Chapter 7 (part 2)

Family Life, Education, Church and Work


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And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins. (1 Peter 4:8)

Give instruction to a youth about his way,
Even when he is old he turneth not from it.
(Proverbs 22:6, YLTHB)

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)

If your life would have guidance and strength to follow that guidance, then you will find that in the Word of God.
If you would have your marriage to be what it would be, what God would have it to be, then search the Scriptures daily.
If you would have your children to grow up and be anything but rebels, then teach them the Word of God.
If you would have financial success in business, then work and operate your business according to the Word of God. -- D. James Kennedy



Part 2

Contents Teaching/Training Children
The Local Church
Church History and the History of Local Churches
The Local Church and Counseling
Church Discipline
Small Groups and the Local Church
The Laity
Churches That Abuse
Church Leadership
Reform of the Church
Interpersonal Relations in the Local Church
The Church Universal, The Church Invisible
Resources for Students
Christianity in the Workplace
Leadership
The Military
Reconciliation of Marriage Partners
Avoiding Divorce
The Church and Divorce
Divorce
Children of Divorce
Rebuilding
Remarriage
Stepfamilies
Chapter 7 (part 2) Related WebLinks

Combined Interactive Contents for The Web Edition of Biblical Counsel: Resources for Renewal
http://www.lettermen2.com/combtoc.html




Chapter 7 (part 2)
Family Life, Education, Church, and Work



Teaching/Training Children

Those by the way side are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved. -- The Lord Jesus Christ (Luke 8:12)

Nothing doeth take so much with anyone, as that which is known to come from love; the greater love is discerned in your instruction, the greater success may you expect. -- Richard Baxter

Adams, Jay E., Back to the Blackboard: Design for a Biblical Christian School: A Book for Parents, Teachers, and Administrators, 154 pages, ISBN: 0875520758 9780875520759.
"For parents, teachers and administrators of elementary and secondary Christian day schools (with implications for colleges and seminaries). 'Christian schools, on all levels, are little more than adaptations of pagan schools,' built on an academic model rather than a discipleship model. Educators must give God his proper weight as they design schools. A radical rethinking of education must occur: everything from abolishing grades and homework, to learning 'subjects' in the context of real life projects." -- David Powlison

Clark, Gordon H. (1902-1985), A Christian Philosophy of Education, ISBN: 1891777068.
"The first edition of this book was published in 1946. It sparked the contemporary interest in Christian schools. Dr. Clark has thoroughly revised and updated it, and it is needed now more than ever. Its chapters include: The need for a world-view, The christian world-view, The alternative to christian theism, Neutrality, Ethics, The christian philosophy of education, Academic matters, Kindergarten to university.
"This is a complete statement of the need for and purpose of a Christian education by one of the leading Christian educators of the twentieth century. The book is completely indexed and may be studied with profit by both teachers and students . . .
"Three appendices are included as well: The relationship of public education to christianity, A protestant world-view, and Art and the gospel." -- The Trinity Foundation

*Fennema, Jack, Nurturing Children in the Lord: A Study Guide for Teachers on Developing a Biblical Approach to Discipline.
Sharing Christ with your children. Contains material useful in counseling.
"Such a clear-cut and Biblical approach clearly demonstrates that parents along with teachers, and NOT secular psychology, can do an excellent job of discipline if they follow the guidelines of the Word of God. . . . This 1977 book has proven its worth." -- GCB

Fulbright, Robert G., New Dimension in Teaching Children, ISBN: 0805449175 9780805449174.
"This is a book designed to assist teachers in guiding their pupils into a real-life involvement with Jesus Christ." -- Cyril J. Barber

*Gregory, John Milton, The Seven Laws of Teaching, ISBN: 0801052726 9780801052729.
"An unabridged reprint of the 1886 edition. Each principle of education is supported by Scripture, a factor alone that makes this edition an invaluable reference tool." -- Cyril J. Barber

Jehle, Paul, Go ye Therefore and Teach: Operation Manual for Christian day School

*Pride, Mary, Schoolproof: How to Help Your Family Beat the System and Learn to Love Learning the Easy Natural Way, ISBN: 0891074805 9780891074809.
"Schoolproofing means having children who learn to read, who learn to obey authority, who learn to stand against injustice." -- GCB "Mary Pride's book will help parents make sure their children get a great education, no matter what political or educational theory happens to be in vogue. Schoolproofing means having children who learn to read, who learn to obey authority, who learn to stand against injustice. Just a few of the topics covered: getting organized; motivating your students while respecting them; steps to independent learning -- including one commonly-forgotten but absolutely essential step; 20 ways to present a lesson and more. This book helps you understand why different educational philosophies work (or don't), and where we should go from here." -- Publisher

*Sawin, Margaret M., Family Enrichment With Family Clusters, ISBN: 0817008306 9780817008307.
"One of the most important books to be published in recent years. Shows how small groups operating in the church can strengthen family ties." -- Cyril J. Barber

See also: The sovereignty of god, The doctrine of man (human nature, total depravity), The sovereign grace of god: his everlasting mercy and lovingkindness, 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, theopneustia, sufficiency of scripture), The holy bible, The teaching of our lord jesus christ, The free offer of the gospel message of salvation and the life to come: the means of grace, the covenant of eternal salvation, Sharing christ with your children, Book-length presentation of the gospel message and the life to come, the means of grace, The westminster confession of faith, The shorter catechism, Creeds and catechisms, Home schooling, Home schooling (women), Christian biography, Christian scholarship, Works considered to be among the ten greatest in the english language, Christian classics: a short title listing, The web edition of biblical counsel: resources for renewal, The best books in this bibliography, Some complementary books, How to find a book, Reformed publisher online, Chapter 5: Reference Works, Students, Christian scholarship, Background and history of the covenanted reformation of scotland, Education, Sexual relationship, Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, For all counselors, Christian fiction (the elsie books by martha finley), and so forth, and so on.

Related WebLinks

The Catalog of the Mount Olive Tape Library in PDF Format
http://www.lettermen2.com/olivecat.pdf

Mount Olive Tape Library of Reformed Theology
This collection has been in the custody of the Greenville Presbyterian Seminary since 2006. It appears (September 8, 2016) that the Media Center at the Seminary have digitized practically none of the audio cassette and video tape addresses.
"The following listing was developed by George Calhoun, the founder of Mt. Olive Tape Library, over the course of some thirty years. This catalog reflects the personal quest of Mr. Calhoun for a balanced education in Reformed Theology. The speakers herein have been scrutinized for their faithfulness to the Bible. These tapes will enable students to pursue the study of Reformed theology at a minimum of financial expense."
"FOR YOUR INFORMATION . . . [from the introduction to the Mount Olive Tape Catalog -- compiler]
"The tapes included in this catalog are recordings of sermons and lectures given by various pastors, theologians, Bible teachers, and conference speakers who confess adherence to the broad perspectives of historic Reformed theology. We have diligently tried to screen all the materials as to their basic commitment to the Biblical perspectives reflected in the Reformed creeds and confessions.
"Since, however, no human interpreter of God's Word is infallible, it is the prayer of those responsible for sending forth these tapes that all who listen to them will cultivate the spirit of the Bereans, who 'searched the Scriptures daily to see whether these things were so.'
"Also, it should be emphasized that the tapes included in this catalog have been evaluated in terms of their basic content as they were originally given, and the inclusion of them in this catalog should not be construed as an unreserved approval of the men who originally gave them. Christians grow in grace and knowledge with the passing of time, yet it must be recognized that some turn aside from the norms of Scripture. It is our hope, therefore, that no one will attach himself to any of the men whose tapes are included in this catalog on the basis of the tapes alone. We are all commanded to be discerning toward those who would instruct us in the faith.
"Finally, it would be a tragic abuse of the intent in providing these sermons and lectures should they in any way cultivate a party spirit so clearly condemned by the Apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 3. Paul reminded the Corinthians that all things were theirs -- Paul, Cephas, and Apollos included. We, too, may recognize that the various servants of Christ whose voices are heard on these tapes are God's gifts to us and that we are to follow them only insofar as they follow Christ and the clear teachings of His holy and infallible Word! Since not all men have the same gifts, learn to drink from the gifts of many men -- not just one fountain."
Dr. C. Gregg Singer, Mount Olive Tape Library lectures (MP3 audio files), approximately 161 of 171
http://www.sermonaudio.com/search.asp?speakeronly=true&currsection=sermonsspeaker&keyword=Dr._C._Gregg_Singer
The Catalog of the Mount Olive Tape Library in PDF Format
http://www.lettermen2.com/olivecat.pdf
Mt. Olive Audio Library, Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary
http://gpts.edu/media/index.php?currpage=1&sa_action=
Greenville Seminary & Mt. Olive
http://www.sermonaudio.com/source_detail.asp?sourceid=gpts

SermonAudio.com
"SermonAudio.com is the largest library of audio sermons on the web from conservative Christian churches and ministries with over 438,500 FREE MP3 sermons which can be streamed online for immediate listening or downloaded to your computer or MP3 player for listening at a later time. You can easily search through the entire sermon library by broadcaster, Bible reference, topic, speaker, date preached, language, or any keyword.
"The mission of SermonAudio.com is to help faithful, local churches broadcast their audio sermons to the maximum amount of people with the least amount of cost. Our chief purpose is for the preservation and propagation of great Bible preaching and teaching in its audio form for this generation and the next.
"Additionally, through our Transcription and Translation service, any sermon that is available on SermonAudio can be professionally and accurately transcribed by a real human and then machine-translated into 20 plus foreign languages."
http://www.sermonaudio.com/
SermonAudio iPhone and iPod Touch Edition
Summary of features include:

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  16. Read Spurgeon's MORNING AND EVENING devotional
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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 Shorter Catechism With Proof Texts
http://www.reformed.org/documents/WSC_frames.html



The Local Church

See the Theological Notes: "The Local Church," at Revelation 2:1 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: "Marriage and Divorce," at Malachi 2:16 in The Reformation Study Bible.

See the Theological Notes: "The Kingdom of God," at Luke 17:20 in The Reformation Study Bible.

See the Theological Notes: "The Mission of the Church in the World," at John 20:21 in The Reformation Study Bible.

See the Theological Notes: "The Church," at Ephesians 2:19 in The Reformation Study Bible.

See the Theological Notes: "Gifts and Ministries," at Ephesians 4:7 in The Reformation Study Bible.

See the Theological Notes: "The Christian Family," at Ephesians 5:22 in The Reformation Study Bible.

This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. (Psalm 118:24)

The Treasury of David, Psalm 118, C.H. Spurgeon
It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man.
It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in princes.
(Psalm 118:8,9)
http://www.spurgeon.org/treasury/ps118.php

Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! (Psalm 133:1)

That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ; In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. (Colossians 2:2,3)

So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God. (Romans 14:12)
http://www.biblestudytools.com/commentaries/gills-exposition-of-the-bible/romans-14-12.html
http://www.biblestudytools.com/commentaries/matthew-henry-complete/romans/14.html

The Treasury of David, Psalm 133, C.H. Spurgeon
http://www.spurgeon.org/treasury/ps133.php

The Treasury of David, Psalm 136, C.H. Spurgeon
O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever. (Psalm 136:1)
http://www.spurgeon.org/treasury/ps136.php

And now I say unto you, Refrain from these men, and let them alone: for if this counsel or this work be of men, it will come to nought: But if it be of God, ye cannot overthrow it; lest haply ye be found even to fight against God. (Acts 5:38,39)

And it came to pass, when the priests were come out of the holy place, that the cloud filled the house of the LORD, So that the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud: for the glory of the LORD had filled the house of the LORD. (1 Kings 8:10,11), (The cloudy pillar was the token of the presence of God, and its filling the sanctuary was a sign of his graciously accepting the temple. We cannot tell whether it was the dazzling brightness, or the deep, portentous darkness, which overwhelmed the minds of the priests, but assuredly it is a glorious thing to have the Lord so present in the midst of his people that all our works become as nothing, and we feel that no longer do we stand to minister, but the Lord himself is there.) -- C.H. Spurgeon in Spurgeon's Devotional Bible

How amiable are thy tabernacles, O Lord of hosts! (Psalm 84:1). (More delightful than tongue can tell are the assemblies for divine worship. They are lovely in prospect, lovely at the time, and lovely to the memory afterwards. Under heaven, no place is so heavenly as the church of the living God.) -- Spurgeon's Devotional Bible

The just Lord is in the midst thereof; he will not do iniquity: every morning doth he bring his judgment to light, he faileth not; but the unjust knoweth no shame. (Zephaniah 3:5)
Calvin's Commentary on the Book of Zephaniah 3:5
http://www.biblestudyguide.org/comment/calvin/comm_vol29/htm/iv.iv.v.htm

And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand. -- The Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 12:25)

All that most people in the world see of Christ is what they see of Him in the lives of Christians. It is sobering to realize that we can destroy our Christian witness by a careless word or thoughtless action. If we do not honor Him in our relations with other, we fail at the point that really counts. These pitfalls abound.
One of them for the theologically conservative is spiritual pride. Convinced by the facts of our faith, we may forget that it is not orthodoxy that saves but Jesus Christ. We rightly believe the biblical revelation of Christ's person and work; but we may develop pride in our faith rather than in the saving grace of God.
"Another pitfall is the ever-present tendency to be pharisaical, to thank God that we are not like other men. We pat ourselves on the back because we are not guilty of some weakness we see in others or some habit we regard with distaste. Let us beware lest we sin against God and our brothers in this matter. To draw about us the cloak of self-righteousness smothers our witness. . . . -- L. Nelson Bell, in "Beware the Pitfalls," in Decision magazine, January 2015

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

Those by the way side are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved. -- The Lord Jesus Christ (Luke 8:12)

That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. (1 John 1:3)

But Jesus did not commit himself unto them, because he knew all men, and needed not that any should testify of man: for he knew what was in man. (John 2:24,25)

For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak.
And I know that his commandment is life everlasting: whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto me, so I speak.
-- The Lord Jesus Christ (John 12:49,50)

Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him. -- The Lord Jesus Christ (John 13:16)

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)

For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing. Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; that he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, that he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. (Ephesians 5:23-27)

I believe that there is on earth, through the whole wide world, no more than one holy, common, Christian church, which is nothing else than the congregation, or the assembly of the saints, i.e., the pious, believing men on earth, which is gathered, preserved, and ruled by the Holy Ghost, and daily increased by means of the sacraments and the Word of God. -- Martin Luther

It is an evil which prevails everywhere among mankind, that every one sets himself above others, and especially that those who seem in anything to excel cannot well endure their inferiors to be on an equality with themselves. And then there is so much morosity almost in all, that individuals would gladly make churches for themselves if they could; for they find it so difficult to accommodate themselves to the ways and habits of others. The rich envy one another; and hardly one in a hundred can be found among the rich, who allows to the poor the name and rank of brethren. Unless similarity of habits or some allurements or advantages draw us together, it is very difficult even to maintain a continual concord among ourselves. Extremely needed, therefore, by us all is the admonition to be stimulated to love and not to envy, and not to separate from those whom God has joined to us, but to embrace with brotherly kindness all those who are united to us in faith. And surely it behoves us the more earnestly to cultivate unity, as the more eagerly watchful Satan is, either to tear us by any means from the Church, or stealthily to seduce us from it. And such would be the happy effect, were no one to please himself too much, and were all of us to preserve this one object, mutually to provoke one another to love, and to allow no emulation among ourselves, but that of doing "good works." For doubtless the contempt of the brethren, moroseness, envy, immoderate estimate of ourselves, and other sinful impulses, clearly show that our love is either very cold, or does not at all exist.
Having said, "Not forsaking the assembling together," he adds, But exhorting one another; by which he intimates that all the godly ought by all means possible to exert themselves in the work of gathering together the Church on every side; for we are called by the Lord on this condition, that every one should afterwards strive to lead others to the truth, to restore the wandering to the right way, to extend a helping hand to the fallen, to win over those who are without. But if we ought to bestow so much labor on those who are yet aliens to the flock of Christ, how much more diligence is required in exhorting the brethren whom God has already joined to us?
As the manner of some is, etc. It hence appears that the origin of all schisms was, that proud men, despising others, pleased themselves too much. But when we hear that there were faithless men even in the age of the Apostles, who departed from the Church, we ought to be less shocked and disturbed by similar instances of defection which we may see in the present day. It is indeed no light offense when men who had given some evidence of piety and professed the same faith with us, fall away from the living God; but as it is no new thing, we ought, as I have already said, to be less disturbed by such an event. But the Apostle introduced this clause to show that he did not speak without a cause, but in order to apply a remedy to a disease that was making progress. -- Calvin commenting on Hebrews 10:25

Jesus Only, a sermon by C.H. Spurgeon delivered on Lord's-day morning, April 3, 1870, at the Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington, Sermon no. 924.
Sermon text: And when they had lifted up their eyes, they saw no man, save Jesus only. (Matthew 17:8)
"We, on the other hand say, blessing the name of the Lord that we can say it, that there abides with us our Lord Jesus. At this day He is with us, and will be with us even to the end of the world! Christ's existence is not a fact confined to antiquity or to remote distance. By His Spirit He is actually in His Church. We have seen Him, though not with eyes. We have heard Him, though not with ears. We have grasped Him, though not with hands. And we feed upon His flesh, which is meat, indeed, and His blood, which is drink, indeed. We have with us at this very day Jesus our Friend, to Whom we make known our secrets, and who bears all our sorrows.
"We have Jesus our interpreting Instructor, who still reveals His secrets to us, and leads us into the mind and name of God. We have Jesus still with us to supply us with strength, and in His power we are still mighty. We confess His reigning Sovereignty in the Church, and we receive His all-sufficient succor. The Church is not decapitated, her Head abides in vital union with her -- Jesus is no myth to us -- whatever He may be to others. He is no departed shade, He is no heroic personification -- in very deed there is a Christ, and though others see Him not, and even we with these eyes see Him not, yet in Him believing we rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory.
"Oh, I trust it will never be so with us, that as we go about our life work our religion shall melt into fiction and become nothing but mere sentiment, nothing but thought, and dream, and vision. But may our religion be a matter of FACT, a walking with the living and abiding Savior. Though Moses may be gone, and Elijah may be gone, yet Jesus Christ abides with us and in us, and we in Him, and so shall it be forever more." -- C.H. Spurgeon, p. 641
http://www.spurgeongems.org/vols16-18/chs924.pdf

There is no doubt that evangelicalism today is in a state of perplexity and unsettlement. In such matters as the practice of evangelism, the teaching of holiness, the building up of local church life, the pastor's dealing with souls and the exercise of discipline, there is evidence of widespread dissatisfaction with things as they are and or equally widespread uncertainty as to the road ahead. This is a complex phenomenon, to which many factors have contributed; but, if we go to the root of the matter, we shall find that these perplexities are all ultimately due to our having lost our grip on the biblical gospel. Without realizing it, we have during the past century bartered that gospel for a substitute product which, though it looks similar enough in points of detail, is as a whole a decidedly different thing. Hence our troubles; for the substitute product does not answer the ends for which the authentic gospel has in past days proved itself so mighty. Why?
We would suggest that the reason lies in its own character and content. It fails to make men God-centered in their thoughts and God-fearing in their hearts because this is not primarily what it is trying to do. One way of stating the difference between it and the old gospel is to say that it is too exclusively concerned to be 'helpful' to man -- to bring peace, comfort, happiness, satisfaction -- and too little concerned to glorify God. The old gospel was 'helpful', too -- more so, indeed, than is the new -- but (so to speak), incidentally, for its first concern was always to give glory to God. It was always and essentially a proclamation of divine sovereignty in mercy and judgment, a summons to bow down and worship the mighty Lord on whom man depends for all good, both in nature and in grace. Its center of reference was unambiguously God. But in the new gospel the center of reference is man. This is just to say that the old gospel was religious in a way that the new gospel is not. Whereas the chief aim of the old was to teach people to worship God, the concern of the new seems limited to making them feel better. The subject of the old gospel was God and his ways with men; the subject of the new is man and the help God gives him. There is a world of difference. The whole perspective and emphasis of gospel preaching has changed.
From this change of interest has sprung a change of content, for the new gospel has in effect reformulated the biblical message in the supposed interests of 'helpfulness'. Accordingly, the themes of man's natural inability to believe, of God's free election being the ultimate cause of salvation, and of Christ dying specifically for his sheep are not preached. These doctrines, it would be said, are not 'helpful'; they would drive sinners to despair, by suggesting to them that it is not in their own power to be saved through Christ. (The possibility that such despair might be salutary is not considered: it is taken for granted that it cannot be, because it is so shattering to our self-esteem). However this may be (and we shall say more about it later), the result of these omissions is that part of the biblical gospel is now preached as if it were the whole of that gospel; and a half-truth masquerading as the whole truth becomes a complete untruth. Thus, we appeal to men as if they all had the ability to receive Christ at any time; we speak of his redeeming work as if he had make it possible for us to save ourselves by believing; we speak of God's love as if it were no more than a general willingness to receive any who will turn and trust; and we depict the Father and the Son, not as sovereignly active in drawing sinners to themselves, but as waiting in quiet impotence 'at the door of our hearts' for us to let them in.
It is undeniable that this is how we preach; perhaps this is what we really believe. But it needs to be said with emphasis that this set of twisted half-truths is something other than the biblical gospel. The Bible is against us when we preach in this way; and the fact that such preaching has become almost standard practice among us only shows how urgent it is that we should review this matter. To recover the old, authentic, biblical gospel, and to bring our preaching and practice back into line with it, is perhaps our most pressing present need. And it is at this point that Owen's treatise on redemption can give us help. -- J.I. Packer in the Introduction to The Death of Death in the Death of Christ by John Owen

True Gospel in the pulpit, true Gospel in every Religious Society we support, true Gospel in the books we read, true Gospel in the friends we keep company with -- let this be our aim, and never let us be ashamed to let men see that it is so.
Let the meekness of St. Peter in taking a reproof be as much our example as the boldness of St. Paul in reproving." -- J.C. Ryle, "The Fallibility of Ministers," in Warning to the Churches, pp. 93-121.

I see this tendency to lean on man everywhere. I know no branch of the Protestant Church of Christ which does not require to be cautioned upon the point. It is a snare, for example, to the English Episcopalian to make idols of Bishop Pearson and "the Judicious Hooker." It is a snare to the Scotch Presbyterian to pin his faith on John Knox, the Covenanters, and Dr. Chalmers. It is a snare to the Methodists in our day to worship the memory of John Wesley. It is a snare to the Independent to see no fault in any opinion of Owen and Dodderidge. It is a snare to the Baptist to exaggerate the wisdom of Gill and Fuller and Robert Hall. All these are snares, and into these snares how many fall! -- J.C. Ryle "The Fallibility of Ministers" in Warning to the Churches, pp. 93-121

Ah, were their souls fully assured that God had loved them freely, and received them graciously, and justified them perfectly, and pardoned them absolutely, and would glorify them everlastingly, they could not but love where God loves, and own where God owns, and embrace where God embraces, and be one with every one that is one with Jesus. -- Thomas Brooks

One of the most important concepts in the history of Western thought is the concept of the corporation. Although in Rome some aspects of the idea existed, what we know as the corporation is a Biblical doctrine. A corporation is an entity which exists apart from the life of its members, is a legal person, and has a continuing existence. The word corporation, comes from a Latin word meaning body. A corporation is thus a corpus, a body, with a life of its own. . . .
The early church thus saw itself as a body, a corporation. It was more than the sum total of its members, moreover, because the church was and is created by Jesus Christ, and its essential existence is in Christ, not apart from Him. A church separated from Christ is no longer a church but a parody of a church. The church thus is not only a corporation, it is a supernatural body or corporation, because its Head and Ruler is the King of all creation. The church thus has an existence which transcends this earth and transcends time and death. -- R.J. Rushdoony

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

One of the great twentieth century tragedies in the church is that so many, not lay members only, but ministers in particular, are satisfied to know so little. -- Gordon H. Clark

Whenever leaders (fathers, pastors, businessmen, elected officials), lose sight of the Gospel, then they lead us into hypocracy, Pharisaism, and legalism. -- Phil Smuland

The unity of the church, and the concord of believers, is necessary to its strength and safety; for Christ also strengtheneth as well as quickeneth them by suitable means. . . . But to see the churches of Christ with one heart and soul acknowledging their Maker and Redeemer, and singing his praise as with one voice, and living together in love and concord, as those that have one principle, on rule, one nature, one work, one interest, and one hope, and end, this is the truly beauteous symmetry, and delectable harmony. -- Richard Baxter

Some would take Christ if they might even be allowed to choose the time when he should be their all, if they might do it in the church or in private, but not in the world. But if you are his, you will choose Christ tonight, Christ tomorrow, Christ forever; Christ in the private room, and in the family; Christ in the shop, and in the market; Christ in the church and in the world; Christ when you are with the godly; Christ when with the ungodly and the profane; Christ in the hour of prosperity, Christ in the hour of adversity; Christ when the world smiles, and says, as it sometimes seems to do, that Christ is good; and Christ when the world frowns, and says that Christians are mad, and that Christ has a devil. You will take Christ with you to the humble cottage and to the lordly mansion; Christ among your poor and despised fellow-sinners; Christ with the nobles of the land; Christ in the drawing room -- I do not say Christ in the ball-room, for if you go there, you must leave Christ behind; I do not say Christ in the theatre, for you must get Satan to go with you there; but Christ in life, Christ in death, Christ in the day of judgement, and then -- ineffably glorious hope -- Christ to all eternity. -- William C. Burns (1815-1868)

The Church as never been perfect. Far from it. But the total record should be examined. In doing so, the good far, far outweighs the bad. Besides, Christian belief is in Christ, not in Christians. . . .
Genuine Christianity must be distinguished from nominal Christianity. Some people have called themselves "Christians" who have lived in total opposition to the principles and teachings of the Master from Nazareth. But when we distinguish between name and reality, we see that genuine Christianity has been an unmixed blessing on the world. . . .
Christianity is comprised of those who have repented of their sins and truly believe in Jesus Christ as their Savior and their Lord. In times past Christendom was comprised of those people living in "Christian" territories. Today, Christendom is comprised of true Christians and those professing Christians who have never experienced the saving grace of Christ. Many members of Christendom have lived lives that were totally unworthy of the name Christian.
When people are unregenerate -- that is, if their hearts are not changed by Christ -- they are prone to do all sorts of ungodly and inhuman things. It doesn't matter whether they're atheistic Communists or clerics in the Church. And in the case of unregenerate Church Leaders, their evil actions have brought the blame of history upon Christianity.
There is a Church visible (Christendom) and there is a Church invisible (true Christianity). . . . The Bible points out that the visible Church is not the real Church of Christ. The real Church of Christ is invisible, and it consists of all who truly belong to God as His elect -- all those who will ever be regenerated by the Holy Spirit. Judas Iscariot was a member of the visible Church of Christ, but not the invisible. . . .
The devil has been able to infiltrate the Church. [Matthew 13:24-30, 37-39]. Thus, as Jesus forewarned, the Church contains believers and nonbelievers alike. . . .
While Jesus told us to love our neighbor and even our enemies, He did predict that Christianity would prove divisive per se [Luke 12:51-53]. . . .
Now, the Scripture teaches we are to be at peace will all, inasmuch as it is up to us (Romans 12:18). But we are to put Christ first in our lives . . . True faith can elicit a hostile reaction, even when practiced with a gentle and humble spirit. The division that Christ talked about here is the natural outworking of unbelief reacting against godliness, or belief reacting against ungodliness. . . . -- D. James Kennedy and Jerry Newcombe, What if Jesus had Never Been Born, pp. 205,206,209,210

It is not possible to institutionalize Christianity.

