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Biblical Counsel


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The authority of the Holy Scripture, for which it ought to be believed, and obeyed, depends not upon the testimony of any man, or Church; but wholly upon God (who is truth itself) the author thereof: and therefore it is to be received, because it is the Word of God. . . .
The Whole counsel of God concerning all things necessary for His own glory, man's salvation, faith and life, is either expressly set down in Scripture, or by good and necessary consequence, may be deduced from Scripture: unto which nothing at any time is to be added, whether by new revelations of Spirit, or traditions of men. . . . -- The Westminster Confession (1646), Chapter 1, Articles IV and VI

O ye saints, how you should love the Word, for by this you have been converted. . . . Tie it about your neck, write it upon your hand, lay it in your bosom. When you go let it lead you, when you sleep let it keep you, when you wake let it talk with you. (Proverbs 6:21-22) You that are unconverted, read the Word with diligence; flock to where it is powerfully preached. Pray for the coming of the Spirit in the Word. Come from your knees to the sermon, and come from the sermon to your knees. -- Joseph Alleine



Contents

For all Counselors
Peer Counseling, Peer Evangelism, One-on-one Evangelism
Questions and Answers
Audio CDs and MP3s on Counseling Subjects
Legal Aspects of Counseling
BIBLICAL COUNSEL BY SUBJECT
Homework for Counselees
Biblical Counseling Tracts
Case Studies
Correspondence Containing Biblical Counsel

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Chapter 2 (part 2)
Biblical Counsel




For all Counselors

See the Theological Notes, "The Fall" at Genesis 3:6 in The Reformation Study Bible.

See the Theological Notes, "God's Covenant of Grace" at Genesis 12:1 in The Reformation Study Bible.

See the Theological Notes, "The Holy Spirit," at John 14:26 in The Reformation Study Bible.

See the Theological Notes, "The Authentication of Scripture," at 2 Corinthians 4:6, in The Reformation Study Bible

See the Theological Notes, "The Law of God," at Exodus 20:1 in The Reformation Study Bible.

See the Theological Notes, "Legalism," at Matthew 23:4 in The Reformation Study Bible

See the Theological Notes, "Satan," at Job 1:6 in The Reformation Study Bible.

See the Theological Notes, "Demons" at Deuteronomy 32:17 in The Reformation Study Bible.

See the Theological Notes, "God is Love: Divine Goodness and Faithfulness," at Psalm 136:1 in The Reformation Study Bible

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. (Psalm 119:105)

And the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord. (Isaiah 11:2)

This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased: hear ye him. -- God The Father (Matthew 17:5)

By this shall all [men] know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another. -- The Lord Jesus Christ (John 13:35)

These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee. (Titus 2:15)

Draw forth the treasure of wisdom and experience, which you have been so long in laying up, to instruct the ignorant, and warn the unexperienced and ungodly that are about you. Job 32:7, Days should speak, and multitude of years should teach wisdom. Titus 2:3-5, The aged women must teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands and children, to be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed. It is supposed that time and experience hath taught you more than is known to raw and ignorant youth. Tell them what you have suffered by the deceits of sin: tell them the method and danger of temptations: tell them what you lost by delaying your repentance: and how God recovered you: and how the Spirit wrought upon your souls: tell them what comforts you have found in God; what safety and sweetness in a holy life; how sweet the holy Scriptures have been to you; how prayers have prevailed, how the promises of God have been fulfilled; and what mercies and great deliverances you have had. Tell them how good you have found God; and how bad you have found sin; and how vain you have found the world. Warn them to resist their fleshly lusts, and to take heed of the ensnaring flatteries of sin: acquaint them truly with the history of public sins, and judgments, and mercies in the times which you have lived in. God hath made this the duty of the aged, that the fathers should tell the wonders of his works and mercies to their children, that the ages to come may praise the Lord, Deuteronomy 4:10; Psalm 78:4-6. -- Richard Baxter

All the problems we face in life as individuals or in society prove the same thing -- they prove the Lordship of Jesus Christ. He is indeed all-sufficient. -- Edward Hindson

All three flawed expressions of spirituality [Traditionalism, Legalism, and Superstition -- sk] have similar results: they enslave people to an unproductive and unsatisfying way of living; they cause them to live in fear a great deal of the time; and they focus attention on their own ability to provide for their safety and well-being rather than nurturing trust in the living God, in whom alone human beings can find life. -- Ravi Zacharias, from The Grand Weaver: How God Shapes Us Through the Events of Our Lives, p. 190

Word: "disease;" Meaning; "disturb;" Sample location: "Luke 8:49" -- from the "Glossary," 1599 Geneva Bible. Tolle Lege edition

DISEASE, n. Dizeze. [dis and ease.] 1. In its primary sense, pain, uneasiness, distress, and so used by Spenser; but in this sense, obsolete. 2. The cause of pain or uneasiness . . . disorder; any state of a living body in which the natural functions of the organs are interrupted or disturbed . . . The first effect of disease is uneasiness or pain, and the ultimate effect is death. . . . 3. A disordered state of the mind or intellect, by which the reason is impaired. 4. In society, vice; corrupt state of morals. Vices are called moral diseases. A wise man converses with the wicked, as a physician with the sick, not to catch the disease, but to cure it. 5. Political or civil disorder, or vices in a state; any practice which tends to disturb the peace of society, or impede or prevent the regular administration of government. The instability, injustice and confusion introduced into the public councils have, in truth, been the mortal diseases under which popular governments have every where perished. DISEASE, v.t. dizeze. 1. To interrupt or impair any or all the natural and regular functions of the several organs of a living body [i.e. robbing a neighbor of sleep -- sk]; to afflict with pain or sickness to make morbid . . . 2. To interrupt or render imperfect the regular functions of the brain, or of the intellect; to disorder; to derange. 3. To infect; to communicate disease to, by contagion. 4. To pain; to make uneasy. --1828 edition of Webster's American Dictionary of the English Language

A wealth of information on Biblical Counseling is found on audio CDs and MP3s on counseling subjects and are available at Sound Word Associates.

Personally I find it helpful to begin each day by silently committing that day into God's hands. I thank Him that I belong to Him, and I thank Him that He knows what the day holds for me. I ask Him to take my life that day and use it for His glory. I ask Him to cleanse me from anyting which would hinder His work in my life. And then I step out in faith, knowing that His Holy Spirit is filling me continually as I trust in Him and obey His Word. . ." -- Billy Graham, from The Holy Spirit: Activating God's Power in Your Life

*Adams, Jay E., The Bible in Counseling (Michigan City, IN: Sound Word Associates.)

*Adams, Jay E., The Big Umbrella and Other Essays and Addresses on Christian Counseling, , 265 pages, ISBN: 0801000580 9780801000584. Alternate title: ESSAYS ON COUNSELING.
"A dozen lectures meant to orient people to the basic ideas of Christian counseling. The 'Big Umbrella' is the notion that mental illness explains any and every difficulty in life. Organic mental malfunction is a much smaller -- and legitimate -- umbrella, but it must not be confused with the vast turf of problems in living. Psychiatrists and others who illegitimately counsel are squatters on the pastor's turf. 'What I wrote [in COMPETENT TO COUNSEL] is only a frail beginning. It is going to take dozens and dozens of us years and years to develop counseling that is fully Christian, clearly defined and articulated.' Treats evangelism in counseling, grief counseling, demon possession, marital and familial communication, abuses of small groups, drugs, masturbation, and homosexuality. 'The kind of counseling that we have been discussing may be structured, but it also is an informal pervasive force among the people of God'." -- David Powlison

Adams, Jay E., Change Them?. . . Into What?: Counseling in America Today, 18 pages.
"Reprint of an address at the University Psychiatric Clinic in Vienna, Austria. 'You are planning to help people; fine. But that means changing them. The question is not only how, but (most basically) -- into what? The Christian replies, "Into the likeness of Jesus Christ".' Discusses the 'general failure of the psychotherapeutic community to succeed in doing anything significant for people and their problems.' Pastors in the 1950s either referred to psychotherapists or sought to incorporate psychotherapy into their practice. Since the mid-60s, however, distinctively biblical counseling has developed. 'This counseling draws upon the wisdom of God in the Scriptures and the power of God in the Holy Spirit.' This is what such counseling looks like: speak the truth in love to responsible people who need to change in order to grow up into the image of Christ." -- David Powlison

*Adams, Jay E., The Christian Counselor's Casebook (The Jay Adams Library. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House, 1986), ISBN: 0310511615 9780310511618.
"This is 'a workbook designed for individual or class use in conjunction with COMPETENT TO COUNSEL and THE CHRISTIAN COUNSELOR'S MANUAL.' Contains snapshots of 60 opening sessions and 45 cases in process. There are three major purposes: [1] to learn how to identify various sorts of problems according to biblical norms; [2] to lay out biblical plans of action for dealing with problems; [3] to provide familiarity with a wide variety of representative types of problems that counselors encounter." -- David Powlison
*Adams, Jay E., The Christian Counselor's Manual: The Practice of Nouthetic Counseling (The Jay Adams Library. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House, 1986).
An in-depth study of counseling problems and their Biblical solutions. The sequel and companion volume to COMPETENT TO COUNSEL. Includes bibliographical references and indexes.

Adams, Jay E., The Christian Counselor's New Testament: a new translation in everyday English, with notations, marginal references, and supplemental helps, revised and amplified.
"Adams has added numerous counseling-oriented footnotes to his translation of the New Testament, and has made many minor revisions to the text itself in order to enhance readability. The last 70 pages contain the original 'supplemental helps,' a primer on counseling. . . . Marginal notations and footnotes address dozens of topics of practical use to counselors. The Supplemental Helps provide a 60 page summary of nouthetic counseling -- both methodological and conceptual -- and a ready reference. 'Supplemental Helps' reprinted as HELPS FOR COUNSELORS." -- David Powlison

*Adams, Jay E., Christian Living in the Home (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, 1974), ISBN: 0801000513 9780801000515.
"His [Adam's] approach to family life is conditioned completely by the Bible. He writes, `A truly Christian home is a place where sinners live; but it is also a place where the members of that home admit the fact and understand the problem, know what to do about it, and as a result grow by grace'." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.
"This best-selling title will challenge, encourage, and aid the reader in the development of a truly Christian home. Christians will find this volume full of practical, biblical advice on Christ-centered family living, communication with family members, family guidance and discipline, living with an unbelieving spouse, and many other areas. Pastors and Christian counselors will value this work for its insight and faithfulness to God's Word." -- SWRB
"Written to check the erosion of the family as the basic foundation of society. Practical applications of Scripture to family living are given." -- GCB. A study guide is available.
Christian Living in the Home
http://www.nouthetic.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=82&Itemid=99
Adams, Jay E., Christian Living in the Home: Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic.
Barker, Dorothy Anderson, and Jay Adams, Leader`s Guide for Jay E. Adams's CHRISTIAN LIVING IN THE HOME. Alternate title: CHRISTIAN LIVING IN THE HOME (STUDY GUIDE) (Philadelphia: Great Commission Publications, 1977), 64 pages.
"Thirteen week guide for the leader of a Sunday school or Bible study class that utilizes Adams's book on marriage and family." -- David Powlison

*Adams, Jay E., Counseling and the Sovereignty of God (Philadelphia, PA: Westminster Theological Seminary), 14 pages. Reprint of a chapter from WHAT ABOUT NOUTHETIC COUNSELING? Reprinted in LECTURES ON COUNSELING.
"For people in tough life circumstances there is only one hope: 'Knowing that God knows, that God cares, that God hears their prayers, and that God can and will act in His time and way to work even in this for good to His own. . . a confident assurance that God is sovereign.' Addresses the 'question on the lips of nearly every counselee -- Why? Why did this have to happen? Why did it have to happen to me? Why did it have to happen now?' Lucid summary of Adams's attitudes toward psychology and psychiatry." -- David Powlison

Adams, Jay Edward, A Counseling Seminar: A 12-tape Album for Laymen and Pastors Covering the Basic Reasons, Methods and Purpose of Nouthetic Counseling as Based on the Scriptures.
Contents: Hope & counseling (3 tapes) -- Christian forgiveness (2 tapes) -- Change (2 tapes) -- The husband (2 tapes) -- The wife (2 tapes) -- Questions & answers.
Search the series "Jay Adams Tape Library" in WorldCat (OCLC) for a listing of 21 audio tapes.

Adams, Jay Edward, Critical Issues #1: A 12-tape Album Briefly Covering Critical Issues Faced in Counseling (Michigan City, IN: Sound Word Associates).
"This series is not meant to be an exhaustive study of each issue but to define it. Problems of worry and depression -- Group therapy and transactional analysis -- Masturbation, talking about problems -- Nervous breakdowns and marriage problems -- Conscience and self approval -- Drunkenness and suicide -- The disabled and the retarded child -- Inferiority and handling problems -- Devil made me do it/God pleasing work -- Communicating and fear of death -- Too old to change/Restoring brother -- Breaking old habits, why me?"

Adams, Jay E., Effective Communication; Disabled people; Inferiority complex; Unsaved wife; Be prepared! (Michigan City, IN: Sound Word Associates).

Adams, Jay E., Giving Hope in Counseling: And Preaching Workshop

Adams, Jay E., God's Standard and Program for Change; God's Methodology for Change (Michigan City, IN: Sound Word Associates).

Adams, Jay E., Grist From Adams Mill (Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian & Reformed Publishing Co.), ISBN: 0875520790 9780875520797.
"Contains 27 two to four page essays on a wide range of topics: 'tracts for the times.' How does God guide? Where do you get peace? How do you handle interruptions? Dealing with church hoppers? Think: does God hate the sin but love the sinner? Are you clear about the Gospel? How do you handle the influence -- for bad or good -- that people have on one another? How do you deal with differences on biblically debatable matters? What is good music? How can you be professional in your ministry, in the best sense of the word? How do you judge success and failure?" -- David Powlison

Adams, Jay E., Helps for Counselors: A Mini-Manual for Christian Counseling (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker, 1977), 63 pages. Reprint of the helps from the back of THE CHRISTIAN COUNSELOR'S NEW TESTAMENT.
Contains, Counselor's Quick Check List, Fifty Failure Factors, Remarks and Responses, Counseling Outlines (for various problems), The Counselor's Topical Worklist, and so forth.

Adams, Jay E., Ministering Series.
Contents: The ministry of the church -- God is!! Stability we can count on -- The environment of God -- The balanced Christian -- The Disciplined life -- Setting priorities -- Making plans Biblically -- Am I a winner? It's joys and responsibilities -- The pastor's wife and depression -- Christian forgiveness -- Pain, does it belong? -- Decisions, make them or they make you -- Worry, trouble, how to combat it -- The Biblical view of divorce -- Homosexuality, how to deal with it -- Overcoming depression -- Grading and degrading, Christian education -- Poles apart, who's a Christian? -- Baptism for infants.

*Adams, Jay Edward, The Practical Encyclopedia of Christian Counseling, 202 pages, ISBN: 1889032468 9781889032467.
See the subject "Authority," "Attitude," "Referral," "Balance," "Behavior," "Bizarre Behaviour," "Breakdown," "Church," "Confidentiality," "Contentment," "Correction," "Crises," "Data Gathering," "Deceit," "Dependence," "Empathy," "How-to," and so forth, and so on.
"THE PRACTICAL ENCYCLOPEDIA OF CHRISTIAN COUNSELING is designed to afford Christian counselors quick reference as well as comprehensive access to the chief principles and practices of biblical counseling. It is called an 'encyclopedia' because a counselor interested in surveying the gamut of those principles and practices will find in this volume a wider variety of subjects than may be located in any other book of biblical counseling. The counseling described here is truly 'Christian' with method and content firmly rooted in careful biblical exegesis. At the same time it is 'practical' because articles consist not merely of definitions and descriptions, but also of application of the material useful to Christian counselors. Although not necessarily the only way these biblical principles can be applied, they are the fruit of years of study and experience in biblical counseling. In short, the book is designed as an aid to the working counselor who needs a quick reference guide. We trust that God will use it to His glory and to the blessing of His people." -- Preface

*Adams, Jay E., Shepherding God's Flock: A Handbook on Pastoral Ministry, Counseling and Leadership, ISBN: 0310510716 9780310510710.
"The book is divided into three parts: Pastoral Life deals with the pastor, his calling, and the general care he provides the flock. Pastoral Counseling provides an overview of the task and general approach for pastoral counselors. Pastoral Leadership offers a perspective on the ways the pastor can lead the church in its many tasks and responsibilities." -- Publisher's Annotation
"An `unparalleled handbook' on ministry for teaching and ruling elders." -- SWRB
"A handbook on pastoral ministry, counseling, and leadership. This book is one of the finest you can get and will help you in the real world. The contents come out of years of working directly with ministers, counselors, and work as a seminary professor." -- GCB. Includes bibliographical references and indexes.

Adams, Jay E., Solving Marriage Problems: Biblical Solutions for Christian Counselors (The Jay Adams Library. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing Corporation, 1986).
"Marriage and family problems are the number one counseling problem. Too many times Christian counselors combine worldly ideas, from purely secular sources, with the Bible. Adams tries a purely Biblical approach which assumes that God speaks authoritatively on marriage." -- GCB. Includes bibliographical references.
"Practical training for counselors in how to understand and solve marriage problems. What are the basics of the biblical view of marriage? What sorts of problems destroy marriages?: [1] unbiblical concepts ('problems of error'); [2] sinful living patterns ('problems of practice']; [3] relationships with others (e.g., companions, in-laws, children, former spouse); [4] general influences in society. Gives methods for discovering and solving problems." -- David Powlison

*Adams, Jay E., Sovereignty of God in Counseling (Michigan City, IN: Sound Word Associates).
"Dr. Adams' lecture upon his inauguration as full professor at Westminster Theological Seminary."

Adams, Jay Edward, Ten Volume Christian Counselor's Commentary Series (Timeless Texts).
"This 10-volume series of commentaries is written in everyday English -- a must for laymen as well as the Pastor/Counselor. Jay Adams explains and applies biblical truths in the clear, understandable way that typifies his writing. He does not try to duplicate the standard technical commentaries, but supplements them with the implications of the text for God-honoring counseling and Christian living." -- Publisher's Annotation

*Adams, Jay E., Update on Christian Counseling,volumes 1 and 2, includes MATTERS OF CONCERN TO CHRISTIAN COUNSELORS (The Jay Adams Library. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House, 1986), ISBN: 0801001536 9780801001536.
"Volume I surveys Biblical teaching on current counseling concerns, e.g. Failure in Counseling, Drugs and Counseling, Getting Organized, etc. . . . Volume II . . . is an evaluation of the latest developments, problems, ideas, and concerns in the field of Christian counseling. This book contains a reviewing of an old article `Does the Behaviorist Have a Mind?' This series is a must for those who want to be ready. MATTERS OF CONCERN TO CHRISTIAN COUNSELORS is a `potpourri of principles and practices of Biblical counseling'." Includes bibliographical references.
Essays, on: how counseling affects the counselor; counseling failure; a biblical approach to stress; prescription medications; the Sermon on the Mount as an example of how-to given along with what-to; the problem with apologies; 25 key presuppositions of biblical counseling; structuring counseling; using a Personal Data Inventory; the flexibility of nouthetic counseling; the adaptability of a nouthetic counselor; reminding counselees; definitions of about 115 terms of basic Christian vocabulary, from "Adoption" and "Advent" to "Worship" and "Wrath," do people really get their idea of God from their own fathers?; Christian liberty and questionable practices; counseling disabled people; evaluating transactional analysis; winning an unsaved wife to Christ; using I Corinthians 13 in counseling; guidance through "checks" and "promptings"; "Does the Behaviorist Have a Mind?" (reprint of a 1927 article by William Hallock Johnson); eclecticism in counseling; "complicating problems" of various sorts (difficulties growing out of a counselee's primary problem that must be addressed in order to solve the primary problem).

Adams, Jay E., What About Nouthetic Counseling? A Question and Answer Book With History, Help and Hope for the Christian Counselor (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker, 1976), 91 pages, ISBN: 0801001145 9780801001147.
" 'A question and answer book with history, help and hope for the Christian counselor.' Discusses the first ten years of the movement, both the gains that have occurred and the opposition and misunderstandings that have arisen. 25 questions and answers engage common misunderstandings and criticisms. For example, Q: 'Do you think that feelings are unimportant?' A: 'Of course not! They play a vital role in the human makeup.' For example, Q: 'Don't you think that we can learn something from psychologists?' A: 'Yes, we can learn a lot; I certainly have. That answer surprised you, didn't it? If it did, you have been led to believe, no doubt that nouthetic counselors are obscurantists who see no good in psychology.' For example, Q: 'Why can't you use the methods of other counseling systems?' A: 'Well-thought-through systems are self-contained packages. . . . Distinguish between methods and means.' Also contains COUNSELING AND THE SOVEREIGNTY OF GOD." -- David Powlison

Adams, Jay E., What do you do When Series (Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian & Reformed Publishing Co.).
A 6-pamphlets series including the follow:
Adams, Jay E., What do you do When Anger Gets the Upper Hand? Alternate title: YOU CAN DEFEAT ANGER, 8 pages.
" 'Anger, like a good horse, must be bridled.' Uncontrolled temper is a sin. You can learn to release the energies of anger productively and under control to solve problems." -- David Powlison
What do you do When Anger Gets the Upper Hand?
http://www.lifeisworship.com/hbrpc/pfltmen.htm
Adams, Jay E., What do you do When you Become Depressed? Alternate title: YOU CAN CONQUER DEPRESSION.
"You must know God personally before you can expect Him to give you the help that you need. You must not put the alleviation of depression first as your goal, but rather the desire to please God by doing what He says. You must do exactly as He says regardless of how you feel." -- David Powlison
What do you do When you Become Depressed?
http://www.lifeisworship.com/hbrpc/pfltmen.htm
Adams, Jay E., What do you do When Fear Overcomes you? Alternate title: YOU CAN OVERCOME FEAR, ISBN: 0875520464 9780875520469, 24 pages.
"You must learn to commit yourself prayerfully to doing what God requires of you whether or not you will have a fear experience by doing so. That is the key that will unlock your prison."
What do you do When Fear Overcomes you?
http://www.lifeisworship.com/hbrpc/pfltmen.htm
*Adams, Jay E., What do you do When Your Marriage Goes Sour? Alternate title: YOU CAN SWEETEN A SOUR MARRIAGE, ISBN: 0875520480 9780875520483.
"Love is not first a feeling, because God commands love: to wife, to neighbor, even to enemy. You must learn how to give. You must forgive: a promise not to use it against the person, not to talk to others, not to dwell on it yourself. The husband is responsible to take initiative in love." -- David Powlison
What do you do When Your Marriage Goes Sour?
http://www.lifeisworship.com/hbrpc/pfltmen.htm
Adams, Jay E., What do you do When you Worry all the Time? Alternate title: YOU CAN STOP WORRYING (Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian & Reformed Publishing Co., 1975), 8 pages, ISBN: 0875520499 9780875520490.
A tract by Jay Adams. "Worry is concern about something that one can do nothing about. That is why it tears us apart. 'Christ does not ask you to cease being concerned; instead He tells you to redirect your concern.' Asks three questions: What is my problem?; What does God want me to do about it?; When, where and how should I begin?
What do you do When you Worry all the Time?
http://www.lifeisworship.com/hbrpc/pfltmen.htm
Adams, Jay E., What to do About Worry (Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian & Reformed Publishing Co.), ISBN: 0801000483 9780801000485.
"Worry is a sin that Christians can learn to overcome. Pray with thanksgiving; find God's solutions; then work on the problem God's way. When you find yourself worrying rather than working, sit down and answer the following three questions: [1] What is my problem?; [2] What does God want me to do about it?; [3] When, where and how should I begin?" -- David Powlison
Adams, Jay E., What to do on Thursday: A Layman's Guide to the Practical use of the Scriptures, 135 pages, ISBN: 087552074X 9780875520742.
"Making the Bible practical is the author's gift. Sunday is not the Christians only day. This book is designed to bridge the gap in personal application of scriptural principles learned. This method of using the Scriptures will excite you all over again."
"This book contains a 'method that, if faithfully followed, will make your Bible a practical Book that you can use, not only on Sunday but on Thursday, and every other day in the week, to solve the problems that you encounter in daily living.' The Bible was written to be used in daily life, but few Christians have ever been taught how to use it. How do you locate (Bible information, pp. 19-49), understand (Bible interpretation, pp. 53-98), and apply (Bible implementation, pp. 101-134) relevant Scripture? Bible information includes a basic orientation to Scripture. Bible interpretation teaches principles of accurate interpretation, how to use Bible study tools, and how to pursue the intent (telos) of a passage. Bible implementation teaches you how to adapt truth to varying life situations. 'Christians must become actors, not reactors. They must learn to choose and develop goals, structure their lives and become actors who consciously do whatever they do in order to attain biblical goals'." -- David Powlison
Adams, Jay E., You can Kick the Drug Habit.
"If you are hooked on alcohol or other drugs you must learn to put off the old behavior and attitudes and put on the new. Repent of your sin. List ways you are failing God and others. Work with someone who practices biblical counseling to restructure your entire life. Cut off all connections with people who are negative influences. Restructure your life concretely." -- David Powlison
Adams, Jay E., What do you do When you Know That You're Hooked?
Adams, Jay E., You can Kick the Drug Habit.
"If you are hooked on alcohol or other drugs you must learn to put off the old behavior and attitudes and put on the new. Repent of your sin. List ways you are failing God and others. Work with someone who practices biblical counseling to restructure your entire life. Cut off all connections with people who are negative influences. Restructure your life concretely." -- David Powlison

Adams, Jay E., Your Place in the Counseling Revolution (Presbyterian and Reformed, 1975), 44 pages, ISBN: 0801001005 9780801001000.
"The confusion in the counseling world exists because 'they have rejected the one and only perfect and lasting textbook on counseling': the Bible. Christians have all too often accommodated the faith wrongly to secular psychology. God refuses to be brought in as an additive to a pagan system or to be 'discovered' in a pagan theory. Christians have unresolved personal problems; Bible-believers largely neglected matters of practical Christian living during the battles with liberalism. What is your place in the counseling revolution?: [1] the ministry of everyday Christians is described where 'many of the `one another' verses refer to exhortation, encouragement, restoration, admonition, rebuke and the giving of other sorts of counsel'; [2] if God has called you to full-time counseling, go to seminary to get training in the Bible and go into the pastorate. Reprinted in Lectures on Counseling." -- David Powlison

Aden, LeRoy, and David G. Benner (editors), Counseling and the Human Predicament: A Study of Sin, Guilt and Forgiveness, ISBN: 0801002184 9780801002182.

*Alexander, Archibald (1772-1851), Practical Truths, 1857.
"This 400-page reprint by one of the Old Princeton `greats' will be welcome indeed. The book is in three sections: short articles on practical Christian living subjects; a series of longer articles on doctrinal and theological subjects; and finally a series of dialogues in defense of the faith, etc." -- GCB

Almy, Gary, and Carol Tharp Almy, with Jerry Jenkins, Addicted to Recovery: Exposing the False Gospel of Psychotherapy: Escaping the Trap of Victim Mentality (Eugene, Oregon: Harvest House Publishers, 1994), ISBN: 1565071859 9781565071858, 251 pages.
"The Almys are medical doctors who have written a polemic against the pop psychologies that have recently swept into the church. Through a series of detailed case studies, they portray the dynamics operative in therapeutically-induced false memories, the healing of memories, multiple personality disorder, unmet love needs, and codependency." -- David Powlison

Baker, Don, Beyond Forgiveness: The Healing Touch of Church Discipline, ISBN: 0880700548 9780880700542.

Baxter, Richard, The Certainty of the Worlds of Spirits. Fully evinced by the unquestionable histories of apparitions, operations, witchcrafts, voices, etc. proving the immortality of souls, the malice and misery of the devils and the damned, and the blessedness of the justifed. Written for the conviction of Sadduces and Infidels. By Richard Baxter (London, England: Printed for T. Parkhurst at the Bible and Three Crowns in Cheapside and J. Salusbury at the Rising Sun near the Royal Exchange in Cornhill, 1691), ISBN: 9781150756948 1150756942, computer file, microfilm, EEBO. Reproduction note: Microfilm. Ann Arbor, Mich.: University Microfilms, 1966. 1 microfilm reel; 35 mm. (Early English Books, 1641-1700; 200:11). Cited in: Wing B1215.
"This, as it is among the quaintest and most curious, is also the rarest of Baxter's writings." -- Alexander B. Grosart
See also: Baxter, Richard (1615-1691), and Cotton Mather (1663-1728), The certainty of the world of spirits fully evinced, 3rd edition (London: S. Cornish & Co., 1841), to which was added Cotton Mather, The wonders of the invisible world.
Translations: German, entitled under John Cotton (1663-1728), WONDERS OF THE INVISIBLE WORLD and to which was added Baxter's THE CERTAINTY OF THE WORLD OF SPIRITS FULLY EVINCED, (Schw. Hall: F.F. Haspel), OCLC: 41952189.
Mather, Cotton (1663-1728), The wonders of the invisible world (singly) is available in EEBO.
Wonders of the Invisible World, Cotton Mather, 1693
http://www.constitution.org/primarysources/wonders.html

*Baxter, Richard (1615-1691), The Practical Works of Richard Baxter: With a Preface, Giving Some Account of the Author, and of This Edition of His Practical Works, 4 volumes (Soli Deo Gloria Publications, 2000), originally published: London: G. Virtue, 1846, ISBN: 1877611379 9781877611377 (4 vol. set), ISBN: 1877611131 9781877611131 (A CHRISTIAN DIRECTORY, vol. 1).
"THE PRACTICAL WORKS OF RICHARD BAXTER (4 large volumes) are a rare find indeed. This set includes the unabridged edition of A Christian Directory: Baxter's Practical Works, (Vol. 1),A Call to the Unconverted, (Vol. 2), The Saint's Everlasting Rest: Baxter's Practical Works, (Vol. 3), The Reformed Pastor: Baxter's Practical Works, (Vol. 4), Treatise of Self-Denial, and The One Thing Necessary, and much, much more." -- Book Description

*BAXTER, RICHARD (1615-1691), A Christian Directory: Baxter's Practical Works, Vol. 1. Full title: A Christian Directory: or A Sum of Practical Theology, and Cases of Conscience. Directing Christians How to Use Their Knowledge and Faith; How to Improve all Helps and Means, and to Perform all Duties; How to Overcome Temptations, and to Escape or Mortify Every Sin. In Four Parts.
I. Christian Ethics (or Private Duties)
II. Christian Economics (or Family Duties)
III. Christian Ecclesiastics (or Church Duties)
IV. Christian Politics (or Duties to Our Rulers and Neighbours)
(Morgan, PA: Soli Deo Gloria Publications, 1997, 1990, 1838, 1707, 1678, 1673), ISBN: 1877611131 9781877611131. Foreword by J.I. Packer (Soli Deo Gloria edition only). The Soli Deo Gloria publication is a facsimile reprint of the 19th century reprint by George Virtue, London, 1846. The original 1673 edition and the 1678 edition, both printed by Robert White for Nevill Simmons. Bibliographic and scriptural footnotes. A Christian classic.
"The complete practical works of Richard Baxter are in print in four volumes entitled BAXTER'S PRACTICAL WORKS. This volume (about 1 1/4 million words, 1028 pages) is volume one of the set. The editor's preface (1707), p. xiii, stated that the works of Richard Baxter are 'perhaps the best body of practical divinity that is extent in our own or any other tongue.' Richard Baxter lived from 1615-1691. The DIRECTORY was completed in 1665. Its scope was intended to cover all of practical theology, a summa of casuistry . . ." -- Don Kistler
"Baxter's series, which grew in range and scope as it proceeded . . . is a peak point in Puritan devotional writing, and remains a precious resource for all, in this or any age, who want to know what is involved in Biblical godliness. . . . A CHRISTIAN DIRECTORY may justly be described as a landmark. It is the fullest, most thorough, and in this writer's judgment, most profound treatment of Christian spirituality and standards that has ever been attempted by an English-speaking Evangelical author. The fact that it embraces both spirituality and standards (the principles of communion with God plus the specifics of obedience to God) merits approving comment in itself; nowadays spirituality and ethics have become two distinct disciplines in the schools, and books written on either say virtually nothing about the other . . ." -- J.I. Packer
Timothy Keller calls it the greatest manual on Biblical counseling ever produced.
"There are many Puritan classics on this subject. Thomas Brooks' PRECIOUS REMEDIES FOR SATAN'S DEVICES, Thomas Goodwin's A CHILD OF LIGHT WALKING IN DARKNESS, William Bridge's A LIFTING UP FOR THE DOWNCAST, and many other similar works give evidence that the Puritans were. . . . masters at applying Biblical answers and principles to problems that can only be solved by spiritual means. No Puritan work, however, has ever approached the popularity, the scope, or the depth of Baxter's classic treatise. With the widespread interest in counseling in today's church, this reprint of Baxter's work should be a welcome addition to every pastor's library, or to anyone else who wishes to give solid Biblical answers to man's questions." -- Don Kistler
"We have long waited for a purely Biblical treatment of the spiritual ills and cures of men which is untainted by the views of psychology. Since Baxter lived about 200 years before psychology arrived, his deep work is completely void of its encroachment -- thankfully!" -- John MacArthur
"The kings men sought to arrest Richard Baxter, but he traveled ceaselessly from place to place, writing his sermons and his books even on horseback (he had an inkwell in his saddle) and preached over a wide area." -- Brian H. Edwards
"Baxter was a wonder of his age. His writings total 72 large volumes, much of it written on horseback as he traveled in his widespread preaching efforts. He seldom, if ever, edited anything he wrote. Knowing this any reader will be amazed at how well he communicated his deep love for his Savior. For 26 years he was public enemy No. 1 to the king, yet he lived to see the flight of the king in 1688." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.
POOR MAN'S FAMILY BOOK (1674) and THE CATECHIZING OF FAMILIES (1683), found elsewhere in BAXTER'S PRACTICAL WORKS, are less detailed works. They are more suitable for family instruction than are the detailed presentation in A CHRISTIAN DIRECTORY.
"Ptacek in Family Worship (p. 51-52), supplies the following information in regard to Baxter and this book. He notes that after the Episcopalians ejected numerous `nonconformists,' in what is know as the `great ejection,' in 1662, `Baxter pastored from house to house, visiting families of his parish in their homes. These visits contributed to Baxter's A CHRISTIAN DIRECTORY, a large and still very relevant manual of pastoral care.' Focusing on just one area of great importance, Ptacek demonstrates how this book's relevance is not limited by time or culture, though sometimes the use of specific words are. `Published in 1673, but written 1664-65, a large book-length part of Baxter's CHRISTIAN DIRECTORY is devoted to the family. It is entitled `Christian Economics' based on the archaic usage of the word, which reflects the proper sense of the Greek root oikonomos as the manager of a household, in the Christian case, the spiritual leader of the family. The family head is essential to Baxter's view of family worship and instruction. Baxter asserts that it is God's will that this instruction be carried out by the rulers of the families.' For a male head of the household to fail to do so, or to have another instruct in the family, is contrary to his position of authority.' This is the kind of book that can be passed on from generation to generation and still find much use in the service of the kingdom of God. . . .
"Though relatively weak on corporate sanctification, corporate faithfulness and some important areas of doctrine (such as justification), Baxter's work on subjects related to personal piety can be of good practical use to the Christian -- if one is careful to separate out his aberrant doctrinal views and any practical errors they may lead to." -- SWRB
This work is available in many editions, and in many formats.
Reformation Heritage Books has new copies of the Soli Deo Gloria edition as of March 2008, even though it is generally thought to be out of print. They acquired Soli Deo Gloria from Ligonier Ministries in late 2007. They may be the publisher who will eventually reprints the title.
http://www.heritagebooks.org/
The reprint by George Virtue is included on Reformation Bookshelf CD #21, ISBN: 0921148992 9780921148999.
The reprint by George Virtue is available as a Cerlox bound photocopy from Still Waters Revival Books, Edmonton, AB, Canada.
The reprint by George Virtue is available online and may be downloaded in PDF format at Christian Classics Ethereal Library.
http://www.ccel.org/ccel/baxter/practical.toc.html
The reprint by George Virtue appears in full preview in Google Books but may not be downloaded. This Google Books scan includes the contents in detail on pages iii-xix. This contents in detail is not included in the Christian Classics Ethereal Library PDF files. About five other editions from libraries are available in Google Books, and may be downloaded (August 2008).
Notice that the e-text in Google Books has the advantage of being searchable. Searching an image-based PDF file is not possible, unless the user owns software such as Abode Acrobat Pro or Kirtas BookScan Editor. They both have an OCR (optical character recognition) feature that will search an image-based PDFs (bit-map scans). Searches appear to be perfect in this work, although one must know Baxter's vocabulary. Text can be cut and pasted from image-based PDF format to OCR (character) format. This particular Google Books scan can not be cut and pasted or downloaded at this time.
http://books.google.com/books?id=cyQFBOUHkaoC&dq=A+Christian+Directory+inpublisher:lettermen+inpublisher:associates&lr=&as_brr=0&ie=ISO-8859-1
One of the older, multi-volume editions of THE WORKS OF RICHARD BAXTER is available at Monergism.com in the "Puritan Library," "Richard Baxter." A CHRISTIAN DIRECTORY, volume 23. It can be downloaded.
http://www.puritanlibrary.com/
Another older edition is available on microfilm (Ann Arbor, MI: University Microfilms, 1970), 1 microfilm reel, 35 mm (Early English books, 1641-1700; 343:11).
The following three excerpts are included as bonus free books on Reformation Bookshelf CD #28, ISBN: 0921148267 9780921148265.
1. "The Duties of Parents for Their Children" from Baxter's Practical Works, Vol. 1, A Christian Directory, on Christian Economics, Chap. X., pp. 449-454.
2. "The Special Duties of Children Towards Their Parents" from Baxter's Practical Works, Vol. 1, A Christian Directory, on Christian Economics, Chap. XI., pp. 454-457.
3. "The Special Duties of Children and Youth Towards God" from Baxter's Practical Works, Vol. 1, A Christian Directory, on Christian Economics, Chap. XII., pp. 457-458).
The Practical Works of Richard Baxter: A Christian Directory, Vol. 1
A summary of currently available publications.
http://www.lettermen2.com/pwrbcd.html

*Baxter, Richard (1615-1691), A Call to the Unconverted: Baxter's Practical Works, Vol. 2 (Morgan, PA: Soli Deo Gloria Publications, 2000), ISBN: 1877611158 9781877611155. A Christian classic.
"This is the second of four volumes constituting the complete works of this giant of the faith. This huge volume, over 1000 pages, gathers together such penetrating topics as The Unpardonable Sin, The Spirit's Witness to the Truth of Christianity, The Arrogancy of Reason Against Divine Revelation, A Call to the Unconverted, Now or Never, A Saint or a Brute, God's Goodness Vindicated, The Character of a Sound, Confirmed Christian, and others." -- GCB.
This volume also contains A Call to the Unconverted, The Reasonableness of the Christian Religion, The Unreasonableness of Infidelity, A Treatise of Conversion, and Character of a Sound Confirmed Christians.
Translations: A Call to the Unconverted (singely), Dutch; French; Danish; Polish.

*Baxter, Richard (1615-1691), The Saint's Everlasting Rest: Baxter's Practical Works, Vol. 3 (Morgan, PA: Soli Deo Gloria Publications, 2000), ISBN: 187761128X 9781877611285. A Christian classic.
"Third in the four-volume set. Includes The Saint's Everlasting Rest; Treatise of Self-Denial; The Life of Faith; Obedient Patience, and many more. Over 1000 pages." -- GCB
"This is the greatest treatment on Heaven ever to appear! . . ." -- Wilbur M. Smith.
The Saints' Everlasting Rest, (singly) Richard Baxter, edited by Benjamin Fawcett
"Discusses the nature, excellencies, design, rejection, necessity, of the Saints' rest. Calls us to live the heavenly life now." -- GCB.
The Saints' Everlasting Rest, Richard Baxter, edited by Benjamin Fawcett
http://www.ccel.org/b/baxter/everlasting_rest/saints_rest.html

*Baxter, Richard (1615-1691), The Reformed Pastor: Baxter's Practical Works, Vol. 4 (Morgan, PA: Soli Deo Gloria Publications, 2000, 1992), ISBN: 1877611360 9781877611360.
"This is the fourth and final volume in this great set. Includes, [`Compassionate Counsel to all Young Men,' -- sk] `The Reformed Pastor' `Poor Man's Family Book,' `The Catechizing of Families,' and `The Mother's Catechism,' in all 25 sermons, treatises, and catechisms. Dr. J.I. Packer says, `For me, the great joy of this year is that it see the completion of Soli Deo Gloria's reprint of Baxter's incomparable PRACTICAL WORKS'." -- GCB
The Reformed Pastor (singly, e-text)
http://www.ccel.org/ccel/baxter/pastor.html
Compassionate Counsel to all Young Men (1681), by Richard Baxter
http://www.lettermen2.com/ccaym.html

*Baxter, Richard, A Treatise of Knowledge and Love Compared in THE REFORMED PASTOR: BAXTER'S PRACTICAL WORKS, VOL. 4 (Morgan, PA: Soli Deo Gloria Publications, 1997, 1990, 1838, 1707, 1678, 1673).
Long title: A Treatise of Knowledge and Love Compared. In two Parts: 1. Of Falsely Pretended Knowledge. II. Of True Saving Knowledge and Love. I. Against Hasty Judging, and False Conceits of Knowledge; and for Necessary Suspension. II. The Excellency of Divine Love, and the Happiness of Being Known and Loved of God. Written as greatly necessary to the safety and peace of every Christian, and of the Church: the only certain way to escape false religions, heresies, sects, and malignant prejudices, persecutions, and sinful wars; all caused by falsely pretended knowledge, and hasty judging, by proud, ignorant men, who know not their ignorance.

Beechick, Ruth, A Biblical Psychology of Learning: How Your Mind Works (Denver, CO: Accent Books, 1982), ISBN: 0896360830.
"May be the finest book on the contemporary scene that explains the learning process, while allowing the Scriptures to judge the vast array of learning theories. The mode of learning the author presents and her discussion of creativity, higher thinking, and the spiritual developmental tasks are provocative. But her use of the Biblical concept of the heart marks the book with its uniqueness. It pries open a variety of areas with a new touch." -- Warren S. Benson

Beeke, Joel R. and Randall J. Pederson, Meet the Puritans: With a Guide to Modern Reprints (Grand Rapids, MI: Reformation Heritage Books, Inc., 2006), ISBN: 1601780001.
"It's endorsed by Packer, Piper, MacArthur, Sproul, Duncan, Mohler, Ferguson -- and the recommendations go on and on.
"It's packed with terse information, illustrations, great biographies on more than 140 individual Puritan authors, overviews of over 700 individual Puritan volumes, a list of all the known reprints published between 1956 and 2005, excellent articles, and a glossary of terms used. At 900 pages, its a deep well of information. As cloth bound, it's made to endure years of use.
"Important helps include chapters on who the Puritans are, why we should read them, and short histories of the English, Scottish and Dutch Puritans. I found the short history of the resurgence of Puritan literature in the 20th century especially interesting.
"Here is just one quote, taken from the section explaining why we should read the Puritans today:

With the Spirit's blessing, Puritan writings can enrich your life as a Christian in many ways as they open the Scriptures and apply them practically, probing your conscience, indicting your sins, leading you to repentance, shaping your faith, guiding your conduct, comforting you in Christ and conforming you to Him, and bringing you into full assurance of salvation and a lifestyle of gratitude to the triune God for His great salvation (xix).
"Perfect for the beginner and the more advanced reader, MEET THE PURITANS will help guide and direct your way through the forest of Puritan authors.
"In summary, I cannot say it better than our friend, Dr. Ligon Duncan:
Joel Beeke and Randall Pederson have produced a tremendous gift to and resource for all who want an entryway into the study of the Puritans. They not only provide accurate biographical and theological introduction to every Puritan whose works have been reprinted in the last fifty years, but also combine with their helpful summaries an insightful analysis. If this were not enough, they've added major appendices that include the so-called Scottish Puritans (that is, the great Scottish theologians who were contemporaries of and like-minded brethren in doctrine and piety with the English Puritans) as well as the Dutch Further Reformation divines. MEET THE PURITANS, WITH A GUIDE TO MODERN REPRINTS is a must have. I know of nothing like it. If you are looking for a reliable window into the life, theology, piety and ministry of the Puritans -- this is it.
"Like I said, a monumental work!" -- The Shepherd's Scrapebook
The format of the book is simple. After a Preface explaining how to profit from reading the Puritans, a brief word about where to begin and a brief history of English Puritanism, there comes a long list of authors. Each author has his own chapter containing a short biography and a list of his books that have been reprinted. There is a review of each book along with publishing information and the number of pages. And that is the heart of the book and continues for some 800 pages. Five appendices deal with collections of Puritan writings, Scottish divines, Dutch further Reformation divines, secondary sources on the Puritans and a final word on Puritanism courtesy of J.I. Packer. In short, this is a one-stop-shop for all you could want to know as a beginner to the Puritans. And if you are already a fan of their writing, this book will lead you further and deeper, guiding you to the best books available." -- Reader's Comment

*Bennett, Arthur (editor), The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers and Devotions (Edinburgh, Scotland: The Banner of Truth Trust, 1975), ISBN: 0851518214 9780851518213.
"The prayers are taken from the works of Thomas Shepard, Thomas Watson, Richard Baxter, John Bunyan, Isaac Watts, William Williams, Philip Doddridge, William Romaine, David Brainerd, Augustus Toplady, Christmas Evans, William Jay, Henry Law, and Charles Haddon Spurgeon" -- Arthur Bennett
"Contains a wealth of insight into the practical application of Puritan theology to the Christian life. Challenging." -- Cyril J. Barber

*The Reformation Study Bible: The Word That Changes Lives -- the Faith That Changed The World, New King James Version (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers, March 2001). Previously published under the title New Geneva Study Bible: Bringing the Light of the Reformation to Scripture, New King James Version (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1995).
"The NEW GENEVA STUDY BIBLE offers a restatement of Reformation truth for Christians today. The first Geneva Bible was a pivotal force in the Reformation. Using the everyday language of its time, it opened the pages of Scripture to readers and provided helpful notes to assist them in understanding its message. It became the family Bible of the English people, and was the Bible that the Pilgrims brought to the New World. Since that time a multitude of English translations and study Bibles have appeared, but none of these has incorporated a summary of Reformed theology." -- Thomas Nelson Publishers
Also available in digital format from Logos Bible Software.
A Review of The Reformation Study Bible
http://www.lettermen2.com/geneva.html
Readers of THE REFORMATION STUDY BIBLE should also be familiar with The Westminster Family of Documents, the doctrine of the Mediatorial Dominion of Jesus Christ, and the literature of the Covenanted Reformation.
"The Westminster Confession of Faith (1646, The Westminster Standards) and Related Works: A Study Guide"
http://www.lettermen2.com/suggest.html
The Covenanted Reformation of Scotland Short Title Listing
http://www.lettermen2.com/bcrr9chb.html#crsstl
Reformed Presbyterian Catechism, William L. Roberts D.D.
http://archive.org/details/ReformedPresbyterianCatechism

Bufford, Rodger, K., Counseling and the Demonic, ISBN: 0849905990 9780849905995.
"Throughout human history, the question of demonic influence has been a controversial one. It continues to be so now, when there are two widely held views. According to the first view, demons are everywhere. Those who believe this are preoccupied with demons and with efforts to appease, avoid, or escape them. The second view discounts demons, looking on them as irrelevant, at best, or even nonexistent. Both these views are mistaken. Unfortunately, reality is both less comfortable and more complex than either outlook permits." -- Reader's Comment
"This book on counseling and the demonic by Dr. Rodger Bufford is part of the notable Resources for Christian Counseling series, a series which seeks to combine the best insights from psychology with strict adherence to biblical truth." -- Publisher's Annotation
"This work reflects careful thought, detailed examination of the Scriptures, a familiarity with the increasing professional literature in the field and personal counseling experience." -- GCB. Includes bibliography.

*Bonar, Horatius (1808-1889), The Everlasting Righteousness or How Shall man be Just With God? (Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust, 1993). A Christian classic.
"First published in 1874, THE EVERLASTING RIGHTEOUSNESS, may be the best book on the doctrine of justification by faith alone ever written.
"Since the seventeenth century, the church's adherence to the central doctrine of the Christian faith has been weakening; in the twentieth century it has all but disappeared. But to those who remain faithful -- to those who are called of God -- justification by faith alone is the best news there could ever be: that Christ died for our sins, and we shall live forever because of Christ's righteousness.
"Justification by faith alone -- the `principal hinge of religion,' according to John Calvin, the `doctrine by which the church stands or falls,' according to Martin Luther -- is salvation. Without it, all hope is lost; with it, Heaven gained. Bonar's discussion is without equal in the English language." -- John W. Robbins
The Banner of Truth edition is available free as e-text.
The Everlasting Righteousness; or, How shall man be just with God?
The Everlasting Righteousness, Horatius Bonar
http://www.jude3.net/bertoc.htm
http://books.google.com/books?id=nQMDAAAAQAAJ&ie=ISO-8859-1&output=html

Broger, John C., and Jay Edward Adams, Competent to Counsel: Study Guide for Christian Counseling Training Course (Wheaton, IL: National Association of Evangelicals, 2001?).

*Broger, John C. (developer/editor), Course I: The Self-Confrontation Syllabus for Biblical Counseling Training, ISBN: 1878114018 9781878114013 and Course I: Self-Confrontation Tapes (10 cassette tapes) (Rancho Mirage, CA: Biblical Counseling Foundation).
"Contains 24 weekly lessons intended to move a person through the change process personally as the foundation for working on becoming a counselor (Matthew 7:1-5). Intended for Sunday school and other classes or personal study. The first eight lessons lay the biblical foundation for change. The grace of the God in the gospel of Jesus Christ is spring of all true change, and it prompts a self-confrontation: 'Man's way is oriented to self: to please self, to comfort self, to rely on self, to fulfill self, to forgive self, to exalt self, and to love self. . . . [God's way] emphasizes that you are to live for Him.' The next thirteen lessons treat particular problem areas: selfishness, anger, interpersonal conflict, marriage and family, depression, fear, life-dominating sins. The final three lessons summarize and set the foundation for Course II, Biblical Counseling Training." -- David Powlison
"Helps Christians solve their personal problems Biblically and equips laymen and women to counsel others Biblically within the church." Particularly valuable for its system of identifying root problems in counseling cases. Some of the material presented is from various writings by Jay E. Adams. The audio cassette tape series by John Broger is designed to accompany the course and includes practical examples.
Biblical Counseling Foundation
http://www.bcfministries.org

*Broger, John C. (developer/editor), Course II: Nouthetic Counseling Study Guide and Course II: Self-Confrontation Tapes (8 cassette tapes) (Rancho Mirage, CA: Biblical Counseling Foundation).
Biblical Counseling Foundation
http://www.bcfministries.org

Broger, John C., Instructor's Guide for the Self-confrontation Course: Based on the Old and New Testaments as the Only Authoritative Rule of Faith and Conduct (Rancho Mirage, CA: Biblical Counseling Foundation, 1992).

*Brooks, Thomas, Precious Remedies Against Satan's Devices (Puritan Paperback Series. Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust), ISBN: 0851510027 9780851510026. A Christian classic.
"The best Christian authors of former times treated the seductive influence and terrible power of Satan in a way `greatly more full and suggestive than in the literature of the present day'." -- William Grimshaw
" `The strange opposition that I met with from Satan, in the study of the following discourse, hath put an edge upon my spirit, knowing that Satan strives mightily to keep these things from seeing the light that tend eminently to shake and break his kingdom of darkness, and to lift up the kingdom and glory of the Lord Jesus Christ, in the souls and lives of the children of men . . .' This is one of the seven reasons for writing his book which the author, Thomas Brooks, gives in his preface." -- Publisher's Annotation

*BROWN, JOHN (OF EDINBURGH, 1784-1858) Discourses and Sayings of our Lord Jesus Christ, 3 volumes (London, England: Banner of Truth Trust, 1990, 1967, 1852). Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive. A Christian classic.
"Spurgeon says of this great commentary: `Of the noblest order of exposition. Procure it.' Elsewhere in COMMENTING AND COMMENTARIES, he wrote, `Dr. Brown's work must be placed among the first of the first-class. He is a great expositor.' Again, `Brown is a modern Puritan. All his expositions are of the utmost value.'
"These volumes cover much of the Gospel of John, plus many portions of the other three Gospels. In them he reveals his encyclopedic mind, and a profound regard for the Bible and the very Word of God. In addition, it is seen why it was said that he had the best clerical library in the whole nation of Scotland.
"There is little doubt in the mind of this reviewer that any reader of these volumes will become possessor of myriads of new insights into the Scriptures, and what they reveal of our God and Saviour, Jesus Christ. It is indispensable to the student of the Gospels." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.
"Based upon the revised and enlarged edition of 1852. Rich in thought. Pastors will appreciate the writer's application of spiritual truths to the needs of men and women." -- Cyril J. Barber
Recommended for daily devotions, as are all the books in the listing of "Books Considered to be Among the ten Greatest in the English Language."
Also available in Google Books, full view, Discourses and Sayings of our Lord Jesus Christ, Illustrated in a Series of Expositions. ... by John Brown, published 1856 [Complete in 2 volumes. New York: Robert Carter and Brothers] original from the University of Michigan, digitized Feb. 17, 2006.
http://books.google.com/books?id=SZl9u8v0Yi8C&dq=Discourses+and+Sayings+of+Our+Lord+Jesus+Christ&ie=ISO-8859-1&source=gbs_summary_s&cad=0
This University of Michigan digitized edition, that appears in Google Books, is available in paper from two publishers: (Scholarly Publishing Office, University of Michigan Library, November 30, 2006 [Gardners Books, 2006]), 652 pages.
"This volume is produced from digital images created through the University of Michigan University Library's preservation reformatting program." -- Publisher's Annotation
And (Hard Press, November 26, 2007), 652 pages.

*BROWN, JOHN (of Wamphray, 1610?-1679), The Life of Justification Opened, or, A Treatise grounded Upon Gal. 2.11 [i.e. 3.11]: Wherein the Orthodox Doctrine of Justification by Faith, and Imputation of Christ's Righteousness, is clearly expounded, solidly confirmed, and learnedly vindicated from the various Objections of its Adversaries. Whereunto are subjoined some Arguments against Universal Redemption, 1695. A Christian classic. Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #20, ISBN: 0921148976 9780921148975.
"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!" -- SWRB

*CALVIN, JOHN, Calvin's Ecclesiastical Advice (Louisville, KY: Westminster/John Knox Press, 1991).
"Forty-six (46) letters and writings of Calvin newly translated into English from Corpus Reformatorum (volume 38, part I). Focusing on doctrine, the Reformation, worship, discipline, judicial questions, and marriage, this books clearly exhibits Calvin's pastoral style. It also shows the great influence which Calvin exerted over second Reformation thought, because of his focus on doctrine, worship and church government." -- SWRB

*Calvin, John, and John Graham Miller (contributor), Calvin's Wisdom: An Anthology Arranged Alphabetically by a Grateful Reader, ISBN: 0851516246 9780851516240. "This anthology (arranged alphabetically by topic) also becomes a dictionary of his thought and almost an encyclopedia of his theology." -- GCB
Calvin's Wisdom: An Anthology Arranged Alphabetically by a Grateful Reader, Jean Calvin, John Graham Miller
http://books.google.com/books?id=_VsuAAAACAAJ&ie=ISO-8859-1&output=html

*Calvin, Jean, and John Owen (translator and editor), Commentaries on the Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Romans. Alternate title: COMMENTARIUS IN EPISTOLAM PAULI AD ROMANOS. (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1948, 1947), 592 pages.

CASE, THOMAS, The Excellent Woman, a Sermon Preached at the Funeral of Mrs. Elizabeth Scott, Dec 16, 1658.
"THE EXCELLENT WOMAN examines the book of Proverbs to teach of the value and character of the virtuous woman. In the forward Dr. William Sprague writes, 'This is a work that will bear to be read more than once, and each successive reading will be likely to reveal some new gem of thought, which, in the general mass of excellence, had been overlooked before. It is a book suitable for the husband to present to his wife, the mother to her daughter, and the brother to his sister; and the more widely it is circulated, the better for the country and the world'." -- Publisher's Annotation

Christian Legal Society, Christian Conciliation Services, Peacemaker's Handbook (Annandale, VA: Christian Legal Society, 1978).
C. Ken Sande, editor.

Cook, Earl, Counseling Children (Michigan City, IN: Sound Word Associates).

Curro, Ellen, Caring Enough to Help: Counseling at a Crisis Pregnancy Center (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Publishing Group, April 1990), ISBN: 0801025516 9780801025518.
"Much valuable information for training volunteers to serve at a crisis pregnancy center is included here. The entire Christian community will see how it can make a difference by touching hurting lives." -- GCB

Davis, D. Clair, Resolving Conflict (Michigan City, IN: Sound Word Associates).

*Dayringer, Richard, The Heart of Pastoral Counseling: Healing Through Relationship (Grand Rapids, MI: Ministry Resources Library, c1989), ISBN: 0789001721 9780789001726.
Includes bibliography and index.
"Edition lays the foundation for utilizing the pastoral counseling relationship to bring about positive change as it explores topics such as observation, listening, communication, handling transference, and termination of therapy. Dr. Richard Dayringer explores these topics through research from the disciplines of psychiatry, psychology, marriage counseling, family therapy, and pastoral counseling to help pastoral counselors understand how to use the relationship to bring about the desired ends in the therapeutic process." -- Reader's Comment

*Delitzsch, Franz, A System of Biblical Psychology, 2nd edition (Edinburg, Scotland: 1869).
"The greatest single work on Biblical psychology ever written."

Dineen, Tana, Manufacturing Victims, ISBN: 189585458X 9781895854589.
"Dr. Tana Dineen clearly demonstrates that providers of psychological therapy do manufacture victims.
"Dineen knows the profession from her experience of twenty years on the inside. Contrary to most practicing therapists, Dineen knows the research regarding the efficacy of psychotherapy. Through the years she saw more and more problems with the profession and finally closed her practice. In her book she provides enough scientific research to discourage anyone from ever wanting to combine psychology with Christianity. She also reveals the many ways in which therapists do create victims. We believe every Christian leader should read MANUFACTURING VICTIMS.
"Another eye-opening book is HOUSE OF CARDS: PSYCHOLOGY AND PSYCHOTHERAPY BUILT ON MYTH by Dr. Robyn M. Dawes, who is a widely recognized researcher and a professor at Carnegie-Mellon University. His book demolishes all pretensions of psychological counseling theories and therapies and relegates clinical psychology to the realm of pseudoscience.
"In his book THE CRISIS IN PSYCHIATRY AND RELIGION, O. Hobart Mower poses this question: 'Has evangelical religion sold its birthright for a mess of psychological pottage?' Yes, that is exactly what evangelical Christianity has done! Isn't it time to confess that horrible sin, throw out the psychological stew and cleave to the Lord and all He has given through the New Birth?" -- Reader's Comment

*Dowdy, Augustus W., Jr., Phone Power, ISBN: 0817006524 9780817006525.
"Brief but very helpful, with practical ideas on communication by phone and many practical ways to use the phone within the local ministry of the church. Has a helpful appendix on where to go for information on hotlines and telephone ministries." -- Robert B. Somerville

*Enroth, Ronald M., Churches That Abuse: Help for Those Hurt by Legalism, Authoritarian Leadership, Manipulation, Excessive Discipline (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House, 1992).
"What makes a church abusive? Usually it's not doctrinal deviation but intimidating behavior: legalism, authoritarian leadership, manipulation, and excessive discipline. Enroth names abusive groups, shows you how to recognize them, and lists `red flags' that may indicate when a church is drifting into trouble. Most importantly, Enroth offers help to Christians who've been hurt by abusive churches." -- CBD
"Aggressive Christianity Missions Training Corps; The Assembly; Body of Christ Fellowship (Piecemakers); Boston Church of Christ; Christian Growth Ministries; Church of Bible Understanding; Church of Jesus Christ Forever; Church of Our First Love; Church of the Great Shepherd; Christian Growth Ministries; Community of Jesus; Emmaus Christian Fellowship; Faith Assembly; Faith Tabernacle; Fellowship of Christian Churches and Ministries; Great Commission International; Maranatha Christian Ministries; No-Name Fellowship/C-U (Champaign-Urbana) Ministries; River of Life/Truth Station; Set Free; Two-by-Two's; University Bible Fellowship; Victory Chapel (Potter's House); Vineyard; Word of God Community."

Evans, Robert A., Alice F. Evans, Louis Weeks, and Carolyn Weeks, Casebook for Christian Living: Value Formation for Families and Congregations (Atlanta, GA: John Knox Press, c1977), ISBN: 0804220328 9780804220323.
Includes bibliographical references.

Falkowski, Carol, Dangerous Drugs: An Easy to use Reference for Parents and Professionals, 2nd edition (Hazelden, February 25, 2003), 1568389817 9781568389813.
"In a world where the drug abuse scene is more confusing and dangerous than ever, the second edition of DANGEROUS DRUGS: AN EASY TO USE REFERENCE FOR PARENTS AND PROFESSIONALS is the answer. Now with color photos of drugs and paraphernalia, DANGEROUS DRUGS is a concise, comprehensive, clear, and handy reference that answers your questions at a glance, with: - Up-to-date information on drugs of abuse - Demographics of users. - Explanations of how a drug is used; where it's found and how it affects the mind and body - The names and forms under which drugs are sold - Their addictive, lethal, and overdose potential - Signs of drug abuse and where/how to seek help, and more. Written in clear language, Dangerous Drugs provides straightforward, authoritative, comprehensive, and up-to-the-minute information. It covers the full range of drugs of abuse, whether illegal (marijuana, heroin, cocaine, LSD, methamphetamine, etc.) or legal (alcohol, prescription, tobacco, or Internet-marketed, herbal remedies). Dangerous Drugs is written for professionals and non-professionals alike, and is a book that no one concerned about drug use can afford to be without.
"Carol Falkowski, Director of Research Communications at the Hazelden Foundation, is author of the new reference book, Dangerous Drugs: An Easy-to-Use Reference for Parents and Professionals.For nearly 20 years she has monitored drug abuse trends at the national level, as one of 20 researchers in the country who participates in a drug abuse monitoring network of the National Institute of Drug Abuse. Falkowski advised the US Food and Drug Administration (1995 - 1999) regarding the safety, efficacy, and abuse potential of certain drugs, and has provided consultation to the National Institute of Justice, the National Drug Intelligence Center, Join Together, and numerous states. Before coming to Hazelden in 1997, she was research coordinator at the Minnesota state alcohol and drug abuse authority for 15 years. Falkowski was featured in the 1999 Showtime documentary by Robert Zemeckis, "Smoking, Drinking, and Drugging in the Twentieth Century." -- Publisher's Annotation

*Findley, Martha, Book 2: Elsie's Holidays at Roselands, ISBN: 9781888306323 1888306327.
"When Elsie's father becomes ill, she takes on the job of nurse-companion, and all goes well until Elsie, because it is the Sabbath, as a matter of conscience refuses to read to him from a secular book. The battle of wills that ensues nearly causes first her father's death, and then Elsie's. Lonely Elsie -- punished, ostracized, and then abandoned by her father -- turns to her heavenly Father for comfort and assurance. Will her father realize that Elsie's obedience to God must be paramount, and submit himself to the same Divine Authority?" -- Publisher's Annotation
On an even more serious note, one moral of this story is the broader life and death struggle between Truth and Falsehood (see "Absolute Truth and Relativism," "Epistemology," "Christian Scholarship"). The consequence of conflict of will is death of the "One," or war of the "Many" (see Rushdoony, The One and the Many). Conflict of will (see "Will and Recalcitrance," "Rebellion and Lawlessness") may begin when one individual (see "The Doctrine of Man (Human Nature, Total Depravity)" or corporate body (see "Corporate Faithfulness and Sanctification") tries to usurping authority over another (see "Power," "Authority") -- tries to control and possess them (see "Tyranny," "Slavery"). The means of control may be either outward or occult (see "The Occult and Spiritism"): deceit, repression or suppression of the truth, replacing moral and ethical absolutes with relativism (see "Ethics," "Medical Ethics"), unfaithfulness to the highest ethical standards (see "The Ten Commandments, the Moral Law" "The Holy Bible"), apostasy, Spirituality and harlotry (see "Idolatry," "Jeremiah"), invocation of the demonic, idolatry, ungodly alliance and secret societies (see "Carnality and Flesh Pleasing: Lust, Desires, Ambition," "Justice, Judgment, God's Final Judgment, The Great White Throne Judgment, The Day of the Lord"), attempts to take authority over another politically or by mental malpractice (see "Selection of Covenant Heads for Positions of Leadership"), "making up their own rules (see "Absolute Truth and Relativism)," ignoring or changing constitutional or creedal documents, unjust laws for the accumulation of wealth and power, indebtedness, disenfranchisement, denial of freedom (see "God the Author of Freedom"), soul-stealing, possessiveness, physical seduction and whoredom, political economic or sexual enslavement (see Sexual Relationship, Spirituality and Harlotry), and so forth, and so on.
This abuse, this soul-violence, quenches the Holy Spirit (see Owen, "God's Presence With a People the Spring of Their Prosperity; With Their Special Interest in Abiding in Him"). If either side is immovable, then death is the consequence (see "Soteriology," "The Atonement," "The Blood of Christ," "Hell" and "Heaven").
How are conflicts of will resolved? By submission to the Absolute Truths of God's word, the great common denominator (Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. -- The Lord Jesus Christ (John 14:6, KJV). All this bears a strain of the Gospel (see "Book-length Presentations of the Free Offer of The Gospel Message of Salvation and the Life to Come: The Means of Grace," "The Westminster Confession of Faith (1646)").
Holidays at Roselands (Gutenberg text)
http://onlinebooks.library.upenn.edu/webbin/gutbook/lookup?num=14280

*Foster, Timothy, Called to Counsel (Nashville, TN: Oliver Nelson, 1986).
"Designed for the training of laypersons in our churches, this book is practical and specific and focuses on `what to do,' and `what to say' in different situations. Foster gives easily accessible answers on how to handle uncomfortable situations and when to refer those beings counseled to professional therapists. Most importantly, he discusses what is appropriate to do (and not to do) in hundreds of cases readers can easily relate to in their own counseling. Recommended." -- Cyril J. Barber

*Foster, Timothy, The Handbook of Christian Counseling, ISBN: 0785279393 9780785279396.
A revised edition of CALLED TO COUNSEL, 1986. Includes index.

Ganz, Richard, How I Became a Christian Counselor (Michigan City, IN: Sound Word Associates).
Also includes "Dr. Adams, Questions and Answers; Is Masturbation for Christians?"

*Ganz, Richard, L., You Shall be Free Indeed: The Statutes of Liberty for Godly Living (Nepean, Ontario, Canada: GSG Group, c1989).
"Drawing from his experience as a nouthetic counselor and pastor, Ganz shows how Christians can have the freedom that Christ gives his people. Jay Adams says: `This is one of the most encouraging and helpful books I have read in a long time'." -- GCB

Wood, Stephen D., Christ and Civil Government: An Exposition of Psalm 2, an article.
"The author answers questions concerning authority. Rather than go to the Constitution, The Declaration of Independence, rulings of the Supreme Court, the laws of the land, or the President he goes to the second Psalm. Here is where true authority resides; in the Word of God and the Christ He has placed on His throne!" -- GCB
"Christ and Civil Government: An Exposition of Psalm 2"
http://www.forerunner.com/forerunner/X0133_Christ__Civil_Govern.html

*Gordon, Burgess L., Understanding and Promoting the Resources of Aging People: A Guide to Care, Proper Environment, and Well Being (Smithtown, NY: Exposition Press, 1981).
"Describes the conditions that affect the health of the aged. Written more for those who work extensively with senior citizens, this work nevertheless brings into sharp focus the unique needs of the elderly." -- Cyril J. Barber
The Caregiver's Handbook
http://www.seniormag.com/caregiver-handbook.pdf

Grunlan, Stephen A., and Daniel H. Lambrides, Healing Relationships: A Christian's Manual for Lay Counseling, ISBN: 087509354X 9780875093543.

*Harrison, Roland Kenneth (editor), Encyclopedia of Biblical and Christian Ethics, revised and updated (Testament, March 4, 2003), 480 pages, ISBN: 0517222280
"A comprehensive reference work for everyone concerned with the complicated moral issues of this world, this unique volume clearly communicates what Scripture teaches about the ethical dilemmas facing our society. Biological warfare, corporate responsibility, human rights, computer ethics, and much more are discussed by over fifty scholars who explain the moral guidelines in the Bible and historic Christian teachings.
"R.K. Harrison, author and editor of over thirty books on biblical studies, has brought together a valuable A to B treasury of thought for every believer searching for guidance." -- Publisher's Annotation
"A compendium of reliable information. Arranged in dictionary format, 550 entries and 61 contributors. Goes beyond descriptive data to the practical application of truth to a variety of situations . . . . The book is well-indexed. . . . Treats ethical areas like apartheid and surrogate motherhood. Probably the best available evangelical treatment of this type." -- GCB

Hexham, Irving, Karla Poewe, and J.I. Packer, Understanding Cults and New Religions (Grand Rapids, MI: Wm.B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.).
"This book is designed to help Christian laymen, pastors, youth workers, and students understand cults from a social, psychological, and religious perspective. . . ." -- GCB

Hindson, Ed (author), Howard Eyrich (author), Totally Sufficient (Christian Focus, September 1, 2004), 272 pages, ISBN: 1857929608 9781857929607.
"Contributors Gary L. Almy, W. Wilson Benton Jr, Edward G. Dobson, Howard Eyrich, Ronald E. Hawkins, Ed Hindson, Arnold Hyndman, Wayne A. Mack, Paul Madtes Jr, David Powlison, C. Dwayne Shafer, Chris Thurman, Edward T. Welch. Christian counselors agree that the Bible's message of salvation can radically change lives. Scripture can lead even the most unlikely people to faith but when it comes to everyday problems is the Bible really enough? Here we have more than a dozen highly trained counselors, medical experts and pastors who are highly respected in their fields. Every one has at least one doctorate relevant to the area they examine in this book. Their answers to the question stated above are enlightening, thought provoking and surprising." -- Publisher's Annotation

Hughes, Selwyn, The Christian Counselor's Pocket Guide

*Johnson, David, and Jeff VanVonderen, The Subtle Power of Spiritual Abuse: Recognizing and Escaping Spiritual Manipulation and False Spiritual Authority Within the Church (Minneapolis, MN: Bethany House Publishers, October 1, 2005), ISBN: 0764201379 9780764201370.
"Manipulation, shaming, `using' other people -- that's in the church, too. Spiritual abuse happens when authority figures use spiritual means to gratify their desires for importance, power, or intimacy. Because abusers use spiritual-sounding language, their followers are trapped in legalism, guilt performance, and begrudging service. Johnson and VanVonderen explain how to identify spiritual abuse, break the cycle of abusive spiritual dynamics, and encourage both abusers and victims to repent and recover." -- CBD
"In a breakthrough book first published in 1991, the authors address the dynamics in churches that can ensnare people in legalism, guilt, and begrudging service, keeping them from the grace and joy of God's kingdom. Written for both those who feel abused and those who may be causing it, THE SUBTLE POWER OF SPIRITUAL ABUSE shows how people get hooked into abusive systems, the impact of controlling leadership on a congregation, and how the abused believer can find rest and recovery.
"David Johnson has been the senior pastor at Church of the Open Door in Maple Grove, Minnesota, since 1980. During this time, the church has grown from a congregation of 160 to 3,000 people. A much sought-after speaker, he is a graduate of Bethel College and received his theological training at Bethel Seminary and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. His "Growing in Grace" radio broadcast is syndicated internationally. David and his family live in Minnesota.
"Jeff VanVonderen is an internationally known speaker on addictions and church and family wellness. He has worked as a counselor in both residential and outpatient treatment settings, as well as in the religious community, taught at the college level, and is the author of several books. He makes his home in California." -- Publisher's Annotation
"The difference between churches that use manipulation and those that practice grace is like night and day. . . .
"Van Vonderen and Johnson warn people who read the book not to use what they have learned as a weapon, but to take action only in the proper spirit. Of course, any time someone takes action in a church, real problems will become visible. My question in every case is: are those problems caused by those speaking out, or have they been there all along and are only now being exposed. . . ?
"It is fair, it is doctrinally solid, and it gives effective counsel. There is something beneficial for everyone. . . leader, wounded Christian, or loved ones of people in either group." -- Reader's Comment

The Journal of Biblical Counseling
http://www.ccef.org/jbc

Kandle, George C., and Henry H. Cassler, Ministering to Prisoners and Their Families (Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1968).
Includes bibliography.

*Kantzer, Kenneth S. (editor), Applying the Scriptures: Papers From ICBI Summit III (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House).
"This book includes 17 papers and the responses given at the International Council on Biblical Inerrancy [infallibility] in December 1986. The debate is heated at times and offers a good representation from the evangelical community. The thrust of the book is the application of God's Word to all of life." -- GCB

*KNOX, JOHN (1505-1572), Select Practical Writings of John Knox, over 350 pages. Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive.
"In this 1845 edition, we find some of Knox's writings addressed to individuals. Deep, experimental dealing with souls and consciences, high toned, manly and practical, all describe this work." -- SWRB

*KNOX, JOHN (1505-1572), and KEVIN REED (editor), The First Blast of the Trumpet Against the Monstrous Regiment [government] of Women, With the "Summary of the Second Blast" appended, (Dallas, TX [Presbyterian Heritage Publications, P.O. Box 180922, 75218-0922]: Presbyterian Heritage Publications, 1993), trade paperback, 96 pages, marginal notes, scripture index, and subject index. This edition appears in three additional formats: SELECTED WRITINGS OF JOHN KNOX: PUBLIC EPISTLES, TREATISES, AND EXPOSITIONS TO THE YEAR 1559, pp. 370-436, the LIBRARY OF PRESBYTERIAN HERITAGE PUBLICATIONS AND PROTESTANT HERITAGE PRESS CD-ROM LIBRARY, and e-text that includes the marginal notes as endnotes, but does not include the scripture index, and subject index. Citations for these three additional formats are listed below.
"The text of this edition is based on the definitive edition of THE WORKS OF JOHN KNOX, edited by David Laing (Edinburgh, 1895).
"In this controversial work, John Knox contends that 'to promote a woman to bear rule, superiority, dominion, or empire above any realm, nation, or city, is repugnant to nature, contumely [insult] to God, a thing most contrary to his revealed will and approved ordinance; and finally, it is the subversion of good order, of all equity and justice'." -- Publisher's Annotation
Subheading used in this edition:

"The SUMMARY OF THE SECOND BLAST was originally appended to the APPELLATION FROM THE SENTENCE PRONOUNCED BY THE BISHOPS AND CLERGY: ADDRESSED TO THE NOBILITY AND ESTATES OF SCOTLAND (1558), published in KNOX'S WORKS, VOL. IV, pp. 539-40." (see citation below) -- Publisher's Annotation
Other publications of THE FIRST BLAST OF THE TRUMPET follow:
Gunn Productions,The Monstrous Regiment of Women, DVD (Gunn Productions, October 31, 2007), 54 minutes.
"Who is the monstrous regiment? Today, the feminists are our monstrous regiment!
To promote a woman to bear rule, superiority, dominion, or empire above any realm, nation, or city, is repugnant to nature . . . A thing most contrary to His revealed will and approved ordinance. -- John Knox
"The 16th century reformer John Knox wrote his famous tract THE FIRST BLAST OF THE TRUMPET AGAINST THE MONSTROUS REGIMENT OF WOMEN to oppose a notorious European female tyrant who sought to stamp out biblical Christianity in his beloved Scotland.
"When we approach the issues of our day we wish to borrow his biblical perspective to apply his blast against those who rule in the wake of his monstrous queen. This group, we shall see, far surpasses the queen's iniquities in both kind and degree.
"Feminists tell women not to submit to a husband, to avoid having children, and that they should listen to their inner voice and chase a career to find true fulfillment. This twisted and irrational teaching has led to disaster for American women, leading many into a frustrating, isolated existence. With this film, we call women back to a life filled with joy and beauty that can only be found by following God's Word.
"Due to the subject matter this film is not suitable for children.
"Subjects Covered: | Who was John Knox? | What did he think of women? | What is Feminism? | Feminism and Socialism | Daycare | Modesty | Women in the Military | Women in the Workplace | Margaret Sanger | Planned Parenthood | Abortion | Hillary | Birth Control | Betty Friedan | Rock For Choice | Plus 26 minutes of unique interview footage
"Featuring: | Sharon Adams -- Historian, Edinburgh University | Jennie Chancey -- Ladies Against Feminism | Jane Doe -- Military Cadet | Carol Everett -- Former Abortion Provider | Dana Feliciano -- Homemaker | Carmon Friedrich -- Writer, Buried Treasure Books | F. Carolyn Graglia -- Author, Domestic Tranquility | Rosalind Marshall -- Knox Biographer | Stacey McDonald -- Author, Raising Maidens of Virtue | Phyllis Schlafly -- Eagle Forum | Denise Sproul -- Homemaker | Kathleen Smith -- Homemaker" -- Publisher's Annotation

Kopp, Ruth L., and Stephen Sorenson, When Someone You Love is Dying: A Handbook for Counselors and Those who Care (Ministry Resources Library. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House, 1985, 1980).
"This remarkable book was first published in 1980 under the title ENCOUNTER WITH TERMINAL ILLNESS. As Haddon W. Robinson pointed out, `All life is terminal. Some arrive at the terminal before they know it. Others hear an announcement and anticipate death's coming. For such men and women going to death themselves, or traveling with others, Dr. Kopp provides practical counsel about how to make the journey'." -- Cyril J. Barber

*Kuhne, Gary W., The Dynamics of Personal Follow-Up (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1976), ISBN: 0310269512 9780310269519.
A scholarly work that is one of the foundational books for the nouthetic method of counseling. Includes bibliography.

Lester, Andrew D., Hope in Pastoral Care and Counseling, ISBN: 0664255884 9780664255886.

Lester, Andrew D., When Children Suffer: A Sourcebook for Ministry With Children in Crisis (Philadelphia, PA: Westminster Press, 1987), ISBN: 0664213278 9780664213275.
"Focuses on the significant crises in childhood. Treats issues like unresolved grief, unnecessary fear, lack of trust, a low sense of worth, distorted ideas about the person of God and the world in which they live. Well-done; makes a valuable contribution." -- Cyril J. Barber

Levicoff, Steve, Christian Counseling and the Law (Chicago, IL: Moody Press, c1991).
Includes bibliographical references and index.

Lloyd-Jones, D. Martyn (1899-1981), Healing and the Scriptures (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers), ISBN: 0840790112 9780840790118.
"The ten chapters in this book are excerpts from messages given by the Doctor to medical students and practicing M.D.'s. The subjects covered are many, among which are: The Supernatural in Medicine; On Treating the Whole Man; The Doctor as Counselor; Fullest Care; Medicine in Modern Society; Body, Mind, and Spirit; How to Combat the Demonic; Identifying Psychosomatic Illnesses; and The Moral Law.. . . ." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.

Logos Research Systems, Inc., Biblical Counseling Library (29 Volumes), on CD-ROM, Libronix Digital Library System
"This 29 volume collection of Biblical Counseling titles is an amazing compilation of Christian counseling resources. THE BIBLICAL COUNSELING LIBRARY features some of Jay E. Adams' outstanding counseling titles, including THE CHRISTIAN COUNSELOR'S MANUAL, COMPETENT TO COUNSEL, and A THEOLOGY OF CHRISTIAN COUNSELING. It includes works from 20 different authors, including Steve Farrar, Elizabeth George, Jerry Bridges, and Lou Priolo.
"This collection includes informative studies on general Christian counseling, as well as very focused works on Women's and Men's counseling needs, counseling victims of sexual abuse, eating and diet issues, dating, working through struggles with sexual sin and anger, and developing a deeper walk with God. A fantastic resource for the library of a pastor or Christian counselor, the BIBLICAL COUNSELING LIBRARY adds a new dimension to your Logos Bible Software. These expert resources are combined with the tools of the Logos Bible Software system, including topical searching for studying specific areas of Biblical counseling, and linked references to other titles in your Libronix library." -- Publisher's Annotation
http://www.logos.com/products/prepub/details/2482

*Luther, Martin (1483-1546), Tischreden (Aurifaber). [English selections], The Table Talk or Familiar Discourse of Martin Luther Additional title: DR MARTIN LUTHER'S DIVINE DISCOURSES AT HIS TABLE, &C. WHICH IN HIS LIFE TIME HE HELD WITH DIVERS LEARNED MEN (SUCH AS WERE PHILIP MELANCTHON, CASPARUS CRUCIGER, JUSTUS JONAS, PAULUS EBERUS, VITUS DIETERICUS, JOANNES BUGONHAGEN, JOANNES FORSTERUS, AND OTHERS) CONTAINING QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS TOUCHING RELIGION, AND OTHER MAIN POINTS OF DOCTRINE, ALSO MANY NOTABLE HISTORIES, AND ALL SORTS OF LEARNING, COMFORTS, ADVISES, PROPHESIES, ADMONITIONS, DIRECTIONS AND INSTRUCTIONS. COLLECTED FIRST TOGETHER BY DR. ANTONIUS LAUTHERBACH, AND AFTERWARD DISPOSED INTO CERTAIN COMMON PLACES BY JOHN AURIFABER DR. IN DIVINITY. TRANSLATED OUT OF THE HIGH GERMAN INTO THE ENGLISH TONGUE BY CAPT. HENRY BELL (London: David Bogue, 1848).
The Table Talk of Martin Luther, translated and edited by William Hazlitt, with a memoir by Alexander Chalmers (London, G. Bell and Sons, 1902).
"In 1525 Luther married and settled down to family life in Wittenberg. Among his visitors were many poor students, and these fervent disciples wrote down all they remembered of their master's conversation. This TABLE TALK has always enjoyed great popularity for its refreshing unreserve and frequent brilliance. It shows Luther to have been a true child of his age. He must be judged by the mind of his times. We give some of his strong opinions that have not borne the wear and tear of later ages; but they are more than balanced by teaching that is beautiful as well as true." -- J.A. Hammerton, Outline of Great Books
The Table-talk of Martin Luther translated by William Hazlitt, Esq.
http://www.ccel.org/ccel/luther/tabletalk.i.html
The Table-talk of Martin Luther translated by William Hazlitt, Esq.
This is e-text of The Lutheran Publication Society printing.
http://www.reformed.org/documents/Table_talk/table_talk.html

LUTHER, MARTIN, Watchwords for the Warfare of Life, 1869, 354 pages. Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive.
"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!" -- SWRB

*MARSHALL, WALTER (1628-1680), The Gospel-Mystery of Sanctification: Growing in Holiness by Living in Union With Christ (London, England: Oliphants Press, 1956, 1692) and (Grand Rapids, MI: Reformation Heritage Books, Inc., 2005, 1999), ISBN: 189277724X. Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive.
The Reformation Heritage Books edition is a reprint of the 1954 edition set by Oliphants and includes an introduction by Joel R. Beeke. Also includes the author's famous sermon on "The Doctrine of Justification Opened and Applied."
See the WorldCat record for various foreign language editions.
Other editions:
The Gospel-Mystery of Sanctification, (Wipf & Stock Publishers, January 2005), 270 pages, ISBN-10: 1597520543 9781597520546.
"This is by far the best book on the doctrine of Sanctification in print. It was originally written in the 17th century, but has been put into modern English with this edition. This book will help you better understand the Gospel and its power not only for our Justification, but our Sanctification as well." -- Reader's Comment
The Gospel-Mystery of Sanctification (Sovereign Grace Publishers Inc., October 1, 2001), 140 pages, ISBN-10: 1589600630.
"Here you will read the most closely reasoned defense of scriptural sanctification to be found anywhere. . . . Fourteen directions are given to the reader, all perfected with the aim of explaining to sincere souls what sanctification is, what it is not, and how to attain a holy walk before God. . . ." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.

Martin, Grant, Counseling in Cases of Family Violence and Abuse (Resources in Christian Counseling Series, Vol. 6. Dallas, TX: Word Publishing, 1987), ISBN: 0849905877 9780849905872.

*Martin, Robert P., A Guide to the Puritans: A Topical and Textual Index to the Writings of the Puritans and Some of Their Successors Recently in Print (Banner of Truth, 1997), 546 pages, ISBN: 0851517137 9780851517131.
"I owe an enormous debt to the Puritans, the most prolific and accurate expounders of the biblical principles upon which the Reformation was built. Their concern for vital godliness in every area of the Christian's experience has rightly earned for them the title 'theologians of the Christian life.' Their writings are a rich banquet table loaded with solid nourishment for God's people. . . .
There are many more qualified to index the Puritans than I. Had someone more acquainted with the Puritans' works and more schooled in their history and theology undertaken this project, the end product would have been vastly superior. My primary qualification is that I have been willing to undertake the task. I will not be surprised if those who use this volume find many things which could be done better, especially in the topical index. My hope, however, is that those who find flaws will favor me with their suggestions for improvement, so that if future editions come from the press, the people of God will be served better than at present.
"In determining which writers and works to index, I have been guided and restrained by several principles. First, I have deliberately chosen a broad definition of the term Puritan. Instead of the narrow ecclesiastical sense, i.e., of referring only to those in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries who desired reformation in the national church of England, I am using the term Puritan in the broader religious sense of those advocating the experimental, Calvinistic religion which the Puritans exemplified. Moreover, I have cast my net even farther to take in those who have looked to the Puritans as their nearest theological kin; thus including such men as Archibald Alexander, Charles Hodge, B.B. Warfield, W.G.T. Shedd, John Murray, and many other modern Puritans.
"Second, with reference to older writers, I have limited my efforts to recently republished works. Many valuable works, of course, have not reappeared in our day, but are available only in libraries and private collections. I have not tried to include any such items. A comprehensive index of the entire body of Puritan writings would be a wonderful resource, but it is quite beyond my ability to undertake such a project.
"Third, though I have tried to include all the older works currently available, I have indexed only a sampling of works from living writers. Some may question my choices or judge that I have overlooked important new works and authors in the Puritan mold. I sincerely regret overlooking any volume worthy of notice. My only defense is that my knowledge of living authors is much less than my awareness of the proven guides of the past. For the most part I have limited new works to those published by the Banner of Truth Trust, confident that these works have passed through a fine grid of review, and would not bear the Banner label if they were not clearly in the Puritan tradition.
"Fourth, doubtless some users of this index will be disappointed that several important precursors to the Puritans are missing. For example, except for the notice of a few well-known works, Calvin and Luther are not indexed. The same is true of Augustine. The contribution of these men to reformed and Puritan thinking cannot be overestimated. Including their works, however, was not possible, given my present constraints. I regret this greatly.
"Among nineteenth-century figures, the most prominent absence is that of C. H. Spurgeon. Spurgeon certainly is worthy of a place in this work; however, since a textual and topical index of his sermons already exists, I chose not to duplicate that work here.
"In our own century, the ministry of D. M. Lloyd-Jones has produced a large body of useful material in the Puritan tradition; however, unlike his contemporary, John Murray, no collection of Dr. Lloyd-Jones's writings is yet available. Much that Dr. Lloyd-Jones preached is now published in commentary form (e.g., his expositions of the Sermon on the Mount, Romans, Ephesians, etc.) and is not included in this index because of my decision not to index commentaries. I have indexed the Doctor's topical works that were available to me. Those wanting more information on Dr. Lloyd-Jones's writings should consult the bibliography found at the end of volume two of Iain Murray's biography [LLOYD-JONES, D. MARTYN: THE FIGHT OF FAITH, 1939-1981 -- sk].
"The Scripture Index was easy to produce. Where a specific text (or texts) of scripture served as the basis for a sermon or treatise, it is included in the Scripture Index at the appropriate place. This does not mean, however, that every work listed in the Scripture Index contains a detailed exegesis of the text to which it is attached. Often the Puritans used texts as the starting points for topical sermons or series. What follows is not so much an exposition of the text but an exposition of a theme which the text epitomizes. Such sermons do not always answer to the needs of the technical exegete, but they often serve as catalysts for doctrinal and practical observations on the text.
"A few whole commentaries are found in the Scripture Index. These are present only because they are included in an author's collected writings. Many more commentaries could have been included; however, those appearing before 1870 are catalogued already in Spurgeon's COMMENTING AND COMMENTARIES. Many fine commentaries in the Puritan tradition also have appeared since 1870; but I have made no effort to produce what would in fact have been an update of Spurgeon's work.
"The Topical Index was extremely difficult to construct. Two problems constantly intruded themselves into the process. First, when I began, no list of topics was ready at hand. My method therefore was to compile the list of topics as I went along. The end product doubtless is less accurate than if the topics had been set from the beginning. Second, Puritan sermons are not always capable of being reduced to one or two key ideas. Frequently the Puritans ranged across a wide field of related themes in a single sermon. Where this occurred, properly placing the sermon in the Topical Index was difficult. In most cases I was guided by either the author's title or his doctrine summary, i.e., a statement expressing the theme of the sermon. I have tried to exercise as much care as possible in indexing topically; however, those more familiar with individual sermons or treatises perhaps will question my decisions. Again, I hope that observations which may improve this work will be communicated to me. . . . I have included comments with some entries. It was not possible to do this for every entry. For the most part, I did this where I felt that a word was needed to clarify the emphasis of a given work. . . ." -- Robert P. Martin in the Preface, August 1996, Seattle, Washington

Powlison, David, Demons and Deliverance in the Evangelical Church, 5 sound cassettes.

Powlison, David, Mike Bobick. John Bettler, Ed Welch, and Bill Smith, Theology and Secular Psychology, 20 sound cassettes/MP3 files.

*LUTHER, MARTIN (1483-1546), Watchwords for the Warfare of Life (1869), 354 pages, ISBN: 9781432547387 1432547380. Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive.
"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!" -- SWRB

McElhinney, Glenn R., A Nouthetic Approach to Counseling Elementary School-age Children (Philadelphia, PA: Westminster Theological Seminary, D.Min. thesis, 1986).
Includes bibliography.

McKnight, William John, The Scriptures the Supreme Guide in the Affairs of Men.

Mack, Wayne, Biblical Solutions to Life's Problems (Philadelphia, PA: Westminster Media).
This book is accompanied by an audio cassette series of 24 tapes.

*Miller, C. John "Jack" (1928-1996), "Finding Healthy Self-esteem Through Being Completely Forgiven" (Quality Living Series. Jenkintown, PA [World Harvest, Box 2175, Jenkintown, 19046]: World Harvest, 1987).
"Do you feel inadequate? That you need to do more or be better in order to be happy and fulfilled? You may not realize it, but your biggest problem is . . . you don't feel completely forgiven."
World Harvest Mission
http://www.whm.org/home.htm

*Miller, C. John "Jack" (1928-1996) and Rose Marie Miller, Sonship Course: World Harvest Mission Leadership Training Program, Nurture Training for Ministry, Equipping Others for Ministry (Jenkintown, PA [World Harvest, Box 2175, Jenkintown 19046]: World Harvest, 1988).
This course was developed to prepare World Harvest missionaries to work in the field. The course includes small group participation and Biblical counseling.
"The first half of the Sonship track focuses on the doctrines of Justification, Sanctification, and Adoption. The last half lays the foundation for love. We look at how the Gospel affects the way we look at ourselves. Our goal was that increasingly your self-image should be rooted in God's view of you clothed in the perfect righteousness of Christ . . . What we aim at here is to encourage the trainee to learn from Christ how to build a holy life, a life of love to your neighbor. This is done self-consciously relying always on his or her free justification by faith. Sanctification by faith issues from knowing always that my standing as a son is assured by justification by Christ alone through faith alone. Thus the heart of our counseling on character development centers in affirmation of Christ's work for us, and Christ's work in us through the Spirit. But within that framework we attempt seriously to involve each trainee in ongoing repentance, putting off old habits and sins and putting on Christ-like love and faith. . . . Much focus is laid on teamwork. . . . The skill of evangelism . . . is the believer's primary emphasis in the course of training because the staff believes that evangelism is necessary for a healthy Christian life . . . Evangelism rightly understood affects both the faith and the Christian life of the one who shares Christ's message." -- C. John Miller and Rose Marie Miller
Miller, C. John (1928-1996), Rose Marie Miller, Paul Miller, Rick Downs, David M. Desforge, et al, Sonship, a set of 16 sound cassettes (audiobook on tape), (Oreland, PA: World Harvest Mission, 1997).
World Harvest Mission
http://www.whm.org/home.htm

Miller, David R., Breaking Free: Rescuing Families From the Clutches of Legalism.

Mitton, C. Leslie (editor), First Aid in Counseling (Edinburg, Scotland: Clark, 1968).
Includes bibliography.

