the “hiding of God’s face.” It is a phrase borrowed from the word of God, which I hope may shelter it from contempt at the first hearing. It will be my business in this chapter to state it as plainly as I can, and then to give some advice as to your own conduct when you fall into it, as it is very probable you may before you have finished your journey through this wilderness.
Wonder not if you see a diversity of success in preaching of the word. Some receive it with joy; the most despise it as a thing of nought. Whence is this difference? Multitudes are rejected of God, — cast out of his care, — barren land; he will till them no more. A cursed state! Marvel not that many refuse to hear the word, that they love lies; they are given up of God to their hearts’ lusts. -John Owen
But Peter said unto him, Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money. Thou hast neither part nor lot in this matter: for thy heart is not right in the sight of God. Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee.”] By what is here said it is evident that a man may contract fearful guilt, and may undo himself to all eternity by that which he has no great sense of the badness of in the time of it, when he commits it does not seem heinous to him ; for Simon, he never seems to have had any great sense of any hurt in his proposal of buying the gift or power of conferring the Holy Ghost with money. He was very bold in his proposal, and in all likelihood it was very unexpected to him to meet with such a rebuke.
Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God. From the collected sermons of John OwenA Warning Against Hardness of Heart in Christians
From the writing of William Perkins, to John Angell James, Pilgrims Progress, and a look at the great revivals in our country, an examination of the evangelism and the counsels given to the awakened.
From the website, International Outreach, “The proper method of seeking involves man’s doing all that is in his natural power to seek God. One of the most common expressions in Puritan writings is “use the means.” Today this expression is almost unknown in Christianity and in books on evangelism. If it were used, most people, even Reformed people, would not know what was meant by it. It is, however, an encouragement to seek God using the means which God had provided for men to come to know Him. Although it is not in man’s moral ability to find God, it is in his natural ability to do certain things which might increase the possibility of his being saved or put him in a way of salvation. The Puritans constantly urged upon men the necessity of doing all they could. ”
These three podcasts examine in detail the charge that the Puritans taught that a person who is under awakening must prepare himself, or go through a necessary time of conviction of sin before he is ready to come to Christ. Puritans and Preparationism 1 of 3