What Church Membership Used to Mean
"Last week it was reported that the churches of America increased their membership by 690,000. Are you encouraged by these figures? I for my part am not encouraged a bit. I have indeed my own grounds for encouragement, especially those which are found in the great and precious promises of God. But these figures have no place among them. How many of these 690,000 names do you think are really written in the Lamb's Book of Life? A small proportion, I fear.
"Church membership today often means nothing more, as has well been said, than a vague admiration for the moral character of Jesus; the church in countless communities is little more than a Rotary Club. One day, as I was walking through a neighboring city, I saw not an altar with an inscription to an unknown god, but something that filled me with far more sorrow than that could have done. I saw a church with a large sign on it, which read somewhat like this: 'Not a member? Come in and help us make this a better community.' Truly we have wandered far from the day when entrance into the Church involved confession of faith in Christ as the Savior from sin." -- J. Gresham Machen, from The Separateness of the Church, a sermon preached in the Chapel of Princeton Theological Seminary on Sunday, March 8, 1925, posted in the log of Eric T. Young on February 11, 2012

Covenant Reformed Presbyterian Church, Sheboygan, Wisconsin
The Presbyterian and Reformed News was edited by Robert Shapiro and Frank J. Smith. Both men were among the original founders of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA).
Frank J. Smith announced in the final issue, Volume 10 Numbers 1-4 Jan -- Dec 2004 (link below), that he will be leaving the PCA. He has joined with the Covenant Reformed Presbyterian Church in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, part of the Covenant Reformed Presbyterian Church (CRPC), a Reformed and Presbyterian denomination organized in 1998. This new denomination established "The Society of Presbyteries and Reformed Churches" and is engaged in merger talks with other Reformed denominations.
RESOLUTION TO ESTABLISH THE SOCIETY OF PRESBYTERIES AND REFORMED CHURCHES
http://www.refcm.org/crpc%20web%20stuff/CRPC--SPARC%20documents.pdf
Presbyterian and Reformed News
"Recording the Story of the Presbyterian Church in America."
The final issue, Volume 10 Numbers 1-4 Jan -- Dec 2004
http://www.presbyteriannews.org/volumes/v10/1/pr38.pdf
Talks included the Reformed Presbyterian Church, Hanover Presbytery (Richard Bacon, Roberty La May).
The Reformed Presbyterian Church Hanover Presbytery
http://www.rpchanover.org
Mr. Smith had been examined and approved by the Hanover Presbytery.
It was reported in December 18, 2004, http://www.americanpresbyterianchurch.org/minutes_12-18-04.htm, that the Covenant Reformed Presbyterian Church (CRPC) declined to pursue merger talks with the Reformed Presbyterian Church, Hanover Presbytery. The main issue was membership in Masonic Lodges, which is tolerated by the RPCUS, Hanover Presbytery.
Robert Shapiro wrote an articule entitled "Whither the PCA?" In it he sums up the corruption in the PCA. Over six pages expose problems with Doug Wilson's ministry. With Frank J. Smith's departure for reasons cited in the publication the late 2004 issue of the Presbyterian and Reformed News was the final issue. It is no longer published.
http://www.refcm.org/crpc%20web%20stuff/crpcsheboygan/index.htm

George Barna reviewed more than a dozen national surveys related to matters of faith conducted by the Barna Research Group during 2000 and devised three lists of faith-related survey results -- particularly noteworthy insights . . .
Surveys showed the following results:

Barna is known for providing objective though not-always-flattering surveys regarding the Christian faith and the state of the church. Among his findings that have generated substantial interest or controversy in recent years are: children are the most important population segment to minister to because of their spiritual vulnerability; Protestant churches are generally ineffective vessels for evangelism and discipleship; most Protestant pastors are neither called to nor competent in leadership; less than one out of every ten born again adults possess a biblical worldview; every church engages in marketing, but few do it well; the mass media have the most dramatic effect on people's behavior and beliefs; house churches and other alternative forms of church life are growing rapidly; a growing group of spiritually devout people, known as Revolutionaries, is reshaping spiritual life in the U.S.; and most "church growth" is simply the recycling of church-goers from one congregation to another.

Overall, the current research revealed that only 9 percent of all American adults have a biblical worldview. Among the sixty subgroups of respondents that the survey explored was one defined by those who said they have made a personal commitment to Jesus Christ that is important in their life today, and that they are certain that they will go to Heaven after they die only because they confessed their sins and accepted Christ as their savior. Labeled "born again Christians," the study discovered that they were twice as likely as the average adult to possess a biblical worldview. However, that meant that even among born again Christians, less than one out of every five (19 percent) had such an outlook on life.
The same questions were asked of respondents in national surveys by Barna in 1995, 2000 and 2005. The results indicate that the percentage of adults with a biblical worldview, as defined above, has remained unchanged for more than a decade. The numbers show that 7 percent had such a worldview in 1995, compared to 10 percent in 2000, 11 percent in 2005, and 9 percent now. Even among born again adults, the statistics have remained flat: 18 percent in 1995, 22 percent in 2000, 21 percent in 2005, and 19 percent today. -- Barna Survey Examines Changes in Worldview Among Christians Over the Past 13 Years, March 6, 2009.
That means, hypothetically, applying this statistic for purposes of general illustration, that if one of the Elect sits down in the middle of an Evangelical congregation on a Sunday morning, then the four persons seated around him, left, right, front, back, statistically are probably not true to Christ.
The truth hurts, but these facts need to be known, especially by the new believer, who can be so challenged by the Adversary, and can be so susceptible to discouragement.
See also:

  • Barna Lists the 12 Most Significant Religious Findings, December 20, 2006
    www.barna.org/barna-update/article/12-faithspirituality/141-barna-lists-the-12-most-significant-religious-findings-?q=evangelicals+changed+lives
  • What People Experience in Churches
    www.barna.org/congregations-articles/556-what-people-experience-in-churches
  • Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758), The Religious Affections.
    Edwards, A Treatise Concerning the Religious Affections (1898).
    http://archive.org/details/treatiseconcern00edwa
    Jonathan Edwards, Religious Affections,
    http://www.ccel.org/edwards/religious_affections/religious_affections.html

    Here is the great evangelical disaster -- the failure of the evangelical world to stand for truth as truth. There is only one word for this -- namely accommodation: the evangelical church has accommodated to the world spirit of the age. -- Francis Schaeffer in A Christian Manifesto

    And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not. -- The Lord Jesus Christ (John 8:45)
    The leading idea is, "Falsehood has laid such fast hold of, has taken such deep root in, your minds, -- you so firmly believe a lie, -- that truth, instead of being a recommendation to my statements, is the very thing which prevents you from receiving them." They had professed faith in him; but that was when they were in a mistake respecting his character. They had concluded that he was "the Messiah," understanding by that word a temporal deliverer. Viewing him in this false light, they were quite ready to be his followers; but no sooner had he told them the truth, that the liberty he came to bestow was a liberty of mind and heart, to be produced by the operation of his doctrine understood and believed, than they retracted their profession, -- they would not acknowledge him as the Messiah, -- they would not "continue in his word," -- they would not be "his disciples." Had he told them a lie, -- had he flattered their prejudices, -- had he promised to "restore the kingdom to Israel," in their sense of these terms, -- then they would have believed him, then they would have followed wherever he chose to lead. But because he told them the truth, that he was not a temporal deliverer, but a spiritual Saviour, -- "therefore," on that very ground, they disbelieved him, and were disposed not only to "go back, and walk no more with him," but even to wish and to plot his destruction. They thus showed that they not only had no appetite for truth, but a positive distaste for it, and proved their spiritual relationship to him who is a lair, who abides not in the truth, in whom there is no truth. So dangerous is it for the mind to get under the influence of error respecting the great fundamental principles of religion. It leads, in innumerable instances, to the mistaking of truth for falsehood, and falsehood for truth, -- and induces men to receive a doctrine for the very reason for which they out to reject it, and to reject a doctrine for the very reason for which they ought to receive it." -- John Brown (of Edinburgh, 1784-1858), (II:62)

    Overall, the current research revealed that only 9 percent of all American adults have a biblical worldview. Among the sixty subgroups of respondents that the survey explored was one defined by those who said they have made a personal commitment to Jesus Christ that is important in their life today, and that they are certain that they will go to Heaven after they die only because they confessed their sins and accepted Christ as their savior. Labeled 'born again Christians,' the study discovered that they were twice as likely as the average adult to possess a biblical worldview. However, that meant that even among born again Christians, less than one out of every five (19 percent), had such an outlook on life.
    The same questions were asked of respondents in national surveys by Barna in 1995, 2000 and 2005. The results indicate that the percentage of adults with a biblical worldview, as defined above, has remained unchanged for more than a decade. The numbers show that 7 percent had such a worldview in 1995, compared to 10 percent in 2000, 11 percent in 2005, and 9 percent now. Even among born again adults, the statistics have remained flat: 18 percent in 1995, 22 percent in 2000, 21 percent in 2005, and 19 percent today. -- "Barna Survey Examines Changes in Worldview Among Christians over the Past 13 Years," March 6, 2009.
    That means, hypothetically, applying this statistic for purposes of general illustration, that if a born again individual with a Biblical worldview sits down in the middle of an Evangelical congregation, then the four persons seated around him, left, right, front, back, statistically are probably not born again, do not have a changed life, and do not have a Biblical worldview.
    The truth hurts! But these facts need to be known, especially by the new believer, who can be so buffeted about by the Adversary right after conversion, and who can be so susceptible to discouragement.
    See also:
    "Barna Lists the 12 Most Significant Religious Findings"
    "A Biblical Worldview has a Radical Effect on a Person's Life," December 1, 2003
    "What People Experience in Church," and
    Jonathan Edwards, Religious Affection.

    The real value of an object is that which one who knows its worth will give for it. He who made the soul, knew its worth, and gave His life for it. -- Arthur Jackson

  • Armerding, Hudson T., The Heart of Godly Leadership, ISBN: 0891076751 9780891076759.
    "A former Wheaton College president brings a seasoned scriptural perspective to the subject of godly leadership, giving Biblical examples relating to delegating authority, handling success, and passing leadership on to the next generation. Tackles family, church, and society." -- GCB

    *Ashe, Simeon (d. 1662), The Church Sinking, Saved by Christ: Set out in a Sermon Preached Before the Right Honourable the House of Lords, in the Abby-Church at Westminster, on Wednesday, Febr. 26. 1644, Being the day of the Monthly Publike Fast. [Isaiah 63:5]. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.

    Ballantyne, J., George Clark, David Brown, and Alexander Brown, A Comparison of Established and Dissenting Churches, 1824.

    Banks, Robert J., and Julia Banks, The Church Comes Home, ISBN: 156563179X 9781565631793.
    "In our modern dislocated society many are searching for a church experience that offers true Christian sharing, nurturing, and discipleship, in addition to teaching and worship. For many such people the answer is found in the home church: a small, committed group of often diverse people who meet together in homes to pray, eat, sing, study, and share their lives.
    "THE CHURCH COMES HOME is a handbook for those interested in home churches. It is both visionary and practical. It describes how home churches can be formed, how they should grow, and how networks of home churches can develop. It examines issues-for example, how to make decisions; how to determine doctrine; how to include children, singles, elders; and how to reach out to the community at large-and offers practical suggestions for their resolution.
    "Robert Banks is Professor of the Ministry of the Laity and Chair of the Ministry Division at Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California.
    "Julia Banks and her husband Robert have been involved with home churches for over twenty-five years. Together they have led seminars and assisted congregations in developing this style of gather in many parts of the world. Julia coordinates the community house in which she and Rob live with a group of students. She is also active as a church planter and in building networks among house churches." -- Publisher

    Banks, Robert J., and Julia Banks, The Church Comes Home, ISBN: 156563179X 9781565631793.
    "In our modern dislocated society many are searching for a church experience that offers true Christian sharing, nurturing, and discipleship, in addition to teaching and worship. For many such people the answer is found in the home church: a small, committed group of often diverse people who meet together in homes to pray, eat, sing, study, and share their lives.
    "THE CHURCH COMES HOME is a handbook for those interested in home churches. It is both visionary and practical. It describes how home churches can be formed, how they should grow, and how networks of home churches can develop. It examines issues-for example, how to make decisions; how to determine doctrine; how to include children, singles, elders; and how to reach out to the community at large-and offers practical suggestions for their resolution.
    "Robert Banks is Professor of the Ministry of the Laity and Chair of the Ministry Division at Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California.
    "Julia Banks and her husband Robert have been involved with home churches for over twenty-five years. Together they have led seminars and assisted congregations in developing this style of gather in many parts of the world. Julia coordinates the community house in which she and Rob live with a group of students. She is also active as a church planter and in building networks among house churches." -- Publisher

    Banks, Robert, Going to Church in the First Century: An Eyewitness Account, ISBN: 0940232375 9780940232372.
    "Bankes does his research. He is not merely writing what he thinks the Church looked like in the first century but he dives into Church History itself to show you historically what it looked like. The book takes 1 Corinthians 14:26 and applies it to the house churches listed in the New Testament. In the end, Banks does a wonderful job of showing the reader how radically different our church 'services' are today compared to the first century. Banks then tells us how to apply the apostolic traditions (1 Corinthians 11:2; 2 Thessalonians 2:15; 3:6), to our current churches whether traditional or house churches." -- Reader's Comment

    *Banks, Robert J., Paul's Idea of Community: The Early House Churches in Their Cultural Setting, ISBN: 1565630505 9781565630505.
    "Robert Bank's widely read PAUL'S IDEA OF COMMUNITY: THE EARLY HOUSE CHURCHES IN THEIR CULTURAL SETTING is once again available to laypeople, pastors and scholars alike. In this extensively revised edition Banks has rewritten chapters for clarity, taken into account recent scholarship on Paul's writings, updated and expanded the bibliography, and added an index. This new edition retains, however, all the freshness and vitality of the original.
    "The book draws fully upon the wealth of recent scholarly analysis of the New Testament churches, but in such a skilled way that the picture is not buried in learning, but brought to life for present-day readers. . . . People will be startled to find how much of modern church life has departed form the New Testament spirit. And yet the modern communities still possess in the New Testament, as illuminated through a book like this, the sources from which church life can be reawakened to the community consequences of accepting the Pauline gospel." -- Edwin A. Judge, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia
    "It is good news that Robert Banks's PAUL'S IDEA OF COMMUNITY is once more available, now in a thoroughly revised, expanded edition. Convinced that Paul's distinctive contribution to Christianity is his idea of community, Banks demonstrates how this notion informs Paul's instruction to his churches. . . . It is striking how naturally discussions of such topics as Paul's teaching on freedom and on eschatology fall within the purview of this stimulating book." -- Abraham J. Malherbe, Yale University
    "Robert Banks is Professor of the Ministry of the Laity and Chair of the Ministry Division at Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California." -- Publisher

    *Bannerman, James (1807-1868), The Church of Christ: A Treatise on the Nature, Powers, Ordinances, Discipline, and Government of the Christian Church, 1869, 2 volumes. A Christian classic. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #24.
    "Two large volumes. A classic on the Church and worship! This is one of the most extensive studies of its kind ever compiled. Nothing compares to it on this subject. Regarding these gems, Iain Murray has stated, 'In our day, however greatly we need an evangelical revival, we need more than that. We need another Reformation, a movement which will go 'to the root of the mischief' and bring back the visible church to the pattern of God's Word in her government, ordinances and ministry. The republication of Bannerman is a step in that direction . . . For those who wish to study the doctrine of the Church in its several aspects as it was held by the majority of the Reformers, Puritans, Covenanters and leaders of 'The Third Reformation,' it will prove an invaluable textbook." -- Publisher

    Barna, George, The Barna Report: America Renews its Search for God; An Annual Survey of Life-styles, Values and Religious Views

    Barna, George, The Frog in the Kettle: What Christians Need to Know About Life in the Year 2000, ISBN: 0830714499 9780830714490.
    Subtitle: What the future will be like, how the "new values" will affect the church, how Christians need to respond to the changing environment.
    "There isn't enough time to digest all the important information that flies your way. George Barna has captured critical trends shaping your world and boiled them down in his new book, THE FROG IN THE KETTLE -- a book for every concerned Christian to read." -- Publisher

    Barna, George, Revolution, 2005, ISBN: 1414307586 9781414307589 1414310161 9781414310169.
    We feel that Barna's polls and statistics are valuable in giving a picture of the current state of the local church. However, we see no evidence that separated and divided Christians will ever attain to the fullness of the true church united in one body. Our top priority should always be reform of the church. (See the chapters on "Corporate Faitfulness and Sanctification," The Westminster Confession of Faith [1646, The Westminster Standards], and Related Works: A Study Guide, and "Unity and Uniformity in the Visible Church: Unity in the Truth.")
    "Somehow, the other day, I happened to pick up a copy of George Barna's new book called REVOLUTION. For those of you who are unfamiliar, George Barna is the founder of Barna Research Group (now called The Barna Group), which was created more than two decades ago with the intent to help ministries facilitate strategic decision-making. Much of this was accomplished through detailed statistical research provided by the Group. Over the course of that 20 years the Barna research team interviewed nearly a half million people in the course of hundreds of research studies, provided seminar-based training to leaders from more than 50,000 churches, produced more than 60 books and syndicated reports, and developed a website that provided free information to hundreds of thousands of people every month. Barna became one of the most (if not the most), trusted resource for church-related statistical research in the United States and has often been hailed as 'the most quoted person in the Christian Church today!'
    "But, as I found out reading this book, a drastic change occurred in George Barna's life (about 2003), as a result of his countless hours of researching the effects of organized religion; he realized that very little actual life transformation appeared to be occurring in churched believers all over the country. Even worse, he realized that his own efforts in research were being used by pastors mostly for the purpose of seeking statistical evidence to support their teaching. To his surprise, however, the same research Barna had been conducting over the years led him to a discovery of the fact that God was moving in mighty ways OUTSIDE the four walls of the Institutional Church! In fact, Barna was so impacted by what he observed in the lives of 'churchless' Christians all over the U.S. that it convinced him to give up what he had done for 20 years and refocus his attentions. He changed the name of his organization from the Barna Research Group to simply the Barna Group, downsized his organization from 100 employees to eight, moved out of their large office space into a compact area, sought to become more partnership based, and chose to raise the level of risk they were willing to take in new ventures, determining that it would be better to go broke in the pursuit of true life transformation than to remain financially safe but without any gain for the kingdom. "All of that to say that George Barna no longer has interest to merely help grow the Institutional Church. His new passion is solely to see God's true Church, who are His very people (His body), walk into the fullness of what God intends for them without obstacles, without distractions, without religious strings attached -- and to see them live life to the fullest in Christ and minister truth to a lost and dying world who desperately need Him. George was humbled to find that this is already happening without the aid of churches and formal religious organizations or 'official' leadership. In fact, one of the most impacting things he notes in his new book is that so many of these groups of believers who serve the Lord outside the Institutional Church System, even though they often have poor organization, lack of great numbers, meager financial resources, often weak human leadership and are sometimes ridiculed and despised by those in larger church organizations, yet they are often more effective (in terms of actual life transformation, relationship building, devotion to truth, and sincere Christian devotion); proving that it is GOD -- not man -- that is leading these believers. Barna now calls these Christians who no longer center their lives around religious organizations (i.e. churches), 'Revolutionaries' and believes they (all 20 million of them and growing), are the real future of the manifested Body of Christ on earth; in other words they represent those who have moved beyond the established church and chosen to BE the Church instead. Barna also humbly and joyously admits that he is now one of them as well.
    "While many traditionalists argue today that, in order to grow properly in the Lord, you must attend a local church, Barna refutes this notion strongly with both Scripture and statistical example of how literally millions of believers today are finding a vibrant relationship with God (and fellowship with their brothers and sisters in Christ), outside the walls of organized religion (and the same are effecting change around them by their Christ-like influence); However, Barna does not make the argument simply about those 'in' churches and those 'outside' (as a sort of 'us versus them' attitude), rather he directs his writing to every true believer in Jesus Christ and focuses on the importance of becoming full disciples of Jesus (whether inside or outside the walls of some organization), and not to become distracted with anything that may remove our full attention from Him. Barna states in the book: 'In fact, there is no verse in Scripture that links the concepts of worshiping God and a 'church meeting.' The Bible does not tell us that worship must happen in a church sanctuary and therefore we must be actively associated with a local church. It simply tells us that we must worship God regularly and purely, in spirit and truth. Take particular note of the fact that Jesus dismissed the organized worship of His day as 'a farce' and intimated that we ought not be so limited as to how and when we worship God (see Mark 7:7). When the Samaritan woman asked about worship practices and places, Jesus responded bluntly that, The time is coming when it will no longer matter whether you worship the Father on this mountain or in Jerusalem . . . But the time is coming -- indeed it is here now -- when true worshipers with worship the Father in spirit and in truth. (John 4:21-23). He was highlighting the same foolish irrelevancies that traditionalists argue about today.
    "The book also highlights trademarks of true Revolutionaries as Barna has observed and attempts to give suggestions as to how all of us, even (and especially), those believers who are still associated with or who lead traditional congregations, can make way for this current revolution and move of God's Spirit. While some may find the content of this book uncomfortable or even controversial, Barna speaks with grace but also fervor and excitement, presenting a strong, biblically-sound argument for what he has observed transpiring over the last two decades and encourages the reader to make their own educated observations. Finally, he challenges the reader to boldly face this crossroad and decide whether or not they will become a part of the revolution themselves (risking all to follow Christ without reserve). He presses the reader with the question as to whether or not they will embrace what God is doing or outright fight it and reject it altogether. Whether or not a Christian chooses to agree with Barna's observations of what he considers to be a magnificent move of God and the very future of the Lord's Church on earth as we know it, Barna believes that every Christian needs to be aware of 'the revolution' and confront their reaction to it head on.
    "Anyone who has been familiar with the Barna Group (a.k.a. Barna Research Group), over the years knows that they are a trustworthy voice in the Church and have a firm grasp on the nationwide picture of organized religion and its effects on society and the body of Christ. We would do well to listen to what this brother in Christ, George Barna, has to say about what he has observed.
    "This is a remarkable book that will encourage and inspire believers (whether outside the institutional church program or even still within). It's a very easy read. The book also contains some statistics (as you'd expect from Barna Group), and proves to be a very informative, spiritually-motivating read. I highly recommend this book!
    "In closing I would just like to say that this review is not necessarily intended to be a full on endorsement of everything George Barna may personally believe or engage in as it concerns every facet of his ministry. The truth is, I know very little at this point about all of that. Each person should exercise discernment and hold fast to the truth of God's Word as their gage in all things. I merely wish to encourage people to see that God is working in wonderful ways OUTSIDE the four walls, as He can in you . . . and if a man who spent more than 30 years of his life supporting the old system can humble himself, recognizing the hand of God in ways previously unfamiliar to him and risk everything to follow Christ, even if it costs him the success of his own well-established and financially-successful ministry, certainly so can we press on in Jesus without fear or worry for the things others may say about us and live to become Revolutionaries for the glory of our Lord. Ultimately, I hope all of us who know the Lord can agree that life as believers is ABOUT HIM and we ought never to allow ourselves to be distracted from a pure and true devotion to Jesus Christ.
    "God bless you all!" -- Reader's Comment
    Barna, George, Robert Lewis, and Dwight Gunter, Revolution, 2006, DVD. Alternate title: "Healthy Churches Respond to the Revolution."