Needham, David C., Birthright: Christian do you Know who you are? (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers).
"One of the finest books on the subject. Discover from the Bible who you are, and what your destiny is. This book could change your entire outlook on life." -- GCB

*Nelson (Thomas Nelson editors), Nelson's Topical Bible Index, ISBN: 0785211241 9780785211242.
"Offers pastors, Bible scholars, and laypeople ready-to-use information and quick answers to Bible questions. It organizes key Scripture references with context summaries under 8,000 topics and sub-topics, including names, places, things, concepts, events and doctrines. Includes brief definitions that are useful for personal study or lesson preparation." -- Publisher's Annotation
Also available in LLS format in Nelson's Electronic Bible Reference Library, Volume 1.
Nelson Reference, Ultimate Bible Reference Library: CD-ROM (Nelson Reference, October 15, 2002), ISBN: 9780785249955 0785249958.
Includes THE NEW GENEVA STUDY BIBLE, THE NEW TREASURY OF SCRIPTURE KNOWLEDGE, THE NEW NAVE'S TOPICAL BIBLE, MATTHEW HENRY'S COMMENTARY (complete and unabridged) and about 55 other works. Logos Library System format.

NICHOLS, JAMES, SAMUEL ANNESLEY, THOMAS CASE, AND NATHANAEL VINCENT, Puritan Sermons, 1659-1689: Being the Morning Exercises at Cripplegate, St. Giles in the Fields, and in Southwark, 6 volumes. Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive.
"On cover: The morning exercises. Reprint. Originally published under title: THE MORNING EXERCISES AT CRIPPLEGATE, ST. GILES IN THE FIELDS, AND IN SOUTHWARK: BEING DIVERS SERMONS PREACHED A.D. MDCLIX-MDCLXXXIX BY SEVERAL MINISTERS OF THE GOSPEL IN OR NEAR LONDON. 5TH ED. / CAREFULLY COLLATED AND CORRECTED, WITH NOTES AND TRANSLATIONS, BY JAMES NICHOLS. London : T. Tegg, 1844-1845. Vol. 1, editions one (London : J. Kirton & N. Webb, 1661) to four (London : A. Maxwell and R. Roberts for T. Cockerell, 1677) published under title: THE MORNING EXERCISE AT CRIPPLEGATE, OR, SEVERAL CASES OF CONSCIENCE PRACTICALLY RESOLVED / BY SUNDRY MINISTERS, September MDCLXI. Vols. 2-6 (divided differently) published separately under different titles by various publishers, 1660-1690. v. 5-6. THE MORNING EXERCISE METHODIZED, OR, THE CHIEF HEADS AND POINTS OF THE CHRISTIAN RELIGION OPENED AND IMPROVED IN DIVERS SERMONS / BY SEVERAL MINISTERS OF THE CITY OF LONDON, IN THE MONTHLY COURSE OF THE MORNING EXERCISE AT GILES IN THE FIELDS, May, MDCLIX ; [edited by Thomas Case]. THE MORNING EXERCISE AGAINST POPERY, OR, THE PRINCIPAL ERRORS OF THE CHURCH OF ROME DETECTED AND CONFUTED, IN A MORNING LECTURE, PREACHED LATELY IN SOUTHWARK / BY SEVERAL MINISTERS OF THE GOSPEL, IN OR NEAR LONDON, MDCLXXV ; [edited by Nathaniel Vincent] Description: 6 v. ; 24 cm.
"By 75 Ministers of the Gospel in or near London with notes and translations by James Nichol." -- Publisher's Annotation
"Volume five 'is the best compilation of Puritan systematic theology ever written, but unfortunately is often overlooked in Puritan studies.' This six volume set represents Puritan preaching at its best 'Puritan pastors treasured the full scope of God's counsel.' (They) stove for excellence. They also made their sermons practical enough to answer the questions of listeners in a thoroughly scriptural manner." -- Dr. Joel Beeke and Randall Pederson, Meet the Puritans: With a Guide To Modern Reprints, pp. 637-639.

*Owen, John (1616-1683), Sin and Temptation: The Challenge to Personal Godliness. ISBN: 1556618301 9781556618307. A Christian classic.
"The concept of sin and personal responsibility has all but disappeared from our world. John Owen deals with the nature of sinful humanity as no writer since has done as keenly or thoroughly, arguing that sin is always a self-deceiving, blinding folly. Owen was a leading English statesman in the late 17th century and is considered `the John Calvin of England'." -- Ingram.

*Owen, John (1616-1683), Kelly M. Kapic (editor), Justin Taylor (editor), Overcoming Sin and Temptation (Crossway Books, September 25, 2006), ISBN: 1581346492 9781581346497.
"The writings of John Owen are a challenge to any reader, to say the least. His intricacy and complexity are intimidating and his language is downright befuddling at times. However, the depth of thought and the immense value of Owen's works cannot be quantified. His three classic works on sin and temptation are profoundly helpful to any believer who seeks to become more like Jesus Christ.
"In this volume, the editors have made updates to the language, translated the Latin, Greek, and Hebrew and footnoted difficult or unknown phrases, all without sacrificing any of the wonderful content of Owen's work. It is a uniquely accessible edition of John Owen's previously daunting work." -- Publisher's Annotation
"The editors of this volume have worked hard to make Owen's unrivalled insight into the Christian's inner war with sin accessible to all, and the result is truly a godsend." -- J.I. Packer, Professor of Theology, Regent College
"John Owen understood how the gospel makes us well. Three cheers for Kapic and Taylor for introducing a new generation to Owen's peerless works." -- Sinclair B. Ferguson, Senior Minister, First Presbyterian Church, Columbia, S.C.
"1. They have provided us with an unabridged but updated text. Spelling is modernized and Americanized, mistakes from previous editions are corrected, and archaic words are updated.
"2. The work is footnoted to define essential and difficult words. This will help the reader with comprehension.
"3. All the Greek, Hebrew, and Latin words and phrases and transliterated and translated for the reader. A great example of this is on page 48 where the reader who has no knowledge of Greek will be greatly helped in the discussion with the transliterations and translations.
"4. The General Index and Scripture Index at the end of the work is fabulous. All books ought to have indexes like this. Pastors and teachers will be well served in sermon and lesson preparation.
"5. The most important feature of this updated work are the outlines for all three of Owen's books at the end of this edition. The reader should begin here and orient himself to the flow of Owen's thought. In fact, much can be gained by reading just the outline." -- Reader's Comment

Paul, James L. (editor), The Exceptional Child: A Guidebook for Churches and Community Agencies

*Playfair, William L., The Useful lie: How the Recovery Industry has Entrapped America in a Disease Model of Addiction (Timeless Texts, July 2004), ISBN: 1889032379 9780891076377.
"Challenges the disease concept of alcoholism, the 'useful lie' of the recovery movement. This lie underlies the widespread mistreatment of alcoholism and of other fundamentally moral problems, e.g., 'codependency.' Posits biblically based intervention that treats such problems as sins to be repented of. Opposes sending a person to the recovery industry because 'He will be told his sin is a sickness; he will never be confronted with his real and most basic moral and spiritual problem. And he will more than likely be introduced to the any god of Twelve Stepdom, who is, by Biblical criteria, a false god'." -- David Powlison
"Dr. Playfair is a medical consultant to the Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation/West in San Diego. He also is a board member of Family Research Institute. The theme and purpose of this book is to debunk the claims that alcoholism is a disease. This claim, says the doctor, contradicts science and medicine; it contradicts the Bible, which is more important; and it simply does not work in breaking the addiction of alcohol. . . ." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.
"This book provided all the necessary evidence to blow the whistle on the recovery industry and also points toward genuine freedom from addiction." -- GCB

Porter, Jack Nusan, Conflict and Conflict Resolution: A Historical Bibliography, ISBN: ISBN: 0824092872 9780824092870.
"As an introduction to the field of social conflict, this bibliography uses classical and contemporary sources to trace conflict theories from ancient times to the present. Though selective in its inclusion of more recent works, this book is comprehensive in its historical dimension, making it unique among sociological studies. With its categorizing of books, articles, and dissertations, it is a valuable handbook or text for research. It should prove invaluable to D.Min. students doing dissertation research in the area of interpersonal communication." -- Cyril J. Barber

Powell, Paul W., Basic Bible Sermons on Handling Conflict (Nashville, TN: Broadman Press, 1992).

Contemporary Biblical Counseling: An Annotated Bibliography With 1995 Additions Compiled and annotated by David Powlison, editor of the Journal of Biblical Counseling
http://www.lettermen2.com/powlison.html

*Powlison, David A.C., Competent to Counsel?: The History of Biblical Counseling, new edition. Alternate title: COMPETENT TO COUNSEL? THE HISTORY OF A CONSERVATIVE PROTESTANT ANTI-PSYCHIATRY MOVEMENT. (College Park, PA: University of Pennsylvania, Ph.D. thesis, 1996). ISBN: 0978556763 9780978556761.
David Powlison is editor of Journal of Biblical Counseling, a staff member of the Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation, Glenside, Pennsylvania, and a graduate of Harvard University in 1972.

Powlison, David, Paul David Tripp, and Edward T. Welch, Domestic Abuse: How to Help, ISBN: 087552687X 9780875526874.

*Powlison, David, Speaking Truth in Love: Counsel in Community, ISBN: 0977080714 9780977080717. "Speaking Truth In Love is the lastest book by David Powlison, a faculty member at Westminister Theological Seminary and The Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation. In his own words, it is, 'a book on how we are to live together.' Although primarily directed at pastors and counselors, there is much here to be savored by every child of God. Indeed, an emphasis of the book is that speaking truth in love, wisdom, and grace into another person's life is both the privilege and responsibility for every Christian, not just the 'professionals' or the 'trained'." -- Reader's Comment "SPEAKING TRUTH IN LOVE is something of a sequel to SEEING WITH NEW EYES, also by Dr. David Powlison. SEEING WITH NEW EYES can be read as a theology of biblical counseling, while SPEAKING TRUTH IN LOVE can be read as a methodology of biblical counseling. Together they provide the clearest foundational descriptions of biblical, nouthetic counseling written to date.
"The first chapter lays the foundation for the character of the counselor. Chapter two builds upon the previous book by providing the theological content needed for biblical counseling -- the fall of humanity. This vital aspect can be strengthened even more when read in conjunction with biblical anthropology (the creation of humanity in God's image) and biblical soteriology (the redemption of humanity through Christ's sacrifice). In chapters three through twelve, Powlison addresses core methodological issues such as listening, questioning, prayer, the role of the Word in personal ministry etc. The final five chapters provide something of a potpourri of important correlated issues such as referral, training, lay ministry, pastoral ministry, and women's ministry.
"As another reviewer mentioned, the only possible 'weakness' of the book is that it is not as seamless as it could be. The transitions between chapters are at times a little hard to connect, likely due to some of these chapters having been collated from previous articles, with rewriting. However, this minor issue aside, SPEAKING TRUTH IN LOVE should be required reading for all students of biblical counseling." -- Bob Kellemen
"The Reviewer, Bob Kellemen, Ph.D, is the author of SOUL PHYSICIANS, SPIRITUAL FRIENDS, BIBLICAL PSYCHOLOGY, MARTIN LUTHER'S PASTORAL COUNSELING, and BEYOND THE SUFFERING: EMBRACING THE LEGACY OF AFRICAN AMERICAN SOUL CARE AND SPIRITUAL DIRECTION. -- Reader's Comment

Pulaski, Adam, Biblical Counseling Manual: A Self Help Counseling Program Guide, ISBN: 1412038790 9781412038799
Biblical Counseling Manual: A Self Help Counseling Program, partial view
http://books.google.com/books?id=L7yVloeB2UcC&dq=Biblical+Counseling+Manual:+A+Self+Help+Counseling+Program+Guide,+Adam+Pulaski&source=gbs_navlinks_s

Rassieur, Charles L., The Problem Clergymen Don't Talk About (Philadelphia, PA: Westminster Press, 1976), ISBN: 0664247903 9780664247904.
The problem is the danger of sexual involvement with female counselees. Includes bibliographical references.

Rushdoony, Rousas John, (1916-2001), The Necessity for Systematic Theology.

*Ryle, J.C., Home Truths, Volume I (Keyser, WV: Odom Publications, 1991). A Christian classic.
"This reprint of a classic is much needed in our day." -- CVBBS
Home truths, miscellaneous addresses and tracts
http://books.google.com/books?id=VwEDAAAAQAAJ&ie=ISO-8859-1&output=html

*Ryle, J.C., Home Truths, Volume II: Being Miscellaneous Addresses and Tracts (Keyser, WV: Odom Publications). A Christian classic.
The original publication of HOME TRUTHS included eight volumes.

*RYLE, J.C., Practical Religion: Being Plain Papers on the Daily Duties, Experience, Dangers and Privileges of Professing Christians (Cambridge, England: J. Clarke), ISBN: ISBN: 085234449X 9780852344491. Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive. A Christian classic.
Foreword by J.I. Packer. "Discusses: self-iniquity, self-exertion, reality, prayer, Bible reading, charity, zeal, happiness, formality, the world, riches and poverty, sickness, family of God, heirs of God, eternity, and others." -- GCB

*Ryle, J.C., The Upper Room: Being a few Truths for the Times (Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust, 1888), ISBN: 0851510175 9780851510170.
"This work is a treasure chest of insights and teaching on a wide variety of subjects and passages." -- GCB

*Sande, Ken, The Peacemaker: A Biblical Guide to Resolving Personal Conflict, ISBN: 0801064856 9780801064852.
"Lays out four phases of the reconciliation process: [1] glorify God; [2] get the log out of your own eye; [3] go and show your brother his fault; [4] go and be reconciled. The motivation and foundation for peacemaking lies in who God is, not in pragmatic self-interest. Self-examination and repentance lay the foundation for dealing well with the sins of others. Constructive confrontation involves both speaking the truth in love and listening in order to pursue understanding of the situation. Reconciliation and forgiveness are the culminating phase of peace making." -- David Powlison
"Treats conflict almost entirely from the context of believer against believer. Not much help surfaces for conflicts between believers and unbelievers. . . . In general the book rates as one of the best on the thorny subject of conflict. Professional church staff members and volunteer layperson can benefit immensely from this book." -- Samuel L. Canine. The indexes of topics and authors makes the book a good reference tool. Five appendixes.

*Sanderson, John W., The Fruit of the Spirit (Philadelphia, PA: The Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing Co.).
"A Biblical study of genuine character growth in the life of the Christian, as set forth in Galatians 5." -- Publisher's Annotation

*Scott, Buddy, Counseling Teenagers.
"A complete text and tape instruction manual from a man who has dealt with hundreds of delinquent teens. A most useful Biblical treatment. Recommended as helpful by the Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation."

Second Opinion, Dangerous Drugs (Atlanta, GA [Second Opinion, P.O. Box 467939, Atlanta 30346-9989]: Second Opinion, 1992).
"If you or anyone you love is taking medications, of any kind . . . even over-the-counter remedies . . . you must read this report!" -- William Campbell Douglass, MD
"Vital facts on 215 drugs in 15 different categories . . . many are household names, Harmful side effects -- headaches, heart spasms, senility, even sudden death, Important drug interaction information, Questions to ask your doctor about any new drug, Extra bonus: 12 safeguards you can use to protect against heart attack."
Subscriptions to Second Opinion, a ground-breaking alternative-medicine newsletter, are also available.

*Sell, Charles M., Family Ministry: The Enrichment of Family Life Through the Church, ISBN: 0310429102 9780310429104.

*SHEDD, W.G.T., Sermons to the Natural Man (Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust, 1871), ISBN: 0851512607 9780851512600. Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive.
"Dr. Shedd's SERMONS TO THE NATURAL MAN are, if not absolutely the best, yet of the very best doctrinal and spiritual sermons produced in this generation. We have known much of their power in convincing sinners, and in deepening and widening and exalting the experiences of true Christians. Doctrinal preaching, though not in fashion, is the preaching that we need, and the preaching which always best vindicates itself when put to the test of practice . . ." -- A.A. Hodge
Contents: Religious meditation (Psalm 104:34) -- Christian moderation (Proverbs 16:32) -- The supreme excellence of God (Matthew 19:16-17) -- The fatherhood of God (Luke 16:25) -- The future vision of God (2nd Corinthians 4:18) -- God the strength of man (Psalm 84:5) -- The glorification of God (Isaiah 42:8) -- The duty of reference to the divine will (James 4:13-15) -- The creature has no absolute merit (Luke 17:10) -- Faith with and without sight (John 20:29) -- The reality of heaven (John 14:2) -- Pure motives the light of the soul (Matthew 6:22) -- The law is light (Proverbs 6:23) -- The law is the strength of sin ( 1st Corinthians 15:56) -- The sense of sin leads to holiness, and the conceit of holiness leads to sin (John 9:41) -- The impression made by Christ's holiness (Luke 5:8) -- Christian humility (1st Peter 5:5) -- Pride vitiates religious knowledge (1st Corinthians 8:2) -- Connection between faith and works (James 2:24) -- The Christian imperfect, yet a saint (Colossians 3:12) -- Sanctification completed at death (1st Corinthians 2:9) -- Watchfulness and prayerfulness (1st Peter 4:7) -- Unceasing prayer (1st Thessalonians 5:17) -- The folly of ambition (Jeremiah 45:5) -- Every Christian a debtor to the pagan (Romans 1:14) -- The certain success of evangelistic labor (Isaiah 55:10-11).

Shelly, Judith A., Caring in Crisis: Bible Studies for Helping People, ISBN: 0877845638: 9780877845638.

Shelley, Marshall, Helping Those who Don't Want Help (Waco, TX: Word Books, 1986).
Includes bibliography.

Smick, Timothy S., et al., Eldercare for the Christian Family: What to do When a Loved one Becomes Dependent (Dallas, TX: Word Publishing), ISBN: 0849907195 9780849907197.
"This book explores all the dynamics of caregiving -- planning, financing, burnout, and blessing -- and enables grown children to select the most comprehensive care plan for their loved ones. It is full of practical advice and spiritual insights." -- GCB

*Spotts, Dwight, and David Veerman, Reaching out to Troubled Youth, ISBN: 0896932966 9780896932968.
"A very important book that those who work with children and youth will find extremely helpful. The material is arranged topically, shows evidence of extensive research, and provides helpful quotations of relevant material. A valuable resource." -- Cyril J. Barber
"This double-column book is a resource tool offering facts, figures, case studies, and practical advice for reaching out to young people who hurt. Advice is offered on how to: communicate, discipline, share the hope of the Gospel, and how to deal with special problems like substance abuse, child abuse, and homosexuality." -- GCB

*Spurgeon, C.H. (1834-1892), Spurgeon's Devotional Bible (Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 1975, 1974, 1964) and Spurgeon's Devotional Bible: Selected Passages From the Word of God With Running Comments, ISBN: 0852343434 0852340583 9780852340585 (paperback), (Evangelical Press, February 1996). Other title: THE INTERPRETER: SPURGEON'S MORNING AND EVENING DEVOTIONS FROM THE BIBLE.
"For anyone who wants to restore daily devotions on an individual or family basis, SPURGEON'S DEVOTIONAL BIBLE is the perfect answer. One can read through this book in a year when morning and evening devotions are maintained. . . .
"The gist of the entire Bible is found between the covers of this book. . . . some verses [and chapters] were omitted in whole or in part, but they are always summarized in such a way that the narrative or teaching remains clear. The emphasis is always on Scripture . . ." -- Publisher's Annotation
C.H. Spurgeon wrote, among other things:

Commenting on typology is a way to convince piers of the reality and immediacy of the Gospel. The concise, succinct, erudite comments point again and again to parallels in Scripture to the life and work of Christ. For example, see the comments on the life of Joseph, on the first Passover, and on God's provision of manna for Israel in the wilderness.
This work, by a modern Puritan, is preeminently practical. Spurgeon emphasizes application of Scripture to everyday life. Key verses appear at the top of each page.
Spurgeon's discerning mind has captured essential and profound lessons. He brings together Old and New Testament passages with similar lessons. Here is little known insight that should not be ignored or overlooked.
The Bible is full of wisdom on human behavior, real psychology, and Spurgeon points out these lessons everywhere.
The text is the Authorized King James Version.
A footnote at the bottom of page 643 (Baker Book House edition) states "In this reading the first five notes are from Lange's Commentary. All through the work we have gathered from every available source." Looking at other works by Spurgeon, for example, THE TREASURY OF DAVID, and knowing that he had a huge library, it could be expected he selected freely from the works of other authors. Poetry has been added after the Bible selection and notes. It would appear the notes and poetry have not been documented for practical purposes, to make the book seamless and uncluttered. It is a drawback, however, to not know which notes and poetry was from Spurgeon's pen and which he selected from other authors.
Pilgrim Publications
Sells new copies of SPURGEON'S DEVOTIONAL BIBLE.
http://www.pilgrimpublications.com/
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Includes SPURGEON'S DEVOTIONAL BIBLE. This is the only e-text of the work that we know of.
http://www.powerbible.com/

Smith, Robert D., The Christian Counselor's Medical Desk Reference, ISBN: 1889032263 9781889032269.

TEELINCK, WILLIAM, The Resting Place of the Mind, That is a propounding of the wonderful providence of God whereupon a Christian man ought to rest and repose himself even when all our outward means of helps are cut off from him, 1622, 48 pages. Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive.
"According to Joel Beeke in THE QUEST FOR FULL ASSURANCE: THE LEGACY OF CALVIN AND HIS SUCCESSORS, 'What William Perkins was to English Puritanism, Willem Teellinck was to the Dutch Second Reformation.' (p. 98).
"Furthermore, Beeke notes that 'Teellinck's lifelong goal was to bring English-style, pietistic Puritanism to the Dutch. He succeeded in doing that. More than any other divine of his day, he contributed to the Dutch Second Reformation. That movement was so like English Puritanism that it is often called Dutch Puritanism.' (p. 99).
"This little book was written to encourage Christians to trust in the Lord in the midst of their trials. Even when the ordinary outward means that we need to solve our problems are unavailable, God can still easily rescue us from our predicament. Indeed, sometimes He removes those means so that He will receive all the glory:

The means which commonly God doth use, in giving us His blessing, are indeed but as curtains, and drawing clothes, after, or under the which, God so doth hide Himself, that His working cannot be seen, but by the eye of faith: wherefore also the Lord God, when he hath been pleased sometimes to manifest Himself, in some work which he intended to do, hath taken express order, that the ordinary means should be removed, that so all the world might see the finger of God therein, and acknowledge that it was He that had done it (p. 18).
Loe, thus doth the Lord strip His people often times of all outward means, when His purpose is to help them, to the end that His finger might the better be seen in giving them victory. . . . (p. 19)
No child of God then ought to be faint-hearted, though he be stripped of all outward means, for the Lord who is with him, is not bound to any means, His hand is not shortened that He should not be able to help, though the means be shortened, yea quite cut off. (p. 24).
"Too often people trust in the outward means rather than God. But this is foolish because 'tis most certain, that all our well-being is not shut up in the outward means, it lieth not wound up in the bread we eat, but in the hand of God, and the word of His blessing'." (p. 29). -- SWRB

Terkelsen, Helen E., I'm Going to Have a Baby and I'm not Married, ISBN: 0800619943.

Terrell, Hilton P., and Franklin E. Payne, (editors) Journal of Biblical Ethics in Medicine, Volumes 1-4: 1987-1990 (Augusta, GA: Covenant Books), 350 pages, ISSN: 1050-3404. Available from Covenant Enterprises, P.O. Box 14488, Augusta, GA 30919-0488.
"The JBEM was founded to bring biblical thinking to bear on medical issues. This book collects the first four years worth of articles, and includes a general index and an index of Scripture references. (A second volume, containing the next 4 years, is forthcoming.) Many articles are relevant to matters that come up in counseling ministry, matters about which counselors will want to offer informed advice." -- David Powlison
Journal of Biblical Ethics in Medicine
http://capo.org/jbem/intro_pa.htm

*Thompson, Frank Charles (editor) and Kirkbride Bible and Technology (other contributor), Thompson Chain Reference Bible, KJV, (KJV, Adult, Regular Size, Bonded Leather, Black, Indexed, Kirkbride Bible Company Item Number: 978-0-88707-527-8), 5th improved edition, leather bound (Kirkbride Bible Company, December 2005), some editions include a CD-ROM, language: English, French, and Spanish. Many editions and bindings are available.
"Dr. Frank C. Thompson, D.D., Ph.D., invested more than forty years in compiling and developing the remarkable Chain-Reference system that is the heart of the Bible that now bears his name." -- Publisher's Annotation
This is a huge body of work: the fully cross-referenced Bible, 1619 pages, plus Bible helps, 788 pages, for a total of 2417 pages. It may be used profitably in combination with THE NEW TREASURY OF SCRIPTURE KNOWLEDGE (1680 pages), THE NEW GENEVA STUDY BIBLE (THE REFORMATION STUDY BIBLE) (2220 pages), THE GENEVA BIBLE (648 pages), THE THOMPSON EXHAUSTIVE TOPICAL BIBLE: KING JAMES VERSION (1631 pages), and THE NEW NAVE'S TOPICAL BIBLE (1114 pages).
"The topics from the TOPICAL BIBLE can easily be found in the General Index of the THOMPSON CHAIN-REFERENCE BIBLE. In the General Index are found the chain-reference numbers that will guide the user into the biblical context for many of the topics. The many additional resources in the THOMPSON CHAIN-REFERENCE BIBLE . . . will greatly supplement any topical study." -- Introduction to the TOPICAL BIBLE
We feel that both THE THOMPSON CHAIN-REFERENCE BIBLE, KING JAMES VERSION, 5TH EDITION, and the THOMPSON EXHAUSTIVE TOPICAL BIBLE: KING JAMES VERSION has a part in every reference library, particularly the libraries of Biblical Counselors.
Remember the Thompson Chain-Reference System was developed for the Authorized King James Version. It is also available in New American Standard, New King James, and the New International versions.
"A THOMPSON STUDY BIBLE will help you in ways other Bibles can't. It's the unique Chain-Reference System that allows you to follow any subject, person, place or idea, from the front of your Bible to the end. THOMPSON users say it's the best way to study your Bible. No other Bible has this superb, patented, Thompson Chain Reference System developed by Dr. Frank C. Thompson in 1890. Since that time, thousands of additional topics and links have been added. The AKJV 4th edition has been out-of-print since 1988. The 5th edition began printing in 1988. The only way to find a 4th edition would be in the secondary market. . . ' -- Publisher's Annotation
"Some Thompson Bible Features [from among 75 additional study features]:

"The text is set in two columns for ease of reading. Cross-references are to the left and right of the respective columns immediately adjacent to the related verse. TCR cross-references are by subject. Each cross-reference contains a TCR Index number, the TCR subject, and the next Bible verse in the 'chain' for that subject. For example, if you were studying the gospel of 'John' at John 1:9 the TCR cross-reference reads '2168 Christ the Light, 8:12.' Thus the TCR index number is '2168,' the subject is 'Christ the Light,' and the next verse in the 'chain' is John 8:12. Going to John 8:12 you would find '2168 Christ the Light, 12:35' and so on to the end of the 'chain'. What makes this different than most other study Bibles is the 'TCR Numeric Index.' Looking up TCR Index number 2168 we find ALL references to subject 'Christ the Light' in order from Genesis to Revelation. You can also do a lookup using the subject. For example, say you are asked a question by an un-believer, 'Why was Jesus Christ called 'the Light of the world' and what does it mean?' First you would look up the subject 'Christ' or 'Jesus' in the 'TCR Alphabetic Index.' For example, in section 'C,' we find 'Christ,' under the 'Christ' entry we find 'Light, the . . . 2168.' Now we can look in the 'TCR Numeric Index' for the '2168' entry. Here we find the 'chain' of all relevant verses for further study. Why is this better than a 'Strong's' search? Using the latest 'Strongest Strong's . . .' under word 'light' we find 288 entries. The 'Strong's' search is less efficient because many of the 288 entries are not relevant to the subject in question. The full compliment of TCR Bible helps consists of the cross-references (100,000 entries), 'Alphabetic Index (8,000 entries)', 'Numerical Index (4,200 entries),' 'Outline Studies,' 'Bible Character Studies,' 'Bible Harmonies,' 'Archaeological Supplement,' 'Hebrew Calendar,' 'Concordance,' and 'Bible Maps.' At $36 you can not go wrong. If I could have only one study Bible, this would be it." -- Reader's Comment
Warning: Many editions and bindings are available, including CD-ROM software Bible research packages, and Palm or PocketPC devices. The website for Thompson Bibles is the best source of complete descriptions of the various editions.
"The 5th edition is the 4th edition expanded, and has everything the 4th had, plus more. While Kirkbride is always in production printing the Bibles with the current year's date, it is still the 1988 5th edition [this 5th edition was the last edition of THE THOMPSON CHAIN-REFERENCE BIBLE, anything published in 1988 or later is the 5th edition. -- sk]." -- Publisher's Annotation
Both the buyer and the seller can become confused about various editions because Kirbride Bible Company apparently has never printed the International Standard Book Number (ISBN) in the various editions and printings. Buyers will want to confirm the edition, version, and publisher with the seller.
There are numerous reader's comments about poor quality of paper, binding, and typography of TCR Bibles not printed by Kirkbride, so be sure to carefully inspect any non-Kirkbride edition before purchasing it.
Thompson apparently was a Methodist pastor. The first edition of 1908 was "published by Methodists Book Concern of Dobbs Ferry, New York." -- Publisher's Annotation

*Thompson, Frank Charles (author), Paul M. Hillman (editor), John Stephen Jauchen (editor) The Thompson Exhaustive Topical Bible: King James Version (Indianapolis, IN: Kirkbride Bible Company, Inc., 1997). Hardcover, 1631 pages.
This is a topical Bible compiled from the Thompson Chain-Reference System.
"NAVE'S TOPICAL BIBLE was edited into a Study Bible format shortly after the appearance of the original THOMPSON CHAIN-REFERENCE BIBLE. It is fitting for Thompson's Study Bible to be reformatted into a reference book. And where there is room in the marketplace and on every serious student's bookshelf for more than one Bible translation, so there is room for more than one Topical Bible -- and great value in the use of both Nave's and Thompson's work. . . ." -- John R. Kohlenbertger III, from the Foreword
"Now, the detailed and comprehensive topical and subject data that forms the heart of the unparalleled Thompson Chain-Reference system is offered in this -- the most exhaustive topical Bible currently available! Combining to make THE THOMPSON EXHAUSTIVE TOPICAL BIBLE unique are features which include:

"No other topical Bible can offer you the comprehensive collection of features or the exhaustive topical thoroughness of this exceptional Bible reference tool -- because there can only be one . . .THE THOMPSON EXHAUSTIVE TOPICAL BIBLE." -- Publisher's Annotation
It may be used profitably in combination with THE NEW TREASURY OF SCRIPTURE KNOWLEDGE (1680 pages), THE NEW GENEVA STUDY BIBLE (THE REFORMATION STUDY BIBLE) (2220 pages), THE GENEVA BIBLE (648 pages), THE THOMPSON EXHAUSTIVE TOPICAL BIBLE: KING JAMES VERSION (1631 pages), and THE NEW NAVE'S TOPICAL BIBLE (1114 pages).
"The topics from the TOPICAL BIBLE can easily be found in the General Index of the THOMPSON CHAIN-REFERENCE BIBLE. In the General Index are found the chain-reference numbers that will guide the user into the biblical context for many of the topics. The many additional resources in the THOMPSON CHAIN-REFERENCE BIBLE . . . will greatly supplement any topical study." -- Introduction to the Topical Bible

Thompson, Murray Stewart, Grace and Forgiveness in Ministry, ISBN: 0687156807 9780687156801.
Includes bibliography and references.

*THORNWELL, JAMES HENLEY (1812-1862), Whatsoever Things are True: Classic Discourses on Truth. Alternate titles: CLASSIC DISCOURSES ON TRUTH; DISCOURSES ON TRUTH, 166 pages, ISBN: 1932474781 9781932474787. Available [COLLECTED WRITINGS OF JAMES HENLEY THORNWELL] on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive.
"These seven DISCOURSES ON TRUTH were written and preached in the Spring of 1851 from the text, 'Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, think on these things.' Philippians 4:8. They were delivered at the Chapel of the College at Columbia, South Carolina, by James Henley Thornwell, who was serving as both President and Chaplain." -- Publisher's Annotation
"First published 1855 by Messrs. Carter, New York, NY."
Contents: Discourse 1: The ethical system of the Bible -- Discourse 2: The love of truth -- Discourse 3: The love of truth -- Discourse 4: Sincerity -- Discourse 5: Faithfulness -- Discourse 6: Vows -- Discourse 7: Consistency.

*Tripp, Paul David, Contextualization of the Gospel in Counseling: A Biblical Rational for Person-Centered Ministry (Philadelphia, PA: Westminster Theological Seminary, D.Min. thesis, 1988).
Available on microfiche from University Microfilms International, Ann Arbor, MI. Includes bibliography.

Umbreit, Mark, Crime and Reconciliation: Creative Options for Victims and Offenders (New York, NY: Abingdon Press, 1985), ISBN: 0687098858 9780687098859.

Usdin, Earl, and Irene S. Forrest, Psychotherapeutic Drugs.

Vandeusen, Dayton, Redemptive Counseling: Relating Psychotherapy to the Personal Meanings in Redemption (Atlanta, GA: John Knox Press).
Includes bibliography.

Various, Biblical Counseling Workshops, 43 sound cassettes.
Speakers include: R Alchin; Randall Patten; Steve Viars; David A Powlison; John Bettler; Richard L Ganz; Dan Wickert; William Goode; Bill Hill; John McConaughy; Rita Jamison; L Jonas; A Knicely; Wayne A Mack; Sid Galloway; Robert Somerville; Ed Payne; M Peace; Lou Priolo; L Quinn; Robert D Smith; John D Street; Jay Edward Adams; George Scipione; Bill Slattery; Hilton Terrell; Tim Turner; W Wendling.

Vila, Samuel, Handbook for Christian Counseling: Manual de Visitacion Pastoral (Fort Lauderdale, FL: TSELF, Incorporated), ISBN: 8472286002 9788472286009.

Wakefield, Norman, Solving Problems Before They Become Conflicts (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House), ISBN: 0310390915 9780310390916.
"This is a self-help book on problem solving. The author takes us from conflict, a destructive process, to problem solving, a constructive process, and he seeks to do so in a Biblical way." -- GCB

*Weeks, Noel, The Sufficiency of Scripture (Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust, 1988).
"Weeks is currently a Lecturer in History at the University of Sydney. He has a B.S. (Zoology), B.D., Th.M., and Ph.D. To be guilty of understatement, the man is highly and broadly educated.
"Weeks believes firmly that Scripture is sufficient for faith and practice. And he affirms that all disciplines of life are governed by the Lord Jesus Christ, and that His providential actions impact on every individual, and every area of knowledge. This rule is not only declared by the Scripture, but the Scriptures themselves enunciate the response due from each person. Whether it may be culture, or science, or nation, all are subject to the Scripture; that is, all will be judged by the Scriptures in the end. Therefore, it follows that we are daily to judge all things by the Scriptures.
"Weeks makes application of all this. And in doing so he again and again points out that the more we dilute the influence of the Scriptures, the further we go into doubt and confusion. The many apostasies which are today in evidence are the result of the diluting of, or the abandoning of, the authority of the Scriptures. . . .
"In the matter of translations, Weeks shows that there is no solid scriptural reason for the dynamic equivalence form of translation. Rather there is a great disservice to believers. He also shows that making the `receptor language' the governing language in translation is to subvert the original God-breathed words.
"His conclusion is excellent, in which he notes that we are acquiescing in a limitation of inspiration throughout our Christian practice. And this leaves a Christian without power; yea, and also without excuse before God. God's words are absolute, just as His power is absolute. To seek to accommodate the Christian message to what the world is willing to hear, is to doom it to failure, even ridicule. Paul and Barnabas confronted the Greeks with God's commands. And they turned the world upside down. We must return to this practice of announcing to the world what God has said, and present it as authoritative. . . ." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.

Welch, Ed, Philosophy of Counseling (Michigan City, IN: Sound Word Associates).

Yarbrough, Tom, Call to Comfort: A Counseling Manual for Every Christian (San Jose, CA: Resource Publications, c1988), ISBN: 0893901199 9780893901196.
Includes bibliography.

See also: The sovereignty of god, The doctrine of man (human nature, total depravity), Justice, god's final judgment, the great white throne judgment, the day of the lord, Church discipline, Counseling and the local church, The free offer of the gospel message of salvation and the life to come: the means of grace, Book-length presentations of the gospel message of salvation and the life to come: the means of grace, Submission, surrender, Sharing christ with your children, Follow-up, Discipleship, The inspiration and infallibility of scripture (the doctrine of revelation, the doctrine of plenary inspiration, the doctrine of divine inspiration, the doctrine of verbal inspiration, The ten commandments, the moral law, The commandments of christ, Idolatry, Trusting god, Covetousness, greed, selfishness, Theft, stealing and fraud: property rights, The westminster confession of faith (1646, the westminster standards) and related works: a study guide, Manuals and handbooks, Casuistry, cases of conscience, Ethics, Bible study, Audio cds and mp3s on counseling subjects, Bible magistracy turns back the wrath of god, Christ's kingdom, Lordship of jesus christ, The all-sufficiency of christ, Appendix a: words of Christ, Christ our example, The teaching of our lord jesus christ, Sermon on the mount, Parables of christ, Covenant theology, The covenant faithfulness of god, Believer's position in Christ and Sonship, The priesthood of believers, Holiness, Holy spirit and counseling, Love and counseling problems, Preaching and pastoral counseling, Healing of the mind, Biblical counseling reference works, Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, Sexual relationship, Spirituality and harlotry, Counseling for sex related problems, Justification, Justifying faith, The sovereign grace of god: his everlasting mercy and lovingkindness, Hope, Wisdom, Proverbs, topical listings, Questions and answers, Compiled quotations, Pastoral counseling, Referral in pastoral counseling, Works by jay adams, Contemporary biblical counseling: an annotated bibliography compiled and annotated by david powlison, Biblical counseling reference works, Resources in christian counseling series, Biblical counsel by subject, Topical listings of Scripture, Commentaries containing biblical counsel, Practical expository sermons, General works on biblical counseling, Biblical counsel for women, Premarital counsel, Marital counseling, Counseling the family, Counseling the sick, Crisis counseling, Medical aspects of pastoral counseling, Physiological problems, Parenting, Counseling children, Counseling teens, Biblical counseling training, Christian counseling and educational foundation, Sound word associates, Audio cassette tapes on counseling subjects, Audio cassettes of ccef speakers, The national association of nouthetic counselors tape library, Westminster media, Pseudo-christian movements: a selection of works, Toleration, liberty of conscience, pluralism, and neutrality, Will and recalcitrance, Appendix c: psychology and psychiatry, Rebellion and lawlessness: wickedness, demonic possession, substance abuse, abnormal behavior, insanity, mental illness, mental retardation, and so forth, and so on.
TCRB5: 791-799, 844, 845, 847, 848, 2356, 2482


Related WebLinks

On the Christian Life, John Calvin
On the Christian Life
http://www.ccel.org/calvin/christian_life/christian_life.html

The sum of Saving Knowledge, David Dickson and James Durham
http://www.covenanter.org/Westminster/sumofsavingknowledge.htm

Book-length Presentations of the Free Offer of The Gospel Message of Salvation and the Life to Come: The Means of Grace
http://www.lettermen2.com/bcrr1cha.html#blpoftf

He That Dwelleth in Love, John Love (1757-1825)
http://www.westminsterconfession.org/godly-living/he-that-dwelleth-in-love.php

*Powlison, David (editor), Contemporary Biblical Counseling: An Annotated Bibliography With 1995 Additions Compiled and Annotated by David Powlison, editor of the Journal of Biblical Counseling
http://www.lettermen2.com/powlison.html

The Gideons International, Bible Helps
Includes: "Where to Find Help When," "Teachings About Some of Life's Problems," "Christian Virtues and Character," and so forth.
http://www.gideons.org/

A Table Illustrating God's Eternal Moral Law
http://www.dr-fnlee.org/docs/toc/toc.html

Life Change Presents Dr. Henry Brandt Biblical Counseling Series
http://www.aamedia.com/life/home2.htm

Letters to Church Members (1855)
Letter to one who travels on the Sabbath
Letter to one of a censorious spirit
Letter to one of a self-confident and unyielding spirit
Letter to one of a managing and disingenuous spirit
Letter to one of an impatient and complaining spirit
Letter to one who is lacking in reverence for the truth as a moral virtue
http://www.westminsterconfession.org/literature/godly-living.php

Appendix C: Psychology and Psychiatry
http://www.lettermen2.com/bcrrappc.html

Psychoheresy: The Church Weds the World
http://www.psychoheresy-aware.org/chweds52.html



Peer Counseling, Peer Evangelism, One-on-one Evangelism

And I myself also am persuaded of you, my brethren, that ye also are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, able also to admonish one another. (Romans 15:14)

Adams, Jay E., How to Help People Change: The Four-step Biblical Process, 203 pages.
"Unfolds the counseling process through an exposition of II Timothy 3:14-17. Bases all on the centrality of God and the vertical dimension for counseling: The Holy Spirit and the Word work in concert. Change unfolds through teaching, conviction, correction and training. 'Learn both how to launder your mind of pagan psychological and psychiatric theories and how to use the Bible cogently and effectively in its full strength.' Contains reprint of Adams's 1982 journal article on 'Integration'." -- David Powlison

*Adams, Jay E., Ready to Restore: The Layman's Guide to Christian Counseling, 111 pages.
"An introductory textbook in nouthetic counseling: accessible, compact, covering both conceptual and methodological matters. 'God calls every Christian to counsel some people, somewhere, at some time about something.' Galatians 6:1 provides the banner verse: the character of the counselor, the problems in view, the methods. Meant for individual study or for a class or Bible study group." -- David Powlison

Adams Jay E., Should a Christian be Able to Counsel? Instilling Hope in the Counselee (Michigan City, IN: Sound Word Associates).

Baldwin, Carol Lesser, Friendship Counseling: Biblical Foundations for Helping Others, ISBN: 0310390419 9780310390411.
"This book is unique in that it derives practical counseling skills from a study of who God is and how He has dealt with his people." -- GCB

Bryant, Marcus D., The Art of Christian Caring (St. Louis, MO: Bethany Press, 1979), ISBN: 0827200153 9780827200159.
"Then Bryant turns to specific target groups for ministry, such as nursing home residents, the retarded, prisoners, and mental patients, examining guidelines and background information. The final chapter discusses how to gather one's own resources for the helping process through worship, meditation, and spirituality, stressing as a general guideline that Christian caring is sustained by God's love and by our personal responses to that love as we experience it in our own lives. Underscoring the importance of commitment and self-discipline in relations with others, this is a good introductory guide that should be helpful to general readers."

Burchett, Harold E., People Helping People (Chicago, IL: Moody Press, 1979), ISBN: 0802464572 9780802464576.
How every Christian can counsel.

Egan, Gerard, The Skilled Helper: A Model for Systematic Helping and Interpersonal Relating, 8th edition, ISBN: 0495127957 9780495127956.
Also available, TRAINING THE SKILLED HELPER: AN INSTRUCTOR'S MANUAL TO ACCOMPANY THE SKILLED HELPER, A MODEL FOR SYSTEMATIC HELPING AND INTERPERSONAL RELATING by James W. Bryer. This training manual also has a companion book, EXERCISE MANUAL.

Grantham, Rudolph E., Lay Shepherding: A Guide for Visiting the Sick, the Aged, the Troubled and the Bereaved (Valley Forge, PA: Judson, 1980).
"Beginning with a look at authority issues and the context for lay ministry, Grantham explores ways the Biblical, humanistic, and broadly spiritual perspectives relate to each other and looks at specific ministries lay people can engage in: crisis intervention, bereavement counseling, hospital/nursing home visiting, etc. Considers, too, the dynamics of healing, how to be an effective listener and to pray with the sick and personal lay evangelism of beneficial and destructive kinds. Appendix includes discussion questions and additional study resources." -- Publisher's Annotation

Kuenning, Delores, Helping People Through Grief (Minneapolis, MN: Bethany House Publishers, 1987), ISBN: 0871239213 9780871239211.
"A remarkable textbook to recommend for teaching caring people how to be helpful. It is an . . . encyclopedia of information on every conceivable form of grief. But more than that, it describes simply and directly how to respond to these griefs." -- Reader's Comment
"Illness as well as misfortune or even tragedy are a part of life. At such times people turn to their families or friends. Sometimes the counsel given is helpful, sometimes not. Kuenning believes the lay person can develop skills to help people face these vicissitudes, and in this book she shows how." -- Cyril J. Barber

*Powlison, David, Speaking Truth in Love: Counsel in Community, ISBN: 0977080714 9780977080717. "Speaking Truth In Love is the lastest book by David Powlison, a faculty member at Westminister Theological Seminary and The Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation. In his own words, it is, 'a book on how we are to live together.' Although primarily directed at pastors and counselors, there is much here to be savored by every child of God. Indeed, an emphasis of the book is that speaking truth in love, wisdom, and grace into another person's life is both the privilege and responsibility for every Christian, not just the 'professionals' or the 'trained'." -- Reader's Comment "SPEAKING TRUTH IN LOVE is something of a sequel to SEEING WITH NEW EYES, also by Dr. David Powlison. SEEING WITH NEW EYES can be read as a theology of biblical counseling, while SPEAKING TRUTH IN LOVE can be read as a methodology of biblical counseling. Together they provide the clearest foundational descriptions of biblical, nouthetic counseling written to date.
"The first chapter lays the foundation for the character of the counselor. Chapter two builds upon the previous book by providing the theological content needed for biblical counseling -- the fall of humanity. This vital aspect can be strengthened even more when read in conjunction with biblical anthropology (the creation of humanity in God's image) and biblical soteriology (the redemption of humanity through Christ's sacrifice). In chapters three through twelve, Powlison addresses core methodological issues such as listening, questioning, prayer, the role of the Word in personal ministry etc. The final five chapters provide something of a potpourri of important correlated issues such as referral, training, lay ministry, pastoral ministry, and women's ministry.
"As another reviewer mentioned, the only possible 'weakness' of the book is that it is not as seamless as it could be. The transitions between chapters are at times a little hard to connect, likely due to some of these chapters having been collated from previous articles, with rewriting. However, this minor issue aside, SPEAKING TRUTH IN LOVE should be required reading for all students of biblical counseling." -- Bob Kellemen
"The Reviewer, Bob Kellemen, Ph.D, is the author of SOUL PHYSICIANS, SPIRITUAL FRIENDS, BIBLICAL PSYCHOLOGY, MARTIN LUTHER'S PASTORAL COUNSELING, and BEYOND THE SUFFERING: EMBRACING THE LEGACY OF AFRICAN AMERICAN SOUL CARE AND SPIRITUAL DIRECTION. -- Reader's Comment

Sala, Harold J., Coffee Cup Counseling (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers, c1989).
Includes bibliographical references.

Shelley, Marshall, Helping Those who Don't Want Help (Waco, TX: Word Books, 1986).
Includes bibliography.

Southard, Samuel, Theology and Therapy: The Wisdom of God in the Context of Friendship (Dallas, TX: Word Publishing, 1989).
Includes bibliographical references and index.

Sturkie, Joan, Listening With Love: True Stories From Peer Counseling, ISBN: 0893901512 9780893901516.
"LWL's stories are true stories from Joan Sturkie's peer counseling classes. Topics covered are suicide, incest, pregnancy, consequences of using drugs, etc. The stories present wonderful discussion topics for your group or class. Read it for yourself and make your own assessment." -- Reader's Comment

See also: For all counselors, The sovereign grace of god: his everlasting mercy and lovingkindness, The doctrine of man (human nature, total depravity), The ten commandments, The commandments of christ, Sexual relationship, Spirituality and harlotry, Casuistry, cases of conscience, Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, The teaching of our lord jesus christ, Appendix a: words of christ, For all counselors, Pastoral counseling, Mentoring (women), Manuals and handbooks, Topical listings of scripture useful in counseling, Trusting god, Christ our example, Biblical counsel by subject, Counseling and the local church, Counseling children, Biblical counseling training, The westminster confession of faith (1646, the westminster standards) and related works: a study guide
TCRB5: 1077, 2888, 3425, 3907, 3908


Related WebLinks

Stephen Ministries
http://www.stephenministries.org/



Questions and Answers

Ask and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: for every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. -- The Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 7:7,8)

Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil. (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14)

Adams, Jay Edward, The Practical Encyclopedia of Christian Counseling.
See the subject "Answers," and so forth, and so on.

*BAXTER, RICHARD (1615-1691), A Christian Directory: Baxter's Practical Works, Vol. 1. Full title: A Christian Directory: or A Sum of Practical Theology, and Cases of Conscience. Directing Christians How to Use Their Knowledge and Faith; How to Improve all Helps and Means, and to Perform all Duties; How to Overcome Temptations, and to Escape or Mortify Every Sin. In Four Parts.
I. Christian Ethics (or Private Duties)
II. Christian Economics (or Family Duties)
III. Christian Ecclesiastics (or Church Duties)
IV. Christian Politics (or Duties to Our Rulers and Neighbours)
(Morgan, PA: Soli Deo Gloria Publications, 1997, 1990, 1838, 1707, 1678, 1673), ISBN: 1877611131 9781877611131. Foreword by J.I. Packer (Soli Deo Gloria edition only). The Soli Deo Gloria publication is a facsimile reprint of the 19th century reprint by George Virtue, London, 1846. The original 1673 edition and the 1678 edition, both printed by Robert White for Nevill Simmons. Bibliographic and scriptural footnotes. A Christian classic.
"The complete practical works of Richard Baxter are in print in four volumes entitled BAXTER'S PRACTICAL WORKS. This volume (about 1 1/4 million words, 1028 pages) is volume one of the set. The editor's preface (1707), p. xiii, stated that the works of Richard Baxter are 'perhaps the best body of practical divinity that is extent in our own or any other tongue.' Richard Baxter lived from 1615-1691. The DIRECTORY was completed in 1665. Its scope was intended to cover all of practical theology, a summa of casuistry . . ." -- Don Kistler
"Baxter's series, which grew in range and scope as it proceeded . . . is a peak point in Puritan devotional writing, and remains a precious resource for all, in this or any age, who want to know what is involved in Biblical godliness. . . . A CHRISTIAN DIRECTORY may justly be described as a landmark. It is the fullest, most thorough, and in this writer's judgment, most profound treatment of Christian spirituality and standards that has ever been attempted by an English-speaking Evangelical author. The fact that it embraces both spirituality and standards (the principles of communion with God plus the specifics of obedience to God) merits approving comment in itself; nowadays spirituality and ethics have become two distinct disciplines in the schools, and books written on either say virtually nothing about the other . . ." -- J.I. Packer
Timothy Keller calls it the greatest manual on Biblical counseling ever produced.
"There are many Puritan classics on this subject. Thomas Brooks' PRECIOUS REMEDIES FOR SATAN'S DEVICES, Thomas Goodwin's A CHILD OF LIGHT WALKING IN DARKNESS, William Bridge's A LIFTING UP FOR THE DOWNCAST, and many other similar works give evidence that the Puritans were. . . . masters at applying Biblical answers and principles to problems that can only be solved by spiritual means. No Puritan work, however, has ever approached the popularity, the scope, or the depth of Baxter's classic treatise. With the widespread interest in counseling in today's church, this reprint of Baxter's work should be a welcome addition to every pastor's library, or to anyone else who wishes to give solid Biblical answers to man's questions." -- Don Kistler
"We have long waited for a purely Biblical treatment of the spiritual ills and cures of men which is untainted by the views of psychology. Since Baxter lived about 200 years before psychology arrived, his deep work is completely void of its encroachment -- thankfully!" -- John MacArthur
"The kings men sought to arrest Richard Baxter, but he traveled ceaselessly from place to place, writing his sermons and his books even on horseback (he had an inkwell in his saddle) and preached over a wide area." -- Brian H. Edwards
"Baxter was a wonder of his age. His writings total 72 large volumes, much of it written on horseback as he traveled in his widespread preaching efforts. He seldom, if ever, edited anything he wrote. Knowing this any reader will be amazed at how well he communicated his deep love for his Savior. For 26 years he was public enemy No. 1 to the king, yet he lived to see the flight of the king in 1688." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.
POOR MAN'S FAMILY BOOK (1674) and THE CATECHIZING OF FAMILIES (1683), found elsewhere in BAXTER'S PRACTICAL WORKS, are less detailed works. They are more suitable for family instruction than are the detailed presentation in A CHRISTIAN DIRECTORY.
" Ptacek in Family Worship (p. 51-52), supplies the following information in regard to Baxter and this book. He notes that after the Episcopalians ejected numerous `nonconformists,' in what is know as the `great ejection,' in 1662, `Baxter pastored from house to house, visiting families of his parish in their homes. These visits contributed to Baxter's A CHRISTIAN DIRECTORY, a large and still very relevant manual of pastoral care.' Focusing on just one area of great importance, Ptacek demonstrates how this book's relevance is not limited by time or culture, though sometimes the use of specific words are. `Published in 1673, but written 1664-65, a large book-length part of Baxter's CHRISTIAN DIRECTORY is devoted to the family. It is entitled `Christian Economics' based on the archaic usage of the word, which reflects the proper sense of the Greek root oikonomos as the manager of a household, in the Christian case, the spiritual leader of the family. The family head is essential to Baxter's view of family worship and instruction. Baxter asserts that it is God's will that this instruction be carried out by the rulers of the families.' For a male head of the household to fail to do so, or to have another instruct in the family, is contrary to his position of authority.' This is the kind of book that can be passed on from generation to generation and still find much use in the service of the kingdom of God. . . .
"Though relatively weak on corporate sanctification, corporate faithfulness and some important areas of doctrine (such as justification), Baxter's work on subjects related to personal piety can be of good practical use to the Christian -- if one is careful to separate out his aberrant doctrinal views and any practical errors they may lead to." -- SWRB
This work is available in many editions, and in many formats.
Reformation Heritage Books has new copies of the Soli Deo Gloria edition as of March 2008, even though it is generally thought to be out of print. They acquired Soli Deo Gloria from Ligonier Ministries in late 2007. They may be the publisher who will eventually reprints the title.
http://www.heritagebooks.org/
The reprint by George Virtue is included on Reformation Bookshelf CD #21, ISBN: 0921148992 9780921148999.
The reprint by George Virtue is available as a Cerlox bound photocopy from Still Waters Revival Books, Edmonton, AB, Canada.
The reprint by George Virtue is available online and may be downloaded in PDF format at Christian Classics Ethereal Library.
http://www.ccel.org/ccel/baxter/practical.toc.html
The reprint by George Virtue is included on Reformation Bookshelf CD #21, ISBN: 0921148992 9780921148999.
The reprint by George Virtue appears in full preview in Google Books but may not be downloaded. This Google Books scan includes the contents in detail on pages iii-xix. This contents in detail is not included in the Christian Classics Ethereal Library PDF files. About five other editions from libraries are available in Google Books, and may be downloaded (August 2008).
Notice that the e-text in Google Books has the advantage of being searchable. Searching an image-based PDF file is not possible, unless the user owns software such as Abode Acrobat Pro or Kirtas BookScan Editor. They both have an OCR (optical character recognition) feature that will search an image-based PDFs (bit-map scans). Searches appear to be perfect in this work, although one must know Baxter's vocabulary. Text can be cut and pasted from image-based PDF format to OCR (character) format. This particular Google Books scan can not be cut and pasted or downloaded.
http://books.google.com/books?id=cyQFBOUHkaoC&dq=A+Christian+Directory+inpublisher:lettermen+inpublisher:associates&lr=&as_brr=0&ie=ISO-8859-1
One of the older, multi-volume editions of THE WORKS OF RICHARD BAXTER is available at Monergism.com in the "Puritan Library," "Richard Baxter." A CHRISTIAN DIRECTORY, volume 23. It can be downloaded.
http://www.puritanlibrary.com/
Another older edition is available on microfilm (Ann Arbor, MI: University Microfilms, 1970), 1 microfilm reel, 35 mm (Early English books, 1641-1700; 343:11).
The following three excerpts are included as bonus free books on Reformation Bookshelf CD #28, ISBN: 0921148267 9780921148265.
1. "The Duties of Parents for Their Children" from Baxter's Practical Works, Vol. 1, A Christian Directory, on Christian Economics, Chap. X., pp. 449-454.
2. "The Special Duties of Children Towards Their Parents" from Baxter's Practical Works, Vol. 1, A Christian Directory, on Christian Economics, Chap. XI., pp. 454-457.
3. "The Special Duties of Children and Youth Towards God" from Baxter's Practical Works, Vol. 1, A Christian Directory, on Christian Economics, Chap. XII., pp. 457-458).
The Practical Works of Richard Baxter: A Christian Directory, Vol. 1
A summary of currently available publications.
http://www.lettermen2.com/pwrbcd.html

*Baxter, Richard (1615-1691), The Reformed Pastor: Baxter's Practical Works, Vol. 4 (Morgan, PA: Soli Deo Gloria Publications, 2000, 1992), ISBN: 1877611360.
"This is the fourth and final volume in this great set. Includes, [`Compassionate Counsel to all Young Men,' -- sk] `The Reformed Pastor' `Poor Man's Family Book,' `The Catechizing of Families,' and `The Mother's Catechism,' in all 25 sermons, treatises, and catechisms. Dr. J.I. Packer says, `For me, the great joy of this year is that it see the completion of Soli Deo Gloria's reprint of Baxter's incomparable PRACTICAL WORKS'." -- GCB
Compassionate Counsel to all Young Men (1681), by Richard Baxter
http://www.lettermen2.com/ccaym.html

Beers, V. Gilbert, The Discovery Bible Handbook: Finding God's Answers to Life's Questions (Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1974).

Blanchard, John, Truth for Life (Darlington, Co., Durham, England: Evangelical Press and Services, Ltd.).
"A good-sized work of over 400 pages. A very practical commentary filled with just the kind of advice we all need for living the Christian life." -- GCB

*Dean, Hershel B., The Golden Treasury of Bible Wisdom (King James Version) (Uhrichsville, OH: Barbour and Company, Incorporated, 1988).

Fitzgerald, Lawrence P., Questions That Bother me (Valley Forge, PA: Judson Press, 1967).

Grant, Dave, Heavy Questions (Glendale, CA: Regal Books, 1972).
Answers for youth.

Hill, Harold, Bible Answers for King's Kids
Compiled by Gretchen Zimmer Black with Irene Burk Harrell.

Kennedy, Larry, God's Answers to Human Dilemmas (Nashville, TN: Broadman Press, c1980).
Includes bibliographical references.

*Morris, Henry, and Martin E. Clark, The Bible has the Answer, revised and expanded edition (San Diego, CA: Creation Life Publishers, 1992, 1987).
"One of the best works of its kind. Discusses hundreds of problems asked by inquiring minds. Provides candid, factual answers. Highly recommended." -- Cyril J. Barber

Myers, Bill, Hot Topics, Tough Questions (Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, c1988).
"This book on Biblical answers to teen questions breaks into a twelve-session study. It deals with such topics as God's will, sex and dating, the media, cults, and emotion. A leader's guide is available."

Newport, John P., Life's Ultimate Questions (Dallas, TX: Word Publishing).
"This Baptist scholar answers the truly hard questions of life from the Bible with precision and competence. J.I. Packer wrote: `Cool, clear, comprehensive, and full of thoughtful wisdom, this book is a rich resource for exploring the responses of Christian faith to the knowledge, ignorance, and confusions of the modern world'." -- GCB

Palau, Luis, My Response (Beaverton, OR: The Luis Palau Evangelistic Association).
"Dr. Palau shares his clear, direct answers to a wide variety of questions on work, marriage, divorce, parenting, illness, alcoholism, suicide, dating, and morality." -- Publisher's Annotation

*Pink, Michael, Tough Questions, Straight Answers "A great topical arrangement of Scriptures on modern subjects that our children bump up against everyday. Just Bible passages. Highly recommended." -- GCB

Pruitt, Carl W., What the Bible Says About God's Answers to Personal Problems (Joplin, MO: College Press Publishing Co, 1982).
"In thirteen chapters the author covers the teaching of the Bible on the major topics of interest to pastoral counselors. A valuable distillation of the Biblical teaching." -- Cyril J. Barber

Shibley, David (compiler), Answers, Compiled by David Shibley (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, 1973).
Bible selections that answer life's questions.

*Torrey, R.A., One Hundred Eighty-two Bible Questions Answered: Scriptural Solutions to Practical and Perplexing Questions (Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel Publications, 1990).

See also: How to become a christian, Book-length presentations of the gospel message of salvation and the life to come: the means of grace, The teaching of our lord jesus christ, Christ our example, Topical listing of scripture helpful in counseling, Casuistry, cases of conscience, Ready reference, Biblical counsel by subject, The works of jay adams, Chapter 5: reference works, The combined contents for the web edition of biblical counsel: resources for renewal, For all counselors, Training in biblical counseling


Related WebLinks

The sum of Saving Knowledge, David Dickson and James Durham
http://www.covenanter.org/Westminster/sumofsavingknowledge.htm

ChristianAnswers.Net
http://www.christiananswers.net/



Audio CDs and MP3s on Counseling Subjects

Westminster Theological Seminary, Westminster Media Cassette Catalog
Sound Word Associates Library of Biblical Counselors
http://www.soundword.com/ccon.html

Adams, Jay E., Accepting Retarded Children; Handling Troubles; and etc. (Michigan City, IN: Sound Word Associates).

Adams, Jay E., Am I too old to Change? (Michigan City, IN: Sound Word Associates).

Adams, Jay E., Christian Forgiveness: Responsibility or Blame-shifting? (Michigan City, IN: Sound Word Associates).

Adams, Jay E., Conflict and Rivalry in the Church (Michigan City, IN: Sound Word Associates).
"Dr. Jay Adams teaches on how to be a peacemaker in the church and how to handle conflicts. Practical advice and examples are given as well as theological motivations." -- Westminster Media. A special set of eight MP3 files.

Adams, Jay E., Counseling Workshop: Approaches to Discipleship; Women in Biblical Counseling (Michigan City, IN: Sound Word Associates, 1991).

Adams, Jay E., Counseling Workshop: An Alcoholic Partner; Long-Term Counseling; Suicide; Forgiveness; Larry Crabb's Approach (Michigan City, IN: Sound Word Associates).

Adams, Jay E., Counseling Workshop: Demon Possession; Divorce; Church Discipline (Michigan City, IN: Sound Word Associates).

Adams, Jay E., Counseling Workshop: Introduction; Counseling Principles; Counseling Non-Christians (Michigan City, IN: Sound Word Associates).

Adams, Jay E., Counseling Workshop: Multiple Persons; Unbeliever Doesn't Leave; Discipling Children; Obesity and Fatness (Michigan City, IN: Sound Word Associates).

Adams, Jay E., Crisis Counseling: Aid (Michigan City, IN: Sound Word Associates).

Adams, Jay E., Crisis Counseling: Analysis (Michigan City, IN: Sound Word Associates).

Adams, Jay E., Crisis Counseling: Direction (Michigan City, IN: Sound Word Associates).
Audio cassette JA204.

Adams, Jay E., Crisis Counseling: Inventory (Michigan City, IN: Sound Word Associates).
Audio cassette JA203

Adams, Jay E., Effective Communication; Disabled people; Inferiority complex; Unsaved wife; Be prepared! (Michigan City, IN: Sound Word Associates).
Audio cassette JA406.

Adams, Jay E., Fear of Death; Church Discipline; Being in the Hospital (Michigan City, IN: Sound Word Associates).
Audio cassette JA408.

Adams, Jay E., God's Standard and Program for Change; God's Methodology for Change (Michigan City, IN: Sound Word Associates).
Audio cassette JA102.

Adams, Jay E., Managing the Time God Gives Us; Schizophrenia; Role-Play Cases and Critiques (part 1) (Michigan City, IN: Sound Word Associates).
Audio cassette JA106.

Adams, Jay E., Marriage and Family Life: Purpose of Companionship, Cleaving (part 1) (Michigan City, IN: Sound Word Associates).
Audio cassette JA401.

Adams, Jay E., Marriage and Family Life (part 2): Headship, Husband's Helper, Submission (part 2) (Michigan City, IN: Sound Word Associates).
Audio cassette JA402.

Adams, Jay E., Marriage and Family Life (part 3): Discipline, Motivation, Good for Evil (part 3) (Michigan City, IN: Sound Word Associates).
Audio cassette JA403.

Adams, Jay E., Ministering Series
Contents: The ministry of the church -- God is!! Stability we can count on -- The environment of God -- The balanced Christian -- The disciplined life -- Setting priorities -- Making plans Biblically -- Am I a winner? It's joys and responsibilities -- The pastor's wife and depression -- Christian forgiveness -- Pain, does it belong? -- Decisions, make them or they make you -- Worry, trouble, how to combat it -- The Biblical view of divorce -- Homosexuality, how to deal with it -- Overcoming depression -- Grading and degrading, Christian education -- Poles apart, who's a Christian? -- Baptism for infants.

Adams, Jay E., Proper Submission to the Proper Authorities (Michigan City, IN: Sound Word Associates).
Audio cassette JA405.

Adams, Jay E., Q&A: Counseling Woman Whose Husband Abuses Her and Children (Michigan City, IN: Sound Word Associates).
"How would you counsel a woman whose husband is physically abusive to his wife and children? How does inter-church discipline work?" Audio cassette JA209.

Adams, Jay E., Q&A: What Certain Gifts Are Required for Counseling? What if a Person Ignores his Problem? (Michigan City, IN: Sound Word Associates).
"Are certain gifts specifically suited for counseling? What if a person has a problem and is not aware of it?" Audio cassette JA205.

Adams, Jay E., Question-asking Techniques; The Need for Homework in Counseling (Michigan City, IN: Sound Word Associates).
Audio cassette JA103.

Adams, Jay E., Questions and Answers; How do you Counsel Deep Depression? (Michigan City, IN: Sound Word Associates).
Audio cassette.

Adams, Jay E., Questions and Answers; What is Marriage? Marriage and Family Problems (Michigan City, IN: Sound Word Associates).
Audio cassette JA104.

Adams, Jay E., Role-play and Critique (part 1); Wife Abandoned; Potential Suicide (Michigan City, IN: Sound Word Associates).
Audio cassette JA210.

Adams, Jay E., Role-Play and Critique (part 2); Wife Won't Speak; Homosexuality; Wife With Cancer (Michigan City, IN: Sound Word Associates).
Audio cassette JA211.

Adams, Jay E., Role-play and Critique (part 3) (Michigan City, IN: Sound Word Associates).
"Wife's Husband Dies; Mother's Baby Born Deformed; Pregnant Unwed Daughter." Audio cassette JA212.

Adams, Jay E., Role-play and Critique (part 4) (Michigan City, IN: Sound Word Associates).
"Husband Wants Wife-Swapping." Audio cassette JA213.

Adams, Jay E., Role-play Cases and Critiques (part 2) (Michigan City, IN: Sound Word Associates).
Audio cassette JA107.

Adams, Jay E., Sex Change; Division in Eldership; Children; Suicide; Paranoia; Repression; Forgetting; Death (Michigan City, IN: Sound Word Associates).
Audio cassette JA506.

Adams Jay E., Should a Christian be Able to Counsel? Instilling Hope in the Counselee (Michigan City, IN: Sound Word Associates).
Audio cassette JA101.

Adams, Jay E., Sovereignty of God in Counseling (Michigan City, IN: Sound Word Associates).
"Dr. Adams' lecture upon his inauguration as full professor at Westminster Theological Seminary." Audio cassette JA301.

Adams, Jay E., The Bible in Counseling (Michigan City, IN: Sound Word Associates).
Audio cassette NP119.

Adams, Jay E., The Role of Father in the Home (Michigan City, IN: Sound Word Associates).
Audio cassette JAR02.

Adams, Jay E., The Role of Husband in the Home (Michigan City, IN: Sound Word Associates).
Audio cassette JAR01.

Adams, Jay E., The use of Talk in Counseling (Michigan City, IN: Sound Word Associates).
Audio cassette JA207.

Adams, Jay E., Winning Your Unsaved Husband (Michigan City, IN: Sound Word Associates).
Audio cassette JA404.

Books-by-Ear, Books-by-Ear Catalog (Seattle, WA [Books-by-Ear, P.O. Box 75628, Seattle 98125]: Books-by-Ear).
Features audio cassettes of conservative, Reformed publications. "Discover the freedom of full-length and condensed books on audio cassettes." Includes index.

Brandt, Adams, et al., National Association of Nouthetic Counselors, What to do When: Addresses, Workshops; Brandt, Adams, et al. (Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian Reformed Publishing Co., 1978).
Howard A. Eyrich, editor. Proceeding of the annual meeting, 1977.

*Broger, John C. (developer/editor), Course I: The Self-Confrontation Syllabus for Biblical Counseling Training, ISBN: 1878114018 9781878114013 and Course I: Self-Confrontation Tapes (10 cassette tapes) (Rancho Mirage, CA: Biblical Counseling Foundation).
"Contains 24 weekly lessons intended to move a person through the change process personally as the foundation for working on becoming a counselor (Matthew 7:1-5). Intended for Sunday school and other classes or personal study. The first eight lessons lay the biblical foundation for change. The grace of the God in the gospel of Jesus Christ is spring of all true change, and it prompts a self-confrontation: 'Man's way is oriented to self: to please self, to comfort self, to rely on self, to fulfill self, to forgive self, to exalt self, and to love self. . . . [God's way] emphasizes that you are to live for Him.' The next thirteen lessons treat particular problem areas: selfishness, anger, interpersonal conflict, marriage and family, depression, fear, life-dominating sins. The final three lessons summarize and set the foundation for Course II, Biblical Counseling Training." -- David Powlison
"Helps Christians solve their personal problems Biblically and equips laymen and women to counsel others Biblically within the church." Particularly valuable for its system of identifying root problems in counseling cases. Some of the material presented is from various writings by Jay E. Adams. The audio cassette tape series by John Broger is designed to accompany the course and includes practical examples.
Biblical Counseling Foundation
http://www.bcfministries.org

*Broger, John C. (developer/editor), Course II: Nouthetic Counseling Study Guide and Course II: Self-Confrontation Tapes (8 cassette tapes) (Rancho Mirage, CA: Biblical Counseling Foundation).
Biblical Counseling Foundation
http://www.bcfministries.org

Carr, S. Wallace, The Bible and the Christian Home (Michigan City, IN: Sound Word Associates, 1991).

Hurley, James B., Christ as the Husband, The Church as the Bride.

Hurley, James B., Headship and Submission in Ephesians 5.

Hurley, James B., Women's Role in the Church, audio MP3 (Michigan City, IN: Sound Word Associates, 1991)

Julien, John, Diane Langberg, C. John Miller, Rosemarie Miller, Conference on the Pastor's Wife.

Kesler, Jay, and Virginia R. Mollenkott, The Condition of the Family in America Today and our Priorities for the 90's, an audio recording.

Lutz, Ron, Marital Crisis and Church Discipline, audio MP3. Available on Earl Cook, Ronald E. Lutz, and the Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation, 1987 Alumni Conference, 2 audio MP3 files (Michigan City, IN: Sound Word Associates).
"Notes: Features the professional counseling staff of the Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation."

Mack, Wayne, Biblical Solutions to Life's Problems (Philadelphia, PA: Westminster Media).
This book is accompanied by an audio cassette series of 24 tapes.

Mack, Wayne A., What do you do With Incest? audio MP3.

Miller, C. John (1928-1996), Becoming a Full-time Woman; Prayer and Christian Womanhood. (Michigan City, IN: Sound Word Associates, 1991).

Miller, C. John (1928-1996), God's Plan of Faith vs. The American Confidence man (part 1 and 2) (Michigan City, IN: Sound Word Associates).

Miller, C. John (1928-1996), Husband and Father as Spiritual Leader. (Michigan City, IN: Sound Word Associates).

Miller, C. John (1928-1996), Isaiah and a Theology of Prayer, (Michigan City, IN: Sound Word Associates).

Miller, C. John (1928-1996), Jonathan Edward's View of the Greatness of God (parts 1 and 2) (Michigan City, IN: Sound Word Associates).

Miller, C. John (1928-1996), Meditation vs. Meditation in Early New England.

Miller, C. John (1928-1996), The Puritan Style of Love and Marriage, (part 1 and 2)

Miller, C. John (1928-1996), The Role of Woman in the Home. (Michigan City, IN: Sound Word Associates, 1991).
World Harvest Mission
http://www.whm.org/home.htm

Miller, C. John (1928-1996), Root Causes of Depression and Suicide Among Young People; Communicating Effectively With the 'Suicidal' Person.

Miller, C. John (1928-1996), Witnessing to Roman Catholics.

Petty, Jim, Family Priorities for the 90s (Michigan City, IN: Sound Word Associates).
Audio cassette HFTF20.

Petty, Jim, Focusing Love (part 1) (Michigan City, IN: Sound Word Associates, 1991).
Audio cassette HFTF19.

Petty, Jim, Focusing Love (part 2) (Michigan City, IN: Sound Word Associates, 1991).
Audio cassette HFTF21.

Petty, Jim, Helps for Family Leaders [30358]

Petty, Jim, Money, Ambition and the Christian Family (Michigan City, IN: Sound Word Associates).
Audio cassette HFTF10.

Scourby, Alexander (narrator), The Bible Complete Old and New Testaments; Authorized King James Version, 12 sound cassette (Dallas, TX: Word Publishing).
A recording of the Bible on audio cassette tapes. Listen before sleep and in the car.

Scourby, Alexander (narrator), The Bible Complete Old and New Testaments; Authorized King James Version (CD-ROM), ISBN: 1930034598 9781930034594.
A recording of the Bible on compact disc (CD). Listen before sleep and in the car.

Tripp, Paul, Christ our Model (part 1) (Michigan City, IN: Sound Word Associates, 1991).
Cassette AC891.

Tripp, Paul, Christ our Model (part 2) (Michigan City, IN: Sound Word Associates, 1991).
Cassette AC892.

Tripp, Tedd, and Edward T. Welch, Grace Parenting in the 90's, 4 audio files.

Tripp, Paul, Parenting. (Michigan City, IN: Sound Word Associates).
Audio cassette HFTF33.

Tripp, Paul, Understanding Your Job Description as a Parent (Michigan City, IN: Sound Word Associates).
Audio cassette HFTF16.

Tripp, Paul, War of Words: Getting to the Heart of Your Communication Struggles, 4 DVDs. Alternate title: "Getting to the Heart of Communications." (Michigan City, IN: Sound Word Associates).

Tripp, Paul, When Things go From bad to Worse (Michigan City, IN: Sound Word Associates).
Audio cassette HFTF08.

Various, Biblical Counseling Workshops, 10 sound cassettes.
Speakers: William Henderson; David Powlison; Robert D Smith; John McConaughy; Robert Somerville; Randall Patten; and Lloyd Jonas.
"Notes: Title from container. N8912, N8923-N8928, N8930-N8932."

Various, Biblical Counseling Workshops, 33 sound cassettes.
Speakers: Stuart W Scott; Randall Patten; Steve Viars; David Powlison; John Edward Babler; Kevin Backus; Dan Wickert; Marc Graham; Robert D Jones; John McConaughy; Cindy Patten; Ed Bulkey; Carolyn Carlson; Howard A Eyrich; Sid Galloway; Robert Somerville; Mary Somerville; David Edgington; Timothy A Pasma; Craig Richard Rowe; Robert D Smith; John D Street; Jay Edward Adams; and James Thomas.
"Notes: Title from container. N9803-N9808, N9814-N9815, N9818, N9820-N9824, N9827-N9828, N9830-N9831, N9843-N9847, N9849, N9851, N9853, N9855. Description: 33 sound cassettes."

Welch, Ed, Parenting (Michigan City, IN: Sound Word Associates). 30459
Audio cassette HFTF29.

Welch, Ed, Using the Gospel in Your Home (Michigan City, IN: Sound Word Associates).
Audio cassette HFTF07.

See also: The teaching of our lord jesus christ, Christ our example, Casuistry, cases of conscience, Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, Sound word associates, Audio cds and mp3s on counseling subjects, Christian counseling and educational foundation, Works of jay adams, Audio cassettes of CCEF speakers, The national association of nouthetic counselors tape library, Westminster media, Biblical counsel by subject, Training in Biblical counseling


Related WebLinks

The National Association of Nouthetic Counselors Tape Library
http://www.kyrios.com/soundword/nanc.html

Sound Word Associates Library of Biblical Counselors
http://www.soundword.com/ccon.html

National Association of Nouthetic Counselors (NANC)
5526 State Road 26 East
Lafayette, IN 47905

Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation
http://www.ccef.org/
Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation (CCEF)
1803 East Willow Grove Avenue
Glenside, PA 19038
Telephone: 215.884.7676

Institute of Biblical Counseling and Discipleship (formerly CCEF West)
http://www.ibcd.org/

Westminster Theological Seminary Bookstore
http://www.wts.edu/bookstore/

Biblical Counseling Foundation
http://www.bcfministries.org

Still Waters Revival Books
http://www.puritandownloads.com/swrb-puritan-hard-drive.html/#4c3b4f2de8383



Legal Aspects of Counseling

Modern civil law foresees only civil enforcement. Biblical law requires civil enforcement and declares the certainty of ultimate divine judgment in history for failure to enforce His Laws [Isaiah 17:14; Jeremiah 17:11]. Biblical criminal law is thus essentially religious law, and it has in mind two courts, the God-ordained courts of the social order, and the Supreme Court of Almighty God.
Ehrlich's comment is to the point:
It is difficult to compare Biblical sins with statutory crimes since in the former all are based on moral and spiritual values whereas in the latter only that is a crime which fits into the structure of the statute sought to be enforced. (J.W. Ehrlich, The Holy Bible and The Law, p. 92.)
Precisely. Biblical law is the word of God; it therefore represents an ultimate order which is written into the texture of all creation and into the heart of man. Hence, a jury system is valid in terms of Biblical law, since the decision is in terms of a fundamental law which all men know, whether they acknowledge it or not. Civil statutes represent only the will of the state, not an objective and absolute moral order. Statutory law creates lawlessness, because society is then no longer governed by an absolute standard of justice but rather by the fiat will of the state. Like fiat money, fiat law lacks substance, and it quickly destroys itself, and all who rely on it. It is a form of fraud, and a major form. -- Rousas John Rushdoony, The Institutes of Biblical Law, pp. 498-499.

Adams, Jay Edward, The Practical Encyclopedia of Christian Counseling.
See the subject "Legal Matters," and so forth, and so on.

Clark, Homer H., Jr., The Law of Domestic Relations in the United States (St. Paul, MN: West Publishing Co., 1968).
"Focuses on marital problems and provides a comprehensive, nontechnical discussion of breach of promise suits, annulments, obligations to support the family, the legal status of women, tort liability, protection for rights of consortium, divorce, alimony, and custody, etc. Wherever the laws of a state differ from the general norm these variations appear in the footnotes. Pastors and counselors will find this an invaluable treatment." -- Cyril J. Barber

Eidsmoe, John, The Christian Legal Advisor (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, 1987), ISBN: 0880621184 9780880621182.
Includes bibliography.

Farris, Michael P., Where do I Draw the Line? When Your Legal Rights are Ignored or Violated (Minneapolis, MN: Bethany House Publishers), ISBN: 155661229X 9781556612299.
What do I do "when my boss wants me to attend a New Age seminar? When my teen is required to view explicit materials in class? When home schooling my children is denied? And other situations where Christians' rights are ignored.
"Michael Farris is a constitutional lawyer who is on the cutting edge of what is happening to Christians in society today. He has represented Christians in many of the best-known religious freedom cases of the 1980's and early '90s.
"Farris alerts readers as to what they can expect to face in our society and provides practical suggestions and solid spiritual guidance on how to respond effectively." -- Publisher's Annotation

Joslin, G. Stanley, The Minister's Law Handbook (New York, NY: Channel Press, 1962).
"Alerts the pastor or counselor about possible legal complications." -- Cyril J. Barber

Levicoff, Steve, Christian Counseling and the Law (Chicago, IL: Moody Press, c1991), ISBN: 0802412394 9780802412393.
Includes bibliographical references and index.

Malony, A. Newton, Thomas L. Needham, and Samuel Southard, Clergy Malpractice (Philadelphia, PA: Westminster Press, 1986), ISBN: 0664245919 9780664245917.
"Faces the dilemma of clergy malpractice suits realistically. Assesses the complexities arising from Nally vs. Grace Community Church of Sun Valley. Deals informatively with the law, offering encouragement as well as certain cautions to those involved in a counseling ministry." -- Cyril J. Barber



BIBLICAL COUNSEL BY SUBJECT

This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased: hear ye him. -- God The Father (Matthew 17:5)

Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good. Was then that which is good made death unto me? God forbid. But sin, that it might appear sin, working death in me by that which is good; that sin by the commandment might become exceeding sinful.
For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin.
(Romans 7:12-14)

See, I have set before thee this day life and good, and death and evil. (Deuteronomy 30:15)

None of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand. (Daniel 12:10)

It has been true from the beginning of the world, that obedience is better than any sacrifice (1 Samuel 15:22) and is the parent of all virtues. -- John Calvin commenting on Genesis 4:2, Calvin's Commentary on Genesis, p. 118

A wealth of information on Biblical Counseling is found on audio CDs and MP3s on counseling subjects and are available at Sound Word Associates.

See also: For all counselors, Will and recalcitrance, Rebellion and lawlessness: wickedness, demonic possession, substance abuse, abnormal behavior, insanity, mental illness, mental retardation, Audio cds and mp3s on counseling subjects, DVD and multi-media, Believer's position in Christ and Sonship, The priesthood of believers, Bible reference works, Biblical counseling training, Casuistry and conscience, Ethics, Church discipline, Christ and counseling, Christian classics containing biblical counsel, Christian counseling and educational foundation, Commentaries containing biblical counsel, Counseling and the local church, Counseling children, Counseling for sex related problems, Counseling teens, Counseling the family, Counseling the sick, Crisis counseling, Discipleship, General works on Biblical counseling, Holiness, Holy spirit and counseling, Index to authors and titles, Legal aspects of counseling, Love and counseling problems, Manuals and handbooks, Premarital counseling, Marital counseling, Counseling the family, Medical aspects of pastoral counseling, Parables of christ, Parenting, Pastoral counseling, Peer counseling, Physiological problems, Preaching and pastoral counseling, Premarital counsel, Proverbs, topical listings, Questions and answers, Referral in pastoral counseling, Resources in christian counseling series, Sermon on the mount, Sermons containing Biblical counsel, Teachings of our lord jesus christ, Topical listings of Scripture, Training in biblical counseling, Westminster media, Wisdom books, Women and counseling, Works of jay adams, Works by and about Puritans, and so forth, and so on.

Abstinence, Chastity

There is none greater in this house than I; neither hath he kept back any thing from me but thee, because thou art his wife: how then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God? (Genesis 39:9)

"Ultimately the Seventh Commandment (Exodus 20:14) is about our fidelity to Christ." To fracture the Seventh Commandment is to break covenant with the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

Adams, Jay Edward, The Practical Encyclopedia of Christian Counseling.
See the subject "Sex," "Abortion," and so forth, and so on.

Ankerberg, John, and John Weldon The Myth of Safe Sex: The Devastating Consequences of Violating God's Plan. Alternate title: THE MYTH OF SAFE SEX: THE TRAGIC CONSEQUENCES OF VIOLATING GOD'S PLAN, ISBN: 0802456391 9780802456397.

*MARSHALL, WALTER (1628-1680), The Gospel-Mystery of Sanctification: Growing in Holiness by Living in Union With Christ (London, England: Oliphants Press, 1956, 1692) and (Grand Rapids, MI: Reformation Heritage Books, Inc., 2005, 1999), ISBN: 189277724X. Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive.
The Reformation Heritage Books edition is a reprint of the 1954 edition set by Oliphants and includes an introduction by Joel R. Beeke. Also includes the author's famous sermon on "The Doctrine of Justification Opened and Applied."
See the WorldCat record for various foreign language editions.
Other editions:
The Gospel-Mystery of Sanctification, (Wipf & Stock Publishers, January 2005), 270 pages, ISBN-10: 1597520543 9781597520546.
"This is by far the best book on the doctrine of Sanctification in print. It was originally written in the 17th century, but has been put into modern English with this edition. This book will help you better understand the Gospel and its power not only for our Justification, but our Sanctification as well." -- Reader's Comment
The Gospel-Mystery of Sanctification (Sovereign Grace Publishers Inc., October 1, 2001), 140 pages, ISBN-10: 1589600630.
"Here you will read the most closely reasoned defense of scriptural sanctification to be found anywhere. . . . Fourteen directions are given to the reader, all perfected with the aim of explaining to sincere souls what sanctification is, what it is not, and how to attain a holy walk before God. . . ." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.

ation in the Home: Help! My Daughter Wants to Date. Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive.
"Contrasts the non-covenantal pagan view of dating with the covenantal Christian view of Biblical courtship. Shows how the world has insidiously invaded the church (through music, TV, movies, godless public education, etc.) and how this has impacted the raising of our children. Includes a lengthy list of questions for interviewing prospective suitors and an appendix on the Biblical role of women. A very practical, unique item, laying the foundation for blessed biblical marriages. Related item: Courtship Versus Dating by Greg Price." -- SWRB

See also: Sexual relationship, Sexual Wholeness, Spirituality and harlotry, Home schooling, Sex education, Evil, the problem of, avoiding, eschewing, shunning, Sexually transmitted diseases, Counseling for sex related problems, Protecting children from dangers, Sex, The wisdom books, Singleness, Counsel for young men, Counsel for young women, Abuse, Child abuse and pedophilia, Gratuitous sex a cause of violence, Abuse, Rape, Incest, Carnality and flesh pleasing: lust, desires, ambition, Adultery, Abortion, Homosexuality, Single parenting, Fatherlessness, Suffrage, and so forth, and so on.
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Abortion and the Sanctity of Life

See the Theological Notes, "The Image of God," at Genesis 1:27 in The Reformation Study Bible.

Yea, they sacrificed their sons and their daughters unto devils,
And shed innocent blood, even the blood of their sons and of their daughters, whom they sacrificed unto the idols of Canaan: and the land was polluted with blood.
Thus were they defiled with their own works, and went a whoring with their own inventions.
Therefore was the wrath of the LORD kindled against his people, insomuch that he abhorred his own inheritance.
And he gave them into the hand of the heathen; and they that hated them ruled over them.
(Psalm 106:37-41)

The Treasury of David, Psalm 106
http://www.spurgeon.org/treasury/ps106.htm

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. (Ephesians 2:10)

Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord: and the fruit of the womb is his reward. (Psalm 127:3)

For Thou -- Thou hast possessed my reins,
Thou dost cover me in my mother's belly.
I confess Thee, because that with wonders I have been distinguished.
Wonderful are Thy works,
And my soul is knowing it well.
My substance was not hid from Thee,
When I was made in secret,
Curiously wrought in the lower part of earth.
(Psalm 139:13-15, YLTHB)

But he that sinneth against me wrongeth his own soul: all they that hate me love death. (Proverbs 8:36)

See, I have set before thee this day life and good, and death and evil. (Deuteronomy 30:15)

If men strive, and hurt a woman with child, so that her fruit depart from her, and yet no mischief follow: he shall be surely punished, according as the woman's husband will lay upon him; and he shall pay as the judges determine. And if any mischief follow, then thou shalt give life for life, Eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, Burning for burning, wound for wound, stripe for stripe. (Exodus 21:22-25)

Jesus saith unto them, Did ye never read in the scriptures,

The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord's doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes?
Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof.
And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsovever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder.
(Matthew 21:42-44)
At last estimate (2007) 50 million children have been aborted in American since Roe vs. Wade in 1973. This is approximately the population of Canada.
Interestingly the number of illegal immigrants in this country has approximated the number of abortions, as if God's justice is at work right before our eyes -- we murder our children in the womb, and he gives our nation into the hands of foreigners.

Sanctity of Life is the basis of Western Civilization. In the Abortion Holocaust we are witnessing the destruction of Western Civilization. -- D. James Kennedy

The Journal of the American Medical Association reported (early 2001) a study of 247 women who died in pregnancy in the state of Maryland. The leading cause of death during pregnancy was murder. Twenty-one percent of the women studied were murdered.

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9)

Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man unto whom the Lord imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile. When I kept silence, my bones waxed old through my roaring all the day long. For day and night thy hand was heavy upon me: my moisture is turned into the drought of summer. Selah. I acknowledged my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the Lord; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin. Selah. (Psalm 32:1-5)

For the Christian, the acknowledgment of God as the Creator of life, brings to bear one very significant life-transforming truth. The Bible makes it specific that God, in his love, created man. Thus, it is not life that precedes love, but love that precedes life. It is the love of God that gave us life in creation, just as it is the love of a mother that enables a child to live, in procreation. Any attempt to thwart the love of God, thwarts His design and brings discord in life because it rejects the very motivation in the creation of life.
"One can readily see how the failure to implement the role of love has resulted in modern man becoming the most abortive of life in all of history. The opposite of love is selfishness, and the rights of the one bearing the baby have now eradicated the love needed to give life. From `live and let live,' we have moved to `live and let die.' Love is creation's first law, and if love has preceded life, then for life to succeed, it must live within the boundaries of this love. -- Ravi Zacharias, A Shattered Visage: The Real Face of Atheism

Adams, Jay Edward, The Practical Encyclopedia of Christian Counseling.
See the subject "Abortion," and so forth, and so on.

*American Portrait Films, "Hard Truth: The Pro-life Tool of the Decade" (Cleveland, OH [American Portrait Films, Inc., P.O. Box 19266, Cleveland 44119]: American Portrait Films, Inc., 1992).
"I honestly have never seen anything quite so powerful -- or quite so anointed." -- George Grant
"The `Hard Truth" shatters the myth of choice." -- Carol Everett. A video cassette.
American Portrait Films
http://www.amport.com/

*American Portrait Films, For Life: A Catalog of Pro-life Video Titles (Cleveland, OH [American Portrait Films, Inc., P.O. Box 19266, Cleveland 44119]: American Portrait Films, Inc., 1992).
"This catalog represents pro-life titles we believe worthy of owning and sharing with others. You will find timely, related subjects here, from teenage sexuality, to the treatment of pro-life activists, to the advent of `mercy killing' in our hospitals and nursing homes.
"In the near future American Portrait Films will be carrying a large number of instructional and wholesome entertainment videos. . . ." -- John A. Hocevar
Select titles produced by American Portrait Films: "Hard Truth," "Parents' Rights Denied," "The Silent Scream," "The Brutal Truth," "Tell the Truth: Rally for Life '90," "America Speaks Up For Life," "No Alibis," "Your Crisis Pregnancy," "The Massacre of Innocence," "The Hidden Holocaust," and many more.
American Portrait Films
We now offer over 30 Christian creation science videos, young earth creationism videos, creation science videos, and videos on other creationist topics as well as 100 other thought provoking pro life, pro family videos.
http://www.amport.com/

*Anderson, James N.D., Issues of Life and Death (London, England: Hodder and Stoughton, 1976), ISBN: 0340231513 9780340231517.
"In this work Sir Norman presents his `Lectures on Contemporary Christianity,' University of London, 1975. He establishes his thesis for the development of ethical principles squarely on the sacredness of human life as presented in the Bible. While on the one hand this treatise is a valuable corrective for Ward's THE DIVINE IMAGE, on the other it is a bold attempt to provide a rational defense for a viable system of ethics. In this we believe Anderson has been most successful." -- Cyril J. Barber

Baker, Don, Beyond Choice: The Abortion Story no One Is Telling (Multnomah Pub, April 1990), ISBN: 0880701277 9780880701273.
"True and heart-breaking story of a young woman, her three abortions, her failed marriage, her depression and despair, the loss of her only child through the courts to grandparents, and her present infertility." -- GCB

*Beckwith, Francis J., Defending Life: A Moral and Legal Case Against Abortion Choice (Cambridge University Press, August 13, 2007), 312 pages, ISBN: 9780521870849 0521870844.
"DEFENDING LIFE is the most comprehensive defense of the prolife position on abortion ever published. It is sophisticated, but still accessible to the ordinary citizen. Without high-pitched rhetoric or appeals to religion, the author offers a careful and respectful case for why the prolife view of human life is correct. He responds to the strongest prochoice arguments found in law, science, philosophy, politics, and the media. He explains and critiques Roe v. Wade, and he explains why virtually all the popular prochoice arguments fail. There is simply nothing like this book.
"Francis J. Beckwith is Associate Professor of Church-State Studies, Baylor University, where he teaches in the departments of philosophy and political science and the J. M. Dawson Institute of Church-State Studies. A 2002-2003 Madison Research Fellow in the Politics Department at Princeton University, he is a graduate of Fordham University (Ph.D., philosophy) and the Washington University School of Law, St. Louis (M.J.S.), where he won the CALI Award for academic excellence in the Reproductive Control Seminar. His more than a dozen books include IS STATECRAFT SOULCRAFT? CHRISTIANITY AND POLITICS (forthcoming); TO EVERYONE AN ANSWER: A CASE FOR THE CHRISTIAN WORLDVIEW (2004); LAW, DARWINISM, AND PUBLIC EDUCATION: THE ESTABLISHMENT AND THE CHALLENGE OF INTELLIGENT DESIGN (2003); DO THE RIGHT THING: READINGS IN APPLIED ETHICS AND SOCIAL PHILOSOPHY, Second Edition (2002); and THE NEW MORMON CHALLENGE: RESPONDING TO THE LATEST DEFENSES OF A FAST-GROWING MOVEMENT (2002), which was a finalist for the Gold Medallion Award in theology and doctrine. With interests in jurisprudence, politics, philosophy of religion, and public policy, Professor Beckwith has published in a wide variety of academic journals including the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy, Journal of Social Philosophy, International Philosophical Quarterly, Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly, Journal of Medicine & Philosophy, American Journal of Jurisprudence, Journal of Medical Ethics, Public Affairs Quarterly, Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics & Public Policy, Social Theory & Practice, Southern Baptist Journal of Theology, Christian Bioethics, Nevada Law Journal, Journal of Law & Religion, and Philosophia Christi. His website is http://www.francisbeckwith.com." -- Publisher's Annotation

*Brand, Paul, and Philip Yancey, Fearfully and Wonderfully Made (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House, September 1997), ISBN: 0802727654 9780802727657.
"The human body is an endlessly fascinating repository of secrets. The miracle of the skin, the strength and structure of the bones, the dynamic balance of the muscles . . .your physical being is knit according to a pattern of incredible purpose. In Fearfully and Wonderfully Made, renowned surgeon Dr. Paul Brand and best-selling writer Philip Yancey explore the human body. Join them in a remarkable journey through inner space -- a spellbinding world of cells, systems, and chemistry that bears the impress of a still deeper, unseen reality. This Gold medallion Award-winning book uncovers eternal statements that God has made in the very structure of our bodies, presenting captivating insights into the Body of Christ."
Dr. Paul Brand was a world-renowned hand surgeon and leprosy specialist. Co-author with Philip Yancey of THE GIFT OF PAIN and FEARFULLY AND WONDERFULLY MADE. Philip Yancey serves as editor-at-large for Christianity Today magazine, has written twelve Gold Medallion Award-winning books, and two Kip Jordon ECPA Books of the Year, and lives with his wife in Colorado." -- Publisher's Annotation

Burtchaell, James T., Rachel Weeping: The Case Against Abortion (New York, NY: Harper and Row and Harpercollins, 1984), ISBN: 0919225349 9780919225343.
"Searing and impeccable documentation, five essays presenting a strong and consistent case against abortion. This book would not be classified as a Biblical presentation, but nevertheless his arguments are strong. What a storehouse of ammunition against abortionists." -- GCB

Curro, Ellen, Caring Enough to Help: Counseling at a Crisis Pregnancy Center (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Publishing Group, April 1990), ISBN: 0801025516 9780801025518.
"Much valuable information for training volunteers to serve at a crisis pregnancy center is included here. The entire Christian community will see how it can make a difference by touching hurting lives." -- GCB

*Everett, Carol, with Jack Shaw, The Scarlet Lady: The Confessions of a Successful Abortionist. Alternate title: BLOOD MONEY: GETTING RICH OFF A WOMAN'S RIGHT TO CHOOSE. (Brentwood, TN: Wolgemuth and Hyatt Publishers, 1991), ISBN: 1561210730 9781561210732.
"Carol Everett's SCARLET LADY: CONFESSIONS OF A SUCCESSFUL ABORTIONIST convicted my wife and I that the abortion industry is the immoral and money hungry, multi-million dollar monster that we always believed it to be. Mrs. Everett puts her own reputation on the line by showing what she did during her tenure as an abortionist. Yes, she calls herself this, even though she never picked up the knife or suction tube. She explains how low this profession can go by falsifying pregnancy reports, using pressure tactics like how much more money it will cost for an abortion the longer they wait, and even participates in the illegal transportation and the cover-up of an abortion patient's death. She even brought her daughter into this life she led. Anyone interested in how the abortion industry lies and winds its way into every ones lives should consider this a must read! " -- Reader's Comment
Post-abortion syndrome affects abortion workers as well as mothers.

*Foreman, Joseph L., Shattering the Darkness: The Crisis of the Cross in the Church Today (Cooling Spring Press, April 1992), 186 pages, ISBN: 0935883037 9780935883039.
"Don't read this book if you are not willing to be heart-wrenchingly challenged. Foreman effectively makes the distinction between committing to a social cause and picking up one's cross. They are not necessarily one and the same thing. It will not be rallies or political strategies or demonstrations alone that will deliver the death blow to abortion. The call is to the church to embrace the cross. It is the power of the cross that revolutionizes the culture and transforms every facet of life from marriage to business to politics and so on, rescuing those areas from darkness. . . ." -- Reader's Comment

Fowler, Paul B., Abortion: Toward an Evangelical Consensus (Portland, OR: Multnomah Press, 1987), ISBN: 0880701730 9780880701730.
"It fills a critical gap by clarifying the scriptural, logical, and biological assumptions upon which the pro-life and pro-choice movements are based. Fowler insists that `not one can be neutral on this issue' and concludes that Christians can reach a consensus against abortion." -- Charles SwindollThou Shalt Not Kill: The Christian Case Against Abortion (New Rochelle, NY: Arlington House, 1978), ISBN: 0870004069 9780870004063, 200 pages.
"Collected essays dealing with various facets of the struggle against abortion." -- David Powlison

Garton, Jean, Who Broke the Baby (Minneapolis, MN: Bethany House Publishers, 1979), ISBN: 0764220500 9780764220500.
"What you would want your daughter to know about abortion . . . intelligent, Biblical. . . . This is the book that Senator Hyde purchased and distributed to all the members of the legislature of the United States."

Grant, George, Grand Illusions: The Legacy of Planned Parenthood, ISBN: 1581820577 9781581820577.
Exposes the hidden agenda of Planned Parenthood.
"In the course of my research, I have found that the abortion industry's very existence depends on secrecy, deception, and distortion of information. For this very reason, I strongly recommend George Grant's book, GRAND ILLUSIONS, because it provides much needed information that I'm sure Planned Parenthood would rather no one knew!" -- Frank E. Peretti

Grant, George, with Gary North, Planned Parenthood: Your Tax Dollars at Work (Fort Worth, TX: Dominion Press), ISBN: 1888306521 9781888306521.
"A video cassette (VHS). How and why are American taxpayers subsidizing genocide today through the insidious program of Planned Parenthood?" -- Publisher's Annotation

*Grant, George, The Quick and the Dead: RU-486 and the New Chemical Warfare Against Your Family (Wheaton, IL: Good News Publishers [Crossway Books]), ISBN: 0891076646 9780891076643.
"Will Christians be asleep as the abortion pill RU-486 threatens human life as they were when Roe vs. Wade first appeared? We must become informed about the danger lurking before us as the pro-death forces spend millions to being the French abortion pill to America!" -- GCB
"It is must reading for the concerned Christians who want to stay informed about RU-486, the abortion pill. RU-486 proponents claim it to be a `safe and effective post-coital contraceptive method.' However, it is not safe, or effective; and it does not prevent conception. But it does destroy unborn babies." -- CRM

*Grant, George, Third Time Around: A History of the Pro-Life Movement From the First Century to the Present (Brentwood, TN: Wolgemuth and Hyatt Publishers, 1990), ISBN: 0943497655 9780943497655.
"You will be enriched and enlightened as you read about the pro-life successes of people from the past like J. Hudson Taylor, Theodore Roosevelt, Mother Theresa, Alexander Solzhenitsyn, and others."

Hoffmeier, James K. (editor), Abortion: A Christian Understanding and Response (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House), ISBN: 0801043174 9780801043178.
"This book contains an extensive study of relevant Biblical teaching on the subject of abortion as well as an extended list of practical guidelines for Christians wrestling with this moral issue." -- GCB

Jackson, Mark, Newborn Child Murder: Women, Illegitimacy and the Courts in Eighteenth-Century England . . . , ISBN: 0719046076 9780719046070.
Of course, abortion is not unprecedented. Furthermore it is not unprecedented for man's law to be lenient toward mothers who murder their own children.
"Includes trials of eighteenth-century child murder cases."

*Johnston, George F. (compiler), Abortion From the Religious and Moral Perspective: An Annotated Bibliography (Bibliographies and Indexes in Religious Studies. Praeger Publishers, March 30, 2003), 264 pages, ISBN: 0313314020 9780313314025.
"Johnston begins by claiming this is not just another bibliography on the subject of abortion. What makes his different? It is narrow in scope, addressing only the religious and moral perspectives without attempting to cover legal, sociological, political, and medical aspects. It contains more entries and has greater depth, is ambitiously comprehensive and includes many important publications, and has citations from all points of view. . . .
"George F. Johnston is Cataloger at the Langsam Library at the University of Cincinnati. He formerly served as Assistant Librarian at Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis." -- Publisher's Annotation

McDonagh, Josephine, Child Murder and British Culture, 1720-1900 (Cambridge University Press, December 8, 2003), 292 pages, ISBN: 0521781930 9780521781930.
"Josephine McDonagh examines the concept of child murder in British culture in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries by analyzing texts drawn from economics, philosophy, law, and medicine, as well as literature. McDonagh highlights the ways in which child murder echoes and reverberates in a variety of cultural debates and social practices. She traces a trajectory from Swift's a MODEST PROPOSAL through the debates on the New Woman at the turn of the twentieth century by way of Burke, Wordsworth, Wollstonecraft, George Eliot, George Egerton, and Thomas Hardy, among others.
"Josephine McDonagh is Reader in Romantic and Victorian Culture in the School of English and Humanities at Birkbeck College, University of London. She is the author of DE QUINCEY'S DISCIPLINES (1994) and GEORGE ELIOT (1997) and co-editor of TRANSACTIONS AND ENCOUNTERS: SCIENCE AND CULTURE IN NINETEENTH-CENTURY BRITAIN (2001)." -- Publisher's Annotation

Michels, Nancy, Helping Women Recover From Abortion, ISBN: 0871236214 9780871236210.
"A poignant documentary of the pain-filled lives of many aborted women. It is essential reading for those who think that abortion is a solution to unplanned pregnancy and for those who would counsel the growing sisterhood of permanently scarred women - reveals the hidden horror of abortion and the healing help that is available." -- Reader's Comment
Includes bibliography.

*Miller, C. John "Jack" (1928-1996), "Finding Healthy Self-esteem Through Being Completely Forgiven" (Quality Living Series. Jenkintown, PA [World Harvest, Box 2175, Jenkintown, 19046]: World Harvest, 1987).
"Do you feel inadequate? That you need to do more or be better in order to be happy and fulfilled? You may not realize it, but your biggest problem is . . . you don't feel completely forgiven."
World Harvest Mission
http://www.whm.org/home.htm

Morecraft, Joe, III, With Liberty and Justice for All, 2nd edition, (Covenant House Books, 1995).
"Joe Morecraft, III, was the pastor of the late Senator Larry McDonald, who was killed when the Russians shot down his plane. This is Christian politics made simple. A very readable book that will help you to think through the place of the government in our lives, namely, the government's authority and limitations. All this is done with many passages quoted from Scripture. There is a chapter on the life of Larry McDonald. . . ." -- Footstool Publications
"What are Christians to do when the civil government is evil? Must they always obey the authorities? What are the origins of civil government? Does the Bible authorize the government to execute criminals? Is abortion murder if it is legal? Shouldn't Christians stay out of politics? This book answers these questions and many more. Dr. Morecraft, pastor of Chalcedon Presbyterian Church of Atlanta, seeks Biblical answers to these questions. An instructive book for today." -- GCB

*Nathansen, Bernard N., The Hand of God (Regnery Publishing, Inc., January 25, 2007), ISBN: 0895264633 9780895264633.
"Here is a man who was responsible for the legalization of abortion in the United States, coming to terms with the dreadful consequences of his actions, publicly sharing an obviously painful part of his life, and seeking forgiveness. . . .
"Especially chilling are Nathanson's predictions for the future. He predicts that just as we now have abortuaries one day we will have 'death with dignity centers' -- legalized places where we can bring our elderly to have them put to death. . . .
"Not long after the book was published, Dr. Nathanson [raised Jewish -- sk] entered the Catholic Church." -- Reader's Comment

*Nathansen, Bernard N., and Richard N. Ostling, Aborting America (Garden City, NY: Doubleday and Company, 1979), ISBN: 0523415389 9780523415383.
"Re-examines the abortion controversy, the abortion law, the theories behind the proabortionist lobby, and exposes the flagrant abuses being practiced in America today. Highlights the fact that socially this indicates a diminished respect for human life. Challenging." -- Cyril J. Barber

*Reagan, Ronald, Abortion and the Conscience of the Nation (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1984).
"During the decade immediately following the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision in 1973, more than fifteen million unborn children were legally aborted. When one considers that this figure is ten times greater than the loss of all Americans in all of the nation's wars, some understanding of the enormity of the problem becomes apparent. In an unprecedented effort to make the public aware of the importance of the situation President Reagan addressed the volatile subject of abortion. `Afterwords' were supplied by the Surgeon General, C. Everett Koop, and Malcolm Muggeridgge." -- Cyril J. Barber

Scott, Douglas, Bad Choices: A Look Inside Planned Parenthood (Brentwood, TN: Legacy Communications, 1992), ISBN: 1880692023 9781880692028.
"Doug, who is a pro-life veteran from the Christian Action Council and the Free Congress Federation, has really done his homework and has thus made an indispensable contribution to this important area of sociopolitical scholarship. He covers vastly different material in a profoundly different fashion than I do in my book. There can be no competition when it comes to stopping the hideous juggernaut of Planned Parenthood." -- George Grant

Smith, F. Legard, When Choice Becomes God (Eugene, OR: Harvest House Publishers, c1990), ISBN: 0890818282 9780890818282.
Exposes the falsehood in the arguments of the Pro-Choice movement.

*Terry, Randall A., Accessory to Murder: The Enemies, Allies and Accomplices to the Death of Our Culture (Brentwood, TN: Wolgemuth and Hyatt Publishers, 1990), ISBN: 0943497787 9780943497785.
"Randall Terry exposes the purposes and tactics of the ACLU, NOW, and Planned Parenthood from a perfect vantage point -- prison . . . . It draws the battle lines between life and death more clearly than you have ever seen them drawn before."

*Terry, Randall, Operation Rescue (Springdale, PA: Whitaker House, 1988), ISBN: 0883682095 9780883682098.
Randall Terry is the recognized leader in this expanding movement.
"I consider Operation Rescue a legitimate front-line force in the pro-life movement. Please prayerfully consider joining with me in supporting this organization to save the lives of the unborn and to stop the killing permanently." -- D. James Kennedy

Vredevelt, Pam W., Empty Arms: Emotional Support for Those Who Have Suffered Miscarriage or Stillbirth, ISBN: 0880708107.
"This book was a great help to my wife and myself after the stillbirth of our son. When we started our own ministry to help those suffering from the loss of a baby, we looked at dozens of potential books to use in the ministry, and we kept coming back to this book as the most complete, compassionate work on the subject. This book stands far above most others by helping grieving parents come to terms with their loss intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually. I can't say enough about this book and the impact it has had on the lives of the people that we have given it to in our ministry." -- Reader's Comment

White, Margaret, Two Million Silent Killings: The Truth About Abortion (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House), ISBN: 0551014024 9780551014022.
"An outspoken, moving and compelling work exposing the scandal of abortion and laying bare the ethical, scientific, and social impoverishment which abortion has brought in its train." -- GCB

*Young, Curt, The Least of These: What Everyone Should Know About Abortion (Chicago, IL: Moody Press), ISBN: 0802446248 9780802446244.
"This book is being called a battle hymn for the unborn. It may be the most comprehensive handbook on abortion currently available." -- GCB

See also: The sovereign grace of god: his everlasting mercy and lovingkindness, The doctrine of man (human nature, total depravity), Repentance, the key to salvation and change, Justice, god's final judgment, the great white throne judgment, the day of the lord, Post-abortion counseling, Miscarriage and stillbirth (women), Covetousness, greed, and selfishness, The ten commandments, the moral law, Sexual relationship, Spirituality and harlotry, Gratuitous sex a cause of violence, Abuse, Rape, Incest, Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, Suffrage and reproductive rights, Sexual wholeness, Abstinence, chastity, Ethics, Medical ethics, Carnality and flesh pleasing: lust, desires, ambition, Decline of American society, Modern myths and fallacies, Self-denial, Rebellion and lawlessness: wickedness, demonic possession, substance abuse, abnormal behavior, insanity, mental illness, mental retardation, Dvd and multi-media, and so forth, and so on.
TCRB5: 2449, 2452

Related WebLinks

Pro-life.org
http://www.prolife.org/

American Portrait Films
We now offer over 30 Christian creation science videos, young earth creationism videos, creation science videos, and videos on other creationist topics as well as 100 other thought provoking pro life, pro family videos.
http://www.amport.com/

LifeDynamics.com
Pro-life resource center
http://www.ldi.org/

Facts on Induced Abortion in the United States (05/2006)
Comprehensive documented statistics on legal abortions performed in the Unites States compiled by the Guttmacher Institute.
http://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/fb_induced_abortion.html

The Influence of a Godly Mother, a sermon by D. James Kennedy
"What is a mother's influence on society? Motherhood has been de-valued by our secular society. What you don't hear is how much influence mothers really have on the course of human events. James Kennedy brings light to the powerful influence of a Godly Mother on The Coral Ridge Hour."
Children who do not bond with their mother often have difficulty bonding with others in society.
http://store.coralridge.org/ProductDetails.aspx?pc=105305



Abuse

See the Theological Notes, "The Image of God," at Genesis 1:27 in The Reformation Study Bible.

I sought the Lord, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears. They looked unto him, and were lightened: and their faces were not ashamed. (Psalm 34:4,5)

Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God. (Psalm 42:11)

Word: "disease;" Meaning; "disturb;" Sample location: "Luke 8:49" -- from the "Glossary," 1599 Geneva Bible. Tolle Lege edition

DISEASE, n. Dizeze. [dis and ease.] 1. In its primary sense, pain, uneasiness, distress, and so used by Spenser; but in this sense, obsolete. 2. The cause of pain or uneasiness . . . disorder; any state of a living body in which the natural functions of the organs are interrupted or disturbed . . . The first effect of disease is uneasiness or pain, and the ultimate effect is death. . . . 3. A disordered state of the mind or intellect, by which the reason is impaired. 4. In society, vice; corrupt state of morals. Vices are called moral diseases. A wise man converses with the wicked, as a physician with the sick, not to catch the disease, but to cure it. 5. Political or civil disorder, or vices in a state; any practice which tends to disturb the peace of society, or impede or prevent the regular administration of government. The instability, injustice and confusion introduced into the public councils have, in truth, been the mortal diseases under which popular governments have every where perished. DISEASE, v.t. dizeze. 1. To interrupt or impair any or all the natural and regular functions of the several organs of a living body [i.e. robbing a neighbor of sleep -- sk]; to afflict with pain or sickness to make morbid . . . 2. To interrupt or render imperfect the regular functions of the brain, or of the intellect; to disorder; to derange. 3. To infect; to communicate disease to, by contagion. 4. To pain; to make uneasy. --1828 edition of Webster's American Dictionary of the English Language

The US Justice Department reports that women who live together with men are 76 times more likely to be physically abused, that is 7,600 percent more likely (2001 data).

Adams, Jay Edward, The Practical Encyclopedia of Christian Counseling.
See the subject "Abuse," "Sex," and so forth, and so on.

*Enroth, Ronald M., Churches That Abuse: Help for Those Hurt by Legalism, Authoritarian Leadership, Manipulation, Excessive Discipline (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House, 1992).
"What makes a church abusive? Usually it's not doctrinal deviation but intimidating behavior: legalism, authoritarian leadership, manipulation, and excessive discipline. Enroth names abusive groups, shows you how to recognize them, and lists `red flags' that may indicate when a church is drifting into trouble. Most importantly, Enroth offers help to Christians who've been hurt by abusive churches." -- CBD
"Aggressive Christianity Missions Training Corps; The Assembly; Body of Christ Fellowship (Piecemakers); Boston Church of Christ; Christian Growth Ministries; Church of Bible Understanding; Church of Jesus Christ Forever; Church of Our First Love; Church of the Great Shepherd; Christian Growth Ministries; Community of Jesus; Emmaus Christian Fellowship; Faith Assembly; Faith Tabernacle; Fellowship of Christian Churches and Ministries; Great Commission International; Maranatha Christian Ministries; No-Name Fellowship/C-U (Champaign-Urbana) Ministries; River of Life/Truth Station; Set Free; Two-by-Two's; University Bible Fellowship; Victory Chapel (Potter's House); Vineyard; Word of God Community."

://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1888306351/webedbiblicalcou">The Elsie Books, (Bulverde, TX: Mantle Ministries, Elkton, MD: Holly Hall Publications, and various other publishers).
Originally written in the late 1800's for girls and young women, the Elsie Dinsmore books were bestsellers for over thirty years. When we are introduced to Elsie in the first book she is a sweet and humble eight-year-old whose great desire in life is to be reunited with her father, whom she has never met. Her faith and her obedience to God's commandments uphold her in the great troubles she often faces, and the drama to which we are spectators is as timely for today's girls as it was for the young ladies of the 19th century. A new edition of one of GCB's best sellers, the series offers Christian values and character building examples through stories that are compelling, heartwarming, and enduring. Ages 10 and up." -- GCB
"The Elsie Books -- 28 in all -- are some of the most widely read children's stories ever written. When they first came out more than a hundred years ago, the publisher could scarcely keep them in stock. . ." -- Publisher's Annotation
"Altogether Miss Finley's novels sold more than 28,000,000 copies in the last century. This made them among the best-selling novels of all time . . ." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.
*Finley, Martha [aka Martha Farquharson, a pen name] (1828-1909), Book 1: Elsie Dinsmore, ISBN: 158182064X 9781581820645. (Bulverde, TX: Mantle Ministries), ISBN: 1888306319.
"Set amid the sweet blossoms of a southern mansion, this timeless classic delves into the heart of Elsie -- by all counts, an extraordinary little girl. Share in Elsie's quest for love from her earthly father as it leads to a mature understanding of the love of her Father in Heaven. Join Elsie as she suffers through endless hours of scrutiny from Miss Day, her mean-spirited school teacher, taunting from her mischievous young Uncle Arthur, and scoldings from a cold-hearted father she so desires to please -- all with the peace and quiet countenance that comes from knowing she is God's child. This, the first of the heart-warming Elsie Books, will both challenge and inspire you." -- Publisher's Annotation
*Finley, Martha [aka Martha Farquharson, a pen name] (1828-1909), Book 1: Elsie Dinsmore, ISBN: 158182064X 9781581820645. (Bulverde, TX: Mantle Ministries), ISBN: 1888306319.
http://www.hshangout.com/elsie.html
*Book 2: Elsie's Holidays at Roselands. ISBN: 9781888306323 1888306327.
"When Elsie's father becomes ill, she takes on the job of nurse-companion, and all goes well until Elsie, because it is the Sabbath, as a matter of conscience refuses to read to him from a secular book. The battle of wills that ensues nearly causes first her father's death, and then Elsie's. Lonely Elsie -- punished, ostracized, and then abandoned by her father -- turns to her heavenly Father for comfort and assurance. Will her father realize that Elsie's obedience to God must be paramount, and submit himself to the same Divine Authority?" -- Publisher's Annotation
On an even more serious note, one moral of this story is the broader life and death struggle between Truth and Falsehood (see "Absolute Truth and Relativism," "Epistemology," "Christian Scholarship"). The consequence of conflict of will is death of the "One," or war of the "Many" (see Rushdoony, The One and the Many). Conflict of will (see "Will and Recalcitrance," "Rebellion and Lawlessness") may begin when one individual (see "The Doctrine of Man [Human Nature, Total Depravity])" or corporate body (see "Corporate Faithfulness and Sanctification") tries to usurping authority over another (see "Power," "Authority") -- tries to control and possess them (see "Tyranny," "Slavery"). The means of control may be either outward or occult (see "The Occult and Spiritism"): deceit, repression or suppression of the truth, replacing moral and ethical absolutes with relativism (see "Ethics," "Medical Ethics"), unfaithfulness to the highest ethical standards (see "The Ten Commandments, the moral law," "The Holy Bible"), apostasy, spirituality and harlotry (see "Idolatry," "Jeremiah"), invocation of the demonic, idolatry, ungodly alliance and secret societies (see "Carnality and Flesh Pleasing: Lust, Desires, Ambition," "Justice, Judgment, God's Final Judgment, The Great White Throne Judgment, The Day of the Lord"), attempts to take authority over another politically or by mental malpractice (see "Selection of Covenant Heads for Positions of Leadership"), "making up their own rules (see "Absolute Truth and Relativism)," ignoring or changing constitutional or creedal documents, unjust laws for the accumulation of wealth and power, indebtedness, disenfranchisement, denial of freedom (see "God the Author of Freedom"), soul-stealing, possessiveness, physical seduction and whoredom, political economic or sexual enslavement (see "Sexual Relationship" and "Spirituality and Harlotry"), and so forth, and so on.
This abuse, this soul-violence, quenches the Holy Spirit (see Owen, "God's Presence With a People the Spring of Their Prosperity; With Their Special Interest in Abiding in Him"). If either side is immovable, then death is the consequence (see "Soteriology," "The Atonement," "The Blood of Christ," "Hell" and "Heaven").
How are conflicts of will resolved? By submission to the Absolute Truths of God's word, the great common denominator (Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. -- The Lord Jesus Christ (John 14:6, KJV). All this bears a strain of the Gospel (see "Book-length Presentations of the Free Offer of The Gospel Message of Salvation and the Life to Come: The Means of Grace," "The Westminster Confession of Faith (1646)").
Holidays at Roselands (Gutenberg text)
http://onlinebooks.library.upenn.edu/webbin/gutbook/lookup?num=14280
Mantle Ministries (Elsie Dinsmore and Mildred Series)
http://www.mantlemin.com

*Foster, David Kyle, Sexual Healing: God's Plan for the Sanctification of Broken Lives: A Reference Manual for Ministering to Those Trapped in Sexual Sin and Brokenness (Jacksonville, FL [Mastering Life Ministries, P.O. Box 351149, Jacksonville 32235]: Mastering Life Ministries, 1997), ISBN: 0830737154 9780830737154 0830737340 9780830737345.
This is a unique work and the best resource known to the compiler offering biblical counsel for healing sexual brokenness. See "Foundations" and "Divine Intent for Sexuality" for a biblical explanation of the spiritual significance of sexuality. These two chapters alone make the purchase of the book worthwhile. Includes chapters, study guides, and exercises for Root sources for improper sexual development, Sexual identity confusion, Child sex abuse, Sexual addition, Pornography, Masturbation, voyeurism and exhibitionism, Why people remain in sexual sin and bondage, Failure and self-condemnation, A comprehensive game plan for sexual healing, and so forth. Indexed, 398 pages, includes bibliography.
Mastering Life Ministries
http://www.MasteringLife.org

Friesen, James G., Uncovering the Mysteries of MPD, ISBN: 1579100627 9781579100629, 300 pages.
Includes bibliographical references.

Gelet, James, Eric Holmberg, Jerry Johnson, and the Apologetics Group, The Marks of a Cult: A Biblical Analysis, a DVD, (Draper, VA: The Apologetics Group, 2006), ISBN: 1573411507 9781573411509.
"Just why are Baptists properly considered Christians, but Mormons are not? Or why is the Jehovah's Witness religion classified as an anti-Christian cult, while Presbyterians, Wesleyans and Pentecostals are simply seen as denominations within the Christian faith? With the explosion of different sects that claim to honor and follow Jesus, how does one differentiate between true Biblical Christianity and an aberrant religious movement? Just what are the marks of a cult? . . . The video gives clear guidelines on how to distinguish truth from error in principle as well as carefully documented instructions on the particular errors of prominent cults." --Publisher's Annotation

Heitritter, Lynn, and Jeanette Vought, Helping Victims of Sexual Abuse (Minneapolis, MN: Bethany House Publishers, 1989), ISBN: 0764202286 9780764202285.
"Sexual abuse is making headlines around America. . . . Many people secretly bear the scars of childhood abuse and desperately struggle with the hidden trauma that interferes with spiritual growth and normal human relationships. The church needs to understand genuine sexual abuse and what can be done about it under present civil constraints." -- Susan Alder
"What women should know about sexual assault."
"Heitritter and Vought have done an enormous service in demonstrating the extent of the problem in the local church. They give practical, tested advice about ministry to survivors of sexual abuse. Required reading for pastors, lay leaders and others who work everyday with victims of sexual abuse." -- Dale S. Ryan, Executive Director of The Recovery Partnership Foundation, Whittier, California

Hudson, Pamela S., Ritual Child Abuse: Discovery, Diagnosis and Treatment (Saratoga, CA: R&E Publishers, 1991), ISBN: 0882478672 9780882478678.
Includes bibliographical references.
"I am a psychotherapist who works with trauma. I used to believe that ritual abuse was an urban legend; now I know better. I've worked with enough survivors and specialists who treat Dissociative Identity Disorder, previously called Multiple Personality Disorder, that I know Satanic Ritual Abuse and many other forms of ritual abuse are very real. It is very real and survivors are typically afraid to seek out help from mental health professionals for it and are severely dis-served by the denial of mental health practitioners.
"This book is a little simplistic but is a good introduction to working with Ritual Abuse Survivors. I recommend reading this to help wrap your mind around ritual abuse, then, if you are a professional read Dee Brown's book on SATANIC RITUAL ABUSE. That is an excellent resource." -- Reader's Comment

*Hyde, Margaret O., Cry Softly! The Story of Child Abuse, revised and enlarged (Philadelphia, PA: Westminster Press, 1986), ISBN: 0664327233.
Includes bibliography. Indexed.
"The rising tide of child abuse makes this book a must. Deals with the reasons, as well as the treatment. Provides information on `Hotlines,' `Suggestions for Further Reading,' and `National Organizations Concerned With Child Abuse'." -- Cyril J. Barber

Hyde, Margaret O., Sexual Abuse: Let's Talk About It, ISBN: 0664327257 9780664327255
"Draws attention to what is becoming a `national epidemic.' Points out how pastors may recognize the victims and deal with the trauma and anger of those who feel violated. Practical." -- Cyril J. Barber
"Discusses the sexual abuse of children, how they can protect themselves, where they can seek help, the kinds of help available, and how to increase public awareness of this problem."

*Johnson, David, and Jeff VanVonderen, The Subtle Power of Spiritual Abuse: Recognizing and Escaping Spiritual Manipulation and False Spiritual Authority Within the Church (Minneapolis, MN: Bethany House Publishers, October 1, 2005), ISBN: 0764201379 9780764201370.
"Manipulation, shaming, `using' other people -- that's in the church, too. Spiritual abuse happens when authority figures use spiritual means to gratify their desires for importance, power, or intimacy. Because abusers use spiritual-sounding language, their followers are trapped in legalism, guilt performance, and begrudging service. Johnson and VanVonderen explain how to identify spiritual abuse, break the cycle of abusive spiritual dynamics, and encourage both abusers and victims to repent and recover." -- CBD
"In a breakthrough book first published in 1991, the authors address the dynamics in churches that can ensnare people in legalism, guilt, and begrudging service, keeping them from the grace and joy of God's kingdom. Written for both those who feel abused and those who may be causing it, THE SUBTLE POWER OF SPIRITUAL ABUSE shows how people get hooked into abusive systems, the impact of controlling leadership on a congregation, and how the abused believer can find rest and recovery.
"David Johnson has been the senior pastor at Church of the Open Door in Maple Grove, Minnesota, since 1980. During this time, the church has grown from a congregation of 160 to 3,000 people. A much sought-after speaker, he is a graduate of Bethel College and received his theological training at Bethel Seminary and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. His "Growing in Grace" radio broadcast is syndicated internationally. David and his family live in Minnesota.
"Jeff VanVonderen is an internationally known speaker on addictions and church and family wellness. He has worked as a counselor in both residential and outpatient treatment settings, as well as in the religious community, taught at the college level, and is the author of several books. He makes his home in California." -- Publisher's Annotation
"The difference between churches that use manipulation and those that practice grace is like night and day. . . .
"Van Vonderen and Johnson warn people who read the book not to use what they have learned as a weapon, but to take action only in the proper spirit. Of course, any time someone takes action in a church, real problems will become visible. My question in every case is: are those problems caused by those speaking out, or have they been there all along and are only now being exposed. . . ?
"It is fair, it is doctrinally solid, and it gives effective counsel. There is something beneficial for everyone. . . leader, wounded Christian, or loved ones of people in either group." -- Reader's Comment

Kennedy, William H., Lucifer's Lodge: Satanic Ritual Abuse in the Catholic Church, ISBN: 0900588063 9780900588068.

"Malachi Martin was correct in his assertion that Lucifer's Lodge exists within the Church of Rome. Unfortunately, there are no quick answers as to how to deal with this horrible state of affairs. Lucifer's Lodge is an ongoing problem. It is still in operation and should be of major concern to people of goodwill everywhere."

"With that statement, William H. Kennedy closes his investigation into the sexual abuse crisis in the Roman Catholic Church.
"One searches for the words . . . 'shocking?' If only I were shocked. Things I was not prepared to believe of priests have turned out to be true. The time to be shocked passed with the reading of Goodbye, Good Men; Amchurch Comes Out; Lead us not into Temptation.
" 'Inaccurate?' But I don't think that it is inaccurate. Some of the material in the book had already surfaced in research I had done over the last several years. Kennedy uses quotes from newspapers like the Boston Globe. The accounts of priestly sexual abuse that he uses to tell his story are familiar. Half way through reading the book I checked some of the unfamiliar sources and found them credible. He does use a few marginal sources which I would like to check further.
" 'An exaggeration' then? I've read too many of the press releases to even think it for a moment. Much of this has already appeared in the Boston Globe and elsewhere. Kennedy merely connects the dots.
"In trying to sum up Kennedy's book, only one word comes to mind . . . 'diabolical.' And just maybe that is the only word that needs to be said.
"A trio of priests -- Fr. Malachi Martin, Fr. Al Kunz, and Fr. Charles Fiore -- became aware that something was seriously wrong in the Catholic priesthood and began collecting data. William Kennedy came a bit later to join in the investigation, making it a foursome. Today all but Kennedy are dead. Fr. Kunz's death in 1998 was sudden and bloody; and the crime has not been solved. Fr. Fiore's health as well as Fr. Martin's declined immediately after the murder. Within 16 months Fr. Martin was dead, and Fr. Fiore was not well enough to continue the investigation. He died in March 2003. Kennedy states that a mutilated calf also found the morning that Fr. Kunz's body was discovered is the calling card or signature of Satanists.
"Kennedy discusses the OTO and Aleister Crowley, along with Jack Parsons, AMORC, Rose Croix. He also mentions a cult called The Process Church, Scientology, Charles Manson, and Fr. Paul Shanley, and so much more. The Processians were active in the Harvard Square area in the 1960's, which means they were active in Paul Shanley's stomping grounds. Later they moved to California near the headquarters of Charles Manson. There is some controversy over how much contact Manson and Shanley had with these cultists. What Kennedy does point out is similarities in rituals and some evidence of exchanges between them.
"In fact similarities are the basis of what he presents. Essentially he offers information about which the reader is asked to draw his own conclusion. He shows, for example the similarity between the Alpha Omega House, a retreat house for wayward and displaced youth, and the Devil's Room at Loftus Hall. Both rooms, he believes, were used for ceremonies which included sex magick; and he explains how sexual rituals are intended to make the practitioner a god, and in some cases Jesus Christ come again.
"He talks about the abuse of nuns which has not come out in the press, and a priest who concentrated on abusing young women who were studying to enter the religious life. He paints a rather different picture of Magdalene laundries than the one recently released in the press.
"He speaks of ceremonies that took place in Catholic convents which are reminiscent of Rosicrucian ceremonies; and tells stories of prostitution within convents, lurking in the history of the Catholic Church. I have not yet had time to verify this.
"He develops a very interesting line of reasoning centered on cults from the early days of the Church which preached a married Christ who had children, attempts to show how this heresy remained alive down through the centuries, and where it surfaces today, including in The Da Vinci Code.
"There is a great deal in this book that will prompt further investigation. If he is correct in all of his assertions, it will explain a lot of what we are seeing develop in the culture. It will not exhonorate the Vatican, however. Once again it appears that Rome knew. Rome did nothing.
"I was surprised that he did not touch on Eugene Vintras and on the Mariavites. Perhaps he had to keep the book to a certain length and decided to leave them out. Neither did he discuss the Paris occult revival. Possibly for the same reason.
"What he has done is link the details of news reports to historical information and in that way tells his story. The bulk of the book is quoted material from a great variety of sources. It's a hard book to put down.
"I wonder if anyone who had not done some investigating into the occult would take Kennedy seriously. It helps to already know about Crowley and Parsons and their relationship with Scientology, and a little about Masonic obediences, and the Mormon Church before picking up the book. Otherwise this seems just too fantastic to be true. I would expect those bloggers who poke fun at conspiracy theories to poke fun at this book. They would be wrong. Had the abuse scandal not been broken by the Boston Globe there is little chance this story would have been told, because no one would believe it.
"In the next several days, if all goes as planned, I will be looking at his sources on the web, which means that most likely the usual blogging won't get done. But we'll have to see how that works out." -- Reader's Comment

Klempel, Richard, Lois Klempel, and Jay Adams (forword), Abused? How you can Find God's Help (Lima, OH: Fairway Press, 1991), 58 pages.
" 'Directs readers to biblical answers to questions and biblical solutions to problems' enabling people 'to avoid the all-too-frequently-encountered trap of building a lifestyle around the tragedy.' Workbook deals with reactions to abuse, God as Father, and practical steps to work through in order to change one's reactions to abuse." -- David Powlison

Martin, Grant, Counseling in Cases of Family Violence and Abuse (Resources in Christian Counseling Series, Vol. 6. Dallas, TX: Word Publishing, 1987), ISBN: 0849905877 9780849905872.

Martin, Grant L., Please Don't Hurt Me: A Sensitive Look at the Growing Problem of Abuse in Christian Homes (Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1987), ISBN: 0896937437 9780896937437.
"This adult `Bible study' elective focuses on the physical abuse of both children and adults. In each case Martin explores the origins of violence as well as how it may be stopped. This is a very commendable work for laypersons, and it is hoped that many will acquire it and read it carefully." -- Cyril J. Barber

Mawyer, Martin, Silent Shame: The Alarming Rise of Child Sexual Abuse and How to Protect Your Children From It, ISBN: 0891074198 9780891074199.
"This informative study provides an in-depth profile of sexual abusers -- their methods, motivations, strategies, hangouts -- so that parents can understand what makes a child vulnerable to their overtures. This work provides practical steps to take to prevent children from becoming victims of sexual abuse." -- GCB

*Miller, Wendell E. Forgiveness: The Power and the Puzzles, ISBN: 0964144115 9780964144118.
"Defines God's forgiveness in four ways: (1) initial forgiveness releases us from the penalty of sin and (2) restores us to fellowship with God, and (3) repetitive forgiveness releases us from the day by day penalty for fresh sins, and (4) restores us day by day to fellowship. Defines our forgiveness of others in two ways: (1) vertical forgiveness between us and God (Mark 11:25) releases others from the penalty of our wrath, and (2) horizontal forgiveness (Luke 17:3) restores the relationship between us and others who repent. Discusses flaws in such ideas as 'forgiving God' and 'forgiving oneself'." -- David Powlison
"It could have been called "The Anger Handbook" because it teaches how to overcome problems of hurt feelings, anger, and aggressive behavior. Overcoming problems of anger is crucial. Spouse abuse, failures in marriages, failures in child rearing, and even child abuse often erupt from anger. Parents who model angry behavior are likely to raise children with anger problems. And most importantly, God is not glorified by Christians who have anger problems.
"It teaches the kind of forgiveness that is nearly always an absolute necessity to becoming really free from the trauma of sexual abuse. . . .
"FORGIVENESS: THE POWER AND THE PUZZLES will add biblical power to the books that you already have on Christian living, discipleship, marriage, child rearing, anger, communications, forgiveness, and sexual abuse." -- Publisher's Annotation

Pellauer, Mary D., Barbara Chester, and Jane Boyajian (editors), Sexual Assault and Abuse: A Handbook for Clergy and Religious Professionals, ISBN: 0060665076 9780060665074.
"Illustrated with case histories this book, primarily by women (only two chapters are by men), helps counselors and therapists recognize the patterns of sexual assault and sexual abuse. From this premise the gears are switched and the contributors discuss the reasons for violence in our milieu, and the threat this poses to children, teens, and adults." -- Cyril J. Barber

Powlison, David, Paul David Tripp, and Edward T. Welch, Domestic Abuse: How to Help, ISBN: 087552687X 9780875526874.

Powlison, David, and Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation. Institute, What is a Dysfunctional Family? 5 MP3 files.

Powlison, David, Why me? Comfort for the Victimized, ISBN: 0875526950 9780875526959.

*Reisman, Judith A., Soft Porn Plays Hardball, ISBN: 091031165X 9780910311656.
"Reisman demonstrates the tragic effects of `soft porn' on women, children, and the family." -- GCB

Rinck, Margaret (Josephson), Christian men who Hate Women: Healing Hurting Relationships, ISBN: 0310517516 9780310517511.

Seabolt, Dorothy, Occult Abuse of Youth: A Guide to Protecting Children.

Schlesinger, Benjamin, Sexual Abuse of Children: A Resource Guide and Annotated Bibliography (Toronto, Canada: University of Toronto Press, 1982), ISBN: 0802064817 9780802064813.
"An informative guide to the literature covering all aspects of sexual molestation -- including profiles of parents and siblings." -- Cyril J. Barber

Shogren, Gary, and Edward Welch, Running in Circles: How to Find Freedom From Addictive Behavior (Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 1995), ISBN: 0801083877 9780801083877, 96 pages.
"Companion volume to Welch's and Shogren's ADDICTIVE BEHAVIOR. Intended as a practical guide to help those who struggle with 'addictive behavior:' drugs, alcohol, food, immorality, and so forth. Especially useful as a first introduction to biblical thinking for such people." -- David Powlison

Stratford, Lauren, and Johanna Michaelsen (foreword), Satan's Underground: The Extraordinary Story of One Woman's Escape (Gretna, LA: Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated), ISBN: 0882898760 9780882898766.
"Readers from coast to coast will be shocked and disturbed by the story told here. But most of all, they will come to care deeply for the many thousands of innocent children who are faced with unspeakable horrors at the hands of modern day satanists." -- Reader's Comment

Strom, Kay Marshall, In the Name of Submission: A Painful Look at Wife Battering (Portland, OR: Multnomah Press, 1986), ISBN: 0880701633 9780880701631.
"A very sensitive book. The author confronts the harsh reality in the best possible way. She assesses the complex personal, ethical, and spiritual dilemmas facing the victim of abuse and offers sage suggestions to ensure her personal safety and that of any children. Practical. Recommended." -- Cyril J. Barber
"This is the first book with a Christian perspective that I read which gave a basis for ending my abusive marriage. . . . A must for any woman who questions her husband's controlling, isolating or abusive behavior, especially if she is a Christian and believes in the sanctity of marriage." -- Reader's Comment

Welch, Edward, and Gary Shogren, Addictive Behavior (Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 1995), ISBN: 0801097371 9780801097379, 176 pages.
"Guides pastors and other counselors in understanding 'addictions' biblically, and takes them through five typical sessions of counseling. The prominent case study focuses on alcohol abuse in a church context, but the principles apply to other enslaving behaviors." -- David Powlison

Welch, Edward T., Living With an Angry Spouse: Help for Victims of Abuse, ISBN: 9781934885352 1934885355.

Welch, Edward T., Self-injury: When Pain Feels Good, a booklet, ISBN: 0875526977 9780875526973.

Young, Mary de, The Ritual Abuse Controversy: An Annotated Bibliography (North Carolina: McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers [Box 611, Jefferson, North Carolina 28640], 2002), 258 pp. appendix, indexes, softcover, ISBN: 0786412593 9780786412594.
"The ritual abuse of children is the most controversial issue in the child maltreatment field, but much of what has been written about ritual abuse over the past twenty years is in the form of unpublished and endlessly reproduced `stuff' -- curious mixture of conjecture, folkloric and pop-culture representations of satanism, devil worship, occultism and witchcraft, and Christian Fundamentalist images of premillennarian evil. What remains after this `stuff' is excluded is an intriguing body of international literature that seriously examines the controversy.
"This annotated bibliography dissects the literature, objectively and thoroughly annotates published articles, books and reports, legal opinions, and occasionally, thought-provoking newspaper and magazine articles.
"Chapters deal with the definition of ritual abuse, ritual abuse cases in the United States, cases in American families and neighborhoods, cases in Canada, Europe and Australasia, clinical features of ritual abuse in children and adults, the controversy's impact on professionals and systems, the controversy and American law, ritual abuse reports and narratives, and anthropological, folkloric and sociological perspectives.
"Mary de Young, a professor of sociology and chair of the Department of Sociology at Grand Valley State University, lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She is the author of the forthcoming, THE DAY CARE RITUAL ABUSE MORAL PANIC, published by McFarland and Company." -- Publisher's Annotation
Compiler's comment: There may be something of interest here. We have not seen this bibliography. However, we feel it is highly unlikely that a secular compiler could produce an unbiased bibliography on ritual child abuse considering: 1) the most dangerous place for a child in America today is in their mother's womb, 2) most parents have given up their children's education to the public education system, and in 1983 The National Commission on Excellence in Education, in their report, A NATION AT RISK: THE IMPERATIVE FOR EDUCATIONAL REFORM, concluded that had public education been carried out by enemies of the United States, it could not be more harmful to the country, 3) The court system refuses to acknowledge the Ten Commandments (the summation of which is to love God and neighbor) as an ethical basis for modern, relative, arbitrary law, and 4) "although heterosexuals outnumber homosexuals by a ratio of at least 20 to 1, homosexual pedophiles commit about one-third of the total number of child sex offenses," and the courts are recognizing homosexual marriages as of equal status as heterosexual marriages, and so forth, and so on.

See also: The sovereignty of god, The doctrine of man (human nature, total depravity), Repentance, the key to salvation and change, Marital counseling, Biblical counsel by subject, Counseling the family, Justice, god's final judgment, the great white throne judgment, the day of the lord, Church discipline, The covenant faithfulness of god, Casuistry, cases of conscience, Ethics, Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, The sovereign grace of god: his everlasting mercy and lovingkindness, Sexual relationship, Spirituality and harlotry, Churches that abuse, Reform of the church, Justification, Justifying faith, Abuse (women), Gratuitous sex a cause of violence, Bitterness and resentment, Fatherlessness, Pre-marital counseling, Pseudo-christian movements: a selection of works, Child abuse and pedophilia, Soul-violence, Churches that abuse, Divorce, Hostility, Homosexuality, Incest, Rape, Sex education, Pornography, Drug abuse, Habits, The occult, Sorcery, Hostility and violence, and so forth, and so on.
TCRB5: 385, 598, 599, 601, 1983, 2211, 2281, 2377, 3480

Related WebLinks

Mastering Life Ministries
http://www.MasteringLife.org

Massachusetts Attorney General, "The Sexual Abuse of Children in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston," Thomas F. Reilly, Massachusetts Attorney General
"The mistreatment of children was so massive and so prolonged that it borders on the unbelievable," says the July 23 [2003] report of Massachusetts Attorney General Thomas F. Reilly. More than 1,000 minors were likely abused by priests over the past six decades."
This is the 79-page report in its entirety.
http://www.votf.org/ago/archdiocese.pdf

Family Watchdog
This national website tracks sexual offenders in your area.
"Enter an address below to view a map of registered sex offenders near you."
While this is much needed data, and we commend efforts thus far, this map will not include the following sexual offenders who should (when known) be publicly identified until they repent of their sexual crimes:

  1. sexual offenders who have not been caught, tried, and convicted (the arrest/conviction ratio for all offenses was approximately 100/25 in the mid 90s);
  2. sexual offenders who have violated parole;
  3. sexual offenders who have failed to report their address or address change;
  4. sexual offenders using an alias (The FBI "believes 1 in 6 persons with a criminal record may be using alias names and identification." -- U.S. Congress, Office of Technology Assessment, OTA-TCT-497);
  5. sexual offenders who have been convicted on some other charge;
  6. ex-convicts and inmates who have committed sodomy in prison;
  7. offenders guilty of raping their spouse and the offense has gone unreported;
  8. wives who deliberately commit adultery as part of a "pre-planned divorce," that is, who married with plans to divorce for financial gain;
  9. offenders guilty of unreported incest;
  10. offenders guilty of unreported date rape;
  11. offenders who have committed unreported sexual offenses when drunk or under the influence of drugs;
  12. offenders who have committed unreported sexual offenses with mutual consent;
  13. individual members of Alcoholics Anonymous (who are frequently ex-convicts, mentally ill, and/or mentally retarded, and prefer to be identified as alcoholics to avoid the social stigma of the other categories) or other related 10-Step addiction treatment programs who have committed unreported sexual offenses with other members, or while being a sponsor of another member;
  14. individual members of Alcoholics Anonymous and related 10 Step codependent treatment programs who use the programs as vehicles to find new sexual partners;
  15. offenders who have committed unreported sexual offenses with other members of Alcoholics Anonymous or other related 10-Step addiction treatment programs while in a codependent relationship with another member;
  16. members of Sex Addicts Anonymous who have committed unreported sexual offenses;
  17. prostitutes still at-large in society;
  18. offenders who frequent prostitutes;
  19. men and women who are self-employed in the "sex industry" (professionals deliberately practicing prostitution within the business community);
  20. individuals employed in the pornography industry, including child pornography;
  21. individuals addicted to pornography or child pornography;
  22. individuals guilty of unreported sodomy and homosexuality;
  23. unreported homosexual pedophiles ("Homosexuals are over represented in child sex offenses: Individuals from the 1 to 3 percent of the population that is sexually attracted to the same sex are committing up to one-third of the sex crimes against children." -- Timothy J. Dailey, Phd. in "Homosexuality and Child Sexual Abuse");
  24. offenders guilty of unreported rape;
  25. offenders guilty of unreported fornication;
  26. offenders guilty of unreported adultery;
  27. offenders living in licentious cohabitation;
  28. offenders who are mentally retarded and promiscuous;
  29. offenders who have sever mental illness and are promiscuous;
  30. offenders with AIDS disease;
  31. offenders with any of the 30 other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) in the United States;
  32. individuals who dabble in, or actively participate in satanic cults, or related destructive cults that practice sexual rituals;
  33. offenders who are licensed mental health care professionals (Psychiatrists, Clinical Psychologists, Psych Nurses, Medical Doctors, Counselors, Priests, Pastors, and Churchmen, and so forth) who become sexually involved with their patients, clients, counselees, or church members;
  34. individuals in the legal profession who judged in favor of legalized abortion or who aided in the legal process;
  35. individuals participating in organized crime who run and profit from most of the abortion clinics in the United States;
  36. medical professionals who perform abortions;
  37. men who have paid for abortions performed on their daughters;
  38. men who have paid for abortions performed on their sexual partners;
  39. mothers who have aborted children from their wombs (any of the 43 million abortions performed in the United States since Roe vs. Wade in 1973);
  40. individuals in the drug industry who developed "the morning after pill;"
  41. druggists who sell "the morning after pill;"
  42. women who have used "the morning after pill;"
  43. and so forth, and so on.
http://www12.familywatchdog.us/

Mantle Ministries (Elsie Dinsmore and Mildred Series)
http://www.mantlemin.com

The Influence of a Godly Mother, a sermon by D. James Kennedy
"What is a mother's influence on society? Motherhood has been de-valued by our secular society. What you don't hear is how much influence mothers really have on the course of human events. James Kennedy brings light to the powerful influence of a Godly Mother on The Coral Ridge Hour."
Children who do not bond with their mother often have difficulty bonding with others in society.
http://store.coralridge.org/ProductDetails.aspx?pc=105305

Spiritual Abuse
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spiritual_abuse



Affliction, Adversity, Trials

And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the LORD doth man live. (Deuteronomy 8:3)

The LORD [is] my shepherd;
I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures:
he leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul:
he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil:
for thou [art] with me;
thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies:
thou anointest my head with oil;
my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life:
and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.
(Psalm 23, A Palsm of David)

But the salvation of the righteous is of the LORD: he is their strength in the time of trouble. And the Lord shall help them, and deliver them: he shall deliver them from the wicked, and save them, because they trust in him. (Psalm 37:39,40)

Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all. (Psalm 34:19)

The Treasury of David, Psalm 62
"From him cometh my salvation. The good man will, therefore, in patience possess his soul till deliverance comes: faith can hear the footsteps of coming salvation, because she has learned to be silent. Our salvation in no measure or degree comes to us from any inferior source; let us, therefore, look alone to the true fountain, and avoid the detestable crime of ascribing to the creature what belongs alone to the Creator. If to wait on God be worship, to wait on the creature is idolatry; if to wait on God alone be true faith, to associate an arm of the flesh with him is audacious unbelief." -- C.H. Spurgeon commenting on verse 1 of Psalm 62 in The Treasury of David
http://www.spurgeon.org/treasury/ps062.htm

The Treasury of David, Psalm 120, C.H. Spurgeon
http://www.spurgeon.org/treasury/ps120.htm

The Treasury of David, Psalm 116, C.H. Spurgeon
http://www.spurgeon.org/treasury/ps116.htm

I am afflicted very much.
According to the last verse he had been sworn in as a soldier of the Lord, and in this next verse he is called to suffer hardness in that capacity. Our service of the Lord does not screen us from trial, but rather secures it for us. The Psalmist was a consecrated man, and yet a chastened man; nor were his chastisements light; for it seemed as if the more he was obedient the more he was afflicted. He evidently felt the rod to be cutting deep, and this he pleads before the Lord. He speaks not by way of murmuring, but by way of pleading; from the very much affliction he argues for very much quickening.
Quicken me, O Lord, according unto thy word.
This is the best remedy for tribulation; the soul is raised above the thought of present distress, and is filled with that holy joy which attends all vigorous spiritual life, and so the affliction grows light. Jehovah alone can quicken: he has life in himself, and therefore can communicate it readily; he can give us life at any moment, yea, at this present instant; for it is of the nature of quickening to be quick in its operation. The Lord has promised, prepared, and provided this blessing of renewed life for all his waiting servants: it is a covenant blessing, and it is as obtainable as it is needful. Frequently the affliction is made the means of the quickening, even as the stirring of a fire promotes the heat of the flame. In their affliction some desire death, let us pray for life. Our foreboding under trial are often very gloomy, let us entreat the Lord to deal with us, not according to our fears, but according to his own word. David had but few promises to quote, and probably these were in his own psalms, yet he pleads the word of the Lord; how much more should we do so, since to us so many holy men have spoken by the Spirit of the Lord in that wonderful library which is now our Bible. Seeing we have more promises, let us offer more prayers. -- C.H. Spurgeon commenting on Psalm 119:107

Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves. -- The Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 10:16)

And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever. -- The Lord Jesus Christ (John 14:16)

For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. (Romans 8:18)

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. (Romans 8:28,29)

Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:37-39)

For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ. (2 Corinthians 1:5)

But we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God which raiseth the dead:
Who delivered us from so great a death, and doth deliver: in whom we trust that he will yet deliver us.
(2 Corinthians 1:9,10)

Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not;
But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God.
But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:
In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.
For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake.
For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.
We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;
Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;
Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.
For we which live are alway delivered unto death for Jesus' sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh.
So then death worketh in us, but life in you.
We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak;
Knowing that he which raised up the Lord Jesus shall raise up us also by Jesus, and shall present us with you.
For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God.
For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.
For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;
While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.
(2 Corinthians 4:1-18) See the annotation in The Reformation Study Bible.

And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. -- Paul quoting Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 12:9)

Remember that Jesus Christ of the seed of David was raised from the dead according to my gospel: Wherein I suffer trouble, as an evil doer, even unto bonds; but the word of God is not bound. Therefore I endure all things for the elect's sakes, that they may also obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.
It is a faithful saying:

For if we be dead with him,
we shall also live with him:
If we suffer,
we shall also reign with him:
if we deny him,
he also will deny us:
If we believe not,
yet he abideth faithful:
he cannot deny himself.
(2 Timothy 2:8-13,19)

Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously. (1 Peter 2:19-23)

Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;
Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward.
Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches,
etc.
This clause ought to be carefully noticed; for we here learn that we ought to shun as a deadly poison whatever cannot be enjoyed without offending God; for the pleasures of sin he calls all the allurements of the world which draw us away from God and our calling. But the comforts of our earthly life, which we are allowed by pure conscience, and God's permission to enjoy, are not included here. Let us then ever remember that we ought to know and understand what God allows us. There are indeed some things in themselves lawful, but the use of which is prohibited to us, owing to circumstances as to time, place, or other things. Hence as to all the blessings connected with the present life, what is ever to be regarded is, that they should be to us helps and aids to follow God and not hindrances. And he calls these pleasures of sin temporary or for a time, because they soon vanish away together with life itself.
"In opposition to these he sets the reproach of Christ, which all the godly ought willingly to undergo. For those whom God has chosen, he has also foreordained to be conformed to the image of his own son; not that he exercises them all by the same kind of reproaches or by the same cross, but that they are all to be so minded as not to decline to undertake the cross in common with Christ. Let every one then bear in mind, that as he is called to this fellowship he is to throw off all hindrances. Nor must we omit to say, that he reckons among the reproaches of Christ all the ignominious trials which the faithful have had to endure from the beginning of the world; for as they were the member of the same body, so they had nothing different from what we have. As all sorrows are indeed the rewards of sin, so they are also the fruits of the curse pronounced on the first man: but whatever wrongs we endure from the ungodly on account of Christ, these he regards as his own. Hence Paul gloried that he made up what was wanting as to the sufferings of Christ. Were we rightly to consider this, it would not be so grievous and bitter for us to suffer for Christ.
"He also explains more fully what he means in this clause by the reproach of Christ, by what he has previously declared when he said, that Moses chose to suffer affliction with the people of God. He could not have otherwise avowed himself as one of God's people, except he had made himself a companion to his own nation in their miseries. Since, then, this is the end, let us not separate ourselves from the body of the Church: whatever we suffer, let us know that it is consecrated on account of the head. So on the other hand he calls those things the treasures of Egypt, which no one can otherwise possess than by renouncing and forsaking the Church. For he had respect unto the recompense of the reward, or for he looked to the remuneration. He proves by the description he gives, that the magnanimity of Moses' mind was owing to faith; for he had his eyes fixed on the promise of God. For he could not have hoped that it would be better for him to be with the people of Israel than with the Egyptians, had he not trusted in the promise and in nothing else.
By faith he forsook Egypt, etc.
This may be said of his first as well as of his second departure, that is, when he brought out the people with him. He then indeed left Egypt when he fled from the house of Pharaoh. Add to this, that his going out is recorded by the Apostle before he mentions the celebration of the Passover. He seems then to speak of the flight of Moses; nor is what he adds, that he feared not the wrath of the king, any objection to this, though Moses himself relates that he was constrained to do so by fear. For if we look at the beginning of his course he did not fear, that is, when he avowed himself to be the avenger of his people. However, when I consider all the circumstances, I am inclined to regard this as his second departure; for it was then that he bravely disregarded the fierce wrath of the king, being armed with such power by God's Spirit, that he often of his own accord defied the fury of that wild beast. It was doubtless an instance of the wonderful strength of faith, that he brought out a multitude untrained for war and burdened with many encumbrances, and yet hoped that a way would be opened to him by God's hand through innumerable difficulties. He saw a most powerful king in a furious rage, and he knew that he would not cease till he had tried his utmost. But as he knew that God had commanded him to depart, he committed the event to him, nor did he doubt but that he would in dug time restrain all the assaults of the Egyptians.
As seeing him who is invisible. Nay, but he had seen God in the midst of the burning bush: this then seems to have been said improperly, and not very suitable to the present subject. I indeed allow, that Moses was strengthened in his faith by that vision, before he took in hand the glorious work of delivering the people; but I do not admit that it was such a view of God, as divested him of his bodily senses, and transferred him beyond the trials of this world. God at that time only showed him a certain symbol of his presence; but he was far from seeing God as he is. Now, the Apostle means, that Moses so endured, as though he was taken up to heaven, and had God only before his eyes; and as though he had nothing to do with men, was not exposed to the perils of this world and had no contests with Pharaoh. And yet, it is certain, that he was surrounded with so many difficulties, that he could not but think sometimes that God was far away from him, or at least, that the obstinacy of the king, furnished as it was with so many means of resistance, would at length overcome him. In short, God appeared to Moses in such a way, as still to leave room for faith; and Moses, when beset by terrors on every side, turned all his thoughts to God. He was indeed assisted to do this, by the vision which we have mentioned; but yet he saw more in God than what that symbol intimated: for he understood his power, and that absorbed all his fears and dangers. Relying on God's promise, he felt assured that the people, though then oppressed by the tyranny of the Egyptians, were already, as it were, the lords of the promised land.
We hence learn, that the true character of faith is to set God always before our eyes; secondly, that faith beholds higher and more hidden things in God than what our senses can perceive; and thirdly, that a view of God alone is sufficient to strengthen our weakness, so that we may become firmer than rocks to withstand all the assaults of Satan. It hence follows, that the weaker and the less resolute any one is, the less faith he has. -- John Calvin commenting on Hebrew 11:25-27

As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. -- The Lord Jesus Christ (Revelation 3:19)

When I am in the cellar of affliction, I look for the Lord's choicest wines. -- Samuel Rutherford

Look, as our greatest good comes through the sufferings of Christ, so God's greatest glory that He hath from His saints comes through their sufferings. -- Thomas Brooks

As the wicked are hurt by the best things, so the godly are bettered by the worst. -- William Jenkyn

The godly may sometimes be so overclouded with calumnies and reproaches as not to be able to find a way to clear themselves before men, but must content and comfort themselves with the testimony of a good conscience and with God's approbation of their integrity. -- David Dickson

The devil desires to winnow Peter, not Judas. The more faithful servants of God we be, the more doth Satan bruise us with the flail, or grate us with the fan. The thief does not break into an empty cottage, but into some furnished house or full granary, where the fatness of the booty is a fitness to his desires. The unclean spirit finds no rest in an atheist, usurer, drunkard, swearer, etc. He knows a canker has overrun their consciences already; and that they are as sure as temptation can make them. What need he tempt them that tempt themselves? -- Thomas Adams

They have the earth in their hands (Job 9:24), who have nothing of heaven in their hearts; they bear sway in the world who are slaves to the world; they govern and order others at their will who are led captive by Satan at his will. Be not offended and troubled to see the reins of government in their hands who know not how to govern themselves, or to see them rule in the world who are unworthy to live in the world. -- Joseph Caryl

Lord, high and holy, meek and lowly,
Thou hast brought me to the valley of vision,
where I live in the depths but see thee in the heights;
Hemmed in by mountains of sin I behold thy glory.
Let me learn by paradox
that the way down is the way up,
that to be low is to be high,
that the broken heart is the healed heart,
that the contrite spirit is the rejoicing spirit,
that the repenting soul is the victorious soul,
that to have nothing is to possess all,
that to bear the cross is to wear the crown,
that to give is to receive,
that the valley is the place of vision.
Lord, in the daytime stars can be seen from deepest wells,
and the deeper the wells the brighter thy stars shine: Let me find thy light in my darkness, thy life in my death,
thy joy in my sorrow,
thy grace in my sin,
thy riches in my poverty,
thy glory in my valley. -- A Puritan Prayer

No hypocrite can bear the cross. -- Henry Smith All affliction tends to make the individual more fit to serve the Lord.

By affliction God teaches us many precious lessons, which without it, we would never learn. By affliction He shows us our emptiness and weakness, draws us to the throne of grace, purifies our affections, weans us from the world, and makes us long for heaven. --~ J.C. Ryle
As one grows older it becomes more apparent that the worst affliction we have gone through has had the net effect of causing the Truth of the Gospel to shine forth even more brightly in our understanding as a diamond shines more brightly on black velvet.

Adams, Jay E., Accepting Retarded Children; Handling Troubles; and etc. (Michigan City, IN: Sound Word Associates).
Audio cassette JA409.

Adams, Jay E., How to Handle Trouble (Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian & Reformed Publishing Co., 1982), ISBN: 0875520766 9780875520766.
"Focuses on Philippians 1:12-26, where Paul views his hardships as opportunities to glorify Christ."
" 'A practical handbook that gives biblical directions to follow in times of trouble.' Where The Grand Demonstration works out the implications of God's decretive will, this book works out the implications of God's directive will by which he pastorally guides His people. Based on Philippians 1, it lays out six steps for handling trouble: recognize God is in the problem; remember God is up to something; believe that He is up to something good; discover where and how God is at work; get involved in what He is doing; expect good effects." -- David Powlison

Adams, Jay Edward, The Practical Encyclopedia of Christian Counseling.
See the subject "Affliction," "Adversity," "Temptation," "Testing," and so forth, and so on.

*Whitney, Donald S., Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life, ISBN: 0891096582 9780891096580.
Foreword by J.I. Packer. "Far from being legalistic, restrictive or binding, as they are often perceived, the spiritual disciplines are actually the means to unparalleled spiritual liberty. Drawing from the rich heritage left to us by the early church fathers, the Puritans, and Jesus Christ Himself, this book will guide you through such disciplines as worship, prayer, Scripture reading, evangelism, serving, stewardship, fasting, silence and solitude, journaling, learning, and etc. A VERY, VERY GOOD BOOK!" -- CBD

*Alexander, James W., Consolation: Addresses to the Suffering People of God (Morgan, PA: Soli Deo Gloria Publications, 1992), ISBN: 1877611530 9781877611537.
"Eighteen chapters and 448 pages on select topics by the eldest son of prominent theologian, Archibald Alexander. Charles Hodge said he was not the first of orators to hear on rare occasions, but the first of preachers to sit under, month after month, and year after year.
"The author stresses that it is the attributes of God -- His mercy, His providence, His omnipotence, His power, His goodness, His compassion, and many others -- which give consolation to those saints in need of it. This is a book for the weary soul who has been fighting the good fight and feeling the bruises of the conflict." -- GCB

*BOSTON, THOMAS (1676-1732), The Crook in the Lot: The Sovereignty of God in the Trials, Tribulations, and Troubles of This Life. Alternate title: THE SOVEREIGNTY AND WISDOM OF GOD DISPLAYED IN THE AFFLICTIONS OF MEN, TOGETHER WITH A CHRISTIAN DEPORTMENT UNDER THEM. BEING THE SUBSTANCE OF SEVERAL SERMONS ON ECCLES. VII. 13. PROV. XVI. 19. AND I PET. V. 6. TO WHICH ARE ADDED SOME SERMONS ON THE NATURE OF CHURCH-COMMUNION, FROM I COR. X. 17, 195 pages, ISBN: 1573581372. A Christian classic. Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive.
"In this book, Thomas Boston explains how the sovereignty and wisdom of God is displayed in the afflictions of men. In his approach to this difficult subject, he is both theologically precise and pastorally tender. Boston does not commit the error of needlessly trying to protect God's reputation, nor does he go to the opposite extreme of making God a compassionate but helpless bystander. Rather, Boston brings God right into the mix of even the most disastrous events, and shows how He is actively involved in both the events and their resolution. Let the wisdom of the ages be a salve during this time of crisis and bewilderment. May the God of all comfort be your comfort in troubled times.
"When calamity and disaster strike as it did on September 11th, many people begin to ask, "Where is God?" and "Why did God allow this to happen?" These are the very questions Thomas Boston addresses in this timeless book. This book includes an introduction and a study guide to maximize the impact of this classic work.
"Thomas Boston (1676-1732) was a Scottish Presbyterian minister. He studied at the University of Edinburgh and was a recognized Hebrew scholar. His main pastorate was at Ettrick, Selkirkshire, where he was installed in 1707. His most noted works are THE CROOK IN THE LOT and HUMAN NATURE IN ITS FOURFOLD STATE." -- Publisher's Annotation

*BOLTON, ROBERT, A Treatise on Comforting Afflicted Consciences. A Christian classic. Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive.
"I do not know of a single book published in the past twenty years that explains in depth how to respond Biblically to a grieved or wounded conscience. Here's an ideal volume to fill that gap. Few books in history have treated the subject as completely or as clearly as Robert Bolton's classic work. . . . The book remains a definitive study on the issue of dealing with guilt. Practical, Biblical, meticulously precise, carefully reasoned, it maintains a straightforward simplicity that cannot fail to touch the sensitive reader's heart." -- John MacArthur

*Bonar, Horatius (1808-1889), When God's Children Suffer. Alternate title: NIGHT OF WEEPING: WHEN GOD'S CHILDREN SUFFER (Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel Publications, 1992), ISBN: 0879832452 9780879832452.
"Horatius Bonar excels in his ability to communicate the teachings of God in Christ. His language is so simple, so plain and to the point, that some will say to themselves, `he can't know much, if those are the biggest words he can use.' Be not deceived, for here is a brain energized by the Scriptures, and so he is able to communicate why God's children suffer, and what the suffering will bring, and where the suffering will lead them. It is a message of hope, a prayerful exploration of the reasons God brings suffering on His loved ones. If you do not know Bonar, be assured you will love him." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.

*Bordwine, James E., A Guide to the Westminster Standards: Confession of Faith and Larger Catechism (Unicoi, TN: The Trinity Foundation, 1991), ISBN: 0940931303 9780940931305.
One way to be strengthened and encouraged in times of trouble, discouragement, and depressions is to read pure doctrine to remind oneself of what is in fact true.
"In this volume are the complete texts of the WESTMINSTER CONFESSION OF FAITH (1646) (both the original and American versions) and the LARGER CATECHISM, together with Scripture proofs and a unique topical index to both the Confession and the Catechism. A GUIDE TO THE WESTMINSTER STANDARDS will be a great help in understanding the Bible and its most complete summaries, the Westminster Standards." -- Publisher's Annotation.
A Guide to the Westminster Standards: Confession of Faith and Larger Catechism, James Bordwine

Bridges, Jerry, Trusting God: Even When Life Hurts, ISBN: 0891096175 9780891096177.
"Do you find it easy to trust God -- until adversity strikes? When life clouds over, do you suddenly begin to second-guess your faith and suspect that you only imagined His care for you? Three truths we must believe if we are to trust Him in adversity: (1) God is completely sovereign (2) God is infinite in wisdom, and (3) God is perfect in love. This is sure to be another best-seller . . ." -- GCB. A study guide is available.

Bridges, Jerry, Trusting God: Even When Life Hurts (Study Guide), ISBN: 9781600063060 1600063063.

*BROOKS, THOMAS, The Mute Christian Under the Smarting Rod. Alternate title: THE MUTE CHRISTIAN UNDER THE SMARTING ROD WITH SOVERAIGN ANTIDOTES AGAINST THE MOST MISERABLE EXIGENTS, OR, A CHRISTIAN WITH AN OLIVE LEAF IN HIS MOUTH . . . Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #21, ISBN: 0921148992 9780921148999. Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive. In THE WORKS OF THOMAS BROOKS. A Christian classic.
The Mute Christian Under the Smarting Rod, by Thomas Brooks
http://www.iclnet.org/pub/resources/text/ipb-e/epl-10/web/brooks-mute-christian-00.html

*BUNYAN, JOHN (1628-1688), Advice to Sufferers, ISBN: 0685198219. A Christian classic. Available (WORKS OF JOHN BUNYAN) on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive.
Pilgrim's Page: A John Bunyan Archive
This is the complete set of THE WORKS OF JOHN BUNYAN, George Offor edition, the edition reprinted by The Banner of Truth. It is free online, and is downloadable in the following formats: HTML, RTF, TEXT, and PDF.
http://www.mountzion.org/bunyan.html

*Burroughs, Jeremiah (1599-1646), Evil of Evils: The Exceeding Sinfulness of Sin (Morgan, PA: Soli Deo Gloria Publications, 1992), ISBN: 1877611484 9781877611483. A Christian classic.
"This treatise has one recurring theme: it is better to choose affliction than sin. In expounding Scripture, Burroughs shows that nothing is to be more avoided than sin, and nothing is to be more hated than sin. . . . Classic work by Burroughs (1599-1646) is a collection of his sermons on the subject of sin. This is a very rare book bringing well over a hundred dollars." -- GCB

Davis, Ron Lee, Courage to Begin Again (Eugene, OR: Harvest House Publishers, c1988), ISBN: 0890816077 9780890816073
Includes bibliography.

ERSKINE, EBENEZER (1680-1754), The Annals of Redeeming Love, With the Redeemer's Vengeance Upon the Grand Enemy of the Redeem'd. Being Several Sermons . . . By . . . Ebenezer Erskine, Edinburgh, 1738. In THE WORKS OF EBENEZER ERSKINE. Available (THE WORKS OF EBENEZER ERSKINE) on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive.

Edwards, Brian H., Not by Chance: Making Sense out of Suffering (Welwyn, England: Evangelical Press), ISBN: 0875529178 9780875529172.

*Fitch, William, God and Evil: Studies in the Mystery of Suffering and Pain (London, England: Pickering and Inglis, 1969), 183 pages, ISBN: 0720800404.
"A contemporary presentation of theodicy." -- Cyril J. Barber

*Goodwin, Thomas (1600-1680), The Return of Prayers, ISBN: 9780548039441 0548039445. In THE WORKS OF THOMAS GOODWIN. A Christian classic.

*GOUGE, WILLIAM, 1578-1653, The Saints Sacrifice: or, A Commentarie on the CXVI [106] Psalme. Which is, a gratulatory psalme, for deliverance from deadly distresse, 1632, 144 pages. Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive.
" 'Sir, the last year, when the heavy hand of the righteous Lord lay upon this land and other parts of the Christian world, manifested by the three arrows of his anger, plague, famine, and sword, just cause was given to inquire after such means as might cure the wounds that were made by them, and move the Lord to withhold his hand from shooting abroad any more of them. Upon inquiry there was found in God's word (the treasury wherein all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge are hid) fit remedies for all those maladies,' writes Gouge in his preface to the Earl of Warwick. In this book Gouge opens the Lord's treasure house (of Psalm 116) for deliverance from deadly distress and spiritual dilapidation." -- SWRB

Jeffrey, P., Our Present Sufferings (Bridgen, England: Evangelical Press of Wales), ISBN: 0900898763 9780900898761.

KNOX, JOHN (1505-1572), AND FLEMING, ABRAHAM (1552?-1607), A Fort for the Afflicted. VVherin are ministred many notable & excellent remedies against the stormes of tribulation. Written chiefly for the comforte of Christes little flocke, which is the final number of the faithfull, by Iohn Knoxe, 1580. Available (THE WORKS OF JOHN KNOX) on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive. Available (THE WORKS OF JOHN KNOX) on Reformation Bookshelf CD #1, ISBN: 0921148674 9780921148678.
A commentary on Psalm VI.

*Lockyer, Herbert, All the Promises of the Bible (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Pub. House, 1996, 1962), ISBN: 0310281318.
"A devotional expositional compilation of all the promises [about 3,300 of the approximate 8,810 promises - sk] that are found in Scripture." -- Synopsis
"Lockyers in-depth look at the scope of Gods promises arranges them in categories that cover the full array of human concerns, from the spiritual to the material and the corporate to the personal. As you come to understand Gods promises and how they apply to every aspect of your life, you'll gain a trust in God that will sustain you through the worst of times and be your source of rejoicing in the best.
"Dr. Herbert Lockyer was born in London in 1886, and held pastorates in Scotland and England for 25 years before coming to the United States in 1935. In 1937 he received the honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Northwestern Evangelical Seminary. In 1955 he returned to England where he lived for many years. He then returned to the United States where he continued to devote time to the writing ministry until his death in November of 1984." -- Publisher's Annotation

Lloyd-Jones, D. Martyn (1899-1981), The Miracle of Grace and Other Messages, ISBN: 0801056365 9780801056369.
"Fourteen (14) sermons published together for the first time as a book. These sermons originally appeared in the periodical The Christian World Pulpit. They cover a wide variety of topics such as hope, discipleship, suffering, sin, the Cross, the Resurrection, and more." -- GCB

*Luther, Martin, Commentary on Galatians, English translation by Erasmus Middleton, B.D., edited by John Prince Fallowes, M.A., Pembroke College, Cambridge (Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel Publications, 1979, 1553), ISBN: 0825431247.
"I prefer this book of Martin Luther's (except the Bible) before all the books I have ever seen, as most fit for a wounded soul." -- John Bunyan
"This is a great, historic work, and is beyond criticism on account of its great usefulness. As a comment its accuracy might be questioned; but for emphatic utterances and clear statements of the great doctrine of the Epistle it remains altogether by itself, and must be judged per se." -- C.H. Spurgeon
"The reissue of a famous series of lectures delivered at Wittenberg University in 1553." -- Cyril J. Barber
Luther's Commentary on Galatians, "who hath bewitched you, that you should not obey the truth." (Galatians 3:1 excerpt), English translation by Erasmus Middleton, B.D., edited by John Prince Fallowes, M.A., Pembroke College, Cambridge
http://www.lettermen2.com/luther1.html
Luther's Commentary on Galatians, "That He might deliver us from the present evil world." (Galatians 1:4 excerpt), English translation by Erasmus Middleton, B.D., edited by John Prince Fallowes, M.A., Pembroke College, Cambridge
http://www.lettermen2.com/luther2.html

*Macartney, Clarence E.N., Trials of Great Men of the Bible (New York, NY: Abingdon Press, 1946) ISBN: 1430474920.
"Covers material from Job to Paul. Shows the place and purpose of trials in the development of Christian character." -- Cyril J. Barber

Meyer, F.B., The Gift of Suffering (Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel Publications), ISBN: 0825432758 9780825432750.
"With deep spiritual insight, the author handles the subject of `why Christians suffer'." -- GCB

*Perkins, William (1558-1602), How to Liue, and That well in all Estates and Times, specially when helps and comforts faile, 1601.

*Perkins, William (1558-1602) and Rogers, Richard (1550?-1618), A Garden of Spirituall Flowers. Planted by Ri. Ro. Will. Per. Ri. Gree. M.M. and Geo. Web. [Ri. Ro. = Richard Rogers, Will. Per. = William Perkins, Ri. Gree. = Richard Greenham, M.M. = Miles Mosse (?), and Geo. Web. = George Webbe,] Corrected and inlarged, 1625. Additional title: TREATISE TENDING UNTO A DECLARATION. PART 7; CONSOLATIONS FOR THE TROUBLED CONSCIENCES.
An anthology. Perkins's "How to live well, and to die well", is part seven of his "A treatise tending unto a declaration" (STC 19752), where it bears the title "Consolations for the troubled consciences."

Powlison, David, Why me? Comfort for the Victimized, ISBN: 0875526950 9780875526959.

*Preston, John (1587-1628), The Golden Sceptre Held Forth to the Humble (Morgan, PA: Soli Deo Gloria Publications, 1990), ISBN: 1877611174 9781877611179. A Christian classic.
This book is comprised of six sermons on 2 Chronicles 7:14: `If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land,' just one verse that succinctly gives the Biblical solution to terrorism. Sermons are on Affliction, Humiliation, Seeking god's face, Turning from evil, Forgiveness to those who forsake sin, and Sin as the cause of all calamities.

SIBBES, RICHARD (1577-1635), The soul's conflict with itself, and victory over itself by faith. Being a treatise of the inward disquietments of distressed spirits, . . . To which is subjoined, The bruised reed and smoking flax. By Richard Sibbs, . . . The fifth edition. To which is prefixed, an account of the author's life. Glasgow, 1768. Available (THE WORKS OF RICHARD SIBBES) on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive.

*SIBBES, RICHARD (1577-1635), Goodwin, Thomas (1600-1680), and Nye, Philip (1596?-1672), Christs Exaltation Purchast by Humiliation. Wherein you may see mercy and misery meete together. Very vsefull I. For instructing the ignorant. II. For comforting the weake. III. For confirming the strong. By R. Sibbs D.D. and preacher of Grayes-Inne, London. Published by T.G. and P.N., 1639. Available (THE WORKS OF RICHARD SIBBES) on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive.
"Notes: T.G. and P.N. = Thomas Goodwin and Philip Nye.
Three sermons on Romans XIV, 9."

SIBBES, RICHARD (1577-1635), Goodwin, Thomas (1600-1680), Nye, Philip (1596?-1672), Tvvo Sermons Vpon the First Words of Christs Last Sermon Iohn XIIII. I. Being also the last sermons of Richard Sibbs D.D. Preached to the honourable society of Grayes Inne, Iune the 21. and 28. 1635. Who the next Lords day following, died, and rested from all his labours, 1636. Available (THE WORKS OF RICHARD SIBBES) on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive.

*Spurgeon, C.H., Faith's Checkbook (Chicago, IL: Moody Press), ISBN: 0938453025.
"A promise from God may very instructively be compared to a check payable to order. It is given to the believer with the view of bestowing upon him some good thing. It is not meant that he should read it over comfortably and then have done with it. No, he is to treat the promises as a reality, as a man treats a check. He is to take the promise and endorse it with his own name by personally receiving it as true." -- C.H. Spurgeon
"In the Preface of his devotional volume containing 365 brief, experimental comments on the promises which Spurgeon has chosen, the renowned preacher tells us that so many of these promises are true because the were fulfilled in his own experience during a time of `wading in the surf of controversy,' and also when `sharp bodily pain succeeded mental depression, accompanied both by bereavement, and affliction in the person of one dear as life. Never were the promises of Jehovah so precious to me as at this hour.' Thus it was to help other sufferers that Spurgeon prepared this comforting book."
Faith's Checkbook, A Daily Devotional by C. H. Spurgeon
http://bible.christiansunite.com/faitharchive.shtmly

Tada, Joni Eareckson, and Steve Estes, A Step Further: Growing Closer to God Through Hurt and Hardship, updated and expanded HarperCollins Publishers Inc., September 26, 1991), ISBN: 0310239710 9780310239710.
"Joni has written candidly and simply about one of the knottiest questions of human existence, that of the meaning of suffering. Her own trust illuminates every page." -- Elisabeth Elliot

TEELINCK, WILLIAM, The Resting Place of the Mind, That is a propounding of the wonderful providence of God whereupon a Christian man ought to rest and repose himself even when all our outward means of helps are cut off from him, 1622, 48 pages. Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive.
"According to Joel Beeke in THE QUEST FOR FULL ASSURANCE: THE LEGACY OF CALVIN AND HIS SUCCESSORS, 'What William Perkins was to English Puritanism, Willem Teellinck was to the Dutch Second Reformation.' (p. 98).
"Furthermore, Beeke notes that 'Teellinck's lifelong goal was to bring English-style, pietistic Puritanism to the Dutch. He succeeded in doing that. More than any other divine of his day, he contributed to the Dutch Second Reformation. That movement was so like English Puritanism that it is often called Dutch Puritanism.' (p. 99).
"This little book was written to encourage Christians to trust in the Lord in the midst of their trials. Even when the ordinary outward means that we need to solve our problems are unavailable, God can still easily rescue us from our predicament. Indeed, sometimes He removes those means so that He will receive all the glory:

The means which commonly God doth use, in giving us His blessing, are indeed but as curtains, and drawing clothes, after, or under the which, God so doth hide Himself, that His working cannot be seen, but by the eye of faith: wherefore also the Lord God, when he hath been pleased sometimes to manifest Himself, in some work which he intended to do, hath taken express order, that the ordinary means should be removed, that so all the world might see the finger of God therein, and acknowledge that it was He that had done it (p. 18).
Loe, thus doth the Lord strip His people often times of all outward means, when His purpose is to help them, to the end that His finger might the better be seen in giving them victory. . . . (p. 19)
No child of God then ought to be faint-hearted, though he be stripped of all outward means, for the Lord who is with him, is not bound to any means, His hand is not shortened that He should not be able to help, though the means be shortened, yea quite cut off. (p. 24).
"Too often people trust in the outward means rather than God. But this is foolish because 'tis most certain, that all our well-being is not shut up in the outward means, it lieth not wound up in the bread we eat, but in the hand of God, and the word of His blessing'." (p. 29). -- SWRB

TRAILL, ROBERT (1642-1716), The Throne of Grace Discoursed of From Heb. IV, 16 / by Robert Trail ..., 1696, ISBN: 085151393X. Available (THE WORKS OF ROBERT TRAILL) on SWRB Puritan Hard Drive. Available (SELECT PRACTICAL WRITINGS OF ROBERT TRAILL) on Reformation Bookshelf CD #19, ISBN: 092114895X 9780921148951.

TRAILL, ROBERT (1642-1716), Twenty Nine Sermons, viz. XIII. On the Throne of Grace, ... and XVI. On the Lord's Prayer, ... Together with the Protestant Doctrine of Justification Vindicated. All by the Late Revd. and Learned Mr. Robert Trail ..., 1731. Available (THE WORKS OF ROBERT TRAILL) on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive.

*WATSON, THOMAS (1620-1686), All Things for Good: Romans 8:28, A Divine Cordial. Alternate title, A DIVINE CORDIAL in 1663. (Puritan Paperback Series. Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust), ISNB: 0851514782 9780851514789. A Christian classic. Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive.
"I would prescribe them to take, now and then, a little of this Cordial: all things work together for good to them that love God. To know that nothing hurts the godly, is a matter of comfort; but to be assured that all things which fall out shall co operate for their good, that their crosses shall be turned into blessings, that showers of affliction water the withering root of their grace and make it flourish more; this may fill their hearts with joy till they run over." -- Thomas Watson, from the Preface
"Thomas Watson of St. Stephen's, Walbrook believed he faced two great difficulties in his pastoral ministry. The first was making the unbeliever sad, in the recognition of his need of God's grace. The second was making the believer joyful in response to God's grace. He believed the answer to the second difficulty could be found in Paul's teaching in Romans 8:28, God works all things together for good for his people.
"Watson's exposition is always simple, illuminating and rich in practical application. He explains that both the best and the worst experiences work for the good of God's people. He carefully analyses what it means to be someone who `loves God' and is `called according to his purpose.' ALL THINGS FOR GOOD provides the biblical answer to the contemporary question: `Why do bad things happen to good people'?" -- Publisher's Annotation

*Wilder-Smith, A.E., The Paradox of Pain (Wheaton, IL: Harold Shaw Publishers, 1971), ISBN: 0877886679 9780877886679.
"A detailed consideration of the problem of suffering, good and evil, and the Providence of God." -- Cyril J. Barber

See also: The sovereignty of God, The doctrine of man (human nature, total depravity), The attributes of God, The promises of Christ, Bible promises, Comfort, encouragement, Persecution, Bad relationships a cause of disease and death, The covenant faithfulness of god, Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, Affliction (women), Justice, judgment, god's final judgment, the great white throne judgment, the day of the lord, Temptation, Worry and anxiety, Casuistry, cases of conscience, Christian history, Comfort, Death, Book-length presentations of the Gospel message of salvation and of the life to come, the means of grace, Grief, Hope, Persecution, Pseudo-christian movements: a selection of works, Sickness, Aged, Affliction (women), Christian history, Comfort, Death, How to become a christian, Resentment and bitterness, Anger, Emotions and health, Forgiveness of sin, Marriage, Stress, Fear, Reconciliation of relationships, Resentment, Worry and anxiety, and so forth, and so on.
TCRB5: 489-499, 669, 970, 787, 1071, 1934, 1938, 1948, 2149, 2714, 2879, 2902, 3506, 3872, 3873, 4179
MGTP: Trials

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The Consolation of the Sick
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A Guide to the Westminster Standards: Confession of Faith and Larger Catechism, James Bordwine
Includes a unique, 100 page topical index to both the Confession and the Catechism.



Adultery

See the Theological Notes, "The Image of God," at Genesis 1:27 in The Reformation Study Bible.

Q. 137. Which is the seventh commandment?
A. The seventh commandment is, Thou shalt not commit adultery.[766]
Q. 138. What are the duties required in the seventh commandment?
A. The duties required in the seventh commandment are, chastity in body, mind, affections,[767] words,[768] and behavior;[769] and the preservation of it in ourselves and others;[770] watchfulness over the eyes and all the senses;[771] temperance,[772] keeping of chaste company,[773] modesty in apparel;[774] marriage by those that have not the gift of continency,[775] conjugal love,[776] and cohabitation;[777] diligent labor in our callings;[778] shunning all occasions of uncleanness, and resisting temptations thereunto.[779]
Q. 139. What are the sins forbidden in the seventh commandment?
A. The sins forbidden in the seventh commandment, besides the neglect of the duties required,[780] are, adultery, fornication,[781] rape, incest,[782] sodomy, and all unnatural lusts;[783] all unclean imaginations, thoughts, purposes, and affections;[784] all corrupt or filthy communications, or listening thereunto;[785] wanton looks,[786] impudent or light behaviour, immodest apparel;[787] prohibiting of lawful,[788] and dispensing with unlawful marriages;[789] allowing, tolerating, keeping of stews, and resorting to them;[790] entangling vows of single life,[791] undue delay of marriage,[792] having more wives or husbands than one at the same time;[793] unjust divorce,[794] or desertion;[795] idleness, gluttony, drunkenness,[796] unchaste company;[797] lascivious songs, books, pictures, dancings, stage plays;[798] and all other provocations to, or acts of uncleanness, either in ourselves or others.[799] -- The Larger Catechism

See the Theological Notes, "Marriage and Divorce," at Malachi 2:16 in The Reformation Study Bible

There is none greater in this house than I; neither hath he kept back any thing from me but thee, because thou art his wife: how then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God? (Genesis 39:9)

Then stood up Phinehas, and executed judgment: and so the plague was stayed.
And that was counted unto him for righteousness unto all generations for evermore.
(Psalm 106:30,31)

Therefore was the wrath of the LORD kindled against his people, in so much that he abhorred his own inheritance.
And he gave them into the hands of the heathen; and they that hated them ruled over them.
Their enemies also oppressed them, and they were brought into subjection under their hand.
(Psalm 106:40-42)

The Treasury of David, Psalm 106
http://www.spurgeon.org/treasury/ps106.htm

She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more." -- The Lord Jesus Christ (John 8:11)

Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot? God forbid. What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh. But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit. Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body. What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's. (1 Corinthians 6:15-20)

Saul, by casting an amorous eye upon Agag, lost his crown and kingdom; Samson, by dallying with his Delilah, lost his strength, sight, light, liberty, and life. But what are the losses of spiritual strength, to thy loss of communion with God, to the loss of the Spirit of light, life, liberty, and glory; to thy loss of joy unspeakable, and peace that passeth understanding? -- Thomas Brooks

All the great fundamentals of Christian truth centre in this of justification. The trinity of persons in the Godhead; the incarnation of the only begotten of the Father; the satisfaction aid to the law and justice of God, for the sins of the world, by his obedience and sacrifice of himself in that flesh he assumed; and the divine authority of the Scriptures which reveal all this: these are all straight lines of truth that centre in this doctrine of justification of a sinner by the imputation and application of that satisfaction. There can be no justification without a righteousness; no righteousness can suffice but that which answers fully and perfectly the holy law of God; no such righteousness can be performed, but by a divine person; no benefit can accrue to a sinner unless it is in some way his, and applied to him; no application can be made of this but by faith in Jesus Christ. -- Robert Traill, from Justification Vindicated, first quoted by Puritanical

Adultery is a sin against the human spirit and spiritual life which produces traumatic results. It is also a sin against the family, which is the basic unit of society. It is the breaking of our conjugal vows, "Forsaking all others, I choose thee." It is a sin against our children. One of the most flagrant causes of divorce, adultery has produced millions of children who have grown up without a father and a mother in the home, and has created enormous problems in the lives of these children. Adultery and its consequent evils are sins against the nation and society. . . . -- D. James Kennedy and Jerry Newcombe, What if Jesus Had Never Been Born, p. 135

"In the Mosaic Law, adultery is a capital offense; but, as Derek Kidner has reminded us, `death' in Proverbs also means missing true life even before physical death catches up with us. It is a realm with many victims on both sides of the grave."

A tendency to adultery and a tendency to entertaining of unholy spirits is connected in Scripture.

Redbook magazine conducted a survey concerning sex in modern "liberated" America [Susan Sadd and Carol Tavris, The Redbook Report on Female Sexuality (New York, NY: Delacorte, 1977), pp. 97-106]. . . .
What did the survey reveal? Even more astounding than the number of women that replied [100,000] were the results. They discovered that women who were sexually liberated -- the feminists, the free modern women -- were the most dissatisfied kind of person sexually. The only person less satisfied was the nymphomaniac (who most men think is just the most sexual kind of woman), who is so sexually frustrated that she runs from here to there and back and forth everywhere trying to find some satisfaction, which, alas, she never finds.
But the more religious women indicated that they had more sexual satisfaction in their lives. The most religious category (women were to judge how much a part religion played in their lives -- i.e., whether they were most religious, more religious, least religious), whom the average enlightened American male has been told by the devil are sexually repressed, were the most orgasmic women in the country. And that turns the whole lot right on its head. -- D. James Kennedy and Jerry Newcombe, What if Jesus Had Never Been Born, p. 139

"Ultimately the Seventh Commandment (Exodus 20:14) is about our fidelity to Christ." To fracture the Seventh Commandment is to break covenant with the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

Adams, Jay Edward, The Practical Encyclopedia of Christian Counseling.
See the subject "Adultery," "Marriage," "Justification," "Forgiveness," "Reconciliation," "Divorce," and so forth, and so on.