    Barna, George, The Second Coming of The Church, 2001, ISBN: 0849942705 9780849942709.
    Barna considers this his most important work.
    "In this "blueprint for survival," Christian sociologist George Barna evaluates the moral and spiritual decline of society and the corresponding stagnation within the Church. Using hard data, Barna unveils the status quo and argues convincingly that the Church must re-invent itself or face virtual oblivion by the mid-21st century." -- Publisher
    "Barna, the George Gallup of the Christian church, opens this book with a rather dire prediction: 'within the next few years America will experience one of two outcomes: either massive spiritual renewal or total moral anarchy.' Most Christian churches, he argues in the first part of the book, are operating on models of authority, leadership and congregational structure that are more than 30 years old and fail to meet the needs of a changing culture. In Part II, Barna pulls out his demographic toolkit of surveys, interviews and polls to measure how contemporary culture is becoming more pluralistic and syncretistic. Part III explores 'a biblical perspective on what God expects of His church,' and Barna uses scripture to draw a portrait of the 'true church,' one grounded in a worldview that reflects God's priorities and principles. Finally, in Part IV, Barna suggests three steps for renewing the church so that it might spearhead an American spiritual renewal: caring for existing members so that they 'grow strong enough to reach others;' training future professional and lay leaders; and preparing new models of ministry service. Barna's book is recommended for anyone interested in the relationship between church and culture." -- Publishers Weekly

    Barna, George, The State of the Church: 2002, ISBN: 0967137268 9780967137261.
    Lists Barna's complaints with today's local church.
    "We're spending $50 to $60 billion a year on domestic ministry. Tell you what. You give the CEO of IBM $50 to $60 billion this year, and see what he can do.
    "It bothers him deeply that the church is soft, and possesses no urgency to change. . . .
    "Every day, the church is becoming more like the world it allegedly seeks to change ." -- George Barna in The State of the Church: 2002

    *Barna, George, What Americans Believe: An Annual Survey of Values and Religious Views in the United States, 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." -- Publisher
    A tool to reshape ministerial strategies.

    *Barrow, Gregory, The Covenanted Reformation Defended Against Contemporary Schismatics, 318 pages. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #1, #19, #23, #27.
    "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 of Solomon 1:8)!" -- Publisher
    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'." -- Publisher
    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

    Barrow, Greg, Classical Protestant Doctrine of the Church (as read by Larry Birger for the The Covenanted Reformation Defended), audio cassette [audio file], series. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.
    "This tape, read by Larry Birger, is chapter 2 in Greg Barrow's THE COVENANTED REFORMATION DEFENDED. It covers some of the most important (and often forgotten, in our day), aspects of the Reformation doctrine of the church. Numerous citations are included, from many Reformation leaders and the confessional statements of the best Reformed churches. Without the distinctions made here you are likely to misunderstand not only the Reformation view of the church, but also related questions. (like why the Reformers accepted Roman Catholic baptism [it was the Anabaptists that rejected the baptism of Rome, because of errors related to these very questions]). Furthermore, as Barrow points out, the Reformed distinction regarding the 'being' and the 'well being' of the church is absolutely indispensable. Without an understanding of this crucial Scriptural distinction concerning the church you will not be able to fully understand the best Reformers on any issues about or related to the church." -- Publisher

    Baxter, Richard (1615-1691), The Poor Man's Family Book: 1. Teaching him how to Become a True Christian, 2. How to Live as a Christian, Towards God, Himself and Others, in all his Relations, Especially in His Family, 3. How to die as a Christian in Hope and Comfort, and so to be Glorified With Christ for Ever: In Plain Familiar Conferences Between a Teacher and a Learner. Available in THE REFORMED PASTOR: BAXTER'S PRACTICAL WORKS, VOL. 4

    *Baxter, Richard, The Reformed Pastor: Baxter's Practical Works, Vol. 4, ISBN: 1877611360. A Christian classic.
    "This is the fourth and final volume in this great set. Includes, ['Compassionate Counsel to all Young Men'], '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
    Richard Baxter, from Wikipedia
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Baxter
    Compassionate Counsel to all Young Men (1681), by Richard Baxter
    http://www.lettermen2.com/ccaym.html

    Black, David (1762-1806), The Deceitfulness of the Heart.
    "Black (1762-1806), was pastor of Lady Yester's, Edinburgh, Scotland, from 1794 until his death. With regard to his sermon delivery, it was said that 'His manner was solemn and affectionate, earnest and persuasive. When expostulating with sinners, or unfolding to Christians the consolations of the gospel, there was often an animation in his address -- a sacred fervour -- a divine unction, which powerfully impressed the auditory. He evidently felt the truths he was delivering, and spake as one standing in the presence of God, animated with a pure zeal for the glory of the Redeemer, and the salvation of immortal souls.' The following piece is from his Sermons on Important Subjects (Edinburgh 1808)."
    http://www.westminsterconfession.org/the-doctrines-of-grace/the-deceitfulness-of-the-heart.php

    Black, John (1768-1849), Church Fellowship. A Sermon Preached at the Opening of the Synod of the Reformed Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia, May 16, 1816.
    Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. (Ephesians 4:3)
    Be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men. (Ephesians 4:14)
    Church Fellowship, John Black
    http://www.covenanter.org/reformed/2015/8/18/john-blacks-sermon-on-church-fellowship

    Boston, Thomas (1676-1732), The Nature of Church Communion Illustrated: or, The Unity of the Body of Christ, and the Duty the Members owe to one Another Opened. Being the substance of several sermons on 1 Cor. x. 17 [1 Corinthians 10:17]. Alternate title: ON CHURCH COMMUNION. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available (THE WORKS OF THOMAS BOSTON), on Reformation Bookshelf CD #5.

    *Brooks, Thomas (1608-1680), The Distinguishing Marks of False Teachers: An Extract From Precious Remedies Against Satan's Devices, ISBN: 1879737027 9781879737020. Available (PRECIOUS REMEDIES AGAINST SATAN'S DEVICES and THE WORKS OF THOMAS BROOKS), on the Puritan Hard Drive.
    The Distinguishing Marks of False Teachers, Thomas Brooks
    http://www.graceonlinelibrary.org/revival/full.asp?ID=397

    Brown, John (of Haddington, 1722-1787), Of the Nature, Formation, and Fellowship of the Christian Church, 1796. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #7.

    Bruce, Michael, The Duty of Christians to Live Together in Religious-communion, Recommended. In a sermon preached at Belfast, January 5th. 1724-5 before the sub-synod. . . . By Michael Bruce, Belfast, 1725.

    *Burgess, Anthony (d. 1664?), The Reformation of the Church, To be Endeavoured More Than That of the Commonwealth, 1645, 28 pages. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.
    "A 'Sermon preached before the Right Honourable House of Lords at the publicke Fast, August 27, 1645,' (notes the cover), during the days of the sitting of the Westminster Assembly. Can you image these words (which are just a small sample from the preface to the godly exhortation contained in this sermon), directed, by request of the civil magistrate, to the leaders of your nation? Burgess writes, 'It was my endeavour in this Sermon to excite your Lordships to a speedy and exact Reformation of the Church from all the corruptions that have defiled her, and herein to attend unto God's Word, as the only starre that will conduct unto Christ. None are too great to undertake so good a work. Gregory said of David dancing before the Ark, Magis miror Davidum saltantem, quam pugnantem, David is to be more admired in his religious worship of God, than in his courageous conquest and slaughter of the Philistines, or other enemies. Hence, Jer. 9:23,24 [Jeremiah 9:23,24], where glory in wisdome, riches and might is forbidden, there is a kinde of an holy pride allowed in the knowledge of the Lord. Let Heathens glory, that they are saluted by the Common-wealth, Patres Pariae; but let those Christians, whom God honoureth with dignity and place, delight to be nursing Fathers to the Church, by speaking comfortably unto those who teach the good knowledge of God; and by commanding the Levites to carry all the filthiness out of the Temple. Which that your Lordships may faithfully and zealously doe, is the prayer of Your Lordships humble Servant, Anthony Burgesse'." -- Publisher

    Byfield, Richard, A Short Treatise Describing the True Church of Christ, and the Evils of Schism, Anabaptism and Libertinism, wherein is proved that: Society is the genus of a church, not congregations, A national church under the New Testament, The visible church is God's Temple, The infallible note of a true church, Learning is needful for the discharge of the ministry, Toleration of all religions is contrary to God's Word, No communion with the wicked in their sin, etc. Delivered in two sermons. 1653. Alternate title: TEMPLE-DEFILERS DEFILED: WHEREIN A TRUE VISIBLE CHURCH OF CHRIST IS DESCRIBED. THE EVILS AND PERNICIOUS ERROURS, ESPECIALLY APPERTAINING TO SCHISME, ANABAPTISME, AND LIBERTINISME, THAT INFEST OUR CHURCH, ARE DISCOVERED. AND DIRECTIONS TO PRESERVE FROM THE SIN AND PUNISHMENT OF TEMPLE-DEFILING, DELIVERED IN TWO SERMONS PREACHED AT THE LECTURE IN KINGSTON UPON THAMES, FEB. 20 AND 27, 1644. OUT OF I COR. 3.17 [1 Corinthians 3:17].

    Calvin, John (1509-1564), Comparison Between the False Church and the True. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #23.
    Calvin, John (1509-1564), Comparison Between the False Church and the True in Institutes of the Christian Religion (translated by Henry Beveridge), Book Fourth, Of The Holy Catholic Church, Chapter 2
    http://www.ccel.org/ccel/calvin/institutes.vi.iii.html

    Calvin, John (1509-1564), Come out From Among Them: The "Anti-Nicodemite" Writings of John Calvin. Available in LIBRARY OF PRESBYTERIAN HERITAGE PUBLICATIONS AND PROTESTANT HERITAGE PRESS CD-ROM LIBRARY.
    "Some one will therefore ask me what counsel I would like to give to a believer who thus dwells in some Egypt or Babylon where he may not worship God purely, but is forced by the common practice to accommodate himself to bad things. The first advice would be to leave (i.e., relocate -- ed.), if he could . . . If someone has no way to depart, I would counsel him to consider whether it would be possible for him to abstain from all idolatry in order to preserve himself pure and spotless toward God in both body and soul. Then let him worship God in private (in his home -- ed.), praying him to restore his poor church to its right estate." -- John Calvin, Come out From Among Them, The Anti-Nicodemite Writings of John Calvin pp. 93-94

    *Calvin, John (1509-1564), The Necessity of Reforming the Church (1544). Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Also found in CALVIN'S SELECTED WORKS, TRACTS AND LETTERS. Available in Library of Presbyterian Heritage Publications and Protestant Heritage Press CD-ROM Library. Available in THE CHURCH EFFEMINATE AND OTHER ESSAYS.
    "It [NECESSITY OF REFORMING THE CHURCH (1544) -- compiler], has still been correctly acknowledged as one of the most important documents of the Reformation."
    "C.H. Spurgeon once said, 'the longer I live the clearer does it appear that John Calvin's system is the nearest to perfection.' (cited in Christian History, Vol. 5, No. 4). . . . Like Calvin, some few believers today see 'the present condition of the Church . . . to be very miserable, and almost desperate.' Our context is different in one key respect however. The church needing reformation in Calvin's day was the tradition-encrusted church of Rome. Shortly after the Reformation, for those leaving Rome behind, two streams became apparent. One was the stream of classical Protestant orthodoxy, represented today by a handful of Gideons in their desktop publishing wine vats. The other was the left wing of the Reformation -- the anabaptist movement. In the early years, the anabaptists were suffering outsiders. But today the anabaptist church is the Establishment -- an establishment governed by a chaos of traditions instead of biblical worship. Everywhere we look we see Christians approaching God with observances in worship which Calvin calls 'the random offspring of their own brain.' Though this work is not an elaborate systematic presentation of the foundations of Christianity, such as CALVIN'S INSTITUTES, it has still been correctly acknowledged as one of the most important documents of the Reformation. Calvin here pleads the cause dearest to his heart before an assembly perhaps the most august that Europe could have furnished in that day. It has been said that the animated style used by Calvin in this work would not lose by comparison with any thing in the celebrated 'Dedication' prefixed to his INSTITUTES. To this day, THE NECESSITY OF REFORMING THE CHURCH remains a powerful weapon, both defensive and offensive, to fight the contemporary battle for Protestantism -- the everlasting gospel of truth. Here, in our modern setting, we find the answers to many of the vexing questions which continue to agitate the Church." -- Publisher
    The Necessity of Reforming the Church (1543), by John Calvin
    http://www.swrb.com/newslett/actualnls/NRC_ch00.htm

    *Calvin, Jean (John, 1509-1564), and John H. Leith, The Christian Life, ISBN: 0060612983 9780060612986.
    Calvin, John, On the Christian Life.
    On the Christian Life, John Calvin
    http://www.ccel.org/calvin/christian_life/christian_life.html

    Clower, Joseph B., The Church in the Thought of Jesus.

    Cunningham, William (1805-1861), and James Buchanan (1804-1870), Proposal for the Foundation and Formation of Libraries in the Manses of the Free Church of Scotland: With a Catalogue of Books.

    Dabney, Robert Lewis (1820-1898), Broad Churchism, ISBN: 0851513506 9780851513508. Alternate title: DISCUSSIONS OF ROBERT LEWIS DABNEY. "Transcribed from a sermon preached before the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the United States, Huntsville, Alabama, 18 May 1871." Available in DISCUSSIONS: EVANGELICAL AND THEOLOGICAL, 2 volumes. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #23.
    "Warfield called Dabney 'the most conspicuous figure and the leading theological guide of the Southern Presbyterian Church, the most prolific theological writer that Church has as yet produced.' These three volumes of articles and essays vindicate Warfield's statement. 'This is not a book to be read and returned to the library shelf,' states the well known Baptist minister Al Martin, 'rather, as I have found to my own profit, it ought to be read, digested, and kept close at hand as a guide, companion and constant prod to us.' Dr. Archibald Alexander called Dabney, 'the best teacher of theology in the United States, if not the world.' Freundt notes, 'Dabney championed the doctrines of Calvinism and applied them consistently and practically to the great issues of his times'." -- Publisher
    Broad Churchism, R.L. Dabney
    http://www.westminsterconfession.org/the-church/broad-churchism.php
    Dabney, Robert L., Discussions of Robert Lewis Dabney Vol. 1: Evangelical and Theological.
    http://archive.org/details/DiscussionsOfRobertLewisDabneyVol.1EvangelicalAndTheological

    Dabney, Robert L. (1820-1898), The Public Preaching of Women. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #22.

    Dutcher, Greg, Killing Calvinism: How to Destroy a Perfectly Good Theology From the Inside out, ISBN: 9781936760534 1936760533.
    "Something wonderful is happening in Western Evangelicalism. A resurgence of Calvinism is changing lives, transforming churches, and spreading the gospel. The books are great, the sermons are life-changing, the music is inspirational, and the conferences are astonishing. Will this continue or will we, who are part of it all, end up destroying it?
    "That depends on how we live the message.
    "As 'insiders' of the Calvinist resurgence, there are at least eight ways we can mess everything up.

  • by loving Calvinism as an end in itself
  • by becoming theologians instead of disciples [wording seems problematic here -- compiler]
  • by loving God's sovereignty more than God himself
  • by losing an urgency in evangelism
  • by refusing to learn from non-Calvinists
  • by tidying up the Bible's 'loose ends' [seems problematic -- compiler]
  • by being a bunch of arrogant know-it-alls
  • by scoffing at the emotional hang-ups others have with Calvinism
  • "Greg Dutcher (M.Div., Biblical Theological Seminary) pastored an Evangelical Free Church in Catonsville, Maryland for six years before sensing a call to plant Christ Fellowship Church in Harford County, Maryland. He has served as Senior Minister of Christ Fellowship since its inception in 2003. He is the author of two recent books with Discovery House publishers, YOU ARE THE TREASURE THAT I SEEK: BUT THERE'S A LOT OF COOL STUFF OUT THERE, LORD (2009), and LIVING FREE IN ENEMY TERRITORY: CHRIST'S TRIUMPH OVER SATAN (2011). Greg and his wife, Lisa, have four children." -- Publisher
    "This book blew me away! Greg Dutcher skillfully diagnosed how I kill the very truth I love by my hypocrisy, pride, anger, and judgmental attitude. This book will serve a young generation of Calvinists. But the older generation had better heed it, too. There's medicine here for all our hearts, and taking this medicine will make us more joyful and more humble when making our glorious God known." -- Reader's Comment
    "Many Calvinists will find reading this book to be a painful experience. But medicine is like that. The good news is that a healthy dose of Dutcher's wisdom will go a long way in bringing spiritual health to the young, restless, and reformed." -- Reader's Comment

    *Engelsma, David, Marriage, the Mystery of Christ and the Church, ISBN: 0825425190 9780825425196.
    "Engelsma is a pastor in the Protestant Reformed Church, and also is editor of their paper, The Standard Bearer. The chapters in this book were preached as sermons in the author's church at Loveland, Colorado. Engelsma sees the corruption of the sacred institution of marriage as being a cause of myriads of the evils that abound in our day. He says, 'There is the bitter misery of soul that shatters those who have been unfaithful and that leads to drink, drugs, nervous breakdown, and even suicide. . . . The author does a good job of expounding Ephesians 5:31,32, 'This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.' He explains that this 'mystery' has to do with the intimacy and oneness of a truly married couple. And this typifies the 'underlying reality of the union of Christ with His Church'." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.

    *Foxe, John (1516-1587), and Thomas Freeman (prefatory material), John Foxe's Book of Martyrs. Actes and Monuments of Matters Most Speciall and Memorable (unabridged). Alternate title: THE UNABRIDGED ACTS AND MONUMENTS ONLINE or TAMO (HRI Online Publications, Sheffield, 2011). 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.
    "You can browse and compare the unabridged texts of the four editions of this massive work published in John Foxe's lifetime (1563, 1570, 1576, 1583). Each edition changed significantly as Foxe sought to incorporate new material, answer his critics, and adjust its polemical force to the needs of the moment. . . .
    "TAMO is both an instrument of scholarship and a tool for anyone who wants to explore this remarkable work, a milestone in the history of the English printed book and a signal achievement of its printer, John Day."
    John Foxe's Book of Martyrs. Actes and Monuments of Matters Most Speciall and Memorable, ISBN: 0197262252 9780197262252.
    "This CD-ROM combines readable and printable images of 2,200 pages of text and woodcut engravings from the 1583 edition, the last for which Foxe was personally responsible."
    Other editions: Acts and Monuments or Foxe's Book of Martyrs, 1554, 1843-49 edition, 8 volumes. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.
    " 'No book ever inflicted a wound so deep and incurable on the Romish system of superstition and bloody persecution . . . it was placed in . . . all churches and chapels throughout the kingdom, by order of Queen Elizabeth.' (Smith, Select Memoirs, p. 245). Contains much information not found in any of the liberally edited and severely shortened editions of this classic work which are in print today. Covering martyrs from the early church through to Foxe's day, it was one of the most influential books of the sixteenth century! It overflows with faith building testimony of the power of God to overcome the most cruel and barbarous acts of human depravity and demonic cruelty. 6890 pages. A very rare set, now back in print after 150 years!" -- Publisher
    "After the Bible itself, no book so profoundly influenced early Protestant sentiment as the BOOK OF MARTYRS. Even in our time it is still a living force. It is more than a record of persecution. It is an arsenal of controversy, a storehouse of romance, as well as a source of edification." -- James Miller Dodds, English Prose
    "When one recollects that until the appearance of the PILGRIM'S PROGRESS the common people had almost no other reading matter except the BIBLE and FOX'S BOOK OF MARTYRS, we can understand the deep impression that this book produced; and how it served to mold the national character. Those who could read for themselves learned the full details of all the atrocities performed on the Protestant reformers; the illiterate could see the rude illustrations of the various instruments of torture, the rack, the gridiron, the boiling oil, and then the holy ones breathing out their souls amid the flames. Take a people just awakening to a new intellectual and religious life; let several generations of them, from childhood to old age, pore over such a book, and its stories become traditions as individual and almost as potent as songs and customs on a nation's life." -- Douglas Campbell, The Puritan in Holland, England, and America
    "If we divest the book of its accidental character of feud between churches, it yet stands, in the first years of Elizabeth's reign, a monument that marks the growing strength of a desire for spiritual freedom, defiance of those forms that seek to stifle conscience and fetter thought." -- Henry Morley, English Writers
    "John Foxe was a prince among believers. He had his printing press on a cart, and had often to print at night, moving his press before dawn to escape capture and burning at the stake. He never faltered in his purpose to leave a voluminous written witness to the power of the Lord Jesus Christ to keep His saints in love and peace." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.
    Text Encoding Initiative (TEI)
    John Foxe's Book of Martyrs Variorum Edition Online
    http://www.tei-c.org/Activities/Projects/jo01.xml
    Foxe's Acts and Monuments (the original Foxe's Book of Martyrs): How to Obtain a Facsimile or a Print-on-demand Copy.
    Compiled by Peter Reynolds, 29 April 2006.
    http://www.peterreynoldsbooks.com/home/foxereview.htm

    Gallup, George, Jr., and David Poling, The Search for America's Faith, ISBN: 0687370906 9780687370900.
    "An epochal work that probes the attitudes and desires of youth, the family, different religious groups, the church; assesses the validity of religious experience; and explores prospects for the future. Points to the needs of the hour, and provides an analysis of the questions people are asking. Should be read by all in the ministry." -- Cyril J. Barber

    *Howe, John (1630-1705), Of Charity in Reference to Other Men's Sins, 1 Corinthians 13:5, 1681. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.
    "According to James Darling's CYCLOPAEDIA BIBLIOGRAPHICA, John Howe was one of the faithful English Puritan ministers who was ejected from his church in 1662. Darling adds that 'The late Robert Hall said that he had learned more from John Howe than from any other author he had ever read, and that there is an astonishing magnificence in his conceptions.' (p. 1560).
    "This book is about Christians' attitudes towards the sins of other people. For example, Howe notes that some people are happy to see others sin because it makes them feel superior to those people. But it is itself sinful for a Christian to feel this way. 'What is it now to rejoice in another man's sin? Think what it is, and how impossible it is to be where the love of God hath any place. What to be glad that such a one is turning a man into a devil! A reasonable immortal soul, capable of Heaven, into a fiend of Hell! To be glad that such a soul is tearing itself off from God, is blasting its own eternal hopes, and destroying all its possibilities of a future well-being! Blessed God! How repugnant is this to Charity?' (p. 18)
    'One would think them indeed but half men, and scarce any Christians, that can allow themselves so inhumane, and unhallowed a pleasure, as rejoicing in another's sin!
    'Tis very unworthy of a man to take pleasure in seeing his fellow-man turning beast. There is little in it of the ingenuity that belongs to humane nature, to delight in the harms of others; much less of the prudence, to make sport of a common mischief.' (p. 54)
    "Rather than rejoicing over the sins of others, Christians should mourn over the sin and pray for the repentance of the offender.
    "In some cases, however, charity and duty will require separation from the offender. 'We are to decline their society: i.e. when their heinous guilt appears, and while their repentance appears not. Scripture is so plain, and copious to this purpose, that it would suppose them very ignorant of the Bible, for whom it should be needful to quote texts. We must avoid them for our own sake, that we be not infected, nor be partakers in their sin, and guilt. For theirs (and so charity requires it), that they may be ashamed, which may be the means of their reduction and salvation: And (which is most considerable), for the honour of the Christian religion, that it may be vindicated, and rescued from reproach, as much as in us lies.' (pp. 41-42)
    "In this respect Christians have an infallible example. 'The great God is our example, who refuses the fellowship of apostate persons, yea and churches: Departs, and withdraws his affronted Glory. It is pure, and declines all taint'." (p. 42) -- Publisher
    Howe, John (1630-1705), The Whole Works of the Rev. John Howe, M.A., With a Memoir of the Author (1822), vol. 1 of 8.
    http://archive.org/details/wholeworksofrevj01howeuoft

    *Knowling, Richard J., The Testimony of St. Paul to Christ.
    "Based upon the Boyle Lectures for 1903-1905. Deals with the Pauline epistles, Paul's conversion and testimony to the veracity of the Gospel records, and his teaching on the life and function of the church. A scholarly study." -- Cyril J. Barber

    *Knox, John (1505-1572), What to do When There is no Faithful Church in Your Area Alternate title: A LETTER OF WHOLESOME COUNSEL, ADDRESSED TO HIS BRETHREN IN SCOTLAND, 1556. Available (THE WORKS OF JOHN KNOX), on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #1.
    "Formerly titled 'A Letter of Wholesome Counsel, Addressed to His Brethren in Scotland, 1556.' Given the lack of truly Reformed churches in many areas, this letter, full of practical advice, should be a welcome addition to the libraries of those seeking to remain ecclesiastically faithful to the Lord. As God continues to pour out his Spirit (by revealing the doctrines of grace, purity of worship, Presbyterian polity and discipline, Christian education of youth, family worship, the principles of courtship, covenanting [personal, ecclesiastical and national], separation from corrupt and idolatrous communions, male headship, adherence to the WCF [1646] and other faithful confessions, etc.), this letter will provide a useful bridge for those separated geographically from faithful fellowship, until new, duly constituted churches can be formed." -- Publisher

    *Leith, John H., John Calvin's Doctrine of the Christian Life, 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

    *Lusk, Robert (1781-1845), Characteristics of the Witnessing Church. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #23.
    Reprinted from The Original Covenanter and Contending Witness, various issues, published by the Reformed Presbytery of North America.
    Lusk, Robert, Characteristics of the Witnessing Church
    http://www.covenanter.org/reformed/2016/6/20/d2t1s9uxbnxaispskag80dis1k9keh

    *Luther, Martin (1483-1546), Commentary on Galatians, English translation by Erasmus Middleton, B.D., edited by John Prince Fallowes, M.A., Pembroke College, Cambridge, ISBN: 0825431247. A Christian classic. Considered to be among the ten greatest books in the English language. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.
    "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
    Commentary on Galatians, Martin Luther
    http://archive.org/details/cu31924029294133
    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

    Lloyd-Jones, David Martyn (1899-1981), The Basis of Christian Unity: An Exposition of John 17 and Ephesians 4.