Ankerberg, John, and John Weldon The Myth of Safe Sex: The Devastating Consequences of Violating God's Plan. Alternate title: THE MYTH OF SAFE SEX: THE TRAGIC CONSEQUENCES OF VIOLATING GOD'S PLAN, ISBN: 0802456391 9780802456397.

*MARSHALL, WALTER (1628-1680), The Gospel-Mystery of Sanctification: Growing in Holiness by Living in Union With Christ (London, England: Oliphants Press, 1956, 1692) and (Grand Rapids, MI: Reformation Heritage Books, Inc., 2005, 1999), ISBN: 189277724X. Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive.
The Reformation Heritage Books edition is a reprint of the 1954 edition set by Oliphants and includes an introduction by Joel R. Beeke. Also includes the author's famous sermon on "The Doctrine of Justification Opened and Applied."
See the WorldCat record for various foreign language editions.
Other editions:
The Gospel-Mystery of Sanctification, (Wipf & Stock Publishers, January 2005), 270 pages, ISBN-10: 1597520543 9781597520546.
"This is by far the best book on the doctrine of Sanctification in print. It was originally written in the 17th century, but has been put into modern English with this edition. This book will help you better understand the Gospel and its power not only for our Justification, but our Sanctification as well." -- Reader's Comment
The Gospel-Mystery of Sanctification (Sovereign Grace Publishers Inc., October 1, 2001), 140 pages, ISBN-10: 1589600630.
"Here you will read the most closely reasoned defense of scriptural sanctification to be found anywhere. . . . Fourteen directions are given to the reader, all perfected with the aim of explaining to sincere souls what sanctification is, what it is not, and how to attain a holy walk before God. . . ." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.

Petersen, J. Allan, The Myth of the Greener Grass (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers), 0842346511 9780842346511.
"Hope and counsel for couples dealing with adultery or desiring to `affair-proof' their marriage."
"This is a masterpiece of a work on marriage by one whom one quickly realizes has dealt with the realities of what good marriages rest on and what troubled ones lack. The analogy to keeping grass green is so useful in this case. Whatever the relationship, if attention and effort are not applied, only decay and defoilaging can occur. Thus, the phenomenon we see in society: individuals moving from one relationship to another, the grass always looking more attractive anywhere else but the one which has been deprived the proper attention. This book is not only a tremendous asset to those involved in the mire of affairism, but also for the rest of us who desire to insure ours against such common fare. Can not recommend this enough!" -- Readers's Comment

RAINOLDS, JOHN (RAYNOLDS), A Defense of the Judgment of the Reformed Churches That a man may Lawfully not Only put Away his Wife for Adultery, but Also Marry Another, 1609. Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive.
"This title defends the classic Reformed position and will be very useful in refuting the errors (on this point) of everyone from Rome and the Jesuits to the Protestant Reformed churches of our day. Compares the Reformed position with that of Rome, examines the Scriptures, the church fathers, and answers Romish objections. Also, refutes (in 70 pages) the Jesuit Bellarmine (and others), demonstrating how Bellarmine, 'depraveth Scriptures, misalleges Fathers, and abuses reason to the perverting of the truth of God, and poisoning of his church with error.'
"The historic Reformed position defended in this book was later summarized in the WESTMINSTER CONFESSION OF FAITH (1646), (chapter 24),
'V. Adultery or fornication, committed after a contract, being detected before marriage, giveth just occasion to the innocent party to dissolve that contract. In the case of adultery after marriage, it is lawful for the innocent party to sue out a divorce, and after the divorce to marry another, as if the offending party were dead.
" 'VI. Although the corruption of man be such as is apt to study arguments, unduly to put asunder those whom God hath joined together in marriage; yet nothing but adultery, or such willful desertion as can no way be remedied by the Church or civil magistrate, is cause sufficient of dissolving the bond of marriage; wherein a public and orderly course of proceeding is to be observed; and the persons concerned in it, not left to their own wills and discretion in their own case'." -- SWRB

See also: The sovereign grace of god: his everlasting mercy and lovingkindness, The doctrine of man (human nature, total depravity), Idolatry, Covetousness, greed, and selfishness, Men, women, and God, Love and counseling problems, Repentance, the key to salvation and change, Sanctification, Reconciliation of relationships, Counseling for sex related problems, Justification, Justifying faith, Sexual relationship, Spirituality and harlotry, Sexually transmitted diseases (see sex), Carnality and flesh pleasing: lust, desires, ambition, Holiness, Problem solving in marriage, Incest, Rape, Abstinence, chastity, Sexual wholeness, Gratuitous sex, a cause of violence, Hostility and violence, Abuse, Child abuse and pedophilia, Pornography, Prostitution, Homosexuality, Divorce, Avoiding divorce, Abortion and the sanctity of life, Post-abortion counseling, Single parenting, Fatherlessness, Stepfamilies, Sexually transmitted diseases (see Sex education), Casuistry, cases of conscience, Ethics, The wisdom books, Counsel for young men, Counsel for young women, Suffrage and reproductive rights, Case studies, Protecting children against the dangers of the world, Pseudo-christian movements: a selection of works, and so forth, and so on.
TCRB5: 665, 1662, 1814

Related WebLinks

Justifying Faith
http://www.lettermen2.com/bcrr1cha.html#justfaith

Virginia Fornication Laws
http://members.icanect.net/~tincat/2000/lesson/fornication.htm

A Redneck Resolution Against Self-destruction
http://www.lettermen2.com/redneck.html (broken link)



Alcoholism

Many persons who identify themselves as "alcoholics" are really "mentally ill," a term used by secular society for persons who are rebellious, unreasonable, irrational, have sever relationship problems, can not get along with anyone, and can not hold a job, and consequently are often homeless and destitute. These persons want to be identified as "alcoholics" to avoid the social stigma of being identified as "mentally ill." Many of the persons secular society identifies as "mentally ill" have the characteristics of wicked men: rebelliousness, disobedient, slouthful, dishonest, destructive, demon haunted, immoral, and self-destructive.

Adams, Jay E., Counseling Workshop: An Alcoholic Partner; Long-Term Counseling; Suicide; Forgiveness; Larry Crabb's Approach (Michigan City, IN: Sound Word Associates).
Audio cassette JA504.

Adams, Jay Edward, Critical Issues #1: A 12-tape Album Briefly Covering Critical Issues Faced in Counseling (Michigan City, IN: Sound Word Associates).
"This series is not meant to be an exhaustive study of each issue but to define it. Problems of worry and depression -- Group therapy and transactional analysis -- Masturbation, talking about problems -- Nervous breakdowns and marriage problems -- Conscience and self approval -- Drunkenness and suicide -- The disabled and the retarded child -- Inferiority and handling problems -- Devil made me do it/God pleasing work -- Communicating and fear of death -- Too old to change/Restoring brother -- Breaking old habits, why me?"

Adams, Jay Edward, The Practical Encyclopedia of Christian Counseling.
See the subject "Drunkenness," and so forth, and so on.

Almy, Gary, and Carol Tharp Almy, with Jerry Jenkins, Addicted to Recovery: Exposing the False Gospel of Psychotherapy: Escaping the Trap of Victim Mentality (Eugene, Oregon: Harvest House Publishers, 1994), ISBN: 1565071859 9781565071858, 251 pages.
"The Almys are medical doctors who have written a polemic against the pop psychologies that have recently swept into the church. Through a series of detailed case studies, they portray the dynamics operative in therapeutically-induced false memories, the healing of memories, multiple personality disorder, unmet love needs, and codependency." -- David Powlison

Bobgan, Martin, and Deidre Bobgan, 12 Steps to Destruction: Codependency Recovery Heresies (Santa Barbara, California: EastGate, 1991), ISBN: 0941717054 9780941717052, 247 pages.
"The people labeled 'codependent' have serious problems and need help. 'However, we question the diagnoses, answers, formulas and systems that are being offered in the name of help, in the name of love, and even in the name of Christ. Beneath many programs that purport to be Christian lurk ideas, philosophies, psychologies, and religious notions that are antithetical to biblical Christianity.' Extensive criticism of 12 Step programs." -- David Powlison

Dunn, Jerry, and Bernard Palmer, God is for the Alcoholic (Moody Publishers, April 1, 1999), ISBN: 0946515832 9780946515837.
"This is a book written by someone who, through God's power, escaped the pit of alcoholism. Jerry Dunn helps you understand alcoholism, gives ways to help the alcoholic, and shows the alcoholic how he can help himself." -- Ingram
"The principles outlined in this book which helped Jerry Dunn to escape the hold of alcohol on his life are applicable to ANY dependence or addiction a person may have. The book reads well and holds your attention. You see, I have known Jerry personally for the past 20 years. I was fortunate enough to marry into his family and have had the pleasure of knowing that he did not merely "write" a book about what one should do, he lived it out in his own life. What a testimony! Thank you Jerry Dunn!" -- Michael L. Allen

Johnson, Vernon E., I'll Quit Tomorrow: A Practical Guide to Alcoholism Treatment (San Francisco, CA: Harper and Row, 1990), ISBN: 0062504339 9780062504333.
"Johnson has provided a manual for the understanding, intervention, and treatment of alcoholism and other mood-changing chemical dependencies in a clear, logical, and readable format; yet he has somehow managed to convey considerable psychological sophistication and scope. Accordingly, this is probably the best book of its kind for layman, paraprofessional, and professional alike." -- Addictions
Johnson is founder and president emeritus of the Johnson Institute in Minneapolis that offers one of the country's most successful training programs for treatment of alcoholism.

*Miller, C. John "Jack" (1928-1996), "Finding Healthy Self-esteem Through Being Completely Forgiven" (Quality Living Series. Jenkintown, PA [World Harvest, Box 2175, Jenkintown, 19046]: World Harvest, 1987).
"Do you feel inadequate? That you need to do more or be better in order to be happy and fulfilled? You may not realize it, but your biggest problem is . . . you don't feel completely forgiven."
World Harvest Mission
http://www.whm.org/home.htm

Page, Penny B., Alcohol use and Alcoholism: A Guide to the Literature (New York, NY: Garland Publishing, 1986), ISBN: 0824090209 9780824090203.
"This valuable compilation of material published from the 1960's to the present covers all facets of alcohol and its consumption, including alcohol use among youth, problems in the family, highway safety, education, effects on the body, and clinical treatment. Selected primary and secondary sources are organized under sixteen categories. An important resource." -- Cyril J. Barber

*Playfair, William L., The Useful Lie: How the Recovery Industry has Entrapped America in a Disease Model of Addiction (Timeless Texts, July 2004), ISBN: 1889032379 9780891076377.
"Challenges the disease concept of alcoholism, the 'useful lie' of the recovery movement. This lie underlies the widespread mistreatment of alcoholism and of other fundamentally moral problems, e.g., 'codependency.' Posits biblically based intervention that treats such problems as sins to be repented of. Opposes sending a person to the recovery industry because 'He will be told his sin is a sickness; he will never be confronted with his real and most basic moral and spiritual problem. And he will more than likely be introduced to the any god of Twelve Stepdom, who is, by Biblical criteria, a false god'." -- David Powlison
"Dr. Playfair is a medical consultant to the Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation/West in San Diego. He also is a board member of Family Research Institute. The theme and purpose of this book is to debunk the claims that alcoholism is a disease. This claim, says the doctor, contradicts science and medicine; it contradicts the Bible, which is more important; and it simply does not work in breaking the addiction of alcohol. . . ." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.
"This book provided all the necessary evidence to blow the whistle on the recovery industry and also points toward genuine freedom from addiction." -- GCB

Sherouse, Deborah L., Adolescent Drug and Alcohol Abuse Handbook: For Parents and Professionals (Springfield, IL: Charles C. Thomas Publishers, 1986), ISBN: 0398051682 9780398051686.
"A must for parents, teachers, and pastors. Describes the symptoms of substance abuse and its effects on communication and relationships. Explains the path to recovery. Comprehensive in its treatment, with information on resources and state referral agencies." -- Cyril J. Barber

Sherouse, Deborah L. Professional's Handbook on Geriatric Alcoholism, ISBN: 0398048282 9780398048280.

*Welch, Edward T., Addictions: A Banquet in the Grave: Finding Hope in the Power of the Gospel (Resources for Changing Lives), ISBN: 0875526063 9780875526065.
"A worship disorder: this is how Edward T. Welch views addictions. 'Will we worship ourselves and our own desires,' he writes, 'or will we worship the true God?'
"With this lens the author discovers far more in Scripture on addictions than passages on drunkenness. There we learn the addict's true condition: like guests at a banquet thrown by 'the woman Folly,' he is already in the grave (Prov. 9:13-18).
"Can we not escape our addictions? If we're willing to follow Jesus, the author says we have 'immense hope: hope in God's forgiving grace, hope in God's love that is faithful even when we are not, and hope that God can give power so that we are no longer mastered by the addiction.' Each chapter concludes with 'Practical Theology,' guidance 'As You Face Your Own Addictions' and 'As You Help Someone Else'." -- Publisher's Annotation
"By emphasizing the role of the heart in the worship of self and substance, Welch forces the addict to face the grim reality that who or what he worships will control his life. When he idolizes his selfish desire for a substance, then there can only be bondage, but when he worships God more than himself, then the liberating truth of the Gospel will always set him free. As a pastor, biblical counselor, and a redeemed (not recovering) ex-heroin addict, I believe Dr. Welch has finally given every pastor, theologian, layman, and anyone caught in the bondage of idolatry/addition a biblical road map to true and lasting freedom." -- Peter Garich, Pastor of New Hope Christian Fellowship and Director of Dayspring Center for Biblical Counseling in San Diego, California

See also: The sovereignty of god, The doctrine of man (human nature, total depravity), The inspiration and infallibility of scripture (the doctrine of revelation, the doctrine of plenary inspiration, the doctrine of divine inspiration, the doctrine of verbal inspiration, Repentance, the key to salvation and change, Justice, the theology of judgment, god's final judgment, the great white throne judgment, the day of the lord, Sexual relationship, Spirituality and harlotry, Rebellion and lawlessness: wickedness, demonic possession, substance abuse, abnormal behavior, insanity, mental illness, mental retardation, Alcoholics anonymous and other 12-step recovery programs, Casuistry, cases of conscience, Physiological problems, Case studies, Abuse, Child abuse and pedophilia, Pornography, Gratuitous sex a cause of violence, Hostility and violence, Rebellion and lawlessness: wickedness, demonic possession, substance abuse, abnormal behavior, insanity, mental illness, mental retardation, Prostitution, Adultery, Incest, Homosexuality, Incest, Rape, Crisis counseling, Pride, Jealousy, Envy, Pseudo-christian movements: a selection of works, Alcoholics Anonymous and Other 12 Step Recovery Programs, Appendix c: psychology and psychiatry, Case studies, and so forth, and so on.
TCRB5: 3571-3573

Related WebLinks

Temperance. Excerpted from The Original Covenanter, Vol. II. June, 1880. No. 14.
http://www.truecovenanter.com/reformedpresbyterian/magazine/orig_cov_temperance.html

The Naltrexone (Brand Names: ReVia, Depade) Page
A new drug, approved by the FDA, that shows great promise for treatment of alcohol and opiate addiction, in combination with counseling for relationship problems, a major cause of stress leading to addiction.
http://www.well.com/user/woa/revia/revhome.htm
Reconciliation of Relationships
http://www.lettermen2.com/bcrr2chb.html#reconorel
Listmania! Reconciliation of Relationships
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/listmania/list-browse/-/12IKF3FAKW3PC/ref=cm_aya_av.lm_more/102-1877593-9932911
Biblical Counsel: Resources for Renewal (The Web Edition)
The most important relationship is, of course, vertical, between the individual and his God.
The second most important relationship is, of course, horizontal, between the individual and society.
How the individual handles these relationships determines the outcome of their life, both temporal and eternal, and is interrelated with all other spheres of life. Learn more about these interrelationships at the following website.
http://www.lettermen2.com/
Repentance the key to Salvation and Change
http://www.lettermen2.com/bcrr2cha.html#rtktsac
Justification
http://www.lettermen2.com/bcrr6ch.html#jstfctn
The Shorter Catechism With Scripture Proofs (Carlisle, PA [P.O. Box 621, Carlisle 17013, USA]: The Banner of Truth Trust).
Arguably the greatest tract ever created, all factors considered.
http://www.reformed.org/documents/WSC_frames.html
Westminster Shorter Catechism Project: Body of Divinity Contained in Sermons upon the Assembly's Catechism by the Rev. Thomas Watson
http://www.shortercatechism.com/resources/vincent/wsc_vi_001.html?page_id=205
Westminster Shorter Catechism Project
"Click on any of the individual questions below to get the answer and Biblical references, as well as links to works by John Flavel, Thomas Watson, Thomas Boston, James Fisher, and John Whitecross, and others."
http://www.shortercatechism.com/
See also: "The Westminster Confession of Faith (1646) (The Westminster Standards) and Related Works: A Study Guide"
http://www.lettermen2.com/suggest.html

Beer, Booze, and Books: Resources for College Students
http://www.beerboozebooks.com/resources.htm



Anger

He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city. (Proverbs 16:32)

A fool's wrath is presently known: but a prudent man covereth shame. (Proverbs 12:16)

Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: neither give place to the devil. (Ephesians 4:26,37)

Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath. (James 1:19,20)

It is the great duty of all Christians to put off anger. It unfits for duty . . . a man cannot wrestle with God and wrangle with his neighbour at the same time. Short sins often cost us long and sad sorrows. -- Philip Henry

Adams, Jay E., Handling Anger God's Way; Dealing With Depression (Michigan City, IN: Sound Word Associates).
Audio cassette JA105.

Adams, Jay Edward, The Practical Encyclopedia of Christian Counseling.
See the subject "Anger," "Rage," "Aggravation," and so forth, and so on.

Adams, Jay E., What do you do When Anger Gets the Upper Hand? Alternate title: YOU CAN DEFEAT ANGER, 8 pages.
" 'Anger, like a good horse, must be bridled.' Uncontrolled temper is a sin. You can learn to release the energies of anger productively and under control to solve problems." -- David Powlison
What do you do When Anger Gets the Upper Hand?
http://www.lifeisworship.com/hbrpc/pfltmen.htm
A tract by Jay Adams.

*Lockyer, Herbert, All the Promises of the Bible (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Pub. House, 1996, 1962), ISBN: 0310281318.
"A devotional expositional compilation of all the promises [about 3,300 of the approximate 8,810 promises - sk] that are found in Scripture." -- Synopsis
"Lockyers in-depth look at the scope of Gods promises arranges them in categories that cover the full array of human concerns, from the spiritual to the material and the corporate to the personal. As you come to understand Gods promises and how they apply to every aspect of your life, you'll gain a trust in God that will sustain you through the worst of times and be your source of rejoicing in the best.
"Dr. Herbert Lockyer was born in London in 1886, and held pastorates in Scotland and England for 25 years before coming to the United States in 1935. In 1937 he received the honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Northwestern Evangelical Seminary. In 1955 he returned to England where he lived for many years. He then returned to the United States where he continued to devote time to the writing ministry until his death in November of 1984." -- Publisher's Annotation

*Miller, Wendell E. Forgiveness: The Power and the Puzzles, ISBN: 0964144115 9780964144118.
"Defines God's forgiveness in four ways: (1) initial forgiveness releases us from the penalty of sin and (2) restores us to fellowship with God, and (3) repetitive forgiveness releases us from the day by day penalty for fresh sins, and (4) restores us day by day to fellowship. Defines our forgiveness of others in two ways: (1) vertical forgiveness between us and God (Mark 11:25) releases others from the penalty of our wrath, and (2) horizontal forgiveness (Luke 17:3) restores the relationship between us and others who repent. Discusses flaws in such ideas as 'forgiving God' and 'forgiving oneself'." -- David Powlison
"It could have been called "The Anger Handbook" because it teaches how to overcome problems of hurt feelings, anger, and aggressive behavior. Overcoming problems of anger is crucial. Spouse abuse, failures in marriages, failures in child rearing, and even child abuse often erupt from anger. Parents who model angry behavior are likely to raise children with anger problems. And most importantly, God is not glorified by Christians who have anger problems.
"It teaches the kind of forgiveness that is nearly always an absolute necessity to becoming really free from the trauma of sexual abuse. . . .
"FORGIVENESS: THE POWER AND THE PUZZLES will add biblical power to the books that you already have on Christian living, discipleship, marriage, child rearing, anger, communications, forgiveness, and sexual abuse." -- Publisher's Annotation

Powlison, David, Anger: Escaping the Maze, ISBN: 0875526810 9780875526812, 28 pages.

Webster, W. (William), A Casuistical Essay on Anger and Forgiveness; Wherein the practice of duelling, and some defects in our laws, with regard to the punishment of crimes, are consider'd; . . . In three dialogues between a gentleman and a clergyman. London, 1750.

See also: The sovereign grace of god: his everlasting mercy and lovingkindness, The doctrine of man (human nature, total depravity), Covetousness
, greed, and selfishness, Repentance, the key to salvation and change, Justice, judgment, god's final judgment, the great white throne judgment, Bitterness and resentment, Hostility and violence, Repentance, the key to salvation and change, Forgiveness of sin, Reconciliation of relationships, Unforgiveness, Casuistry, cases of conscience, Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, Sexual relationship, Spirituality and harlotry, Jealousy, The promises of Christ, Bible promises, Emotions and health, Hypocracy, Pseudo-christian movements: a selection of works, Protecting children from dangers, Works by and for women, trials, Divorce, Emotions and health, Marriage, Parenting, Child abuse and pedophilia, and so forth, and so on.
TCRB5: 2539, 2914, 3131, 3132, 3953, 3955-3959, 4133
MGTP: Anger, Self-Control

Related WebLinks

What do you do When Anger Gets the Upper Hand?
http://www.lifeisworship.com/hbrpc/pfltmen.htm
A tract by Jay Adams.



Apathy, Indifference

First, you will arouse them out of apathy. This age is more indifferent to true religion than almost any other. It is alive enough to error, but to the old faith it turns a deaf ear. Yet I have noticed persons captivated by the truth of substitution who would not listen to anything else. If any discourse can hold men, as the ancient mariner detained the wedding guest, it is the story of divine love, incarnate in the person of Jesus, bleeding and dying for guilty men. Try that story when attention flags. It has a fascination about it. The marvellous history of the Son of God, who loved his enemies, and died for them-this will arrest them. The history of the Holy One who stood in the sinners' place, and was in consequence put to shame, and agony, and death-this will touch them. The sight of the bleeding Saviour overcomes obduracy and carelessness. -- C.H. Spurgeon in a sermon, The Blood of the Lamb, the Conquering Weapon

This blood overcomes the natural lethargy of men towards obedience; it stimulates them to holiness. If anything can make a man holy, it is a firm faith in the atoning sacrifice. When a man knows that Jesus died for him, he feels that he is not his own, but bought with a price, and therefore he must live unto him that died for him and rose again. In the atonement I see a motive equal to the greatest heroism; yes, a motive which will stimulate to perfect holiness. What manner of persons ought we to be for whom such a sacrifice has been presented! Now are we quickened into intensity of zeal and devotion. See, dear brothers, how to use the blood of the Lamb in this lower sphere while contending with evil among men. -- C.H. Spurgeon in a sermon, The Blood of the Lamb, the Conquering Weapon

BAXTER, RICHARD (1615-1691), Making Light of Christ and Salvation, Too oft the Issue of Gospel Invitations. In THE PRACTICAL WORKS OF RICHARD BAXTER: WITH A PREFACE, GIVING SOME ACCOUNT OF THE AUTHOR, AND OF THIS EDITION OF HIS PRACTICAL WORKS, 4 volumes (4:808-818). Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive.

KNOX, JOHN (1505-1572), Against Apostasy and Indifference. Alternate title: AN EPISTLE TO THE INHABITANTS OF NEW CASTLE AND BERWICK, 1558. In Knox, John, and David Laing, Works of John Knox. Available [WORKS OF JOHN KNOX] on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #19, ISBN: 092114895X 9780921148951.
"Formerly titled AN EPISTLE TO THE INHABITANTS OF NEW CASTLE AND BERWICK, 1558, one subheading reads; 'John Knox to the Inhabitants of Newcastle and Berwick, and Unto All Others, Who Sometime in the Realm of England Professed Christ Jesus, and Now Be Returned to the Bondage of Idolatry, Wishes True and Earnest Repentance By the Power and Operation of That Same Spirit Who Called From Death Jesus, the Only Pastor of Our Souls.' Written to stem the tide of backsliding and compromise during the dark days of Mary's reign in England, Knox sends a pastoral exhortation of repentance to those who had reverted to idolatrous worship. Grieving, he says that he was 'wounded almost to death' over these developments. Nevertheless he remained faithful to his readers, directing them to consider the great reward awaiting those who persevere and noting 'how horrible are the torments which the slaves of Satan (I mean idolaters, and such as for fear refuse the known truth) shall suffer with the Devil, and with his angels, without end.' Herein we see the serious nature of idolatry and of turning away from truth once attained." -- SWRB

Payson, Edward, The Guilt of Indifference to Divine Threatenings. In THE COMPLETE WORKS OF EDWARD PAYSON, 3 volumes (2:444-55).

See also: How to become a christian, Book-length presentations of the free offer of the gospel message of salvation and the life to come: the means of grace, The covenant faithfulness of god, Laziness, slothfulness, idleness, indolence, slackness, sluggishness/sluggard, Justification, Justifying faith, Sanctification, Hope, The sovereign grace of god: his everlasting mercy and lovingkindness, Soteriology, The Blood of Christ, The covenant faithfulness of god, Apologetics, Covenant Theology, The doctrine of man (human nature, total depravity), Fatalism, Lying, deceit, self-destructiveness, Depression, A theological interpretation of american history, and so forth, and so on.
TCRB5: 1083

Related WebLinks

"The Westminster Confession of Faith (1646) (The Westminster Standards) and Related Works: A Study Guide"
http://www.lettermen2.com/suggest.html



Assurance and Perseverance of the Saints

See: Assurance and Perseverance of the Saints
http://www.lettermen2.com/bcrr2cha.html#aapots



Atheism

Great and marvellous are thy works,
Lord God Almighty;
just and true are thy ways,
thou King of saints.
Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name?
for though only art holy:
for all the nations shall come and worship before thee;
for thy judgments are made manifest.
(Revelation 15:3b,4)

For the Lord is Our Judge, the Lord is Our Lawgiver, the Lord is Our King; He will save us. (Isaiah 33:22) Isaiah's Prophesy after the Angel of the Lord smote Sennacherib's army for good King Hezekiah.

The God of my rock; in him will I trust: he is my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, my saviour; thou savest me from violence. (2 Samuel 22:3)

The God of Israel said, the Rock of Israel spake to me, He that ruleth over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God. (2 Samuel 23:3)

The fool hath said in his heart,
There is no God.
They are corrupt,
they have done abominable works,
there is none that doeth good.
(Psalm 14:1)

See the Theological Notes, "Mankind's Guilty Knowledge of God" at Romans 1:29, and the note at Psalm 14:1 in The Reformation Study Bible

And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life. -- The Lord Jesus Christ (John 5:40)

The fool has said in his heart, There is no God. Corrupt are they, and have done abominable iniquity: there is none that doeth good. (Psalm 53:11)
Being a fool, he reflects his nature, saying, "There is no God." Being a great fool, he meddles with a great subject and comes to wild conclusions. Morally, as well as mentally, the atheist is a fool. He is a fool in the heart as well as in the head, a fool in morals as well as in philosophy. With the denial of God as a starting point, we may conclude that the fool's progress is raid, riotous, raving, and ruinous. One beginning at impiety is ready for anything. "No God" properly interpreted means no law, no order, no restraint to lust, no limit to evil passion. Who but a fool would be of this mind? What would the world become if such lawless principles came to be universal? One who heartily entertains an irreligious spirit, and follows it out to its legitimate issues, is dangerous to the common welfare; he is not rational. By nature every man is more or less a denier of God. Practical atheism is the religion of humanity. It is idle to compliment them as sincere doubters and amiable thinkers; they are in fact rotten. There is too much dainty dealing nowadays with atheism. It is not a harmless error; it is an offensive, rotten sin. Righteous men should look on it in that light. All men being by nature atheistic, they are also in the same degree corrupt. Their heart is foul; their moral nature is decayed.
"Corrupt are they, and have done abominable iniquity" -- bad principles soon lead to bad lives. One does not find virtue promoted by your Voltaires and Tom Paines. Those who talk so abominable as to deny their Maker will act abominable when it serves their turn. It is the denial and forgetfulness of God abounding among men which is the source of the unrighteousness and crime which we see around us. It all men are not outwardly vicious, it is to be accounted for by the power of other and better principles. Left to itself, the "No God" spirit would produce nothing but evil acts. -- C.H. Spurgeon commenting on Psalm 53:11 in Devotional Classics of C.H. Spurgeon, p. 270

And they overcame by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. (Revelation 12:11)

The doctrine of the blood of the Lamb prevents or scatters error. I do not think that by reasoning we often confute error to any practical purpose. We may confute it rhetorically and doctrinally, but men still stick to it. But the doctrine of the precious blood, when it once gets into the heart, drives error out of it, and sets up the throne of truth. You cannot be clinging to an atoning sacrifice, and still delight in modern heresies. Those who deny inspiration are sure to get rid of the vicarious atonement, because it will not allow their errors. Let us go on proclaiming the doctrine of the great sacrifice, and this will kill the vipers of heresy. Let us uplift the cross, and never mind what other people say. Perhaps we have taken too much notice of them already. Let the dogs bark, it is their nature to. Go on preaching Christ crucified. God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of the Lord Jesus Christ! -- C.H. Spurgeon in a sermon, The Blood of the Lamb, the Conquering Weapon

If God does not exist, everything is permitted. -- Dostoevsky

Selfishness and pride will blind even the gifted and learned to the truth. Lust for power and the will to play God will blind us to the truth. Intense nationalistic pride, political bent, alienation during secular schooling, or personal ambitions blind us to the "evident connection between Absolute Truth, sovereign authority, holiness, life, loving obedience, moral behavior, sanctification, justice, freedom (political, economic, and individual), social stability, and real progress. . . ." -- Preface, Biblical Counsel: Resources for Renewal (The Web Edition).

Beisner, E. Calvin, Answers for Atheists: A Dialogue Between a Christian and a Skeptical Inquirer, revised edition, ISBN: 0891077006 9780891077008.
"In this unusual book, frank dialogues between a non-Christian and his Christian friend move intriguingly from topic to topic, covering such pertinent questions as: Is there a God? How do we know? So, why does evil exist? Why should modern man believe in the Bible rather than evolution or in miracles rather than scientific law? What are the evidences for Christianity? If Christianity is true, why has so much evil been done in its name? Can God really forgive me for what I've done?
"Calvin Beisner is associate professor of interdisciplinary studies at Covenant College, Lookout Mountain, Georgia, and a ruling elder in the Presbyterian Church in America. -- Publisher's Annotation

Berlinski, David, The Devil's Delusion: Atheism and its Scientific Pretensions, ISBN: 9780307396266 0307396266.

Downes, Stephen, Stephen Downes Guide to the Logical Fallacies.
"Lists all known logical fallacies, with definitions, examples, and the steps needed to prove that the fallacy is committed. Site also includes links to logic references and resources."
Stephen's Guide to Logical Fallacies
http://www.fallacies.ca/

Koster, John P., Jr., The Atheist Syndrome (Brentwood, TN: Wolgemuth and Hyatt Publishers), ISBN: 0943497337 9780943497334.
"Many of the people who founded the modern faith of faithlessness all shared certain common experiences: Nietzsche, Darwin, Hitler, Stalin, Freud, Sartre, Rullell, et al. Koster defines this `atheist syndrome' and then provides a means of recognizing it in our society today." -- GCB
"This hard-to-find book is an excellent introduction to social etiology of clinical psychosis and nuerocognitive behavior as they relate to atheism. It is the first work I've seen which convincingly demonstrates a direct causative bridge between an absence of faith in God to recognized symptoms of mental illness such as paranoia, loss of appetite, and bed-wetting. . . .
"The Atheist Syndrome" is definitely a useful first-year graduate text covering the inherent pitfalls of evolutionary theory and atheistic moral decomposition. Some of the more unique (and interesting) features of the book include a discussion of the impact of modern computer animation on atheism; a handy directory of atheists' homes and phone numbers; and a discussion of prominent modern atheists, ranging from Jacobi to Klismann and even De Llundum. . . ." -- Reader's Comment

Martin, Walter, "Evil and Human Suffering" (San Juan Capistrano, CA: Christian Research Institute International).
"Aimed at the atheist or agnostic, discusses the question of suffering and why God permits it."

*Morey, Robert, The New Atheism and the Erosion of Freedom (Minneapolis, MN: Bethany House Publishers, c1986), ISBN: 0875523625 9780875523620.
"Exposes the godless suppression of religious freedom today and presents effective ways to convert atheists to Christ. In case you have not noticed atheism/secular humanism is gaining ground. Are you grounded in what these philosophies teach? Can you refute them? Dr. Morey will show you how." -- GCB
The American Atheist Union has said this is the most dangerous book ever written about religion. Includes bibliography.

Nietzsche, Friedrich Wilhelm, Walter Kaufmann (translator), Beyond Good and Evil: Prelude to a Philosophy of the Future, ISBN: 0585110875 9780585110875.
"Represents Nietzsche's attempt to sum up his philosophy. In nine parts the book is designed to give the reader a comprehensive idea of Nietzche's thought and style. With an inclusive index of subjects and persons." -- Publisher's Annotation
Non-dualism was a basic tenet of the philosophy of Nietzsche. See The Non-duality of Sri Aurobindo and The Mother: A Profile.

Warfield, Benjamin B. (1851-1921), Calvin's Doctrine of the Knowledge of God. In THE WORKS OF B.B. WARFIELD (5:29-130). Also in CALVIN AND AUGUSTINE. (29-130)

Rushdoony, R.J. (1916-2001), The Atheism of the Early Church (Vallecito, CA: Ross House Books), ISBN: 1879998181 9781879998186.
"Early Christians were called 'heretics' and 'atheists' when they denied the gods of Rome, in particular the divinity of the emperor and the statism he embodied in his personality cult. These Christians knew that Jesus Christ, not the state, was their Lord and that this faith required a different kind of relationship to the state than it demanded. Because Jesus Christ was their acknowledged Sovereign, they consciously denied such esteem to all other claimants. Today the church must take a similar stand before the modern state." -- Publisher's Annotation

*Zacharias, Ravi, The Real Face of Atheism. Alternate title: A SHATTERED VISAGE, THE REAL FACE OF ATHEISM (Brentwood, TN: Wolgemuth and Hyatt, Publishers, Inc.), 0801099382 9780801099380.
"The author presents a concise apologetic showing the glaring contradictions in this bankrupt world view. He contrasts the emptiness of atheism with the hope and fulfillment of Christianity, illustrating that atheism is a house divided against itself, destined for collapse. He has lectured in over 40 countries." -- GCB
"With a new introduction and revisions throughout, THE REAL FACE OF ATHEISM is the perfect text for pastors, students, and thinking laypeople who want to improve their apologetic skill and reach out to non-believers." -- Publisher's Annotation

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The Blood of the Lamb, the Conquering Weapon
A sermon by C.H. Spurgeon delivered on Lord's-day morning, September 9, 1888, at the Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington, Sermon no. 2043.
"This is the way in which you should use this plea. Say, 'My God, I am utterly unworthy, and I own it; but, I beseech thee, hear me for the honour of thy dear Son. By his agony and bloody sweat, by his cross and passion, by his precious death and burial, I beseech thee hear me! O Lord, let the blood of thine Only-begotten prevail with thee! Canst thou put aside his groans, his tears, his death, when they speak on my behalf?' If you can thus come to pleading terms with God upon this ground, you must and will prevail. Jesus must be heard in heaven. The voice of his blood is eloquent with God. If you plead the atoning sacrifice, you must overcome through the blood of the Lamb." -- C.H. Spurgeon
http://www.covenantofgrace.com/spurgeon_the_blood_of_the_lamb.htm

*Is Faith Delusional? (part 2 of 2) an address by Ravi Zacharias
"The attacks on Christianity from atheists have reached a new peak. In the past few months books have been written with titles like THE GOD DELUSION. Are Christians truly deluded? Ravi Zacharias answers the charge this week on "Let My People Think" (part 2 of 2). http://htod.cdncon.com/o2/rzimht/MP3/LMPT/LMP20100213.mp3

Appendix D: Pseudo-Christian Movements: A Selection of Works
http://www.lettermen2.com/bcrrappd.html

The Non-duality of Sri Aurobindo and The Mother: A Profile
http://www.lettermen2.com/syncret.html



Betrayal

A Holy man knows that all sin strikes at the holiness of God, the glory of God, the nature of God, the being of God, and the law of God: and therefore his heart rises against all; he looks upon every sin as the Scribes and Pharisees that accused Christ; and as the Judas that betrayed Christ; and as the Pilate that condemned Christ; and as those soldiers that scourged Christ; and as those spears that pierced Christ. -- Thomas Brooks

There is some danger of falling into a soft and effeminate Christianity, under the plea of a lofty and ethereal theology. Christianity was born for endurance; not an exotic, but hardy plant, braced by the keen wind; not languid, nor childish, nor cowardly. It walks with strong step and erect frame; it is kindly, but firm; it is gentle, but honest; it is calm, but not facile; obliging, but not imbecile; decided, but not churlish. It does not fear to speak the firm word of condemnation against error, nor to raise it's voice against surrounding evils, under the pretext it is not of this world; it does not shrink from giving honest reproof, lest it come under the charge of displaying an unchristian spirit. It calls sin sin, in whomsoever it is found, and would rather risk the accusation of being actuated by a bad spirit than not to discharge an explicit duty. Let us not misjudge strong words used in honest controversy. Out of the heat a viper may come forth; but we shake it off and feel no harm. The religion of both the Old and New Testaments is marked by fervent testimonies against evil. To speak smooth things in such a case may be sentimentalism, but it is not Christianity. . . . It is a betrayal of truth and righteousness. I know that charity covers a multitude of sins; but it does not call evil good, because a good man has done it; it does not excuse inconsistencies, because the inconsistent brother has a high name and a fervent spirit; crookedness and worldliness are still crookedness, though exhibited in one who seems to have reached no common height of attainment. -- Horatius Bonar (1818-1889

Barnes, Harry Elmer, et al., Perpetual war for Perpetual Peace: A Critical Examination of the Foreign Policy of Franklin Delano Roosevelt and its Aftermath, 724 pages, ISBN: 0837121442 9780837121444.
"Classic revisionist study of how FDR maneuvered America, against the wishes of most of its citizens, into war against Germany and Japan, and how FDR's war policy ended in betrayal, disillusion and endless conflict. Establishes convincingly that U.S. participation in World War II was neither necessary, nor desirable, nor just. Edited by one of this century's most influential American scholars, this is a work in the front rank of American historical scholarship. Eleven concise, scintillating essays on every aspect of FDR's secret diplomatic and military warpath, by eight giants of revisionist scholarship, including H. E. Barnes, Charles C. Tansill, F. R. Sanborn, W. L. Neumann, G. Morgenstern, Percy L. Graves, Wm. H. Chamberlin, and G. A. Lundberg. A measured and relentless exposť of the calculated deceit by which FDR overturned America's traditional neutrality policy, provoked Pearl Harbor, and waged a brutal, pointless war that culminated in mass slaughter at Dresden and Hiroshima, and betrayal -- of America and the West -- at Yalta and Potsdam. These are incisive, unmistakably American perspectives on how the US made a mockery of its own professed ideals during the 'Good War.' A virtual encyclopedia -- authoritative and comprehensive -- on the real causes and the actual results of America's entry into the Second World War. Indispensable as a history and a reference. Highly relevant for an understanding of how the United States came to its present-day policy of "New World Order" global military adventurism." -- Publisher's Annotation
"If you complain about and want to know why GWB lied us into war, you'd better prepare yourself for the fact that this has been going on for 100 and perhaps over 140 years.
"For the real story on WW II (and beyond) you can't do better than this classic revisionist tome. I would also recommend THE REAL LINCOLN, and WILSON'S WAR if you want to get a more balanced view of some of our 'great' presidents and the unnecessary wars they embroiled us in - all of which caused millions of deaths, huge federal deficits, aggrandized the central government and brought us into the Orwellian police state." -- Reader's Comment
"Harry Elmer Barnes was one of the most productive historians and social scientists of the 20th century. A bibliography of his books and monographs is about 50 pages and includes long tomes on various topics such as sociology, history, criminology, etc. His editing of PERPETUAL WAR FOR PERPETUAL PEACE shows Barnes' ability as both a historian and an editor of other men whose contributions to this book are well written and poignant.
"Barnes begins this book with an essay on the background of World War II by giving the reader a good summary of World War I and its aftermath. Barnes is clear that events before World War I were radically different than events during and after this war. He traces American policy from the end of World War I to World War II and beyond.
"Barnes' use of Percy Greaves' background to the attack on Pearl Harbor is effective. Greaves was an expert on what actually happened when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. Greaves' account is no sanitized textbook report, but a carefully documented assessment that is basically unanswerable.
"The same could be said of Morgenstern's work mentioned in PERPETUAL WAR FOR PERPETUAL PEACE. Morgenstern's book PEARL HARBOR:THE STORY OF THE SECRET WAR is by far the best book written on the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, and when the 'experts' could not refute him, they resorted to smearing him.
"Charles Tansill's essay is well worth reading. In fact, Tansill's contribution to this book should be followed by a careful reading of his BACK DOOR TO WAR. Tansill had to resort to trickery to get the documents and sources for his BACK DOOR TO WAR.
"The essays in PERPETUAL WAR FOR PERPETUAL PEACE not only deal with the government's lying and manipulation to get Americans involved in a useless war, but the essays also indicate that the Americans got nothing out of the war. In fact, the only actual winners were the political leaders of Big Communism which expanded well into Eastern Europe and Asia. In fact, the phony "Cold War" was essentially the attempt to settle the accounts from World War II.
"Of particular interest is the essay on Orwellian trends. The government's use of war as a means to absorb unemployment by going to war and employing large numbers of people in war materials industries is instructive and should be read carefully. This essay makes clear that domestic problems and unemployment issues can resolved by long protracted wars with no clear winners or losers except for those who hold political power on both sides. This essay also shows how enemies and allies can change almost overnight.
"PERPETUAL WAR FOR PERPETUAL peace is a good start to learning a more comprehensive view on both the truth of the origins of World War II and the political and diplomatic trends thereafter. This book should be read by serious historians to correct the distortions in badly written textbooks and the phony presentations of politically correct teachers who are too timid to do any serious reading or thinking." -- Reader's Comment

Bovard, James, The Bush Betrayal (Palgrave-Macmillan, August 7, 2004), ISBN: 140396727X 9781403967275.
"In January 2001, George W. Bush assumed the Presidency of the United States promising peace, prosperity, and a renewed sense of integrity. In THE BUSH BETRAYAL, James Bovard vividly illustrates how Bush abandoned both his campaign promises an his oath to uphold the Constitution, leaving instead a nation at war, in massive debt, and in service to the special interests of big business. THE BUSH BETRAYAL is a seething indictment of a presidency far removed from the will of the people and is destined to be another classic from Washington's most outspoken critic." -- Publisher's Annotation
"Jim Bovard is a one-man policy think tank, or, rather, a one-man version of what a policy think tank ought to be. Instead of cozying up to the state, the Beltwayites ought to be trying to copy Bovard: doing meticulous and meticulously documented analysis of the crimes of government. Who ever looks, really looks, with the right attitude, at the budget and programs of a federal agency? Or records, with great wit, all the felonies against freedom of the Clinton and Bush administrations? Not that they could copy Bovard, but they ought to try. THE BUSH BETRAYAL is the handbook of our revolution." -- Lew Rockwell, www.lewrockwell.com
"Writing from a libertarian perspective, Bovard (Terrorism and Tyranny, etc.) offers a fierce critique of the presidency of George W. Bush, focusing on restrictions on liberty and expansion of government. After 9/11, he writes, "[t]he simple solution was to increase the power of good -- i.e., government -- to vanquish evil." By the fourth chapter, Bovard has moved on to Bush's gyrations on free trade, notably steel tariffs. By the fifth, he's on to No Child Left Behind, arguing that home schooling surpasses government schooling. Bovard takes swipes at AmeriCorps (a wasteful way for Bush to invoke virtue, he says), subsidies for sugar (an industry that gives huge political contributions), the Medicare bill (far more expensive than advertised), the prison industry and the drug war. He asserts that Attorney General John Ashcroft has "effectively encouraged agencies to deny FOIA [Freedom of Information Act] requests" and points out abuses of 9/11 detainees in New York. Americans, Bovard concludes, should cease looking to a president as a savior and instead view him as a hired hand -- though he doesn't exactly sketch out the boundaries of such limited government. The book, based on secondary sources, does not break much new ground. It is notable as a comprehensive attack on the administration from a less-often-heard place on the political spectrum." -- Publishers Weekly
Review of THE BUSH BETRAYAL by former Congressman Bob Barr (R-Ga., 1995-2003)
http://www.amconmag.com/2004_09_13/review.html

*Coral Ridge Ministries, "Taking Liberties: The Betrayal of Our Heritage" (Fort Lauderdale, FL: Coral Ridge Ministries, 1992).
A one-hour television special available in the form of a transcript, audio cassette, video cassette, or CD.
"Perhaps there is no other concept more important than liberty in understanding America."
A brilliant presentation of the concepts of liberty by a wide range of authorities.

Fransway, Rebecca (compiler), 12-Step Horror Stories: True Tales of Misery, Betrayal and Abuse in AA, NA and 12-Step Treatment (See Sharp Press, 1st edition, June 1, 2000), ISBN: 1884365248 9781884365249.
"I read 12-STEP HORROR STORIES because 12-Stepping is used by the co-dependent Shadow Priest to 'treat' the made-up co-dependent disorder. I was not prepared for the tales of misery that lie with in these pages. The mistreatment received by the unsuspecting victims of the 12-Steppers, as told by real people, who lived it, is unforgivable.
"To think that our courts and employers are forcing people into this 12-Stepping cult scares the hell out of me, and should you as well. For as shown in these pages anyone, even a non-user, and yes even you can be mandated to this nightmare. This book can help to open your eyes so you will know that there are other options to the 12-Stepping cult.
"This fine book talk mostly about AA and NA 12-Step groups where attendance is many times compulsory, nevertheless please understand that the made-up disorder they are calling co-dependency is, as well, under the control of the 12-Stepping cultist. No one is forced into the co-dependency 12-Step cult, thus I find it mind boggling that anyone would enthusiastically put on this coat of powerlessness, victimhood, and disease. Why would anyone willingly place their mind under a cult's mind control is beyond my ability to understand. All the same, they do by the millions.
"Read this book and armour yourself, for the 12-Step cult is waiting to consume your humanity." -- Rick Goodner, author of Co-dependent . . . What a Bore and Other Clinical Observations
"This book is going to cause a lot of controversy in AA and make a lot of AA members mad, because it's full of the truth about what really happens to a whole lot of people who unsuspectingly go to AA thinking they are going to get help. Yes, many do get help, but a lot of doctors who have lost their licenses have helped people too; that doesn't mean they can commit malpractice on some of them. The same rules we apply to other health care organizations need to be applied to AA and NA and the treatment centers that push AA and NA, as long as they call addiction a 'disease' they need to treat it like one and not like something hopeless that requires faith healing. This book points out the ridiculous stuff that goes on at treatment centers. People being forced to say they are powerless or they will lose their jobs. Verbal abuse, 13 stepping, suicides. None of these things are rare -- they happen in ever treatment center and group. Thank goodness someone is finally saying something about it. My father committed suicide after being harangued and harassed in a treatment center, then told by his employer since he did not cooperate with treatment (did not say he was powerless and work the steps) he lost his job. I wish he had been able to bring a book like this to his employer. I wish he had been able to read a book like this and get the help he really needed, not a bunch of people who can't even solve their own problems. As far as I'm concerned, his death is AA's fault. I'll bet there are thousands of stories just like his." -- Donna Ling
"This review is not meant to denounce the 12-Step AA program, I have seen many helped by it. I am writing this review to applaud this book for exposing the kinds of absolute power that have emerged from the 12-Step program and have formed a kind of hidden, frightening dictatorship that operates freely within our democratic society. This book also exposes our society's tacit assumption that the 12-Step program is the only one that works for addictions (the recent film Traffic is just one more example of this assumption). And, this book exposes the absolute power given by many treatment programs to untrained laypeople to diagnose and control others. The stories in this book are frightening and dramatic. Everyone who has ever taken a drink of alcohol for any reason will should read it and anyone who works as any kind of counselor should read it. But then, every parent of a child old enough to drink alcohol should read it and every volunteer or paid worker for an organized religion should read it. It's clear from their urgent tone that the people whose stories are told in this book have been desperate for someone to tell their shocking experiences to. Fransway has clearly provided them and the readers a great service by listening to presenting those stories here." -- Reader's Comment
"Editor Fransway pulls away the veil concealing the ugly side of 12-Step groups with true-life tales from that dark side. Usually seen as a helping hand to alcoholics, drug addicts, overeaters, smokers, survivors of childhood sexual abuse, and others, 12-Step groups can be ineffectual and even harmful to some. A satiric 12-Step glossary seemingly written in acid precedes the contributors' accounts of rejection, betrayal, cult like brainwashing, and even rape experienced in 12-Step programs. Some of the purportedly spiritual groups, based on the notion of a loving 'higher power,' have apparently condoned any number of questionable practices. Those include routine denunciation by a group of individual members' anger as being 'nonspiritual,' regardless of circumstances; a rigidly collective approach that put one contributor into a psych ward; and exploitation of newcomers' vulnerability, as in the case of the contributor who was raped. In an age when multitudes dance the 12-Step, these words of warning may help many avoid its pitfalls." -- Whitney Scott, from Booklist
"The official bedtime story book for 12-Step members. A collection of true tales of suffering endured by step group participants at the hands of sponsors, stepper gurus, fellow members and treatment providers. Makes a great gift for hardliners who insist: 'It works if you work it' by cleverly responding . . . ' unless of course your program, group, sponsor or treatment provider is sicker than you are'!" -- AA Deprogramming

Garrett, Laurie, Betrayal of Trust: The Collapse of Global Public Health, ISBN: 0786884401 9780786884407.
"On a par with Rachel Carson's SILENT SPRING, this chilling exploration of the decline of public health should be taken seriously by leaders and policymakers around the world. Garrett, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist for Newsday ('The Coming Plague: Newly Emerging Diseases in a World Out of Balance'), has written an accessible and prodigiously researched analysis of disaster in the making in a world with no functioning public health infrastructure. In India in 1994, neglect of public health for the poor led to an outbreak of pneumonic plague; the once-dreaded disease is now easily treatable with antibiotics, but the failure of Indian authorities to quickly reach a diagnosis and provide accurate information resulted in a worldwide panic. The former Soviet Union, for all its flaws, according to Garrett, assured every citizen access to health care. After the U.S.S.R.'s breakup, the Russian economy collapsed. With no funding left for health care, Russia was overwhelmed by a tuberculosis epidemic. Even the U.S., historically a pioneer in public health (this commitment was demonstrated by New York City's quick and successful response to an 1888 cholera epidemic, as well as the tenement reform movement of the early 1900s that helped eliminate diphtheria), is lagging today. During the Reagan administration, Garrett says, budget cuts dramatically weakened public health while also denying poor Americans access to medical care. The author believes that the medical challenges posed by the epidemic spread of AIDS in Africa, by drug-resistant microbes carried from one country to another and by the danger of biological warfare can be met only by a cooperative global movement dedicated to strengthening public health infrastructures. Garrett sounds the alarm with an articulate and carefully reasoned account. -- Publishers Weekly

Greider, William, Who Will Tell the People? The Betrayal of American Democracy (Touchstone Books, reprint edition, 1993), ISBN: 0671867407 9780671867409.
"An angry inquiry into the putative decline of democracy [democratic republic -- sk] in the US. Unlike many observers, Greider (SECRETS OF THE TEMPLE, 1987, etc.) goes beyond the manifest deficiencies of electoral campaigns to focus on the politics of governance -- and he concludes that so-called monied interests are ascendant in Washington's power centers. By the author's anecdotal account, the institutionalized intervention of these corporate advocates into administrative as well as legislative affairs costs ordinary citizens dearly -- from purposefully lax enforcement of federal law and indulgent treatment of casino capitalism through an inequitable tax system. In Greider's canon, the sorry state of the union does not lack for guilty parties. He blames the ebb of democracy in America on both major political parties (which cater to affluent elites), the press (which no longer mediates between the public and its representatives), big business (as exemplified by the awesome influence wielded by General Electric Co.), and even the populace (whose activism has been limited of late to grass-roots concerns). Greider goes on to argue that the cold war's end offers the US a historic opportunity to renew its democratic principles and to apply them on a global basis. For starters, he proposes that a citizenry committed to challenging the status quo could make multinational enterprises more accountable to society at large, if need be by denying them access to the vast domestic marketplace until they measure up to populist standards of responsibility. Whether the heterogeneous American people have an agenda as explicitly progressive as Greider assumes (and embraces) will strike many as a very open question. Still, a provocative and sobering assessment of how self-government's reach can exceed its grasp." -- Kirkus Reviews

Newfield, Jack, and Wayne Barrett, City for Sale: Ed Koch and the Betrayal of New York (Harpercollins, December 1, 1988), ISBN: 0060160608, ISBN: 0060160608 9780060160609.
"Investigative reporters Newfield (NY Daily News) and Barrett (Village Voice) attempt to expose the Koch administration's descent into corruption and criminality. No bibliography.

Peters, David B., A Betrayal of Innocence: What Everyone Should Know About Child Sexual Abuse (Dallas, TX: Word Publishing, c1986), ISBN: 0849905028 9780849905025.
"Covers what abuse is, the signs and effects it can have, what to do once abuse is discovered, how to question a child, precautionary measures every parent should take, whom to trust, whom not to trust, and how to overcome emotional trauma and live a happy life."

*Stinnett, Robert B., Day of Deceit: The Truth About FDR and Pearl Harbor, ISBN: 0684853396 9780684853390.
Contents: The biggest story of my life -- FDR's back door to war -- The White House decides -- We are alert for an attack on Hawaii -- The splendid arrangement -- The outside man -- All clear for a surprise attack -- An unmistakable pattern -- Watch the wide sea -- A night with a princess -- War may come quicker than anyone dreams -- The Japs are blasting away on the frequencies -- A pretty cheap price -- This means war -- The escape was north -- Epilogue: Destroy anything in writing.
"Historians have long debated whether President Roosevelt had advance knowledge of Japan's December 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor. Using documents pried loose through the Freedom of Information Act during 17 years of research, Stinnett provides overwhelming evidence that FDR and his top advisers knew that Japanese warships were heading toward Hawaii. The heart of his argument is even more inflammatory: Stinnett argues that FDR, who desired to sway public opinion in support of U.S. entry into WWII, instigated a policy intended to provoke a Japanese attack. The plan was outlined in a U.S. Naval Intelligence secret strategy memo of October 1940; Roosevelt immediately began implementing its eight steps (which included deploying U.S. warships in Japanese territorial waters and imposing a total embargo intended to strangle Japan's economy), all of which, according to Stinnett, climaxed in the Japanese attack. Stinnett, a decorated naval veteran of WWII who served under then Lt. George Bush, substantiates his charges with a wealth of persuasive documents, including many government and military memos and transcripts. Demolishing the myth that the Japanese fleet maintained strict radio silence, he shows that several Japanese naval broadcasts, intercepted by American cryptographers in the 10 days before December 7, confirmed that Japan intended to start the war at Pearl Harbor. Stinnett convincingly demonstrates that the U.S. top brass in Hawaii--Pacific Fleet commander Adm. Husband Kimmel and Lt. Gen. Walter Short--were kept out of the intelligence loop on orders from Washington and were then scapegoated for allegedly failing to anticipate the Japanese attack (in May 1999, the U.S. Senate cleared their names). Kimmel moved his fleet into the North Pacific, actively searching for the suspected Japanese staging area, but naval headquarters ordered him to turn back. Stinnett's meticulously researched book raises deeply troubling ethical issues. While he believes the deceit built into FDR's strategy was heinous, he nevertheless writes: "I sympathize with the agonizing dilemma faced by President Roosevelt. He was forced to find circuitous means to persuade an isolationist America to join in a fight for freedom." This, however, is an expression of understanding, not of absolution. If Stinnett is right, FDR has a lot to answer for -- namely, the lives of those Americans who perished at Pearl Harbor. Stinnett establishes almost beyond question that the U.S. Navy could have at least anticipated the attack. The evidence that FDR himself deliberately provoked the attack is circumstantial, but convincing enough to make Stinnett's bombshell of a book the subject of impassioned debate in the months to come." -- Publisher's Weekly, subject copyright

See also: The sovereignty of god, The doctrine of man (human nature, total depravity), The inspiration and infallibility of scripture (the doctrine of revelation, the doctrine of plenary inspiration, the doctrine of divine inspiration, the doctrine of verbal inspiration, Repentance, the key to salvation and change, Justice, the theology of judgment, god's final judgment, the great white throne judgment, the day of the lord, Hypocracy, Covetousness, greed, and selfishness, The covenant faithfulness of god, Covenant theology, Background and history of the covenanted reformation of scotland, The covenanted reformation, Covenanted reformation short title listing, Corporate faithfulness and sanctification, Sexual relationship, Spirituality and harlotry, Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, Toleration, liberty of conscience, pluralism, and neutrality, Treason and impeachment, The sovereign grace of god: his everlasting mercy and lovingkindness, Adultery, Incest, Child abuse and pedophilia, Repentance the key to salvation and change, Justification, Justifying faith, Christ's kingdom, Lordship of jesus christ, The all-sufficiency of christ, Trusting god, Idolatry, Secret societies, ungodly alliances, voluntary associations, Pseudo-christian movements: a selection of works, Unfaithful reformed ministries, Politics, Conspiracy and corruption, Antichrist, Popery, The counter reformation, Machiavellianism, Secret societies, ungodly alliances, voluntary associations, Individual responsibility for corporate faithfulness and sanctification, Divorce, Unfaithful reformed ministries, Bad relationships a cause of disease and death, Bible promises, False gospels, Modern myths, Lying, deceit, self-deception, Ethics, Medical ethics, Foolishness, Security, Spiritual warfare, Vengeance and retaliation, The decline of american society, and so forth, and so on.
TCRB5: 412

Related WebLinks

Apologetics #09: The Enlightenment in Western Thought #2
Dr. C. Gregg Singer, Apologetics, 69 min.
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=3105182230

A Draft Resolution of Congressional Censure Against United States Supreme Court Justices Kennedy, O'Connor, Rehnquist, Scalia, and Thomas for Their Betrayal of the American People and the United States Constitution Displayed in the Decisions of Bush v. Gore
http://www.censurethefive.org/resolved.html



Birth Control

Anderson, J.N.D, Issues of Life and Death: Abortion, Birth Control, Capital Punishment (InterVarsity Press, 1977), ISBN: 0877847215, 0340231513.

BARROW, REG, Birth Control, Christian Education and the Victory of Christ's Kingdom in two parts: 1. "Godless Public Education and Sin" and 2. "Why Satan Loves Birth Control." Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive.
"The first section shows from Scripture how it is a mark of apostasy to send young children, especially during their formative years, to schools that do not make Christ the Lord of education. It also encourages family worship and outlines the elements of this sacred task; giving a helpful list of resources related to both family worship and Christian education. The second essay deals with the practical effects of the pagan practice of birth control upon the church and the growth of the kingdom of Christ." -- SWRB

Critchlow, Donald T. (editor), The Politics of Abortion and Birth Control in Historical Perspective, ISBN: 0271015705 9780271015705.

Heine, Max, Children: Blessing or Burden? (Old Tappan, NJ: Chosen Books), ISBN: 0884192318 9780884192312.
"This author ably seeks to explore seven myths of the small family that Christians have swallowed from the culture of the world. Since the Bible says children are a blessing, why do we feel that they are such a burden? Here is a clarion call for Christians to rethink the current trends toward small families and childlessness and, instead, begin to gain a Biblical perspective. Heine raises some searching questions about birth control and whether such practices are truly honoring to God." -- GCB

Hess, Rick, and Jan Hess, A Full Quiver: Family Planning and The Lordship of Christ (Brentwood, TN: Wolgemuth and Hyatt Publishers), ISBN: 0943497833 9780943497839.
"I promise you, this is NOT just another Christian book! `Life-changing' and `exciting' about sum it up -- as do `Biblical,' `refreshing,' and even `entertaining.' I don't endorse this book lightly. For one thing, I have been living it for the past thirteen years, before Rick and Jan even wrote it. From our experience and the experience of thousands of families that have written to us, my husband Bill and I can confidently assert that the fruit of this teaching is GOOD. Those who don't try it may knock it, but those who are willing to work at being good stewards of those blessings know better! What an effect this book could have on our churches, communities, social institutions, and families!" -- Mary Pride

Knudsen, Robert D., Ethics and Birth Control
Typescript (mimeographed) "The slightly revised form of a paper presented before the 16th annual convention of the American Scientific Affiliation in Houghton, New York, Aug. 22-25, 1961." Article published originally in The Journal of the American Scientific Affiliation; 14, no. 1. Description: 9 leaves ; 28 cm."

Montgomery, John Warwick, Slaughter of the Innocents: Abortion, Birth Control, and Divorce (Good News Pub., March 1981), 128 pages, ISBN: 0891072160 9780891072164.

Plan Your Family (Wheaton, IL: Good News Publishers [Crossway Books]), ISBN: 0891075852 9780891075851.

Payne, Franklin E., Biblical Healing for Modern Medicine: Choosing Life and Health or. . . Disease and Death, (Augusta, Georgia: Covenant Books, 1993), ISBN: 0962987611 9780962987618, 236 pp.
"Seeks to offer a comprehensive biblical philosophy of medicine. 'Christians continue to consider that medicine and faith are separate moral categories. This book aims to correct that false conception.' Initial chapters lay out biblical perspectives on life, death, illness, and healing. Subsequent chapters discuss the modern medical profession, financing of medical care, psychology, death and dying, abortion, infertility, birth control, the role of the state and the church in medical issues, and self-help medicine. 'I am convinced that everything that physicians do must be subjected to close scrutiny'." -- David Powlison
Contents: True wholistic medicine: a sound mind and a sound body -- The Bible and the practice of medicine -- Physician, heal thyself? (the goals of medicine) -- Why does medical care cost so much? -- The Trojan horse of Christianity: psychology and psychiatry -- "It is appointed for men to die once" -- Abortion: the killing fields -- Who are my mother and father? -- "World overpopulation" and birth control -- "No admittance, healing in progress" -- Medicine and the civil government -- The church and the practice of medicine -- Health starts with the individual and family -- A Bible study: health, healing, and medicine -- A special message to physicians and medical students.

*Payne, Franklin E., Making Biblical Decisions (Escondido, CA: Hosanna House), ISBN: 0962320404 9780962320408.
"Dr. Payne's book should be found on the shelf of every Christian home . . . it is bound to become a practical classic." -- Jay Adams
"Biblical perspective to inform a range of ethical decisions: birth control, artificial insemination, in vitro fertilization, genetic engineering, and death. 'We frequently overlook the fact that we live in a universe where the primary reality is supernatural.' 'My intent is to help all Christians know what is darkness and what is light within the practice of medicine'." -- David Powlison

PROVAN, CHARLES D., The Bible and Birth Control, ISBN: 9991799834. Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive.
"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). 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 21th 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!" -- SWRB
"Provan's task is to show that both the Scriptures and the Christian tradition are on the side of openness to children. . . .
"Provan walks the reader through a careful re-examination of the traditional 'prooftexts' against contraception ('Be fruitful and multiply,' 'Children are an heritage from the Lord,' the example of Onan) and finds modern exegesis falling woefully short of the standards set by Luther, Calvin, Chemnitz, et al. As Melanchthon argued in the APOLOGY FOR THE AUGSBURG CONFESSION, a confessional document, that God's command, 'Be fruitful and multiply,' applies only to Adam and Eve is akin to saying 'Let the land produce vegetation' applies only to the plants in Paradise. The command holds for all who share the nature of Adam and Eve, i.e., all mankind.
"And far from making the case for Roman Catholicism, Provan shows that Protestants have historically been more faithful to God's Word on the issue of openness to children than Roman Catholicism -- a point which the Roman Catholic historian and jurist John Noonan concedes in his monumental study, CONTRACEPTION. Indeed, as John Noonan argues, there is not a little to the conjecture that the pope would have gone the way of Margaret Sanger back in the sixteenth century had it not been for those stalwart Reformers (Jerome had already given the Church the argument that 'Be fruitful and multiply' was no longer relevant)." -- Reader's Comment
The Bible and Birth Control
http://www.swrb.com/Puritan/bible-birth-control.htm
The Bible and Birth Control, Charles Provan, five MP3 files
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Sutherland, Halliday G., Birth Control a Statement of Christian Doctrine Against the Neo-Malthusians (Hard Press, November 3, 2006), 140 pages, ISBN: 1406935913.

Wall, David, Crime and the Internet, 1st edition (Routledge, December 21, 2001), ISBN: 0415244285 9780415244282.
"We have seen the astounding potential of the Internet as an informational tool, but we are also beginning to encounter the infinite questions it unfurls about legal issues and crimes committed with its aid. David Wall and his stellar cast of contributors address the various criminological debates that are emerging over cybercrime. Essays examine the general problem of crime and the Internet, what is understood by the term 'cybercrime', the different types of cybercrimes, and the challenges they give rise to for both criminology and the criminal justice system.
"David Wall is the Director of the Center of Criminal Justice Studies, Department of Law at the University of Leeds." -- Publisher's Annotation
"David Wall is the pre-eminent cybercriminologist and he has assembled many of the world's most prolific writers on cybercrime for this book. You could not have a better line up." -- Charles Davis, University of Missouri

See also: Abstinence, chastity, Men, women and god, Marriage, Individual responsibility, Suffrage and reproductive rights, A theological interpretation of american history (timeline), Gratuitous sex a cause of violence, Abortion and the sanctity of life, Post-abortion counseling, Child abuse and pedophilia, Justice, god's final judgment, the great white throne judgment, the day of the lord, Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, Sexual relationship, Spirituality and harlotry, Authority, Ethics, Medical ethics, Homosexuality, Repentance, the key to salvation and change, and so forth, and so on.



Blasphemy

BLAS'PHEMY, n. An indignity offered to God by words or writing; reproachful, contemptuous or irreverent words uttered impiously against Jehovah.
Blasphemy is an injury offered to God, by denying that which is due and belonging to him, or attributing to him that which is not agreeable to his nature.
In the middle ages, blasphemy was used to denote simply the blaming or condemning of a person or thing. Among the Greeks, to blaspheme was to use words of ill omen, which they were careful to avoid.
1. That which derogates from the prerogatives of God. Mark 2. -- Webster's 1828 Dictionary

See the Theological Notes, "The Unpardonable Sin," at Mark 3:29 in The Reformation Study Bible.

Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! (Isaiah 5:20)

The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.
But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!
-- The Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 6:22,23)

Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy [against] the [Holy] Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men.
And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the [world] to come.
Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by [his] fruit.
O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.
A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things.
But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.
For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.
-- The Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 12:31-37)

For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders,
Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness.
(Mark 7:21,22)

And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.
But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.
-- The Lord Jesus Christ (John 3:19-21)

To forsake Christ for the world is to leave a treasure for a trifle. . . . eternity for a moment, reality for a shadow. -- William Jenkyn

Blasphemy against the Almighty is denying his being or providence, or uttering contumelious reproaches on our Savior Christ. It is punished, at common law by fine and imprisonment, for Christianity is part of the laws of the land. -- William Blackstone

To make men or women our primary obligation (menpleasing) is worshipping man, a violation of the First Commandment, and breaks man's covenant relationship with God.

*BROWN, JOHN (of Haddington, 1722-1787), The Absurdity and Perfidy of all Authoritative Toleration of Gross Heresy, Blasphemy, Idolatry, Popery, in Britain. In two Letters to a friend in which the doctrine of the Westminster Confession of Faith (1646) relative to Toleration of a False Religion, and the power of the civil magistrate about sacred matters; and the nature, origin, ends and obligation of the National Covenant and Solemn League are candidly represented and defended, 1797. 1803 edition available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #25. ISBN: 0921148208 9780921148203. A Christian classic.
"REFORMATION ATTAINMENTS VERSUS BACKSLIDING RELIGIOUS PROFESSORS
"Here Brown deals with three major Reformation attainments (anti-tolerationism, establishmentarianism and the obligations of lawful covenants as they biblically bind posterity) that Satan has always been especially concerned to overthrow -- in every major demonic move to open the floodgates of lawlessness, anarchy and misrule. Fletcher, in the preface to the 1797 edition, relates this truth as it comes to bear on various religious professors, stating, 'Papists were enemies to our covenants because they were a standard lifted up against their system of abominable idolatries. Episcopalians were enemies to them, because they were a standard lifted up against their anti-scriptural church-officers and inventions of men in the worship of God. Some Presbyterians are enemies to them in our day through ignorance of their nature and ends; and others through fear of being too strictly bound to their duty.' (Cited in Johnston, Still Waters Revival Books,ATLA 1988-6070, p. 486)." -- SWRB

KNOX, JOHN (1505-1572), The Execution of Servetus for Blasphemy, Heresy, Obstinate Anabaptism, Defended Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #1, ISBN: 0921148674 9780921148678.
The Execution of Servetus for Blasphemy, Heresy, Obstinate Anabaptism, Defended
http://books.google.com/books?id=jHwXHAAACAAJ&ie=ISO-8859-1&output=html

Nash, David, Blasphemy in the Christian World: A History (Oxford University Press, USA, August 30, 2007), ISBN: 9781435609976 1435609972, 280 pages.
"Blasphemy -- the denial or denigration of God -- has a long history. Jesus was tried for blasphemy. Early Christians felt that the Jews in taking such action were themselves guilty of it. But it is not a story confined to the remote past. The publication in 2005 of 12 cartoons in a Danish newspaper linking the prophet Mohammed to terrorism sparked outrage in the global Islamic community. And that was not an instance of blasphemy intruding itself upon a Western society unused to such issues within Christianity. In many societies blasphemy remained an offence in law and the prosecution of artistic productions profaning the sacred was still a possibility.
"David Nash's new study focuses on the development of blasphemy in the Christian world. Tracing the subject from the Middle Ages to the present, he outlines the history of blasphemy as a concept, from a species of heresy to modern understandings of it as a crime against the sacred and individual religious identity. Investigating its appearance in speech, literature, popular publishing and the cinema, he disinters the likely motives and agendas of blasphemers themselves, as well as offering a glimpse of blasphemy's victims. In particular, he seeks to understand why this seemingly medieval offence has reappeared to become a distinctly modern presence in the West.
"David Nash is Reader in History at Oxford Brookes University. He has previously published on the secular and republican movements in England, specializing in the history of blasphemy, and appearing extensively in the media both Britain and America to speak on this subject. He has held visiting professorships in Utrecht and Buffalo, and is a permanent Visiting Research Fellow of the Center for Inquiry (Amherst, New York). In 2003 he was invited to give both verbal and written evidence to the House of Lords Select Committee on religious offences." -- Publisher's Annotation

Simpson, Rick, Blasphemy and the Law in a Plural Society (Grove Books Ltd., July 1993), ISBN: 1851742417 9781851742417, 25 pages.

Smith, F. LaGard, Blasphemy and the Battle for Faith (Hodder and Stoughton Religious, March 1, 1990), ISBN: 0340522798 9780340522790, 208 pages.

See also: Pseudo-christian movements: a selection of works, atheism, Hypocracy, Lying and deceit, Betrayal, profanity, Spiritual blindness, Secular humanism, Absolute truth and relativism, Casuistry, cases of conscience, Treason and impeachment, Covenant faithfulness and sanctification, The counter-reformation, Secret societies, ungodly alliances, voluntary associations, Repentance, the key to salvation and change, Justice, god's final judgment, the great white throne judgment, the day of the lord, and so forth, and so on.
TCRB5: 473-479, 1608 1682, 3494

Related WebLinks

North, Gary, Blasphemy and Civil Rights
http://entrewave.com/freebooks/docs/html/gnbd/Chapter23.htm



Blindness, Spiritual

Edwards, Jonathan, Man's Natural Blindness in the Things of Religion. In THE WORKS OF JONATHAN EDWARDS (2:247-56).

Flavel, John (1628-1691), The Blinding Policies of Satan as the Cause of Unbelief and Forerunner of Destruction in THE WORKS OF JOHN FLAVEL, (2:451-74)

Flavel, John (1628-1691), The Method of Grace in the Gospel Redemption in THE WORKS OF JOHN FLAVEL, (2:3-474)

Newton, John, On Blindness. In WORKS OF JOHN NEWTON (1:282-89). Also in THE LETTERS OF JOHN NEWTON (35-40).

See also: The sovereignty of god, The doctrine of man (human nature, total depravity), Spiritual discernment, Foolishness, Pseudo-christian movements: a selection of works, Casuistry, cases of conscience, Will and recalcitrance, Will and recalcitrance, Rebellion and lawlessness: wickedness, demonic possession, substance abuse, abnormal behavior, insanity, mental illness, mental retardation, Justice, god's final judgment, the great white throne judgment, the day of the lord, and so forth, and so on.
TCRB5: 500-501

Related WebLinks

Calvin's Commentary on Isaiah 29:1-24
14. Therefore, behold, I add to do. He threatens that he will punish by blinding not only the ignorant or the ordinary ranks, but those wise men who were held in admiration by the people. From this vengeance we may easily learn how hateful a vice hypocrisy is, and how greatly it is abhorred by God, as the Prophet spoke a little before about human inventions; for what kind of punishment is more dreadful than blindness of mind and stupidity? This indeed is not commonly perceived by men, nor are they aware of the greatness of this evil; but it is the greatest and most wretched of all. http://www.ccel.org/c/calvin/comment3/comm_vol14/htm/xviii.htm



Bribery

To have respect of persons is not good: for for a piece of bread that man will transgress. (Proverbs 28:21) See the annotation in The Reformation Study Bible.

Exodus 23:8. And thou shalt take no gift. This kind of theft is the worst of all, when judges are corrupted either by bribes, or by affection, and thus ruin the fortunes which they ought to protect: for, since their tribunal is as it were a sacred asylum, to which those who are unjustly oppressed may fly, nothing can be more unseemly than that they should there fall amongst robbers. Judges are appointed to repress all wrongs and offenses; if therefore they shew favour to the wicked, they are harbourers of thieves; than which there is no more deadly pest. And besides, since their authority excludes every other remedy, they are themselves like robbers with arms in their hands. The greater, therefore, their power of injury is, and the greater the damage committed by their unjust sentences, the more diligently are they to be beware of iniquity; and thus it was necessary to keep them in the path of duty by special instructions, lest they should conceal and encourage thievery by their patronage. Now, as avarice is the root al all evils, when it thus lays hold of the mind of judges, no integrity can continue to exist. (John Calvin, from Calvin's Commentaries, III, Commentaries on the Four Last Books of Moses, [Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 2003,] p. 136)

Moreover, He lays down this rule to these judges and officers: they are to judge justly, that is, according to the Law of God and not according to their own understanding. Then He forbids corrupt feelings; they are not to leave the Law behind and be led and motivated by the consideration of persons and bribes. These two things tend to distort and misdirect all justice, and therefore he here adds this aphorism: "Bribes blind the eyes of the wise and subvert the cause of the righteous" (v. 19). Partiality towards persons includes such things as these: fear of persons great, might, or wealthy; love of relatives; regard for friends; contempt for the lowly; sympathy toward those stricken by calamity; and fear of peril to one's own life, reputation, and property. "Bribes," however, include gain, advantage, ambition, and the insatiable and boundless gulf of greed. Therefore, in Exodus 18:21 Jethro advises Moses to choose men who are without greed, that is, birds that are as rare as a black swan. (Martin Luther, Deuteronomy, in Jeroslav Pelikan and Daniel Poellot, [editors] Luther's Works, [St. Louis: Concordia, 1960,] p. 163)

Borkin, Joseph, The Corrupt Judge: An Inquiry Into Bribery and Other High Crimes and Misdemeanors in the Federal Courts (World Pub. Co., 1966), 310 pages.

Heftel, Cecil, End Legalized Bribery: An Ex-Congressman's Proposal to Clean up Congress (Seven Locks Press, July 1998), ISBN: 0929765591 9780929765594, 135 pages.
"Only those who donate large sums of money to congressmen, senators and presidents get represented in our nation's capital. If you try to represent the American people you'll never get on a committee and you'll never receive any funds from your party for re-election. Large corporations and multi-million dollar lobbying groups rule this country. They write legislation, buy senators and congressmen, they destroy the careers of honest law-makers, alter the tax-code to suit their own selfish needs and keep useful products off the market, so that their own inferior products wont have any competition. The American Automotive industry even got a law passed that exempted them from being prosecuted if they built an unsafe or dangerous product. Why are your taxes so high? Because large corporations with millions or even billions of dollars in profits pay little to no taxes on those profits! These and other corrupt practices are heavily documented in this book. Your government is for sale and YOU can't afford it! YOU are not represented in the nation's capital and your congressman doesn't care about you. He cares about the NRA, Lockheed Martin, McDonnell Douglass, General Motors, Northrop Grumman and General Electric." -- Reader's Comment

Juettner, Bonnie, Blackmail and Bribery (Crime Scene Investigations. Lucent Books, November 14, 2008), ISBN: 9781420500684 1420500686.

Malone, Samuel A., Greed, Fraud, Lies, Bribery and Corruption: A Guide to Organizational Ethics (The Liffey Press, October 2005), ISBN: 9781852525774 1852525770, 250 pages.

Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, Bribery in Public Procurement: Methods, Actors and Counter-measures (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development Publishing, May 31, 2007), ISBN: 9789264013940 9264013946, 104 pages.
"Public works contracts mean big business. From road-building to high-tech communication infrastructure, public procurement averages 15 percent of GDP in OECD countries -- substantially more in non-OECD economies -- and it is a major factor in the world trade of goods and services. Given the growing complexity of bribe schemes in todays globalized markets, the problem is how to identify corruption in public procurement so governments can work toward effective prevention and apply sanctions if necessary. This report provides insights on all three fronts. Based on contributions from law enforcement and procurement specialists, the report describes how bribery is committed through the various stages of government purchasing; how bribery in public procurement is related to other crimes, such as fraud and money laundering; and how to prevent and sanction such crimes. The typical motivations and conduct of the various actors engaging in corruption are also highlighted, as well as ten case studies.
Table of Content: Executive Summary, Introduction, Part I. Analysis of Corruption in Public Procurement, Chapter 1. Public Procurement Rules, Procedures and Practices, Chapter 2. Vulnerabilities Relating to Project Size, Sector, or Tendering Administration, Chapter 3. Links to Other Offenses, Part II. Analysis of the Actors Engaging in Bribery and Typical Corruption Agreements, Chapter 4. Parties Involved in Bribery, Chapter 5. Content of the Bribery Agreements, Part III. Preventing, Detecting, and Sanctioning Bribery in Public Procurement, Chapter 6. Preventive Measures, Chapter 7. Controls, Chapter 8. Detection Mechanisms, Chapter 9. Investigation and Sanctions, Part IV. Ten Anonymous Studies on Bribery in Public Procurement Template for the Description of the Cases of Bribery in Public Procurement, I. A senior civil servant and a subcontractor from another state, II. Bribery relating to public procurement within a local authority, III. Bribery related to procurements within an international aid organization, IV. Fraudulent bid evaluation by an independent consultant in international limited bidding, V. Award of a consultancy contract to fellow national in exchange for bridges, VI. Susceptibility of international bidders to influence bidding and coercion in bid tendering, VII. Collusive bidding and overpricing in international shopping/international price quotations, VIII. Preferential treatment in exchange for gratuities and family member employment, IX. Bribes in exchange for rewarding contracts, X. Bribes from contractor to increase quantity of work, Annex A. The OECD Anti-Bribery Instruments: How They Address Public Procurement.

Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, Implementing The OECD Anti-bribery Convention: The United States (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, May 30, 2007), ISBN: 9264017828 9789264017825, 116 pages.

Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), No Longer Business as Usual: Fighting Bribery and Corruption (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, February 2001), ISBN: 9264176608 9789264176607, 250 pages.
"Corruption respects no borders, knows no economic distinctions, and infects all forms of government. Today, corruption has moved to the top of the global political agenda as its dramatic impact on economic development and its corrosive effect on political stability and democratic political institutions has become increasingly obvious. In the new millennium, the OECD and associated governments, which account for over 75 percent of trade and investment worldwide, will play by stricter rules. The Convention on Combating Bribery of Foreign Public Officials in International Business Transactions will outlaw the practice of bribing foreign officials, making competition for international business much more fair and open. Bribery in commercial transactions is only part of the problem. A whole arsenal of legal instruments to combat corruption have now been developed to improve ethical standards in the public sector, to end tax deductibility for bribes, to curtail money laundering, and to clean up public procurement practices. This book provides the key elements needed to build and preserve corruption-free institutions, systems, and private enterprises."

Reisman, W. Michael, Folded Lies: Bribery, Crusades, and Reforms, ISBN: 0029262801 9780029262801.
"A comprehensive analysis of the phenomenon of business bribery in all its manifestations. It goes beyond the recent wave of popular books that have simply dramatized the extent to which bribery has become institutionalized. The significance of FOLDED LIES is in its very credible -- and persuasive -- analysis and synthesis of the dynamics of the bribery phenomenon and the societal reactions it will inevitably precipitate. FOLDED LIES should be important reading for the business community, policy makers, lawyers, social scientists, and the general reader." -- John A. Gardiner, author of Theft of the City
"This is a major contribution to the analysis of one type of white-collar crime. It lifts the veil on 'jurisprudence in the shadows' and analyzes a type of decision pathology. More than that -- the author places the timely topic of bribery in the context of timeless principles of myth systems and operational codes . . . .An incisive inquiry at a fundamental level of the policy alternatives for business and social order." -- Gerald M. Meier, Stanford University

Wrage, Alexandra Addison, Bribery and Extortion: Undermining Business, Governments, and Security (Praeger Security International, September 30, 2007), 176 pages, ISBN: 9780275996499 0275996492.
Bribery plays a significant role in international criminal activity. Terrorists pay bribes. Money-launderers pay bribes. Those who traffic in people, narcotics, and illegal arms pay bribes. People pay immigration officers not to ask, customs officials not to inspect, and police officers not to investigate. At corporate headquarters in the United States, it can be easy to dismiss modest bribes in distant countries as an unfortunate cost of doing business. Bribes follow patterns that are not at all mysterious to the officials, salesmen, and citizens who seek them and pay them. Using a series of international cases, Wrage examines bribery, peeling back the mystique and ambiguity and exposing the very simple transactions that lie beneath. She shows how these seemingly everyday transactions can affect security, democratization, and human aid around the globe. Bribery and Extortion presents a clear picture of the world of bribery and the havoc it can wreak on whole populations. Wrage covers commercial bribery, administrative and service-based bribery, and extortion. She considers bribery and extortion at both high levels of government and lower levels on "the street." Examples from around the world help to illustrate the nature of the problem and efforts at combating it. The book concludes with practical suggestions and an assessment of current efforts to stem the tide of bribery and restore transparency to everyday transactions in all realms.
"Alexandra Addison Wrage is an international attorney and President of TRACE International, a nonprofit, anti-bribery business association with over 1,000 corporate members in more than 100 countries. She has worked as in-house counsel for both Northrop Grumman Corporation and MCI Communications. She has written numerous articles on practical anti-bribery strategies and speaks frequently on topics of international law and the hidden costs of corruption." -- Publisher's Annotation

See also: The ten commandments, the moral law, Covetousness, greed, and selfishness, Theft, stealing and fraud: property rights, Conspiracy and corruption, The attributes of god, Repentance, the key to salvation and change, Justice, god's final judgment, the great white throne judgment, the day of the lord, The teaching of our lord jesus christ, Trusting god, Casuistry, cases of conscience, Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, Sexual relationship, Spirituality and harlotry, Idolatry, Carnality and flesh pleasing: lust, desires, ambition, Lust, Selfishness, Fearfulness, Pseudo-christian movements: a selection of works, Secret societies and ungodly alliance, The covenanted reformation, The counter reformation, and so forth, and so on.
TCRB5: 2548, 2549

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Theft: Commentary and Cases of Conscience. A Listing Excerpted From THE INSTITUTES OF BIBLICAL LAW by Rousas John Rushdoony, 1973 edition
http://www.lettermen2.com/theft.html



Call Upon the Name of the Lord

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Calling, Christian

See the Theological Notes, "Effectual Calling and Conversion," at 2 Thessalonians 2:14 in The Reformation Study Bible.

And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.
For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king.
-- 1 Samuel 15:22,23)

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. -- (Matthew 5:16)

BOSTON, THOMAS (1676-1732), Of Effectual Calling and Of the Benefits of Effectual Calling both in The Complete Works of the Reverend Thomas Boston.

Boice, James Montgomery, Ordinary Men Called by God: Abraham, Moses, and David (Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1982), ISBN: 082542075X 9780825420757.

FLAVEL, JOHN (1628-1691), The Work of the Spirit as the Internal and Most Effectual Means of the Application of Christ (2:67-87). In THE METHOD OF GRACE IN THE GOSPEL REDEMPTION (2:3-474). Both found in The Works of John Flavel.

Hooker, Thomas (1586-1647), The Soules Vocation or Effectual Calling to Christ, 1638.

*Murray, John (1898-1975), Principles of Conduct (Grand Rapids, MI: Wm.B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.), ISBN: 0802811442 9780802811448.
"This is a far-ranging book with a recurring emphasis on the majestic moral demands of Scripture and the relation of the Gospel to those demands. Scripture teaching is lucidly brought to bear on vital ethical issues such as marriage, work as a calling, capital punishment, the sanctity of truth, and the fear of God. Undoubtedly this is the foremost contemporary book in the field." -- William J. Grier

Steele, Richard, Religious Tradesman (Harrisonburg, VA [Sprinkle Publications, P.O. Box 1094, Harrisonburg, 22803]: Sprinkle Publications).
"Work is considered as a calling of God." -- Lloyd T. Sprinkle

*WATSON, THOMAS (1620-1686), All Things for Good: Romans 8:28, A Divine Cordial. Alternate title, A DIVINE CORDIAL in 1663. (Puritan Paperback Series. Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust), ISNB: 0851514782 9780851514789. A Christian classic. Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive.
"I would prescribe them to take, now and then, a little of this Cordial: all things work together for good to them that love God. To know that nothing hurts the godly, is a matter of comfort; but to be assured that all things which fall out shall co operate for their good, that their crosses shall be turned into blessings, that showers of affliction water the withering root of their grace and make it flourish more; this may fill their hearts with joy till they run over." -- Thomas Watson, from the Preface
"Thomas Watson of St. Stephen's, Walbrook believed he faced two great difficulties in his pastoral ministry. The first was making the unbeliever sad, in the recognition of his need of God's grace. The second was making the believer joyful in response to God's grace. He believed the answer to the second difficulty could be found in Paul's teaching in Romans 8:28, God works all things together for good for his people.
"Watson's exposition is always simple, illuminating and rich in practical application. He explains that both the best and the worst experiences work for the good of God's people. He carefully analyses what it means to be someone who `loves God' and is `called according to his purpose.' ALL THINGS FOR GOOD provides the biblical answer to the contemporary question: `Why do bad things happen to good people'?" -- Publisher's Annotation

*WATSON, THOMAS (1620-1686), All Things for Good: Romans 8:28, A Divine Cordial. Alternate title, A DIVINE CORDIAL in 1663. (Puritan Paperback Series. Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust), ISNB: 0851514782 9780851514789. A Christian classic. Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive.
"I would prescribe them to take, now and then, a little of this Cordial: all things work together for good to them that love God. To know that nothing hurts the godly, is a matter of comfort; but to be assured that all things which fall out shall co operate for their good, that their crosses shall be turned into blessings, that showers of affliction water the withering root of their grace and make it flourish more; this may fill their hearts with joy till they run over." -- Thomas Watson, from the Preface
"Thomas Watson of St. Stephen's, Walbrook believed he faced two great difficulties in his pastoral ministry. The first was making the unbeliever sad, in the recognition of his need of God's grace. The second was making the believer joyful in response to God's grace. He believed the answer to the second difficulty could be found in Paul's teaching in Romans 8:28, God works all things together for good for his people.
"Watson's exposition is always simple, illuminating and rich in practical application. He explains that both the best and the worst experiences work for the good of God's people. He carefully analyses what it means to be someone who `loves God' and is `called according to his purpose.' ALL THINGS FOR GOOD provides the biblical answer to the contemporary question: `Why do bad things happen to good people'?" -- Publisher's Annotation

See also: The sovereign grace of god, The doctrine of man (human nature, total depravity), Spiritual discernment, How to become a christian, Book-length presentations of the gospel message of salvation and the life to come: the means of grace, Predestination, Trusting god, Loving and obeying god, Discipleship, Self-discipline, Discipleship, Lying, deceit and self-deception, and so forth, and so on.
TCRB5: 622, 1789-1793, 2378, 3508, 3845, 3889, 3924
MGTP: Calling, Vocation or Calling



Carnality and Flesh Pleasing: Lust, Desires, Ambition, Pleasure

See the Theological Notes, "Christians in the World," at Colossians 2:20 in The Reformation Study Bible.

And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the LORD doth man live. (Deuteronomy 8:3)

Therefore was the wrath of the LORD kindled against his people, in so much that he abhorred his own inheritance.
And he gave them into the hands of the heathen; and they that hated them ruled over them.
Their enemies also oppressed them, and they were brought into subjection under their hand.
(Psalm 106:40-42)

The Treasury of David, Psalm 106, commentary by C.H. Spurgeon
Our fathers understood not thy wonders in Egypt. (v. 7)
Nevertheless he saved them for his name's sake, that he might make his mighty power to be known. (v. 8)
And he saved them from the hand of them that hated them. (v. 10)
They soon forgat his works. (v. 13)
And he gave them their request; but sent leanness into their soul. (v. 15)
They made a calf in Horeb, and worshipped the molten image. (v. 19)
Thus they changed their glory into the similitude of an ox that eateth grass. (v. 20)
They forgat God their saviour. (v. 21)
Thus they provoked him to anger with their inventions: and the plague brake in upon them. (v. 29)
Then stood up Phinehas, and executed judgment: and so the plague was stayed. (v. 30)
And that was counted unto him for righteousness unto all generations for evermore. (v. 31)
They did not destroy the nations, concerning whom the LORD commanded them. (v. 34)
But were mingled among the heathen, and learned their works. (v. 35)
Yea, they sacrificed their sons and their daughters unto devils. (v. 37)
Thus were they defiled with their own works, and went a whoring with their own inventions. (v. 39)
Therefore was the wrath of the LORD kindled against his people, in so much that he abhorred his own inheritance. (v. 40)
And he gave them into the hands of the heathen; and they that hated them ruled over them.(v. 41)
Their enemies also oppressed them, and they were brought into subjection under their hand.
(v. 42)
Many times did he deliver them; but they provoked him with their counsel, and were brought low for their iniquity. (v. 43)
Nevertheless he regarded their affliction, when he heard their cry. (v. 44)
And he remembered for them his covenant. (v. 45)
Save us, O Lord our God, and gather us from among the heathen, to give thanks unto thy holy name, and to triumph in thy praise. (v. 47)
Blessed be the Lord God of Israel from everlasting to everlasting: and let all the people say, Amen. Praise ye the Lord. (v. 48)
http://www.spurgeon.org/treasury/ps106.htm

Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness.
Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David.
(Isaiah 55:2,3)

Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart. And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell. And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell. -- The Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 5:27-30)

Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. -- The Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 7:21)

But many that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first. -- The Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 19:30)

Whereas, the enemies of the eternal souls of the elect are the flesh, Satan, and the world system (James 4:4; Matthew 12:50),

Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever. (1 John 2:15-17)

For it seemed good to the Holy Ghost, and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things: That ye abstain from meats offered to idols, and from blood, and from things strangled, and from fornication: from which if ye keep yourselves, ye shall do well. Fare ye well. (Acts 15:28,29) -- From a letter written by the Apostles after they had consulted together, and declared to the church at Antioch

Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? (Romans 6:16)

There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. (Romans 8:1)

For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. (Romans 8:6)

Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. (Romans 8:7)

Our Triune God has ordained that authority, power, and leadership devolves to those who know the most Truth (the Apostle Paul, Saint Augustine, Martin Luther, John Calvin, The Scots Worthies . . . ). Preeminent among those is the Lord Christ, the God Man, Our Righteousness. (John 1:1-18; Matthew 19:30; Matthew 28:18-20; Isaiah 49:7; Colossians 1:16-19; Colossians 2:9,10; Hebrews 12:1,2; Revelation 5:1-14; Revelation 19:11-15; Revelation 20:11-15; Revelation 22:12, and so forth, and so on.)

And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. -- The Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 19:28)
Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. -- The Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 25:34)
And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. (Romans 8:17)
Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life? (1 Corinthians 6:3)
And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus. (Ephesians 2:6)
But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. (1 Timothy 2:12)
And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations. -- The Lord Jesus Christ (Revelation 2:26)
To serve God is to reign. -- Seneca

For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. (Galatians 5:17)

That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. (Ephesians 4:22-24)

If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.
Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: For which things' sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience: In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them.
But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds; And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him: Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all.
(Colossians 3:1-11)

Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul. (1 Peter 2:5)

Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;
Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward.
Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches,
etc.
This clause ought to be carefully noticed; for we here learn that we ought to shun as a deadly poison whatever cannot be enjoyed without offending God; for the pleasures of sin he calls all the allurements of the world which draw us away from God and our calling. But the comforts of our earthly life, which we are allowed by pure conscience, and God's permission to enjoy, are not included here. Let us then ever remember that we ought to know and understand what God allows us. There are indeed some things in themselves lawful, but the use of which is prohibited to us, owing to circumstances as to time, place, or other things. Hence as to all the blessings connected with the present life, what is ever to be regarded is, that they should be to us helps and aids to follow God and not hindrances. And he calls these pleasures of sin temporary or for a time, because they soon vanish away together with life itself.
"In opposition to these he sets the reproach of Christ, which all the godly ought willingly to undergo. For those whom God has chosen, he has also foreordained to be conformed to the image of his own son; not that he exercises them all by the same kind of reproaches or by the same cross, but that they are all to be so minded as not to decline to undertake the cross in common with Christ. Let every one then bear in mind, that as he is called to this fellowship he is to throw off all hindrances. Nor must we omit to say, that he reckons among the reproaches of Christ all the ignominious trials which the faithful have had to endure from the beginning of the world; for as they were the member of the same body, so they had nothing different from what we have. As all sorrows are indeed the rewards of sin, so they are also the fruits of the curse pronounced on the first man: but whatever wrongs we endure from the ungodly on account of Christ, these he regards as his own. Hence Paul gloried that he made up what was wanting as to the sufferings of Christ. Were we rightly to consider this, it would not be so grievous and bitter for us to suffer for Christ.
"He also explains more fully what he means in this clause by the reproach of Christ, by what he has previously declared when he said, that Moses chose to suffer affliction with the people of God. He could not have otherwise avowed himself as one of God's people, except he had made himself a companion to his own nation in their miseries. Since, then, this is the end, let us not separate ourselves from the body of the Church: whatever we suffer, let us know that it is consecrated on account of the head. So on the other hand he calls those things the treasures of Egypt, which no one can otherwise possess than by renouncing and forsaking the Church. For he had respect unto the recompense of the reward, or for he looked to the remuneration. He proves by the description he gives, that the magnanimity of Moses' mind was owing to faith; for he had his eyes fixed on the promise of God. For he could not have hoped that it would be better for him to be with the people of Israel than with the Egyptians, had he not trusted in the promise and in nothing else.
By faith he forsook Egypt, etc.
This may be said of his first as well as of his second departure, that is, when he brought out the people with him. He then indeed left Egypt when he fled from the house of Pharaoh. Add to this, that his going out is recorded by the Apostle before he mentions the celebration of the Passover. He seems then to speak of the flight of Moses; nor is what he adds, that he feared not the wrath of the king, any objection to this, though Moses himself relates that he was constrained to do so by fear. For if we look at the beginning of his course he did not fear, that is, when he avowed himself to be the avenger of his people. However, when I consider all the circumstances, I am inclined to regard this as his second departure; for it was then that he bravely disregarded the fierce wrath of the king, being armed with such power by God's Spirit, that he often of his own accord defied the fury of that wild beast. It was doubtless an instance of the wonderful strength of faith, that he brought out a multitude untrained for war and burdened with many encumbrances, and yet hoped that a way would be opened to him by God's hand through innumerable difficulties. He saw a most powerful king in a furious rage, and he knew that he would not cease till he had tried his utmost. But as he knew that God had commanded him to depart, he committed the event to him, nor did he doubt but that he would in dug time restrain all the assaults of the Egyptians.
As seeing him who is invisible. Nay, but he had seen God in the midst of the burning bush: this then seems to have been said improperly, and not very suitable to the present subject. I indeed allow, that Moses was strengthened in his faith by that vision, before he took in hand the glorious work of delivering the people; but I do not admit that it was such a view of God, as divested him of his bodily senses, and transferred him beyond the trials of this world. God at that time only showed him a certain symbol of his presence; but he was far from seeing God as he is. Now, the Apostle means, that Moses so endured, as though he was taken up to heaven, and had God only before his eyes; and as though he had nothing to do with men, was not exposed to the perils of this world and had no contests with Pharaoh. And yet, it is certain, that he was surrounded with so many difficulties, that he could not but think sometimes that God was far away from him, or at least, that the obstinacy of the king, furnished as it was with so many means of resistance, would at length overcome him. In short, God appeared to Moses in such a way, as still to leave room for faith; and Moses, when beset by terrors on every side, turned all his thoughts to God. He was indeed assisted to do this, by the vision which we have mentioned; but yet he saw more in God than what that symbol intimated: for he understood his power, and that absorbed all his fears and dangers. Relying on God's promise, he felt assured that the people, though then oppressed by the tyranny of the Egyptians, were already, as it were, the lords of the promised land.
We hence learn, that the true character of faith is to set God always before our eyes; secondly, that faith beholds higher and more hidden things in God than what our senses can perceive; and thirdly, that a view of God alone is sufficient to strengthen our weakness, so that we may become firmer than rocks to withstand all the assaults of Satan. It hence follows, that the weaker and the less resolute any one is, the less faith he has. -- John Calvin commenting on Hebrew 11:25-27

Keep a strict government and watch over your fleshly appetite and senses. (Romans 8:13; 13:13,14) For the loosing of the reins to carnal lusts, and yielding to the importunity of sensual desires, is the most ordinary way of wasting grace, and falling off from God. -- Richard Baxter

Son, whatever weakens your reasoning, impairs the tenderness of your conscience, obscures your sense of God, or takes away your relish for spiritual things; in short, if anything increases the authority and power of the flesh over the Spirit, then that to you becomes sin, however good it is in itself. -- Susanna Wesley's answer to her son, John Wesley, who asked her to define sin. Cited in Sherwood Eliot Wirt and Kersten Beckstrom (editors), Topical Encyclopedia of Living Quotations

Selfishness and pride will blind even the gifted and learned to the truth. Lust for power and the will to play God will blind us to the truth. Intense nationalistic pride, political bent, alienation during secular schooling, or personal ambitions blind us to the "evident connection between Absolute Truth, sovereign authority, holiness, life, loving obedience, moral behavior, sanctification, justice, freedom (political, economic, and individual), social stability, and real progress. . . ." -- Preface, Biblical Counsel: Resources for Renewal (The Web Edition).

"Ultimately the Seventh Commandment is about our fidelity to Christ." To fracture the Seventh Commandment is to break covenant with the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

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Adams, Jay E., Winning the War Within: A Biblical Strategy for Spiritual Warfare. Alternate title: THE WAR WITHIN: A BIBLICAL STRATEGY FOR SPIRITUAL WARFARE, ISBN: 188903200X 9781889032009.
"The Christian life is war. The holy war between God and Satan gets played out within ourselves in the conflict between the Holy Spirit and the flesh. 'It is to the enemy within that Satan, the world, and the demons must make their appeal.' Describes Satan's tactics and power, and then the strategies for victory: the Spirit's sword, prayer, faith, the help of believers. 'The prime purpose of this book is to encourage faltering Christians'." -- David Powlison

*BAXTER, RICHARD (1615-1691), A Christian Directory: Baxter's Practical Works, Vol. 1. Full title: A Christian Directory: or A Sum of Practical Theology, and Cases of Conscience. Directing Christians How to Use Their Knowledge and Faith; How to Improve all Helps and Means, and to Perform all Duties; How to Overcome Temptations, and to Escape or Mortify Every Sin. In Four Parts.
I. Christian Ethics (or Private Duties)
II. Christian Economics (or Family Duties)
III. Christian Ecclesiastics (or Church Duties)
IV. Christian Politics (or Duties to Our Rulers and Neighbours)
(Morgan, PA: Soli Deo Gloria Publications, 1997, 1990, 1838, 1707, 1678, 1673), ISBN: 1877611131 9781877611131. Foreword by J.I. Packer (Soli Deo Gloria edition only). The Soli Deo Gloria publication is a facsimile reprint of the 19th century reprint by George Virtue, London, 1846. The original 1673 edition and the 1678 edition, both printed by Robert White for Nevill Simmons. Bibliographic and scriptural footnotes. A Christian classic.
"The complete practical works of Richard Baxter are in print in four volumes entitled BAXTER'S PRACTICAL WORKS. This volume (about 1 1/4 million words, 1028 pages) is volume one of the set. The editor's preface (1707), p. xiii, stated that the works of Richard Baxter are 'perhaps the best body of practical divinity that is extent in our own or any other tongue.' Richard Baxter lived from 1615-1691. The DIRECTORY was completed in 1665. Its scope was intended to cover all of practical theology, a summa of casuistry . . ." -- Don Kistler
"Baxter's series, which grew in range and scope as it proceeded . . . is a peak point in Puritan devotional writing, and remains a precious resource for all, in this or any age, who want to know what is involved in Biblical godliness. . . . A CHRISTIAN DIRECTORY may justly be described as a landmark. It is the fullest, most thorough, and in this writer's judgment, most profound treatment of Christian spirituality and standards that has ever been attempted by an English-speaking Evangelical author. The fact that it embraces both spirituality and standards (the principles of communion with God plus the specifics of obedience to God) merits approving comment in itself; nowadays spirituality and ethics have become two distinct disciplines in the schools, and books written on either say virtually nothing about the other . . ." -- J.I. Packer
Timothy Keller calls it the greatest manual on Biblical counseling ever produced.
"There are many Puritan classics on this subject. Thomas Brooks' PRECIOUS REMEDIES FOR SATAN'S DEVICES, Thomas Goodwin's A CHILD OF LIGHT WALKING IN DARKNESS, William Bridge's A LIFTING UP FOR THE DOWNCAST, and many other similar works give evidence that the Puritans were. . . . masters at applying Biblical answers and principles to problems that can only be solved by spiritual means. No Puritan work, however, has ever approached the popularity, the scope, or the depth of Baxter's classic treatise. With the widespread interest in counseling in today's church, this reprint of Baxter's work should be a welcome addition to every pastor's library, or to anyone else who wishes to give solid Biblical answers to man's questions." -- Don Kistler
"We have long waited for a purely Biblical treatment of the spiritual ills and cures of men which is untainted by the views of psychology. Since Baxter lived about 200 years before psychology arrived, his deep work is completely void of its encroachment -- thankfully!" -- John MacArthur
"The kings men sought to arrest Richard Baxter, but he traveled ceaselessly from place to place, writing his sermons and his books even on horseback (he had an inkwell in his saddle) and preached over a wide area." -- Brian H. Edwards
"Baxter was a wonder of his age. His writings total 72 large volumes, much of it written on horseback as he traveled in his widespread preaching efforts. He seldom, if ever, edited anything he wrote. Knowing this any reader will be amazed at how well he communicated his deep love for his Savior. For 26 years he was public enemy No. 1 to the king, yet he lived to see the flight of the king in 1688." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.
POOR MAN'S FAMILY BOOK (1674) and THE CATECHIZING OF FAMILIES (1683), found elsewhere in BAXTER'S PRACTICAL WORKS, are less detailed works. They are more suitable for family instruction than are the detailed presentation in A CHRISTIAN DIRECTORY.
" Ptacek in Family Worship (p. 51-52), supplies the following information in regard to Baxter and this book. He notes that after the Episcopalians ejected numerous `nonconformists,' in what is know as the `great ejection,' in 1662, `Baxter pastored from house to house, visiting families of his parish in their homes. These visits contributed to Baxter's A CHRISTIAN DIRECTORY, a large and still very relevant manual of pastoral care.' Focusing on just one area of great importance, Ptacek demonstrates how this book's relevance is not limited by time or culture, though sometimes the use of specific words are. `Published in 1673, but written 1664-65, a large book-length part of Baxter's CHRISTIAN DIRECTORY is devoted to the family. It is entitled `Christian Economics' based on the archaic usage of the word, which reflects the proper sense of the Greek root oikonomos as the manager of a household, in the Christian case, the spiritual leader of the family. The family head is essential to Baxter's view of family worship and instruction. Baxter asserts that it is God's will that this instruction be carried out by the rulers of the families.' For a male head of the household to fail to do so, or to have another instruct in the family, is contrary to his position of authority.' This is the kind of book that can be passed on from generation to generation and still find much use in the service of the kingdom of God. . . .
"Though relatively weak on corporate sanctification, corporate faithfulness and some important areas of doctrine (such as justification), Baxter's work on subjects related to personal piety can be of good practical use to the Christian -- if one is careful to separate out his aberrant doctrinal views and any practical errors they may lead to." -- SWRB
This work is available in many editions, and in many formats.
Reformation Heritage Books has new copies of the Soli Deo Gloria edition as of March 2008, even though it is generally thought to be out of print. They acquired Soli Deo Gloria from Ligonier Ministries in late 2007. They may be the publisher who will eventually reprints the title.
http://www.heritagebooks.org/
The reprint by George Virtue is included on Reformation Bookshelf CD #21, ISBN: 0921148992 9780921148999.
The reprint by George Virtue is available as a Cerlox bound photocopy from Still Waters Revival Books, Edmonton, AB, Canada.
The reprint by George Virtue is available online and may be downloaded in PDF format at Christian Classics Ethereal Library.
http://www.ccel.org/ccel/baxter/practical.toc.html
The reprint by George Virtue appears in full preview in Google Books but may not be downloaded. This Google Books scan includes the contents in detail on pages iii-xix. This contents in detail is not included in the Christian Classics Ethereal Library PDF files. About five other editions from libraries are available in Google Books, and may be downloaded (August 2008).
Notice that the e-text in Google Books has the advantage of being searchable. Searching an image-based PDF file is not possible, unless the user owns software such as Abode Acrobat Pro or Kirtas BookScan Editor. They both have an OCR (optical character recognition) feature that will search an image-based PDFs (bit-map scans). Searches appear to be perfect in this work, although one must know Baxter's vocabulary. Text can be cut and pasted from image-based PDF format to OCR (character) format. This particular Google Books scan can not be cut and pasted or downloaded.
http://books.google.com/books?id=cyQFBOUHkaoC&dq=A+Christian+Directory+inpublisher:lettermen+inpublisher:associates&lr=&as_brr=0&ie=ISO-8859-1
One of the older, multi-volume editions of THE WORKS OF RICHARD BAXTER is available at Monergism.com in the "Puritan Library," "Richard Baxter." A CHRISTIAN DIRECTORY, volume 23. It can be downloaded.
http://www.puritanlibrary.com/
Another older edition is available on microfilm (Ann Arbor, MI: University Microfilms, 1970), 1 microfilm reel, 35 mm (Early English books, 1641-1700; 343:11).
The following three excerpts are included as bonus free books on Reformation Bookshelf CD #28, ISBN: 0921148267 9780921148265.
1. "The Duties of Parents for Their Children" from Baxter's Practical Works, Vol. 1, A Christian Directory, on Christian Economics, Chap. X., pp. 449-454.
2. "The Special Duties of Children Towards Their Parents" from Baxter's Practical Works, Vol. 1, A Christian Directory, on Christian Economics, Chap. XI., pp. 454-457.
3. "The Special Duties of Children and Youth Towards God" from Baxter's Practical Works, Vol. 1, A Christian Directory, on Christian Economics, Chap. XII., pp. 457-458).
The Practical Works of Richard Baxter: A Christian Directory, Vol. 1
A summary of currently available publications.
http://www.lettermen2.com/pwrbcd.html

*Baxter, Richard (1615-1691), The Reformed Pastor: Baxter's Practical Works, Vol. 4 (Morgan, PA: Soli Deo Gloria Publications, 2000, 1992), ISBN: 1877611360.
"This is the fourth and final volume in this great set. Includes, [`Compassionate Counsel to all Young Men,' -- sk] `The Reformed Pastor' `Poor Man's Family Book,' `The Catechizing of Families,' and `The Mother's Catechism,' in all 25 sermons, treatises, and catechisms. Dr. J.I. Packer says, `For me, the great joy of this year is that it see the completion of Soli Deo Gloria's reprint of Baxter's incomparable PRACTICAL WORKS'." -- GCB
Compassionate Counsel to all Young Men (1681), by Richard Baxter
http://www.lettermen2.com/ccaym.html

Baxter, Richard (1615-1691), Walking With God: The Description, Reasons and Reward of the Believer's Walking With God: On Genesis v. 24, ISBN: 1877611360.

BOLTON, ROBERT (1606-1654), The Carnal Professor and Thomas Goodwin, Christ set Forth, ISBN: 1877611468 9781877611469. Available (CHRIST SET FORTH) in THE WORKS OF THOMAS GOODWIN, 12 VOLS.
"The first 156 pages is a heart-searching treatise directed at those who profess Christianity without necessarily possessing it. Goodwin's 384 pages is directed toward those who have embraced the principles of Christ, but have neglected Christ Himself in all of His glory. Both authors are Puritans of great renown." -- CBD
The Works of Thomas Goodwin, D.D.: Sometime President of Magdalene Colledge, Oxford
http://books.google.com/books?id=27tRD-B55x0C&ie=ISO-8859-1&output=html

Bridge, William, The Carnality of Professors. In WORKS OF WILLIAM BRIDGE (5:117-32).

Burroughs, Jeremiah, A Treatise of Earthly-Mindedness and a Heavenly Conversation (Walking With God), ISBN: 1877611387.
"A comprehensive treatment of the nature and enticements of worldliness. It reflects the keen insight of Puritan Christianity." -- GCB

*LOVE, CHRISTOPHER (1618-1651), The Combate Between the Flesh and Spirit. As also the wofull with-drawing of the Spirit of God, with the causes thereof: and walking in, and after the Spirit, together with the blessednesse thereof. Being the summe and substance of XXVII. sermons: preached a little before his death, by that faithfull servant of Christ, Mr. Christopher Love, late minister of the Gospel at Lawrence Jury London. To which is added the Christians directory tending to direct him in the various conditions that God may cast him into. In XV. sermons, 1654. Available (MP3 audio file) on Reformation Bookshelf CD #4, ISBN: 0921148739 9780921148739. Available (THE SELECT WORKS OF THE REV. CHRISTOPHER LOVE) on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive.

Lundgaard, Kris, The Enemy Within: Straight Talk About the Power and Defeat of Sin, ISBN: 0875522017 9780875522012.
"This book, based on John Owen's masterpiece entitled THE NATURE, POWER, DECEIT, AND PREVALENCY OF THE REMAINDERS OF INDWELLING SIN IN BELIEVERS, unpacks the truth found in the Scriptures for readers to help them get just that: victory! But victory over what? Satan? Yeah. Sin? Yeah. But more specifically, the flesh -- something that is overlooked as the source of the sin by many evangelicals today, yet cited by almost all biblical authors as the part of us that hates God and therefore sins. Lundgaard himself claims to have 'kidnapped Owen' (p. 14). This is not Lundgaard's wisdom, it is Owen's Bible-inspired wisdom converted into modern language with modern examples for modern readers." -- Reader's Comment

Manton, Thomas (1620-1677), Sermon Upon Deuteronomy 32:51. In THE COMPLETE WORKS OF THOMAS MANTON (16:387-96).
"The sins of God's children may cost them dear in this world."

*Pike, Samuel (1717-1773), and Samuel Hayward (1718-1757), Distinguishing Faith and Feelings. In RELIGIOUS CASES OF CONSCIENCE ANSWERED IN AN EVANGELICAL MANNER . . . TO WHICH IS ADDED THE SPIRITUAL COMPANION; OR, THE PROFESSING CHRISTIAN TRIED AT THE BAR OF GOD'S WORD; AND CHARACTER OF THE HAPPY MAN, 1866.
Distinguishing Faith and Feelings
http://www.westminsterconfession.org/godly-living/distinguishing-faith-and-feelings.php

*Pike, Samuel (1717-1773), and Samuel Hayward (1718-1757), Spiritual Injury From Undue Pursuit of the Affairs of This Life. In RELIGIOUS CASES OF CONSCIENCE ANSWERED IN AN EVANGELICAL MANNER . . . TO WHICH IS ADDED THE SPIRITUAL COMPANION; OR, THE PROFESSING CHRISTIAN TRIED AT THE BAR OF GOD'S WORD; AND CHARACTER OF THE HAPPY MAN, 1866.
Spiritual Injury From Undue Pursuit of the Affairs of This Life
http://www.westminsterconfession.org/godly-living/spiritual-injury-from-undue-pursuit-of-the-affairs-of-this-life.php

Perkins, William (1558-1602), Tvvo Treatises I. Of the Nature and Practise of Repentance. II. Of the Combat of the Flesh and Spirit, 1593.

Powlison, David, Pleasure, ISBN: 9780976230861 0976230860.

Preston, John (1587-1628), Foure Godly and Learned Treatises. Intituled, I. A remedy against covetousnesse. II. An elegant and lively description of spirituall death and life. III. The doctrine of selfe-deniall. IV. Vpon the sacrament of the Lords Supper. Delivered in sundry sermons, by that late famous preacher, and worthy instrument of Gods glory, Iohn Preston, Doctor of Divinitie, chaplaine in ordinarie to his Majestie; master of Emanuel Colledge, and sometime preacher of Lincolnes Inne, 1633.

Preston, John, Hovv to Mortifie Covetousnesse (London: I. Beale, for Andrew Crooke . . ., 1633).

Reisinger, Ernest C., What Should We Think of the Carnal Christian? (Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust), ISBN: 0851513891 9780851513898.

Swinnock, George (1627-1673), The Fading of the Flesh and Flourishing of Faith, or, One Cast for Eternity with the only way to throw it vvell: as also the gracious persons incomparable portion / by George Swinnock . . . , 1662.
Psalm LXXIII, 26

See also: The sovereignty of god, The doctrine of man (human nature, total depravity), The inspiration and infallibility of scripture (the doctrine of revelation, the doctrine of plenary inspiration, the doctrine of divine inspiration, the doctrine of verbal inspiration, Repentance, the key to salvation and change, Justice, the theology of judgment, god's final judgment, the great white throne judgment, the day of the lord, Casuistry, cases of conscience, Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, Sexual relationship, Spirituality and harlotry, Menpleasing, Covetousness, greed, and selfishness, Self, Theft, stealing and fraud: property rights, Menpleasing, Casuistry and conscience, Bribery, Conspiracy and corruption, The decline of western society, and so forth, and so on.
TCRB5: 645, 2351-2359, 3187-3189, 3198, 3199, 3200-3204, 3208, 3914-3918, 4128
MGTP: Carnality, Ambition (Carnal), Ambition (Spiritual)

Related WebLinks

The Westminster Confession Larger Catechism, Questions 103-106
http://www.reformed.org/documents/wlc_w_proofs/index.html

The Things of This World
http://www.westminsterconfession.org/godly-living/the-things-of-this-world.php

The Temperate Life, Sherman Isbell
http://www.westminsterconfession.org/godly-living/the-temperate-life.php



Casuistry, Cases of Conscience

See the Theological Notes, "The Wisdom and Will of God," at Daniel 2:20 in The Reformation Study Bible

See the Theological Notes, "Mankind's Guilty Knowledge of God," at Romans 1:29 in The Reformation Study Bible.

See the Theological Notes, "Conscience and the Law," at 1 Samuel 24:5 in The Reformation Study Bible.

See the Theological Notes, "General Revelation," at Psalm 19:1 in The Reformation Study Bible.

And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.
For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king.
-- 1 Samuel 15:22,23)

Casuistry: a method of doctrine dealing with cases of conscience and the resolution of questions of right or wrong in conduct.

Casuistic books, spelling out the standards of conduct set in God's law so that Christians might be able to live with a good conscience, knowing that they were doing God's will. The century that followed the Reformation was a great age of case-divinity among both Romans and Protestants, but whereas Jesuit casuistry was guidance for the priest in the confessional, that of the Puritans was for the ordinary Christian in everyday life. Perkins was the pioneer here, systematically reforming the medieval heritage on conscience and good works by the Bible; most of the contents of the three folio volumes of his works (1616-1618) prove on inspection to be case-divinity. Baxter's massive Directory sums up two generations of work in this field, and between Perkins and Baxter lie abundance of smaller books like the Plaine and Familiar Exposition of the Ten Commandments by John Dod and Thomas Cleaver (1603) (nineteen editions in thirty-two years), and many treatments of particular areas where problems of right conduct arose then, as they arise now (marriage and the family; work; the occult; the use of wealth; the stewardship of truth, etc). All this material remains enormously impressive in the depth of its insight into both biblical teaching and the paralogisms of the human heart. -- J.I. Packer

The fool hath said in his heart,
There is no God.
They are corrupt,
they have done abominable works,
there is none that doeth good.
(Psalm 14:1)
See the Theological Notes, "Mankind's Guilty Knowledge of God" at Romans 1:29, and the note at Psalm 14:1 in The Reformation Study Bible

But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:
Having a good conscience. . .
(I Peter 3:15,16a)
Oh how highly we are to be concerned that our conscience be tender, and yet how little care is taken of it! What has become of the authority of conscience, when your thoughts and your passions, when your eyes and your ears and your appetite and your tongue are left unbridled and unconquered? When every servant is set up to be master, to bear rule in you, where is your conscience? When your soul is no better kept, what poverty and leanness is growing on it, what a starveling it is both in grace and peace, eaten out with lust, evaporated into vanity, sunk into sensuality, your spirit even transubstantiated into perishing flesh, ready to die away, because you have not had a tender conscience. If you have not better kept your covenant with God, when you have not performed the duties you have vowed, when your hours of prayer are so short, your sabbaths such wintry, cold days, where has your conscience been? When your God is so shamefully neglected, never hears from you even when you have nothing else to do; yea, when your corn, your cattle, your pleasures, your friends (even those you vowed to renounce), are invited into your heart to steal it away from Heaven, then where is your conscience? When you lie asleep and allow God's enemies to sow tares in your field; when you are being a busy-body in other men's affairs, while your own vineyard is not being kept; when both your heart and your house are so much out of order, where is your conscience? When you leave your wife and your children and your servants to do all that is right in their own eyes; when you take care more for your possessions than for your sons and daughters, ready to die for lack of instruction, where is your conscience? And if you have no conscience, then where is your covenant? And if you have no covenant, then where is your God and your peace? -- C.H. Spurgeon commenting on 1 Peter 3:15,16a quoted in Morning and Evening II: A Second Year of Daily Devotions by C.H. Spurgeon, May 28, p. 149 found in Devotional Classics of C. H. Spurgeon

Positive good is the real moderating influence, not compromise with evil. -- Roger Pooley

*Abernetay, M.I., A Christian and Heavenly Treatise Containing Physicke for the Soule. Very Necessary, 1622.

*AMES, WILLIAM, Conscience With the Power and Cases Thereof, ISBN: 9022107086. Available (THE WORKS OF THE REVEREND AND FAITHFUL MINISTER OF CHRIST, WILLIAM AMES) on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive.
William Ames was a student of William Perkins at Cambridge.
"Translated out of the Latin into English, this extremely rare item is in excellent condition (i.e. the print is very good, making it easy to read). The work is divided into five books, expanding on the second part of his famous MARROW OF DIVINITY. Book one contains the definition of conscience. Book two deals with cases of conscience which concern the state of man. Book three expounds man's duty in general. Book four explains Ames' view concerning conscience and the duty of man towards God and book five treats of the duties of man towards his neighbor. For the Scottish Presbyterian view concerning these matters see Samuel Rutherford's amazing FREE DISPUTATION AGAINST PRETENDED LIBERTY OF CONSCIENCE." -- SWRB
The Works of the Reverend and Faithful Minister of Christ William Ames . . .
http://books.google.com/books?id=VhZSGwAACAAJ&ie=ISO-8859-1&output=html

*BARROW, GREGORY, The Covenanted Reformation Defended Against Contemporary Schismatics, 318 pages. Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #1, #19, #23, #27, ISBN: 0921148674 9780921148678.
"A primer for the Covenanted Reformation, this is the best starting point for the new reader. It organizes the hundreds of Covenanted Reformation reprints into a logical defense of the theological landmarks established by our forefathers, with copious bibliographic references, many to e-text. An extraordinary document.
"Unsurpassed on points related to the Lord's Supper and covenanting (as set forth by the best Reformers and best Reformed churches). Especially strong on citations from Calvin and the Westminster Assembly. Deals with many foundational aspects of the Covenanted Reformation (which gave us the Westminster Standards and the Solemn League and Covenant) from numerous original source documents (from the Westminster Assembly's advice to the English Parliament on the Lord's Supper to the official records of Calvin's Covenanting in Geneva). Comprehensive and compelling, this is a shocking (and sometimes advanced) look at what really took place during both the first and second Reformations -- with extensive quotations from the writings of the major Reformers (not just quotes from what others have written about them). It conclusively and irrefutably demonstrates that those churches which today call themselves Presbyterian (and even many which claim a more general Reformed heritage) have seriously departed from the Scriptural standards, principles and worship of these previous Spirit-led Reformations. It is written in an easy-to-read and easy-to-understand format and is an unsurpassed work that should not be missed by anyone interested in real Reformation in our day. This is without a doubt the best book to read if you want to understand what it means to be a Covenanter and to walk in the blood-stained footsteps of the witnessing church (Christ's Covenanted and Reformed flock) (Song 1:8)!" -- SWRB
Publisher's Preface to The Covenanted Reformation Defended Against Contemporary Schismatics
http://www.swrb.com/newslett/actualnls/pub_pref.htm
Eschewing Ecclesiastical Tyranny (Protestant Biblical Separation)
"1 Corinthians 2:15. The classic Reformation position on biblical separation, Protestant private judgment, the visible church, etc. -- contra Antichrist (the Papacy) and wayward liberal Protestants. This is Appendix G from THE COVENANTED REFORMATION DEFENDED: 'A brief examination of Mr. Bacon's principles regarding the visible church and the use of private judgment. Also, some observations regarding his ignoble attack upon Mr. Kevin Reed in his book entitled THE VISIBLE CHURCH IN THE OUTER DARKNESS'." -- SWRB
The Covenanted Reformation Defended, e-text
http://www.swrb.com/newslett/actualnls/CovRefGB.htm
The Covenanted Reformation Defended, audio files
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?sermonID=7702201426
The Covenanted Reformation Defended Against Contemporary Schismatics: A Response and Antidote Primarily to the Neopresbyterian Malignancy and Misrepresentations and the Manufactured 'Steelite' Controversy, Found in Richard Bacon's "A Defense Departed . . ."
http://books.google.com/books?id=LG5EHQAACAAJ&ie=ISO-8859-1&output=html

*BAXTER, RICHARD (1615-1691), A Christian Directory: Baxter's Practical Works, Vol. 1. Full title: A Christian Directory: or A Sum of Practical Theology, and Cases of Conscience. Directing Christians How to Use Their Knowledge and Faith; How to Improve all Helps and Means, and to Perform all Duties; How to Overcome Temptations, and to Escape or Mortify Every Sin. In Four Parts.
I. Christian Ethics (or Private Duties)
II. Christian Economics (or Family Duties)
III. Christian Ecclesiastics (or Church Duties)
IV. Christian Politics (or Duties to Our Rulers and Neighbours)
(Morgan, PA: Soli Deo Gloria Publications, 1997, 1990, 1838, 1707, 1678, 1673), ISBN: 1877611131 9781877611131. Foreword by J.I. Packer (Soli Deo Gloria edition only). The Soli Deo Gloria publication is a facsimile reprint of the 19th century reprint by George Virtue, London, 1846. The original 1673 edition and the 1678 edition, both printed by Robert White for Nevill Simmons. Bibliographic and scriptural footnotes. A Christian classic.
"The complete practical works of Richard Baxter are in print in four volumes entitled BAXTER'S PRACTICAL WORKS. This volume (about 1 1/4 million words, 1028 pages) is volume one of the set. The editor's preface (1707), p. xiii, stated that the works of Richard Baxter are 'perhaps the best body of practical divinity that is extent in our own or any other tongue.' Richard Baxter lived from 1615-1691. The DIRECTORY was completed in 1665. Its scope was intended to cover all of practical theology, a summa of casuistry . . ." -- Don Kistler
"Baxter's series, which grew in range and scope as it proceeded . . . is a peak point in Puritan devotional writing, and remains a precious resource for all, in this or any age, who want to know what is involved in Biblical godliness. . . . A CHRISTIAN DIRECTORY may justly be described as a landmark. It is the fullest, most thorough, and in this writer's judgment, most profound treatment of Christian spirituality and standards that has ever been attempted by an English-speaking Evangelical author. The fact that it embraces both spirituality and standards (the principles of communion with God plus the specifics of obedience to God) merits approving comment in itself; nowadays spirituality and ethics have become two distinct disciplines in the schools, and books written on either say virtually nothing about the other . . ." -- J.I. Packer
Timothy Keller calls it the greatest manual on Biblical counseling ever produced.
"There are many Puritan classics on this subject. Thomas Brooks' PRECIOUS REMEDIES FOR SATAN'S DEVICES, Thomas Goodwin's A CHILD OF LIGHT WALKING IN DARKNESS, William Bridge's A LIFTING UP FOR THE DOWNCAST, and many other similar works give evidence that the Puritans were. . . . masters at applying Biblical answers and principles to problems that can only be solved by spiritual means. No Puritan work, however, has ever approached the popularity, the scope, or the depth of Baxter's classic treatise. With the widespread interest in counseling in today's church, this reprint of Baxter's work should be a welcome addition to every pastor's library, or to anyone else who wishes to give solid Biblical answers to man's questions." -- Don Kistler
"We have long waited for a purely Biblical treatment of the spiritual ills and cures of men which is untainted by the views of psychology. Since Baxter lived about 200 years before psychology arrived, his deep work is completely void of its encroachment -- thankfully!" -- John MacArthur
"The kings men sought to arrest Richard Baxter, but he traveled ceaselessly from place to place, writing his sermons and his books even on horseback (he had an inkwell in his saddle) and preached over a wide area." -- Brian H. Edwards
"Baxter was a wonder of his age. His writings total 72 large volumes, much of it written on horseback as he traveled in his widespread preaching efforts. He seldom, if ever, edited anything he wrote. Knowing this any reader will be amazed at how well he communicated his deep love for his Savior. For 26 years he was public enemy No. 1 to the king, yet he lived to see the flight of the king in 1688." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.
POOR MAN'S FAMILY BOOK (1674) and THE CATECHIZING OF FAMILIES (1683), found elsewhere in BAXTER'S PRACTICAL WORKS, are less detailed works. They are more suitable for family instruction than are the detailed presentation in A CHRISTIAN DIRECTORY.
" Ptacek in Family Worship (p. 51-52), supplies the following information in regard to Baxter and this book. He notes that after the Episcopalians ejected numerous `nonconformists,' in what is know as the `great ejection,' in 1662, `Baxter pastored from house to house, visiting families of his parish in their homes. These visits contributed to Baxter's A CHRISTIAN DIRECTORY, a large and still very relevant manual of pastoral care.' Focusing on just one area of great importance, Ptacek demonstrates how this book's relevance is not limited by time or culture, though sometimes the use of specific words are. `Published in 1673, but written 1664-65, a large book-length part of Baxter's CHRISTIAN DIRECTORY is devoted to the family. It is entitled `Christian Economics' based on the archaic usage of the word, which reflects the proper sense of the Greek root oikonomos as the manager of a household, in the Christian case, the spiritual leader of the family. The family head is essential to Baxter's view of family worship and instruction. Baxter asserts that it is God's will that this instruction be carried out by the rulers of the families.' For a male head of the household to fail to do so, or to have another instruct in the family, is contrary to his position of authority.' This is the kind of book that can be passed on from generation to generation and still find much use in the service of the kingdom of God. . . .
"Though relatively weak on corporate sanctification, corporate faithfulness and some important areas of doctrine (such as justification), Baxter's work on subjects related to personal piety can be of good practical use to the Christian -- if one is careful to separate out his aberrant doctrinal views and any practical errors they may lead to." -- SWRB
This work is available in many editions, and in many formats.
Reformation Heritage Books has new copies of the Soli Deo Gloria edition as of March 2008, even though it is generally thought to be out of print. They acquired Soli Deo Gloria from Ligonier Ministries in late 2007. They may be the publisher who will eventually reprints the title.
http://www.heritagebooks.org/
The reprint by George Virtue is included on Reformation Bookshelf CD #21, ISBN: 0921148992 9780921148999.
The reprint by George Virtue is available as a Cerlox bound photocopy from Still Waters Revival Books, Edmonton, AB, Canada.
The reprint by George Virtue is available online and may be downloaded in PDF format at Christian Classics Ethereal Library.
http://www.ccel.org/ccel/baxter/practical.toc.html
The reprint by George Virtue is included on Reformation Bookshelf CD #21, ISBN: 0921148992 9780921148999.
The reprint by George Virtue appears in full preview in Google Books but may not be downloaded. This Google Books scan includes the contents in detail on pages iii-xix. This contents in detail is not included in the Christian Classics Ethereal Library PDF files. About five other editions from libraries are available in Google Books, and may be downloaded (August 2008).
Notice that the e-text in Google Books has the advantage of being searchable. Searching an image-based PDF file is not possible, unless the user owns software such as Abode Acrobat Pro or Kirtas BookScan Editor. They both have an OCR (optical character recognition) feature that will search an image-based PDFs (bit-map scans). Searches appear to be perfect in this work, although one must know Baxter's vocabulary. Text can be cut and pasted from image-based PDF format to OCR (character) format. This particular Google Books scan can not be cut and pasted or downloaded.
http://books.google.com/books?id=cyQFBOUHkaoC&dq=A+Christian+Directory+inpublisher:lettermen+inpublisher:associates&lr=&as_brr=0&ie=ISO-8859-1
One of the older, multi-volume editions of THE WORKS OF RICHARD BAXTER is available at Monergism.com in the "Puritan Library," "Richard Baxter." A CHRISTIAN DIRECTORY, volume 23. It can be downloaded.
http://www.puritanlibrary.com/
Another older edition is available on microfilm (Ann Arbor, MI: University Microfilms, 1970), 1 microfilm reel, 35 mm (Early English books, 1641-1700; 343:11).
The following three excerpts are included as bonus free books on Reformation Bookshelf CD #28, ISBN: 0921148267 9780921148265.
1. "The Duties of Parents for Their Children" from Baxter's Practical Works, Vol. 1, A Christian Directory, on Christian Economics, Chap. X., pp. 449-454.
2. "The Special Duties of Children Towards Their Parents" from Baxter's Practical Works, Vol. 1, A Christian Directory, on Christian Economics, Chap. XI., pp. 454-457.
3. "The Special Duties of Children and Youth Towards God" from Baxter's Practical Works, Vol. 1, A Christian Directory, on Christian Economics, Chap. XII., pp. 457-458).
The Practical Works of Richard Baxter: A Christian Directory, Vol. 1
A summary of currently available publications.
http://www.lettermen2.com/pwrbcd.html

*Baxter, Richard (1615-1691), The Reformed Pastor: Baxter's Practical Works, Vol. 4 (Morgan, PA: Soli Deo Gloria Publications, 2000, 1992), ISBN: 1877611360.
"This is the fourth and final volume in this great set. Includes, [`Compassionate Counsel to all Young Men, -- sk'] `The Reformed Pastor' `Poor Man's Family Book,' `The Catechizing of Families,' and `The Mother's Catechism,' in all 25 sermons, treatises, and catechisms. Dr. J.I. Packer says, `For me, the great joy of this year is that it see the completion of Soli Deo Gloria's reprint of Baxter's incomparable PRACTICAL WORKS'." -- GCB
Compassionate Counsel to all Young Men (1681), by Richard Baxter
http://www.lettermen2.com/ccaym.html

BINNING, HUGH (1627-1653), An Useful Case of Conscience Learnedly and Accuratly Discussed and Resolved: Concerning Associations and Confederacies with Idolaters, Infidels, Heretics, Malignants, Or Any Other Known Enemies of Truth and Godliness, 1693. Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #8, ISBN: 092114881X 9780921148814.
"Dr. McCrie said of Binning, 'few writers please me more.' Binning was appointed Regent and Professor of Moral Philosophy at the University of Glasgow in his nineteenth year. An extremely popular preacher, his works continue to be highly esteemed to this day. He died in 1654 at the age of 29. Here he warns against joining oneself with any known enemies of truth and upholds the Biblical injuction, concerning secondary separation, to abstain from even the apperance of evil. Specifically, 'written to expose and counteract the purpose and proceeding of the Resolutioners. Binning was one of the band of Covenanters (i.e. a Protester -- RB) who deemed they would not be justified in fighting for Charles, without additional security being provided for the maintenance of their religious privileges, and unless some adequate restraint were imposed upon the exercise of the royal authority.' (Johnston, Treasury of the Scottish Covenant, p. 328). Excerpted from the 1858 edition of BINNING'S WORKS." -- SWRB
An Useful Case of Conscience, Learnedly and Accurately Discussed and Resolved, Concerning Associations and Confederacies with Idolaters, Infidels, Heretics, Malignants, or any Other Known Enemies of Truth and Godliness, by Hugh Binning
http://www.covenanter.org/HBinning/binningucc.html

*Brooks, Thomas, Precious Remedies Against Satan's Devices (Puritan Paperback Series. Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust), ISBN: 0851510027 9780851510026. A Christian classic.
"The best Christian authors of former times treated the seductive influence and terrible power of Satan in a way `greatly more full and suggestive than in the literature of the present day'." -- William Grimshaw
" `The strange opposition that I met with from Satan, in the study of the following discourse, hath put an edge upon my spirit, knowing that Satan strives mightily to keep these things from seeing the light that tend eminently to shake and break his kingdom of darkness, and to lift up the kingdom and glory of the Lord Jesus Christ, in the souls and lives of the children of men . . .' This is one of the seven reasons for writing his book which the author, Thomas Brooks, gives in his preface." -- Publisher's Annotation

Brooks, Thomas, The Crown and Glory of Christianity: or Holiness the Only Way to Happiness. Discovered in 58 sermons, from Heb. 12:14. Where you have the necessity, excellency, rarity, beauty and glory of holiness set forth: with the resolution of many weighty questions and cases. Also motives and means to perfect holiness: with many other things of very high and great importance to all the sons and daughters of men, that had rather be blessed than cursed, saved than damned. In THE WORKS OF THOMAS BROOKS, 1886 (4:1-446)

*BROWN, JOHN (of Wamphray, 1610-1679), Christ, the Way, and the Truth, and the Life, or a Short Discourse pointing forth the way of making use of Christ for justification, and especially and more particularly, for sanctification in all its parts from John 14:6, wherein several cases of conscience are briefly answered, chiefly touching sanctification, 1677. A Christian classic. Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #8, #21 ISBN: 092114881X 9780921148814.
"John Brown of Wamphray (1610-1679) has been rightly called the most important Scottish theologian of his day. He was especially gifted at merging profound doctrinal truth with warm Christ-centered zeal and godly piety. Samuel Rutherford wrote of him, 'I always [had] . . . a great love to dear Mr. John Brown because I thought I saw Christ in him more than in his brethren.' Brown's blending of doctrinal truth and Christ-centered piety is most clearly displayed in his CHRIST: THE WAY THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE. This is biblical, Reformed, Puritan spirituality at its best. Would you learn the art of continually fleeing to Christ by faith for your justification and sanctification? Read and reread this precious volume, filled with experimental truth about how to go to Christ continually for every spiritual need. Use it as a devotional gem, and pray for the Holy Spirit to grant you a growing, daily 'making use' of Christ by faith." -- Joel Beeke
"This book was written during Brown's time of banishment in Holland. Among its 29 chapters we find Brown dealing with justification, but especially focusing on sanctification. Chapters are given to 'crucifying the old man,' 'How to make use of Christ, as Truth, for comfort, when truth is oppressed and bornedown,' 'for steadfastness,' 'for encouragement,' and much more. A classic on practical godliness if there ever was one." -- SWRB

*BURGESS, ANTHONY (d. 1664?), Spiritual Refining, or, A Treatise of Grace and Assurance Part I: Wherein are handled, the doctrine of assurance, the use of signs in self-examination, how true graces may be distinguished from counterfeit, several true signs of grace, and many false ones, the nature of grace, under divers scripture-notions or titles, as regeneration, the new-creature, the heart of flesh, vocation, sanctification, &c.: many chief questions (occasionally) controverted between the orthodox and the Arminians: as also many cases of conscience, tending to comfort and confirm saints, [and] undeceive and convert sinners. Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive. Available (SPIRITUAL REFINING, PART I AND PART II) on Reformation Bookshelf CD #21, ISBN: 0921148992 9780921148999.
"The first section is on the deceitfulness and guile of the natural heart (Jeremiah 17:9). . . . Next he contrasts thee natural tendencies toward deceitfulness in all of us to the uprightness of the heart; or, the heart without guile (Psalm 32:2) . . . Section three deals with practical cases of conscience which regularly test our sincerity in seeking to be guileless . . ." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.

*BURGESS, ANTHONY (d. 1664?), Spiritual Refining, Part II. Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive. Available (SPIRITUAL REFINING, PART I AND PART II) on Reformation Bookshelf CD #21, ISBN: 0921148992 9780921148999.
"The first section is on the deceitfulness and guile of the natural heart (Jeremiah 17:9). . . . Next he contrasts thee natural tendencies toward deceitfulness in all of us to the uprightness of the heart; or, the heart without guile (Psalm 32:2) . . . Section three deals with practical cases of conscience which regularly test our sincerity in seeking to be guileless . . ." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.

*Burgess, Anthony (d. 1664), and Samuel Clarke, (1599-1682) Golden Apples. Or Seaonable and Serious Counsel from the sanctuary to the rulers of the earth: held forth in the resolution of sundry questions and cases of conscience, 1659

CARTWRIGHT, CHRISTOPHER, A Commentary, or Exposition on the Whole Fifteenth Psalm, Wherein the Text is Learnedly and Fruitfully Explained, some controversies discussed, sundry cases of conscience are cleared, more especially the subject of usury. Many common places succinctly handled, and divers spiritual, holy, seasonable observations raised for the increase of Christian knowledge. Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive.

Cathcart, Dwight,Doubting Conscience: Donne and the Poetry of Moral Argument (University of Michigan Press, 1975), ISBN: 0472081985 9780472081981.

Clarke, Samuel (1599-1682), and Burgess, Anthony (d. 1664), Golden Apples. Or Seaonable and Serious Counsel from the sanctuary to the rulers of the earth: held forth in the resolution of sundry questions and cases of conscience, 1659

*DICKSON, DAVID (1583?-1663), Therapeutica Sacra, Shewing Briefly the Method of Healing the Diseases of the Conscience, Concerning Regeneration, 1656 (Edinburgh: Printed by Evan Tyler, Printer to the King's most excellent Majesty, 1664). Available (THE WORKS OF DAVID DICKSON) on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #20, ISBN: 0921148976 9780921148975.
Dickson, David, Therapeutica Sacra: Chapter 4
http://www.truecovenanter.com/dickson/dickson_therapeutica_sacra_04.html

Dod, John (1549-1645), and Thomas Cleaver (born 1562), Plaine and Familiar Exposition of the Ten Commandments, 1603.
This work went through nineteen editions in thirty-two years.

DURHAM, JAMES (1622-1658), Heaven Upon Earth, in the Serene Tranquility, and Calm Composure; in the Sweet Peace and Solid joy, of a Good Conscience; sprinkled with the blood of Jesus, and exercised always to be void of offence toward God and toward men. Brought down and holden forth in 22 very searching sermons on several texts of Scripture to that purpose. Wherein many weighty and momentous cases of conscience greatly influencing a tender Christian walk, are soberly, solidly, succinctly and satisfyingly discussed; several of which are not readily to be met with in the writings of other divines on this subject, 1688. Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive.

DURHAM, JAMES (1622-1658), JENKYN, WILLIAM (1613-1685), AND JOHN OWEN (1616-1683), The Law Unsealed; or, a Practical Exposition of the Ten Commandments. With a Resolution of Several Momentous Questions and Cases of Conscience, 422 pages. Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive.
"Durham, a Scottish Covenanter, was known as a 'very candid and searching preacher,' who in an instant was 'in the inmost corners of your bosom,' though with the utmost 'caution and meekness, without giving any of his hearers the smallest ground to fret and repine at his freedom in dealing with them'" (Carstairs cited in the Dictionary of Scottish Church History and Theology, p. 266). John Owen, in his letter introducing the reader to this volume, writes, 'In the whole a full testimony is given, not only against the profligate lives of many, called Christians, but that barren careless profession also, which too many satisfy themselves withal, who pretend more unto the truth and power of religion. And as those who are sincere in their obedience may, in the examination of themselves, by the rules here laid down, discern the decays which possibly they have fallen under in this hour of temptation, which is come on the face of the earth, to try them that dwell therein, so also may they be directed in their Christian course unto the glory of God, and the comfort of their own souls.' Durham's lectures deal with each commandment in order and the volume contains 'An Alphabetical Table of the Principal Matters Handled in the Whole Book;' making it eminently practical, and a very useful aid to the study of God's holy, just, good and spiritual law (Rom. 7:12)." -- SWRB

FRASER, JAMES (of Brae), The Lawfulness and Duty of Separation From Corrupt Ministers and Churches Explained and Vindicated, 1744. Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #27 ISBN: 0921148240 9780921148241.
"This is one of the most comprehensive treatises dealing with the lawfulness and duty of separation. It does not shy away from the hard biblical questions, but rather meets them head on. Fraser covers all the major biblical reasons for separation, both in general and in particular. Some of these Scriptural reasons for separation include (examples in parentheses are selected to fit our contemporary situation in accord with the general headings found in the book -- though a number of these specific errors are also dealt with in the book itself): 1.) Heresy, or error in doctrine (e.g. Arminianism, Pelagianism, Romanism, the denial of the regulative principle of worship, antinomianism, legalism, etc.); 2.) Idolatry in public worship (e.g. singing hymns of human composition, paedocommunion and open communion, the use of musical instruments, women speaking or preaching, anti-paedobaptism, Charismatic [or anabaptistic] folly and excesses, malignancy [anti-covenanting], etc.); 3.) Tyranny in government (e.g. Popery, Prelacy, Independency, etc.); 4.) Sinful terms of communion (e.g. any terms which deny or ignore the attainments of the covenanted Reformation or in any way contravene Scripture); 5.) Tolerationism (e.g. refusing to discipline the scandalous, open communion and countenancing false ministers or false governments or false doctrine, etc.). Many other areas are also dealt with, not the least of which include a strong testimony against the Prelatical Priest George Whitefield (who, as the preface notes, is 'a person leavened with gross errors, enthusiastic delusions, etc.'). In the publisher's original reasons for publication we read, 'In this book the case and nature of schism and separation is cleared, and the true scriptural terms of church-communion, and grounds of separation from corrupt churches and ministers, carrying on backsliding courses from the covenanted Reformation-principles . . . , are clearly handled, and the same proven to be just and warrantable grounds of separation, and many useful cases of conscience concerning separation; and what are just and warrantable grounds of separation and what are not, are solidly, learnedly, and accurately discussed and resolved, and the case of separation clearly stated, handled and determined; and separation from corrupt ministers and churches is fully vindicated; and the true Scripture marks of time-servers and hirelings, who should be separated from, are given from the Word of God.' Calvin, Knox, Rutherford, Gillespie, Durham, Owen (who repented of his Independency and embraced Presbyterianism just before he died) and a host of other notable Reformers are cited throughout. Occasional hearing and occasional communion are also exposed and rebuked from Scripture. Appended to the book is, 'The Reasons agreed upon by the Reformers of the Church of Scotland, For which the Book of Common Prayer, urged upon Scotland, Anno 1637 was refused. As also the Reasons agreed upon by the Assembly of Divines at Westminster, for laying aside the English Book of Common Prayer. Together with Mr. George Graham's Renunciation and Abjuration of Episcopacy.' This is an almost flawless photocopy of this exceedingly rare and valuable book (which was obtained at great expense from the Bodleian Library [Oxford University] in England). It is one of the major Reformed classics concerning the topics that it addresses and it answers many common questions which Christians raise today regarding church affiliation. It is also a much needed landmark of Reformation testimony against the white devils of Independency and sectarianism and the black devils of Popery and Prelacy -- which can be seen to be covering the land once again -- contrary to the teaching of the Word of God and the attainments fought (and died) for during the Second Reformation. 239 pages." -- SWRB

FRENCH REFORMED CHURCH NATIONAL COUNCILS, Synodicon in Gallia Reformata: Or, The Acts, Decisions, Decrees, and Canons of those Famous National Councils of the Reformed Churches in France. Being
I. A Most Faithful and Impartial History of the Rise, Growth, Perfection, and Decay of the Reformation in that Kingdom, with its fatal Catastrophe upon the Revocation of the Edict of Nants, in the Year 1685.
II. The Confession of Faith and Discipline of Those Churches.
III. A Collection of Speeches, Letters, Sacred Politicks, Cases of Conscience, and Controversies in Divinity, determined and resolved by those grave Assemblies.
IV. Many excellent Expedients for preventing and healing Schisms in the Churches, and for re-uniting the dismembered Body of divided Protestants.
V. The Laws, Government, and Maintenance of their Colleges, Universities and Ministers, together with their Exercise of Discipline upon delinquent Ministers and Church-members.
VI. A Record of very many illustrious Events of Divine Providence relating to those Churches.
The whole Collected and Composed out of Original Manuscript Acts of those Renowned Synods.
A Work never before Extant in any Language. In Two Volumes. By John Quick, Minister of the Gospel in London, London, Printed for T. Parkhurst and J. Robinson, at the Three Bibles and Crown in Cheapside, and the Golden Lion in St. Paul's Church-yard, 1692,
2 volumes (Cerlox Bound Photocopy Series. Edmonton, AB, Canada: Still Waters Revival Books). Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive.

*GILLESPIE, GEORGE (1613-1648), A Treatise of Miscellany Questions Wherein Many Useful Cases of Conscience are Discussed and Resolved, for the Satisfaction of Those who Desire Nothing More Than to Search and Find out Precious Truths in the Controversies of These Times, 1649. Available (THE WORKS OF GEORGE GILLESPIE) on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive.
Gillespie, George, Miscellany Questions (partial)
http://www.truecovenanter.com/gillespie/miscqs.html

*GILLESPIE, GEORGE (1613-1648), Wholesome Severity Reconciled With Christian Liberty, 1645, two sound files. Available (PDF and MP3 files) on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive. Available on the Naphtali Press CD.
"Gillespie was a major force at the Westminster Assembly. This rare item gives great insight into the original intent of the framers of the Westminster documents concerning matters of conscience, liberty, law, and government. Dr. Greg Bahnsen has noted how sections mirror modern theonomic thought. Read on cassette for the first time ever! This item can also be found in written form in volume four of Naphtali Press' Anthology of Presbyterian and Reformed Literature." -- SWRB
Wholesome Severity Reconciled With Christian Liberty, or, The True Resolution of a Present Controversy Concerning Liberty of Conscience, 1645
http://www.naphtali.com/severity.htm
Wholesome Severity reconciled with Christian Liberty, by George Gillespie
http://www.covenanter.org/GGillespie/gillespie_wholesome_severity.html

Gouge, Thomas, Christian Directions Shewing how to Walk With God all the day Long, 1688.

*GOUGE, WILLIAM, Hebrews Commentary, 3 volumes. Alternate title: A LEARNED AND VERY USEFUL COMMENTARY ON THE WHOLE EPISTLE TO THE HEBREWS; WHEREIN EVERY WORD AND PARTICLE IN THE ORIGINAL IS EXPLAINED, AND THE EMPHASIS THEREOF FULLY SHEWED; THE SENSE AND MEANING OF EVERY VERSE LOGICALLY AND EXACTLY ANALYZED; GENUINE DOCTRINES NATURALLY RAISED; THE MANIFOLD TYPES OF CHRIST UNVEILED, ETC. BEING THE SUBSTANCE OF THIRTY YEARS' WEDNESDAY'S LECTURES AT BLACKFRIARS, LONDON, 1866 EDITION. Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive.
"Darling calls this 'a labourious and valuable work, of very rare occurrence' (Cyclopaedia Bibliographica, p. 1295). 'We greatly prize Gouge,' writes Spurgeon of this commentary, 'upon any topic which he touches he gives outlines which may supply sermons for months.' (Commenting on Commentaries). Gouge was a leader among the Covenanted English Presbyterians, a respected member of the Westminster Assembly and one of its most active members. Some of his enemies vilified him as an 'Arch Puritan.' 1162 pages of the cream of Puritan-style commentating." -- SWRB

HALL, THOMAS, A Practical and Polemical Commentary, or Exposition Upon the Third and Fourth Chapters of the Latter Epistle of St. Paul to Timothy, Wherein the text is explained, some controversies discussed, sundry cases of conscience are cleared, many common places are succinctly handled, and divers useful, and seasonable observations raised, 1658. Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive.

Hall, Thomas (1610-1665), and Swinnock, George (1627-1673), The beauty of magistracy in an exposition of the 82 Psalm, where is set forth the necessity, utility, dignity, duty, and mortality of magistrates: here many other texts of Scripture occasionally are cleared, many quaeries and cases of conscience about the magistrates power, are resolved, many anabaptistical cavils are confuted, and many seasonable observations containing many other heads of divinity, are raised: together with references to such authors as clear any point more fully / by Thomas Hall . . . ; with an additional sermon on verse 6, by George Swinnock, 1660.
"Notes: Added t.p. on p. [3] following p. 188: Men are gods, or, The dignity of magistracy . . . by George Swinnocke."

*Harrison, Roland Kenneth (editor), Encyclopedia of Biblical and Christian Ethics, revised and updated (Testament, March 4, 2003), 480 pages, ISBN: 0517222280
"A comprehensive reference work for everyone concerned with the complicated moral issues of this world, this unique volume clearly communicates what Scripture teaches about the ethical dilemmas facing our society. Biological warfare, corporate responsibility, human rights, computer ethics, and much more are discussed by over fifty scholars who explain the moral guidelines in the Bible and historic Christian teachings.
"R.K. Harrison, author and editor of over thirty books on biblical studies, has brought together a valuable A to B treasury of thought for every believer searching for guidance." -- Publisher's Annotation
"A compendium of reliable information. Arranged in dictionary format, 550 entries and 61 contributors. Goes beyond descriptive data to the practical application of truth to a variety of situations . . . . The book is well-indexed. . . . Treats ethical areas like apartheid and surrogate motherhood. Probably the best available evangelical treatment of this type." -- GCB

*HAYWARD, SAMUEL (1718-1757), and SAMUEL PIKE (1717-1773), Religious Cases of Conscience Answered in an Evangelical Manner . . . to Which is Added The Spiritual Companion; or, The Professing Christian Tried at the Bar of God's Word; and Character of the Happy Man, 1866. Alternate title: SOME IMPORTANT CASES OF CONSCIENCE ANSWERED, 1755, ISBN: 0902506005 9780902506008. Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive.
Excerpts From Cases of Conscience and the Spiritual Companion, Samuel Pike and Samuel
"Renewal after a time of spiritual dullness, Living with the promises and threats of God's word, Distinguishing faith and feelings, Discerning providential guidance, Assurance of growth in grace, Discovering why the Spirit is grieved, How to perform serious meditation, Spiritual injury from undue pursuit of the affairs of this life, Self-examination, The character of an honest man."
http://www.westminsterconfession.org/literature/godly-living.php
Religious Cases of Conscience Answered, by S. Pike and S. Hayward. To which is added The spiritual companion. With The touchstone of saving faith
Full view in Google Books.
http://books.google.com/books?id=6toHAAAAQAAJ&ie=ISO-8859-1&output=html

HEYWOOD, OLIVER, Closet-prayer: A Christian Duty, or A Treatise upon Matt 6:6, tending to prove that the worship of God in secret is the indispensable duty of all Christians, both by sundry examples and arguments, together with a severe rebuke of Christians for their neglect of, or negligence in the duty of closet prayer. And many directions for the managing thereof, exhortations to it, objections answered, cases of conscience cleared. 1687. Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive.

Leites, Edmund (editor), Conscience and Casuistry in Early Modern Europe, ISBN: 0521301130 9780521301138.
"The eight contributors to this volume are philosophers, historians, and political theorists from six different countries, with a corresponding diversity of disciplines and national traditions. Yet their contributions show a remarkable convergence on three themes: changes in the modes of moral education in early modern Europe, the emergence of new relations between conscience and law (particularly the law of the state), and the shared continuities and discontinuities of both Roman Catholic and Protestant moral culture in relation to their medieval past." -- Publisher's Annotation

Lindsley, Arthur W., Jr., Conscience and Casuistry in the English Puritan Concept of Reformation (University of Pittsburgh, Ph.D. thesis, 1982).
"This study also argues that it is in the Puritan view of conscience and casuistry that we have a key to the uniqueness of Puritanism. The passion of Puritans like Perkins and Ames was the application of theology to life. It is in their view of conscience and casuistry that theology and practice meet. . . . It is also argued that there has been a failure to recognize the centrality of conscience in Puritan preaching. Preaching was directed at the conscience. The Puritan `plain' style was thought the most adequate method for penetrating the conscience. . . ." -- Dissertation Abstracts

Long, Edward Le Roy, Conscience and Compromise: An Approach to Protestant Casuistry (Philadelphia, PA: Westminster Press, 1954).

e Grace, With its Different Degrees; -- and Several Important Cases of Conscience answered in the Course of the Work, 1651, 1792 edition, 244 pages. Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive.
"Classic Puritan preaching showing why the Puritans were masters of encouragement, especially to young and weak Christians with the smallest measures of grace. Here Love points out from numerous Scriptures how God Himself encourages even the weakest of His children! Sermon #1 includes a preface by several Westminster divines. There is also good material here to counter the errors of N.T. Wright, NEW PERSPECTIVE ON PAUL, also see pp. 84-92, in the free PDF -- which also counters Wright's false ecumenism), Norman Shepherd, Doug Wilson (see also http://www.swrb.com/newslett/FREEBOOK/DWilson.htm), Steve Schlissel (see also http://www.swrb.com/Puritan/steve-schlissel.htm), Steven Wilkins, John Barach and others who have fallen for the false teaching from the Auburn Avenue Pastors Conference (AAPC), or what has now become known as 'Federal Vision theology'." -- SWRB

May, William F., A Catalogue of Sins: A Contemporary Examination of Christian Conscience (New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1967).

Miller, Richard B., Casuistry and Modern Ethics: A Poetics of Practical Reasoning, ISBN: 0226526364 9780226526362 0226526372 9780226526379.
"Did the Gulf War defend moral principle or Western oil interests? Is violent pornography an act of free speech or an act of violence against women? In CASUISTRY AND MODERN ETHICS, Richard B. Miller sheds new light on the potential of casuistry -- case-based reasoning -- for resolving these and other questions of conscience raised by the practical quandaries of modern life." -- Publisher's Annotation

*OWEN, JOHN, (1616-1683) The Complete Works of John Owen, 16 volumes. Alternate title: THE WORKS OF JOHN OWEN (Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust), ISBN: 0851513921 ISBN3: 9780851513928. A Christian classic. See Volume 1 for annotation on all 16 volumes. Many separate works by Owen may be found in the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive and the Reformation Bookshelf 30 CD Set.
John Owen "is by common consent not the most versatile, but the greatest among Puritan theologians. For solidity, profundity, massiveness and majesty in exhibing from Scripture God's ways with sinful mankind there is no one to touch him. . . ." -- J.I. Packer in A Quest for Godliness, p. 81
"To master his works is to be a profound theologian." -- C.H. Spurgeon
"The Banner of Truth Trust completed in May, 1968, the re-issue of the complete English works of Owen, his seven volumes on the Epistle of Hebrews excepted. All of these volumes `are of the greatest value' (Dr. Lloyd-Jones) but for newcomers to Owen we especially recommend the four volumes in the Practical Division (vols. 6-9.) . . ." -- William J. Grier
"His works on communion, Christian life, and the person and glory of Christ, the work of the Holy Spirit, etc. are of the utmost value to any serious-minded Christian." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.
John Owen is an example of a great theologian who prescribed to independency, and was unable to attain to covenanted reformation. He was not a member of the Westminster Assembly of Divines.

*OWEN, JOHN (1616-1683), Hebrews, 7 Volume Set. Alternate title: AN EXPOSITION OF THE EPISTLE TO THE HEBREWS. (Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust, 1999), ISBN: 085151619X 9780851516196. The same edition is available from (Grand Rapids, MI: Reformation Heritage Books, Inc.). May of the individual works may be found on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive.
"To master his works is to be a profound theologian." -- C.H. Spurgeon
"THE work on Hebrews is John Owen's massive 4000-page commentary." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.
"An exhaustive, Puritan work first published between 1668-84." -- Cyril J. Barber
Owen, John (1616-1683), J.I. Packer (introduction, series editor), Alister McGrath (series editor), Hebrews, an abridgement of the 7 volume work, paperback (Crossway Classic Commentaries series. Crossway Books, December 2, 1998), ISBN: 1581340265 9781581340266 1856841847 9781856841849, 272 pages.
"The author of Hebrews wanted his audience to know and understand one truth: Christ is superior, and therefore, so is Christianity. He demonstrates this by comparing the imperfect old covenant with the perfect new covenant. The person of Christ is better than prophets and angels, His priesthood is greater than that of Melchizedek and the line of Aaron, and His power within the believer's life is incomparable. Between these contrasts he exhorts the readers to persevere in their faith, be obedient, grow in their understanding, and not miss the grace of God. The lessons and admonitions of Hebrews have intensely practical application for all readers -- then and now.
"Know as the 'theologian's theologian' John Owen (1616-1683) was vice chancellor of Oxford University and served as advisor and chaplain to Oliver Cromwell. Among the most learned and active Puritans in seventeenth-century Europe, he was a erudite and accomplished theologian both in doctrine and practical theology." -- Publisher's Annotation
Owen, John. An exposition of the Epistle to the Hebrews; with the preliminary exercitations. By John Owen, D.D. Revised and abridged; . . . By Edward Williams. In four volumes. . . . Vol. 2. London, 1790. 4 vols.

*OWEN, JOHN (1616-1683), The Mortification of sin in Believers: Containing the necessity, nature, and means of it. With a resolution of sundry cases of conscience thereunto belonging. By John Owen, D.D. . . . A new edition London, 1783. Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive. Available (audio file readings) on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive.
On the Mortification of Sin in Believers, John Owen (1 of 6)
An audio file reading. Currently (February 2009) there are 63 readings of John Owen by SWRB and Reformed Baptist of Holland (Michigan), (Thomas Sullivan) at SermonAudio available for listening online, downloading as MP3 files, and listening on iPhone or Mobile Phones.
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=62906111628

OWEN, JOHN (1616-1683), The Nature, Power, Deceit, and Prevalency of the Remainders of Indwelling-sin in Believers. Together with the ways of its working, and means of its prevention. Opened, evinced and applyed, with a resolution of sundry cases of conscience thereunto appertaining. By J. Owen, D.D. [London?], 1732. Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive.

*Owen, John (1616-1683), Sermons to the Church. Alternate title: THE COMPLETE WORKS OF JOHN OWEN VOLUME 9; THE WORKS OF JOHN OWEN, VOLUME 9. (Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust), ISBN: 9780851510651 0851510655. A Christian classic.
"Contains 83 sermons: Fourteen which resolve practical cases of conscience, twentyfive intended as preparations to the Lord's Table, and others of various Gospel subjects."

*Pascal, Blaise The Provincial Letters (Wipf & Stock Publishers), ISBN: 1579100961 9781579100964.
"In 1654, Pascal, a man of the world and a noted mathematician . . . . issued the famous LETTRES ECRITES PAR LOUIS DE MONTALTE A UN PROVINCIAL DE SES AMIS, eighteen tracts directed with the keenest irony against the casuistry of the Jesuits. These LETTERS appeared between January 23, 1656, and March 24, 1657. They were published without the author's real name, had a large circulation, and created an immense sensation throughout Europe."
"Containing an exposure of the reasoning and morals of the Jesuits."

*PERKINS, WILLIAM (1558-1602), The Whole Treatise of the Cases of Conscience . . . 1632). Alternate title: THE WHOLE TREATISE OF THE CASES OF CONSCIENCE DISTINGUISHED INTO THREE BOOKES: THE FIRST WHEREOF IS REVISED AND CORRECTED IN SUNDRIE PLACES, AND THE OTHER TWO ANNEXED. TAUGHT AND DELIUERED BY M.W. PERKINS IN HIS HOLY-DAY LECTURES, CAREFULLY EXAMINED BY HIS OWNE BRIEFES, AND NOW PUBLISHED TOGETHER FOR THE COMMON GOOD, BY T. PICKERING BACHELOUR OF DIUINITIE. WHEREUNTO IS ADIOYNED A TWOFOLD TABLE: ONE OF THE HEADS AND NUMBER OF THE QUESTIONS PROPOUNDED AND RESOLUED; ANOTHER OF THE PRINCIPALL TEXTS OF SCRIPTURE VVHICH ARE EITHER EXPLANED, OR VINDICATED FROM CORRUPT INTERPRETATION, ISBN: 9022104826 68113020. Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive.
"Called 'the principal architect of Elizabethan Puritanism' and 'the most important Puritan writer,' Perkins was the first theologian of the Reformed English church to gain an international reputation. His preaching manual, THE ART OF PROPHESYING (recently reprinted by the Banner of Truth Trust -- RB), is found on nearly every seventeenth century New England book list. . . . Perkin's theological legacy extended through his Cambridge students, most prominently William Ames . . . Perkins's Calvinist theology was presented according to the logic and method of Peter Ramus . . . Ramism helped Perkins maintain the unity of theology and ethics, provided an educational tool by streamlining logic, fostered plain-style preaching, enhanced the art of memory, provided a tool for biblical interpretation as well as supplying a secure philosophical base on which to build theology," notes the Encyclopedia of the Reformed Faith (p. 274). This book is no exception and beautifully illustrates the usefulness of the Ramist method. `Several of Perkins' works have been translated into Latin, French, Dutch, and Spanish' (Cyclopaedia Bibliographica, p. 2337)." -- SWRB

Perkins, William (1558-1602), and Thomas F. Merrill (editor), William Perkins 1558-1602, English Puritanist -- His Pioneer Works on Casuistry: Discourse on Conscience and the Whole Treatise of Cases of Conscience (Philadelphia, PA: Coronet Books, 1966), ISBN: 68113020.
Edited with an introduction by Thomas F. Merrill. Includes bibliography.
His Pioneer Works on Casuistry: "A Discourse of Conscience" and "The Whole Treatise of Cases of Conscience".

Pierce, C.A., Conscience in the New Testament (London, England: SCM Press Ltd., 1958).

Rogers, Richard, Seven Treatises: The Practice of Christianity, 1630. Alternate title: SEVEN TREATISES: CONTAINING SUCH DIRECTION AS IS GATHERED OUT OF THE HOLY SCRIPTURES, LEADING AND GUIDING TO TRUE HAPPINESSE, BOTH IN THIS LIFE, AND IN THE LIFE TO COME: AND MAY BE CALLED THE PRACTICE OF CHRISTIANITY. PROFITABLE FOR ALL SUCH AS HEARTILY DESIRE THE SAME: IN THE WHICH, MORE PARTICULARLY TRUE CHRISTIANS MAY LEARNE HOW TO LEAD A GODLY AND COMFORTABLE LIFE EVERY DAY, NOTWITHSTANDING THEIR TRIBULATIONS. FIRST PENNED, AND NOW SET FORTH THE FIFTH TIME, CORRECTED AND ENLARGED BY RICHARD ROGERS, PREACHER OF THE WORD OF GOD AT WETHERSFIELD IN ESSEX.
http://books.google.com/books?id=52HgIAAACAAJ&ie=ISO-8859-1&output=html

*Rushdoony, Rousas J. (1916-2001), Institutes of Biblical Law, 3 volumes, ISBN: 1879998130. Available through Exodus Books.
Volume 1, INSTITUTES OF BIBLICAL LAW, 890 pages, ISBN-10: 0875524109.
"A monumental volume . . . Deeply explores the meaning and application of the Ten Commandments for today in civil government, social ethics, and personal conduct." -- GCB
"Many consider this to be the author's most important work. With indices. -- Publisher's Annotation
Volume 2, LAW AND SOCIETY, 752 pages, ISBN-10: 1879998238.
"The relationship of Biblical Law to communion and community, the sociology of the Sabbath, the family and inheritance, and much more are covered in the second volume. Contains an appendix by Herbert Titus. With indices." -- Publisher's Annotation
Volume 3, THE INTENT OF THE LAW, 252 pages, ISBN-10: 1879998130.
" 'God's law is much more than a legal code; it is a covenantal law. It establishes a personal relationship between God and man.' The first section summarizes the case laws. The author tenderly illustrates how the law is for our good, and makes clear the difference between the sacrificial laws and those that apply today. The second section vividly shows the practical implications of the law. The examples catch the reader's attention; the author clearly has had much experience discussing God's law. The third section shows that would-be challengers to God's law produce only poison and death. Only God's law can claim to express God's 'covenant grace in helping us'. With indices." -- Publisher's Annotation
Theft: Commentary and Cases of Conscience. A Listing Excerpted From THE INSTITUTES OF BIBLICAL LAW by Rousas John Rushdoony, 1973 edition
http://www.lettermen2.com/theft.html

*RUTHERFORD, SAMUEL (1600?-1661), A Free Disputation Against Pretended Liberty of Conscience, 1649 edition. Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #9, #25, and #26, ISBN: 0921148836 9780921148838.
"Rutherford's FREE DISPUTATION, though scarce, is still one of his most important works with maybe only a few copies of the actual book left in existence. Though Rutherford is affectionately remembered in our day for his LETTERS, or for laying the foundations of constitutional government (against the divine right of kings) in his unsurpassed LEX, REX his FREE DISPUTATION should not be overlooked for it contains the same searing insights as LEX, REX. In fact, this book should probably be known as Rutherford's 'politically incorrect' companion volume to LEX, REX. A sort of sequel aimed at driving pluralists and antinomians insane. Written against 'the Belgick Arminians, Socinians, and other Authors contending for lawlesse liberty, or licentious Tolerations of Sects and Heresies,' Rutherford explains the undiluted Biblical solution to moral relativism, especially as it is expressed in ecclesiastical and civil pluralism! (Corporate pluralism being a violation of the first commandment and an affront to the holy God of Scripture). He also deals with conscience, toleration, penology (punishment), and the judicial laws, as related to both the civil and ecclesiastical realms. Excellent sections are also included which address questions related to determining the fundamentals of religion, how covenants bind us, the perpetual obligation of social covenants (with direct application to the Solemn League and Covenant and the covenant-breaking of Cromwell and his sectarian supporters), whether the punishing of seducing teachers be persecution of conscience, and much more. Walker adds these comments and context regarding Rutherford's FREE DISPUTATION, 'The principle of toleration was beginning to be broached in England, and in a modified shape to find acceptance there. Samuel Rutherford was alarmed, or rather, I should say, he was horrified, for he neither feared the face of man or argument. He rushed to the rescue of the good old view . . . It is not so easy to find a theoretical ground for toleration; and Rutherford has many plausible things to say against it. With the most perfect confidence, he argues that it is alike against Scripture and common sense that you should have two religions side by side. It is outrageous ecclesiastically, it is sinful civilly. He does not, however, take what I call the essentially persecuting ground. He does not hold that the magistrate is to punish religion as religion. Nay, he strongly maintains that the civil magistrate never aims at the conscience. The magistrate, he urges, does not send anyone, whether a heretic (who is a soul murderer -- RB) or a murderer, to the scaffold with the idea of producing conversion or other spiritual result, but to strengthen the foundations of civil order. But if he gives so much power to the king, he is no lover of despotism withal: the king himself must be under law. To vindicate this great doctrine is the object of another book, the celebrated LEX, REX; of which it has been said by one competent to judge, that it first clearly developed the constitutionalism which all men now accept' (Theology and Theologians . . ., pp. 11-12). In our day Francis Schaeffer, and numerous others, have critiqued many of the problems found in modern society, but most have spent little time developing explicitly Biblical solutions especially regarding the theoretical foundations that Rutherford addresses here. Rutherford's FREE DISPUTATION provides a detailed blueprint for laying the foundations that must be laid before any lasting, God-honoring solutions will be found. Furthermore, Rutherford and his writings were the enemies of all governments not covenanted with Christ. This book will give you a very clear picture as to why 'the beast' (civil and ecclesiastical) has reserved his special hatred for such teaching. As Samuel Wylie noted '[t]he dispute, then, will not turn upon the point whether religion should be civilly established . . . but it is concerning what religion ought to be civilly established and protected, -- whether the religion of Jesus alone should be countenanced by civil authority, or every blasphemous, heretical, and idolatrous abomination which the subtle malignity of the old serpent and a heart deceitful above all things and desperately wicked, can frame and devise, should be put on an equal footing therewith." -- The Two Sons of Oil; or, the Faithful Witness for Magistracy and Ministry Upon a Scriptural Basis,. Can our generation swallow Rutherford's hard, anti-pluralistic, Covenanter medicine, poured forth from the bottle of the first commandment, without choking on their carnal dreams of a free and righteous society divorced from God (and His absolute claims upon everyone and everything)? Not without the enabling power of the Holy Spirit -- that is for sure! In summary, this book answers all the hardest questions theonomists (and their wisest and best opponents) have been asking for the last 20-30 years (and these answers are much more in depth than any we have seen in the last couple of millennia [less about a century to account for the apostles]). As the reader will discover, Rutherford was a wealthy man when it came to wisdom (and much advanced theologically), and those who take the time to gaze into the King's treasure house, as exhibited in this book, will find that they are greatly rewarded. Furthermore, because of its uncompromising stand upon the Word of God, this book is sure to be unpopular among a wicked and adulterous generation. However, on the other hand, it is sure to be popular among the covenanted servants of King Jesus! This is one of the best books (in the top five anyway) for advanced study of the Christian faith. We have now obtained an easy-to-read, amazingly clear copy of this very rare, old treasure. Great price too, considering that a copy of the 1649 edition, containing this quality of print, would likely cost upwards of $1000 on the rare book market -- though it is unlikely you would ever see a copy for sale!" -- SWRB
The Covenant Between God and Kings, from A DEFENSE OF LIBERTY
http://www.constitution.org/vct/vindiciae1a.htm

*RUTHERFORD, SAMUEL (1600?-1661), Lex, Rex, or the Law and the Prince, ISBN: 0873779517. A Christian classic. Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #10, #25, ISBN: 0921148852 9780921148852.
Lex, rex is Latin for "law is king."
"LEX, REX is `the great political text of the Covenanters' (Johnston citing Innes in Treasury of the Scottish Covenant, p. 305.) `Rutherford was the first to formulate the great constitutional principle Lex est Rex -- the law is King . . . much of the doctrine has become the constitutional inheritance of all countries in modern times.' (Idem.)"
"Gilmour writes [in SAMUEL RUTHERFORD], 'that, as regards religious fervour, scholastic subtlety of intellect, and intensity of ecclesiastical conviction, Samuel Rutherford is the most distinctively representative Scotsman in the first half of the seventeenth century'." -- SWRB
"Without a doubt one of the greatest books on political philosophy ever written. Rutherford here has penned a great Christian charter of liberty against all forms of civil tyranny -- vindicating the Scriptural duty to resist tyrants as an act of loyalty to God." -- SWRB
"That resistance to lawful authority -- even when that authority so called has, in point of fact, set at nought all law -- is in no instance to be vindicated, will be held by those only who are the devotees of arbitrary power and passive obedience. The principles of Mr. Rutherford's LEX, REX, however obnoxious they may be to such men, are substantially the principles on which all government is founded, and without which the civil magistrate would become a curse rather than a blessing to a country. They are the very principles which lie at the basis of the British Constitution, and by whose tenure the House of Brunswick does at this very moment hold possession of the throne of these realms." -- Rev. Robert Burns, D.D., in his Preliminary Dissertation to WODROW'S CHURCH HISTORY
"Though Rutherford is affectionately remembered in our day for his Letters, or for laying the foundations of constitutional government (against the divine right of kings) in his unsurpassed LEX, REX, his Free Disputation should not be overlooked for it contains the same searing insights as Lex, Rex. In fact, this book should probably be known as Rutherford's 'politically incorrect' companion volume to LEX, REX. A sort of sequel aimed at driving pluralists and antinomians insane. Written against 'the Belgick Arminians, Socinians, and other Authors contending for lawlesse liberty, or licentious Tolerations of Sects and Heresies,' Rutherford explains the undiluted Biblical solution to moral relativism, especially as it is expressed in ecclesiastical and civil pluralism! (Corporate pluralism being a violation of the first commandment and an affront to the holy God of Scripture)." -- SWRB
"This [THE DUE RIGHT OF PRESBYTERIES OR A PEACEABLE PLEA FOR THE GOVERNMENT OF THE CHURCH OF SCOTLAND . . . ,] could be considered the LEX, REX of church government -- another exceedingly rare masterpiece of Presbyterianism! Characterized by Walker as sweeping `over a wider field than most'." -- SWRB
A HIND LET LOOSE by Alexander Shields is sometimes referred to as 'Lex, Rex volume two.'
Lex, Rex, or The Law and the Prince, Samuel Rutherford
"Rutherford is to be praised for his teaching that the king is subject to the law of God. The Bible has nothing but condemnation for those who 'frame mischief by a law' and declares rhetorically, 'Shall the throne of iniquity have fellowship with thee?' (Ps. 94:20). Deuteronomy 17 is the classic passage in defense of Lex, Rex, wherein the king is charged to '. . . read therein all the days of his life: that he may learn to fear the Lord his God, to keep all the words of this law. . . .' (Deut. 17:19)."
http://www.natreformassn.org/lexrex/index.html
Lex, rex: the law and the prince, a dispute for the just prerogative of king and people, containing the reasons and causes of the defensive wars of the kingdom of Scotland, and of their expedition for the ayd and help of their brethren of England. In which a full answer is given to a seditious pamphlet, intituled, Sacro-sancta regum majestas, penned by J. Maxwell. By S. Rutherford. [Followed by] De jure regni apud Scotos; a dialogue, tr. by R. Macfarlan (repr. from the ed. of 1799).
http://books.google.com/books?id=jtYDAAAAQAAJ&ie=ISO-8859-1&output=html
Lex, Rex, "Lawfulness to Resist Tyranny" (Samuel Rutherford)
http://www.geocities.com/CapitolHill/7947/LexRex.html
The Covenant Between God and Kings, from A DEFENSE OF LIBERTY
http://www.constitution.org/vct/vindiciae1a.htm

Shaw, Mark R., The Marrow of Practical Divinity: A Study in the Theology of William Perkins (Westminster Theological Seminary, Th.D. thesis, 1981).
"Chapters four and five concern the first two books of Perkins' CASES OF CONSCIENCE and cover the issues of conversion, assurance, and worship. . . . Chapter six focuses on Perkins' social, economic, and political thought. His views on such questions as the structure of the family, the power of government, the rise of capitalism and the proper use of wealth, food, clothing, arts and recreation are considered. . . . The final chapter evaluates Perkins' PRACTICAL DIVINITY as a force for renewal in the church. . . . -- Dissertation Abstracts

SHEPARD, THOMAS, Theses Sabbaticae. Alternate title: THESES SABBATICAE, OR THE DOCTRINE OF THE SABBATH, WHEREIN THE SABBATH'S MORALITY, CHANGE, BEGINNING AND SANCTIFICATION, ARE CLEARLY DISCUSSED. WHICH WERE FIRST HANDLED MORE LARGELY IN SUNDRY SERMONS IN CAMBRIDGE IN NEW-ENGLAND IN OPENING OF THE FOURTH COMMANDMENT. IN UNFOLDING WHEREOF MANY SCRIPTURES ARE CLEARED, DIVERS CASES OF CONSCIENCE RESOLVED, AND THE MORAL LAW AS A RULE OF LIFE TO A BELIEVER OCCASIONALLY AND DISTINCTLY HANDLED, 1650 (Crown Rights Book Company, 2003, 1649). Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive.
"The author, who was founder of Harvard University and a Puritan minister at Cambridge in the early 1600s, has written four theses on the morality of the Sabbath, the change of the Sabbath from the seventh day to the first, the beginning of the Sabbath, and how the Sabbath is to be sanctified by God's people. This book should silence the cavils of those misguided souls who deny that the Fourth Commandment finds its New Testament fulfillment in the celebration of the Lord's Day." -- Publisher's Annotation

Stanislaus, Woywod, and John Ambrose McHugh, The Casuist: A Collection of Cases in Moral and Pastoral Theology (New York, NY: J.F. Wagner, Inc., c1924-1925).

Starr, George A., Defoe and Casuistry, ISBN: 0691061920 9780691061924.

Toon, Peter, Your Conscience as Your Guide (Wilton, CT: Moorehouse-Barlow, 1984), 101 pages, ISBN: 081921339X 9780819213396.
"Meets a felt need for a reliable work that adheres to the Scriptures and at the same time interacts with non-Christian and anti-Christian systems of thought. . . ." -- Cyril J. Barber

TRAPP, JOHN, A Clavis to the Bible, or a New Comment upon the Pentateuch, or Five Books of Moses, Wherein are: 1. Difficult texts explained, 2. Controversies discussed, 3. Common places handled, 4. Cases of Conscience cleared, 5. Many remarkable matters hinted, that had by other interpreters been omitted, 6. Besides, divers texts of Scripture, which occasionally occur, are fully opened, 7. And the whole so intermixed with pertinent Histories, as will yield both pleasure, and profit to the judicious, pious reader, 1650 Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive.

TRAPP, JOHN, Commentary on Hosea to Malachi, Volume 4 of 5, 1654, 1865-1868 edition. Alternate title: A COMMENTARY, OR EXPOSITION UPON THE 12 MINOR PROPHETS (HOSEA, JOEL, AMOS, OBADIAH, JONAH, MICAH, NAHUM, HABAKKUK, ZEPHANIAH, HAGGAI, ZECHARIAH, AND MALACHI), WHEREIN THE TEXT IS EXPLAINED, SOME CONTROVERSIES ARE DISCUSSED, SUNDRY CASES OF CONSCIENCE ARE CLEARED, AND MANY REMARKABLE MATTERS HINTED, THAT HAD BY FORMER INTERPRETERS BEEN PRETERMITTED. HEREUNTO IS ADDED A TREATISE CALLED, 'THE RIGHTEOUS MAN'S RECOMPENSE -- A TRUE CHRISTIAN CHARACTERIZED AND ENCOURAGED, OUT OF MALACHI 3:16-18,' AS WELL AS 'THEOLOGICIA THEOLOGIAE: THE TRUE TREASURE. A TREASURY OF THE HOLY TRUTHS TOUCHING GOD'S WORD, AND GOD THE WORD. DIGGED UP AND DRAWN OUT OF THAT INCOMPARABLE MINE OF UNSEARCHABLE MYSTERY, HEBREW 1: 1-3.' IN ALL WHICH DIVERSE TEXTS OF SCRIPTURE WHICH OCCASIONALLY OCCUR, ARE FULLY OPENED, AND THE WHOLE SO INTERMIXED WITH PERTINENT HISTORIES, AS WILL YIELD BOTH PLEASURE AND PROFIT TO THE JUDICIOUS READER. Indexed. Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive.

*Turretin, Francis, Institutes of Elenctic Theology, Vols. 1, 2, and 3 (Philadelphia, PA: The Presbyterian & Reformed Publishing Co., 1992). Volume 1: First Through Tenth Topics; Volume 2: Eleventh Through Seventeenth Topics; Volume 3: Eighteenth Through Twentieth Topics, ISBN: 0875524516 9780875524511 0875524524 9780875524528
These three volumes "mark the arrival of the first complete edition of the INSTITUTES OF ELENCTIC THEOLOGY to be published in the English language. Heartily recommended by James Montgomery Boice, Sinclair B. Ferguson, John H. Gerstner, Leon Morris, and others. Theologians, pastors, and students will welcome this treatise, which first develops and then contrast Reformed doctrines with Roman Catholic, Arminian, and Socinian views. . . ." -- Publisher's Annotation
Francis Turretin, excerpts
http://www.apuritansmind.com/FrancisTurretin/francisturretin.htm

*VINCENT, THOMAS (1634-1678), Shorter Catechism Explained From Scripture. Alternate title: THE SHORTER CATECHISM OF THE WESTMINSTER ASSEMBLY EXPLAINED AND PROVED FROM SCRIPTURE (Puritan Paperback Series. Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust), ISBN: 085151314X. Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive. A Christian classic.
"Forty Puritans including John Owen, Thomas Manton, Thomas Brooks and Thomas Watson recommended this useful volume as a very worth aid for family instruction. This volume gives parents very simple explanations to take their children through the Westminster Shorter Catechism."
Westminster Shorter Catechism With Proof Texts
http://www.reformed.org/documents/WSC_frames.html
Westminster Shorter Catechism Project: Body of Divinity Contained in Sermons Upon the Assembly's Catechism by the Rev. Thomas Watson
"Click on any of the individual questions below to get the answer and Biblical references, as well as links to works by John Flavel, Thomas Watson, Thomas Boston, James Fisher, and John Whitecross, and others."
http://www.shortercatechism.com/

Webster, W. (William), A Casuistical Essay on Anger and Forgiveness; Wherein the practice of duelling, and some defects in our laws, with regard to the punishment of crimes, are consider'd; . . . In three dialogues between a gentleman and a clergyman, London, 1750.

Willard, Samuel (1639-1707), The Duty of a People That Have Renewed Their Covenant With God: Opened and Urged in a Sermon preached to the Second Church in Boston in New-England, March 17, 1679[/]80, after that church had explicitly and most solemnly renewed the ingagement of themselves to God and one to another.

Willard, Samuel, Samuel Willard: Selected Works (AMS Press Reprints. New York, NY: AMS Press, Incorporated).

Willard, Samuel (1639-1707), Thomas Prince, and Joseph Sewall, A Compleat Body of Divinity in Two hundred and Fifty Expository Lectures on the Assembly's Shorter Catechism Wherein the doctrines of the Christian religion are unfolded, their truth confirm'd, their excellence display'd, their usefulness improv'd; contrary errors & vices refuted & expos'd, objections answer'd, controversies settled, cases of conscience resolv'd; and a great light thereby reflected on the present age. By the Reverend & learned Samuel Willard, M.A. late Pastor of the South Church in Boston, and vice-president of Harvard College in Cambridge, in New-England. Prefac'd by the pastors of the same church.
Samuel Willard was pastor of a Church of Christ in Boston and Vice-President of Harvard College. See his other works on covenant-keeping.