    Mains, David, Healing The Dysfunctional Church Family: When Destructive Family Patterns Infiltrate the Body of Christ, ISBN: 1560431636 9781560431633.
    "Wouldn't you like to be part of a perfect church family? Who wouldn't?! Unfortunately, no church is flawless. Mains discusses eight destructive family patterns (including blaming, competition and comparison, perfectionism, and conditional love), that can arise in the church family. He challenges you to confront dysfunctions and make your church a place where people are loved, forgiven, helped, and given hope for the future. Includes small-group discussion questions. . . ." -- CBD

    Miller, C. John (1928-1996), Allen Herbert Harris, George Smith, Rev., C. John Miller, Thomas E. Tyson, William Krispin, Wesley Pinnock, Drew Trotter, John F. Bettler, and Frank M. Barker, Body Life: Purpose of (Ephesians 4:1-16), 5 audio files (MP3s), (Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation.)
    Audio cassette BL01 [audio file].

    *Mudge, Lewis S., In His Service: The Servant Lord and His Servant People.

    Murren, Doug, and George Barna (introduction), Churches That Heal: Becoming a Church That Mends Broken Hearts and Restores Shattered Lives, ISBN: 1582290709 9781582290706.
    "Many churches are struggling to find a way to reach the people of their community. This book reminds us that the focus should be on ministering to the broken. Doug provides practical advice on how to accomplish this. Our local church is in disarray and searching for a new pastor. I found this book to provide some practical insight as to the characteristics that we should strive for in rebuilding our church and selecting a pastor. It should be prayerfully read by every pastor and deacon. It describes the focus that the local church needs to be relevant to the 21st century." -- Reader's Comment

    Newcomen, Matthew (1610?-1669, The Craft and Cruelty of the Churches Adversaries, Discovered in a Sermon Preached at St. Margarets in Westminster, Before the Honourable House of Commons Assembled in Parliament. Novemb. 5, 1642. By Mathew Newcomen, minister of the Gospell at Dedham in Essex. Published by order of the House of Commons. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.

    North, Gary, Tithing and the Church, ISBN: 0930464699 9780930464691 0930464702 9780930464707.

    *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.

    *Owen, John (1616-1683), Ministry and Fellowship, ISBN: 0851510639 9780851510637. A Christian classic.
    "Contains: The duty of pastors and people distinguished, schism, the nature of schism, the authority of the magistrate in the church, consideration of indulgence and toleration, and much more."

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

    Owen, John (1616-1683), A View of the Nature, Order, and Communion of the Churches of Christ, as Exhibited in the New Testament: Extracted From Dr. John Owen's Treatise on Evangelical Churches. With an appendix on scripture presbytery, Edinburgh, 1797.

    Powlison, David, Demons and Deliverance in the Evangelical Church, 5 sound cassettes [audio file].

    Preston, John (1587-1628), The Mystical Match Between Christ and his Church, Containing the Treatises Entitled The Church's Marriage and The Church's Carriage, or Duty, 1648. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.

    Preston, John (1587-1628), Thomas Ball, Thomas Goodwin, George Glover, The Churches Marriage; Or Dignitie and the Churches Carriage, or Duty.

    Reed, Kevin, Christmas: An Historical Survey Regarding its Origisn and Opposition to it.

    Reed, Kevin, The Decline of American Presbyterianism (A Book Review of Gary North's CROSSED FINGERS: HOW THE LIBERALS CAPTURED THE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH.
    http://www.swrb.com/newslett/actualnls/decline.htm
    Crossed Fingers: How the Liberals Captured the Presbyterian Church, by Gary North
    http://entrewave.com/freebooks/docs/html/gncf/table_of_contents.htm

    Robbins, John W. (1949-2008), Slavery Christianity: Paul's Letter to Philemon, an article (Unicoi, TN: The Trinity Foundation, November, 2005), ISBN: 1891777173 9781891777172.
    "Slavery. Racism. Rebellion. Civil disobedience. The problems are as pressing today as they were 1900 years ago when the Apostle Paul wrote a letter to a slave-owner, Philemon, about his runaway slave -- and the runaway slave carried Paul's letter back to his legal owner.
    "What did the letter say? Did Paul -- does Christianity -- approve of slavery? Does Christianity condone slavery? Or does the Gospel abolish slavery and establish freedom wherever it is believed? Jesus said, If you abide in my Word, you are my disciples indeed; and you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
    "Paul's letter to Philemon is a masterpiece of divinely inspired political philosophy. It provides the basis for the non-violent abolition of slavery wherever the Gospel of Jesus Christ is preached and believed.
    "Dr. John W. Robbins holds the Ph.D. in Political Philosophy from The Johns Hopkins University. His most recent book is FREEDOM AND CAPITALISM: ESSAYS ON CHRISTIAN POLITICS AND ECONOMICS." -- Publisher

    Ryle, J.C. (1816-1900), and G.E. Duffield, Knots Untied: Being Plain Statements on Disputed Points in Religion From the Standpoint of an Evangelical Churchman.

    *Ryle, J.C. (1816-1900), The Fallibility of Ministers. Available in J.C. Ryle, WARNINGS TO THE CHURCHES, ISBN: 0851510434 9780851510439. Available in KNOTS UNTIED: BEING PLAIN STATEMENTS ON DISPUTED POINTS IN RELIGION FROM THE STANDPOINT OF AN EVANGELICAL CHURCHMAN.
    http://www.trinityfoundation.org/reviews/journal.asp?ID=113a.html

    *Rush, Myron D., Management: A Biblical Approach, ISBN: 0882076078 9780882076072.
    "Help for the Christian leader from the president of Management Training Systems. The author combines sound management techniques and Biblical principles. The result is management that the Christian can live and work with." -- GCB

    *Ryle, J.C. (1816-1900), Warnings to the Churches, ISBN: 0851510434 9780851510439.
    "I see this tendency to lean on man everywhere. I know no branch of the Protestant Church of Christ which does not require to be cautioned upon the point. It is a snare, for example, to the English Episcopalian to make idols of Bishop Pearson and 'the Judicious Hooker.' It is a snare to the Scotch Presbyterian to pin his faith on John Knox, the Covenanters, and Dr. Chalmers. It is a snare to the Methodists in our day to worship the memory of John Wesley. It is a snare to the Independent to see no fault in any opinion of Owen and Dodderidge. It is a snare to the Baptist to exaggerate the wisdom of Gill and Fuller and Robert Hall. All these are snares, and into these snares how many fall!
    "Infallibility is not to be found in the early fathers, but in the Bible.
    "What are the best of ministers but men -- dust, ashes, and clay -- men of like passions with ourselves, men exposed to temptations, men liable to weaknesses and infirmities?
    "It is amazing to observe how vast a man's intellectual attainments may be, and yet how little he may know of the grace of God.
    "We have no right to expect anything but the pure Gospel of Christ, unmixed and unadulterated -- the same Gospel that was taught by the Apostles -- to do good to the souls of men.
    "Peace without truth is a false peace; it is the very peace of the devil. Unity without the Gospel is a worthless unity; it is the very unity of Hell.
    "False doctrine and heresy are even worse than schism.
    "It was controversy that won the battle of Protestant Reformation.
    "Three things there are which men never ought to trifle with -- a little poison, a little false doctrine, and a little sin.
    "A church may have good forms and regularly ordained ministers, and the sacraments properly administered, but a church will not see conversion of souls going on under its pulpits when this doctrine [Justification by Faith], is not plainly preached.
    "Once let a man get wrong about justification, and he will bid a long farewell to comfort, to peace, to lively hope, to anything like assurance in his Christianity. An error here is a worm at the root.
    "An ignorant laity will always be the bane of a church.
    "True Gospel in the pulpit, true Gospel in every Religious Society we support, true Gospel in the books we read, true Gospel in the friends we keep company with -- let this be our aim, and never let us be ashamed to let men see that it is so.
    "Let the meekness of St. Peter in taking a reproof be as much our example as the boldness of St. Paul in reproving." -- J.C. Ryle "The Fallibility of Ministers" in Warning to the Churches, pp. 93-121
    The Fallibility of Ministers, by J.C. Ryle
    http://www.trinityfoundation.org/journal.php?id=182
    Pharisees and Sadducees, J.C. Ryle
    http://members.ozemail.com.au/~rseaborn/pharisees_and_sadducees.html

    Sanders, Oswald, Dynamic Spiritual Leadership: Leading Like Paul, ISBN: 1572930527 978157293 0520.

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

    *Scheneman, Mark A., The Identification of Models of Ministry for Clergy and Congregations to Confront the Destructive Cults (The Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary, D.Min. thesis, 1983).
    "This project undertook the task of identifying and suggesting models of ministry which clergy and congregations might find appropriate and helpful in dealing with destructive cults. . . . It was argued that destructive cults ought to be confronted on moral and procedural grounds, rather than for theological considerations." -- Dissertation Abstracts

    *Wallace, Ronald, Calvin's Doctrine of the Christian Life, 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

    Adams, Jay E., A Call to Discernment: Distinguishing Truth from Error in Today's Church, ISBN: 0890815887 9780890815885, 139 pages.
    "The contemporary church lacks discernment. Christians attempt to sort out life from a conglomerate of 'misinformation, disinformation, distortion, and truth.' The Bible calls you to develop discernment, as opposed to the mentality which views discernment as synonymous with self-righteous heresy-hunting. Presents a plan for readers to grow in discernment. 'Discernment thrives in an atmosphere of absolutes, among people whose minds have been molded to think antithetically.' How can you develop biblical discernment? Here's both the what-to and the how-to." -- David Powlison

    Alexander, Archibald (1772-1851), Thoughts on Religious Experience: To Which is Added an Appendix, Containing "Letters to the Aged," ISBN: 079050846X 9780790508467, 338 pages.
    Contains counsel for widows and widowers (pp. 329-38).

    Bainton, Roland Herbert, The Church of our Fathers, ISBN: 0880192119 9780880192118.
    "A popular presentation of the historic drama, intrigues, rivalry, persecution, suffering, courage, and heroism displayed by Christian leaders from Paul to the establishment of the church in the New World." -- Cyril J. Barber

    Bainton, Roland H., The Travail of Religious Liberty.
    "Biographical studies of Thomas R. Torquemada, John Calvin, Miquel Servetus, Sebastian Castellio, David Joris, Bernardino Ochino, John Milton, Roger Williams, and John Locke. First published in 1951." -- Cyril J. Barber

    Baker, Don, Beyond Rejection: The Church, Homosexuality and Hope, ISBN: 0880701080 9780880701082.
    "The book is about a man who was a practicing homosexual most of his life. Even in seminary and marriage this practice continued. The sin is finally overcome, but not without heart rending struggle. This man has helped many hundreds turn from homosexuality since he himself gave it up." -- GCB

    Barna, George, The Barna Report 1992-93: America Renews its Search for God.
    "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, 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.

    Barrs, Jerram, and Howard A. Snyder (foreword), Shepherds and Sheep: A Biblical View of Leading and Following, ISBN: 0877843953 9780877843955.
    Includes bibliographical references.

    Brown, Raymond K., Reach out to Singles: A Challenge to Ministry, ISBN: 0664242707 9780664242701.
    "Examines the hard questions single people are asking, and attempts to provide candid and helpful answers. An important resource for pastors and those who work with single people in the church." -- Cyril J. Barber

    *Bunyan, John (1628-1688), and Robert Philip (1791-1858), The Greatness of the Soul: and The Unspeakableness of the Loss Thereof; No way to Heaven but by Jesus Christ; The Strait Gate. Alternate title: THE GREATNESS OF THE SOUL, AND UNSPEAKABLENESS OF THE LOSS THEREOF: WITH THE CAUSES OF THE LOSING IT: FIRST PREACHED AT PINNERS HALL, AND NOW ENLARGED, AND PUBLISHED FOR GOOD. A Christian classic. Considered to be among the ten greatest books in the English language. Available (THE WORKS OF JOHN BUNYAN), on the Puritan Hard Drive.
    "In the 1660s, Charles II, King of England, asked John Owen (1616-1683), why he went to hear the preaching of an uneducated tinker. [John Bunyan -- compiler]. Looking the King in the eye, Owen answered, 'May it please your Majesty, could I possess the tinker's ability for preaching, I would willingly relinquish all my learning'." -- Andrew Thomson, John Owen, Prince of Puritans
    Owen would not have been surprised to learn that Bunyan's most influential work, PILGRIM'S PROGRESS, would be translated into more languages over the next 400 years than any book except the Bible.
    The Greatness of the Soul: and The Unspeakableness of the Loss Thereof; No way to Heaven but by Jesus Christ; The Strait Gate
    http://archive.org/details/greatnessofsoulu00bunyuoft
    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

    Bunyan, John (1628-1688), and George Offor, House of God. Alternate title: THE HOUSE OF GOD: A DISCOURSE OF THE BUILDING, NATURE, EXCELLENCY AND GOVERNMENT OF THE HOUSE OF GOD, WITH COUNSELS AND DIRECTIONS OF THE INHABITANTS THEREOF. Available (THE WORKS OF JOHN BUNYAN), on the 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

    *Calvin, John (1509-1564), Calvin's Ecclesiastical Advice.
    "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." -- Publisher

    Cragg, Gerald Robertson, Puritanism in the Period of the Great Persecution, 1660-68.
    "This worthy study focuses on Puritanism in England and is of interest to all students of church history. First published in 1957." -- Cyril J. Barber

    Davis, Clair, stst get above The Church in the Modern Age: Kuyper and Educational Reformation.

    Davis, Clair, stst part of the above tape series The Church in the Modern Age: Kuyper and the Dutch Church.

    Davis, Clair, stst part of above series The Medieval Church: Authority.

    Dorough, C. Dwight, The Bible Belt Mystique, ISBN: 066420709X 9780664207090.

    Gallup, George, Jr., and Jim Castelli, The People's Religion: American Faith in the 90's, ISBN: 0025423819 9780025423817.
    Includes bibliography.

    Knox, John (1505-1572), and Abraham Fleming (1552?-1607), A Fort for the Afflicted. VVherin are ministred many notable and 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 Puritan Hard Drive. Available (THE WORKS OF JOHN KNOX), on Reformation Bookshelf CD #1.
    A commentary on Psalm VI [Psalm 6].

    Knox, John (1505-1572), The Early Church and the Coming Great Church. Available (WORKS OF JOHN KNOX), on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #1.

    *Luther, Martin (1483-1546), That a Christian Assembly or Congregation has the Right and Power to Judge all Teaching and to Call, Appoint, and Dismiss Teachers, Established and Proven by Scripture. Available in Martin Luther, Conrad John Immanuel Bergendoff, and Eric W. Gritsch, CHURCH AND MINISTRY, 3 volumes. Available in LUTHER'S WORKS, VOLUME 39, CHURCH AND MINISTRY, ISBN: 0800603397 9780800603397.
    That a Christian Assembly or Congregation has the Right and Power to Judge all Teaching and to Call, Appoint, and Dismiss Teachers, Established and Proven by Scripture, Martin Luther (accessed 2/27/2016)
    https://www.uni-due.de/collcart/es/sem/s6/txt06_1.htm
    Luther, Martin, That a Christian Assembly or Congregation has the Right and Power to Judge all Teaching and to Call, Appoint, and Dismiss Teachers, Established and Proven by Scripture.
    http://www.covenanter.org/reformed/2016/4/21/that-a-christian-assembly-or-congregation-has-the-right-and-power-to-judge-all-teaching-and-to-call-appoint-and-dismiss-teachers-established-and-proven-by-scripture

    Lyon, David, The Steeple's Shadow: On the Myths and Realities of Secularization, ISBN: 0802802613 9780802802613.
    "Lyon argues that there is a fundamental fault in the sociology which predicts an inevitable withering away of the Church's influence in people's lives. Although secularization is an interesting concept for understanding the apparent decline and isolation of churches, it is misleading to assume that religion is dying." -- GCB

    Mack, Wayne A., Place of Women in the Church, an audio file.
    Notes: Publication information from Mt. Olive Tape Library catalog.

    Mack, Wayne A., The Role of Women in the Church: A Study of the Bible to Discover God's Directives for the Church in This Area of Modern day Confusion and Turmoil,.
    "After introductory comments, the book breaks into two major sections: what women may not do in the church and what women may do in the church. 'God said to the women, "You glorify me in doing these particular acts." He also said to the men, "You glorify me by doing other acts".' May God help men and women to cheerfully submit to the will of God, for God's way is perfect." -- David Powlison

    *M'Crie, Thomas (1772-1835), Brief View of the Evidence for the Exercise of Civil Authority About Religion. Available in STATEMENT OF THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE PROFESSION OF THE REFORMED CHURCH OF SCOTLAND, AS ADOPTED BY SECEDERS, AND THE PROFESSION CONTAINED IN THE NEW TESTIMONY AND OTHER ACTS, LATELY ADOPTED BY THE GENERAL ASSOCIATE SYNOD, Section VII. A Christian classic. Considered to be among the ten greatest books in the English language. Available (STATEMENT OF THE DIFFERENCE), on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available (STATEMENT OF THE DIFFERENCE), on Reformation Bookshelf CD #25.
    "M'Crie published at Edinburgh in 1807 a helpful discussion of the biblical evidence for an obligation of nations and their civil rulers to give recognition to the true religion. His book is a protest against the church in which he was ordained, and which subsequently departed from the principles it had espoused: STATEMENT OF THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE PROFESSION OF THE REFORMED CHURCH OF SCOTLAND, AS ADOPTED BY SECEDERS, AND THE PROFESSION CONTAINED IN THE NEW TESTIMONY AND OTHER ACTS, LATELY ADOPTED BY THE GENERAL ASSOCIATE SYNOD. It has often been regarded as the best presentation of the confessional point of view respecting a national acknowledgment of religion. Churches formed after M'Crie's death found their conflicts over church principles defined in his literary output." -- Publisher
    Brief View of the Evidence for the Exercise of Civil Authority About Religion
    http://www.westminsterconfession.org/a-godly-society/the-exercise-of-civil-authority-about-religion.php

    *M'Crie, Thomas (1772-1835), Statement of the Difference . . . Particularly on the Power of Civil Magistrates Respecting Religion, National Reformation, National Churches, and National Covenants, 1871. Alternate title: STATEMENT OF THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE PROFESSION OF THE REFORMED CHURCH OF SCOTLAND, AS ADOPTED BY SECEDERS, AND THE PROFESSION CONTAINED IN THE NEW TESTIMONY AND OTHER ACTS LATELY ADOPTED BY THE GENERAL ASSOCIATE SYNOD. A Christian classic. Considered to be among the ten greatest books in the English language. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #25.
    " 'The ablest exposition in the English language of the Establishment Principle . . . Dr. (George) Smeaton describes the Statement as a masterly defense of the principles of establishments as Scripture truth: and the most complete vindication ever given to the world of the position occupied by the Reformed Church of Scotland, on the whole subject of national religion and the magistrates legitimate power in promoting it. 'The same thoroughness,' wrote the late Rev. D. Beaton, 'which gave such abiding value to his great biography of Knox, is shown in this, his less known work . . . Dr. McCrie in his STATEMENT shows that all the Confessions of the Protestant and Presbyterian Churches of the Reformation, both in Britain and on the Continent of Europe, held and maintained the Establishment Principle. 'These harmoniously agree,' he writes, 'in declaring as with one mouth that civil authority is not limited to the secular affairs of men, and that the public care and advancement of religion is a principle part of the official duty of magistrates.' He goes on to give extracts from THE CONFESSION OF HELVETIA; THE CONFESSION OF BOHEMIA; THE CONFESSION OF SAXONY; THE FRENCH CONFESSION; THE BELGIC OR DUTCH CONFESSION; THE CONFESSION OF THE ENGLISH CONGREGATION IN GENEVA; THE SCOTS CONFESSION AND THE WESTMINSTER CONFESSION OF FAITH (1646). 'Such is the harmony of doctrine in the Protestant churches on this head,' he remarks, 'expressed in their confessions and public formularies drawn from the Word of God; a harmony which deserves great attention, and from which none should rashly depart' (as cited in CHRIST'S KINGSHIP OVER THE NATIONS by C.J. Brown). Concerning the doctrine of national obedience to Christ, M'Crie demonstrates in the most convincing way that there are few doctrines 'of the practical kind, in which the best interests of mankind and the general state of religion in the world, are more deeply concerned, than in the right and wrong determination of this question.' Contains an excellent preface by George Smeaton. Considered one of the definitive works on Church/State relations, defending the historic Reformed position. An extremely rare and very expensive item if located as a rare book." -- Publisher
    Brief View of the Evidence for the Exercise of Civil Authority About Religion
    http://www.westminsterconfession.org/a-godly-society/the-exercise-of-civil-authority-about-religion.php

    Miller, Samuel (1769-1850), Thoughts on Public Prayer, 1849. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.
    "Deals with an important element of Reformed worship and was originally written because of the lack of material to be found on this specific subject. The history, liturgies, faults and characteristics of attaining excellence in public prayer are all covered." -- Publisher
    "Excellent book which covers the whole subject rather well. A Presbyterian minister and Princeton professor of 150 years ago sheds light on the needs of our day concerning prayers and public prayer in particular." -- GCB

    Mitchell, A.W., Letters to Church Members, 1855. Alternate title: MONITORY LETTERS TO CHURCH MEMBERS.
    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
    Letters to Church Members, 1855.
    http://www.westminsterconfession.org/literature/godly-living.php
    Monitory Letters to Church Members
    http://archive.org/details/monitoryletterst00phil

    Nash, Ronald H., Social Justice and the Christian Church, ISBN: 0880620080 9780880620086.

    Olson, Richard P., and Carole Della Pia-Terry, Ministry With Remarried Persons, ISBN: 0817009906 9780817009908.
    "An in-depth discussion of the church's ministry to the widowed and divorced who desire to remarry. Lays a Biblical foundation before discussing the process of remarriage counseling, the wedding, and integrating the new couple into the life of the church." -- Cyril J. Barber

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

    Pressly, John T., An Inquiry Into the Principles of Church Fellowship.
    http://www.covenanter.org/reformed/2015/8/18/john-t-presslys-book-an-inquiry-into-the-principles-of-church-fellowship

    *Robbins, John W. (1949-2008, editor), The Church Effeminate and Other Essays (Unicoi, TN: The Trinity Foundation), 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
    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

    *Rutherford, Samuel (1600-1661), The due Right of Presbyteries or a Peaceable Plea for the Government of the Church of Scotland, 1644. Alternate title: THE DIVINE RIGHT OF CHURCH-GOVERNMENT AND EXCOMMUNICATION: OR A PEACABLE DISPUTE FOR THE PERFECTION OF THE HOLY SCRIPTURE IN POINT OF CEREMONIES AND CHURCH GOVERNMENT; IN WHICH THE REMOVAL OF THE SERVICE-BOOK IS JUSTIFI'D, THE SIX BOOKS OF THO: ERASTUS AGAINST EXCOMMUNICATION ARE BRIEFLY EXAMIN'D; WITH A VINDICATION OF THAT EMINENT DIVINE THEOD: BEZA AGAINST THE ASPERSIONS OF ERASTUS, THE ARGUMENTS OF MR. WILLIAM PRYN, RICH: HOOKER, DR. MORTON, DR. JACKSON, DR. JOHN FORBES, AND THE DOCTORS OF ABERDEEN; TOUCHING WILL-WORSHIP, CEREMONIES, IMAGERY, IDOLATRY, THINGS INDIFFERENT, AN AMBULATORY GOVERNMENT; THE DUE AND JUST POWERS OF THE MAGISTRATE IN MATTERS OF RELIGION, AND THE ARGUMENTS OF MR. PRYN, IN SO FAR AS THEY SIDE WITH ERASTUS, ARE MODESTLY DISCUSSED. TO WHICH IS ADDED, A BRIEF TRACTATE OF SCANDAL; . . . BY SAMUEL RUTHERFURD, PROFESSOR OF DIVINITY IN THE UNIVERSITY OF ST. ANDREWS IN SCOTLAND. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #9 and #24.
    "Almost 800 pages long, Rutherford here deals with church membership, separation from the visible church, the civil magistrate and religion, communion among churches, the errors of the independents (specifically in New England), and much more. This 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. Most essential points which Gillespie has barely touched, Rutherford carefully considers; as, for instance, the nature of the visible church as such, and its constituent elements. Even in the Erastian controversy he is a necessary supplement to his great contemporary. It is something to me altogether amazing, the mass of thinking about Church questions you have in those writings.' Bannerman, in his CHURCH OF CHRIST calls this a 'very learned and elaborate treatise.' Here is a sample of Mr. Rutherford's writing: 'A private subtraction and separation from the Ministry of a known wolf and seducer, . . . this the Law of nature will warrant . . . as Parker saith from Saravia, 'it is lawful to use that blameless and just defence, if the bad church-guide cannot be deposed.' So the son may save himself by a just defence in fleeing from his mad father, or his distracted friend coming to kill him. Now this defence is not an authoritative act, nor a judicial act of authority, but a natural act that is common to any private person, yea to all without the true Church as well as within to take that care in extreme necessity, for the safety of their souls, that they would do for the safety of their bodies' (1642), cited in The Original Covenanter and Contending Witness magazine." -- Publisher
    Brutus, Junius, The Covenant Between God and Kings, from A DEFENSE OF LIBERTY
    http://www.constitution.org/vct/vindiciae1a.htm

    Sheldon, Joseph K., Rediscovery of Creation: A Bibliographical Study of the Church's Response to the Environmental Crisis (ATLA Bibliography Series, No. 29. Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow Press, Incorporated, 1992), ISBN: 0810825392 9780810825390.