*WYLIE, SAMUEL B. (1773-1852), The Two Sons of Oil; or, The Faithful Witness for Magistracy and Ministry Upon a Scriptural Basis (1850 edition, reprinted 1995). Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #13, #26. ISBN: 0921148917 9780921148913. A Christian classic.
"A Covenanter classic opening Revelation 11:3-4 and Zechariah 4:14. It has been hailed as the 'best presentation of the position of the Covenanter Church that has been written.' Noting that the '[t]ime has been, when the whole body of Presbyterians, in Scotland, England, and Ireland, unanimously subscribed' to these principles, '[f]or civil and ecclesiastical reformation' and that thousands bled and died for the glorious covenanted cause of civil and ecclesiastical reformation; Wylie sets out to explain and defend 'that cause. Not because it is an ancient cause; not because many have sealed it with their blood; but, because,' as he says, 'I thought it the doctrine of the Bible, and the cause of Christ.' This book explains how to tell if a government (especially a civil government) is faithful to Christ and thus to be obeyed for conscience's sake. It also gives direction regarding when and how to resist (and disassociate) yourself from governments which get their power from 'the beast.' Moreover, this book gives clear testimony as to what the Bible requires of civil magistrates, noting 'that civil rulers should exercise their power in protecting and defending the religion of Jesus.' It also gives plain reasons why dissent from the government of the United States (and other covenant breaking nations) is the legitimate Scriptural pattern." -- SWRB
The Two Sons of Oil; or, the Faithful Witness for Magistracy and Ministry Upon a Scriptural Basis, Samuel B. Wylie
http://www.covenanter.org/Wylie/twosonsofoil.htm
The Two Sons of Oil; Or, The Faithful Witness for Magistracy and Ministry Upon a Scriptural Basis
http://books.google.com/books?id=nMO1JQAACAAJ&ie=ISO-8859-1&output=html

See also: The sovereignty of god, The doctrine of man (human nature, total depravity), The inspiration and infallibility of scripture (the doctrine of revelation, the doctrine of plenary inspiration, the doctrine of divine inspiration, the doctrine of verbal inspiration, The ten commandments, Systematic theology, ethics, medical ethics, The westminster standards, Logic, Justice, the theology of judgment, god's final judgment, the great white throne judgment, the day of the lord, Epistemology, Resolutions, The right to petition, Referendum votes, Bible magistracy turns back the wrath of god, The government role of punishing wrongdoers, Toleration, liberty of conscience, pluralism, and neutrality, Unity and uniformity in the visible church: unity in the truth, National establishment of religion: establishmentarianism, Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, Expository bible commentaries, Biblical counsel by subject, Discipleship, Puritans, works by and about, and so forth, and so on.
TCRB5: 824-826
MGTP: Conscience (Cases of), Conscience

Related WebLinks

Cases of Conscience Resolved, John Owen. Modernized by Richard J. Vincent
http://www.theocentric.com/originalarticles/owenconscience.html

The Two Sons of Oil; or, The Faithful Witness for Magistracy and Ministry Upon a Scriptural Basis by Samuel B. Wylie
http://www.covenanter.org/Wylie/twosonsofoil.htm

A Case of Conscience by David Steele
http://www.covenanter.org/Steele/taxation.htm

Theft: Commentary and Cases of Conscience. A Listing Excerpted From THE INSTITUTES OF BIBLICAL LAW by Rousas John Rushdoony, 1973 edition
http://www.lettermen2.com/theft.html

Cases of Conscience Concerning Evil Spirits, Personating Men, Witchcrafts. Infallible Proofs of Guilt in Such as Are Accused With That Crime. All Considered According to the Scriptures, History, Experience, and the Judgment of Many Learned men, by Increase Mather, President of Harvard Colledge at Cambridge, and Teacher of a Church at Boston in New-England.
http://etext.virginia.edu/salem/witchcraft/speccol/



Cheerfulness

These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. -- The Lord Jesus Christ (John 16:33)

Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness;
Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light.
(Colossians 1:11,12)

God is a Spirit infinitely happy, therefore we must approach him with cheerfulness . . . -- Stephen Charnock

ASSOCIATE PRESBYTERY OF MIAMI, Amusements and Levity: A Pastoral Letter. Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive.
"Remembering that the word `amuse' literally means `no-think,' this is a very useful resource for our day -- when even ministers are found to publicly violate Ephesians 5:4. The authors, however, are careful to distinguish between cheerfulness and levity. They note, `We mean a spirit of levity, as engendered or fostered by indulgence in frivolous amusements. We wish not to be understood as setting ourselves against every species of youthful amusement. We do not look for the gravity of old age in the morning of life, not do we think that the religion of the Bible requires it. Christianity, rightly understood, has nothing to do with a demure preciseness of manner, or an affection of singularity, which God does not require. Cheerfulness, especially in youth, is perfectly compatible with spirit of the Bible; and as far as amusements are rational in their character, moral in their nature and tendency, rightly timed and enjoyed in moderation, we have nothing to object. But cheerfulness and levity belong to different families, and whenever the former is suffered to degenerate into the latter, the consequences must be evil (pp. 2-3)'." -- SWRB

*SCUDDER, HENRY, The Christian's Daily Walk in Holy Security and Peace. Alternate title: THE CHRISTIAN'S DAILY WALK, IN HOLY SECURITY AND PEACE, BEING AN ANSWER TO THESE QUESTIONS: 1. HOW A MAN MAY DO EACH PRESENT DAY'S WORK WITH CHRISTIAN CHEERFULNESS? 2. HOW TO BEAR EACH PRESENT DAY'S CROSS WITH CHRISTIAN PATIENCE? CONTAINING FAMILIAR DIRECTIONS 1. HOW TO WALK WITH GOD IN THE WHOLE COURSE OF A MAN'S LIFE 2. HOW TO BE UPRIGHT IN THE SAID WALKING 3. HOW TO LIVE WITHOUT TAKING CARE OR THOUGHT IN ANYTHING 4. HOW TO GET AND KEEP TRUE PEACE WITH GOD, WHEREIN ARE MANIFOLD HELPS TO PREVENT AND REMOVE DAMNABLE PRESUMPTION, ALSO TO QUIET AND EASE DISTRESSED CONSCIENCES, 1690. A Christian classic.
"I remember not any book which is written to be the daily companion of Christians, to guide them in the practice of a holy life, which I prefer before this . . . " -- John Owen
"We could say nothing more about this book than that it has been highly recommended by John Owen and Richard Baxter. Owen said it had been very effective for him in his youth and Baxter said there is no book better on the subject." -- GCB

Winslow, Octavius (d. 1878), Joel R. Beeke (foreword), Help Heavenward: Guidance and Strength for the Christian's Life-journey. Alternate title: HELP HEAVENWARD, OR, WORDS OF STRENGTH AND HEART-CHEER TO ZION'S TRAVELLERS. (Edinburgh; Carlisle, PA: Banner of Truth Trust, 2000 1869), 195 pages, ISBN: 0851517757.

SPURGEON, C.H., "Cheer up my Comrades! Encouragement for all Christians," a sermon. Available as an MP3 file at SermonAudio.com. Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive.

See also: The sovereignty of god, The doctrine of man (human nature, total depravity), The inspiration and infallibility of scripture (the doctrine of revelation, the doctrine of plenary inspiration, the doctrine of divine inspiration, the doctrine of verbal inspiration, The sovereign grace of god, The covenant faithfulness of god, The all-sufficiency of christ, Immanuel, christ's presence, christ in you, Eternal life, immortality, Heaven, Thanksgiving, Worship, Joy, Happiness and holiness, Comfort, encouragement, and so forth, and so on.
TCRB5: 668, 669
MGTP: Blessedness, Joy, Salvation, Justification, Worship



Child Abuse and Pedophilia

See the Theological Notes, "The Image of God," at Genesis 1:27 in The Reformation Study Bible.

Trust unto Jehovah with all thy heart, And unto thine own understanding lean not. In all thy ways know thou Him, And He doth make straight thy paths. (Proverbs 3:5,6, YLTHB)

Word: "disease;" Meaning; "disturb;" Sample location: "Luke 8:49" -- from the "Glossary," 1599 Geneva Bible. Tolle Lege edition

DISEASE, n. Dizeze. [dis and ease.] 1. In its primary sense, pain, uneasiness, distress, and so used by Spenser; but in this sense, obsolete. 2. The cause of pain or uneasiness . . . disorder; any state of a living body in which the natural functions of the organs are interrupted or disturbed . . . The first effect of disease is uneasiness or pain, and the ultimate effect is death. . . . 3. A disordered state of the mind or intellect, by which the reason is impaired. 4. In society, vice; corrupt state of morals. Vices are called moral diseases. A wise man converses with the wicked, as a physician with the sick, not to catch the disease, but to cure it. 5. Political or civil disorder, or vices in a state; any practice which tends to disturb the peace of society, or impede or prevent the regular administration of government. The instability, injustice and confusion introduced into the public councils have, in truth, been the mortal diseases under which popular governments have every where perished. DISEASE, v.t. dizeze. 1. To interrupt or impair any or all the natural and regular functions of the several organs of a living body [i.e. robbing a neighbor of sleep -- sk]; to afflict with pain or sickness to make morbid . . . 2. To interrupt or render imperfect the regular functions of the brain, or of the intellect; to disorder; to derange. 3. To infect; to communicate disease to, by contagion. 4. To pain; to make uneasy. --1828 edition of Webster's American Dictionary of the English Language

Sexual abuse is making headlines around America. . . . Many people secretly bear the scars of childhood abuse and desperately struggle with the hidden trauma that interferes with spiritual growth and normal human relationships. The church needs to understand genuine sexual abuse and what can be done about it under present civil constraints. -- Susan Alder

Social researcher Dr. Judith Reisman says that the incidence of homosexuals molesting children is 40 times greater than the number of heterosexuals who molest children. In her study, `Crafting Gay Children,' Reisman notes that heterosexuals outnumber homosexuals by 44 to 1 in our culture. She also points out that 17-24 percent of boys are being abused by age 18 and 25 percent of girls. See Judith Reisman "Crafting Gay Children," a study.

"Ultimately the Seventh Commandment (Exodus 20:14) is about our fidelity to Christ." To fracture the Seventh Commandment is to break covenant with the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

Family Watchdog
This national website tracks sexual offenders in your area.
"Enter an address below to view a map of registered sex offenders near you."
While this is much needed data, and we commend efforts thus far, this map will not include the following sexual offenders who should (when known) be publicly identified until they repent of their sexual crimes:

  1. sexual offenders who have not been caught, tried, and convicted (the arrest/conviction ratio for all offenses was approximately 100/25 in the mid 90s);
  2. sexual offenders who have violated parole;
  3. sexual offenders who have failed to report their address or address change;
  4. sexual offenders using an alias (The FBI "believes 1 in 6 persons with a criminal record may be using alias names and identification." -- U.S. Congress, Office of Technology Assessment, OTA-TCT-497);
  5. sexual offenders who have been convicted on some other charge;
  6. ex-convicts and inmates who have committed sodomy in prison;
  7. offenders guilty of raping their spouse and the offense has gone unreported;
  8. wives who deliberately commit adultery as part of a "pre-planned divorce," that is, who married with plans to divorce for financial gain;
  9. offenders guilty of unreported incest;
  10. offenders guilty of unreported date rape;
  11. offenders who have committed unreported sexual offenses when drunk or under the influence of drugs;
  12. offenders who have committed unreported sexual offenses with mutual consent;
  13. individual members of Alcoholics Anonymous (who are frequently ex-convicts, mentally ill, and/or mentally retarded, and prefer to be identified as alcoholics to avoid the social stigma of the other categories) or other related 10-Step addiction treatment programs who have committed unreported sexual offenses with other members, or while being a sponsor of another member;
  14. individual members of Alcoholics Anonymous and related 10 Step codependent treatment programs who use the programs as vehicles to find new sexual partners;
  15. offenders who have committed unreported sexual offenses with other members of Alcoholics Anonymous or other related 10-Step addiction treatment programs while in a codependent relationship with another member;
  16. members of Sex Addicts Anonymous who have committed unreported sexual offenses;
  17. prostitutes still at-large in society;
  18. offenders who frequent prostitutes;
  19. men and women who are self-employed in the "sex industry" (professionals deliberately practicing prostitution within the business community);
  20. individuals employed in the pornography industry, including child pornography;
  21. individuals addicted to pornography or child pornography;
  22. individuals guilty of unreported sodomy and homosexuality;
  23. unreported homosexual pedophiles ("Homosexuals are over represented in child sex offenses: Individuals from the 1 to 3 percent of the population that is sexually attracted to the same sex are committing up to one-third of the sex crimes against children." -- Timothy J. Dailey, Phd. in "Homosexuality and Child Sexual Abuse");
  24. offenders guilty of unreported rape;
  25. offenders guilty of unreported fornication;
  26. offenders guilty of unreported adultery;
  27. offenders living in licentious cohabitation;
  28. offenders who are mentally retarded and promiscuous;
  29. offenders who have sever mental illness and are promiscuous;
  30. offenders with AIDS disease;
  31. offenders with any of the 30 other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) in the United States;
  32. individuals who dabble in, or actively participate in satanic cults, or related destructive cults that practice sexual rituals;
  33. offenders who are licensed mental health care professionals (Psychiatrists, Clinical Psychologists, Psych Nurses, Medical Doctors, Counselors, Priests, Pastors, and Churchmen, and so forth) who become sexually involved with their patients, clients, counselees, or church members;
  34. individuals in the legal profession who judged in favor of legalized abortion or who aided in the legal process;
  35. individuals participating in organized crime who run and profit from most of the abortion clinics in the United States;
  36. medical professionals who perform abortions;
  37. men who have paid for abortions performed on their daughters;
  38. men who have paid for abortions performed on their sexual partners;
  39. mothers who have aborted children from their wombs (any of the 43 million abortions performed in the United States since Roe vs. Wade in 1973);
  40. individuals in the drug industry who developed "the morning after pill;"
  41. druggists who sell "the morning after pill;"
  42. women who have used "the morning after pill;"
  43. and so forth, and so on.
http://www12.familywatchdog.us/

Adams, Jay E., Q&A: Counseling Woman Whose Husband Abuses Her and Children (Michigan City, IN: Sound Word Associates).
"How would you counsel a woman whose husband is physically abusive to his wife and children? How does inter-church discipline work?" Audio cassette JA209.

*Foster, David Kyle, Sexual Healing: God's Plan for the Sanctification of Broken Lives: A Reference Manual for Ministering to Those Trapped in Sexual Sin and Brokenness (Jacksonville, FL [Mastering Life Ministries, P.O. Box 351149, Jacksonville 32235]: Mastering Life Ministries, 1997), ISBN: 0830737154 9780830737154 0830737340 9780830737345.
This is a unique work and the best resource known to the compiler offering biblical counsel for healing sexual brokenness. See "Foundations" and "Divine Intent for Sexuality" for a biblical explanation of the spiritual significance of sexuality. These two chapters alone make the purchase of the book worthwhile. Includes chapters, study guides, and exercises for Root sources for improper sexual development, Sexual identity confusion, Child sex abuse, Sexual addition, Pornography, Masturbation, voyeurism and exhibitionism, Why people remain in sexual sin and bondage, Failure and self-condemnation, A comprehensive game plan for sexual healing, and so forth. Indexed, 398 pages, includes bibliography.
Mastering Life Ministries
http://www.MasteringLife.org

Friesen, James G., Uncovering the Mysteries of MPD, ISBN: 1579100627 9781579100629, 300 pages.
Deals with multiple personality development. Includes bibliographical references.

Gelet, James, Eric Holmberg, Jerry Johnson, and the Apologetics Group, The Marks of a Cult: A Biblical Analysis, a DVD, (Draper, VA: The Apologetics Group, 2006), ISBN: 1573411507 9781573411509.
"Just why are Baptists properly considered Christians, but Mormons are not? Or why is the Jehovah's Witness religion classified as an anti-Christian cult, while Presbyterians, Wesleyans and Pentecostals are simply seen as denominations within the Christian faith? With the explosion of different sects that claim to honor and follow Jesus, how does one differentiate between true Biblical Christianity and an aberrant religious movement? Just what are the marks of a cult? . . . The video gives clear guidelines on how to distinguish truth from error in principle as well as carefully documented instructions on the particular errors of prominent cults." --Publisher's Annotation

Hancock, Maxine, and Karen Burton Mains, Child Sexual Abuse: A Hope for Healing (Wheaton, IL: Harold Shaw Publishers), ISBN: 0877881626 9780877881629.
"This book is not only designed for survivors of early child sexual abuse but also to be used by helpers who compassionately seek to understand. A well researched book that clearly presents Christ as the one who heals. It sounds the alarm for the church and offers hope and healing for victims of sexual abuse." -- GCB

Heitritter, Lynn, and Jeanette Vought, Helping Victims of Sexual Abuse (Minneapolis, MN: Bethany House Publishers, 1989), ISBN: 0764202286 9780764202285.
"Sexual abuse is making headlines around America. . . . Many people secretly bear the scars of childhood abuse and desperately struggle with the hidden trauma that interferes with spiritual growth and normal human relationships. The church needs to understand genuine sexual abuse and what can be done about it under present civil constraints." -- Susan Alder
"What women should know about sexual assault."
"Heitritter and Vought have done an enormous service in demonstrating the extent of the problem in the local church. They give practical, tested advice about ministry to survivors of sexual abuse. Required reading for pastors, lay leaders and others who work everyday with victims of sexual abuse." -- Dale S. Ryan, Executive Director of The Recovery Partnership Foundation, Whittier, California

Hudson, Pamela S., Ritual Child Abuse: Discovery, Diagnosis and Treatment (Saratoga, CA: R&E Publishers, 1991), ISBN: 0882478672 9780882478678.
Includes bibliographical references.
"I am a psychotherapist who works with trauma. I used to believe that ritual abuse was an urban legend; now I know better. I've worked with enough survivors and specialists who treat Dissociative Identity Disorder, previously called Multiple Personality Disorder, that I know Satanic Ritual Abuse and many other forms of ritual abuse are very real. It is very real and survivors are typically afraid to seek out help from mental health professionals for it and are severely dis-served by the denial of mental health practitioners.
"This book is a little simplistic but is a good introduction to working with Ritual Abuse Survivors. I recommend reading this to help wrap your mind around ritual abuse, then, if you are a professional read Dee Brown's book on SATANIC RITUAL ABUSE. That is an excellent resource." -- Reader's Comment

*Hyde, Margaret O., Cry Softly! The Story of Child Abuse, revised and enlarged (Philadelphia, PA: Westminster Press, 1986), ISBN: 0664327233.
Includes bibliography. Indexed.
"The rising tide of child abuse makes this book a must. Deals with the reasons, as well as the treatment. Provides information on `Hotlines,' `Suggestions for Further Reading,' and `National Organizations Concerned With Child Abuse'." -- Cyril J. Barber

Hyde, Margaret O., Sexual Abuse: Let's Talk About It, ISBN: 0664327257 9780664327255
"Draws attention to what is becoming a `national epidemic.' Points out how pastors may recognize the victims and deal with the trauma and anger of those who feel violated. Practical." -- Cyril J. Barber
"Discusses the sexual abuse of children, how they can protect themselves, where they can seek help, the kinds of help available, and how to increase public awareness of this problem."

Klempel, Richard, Lois Klempel, and Jay Adams (forword), Abused? How you can Find God's Help (Lima, OH: Fairway Press, 1991), 58 pages.
" 'Directs readers to biblical answers to questions and biblical solutions to problems' enabling people 'to avoid the all-too-frequently-encountered trap of building a lifestyle around the tragedy.' Workbook deals with reactions to abuse, God as Father, and practical steps to work through in order to change one's reactions to abuse." -- David Powlison

Mawyer, Martin, Silent Shame: The Alarming Rise of Child Sexual Abuse and How to Protect Your Children From It, ISBN: 0891074198 9780891074199.
"This informative study provides an in-depth profile of sexual abusers -- their methods, motivations, strategies, hangouts -- so that parents can understand what makes a child vulnerable to their overtures. This work provides practical steps to take to prevent children from becoming victims of sexual abuse." -- GCB

Medved, Michael and Diane Medved Saving Childhood: Protecting our Children From the National Assault on Innocence, ISBN: 0060932244 9780060932244.
"The Medveds speak for many when they say that too much of present-day U.S. culture is inimical to childhood. And it isn't just a matter of trash TV for the former PBS-TV movie reviewer and his psychologist spouse. Other culprits are sensationalized news in all media; profane and violent amusements of all sorts; too early, too explicit sex education; fostering self-esteem at the expense of learning; dire, one-sided presentation to children of such large problems as environmental degradation; gangs and other bad peer groups; and parents spending too much time at work and not enough with their kids. Nor does that exhaust the Medveds' bill of indictable particulars that, they say, together tend to make children unnecessarily fearful, cynical, and sad. Indeed, two-thirds of their lively, heartfelt book consists of their analysis of the national assault on innocence. In the remaining third, and drawing heavily upon their parenting of two daughters and a son, all still under 12, they discuss how to maintain children's innocence for its proper duration by providing psychological security, encouraging children's sense of wonder, and inculcating optimism. Chief among specific actions they advise is -- ironically enough, coming from a former TV 'star' -- to stop watching the tube and to read instead, especially to the kids. An honorable addition to the strain of child-advocacy literature that runs from Marie Winn's CHILDREN WITHOUT CHILDHOOD (1981) to Dana Mack's ASSAULT ON PARENTHOOD (1997)." -- Ray Olson, from Booklist August 19, 1998
"SAVING CHILDHOOD offers parents and grandparents practical strategies to cope with a society that seems perversely determined to frighten and corrupt its young. Cultural critic and popular radio host Michael Medved and his wife, psychologist Diane Medved, argue that in a mistaken effort to curb problems plaguing its youth, our culture has changed from protecting childhood as a precious time of growth to hammering even the smallest youngsters with a grim, harsh, and menacing view of the world. The Medveds systematically present unassailable scientific evidence, moving anecdotes, and personal experiences of raising their three young children to explain the attack from four primary directions -- media, schools, peers, and even well-intentioned parents themselves.
"In a unique analysis, the Medveds define innocence not as ignorance but as the result of three components -- security, a sense of wonder, and optimism. They empower parents and all who care about childhood with concrete, easily accomplished means to fend off the assault, as well as advice for handling hurdles such as the Internet, television, peer pressure, and the plague of pessimism. SAVING CHILDHOOD enables us to restore and maintain for our children imagination, confidence, and hope for the future." -- Publisher's Annotation

Miletski, Hani, Mother-son Incest: The Unthinkable Broken Taboo Persists: An Updated and Revised Overview of Findings, ISBN: 9780971691735 0971691738.

Montgomery, John Warwick, Slaughter of the Innocents: Abortion, Birth Control, and Divorce (Good News Pub., March 1981), 128 pages, ISBN: 0891072160 9780891072164.

Peters, David B., A Betrayal of Innocence: What Everyone Should Know About Child Sexual Abuse (Dallas, TX: Word Publishing, c1986), ISBN: 0849905028 9780849905025.
"Covers what abuse is, the signs and effects it can have, what to do once abuse is discovered, how to question a child, precautionary measures every parent should take, whom to trust, whom not to trust, and how to overcome emotional trauma and live a happy life."

Powlison, David, Recovering From Child Abuse: Healing and Hope for Victims, ISBN: 9781934885475 1934885479.

Powlison, David, and Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation. Institute, What is a Dysfunctional Family? 5 MP3 files.

Powlison, David, Paul David Tripp, and Edward T. Welch, Domestic Abuse: How to Help, 18 pages, ISBN: 087552687X 9780875526874.

*Pride, Mary, The Child Abuse Industry (Wheaton, IL: Good News Publishers [Crossway Books]), ISBN: 0891074015 9780891074014.
"Last year over one million North American families were falsely accused of child abuse. Some of the definitions of child abuse make everyone who spanks guilty of child abuse!
You better read this book and then write your government representatives fast." -- GCB
"Mary Pride has written an insightful and prophetic book on the agenda of many who work behind a cover of child advocate while breaking up families and making the state into surrogate parents, much the way Hitler did.
"She made the strong point in her book that those who make themselves out to be self-styled `child advocates' turn out to be the real child abusers.
"She wrote this book long before Attorney General Janet Reno took it upon herself to rescue two dozen children from alleged child abuse at the Koresh Compound in Waco, resulting in their fiery and premature deaths. . . .
"Mary Pride's book is still very up-to-date. All who claim to be `child advocates' in today's climate of child abuse hysteria should be considered suspect since any well-adjusted person is by common sense interested in the nurture and admonition of children." -- Reader's Comment

Reisman, Judith, "Crafting Gay Children," a study.
"Social researcher Dr. Judith Reisman says that the incidence of homosexuals molesting children is 40 times greater than the number of heterosexuals who molest children. In her study, `Crafting Gay Children,' Reisman notes that heterosexuals outnumber homosexuals by 44 to 1 in our culture. She also points out that 17-24 percent of boys are being abused by age 18 and 25 percent of girls.
"In a 1991 population study by the Department of Commerce, statistics showed that 8 million girls were abused by age 18 by heterosexual men -- a ratio of 1 victim to 11 adult men. However, 6-8 million boys were abused by age 18 by 1-2 million adult homosexuals -- a ratio of 3-5 victims for every homosexual adult male.
"Dr. Reisman concludes that the Boy Scouts organization is correct to ban homosexuals from membership because of the high rate of molestations committed by homosexual males. To read more on this, go to: http://bpnews.net/bpnews.asp?ID=11002

*Reisman, Judith A., Eunice V. Ray (editor), and Alfred Moreschi (illustrator) Kinsey: Crimes and Consequences the Red Queen and the Grand Scheme (Institute for Media Education), ISBN: 0966662415 9780966662412.
"Dr. Judith Reisman's new book, KINSEY: CRIMES AND CONSEQUENCES THE RED QUEEN AND THE GRAND SCHEME, presents sinister material on the man who seduced America.
"The 1960s' sexual revolution was based on the most elaborate and carefully crafted scientific fraud of this century, writes author Judith Reisman. Early sexologist Alfred C. Kinsey, with his two famous reports just 50 years ago, seemingly legitimized both profligacy and deviancy, and thus established 'the sexual license he [personally] espoused.' SEXUAL BEHAVIOUR IN THE HUMAN MALE (1948) and its female equivalent (1953) kicked off no-fault divorce, the wife-swapping era, the gay rights movement, classroom sex education, sex 'therapy' as a growth industry, explicit imagery in the media and entertainment industry, and an avalanche of pornography and obscenity.
"Although Kinsey was a sexual revolutionary, Dr. Reisman contends, he was falsely portrayed by Indiana University where he worked, and the Rockefeller Foundation which funded him, 'as just a normal American guy/husband/family man who simply "discovered" the "really" that most American men commonly engaged in sexually aberrant and outlaw behaviour.' Kinsey's 'research' alleged that 10 percent of American males were homosexual, that all of us were bisexual, that children were sexual from birth, and could engage in sexual activity with adults without harm, plus a whole broad spectrum of things taught today in our schools and practised today in courts of law as fact and as true . . . It was fraud then, it is fraud now, and it revolutionized this nation and turned us into Kinsey's [psychological] clones.
"His 'Grand Scheme' was to eliminate normal families in favour of selective breeding predicated upon racial and sexual eugenics, she charges, and his 'scientific conclusions' were concocted to advance it. The reference is to the Red Queen in Alice in Wonderland who wanted the sentence (beheading) carried out first and the verdict pronounced afterwards.
"Disturbing information about Kinsey's work and private life has been accumulating since his death in 1956 at age 62. (The official cause was pneumonia due to overwork, but his extensive homosexual and sado-masochistic activities were likely contributors.) Dr. Reisman revealed much of it in 1990, for example, in KINSEY, SEX AND FRAUD. Even last year's resolutely non-condemnatory biography by fellow Indiana University scholar James H. Jones, ALFRED C. KINSEY: A PUBLIC/PRIVATE LIFE (Norton), is replete with gruesomely shocking details.
"KINSEY: CRIME AND CONSEQUENCES cannot be described as non-condemnatory. Its central figure, Dr. Reisman asserts, 'fits the classic definition of a sexual psychopath.' Had the public known that he 'and his male population were sexually abnormal, the popular use of their data to change [our] law, education and public policy would have come to a screeching halt.' He was able, however, to blackmail into silence associates who knew about 'his extensive use of deviants, his large prison population or, worse, his active child molesters.'
"Still, she thinks his 'findings' should have roused suspicion. 'When I first read Kinsey's research, I thought this man is not reporting on America -- he's reporting on himself and then projecting that onto the nation. Kinsey prostituted his own wife Clara . . . into acts of sodomy with fellow 'researchers,' which Kinsey filmed. He seduced his own students at Indiana University -- male, not female students. He devised sexual activities with his 'co-workers,' who then became his co-authors. He [personally] engaged in violent sadistic activity, in which he harmed himself terribly . . . and appears to have died, frankly, as a result of the trauma to his body.'
"But his famed reports were carefully phrased to obscure the fact that words like 'contacts,' 'partners' and 'sex play' could signify grown men sodomizing children. He was also both racist and cautious about his colleagues, avoiding Jews, blacks and moral traditionalists. Dr. Reisman quotes Kinsey co-author Wardell Pomeroy (KINSEY AND THE INSTITUTE FOR SEX RESEARCH, Harper & Row, 1972), on his hiring technique: 'As usual . . . we took his sexual history first . . . [Then] Kinsey put down his pen and said, "I don't think you want to work for us." "But I do," the researcher insisted. "Well," Kinsey observed, "you have just said that premarital intercourse might lead to later difficulties in marriage, that extramarital relations would break up a marriage, that homosexuality is abnormal, and intercourse with animals is ludicrous. Apparently you have all the answers. . . . Why do you want to do research'?"
"Biographer Jones describes Kinsey as 'one of the scholarly eugenicists of pre-WW II' who favoured mass sterilization for the lower classes and selective breeding for the 'better classes.' Moreover, Judith Reisman emphasizes, the Rockefeller Foundation was early interested in population control and in using the media to popularize it. The Reece Committee, investigating U.S. tax-exempt foundations in 1953-54, concluded that this 'plutocratic control' was accomplished by 'funding the "right" university research by the "right" researchers, then by funding mass media dissemination of the "right" science data to the public.' Kinsey's numbers made him a perfect fit for anyone eager to alter what he would call human 'breeding patterns.'
"Dr. Reisman, a specialist in content analysis studies of written and visual media, lost many family members in the Holocaust. In that context she raises further sinister questions about Kinsey's data. For instance, who was the 'lone pedophile,' the 'elderly gentleman' cited by Kinsey for his sexual molestation of 800 children? Who were 'The Children of Table 34' and what became of them? How did Kinsey's 'technically trained' observers gain access to the claimed 1,800 American children for illegal genital experiments? 'To this day,' she observes, 'the Kinsey Institute and Indiana University have repeatedly . . . refused to reveal any names of the subjects or the experimenters.' Nor has any one of these children ever come forward, although the institute seems an excellent target for lawsuits.
"Even in the destitute 1930s, at the cited rate of a dollar a day, she doubts that children as young as three months were obtainable in such numbers around Bloomington, Indiana. She suggests an ominous but credible alternative: a collaborative link between Kinsey and Nazi Germany, then a police state where such 'experimentation' could easily be conducted 'as part of an ongoing collegial, cross-cultural, multinational, "fact-finding" research project.' She cites significant links, such as one George Sylvester Viereck, who worked for the German embassy in Washington, D.C., in those years, setting up Nazi front groups, and who is known to have been a Kinsey correspondent. Furthermore, the Rockefeller Foundation was simultaneously funding eugenics projects in Berlin.
"Kinsey consistently kept secret his hypotheses and the basic facts upon which his conclusions rested, Dr. Reisman charges. 'Neither Kinsey nor any of his team can rightly be termed "scientists." Their methodology was not scientific, for it was neither able to be replicated nor validated. Their data was anonymous, forced, secretly altered at will, and fraudulent. With the aid of the elite academic world and institutions and the support of public funds and the social planning foundations, Kinsey and his associates, who served as his own private male harem, conducted thousands of sexual interviews to present a false view of American sexual behaviours.'
"Amazingly, however, use of Kinsey data as authoritative has never been seriously challenged -- until now. It must not continue, Dr. Reisman declares: 'There [must] be a full and open public investigation into Kinsey's fraudulent data and its impact upon lawmakers, the military, the church, the press, the academic world, the family and all our institutions'." -- Kevin E. Abrams, co-author of The Pink Swastika: Homosexuality In The Nazi Party

Schlesinger, Benjamin, Sexual Abuse of Children: A Resource Guide and Annotated Bibliography (Toronto, Canada: University of Toronto Press, 1982), ISBN: 0802064817 9780802064813.
"An informative guide to the literature covering all aspects of sexual molestation -- including profiles of parents and siblings." -- Cyril J. Barber

Shane, Paul G., What About America's Homeless Children?: Hide and Seek (SAGE Sourcebooks for the Human Services. Sage Publications, Inc., September 10, 1996), ISBN: 0803949820 9780803949829.
"Who are the homeless children in America and what do we know about them? How does their being homeless affect them and society in general? What's being done to help them? WHAT ABOUT AMERICA'S HOMELESS CHILDREN? takes a multifaceted look at the growing, disturbing problem of children (including infants) in homeless families and abandoned and runaway children in America. The author examines the social factors that create homeless situations of children and personal and educational problems that can result from it. The health risks to this population, including unsanitary living conditions, poor nutrition, physical assault, and lack of access to health care are also explored. Author Paul G. Shane brings the problems and effects of homelessness to a personal level by presenting ethnographic case studies of individual children in urban shelters, families in a shelter program, and people who "survived" a homeless youth experience. The history of programs, both governmental and nongovernmental, and government policies for homeless youth are also examined. The book concludes with recommendations for policies and programs that can prevent homelessness for children. Human service professionals and policymakers who deal with children and families as well as those in the fields of public health, policy studies, and clinical and counseling psychology will find this book a stimulating summary of research findings and implications about this vulnerable population." -- Publisher's Annotation

Stratford, Lauren, and Johanna Michaelsen (foreword), Satan's Underground: The Extraordinary Story of One Woman's Escape (Gretna, LA: Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated), ISBN: 0882898760 9780882898766.
"Readers from coast to coast will be shocked and disturbed by the story told here. But most of all, they will come to care deeply for the many thousands of innocent children who are faced with unspeakable horrors at the hands of modern day satanists." -- Reader's Comment

Young, Mary de, The Ritual Abuse Controversy: An Annotated Bibliography (North Carolina: McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers [Box 611, Jefferson, North Carolina 28640], 2002), 258 pp. appendix, indexes, softcover, ISBN: 0786412593 9780786412594.
"The ritual abuse of children is the most controversial issue in the child maltreatment field, but much of what has been written about ritual abuse over the past twenty years is in the form of unpublished and endlessly reproduced `stuff' -- curious mixture of conjecture, folkloric and pop-culture representations of satanism, devil worship, occultism and witchcraft, and Christian Fundamentalist images of premillennarian evil. What remains after this `stuff' is excluded is an intriguing body of international literature that seriously examines the controversy.
"This annotated bibliography dissects the literature, objectively and thoroughly annotates published articles, books and reports, legal opinions, and occasionally, thought-provoking newspaper and magazine articles.
"Chapters deal with the definition of ritual abuse, ritual abuse cases in the United States, cases in American families and neighborhoods, cases in Canada, Europe and Australasia, clinical features of ritual abuse in children and adults, the controversy's impact on professionals and systems, the controversy and American law, ritual abuse reports and narratives, and anthropological, folkloric and sociological perspectives.
"Mary de Young, a professor of sociology and chair of the Department of Sociology at Grand Valley State University, lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She is the author of the forthcoming, THE DAY CARE RITUAL ABUSE MORAL PANIC, published by McFarland and Company." -- Publisher's Annotation
Compiler's comment: There may be something of interest here. We have not seen this bibliography. However, we feel it is highly unlikely that a secular compiler could produce an unbiased bibliography on ritual child abuse considering: 1) the most dangerous place for a child in America today is in their mother's womb, 2) most parents have given up their children's education to the public education system, and in 1983 The National Commission on Excellence in Education, in their report, A NATION AT RISK: THE IMPERATIVE FOR EDUCATIONAL REFORM, concluded that had public education been carried out by enemies of the United States, it could not be more harmful to the country, 3) The court system refuses to acknowledge the Ten Commandments (the summation of which is to love God and neighbor) as an ethical basis for modern, relative, arbitrary law, and 4) "although heterosexuals outnumber homosexuals by a ratio of at least 20 to 1, homosexual pedophiles commit about one-third of the total number of child sex offenses," and the courts are recognizing homosexual marriages as of equal status as heterosexual marriages, and so forth, and so on.

See also: The sovereign grace of god: his everlasting mercy and lovingkindness, The sovereignty of god, The doctrine of man (human nature, total depravity), Justice, the theology of judgment, god's final judgment, the great white throne judgment, the day of the lord, Casuistry, cases of conscience, Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, Sexual relationship, Spirituality and harlotry, Gratuitous sex a cause of violence, Hostility and violence, Homosexuality, Incest, Rape, Sexually transmitted diseases, Pornography, Mind control, intimidation, and coercion, Childishness, Justification, Abuse, Repentance, the key to salvation and change, Antichrist, The counter reformation, Rebellion and lawlessness: wickedness, demonic possession, substance abuse, abnormal behavior, insanity, mental illness, mental retardation, Abuse (women), Pseudo-christian movements: a selection of works, Adoptive parents, The fatherhood of God, Finding the perfect parent in God, Stepfamilies, Churches that abuse, The occult, Adultery, Divorce, Sex education, Wife abuse, and so forth, and so on.

Related WebLinks

Appendix C: Psychology and Psychiatry
http://www.lettermen2.com/bcrrappc.html

Massachusetts Attorney General, "The Sexual Abuse of Children in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston," Thomas F. Reilly, Massachusetts Attorney General
"The mistreatment of children was so massive and so prolonged that it borders on the unbelievable," says the July 23 [2003] report of Massachusetts Attorney General Thomas F. Reilly. More than 1,000 minors were likely abused by priests over the past six decades."
This is the 79-page report in its entirety.
http://www.votf.org/ago/archdiocese.pdf

Mastering Life Ministries
http://www.MasteringLife.org

The Code of Virginia: Select Sexual Offenses

  1. Obscenity
    http://leg1.state.va.us/cgi-bin/legp504.exe?000+cod+18.2-372
  2. Adultery and fornication by persons forbidden to marry: Incest
    http://leg1.state.va.us/cgi-bin/legp504.exe?000+cod+18.2-366
  3. Sexually explicit items involving children
    http://leg1.state.va.us/cgi-bin/legp504.exe?000+cod+18.2-374.1
  4. Taking indecent liberties with a child by person in custodial or supervisory relationship
    http://leg1.state.va.us/cgi-bin/legp504.exe?000+cod+18.2-370.1
  5. Crimes against nature
    http://www.sodomy.org/laws/virginia/sodomy.html
  6. Conspiring to cause spouse to commit adultery
    http://leg1.state.va.us/cgi-bin/legp504.exe?000+cod+18.2-367
  7. Rape
    http://www.sodomy.org/laws/virginia/rape.html
  8. Forcible sodomy
    http://www.sodomy.org/laws/virginia/forcible_sodomy.html
  9. Fornication
    http://www.sodomy.org/laws/virginia/fornication.html
  10. Being a prostitute or prostitution
    http://leg1.state.va.us/cgi-bin/legp504.exe?000+cod+18.2-346
  11. Virginia State Law: Pandering, Taking, detaining, etc., person for prostitution, etc., or consenting thereto.
    http://leg1.state.va.us/cgi-bin/legp504.exe?000+cod+18.2-355
  12. Employment for compensation of persons convicted of certain offenses prohibited; criminal records check required; suspension or revocation of license.
    http://leg1.state.va.us/cgi-bin/legp504.exe?000+cod+32.1-126.01
  13. Lewd and lascivious cohabitation
    http://www.sodomy.org/laws/virginia/cohabitation.html
Virginia State Police Sex Offender and Crimes Against Minors Registry
http://sex-offender.vsp.state.va.us/cool-ICE/

West Virginia State Police Sex Offender Registry
http://www.wvstatepolice.com/sexoff/

Sex Offenders.com
http://www.sexualoffenders.com/

Stefieangel's HomePage - MPD/DID Resources
http://www.geocities.com/HotSprings/3885/DID_links.html

Sexual Assault Information Page
http://www.cs.utk.edu/~bartley/saInfoPage.html

Family Watchdog
This national website tracks sexual offenders in your area.
"Enter an address below to view a map of registered sex offenders near you."
While this is much needed data, and we commend efforts thus far, this map will not include the following sexual offenders who should (when known) be publicly identified until they repent of their sexual crimes:

  1. sexual offenders who have not been caught, tried, and convicted (the arrest/conviction ratio for all offenses was approximately 100/25 in the mid 90s);
  2. sexual offenders who have violated parole;
  3. sexual offenders who have failed to report their address or address change;
  4. sexual offenders using an alias (The FBI "believes 1 in 6 persons with a criminal record may be using alias names and identification." -- U.S. Congress, Office of Technology Assessment, OTA-TCT-497);
  5. sexual offenders who have been convicted on some other charge;
  6. ex-convicts and inmates who have committed sodomy in prison;
  7. offenders guilty of raping their spouse and the offense has gone unreported;
  8. wives who deliberately commit adultery as part of a "pre-planned divorce," that is, who married with plans to divorce for financial gain;
  9. offenders guilty of unreported incest;
  10. offenders guilty of unreported date rape;
  11. offenders who have committed unreported sexual offenses when drunk or under the influence of drugs;
  12. offenders who have committed unreported sexual offenses with mutual consent;
  13. individual members of Alcoholics Anonymous (who are frequently ex-convicts, mentally ill, and/or mentally retarded, and prefer to be identified as alcoholics to avoid the social stigma of the other categories) or other related 10-Step addiction treatment programs who have committed unreported sexual offenses with other members, or while being a sponsor of another member;
  14. individual members of Alcoholics Anonymous and related 10 Step codependent treatment programs who use the programs as vehicles to find new sexual partners;
  15. offenders who have committed unreported sexual offenses with other members of Alcoholics Anonymous or other related 10-Step addiction treatment programs while in a codependent relationship with another member;
  16. members of Sex Addicts Anonymous who have committed unreported sexual offenses;
  17. prostitutes still at-large in society;
  18. offenders who frequent prostitutes;
  19. men and women who are self-employed in the "sex industry" (professionals deliberately practicing prostitution within the business community);
  20. individuals employed in the pornography industry, including child pornography;
  21. individuals addicted to pornography or child pornography;
  22. individuals guilty of unreported sodomy and homosexuality;
  23. unreported homosexual pedophiles ("Homosexuals are over represented in child sex offenses: Individuals from the 1 to 3 percent of the population that is sexually attracted to the same sex are committing up to one-third of the sex crimes against children." -- Timothy J. Dailey, Phd. in "Homosexuality and Child Sexual Abuse");
  24. offenders guilty of unreported rape;
  25. offenders guilty of unreported fornication;
  26. offenders guilty of unreported adultery;
  27. offenders living in licentious cohabitation;
  28. offenders who are mentally retarded and promiscuous;
  29. offenders who have sever mental illness and are promiscuous;
  30. offenders with AIDS disease;
  31. offenders with any of the 30 other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) in the United States;
  32. individuals who dabble in, or actively participate in satanic cults, or related destructive cults that practice sexual rituals;
  33. offenders who are licensed mental health care professionals (Psychiatrists, Clinical Psychologists, Psych Nurses, Medical Doctors, Counselors, Priests, Pastors, and Churchmen, and so forth) who become sexually involved with their patients, clients, counselees, or church members;
  34. individuals in the legal profession who judged in favor of legalized abortion or who aided in the legal process;
  35. individuals participating in organized crime who run and profit from most of the abortion clinics in the United States;
  36. medical professionals who perform abortions;
  37. men who have paid for abortions performed on their daughters;
  38. men who have paid for abortions performed on their sexual partners;
  39. mothers who have aborted children from their wombs (any of the 43 million abortions performed in the United States since Roe vs. Wade in 1973);
  40. individuals in the drug industry who developed "the morning after pill;"
  41. druggists who sell "the morning after pill;"
  42. women who have used "the morning after pill;"
  43. and so forth, and so on.
http://www12.familywatchdog.us/

A Redneck Resolution Against Self-destruction
http://www.lettermen2.com/redneck.html (broken link)

Mantle Ministries (Elsie Dinsmore and Mildred Series)
http://www.mantlemin.com



Childishness

When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these [is] charity. (1 Corinthians 13:11-13)

Griffin, Edward D. and William Buell Sprague, When I was a Child I Thought as a Child. In THE LIFE AND SERMONS OF EDWARD D. GRIFFIN (2:307-317), ISBN: 0851515134.
The Life and Sermons of Edward D. Griffin
http://books.google.com/books?id=a89hAAAACAAJ&ie=ISO-8859-1&output=html

A Redneck Resolution Against Self-destruction
http://www.lettermen2.com/redneck.html (broken link)

See also: Sibling rivalry, The difficult child, Will and recalcitrance, Foolishness, Carnality and flesh pleasing: lust, desires, ambition, Covetousness, greed, and selfishness, Blindness, spiritual, Repentance, the key to salvation and change, Christian character, Discipline, Self-denial, Ethics, Casuistry, cases of conscience, Servant leadership, Self-discipline, Self-denial, and so forth, and so on.
TCRB5: 4006, 4135



Comfort, Encouragement

See the Theological Notes, "The Holy Spirit," at John 14:26 in The Reformation Study Bible.

See the Theological Notes, "The Ascension of Jesus," at Luke 24:51 in The Reformation Study Bible.

See the Theological Notes, "Providence," at Proverbs 16:33 in The Reformation Study Bible.

Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God. Speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem, and cry unto her, that her warfare is accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned; for she hath received of the Lord's hand double for all her sins. (Isaiah 40:1,2)

For before the child shall know to refuse the evil, and choose the good, the land that thou abhorrest shall be forsaken of both her kings. (As Ahaz had refused a sign, God appointed one far above anything he could have imagined. A son would be born of a virgin, a divine child, whose name should be "God with us." Such a child would naturally reach years of discretion very early, but in even less space than it would take for this heaven-born son to arrive at a responsible age, the two enemies of Judah wouuld both be dethroned. Blessed be the Lord for granting to his people so glorious a sign of grace; nothing can afford such comfort to the troubled as the fact that the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us. (Isaiah 7:16) -- Spurgeon's Devotional Bible, p. 394

And I will make thee unto this people a fenced brasen wall: and they shall fight against thee, but they shall not prevail against thee: for I am with thee to save thee and to deliver thee, saith the LORD.
And I will deliver thee out of the hand of the wicked, and I will redeem thee out of the hand of the terrible.
(Jeremiah 15:20,21)

And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. -- The Lord Jesus Christ (John 14:16,17)

Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God. For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ. (2 Corinthians 1:3-5)

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. (Romans 8:28,29)

Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.
But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.
(Hebrews 3:12,13)

*Alexander, James W., Consolation: Addresses to the Suffering People of God (Morgan, PA: Soli Deo Gloria Publications, 1992), ISBN: 1877611530 9781877611537.
"Eighteen chapters and 448 pages on select topics by the eldest son of prominent theologian, Archibald Alexander. Charles Hodge said he was not the first of orators to hear on rare occasions, but the first of preachers to sit under, month after month, and year after year.
"The author stresses that it is the attributes of God -- His mercy, His providence, His omnipotence, His power, His goodness, His compassion, and many others -- which give consolation to those saints in need of it. This is a book for the weary soul who has been fighting the good fight and feeling the bruises of the conflict." -- GCB

Bergman, Nina Mason, Comfort From the Cross: Help for the Hurting From the Seven Last Words of Christ, ISBN: 0891092900 9780891092902.

*BOLTON, ROBERT, A Treatise on Comforting Afflicted Consciences. A Christian classic. Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive.
"I do not know of a single book published in the past twenty years that explains in depth how to respond Biblically to a grieved or wounded conscience. Here's an ideal volume to fill that gap. Few books in history have treated the subject as completely or as clearly as Robert Bolton's classic work. . . . The book remains a definitive study on the issue of dealing with guilt. Practical, Biblical, meticulously precise, carefully reasoned, it maintains a straightforward simplicity that cannot fail to touch the sensitive reader's heart." -- John MacArthur

*Bonar, Horatius (1808-1889), The Everlasting Righteousness or How Shall man be Just With God? (Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust, 1993). A Christian classic.
"First published in 1874, THE EVERLASTING RIGHTEOUSNESS, may be the best book on the doctrine of justification by faith alone ever written.
"Since the seventeenth century, the church's adherence to the central doctrine of the Christian faith has been weakening; in the twentieth century it has all but disappeared. But to those who remain faithful -- to those who are called of God --justification by faith alone is the best news there could ever be: that Christ died for our sins, and we shall live forever because of Christ's righteousness.
"Justification by faith alone -- the `principal hinge of religion,' according to John Calvin, the `doctrine by which the church stands or falls,' according to Martin Luther -- is salvation. Without it, all hope is lost; with it, Heaven gained. Bonar's discussion is without equal in the English language." -- John W. Robbins
The Banner of Truth edition is available free as e-text.
The Everlasting Righteousness; or, How Shall man be Just With God?
The Everlasting Righteousness, Horatius Bonar
http://www.jude3.net/bertoc.htm
http://books.google.com/books?id=nQMDAAAAQAAJ&ie=ISO-8859-1&output=html

*Brown, Stephen W., God, are You There?: Hope in a Time of Crisis. Alternate title: WHEN YOUR ROPE BREAKS (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers), ISBN: 0800787072 9780800787073.
"This collection of gently supportive meditations on loss and pain has become a classic of counseling and assurance. The work promises healing and peace to those who need it most. It is not a glib, quick-fix manual. But there is hope for those who know where to look and listen for it." -- GCB

Buchanan, James, Comfort in Affliction, ISBN: 9780548130926 0548130922.
"This series of Scripture meditations, drawn from various Scripture passages, was first delivered in 1832. Believers today will be tempted by Satan and indwelling sin to fret, or complain, or doubt because of affliction. This book treats the subject expertly." -- GCB

*CARYL, JOSEPH (1602-1673), An Exposition With Practical Observations Upon . . . the Book of Job . . . 12 volumes. A Christian classic. Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive.
Caryl preached on Job for 20 years. Some have said his work is the only satisfactory commentary on the book of Job.
"The pinnacle of Puritan preaching and devotion, Joseph Caryl's 12 volume, 8600 plus page exposition of Job is now heading for a limited edition printing. . . . These are the full 12 volumes totally unabridged. . . .
"C.H. Spurgeon said, `Caryl will not exhaust the patience of a student who is a lover of every letter of the Word . . . it would be a mistake to suppose that he is at all prolix or redundant; he is only full. In the course of expounding he has illustrated a very large portion of Bible with great clearness and power. He is deeply devotional and spiritual. His work can scarcely be superseded or surpassed'." -- Publisher's Annotation

Coleman, Sarah Jepson (Sarah Ann Jepson) For the Love of Singles.

GOUGE, WILLIAM, The Saint's Support, set out in a Sermon Preached Before the Honourable House of Commons Assembled in Parliament. At a publick fast, 29. Iune, 1642, Nehemiah V, 19. Running title reads: A sermon preached at the late fast before the Commons House of Parliament. Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #29, ISBN: 0921148283 9780921148289.

Job, John B., Job Speaks to us Today (Atlanta, GA: John Knox Press, 1980), ISBN: 0804201323 9780804201322.

Kuhatschek, Jack, Suffering, Receiving God's Comfort: 10 Studies for Individuals or Groups (A LifeGuide Bible Study. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press), ISBN: 0830810676 9780830810673.

*Owen, John (1616-1683), The Work of the Holy Spirit in Prayer, as a Comforter and as the Author of Spiritual Gifts. See THE WORKS OF JOHN OWEN. A Christian classic.

Pike, Samuel (1717-1773), and Samuel Hayward (1718-1757), Assurance of Growth in Grace. In RELIGIOUS CASES OF CONSCIENCE ANSWERED IN AN EVANGELICAL MANNER . . . TO WHICH IS ADDED THE SPIRITUAL COMPANION; OR, THE PROFESSING CHRISTIAN TRIED AT THE BAR OF GOD'S WORD; AND CHARACTER OF THE HAPPY MAN, 1866.
Assurance of Growth in Grace
http://www.westminsterconfession.org/godly-living/assurance-of-growth-in-grace.php

*Pink, Arthur W., Comfort for Christians (Swengel, PA: Reiner Publications, 1952), ISBN: 0585074860 9780585074863.
"A timely work full of consolation. A valuable addition to the other books treating suffering. . . ." -- Cyril J. Barber
"Those shocked into wakefulness by Pink's book on THE SOVEREIGNTY OF GOD will be amazed at the different tone he displayed in this book. It is heart-warming." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.
Comfort for Christians, by Arthur W. Pink
http://www.ccel.org/p/pink/comfort/comfort.html

Power, Philip Bennett, A Book of Comfort for Those in Sickness, ISBN: 0851512038 9780851512037.
"When we are sick we are many times at our weakest. This book is perfect for those who are sick and suffering." -- GCB

*SIBBES, RICHARD (1577-1635), The Bruised Reed (Puritan Paperback Series. Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust), ISBN: 0851517404 9780851517407. Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive. A Christian classic.
"Richard Sibbes, one of the most influential figures in the Puritan movement during the earlier years of the seventeenth century, was renowned for the rich quality of his ministry. THE BRUISED REED shows why he was known among his contemporaries as `the sweet dropper'." -- Publisher's Annotation
"If you have ever been (or are) discouraged in any way this is a book that will bring great encouragement and joy!" -- SWRB
"Sibbes never wastes the student's time, he scatters pearls and diamonds with both hands." -- C.H. Spurgeon
"A poor pedlar came to the door . . . and my father bought of him Sibb's Bruised Reed . . . It suited my state . . . and gave me a livelier apprehension of the mystery of redemption and how much I was beholden to Jesus Christ . . . Without any means but books was God pleased to resolve me to himself." -- Richard Baxter

*SIBBES, RICHARD (1577-1635), Goodwin, Thomas (1600-1680), and Nye, Philip (1596?-1672), Christs Exaltation Purchast by Humiliation. Wherein you may see mercy and misery meete together. Very vsefull I. For instructing the ignorant. II. For comforting the weake. III. For confirming the strong. By R. Sibbs D.D. and preacher of Grayes-Inne, London. Published by T.G. and P.N., 1639, Available (THE WORKS OF RICHARD SIBBES) on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive.
"Notes: T.G. and P.N. = Thomas Goodwin and Philip Nye.
Three sermons on Romans XIV, 9."

Trotter, D., Bearing one Another's Burdens (Galatians 6:1-10) (Michigan City, IN: Sound Word Associates, 1991).
Audio cassette BL04.

Various, Personal Suffering: Sermons on Job. (Michigan City, IN: Sound Word Associates).
A special collection of six audio cassette. Sermons given at 10th Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia by Dr. Fuller covering the entire book. Contains: Job 1--The Lord Has Taken Away: Receiving Suffering From God's Hand, Job 2,3--I Wish I Were Dead; Job 4,5--Job, You Must Have Sinned; Job 6,7--All I Want Is a Little Kindness; Job 8-10--God, You're So Far Away; Job 11-14--If Death Is All There Is; Job 15-17--God Has Worn Me Out; Job 18-21--My Redeemer Lives; Job 22-24--If Only I Could Find God; Job 35-41--God, Why?; Job 42--Thou Can't Do All Things.

*WATSON, THOMAS (1620-1686), All Things for Good: Romans 8:28, A Divine Cordial. Alternate title, A DIVINE CORDIAL in 1663. (Puritan Paperback Series. Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust), ISNB: 0851514782 9780851514789. A Christian classic. Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive.
"I would prescribe them to take, now and then, a little of this Cordial: all things work together for good to them that love God. To know that nothing hurts the godly, is a matter of comfort; but to be assured that all things which fall out shall co operate for their good, that their crosses shall be turned into blessings, that showers of affliction water the withering root of their grace and make it flourish more; this may fill their hearts with joy till they run over." -- Thomas Watson, from the Preface
"Thomas Watson of St. Stephen's, Walbrook believed he faced two great difficulties in his pastoral ministry. The first was making the unbeliever sad, in the recognition of his need of God's grace. The second was making the believer joyful in response to God's grace. He believed the answer to the second difficulty could be found in Paul's teaching in Romans 8:28, God works all things together for good for his people.
"Watson's exposition is always simple, illuminating and rich in practical application. He explains that both the best and the worst experiences work for the good of God's people. He carefully analyses what it means to be someone who `loves God' and is `called according to his purpose.' ALL THINGS FOR GOOD provides the biblical answer to the contemporary question: `Why do bad things happen to good people'?" -- Publisher's Annotation

Winslow, Octavius (d. 1878), Joel R. Beeke (foreword), Help Heavenward: Guidance and Strength for the Christian's Life-journey. Alternate title: HELP HEAVENWARD, OR, WORDS OF STRENGTH AND HEART-CHEER TO ZION'S TRAVELLERS. (Edinburgh; Carlisle, PA: Banner of Truth Trust, 2000 1869), 195 pages, ISBN: 0851517757.

Yarbrough, Tom, Call to Comfort: A Counseling Manual for Every Christian(San Jose, CA: Resource Publications, c1988), ISBN: 0893901199 9780893901196.
Includes bibliography.

See also: The sovereign grace of god: his everlasting mercy and lovingkindness, The doctrine of man (human nature, total depravity), Bible reading and devotions, Christian fellowship, Prayer, Affliction, adversity, trials, The covenant faithfulness of god, Hope, Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, Sexual relationship, Spirituality and harlotry, Casuistry, cases of conscience, Bible magistracy turns back the wrath of god, The all-sufficiency of Christ, and so forth, and so on.
TCRB5: 522, 523, 783-788, 849-859, 1614, 1696
MGTP: Hope, Strength (Spiritual)

Related WebLinks

"Come Unto Me, All Ye That Labour, Thomas Boston
http://members.wbs.net/homepages/j/o/h/johnowen/freeofer.htm

The Blood of the Lamb, the Conquering Weapon
A sermon by C.H. Spurgeon delivered on Lord's-day morning, September 9, 1888, at the Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington, Sermon no. 2043.
"This is the way in which you should use this plea. Say, 'My God, I am utterly unworthy, and I own it; but, I beseech thee, hear me for the honour of thy dear Son. By his agony and bloody sweat, by his cross and passion, by his precious death and burial, I beseech thee hear me! O Lord, let the blood of thine Only-begotten prevail with thee! Canst thou put aside his groans, his tears, his death, when they speak on my behalf?' If you can thus come to pleading terms with God upon this ground, you must and will prevail. Jesus must be heard in heaven. The voice of his blood is eloquent with God. If you plead the atoning sacrifice, you must overcome through the blood of the Lamb." -- C.H. Spurgeon
http://www.covenantofgrace.com/spurgeon_the_blood_of_the_lamb.htm



Communication

Let no corrupt word out of your mouth go forth, but what is good unto the needful building up, that it may give grace to the hearers. Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil-speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: and become one to another kind, tender-hearted, forgiving one another, according as also God in Christ did forgive you. (Ephesians 4:29,31,32, YLTHB)

Furnish yourselves beforehand with matter for the most edifying discourse, and never go abroad empty. And let the matter be usually, 1. Things of weight, and not small matters. 2. Things of certainty, and not uncertain things. Particularly the fittest subjects for your ordinary discourse are these: 1. God himself, with his attributes, relations, and works. 2. The great mystery of man's redemption by Christ; his person, office, sufferings, doctrine, example, and work; his resurrection, ascension, glory, intercession, and all the privileges of his saints. 3. The covenant of grace, the promises, the duties, the conditions, and the threatenings. 4. The working of the Spirit of Christ upon the soul, and every grace of the Spirit in us; with all the signs, and helps, and hinderances of it. 5. The ways and wiles of Satan, and all our spiritual enemies; the particular temptations which we are in danger of; what they are and how to avoid them, and what are the most powerful helps against them. 6. The corruption and deceitfulness of the heart; the nature and workings, effects, and signs of ignorance, unbelief, hypocrisy, pride, sensuality, worldliness, impiety, injustice, intemperance, uncharitableness, and every other sin; with all the helps against them. 7. The many duties of God and man which we have to perform, both internal and external, and how to do them, and what are the chiefest hinderances and helps. (As in reading, hearing, meditating, prayer, giving alms, etc.) And the duties of our relations, and several places, with the contrary sins. 8. The vanity of the world, and deceitfulness of all earthy things. 9. The powerful reasons used by Christ to draw us to holiness, and the unreasonable madness of all that is brought against it, by the devil or by wicked men. 10. Of the sufferings which we must expect and be prepared for. 11. Of death, and the preparations that will then be found necessary; and how to make ready for so great a change. 12. Of the day of judgment, and who will then be justified, and who condemned. 13. Of the joys of heaven, the employment, the company, the nature, and duration. 14. Of the miseries of the damned, and the thoughts that they then will have of their former life on earth. 15. Of the state of the church on earth, and what we ought to do i our places for its welfare. Is there not matter enough in all these great and weighty points, for your hourly meditation and conference? -- Richard Baxter

*Adams, Jay E., Christian Living in the Home (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, 1974), ISBN: 0801000513 9780801000515.
"His [Adam's] approach to family life is conditioned completely by the Bible. He writes, `A truly Christian home is a place where sinners live; but it is also a place where the members of that home admit the fact and understand the problem, know what to do about it, and as a result grow by grace'." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.
"This best-selling title will challenge, encourage, and aid the reader in the development of a truly Christian home. Christians will find this volume full of practical, biblical advice on Christ-centered family living, communication with family members, family guidance and discipline, living with an unbelieving spouse, and many other areas. Pastors and Christian counselors will value this work for its insight and faithfulness to God's Word." -- SWRB
"Written to check the erosion of the family as the basic foundation of society. Practical applications of Scripture to family living are given." -- GCB. A study guide is available.
Christian Living in the Home
http://www.nouthetic.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=82&Itemid=99
Adams, Jay E., Christian Living in the Home: Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic.
Barker, Dorothy Anderson, and Jay Adams, Leader`s Guide for Jay E. Adams's CHRISTIAN LIVING IN THE HOME. Alternate title: CHRISTIAN LIVING IN THE HOME (STUDY GUIDE). (Philadelphia: Great Commission Publications, 1977), 64 pages.
"Thirteen week guide for the leader of a Sunday school or Bible study class that utilizes Adams's book on marriage and family." -- David Powlison

Adams, Jay E., Communicating With 20th Century Man, 36 pages, ISBN: 0875520081 9780875520087.
"God calls Christians to evangelistic and apologetic encounters. Modern man is disillusioned with himself, and the strong biblical notes of God's authority and control will find fertile soil. The message must be robust and biblical. The form must communicate well: using communication technologies, the debate format and sociological studies to engage audiences. 'Many evangelistic plans are superficial. People have questions, problems, difficulties, which it takes time, prayer, and patience to solve'." -- David Powlison

Adams, Jay E., Effective communication; Disabled people; Inferiority complex; Unsaved wife; Be prepared! (Michigan City, IN: Sound Word Associates).
Audio cassette JA406.

*Cedar, Paul A., Seven Keys to Maximum Communication (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, 1980), ISBN: 0842358757 9780842358750.
"Treats in simple terms the negative and positive feelings we all share that either erect walls between us or build bridges toward one another. Most helpful." -- Cyril J. Barber

Johnson, Rex, Communication: Key to Your Parents, ISBN: 0890811571 9780890811573.

Miller, C. John (1928-1996), Root Causes of Depression and Suicide Among Young People; Communicating Effectively With the 'Suicidal' Person.

Porter, Jack Nusan, Conflict and Conflict Resolution: A Historical Bibliography, ISBN: ISBN: 0824092872 9780824092870.

Soukup, Paul A. (compiler), Christian Communication (Westport, CT: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated, 1989), ISBN: 031325673X 9780313256738.
"CHRISTIAN COMMUNICATION is the first wide-ranging annotated bibliography of available books, articles, theses, and dissertations in English, French, German, Spanish, and Italian that deals with all forms and aspects of Christian communication, even comic books and the computer. The bibliographies for this collection were drawn from several sources including the Library of Congress; several important computerized databases; manual searches of such institutions as the Billy Graham Center and the Graduate Theological Union, among others; and references in dissertations. Most importantly, only accessible items which could be checked and reviewed by Soukup and his research staff have been included here. The volume is arranged to maximize ease of access and use and is based on the general academic division of communication studies. The first chapter contains an introduction, cross-referenced to the bibliographies, that reviews the history of church communication, the major issues that characterize it, and suggests possibilities for future study. Next, a resource chapter lists periodicals which address specific areas of religious communication or frequently published articles of interest; cites bibliographic guides to the material and surveys directories of both personnel working in the field of Christian communication and of catalogs of relevant materials. The following seven chapters contain the major bibliographical sections that review communication theory, history, rhetoric, interpersonal communication, mass communication, intercultural communication, and other media. The volume closes with helpful name, title, and subject indexes that make this guide thoroughly user-friendly and an important research tool for church communicators, theological students, and communications scholars working in philosophical or qualitative areas.
"Paul A. Soukup is Assistant Professor of Communication at Santa Clara University." -- Publisher's Annotation "This annotated bibliography comprehensively indexes available books, articles, theses, and dissertations that deal with all forms and aspects of Christian Communication. . . .
A resource section surveys periodicals, bibliographic guides, and various directories, seven major bibliographical sections that address Communication Theory, History, Rhetoric, Interpersonal Communication, Mass Communication, Intercultural Communications, and Other Media are included." Paul A. Soukup is Assistant Professor of Communication at Santa Clara University." -- Publisher's Annotation

Tripp, Paul, War of Words: Getting to the Heart of Your Communication Struggles, 4 DVDs. Alternate title: "Getting to the Heart of Communications." (Michigan City, IN: Sound Word Associates).

See also: For all counselors, The web edition of biblical counsel resources for renewal, How to become a christian, Book-length presentations of the free offer of the gospel message of salvation and the life to come the means of grace, Sharing christ with your children, Teaching children, Training in biblical counseling, Preaching and pastoral counseling, Casuistry, cases of conscience, Audio cassette tapes on counseling subjects, General audio cassettes from ccef speakers, Gossip, Slander, Backbiting, The tongue, Evangelism, Revival, Dvd, multi-media, Christian biography, Home schooling, Reformed publishers online, Audio cds and mp3s on counseling subjects, Follow-up of inquirers, Testimonies, Gospel tracts and witnessing tools, Apologetics, Biblical counsel by subject, Ready reference immediate counsel on many subjects, and so forth, Translation of this website, and so forth, and so on.

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Contagion of Sin, Imitation, Conformity

See the Theological Notes, "The Fall" at Genesis 3:6 in The Reformation Study Bible.

See the Theological Notes, "Syncretism and Idolatry," at Hosea 2:13 in The Reformation Study Bible

See the Theological Notes, "Hell," at Mark 9:43 in The Reformation Study Bible.

Thou shalt not follow a multitude to do evil; neither shalt thou speak in a cause to decline after many to wrest judgment. (Exodus 23:2)

Nevertheless the people refused to obey the voice of Samuel; and they said, Nay; but we will have a king over us. (1 Samuel 8:19) Men have little integrity and will imitate peers, good or bad. Even more tragic is man's tendency to imitate leaders in power. Witness the dramatic change in opinion polls when an administration changes. For example, in the case of abortion, polls will indicate a majority of the population in favor of abortion when a pro-abortion president is in office. When the administration changes and an anti-abortion president takes office, then the national opinion polls immediately shift.

I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; [it] shall not cleave to me. (Psa 101:3) Fiction and entertainment very often involves immoral conduct.

Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect. -- The Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 5:48)

That they all may be one; as thou, Father, [art] in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.
And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:
I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.
-- The Lord Jesus Christ (John 17:21-23)

We tend to become like those things we love. See the Theological Note at 1 Corinthians 13:13, "Love" in The Reformation Study Bible.

Set your affections on things above, not on things on the earth. (Colossians 3:2)

In 1550, Calvin proudly wrote to Melancthon: "many, in order to avoid idolatry, are fleeing France and are coming to us in voluntary exile." (1)
Calvin often refers to idolatry as if were a plague: Once an area becomes infected with this virus, the only way the residents can escape contagion is by fleeing. Those who remain behind, surrounded by the disease, risk infection every day as long as they come into contact with its victims.
Calvin was aware that not everyone was free to emigrate, but he continually stressed that for those who found it possible, it was the wisest course to follow:

Now, consider whether you can have peace with God and your own conscience while you persevere in your present state . . . We have no direct revelation commanding us to leave the country, but since we have the commandment to honor God in body and soul, wherever we may be, what else could we do? It is certainly to us, then, that these words are also addressed, 'Get thee out of thy country and from thy kindred' [Gen. 12:1]; as long as we are there constrained to act against our conscience, and cannot live for the glory of God. (2)
Calvin adds that one should regard as "filth and dung" everything which hinders one from being a good Christian; if anything separates one from God, who is the true life, then it can only lead to death. (3) -- Carlos Eire, in War Against the Idols: The Reformation of Worship from Erasmus to Calvin, 1990, pp. 260-261.
Footnotes:
1. Corpus Reformatorum: Joannis Calvini Opera quae supersuntomnia (CR hereafter), edited by W. Baum, E. Cunitz, and E. Reuss (Brunswick, 1863-80), 6.576. Also CR 55.280, CR 45.770.
2. CR 11.629-30
3. "Quatrieme Sermon," CR 8.437.

They were guilty of a great sin in the matter of Peor; and this was the sin of the new generation, when they were within a step of Canaan (v. 28): They joined themselves to Baal-peor, and so were entangled both in idolatry and in adultery, in corporeal and in spiritual whoredom, Num. 25:1-3. Those that did often partake of the altar of the living God now ate the sacrifices of the dead, of the idols of Moab (that were dead images, or dead men canonized or deified), or sacrifices to the infernal deities on the behalf of their dead friends. Thus they provoked God to anger with their inventions (v. 29), in contempt of him and his institutions, his commands, and his threatenings. The iniquity of Peor was so great that, long after, it is said, They were not cleansed from it, Jos. 22:17. God testified his displeasure at this, (1.) By sending a plague among them, which in a little time swept away 24,000 of those impudent sinners. (2.) By stirring up Phinehas to use his power as a magistrate for the suppressing of the sin and checking the contagion of it. He stood up in his zeal for the Lord of hosts, and executed judgment upon Zimri and Cozbi, sinners of the first rank, genteel sinners; he put the law in execution upon them, and this was a service so pleasing to God that upon it the plague was stayed, v. 30. By this, and some other similar acts of public justice on that occasion (Num. 25:4,5), the guilt ceased to be national, and the general controversy was let fall. When the proper officers did their duty God left it to them, and did not any longer keep the work in his own hands by the plague. Note, National justice prevents national judgments. But, Phinehas herein signalizing himself, a special mark of honour was put upon him, for what he did was counted to him for righteousness to all generations (v. 31), and, in recompence of it, the priesthood was entailed on his family. He shall make an atonement by offering up the sacrifices, who had so bravely made an atonement (so some read it, v. 30) by offering up the sinners. Note, It is the honour of saints to be zealous against sin. -- Matthew Henry in Matthew Henry's Commentary on the Whole Bible (unabridged)

The end of all learning is to know God, and out of that knowledge to love and imitate Him. -- John Milton

CASE, THOMAS, The Imitation of the Saints, opened in come practical meditations upon the death of Mrs. Anne Brown, late wife of Mr. Peter Brown of Hammersmith. Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive.

*Kempis, Thomas a' (Thomas, a' Kempis. c. 1380-1471), The Imitation of Christ, an electronic publication of the November 5, 1940 edition of The Bruce Publishing Company, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Grand Rapids, MI: Christian Classics Ethereal Library), Translated by: Aloysius Croft, and Harold Bolton, ISBN: 0585035636 9780585035635. A Christian classic.
"For five hundred years, this gentle book, filled with the spirit of the love of God, has brought understanding and comfort to millions of readers in over fifty languages, and provided them with a source of heart-felt personal prayer. These meditations on the life and teachings of Jesus, written in times even more troubled and dangerous than our own, have become second only to the Bible as a guide and inspiration." -- CCEL
"The primary Protestant complaints about the book are with regard to what they might call medieval superstitions: the merit of good works and transubstantiation (IV:2 - i.e., volume IV, chapter 2), purgatory (IV:9), and the honoring of saints (I:13, II:9, III:6, III:59)." -- Wikipedia
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BOLTON, SAMUEL (1606-1654), Hamartolos Hamartia: or, The Sinfulnes of sin, 1646. Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive.

*NESS, CHRISTOPHER (1621-1705), An Antidote Against Arminianism, or, A Succinct Discourse to enervate and confute all the five points thereof to wit, predestination grounded upon man's foreseen works, universal redemption, sufficient grace is all, the power of man's free-will in conversion, and the possibility of true saints falling away totally and finally: all which are demonstrated here to be damnable errours, both by Scriptures and reason &c. . . . / published for the publick good by Christopher Ness, 1700, ISBN: 092114802X. Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #19, ISBN: 092114895X 9780921148951. A Christian classic.
"First printed in 1700 by Christopher Ness, an English nonconformist preacher and author, it comes with a recommendation by John Owen." -- GCB. Includes a Scripture index.
An Antidote Against Arminianism, Christopher Ness 1700
http://members.wbs.net/homepages/j/o/h/johnowen/ness.htm

*Owen, John (1616-1683), A Cluster of the Fruit of Canaan: Rules of walking in fellowship, with reference to the pastor or minister that watcheth for our souls. Alternate title: ESHCOL: A CLUSTER OF THE FRUIT OF CANAAN; BROUGHT TO THE BORDERS, FOR THE ENCOURAGEMENT OF THE SAINTS, TRAVELLING THITHER-WARD, WITH THEIR FACES TOWARDS SYON. OR, RULES OF DIRECTION, FOR THE WALKING OF THE SAINTS IN FELLOWSHIP, ACCORDING TO THE ORDER OF THE GOSPEL. COLLECTED AND EXPLAINED FOR THE USE OF THE CHURCH AT COGGESHALL, BY JOHN OWEN THEIR PASTOR, 1648. In THE COMPLETE WORKS OF JOHN OWEN Vol. 13. (13:1-49).

*Owen, John (1616-1683), Discourses Conserning Evangelical Love, Church-peace and Unity: In Five Chapters. Chap. I. Complaints of want of love and unity among Christians; how to be managed; and where is the fault. Chap II. Commendations of love and unity; their proper objects, with general rules and measures of love towards all mankind in general: allows not salvation unto any without faith in Jesus Christ: of the differences in religion as to outward worship. Chap. III. The nature of the Catholick Church, the first and principal object of Christians love; differences among the members of this church, of what nature and how to be managed. Chap. IV. Want of love and unity among Christians justly complained of; causes of divisions and schisms, 1. misapprehensions of evangelical unity. 2. Neglect in churches to attend upon known gospel duties. 3. Trusting in worldly grandeir, remainders of corruptions, weakness and ignorance. 4. Remedies thereof. Chap. V. The grounds and reasons of nonconformity, &c. By the late Reverend John Owen, D.D., 1696.

*Packer, J.I., A Quest for Godliness: The Puritan Vision of the Christian Life (Wheaton, IL: Good News Publishers [Crossway Books]), ISBN: 0891078193.
"Packer is a well-known author, lecturer, and theologian. He is currently Professor of Systematic and Historical Theology at Regent College, Vancouver, B.C.
"Packer writes of that golden age of Christian theology, when giants of the faith pursued holiness in life and practice like a hound follows a scent. Those Puritans of the 17th century (a little before and a little after) had as their aim to be fully conformed to the image of God, and to be seen at home and abroad as close imitators of Christ Jesus. . . .
"There are lessons for us in their passion for effective action. They had no time for lazy or passive persons. They were men of action in the pure Reformed mold -- crusading activists without a jot of self-reliance; workers for God who depended utterly on God to work in and through them. . . . There are lessons for us in their program for family stability. It is hardly too much to say that the Puritans created the Christian family in the English-speaking world. The Puritan ethic of marriage was to look not for a partner whom you do love passionately at this moment, but rather one whom you can love steadily as your best friend for life, and then to proceed with God's help to do just that. . . .
"In the introduction Packer gives his personal testimony as to how much he owes to the Puritans for his depth of knowledge, firmness of purpose, his dedication to fulfilling God's purposes in his life, and his love of the truth as revealed in the Scriptures. Because of his appreciation of this background of Puritan influence on his life, he has often written and lectured on the subject of the importance of the Puritans. Many of our freedoms and just laws can be traced to their influence on all our lives. This book contains the following themes: The Puritans in Profile; The Puritans and the Bible; The Puritans and the Gospel; the Puritans and the Holy Spirit; The Puritan Christian Life; The Puritans in Ministry. . . .
"This reviewer would love to persuade every single reader of these words to read this book. You would get a view of Christians which would inspire you, which would perhaps lead you, which would perhaps lead you to repentance, but also to heights of spirituality you would not enjoy without them. What Packer has said about their influence on his life can be repeated almost word for word in a resume of this reviewer's life. If you want to grow in grace, and in usefulness to God's cause, read the writing of the Puritans.
"We will repeat what we said in reviewing John Owen's THE DEATH OF DEATH IN THE DEATH OF CHRIST, that Packer's well balanced definition of Calvinism in the introduction to that volume is by far the best we have seen in 42 years of intensive reading. And that superb piece appears in this volume in full, which alone is worth the price of this book.
"The book jacket has these words: `Dr. Packer masterfully uncovers the hidden treasures of Puritan life and thought. With crystalline clarity he reveals the depth and breadth of Puritan spiritual life, contrasting it with the superficiality and deadness of modern Western Christianity. Drawing on a lifetime of study Dr. Packer takes the reader on a survey of the lives and teachings of great leaders such as John Owen, Richard Baxter, and Jonathan Edwards. He offers a close look at such subjects as the Puritan view of the Bible, spiritual gifts, the Sabbath, worship, social action, and the family. He concludes that a main difference between the Puritans and ourselves is spiritual maturity -- the Puritans had it; we do not. In a time of failing vision and decaying values, this powerful portrait of Puritans is a beacon of hope that calls us to radical commitment and action when both are desperately needed'." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.
"Contrary to popular opinion, the Puritans were no dour lot of killjoys. In fact, Packer says, there's a lot we can learn from them about truly authentic and joyous spirituality. In this book Packer explores the Puritans' own writings on the Bible, the Gospel, the Holy Spirit, Christian life, and ministry. For each topic he beautifully demonstrates how the Puritans can help us press on toward godliness. If you're intrigued by the Puritans but don't know where to start reading them, this book will be a valuable guide!" -- CBD
"In a resounding call to deepen our Christian life, Packer reveals the strength of the Puritan system of spiritual maturity." -- Publisher's Annotation
J.I. Packer's Introduction to The Death of Death in the Death of Christ by John Owen
http://www.monergism.com/thethreshold/articles/onsite/packer_intro.html
The Death of Death in the Death of Christ, by John Owen
http://www.monergism.com/thethreshold/articles/onsite/packer_intro.html
The Death of Death In the Death of Christ, John Owen (1 of 33)
An audio file reading by Still Waters Revival Books from THE WORKS OF JOHN OWEN, Redemption & Reconciliation That Is In the Blood of Christ (Limited Atonement). Currently (February 2009) there are 63 readings of John Owen by SWRB and Reformed Baptist of Holland (Michigan), (Thomas Sullivan) at SermonAudio available for listening online, downloading as MP3 files, and listening on iPhone or Mobile Phones.
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=47081639571

PRICE, GREG, A Testimony Against the Unfounded Charges of Anabaptism. Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #24. ISBN: 0921148186 9780921148180.
"This book teaches us that '[t]he heresy of Anabaptism lives today! It has infected the modern church with its cancerous errors and heresies: anti-creedalism, arminianism, dispensationalism, independency [sectarianism], anti-paedobaptism, will-worship [anti-regulativism], perfectionism, societal escapism, religious pluralism and tolerationism [anti-establishmentarianism], denial of the perpetual obligation of social covenanting, pacifism, pietism, socialism, premillennialism, and a refusal to recognize *lawful* civil government as the ordinance of God. These unbiblical positions of the Anabaptists were not tolerated by the Reformed Churches of the First and Second Reformations, and neither should they be tolerated by any Church today that claims to be Reformed or Presbyterian' [Greg Price]. Far to little contemporary Reformed writing has been directed against the Anabaptists, especially in light of the fact that many of their heresies have been generally adopted by professing Christians. Even the 'Reformed' community suffers from this contagion. Lord willing, this book with be an effective antidote to the 'AIDS' of Anabaptist thought and practice." -- Publisher's Annotation
A Testimony Against the Unfounded Charges of Anabaptism (1997) by Greg Price
http://www.swrb.com/newslett/actualNLs/anabapt.htm

See also: The sovereignty of god, The doctrine of man (human nature, total depravity), Sin and its consequences, Temptation, Contagion of sin, imitation, conformity, Forgiveness of sin, Sin and its consequence: physical and spiritual death, Evil, the problem of, avoiding, eschewing, shunning, Spirituality and harlotry, Foolishness, Childishness, Self-destruction, Self, selfishness, self-esteem, The inspiration and infallibility of scripture (the doctrine of revelation, the doctrine of plenary inspiration, the doctrine of divine inspiration, the doctrine of verbal inspiration, Repentance, the key to salvation and change, Justice, the theology of judgment, god's final judgment, the great white throne judgment, the day of the lord, Christ our example, Covenant theology, Background and history of the covenanted reformation of scotland, The covenanted reformation, Covenanted reformation short title listing, Corporate faithfulness and sanctification, The covenant faithfulness of god, Sexual relationship, Spirituality and harlotry, Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, The sovereign grace of god: his everlasting mercy and lovingkindness, Casuistry, cases of conscience, Ethics, Medical ethics, Justification, Justifying faith, Christ's kingdom, Lordship of jesus christ, The all-sufficiency of christ, Trusting god, Idolatry, Secret societies, ungodly alliances, voluntary associations, Pseudo-christian movements: a selection of works, Unfaithful reformed ministries, Politics, Conspiracy and corruption, Individual responsibility for corporate faithfulness and sanctification, Sonship, and so forth, and so on.
TCRB5: 3916, 3918
MGTP: Imitation



Contentiousness

As coals are to burning coals, and wood to fire; so is a contentious man to kindle strife. (Proverbs 26:21)

See also: The attributes of god, Pride, Childishness, Self, selfishness, self-esteem, Feminism, The doctrine of man (human nature, total depravity), Sin and its consequence: physical and spiritual death, Envy, Jealousy, Adultery, Anger, Covetousness, Greed, and Selfishness, Effeminacy, Rebellion and lawlessness: wickedness, demonic possession, substance abuse, abnormal behavior, insanity, mental illness, mental retardation, The decline of american society, Repentance, the key to salvation and change, and so forth, and so on.
TCRB5: 830, 3731-3735, 3879



Contentment

Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. (Philippians 4:11)

*Burroughs, Jeremiah, The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment (Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust, 1979), ISBN: 0851510914 9780851510910. A Christian classic.
"Well-known Puritan author of THE RARE JEWEL OF CHRISTIAN CONTENTMENT excels in deeply spiritual insights. Most authors writing today can't hold a candle to him!" -- CBD
"I am still reading this book, but I've read enough to have it significantly change my outlook on life and afflictions. I have learned in abundance what it means to trust the Lord in troubles and to realize that God will bring me out of them in His time, and it is my duty to praise the Lord and devote my heart to Him. My cup runs over when I read Jeremiah Burroughs." -- Reader's Comment

SIBBES, RICHARD (1577-1635), The Art of Contentment. In THE WORKS OF RICHARD SIBBES, (5:175-93). Available (THE WORKS OF RICHARD SIBBES) on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive.

*WATSON, THOMAS (1620-1686), and Don Kistler (editor), The art of Divine Contentment, 2nd edition (Soli Deo Gloria Ministries, March 1, 2001), ISBN: 1573581135 9781573581134. Alternate title: AUTARKEIA. Available (MP3 files) on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive.
This is an exposition of Philippians 4:11.
"Like all the good Puritans he majored in the art of teaching humble hearts to live the Christ-like life. In this book it is the art of contentment that is pressed on all of us." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.
"Watson, one of the most understandable and practical of the Puritans, gives us a much needed remedy for the discontent that is rampant in our society today, even among Christians. He gives a warm and God-centered view of how contentment as a Christian is not only possible, but should be normal. His thesis is: 'That a gracious spirit is a contented spirit. The doctrine of contentment is very superlative; and til we have learned this, we have not learned to be Christians.' (p. 19). He rightly focuses the source of contentment on God's promises and His sovereign keeping of them. 'There is one promise brings much sweet contentment into the soul, "They that seek the Lord shall not want any good thing", Ps. xxxiv. 10. If the thing we desire be good for us, we shall have it; if it be not good, then the not having it is good for us. The resting satisfied with this promise gives contentment.' (p. 108). "All Christians can benefit from this kind of work, that we might be different, and not live in the same discontent that we see all around us. If you're looking for a treatment for your heart, Watson is a fine physician of the soul. " -- Reader's Comment
The Art of Divine Contentment, Thomas Watson
http://www.ccel.org/w/watson/contentment/contentment.html

See also: The covenant faithfulness of god, The sovereign grace of god: his everlasting mercy and lovingkindness, The providence of god, Worry and anxiety, Trusting god, The all-sufficiency of Christ, Heaven, Ecclesiastes, Casuistry, cases of conscience, and so forth, and so on.
TCRB5: 829
MGTP: Contentment



Courage

Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. (Isaiah 41:10)

These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. -- The Lord Jesus Christ (John 16:33)

Brethren, if we are to win great victories we must have greater courage. Some of you hardly dare speak about the blood of Christ in any but the most godly company; and scarcely there. You are very retiring. You love yourselves too much to get into trouble through your religion. Surely you cannot be of that noble band that love not their own lives unto the death! Many dare not hold the old doctrine nowadays because they would be thought narrow and bigoted, and this would be too galling. They call us old fools. It is very likely we are; but we are not ashamed to be fools for Christ's sake, and the truth's sake. We believe in the blood of the Lamb, despite the discoveries of science. We shall never give up the doctrine of atoning sacrifice to please modern culture. What little reputation we have is as dear to us as another man's character is to him; but we will cheerfully let it go in this struggle for the central truth of revelation. It will be sweet to be forgotten and lost sight of, or to be vilified and abused, if the old faith in the substitutionary sacrifice can be kept alive. This much we are resolved on, we will be true to our convictions concerning the sacrifice of our Lord Jesus; for if we give up this, what is there left?
God will not do anything by us if we are false to the cross. He uses the men who spare not their reputations when these are called for in defence of truth. Oh to be at a white heat! Oh to flame with zeal for Jesus! O my brethren, hold you to the old faith, and say, "As for the respect of men, I can readily forfeit it; but as for the truth of God, that I can never give up." This is the day for men to be men; for, alas! the most are soft, molluscous creatures. Now we need backbones as well as heads. To believe the truth concerning the Lamb of God, and truly to believe it, this is the essential of an overcoming life. Oh for courage, constancy, fixedness, self-denial, willingness to be made nothing of for Christ! God give us to be faithful witnesses to the blood of the Lamb in the midst of this ungodly world! -- C.H. Spurgeon in a sermon,
The Blood of the Lamb, the Conquering Weapon

*ANDERSON, JAMES, Ladies of the Covenant, 1851. Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #10, ISBN: 0921148852 9780921148852.
"Memoirs of distinguished Scottish female characters, embracing the period of the covenant and the persecution. The introduction notes the importance of the lives of these courageous women, when it states: `They have especially by the magnanimity with which they suffered in the cause of truth, emphatically taught us the important principle that we are in all things and at all times to do what is right; and as to the disapprobation, opposition, and persecution of men, in whatever way manifested, or to whatever extent, we are to let that take its chance, a principle, the importance of which it is difficult to over-estimate; which lies at the foundation of all that is great and good in character; which has enabled the greatest and the best men, by the blessing of God, to achieve the great purposes they have formed for advancing the highest interests of mankind, and upon which it is necessary for the good soldier of Christ to act in every age, in an age in which the church enjoys tranquillity, as well as when she suffers persecution.' Samuel Rutherford's (and others) correspondence with these exceptional Christian women is noted throughout. 494 pages of soul-stirring history!" -- SWRB
Ladies of the Covenant: Memoirs of Distinguished Scottish Female Characters, by Rev. James Anderson
http://www.electricscotland.com/history/ladies/
Ladies of the Covenant
" 'Ladies of the Covenant' is dedicated to those women who weathered the storms of persecution during the killing times of the Scottish Reformation, and who by their example and glorious witness for Jesus Christ, still inspire hearts today."
"There is no finer example of Biblical womanhood than 'The Ladies of the Covenant'." -- Angela Wittman, editor
http://ladiesofthecovenant.blogspot.com/

BURROUGHS, JEREMIAH, 1599-1646, The Excellency of Holy Courage in Evil Times, in which, (besides many other seasonable truths) there is shewed: 1.That wicked men in power are fierce in their wrath 2. That faith will keep a gracious heart from immoderate fear of men of authority and power. 3. Directions in our fear of authority, etc., 1661. Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive.

*HOWIE, JOHN, The Scots Worthies. Biographia Scoticana: or, A Brief Historical Account of the Lives, Characters, and Memorable Transactions of the Most Eminent Scots Worthies . . . as also, an Appendix, containing a short historical hint of the wicked lives . . . of the . . . apostates and . . . persecutors in Scotland . . . 2nd edition, corrected and enlarged, 1781. A Christian classic. Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #1, #10 ISBN: 0921148674 9780921148678. The series of 22 MP3 files from the book, produced by Still Waters Revival Books, are available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #1-30, ISBN: 0921148674 9780921148678.
This same book series of audio files is available at AudioSermons.com.
http://www.sermonaudio.com/search.asp?seriesOnly=true&currSection=sermonstopic&sourceid=swrb&keyword=Book%3A+SCOTS+WORTHIES&keyworddesc=Book%3A+SCOTS+WORTHIES
"Most commonly known as SCOTS WORTHIES, this edition contains Howie's footnotes (defending the Covenanters) and Howie's appendix titled `The Judgment and Justice of God' (which chronicles God's judgments upon Reformation apostates and those who persecuted the Covenanters). It is the only edition in print which contains both these sections intended for publication by the author (as later editors often removed either one or both of these parts of this book). BIOGRAPHIA SCOTICANA covers the history of `noblemen, gentlemen, ministers and others from Mr. Patrick Hamilton, who was born about the year of our Lord 1503, and suffered martyrdom at St. Andrews, Feb., 1527, to Mr. James Renwick, who was executed in the Grass-market of Edinburgh, Feb. 17, 1688. Together with a succinct account of the lives of other seven eminent divines, and Sir Robert Hamilton of Preston, who died about, or shortly after the Revolution.' This is one of our best history books (over 700 pages), covering all of the major Scottish Reformers. Howie summarizes his book as follows: `The design of the following was to collect, from the best authorities, a summary account of the lives, characters, and contendings, of a certain number of our most renowned SCOTS WORTHIES, who, for their faithful services, ardent zeal, constancy in sufferings, and other Christian graces and virtues, deserve honourable memorial in the Church of Christ; and for which their names have been, and will be savoury to all the true lovers of our Zion, while Reformation principles are regarded.' Furthermore, the momentous nature of the struggles chronicled in this book are succinctly noted when Howie writes: `the primitive witnesses had the divinity of the Son of God, and an open confession of Him, for their testimony. Our reformers from Popery had Antichrist to struggle with, in asserting the doctrines of the Gospel, and the right way of salvation in and through Jesus Christ. Again, in the reigns of James VI. and Charles I., Christ's REGALIA, and the divine right of Presbytery, became the subject matter of their testimony. Then, in the beginning of the reign of Charles II. (until he got the whole of our ancient and laudable constitution effaced and overturned), our Worthies only saw it their duty to hold and contend for what they had already attained unto. But, in the end of this and the subsequent tyrant's reign, they found it their duty (a duty which they had too long neglected) to advance one step higher, by casting off their authority altogether, and that as well on account of their manifest usurpation of Christ's crown and dignity, as on account of their treachery, bloodshed, and tyranny . . . which may be summed up. The Primitive martyrs sealed the prophetic office of Christ in opposition to Pagan idolatry. The reforming martyrs sealed His priestly office with their blood, in opposition to Popish idolatry. And last of all, our late martyrs have sealed His kingly office with their best blood, in despite of supremacy and bold Erastianism. They indeed have cemented it upon His royal head, so that to the world's end it shall never drop off again.' Moreover, the importance of this book can be clearly seen when Johnston, in TREASURY OF THE SCOTTISH COVENANT, reports that, Walter Scott refers to Howie as `the fine old chronicler of the Cameronians'. . . Howie's book has been for upwards of a century a household word, occupying a place on the shelf beside THE BIBLE and THE PILGRIM'S PROGRESS.' Written for God, country and the covenanted work of Reformation. Stirring history!" -- SWRB
Biographia Scoticana, John Howie
Original from Oxford University, published 1885, digitized May 22, 2006. Described as a reprint of the 1781 edition.
http://books.google.com/books?vid=OCLC34190563&id=5iwAAAAAQAAJ&q=Scots+Worthies+1781&dq=Scots+Worthies+1781&ie=ISO-8859-1&pgis=1
See also: A CLOUD OF WITNESSES FOR THE ROYAL PREROGATIVES OF JESUS CHRIST BEING THE LAST SPEECHES AND TESTIMONIES OF THOSE WHO HAVE SUFFERED FOR THE TRUTH IN SCOTLAND SINCE . . . 1680 and JOHN FOXE'S BOOK OF MARTYRS. ACTES AND MONUMENTS OF MATTERS MOST SPECIALL AND MEMORABLE. Available from: http//www.johnfoxe.org. Implemented by the Humanities Research Institute, University of Sheffield, England, and published by HRI Online Publications, Sheffield, 2011, Version 2.0, ISBN: 9780954260864.

*Lucas, J.R., Parenting of Champions: Raising Godly Children in an Evil Age (Brentwood, TN: Wolgemuth and Hyatt, 1990), ISBN: 094349785X 9780943497853.
"The evils of our culture are attacking our families from every side -- with the biggest guns aimed straight at our children. . . . First step is for parents to set a championship example, to actually become what they want their children to become." -- GCB
"This is one of the most honest, courageous parenting books you will ever read." -- CRM

Potter, William, The Boy's Guide to the Historical Adventures of G.A. Henty (Vocabulary of a Warrior) (The Vision Forum, Inc., July 3, 2000), ISBN: 1929241151 9781929241156.
"This unique book charts Henty's works of historical fiction chronologically and provides both a plot summary and an historical overview of over 70 of his classic tales." -- Publisher's Annotation
"HOME EDUCATORS: If you are trying to put together a history-based curriculum, this volume is very helpful! You can gauge which time periods in your student's course of study need some bolstering up (or livening up) and search in this book for the proper Henty novel to introduce. For example, to bulk up our study on 'Ancient Times,' I needed a novel about Hannibal. This terrific reference book tells me to get Henty's 'The Young Carthaginian' to meet that requirement.
"Another problem it solves is that sometimes a history-based curriculum can get predictable. Everyone seems to be covering the same things and the only variance is how deeply they're studied. This guide covers all of Henty's books and makes it easy to locate his books on obscure subjects and events which you can tantalize your children with. Children seem to love citing these forgotten tales and bedazzling their peers and family with them!
"This volume will also prove invaluable to PEOPLE EDUCATING THEMSELVES. As an adult who is battling her 'learning gaps,' I just page through this reference until I find something that doesn't ring ANY bells! By reading a Henty, I enjoy a terrific adventure (which I can later discuss with my children), educate myself and, if I want to, pursue the subject more deeply later on." -- Reader's Comment
"G.A. Henty wrote around 144 books. Many of the books revolve around a fictional character who interacts with real persons from that historical period. Heroism, honor, courage, and leadership are integral characteristics of the main protagonists. I have trouble putting down a Henty story. I highly recommend this resource." -- Reader's Comment

See also: The sovereignty of god, The doctrine of man (human nature, total depravity), The inspiration and infallibility of scripture (the doctrine of revelation, the doctrine of plenary inspiration, the doctrine of divine inspiration, the doctrine of verbal inspiration, Justice, the theology of judgment, god's final judgment, the great white throne judgment, the day of the lord, Immanuel, christ with us, Bible promises, Justification, Justifying faith, Christ's kingdom, Lordship of jesus christ, The all-sufficiency of christ, Immanuel, christ in you, Trusting god, Casuistry, cases of conscience, Covenant theology, Background and history of the covenanted reformation of scotland, The covenanted reformation, Covenanted reformation short title listing, Corporate faithfulness and sanctification, The covenant faithfulness of god, Sexual relationship, Spirituality and harlotry, Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, The sovereign grace of god: his everlasting mercy and lovingkindness, Christian Biography, Fear and anxiety, Power, Cowardice, Worry and anxiety
TCRB5: 522, 523, 849-859
MGTP: Courage

Related WebLinks

Courage, Martyrdom and the Triumph of Truth a sermon on Matthew 10 by Greg Price
A definition of Biblical courage and an exposure of the false courage of the faithless.
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?currSection=sermonsspeaker&sermonID=11501182424



The Covenant Faithfulness of God

It is of the LORD'S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.
They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.
The LORD is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him.
The LORD is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him.
It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD.
(Lamentations 3:22-26)

For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations. (Psalm 100:5)

I have made a covenant with my chosen, I have sworn unto David my servant, Thy seed will I establish for ever, and build up thy throne to all generations. (Psalm 89: 3,4)

See the Theological Notes, "God's Covenant of Grace," at Genesis 12:1 in The Reformation Study Bible

See the Theological Note, "God is Love: Divine Goodness and Faithfulness" at Psalm 136:1 in The Reformation Study Bible (The New Geneva Study Bible).

See the Theological Notes, "True Knowledge of God," at Jeremiah 9:24 in The Reformation Study Bible.

In Scripture, religion means covenant. By His Word, God called into being an order of creation culminating in man. By that Word He also gave man His favor and brought him into a life of conscious covenantal fellowship with Himself. As De Graaf himself puts it: "Without covenant, there is no religion, no conscious fellowship between man and God, no exchange of love and faithfulness. Without the covenant, man would be just an instrument in God's hand. When God created man, He had more than an instrument in mind: He made a creature that could respond to Him . . . ." -- H. Evan Runner

ASHE, SIMEON, God's Incomparable Goodness Unto Israel Unfolded and Applied . . . Deut. 33:27; Deut. 4:7; Esa. 27:3, 1647. Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive.

Beisner, E. Calvin, Psalms of Promise: Celebrating the Majesty and Faithfulness of God, ISBN: 087552107X 9780875521077

FLEMING, ROBERT, The Faithfulness of God Considered and Cleared in the Great Events of His Word, or A Second Part of the Fulfilling of the Scripture, where its convincing and near approach before men's eyes, with some clear discovery thereof in the work and conduct of providence this day about the church, is shewed forth, 1674. Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive.

*Graaf, Simon Gerrit, de Promise and Deliverance, 4 volumes (Scarsdale, NY [Westminster Discount Book Service, P.O. Box 125H, Scarsdale 10583]: Westminster Discount Book Service, 1977). Translated from the Dutch by H. Evan Runner and Elisabeth Wichers Runner. A Christian classic.
"In Scripture, religion means covenant. By His Word, God called into being an order of creation culminating in man. By that Word He also gave man His favor and brought him into a life of conscious covenantal fellowship with Himself. As De Graaf himself puts it: `Without covenant, there is no religion, no conscious fellowship between man and God, no exchange of love and faithfulness. Without the covenant, man would be just an instrument in God's hand. When God created man, He had more than an instrument in mind: He made a creature that could respond to Him. . . .'
"This renewed insight into Biblical revelation is the perspective undergirding De Graaf's treatment of all Bible stories. It makes his book a unique presentation of God's revelation of Himself in the covenant and keeps his interpretations of the stories from degenerating into mere moralizing. Religion is not morality." -- H. Evan Runner
"I highly recommend this book. One of the best books available." -- R.C. Sproul
"A landmark in interpreting the simple stories of the Bible." -- Christianity Today

*ROBERTS, WILLIAM LOUIS (1798-1864), The Duty of Covenanting, and the Permanent Obligation of Religious Covenants, 1853. Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #27 ISBN: 0921148240 9780921148241.
"Excerpted from the Reformed Presbyterian Catechism below, this book deals with an almost forgotten ordinance of God. It explains what covenants are, while contrasting them with oaths, vows and law. Furthermore, it distinguishes between civil and religious covenants and shows how the individual, family, church or nation can (and should) enter into covenants -- especially religious covenants. Explains why, when and how covenants are binding on posterity, citing abundant Scriptural proof for each assertion made. Here is a sample argument from this book, demonstrating how even covenants made between men are viewed as binding upon posterity by God himself: 'Another instance in which posterity is recognized in covenant obligation is found in Joshua 9:15. This covenant was made between the children of Israel and the Gibeonites. Between four and five hundred years after that time, the children of Israel are visited with a very severe famine, in the days of David. 2 Sam. 21:1. And it is expressly declared by the Lord that, 'It is for Saul, and for his bloody house, because he slew the Gibeonites.' And at the same time, v. 2, that very covenant is recognized, and the breach of it is stated, as being the formal reason of the divine displeasure. Now, had it not been for this covenant, the extirpation of the Gibeonites would not have been imputed to Israel as a thing criminal; for they were comprehended in Canaanitish nations, which God had commanded them to root out' (pp. 139-140). Take the time to look these verses up. This subject has great bearing on the unity of the church, the Christian's response to godless covenant-breaking nations, hermeneutics, the family and general faithfulness to God (because many today -- individually, ecclesiastically, and nationally -- are breaking covenants which God still views as binding though they are oblivious to this obligation)." -- SWRB
On the Duty of Covenanting and the Permanent Obligations of Religious Covenants" being section 11 in the Reformed Presbyterian Catechism, 1853
http://www.swrb.com/newslett/actualnls/PresCatCov.htm
Reformed Presbyterian Catechism, William L. Roberts D.D.
http://archive.org/details/ReformedPresbyterianCatechism

See also: The sovereignty of god, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Amos, The doctrine of man (human nature, total depravity), Justice, the theology of judgment, god's final judgment, the great white throne judgment, the day of the lord, The sovereign grace of god: his everlasting mercy and lovingkindness, The all-sufficiency of christ, Trusting god, Christ's kingdom, Lordship of jesus christ, Covenant theology and the ordinance of covenanting, The covenant of redemption, The covenant faithfulness of god, God's deliverance of nations, Casuistry, cases of conscience, Sexual relationship, Spirituality and harlotry, Oaths, ensnaring (vows, promises, covenants) and bonds with the ungodly, Background and history of the covenanted reformation of scotland, The national covenant, The solemn league and covenant, The covenanted reformation of scotland, The covenanted reformation of scotland short title listing, Biography of covenanters, Acts of faithful assemblies, Covenanting in america, The scottish covenanting struggle, alexander craighead, and the mecklenburg declaration, Confession of national sin and covenant renewal, Corporate faithfulness and sanctification, Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, Justification, Justifying faith, and so forth, and so on.
TCRB5: 306, 307, 1228, 1229, 2297, 2300, 2911
MGTP: God -- Faithfulness of



Covenants

See the Theological Notes, "The Wisdom and Will of God," at Daniel 2:20 in The Reformation Study Bible

See the Theological Notes, "God's Covenant of Grace" at Genesis 12:1 in The Reformation Study Bible.

*Moore, Edwin Nisbet, Our covenant Heritage: The Covenanters' Struggle for Unity in Truth as Revealed in the Memoir of James Nisbet (1667-1728) and Sermons of John Nevay (d. 1672), illustrated by Brenda Newman and Linda Rhoden (Tain [Ross-shire:] Christian Focus Publications, c2000), ISBN: 1857926188, includes bibliographical references and index.
"A new book, OUR COVENANT HERITAGE, examines the rise and fall of the Scottish Church. It rose when men placed the rights of God above the rights of man. It fell when men abandoned unity in truth. It is written by Ed Moore, who spent several years examining why the Covenanters, particularly those who lived near Loudoun Castle, were willing to die for their understanding of God's truth. The answer is found in the sermons of their minister John Nevay on God's Covenant of Grace and in the Memoirs of James Nisbet, one of their number who survived their epic battle for truth only to face the age-old struggle of Christ's church for unity in truth." -- Publisher's Annotation
Our Covenant Heritage, Edwin Nesbet Moore
http://www.covenanters.com/

*SIBBES, RICHARD (1577-1635), The Faithful Covenanter, 1639. Available (THE WORKS OF RICHARD SIBBES) on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #29, ISBN: 0921148283 9780921148289.
"An amazing sermon opening the narrow road of faithful covenanting -- as seen first and foremost in the Lord Jesus Christ, our perfect covenant keeper! Expounds on the four periods of time relating to the renewing of the covenant of grace in history. Shows that 'whatsoever we give the supremacy of the inward man to, whatsoever we love most, whatsoever we trust most, whatsoever we fear most, whatsoever we joy and delight in most, whatsoever we obey most -- that is our God.' Applies this to the first commandment, as a part of the law of the covenant, and works out the implications (which involve numerous areas). Goes on to give Scriptural marks whereby covenant keepers can be distinguished from covenant breakers and connects the everlasting covenant with the sacraments and their meaning. A meaty meal, recommended for those who are willing to advance theologically and practically." -- SWRB

See also: The sovereignty of god, The doctrine of man (human nature, total depravity), The covenant faithfulness of god, Justice, the theology of judgment, god's final judgment, the great white throne judgment, the day of the lord, The sovereign grace of god: his everlasting mercy and lovingkindness, God's deliverance of nations, Casuistry, cases of conscience, Covenant theology and the ordinance of covenanting, The covenant of redemption, Sexual relationship, Spirituality and harlotry, Oaths, ensnaring (vows, promises, covenants) and bonds with the ungodly, Background and history of the covenanted reformation of scotland, The national covenant, The solemn league and covenant, The covenanted reformation of scotland, The covenanted reformation of scotland short title listing, Biography of covenanters, Acts of faithful assemblies, Covenanting in america, The scottish covenanting struggle, alexander craighead, and the mecklenburg declaration, Confession of national sin and covenant renewal, Corporate faithfulness and sanctification, Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, and so forth, and so on.
TCRB5: 877-883, 1232, 1234
MGTP: Covenant



Covetousness, Greed, and Selfishness

Q. 146. Which is the tenth commandment?
A. The tenth commandment is, Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house, thou shall not covet they neighbour's wife, nor his man-servant, nor his maid-servant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour's.[910]
Q. 147. What are the duties required in the tenth commandment?
A. The duties required in the tenth commandment are, such a full contentment with our own condition,[911] and such a charitable frame of the whole soul toward our neighbour, as that all our inward motions and affections touching him, tend unto, and further all that good which is his.[912]
Q. 148. What are the sins forbidden in the tenth commandment?
A. The sins forbidden in the tenth commandment are, discontentment with our own estate;[913] envying[914] and grieving at the good of our neighbour,[915] together with all inordinate motions and affections to anything that is his.[916]

Q. 140. Which is the eighth commandment?
A. The eighth commandment is, Thou shalt not steal.[800]
Q. 141. What are the duties required in the eighth commandment?
A. The duties required in the eighth commandment are, truth, faithfulness, and justice in contracts and commerce between man and man;[801] rendering to everyone his due; restitution of goods unlawfully detained from the right owners thereof;[802] giving and lending freely, according to our abilities, and the necessities of others;[803] moderation of our judgments, wills, and affections concerning worldly goods;[804] a provident care and study to get,[805] keep, use, and dispose these things which are necessary and convenient for the sustentation of our nature, and suitable to our condition;[806] a lawful calling,[807] and diligence in it;[808] frugality;[809] avoiding unnecessary lawsuits,[810] . and suretiship, or other like engagements;[811] and an endeavor, by all just and lawful means, to procure, preserve, and further the wealth and outward estate of others, as well as our own.[812]
Q. 142. What are the sins forbidden in the eighth commandment?
A. The sins forbidden in the eighth commandment, besides the neglect of the duties required,[813] are, theft,[814] robbery,[815] man-stealing,[816] and receiving any thing that is stolen;[817] fraudulent dealing,[818] false weights and measures,[819] removing landmarks,[820] injustice and unfaithfulness in contracts between man and man,[821] or in matters of trust;[822] oppression,[823] extortion,[824] usury,[825] bribery,[826] vexatious lawsuits,[827] unjust inclosures and depopulations;[828] ingrossing commodities to enhance the price;[829] unlawful callings,[830] and all other unjust or sinful ways of taking or withholding from our neighbour what belongs to him, or of enriching ourselves;[831] covetousness;[832] inordinate prizing and affecting worldly goods;[833] distrustful and distracting cares and studies in getting, keeping, and using them;[834] envying at the prosperity of others;[835] as likewise idleness,[836] prodigality, wasteful gaming; and all other ways whereby we do unduly prejudice our own outward estate,[837] and defrauding ourselves of the due use and comfort of that estate which God hath given us. [838] --
The Larger Catechism

Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it: Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. -- The Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 22:38-40)

See the Theological Notes, "Love," at 1 Corinthians 13:13 in The Reformation Study Bible.

See the Theological Notes, "The Fall" at Genesis 3:6 in The Reformation Study Bible.

See the Theological Notes, "Pleasing God," at 1 Thessalonians 2:6 in The Reformation Study Bible.

See the Theological Notes, "The Law of God," at Exodus 20:1 in The Reformation Study Bible.

But we know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully; Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine; According to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which was committed to my trust. (1 Timothy 1:8-11)
One of the besetting sins of mankind is to use the law to oppress and steal from his fellowman. Frederic Bastiat unfolds this sin in, The Law.

He that by usury and unjust gain increaseth his substance, he shall gather it for him that will pity the poor. (Proverbs 28:8) See the annotation in The Reformation Study Bible.

Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:
But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal.
-- The Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 6:19,20)

Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any [man] will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.
For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?
For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works.
-- The Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 16:24-27)

But many that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first. -- The Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 19:30)

Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil. -- (1 Timothy 3:6)

Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. (Hebrews 13 13:5)

Our Triune God has ordained that authority, power, and leadership devolves to those who know the most Truth (the Apostle Paul, Saint Augustine, Martin Luther, John Calvin, The Scots Worthies . . . ). Preeminent among those is the Lord Christ, the God Man, Our Righteousness. (John 1:1-18; Matthew 19:30; Matthew 28:18-20; Isaiah 49:7; Colossians 1:16-19; Colossians 2:9,10; Hebrews 12:1,2; Revelation 5:1-14; Revelation 19:11-15; Revelation 20:11-15; Revelation 22:12, and so forth, and so on.)

And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. -- The Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 19:28)
Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. -- The Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 25:34)
And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. (Romans 8:17)
Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life? (1 Corinthians 6:3)
And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus. (Ephesians 2:6)
But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. (1 Timothy 2:12)
And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations. -- The Lord Jesus Christ (Revelation 2:26)
To serve God is to reign. -- Seneca

Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again. -- The Lord Jesus Christ (Luke 6:38)

Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. (James 1:13-15)

The fool hath said in his heart,
There is no God.
They are corrupt,
they have done abominable works,
there is none that doeth good.
(Psalm 14:1)
See the Theological Notes, "Mankind's Guilty Knowledge of God" at Romans 1:29 and the note at Psalm 14:1 in The Reformation Study Bible

Soul-violence begins when one individual tries to usurping authority over another, to control and possess them. The means of control may be either outward or occult: possessiveness, deceit, repression or suppression of the truth, soul stealing, attempts to take authority over another politically or by mental malpractice, denial of freedom, indebtedness, whoredom, and so forth. Abuse of the soul quenches the Holy Spirit.
If either side is immovable, then death is the result of the conflict of will. How are conflicts of will resolved? By submission to the absolute truth of God's word. These observations bear a strain of the Gospel.

Covetousness seems to be the besetting sin of mankind. Notice the first nine of the Ten Commandments have to do with taking something that is not ours. The first table has to do with taking from God what is His. The second table has to do with taking from man what is not ours. And the tenth commandment is a summation of the previous nine.

Take note of the fact that it is not possible to desire something that one already possess.

Adams, Jay, Sibling Rivalry in the Household of God (Denver: Accent Books, 1988), ISBN: 0896362361 9780896362369.
"About 'the causes and effects of rivalry among brothers and sisters in Christ and what can be done about it. . . .' 'Sibling rivalry in the household of faith -- just like at home -- is due entirely to sin.' Other supposed causes are not causes but occasions for our self-centered human nature to act. The Holy Spirit gives practical guidance in His Word for solving rivalry and conflict through repentance, faith and obedience." -- David Powlison

Adams, Jay E., A Thirst for Wholeness: How to Gain Wisdom From the Book of James (Victor Books [Scripture Press], 1988), ISBN: 0964355698 9780964355699, 143 pages.
"A study of the inner dynamics of human life from the book of James. Meant to be used personally or in a study group or class. Works thematically, covering anger, desires, doubt, prayer, peacemaking, sickness, among other things. The section on the 'inner/outer aspects of sin' (Chapter 3) rebuts a host of misconceptions of nouthetic counseling as externalistic: 'The struggle for mastery over one's desires must be achieved. . . . Christian, resist sin at the start, as Jesus did. Abort inner sin before it is born. Augustine encourages us with these words: `Pray that God may make you conqueror of yourself. . . not the enemy without, but of your own soul within. . . . Let no enemy from without be feared: conquer yourself, and the whole world is conquered'." -- David Powlison

ASHE, SIMEON, Self-surrender Unto God: Opened and Applyed, in a Sermon Preached Before the Honourable House of Commons, at Margarets, Westminster, at Their Late Solemn Fast, February 23. 1647. Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive.

*Callahan, David, The Cheating Culture: Why More Americans are Doing Wrong to get Ahead, Updated with a new Afterword, 366 pages, ISBN: 0156030055 9780156030052.
"While there have always been those who cut corners, the author shows that cheating on every level -- from the highly publicized corporate scandals to Little League fraud -- has risen dramatically in the last two decades. Why all the cheating? Why now? Callahan pins the blame on the dog-eat-dog economic climate of the past two decades. An unfettered market and unprecedented economic inequality have corroded our values, he argues -- and ultimately threaten the level playing field so central to American democracy itself. Through revealing interviews and extensive data, he takes us on a gripping tour of cheating in America and offers a powerful argument for why it matters.
"David Callahan is cofounder and director of research at the public policy center Demos. The author of five books, he has published articles in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and USA Today, and has been a frequent commentator on CNN, MSNBC, and NPR. He received a Ph.D. in politics from Princeton University and lives in New York City." --Publisher's Annotation
"I recommend that this book be read together with John Perkins, CONFESSIONS OF AN ECONOMIC HIT MAN and William Greider's, THE SOUL OF CAPITALISM: OPENING PATHS TO A MORAL ECONOMY. As a pre-amble, I would note that a Nobel Prize was given in the late 1990's to a man that demonstrates that trust lowers the cost of doing business. Morality matters -- immorality imposes a pervasive sustained, insidious, long-term, and ultimately fatal cost on any community, any Republic, and that is the core message of this book that most reviewers seem to be missing.
"Any student of national security can tell you that one of the most important sources of national power is the population, followed by the economy, natural resources, and then the more traditional sources of national power: diplomacy, military, law enforcement, and government policies generally.
"What this author makes clear is that our population has become a cheating population, one that cheats in school, cheats their employer, and cheats their clients (lawyers, accountants, doctors, all cheating). Such a population is literally undermining national security by creating false values, and undermining true values. Some simple examples: an estimated $250 Billion a year in individual tax avoidance; an estimated $600 Billion a year in theft from employers; an estimated $250 Billion a year in legalized corporate tax avoidance and investor fraud; and an additional $250 Billion a year in legalized theft form the individual taxpayers through Congressional support for unnecessary and ill-advised 'subsidies' for agriculture, fishing, and forestry, as well as waivers of environmental standards that ultimately result in long-term external diseconomies . . .
"At root, the author observes that pervasive cheating ensues from the perception by the majority that 'everyone does it' and that the rules are not being enforced -- that 'the system' lacks legitimacy. In other countries, illegitimacy might lead to revolution, a revolt of the masses. In the USA, still a very rich country, the poor are cheating on the margins while the rich are looting the country, and we are not yet at a 'tipping point' [This book was written before the Meltdown of 2008. -- sk] such as a new Great Depression might inspire. . . .
"Cheating diminishes trust and reduces value. America has become corrupt across all the professions, within Congress, within the media, within the political level of government (the civil service remains a bastion of propriety).
"What price freedom? What price the Republic? You may or may not choose to agree with this author's diagnosis and prescription, but in my view, he gets to the heart of the matter. It's about integrity. We've lost it. [Callahan's solutions come from a liberal, humanistic position, nevertheless the bulk of the book is an extensive analysis of cheating in society that is well documented -- 32 pages of endnotes -- and should be enlightening to most readers. -- sk]
"See also, with reviews: THE BATTLE FOR THE SOUL OF CAPITALISM: HOW THE FINANCIAL SYSTEM UNDERMINDED SOCIAL IDEALS, DAMAGED TRUST IN THE MARKETS, ROBBED INVESTORS OF TRILLIONS - AND WHAT TO DO ABOUT IT; THE FIFTY-YEAR WOUND: HOW AMERICA'S COLD WAR VICTORY HAS SHAPED OUR WORLD; THE GLOBAL CLASS WAR: HOW AMERICA'S BIPARTISAN ELITE LOST OUR FUTURE - AND WHAT IT WILL TAKE TO WIN IT BACK; WAR ON THE MIDDLE CLASS: HOW THE GOVERNMENT, BIG BUSINESS, AND SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS ARE WAGING WAR ONTHE AMERICAN DREAM AND HOW TO FIGHT BACK; THE WORKING POOR: INVISIBLE IN AMERICA; and OFF THE BOOKS: THE UNDERGROUND ECONOMY OF THE URBAN POOR." -- Reader's Comment

Capel, Richard (1586-1656), and Sibbes, Richard (1577-1635), Tentations [Temptations]: Their Nature, Danger, Cure. By Richard Capel, sometimes fellow of Magdalen Colledge in Oxford. To which is added a briefe dispute, as touching restitution in the case of vsury, 1635.

*Hightower, Jim Thieves in High Places: They've Stolen Our Country -- And Its Time to Take it Back (Viking Press: August 14, 2003), ISBN: 0670031410 9780670031412.
"Hightower defines `Kleptocrat Nation' as `a body of people ruled by thieves . . . a government characterized by the practice of transferring money and power from the many to the few . . . [and] a ruling class of moneyed elites that usurps liberty, justice, sovereignty, and other, democratic rights from the people.' His catalogue of corporate greed and governmental complicity is breathtaking in scope, and though he admits that the fusion of business and government is not new, he persuasively states that `never have so few done so much for so few.' Unfortunately, Hightower's serious message is delivered in such a `down home' style, it may lose its impact on the more brainy among us. Also, one wishes there were more documentation for the copious examples and facts in the book. Still, Hightower's call to action is sincere, and his descriptions of the triumphs of average people over corporate power might give some fledgling activists some hope. THIEVES IN HIGH PLACES urges Americans to reclaim control of our government -- Hightower thinks we can with community organization and grass-roots movements. However, judging from his description of the current power structure, we are going to need all the help we can get." -- Silvana Trop
"While he covers much that is available in the public domain, he covers in a comprehensive way the whole set of misdeeds perpetrated by Walmart on its employees and those who make its products. You will come away wanting to do something about the behavior of the world's largest corporation after reading it. That alone is worth the price of the book." -- Reader's Comment

Huffington, Arianna Pigs at the Trough: How Corporate Greed and Political Corruption are Undermining America (Crown Publishing Group, January 14, 2003), ISBN: 1400047714 9781400047710.
"Who filled the trough? Who set the table at the banquet of greed? How has it been possible for corporate pigs to gorge themselves on grossly inflated pay packages and heaping helpings of stock options while the average American struggles to make do with their leftovers?
"Provocative political commentator Arianna Huffington yanks back the curtain on the unholy alliance of CEOs, politicians, lobbyists, and Wall Street bankers who have shown a brutal disregard for those in the office cubicles and on the factory floors. As she puts it: `The economic game is not supposed to be rigged like some shady ring toss on a carnival midway.' Yet it has been, allowing corporate crooks to bilk the public out of trillions of dollars, magically making our pensions and 401(k)s disappear and walking away with astronomical payouts and absurdly lavish perks-for-life.
"The media have put their fingers on pieces of the sordid puzzle, but Pigs at the Trough presents the whole ugly picture of what's really going on for the first time -- blistering, wickedly witty portrait of exactly how and why the worst and the greediest are running American business and government into the ground.
"Tyco's Dennis Kozlowski, Adelphia's John Rigas, and the Three Horsemen of the Enron Apocalypse -- Ken Lay, Jeff Skilling, and Andrew Fastow -- are not just a few bad apples. They are manifestations of a megatrend in corporate leadership -- the rise of a callous and avaricious mind-set that is wildly out of whack with the core values of the average American. WorldCom, Enron, Adelphia, Tyco, AOL, Xerox, Merrill Lynch, and the other scandals are only the tip of the tip of the corruption iceberg.
"Making the case that our public watchdogs have become little more than obedient lapdogs, unwilling to bite the corporate hand that feeds them, Arianna Huffington turns the spotlight on the tough reforms we must demand from Washington. We need, she argues, to go way beyond the lame Corporate Responsibility Act if we are to stop the voracious corporate predators from eating away at the very foundations of our democracy.
"Devastatingly funny and powerfully indicting, PIGS AT THE TROUGH is a rousing call to arms and a must-read for all those who are outraged by the scandalous state of corporate America." -- Publisher's Annotation
"The gluttony continues! Every day brings another jaw-dropping new example of precisely the kind of political and corporate outrages that prompted me to write Pigs at the Trough. As I wrote in the book, our representatives in Washington have tried to fool us with a Madison Avenue version of reform, featuring glitzy bill signings and execs-in-chains photo-ops but pitifully little substance. The president's assertion in his State of the Union address that one of the greatest accomplishments of his presidency was reforming corporate America was outrageous. The ongoing march of corporate sleaze proves otherwise.
"In just the last few weeks alone, as we prepare our own taxes, we've learned that the Wall Street firms who've agreed to pay $1.5 billion to settle conflict-of-interest charges will actually be able to claim the vast majority of those payments as tax deductions. Think of that: not only do these financial flimflam artists escape criminal indictment, they get a massive write-off to boot! Then there's the astounding story of how Sprint's top two executives paid no taxes on $288 million in stock-option profits thanks to highly imaginative tax shelters dreamed up by the accounting alchemists at Ernst & Young. And you were worried about whether you could deduct that $42 dollar business lunch you had with a friend?
"PIGS AT THE TROUGH shows how and why such appalling abuses continue to happen - and why Washington continues to turn a blind eye.
"Normally, it's satisfying to be right. But in this case, it's just plain nauseating." -- Arianna Huffington, the author

Leach, William, Land of Desire: Merchants, Power, and the Rise of a New American Culture (Vintage Books, 1994), ISBN: 0679754113 9780679754114.
"An extraordinary work of history, imaginatively conceived, thoroughly researched and absorbingly written. William Leach allows us to see the production of mass consumer culture and to see it whole, in its richness and its poverty. It is a fascinating and troubling tale, and Leach tells it with exceptional skill and sensitivity." -- Jean-Christophe Agnew, Yale University

*Mokhiber, Russell, and Robert Weissman, Corporate Predators: The Hunt for Mega-profits and the Attack on Democracy, ISBN: 1567511589 9781567511581
"For the past twenty years, after a decade and a half of populist resurgence against corporate abuses by consumer, environmental, women's rights and civil rights forces, big business has been on a rampage to control our society. Whether these business supremacies are called corporatization, commercialism, monopolies or the corporate state, the overall concentration of power and wealth in ever fewer multinational corporate centers is a matter of record.
"In arena after arena -- government, workplace, marketplace, media, environment, education, science, technology -- the dominant players are large corporations. What countervailing forces that our society used to depend upon for some balance are not in retreat against the aggressive expansion of corporate influence far beyond its traditional mercantile boundaries?
"The enlarged power that corporations deploy to further increase their revenues and socialize their costs comes from many sources -- old and new. Roughly eighty percent of the money contributed to federal candidates come from business interests. The mobility to export capital has given transnational companies major leverage against local, state and federal officials, not to mention against organized and unorganized labor. The swell of corporate welfare handouts has reached new depths. The contrived complexity of many financial and other services serves to confuse, deplete and daunt consumers who lose significant portions of their income in a manipulative marketplace. Alliances, joint ventures and other complex collaborations between should-be competitors have made a mockery of what is left of antitrust enforcement.
"The opportunities to control or defeat governmental attempts for corporate accountability that flow from transcending national jurisdictions into globalized strategies to escape taxation and pit countries and their workers against one another appear to be endless. The autocratic systems of governance called GATT and NAFTA reflect to the smallest detail ways that giant corporations wish to control the world. These firms are on a collision course against democratic processes, and the merging of states and businesses, to the latter's advantage, weakens relentlessly both the restraints of the law and the willingness of legislators to do anything about it.
"Taken together, the world is witnessing its subjugation to the large corporate model of economic development, the large corporate model of technology and the large corporate model of culture itself. These accelerating trendlines invite accelerating comprehension and response. History demonstrates that commercialism knows few boundaries that are not externally imposed. All the major religions have warned their adherents against the excesses of commercial value systems, albeit with different languages, images and metaphors.
"Specific descriptions of corporate misbehavior do nourish proper generalizations that in turn lead to more just movements and practices. Here, columnists Russell Mokhiber and Robert Weissman provide a distinct service in CORPORATE PREDATORS. It is not just the versatility of their writings -- covering bribery, pollution, corporate crime, fraud and abuse, failure of law enforcement, union-busting, the mayhem inflicted by product defects and toxics, the deep gap between the rich and the rest of America, corporate front groups, the media censorship and self-censorship, the profiteering, the pillaging overseas and more -- but it is also the impact on the reader that comes from aggregating evidence. Our country does not collect statistics on corporate crime the way it does on street crime. For it to do so would begin to highlight a little-attended agenda for law enforcement and other corporate reforms. Neither Congress nor the White House and its Justice Department have made any moves over the years to assemble from around the country the abuses of corporations in quantifiable format so as to drive policy.
"So, description -- accurate, representational description -- must now suffice. As the editor of the Corporate Crime Reporter (Mokhiber) and the editor of the Multinational Monitor (Weissman), the authors know well the difference between anecdotes that are illustrative and that are idiosyncratic. This volume of their weekly columns carries the evidence that illustrates patterns of continuing corporate derelictions, not lonely deviations from a more congenial norm.
"The authors' experience over the years with the impact of disclosures has led them to the conclusion that the facts must be linked to civic engagement and democratic activity for change. If disclosure produced its own dynamic imperatives for change, the recurrent exposure of corporate abuses in such mainstream publications as the Wall Street Journal, Business Week and some national television programs like 'Sixty Minutes' would have caused these changes. Such, unfortunately has not been the case. The linkages between knowledge and action have not been sufficient. But readers of Common Courage Press published books tend towards citizen activism. They want to know because they want to do. Some may even agree with the ancient Chinese saying that 'To know and not to do is not to know.'
"So, go forward readers who wish to be leaders in the advancement of justice -- what Daniel Webster once called 'the great work of men on Earth' -- and savor the writings that will motivate more and more women and men to band together in organizations that build a more just democracy [Constitutional Republic -- sk]." -- Ralph Nader, 1999

*Pike, Samuel (1717-1773), and Samuel Hayward (1718-1757), Self-examination. In RELIGIOUS CASES OF CONSCIENCE ANSWERED IN AN EVANGELICAL MANNER . . . TO WHICH IS ADDED THE SPIRITUAL COMPANION; OR, THE PROFESSING CHRISTIAN TRIED AT THE BAR OF GOD'S WORD; AND CHARACTER OF THE HAPPY MAN, 1866.
Self-examination
http://www.westm/insterconfession.org/godly-living/self-examination.php/

From Undue Pursuit of the Affairs of This Life. In RELIGIOUS CASES OF CONSCIENCE ANSWERED IN AN EVANGELICAL MANNER . . . TO WHICH IS ADDED THE SPIRITUAL COMPANION; OR, THE PROFESSING CHRISTIAN TRIED AT THE BAR OF GOD'S WORD; AND CHARACTER OF THE HAPPY MAN, 1866.
Spiritual Injury From Undue Pursuit of the Affairs of This Life
http://www.westminsterconfession.org/godly-living/spiritual-injury-from-undue-pursuit-of-the-affairs-of-this-life.php

Perkins, William (1558-1602), The Reformation of Couetousnesse. Written vpon the 6. chapter of Mathew, from the 19. verse to the ende of the said chapter. By William Perkins, 1603.

Preston, John (1587-1628), Foure Godly and Learned Treatises. Intituled, I. A remedy against covetousnesse. II. An elegant and lively description of spirituall death and life. III. The doctrine of selfe-deniall. IV. Vpon the sacrament of the Lords Supper. Delivered in sundry sermons, by that late famous preacher, and worthy instrument of Gods glory, Iohn Preston, Doctor of Divinitie, chaplaine in ordinarie to his Majestie; master of Emanuel Colledge, and sometime preacher of Lincolnes Inne, 1633.

Preston, John, Hovv to Mortifie Covetousnesse (London: I. Beale, for Andrew Crooke . . . , 1633).

*Robbins, John W. (1949-2008), Ecclesiastical Megalomania: The Economic and Political Thought of the Roman Catholic Church (Unicoi, TN: The Trinity Foundation), ISBN: 0940931753 9780940931756.
"This book is a detailed examination of the official statements of the Vatican on economic and political matters. It demonstrates the collectivism and totalitarianism of the Roman Catholic Church-State. It is the only such book written by a Christian in the twentieth century.
"This book explores the conflict between Roman Catholic social thought and human freedom, relying on official pronouncements from the Vatican to show that the political and economic theory of the Roman Church-State justifies feudalism, corporativism, liberation theology, the welfare state, and fascism.
"Dr. John W. Robbins attended Grove City College (A.B. 1969) and The Johns Hopkins University (M.A. 1970, Ph.D. 1973). He has served as chief of staff for a Member of Congress [Ron Paul of Texas], editor of The Freeman magazine, Economist for The Heritage Foundation, and Professor of Political Philosophy in The Freedom School." -- Publisher's Annotation
Martin Luther, John Calvin, John Knox, Samuel Rutherford, John Owen, Thomas Manton, The Westminster Assembly, James Renwick, Archibald Mason, Christopher Ness, Francis Turretin, The Reformed Presbytery, David Steel, James R. Willson, Alexander M'Leod, William L. Roberts, James Aiken Wylie, Andrew Wilet, Henry Wilkinson, James Wylie, Patrick Fairbairn, James Aiken, Andrew Wilet, Alexander Hislop, Francis Nigel Lee, Arthur W. Pink, and so forth, and so on, have all believed and argued in print that the seated Pope is the Antichrist of the Bible.
The Roman Church-State is "the world's oldest, largest, most powerful and most influential politico-ecclesiastical institution" and it "may also be the world's wealthiest."

*Tocqueville, Alexis de, Seymour Drescher (translator), Gertrude Himmelfarb (introduction) Memoir on Pauperism (Ivan R Dee, Inc.), ISBN: 156663167X 9781566631679.
"In this neglected memoir, written just after the first volume of DEMOCRACY IN AMERICA, Tocqueville seeks to understand why the most impoverished countries of Europe in his time had the fewest paupers, while the most opulent nation -- England -- had the most." -- Publisher's Annotation

Walters, Richard P., Jealousy, Envy, Lust: The Weeds of Greed (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House), ISBN: 0310425913 9780310425915.
"Walters explains how to overcome the deadly trilogy of jealousy, envy, and lust. Allowed to grow and fester they will consume anyone involved with them." -- GCB

See also: The sovereignty of god, The doctrine of man (human nature, total depravity), The ten commandments, the moral law, Self, selfishness, self-esteem, Works by and for women, Carnality and flesh pleasing: lust, desires, ambition, Bribery, Theft, stealing and fraud: property rights, Conspiracy and corruption, The inspiration and infallibility of scripture (the doctrine of revelation, the doctrine of plenary inspiration, the doctrine of divine inspiration, the doctrine of verbal inspiration, Repentance, the key to salvation and change, Justice, the theology of judgment, god's final judgment, the great white throne judgment, the day of the lord, The sovereign grace of god: his everlasting mercy and lovingkindness, Casuistry, cases of conscience, Will and recalcitrance, Covetousness, greed, and selfishness, Carnality and flesh pleasing: lust, desires, ambition, Ethics, Medical ethics, Repentance, the key to salvation and change, State sovereignty and corporate immunity: reform of corporations, Theft, stealing and fraud: property rights, Conspiracy and corruption, Prosperity and wealth, the snare of, Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, Sexual relationship, Spirituality and harlotry, Self, Pride, Envy, Jealousy, Sin and its consequences, Rebellion and lawlessness: wickedness, demonic possession, substance abuse, abnormal behavior, insanity, mental illness, mental retardation, and so forth, and so on.
TCRB5: 481, 1232, 2129-2133, 2806, 3198-3214, 3222-3227, 4070
MGTP: Covetousness, God -- Law of [Ten Commandments]

Related WebLinks

Theft: Commentary and Cases of Conscience. A Listing Excerpted From THE INSTITUTES OF BIBLICAL LAW by Rousas John Rushdoony, 1973 edition
http://www.lettermen2.com/theft.html

The Commandments of Jesus, J.S. McConnell (1925)
http://www.wowzone.com/commandm.htm

The Teaching of Our Lord Jesus Christ
http://www.lettermen2.com/bcrr2cha.html#teachljc

The Temperate Life, Sherman Isbell
http://www.westminsterconfession.org/godly-living/the-temperate-life.php

Appendix C: Psychology and Psychiatry
http://www.lettermen2.com/bcrrappc.html



Cowardice

Behold, thy people in the midst of thee are women: the gates of thy land shall be set wide open unto thine enemies: the fire shall devour thy bars. (Nahum 3:13)
Thy people in the midst of thee are women; they have no wisdom, no courage; they shall be fickle, feeble, and faint-hearted, as women commonly are in such times of danger and distress; they shall be at their wits' end, adding to their griefs and fears by the power of their own imagination, and utterly unable to do any thing for themselves; the valiant men shall become cowards. -- Matthew Henry Complete Commentary on the Whole Bible

The wicked is a very coward, and is afraid of everything; of God, because He is his enemy; of Satan, because he is his tormentor; of God's creatures, because they, joined with their Maker, fight against him: of himself, because he bears about with him his own accuser and executioner. The godly man contrarily is afraid of nothing; not of God, because he knows Him his best friend, and will not hurt him; not of Satan, because he cannot hurt him; not of afflictions, because he knows they come from a loving God, and end in his good; not of the creatures, since `the very stones in the field are a league with Him;' not of himself, since his conscience is at peace. -- Joseph Hall

Cowards never won heaven. Do not claim that you are begotten of God and have His royal blood running in your veins unless you can prove your lineage by this heroic spirit; to dare to be holy in spite of men and devils. . . .
The soldier is summoned to a life of active duty and so is the Christian. -- William Gurnall

It is a marvel that men will readily enough continue in vain and sinful courses, and yet to persevere in grace is so great a difficulty as to be an impossibility, were it not for divine assistance. The persistency of those who oppose the people of God is so strange that we may well expostulate with them and say, "How long will ye thus display your malice?" A hint is given in the text as to the cowardliness of so many pressing upon one man; but none are less likely to act a fair and manly part than those who are opposed to God's people for righteousness' sake. Satan could not enter into combat with Job in fair duel, but must needs call in the Sabeans and Chaldeans, and even then must borrow the lightning and the wind before his first attack was complete. If there were any shame in him, or in his children, they would be ashamed of the dastardly manner in which they have waged war against the seed of the woman. Ten thousand to one has not seemed to them too mean an advantage; there is not a drop of chivalrous blood in all their veins. -- C.H. Spurgeon commenting on verse 3 of Psalm 62 in The Treasury of David

"Cowardice possesses the effeminate man."

"One Protestant minister declared Adam an 'effeminated apple eater' because he was soft."

As we grow older and scriptural truths become more real, we are amazed at the cowardice of the wicked man. In many ways he is essentially a coward, incompetent in his manhood.

The feminine characteristics are gentleness, abundance, generosity, love, nurture, tolerance, acceptance, encouragement, and so forth. If male leadership becomes effeminate, then they may gain political favor with women and effeminate men, but their enemies will destroy them and the society they lead. (Isaiah 3:12; 19:16; Nahum 3.13; Jeremiah 50:37; 51:30) If too many effeminate individuals have the vote, then society becomes immoral, destabilizes, and goes into decline. (See the cross references at the end of this listing.)

Omodeo, Adolfo, The Spiritual Cowardice of the Nazis.

*Robbins, John W. (1949-2008, editor), The Church Effeminate and Other Essays (Unicoi, TN: The Trinity Foundation, 2002), ISBN: 0940931540 9780940931541.
Contents: Robbins: The Church; Witherow: The Apostolic Church; Ryle: The True Church; Lloyd-Jones: The Primacy of Preaching; Adams: Preaching to the Heart; Ryle: The Fallibility of Ministers; Crampton: Exclusive Psalmody; The Geneva Service Book of 1556: Scripture and the Ordering of Worship; Miller: The Christian Education of the Children and Youth in the Presbyterian Church; Calvin: The Teachers of the Church; Clark: The Presbyterian Doctrine of Ordination; Warfield: Paul on Women Speaking in Church; Clark: The Ordination of Women; Robbins: The Church Effeminate; Luther: On the Councils and the Church; Hodge: The Relation of Church and State; Calvin: The Roman Church-State; Dostoyevsky: The Grand Inquisitor; Burroughs: Episcopacy; Witherspoon: Secrets of Church Polity; McFetridge: Calvinism and the Church; Chan: The New Babylonian Captivity of the Church; Robbins: The Reconstructionist Road to Rome; a Lasco: The Abolition of Vestments; Hanko: Ought the Church to Pray for Revival? Hodge: The Great Revival of Religion, 1740-1745; Luther: The Power of the Word; Clark: What Is Evangelism? Clark: Art and the Gospel; Calvin: The Necessity of Reforming the Church; Ryle: Idolatry; Ryle: Pharisees and Sadducees; Machen: The Good Fight of Faith; Ryle: Apostolic Fears; Machen: The Separateness of the Church; Robbins: The Sin of Signing Ecumenical Declarations; M'Crie: Fundamentalism and Ecumenism; Calvin: The Unity of the Church; Robbins: The Church Irrational; Index; Scripture Index.
The Necessity of Reforming the Church (1543), by John Calvin
This is an online document.
http://www.swrb.com/newslett/actualnls/NRC_ch00.htm
Calvin's Commentary on Hosea
http://www.iclnet.org/pub/resources/text/m.sion/calvhose.htm

See also: The sovereignty of god, The doctrine of man (human nature, total depravity), Christ our example, Idolatry, Sexual relationship, Spirituality and harlotry, Fear, anxiety, Blasphemy, Foolishness, Menpleasing, Carnality and flesh pleasing: lust, desires, ambition, Manhood, Laziness, slothfulness, idleness, indolence, slackness, sluggishness/sluggard, Repentance, the key to salvation and change, State sovereignty and corporate immunity: reform of corporations, Theft, stealing and fraud: property rights, Feminism, effeminacy, A theological interpretation of american history (time-line), Terrorism, Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, Casuistry, cases of conscience, Rebellion and lawlessness: wickedness, demonic possession, substance abuse, abnormal behavior, insanity, mental illness, mental retardation, and so forth, and so on.
TCRB5: 853, 855, 859, 2675, 3802

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The Imperial Judiciary, Rep. Ron Paul, MD
"The ultimate solution to the problem of unbridled judicial activism at the federal level is clear: Congress must reassert its constitutional authority to define and restrict the jurisdiction of federal courts. This power is plainly granted in Article III, and no constitutional amendments are required. On the contrary, any constitutional amendment addressing judicial activism would only grant legitimacy to the dangerous idea that social issues are federal matters. Remember, when social issues are federalized, conservatives always lose. Giving more authority over social matters to any branch of the federal government is a mistake, because a centralized government is unlikely to reflect local sentiment for long. If anything, the marriage amendment would have given the secular left an excuse to impose gay marriage on all of us in future years, as the issue would have been irrefutably federalized.
"Congressional cowardice enables judicial activism. Just as Congress ceded far too much legislative authority to presidents throughout the 20th century, it similarly has allowed federal judges to operate wildly beyond their constitutional role. In fact, many current members of Congress apparently accept the false notion that federal court judgments are superior to congressional statutes. Unless and until Congress asserts itself by limiting federal court jurisdiction, judges will continue to act as de facto lawmakers."
http://www.lewrockwell.com/paul/paul208.html

A Walk on the Dark Side, Butler Shaffer
"Shakespeare expressed our dilemma as succinctly as any: 'The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, But in ourselves, that we are underlings.' The moral slugs who fabricated the excuses for this war, and who helped to mobilize weak-souled men and women into a mindless support for it, are certainly accountable for their wrongs. But instead of focusing our anger upon them -- which would be but another act of projection of our own "dark side" onto them -- we would be better advised to confront our own existential cowardice. Political leaders amass power only through our moral exhaustion; they are strong only because we have allowed ourselves to become weak. Perhaps in our willingness to get acquainted with our 'shadow,' we may discover the best defense against those who have mastered the art of manipulating men and women into the subservient but malignant herds that are destroying mankind."
http://www.lewrockwell.com/shaffer/shaffer108.html

Appendix C: Psychology and Psychiatry
http://www.lettermen2.com/bcrrappc.html



Crisis Counseling

Our help is in the name of the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. (Psalm 124:8)

Adams, Jay E., Coping With Counseling Crisis: First Aid for Christian Counselors. Alternate title: LECTURES ON COUNSELING. (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, 1976), ISBN: 0801001129 9780801001123, 92 pages.
" 'A good crisis counselor is one who has enough courageous concern to take a different and more biblical view of the crisis than the counselee, yet he will always reach his conclusions in the matter by examination of carefully collected data.' Here are three key elements of crisis counseling: [1] analyze the situation; [2] take an inventory of the state and resources of a counselee; [3] be able to give biblical direction about the proper response to a crisis. Closes with ten crisis case studies to help you think your way through potential problem situations." -- David Powlison

Adams, Jay E., Crisis Counseling: Aid (Michigan City, IN: Sound Word Associates).
Audio cassette JA201.

Adams, Jay E., Crisis Counseling: Analysis (Michigan City, IN: Sound Word Associates).
Audio cassette JA202.

Adams, Jay E., Crisis Counseling: Inventory (Michigan City, IN: Sound Word Associates).
Audio cassette JA203

Adams, Jay E., Crisis Counseling: Direction (Michigan City, IN: Sound Word Associates).
Audio cassette JA204.

Campbell, Donald K., Judges: Leaders in Crisis Times, ISBN: 0896937410 9780896937413.

Davis, Billie, Teaching to Meet Crisis Needs (Springfield, MO: Gospel Publishing House, c1984), ISBN: 0882436090 9780882436098.
Includes bibliographies.

Davis, Creath, How to Win in a Crisis (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House).
"Our lives will encompass a series of changes, and if we want to remain vitally alive, we must discover how to survive courageously and creatively the crises that inevitably come. This book points the way toward discovery and growth by outlining workable ways to handle conflict and cope with tough circumstances." -- GCB

*Dowdy, Augustus W., Jr., Phone Power (Valley Forge, PA: Judson Press, 1975), ISBN: 0817006524 9780817006525.
"Brief but very helpful, with practical ideas on communication by phone and many practical ways to use the phone within the local ministry of the church. Has a helpful appendix on where to go for information on hotlines and telephone ministries." -- Robert B. Somerville

*Hyde, Margaret O., Cry Softly! The Story of Child Abuse, revised and enlarged (Philadelphia, PA: Westminster Press, 1986), ISBN: 0664327233.
Includes bibliography. Indexed.
"The rising tide of child abuse makes this book a must. Deals with the reasons, as well as the treatment. Provides information on `Hotlines,' `Suggestions for Further Reading,' and `National Organizations Concerned With Child Abuse'." -- Cyril J. Barber

Hyde, Margaret Oldroyd, Hotline! ISBN: 0070315663 9780070315662.

Hyde, Margaret O., Sexual Abuse: Let's Talk About It, ISBN: 0664327257 9780664327255
"Draws attention to what is becoming a `national epidemic.' Points out how pastors may recognize the victims and deal with the trauma and anger of those who feel violated. Practical." -- Cyril J. Barber
"Discusses the sexual abuse of children, how they can protect themselves, where they can seek help, the kinds of help available, and how to increase public awareness of this problem."

Ishee, John A. (compiler), When Trouble Comes (Nashville, TN: Broadman Press, 1970).
Includes bibliographical references.

Lester, Andrew D., When Children Suffer: A Sourcebook for Ministry With Children in Crisis (Philadelphia, PA: Westminster Press, 1987), ISBN: 0664213278 9780664213275.
"Focuses on the significant crises in childhood. Treats issues like unresolved grief, unnecessary fear, lack of trust, a low sense of worth, distorted ideas about the person of God and the world in which they live. Well-done; makes a valuable contribution." -- Cyril J. Barber

McGee, Richard K., Crisis Intervention in the Community (Baltimore, MD: University Park Press, 1974), ISBN: 0839107226 9780839107224.
"Excellent overall treatment of crisis intervention counseling and practical instructions for setting up a program." -- Robert B. Somerville

Rightor, Henry Haskell, Pastoral Counseling in Work Crises: An Introduction for Both Lay and Ordained Ministers (Valley Forge, PA: Judson Press, c1979), ISBN: 0817008144 9780817008147.
Includes bibliography and index.

Scott, Latayne C., Crisis: Crucible of Praise, ISBN: 1878990225 9781878990228.

Shelly, Judith A., Caring in Crisis: Bible Studies for Helping People, ISBN: 0877845638: 9780877845638.

Stone, Howard W., Crisis Counseling (Philadelphia, PA: Fortress Press, c1976), ISBN: 0800627601 9780800627607
Includes bibliography.

Strom, Kay M., Helping Women in Crisis: A Handbook for People Helpers, ISBN: 0310336414 9780310336419.
"Covers all the bases -- alcohol and drug abuse, child abuse, sexual molestation, incest, infidelity, rape, suicide, teenage pregnancy, wife abuse. Each chapter summarizes the major issues involved. This is a very helpful book, and lay counselors will appreciate the author's candor and practical ideas. Here is a work pastors can use in their lay counseling program." -- Cyril J. Barber

Swihart, Judson J., and Gerald C. Richardson, RCC, Vol. 7: Counseling in Times of Crisis (Resources for Christian Counseling. Waco, TX: Word Books, 1987), ISBN: 0849905893 9780849905896.
"Of much practical value. Lays a solid, scriptural foundation for understanding respective crises. This is followed by a description of the kinds of problems people face. Finally, the authors point out how others may help those facing the vicissitudes of life. Insightful." -- Cyril J. Barber
"Crisis counseling is a unique ministry with particular goals and techniques. This book presents the dynamics of a crisis, a scriptural view of crises, and then an overview of various categories of crises. The book is written to help one better understand the issues confronting those going through a crisis." -- GCB

Swinnock, George (1627-1673), The Fading of the Flesh and Flourishing of Faith, or, One cast for eternity with the only way to throw it vvell: as also the gracious persons incomparable portion / by George Swinnock . . . , 1662.
Psalm LXXIII, 26

See also: Topical listing of scripture helpful in counseling, Ready reference: immediate counsel, Counseling teens, Crisis counseling, Phone counseling, Suicide, Depression, Teens, Teens coping with the world, The works of jay adams, Chapter 5: reference works, The combined contents for the web edition of biblical counsel: resources for renewal, For all counselors, Training in biblical counseling, Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, Casuistry, cases of conscience, Sexual relationship, Spirituality and harlotry, Gratuitous sex a cause of violence, Ministering to the dying, For all counselors, and so forth, and so on.

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The Blood of the Lamb, the Conquering Weapon.
A sermon by C.H. Spurgeon delivered on Lord's-day morning, September 9, 1888, at the Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington, Sermon no. 2043.
"This is the way in which you should use this plea. Say, 'My God, I am utterly unworthy, and I own it; but, I beseech thee, hear me for the honour of thy dear Son. By his agony and bloody sweat, by his cross and passion, by his precious death and burial, I beseech thee hear me! O Lord, let the blood of thine Only-begotten prevail with thee! Canst thou put aside his groans, his tears, his death, when they speak on my behalf?' If you can thus come to pleading terms with God upon this ground, you must and will prevail. Jesus must be heard in heaven. The voice of his blood is eloquent with God. If you plead the atoning sacrifice, you must overcome through the blood of the Lamb." -- C.H. Spurgeon
http://www.covenantofgrace.com/spurgeon_the_blood_of_the_lamb.htm



Lying, Deceit, Self-deception

See the Theological Notes, "Satan," at Job 1:6 in The Reformation Study Bible.

See the Theological Notes, "Honest Speech, Oaths, and Vows," at Nehemiah 5:12 in The Reformation Study Bible.

See the Theological Notes, "Hell," at Mark 9:43 in The Reformation Study Bible.

Lying lips are abominaton to the Lord, but they that deal truly are His delight. (Proverbs 12:22)

A lying tongue hateth those that are afflicted by it; and a flattering mouth worketh ruin. (Proverbs 26:28) (Proverbs 26:24-28) See the annotation in The Reformation Study Bible.

Calvin's Commentaries: Jeremiah 14:15-16
It is certain that except the world winingly sought falsehoods, the power of the devil to deceive would not be so great. When men therefore are led astray by impostures, it happens through their own fault, inasmuch as they are more ready to embrace vanity than to submit to God and his word. [No one is ever deceived except by his own will.] And we must remember that saying of Paul, that all the reprobate are blinded and given up to a reprobate mind, because they wailfully seek falsehood, and will not obey the truth. (Romans 1:28) And on this account God declares that he tries the hearts of men, whenever false prophets come abroad; for every one who really fears God shall by no means be led away by the deceits of Satan and of impostors. Hence, whenever men are too credulous and readily embrace deceptions, it is certain that their hypocrisy is thus justly punished by God. And it was well known to the Prophet, that the Jews ever wished for such prophets as soothed their ears and promised them an abundant harvest and a fruitful vintage. (Micah 2:11) As then they had itching ears, a liberty was justly given to Satan to deluge the whole land with falsehood; and so indeed it happened. There is then no wonder that the Lord was so severe in chastising the people; for they had not been deceived except through their own fault. The same thing happens at this day. Though we are touched with pity when we see the ministers of Satan prevail in deceiving the common people: yet we must remember that a reward is rendered by heaven for the impiety of men, who either extinguish or smother the light of God as much as they can, and seek to plunge into darkness. -- Calvin commenting on Jeremiah 14:15-16
http://www.ccel.org/c/calvin/comment3/comm_vol18/htm/vi.xi.htm

Wherefore, putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbor; for we are members one of another. (Ephesians 4:25)

He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. (1 John 2:4)

Malone, Samuel A., Greed, Fraud, Lies, Bribery and Corruption: A Guide to Organizational Ethics (The Liffey Press, October 2005), ISBN: 9781852525774 1852525770, 250 pages.

Patterson, James, and Peter Kim The day America Told the Truth: What People Really Believe About Everything That Really Matters (New York, NY: Prentice-Hall, 1991), ISBN: 0134634802 9780134634807.
"In effect, we're all making up our own moral codes."

Perkins, William (1558-1602), A Direction for the Governement of the Tongue, According to Gods VVorde, 1593. Additional Title: THE GOUERNEMENT OF THE TONGUE.

Perkins, William (1558-1602), A Treatise of Mans Imaginations. Shewing his naturall euill thoughts: His want of good thoughts: The way to reforme them. Framed and preached by M. Wil. Perkins, 1607.

*Pike, Samuel (1717-1773), and Samuel Hayward (1718-1757), The Character of an Honest Man. In RELIGIOUS CASES OF CONSCIENCE ANSWERED IN AN EVANGELICAL MANNER . . . TO WHICH IS ADDED THE SPIRITUAL COMPANION; OR, THE PROFESSING CHRISTIAN TRIED AT THE BAR OF GOD'S WORD; AND CHARACTER OF THE HAPPY MAN, 1866.
The Character of an Honest Man
http://www.westminsterconfession.org/godly-living/the-character-of-an-honest-man.php

*Pike, Samuel (1717-1773), and Samuel Hayward (1718-1757), Discovering Why the Spirit is Grieved. In RELIGIOUS CASES OF CONSCIENCE ANSWERED IN AN EVANGELICAL MANNER . . . TO WHICH IS ADDED THE SPIRITUAL COMPANION; OR, THE PROFESSING CHRISTIAN TRIED AT THE BAR OF GOD'S WORD; AND CHARACTER OF THE HAPPY MAN, 1866.
Discovering Why the Spirit is Grieved
http://www.westminsterconfession.org/godly-living/discovering-why-the-spirit-is-grieved.php

*Pike, Samuel (1717-1773), and Samuel Hayward (1718-1757), Self-examination. In RELIGIOUS CASES OF CONSCIENCE ANSWERED IN AN EVANGELICAL MANNER . . . TO WHICH IS ADDED THE SPIRITUAL COMPANION; OR, THE PROFESSING CHRISTIAN TRIED AT THE BAR OF GOD'S WORD; AND CHARACTER OF THE HAPPY MAN, 1866.
Self-examination
http://www.westm/insterconfession.org/godly-living/self-examination.php/

Reisman, W. Michael, Folded Lies: Bribery, Crusades, and Reforms, ISBN: 0029262801 9780029262801.
"A comprehensive analysis of the phenomenon of business bribery in all its manifestations. It goes beyond the recent wave of popular books that have simply dramatized the extent to which bribery has become institutionalized. The significance of FOLDED LIES is in its very credible -- and persuasive -- analysis and synthesis of the dynamics of the bribery phenomenon and the societal reactions it will inevitably precipitate. FOLDED LIES should be important reading for the business community, policy makers, lawyers, social scientists, and the general reader." -- John A. Gardiner, author of Theft of the City
"This is a major contribution to the analysis of one type of white-collar crime. It lifts the veil on 'jurisprudence in the shadows' and analyzes a type of decision pathology. More than that -- the author places the timely topic of bribery in the context of timeless principles of myth systems and operational codes . . . .An incisive inquiry at a fundamental level of the policy alternatives for business and social order." -- Gerald M. Meier, Stanford University

See also: The sovereignty of god, The doctrine of man (human nature, total depravity), The inspiration and infallibility of scripture (the doctrine of revelation, the doctrine of plenary inspiration, the doctrine of divine inspiration, the doctrine of verbal inspiration, Justice, the theology of judgment, god's final judgment, the great white throne judgment, the day of the lord, Casuistry, cases of conscience, Ethics, Medical ethics, Bribery, The character and attributes of God, The teaching of our lord jesus christ, Textual criticism, Epistemology, Ethics, Secular humanism, Pseudo-christian movements: a selection of works, Secret societies, ungodly alliances, voluntary associations, Modern myths and fallacies, Creation verses evolution, Abortion and the sanctity of life, Biblical magistracy, Repentance, the key to salvation and change, Justice, the theology of judgment, god's final judgment, the great white throne judgment, the day of the lord, Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, Sexual relationship, Spirituality and harlotry, Hypocracy, Self-justification, self-righteousness, Carnality and flesh pleasing: lust, desires, ambition, Mind control, Spiritual warfare, The ten commandments, the moral law, The antichrist, Politics, Meltdown, 2008, and so forth, and so on.
TCRB5: 1728, 1731, 1796, 2353, 2689, 3196, 3219, 3313, 3350, 3702, 3703, 3705-3707, 3855-3857
MGTP: False Teachers and False Doctrine

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The Things of This World, John Owen
http://www.westminsterconfession.org/godly-living/the-things-of-this-world.php

The Deceitfulness of the Heart, David Black (1762-1806)
http://www.westminsterconfession.org/the-doctrines-of-grace/the-deceitfulness-of-the-heart.php

Self-examination, Thomas Chalmers
http://www.westminsterconfession.org/the-doctrines-of-grace/essay-on-guthries-the-christians-great-interest.php

On Secret Faults, Samuel Stanhope Smith (1750-1819)
http://www.westminsterconfession.org/godly-living/on-secret-faults.php

Doctors Admit Lying to Patients, Pat Anson, February 11, 2012
"There's an expectation that our doctors will be truthful, and most are but some are not,Ē said Eric Campbell, the director of research at Massachusetts General Hospital, who co-authored one study of doctors that is being published in the journal Health Affairs.
"Campbell and his colleagues surveyed nearly 1,900 doctors in 2009 and found that 11 percent had told their patients something untrue in the previous year. Over a third of the doctors believed it was not always necessary to disclose a serious medical error to a patient.
"Other survey results:

Appendix C: Psychology and Psychiatry
http://www.lettermen2.com/bcrrappc.html

A Resolution to Combat Mind Control With Truth
http://www.lettermen2.com/mindc.html



Depression

Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted in me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him for the help of his countenance. (Psalm 42:5)

Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. (Isaiah 53:4,5)

How wonderfully this same blood of the Lamb overcomes despair. Have you never seen a man shut up in the iron cage? It has been my painful duty to talk with several of such prisoners. I have seen the captive shake the iron bars, but he could not break them, or break from them. He has implored us to set him free by some means; but we have been powerless. Glory be to God, the blood is a universal solvent, and it has dissolved the iron-bars of despair, until the poor captive conscience has been able to escape. How sweet for the desponding to sing -- The Blood of the Lamb, the Conquering Weapon

When I am in the cellar of affliction, I look for the Lord's choicest wines. -- Samuel Rutherford

Soul-violence begins when one individual tries to usurping authority over another, to control and possess them. The means of control may be either outward or occult: possessiveness, deceit, repression or suppression of the truth, soul stealing, attempts to take authority over another politically or by mental malpractice, denial of freedom, indebtedness, whoredom, and so forth. Abuse of the soul quenches the Holy Spirit.
If either side is immovable, then death is the result of the conflict of will. How are conflicts of will resolved? By submission to the absolute truth of God's word. These observations bear a strain of the Gospel.

The best estimates are that in 1900 only about 1 percent of the U.S. population suffered from depression. Today (2011) that figure is 23 percent and growing. -- Allender?

Adams, Jay E., Handling Anger God's Way; Dealing With Depression (Michigan City, IN: Sound Word Associates).
Audio cassette JA105.

Adams, Jay E., What do you do When you Become Depressed? Alternate title: YOU CAN CONQUER DEPRESSION.
"You must know God personally before you can expect Him to give you the help that you need. You must not put the alleviation of depression first as your goal, but rather the desire to please God by doing what He says. You must do exactly as He says regardless of how you feel." -- David Powlison
What do you do When you Become Depressed?
http://www.lifeisworship.com/hbrpc/pfltmen.htm

Adams, Jay E., You can Conquer Depression, ISBN: 0801000947 9780801000942.
"You must know God personally before you can expect Him to give you the help that you need. You must not put the alleviation of depression first as your goal, but rather the desire to please God by doing what He says. You must do exactly as He says regardless of how you feel." -- David Powlison

Barrett, Roger, Depression: What it is and What to do (Elgin, IL: David C. Cook Publishing Co., 1977).

BAXTER, RICHARD (1615-1691), Preservatives Against Melancholy and Over-much Sorrow; or The Cure of Both. Written above thirty years ago, by the Reverend Mr. Richard Baxter, . . . London, 1716. Alternate title: WHAT ARE THE BEST PRESERVATIVES AGAINST MELANCHOLY AND OVERMUCH SORROW? LEST PERHAPS SUCH AN ONE SHOULD BE SWALLOWED UP WITH OVERMUCH SORROW. -- 2 CORINTHISNS II. 7. Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive.

*BRIDGE, WILLIAM, A Lifting up for the Downcast (Puritan Paperback Series. Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust, 1995, 1979), ISBN: 0851512984. Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive. A Christian classic.
"These thirteen sermons on Psalm 42:11, preached at Stepney, London, in the year 1648 are the work of a true physician of souls. In dealing with believers suffering from spiritual depression, Bridge manifests great insight into the causes of the saints' discouragements, such as, great sins, weak grace, failure in duties, want of assurance, temptation, desertion, and affliction. A correct diagnosis is more than half the cure but Bridge does not leave his readers there. He gives directions for applying the remedy. . . .
"The general causes of spiritual depression are the same in every age. Downcast Christians of the twentieth century can find help here as surely as did past generations." -- Publisher's Annotation
"Here is true help for those suffering from spiritual depression. Better than a room filled with psychologists." -- GCB

Horwitz, Allan V., Jerome C. Wakefield, and Robert L. Spitzer (Foreword), The Loss of Sadness: How Psychiatry Transformed Normal Sorrow Into Depressive Disorder (Oxford University Press, USA, 1st edition, May 18, 2007), ISBN: 9780195313048 0195313046.
"Depression has become the single most commonly treated mental disorder, amid claims that one out of ten Americans suffer from this disorder every year and 25 percent succumb at some point in their lives. Warnings that depressive disorder is a leading cause of worldwide disability have been accompanied by a massive upsurge in the consumption of antidepressant medication, widespread screening for depression in clinics and schools, and a push to diagnose depression early, on the basis of just a few symptoms, in order to prevent more severe conditions from developing. In THE LOSS OF SADNESS, Allan V. Horwitz and Jerome C. Wakefield argue that, while depressive disorder certainly exists and can be a devastating condition warranting medical attention, the apparent epidemic in fact reflects the way the psychiatric profession has understood and reclassified normal human sadness as largely an abnormal experience. With the 1980 publication of the landmark third edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-III), mental health professionals began diagnosing depression based on symptoms -- such as depressed mood, loss of appetite, and fatigue -- that lasted for at least two weeks. This system is fundamentally flawed, the authors maintain, because it fails to take into account the context in which the symptoms occur. They stress the importance of distinguishing between abnormal reactions due to internal dysfunction and normal sadness brought on by external circumstances. Under the current DSM classification system, however, this distinction is impossible to make, so the expected emotional distress caused by upsetting events -- for example, the loss of a job or the end of a relationship -- could lead to a mistaken diagnosis of depressive disorder. Indeed, it is this very mistake that lies at the root of the presumed epidemic of major depression in our midst. In telling the story behind this phenomenon, the authors draw on the 2,500-year history of writing about depression, including studies in both the medical and social sciences, to demonstrate why the DSM's diagnosis is so flawed. They also explore why it has achieved almost unshakable currency despite its limitations. Framed within an evolutionary account of human health and disease, THE LOSS OF SADNESS presents a fascinating dissection of depression as both a normal and disordered human emotion and a sweeping critique of current psychiatric diagnostic practices. The result is a potent challenge to the diagnostic revolution that began almost thirty years ago in psychiatry and a provocative analysis of one of the most significant mental health issues today.
"Allan V. Horwitz is Professor of Sociology and Dean of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Rutgers University. He is the author of many articles and a number of books on various aspects on mental illness, including The Social Control of Mental Illness, The Logic of Social Control, and Creating Mental Illness. Jerome C. Wakefield is University Professor and Professor of Social Work at New York University, and he has also taught at the University of Chicago, Columbia University, and Rutgers University. He is an authority on the intersection between philosophy and the mental health professions and the author of many articles on diagnosis of mental disorder." -- Publisher's Annotation
"Depression is the mental health problem of our generation. In this important and penetrating book, Horwitz and Wakefield show that psychiatry no longer clearly differentiates between normal sadness and depressive disorder. A must read for anyone who wants to understand how so much "depression" has become medicalized." -- Peter Conrad, Ph.D., Professor of Sociology, Brandeis University, and author of The Medicalization of Society
"With superb scholarship and crisp prose, Horwitz and Wakefield examine the fatal flaw at the core of depression diagnosis. This book describes, with devastating clarity, why the DSM went off track and how the resulting scientific train wreck slows research and distorts our experience of our own sadness. If the DSM was based on biology, this book would signal a new beginning." -- Randolph Nesse, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry, University of Michigan, and author of Why We Get Sick: The New Science of Darwinian Medicine
"Not another hackneyed anti-psychiatry polemic, THE LOSS OF SADNESS is a brilliant analysis of how mental health professionals can avoid pathologizing normal, emotional responses to life's stressors while accurately identifying those suffering from genuine depressive disorders. Erudite and engagingly written, THE LOSS OF SADNESS is destined to have a major impact on our field." -- Richard J. McNally, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, Harvard University, and author of Remembering Trauma

Lloyd-Jones, D. Martyn (1899-1981), Joy Unspeakable: Power and Renewal in the Holy Spirit, ISBN: 085476514X 9780854765140.
"The world is not going to pay much attention to all the organized efforts of the Christian church. The one thing she will pay attention to is a body of people filled with a spirit of rejoicing. `When the Holy Spirit is operating, this is the inevitable result, a joy which is unspeakable and full of glory,' so writes `the Doctor!' J.I. Packer states that `anyone who is spiritually alive will gain enormously from this magisterial and challenging recall to the inner realities of true Christian experience'." -- GCB

*Lloyd-Jones, D. Martyn (1899-1981), Spiritual Depression (Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian & Reformed Publishing Co.), ISBN: 0551025492 9780551025493.
"A physician turned preacher deals with the scriptural causes of spiritual depression and show how it may be cured. Aims at developing an effective, healthy Christian life." -- Cyril J. Barber
"Believing that Christian joy was one of the most potent factors in the spread of Christianity in the early centuries, Lloyd-Jones not only lays bare the causes that have robbed many Christians of spiritual vitality, but also points the way to the cure." -- Publisher's Annotation

Love, Christopher (1618-1651), Don Kistler, The Dejected Soul's Cure: Tending to support poor, drooping sinners with rules, comforts, and cautions in several cases, in seventeen sermons, and A treatise of angels Alternate title: THE DEJECTED SOULES CURE: TENDING TO SUPPORT POOR DROOPING SINNERS. WITH RULES, COMFORTS, AND CAUTIONS IN SEVERALL CASES. IN DIVERS SERMONS, BY MR. CHRISTOPHER LOVE, LATE MINISTER OF LAURENCE JURY. TO WHICH IS ADDED, I. THE MINISTRY OF THE ANGELS TO THE HEIRS OF SALVATION. II. GODS OMNIPRESENCE. III. THE SINNERS LEGACY TO THEIR POSTERITY, 1657, ISBN: 1573581127 9781573581127.

Mack, Wayne, You can Overcome Despondency (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, 1981), ISBN: 0801061024 9780801061028.
"Describes many of the circumstantial causes of depression, but 'though our circumstances may be very severe, we don't need to be depressed!' God gives a way to handle problems. Joy and sorrow may coexist. Unfolds Philippians 4:4 as a key to learning how to overcome despondency. 'By God's power, we can conquer depression by consciously, continually, and deliberately making ourselves look at all of life from a God-centered point of view.' Includes study guide and suggested assignments." -- David Powlison

Miller, C. John (1928-1996), Youth Evangelism: Dealing With Depression and Suicide (Michigan City, IN: Sound Word Associates).
Audio cassette CM101.

*SIBBES, RICHARD (1577-1635), The Bruised Reed (Puritan Paperback Series. Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust), ISBN: 0851517404 9780851517407. Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive. A Christian classic.
"Richard Sibbes, one of the most influential figures in the Puritan movement during the earlier years of the seventeenth century, was renowned for the rich quality of his ministry. THE BRUISED REED shows why he was known among his contemporaries as `the sweet dropper'." -- Publisher's Annotation
"If you have ever been (or are) discouraged in any way this is a book that will bring great encouragement and joy!" -- SWRB
"Sibbes never wastes the student's time, he scatters pearls and diamonds with both hands." -- C.H. Spurgeon
"A poor pedlar came to the door . . . and my father bought of him Sibb's Bruised Reed . . . It suited my state . . . and gave me a livelier apprehension of the mystery of redemption and how much I was beholden to Jesus Christ . . . Without any means but books was God pleased to resolve me to himself." -- Richard Baxter

SIBBES, RICHARD (1577-1635), The Soul's Conflict With Itself, and Victory Over Itself by Faith. Being a treatise of the inward disquietments of distressed spirits, . . . To which is subjoined, The bruised reed and smoking flax. By Richard Sibbs, . . . The fifth edition. To which is prefixed, an account of the author's life. Glasgow, 1768. Available (THE WORKS OF RICHARD SIBBES) on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive.

*Whitefield, George (1714-1770), Soul Dejection
Found in THE WORKS OF REVEREND G.W. (New York, NY: AMS Press, Incorporated).

See also: The sovereign grace of god: his everlasting mercy and lovingkindness, The doctrine of man (human nature, total depravity), The covenant faithfulness of god, The all-sufficiency of christ, Trusting god, Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, Casuistry, cases of conscience, Sexual relationship, Spirituality and harlotry, Bad relationships as a cause of disease, Depression, What your doctor may not tell you (blanchard, shomon), Suicide, Physical health, Physiolocial problems, Stress, Worry and Anxiety, Homelessness, Psychopharmacology, Soul-violence, Pseudo-christian movements, and so forth, and so on.
TCRB5: 493, 669, 1018, 1694, 1697-1699, 3284
MGTP: Depression (Spiritual)

Related WebLinks

What do You do When You Become Depressed?
http://www.lifeisworship.com/hbrpc/pfltmen.htm
A tract by Jay Adams.

I am a psychiatrist in private practice and have had three patients in the last few months have problems with generic Prozac (fluoxetine). The reports are consistent -- lost efficacy and sedation where there had been none on the brand name. One patient experienced withdrawal symptoms after missing a dose, which should not happen with fluoxetine, given its long half-life.
I went so far as to try both the generic and the Eli Lilly Prozac myself. I would agree, based on side effects, that they were not only different strengths but different drugs. The generic appears to be a short-acting, sedating weak-dose SSRI [selective/serotonin reuptake inhibitor] (perhpas paroxetine or fluvoxamine rather than fluoxetine).
All three patients improved within two weeks on brand-name Prozac with resolution of all side effects." (October 15, 2007) -- Top Screwups Doctors Make and How to Avoid Them, page 123

*Amundsen, Darrel W., The Anguish and Agonies of Charles Haddon Spurgeon
"Spurgeon's last years of physical suffering must be seen through the grid of the Down-Grade Controversy Down-Grade Controversy (begun in 1887). Early in this controversy he commented that he had
". . . suffered the loss of friendships and reputation, and the infliction of pecuniary withdrawments and bitter reproach. . . . But the pain it has cost me none can measure."
(To a friend in May 1891 he said)
"Goodbye; you will never see me again. This fight is killing me."
The Anguish and Agonies of Charles Haddon Spurgeon
Free PDF file.
http://ebookbrowse.com/the-anguish-and-agonies-of-charles-spurgeon-pdf-d56778188

Pike, Samuel (1717-1773), and Samuel Hayward (1718-1757), Renewal After a Time of Spiritual Dullness.
In RELIGIOUS CASES OF CONSCIENCE ANSWERED IN AN EVANGELICAL MANNER . . . TO WHICH IS ADDED THE SPIRITUAL COMPANION; OR, THE PROFESSING CHRISTIAN TRIED AT THE BAR OF GOD'S WORD; AND CHARACTER OF THE HAPPY MAN, 1866.
Renewal After a Time of Spiritual Dullness
http://www.westminsterconfession.org/godly-living/renewal-after-a-time-of-spiritual-dullness.php

National Institute of Mental Health -- Depression
http://www.nimh.nih.gov/publicat/depression.cfm

Psychopharmacology
http://link.springer.de/link/service/journals/00213/index.htm

St. John's Wort: Hypericum Perforatum
http://209.41.60.2/sj/index.html
A plant-based substitute for Prozac.


The Difficult Child

*Findley, Martha, Book 2: Elsie's Holidays at Roselands. ISBN: 9781888306323 1888306327.
"When Elsie's father becomes ill, she takes on the job of nurse-companion, and all goes well until Elsie, because it is the Sabbath, as a matter of conscience refuses to read to him from a secular book. The battle of wills that ensues nearly causes first her father's death, and then Elsie's. Lonely Elsie -- punished, ostracized, and then abandoned by her father -- turns to her heavenly Father for comfort and assurance. Will her father realize that Elsie's obedience to God must be paramount, and submit himself to the same Divine Authority?" -- Publisher's Annotation
On an even more serious note, one moral of this story is the broader life and death struggle between Truth and Falsehood (see "Absolute Truth and Relativism," "Epistemology," "Christian Scholarship"). The consequence of conflict of will is death of the "One," or war of the "Many" (see Rushdoony, The One and the Many). Conflict of will (see "Will and Recalcitrance," "Rebellion and Lawlessness") may begin when one individual (see "The Doctrine of Man (Human Nature, Total Depravity)" or corporate body (see "Corporate Faithfulness and Sanctification") tries to usurping authority over another (see "Power," "Authority") -- tries to control and possess them (see "Tyranny," "Slavery"). The means of control may be either outward or occult (see "The Occult and Spiritism"): deceit, repression or suppression of the truth, replacing moral and ethical absolutes with relativism (see "Ethics," "Medical Ethics"), unfaithfulness to the highest ethical standards (see "The Ten Commandments, the Moral Law" "The Holy Bible"), apostasy, spirituality and harlotry (see "Idolatry," "Jeremiah"), invocation of the demonic, idolatry, ungodly alliance and secret societies (see "Carnality and Flesh Pleasing: Lust, Desires, Ambition," "Justice, Judgment, God's Final Judgment, The Great White Throne Judgment, The Day of the Lord"), attempts to take authority over another politically or by mental malpractice (see "Selection of Covenant Heads for Positions of Leadership"), "making up their own rules (see "Absolute Truth and Relativism)," ignoring or changing constitutional or creedal documents, unjust laws for the accumulation of wealth and power, indebtedness, disenfranchisement, denial of freedom (see "God the Author of Freedom"), soul-stealing, possessiveness, physical seduction and whoredom, political economic or sexual enslavement (see "Sexual Relationship" "Spirituality and Harlotry"), and so forth, and so on.
This abuse, this soul-violence, quenches the Holy Spirit (see Owen, "God's Presence With a People the Spring of Their Prosperity; With Their Special Interest in Abiding in Him"). If either side is immovable, then death is the consequence (see "Soteriology," "The Atonement," "The Blood of Christ," "Hell" and "Heaven").
How are conflicts of will resolved? By submission to the Absolute Truths of God's word, the great common denominator (Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. -- The Lord Jesus Christ (John 14:6, KJV). All this bears a strain of the Gospel (see "Book-length Presentations of the Free Offer of The Gospel Message of Salvation and the Life to Come: The Means of Grace," "The Westminster Confession of Faith (1646)").
Holidays at Roselands (Gutenberg text)
http://onlinebooks.library.upenn.edu/webbin/gutbook/lookup?num=14280

Glasser, Howard, and Jennifer Easley Transforming the Difficult Child: The Nurtured Heart Approach (Center for the Difficult Child), ISBN: 0967050707 9780967050706.
"After reading Howard Glasser and Jennifer Easley's excellent book, TRANSFORMING THE DIFFICULT CHILD, I felt a surge of hope for the more problematic children in our world. Finally, someone had discovered how to help parents manage difficult children in a positive, loving way and without medication!
"Most of the children Glasser and Easley have worked with were taking medication when they arrived at the Nurtured Heart Approach center. These same children are no longer medicated into submission but living bright, successful lives. These children needed a little or a lot more attention than the average child but were being raised with traditional parenting skills that were rendered ineffective because of their ultra-sensitive natures. The parents of these children needed to learn to apply another set of rules to their kids to help them become the wonderful people they were destined to be.
"The Nurtured Heart Approach is an easy, rational, beautiful and loving method of building on the successes of children while not giving energy to the negative aspects of their character. This is an approach that can be used on difficult or "normal" kids. I have begun applying these principles to my own methods of child rearing. They work quickly and magnificently! It's brilliant in its simplicity and effectiveness.
"If you have a difficult child or even if you would like to learn a new positive, ingenious parenting approach, I urge you to read Glasser and Easley's book." -- Reader's Comment

Thomas, Nancy L., When Love is Not Enough: A Guide to Parenting Children with RAD -- Reactive Attachment Disorder, ISBN: 0970352549 9780970352545.
"When we adopted our two youngest children, we thought our training had prepared us for just about anything that might surface. We had not considered Reactive Attachment Disorder. Nancy Thomas' booklet is a must read for any parent who hopes to bring a child back from the desolation of Attachment Disorder. Her methods have restored peace and sanity to our household. Her contagious "attitude" for loving the children most people find unlovable has empowered us to reclaim our family. If you are dealing with RAD, you MUST have this book." -- Reader's Comment

See also: Love and counseling problems, Counseling children, Will and recalcitrance, Child abuse and pedophilia, Incest, Homosexuality, Gratuitous sex a cause of violence, Sexual relationship, Rebellion and lawlessness: wickedness, demonic possession, substance abuse, abnormal behavior, insanity, mental illness, mental retardation, Covetousness, self, selfishness, Counseling the family, Counseling teens, Case studies, Crisis counseling, Casuistry, cases of conscience, and so forth, and so on.
TCRB5: 993, 1234, 1236-1238, 1273, 2620, 2621, 2745, 2966, 3047, 3048, 3067-3074, 3231, 3356, 3618
MGTP: Rebellion Against Authority

Related WebLinks

Appendix C: Psychology and Psychiatry
http://www.lettermen2.com/bcrrappc.html



Discipline

See Discipline
http://www.lettermen2.com/bcrr6ch.html#dscpln



Drug Abuse and Addiction

And be not drunk with wine wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit. (Ephesians 5:18)

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. (2 Corinthians 5:17)

If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed. -- The Lord Jesus Christ (John 8:36)

Adams, Jay E., You can Kick the Drug Habit.
"If you are hooked on alcohol or other drugs you must learn to put off the old behavior and attitudes and put on the new. Repent of your sin. List ways you are failing God and others. Work with someone who practices biblical counseling to restructure your entire life. Cut off all connections with people who are negative influences. Restructure your life concretely." -- David Powlison
Adams, Jay E., What do you do When you Know That You're Hooked?

Falkowski, Carol, Dangerous Drugs: An Easy to Use Reference for Parents and Professionals, 2nd edition (Hazelden, February 25, 2003), 1568389817 9781568389813.
"In a world where the drug abuse scene is more confusing and dangerous than ever, the second edition of DANGEROUS DRUGS: AN EASY TO USE REFERENCE FOR PARENTS AND PROFESSIONALS is the answer. Now with color photos of drugs and paraphernalia, DANGEROUS DRUGS is a concise, comprehensive, clear, and handy reference that answers your questions at a glance, with: - Up-to-date information on drugs of abuse - Demographics of users. - Explanations of how a drug is used; where it's found and how it affects the mind and body - The names and forms under which drugs are sold - Their addictive, lethal, and overdose potential - Signs of drug abuse and where/how to seek help, and more. Written in clear language, Dangerous Drugs provides straightforward, authoritative, comprehensive, and up-to-the-minute information. It covers the full range of drugs of abuse, whether illegal (marijuana, heroin, cocaine, LSD, methamphetamine, etc.) or legal (alcohol, prescription, tobacco, or Internet-marketed, herbal remedies). Dangerous Drugs is written for professionals and non-professionals alike, and is a book that no one concerned about drug use can afford to be without.
"Carol Falkowski, Director of Research Communications at the Hazelden Foundation, is author of the new reference book, Dangerous Drugs: An Easy-to-Use Reference for Parents and Professionals.For nearly 20 years she has monitored drug abuse trends at the national level, as one of 20 researchers in the country who participates in a drug abuse monitoring network of the National Institute of Drug Abuse.Falkowski advised the US Food and Drug Administration (1995 - 1999) regarding the safety, efficacy, and abuse potential of certain drugs, and has provided consultation to the National Institute of Justice, the National Drug Intelligence Center, Join Together, and numerous states. Before coming to Hazelden in 1997, she was research coordinator at the Minnesota state alcohol and drug abuse authority for 15 years.Falkowski was featured in the 1999 Showtime documentary by Robert Zemeckis, "Smoking, Drinking, and Drugging in the Twentieth Century." -- Publisher's Annotation

Benavie, Arthur, Drugs: America's Holy War, 178 pages, ISBN: 0789038404 9780789038401.
"Using the best scientific evidence, DRUGS: AMERICA'S HOLY WAR explores the impact and cost of America's 'War on Drugs' -- both in public spending and in human terms. Is it possible that US drug policies are helping to proliferate, not prevent, a multitude of social ills including: homicide, property crime, the spread of AIDS, the contamination of drugs, the erosion of civil liberties, the punishment of thousands of non-violent people, the corruption of public officials, and the spending of billions of tax dollars in an attempt to prevent certain drugs from entering the country? Arthur Benavie analyzes the research findings and argues that an end to the 'War on Drugs,' much as we ended alcohol prohibition, would yield enormous international benefits, destroy dangerous and illegal drug cartels, and allow the American government to refocus its attention on public well-being." -- Publisher's Annotation

Strydom, Jan (M.A., H.E.D., D.Ed.), Susan du Plessis (B.Div., BA.Hons), and Benetta Strydom (B.Occup.Ther.) The Bible's way to Victory Over ADHD and Other Childhood Challenges
"A free online book, providing sound answers on preventing and overcoming behavioral, emotional and learning problems, including ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder), ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), ODD (Oppositional Defiant Disorder), Conduct Disorder and Tourette's Syndrome."
E-mail: benetta@mweb.co.za

Du Plessis, Susan, and Jan Strydom, The Creators of ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) on Trial: And of Youth Violence, the Drug Culture, Teen-age Promiscuity, the Wave of Teen Suicides and Illiteracy, ISBN: 1919751076 9781919751078.

Du Plessis, Susan, and Jan Strydom, The Myth of ADHD and Other Learning Disabilities: Parenting Without Ritalin, ISBN: 1563841800 9781563841804.

Johnson, Vernon E., I'll Quit Tomorrow: A Practical Guide to Alcoholism Treatment (San Francisco, CA: Harper and Row, 1990), ISBN: 0062504339 9780062504333.
"Johnson has provided a manual for the understanding, intervention, and treatment of alcoholism and other mood-changing chemical dependencies in a clear, logical, and readable format; yet he has somehow managed to convey considerable psychological sophistication and scope. Accordingly, this is probably the best book of its kind for layman, paraprofessional, and professional alike." -- Addictions
Johnson is founder and president emeritus of the Johnson Institute in Minneapolis that offers one of the country's most successful training programs for treatment of alcoholism.

Kuhn, Cynthia; Swartzwelder, Scott, Ph.D.; Wilson, Wilkie, Ph.D.; Wilson, Leigh Heather; Foster, Jeremy, Buzzed The Straight Facts About the Most Used and Abused Drugs From Alcohol to Ecstasy, ISBN: 9781435298408 1435298403.
"I am a health care professional who just started working with patients in a hospital detox setting. This book was exactly what I was looking for as a review and primer on the effects different drugs had on the brain and body. The book is in two parts. Part one is basically a quick reference to the different classes of addictive substances, how they affect the brain, how the body disposes of them, the type of withdrawal someone will experience, etc. Part two covers some basics of neuropharmacology which you will need to understand some of the technical info in part one, and also goes into things as varied as the addictive process and social and legal issues involved with drug use. There is a good bibliography and a great index with many of the common street names for a variety of drugs and drug related activities.
"I would highly recommend this to anyone in health care, education, or any type of drug counseling or rehab. Great tool for patient/client/student education about drugs that is factual and easy to understand." -- Reader's Comment

*Morey, Robert, How to Keep Your Kids Drug Free (Southbridge, MA: Crown Publications Inc. [Crown MA]), ISBN: 092570301X 9780925703019.
"We can highly recommend this title as the best book on the subject we offer." -- GCB

*Playfair, William L., The Useful Lie: How the Recovery Industry has Entrapped America in a Disease Model of Addiction (Timeless Texts, July 2004), ISBN: 1889032379 9780891076377.
"Challenges the disease concept of alcoholism, the 'useful lie' of the recovery movement. This lie underlies the widespread mistreatment of alcoholism and of other fundamentally moral problems, e.g., 'codependency.' Posits biblically based intervention that treats such problems as sins to be repented of. Opposes sending a person to the recovery industry because 'He will be told his sin is a sickness; he will never be confronted with his real and most basic moral and spiritual problem. And he will more than likely be introduced to the any god of Twelve Stepdom, who is, by Biblical criteria, a false god'." -- David Powlison
"Dr. Playfair is a medical consultant to the Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation/West in San Diego. He also is a board member of Family Research Institute. The theme and purpose of this book is to debunk the claims that alcoholism is a disease. This claim, says the doctor, contradicts science and medicine; it contradicts the Bible, which is more important; and it simply does not work in breaking the addiction of alcohol. . . ." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.
"This book provided all the necessary evidence to blow the whistle on the recovery industry and also points toward genuine freedom from addiction." -- GCB

Powlison, David, Breaking the Addictive Cycle: Deadly Obsessions or Simple Pleasures? ISBN: 9781935273196 1935273191.

Second Opinion, Dangerous Drugs (Atlanta, GA [Second Opinion, P.O. Box 467939, Atlanta 30346-9989]: Second Opinion, 1992).
"If you or anyone you love is taking medications, of any kind . . . even over-the-counter remedies . . . you must read this report!" -- William Campbell Douglass, MD
"Vital facts on 215 drugs in 15 different categories . . . many are household names, Harmful side effects -- headaches, heart spasms, senility, even sudden death, Important drug interaction information, Questions to ask your doctor about any new drug, Extra bonus: 12 safeguards you can use to protect against heart attack."
Subscriptions to Second Opinion, a ground-breaking alternative-medicine newsletter, are also available.

Shogren, Gary, and Edward Welch, Running in Circles: How to Find Freedom From Addictive Behavior (Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 1995), ISBN: 0801083877 9780801083877, 96 pages.
"Companion volume to Welch's and Shogren's ADDICTIVE BEHAVIOR. Intended as a practical guide to help those who struggle with 'addictive behavior:' drugs, alcohol, food, immorality, and so forth. Especially useful as a first introduction to biblical thinking for such people." -- David Powlison

Valdez, Jorge, and Ken Abraham, Coming Clean, ISBN: 1578562244 9781578562244.

*Welch, Edward T., Addictions: A Banquet in the Grave: Finding Hope in the Power of the Gospel (Resources for Changing Lives), ISBN: 0875526063 9780875526065.
"A worship disorder: this is how Edward T. Welch views addictions. 'Will we worship ourselves and our own desires,' he writes, 'or will we worship the true God?'
"With this lens the author discovers far more in Scripture on addictions than passages on drunkenness. There we learn the addict's true condition: like guests at a banquet thrown by 'the woman Folly,' he is already in the grave (Prov. 9:13-18).
"Can we not escape our addictions? If we're willing to follow Jesus, the author says we have 'immense hope: hope in God's forgiving grace, hope in God's love that is faithful even when we are not, and hope that God can give power so that we are no longer mastered by the addiction.' Each chapter concludes with 'Practical Theology,' guidance 'As You Face Your Own Addictions' and 'As You Help Someone Else'." -- Publisher's Annotation
"By emphasizing the role of the heart in the worship of self and substance, Welch forces the addict to face the grim reality that who or what he worships will control his life. When he idolizes his selfish desire for a substance, then there can only be bondage, but when he worships God more than himself, then the liberating truth of the Gospel will always set him free. As a pastor, biblical counselor, and a redeemed (not recovering) ex-heroin addict, I believe Dr. Welch has finally given every pastor, theologian, layman, and anyone caught in the bondage of idolatry/addition a biblical road map to true and lasting freedom." -- Peter Garich, Pastor of New Hope Christian Fellowship and Director of Dayspring Center for Biblical Counseling in San Diego, California

Welch, Edward, and Gary Shogren, Addictive Behavior (Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 1995), ISBN: 0801097371 9780801097379, 176 pages.
"Guides pastors and other counselors in understanding 'addictions' biblically, and takes them through five typical sessions of counseling. The prominent case study focuses on alcohol abuse in a church context, but the principles apply to other enslaving behaviors." -- David Powlison

Wilder-Smith, A.E., Causes and Cure of the Drug Epidemic, ISBN: 0936728531 9780936728537.