    Snyder, Howard A., Radical Renewal: The Problem of Wineskins Today, ISBN: 1880828979 9781880828977.
    "This book is a revision of THE PROBLEM OF WINESKINS. THE PROBLEM OF WINESKINS: CHURCH STRUCTURE IN A TECHNOLOGICAL AGE was first published in 1975, and has been translated into eight languages. This current addition is an updating of the earlier book, with new material added. It shows how churches today can be as dynamic as the New Testament church. -- Howard A. Snyder, the author, hasnyder@uky.campuscwix.net
    Howard Snyder was a directory of Light and Life Men International (Free Methodist), and was a speaker at Lausanne. Richard Halverson was impacted by this book.

    Singer, C. Gregg (1910-1999, Charles G. Singer), The Unholy Alliance: The Definitive History of the National Council of Churches and its Leftist Policies -- From 1908 to the Present, 384 pages, ISBN: 0870003275 9780870003271.
    "This book is not calculated to win friends among adherents to the National Council of Churches. It provides convincing evidence of the tremendous gap that has developed between the NCC and its critics and demonstrates the NCC's inability to achieve its objectives." -- Cyril J. Barber
    Unholy Alliance: The Definitive History of the National Council of Churches and Its Leftist Policies -- From 1908 to the Present
    Freebooks online e-text.
    http://freebooks.entrewave.com/freebooks/docs/39be_47e.htm

    Smith, Ruth S., Getting the Books off the Shelves: Making the Most of Your Congregation's Library, ISBN: 0915324318 9780915324316.
    "A most important publication that stresses the ways in which church libraries can extend their influence." -- Cyril J. Barber

    Swinnock, George (1627-1673), The Christian-man's Calling, or, A Treatise of Making Religion Ones Business wherein, the nature and necessity of it is discovered: as also, the Christian directed how he may perform it, in religious duties, natural actions, his particular vocation, his family directions, and his own recreations / by George Swinnock, 1662. Available (WORKS OF GEORGE SWINNOCK), on the Puritan Hard Drive.
    Includes bibliographical references.
    Swinnock, George, Works of George Swinnock, M.A (1868), volume 1 of 5.
    http://archive.org/details/worksofgeorgeswi01swin

    Sanders, Oswald, Dynamic Spiritual Leadership: Leading Like Paul, ISBN: 1572930527 978157293 0520.

    Thorowgood, Thomas (d. ca. 1669), Moderation Iustified, and the Lords Being at Hand Emproved, in a Sermon at VVestminster before the Honorable House of Commons assembled in Parliament: preached at the late solemne fast, December 25. 1644. By Thomas Thorowgood B. of D. Rector of Grimston in the county of Norfolke: one of the Assembly of Divines. Published by order from that House, Matt. 10:16 [Matthew 10:16], 1644.

    Towns, Elmer L., and Cyril J. Barber, Successful Church Libraries, ISBN: 0801087686 9780801087684.
    Successful Church Libraries
    http://www.elmertowns.com/books/online/sccss_ch_lib/Successful_Church_Libraries[ETowns].pdf

    *VanderKemp, Johannes, The Christian Entirely the Property of Christ, in Life and Death: Exhibited in Fifty-three Sermons on the Heidelbergh Catechism, 552 pages. See: "all editions" in WorldCat.org.
    The Christian Entirely the Property of Christ in Life and Death (Free download, Kindle format)
    http://archive.org/details/christianentire00kempgoog

    VanderKemp, Johannes, A Sermon Entitled The Church of God, and her Benefits in This Life
    http://www.truecovenanter.com/sermons/vanderkemp21.html

    Warfield, B.B. (1851-1921), Christless Christianity.

    Warfield, B.B. (1851-1921), Presbyterian Deaconesses.

    Watson, Thomas (1620-1686), Paramuthion, or, A Word of Comfort for the Church of God by Thomas Watson . . . 1662.

    Willson, James R. (1780-1853), A Sermon on the Glory and Security of the Church of God, 1824. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #29.
    A Sermon on the Glory and Security of the Church of God
    http://www.covenanter.org/reformed/2016/4/24/a-sermon-on-the-glory-and-security-of-the-church-of-god

    *Willson (alt. Wilson), James McLeod (1809-1866), Some Reasons for Retaining the Westminster Confession as the Basis of Ecclesiastical Union. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #24.
    "Explains why the use of the Westminster Confession is one of the best ways in which to obtain godly ecclesiastical union. This booklet pays special attention to the biblical teaching regarding civil government and shows why changes to the original WCF (regarding this matter), has resulted, not surprisingly, in much ecclesiastical disunity. It also contains some interesting notes on the millennial power and glory that will be exhibited in both church and state 'in the day of the Lord's power.' Excerpted from The Original Covenanter and Contending Witness Magazine, (volumes 1:1-4).

    *Witherow, Thomas, The Apostolic Church: Which is it? Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #23.
    "One of the best handbooks for church government that has been written. It packs an enormous amount of information into a small book." -- George Knight

    Wilder-Smith, A.E., The Basis of True Fellowship, an audio file.

    See also: The sovereignty of god, The doctrine of man (human nature, total depravity), Christ our example, The commandments of christ, The teaching of our lord jesus christ, The free invitation from the lord christ, How to become a christian, The lord jesus christ, The incarnation of our lord (the deity of the lord jesus christ), The lordship of jesus christ, Soteriology, atonement, The cross of christ, The blood of christ, The resurrection and ascension, The all-sufficiency of christ, Repentance the key to salvation and change, Justification, Justifying faith, The heart and the mind, the mind/body relationship, Evangelism, History, "his-story," The glory of the lord jesus christ, The mediatorial reign of christ: the crown rights of christ, Christ's kingdom, Leadership, Authority, Power religion, Secret societies, ungodly alliances, voluntary associations, Oaths, ensnaring (vows, promises, covenants), and bonds with the ungodly, Background and history of the covenanted reformation of scotland, Covenanting in america, The works of david steele, Churches that abuse, Priestcraft, pharisaism, soul-stealing, Power, Glory in iniquity, the temptation of, vainglory, The second coming, parousia, escatological coming of christ, Christ's influence on western civilization, Knowing christ, The commandments of christ, The promises of christ, The person and work of jesus christ the lord (christology), The teaching of our lord jesus christ, The words of christ, The parables of christ, The sermon on the mount, Christ and counseling, Immanuel, christ's presence, christ in you, Eternal life, immortality, Heaven, The believer's position in christ and sonship, Christian fellowship, Christ and counseling, The parables of christ, The teaching of our lord jesus christ, Christ our example, Christ in you, Duties of the christian, The teachings of our lord jesus christ, Christ our example, Sharing christ with your children, Christian scholarship, The mediatorial reign of christ and the crown rights of christ, Christian biography, Appendix a, words of christ, The words of christ speaking about himself Promises of christ, The commandments of christ appearing in the web edition of biblical counsel: resources for renewal, Other words of christ appearing in the web edition of biblical counsel: resources for renewal, Antichrist, Corporate faithfulness and sanctification, Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, Unity and uniformity in the visible church: unity in the truth, The westminster confession of faith (1646) (the westminster standards) and related works: a study guide, Servant leadership, Reform of the church, Women in the church, The christian life, Unfaithful reformed ministries, Church government, Church leadership, Covenant theology and covenanting, House churches, Justification, Believer's position in christ and sonship, Christian history, Church and state, Creeds, confessions, and catechisms, Toleration, liberty of conscience, pluralism, and neutrality, Friendship, Chapter 4: women, Sexual relationship, Education, Christian scholarship, Family worship, Local church and biblical counseling, Priesthood of believers, The pastor's wife (women), Protestant reformation, Small groups and the local church, Pseudo-christian movements: a selection of works, Heresy and apostasy, and so forth, and so on.
    TCRB5: 275, 365, 367, 726-755, 1325, 2166, 2203, 3174, 3177-3179, 3523, 3925-3927

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    "The research indicated that everyone has a worldview, but relatively few people have a biblical worldview -- even among devoutly religious people. The survey discovered that only 9 percent of born again Christians have such a perspective on life. The numbers were even lower among other religious classifications: Protestants (7 percent), adults who attend mainline Protestant churches (2 percent), and Catholics (less than one-half of 1 percent). The denominations that produced the highest proportions of adults with a biblical worldview were non-denominational Protestant churches (13 percent), Pentecostal churches (10 percent), and Baptist churches (8 percent)."
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    http://www.covenanter.org/reformed/2015/8/18/an-article-from-the-princeton-review-on-on-the-proper-time-for-the-admission-of-recent-converts-to-the-full-communion-of-the-church

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    *Ryle, J.C. (1816-1900), The Fallibility of Ministers. Available in J.C. Ryle, WARNINGS TO THE CHURCHES, ISBN: 0851510434 9780851510439. Available in KNOTS UNTIED: BEING PLAIN STATEMENTS ON DISPUTED POINTS IN RELIGION FROM THE STANDPOINT OF AN EVANGELICAL CHURCHMAN.
    http://www.trinityfoundation.org/reviews/journal.asp?ID=113a.html

    The Shepherd Knows His Sheep by Name, John Hendryx
    "Monergism: The view that the Holy Spirit is the only agent who effects regeneration of Christians. It is in contrast with synergism, the view that there is a cooperation between the divine and the human in the regeneration process." -- Westminster Dictionary of Theological Terms
    http://www.monergism.com/thethreshold/articles/onsite/monergism_short.html

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    Ball, John, Roger Daniel, and Edward Brewster, A Friendly Triall of the Grounds Tending to Separation: In a Plain and Modest Dispute Touching the Lawfulnesse of a Stinted Liturgie and set Form of Prayer, Communion in Mixed Assemblies, and the Primitive Subject and First Receptacle of the Power of the Keyes: Tending to Satisfie the Doubtfull, Recall the Wandring, and to Strengthen the Weak. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.

    Barrett, C.K., Freedom and Obligation: A Study of the Epistle to the Galatians, ISBN: 0664246621 9780664246624.
    "Writing clearly and succinctly, Barrett argues that Galatians stands at the heart of the New Testament. He introduces Paul's method of theological reflection and analyzes the dispute about freedom within the early church. . . . ." -- CBD

    Bickel, R. Bruce, Light and Heat: the Puritan View of the Pulpit and the Focus of the Gospel in Puritan Preaching, ISBN: 9780979857959 0979857953.

    Brauer, Jerald C. (editor), Brian Gerrish (associate editor), and et al., The Westminster Dictionary of Church History, 887 pages, ISBN: 0664212859 9780664212858.

    Bromiley, Geoffrey W. (translator), et al., Jaroslav Pelikan (foreword), Encyclopedia of Christianity, 5 volumes, ISBN: 0802824137 9780802824134 0802824145 9780802824141 9004126546 9789004126541 0802824161 9780802824165 9789004145962 9004145966 9004113169 9789004113169 9004116958 9789004116955 0802824153 9780802824158 9004145958 9789004145955 080282417X 9780802824172. Alternate title: EVANGELISCHES KIRCHENLEXIKON.
    "The ENCYCLOPEDIA OF CHRISTIANITY is the first of a five-volume English translation of the third revised edition of EVANGELISCHES KIRCHENLEXIKON. Its German articles have been tailored to suit an English readership, and articles of special interest to English readers have been added. The encyclopedia describes Christianity through its 2000-year history within a global context, taking into account other religions and philosophies. A special feature is the statistical information dispersed throughout the articles on the continents and over 170 countries. Social and cultural coverage is given to such issues as racism, genocide, and armaments, while historical content shows the development of biblical and apostolic traditions. This comprehensive work, while scholarly, is intended for a wide audience and will set the standard for reference works on Christianity." -- Publisher
    "Outstanding reference sources 2000," American Libraries, May 2000

    Brown, John (of Haddington, 1722-1787), A Compendious History of the British Churches in England, Scotland, Ireland, and America: Giving an Account of the Most Material Transactions Since the Introduction of Christianity to the Present Time: With an Introductory Sketch of the History of the Waldenses. By John Brown, 2 vols. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #7.

    Brown, John (of Haddington, 1722-1787), A Compendious History of the Church of England, and of the Protestant Churches in Ireland and America . . . With an Introductory Sketch of the History of the Waldenses. By John Brown, minister of the gospel in Haddington, 8 volumes. Alternate title: A COMPENDIOUS HISTORY OF THE BRITISH CHURCHES IN ENGLAND, SCOTLAND, IRELAND, AND AMERICA.

    Brown, John (of Haddington, 1722-1787), A Compendious History of the Church of Scotland, 1784. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. This would appear to be an excerpt from A COMPENDIOUS HISTORY OF THE BRITISH CHURCHES IN ENGLAND, SCOTLAND, IRELAND, AND AMERICA. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #7.

    *Burgess, Anthony (d. 1664?), Rome's Cruelty and Apostasy: Declared in a Sermon Preached on the Fifth of November, 1644, Before the Honourable House of Commons. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.

    Butterfield, Herbert, and C.T. McIntire, Herbert Butterfield: Writings on Christianity and History, 273 pages, ISBN: 0195024540 9780195024548.

    Campbell, Andrew J., Two Centuries of the Church of Scotland, 1707-1929.

    Carlisle, Samuel, A Paper on the History of the Reformed Presbyterian or Covenanting Church in the Vicinity of Newburgh and on the Life of Rev. James R. Willson, D.D., 1885.

    Carson, David M., A History of the Reformed Presbyterian Church in America to 1871.

    Carson, David M., Pro Christo Et Patria: A History of Geneva College, ISBN: 1578640067 9781578640065.

    Cheyne, A.C., The Transforming of the Kirk: Victorian Scotland's Religious Revolution, 1983, ISBN: 0715205455 9780715205457.

    Clark, Gordon H. (1902-1985), John W. Robbins (1949-2008, editor), Historiography: Secular and Religious, ISBN: 0940931397 9780940931398 (Unicoi, TN: The Trinity Foundation.)
    "The Christian doctrine of the sovereignty of God transformed the world's view of history, investing it with a meaning, importance, and grandeur that pagan historiography could never achieve. History is the unfolding of God's purpose and plan. Because God is rational, because God is sovereign, history is not a tale told by an idiot.
    "The Bible is not only the earliest history book, it is also the most reliable. Centuries before the famed historians of Greece and Rome, Moses had already written the definitive account of mankind's early history as revealed to him by God. The account was not exhaustive, for no history can be, but it contained all that God wished it to contain and nothing else. God, writing through Moses, has given us true history.
    "HISTORIOGRAPHY SECULAR AND RELIGIOUS will introduce the reader to the principles and problems of historiography and, in so doing, begin to suggest what an enormous debt we owe to the Bible in the study of history." -- Publisher

    Climpson, Roger, Lance Lambert, and Hugh Kitson, Jerusalem, the Covenant City, DVD-Video, ISBN: 1563648199 9781563648199.
    "Tells the story of Jerusalem from the Jewish perspective. Recounts the biblical history of the city and the modern day fulfillment of Old and New Testament prophecies. Provides a glimpse of what the future holds for one of the most hotly contested areas in the Middle East.
    "See where Jesus of Nazareth lived and preached a message that reached out across eternity, radiating from the Sea of Galilee and its fertile mountains to parched southern deserts, from the rolling hills of Samaria to the sacred slopes of Jerusalem. Experience the wonder of a visit to the sites that to this day bear witness to Jesus' life and work. Learn how the entire sweep of biblical history points to the future of this glorious land, from the days of the Patriarchs and Matriarchs to the reign of Israel's Kings, the era of Roman and Byzantine rule, the Crusader Kingdom and right up to modern times." -- Publisher
    "If you ever wanted to experience the Holy Land of Israel -- the land of Jesus Christ and the prophets, sitting at your home, you couldn't have asked for a better DVD. I have seen many DVDs on the Holy Land, but this one really ranks as the best. Capturing the essence of the Holy Land, this spectacular DVD makes the sights and sounds of the Holy Land come alive. Exciting and informative, it carries you on a journey back in time and retraces from the beginning to Jesus and up until today, many of the important places and events in the Bible. There are locations of Old Testament like Beer Sheba, Hebron, Egypt, Jericho, Mt. Carmel, Jaffa, Ashkelon -- to name a few. The tombs of Patriarchs and Matriarchs of Old Testament are also shown in the DVD. A major portion of the DVD has been devoted to the places of New Testament. The documentary exhibits many churches erected throughout the Holy Land marking special events described in the New Testament which attract millions of pilgrims all over the world. One can stand in faith to witness the star of Bethlehem (the traditional place where Jesus is said to have been born), in the holy cave beneath the Church of Nativity in Bethlehem. One can stand in awe and set his eyes on the streets of Via Dolorosa, the path Jesus followed carrying His cross and the Calvary where Jesus was crucified. One can stand up and praise the Lord while looking upon at the empty tomb of Jesus. There are many important places shown (like Lazarus's tomb, Garden of Gethsemane, Mount of Olives, the room of Lord Supper etc.), connected with the life of Jesus that I think every Christian must be a witness to. The documentary not only ends after Jesus but also goes further on to describe the important events happened in the history of Holy Land right up to the freedom of the state of Israel in 1948. At this time, I am reminded of the famous reply Philip gave to Nathanael in John 1:46 when the latter asked him whether any good thing could come out of Nazareth. Philip simply replied Come and see. Well friends, this DVD is definitely worth seeing. Buy this title and share it with everybody. I certainly hope that this DVD will prove to be as much a blessing to you as it has been to me!!!
    "PS -- To experience the Holy Land of Israel with all its majestic landscape in a hardcover, I strongly recommend the beautiful book IMAGES OF THE HOLY LAND by the Israeli photographer Hanan Isachar (ISBN: 9652800856). Further, if you are genuinely interested to know about amazing discoveries on Noah's Ark, Real Mount Sinai, Red Sea Crossing Site, Sodom and Gomorrah and Ark of the Covenant, I strongly recommend that you go to the website of Wyatt Musuem which has all these discoveries covered on DVDs." -- Reader's Comment

    Collins, G.N.M. (George Norman Macleod Collins), The Heritage of our Fathers: The Free Church of Scotland: Her Origin and Testimony, 1974.
    The Free Church of Scotland: Her Origin and Testimony
    http://www.freechurch.org/heritage.html

    Cowan, Henry, The Influence of the Scottish Church in Christendom, 1896.

    *Craighead, James Geddes (1832-1895), Scotch and Irish Seeds in American Soil: The Early History of the Scotch and Irish Churches, and Their Relations to the Presbyterian Church of America, ISBN: 9780548177631 0548177635 0790546221 (microfiche).
    "These extraordinary resolves were sent by a messenger to the Congress in Philadelphia, and were printed in the Cape Fear Mercury, Adam Boyd, editor, and were widely distributed throughout the province. A copy of them was transmitted by Sir James Wright, then Governor of Georgia, to England, in a letter of June 20, 1775. And the paper containing these resolutions may still be seen in the British State-Paper Office. . . ."
    "Bancroft [the historian George Bancroft], stated 'The first voice publicly raised in America to dissolve all connection with Great Britain came from the Scotch-Irish Presbyterians'." -- James Geddes Craighead, pp. 329,330
    Early history includes the history of the Covenanted Reformation. See: Chapter IX: "Emigration of Scotch and Scotch-Irish to America and Chapter X: "Foreign Ministers in America" which lists pastors, their time of arrival, and their place of ministry.

    *Craighead, James Geddes (1832-1895), The Craighead Family: A Genealogical Memoir of the Descendants of Rev. Thomas and Margaret Craighead, 1658-1876, ISBN: 0916497704.
    Relates "the life and times of hundreds of Craigheads and their friends. . . ." -- Reader's Comment

    Cunningham, William (1805-1861), John Calvin. Available in THE REFORMERS AND THE THEOLOGY OF THE REFORMATION. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #17.
    "As Cunningham states, 'John Calvin was by far the greatest of the Reformers with respect to the talents he possessed, the influence he exerted, and the services he rendered in the establishment and diffusion of important truth.' Here we have a succinct account of Calvin's works and the leading principles that he maintained. Calvin is without a doubt one of the great men in all of human history, and as he often pointed out, he owed everything to the Lord Jesus Christ -- all his talents, all his influence, his very salvation, etc. -- for that is the nature of 'Calvinism,' giving God all the glory!" -- Publisher

    Cunningham, William (1805-1861), The Meaning of Religious Education.
    "William Cunningham was an eminent Anglican priest [1] and author [2] in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
    "He was born in Edinburgh [3] on 23 December 1849 and educated at the city's Academy before becoming a scholar at Trinity College, Cambridge. He was ordained in 1873 and was a Lecturer at his old university to 1891 when he became Professor of Economics at King's College, London.[4] In 1907 he was appointed Archdeacon of Ely, a post he held until[5] his death on 10 June 1919.[6] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Cunningham_(priest)

    Cunningham, William (1805-1861), and John Adams, A Letter to a Great Character.
    An open letter to John Adams.

    Cunningham, William (1805-1861), The objects, nature, and standard of ecclesiastical authority.

    *Cuthbertson, John, Register of Marriages and Baptisms Performed by Rev John Cuthbertson, Covenanter Minister 1751-1791.

    Curtis, William A., A History of Creeds and Confessions of Faith in Christendom and Beyond: With Historical Tables, 1911.

    Dabney, Robert L. (1820-1898), A Discourse on the use and Results of Church History.
    "Delivered by Robert L. Dabney, May 8, 1854, at his induction into the professorship of Ecclesiastical History and Polity in Union Theological Seminary, Virginia." -- Publisher

    *Darling, James (1797-1862), Cyclopaedia Bibliographica: A Library Manual of Theological and General Literature, and Guide to Books for Authors, Preachers, Students, and Literary Men. Analytical, Bibliographical, and Biographical, 1854, 5245 pages. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #12.
    "An indispensable set for authors, researchers, serious students of Scripture, librarians, ministers, collectors, rare book dealers, etc. Contains much information that is either unavailable elsewhere or would have to be gleaned from several scattered volumes. Its ten volumes total 5245 pages. A phenomenal, theological, bibliographical resource of staggering comprehensiveness. The first section of this extremely rare set is a huge bibliography, organized by authors alphabetically. Most known Biblical and theological publications, to the author's day, are listed. Includes not only English listings, but Latin, French, and German also. The second part is a topical bibliography categorizing items under the headings of Universal Knowledge, Theology (including the major commentaries, sermons, articles and studies for just about every verse in the Bible), a listing of Scripture texts (Hebrew, Greek, and Latin), and an extensive index. The Morning Post calls this massive work 'the most copious, accurate, and well-arranged catalogue of works in theological and general literature which has as yet been published.' Brownson's Review noted that 'for practical utility we know of none that surpasses or approaches it.' Finally Bell's Messenger states, 'No clergyman or antiquarian should think it needless to possess a copy of this work. It will smooth many a day's hard toil, by diminishing the labour of research, pointing as it does, in an instant to works which it might have taken weeks, if not months, or years, to search after.' Don't miss this darling of a help, which will ease and aid all your theological studies!" -- Publisher

    *D'Aubigné, J.H. Merle (1794-1872),The History of the Reformation in Europe in the Time of Calvin. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #22.

    *D'Aubigné, J.H. Merle (1794-1872), The Reformation in England, 2 volumes (Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust, 1962-1963).
    "Provides an indispensable guide to the place of the Bible in the Reformation of England. No one can read the writings of D'Aubigné and be the same afterward." -- Cyril J. Barber
    "The author devoted his lifetime to the study of the Reformation. His ability to convey the importance of the history of this historical transformation of the world is easy-to-understand, even exciting . . ." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.

    Davies, Samuel (1723-1761), An Account of a Remarkable Work of Grace, or the Great Success of the Gospel in Virginia. In a Letter From the Rev. Mr. Davis . . . to the Rev. Mr. Bellamy. . . . With an account of the state of religion in several parts of North-America, from 1743 to June 1751.

    Davies, Samuel (1723-1761), Letters From the Rev. Samuel Davies, &c. Shewing the State of Religion in Virginia, Particularly Among the Negroes. Likewise an extract of a letter from a gentleman in London to his friend in the country, containing some observations on the same, 1757.

    Davies, Samuel (1723-1761), The State of Religion Among the Protestant Dissenters in Virginia; In a Letter to the Rev. Mr. Joseph Bellamy, of Bethlem, in New-England: From the Reverend Mr. Samuel Davies, V.D.M. in Hanover County, Virginia. [Two lines from Proverbs], 1751.

    Drummond, Andrew Landale, and James Bulloch, The Scottish Church, 1688-1843: The Age of the Moderates, ISBN: 0715201867 9780715201862.

    Drummond, Andrew Landale, and James Bulloch, The Church in Victorian Scotland, 1843-1874, ISBN: 071520243X 9780715202432.

    Drummond, Andrew Landale, and James Bulloch, The Church in Late Victorian Scotland, 1874-1900, ISBN: 0715203711 9780715203712.

    Dunn, Richard S., The Age of Religious Wars: 1559-1648, ISBN: 0393056945 9780393056945 0393090213 9780393090215.

    Durant, Will, Caesar and Christ: A History of Roman Civilization and of Christianity From Their Beginnings to A.D. 325, ISBN: 1567310141 9781567310146.

    Fitzgerald, Allan D. (editor), Augustine Through The Ages: An Encyclopedia, ISBN: 080283843X 9780802838438.
    "AUGUSTINE THROUGH THE AGES is an enormously informative work on the life and thought of Augustine of Hippo. Every serious student of Augustine would benefit from having this volume. Allow me to enumerate three reasons why this encyclopedia is so valuable in helping people to understand Augustine and his extraordinary contribution both to the history of Christianity and to the intellectual development of the Western world:

    1. This work contains hundreds of articles by the best Augustine scholars from both the Catholic and Protestant ranks. The result is that you can fairly evaluate Augustine's contribution to the history of Western Christianity. For example, this volume contains insightful articles on how Augustine's thought influenced the development of the Catholic, Lutheran, and Reformed theological traditions in particular.
    2. Because Augustine wrote more than five million words, it is often difficult to pull together his various treatments of issues and to attempt to summarize his overall position. This encyclopedia is quite helpful in systematizing the various categories of Augustine's thought.
    3. This work includes articles which address all areas of Augustine's thought, including biblical, theological, philosophical, ethical, historical, and his many literary works.
    "AUGUSTINE THROUGH THE AGES contains more than 900 pages that attempt to capture the life, thought, controversies, and literary output of one of Christianity's greatest thinkers. This is indeed an extremely valuable volume." -- Reader's Comment
    "Fitzgerald (patristics, Augustinian Patristic Institute, Rome, and editor of Augustinian Studies for Villanova U.), presents an encyclopedic treatment of the life, thought, and influence of arguably the most influential Western Christian thinker after the apostles, Augustine of Hippo (AD 354-430). Includes some 400 articles written by scholars whose academic backgrounds include classics, history, philosophy, political science, and theology, and which cover every aspect of Augustine's life and writings and trace his influence on the church and on the development of Western thought. Indexes, cross-references, and current bibliographies should make this volume a useful research tool." -- Publisher

    Foote, William Henry, Sketches of Virginia, Historical and Biographical, Second Series, ISBN: 9781594421556 1594421552.
    "This volume contains much valuable information regarding early Presbyterian families in the State, biographical sketches of early Presbyterian ministers, and the founding of a number of churches and educational institutions in the State. It also includes a detailed treatment of the Presbyterian efforts toward a separation of church and state in the newly formed State of Virginia. The author, Dr. Foote, was a man of clear and strong convictions. His views of divine truth were early formed. The doctrines of Grace announced in the trial sermon before Presbytery, were repeated fifty years afterwards from the same text (Eph. 2:8 [Ephesians 2:8]), as his last sermon. As a missionary and pastor he was never deterred by difficulties or dangers from the discharge of duty. As a scholar, he was accurate and well informed; as a writer, easy and copious, delighting in the use of his pen. Dr. Morton Smith, Professor of Theology at Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary has written an introduction for the new reprint. A rather exhaustive index has also been appended and will be helpful to the average reader and researcher." -- Publisher
    Sketches of Virginia, historical and biographical. By the Rev. William Henry Foote . . . Second Series.
    Full text, free online.
    http://books.google.com/books?id=d6cq34x-JwcC&dq=Sketches+of+Virginia,+historical+and+biographical.+By+the+Rev.+William+Henry+Foote+...+&psp=1&ie=ISO-8859-1

    Free Presbyterian Church of Scotland, Synod, History of the Free Presbyterian Church of Scotland (1893-1970), ISBN: 0902506099 9780902506091.

    *Geneva Bible Notes
    The GENEVA BIBLE NOTES are featured on the Online Bible CD-ROM. One keystroke brings the notes up in the second window alongside THE 1769 AUTHORIZED VERSION KING JAMES BIBLE, Cambridge: Printed by John Archdeacon; and sold by John Beecroft, John Rivington, Benjamin White, and Edward Dilly, in London; and T. & J. Merrill, in Cambridge, 1769. A Christian classic.
    Therefore, the user can view both THE 1769 AUTHORIZED VERSION KING JAMES BIBLE and the GENEVA BIBLE NOTES at the same time in separate windows, possibly with a split screen.
    THE ONLINE BIBLE CD-ROM is available from Larry Pierce and the Woodside Bible Fellowship, Winterbourne, Ontario, CANADA, 11 Holmwood Street, Ontario N0B 2V0, 1997. [Apparently is no longer compatible with current operating systems as of December 2016 -- compiler].
    THE 1769 AUTHORIZED VERSION KING JAMES BIBLE (New York, NY: Cambridge University Press), was available at one time on CD-ROM from Thomas Nelson.

    Glasgow, W. Melancthon, Ray B. Lanning, and Nathan P. Eshelman, History of the Reformed Presbyterian Church in America: With Sketches of all her Ministry, Congregations, Missions, Institutions, Publications, etc., and Embellished With Over Fifty Portraits and Engravings, ISBN: 9781601780195 1601780192.
    "Gives the history of early covenanters in America. David Steele and others left the communion sometime prior to the synod of 1841 in Utica, Ohio (p. 108). Notice 'the alleged reason that the Synod had postponed its deliverance on "voluntary associations",' and they regarded the Synod as unfaithful to its duty." -- Publisher
    "Students of Presbyterian church history will discover a whole family of churches whose history sparkles with remarkable personalities and noteworthy achievements, however much they may have been forgotten in the years that followed. Reformed Presbyterians, Associate Reformed Presbyterians, and the dwindling numbers of those who once belonged to the United Presbyterian Church of North America, will all give thanks for the history that is brought to light in these pages. We 'Scottish Dissenting Presbyterians' have a goodly heritage. We have much to discover about our forbears in the faith, and what they accomplished in their day; and much as well to consider with regard to how their distinctive principles and practices may have something vital to contribute to our churches and to our nation today." -- Ray B. Lanning and Nathan P. Eshelman, from the Introduction
    http://www.reformedpresbyterian.org/conv_resources.html
    Glasgow, W. Melancthon, History of the Reformed Presbyterian Church in America, full text.
    http://www.archive.org/stream/historyofrefor00glas/historyofrefor00glas_djvu.txt

    Gough, Henry (compiler), A General Index to the Publications of the Parker Society (1855), 811 pages. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.
    "An extensive general index to the works of the leading English Reformers of the sixteenth century, as they were published by the Parker Society. Some of these volumes have once again been republished in our day by Still Waters Revival Books. Works indexed here are mainly of a theological nature, but also 'include a considerable amount of historical and biographical information; they may also prove serviceable to the topographer and the antiquary; certainly they are not likely to be overlooked by any who may hereafter direct their attention to English lexicography'." -- Publisher

    Hart, D.G. and Mark A. Noll (editors), Dictionary of the Presbyterian and Reformed Tradition in America, ISBN: 0830814531 9780830814534.

    Hawkins, Michael, Unpublished State Papers of the English Civil War and Interregnum, Parts I-V, ISBN: 0855279907 9780855279905.

    Henry, William Wirt, Patrick Henry: Life, Correspondence, Speeches, 3 volumes, ISBN: 0873771656 9780873771658.
    William Wirt Henry is the grandson of Patrick Henry and the author of PRESBYTERIANS IN VIRGINIA.

    Hetherington, William (1803-1865), History of the Church of Scotland From the Introduction of Christianity to the Period of the Disruption in 1834, 2 volumes. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #17.

    Hewitt, Rob, Where the River Flows: Finding Faith in Rockingham County, Virginia 1726-1876, ISBN: 0966891953 9780966891959.
    "WHERE THE RIVER FLOWS, a project of the Margaret Grattan Weaver Foundation with help from the Virginia Foundation of the Humanities, tells the story of the people who came to the Shenandoah Valley -- from places like England, France, Germany and Pennsylvania -- for faith and freedom's sake.
    "Beginning with the Valley's first settlers -- the Adam Mueller family, who settled near present-day Shenandoah -- WHERE THE RIVER FLOWS is the story of a people 'twice removed from the state Church,' says the back cover text. They were separated from the rest of the world by the Blue Ridge Mountains as well as by their diverse and deeply-rooted beliefs. . . .
    "Though not academic in style or content, WHERE THE RIVER FLOWS is supplied with plenty of documentation. There are more than 50 pages of endnotes.
    "A map that accompanies the book combines modern Rockingham County route numbers with old road alignments, and has about 120 locations and place names, mostly of old meetinghouses. Bob Kirchman of Staunton, an architectural renderer, drew the map using Hotchkiss's 1875 map and Lake's 1885 atlas, Hewitt says. . . .
    "WHERE THE RIVER FLOWS is abundantly and creatively illustrated with color and black-and-white photos and drawings of Valley creeks and rivers, farms, churches and homes. Church and homestead photos include many that local readers will recognize: buildings still in use, no longer used but preserved, and long-abandoned and forgotten. . . .
    "It is a 'must read' for anyone who is serious about understanding the spiritual roots and underpinnings of the Rockingham County area." -- Reader's Comment

    Holifield, E. Brooks, A History of Pastoral Care in America: From Salvation to Self-Realization, ISBN: 0687172497 9780687172498.
    Includes bibliographical references.

    Howe, George, History of the Presbyterian Church in South Carolina, Vol. 1 of 2.
    History of the Presbyterian Church in South Carolina, Vol. 2 of 2.

    Howe, George, The Scotch-Irish and Their First Settlements on the Tyger River and other Neighboring Precincts in South Carolina: A Centennial Discourse, Delivered at Nazareth Church, Spartanburg District, S.C., September 14, 1861.

    *Howie, John (1735-1793), 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 (PDF and MP3 audio book files) on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available (PDF file) on Reformation Bookshelf CD #1, #10. The series of 22 MP3 audio book files, produced by Still Waters Revival Books, are available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #1-30 and at AudioSermons.com.
    "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!" -- Publisher
    Biographia Scoticana, John Howie
    Original from Oxford University, published 1885, digitized May 22, 2006. Described as a reprint of the 1781 edition. It does not appear to include the appendix cited above.
    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.

    *Hughes, Philip E., The True Image: The Origin and Destiny of Man in Christ, ISBN: 0802803148 9780802803146.
    "In this wide-ranging, Biblical, historical, and theological study, Hughes makes convincing use of the concept of the divine image to integrate the doctrines of man and Christ. His Biblical bases are solid, his expositions weighty and his historical interactions judicious and enlightening. A valuable piece of work." -- J.I. Packer

    *Johnston, John C., Treasury of the Scottish Covenant. A Christian classic. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #27.
    "A massive listing (over 671 pages), covering Covenanting literature from the period of the Reformation to its publication in 1887. Contains not only the principal literary productions of the Covenanters (in the course of the long-sustained and heroic resistance offered by them to the spiritual despotism thrust against them in both church and state), but all of the chief historical documents connected with this period of history. Inspiration and courage can be drawn from the memories and associations of these events and writings. Here is one example of what you will find (from page 349 in the book): '(Richard) Camerons' head and hands, cut from his body at Airsmoss, were taken to his father, then suffering in prison in Edinburgh for the Covenant. He was asked if he knew them. 'His words,' says Dr. Kerr, 'were surely the most touching of all the memories of that cruel time: 'I know, I know them! they are my son's, my dear son's! It is the Lord: good is the will of the Lord, who cannot wrong me nor mine, but has made goodness and mercy to follow us all our days.' After which, by order of the Council, his head was fixed upon the Netherbow Port, and his hands beside it, with the fingers upward, a kind of preaching 'at the entry of the city, at the coming in at the doors,' that told more for his cause and against the persecutors than all the words he could have spoken.' A must for every serious theological student, religious library, or rare book collector who has any interest in Reformation thought and/or literature. It is a veritable gold mine of information, facts, documents, book listings and more!" -- Publisher
    Johnston, John C., Treasury of the Scottish Covenant
    http://archive.org/details/treasuryofscotti00john

    Keyes, Kenneth Scofield, C. Gregg Singer, George Aiken Taylor, E.C. Scott, and B. Hoyt Evans, A Manual for new Members [Presbyterian Church in America -- compiler], 33 pages.
    "Reprinted from The Presbyterian Journal."
    Contents: I. The story of Presbyterianism / C. Gregg Singer -- II. What Presbyterians believe / G. Aiken Taylor -- III. Presbyterian government / E.C. Scott -- IV. Joining the Presbyterian Church / B. Hoyt Evans -- Appendix. The creed of Presbyterians -- The Westminster Assembly, 1643-1648 -- A brief history of the developments in the Presbyterian Church in the United States (Southern) which led to the formation of the Presbyterian Church in America / by Kenneth S. Keys [sic] -- PCA vision 2000 presented to the 1987 General Assembly.

    *Knox, John (1505-1572), and David Laing, Ecclesiastical Tyranny, 1554. Alternate title: AGAINST ROMISH RITES AND POLITICAL AND ECCLESIASTICAL TYRANNY, and A FAITHFUL ADMONITION TO THE PROFESSORS OF GOD'S TRUTH IN ENGLAND. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #15, #26. Available in SELECTED WRITINGS OF JOHN KNOX."
    "Formerly titled A FAITHFUL ADMONITION TO THE PROFESSORS OF GOD'S TRUTH IN ENGLAND, this letter is said to be 'undoubtedly the most important' of Knox's writings (up to that time), by W. Stanford Reid in TRUMPETER OF GOD (p. 114). Furthermore Reid notes that Knox's 'views on the magistrate expressed in the FAITHFUL ADMONITION, were to have an important influence upon much of his future conduct, and upon the development of the Reformation in both England and Scotland.' The editor of KNOX'S WORKS states, 'the object of the ADMONITION was twofold. The one was to animate those who had made a good profession to perseverance, and to avoid the sin of apologetical, or appearing to conform to the 'abominable idolatry' re-established in England; the other, to point out the dangers to be apprehended in when the kingdom became subjected to the dominion of strangers.' Knox uses very strong language here, in the hopes of getting through to those who came to be termed Nicodemites (i.e. those who thought that they could 'keep faith secretly in the heart, and yet do as idolaters do,' in Knox's own words). Written at a time when the true church had been driven underground by Roman Catholic persecution, it was said concerning this letter that 'many other godly men besides have been exposed to the risk of their property, and even life itself, upon the sole ground of either having had this book in their possession, or having read it.' Kevin Reed gives an excellent summary of this letter in SELECTED WRITINGS OF JOHN KNOX, when, in part, he writes, 'while acknowledging the risk of persecution to the faithful, the reformer perceives a greater danger in compromising with idolatry. Government persecution may bring disfavour of men, loss of personal goods and, in some cases, physical death; but idolatry brings down the wrath of God, resulting in grievous punishments, now and through eternity. Idolatry also invites a curse upon the posterity of the nation. In an intense pastoral appeal, Knox strongly admonishes his readers to avoid conforming to the Romish rites of worship.' (p. 220). For those who would rather read many of these Knox items with contemporary spelling, punctuation, and grammar we highly recommend the SELECTED WRITINGS OF JOHN KNOX." -- Publisher
    John Knox: Faithful Admonition (1554)
    http://www.swrb.com/newslett/actualnls/FaithAdm.htm

    *Knox, John (1505-1572), The History of the Reformation of Religion Within the Realm of Scotland. . . . Together with the life of the author, and several curious pieces wrote by him, . . . By the Reverend Mr. John Knox, . . . To which is added, I. An admonition to England and Scotland . . . by Antoni Gilby. II. The first and second books of discipline, Glasgow, 1761. Alternate title: THE HISTORIE OF THE REFORMATION OF THE CHURCH OF SCOTLAND CONTAINING FIVE BOOKS: TOGETHER WITH SOME TREATISES CONDUCING TO THE HISTORY. EDITED, WITH A LIFE OF KNOX AND A PREFACE, BY DAVID BUCHANAN. INCLUDES: "THE APPELLATION OF JOHN KNOX, FROM THE . . . SENTENCE PRONOUNCED AGAINST HIM (pp. 1-33); "THE ADMONITION OF JOHN KNOX TO HIS BELOVED BRETHREN THE COMMONALTY OF SCOTLAND" (pp. 34-42); "A FAITHFULL ADMONITION MADE BY JOHN KNOX TO THE TRUE PROFESSORS OF THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST WITHIN THE KINGDOM OF ENGLAND, 1554" (pp. 43-79); "THE COPIE OF A LETTER DELIVERED TO QUEEN MARY, REGENT OF SCOTLAND" (pp. 80-97); AND "A SERMON PREACHED BY JOHN KNOX [AUGUST 19, 1565]," ISBN: 0851513581 9780851513584. Available (WORKS OF JOHN KNOX), on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available (WORKS OF JOHN KNOX), on Reformation Bookshelf CD #1. A Christian classic.
    "Containing, The Manner, and by what Persons, the Light of Christ's Gospel has been manifested unto this Realm, after that horrible and universal Defection from the Truth, which has come by the Means of that Roman Antichrist. Together with the life of the author, and several curious pieces wrote by him, viz. I. His Appellation from the cruel and most unjust Sentence pronounced against him, by the false Bishops and Clergy of Scotland; with his Supplication and Exhortation to the Nobility, States, and Commonality of the same Realm. II. His faithful Admonition to the true Professors of the Gospel of Christ within the Kingdom of England. III. His Letter to Queen Mary, Regent of Scotland. IV. His Exhortation to England for the speedy Embracing of Christ's Gospel. V. The first Blast of the Trumpet against the Monstrous Regiment of Women. VI. A Sermon on Isaiah xxvi. 13 [Isaiah 26:13], &c. By the Reverend Mr. John Knox, some time Minister of God's Word in Edinburgh. To which is added, I. An admonition to England and Scotland to call them to Repentance, written by Antoni Gilby. II. The first and second books of discipline; together with some Acts of the General Assemblies clearing and confirming the same; And an Act of Parliament. With a large Index to the whole." -- Contents
    "It breaths with the spirit of excitement and expectation, being told by the author from his experience as an eyewitness and participant in the unfolding drama of the work of God in 16th century Scotland." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.
    "Knox portrayed the origins and development of a movement and not a mere chronology of events . . . Knox based his arguments on original sources and he often cited the documents in full. When Knox's History is compared to the contemporary vernacular narratives of Bishop Leslie and Sir James Melville, the superiority of Knox's work becomes evident. For the most part, these writers were preoccupied with petty details and had no conception of the momentous issues that hung on the events they recorded . . . Knox used history to demonstrate his single-track philosophy. And his philosophy said: 'The hearts of men, their thoughts, and their actions are but in the hands of God.' Lee said Knox's History was a sermon without an audience, a preaching book, one long inflammatory speech in behalf of God's truth as the reformer saw it.' (Kyle, The Mind of John Knox, p. 13). Our editions of volumes one and two of Knox's Works contain the only full, unedited version of Knox's massive History of the Reformation in Scotland available today." -- Publisher

    Lawson, George, and Henry Belfrage, Discourses on the History of David and on the Introduction of Christianity Into Britain.

    *Lusk, Robert (1781-1845), Characteristics of the Witnessing Church. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #23.
    Reprinted from The Original Covenanter and Contending Witness, various issues, published by the Reformed Presbytery of North America.
    Lusk, Robert, Characteristics of the Witnessing Church
    http://www.covenanter.org/reformed/2016/6/20/d2t1s9uxbnxaispskag80dis1k9keh

    Mall, Thomas (b. 1629 or 30), A Cloud of VVitnesses, or, The Sufferers Mirrour. Made up of the Swan-like-songs and Other Choice Passages of Several Martyrs and Confessors to the end of the Sixteenth Century, in their treatises, speeches, letters, prayers, &c. in their prisons, or exiles, at the bar or stake &c. / collected out of the ecclesiastical histories of Eusebius, Fox, Fuller, Clark, Petrie, Scotland, and Mr. Samuel Ward's Life of faith in death, &c. and alphabetically disposed by T.M., 1665.

    *Mather, Cotton (1663-1728), The Great Works of Christ in America (Magnalia Christi Americana), 2 volumes, ISBN: 0851512801 9780851512808 085151281X 9780851512815.
    "Almost a Puritan Church history, covering much of the 17th century in the early colonies. Biographical information and facts not to be found elsewhere. Not chronological, instead built around the people of the time." -- GCB
    A carefully documented history of God's work in New England. Includes bibliographical references and index.
    Magnalia Christi Americana, Cotton Mather, 1702, Introduction
    http://xroads.virginia.edu/~DRBR/cotton2.html

    *M'Crie, Thomas (1772-1835), Life of Knox, 1831. A Christian classic. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #1.
    "Iain Murray, in his stirring introduction to Cunningham's Historical Theology writes, 'The third event marking the commencement of this spiritual movement was the publication of a book in 1811. It was the biography of John Knox by Thomas M'Crie. All over Scotland this work was used to revive the memory of the great Reformer and nothing could have been a more telling protest against the stifling influence of Moderatism. It brought many a student and minister into the experience once described by James Fraser of Bera in his Memoirs: 'When I read Knox, I thought I saw another scheme of divinity, much more agreeable to the Scriptures and to my experience than the modern.' M'Crie followed this up in 1819 with a biography of Knox's great successor, Andrew Melville, and these two books became known as the 'Iliad and Odyssey of the Scottish Church.' Just as Homer's heroes fired the hearts of many imitators so M'Crie's biographies aroused a holy ambition in many to follow the noble example of these two spiritual giants. "M'Crie's work is an undisputed classic regarding this fiery reformer. It exhibits information on Knox and the Scottish Reformation which has been hid in manuscripts and books which are now little known or consulted. Knox may be the most pertinent Reformer to study in our day of widespread idolatry, pluralism, anti-Christian government, humanistic law, relativism, and the revival of that 'masterpiece of Satan,' Roman Catholicism. Read everything that you can get your hands on -- either by or about Knox; you'll never be the same again!" -- Publisher
    Life of John Knox: Containing Illustrations of the History of the Reformation in Scotland: with Biographical Notices of the Principal Reformers, and Sketches of the Progress of Literature in Scotland During the Sixteenth Century; and an Appendix, Consisting of Original Papers
    http://books.google.com/books?id=oAIFAAAAYAAJ&ie=ISO-8859-1&output=html

    McGeachy, Neill Roderick, A History of the Sugaw Creek Presbyterian Church, Mecklenburg Presbytery, Charlotte, North Carolina
    One of two churches, Sugaw Creek (later Sugar Creek) and Rocky River, pastored by Alexander Craighead in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina.
    http://archive.org/details/historyofsugawcr00mcge

    McKain, James D., Index to History of the Presbyterian Church in South Carolina by George Howe: volumes I and II, ISBN: 0913363219 9780913363218.

    *McKim, Donald K., and David F. Wright (consulting editor), Encyclopedia of the Reformed Faith, ISBN: 0664218822 9780664218829 0715206605 9780715206607.

    McNeill, John T., A History of the Cure of Souls.

    *McNeill, John T. (editor), The Library of Christian Classics.
    "Long recognized for the quality of its translations, introductions, explanatory notes, and indexes, THE LIBRARY OF CHRISTIAN CLASSICS provides scholars and students with modern English translations of some of the most significant Christian theological texts in history. Through these works, each written prior to the end of the sixteenth century, contemporary readers are able to engage the ideas that have shaped Christian theology and the church through the centuries. THE LIBRARY OF CHRISTIAN CLASSICS ensures that this great literature of the Christian heritage is easily available and invites the ongoing development of theology." -- Publisher

    Middleton, Erasmus, Biographia Evangelica: or, An Historical Account of the Lives and Deaths of the Most Eminent and Evangelical Authors or Preachers, Both British and Foreign, in the Several Denominations of Protestants, From the Beginning of the Reformation, to the Present Time: Wherein Are collected, From Authentic Historians, Their Most Remarkable Actions, Sufferings, and Writings; Exhibiting the Unity of their Faith and Experience in their several Ages, Countries, and Professions; and Illustrating the Power of Divine Grace in their holy Living and Dying. By the Rev. Erasmus Middleton, Lecturer of St. Bennet's, Grace-Church Street; and of St. Helen's, Bishopsgate Street. . . . 4 volumes.