See also: The sovereignty of god, The doctrine of man (human nature, total depravity), Child abuse and pedophilia, Divorce, Stepfamilies, Rebellion and lawlessness: wickedness, demonic possession, substance abuse, abnormal behavior, insanity, mental illness, mental retardation, Bad relationships a cause of disease and death, Habits, Alcoholism, drug abuse and addiction, Sexual relationship, Spirituality and harlotry, The occult, Pseudo-christian movements: a selection of works, Self-destruction, Homosexuality, Imprisonment, Alcoholics anonymous and other 12 step recovery programs, Repentance, the key to salvation and change, Justice, the theology of judgment, god's final judgment, the great white throne judgment, the day of the lord, The sovereign grace of god: his everlasting mercy and lovingkindness, Spirituality and harlotry, Casuistry, cases of conscience, and so forth, and so on.
TCRB5: 1473, 3571-3573

Related WebLinks

What do you do When you Know That You're Hooked?
A tract by Jay Adams.

The GOD14 Program (Getting Off Drugs In 14 Weeks)
"GOD14 is a proven, 14-week, recovery program which specializes in:

They report a 90% success rate (2007). Includes regular attendance in a support group such as a Christian AA or NA group, which can provide emotional support on a 24-hour basis.
http://www.hisclinic.org/DrugAlcohol%20Recovery.htm

Psychopharmacology
http://link.springer.de/link/service/journals/00213/index.htm

Appendix C: Psychology and Psychiatry
http://www.lettermen2.com/bcrrappc.html



Effeminacy, The Effeminate

Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. (1 Corinthians 6:9,10)

As for my people, children are their oppressors, and women rule over them. O my people, they which lead thee cause thee to err, and destroy the way of thy paths. (Isaiah 3:12)
Because the wicked people were more addicted to their princes than to the commandments of God, he shows that he would give them such princes, by whom they would have no help, but that they would be manifest tokens of his wrath, because they would be fools and effeminate. -- Geneva Study Bible commentary

Oppressors -- literally "exactors," that is, exacting princes (Isaiah 60:17). They who ought to be protectors are exactors; as unqualified for rule as "children," as effeminate as "women." Perhaps it is also implied that they were under the influence of their harem, the women of their court. -- Jamieson, Fausset, Brown, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

Behold, thy people in the midst of thee are women: the gates of thy land shall be set wide open unto thine enemies: the fire shall devour thy bars. (Nahum 3:13)
"Thy people in the midst of thee are women; they have no wisdom, no courage; they shall be fickle, feeble, and faint-hearted, as women commonly are in such times of danger and distress; they shall be at their wits' end, adding to their griefs and fears by the power of their own imagination, and utterly unable to do any thing for themselves; the valiant men shall become cowards." -- Matthew Henry Complete Commentary on the Whole Bible

"Cowardice possesses the effeminate man."

"One Protestant minister declared Adam an 'effeminated apple eater' because he was soft."

When men do not get their theology right, then they begin to worship women. The prime example of this is Romanism and their Maryology.

There is a tendency for men to leave churches that get woman pastors. The membership of many of these churches over time becomes all women.

The feminine characteristics are gentleness, abundance, generosity, love, nurture, tolerance, acceptance, encouragement, and so forth. If men are effeminate, then they may gain political favor with women and with effeminate men, but their enemies will destroy them. (Isaiah 3:12; 19:16; Nahum 3.13; Jeremiah 50:37; 51:30)

I am convinced that the Lord will not bless a church at peace with his enemies. -- Edwin Nesbit Moore, from the conclusion to Our Covenant Heritage

*Robbins, John W. (1949-2008, editor), The Church Effeminate and Other Essays (Unicoi, TN: The Trinity Foundation, 2002), ISBN: 0940931540 9780940931541.
Contents: Robbins: The Church; Witherow: The Apostolic Church; Ryle: The True Church; Lloyd-Jones: The Primacy of Preaching; Adams: Preaching to the Heart; Ryle: The Fallibility of Ministers; Crampton: Exclusive Psalmody; The Geneva Service Book of 1556: Scripture and the Ordering of Worship; Miller: The Christian Education of the Children and Youth in the Presbyterian Church; Calvin: The Teachers of the Church; Clark: The Presbyterian Doctrine of Ordination; Warfield: Paul on Women Speaking in Church; Clark: The Ordination of Women; Robbins: The Church Effeminate; Luther: On the Councils and the Church; Hodge: The Relation of Church and State; Calvin: The Roman Church-State; Dostoyevsky: The Grand Inquisitor; Burroughs: Episcopacy; Witherspoon: Secrets of Church Polity; McFetridge: Calvinism and the Church; Chan: The New Babylonian Captivity of the Church; Robbins: The Reconstructionist Road to Rome; a Lasco: The Abolition of Vestments; Hanko: Ought the Church to Pray for Revival? Hodge: The Great Revival of Religion, 1740-1745; Luther: The Power of the Word; Clark: What Is Evangelism? Clark: Art and the Gospel; Calvin: The Necessity of Reforming the Church; Ryle: Idolatry; Ryle: Pharisees and Sadducees; Machen: The Good Fight of Faith; Ryle: Apostolic Fears; Machen: The Separateness of the Church; Robbins: The Sin of Signing Ecumenical Declarations; M'Crie: Fundamentalism and Ecumenism; Calvin: The Unity of the Church; Robbins: The Church Irrational; Index; Scripture Index.
The Necessity of Reforming the Church (1543), by John Calvin
This is an online document.
http://www.swrb.com/newslett/actualnls/NRC_ch00.htm
Calvin's Commentary on Hosea
http://www.iclnet.org/pub/resources/text/m.sion/calvhose.htm

See also: The sovereignty of god, The doctrine of man (human nature, total depravity), Repentance, the key to salvation and change, Justice, the theology of judgment, god's final judgment, the great white throne judgment, the day of the lord, Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, Sexual relationship, Spirituality and harlotry, Suffrage and reproductive rights, Abortion and the sanctity of life, Fear and anxiety, Trusting god, Contentiousness, Covetousness, self, selfishness, Manhood, Bible magistracy turns back the wrath of god, Liberalism and neo-liberalism, Sin and its consequence: physical and spiritual death, Menpleasing, Men and women, Carnality and flesh pleasing: lust, desires, ambition, Femininism, Gratuitous sex a cause of violence, Homosexuality, Cowardice, Pseudo-christian movements: a selection of works, Works by and for women, The new age and women, and so forth, and so on.
TCRB5: 359, 852, 3802



Envy, Jealousy

See the Theological Notes, "The Glory of God," at Ezekiel 1:28 in The Reformation Study Bible

Then Saul took three thousand chosen men out of all Israel, and went to seek David and his men upon the rocks of the wild goats. (Though signally disappointed on former occasions [see 1 Samuel 18:8,9,16,28-30 -- sk], the envious king must needs be at his cruel work again. No matter where David might conceal himself, or how quiet he might remain, Saul would not let him alone. Envy can never be quiet till it has glutted its revenge.) -- C.H. Spurgeon commenting on 1 Samuel 24:2 in Spurgeon's Devotional Bible

Wrath is cruel, and anger is outrageous; but who is able to stand before envy? (Adam and Satan both fell by envy of God, and it will surely blot our hapiness if we indulge in it. Envy spits its venom on the best of men, and is a horrible and devilish passion, to be fought with and overcome by all who follow the loving Jesus.) -- C.H. Spurgeon commenting on Proverbs 27:4 in Spurgeon's Devotional Bible

Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up. (1 Corinthians 13:4)

Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. (Hebrews 13:5)

For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work. (James 3:16) See the annotation in The Reformation Study Bible. See also the annotation for James 4:1-3.

Do you think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy?
But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.
(The testimony of Scripture concerning man's nature is manifestly true. We are by nature selfish and envious; but grace will enable us to conquer our inbred sins, if we humbly own them, and ask for help to overcome them.) -- C.H. Spurgeon commenting on James 4:5,6in Spurgeon's Devotional Bible

Q. 148. What are the sins forbidden in the tenth commandment?
A. The sins forbidden in the tenth commandment are, discontentment with our own estate; envying and grieving at the good of our neighbour, together with all inordinate motions and affections to anything that is his. -- The Larger Catechism

This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.
For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.
But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.
Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,
Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,
Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
(Galatians 5:16-21)

Gluttony, greed, sloth, envy, wrath, pride, and lust -- these are the seven deadly sins.

Bernhard, Kathleen F., Jealousy: Its Nature and Treatment (Springfield, IL: Charles C. Thomas Publishers, 1986), ISBN: 0398052433 9780398052430.
"A remarkably condensation of the available literature. Provides a valuable synthesis that counselors and pastors will find most helpful. Recommended." -- Cyril J. Barber

McDonald, Forrest, and Russell Kirk, We the People: The Economic Origins of the Constitution (Library of Conservative Thought. Transaction Pub, reprint edition, March 1992), ISBN: 1560005742 9781560005742.
"Few vices are easier to arouse than envy. Politicians and ideologues have had great success exploiting the resentment that arises when pitting rich against the poor.
"From the time of its publication in 1913 until the 1960s, Charles Beard's thesis dominated discussion of the founders' motives. In the mode of the Marxist interpretation of history as class struggle, Beard argued that economic self-interest, rather than concern for the general good, determined the writing and outcome of the Constitution.
"Interestingly, Beard asserted his system of alignment without actually proving it, admitting that his work was fragmentary because it failed to fill in the blanks. The real legwork of research wasn't done until over fifty years later, when historian Forrest McDonald put Beard's thesis to the test. McDonald dug through numerous public records to write economic biographies of the delegates (the 55 who attended the Constitutional Convention and the 1,750 members at the state conventions), analyzing their occupations, income, and assets. By comparing these to how the delegates voted, he found that Beard's thesis was incompatible with the facts.
"In We the People McDonald analyzed the geographical and political factions represented by delegates, their property holdings and occupations, their voting patterns, if any, and whether they benefited directly from the proposed Constitution. For the state conventions he divided chapters into states favorable, divided, and opposed to the Constitution. At the end he re-evaluated Beard's thesis and discussed whether any economic interpretation could be applied to our founding given the complexity and variety of occupations and opinions that existed.
"The result was a remarkable, though at times necessarily tedious, bit of historical detective work. Very likely it came as a great relief to many Americans to learn that the founders had something other than their own economic gain at heart. Probably few were surprised that the founders were a much more diverse group than Beard had realized.
"We may find that independence difficult to believe today, when the forces of selfishness, materialism, and special interest seem so dominant, not merely among political and business leaders but among the general populace. Today propagandists still want to align people into absolutes, much like trial lawyers who portray their clients as angels and their opponents as devils. Our shallow political debates revolve around false dichotomies such as the Party of Business and the Party of the Common Man. But I imagine this adversarial, intellectually dishonest approach will continue to be used as an effective tool as long as there is envy to be harvested in the heart of man. -- Reader's Comment

Melville, Herman, Billy Bud (Blue Unicorn Editions, July 7, 2000), ISBN: 1583960961.
"Billy Budd is a novelette by the American seagoing author, Herman Melville, who also wrote MOBY DICK. BILLY BUDD was written just before his death in 1891, however, was not published until 1924.
"Billy Budd is the typical Handsome Sailor of 18th Century balladry and, because of his innocence and beauty, is hated by Claggart, a dark, demon-haunted petty officer. In his simplicity, Billy cannot understand why Claggart should hate him, why evil should desire to destroy good. Claggart concocts a fantastic story of mutiny, supposely plotted by Billy, whom he accuses to the Captain. Billy, unable to speak, in his only act of rebellion, strikes Claggart a fatal blow. Captain Vere, who sympathizes with Billy and recognizes his essential innocence, is nevertheless forced to comdemn him, and though Billy is hanged he lives on as a legend among sailors." -- A table setting at the old Howard Johnston's Restaurant, Staunton, Virginia, 1973.

Walters, Richard P., Jealousy, Envy, Lust: The Weeds of Greed (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House), ISBN: 0310425913 9780310425915.
"Walters explains how to overcome the deadly trilogy of jealousy, envy, and lust. Allowed to grow and fester they will consume anyone involved with them." -- GCB

See also: The sovereignty of god, The doctrine of man (human nature, total depravity), The covenant faithfulness of god, Sexual relationship, Covetousness, self, selfishness, Bitterness and resentment, Repentance, the key to salvation and change, Trusting god, The covenant faithfulness of god, Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, The sovereign grace of god: his everlasting mercy and lovingkindness, Casuistry, cases of conscience, Sexual relationship, Spirituality and harlotry, Anger, Envy, Pride, The local church, Sibling rivalry, Self, Carnality and flesh pleasing: lust, desires, ambition, Lust, and so forth, and so on.
TCRB5: 1137, 1138, 1850, 1851
MGTP: Envy

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Joy Sabotaged by Envy
A sermon by Greg Price on Ecclesiastes 4:4-6, delivered Februrary 19, 2006.
http://www.albanycrpc.org/sermons.php



Ethics, Computer Ethics, Cyberethics

See the Theological Notes, "The Wisdom and Will of God," at Daniel 2:20 in The Reformation Study Bible

See the Theological Notes, "The Authority of Scripture," at 2 Timothy 3:16 in The Reformation Study Bible.

See the Theological Notes, "The Law of God," at Exodus 20:1 in The Reformation Study Bible.

See the Theological Notes, "The Three Purposes of the Law," at Deuteronomy 13:10 in The Reformation Study Bible.

See the Theological Notes, "Mankind's Guilty Knowledge of God," at Romans 1:29 in The Reformation Study Bible.

See the Theological Notes, "The Teaching of Jesus," at Matthew 7:28 in The Reformation Study Bible

See the Theological Notes, "Conscience and the Law," at 1 Samuel 24:5 in The Reformation Study Bible.

The prophets brought instruction and rebuke to people at all levels of society, denouncing every kind of sin. Religiously, they are "ethical monotheists"; socially, they are the unquenchable conscience of the just, spiritually, they are the precursors of the kingdom of God, announcing Jesus Christ to the world. -- from "Introduction to the Prophets," page 1019, The Reformation Study Bible

Psalm 15, the Decalogue of Conduct.

Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre's sake. One of themselves, even a prophet of their own, said, The Cretians are alway liars, evil beasts, slow bellies. This witness is true. Wherefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith. (Titus 1:11-13)

Christianity is the source of truth and life and the highest ethical standard known to mankind.

A republic once equally poised must either preserve its virtue or lose its liberty. . . . He is the best friend of American liberty who is most sincere and active in promoting pure and undefiled religion. -- John Witherspoon

Strive greatly to have and to exercise a good conscience towards God, and men; to commit thy soul, life, and cause to the Lord; and then expect the worst of men, and the best of Christ. -- Vavasor Powell

Relativity applies to physics, not ethics. -- Albert Einstein

Positive good is the real moderating influence, not compromise with evil. -- Roger Pooley

Even as he who is troubled with a buringin fever is hotter than he who is parched with the sun; so is that man more troubled who hath a guilty conscience than a good man by all outward afflictions. -- Daniel Cawdray

Owners, directors, executives, and managers can delegate authority, but they can not delegate responsibility.

"The State, considered in its corporate character, is A MORAL PERSON, with a moral standing and responsibility. It is not the creation of the so-called social compact or of the popular will, but a divine institution based on natural religion. It coheres by a moral and religious bond; and its rulers are the lieutenants of God. If the State is a moral person, capable of performing duty, of committing sin, and suffering punishment, which every one must own who traces the fate of nations according to the divine word, it follows that a nation, acting by its rulers, can accept Christianity and make a public profession of it as the national rule and guide. It had been held together previous to the recognition of Christianity by some form of religion however impure, without which it could not have existed. And the first duty of the civil ruler when brought in contact with Christianity and persuaded of its divine origin is to RECEIVE THE BIBLE AS A REVELATION in a national way. The immediate effect of this is that it constitutes the State a Christian State, and pledges it to purge out its previous religion in the same way as Pagan and Mahommedan nations constituted themselves, according to their false religions, or as the atheistic state was constituted, or rather attempted to be constituted, by the French Convention. A nation must have a religion, and the only question is, which it will adopt. And when Christianity comes to the nation, or to the family, it does not frown on either of these institutions, which also are divine in origin, but enters into them with an elevating purifying power, and sweetly coalesces with all that is purely human in both. These ordinances of God now became vessels by which Christianity is diffused. The national recognition of the Bible as a revelation subjecting the nation to its authority, though a great step gained, does not exhaust the nationís duty, as widely diverging views prevail upon the right interpretation of the Bible. The State must by the necessity of the case ADOPT A CREED which will commonly be prepared by the Church. The same duty that devolves upon an individual Christian confronts a Christian State, and it naturally appends the civil sanction to the Churchís creed. It must distinguish between scripture truth and its perversion. The State, by the adoption of a creed, gives utterance to the self-consciousness of a Christian community. It confesses the Christianity it has adopted. . . . The nation, acting by its rulers, must needs adopt a creed, and so distinguish between truth and error in the confession which it makes. It must be Trinitarian or Unitarian, Protestant or Popish, Calvinistic or Arminian, by the necessity of the position. These diverging lines of profession cannot be ignored. More than that; the responsible rulers must proclaim a Christian constitution and adopt a legislation all through the nationís history upon the principles of revelation. A Christian State is competent to make the same confession of its faith that an individual makes." --George Smeaton, The Scottish Theory of Ecclesiastical Establishments, pp. 4-6.

This same "lack of moral vigor" that results in the blue code (colleagues do not report each other for misconduct within the law enforcement community and healthcare community) also results in a corollary "code red."
The uneducated and the ignorant are prone to place their "trust in men, rather than trusting in God" to provide for their needs. So, we are all fearful of losing our jobs. If an individual points out that something is not right in an organization, regardless of how tactful and respectful they are, leadership tends to unite, and to brand the individual as a "trouble maker."
In the Washington, DC metropolitan area it is said that if an individual comes to town to change what is not right, then within six months that individual either "bends his knee" to "the powers that be," or leaves town.
A medical patient who reports misconduct or malpractice may find that suddenly, without reason, they are dropped as a patient or "given a hard time" by their previous local healthcare support group.
This unwritten code red, as practice in the military, was dramatized in the movie "A Few Good Men" (1992).
In the final analysis, of course, our lives depend upon trusting in God and in his commandments, laws, statutes, principles and practices -- in his word.

According to the FBI, securities fraud includes false information on a company's financial statement and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filings; lying to corporate auditors; insider trading; stock manipulation schemes, and embezzlement by stockbrokers.
Securities regulators and other prominent groups estimate civil securities fraud totals approximately $40 billion per year. . . .
Securities fraud is becoming more complex as the industry develops more complicated investment vehicles. In addition, white collar criminals are expanding the scope of their fraud and are looking outside the United States for new markets, new investors, and banking secrecy havens to hide unjust enrichment. . . .
Any investor can become a victim, but persons aged fifty years or older are most often victimized, whether as direct purchasers in securities or indirect purchasers through pension funds. Not only do investors lose but so can creditors, taxing authorities, and employees.
Potential perpetrators of securities fraud within a publicly-traded firm include any dishonest official within the company who has access to the payroll or financial reports that can be manipulated to: overstate assets, overstate revenues, understate costs, understate liabilities." -- "Securities fraud"

Abshire, Gary M., Ethics, Society and Computers: A Bibliography (University of Southwestern Louisiana. Computer Science Department).

Acheson, Thomas Houston, The Moral Personality of the Nation.

American Medical Association (AMA) Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs, Code of Medical Ethics: Current Opinions With Annotations, 2004-2005 (American Medical Association; August 1, 2004), ISBN: 1579477771 9781579477776.
"For more than 155 years, the AMA Code of Medical Ethics has been considered the most comprehensive ethics guide for physicians, covering a wide range of issues related to the patient-physician relationship, such as confidentiality and end-of-life care. It also addresses social policy issues that affect medical practice matters as well as medical records, fees and charges, professional rights and more. This edition features:

  1. More than 185 ethical opinions of the AMA's Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs
  2. Clarification of opinions on gifts to physicians from industry and sales of goods from physician's offices 12 new opinions including those on privacy, genomic research, electronic mail, errors, health-related Web sites and cloning
  3. Includes the revised copy of the Principles of Medical Ethics
  4. Detailed annotations of case law and journal articles to speed and assist research
"CODE OF MEDICAL ETHICS: CURRENT OPINIONS WITH ANNOTATIONS 2004-2005 is the definitive authority on medical professionalism and is especially valuable as the legal system is showing a greater willingness to look to the Principles and Opinions as a basis for health care law." -- Publisher's Annotation
http://www.ama-assn.org/ama/pub/category/2512.html

*AMES, WILLIAM, Conscience With the Power and Cases Thereof, ISBN: 9022107086. Available (THE WORKS OF THE REVEREND AND FAITHFUL MINISTER OF CHRIST, WILLIAM AMES) on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive.
William Ames was a student of William Perkins at Cambridge.
"Translated out of the Latin into English, this extremely rare item is in excellent condition (i.e. the print is very good, making it easy to read). The work is divided into five books, expanding on the second part of his famous MARROW OF DIVINITY. Book one contains the definition of conscience. Book two deals with cases of conscience which concern the state of man. Book three expounds man's duty in general. Book four explains Ames' view concerning conscience and the duty of man towards God and book five treats of the duties of man towards his neighbor. For the Scottish Presbyterian view concerning these matters see Samuel Rutherford's amazing FREE DISPUTATION AGAINST PRETENDED LIBERTY OF CONSCIENCE." -- SWRB
The Works of the Reverend and Faithful Minister of Christ William Ames . . .
http://books.google.com/books?id=VhZSGwAACAAJ&ie=ISO-8859-1&output=html

*Anderson, James N.D., Issues of Life and Death (London, England: Hodder and Stoughton, 1976), ISBN: 0340231513 9780340231517.
"In this work Sir Norman presents his `Lectures on Contemporary Christianity,' University of London, 1975. He establishes his thesis for the development of ethical principles squarely on the sacredness of human life as presented in the Bible. While on the one hand this treatise is a valuable corrective for Ward's THE DIVINE IMAGE, on the other it is a bold attempt to provide a rational defense for a viable system of ethics. In this we believe Anderson has been most successful." -- Cyril J. Barber

*Anderson, James N.D., Morality, Law and Grace (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, 1971), ISBN: 0877845468 9780877845461.
"Faces the pressing problems of the present day and provides perceptive counsel and sane solutions to the moral confusion of our contemporary society. Also underscores the relevancy of the Christian message, the uniqueness of its ethic, and the richness of its liberty. An admirable blending of scientific logic, legal expertise, and Biblical knowledge." -- Cyril J. Barber

Archer, Gleason L., Ethical Obligations of the Lawyer (Littleton, CO: Rothman, Fred B., and Company, 1981), ISBN: 0837702070 9780837702070.

Barna, George, The Barna Report 1992-93: America Renews its Search for God (Ventura, CA: Gospel Light [Regal]).
"Barna's WHAT AMERICANS BELIEVE captures a snapshot of American Christianity in 1991. This totally-new election-year edition updates the picture! . . . Vital information is easy to grasp with key charts and graphs (more detailed tables appear in the appendix) and easy to apply practical action steps." -- CBD

*Barna, George, What Americans Believe: An Annual Survey of Values and Religious Views in the United States (Ventura, CA: Regal Books, 1991), ISBN: 0830715053 9780830715053.
"Our society is changing in ways that have dramatic implications for the future of morality, ethics, and the Christian church. Three quarters of young adults in this country believe there is no absolute truth -- a major change from older generations which tend to believe in absolute truth. WHAT AMERICANS BELIEVE gives a clear, up-to-the-minute picture of the mores, beliefs, and religious attitudes of Americans. It is based on an annual survey conducted by the Barna Research Group and covers 65 questions about values, life-style, and religious beliefs." A tool to reshape ministerial strategies.

Bauckham, Richard J. (editor), The Nuclear Weapons Debate: Theological and Ethical Issues (Philadelphia, PA: Trinity Press International, 1989), ISBN: 033401140X 9780334011408.

*Bell, Robert, Impure Science: Fraud, Compromise, and Political Influence in Scientific Research (New York: Wiley, 1992), ISBN: 0471529133 9780471529132, 320 pages.
"The author lifts the veil of secrecy from scientific research conducted in this country. He presents a shattering indictment of the scientific community from the halls of government to the research centers at major universities and corporations. Documents case after case of influence peddling, doctored research and outright fraud, and reveals how the twin forces of money and status compromise and corrupt the pursuit of scientific truth." -- Publisher's Annotation

Bloesch, Donald George, Freedom of Obedience: Evangelical Ethics in Contemporary Times (San Francisco, CA: Harper and Row, 1987), ISBN: 1579109322 9781579109325.
"Among my reasons for writing this book is the desire to present an evangelical alternative to the situationist and naturalist ethics that presently dominate the discussion in this field. While the primary focus of the book is on theological ethics, frequently references are made to current social issues; the last chapter is devoted to the intractable problem of war." -- Publisher's Annotation

Bologna, G. Jack, and Robert J. Lindquist, Fraud Auditing and Forensic Accounting: New Tools and Techniques, 2nd edition (Wiley, January 15, 1995), 249 pages, ISBN: 0471106461 9780471106463.
"Fraud, in the words of the authors, is no simple vice. Recent years have seen it grow both in size and complexity, to the point where some estimates place losses due to fraud at well over $100 billion a year. And, with the increasing complexity of financial structures and the intensity of business competition, fraud has become harder to detect and more tempting to commit.
"Since much of the responsibility for detecting fraud has been assumed by the accounting profession, accountants need to learn how to recognize its signs and investigate it. FRAUD AUDITING AND FORENSIC ACCOUNTING, SECOND EDITION focuses on the investigation, detection, documentation, and prevention of accounting frauds, stock frauds, and employee theft and embezzlement. Written by recognized experts in the field of white-collar crime, this comprehensive book provides an incisive, in-depth analysis of how fraud occurs within an organization and explains the latest techniques for fighting it. The authors have brought together up-to-date material to show practicing professionals how to:

"G. JACK BOLOGNA, BBA, JD, CFE, is President of Computer Protection Systems, Inc., and Associate Professor of Management at Siena Heights College. Among his numerous publications are THE ACCOUNTANT'S HANDBOOK OF FRAUD AND COMMERCIAL CRIME (Wiley), FORENSIC ACCOUNTING HANDBOOK, and HANDBOOK ON CORPORATE FRAUD. He is also editor of two newsletters, Forensic Accounting Review and Computer Security Digest. Mr. Bologna is a recipient of the Thomas J. Fitzgerald Award for significant contribution to the field of information security.
"Robert J. Lindquist, BCOMM, CA, CFE, is CEO of Lindquist, Avey, Macdonald, Baskerville, Inc., a leading North American forensic and investigative accounting firm based in Washington, D.C. Previously, he was Partner and National Director of the forensic accounting services division of a 'Big Six' accounting firm. In addition to writing and lecturing on forensic accounting, he has served as the Chairman of the National Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (1993)." -- Publisher's Annotation

Borkin, Joseph, The Corrupt Judge: An Inquiry Into Bribery and Other High Crimes and Misdemeanors in the Federal Courts (World Pub. Co., 1966), 310 pages.

Briner, Bob, The Leadership Lessons of Jesus: A Timeless Model for Today's Leaders, ISBN: 0805463569 9780805463569.
"Bob Briner and Ray Pritchard bring an exciting and refreshing look at how the greatest leader in the world can provide the blueprint to become leaders in our own lives, our communities, our workplace, and especially in our own families. If you are a father, a brother, a coach, a teacher, or someone in a position of influencing another human being, this is a must read!" -- Reader's Comment
"There are too many leaders in the church and not enough followers of the only Leader, Jesus Christ. Bob Briner puts leadership in the proper context. A Leader is supposed to lead others, not to himself, but to Jesus." -- Cal Thomas

Bruce, William Straton, The Formation of Christian Character: A Contribution to Christian Ethics, ISBN: 0837060907 9780837060903.

*Callahan, David, The Cheating Culture: Why More Americans are Doing Wrong to get Ahead, updated with a new afterword, 366 pages, ISBN: 0156030055 9780156030052.
"While there have always been those who cut corners, the author shows that cheating on every level -- from the highly publicized corporate scandals to Little League fraud -- has risen dramatically in the last two decades. Why all the cheating? Why now? Callahan pins the blame on the dog-eat-dog economic climate of the past two decades. An unfettered market and unprecedented economic inequality have corroded our values, he argues -- and ultimately threaten the level playing field so central to American democracy itself. Through revealing interviews and extensive data, he takes us on a gripping tour of cheating in America and offers a powerful argument for why it matters.
"David Callahan is cofounder and director of research at the public policy center Demos. The author of five books, he has published articles in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and USA Today, and has been a frequent commentator on CNN, MSNBC, and NPR. He received a Ph.D. in politics from Princeton University and lives in New York City." --Publisher's Annotation
"I recommend that this book be read together with John Perkins, CONFESSIONS OF AN ECONOMIC HIT MAN and William Greider's, THE SOUL OF CAPITALISM: OPENING PATHS TO A MORAL ECONOMY. As a pre-amble, I would note that a Nobel Prize was given in the late 1990's to a man that demonstrates that trust lowers the cost of doing business. Morality matters -- immorality imposes a pervasive sustained, insidious, long-term, and ultimately fatal cost on any community, any Republic, and that is the core message of this book that most reviewers seem to be missing.
"Any student of national security can tell you that one of the most important sources of national power is the population, followed by the economy, natural resources, and then the more traditional sources of national power: diplomacy, military, law enforcement, and government policies generally.
"What this author makes clear is that our population has become a cheating population, one that cheats in school, cheats their employer, and cheats their clients (lawyers, accountants, doctors, all cheating). Such a population is literally undermining national security by creating false values, and undermining true values. Some simple examples: an estimated $250 Billion a year in individual tax avoidance; an estimated $600 Billion a year in theft from employers; an estimated $250 Billion a year in legalized corporate tax avoidance and investor fraud; and an additional $250 Billion a year in legalized theft form the individual taxpayers through Congressional support for unnecessary and ill-advised 'subsidies' for agriculture, fishing, and forestry, as well as waivers of environmental standards that ultimately result in long-term external diseconomies . . .
"At root, the author observes that pervasive cheating ensues from the perception by the majority that 'everyone does it' and that the rules are not being enforced -- that 'the system' lacks legitimacy. In other countries, illegitimacy might lead to revolution, a revolt of the masses. In the USA, still a very rich country, the poor are cheating on the margins while the rich are looting the country, and we are not yet at a 'tipping point' [This book was written before the Meltdown of 2008. -- sk] such as a new Great Depression might inspire. . . .
"Cheating diminishes trust and reduces value. America has become corrupt across all the professions, within Congress, within the media, within the political level of government (the civil service remains a bastion of propriety).
"What price freedom? What price the Republic? You may or may not choose to agree with this author's diagnosis and prescription, but in my view, he gets to the heart of the matter. It's about integrity. We've lost it. [Callahan's solutions come from a liberal, humanistic position, nevertheless the bulk of the book is an extensive analysis of cheating in society that is well documented -- 32 pages of endnotes -- and should be enlightening to most readers. -- sk]
"See also, with reviews: THE BATTLE FOR THE SOUL OF CAPITALISM: HOW THE FINANCIAL SYSTEM UNDERMINDED SOCIAL IDEALS, DAMAGED TRUST IN THE MARKETS, ROBBED INVESTORS OF TRILLIONS - AND WHAT TO DO ABOUT IT; THE FIFTY-YEAR WOUND: HOW AMERICA'S COLD WAR VICTORY HAS SHAPED OUR WORLD; THE GLOBAL CLASS WAR: HOW AMERICA'S BIPARTISAN ELITE LOST OUR FUTURE - AND WHAT IT WILL TAKE TO WIN IT BACK; WAR ON THE MIDDLE CLASS: HOW THE GOVERNMENT, BIG BUSINESS, AND SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS ARE WAGING WAR ON THE AMERICAN DREAM AND HOW TO FIGHT BACK; THE WORKING POOR: INVISIBLE IN AMERICA; and OFF THE BOOKS: THE UNDERGROUND ECONOMY OF THE URBAN POOR." -- Reader's Comment

Carden, Allen, Puritan Christianity in America: Religion and Life in Seventeenth-Century Massachusetts, ISBN: 0801025435 9780801025433. "After exploring the Biblical basis of the Puritan movement, Carden's thematic study examines all aspects of Puritan theology as well as the Puritan's approach to the Christian life, social ethics, politics, family life, education, and culture. He concludes with an overview of the legacy bequeathed to American culture." -- GCB

Cheney, Darwin, Ethical Issues in Research (Frederick, MD: University Pub. Group, 1993), ISBN: 9781555720162 1555720161.

*Childress, James F. and John Macquarrie, The Westminster Dictionary of Christian Ethics (Westminster John Knox Press: revised edition, March 1, 1986), ISBN: 0664227678 9780664227678.
"With Childress as primary editor, this work revises Macquarrie's well-known DICTIONARY OF CHRISTIAN ETHICS (Westminster, 1967). The new edition has many additional entries, such as "Death, Determination of" and "Deprogramming." Where possible, the original contributors have updated their own articles, and entries are generally longer than before, with revised bibliographies and more cross-references. The major omission is biographical entries, though movements associated with individuals remain. Recommended. -- Richard S. Watts, San Bernardino Cty. Lib., Cal. in Library Journal

Chilton, Bruce, Jesus and the Ethics of the Kingdom (Grand Rapids, MI: Wm.B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.), ISBN: 0802803539 9780802803535.

*EDWARDS, JONATHAN, The Nature of True Virtue. Alternate title: AN ESSAY ON THE NATURE OF TRUE VIRTUE, ISBN: 9781846857591 1846857597. Alternate title: AN ESSAY ON THE NATURE OF TRUE VIRTUE. A Christian classic. Available (THE WORKS OF JONATHAN EDWARDS) on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive.
"A systematic treatise on the nature of true ethics. Modern writers have much to learn from this reprint from Edwards' works." -- Cyril J. Barber

*Ellul, Jacques, Ethics of Freedom (Grand Rapids, MI: Wm.B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1976), ISBN: 0802834728 9780802834720.
"Ellul examines political freedom, but also talks about working it out in all human relationships. In a kind of dialogue with the Bible, he relates the Christian concept of freedom as rooted in the liberating work of Christ . . ." -- Vernon Grounds

Ellul, Jacques, Money and Power (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1984), ISBN: 0551013923 9780551013926.
Translated by L. Neff. "Discusses the ethics of wealth and incidentally elucidates the Biblical teaching on money and its use. . . ." -- Cyril J. Barber
"In this one of many brilliant books by Ellul, he exposes the folly of a purely collective, societal approach, such as that offered by communism, or capitalism. Instead, through a study of various Biblical references in the Old and New Testament, puts the responsibility on the individual. The new covenant of Jesus is compared to the Old Testament pattern of wealth as a sign of blessing. He examines the teaching of Jesus on God and Mammon. Contemporary models of stewardship are exposed as inadequate. Further, he clearly shows the underlying power money has over a person, despite any feelings of control we may think we have. The teachings of Jesus about giving and trusting provide the path to freedom -- every hair is numbered. Only by God's grace and transforming love are we able to overcome this subtle and insidious power. Highly recommended, especially at a time in our history when many have lost faith in the market." -- Reader's Comment

Ermann, M. David (editor), Michele S. Shauf (editor), Computers, Ethics, and Society, 3 edition, 256 pages, ISBN: 0195143027 9780195143027.
"As computers have become increasingly important in our everyday lives, their potential to strip away our privacy and autonomy increases exponentially. This book offers a comprehensive, interdisciplinary set of readings on the ethical and social implications of computer technology. Taking into account technical, social, and philosophical issues, the contributors consider topics such as the work-related ramifications of automation, the ethical obligations of computer specialists, and the threats to privacy that come with increased computerization.
"M. David Ermann is at University of Delaware. Michele S. Shauf is at Georgia Institute of Technology." -- Publisher's Annotation
"Very resourceful and insightful. This book should be cited frequently during discussions of: the legal and ethical parameters of computer use; society's perceptions of the proper use of computers; and the social and professional responsibilities of those individuals and organizations that employ computers in information-mediated environments." -- John O. Omachonu, Fort Valley State University

Estes, Ralph W., Tyranny of the Bottom Line: Why Corporations Make Good People do Bad Things (Berrett-Koehler, January 1996), ISBN: 1881052753 9781881052753.
"TYRANNY OF THE BOTTOM LINE tells how the corporate system, originally created to serve the public interest, has acquired immense power over the public. Largely unconstrained by a captive regulatory bureaucracy, corporations today exercise a silent dominance over much of our society. This dominion can produce substantial good, but can also bring injury and death to employees, financial and personal loss to customers, desolation to communities, poisonous pollution and hazardous waste to the nation.
"In TYRANNY OF THE BOTTOM LINE, Ralph Estes tells the story of corporate power gone awry: permanent layoffs affecting millions of people while CEO salaries go through the roof; toxic waste poisoning the land, water, and air; unhealthy and dangerous products on the market; injury and death on the job; white-collar hustles in the S&Ls and on Wall Street that ultimately cost us all.
"Emphasizing the notion that all of us are stakeholders in the large corporation-with an investment, an interest in its performance, and a right to accountability -- Ralph Estes offers proposals for creating more effective and humane companies, restoring the original public purpose of the corporate system, and allowing managers to make choices that effectively and ethically balance the interests of everyone. Estes lays out a practical, specific plan for the development of a new, fair score-keeping system that shows the effects of a corporation's actions on all its stakeholders, not merely its stockholders, and then tells managers that they will be responsible for these effects.
"Based on the author's many years of research and experience, TYRANNY OF THE BOTTOM LINE lays out this prescription in an effective and workable program that can make corporations safer and more rewarding for all of us, and more enjoyable, more honorable, for the people who run them. -- Midwest Book Review

*FAIRBAIRN, PATRICK, The Revelation of Law in Scripture (Winnona Lake, IN: Alpha Publications, 1979, 1869), ISBN: 0875528686 9780875528687. Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive.
"Fairbairn expounds the biblical teaching dealing with the law of God in creation, throughout the Mosaic administration, in the teaching of our Lord, and in the life of the Christian believer. John Murray said of this book, 'THE REVELATION OF LAW IN SCRIPTURE places the law of God in its proper perspective. The careful perusal of this volume should correct the misconceptions which have afflicted the thought of many, and should promote the understanding of the sanctity of God's law without which the gospel of grace is meaningless'." -- SWRB
"These lectures, first published in 1869, treat the moral law implanted in the heart of man and trace its use throughout the Bible. Complete with supplementary dissertations. Excellent. Reformed." -- Cyril J. Barber

*Finley, Martha [aka Martha Farquharson, a pen name] (1828-1909), The Elsie Books, 4 book set (Books 1-4) (Elkton, MD: Holly Halls Publications, 1998).
"Originally written in the late 1800's for girls and young women, the Elsie Dinsmore books were bestsellers for over thirty years. When we are introduced to Elsie in the first book she is a sweet and humble eight-year-old whose great desire in life is to be reunited with her father, whom she has never met. Her faith and her obedience to God's commandments uphold her in the great troubles she often faces, and the drama to which we are spectators is as timely for today's girls as it was for the young ladies of the 19th century. A new edition of one of GCB's best sellers, the series offers Christian values and character building examples through stories that are compelling, heartwarming, and enduring. Ages 10 and up." -- GCB
"The Elsie Books -- 28 in all -- are some of the most widely read children's stories ever written. When they first came out more than a hundred years ago, the publisher could scarcely keep them in stock. . ." -- Publisher's Annotation
"Altogether Miss Finley's novels sold more than 28,000,000 copies in the last century. This made them among the best- selling novels of all time. . ." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.
Gutenberg, Project
http://www.gutenberg.org/
ClassicReader.com
http://www.classicreader.com/
*Book 2: Elsie's Holidays at Roselands. ISBN: 9781888306323 1888306327.
"When Elsie's father becomes ill, she takes on the job of nurse-companion, and all goes well until Elsie, because it is the Sabbath, as a matter of conscience refuses to read to him from a secular book. The battle of wills that ensues nearly causes first her father's death, and then Elsie's. Lonely Elsie -- punished, ostracized, and then abandoned by her father -- turns to her heavenly Father for comfort and assurance. Will her father realize that Elsie's obedience to God must be paramount, and submit himself to the same Divine Authority?" -- Publisher's Annotation
On an even more serious note, one moral of this story is the broader life and death struggle between Truth and Falsehood (see "Absolute Truth and Relativism," "Epistemology," "Christian Scholarship"). The consequence of conflict of will is death of the "One," or war of the "Many" (see Rushdoony, The One and the Many). Conflict of will (see "Will and Recalcitrance," "Rebellion and Lawlessness") may begin when one individual (see "The Doctrine of Man (Human Nature, Total Depravity)" or corporate body (see "Corporate Faithfulness and Sanctification") tries to usurping authority over another (see "Power," "Authority") -- tries to control and possess them (see "Tyranny," "Slavery"). The means of control may be either outward or occult (see "The Occult and Spiritism"): deceit, repression or suppression of the truth, replacing moral and ethical absolutes with relativism (see "Ethics," "Medical Ethics"), unfaithfulness to the highest ethical standards (see "The Ten Commandments, the Moral Law" "The Holy Bible"), apostasy, spirituality and harlotry (see "Idolatry," "Jeremiah"), invocation of the demonic, idolatry, ungodly alliance and secret societies (see "Carnality and Flesh Pleasing: Lust, Desires, Ambition," "Justice, Judgment, God's Final Judgment, The Great White Throne Judgment, The Day of the Lord"), attempts to take authority over another politically or by mental malpractice (see "Selection of Covenant Heads for Positions of Leadership"), "making up their own rules (see "Absolute Truth and Relativism)," ignoring or changing constitutional or creedal documents, unjust laws for the accumulation of wealth and power, indebtedness, disenfranchisement, denial of freedom (see "God the Author of Freedom"), soul-stealing, possessiveness, physical seduction and whoredom, political economic or sexual enslavement (see "Sexual Relationship" "Spirituality and Harlotry"), and so forth, and so on.
This abuse, this soul-violence, quenches the Holy Spirit (see Owen, "God's Presence With a People the Spring of Their Prosperity; With Their Special Interest in Abiding in Him"). If either side is immovable, then death is the consequence (see "Soteriology," "The Atonement," "The Blood of Christ," "Hell" and "Heaven").
How are conflicts of will resolved? By submission to the Absolute Truths of God's word, the great common denominator (Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. -- The Lord Jesus Christ (John 14:6, KJV). All this bears a strain of the Gospel (see "Book-length Presentations of the Free Offer of The Gospel Message of Salvation and the Life to Come: The Means of Grace," "The Westminster Confession of Faith (1646)").
Holidays at Roselands (Gutenberg text)
http://onlinebooks.library.upenn.edu/webbin/gutbook/lookup?num=14280
Mantle Ministries (Elsie Dinsmore and Mildred Series)
http://www.mantlemin.com

Floridi, Luciano, The Cambridge Handbook of Information and Computer Ethics (Cambridge Univ Pr 2010), ISBN: 9780521888981 0521888980.

Forsyth, Peter Taylor, Christ on Parnassus: Lectures on Art, Ethic, and Theology (London, New York, Toronto: Hodder and Stroughton), ISBN: 1579100147 9781579100148.

Gill, David W., The Word of God in the Ethics of Jacques Ellul (Monograph Series, No. 20. Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow Press, Incorporated, 1984), ISBN: 0810816679 9780810816671.

Grenz, Stanley, Sexual Ethics: A Biblical Perspective (Dallas, TX: Word Publishing), ISBN: 0853648697 9780853648697.
"Grenz probes theology, ethics, and medical research to present a thorough, contemporary discussion of human sexuality from a Biblical, Christian viewpoint." -- GCB

Guinn, David E., Handbook of Bioethics and Religion, ISBN: 0195178734 9780195178739.

*Hammon, T.C., Perfect Freedom: An Introduction to Christian Ethics.

*Harrison, Roland Kenneth (editor), Encyclopedia of Biblical and Christian Ethics, revised and updated (Testament, March 4, 2003), 480 pages, ISBN: 0517222280
"A comprehensive reference work for everyone concerned with the complicated moral issues of this world, this unique volume clearly communicates what Scripture teaches about the ethical dilemmas facing our society. Biological warfare, corporate responsibility, human rights, computer ethics, and much more are discussed by over fifty scholars who explain the moral guidelines in the Bible and historic Christian teachings.
"R.K. Harrison, author and editor of over thirty books on biblical studies, has brought together a valuable A to B treasury of thought for every believer searching for guidance." -- Publisher's Annotation
"A compendium of reliable information. Arranged in dictionary format, 550 entries and 61 contributors. Goes beyond descriptive data to the practical application of truth to a variety of situations . . . . The book is well-indexed. . . . Treats ethical areas like apartheid and surrogate motherhood. Probably the best available evangelical treatment of this type." -- GCB

Hauerwas, Stanley, and Samuel Wells, The Blackwell Companion to Christian Ethics, ISBN: 063123506X 9780631235064.

Henry, Carl F.H., Christian Personal Ethics (Grand Rapids, MI: Wm.B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1971).

Henry, Carl F.H. (editor), Wycliffe Dictionary of Christian Ethics (Hendrickson Publishers, Inc.), ISBN: 1565635604 9781565635609.

Himma, Herman T. (editor), Herman T. Tavani (editor), The Handbook of Information and Computer Ethics, 704 pages, ISBN: 0471799599 9780471799597.
"This handbook provides an accessible overview of the most important issues in information and computer ethics. It covers: foundational issues and methodological frameworks; theoretical issues affecting property, privacy, anonymity, and security; professional issues and the information-related professions; responsibility issues and risk assessment; regulatory issues and challenges; access and equity issues. Each chapter explains and evaluates the central positions and arguments on the respective issues, and ends with a bibliography that identifies the most important supplements available on the topic.
"Discover how developments in information technology are raising new ethical debates
"Information and computer ethics has emerged as an important area of philosophical and social theorizing, combining conceptual, meta-ethical, normative, and applied elements. As a result, academic interest in this area has increased dramatically, particularly in computer science, philosophy, and communications departments; business schools; information and library schools; and law schools.
"THE HANDBOOK OF INFORMATION AND COMPUTER ETHICS responds to this growing interest with twenty-seven chapters that address both traditional and current issues in information and computer ethics research. It is organized into six parts:
Foundational Issues and Methodological Frameworks
Theoretical Issues Affecting Property, Privacy, Anonymity, and Security
Professional Issues and the Information-Related Professions Responsibility Issues and Risk Assessment
Regulatory Issues and Challenges
Access and Equity Issues
"Each chapter, written by one or more of the most influential ethicists in their fields of expertise, explains and evaluates the central positions and arguments on the respective issues. Chapters end with a bibliography that identifies the most important supplementary books and papers available on the topic.
"This handbook provides an accessible, yet sophisticated, overview of the most important issues we face in information and computer ethics today. It is an ideal supplemental text for advanced undergraduate- and graduate-level courses in information and computer ethics, and is also of interest to readers who are involved in library science, computer science, or philosophy.
"Kenneth Einar HIMMA, PhD, JD, is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Seattle Pacific University. His research interests include legal philosophy, applied ethics, information ethics, and computer ethics. Dr. Himma has authored more than 100 scholarly articles, encyclopedia entries, book reviews, and op-ed newspaper pieces, as well as a book, INTERNET SECURITY: HACKING, COUNTERHACKING, AND SOCIETY.
Herman T. Tavani, PhD, is Professor of Philosophy at Rivier College (New Hampshire) and President of the International Society for Ethics and Information Technology (INSEIT). He also holds appointments as a visiting lecturer at Boston College and as a visiting scholar at the Harvard School of Public Health. Professor Tavani is the author, editor, or coeditor of five books, including ETHICS AND TECHNOLOGY (Wiley), now in its second edition." -- Publisher's Annotation

Holmes, Arthur (editor), War and Christian Ethics: Classic Readings on the Morality of War (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, 1991), ISBN: 0801041708 9780801041709.

Hopkins, Mark, The Law of Love and Love as a Law: Or, Christian Ethics (Ams Pr, 3rd edition, December 1, 1991), ISBN: 0404591973.

*Hopkins, Rev. Mark, D.D., The Sabbath and Free Institutions. A Paper read before the National Sabbath Convention, Saratoga, Aug. 13, 1863. On invitation of the New York Sabbath Committee (New York: Edward O. Jenkins, 1863). Pamphlet, 9X6, 20 pages.
"Hopkins argues three points, 1. That a religious observance of the Sabbath, or, as it may be called by way of distinction, the religious Sabbath, would secure the permanence of free institutions [civil governments], 2. That without the Sabbath religiously observed, the permanence of free institutions cannot be secured, and 3. That the civil, as based on the religious Sabbath, is an institution to which society has a natural right, precisely as it has to property." -- Wurth Books
"These propositions were demonstrated by a process of reasoning simple and irresistible, and, we may add, majestic. The third of these propositions, viz.: That society has a natural right to the civil Sabbath, is one of special interest and importance. It furnishes a firm foundation on which to rest rights and duty of the community to protect the Sabbath by civil legislation." -- Charles Hodge, D.D., of Princeton, reporting to The National Sabbath Convention, 1863, p. 19, "The Sabbath and Free Institutions." Charles Hodge and his son, A.A. Hodge, are considered to be two of the finest theologians produced by America.
"Mark Hopkins, educator, b. in Stockbridge, Mass., 4 Feb., 1802; d. in Williamstown, Mass., 17 June, 1887. He was a grandson of Col. Mark, of the Revolutionary army, a graduate of Yale, and the first lawyer in Berkshire county, who was a younger brother of Dr. Samuel, the theologian, and married to a half-sister of Ephraim Williams, the founder of Williams College. He was graduated at Williams in 1824, with the valedictory, was a tutor in that college in 1825-7, studied medicine at the same time, and was graduated at the Berkshire medical school in 1829. He began practice in New York city, but in 1830 was called to the chair of moral philosophy and rhetoric at Williams. He was licensed to preach in 1832. In 1836 he succeeded Dr. Edward D. Griffin as president of the college, which post he held until 1872, when he resigned, though retaining the chair of moral and intellectual philosophy, which was established for him in 1836, and that of Christian theology, which he assumed in 1858. The pastorate of the college church, on which he entered in 1836, he retained till 1883. He became president of the American board of commissioners for foreign missions in 1857. He received the degree of D.D. from Dartmouth in 1837, and Harvard in 1841, and that of LL.D. from the University of the state of New York in 1857, and from Harvard at its 259th anniversary in 1886.
"President Hopkins had a large influence for good, and was much beloved by his pupils, many of whom became eminent men, among them James A. Garfield. He was one of the most acute students of moral science that this country has produced since Jonathan Edwards. The last and fullest expression of his philosophical system is found the works entitled THE LAW OF LOVE AND LOVE AS THE LAW [CHRISTIAN ETHICS], ISBN: 9781429017824 1429017821, and AN OUTLINE STUDY OF MAN [AN OUTLINE STUDY OF MAN, or, THE BODY AND MIND IN ONE SYSTEM WITH ILLUSTRATIVE DIAGRAMS, AND A METHOD FOR BLACKBOARD TEACHING, New York: Scribner, 1887, c1886.], both extensively used as textbooks, and the latter illustrating his methods in the classroom." -- Appleton's Cyclopedia of American Biography, 1888.
The Sabbath and Free Institutions
http://www.lettermen2.com/hopkins.html

*Kaiser, Walter C., Jr., Toward Old Testament Ethics (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House).
"Part 1 deals with definition and methodology. Part 2 summarizes texts in Old Testament ethics. Part 3 deals with the content of Old Testament ethics. Part 4 probes the moral difficulties in the Old Testament. Part 5 covers Old testament ethics and New Testament applications." -- GCB

Kaiser, Walter Christian, Jr., What Does the Lord Require?: A Guide for Preaching and Teaching Biblical Ethics, ISBN: 9780801036361 0801036364.

Keen, Michael, and Stephen Smith, VAT Fraud and Evasion: What do we Know, and What can be Done? (International Monetary Fund. Fiscal Affairs Dept).

*Kevan, Ernest F., Moral Law (Philadelphia, PA: The Presbyterian & Reformed Publishing Co.), ISBN: 0875522998 9780875522999.

*Leith, John H., John Calvin's Doctrine of the Christian Life (Louisville, KY: Westminster/John Knox Press), ISBN: 0664213308 9780664213305.
"This work provides a thorough analysis of Calvinist doctrine, defining Christian life in relation to four aspect of Calvinist thought: justification by faith, providence and predestination, history and the transhistorical, and church and society. The relationship between God and man is seen as the most central." -- GCB

Lewis, Paul, 40 Ways to Teach Your Child Values: Honesty, Managing Money, Making Good Choices, Controlling TV, Courage, ISBN: 0310216990 9780310216995.

Lindsley, Arthur W., Jr., Conscience and Casuistry in the English Puritan Concept of Reformation (University of Pittsburgh, Ph.D. thesis, 1982).
"This study also argues that it is in the Puritan view of conscience and casuistry that we have a key to the uniqueness of Puritanism. The passion of Puritans like Perkins and Ames was the application of theology to life. It is in their view of conscience and casuistry that theology and practice meet. . . . It is also argued that there has been a failure to recognize the centrality of conscience in Puritan preaching. Preaching was directed at the conscience. The Puritan `plain' style was thought the most adequate method for penetrating the conscience. . . ." -- Dissertation Abstracts

Long, Edward Le Roy, Conscience and Compromise: An Approach to Protestant Casuistry.

Long, Edward Le Roy, A Survey of Recent Christian Ethics, ISBN: 0195031598 9780195031591.

Long, Edward Le Roy, War and Conscience in America.

Malone, Samuel A., Greed, Fraud, Lies, Bribery and Corruption: A Guide to Organizational Ethics (The Liffey Press, October 2005), ISBN: 9781852525774 1852525770, 250 pages.

*MASON, ARCHIBALD, Observations on the Public Covenants Betwixt God and the Church: A Discourse (1799). Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #27 ISBN: 0921148240 9780921148241.
Contents: Observations on the public covenants betwixt God and the church / Archibald Mason -- Paleopresbyterianism vs. neopresbyterianism / Michael Wagner -- Permanence of covenant obligation -- The preface and bibliography to the rare bound photocopy: obligation of social covenanting --The binding nature of national covenants with God -- The Solemn League & Covenant -- Guide for studying the Westminster Confession, in suggested order of reading -- Terms of ministerial and Christian communion in the Reformed Presbyterian Church -- Corporate sanctification: holding fast the attainments of Reformation / John Brown -- What is a moral person? How God views the church and the nations / David Scott, John Cunningham, and George Smeaton -- A hind let loose / Alexander Shields -- Of separation from corrupt churches -- Old landmarks--confession and testimony.
Includes: What is a Moral Person? How God Views the Church and the Nations, David Scott, John Cunningham, and George Smeaton
http://www.swrb.com/newslett/actualnls/moral.htm

Maston, Thomas B., Biblical Ethics (Cleveland, OH: World Publishing Co., 1967), ISBN: 0865543127 9780865543126.
"A thoughtful and comprehensive survey of Biblical ethics, with the major emphasis on the ethical unity of the Bible. The author is convinced that the dynamic and ethical unity of the Bible are derived from the nature of God, whose grace and truth are discoverable in the message and ministry of Christ." -- Cyril J. Barber

McChesney, Fred S., Money for Nothing: Politicians, Rent Extraction, and Political Extortion (Harvard University Press, May 30, 1997), ISBN: 0674583302 9780674583306, 240 pages.
"Surveys reveal that a majority of Americans believe government is run for special interests, not public interest. The increased presence and power of lobbyists in Washington and the excesses of PAC and campaign contributions, in-kind benefits, and other favors would seem to indicate a government of weak public servants corrupted by big private-interest groups.
"But as Fred McChesney shows, this perspective affords only a partial understanding of why private interests are paying, and what they are paying for. Consider, for example, Citicorp, the nation's largest banking company, whose registered lobbyists spend most of their time blocking legislation that could hurt any one of the company's credit-card, loan, or financial-service operations. What this scenario suggests, the author argues, is that payments to politicians are often made not for political favors, but to avoid political disfavor, that is, as part of a system of political extortion or 'rent extraction.'
"The basic notion of rent extraction is simple: because the state can legally take wealth from its citizens, politicians can extort from private parties payments not to expropriate private wealth. In that sense, rent (that is, wealth) extraction is 'money for nothing' -- money paid in exchange for politicians' inaction. After constructing this model of wealth extraction, McChesney tests it with many examples, including several involving routine proposals of tax legislation, followed by withdrawal for a price. He also shows how the model applies more generally to regulation. Finally, he examines how binding contracts are written between private interests and politicians not to extract wealth.
"This book, standing squarely at the intersection of law, political science, and economics, vividly illustrates the patterns of legal extortion underlying the current fabric of interest-group politics.
"Fred S. McChesney is Professor of Law at the Cornell Law School." -- Publisher's Annotation "To support his view that rent extraction imposes enormous costs on the economy, McChesney provides a wealth of evidence from recent policy debates. For example, he cites the United States Federal Trade Commission's efforts - at the request of Congress - to impose warranty and defect disclosure requirements on used car dealers as an attempt by individual members of Congress to obtain campaign contributions in exchange for voiding the rules. In this instance, he provides statistics on contributions made by the National Auto Dealers' Association to members of Congress who voted to repeal the regulations. In discussing the Supreme Court's response to the wheeling and dealing, he points out that the dealers were essentially tricked into paying to repeal legislation that Congress never intended to enact anyway.
"On the Clinton health care plan, he states that stock prices of pharmaceutical firms began to fall before the policy was formally proposed. He emphasizes that investors knew that once price controls became an issue, the firms involved would have to spend money fighting the legislation by making campaign contributions. Thus, the firms were expected to lose enormous sums of money whether or not the bill was actually passed. Most importantly, he points out that the firms were never able to recover any of the money they lost in the process.
"In addition to legislative threats to impose price caps, he cites situations in which politicians threaten to repeal existing price caps to obtain contributions. For example, he states that proposals to raise admission fees at Yellowstone National Park have met with resistance from local merchants and users who benefit from lower prices. In other words, politicians can even threaten regulatory systems that they inherited from previous regimes in order to extract contributions from the firms that benefit from those systems. . . ." -- Reader's Comment

McQuilkin, Robertson, An Introduction to Biblical Ethics, 2nd edition (Tyndale House Publishers, May 5, 1995), ISBN: 0842317317 9780842317313, 560 pages.
"McQuilkin encourages Christians and nonChristians alike to avoid the trap of seeing the Bible as dry history or 'nice words.' God's Word should be the driving force behind morality." -- Publisher's Annotation

Meeks, Wayne, A., The Moral World of the First Christians (Louisville, KY: Westminster/John Knox Press, 1988), ISBN: 0664250149 9780664250140.
"Anyone wishing to do constructive Christian ethics cannot help but be informed by this substantial contribution." -- GCB

Moore, Gary D., The Thoughtful Christian's Guide to Investing, ISBN: 0310531314 9780310531319.
"Moore, a senior vice-president of a major Wall Street investment firm, calls investors back to basic and fundamental Christian ethics. In great detail, he guides the investor through the myriad of options." -- GCB

*Murray, John (1898-1975), Principles of Conduct (Grand Rapids, MI: Wm.B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.), ISBN: 0802811442 9780802811448.
"This is a far-ranging book with a recurring emphasis on the majestic moral demands of Scripture and the relation of the Gospel to those demands. Scripture teaching is lucidly brought to bear on vital ethical issues such as marriage, work as a calling, capital punishment, the sanctity of truth, and the fear of God. Undoubtedly this is the foremost contemporary book in the field." -- William J. Grier

Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, Bribery in Public Procurement: Methods, Actors and Counter-measures (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development Publishing, May 31, 2007), ISBN: 9789264013940 9264013946, 104 pages.
"Public works contracts mean big business. From road-building to high-tech communication infrastructure, public procurement averages 15 percent of GDP in OECD countries -- substantially more in non-OECD economies -- and it is a major factor in the world trade of goods and services. Given the growing complexity of bribe schemes in todays globalized markets, the problem is how to identify corruption in public procurement so governments can work toward effective prevention and apply sanctions if necessary. This report provides insights on all three fronts. Based on contributions from law enforcement and procurement specialists, the report describes how bribery is committed through the various stages of government purchasing; how bribery in public procurement is related to other crimes, such as fraud and money laundering; and how to prevent and sanction such crimes. The typical motivations and conduct of the various actors engaging in corruption are also highlighted, as well as ten case studies.
Table of Content: Executive Summary, Introduction, Part I. Analysis of Corruption in Public Procurement, Chapter 1. Public Procurement Rules, Procedures and Practices, Chapter 2. Vulnerabilities Relating to Project Size, Sector, or Tendering Administration, Chapter 3. Links to Other Offenses, Part II. Analysis of the Actors Engaging in Bribery and Typical Corruption Agreements, Chapter 4. Parties Involved in Bribery, Chapter 5. Content of the Bribery Agreements, Part III. Preventing, Detecting, and Sanctioning Bribery in Public Procurement, Chapter 6. Preventive Measures, Chapter 7. Controls, Chapter 8. Detection Mechanisms, Chapter 9. Investigation and Sanctions, Part IV. Ten Anonymous Studies on Bribery in Public Procurement Template for the Description of the Cases of Bribery in Public Procurement, I. A senior civil servant and a subcontractor from another state, II. Bribery relating to public procurement within a local authority, III. Bribery related to procurements within an international aid organization, IV. Fraudulent bid evaluation by an independent consultant in international limited bidding, V. Award of a consultancy contract to fellow national in exchange for bridges, VI. Susceptibility of international bidders to influence bidding and coercion in bid tendering, VII. Collusive bidding and overpricing in international shopping/international price quotations, VIII. Preferential treatment in exchange for gratuities and family member employment, IX. Bribes in exchange for rewarding contracts, X. Bribes from contractor to increase quantity of work, Annex A. The OECD Anti-Bribery Instruments: How They Address Public Procurement.

Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, Report on the United States (Implementing the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention) (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, September 2004), 117 pages, ISBN: 9264101144.

*Owen, John (1616-1683), Hebrews, 7 Volume Set (Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust, 1999), ISBN: 085151619X, ISBN 9780851516196. The same edition is available from (Grand Rapids, MI: Reformation Heritage Books, Inc.). Alternate title: AN EXPOSITION OF THE EPISTLE TO THE HEBREWS. Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive.
"To master his works is to be a profound theologian." -- C.H. Spurgeon
"THE work on Hebrews is John Owen's massive 4000-page commentary." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.
"An exhaustive, Puritan work first published between 1668-84." -- Cyril J. Barber
Owen, John (1616-1683), J.I. Packer (introduction, series editor), Alister McGrath (series editor), Hebrews, an abridgement of the 7 volume work, paperback (Crossway Classic Commentaries series. Crossway Books, December 2, 1998), ISBN: 1581340265 9781581340266 1856841847 9781856841849, 272 pages.
"The author of Hebrews wanted his audience to know and understand one truth: Christ is superior, and therefore, so is Christianity. He demonstrates this by comparing the imperfect old covenant with the perfect new covenant. The person of Christ is better than prophets and angels, His priesthood is greater than that of Melchizedek and the line of Aaron, and His power within the believer's life is incomparable. Between these contrasts he exhorts the readers to persevere in their faith, be obedient, grow in their understanding, and not miss the grace of God. The lessons and admonitions of Hebrews have intensely practical application for all readers -- then and now.
"Know as the 'theologian's theologian' John Owen (1616-1683) was vice chancellor of Oxford University and served as advisor and chaplain to Oliver Cromwell. Among the most learned and active Puritans in seventeenth-century Europe, he was a erudite and accomplished theologian both in doctrine and practical theology." -- Publisher's Annotation
Owen, John. An exposition of the Epistle to the Hebrews; with the preliminary exercitations. By John Owen, D.D. Revised and abridged; . . . By Edward Williams. In four volumes. . . . Vol. 2. London, 1790. 4 vols.

Panel, Recovering From Divorce; Biblical Ethics of Divorce and Remarriage (Michigan City, IN: Sound Word Associates).
Audio cassette AC872.

Parker, Samuel, (1640-1688), A Demonstration of the Divine Authority of the Law of Nature and of the Christian Religion (The Philosophy of John Locke) (1640-1688) (Taylor & Francis, June 1, 1984), ISBN: 0824056094 9780824056094.

*PERKINS, WILLIAM (1558-1602), The Whole Treatise of the Cases of Conscience . . . 1632). Alternate title: THE WHOLE TREATISE OF THE CASES OF CONSCIENCE DISTINGUISHED INTO THREE BOOKES: THE FIRST WHEREOF IS REVISED AND CORRECTED IN SUNDRIE PLACES, AND THE OTHER TWO ANNEXED. TAUGHT AND DELIUERED BY M.W. PERKINS IN HIS HOLY-DAY LECTURES, CAREFULLY EXAMINED BY HIS OWNE BRIEFES, AND NOW PUBLISHED TOGETHER FOR THE COMMON GOOD, BY T. PICKERING BACHELOUR OF DIUINITIE. WHEREUNTO IS ADIOYNED A TWOFOLD TABLE: ONE OF THE HEADS AND NUMBER OF THE QUESTIONS PROPOUNDED AND RESOLUED; ANOTHER OF THE PRINCIPALL TEXTS OF SCRIPTURE VVHICH ARE EITHER EXPLANED, OR VINDICATED FROM CORRUPT INTERPRETATION, ISBN: 9022104826 68113020. Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive.
"Called 'the principal architect of Elizabethan Puritanism' and 'the most important Puritan writer,' Perkins was the first theologian of the Reformed English church to gain an international reputation. His preaching manual, THE ART OF PROPHESYING (recently reprinted by the Banner of Truth Trust -- RB), is found on nearly every seventeenth century New England book list. . . . Perkin's theological legacy extended through his Cambridge students, most prominently William Ames . . . Perkins's Calvinist theology was presented according to the logic and method of Peter Ramus . . . Ramism helped Perkins maintain the unity of theology and ethics, provided an educational tool by streamlining logic, fostered plain-style preaching, enhanced the art of memory, provided a tool for biblical interpretation as well as supplying a secure philosophical base on which to build theology," notes the Encyclopedia of the Reformed Faith (p. 274). This book is no exception and beautifully illustrates the usefulness of the Ramist method. `Several of Perkins' works have been translated into Latin, French, Dutch, and Spanish' (Cyclopaedia Bibliographica, p. 2337)." -- SWRB

*PERKINS, WILLIAM (1558-1602), Works of William Perkins, ISBN: 0404050506. Available (THE WORKS OF THAT FAMOUS AND WORTHY MINISTER OF CHRIST, MR. W. PERKINS, PART 1 AND PART 2) on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive.
The Works of that Famous and Worthy Minister of Christ in the Universitie of Cambridge: M. William Perkins. Newly Corrected According to his own Copies
http://books.google.com/books?id=i84KHQAACAAJ&ie=ISO-8859-1&output=html

Pierce, C.A., Conscience in the New Testament (London, England: SCM Press Ltd., 1958).

Piper, Otto A., Christian Ethics

Quigley, Marian, Encyclopedia of Information Ethics and Security, 661 pages, ISBN: 159140987X 9781591409878.
"Rapid technological advancement has given rise to new ethical dilemmas and security threats, while the development of appropriate ethical codes and security measures fail to keep pace, which makes the education of computer users and professionals crucial. THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF INFORMATION ETHICS AND SECURITY is an original, comprehensive reference source on ethical and security issues relating to the latest technologies. Covering a wide range of themes, this valuable reference tool includes topics such as computer crime, information warfare, privacy, surveillance, intellectual property and education. This encyclopedia is a useful tool for students, academics, and professionals.
"Marian Quigley, PhD (Monash University); BA (Chisholm Institute of Technology); Higher Diploma of Teaching Secondary (Art and Craft) is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Information Technology, Monash University. Her research interests include the social effects of technology and animation. Her recent publications include the books WOMEN DO ANIMATE: INTERVIEWS WITH 10 AUSTRALIAN ANIMATORS (Insight Publications, 2005) and INFORMATION SECURITY AND ETHICS: SOCIAL AND ORGANIZATIONAL ISSUES (IRM Press, 2004)." -- Publisher's Annotation

Richter, Robert, A Plague on Our Children: Dioxins, PCBs and Public Health v. Profit, a DVD by Robert Richter
"Corporate defenders, scientists and victims appear, including U.S. veterans exposed to Agent Orange during the Vietnam war, factory workers exposed to PCBs, housewives exposed to toxic spray in logging areas, people exposed to the poisons at Love Canal and other waste disposal sites.
"Part One focuses on dioxin. 57 minutes.
"Part Two focuses on PCBs. 57 minutes.
http://www.richtervideos.com/APlagueonOurChildren/

*RIDGELEY, THOMAS, Commentary on the Larger Catechism. Alternate title: A BODY OF DIVINITY . . . , ISBN: 0921148305 9780921148302. Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive.
"Originally entitled: A Body of Divinity: Wherein the Doctrines of the Christian Religion are Explained and Defended. Being the Substance of Several Lectures on the Assembly's Larger Catechism, we have re-titled it to better reflect its contents for contemporary readers. Consisting of over 1300 pages, this massive and extensive two-volume commentary on the Westminster Larger Catechism is unrivaled in scope or extensiveness. Ridgeley himself notes, in 'The Author's Preface' (p. ix), 'The work is large, but the vast variety of subjects will render it more tolerable. . . . especially since it is rather designed to be read in families than committed to memory . . .' The editor of this edition, John Wilson, pronounces Ridgeley's work as 'the best book of its class,' stating, 'no book in the English language, or, so far as I know, in any other, will serve so efficiently the purposes of a daily companion to a reflecting Christian in his inquiries into Divine truth, or a guide to a candidate for the Christian ministry in introducing him to his theological studies (p. xi). 'In 1731 appeared the first edition of Mr. Ridgeley's great work -- that in connection with which chiefly his name lives in history, and whose influence, as an instrument of good, will probably render him celebrated and useful for generations to come . . .(p. xxii).' Moreover he continues, 'a taste, however, for the racy and substantial theological writings of the days of Britain's moral giants has of late revived; and it will scarcely fail to adopt, as one of the richest dishes of its multifarious banquet for the intellect and the soul, Dr. Ridgeley's Body of Divinity (p. xxi).' Additionally, Wilson concludes his 'Life of the Author' with these words, 'His method of reasoning he has adapted to the capacities of those who are unacquainted with the abstruse terms made use of by metaphysicians and schoolmen, and when introduced into subjects of theology, have a tendency rather to perplex than to improve the mind. His scheme of divinity is evidently Calvinistic; but; then, he has explained his subjects with so much moderation and latitude, as to obviate many of the objections raised against the system of doctrines that passes under that name. Upon the whole, it is probable that the English language does not furnish a work of this nature that, for perspicuity of language, extent of research, accuracy of judgment, and judicious description of the numerous subjects that fall under examination, any way equals this work of Dr. Ridgeley . . . he was accounted one of the most considerable divines of his age' (emphasis added, p. xxiii)." -- SWRB
Westminster Larger Catechism With Proof Texts
http://www.reformed.org/documents/wlc_w_proofs/index.html

*RUTHERFORD, SAMUEL, (1600?-1661), The Glory, Majesty, Dominion and Power of Jesus Christ, 1643. Alternate title: A SERMON PREACHED TO THE HONORABLE HOUSE OF COMMONS: AT THEIR LATE SOLEMNE FAST, WEDNESDAY, JANU. 31. 1643. BY SAMUEL RUTHERFURD, PROFESSOR OF DIVINITIE IN THE UNIVERSITIE OF ST. ANDREWS. PUBLISHED BY ORDER OF THE HOUSE OF COMMONS [DANIEL 6:26]. A Christian classic. Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #9, #25, and #29, ISBN: 0921148836 9780921148838.
"Here Rutherford covers a wide range of topics including Christ's kingship and dominion over civil governments, what lawful power (civil and ecclesiastical) is, God's providence, suffering (especially among those covenanted to Him), the oppression and martyrdom of the saints, the wrath of God, apologetics, the fear of God, the visible church, assurance and the weak believer, the free offer of the Gospel, the sovereignty of God, antinomianism, Arminianism, and much more. However, whatever the subject, Rutherford can be found focusing on and exalting the Lord Jesus Christ and His truth in a way that few others have been granted the ability to do -- notwithstanding the fact that he himself wrote, 'I have neither tongue nor pen to express to you the happiness of such as are in Christ' (Letters of Samuel Rutherford, p. 47). Classic Rutherford, preached before some of the most powerful civil leaders of his day!" -- SWRB "It hath been the sin of this Land, that when Episcopacy, Antichristian Ceremonies, Superstition, and Will-worship were enjoined by Law, to pleasure an earthly King, you willingly followed after the command, against the direction of the King of Kings: and now hath the Lord delivered the people of the Land into the hand of their KING. And for this the Sword of the Lord hath gone through the Land." -- Samuel Rutherford

Schenck, Ferdinand S., Christian Evidences and Ethics (New York: Young Men's Christian Association Press, 1910).

Scott, C. Anderson, New Testament Ethics: An introduction by C. Anderson Scott.

*SCOTT, DAVID, JOHN CUNNINGHAM, and GEORGE SMEATON, What is a Moral Person? How God Views the Church and the Nations. Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive. Available in Observations on the Public Covenants Betwixt God and the Church: A Discourse.
"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 the issues of separation from backslidden or anti-Christian civil and church governments, the binding nature of lawful Covenants on posterity, eschatology, etc." -- SWRB
What is a Moral Person? How God Views the Church and the Nations, David Scott, John Cunningham, and George Smeaton
http://www.swrb.com/newslett/actualnls/moral.htm

Shaw, Mark R., The Marrow of Practical Divinity: A Study in the Theology of William Perkins (Westminster Theological Seminary, Th.D. thesis, 1981).
"Chapters four and five concern the first two books of Perkins' CASES OF CONSCIENCE and cover the issues of conversion, assurance, and worship. . . . Chapter six focuses on Perkins' social, economic, and political thought. His views on such questions as the structure of the family, the power of government, the rise of capitalism and the proper use of wealth, food, clothing, arts and recreation are considered. . . . The final chapter evaluates Perkins' PRACTICAL DIVINITY as a force for renewal in the church. . . . -- Dissertation Abstracts

Seibert, Donald V., and William Proctor, The Ethical Executive: A Top C.E.O.'s Program for Success With Integrity in the Corporate World (Simon and Schuster), ISBN: 0346124506 9780346124509.

Simpson, Rick, Blasphemy and the Law in a Plural Society (Grove Books Ltd., July 1993), ISBN: 1851742417 9781851742417, 25 pages.

Smith, Russell G., Peter Grabosky, Gregor Urbas, Cyber Criminals on Trial (Cambridge University Press (October 25, 2004), 262 pages, ISBN: 0521840473 9780521840477
"This book comprises an international study of the manner in which cyber criminals are currently handled by the judicial system. As computer-related crime becomes more important globally, both scholarly and journalistic accounts tend to focus on the ways in which the crime has been committed and how it could have been prevented. Very little has been written about the capture, possible extradition, prosecution, sentencing and incarceration of the cyber criminal -- until now.
"Russell G. Smith, BA (honors), LLM, DipCrim (Melborne), PhD (London), Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales, Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria and the Federal Courts of Australia, is Deputy Director of Research at the Australian Institute of Criminology. He is co-author of the books ELECTRONIC THEFT: UNLAWFUL ACQUISITION IN CYBERSPACE and CRIME IN THE DIGITAL AGE.
"Peter Grabosky, BA (Colby), MA, PhD (Northwestern), FASSA, is a Professor in the Regulatory Institutions Network at the Australian National University, a former Deputy Director at the Australian Institute of Criminology, and current Deputy Secretary General of the International Society of Criminology. He is a co-author of ELECTRONIC THEFT: UNLAWFUL ACQUISITION IN CYBERSPACE and CRIME IN THE DIGITAL AGE, and co-editor of THE CAMBRIDGE HANDBOOK OF AUSTRALIAN CRIMINOLOGY.
"Gregor Urbas, BA (Honors), LLB (Honors), PhD (ANU), Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory and the Federal Courts of Australia, is a Lecturer in Law at the Australian National University and a former Research Analyst at the Australian Institute of Criminology. With Russell Smith, he is a co-author of CONTROLLING FRAUD ON THE INTERNET." -- Publisher's Annotation
"I am convinced that every prosecutor should read it, whether he or she is directly concerned by the issue or not, since even in cases where cybercrime is not directly involved, some techniques related to it may have been used or may have triggered off the commission of other offences." -- International Association of Prosecutors Newsletter
"Definitely a reference book giving us a thorough analysis of cybercrime. I am convinced that every prosecutor should read it, whether he or she is directly concerned by the issue or not, since even in cases where cybercrime is not directly involved, some techniques related to it may have been used or may have triggered off the commission of other offences." -- International Association of Prosecutors

Southard, Samuel, Ethics for the Executive (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1975), ISBN: 0840755880 9780840755889.

Spinello, Richard, Cyberethics: Morality And Law in Cyberspace, 272 pages, ISBN: 0763737836 9780763737832.
"CYBERETHICS: MORALITY AND LAW IN CYBERSPACE, third edition takes an in-depth look at the social costs and moral problems that have arisen by the expanded use of the Internet, and offers up-to-date legal and philosophical perspectives. The text focuses heavily on content control and free speech, intellectual property, privacy and security, and has added NEW coverage on Blogging. Case studies featured throughout the text offer real-life scenarios and include coverage of numerous hot topics, including the latest decisions on digital music and movie downloads, the latest legal developments on the Children's Internet Protection Act, and other Internet governance and regulation updates. In the process of examining these issues, the text identifies some of the legal disputes that will likely become paradigm cases for more complex situations yet to come. -- Publisher's Annotation "The murky waters of online ethics are aptly navigated by Spinello in this brief work. The presentational format of providing background and then analyzing each side of an issue enhances the understanding of the material while provoking further thought for the reader. Case studies are also interlaced into the material, providing ample ground for discussion. This would serve well as a college supplemental reading for any truly in-depth analysis of morality and cyberspace. It also remains enjoyable and understandable for the pleasure reader who has little background in this field. A must-read for anyone hoping to understand where government and society stands on difficult ethical and legal dilemmas created by cyberspace. -- Reader's Comment

Stamatellos, Giannis, Computer Ethics: A Global Perspective, 160 pages, ISBN: 0763740845 9780763740849
"The rapid advancement of information technology in modern societies affects the way we live, communicate, work, and entertain. Computers and computer networks formulate an information age in which traditional ethical questions are reexamined and new questions arise concerning moral standards for human behavior. COMPUTER ETHICS: A GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE presents a clear and concise introduction to the ethical and social issues sparked by our ever-growing information society at the local and global level. Designed for use as a main text in undergraduate and graduate courses that focus on computer, business, and applied ethics, the text is also ideal for the Information Technology in a Global Society course for the International Baccalaureate diploma. The text considers the impact of digitized information on individuals and societies and includes discussions on privacy, reliability, security, intellectual property, control, equality of access, and authenticity, with insights from the scientists and philosophers who have attempted to evaluate, explain, and resolve these issues. The text also discusses the social impact of information technology in different areas of human life such as business, health, education, entertainment and politics." -- Publisher's Annotation

Tavani, Herman T., Ethics and Technology: Ethical Issues In An Age of Information and Communication Technology, third edition , 432 pages, ISBN: 0470509503 9780470509500.
Contents: Introduction To Cyberethics -- Concepts, Perspectives, and Methodological Frameworks; Ethical Concepts and Ethical Theories - Establishing and Justifying a Moral System; Critical Thinking Skills and Logical Arguments - Tools for Evaluating Cyberethics Issues; Professional Ethics, Codes of Conducts, and Moral Responsibility; Privacy and Cyberspace; Security in Cyberspace; Cybercrime and Cyberrelated Crimes; Intellectual Property Disputes in Cyberspace; Regulating Commerce and Speech in Cyberspace; Social Inclusion, The Digital Divide, and the Transformation of Work - The Impact for Class, Race, and Gender; Community and Identity in Cyberspace - Ethical Aspects of Virtual-Reality and Artificial-Intelligence Technologies; Pervasive Computing and Converging Technologies - Ethical Aspects of Ambient Intelligence, Bioinformatics, and Nanocomputing; Glossary; Index
"Information technology professionals must not only have a strong understanding of the latest technology, but they also need to be grounded in ethics. The third edition provides them with the information they need to succeed in the field. Each chapter is updated with new case studies and scenarios to provide the most current information. Review and discussion questions are included to reinforce key concepts. The in-text citations and references are revised to offer additional resources. Updated material is also presented on online communities and democracy, globalization and job outsourcing, security for wireless networking, and international cybercrime legislation. This enables information technology professionals to apply the concepts with a focus on ethics.
"How is your on-line personal privacy threatened by computer technology?
"Should sharing music on-line be illegal?
"When is it permissible to blow the whistle on unreliable software?
"Offering thought-provoking insights into these questions and more, Herman Tavanis ETHICS AND TECHNOLOGY: ETHICAL ISSUES IN AN AGE OF INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY introduces readers to the most current issues in the field of cyberethics. The book then goes on to analyze the practical, moral, and legal implications associated with each issues. This book will be of interest to anyone concerned with how ethics plays a role in todays technologically dependent society.
"Herman Tavani is Co-Executive Director of the International Society for Ethics and Information Technology (INSEIT) and Secretary/Treasurer of the ACM Special Interest Group on Computers and Society (SIGCAS). Before becoming a full-time professor at Rivier College in New Hampshire, Tavani worked in the computer industry as a software technical writer and writing supervisor. -- Publisher's Annotation

Terrill, John R., Notes: Vita. An Integrative Paper Submitted to the Faculty of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Master of Arts in Religion, 55 pages.
"A critique of ethics training in the secular graduate business academy and a pedagogical approach for character formation in the lives of Christian MBA students."

Thielicke, Helmut, Sex: Theological Ethics.
"A scholarly examination of human sexuality in light of . . . doctrines of creation and redemption."

Thornwell, James Henley (1812-1862), The Ethical System of the Bible. In COLLECTED WRITINGS OF JAMES HENLEY THORNWELL (2:453-75).

*THORNWELL, JAMES HENLEY, Whatsoever Things are True: Classic Discourses on Truth. Alternate titles: CLASSIC DISCOURSES ON TRUTH; DISCOURSES ON TRUTH, ISBN: 1932474781 9781932474787, 166 pages. Available (COLLECTED WRITINGS OF JAMES HENLEY THORNWELL) on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive.
"These seven DISCOURSES ON TRUTH were written and preached in the Spring of 1851 from the text, 'Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, think on these things.' Philippians 4:8. They were delivered at the Chapel of the College at Columbia, South Carolina, by James Henley Thornwell, who was serving as both President and Chaplain." -- Publisher's Annotation
"First published 1855 by Messrs. Carter, New York, NY."
Contents: Discourse 1: The ethical system of the Bible -- Discourse 2: The love of truth -- Discourse 3: The love of truth -- Discourse 4: Sincerity -- Discourse 5: Faithfulness -- Discourse 6: Vows -- Discourse 7: Consistency.

Toon, Peter, Your Conscience as Your Guide (Wilton, CT: Moorehouse-Barlow, 1984), 101 pages, ISBN: 081921339X 9780819213396.
"Meets a felt need for a reliable work that adheres to the Scriptures and at the same time interacts with non-Christian and anti-Christian systems of thought. . . ." -- Cyril J. Barber

US Congress, Office of Technology Assessment, Multinationals and the National Interest: Playing by Different Rules (US Congress, Office of Technology Assessment, 1993), OTA-ITE-569, NTIS order #PB93-231314, ISBN: 0160419433 9780160419430.
Multinationals and the National Interest: Playing by Different Rules
http://www.wws.princeton.edu/~ota/ns20/alpha_f.html

Verhey, Allen, Living the Heidelberg: The Heidelberg Catechism and the Moral Life, ISBN: 0930265211 9780930265212.
"What does this 16th century document have to say to modern Calvinists about the social-ethical issues raised by our changing multiracial, multiform society? Dr. Verhey answers that question by contending it speaks unequivocally to many of the social issues of our day." -- GCB

*Wallace, Ronald, Calvin's Doctrine of the Christian Life (Tyler, TX: Geneva Divinity School Press, c1982), ISBN: 1579100473 9781579100476.
"This renowned student of Calvin's theology says that the great Reformer did not hold that the doctrine of the priesthood of believers was an individualistic idea apart from the Church. Also sets forth Calvin's views on prayer, ethics, and other Christian disciplines. Always the idea of assurance, achievement, and hope was present because of our union with Christ." -- GCB

Walton, Rus, Biblical Solutions to Contemporary Problems: A Handbook (Brentwood, TN: Wolgemuth and Hyatt, 1988), 374 pages, ISBN: 0943497159 9780943497150.
See "Gambling (and State Lotteries)." pp. 117-126.
"The Organized Crime Section of the Department of Justice report that 'the rate of illegal gambling in those states which have some legalized form of gambling was three times as high as in those states where there was no legalized gambling'. . . .
"Anti-gambling forces insist that it is immoral for the state to encourage or condone or profit from immorality. They cite statistics that show gambling brings with it crime (organized and unorganized) and vice (prostitution, assault, robbery, drugs). Rev. Timothy Kehl, chairman of the Wisconsin Conference of Churches' Gambling Issue Task Force, which opposed that state's lottery, said the issue is whether 'it's right or wrong for the government to be involved in a multi-million dollar numbers racket' that exploits its citizens by luring them into gambling. 'We believe the role of government . . . is to promote the general welfare, not to devise schemes to swindle people out of their hard-earned money'. . . ."
World history and the Gallop Polls are repleat with evidence that, generally speaking, time and space do not allow the whole arguement here, the populase follows the example of leaders of state and the actions of their government. There is no doubt in this writer's mind that after the federal government legalized state lotteries about 1976, that investment bankers and big business followed the example of the government, and began using strategies that amount to gambling, to maximize profits by risking capital assets. The financial 'house of cards' eventually lead to the meltdown of 2008, the greatest global economic depression in history. See Meltdown 2008: The Greatest Depression in History.

Wells, Joseph T., Encyclopedia of Fraud, 2005 Edition, loose leaf (Obsidian Pub. Co., January 1, 2002), 916 pages, ISBN: 1889277371 9781889277370.
"A wealth of anti-fraud information exists today, but until now the material was scattered in thousands of sources and locales. Written for practitioners, academics and anyone with an interest in fraud, the ENCYCLOPEDIA OF FRAUD, 2005 EDITION provides the user with easy access to the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners' vast body of fraud knowledge.
"Organized by both topic and type of fraud scheme, users will find:

"Available in print and on CD-ROM, THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF FRAUD, 2005 EDITION is an essential reference tool for every anti-fraud professional's library.
"Joseph T. Wells, CFE, CPA, is the founder and Chairman of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE), and a professor of fraud examination at the University of Texas at Austin. He writes, researches, and lectures to business and professional groups on fraud-related issues and is frequently quoted in the national and international media. He has won top writing awards from both Internal Auditor and the Journal of Accounting magazines, and he is a winner of the Innovation in Accounting Education Award presented by the American Accounting Association. Mr. Wells is a member of both the Journal Accountancy Hall of Fame and the AICPA Hall of Fame, and for the last seven years in a row, he has been named to Accounting Today's list of top 100 most influential people in accounting." -- Publisher's Annotation

*WESTMINSTER ASSEMBLY (1643-1652), The Westminster Confession of Faith (1646) (Glasgow, Scotland [Free Presbyterian Publications, 133 Woodlands Road, Glasgow G3 6LE]: Free Presbyterian Publication, 1994). ISBN: 0902506080 (casebound) and ISBN: 0902506358 (paperback). Available from Crown and Covenant Publications. Also, available from Still Waters Revival Books). A Christian classic.
" 'The product of Puritan conflict,' stated Shedd, reaching 'a perfection of statement never elsewhere achieved.' All that learning the most profound and extensive, intellect the most acute and searching, and piety the most sincere and earnest, could accomplish, was thus concentrated in the Westminster Assembly's Confession of Faith, which may be safely termed the most perfect statement of Systematic Theology ever framed by the Christian Church,' writes Hetherington (The History of the Westminster Assembly of Divines), p. 345. Concerning the Shorter Catechism, which is one of the items also included in this book, Mitchell notes: 'it is a thoroughly Calvinistic and Puritan catechism, the ripest fruit of the Assembly's thought and experience, maturing and finally fixing the definitions of theological terms to which Puritanism for half a century had been leading up and gradually coming closer and closer to in its legion of catechisms' (Westminster Assembly: Its History and Standards, p. 431). THE WESTMINSTER CONFESSION OF FAITH (1646) is the greatest of all the creeds of the Christian church. The church of Christ cannot be creedless and live. Especially in an age of doubt and confusion, it is her duty to define and proclaim the one true faith. Nowhere has the Reformed church done this so effectively as in the WESTMINSTER CONFESSION [1646] and family of documents. This book represents Reformed thinking at its purest and best. It was intended, as part of the Covenanted Reformation taking place during its compilation, to be adopted as the binding confessional standard for every individual, family, court, church, and legislature in the British Isles." -- SWRB
This is considered to be the definitive publication of the Westminster family of documents. It includes the following:

  1. To the Christian Reader, Especially Heads of Families, Mr. Thomas Manton's Epistle to the Reader,
  2. The Confession of Faith (1646), the full and original edition with Scripture proofs written out,
  3. The Larger Catechism with Scripture proofs written out,
  4. The Shorter Catechism with Scripture proofs written out,
  5. The Sum of Saving Knowledge,
  6. The National Covenant,
  7. The Solemn League and Covenant,
  8. A Solemn Acknowledgement of Publick Sins and Breaches of the Covenant; and a Solemn Engagement to all the Duties Contained Therein,
  9. The Directory for the Public Worship of God,
  10. The Form of Presbyterial Church Government, and
  11. The Directory for Family Worship.
THE WESTMINSTER CONFESSION OF FAITH (1646) is said to be the finest summary of THE HOLY BIBLE available. It is recommended for daily devotions. Among the ten greatest works in the English language.
The Significance of The Westminster Standards as a Creed
http://www.fpcr.org/blue_banner_articles/signific.htm
Westminster Confession of Faith (1646) With Scripture Proofs
http://www.reformed.org/documents/wcf_with_proofs/
Scripture Index to the Westminster Standards (The complete Scripture index to the Westminster Confession (1646), Larger and Shorter Catechisms.) Available on Library of Presbyterian Heritage Publications [and] Protestant Heritage Press Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive.
http://www.swrb.com/newslett/actualnls/index01.htm
THE WESTMINSTER CONFESSION OF FAITH (1646) with all its subordinate documents in searchable format is available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #1, ISBN: 0921148674 9780921148678.
Westminster Assembly and Related Documents
http://www.covenanter.org/Westminster/westminsterhome.htm
For commentaries on THE WESTMINSTER OF FAITH (1646) see the following topical listing:
"The Westminster Confession of Faith (1646) (The Westminster Standards) and Related Works"
http://www.lettermen2.com/bcrr9chc2.html#wcf
Bordwine, James, A Guide to the Westminster Standards: Confession of Faith and Larger Catechism (Unicoi, TN: (The Trinity Foundation, 1996). ISBN: 0940931303 9780940931305.
Includes a unique, 100-page topical index to both the Confession and the Catechism.
Westminster Divines, The Shorter Catechism With Scripture Proofs (Carlisle, PA [P.O. Box 621, Carlisle 17013, USA]: The Banner of Truth Trust). ISBN: 0851512658.
Arguably the greatest tract ever created, all factors considered.
http://www.reformed.org/documents/WSC_frames.html
Westminster Shorter Catechism Project
"Click on any of the individual questions below to get the answer and Biblical references, as well as links to works by John Flavel, Thomas Watson, Thomas Boston, James Fisher, and John Whitecross, and others."
http://www.shortercatechism.com/
Westminster Larger Catechism With Proof Texts
http://www.reformed.org/documents/wlc_w_proofs/index.html
"The Westminster Confession of Faith (1646) (The Westminster Standards) and Related Works: A Study Guide"
http://www.lettermen2.com/suggest.html
Heresies Defined and the Necessity of Heresies Explained, by George Gillespie, Scottish Commissioner to the Assembly of Divines at Westminster
http://www.truecovenanter.com/gillespie/ggilles09.html

Williams, David (1643?-1716), Lectures on the Universal Principles and Duties of Religion and Morality. As They Have Been Read in Margaret-Street, Cavendish-Square, in the Years 1776, and 1777. By the Rev. David Williams. . . . 1779.

Wolterstorff, Nicholas P., Educating for Responsible Action (Grand Rapids, MI: Wm.B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1980), ISBN: 0802818579 9780802818577.
"Helpful theories and strategies for moral education." -- Mark Branson

Wright, Christopher, J.H., An Eye for an Eye: The Place of Old Testament Ethics Today (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press), ISBN: 0877848211 9780877848219.
"Wright develops a comprehensive and systematic view of Old Testament Law. Some say only the moral is still valid, we can disregard the ceremonial and civil law. Others say we must build a New Testament ethic only. Neither approach, argues Wright, gives the Old Testament its due in Christian thinking." -- GCB

See also: The ten commandments, the moral law, Appendix a: the words of christ, The westminster standards, The larger catechism (also commentaries on the larger catechism), Casuistry and conscience, Systematic theology, Apologetics, Logic, Ethics, Medical ethics, Computer crime,