    *Neal, Daniel (1678-1743), and Joshua Toulmin, The History of the Puritans, or, Protestant Non-conformists: From the Reformation in 1517, to the Revolution in 1688; Comprising an Account of Their Principles; Their attempts for a farther reformation in the church, their sufferings, and the lives and characters of their most considerable divines, 3 volumes.
    "Reprinted from the latest edition and containing critical notes, this outstanding presentation of Protestant nonconformity (from 1517 to 1688), delineates the course of action taken by those dubbed Puritan, describes the seeds of liberty and democracy that they spread and that lie latent in their history and teachings, and presents a vivid picture of the effect of their stand for truth. This is an excellent work and is well-deserving of careful study. The benefits of reading these volumes is too great to be tabulated here. We can only hope that a new generation of men and women who are loyal to the Lord and His Word will peruse these pages to their own great profit." -- Cyril J. Barber
    The History of the Puritans, or, Protestant Non-conformists . . . (vol. 1 of 4)
    https://archive.org/details/historyofp01neal
    The History of the Puritans, or, Protestant Non-conformists . . . (vol. 2 of 4)
    https://archive.org/details/historyo02neal
    The History of the Puritans, or, Protestant Non-conformists . . . (vol. 3 of 4)
    https://archive.org/details/historyofpurit03neal
    The History of the Puritans, or, Protestant Non-conformists . . . (vol. 4 of 4)
    https://archive.org/details/historyofpurit04neal

    Ness, Christopher (1621-1705), A Compleat and Compendious Church-history Shewing how it Hath Been From the Beginning of the World to This Present Day: Being an Historical Narrative how the power and providence of God, according to his promise hath hitherto confounded all the damnable plots of the Devil: to which is annexed a Scripture-prophecy fore-shewing how it shall be hence to the end of the world: to whole containing the quintessence of sacred, civil and ecclesiastick writers and serving as a short comment upon all the books in the Bible, both historical and prophetical: with a poem against popery, November 17 / published for publick good by Christopher Ness, 1681.

    Noll, Mark A. (editor), Eerdman's Handbook to Christianity in America, ISBN: 0802835821 9780802835826.
    Includes bibliography and index.

    North, Gary, Foundations of Christian Scholarship: Essays in the Van Til Perspective, ISBN: 1879998254, 372 pages.
    Of particular interest in this collection of papers are the following:
    "PART ONE -- EPISTEMOLOGICAL CRITICISM
    Chapter 1 -- The Epistemological Crisis of American Universities -- by Gary North
    Chapter 2 -- The Quest for Common Ground -- by Rousas Rushdoony
    PART TWO -- ACADEMIC DISCIPLINES
    Chapter 3 -- Psychology -- by Rousas Rushdoony
    Chapter 4 -- History -- by C. Gregg Singer [Dr. Singer addresses "The Problem of Historical Interpretation" -- compiler]
    Chapter 5 -- Economics -- by Gary North
    Chapter 6 -- Education -- by William Blake
    Chapter 7 -- Political Science -- by Lawrence Pratt
    Chapter 8 -- Sociology -- by Gary North
    Chapter 9 -- Mathematics -- by Vern Poythress

    Post-Reformation Digital Library
    "The Post-Reformation Digital Library is a collection of resources relating to the development of theology during the Post-Reformation/Early Modern era (ca. 16th-18th centuries), hosted by the H. Henry Meeter Center for Calvin Studies of Calvin College and Calvin Theological Seminary.
    "The primary focus of this site is digital books available from Google Books as well as smaller digital libraries such as Internet Archive, which may have books not available on Google.
    "All users are encouraged to contribute to this project by reporting new books with a note under 'Comments' at the bottom of the relevant page. Please also copy and paste any broken links in the relevant comments page so that the editorial board can investigate. (Nota bene: this site is limited insofar as it aims at only those works of the authors that have been digitized. In the vast majority of cases this will not be representative of the author's work as a whole and is no substitute for due bibliographic research.)"
    http://libguides.calvin.edu/prdl

    Perks, Stephen C., Alfred, King of England, Christianity and Law: An Enquiry Into the Influence of Christianity on the Development of English Common Law: With an Appendix Containing a Translation of The laws of King Alfred the Great, ISBN: 0951889915 9780951889916.

    Plumer, William S. (1802-1880), William W. Phillips, Samuel Beach Jones, William Henry Green, and Henry S. Foote, [Miscellaneous, vol. 5].
    Contents: A brief history of the Theological Seminary of the Presbyterian Church at Princeton, New Jersey; together with its constitution, bye-laws, &c. / [Princeton Theological Seminary] -- Discourses at the inauguration of the Rev. James W. Alexander. / William S. Plumer . . . [et al.] -- Discourses at the inauguration of the Rev. William Henry Green. / Samuel Beach Jones and William Henry Green -- An address delivered at the annual meeting of the Missionary, Bible, Tract and Education Society; on nature and revelation. / William Blackwood -- Catalogue of the officers and students of the Theological Seminary of the Presbyterian Church, Princeton, New-Jersey. 1851-52. / [Princeton Theological Seminary] -- Catalogue of the officers and students of the Theological Seminary of the Presbyterian Church, Princeton, New-Jersey. 1852-53. / [Princeton Theological Seminary] -- Catalogue of the officers and students of the Theological Seminary of the Presbyterian Church, Princeton, New-Jersey. 1853-54. / [Princeton Theological Seminary] -- A lecture given by the late hon. James M'Dowell, of Lexington Va., and an address by the late Rev. A. Alexander, D.D. / James McDowell -- Lectures on popular subjects, delivered in the musical fund hall, to aid in rebuilding the Southwark church. / H.S. Foote [et al.] -- Theology of the Puritans. / Leonard Woods -- Extract from an address at the funeral of Mrs. Jane M. Dickey. / William Finney -- An address on the importance and advantage of classical study delivered before the Graham Philanthropic and Washington Literary Societies of Washington College. / B.M. Smith -- Education and literature in Virginia. / John R. Thompson, of Richmond -- The American union. / Henry A. Boardman -- The influence of the Bible upon the temporal interests of man. / J.C. Moffat -- Addresses at the inauguration of Rev. E.D. MacMaster as president of Miami University, Ohio. / E. Woodruff and E.D. MacMaster -- Catalogue of Washington College, Lexington, Virginia, for the collegiate year ending July 3, 1852, together with a list of alumni. / [Washington College].

    Pfeiffer, Charles F., Old Testament History, ISBN: 0801069459 9780801069451.
    "This is an up-to-date history of Israel. It is illustrated by 260 pictures, and has a comprehensive index. It is suitable for class use. He upholds the historicity of the Scriptures from Genesis to Malachi. There is much use made of the findings of archaeological and other scientific discoveries. Yet he does not take the attitude that any of these are needed to authenticate the reliability of the Scriptures." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.

    Prince, Harold B., A Presbyterian Bibliography: The Published Writings of Ministers who Served in the Presbyterian Church in the United States During its First Hundred years, 1861-1961, and Their Locations in Eight Significant Theological Collections in the U.S.A., ISBN: 0810816393 9780810816398.

    Puffendorff, Samuel, The History of Popedom, Containing the Rise, Progress, and Decay Thereof, etc. Written in High Dutch, translated into English by J.C., 1691. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.

    Rainy, Robert, and James Mackenzie, Life of William Cunningham, D.D.: Principal and Professor of Theology and Church History, New College, Edinburgh, 1871. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.
    "Cunningham was Principal and Professor of Theology and Church History at New College, Edinburgh, during the mid-1800's. His four volume WORKS include the magisterial two volume set HISTORICAL THEOLOGY, DISCUSSIONS ON CHURCH PRINCIPLES and THE REFORMERS AND THE THEOLOGY OF THE REFORMATION. A volume of his SERMONS is also in print. In Iain Murray's introduction to HISTORICAL THEOLOGY he points out that 'in the days of Cunningham and Bannerman, New College, Edinburgh, rose to be the finest theological college in Europe.' Furthermore, concerning Cunningham's work in the General Assembly of 1832, he writes, 'and once more a young man arose to deliver a historic speech. Like Begg he was a new-comer to the Assembly's debates, but his tall figure and mass of curly hair quickly identified him as "Cunningham of Greenock." ' "
    "When he sat down two hours later there was no mistaking the feeling of the Moderates. 'That's Andrew come back,' exclaimed one! Others were forced to think of young George Gillespie of the 17th century, who, having just arrived in London, in riding boots and with whip still in hand, delivered such a speech in the Westminster Assembly that his opponent, the great Selden, declared: 'This young man, by a single speech, has swept away the learning and labour of my life! . . . Those who heard Cunningham's speech that day,' write his biographers, 'speak of it with wonder to this day. Such power, wealth, and precision of language they had never heard. . . . In his first six years at Edinburgh he read and carefully classified 530 distinct volumes, not to mention pamphlets or magazines.' Cunningham's works are still much sought after today." -- Publisher

    Reformed Presbyterian Church (Scotland), Reformed Presbyterian Testimony, 1842. Alternate title: TESTIMONY OF THE REFORMED PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH IN SCOTLAND: HISTORICAL AND DOCTRINAL. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.
    "Keddie describes this as 'a doctrinal and historical statement, explaining and expanding upon the RPC's commitment to the Westminster Standards, the National Covenant, and the Solemn League and Covenant.' (Dictionary of Scottish Church History and Theology, p. 699). It contains the historical part of the testimony of the Reformed Presbyterian Church in Scotland including a brief sketch of the contending of the witnesses from the earliest period to the present time. The doctrinal section of the Church's testimony follows, covering everything from 'Divine Revelation' to 'Covenanting'." -- Publisher

    The Reformed Presbyterian Church in America
    www.pcahistory.org/findingaids/rpces/history/02.pdf

    Reid, H.M.B. (Henry Martyn Beckwith), The Kirk Above Dee Water, 1895. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.
    " 'This little book (128 pages) . . . embodies a few scattered notices of the Balmaghie Church since the year 1615 . . . The dominating figure in the following pages is, of course, the great Macmillan' (Preface). Here 'they went to hear the word of God properly preached' in the Kirk of the Hill Folk, which had never fyled its hands with 'an Erastian Establishment!' (Introduction). An interesting look at a Covenanter congregation." -- Publisher

    *Richardson, Cyril Charles, Early Christian Fathers, ISBN: 0684829517.
    The Early Christian Fathers, 38 vols.
    http://www.ccel.org/fathers2/

    Ringenberg, William C., The Christian College: A History of Protestant Higher Education in America, ISBN: 0802819966 9780802819963

    *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

    Robinson, Thomas A., et al., The Early Church: An Annotated Bibliography of Literature in English, ISBN: 0810827638 9780810827639.

    *Robinson, William J., A History of Windy Cove Presbyterian Church, Millboro Springs, Virginia, 1749-1976.

    Rosenberg, Charles, E., The Care of Strangers: The Rise of America's Hospital System, ISBN: 0801850827 9780801850820.

    Rouse, J.K., Some Interesting Colonial Churches in North Carolina, 1961.

    *Rushdoony, Rousas John (1916-2001), The Biblical Philosophy of History, Available through Exodus Books.
    "For the orthodox Christian who grounds his philosophy of history on the doctrine of creation, the mainspring of history is God. Time rests on the foundation of eternity, on the eternal decree of God. Time and history therefore have meaning because they were created in terms of God's perfect and totally comprehensive plan. The humanist faces a meaningless world in which he must strive to create and establish meaning. The Christian accepts a world which is totally meaningful and in which every event moves in terms of God's purpose; he submits to God's meaning and finds his life therein. This is an excellent introduction to Rushdoony. Once the reader sees Rushdoony's emphasis on God's sovereignty over all of time and creation, he will understand his application of this presupposition in various spheres of life and thought." -- Publisher

    *Schaff, Philip (editor), Church Fathers Series, 38 volumes.
    *Schaff, Philip (editor), The Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers: First Series.
    *Schaff, Philip (editor), A Select Library of Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers of the Christian Church, Second Series.

    *Schaff, Philip, History of the Christian Church.
    http://www.ccel.org/ccel/schaff/hcc1.html

    *Schaff, Philip, Schaff's History of Christianity, 8 volumes, ISBN: 0802880479 9780802880475.
    "A brilliant, detailed account of the history of Christianity up to and including the continental Reformation. Well written, and easy to read. One of the most informative and valuable treatments available. Based on the edition published in 1910." -- Cyril J. Barber
    The History of the Christian Church, Philip Schaff
    http://www.reformedreader.org/history/schaff/

    Sharp, L.W. (editor), Early letters of Robert Wodrow 1698-1709.

    *Shepard, Thomas (1605-1649), John A. (John Adams), Albro (1799-1866), The Works of Thomas Shepard, First Pastor of the First Church, Cambridge, Mass: With a Memoir of his Life and Character. (1853), volume 1 of 3, ISBN: 0524001049 9780524001042. Available (THE WORKS OF THOMAS SHEPARD, vol. 3 of 3 THE DOCTRINE OF THE SABBATH only), on the Puritan Hard Drive.
    "The author was founder of Harvard University, and a Puritan minister at Cambridge in the early 1600s."
    The Works of Thomas Shepard, vol. 1
    http://archive.org/details/worksofthomasshe01shep

    Simson, Patrick (1556-1618), The Historie of the Church, Since the Dayes of Our Saviour Iesus Christ, Untill This Present Age. Divided into foure bookes. 1. The first containeth the whole proceedings and practises of the emperours . . . 2. The second containeth a briefe catalogue of the beginnings, and proceedings of all the bishops, popes, patriarches, doctors, pastors, and other learned men . . . 3. The third containeth a short summe of all the heretiques . . . 4. The fourth containeth a short compend of all the councels generall, nationall, and provinciall . . . Divided into 16. centuries. . . . Collected out of sundry authors both ancient and moderne; by the famous and worthy preacher of Gods Word, Master Patrick Symson, late minister at Striveling in Scotland. Alternate title: SHORT COMPEND OF THE HISTORIE OF THE FIRST TEN PERSECUTIONS MOVED AGAINST CHRISTIANS, 1634.
    "Note: A second part had appeared in 1625; it is not reprinted here. Centuries 1-9 are rearranged extracts of part of the text of his: A Short Compend of the Historie of the First ten Persecutions Moved Against Christians."

    Simson, Patrick (1556-1618), A short compend of the historie of the first ten persecutions moued against Christians, divided into III. centuries. Whereunto are added in the end of euery centurie treatises arising vpon occasion offered in the historie, clearely declaring the noveltie of popish religion, and that it neither flowed from the mouthes of Christs holy Apostles, neither was it confirmed by the blood of the holy martyrs who died in these ten persecutions, 1613.
    Vol. 2 (centuries 4-6), has title "A short compend, of the Arrian and Eutychian persecutions"; imprint is dated 1615. Vol. 3 (centuries 7-9), has title "A short compend, of the grouth of the Romane Antichrist"; imprint is dated 1616. With a final errata leaf.

    *Singer, C. Gregg (1910-1999), Christian Approaches: to Philosophy; to History, ISBN: 0934532249.

    *Singer, C. Gregg (1910-1999), John Calvin: His Roots and Fruits (A Press, 1989), 78 pages.
    "What then is the role of the state in economic matters? Is it to stand idly by and take no steps or initiate no policies to defend the poor? The state, in the economic realm, is under a mandate to enforce the moral law and to punish those who break it for the sake of economic gain. It may prevent monopolitstic and other business practices which are contrary to the Biblical ethic, as well as stealing and other forms of dishonesty and may pass laws for this purpose. It is certain that Calvin would support more statutes of this kind than some advocates of free enterprise would tolerate today. In general, however, Calvin agreed that the state had no right to undertake schemes of redistributing wealth in order to achieve economic equality. The legislative taking of wealth under the guise of legality is no less stealing than if it is done by robbers and thieves. Such schemes, rather than being an application of Christian principles, are actually a form of human rebellion against the will of God for the right ordering of society." -- C. Gregg Singer in "Calvinism and Economic Thought and Practice.
    Notes: "Appeared in volume II of THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF CHRISTIANITY . . . and was later printed by Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing Company . . . 1967, for their Philosophical and historical studies series."
    Contents: The author; Preface; I The patristic foundations of calvinism; II Calvinism: the summit of reformation theology; III The later history of calvinism; IV Influence of calvinism on western history and culture; V Calvinism and economic thought and practice; VI Calvinism and Philosophy; VII Calvinism and education; VIII Calvinism and social thought and practice; Bibliography.

    *Singer, C. Gregg (1910-1999), From Rationalism to Irrationality: The Decline of the Western Mind From the Renaissance to the Present, ISBN: 0875524281 9780875524283 and a reprint of the P&R Publishing edition of 1979 (Wipf and Stock, 2006), 479 pp.
    "Now, frankly students, this course is presented from obviously the Reformed Theology. I hold unabashedly, unashamedly to the whole of Reformed Theology as we find it specifically in the Westminster Confession of Faith (1646) and the Larger and Shorter Catechisms.
    "At the same time I hold to a position in regard to Apologetics generally known as Presuppositionalism, and particularly that view held by Cornelius Van Til.
    "This book is an attempt to enlarge and to broaden the scope of Van Til's own Apologetical system, and also his Epistemology. By that I mean, and I worked this book with him, so anything that I say is not to be construed as a criticism of Cornelius Van Til. I might add he wrote me a letter. He is delighted with this book. But what I did was to take his principles, both of Apologetics and of Epistemology, and apply them to all realms of modern thought.
    "Dr. Van Til, for good and sufficient reason, sought to limit to the main stream of what we might call pure Philosophy, that is from Saint Thomas, well even before them, back to the Greeks, but particularly in the more modern period, from Saint Thomas Aquinas, William of Ockham (Occam), down through Descartes, the Rationalists, the Empiricists, down to Kant and Hegel, and of course Modern Philosophy and Modern Theology. Very seldom has he gone into what we might call the arena of Political Philosophy, or the arena of Social Thought, or the arena of Psychology and Psychiatry, the realm of Educational Philosophy, and into Art, Music, and so on, to the Fine Arts.
    "This book is an attempt to apply his system, and show what happens when the Western mind has forsaken his principles, or the principles which he has espoused, and turned into its own way. And thus the book called FROM RATIONALISM TO IRRATIONALITY. The thesis being that the Rationalism inherent in Saint Thomas and the post-Thomists, and more particularly, and more openly, in the Philosophy of the Renaissance, and Descartes, and Spinosa, and Leibniz has, as it's gained momentum in the modern world, brought Western Culture to its knees. We are living, as I would think, in the death throws of the Western Cultures, the Western Civilization." -- Dr. C. Gregg Singer, in the introductory address to his course in Apologetics soon after FROM RATIONALISM TO IRRATIONALITY came off the press in 1979
    Apologetics: #01: Classical and Medieval Thought #1 [audio files]
    Dr. C. Gregg Singer, Apologetics, 56 min.
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=2250511453
    "Locke endeavored to set forth a political philosophy which would anchor his democratic political thought on what he felt were the firm foundations of his empiricism. However, his insistence that nature has bestowed upon mankind certain basic and inalienable rights was an assumption quite contrary to his empiricism. His denial of conscience as an innate possession or quality makes it impossible for men to know that they possess the rights of life, liberty, and property. The very concept of a human right is moral in nature and has its basis of authority in the human conscience. It is thus impossible for men to know through the senses that they have these cherished human rights. Granted that it was far from Locke's intention to undermine or destroy the traditional English concept of personal rights, his empiricism removed from his political thought the necessary foundations on which a government could be built for the protection of these rights. His empiricism supported neither the idea that men have such rights nor that they are inalienable. (p. 61)
    "Underlying the secular and naturalistic assumptions of the thought of the Enlightenment was a related and equally serious problem. In their political and economic thought the leaders of this era were passionately devoted to the pursuit of freedom, and yet they seemed to be completely unaware of this incompatibility between their quest for freedom on the one hand and their reliance upon natural law on the other. How can an impersonal and deterministic concept of law produce and sustain a meaningful concept of freedom? Blindly convinced that there was no problem involved in the contradiction, the leaders of the Enlightenment pushed boldly ahead in the quest for political and economic liberty. However, their failure to recognize the issues involved in this quest led not only to the disaster of the French Revolution but to the growth of the totalitarian political and economic philosophies which first appeared in Hegel and Marx during the nineteenth century and reached their culmination in the totalitarianism of the twentieth century." (p. 73) -- quoted at the blog, Imago Veritatis: Post-modern Reformed Paleo-orthodoxy
    Singer used this as textbook for his course in Apologetics. Epistemology is a recurring theme throughout the textbook and the course. The series of 24 addresses on Apologetics is available free online. See: "Apologetics" under:
    Works of C. Gregg Singer
    http://www.lettermen2.com/bcrr3ch.html#cgsinger

    Singer, C. Gregg (1910-1999), The Story of Presbyterianism
    http://www.fpcjackson.org/resources/apologetics/story.htm

    *Singer, C. Gregg (1910-1999), A Theological Interpretation of American History, 1994 edition, 354 pages (Greenville, SC: A Press, 1994, 1981, 1975, 1974, 1964), ISBN: 0875524265 9780875524269. A Christian classic.
    This book portrays "the influence of theology and the changing doctrines in the life of the church on the pattern of American political, constitutional, social and economic development.
    "The author shows that the decline of constitutional government in this country is the result of the departure from historical Christian faith and the resulting rise of alien political philosophies. Particularly does he emphasize the intimate relationship between theological liberalism on the one hand and political, social, and economic liberalism on the other. This theological liberalism has been a major agent in the decline of the Constitution in the political life of the people and in the appearance of a highly centralized government." -- Publisher
    "There is between the democratic philosophy and theological liberalism a basic affinity which has placed them in the same camp in many major political struggles.
    "This condition exists because theological liberalism shares the basic postulates of the democratic philosophy. . . .
    "Theological liberalism at heart has been a continuing protest against Calvinism, particularly against its insistence on the Sovereignty of God and the Total Depravity of the race. These two Biblical doctrines have often proved to be a stumbling block to theologians within the church as well as to the unbelieving world.
    "The result of theological liberalism has been the movement away from constitutionalism and away from liberty, and a movement toward collectivistic society and totalitarian regime." -- C. Gregg Singer, A Theological Interpretation of American History, p. 290
    See also: John Knox, the Scottish Covenanters, and the Westminster Assembly (tape 3 of 5), in a series of addresses History Notes on Presbyterianism, Reformation, and Theology by Dr. C. Gregg Singer on SermonAudion.com
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=12607114250
    See also:
    Dr. C. Gregg Singer at SermonAudio.com (161 messages)
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/search.asp?SpeakerOnly=true&currSection=sermonsspeaker&Keyword=Dr.^C.^Gregg^Singer

    Singer, C. Gregg (1910-1999, Charles G. Singer), The Unholy Alliance: The Definitive History of the National Council of Churches and its Leftist Policies -- From 1908 to the Present, 384 pages, ISBN: 0870003275 9780870003271.
    "This book is not calculated to win friends among adherents to the National Council of Churches. It provides convincing evidence of the tremendous gap that has developed between the NCC and its critics and demonstrates the NCC's inability to achieve its objectives." -- Cyril J. Barber
    Unholy Alliance: The Definitive History of the National Council of Churches and Its Leftist Policies -- From 1908 to the Present
    Freebooks online e-text.
    http://freebooks.entrewave.com/freebooks/docs/39be_47e.htm

    Smith, Morton H., David B. Calhoun, T. David Gordon, Douglas F. Kelly, C. Gregg Singer, Joseph A. Pipa, Jr., Inauguration Lecture Series the Southern Presbyterians and Old School Theology, Six sound cassettes [audio files].
    "Contents: Introduction to Old School Theology / Dr. Morton H. Smith -- A place for truth: The Columbia years / Dr. David B. Calhoun -- Old School Presbyterians and social issues / Dr. T. David Gordon -- Southern Presbyterian preaching / Dr. Douglas F. Kelly -- Impact of New School thought / Dr. C. Gregg Singer -- An uncommon school for uncommon times / Dr Joseph A. Pipa, Jr."

    *Spence, Thomas Hugh, Jr., The Presbyterian Congregation on Rocky River.
    One of Alexander Criaghead's churches in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina.

    Steele, David (1803-1887), Circular No. 3. A Concise History of the Reformed Presbyterian Church from the Middle of the Sixteenth Century and of the Reformed Presbytery From 1840 Till the Present Time
    "A sketch of Reformed Presbyterian Church history with special emphasis on the formation of the Reformed Presbytery (i.e., "Steelite"), in 1840, and its 19th century contendings."
    http://www.covenanter.org/reformed/2016/4/25/circular-no3-a-concise-history-of-the-reformed-presbyterian-church-from-the-middle-of-the-sixteenth-century-and-of-the-reformed-presbytery-from-1840-till-the-present-time

    Steele, David (1826-1906), and Robert Hunter, In Memory of the Rev. David Steele, D.D., LL.D. (1826-1906) 66 pages. Alternate title: IN MEMORY OF THE REV. DAVID STEELE, D.D., LL.D, FOR FORTY-FIVE YEARS PASTOR OF THE FOURTH REFORMED PRESBYTERIAN CONGREGATION OF PHILADELPHIA AND PROFESSOR IN THE REFORMED PRESBYTERIAN SEMINARY AT PHILADELPHIA FOR FORTY-THREE YEARS.
    The author and subject is David Steele (1826-1906), who we assume is the nephew of David Steele (1803-1887).
    "For forty-five years pastor of the Fourth Reformed Presbyterian Congregation of Philadelphia and professor in the Reformed Presbyterian Seminary at Philadelphia for forty-three years . . ."
    In Memory of the Rev. David Steele, D.D., LL.D.: For Forty-Five Years Pastor of the Fourth Reformed Presbyterian Congregation of Philadelphia and Professor in the Reformed Presbyterian Seminary at Philadelphia for Forty-three Years. (1907)
    http://books.google.com/books?id=bcAEAAAAYAAJ&ie=ISO-8859-1&output=html
    http://www.archive.org/details/inmemoryofrevdav00stee

    Van Devanter, J.N., History of the Augusta Church From 1737 to 1900.

    Various, Miscellaneous, Vol. 6.
    Contents: Church fellowship, a sermon preached at the opening of the Synod of the Reformed Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia, May 16, 1816. / John Black -- Divine and human rights, or, the Westminster Confession and the Constitution of the United States tested by the Holy Scripture. / Chauncey Webster -- A circular addressed to the ministers of the Reformed Presbyterian Church in North America, requesting them to meet in convention in the city of Pittsburgh, on the sixth day of August, 1834. / Ebenezer Cooper and Gavin M'Millan -- Argument on the Arminian controversy. / [Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America] -- Extracts from the minutes of the Synod of the Reformed Presbyterian Church. -- [Synod of the Reformed Presbyterian Church] Notices of particular offences, necessary to be attended to as objects of censure, in the present state of the church. / [Anonymous] -- The true deaconship, or, strictures on a pamphlet entitled 'The scriptural deacon, &c.' / David Smith -- An essay on the application of reformation principles to the American government. / John Knox Jr. -- Review of extracts of minutes and other papers. / David Scott -- An address on a scriptural education. / [Reformed Presbyterian Church, General Synod]. -- Letter on the higher powers. / Thomas Sproull -- The anti-slavery examiner, no. 8; correspondence between the hon. F.H. Elmore, one of the South Carolina delegation in Congress, and James G. Birney, one of the secretaries of the American Anti-Slavery Society. -- Protestantism, the parent and guardian of civil and religious liberty. / John N. McLeod -- O'Connell and the Wesleyans; the calumnies, falsehoods and religion of O'Connell exposed, and Protestantism defended, in seven letters; with Babylon fallen, a poem in 32 stanzas. / Daniel M'Afee -- Provisional committee of the proposed evangelical alliance, Dublin branch. / J.S. Blackwood . . . [et al.] -- Address to the members of the Reformed Presbyterian Church on covenant-renovation. / [Reformed Presbyterian Synod in Ireland] -- Plan of education for the ministry of the Reformed Presbyterian Church in Ireland. / [Reformed Presbyterian Synod in Ireland] -- The Sabbath; its adaptation to man's intellectual and moral nature. / James Hamilton -- The Sabbath. / Edward Bickersteth -- The Christian Sabbath. / Richard Winter Hamilton -- The key of knowledge taken away by the National Board of Education; with strictures on a sermon entitled, 'Education, religion and liberty, ' lately preached and published by the Rev. William Johnston, Belfast. / Thomas Carlile.

    Various, Political Sermons of the Founding Era -- 1730-1805, 2 volumes, ISBN: 0865970904 9780865970908 0865970912 9780865970915.
    "The two volumes total 1,737 pages and include a 137 page subject index and a Biblical citation index referencing Scripture used in the sermons."

    Walker, James, The Theology and Theologians of Scotland, 1560-1750

    Wylie, James A. (1808-1890), History of the Waldenses, ISBN: 1572581859 9781572581852.
    "The Waldenes were among the first of the people of Europe to obtain a translation of the Holy Scriptures. Hundreds of years before the Reformation they possessed the Bible in manuscript in their native tongue. Here the light of truth was kept burning amid the darkness of the Middle Ages. Here, for a thousand years, witnesses for the truth maintained the ancient faith." -- Publisher

    Wilson, Howard McKnight, The Lexington Presbytery Heritage: The Presbytery of Lexington and its Churches in the Synod of Virginia, Presbyterian Church in the United States.

    Wilson, Howard McKnight, The Tinkling Spring: Headwater of Freedom. A Study of the Church and her People, 1732-1952,

    *Wodrow, Robert (1679-1734), and Robert Burns (contributor), The History of the Sufferings of the Church of Scotland, From the Restoration to the Revolution, 1830-5, 4 volumes. Alternate title: THE HISTORY OF THE SUFFERINGS OF THE CHURCH OF SCOTLAND FROM THE RESTORATION TO THE REVOLUTION. BY THE REV. ROBERT WODROW, MINISTER OF THE GOSPEL AT EASTWOOD. WITH AN ORIGINAL MEMOIR OF THE AUTHOR, EXTRACTS FROM HIS CORRESPONDENCE, A PRELIMINARY DISSERTATION, AND NOTES, BY THE REV. ROBERT BURNS, D.D., ISBN: 9781599251868 1599251868 9781599251820 1599251825 9781599251837 1599251833 9781599251844 1599251841 9781599251851 159925185X.
    "Robert Wodrow (1679-1734), completed his Magnum Opus, THE HISTORY OF THE SUFFERINGS OF THE CHURCH OF SCOTLAND FROM THE RESTORATION TO THE REVOLUTION, in 1723-24. This work, for which his integrity, candor, liberality of sentiment, and talents, eminently qualified him, he contemplated from an early period of his life; but it was only in the year 1707, that he began seriously to labour on it. From this time, however, till its publication in 1721 and 1722, a period of between fourteen and fifteen years, he devoted all his leisure hours to its composition. On the appearance of Mr. Wodrow's History, which was published in three large folio volumes at separate times, in the years above named, its author was attacked by those whom his fidelity as an historian had offended, with the vilest scurrility and abuse. Anonymous and threatening letters were sent to him, and every description of indignity was attempted to be thrown on both his person and his work. The faithful, liberal, and impartial character of the history, nevertheless, procured its author many and powerful friends. Its merits were, by a large party, appreciated and acknowledged, and every man whose love of truth was stronger than his prejudices, awarded it the meed of his applause. Copies of the work were presented by Dr. Fraser to their majesties, and the prince and princess of Wales, and were received so graciously, and so much approved of, that the presentation was almost immediately followed by a royal order on the Scottish exchequer for one hundred guineas to be paid to the author, as a testimony of his majesty's favorable opinion of his merits. The warrant for the payment of this sum is dated the 26th April, 1725. In 1830, a second edition of the HISTORY was published, in 4 volumes 8vo, by Messrs Blackie and Fullarton of Glasgow, under the editorial care of the Rev. Dr. Burns of Paisley." -- Publisher
    "Robert Wodrow (1679-1734), Presbyterian minister and historian. He was an energetic researcher and acquirer of documents, letters, and anecdotes, all of which he put to use in his histories and accounts of the Presbyterian church in Scotland . . . Recently republished as a print-on-demand item." -- Wurth Books
    David Hackston of Rathillet's Account of Ayrs-moss.
    Excerpted from WODROW'S HISTORY OF THE SUFFERINGS OF THE CHURCH OF SCOTLAND.
    http://www.truecovenanter.com/history/hackston_ayrsmoss.html
    The History of the Sufferings of the Church of Scotland
    http://books.google.com/books?id=ykYRAAAAIAAJ&ie=ISO-8859-1&output=html

    *Woodbridge, John D., Mark A. Noll, and Nathan O. Hatch, The Gospel in America: Themes in the Story of America's Evangelicals, ISBN: 0310372402 9780310372400.

    *Zacharias, Ravi, Why Jesus? Rediscovering His Truth in an Age of Mass Marketed Spirituality, ISBN: 1455508608 9781455508600.
    "Ravi Zacharias is a very gifted communicator. Whether he is discussing literature, philosophy, religion, or everything in between -- he makes it interesting, engaging, and thought provoking. In this book he tackles the search for meaning in the West and in the East and how that ultimately all searches are empty if they do not lead to truth. He gives a very solid case for how all truth is God's truth and that the ultimate truth that we all long for leads us to the person and work of the historical Jesus revealed in the Bible and the accounts of His life, death, resurrection, ascension and future return.
    "In chapter one after a scintillating discussing of movie making agendas in the East and the West he writes, 'Why are we always beguiled by something foreign? In the West, Eastern mysticism is 'in' -- chants, sounds, and practices with foreign words have made an appeal of culture -- shifting proportions -- while in the East, where these very same techniques have been tried for centuries, many are disillusioned and seeking solace somewhere else. Before me the entertainment elite of the East gave their full attention to a talk on 'Why Jesus Is the Ultimate,' while in the West, entertainers are looking toward the East for their answers.'
    "In the first half to about seventy percent of the way into the book Ravi tackles what he calls 'Western' thought -- a hybrid of western and eastern thought blended into one. He takes the time to demonstrate how eastern thought has penetrated the west, and how western thought has penetrated the east. He cogently and brilliantly synthesizes how this has taken place through the medium of television, philosophy, religion, and irreligion and highlights old and modern voices alike. Zacharias weaves the themes of induction, seduction, deduction, and reduction among these differing mediums of communication resulting in a 'New Spirituality.'
    "Ravi makes so many excellent observations with reference to the 'New Spirituality' that it would make for a very long review were I to recount the excellencies of his presentation. On the postmodern influences of the likes of Michael Foucault and Jacques Derrida on 'Westernism' he writes about the authority of the 'New Spirituality' in this fashion by way of a modern tale:
    " 'In the beginning, God. God spoke. But that was a long time ago. We wanted certainty -- now. For this, only Reason and Rationalism would do. But that was not enough. We wanted to 'test.' So we went into the senses and found the empirical. But that's not what we meant by testing. We really meant 'feeling.' So we found a way to generate feeling into the picture. Truth was framed into a scene. But the scene was left open to interpretation. Scenes are not absolute. So the story was told as an art form. But the reader still didn't like it, because he was not the author. So he read the story while he sat in a reconstructed and deconstructed cubicle to make of the story whatever he wished. But what does one do with the long reach of the empirical? The best way was to find a blend between the empirical and the satirical and end up with God again. The only difference was that God could not be the storyteller. We still needed God. So we became God.'
    "Ravi talks about Hinduism, Islam, Buddhism, Taoism, and various other 'isms' and demonstrates how people in the East like Deepak Chopra, and people in the West like Oprah Winfrey have developed syncretistic systems of thought that have blended eastern and western thinking and religion. One interesting example of this mixing is when he quotes Elizabeth Lesser when she writes of the difference between the 'Old Spirituality' and the 'New Spirituality':"
    'AUTHORITY: In the 'old' spirituality authority is held by the church; in the 'new' spirituality the individual worshiper has authority to determine what is best for him or her.
    'SPIRITUALITY: In the old spirituality God and the way to worship have already been defined and the worshiper just follows the rules; in the new spirituality the worshiper defines spirituality for him -- or herself.
    'THE PATH TO GOD: In the old spirituality there is only one way to God, all else is wrong; in the new spirituality there are unlimited paths or combinations of paths one can follow . . . you can string a necklace all your own making.
    'SACRED: In the old spirituality parts of yourself are considered evil (the body, ego, emotions), and must be denied, transcended, or sublimated; in the new spirituality anything goes.
    'TRUTH: In the old spirituality truth is knowable and constant. Leading to the same answers at every stage of life; in the new spirituality you never quite arrive at the truth as it is constantly changing to accommodate your growth.'
    "Zacharias responds to Lesser in this manner, 'With the safety net she has provided for determining truth, who can ever fall?' "The evangelist from the Old Spirituality pleaded with his audiences to 'invite Jesus into your heart;' the New Spirituality tell you to invite yourself into your heart.
    "Ravi spends the rest of the book answering the following questions: Why Jesus? What difference does it make what you believe? Is truth really even knowable? Could it be that postmodern spirituality is really the expression of a universal hunger rather than an answer to anything? What are the deep-seated questions that drive the quest for spirituality? Why is it that in the West we seem to have discarded the message of Christ, while in the East they have begun to realize that he is the one they are looking for?
    "Ultimately all worldviews and religions need to examine their beliefs and views and answer these three unavoidable questions: 1) How do they handle the question of exclusivity as it relates to their own belief? 2) What is the ultimate source of their authority for belief and behavior? And 3) How relevant is what they believe to the common experience and what difference does it make?
    "According to Zacharias correspondence to facts and systematic coherence are the test for any worldview. In constructing a good worldview they must consist of the following eight components:
    'A good worldview must have a strong basis in fact. This point alone has a two-edged reality: First, can the assertion being made be tested against reality? And second, is the assertion clearly false? If one assertion in the system is clearly false or cannot be tested against reality, there is a failure to meet the test of truth.
    'A good worldview must have a high degree of coherence or internal consistency.
    'A good worldview must give a reasonable and logical explanation for the various undeniable realities that we sense all around us. 'A good worldview will avoid the two extremes of either being too complex or too simplistic.
    'A good worldview is not explained by just one line of evidence.
    'A good worldview must explain contrary worldviews without compromising its own essential beliefs.
    'A good worldview cannot argue just on the basis of private experience, but must have some objective standard of measurements.
    'A good worldview must justifiably explain the essential nature of good and evil, since those two alternatives are principal characteristics differentiating human beings from all other entities or quantities.'
    "Two thousand years ago when Jesus quoted the prophet Isaiah in Luke 4 on the Sabbath day in the Synagogue, and stood up and read, 'The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed be to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor.' Then he rolled back the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on him. He began saying to them, 'Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.'
    "Ravi comments on this passage and concludes in this manner, 'This is the message of freedom for those in bondage, a message that will open the eyes of our darkened spirituality to the bright light of his grace, that will convince a Church to live the love of God by taking care of the poor and taking up the cause of the oppressed, that assures us there is an end of time where eternity awaits, and that all who long for his presence will live in the fulfillment of their faith to the grand consummation of seeing the Ultimate One, face-to-face. . . . It is in him [Jesus] that we find it all.'
    "Zacharias meticulously and clearly shows in this book the miserable failure of the 'New Spirituality' to deliver on any of these eight components that make up for a coherent and compelling worldview. On the other hand, in a very captivating manner he demonstrates how all of the best thinking of the west and east when brought together converge in the person and work of Jesus of Nazareth -- and the worldview known throughout the world as 'Christianity.'
    "I highly recommend this book because it makes a compelling case for the cogency of Christianity, and helps you to understand where eastern and western thought have large 'holes' that can only be filled with the water of life by the same Jesus who said that in Him we will never thirst again -- spiritually." -- Reader's Comment
    For over thirty-five years, Ravi Zacharias has spoken all over the world in great halls and universities, notably Harvard, Princeton, and numerous universities internationally. He is listed as a Senior Research Fellow at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford university. He has appeared on CNN and other international broadcasts. The author of several books for adults and children, he powerfully mixes biblical teaching and Christian apologetics. His most recent works include WALKING FROM EAST TO WEST, a memoir; THE GRAND WEAVER, an exploration of God's intention in both the ordinary and the startling elements of life; and THE END OF REASON, a rebuttal of the claims of the so-called New Atheists. His weekly radio program, "Let My People Think," is broadcast on 1,692 stations worldwide, and his weekday program, "Just Thinking," is on 412. He is founder and chairman of the board of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries, headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, with additional offices in Canada, Hong Kong, India, Singapore, the United Kingdom, and the United Arab Emirates. Dr. Zacharias and his wife, Margie, have three grown children and reside in Atlanta. -- Publisher

    See also: The sovereignty of god, The doctrine of man (human nature, total depravity), The sovereign grace of god: his everlasting mercy and lovingkindness, God's sovereign hand in history, History, "his-story," Repentance the key to salvation and change, Justification, Justifying faith, Christian biography, Biography of covenanters, The history of martyrs, Christian scholarship, Christ's influence on western civilization, Church history and history of local churches, The christian foundation of america, colonial history, Covenanting in america, Acts of faithful assemblies, Christian biography, Biography of covenanters, Covenanting in america, The history of reformation of the church, A theological interpretation of american history, The providence of god, Biography of bible characters, Background, foundation, and history of the covenanted reformation of scotland, The christian foundation of america, colonial history, The Scottish covenanting struggle, Alexander Craighead, and the Mecklenburg Declaration, The application of scripture to the corporate bodies of church and state, The history of martyrs, Revisionist history, Modern myths and fallacies, Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, The decline of american society, irrationality, the decline of western thought, Meltdown 2008: the greatest depression in history, God's deliverance of nations, Secret societies, ungodly alliances, voluntary associations, and so forth, and so on.
    TCRB5: 762, 4308j, 4309g

    Related WebLinks

    Note: The following subheadings: Church history, Presbyterian history, Great movements in presbyterian history, History of the american presbyterian church, Evangelism in the early church, and History of revivalism, are a series of lectures by C. Gregg Singer. [audio files]

    Church History

    Church History #01: Introduction
    Dr. C. Gregg Singer, Church History, 67 min.
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=41504162722

    Church History #02: The Early Church #1
    Dr. C. Gregg Singer, Church History, 38 min.
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=41504162840

    Church History #03: The Early Church #2
    Dr. C. Gregg Singer, Church History, 62 min.
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=41504163046

    Church History #04: The Early Church #3
    Dr. C. Gregg Singer, Church History, 53 min.
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=41504163142

    Church History #05: The Early Church #4
    Dr. C. Gregg Singer, Church History, 69 min.
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=41504163311

    Church History #06: The Early Church #5
    Dr. C. Gregg Singer, Church History, 43 min.
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=41504163442

    Church History #07: Doctrinal Advances in the 4th Century #1
    Dr. C. Gregg Singer, Church History, 82 min.
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=41504163559

    Church History #08: Doctrinal Advances in the 4th Century #2
    Dr. C. Gregg Singer, Church History, 58 min.
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=4150416374

    Church History #09: Augustine #1
    Dr. C. Gregg Singer, Church History, 58 min.
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=41504163949

    Church History #10: Augustine #2
    Dr. C. Gregg Singer, Church History, 43 min.
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=41504164048

    Church History #11: Augustine #3
    Dr. C. Gregg Singer, Church History, 51 min.
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=41504164152

    Church History #12: Pelagius and his Theology
    Dr. C. Gregg Singer, Church History, 57 min.
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=41504164318

    Church History #13: Anselm of Canterbury
    Dr. C. Gregg Singer, Church History, 51 min.
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=41504164440

    Church History #14: Development of the Sacramental System #1
    Dr. C. Gregg Singer, Church History, 61 min.
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=41504164541

    Church History #15: Development of the Sacramental System #2
    Dr. C. Gregg Singer, Church History, 55 min.
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=41504164645

    Church History #16: Development of the Sacramental System #3
    Dr. C. Gregg Singer, Church History, 28 min.
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=41504164921

    Church History #17: Thomas Aquinas #1
    Dr. C. Gregg Singer, Church History, 60 min.
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=41504165023

    Church History #18: Thomas Aquinas #2
    Dr. C. Gregg Singer, Church History, 84 min.
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=41504165114

    Church History #19: Thomas Aquinas #3
    Dr. C. Gregg Singer, Church History
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=4150416526

    Church History #20: The Renaissance #1
    Dr. C. Gregg Singer, Church History, 52 min.
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=41504165259

    Church History #21: The Renaissance #2
    Dr. C. Gregg Singer, Church History, 56 min.
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=41504165351

    Church History #22: Causes of the Reformation #1
    Dr. C. Gregg Singer, Church History, 77 min.
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=41504165444

    Church History #23: Causes of the Reformation #2
    Dr. C. Gregg Singer, Church History, 66 min.
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=41504165545

    Church History #24: Martin Luther's Early Days
    Dr. C. Gregg Singer, Church History, 75 min.
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=41504165712

    Church History #25: Martin Luther the Emerging Reformer
    Dr. C. Gregg Singer, Church History, 39 min.
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=41504165818

    Church History #26: Martin Luther the Reformer
    Dr. C. Gregg Singer, Church History, 77 min.
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=4150416597

    Church History #27: Martin Luther and Zwingli
    Dr. C. Gregg Singer, Church History, 34 min.
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=4150417010

    Church History #28: John Calvin
    Dr. C. Gregg Singer, Church History, 76 min.
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=4150417057

    Church History #29: John Calvin and the Church #1
    Dr. C. Gregg Singer, Church History, 43 min.
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=415041727

    Church History #30: John Calvin and the Church #2
    Dr. C. Gregg Singer, Church History, 67 min.
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=4150417258

    Church History #31: The Reformation in England
    Dr. C. Gregg Singer, Church History, 43 min.
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=4150417415

    Church History #32: The Reformation in England and America
    Dr. C. Gregg Singer, Church History, 87 min.
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=4150417519

    Results of the Reformation
    Dr. C. Gregg Singer, Church History, 46 min.
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=12160372228

    Applications of American History
    Dr. C. Gregg Singer, Church History, 49 min.
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=1216037113

    Presbyterian History

    The Reformation in England 1 of 2 (The Providential Historical Preparation for the Westminster Assembly), Hebrews 11:2; Ephesians 4:11
    Dr. C. Gregg Singer, Presbyterian History, 44 min.
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=12607144153

    The Reformation in England 2 of 2 (and America)
    Dr. C. Gregg Singer, Presbyterian History, 76 min., Matthew 5:13-16; Luke 19:13
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=126071623510

    John Knox, the Scottish Covenanters, and the Westminster Assembly 1/3 (History Notes on Presbyterianism, Reformation, and Theology)
    Dr. C. Gregg Singer, Presbyterian History, 52 min., Acts 1:11; Romans 13
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=124071413102

    John Knox, the Scottish Covenanters, and the Westminster Assembly (tape 3 of 5), in a series of addresses History Notes on Presbyterianism, Reformation, and Theology by Dr. C. Gregg Singer on SermonAudion.com
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=12607114250

    The Westminster Assembly
    Dr. C. Gregg Singer, 50 min.
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=12160371617

    The Story of Presbyterianism, C. Gregg Singer, Ph.D.
    http://www.fpcjackson.org/resources/apologetics/story.htm

    Great Movements in Presbyterian History

    Great Moments in Presbyterian History #1
    Dr. C. Gregg Singer, Great Movements in Presbyterian History
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?ID=12160371437

    Great Moments in Presbyterian History #2
    Dr. C. Gregg Singer, Great Movements in Presbyterian History, 34 min.
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=12160371538

    Great Moments in Presbyterian History #3: The Westminster Assembly
    Dr. C. Gregg Singer, Great Movements in Presbyterian History
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?ID=12160371617

    Great Moments in Presbyterian History #4: Colonial Presbyterianism and the Great Awakening
    Dr. C. Gregg Singer, Great Movements in Presbyterian History
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?ID=1216037179

    Great Moments in Presbyterian History #5: Theological Tensions of the 19th Century: Old School -- New School
    Dr. C. Gregg Singer, Great Movements in Presbyterian History
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?ID=1216037188

    Great Moments in Presbyterian History #6: Presbyterianism in the 20th Century
    Dr. C. Gregg Singer, Great Movements in Presbyterian History
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?ID=12160371916

    Great Moments in Presbyterian History #7: The Presbyterian Church in the 20th Century: Emergence of the OPC
    Dr. C. Gregg Singer, Great Movements in Presbyterian History
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?ID=12160372014

    Great Moments in Presbyterian History #8: What the Bible sas to say About the Nature of Government
    Dr. C. Gregg Singer, Great Movements in Presbyterian History
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?ID=12160372131

    History of the American Presbyterian Church

    History of the American Presbyterian Church #1
    Dr. C. Gregg Singer, History of the AP Church, 40 min.
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=1270518534

    History of the American Presbyterian Church #2
    Dr. C. Gregg Singer, History of the AP Church, 52 min.
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=127051872

    Colonial Presbyterianism and the Great Awakening
    Dr. C. Gregg Singer, History of the American Presbyterian Church, 49 min.
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=1216037179

    The Religious and Theological Causes of Secession
    Dr. C. Gregg Singer, 75 min.
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=12705181136

    Theological Tensions of the 19th Century: Old School -- New School
    Dr. C. Gregg Singer, History of the American Presbyterian Church, 34 min.
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=1216037188

    Presbyterianism in the 20th Century
    Dr. C. Gregg Singer, History of the American Presbyterian Church, 42 min.
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=12160371916

    The Presbyterian Church in the 20th Century: Emergence of the OPC
    Dr. C. Gregg Singer, History of the American Presbyterian Church, 47 min.
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=12160372014

    Evangelism in the Early Church

    Background of Evangelism and Revival in the Early Church
    Dr. C. Gregg Singer, History of Evangelism/Revivals
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=8250375346

    Evangelism in the First Four Centuries
    Dr. C. Gregg Singer, History of Revivalism, 86 min.
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=1217037169

    Impact of the Ancient Church on the World and the World on the Church
    Dr. C. Gregg Singer, History of Revivalism, 48 min.
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=1217037177

    Evangelism in the Early Church #1
    Dr. C. Gregg Singer, History of Revivalism, 58 min.
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=1217037244

    Evangelism in the Early Church #2
    Dr. C. Gregg Singer, History of Revivalism, 74 min.
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=1217037348

    Evangelism in the Early Church #3
    Dr. C. Gregg Singer, History of Revivalism, 48 min.
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=1217037438

    Evangelism in the Early Church #4
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=1217037520

    Evangelism in the Early Church #5
    Dr. C. Gregg Singer, History of Revivalism, 50 min.
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=1217037153

    Summary of Evangelism in the Church From AD 500 to AD 1500 #1
    Dr. C. Gregg Singer, History of Revivalism, 63 min.
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=12170371946

    Reformation as the Great Period of Revivalism and Evangelism
    Dr. C. Gregg Singer, History of Evangelism/Revivals
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=910393243

    History of Revivalism

    The Biblical Basis for Revival in the Church
    Dr. C. Gregg Singer, History of Revivalism, 65 min.
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=1217037126

    The Greatest Revival: The Reformation
    Dr. C. Gregg Singer, History of Revivalism, 69 min.
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=12170372251

    Revivalism in the New World
    Dr. C. Gregg Singer, History of Revivalism, 48 min.
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=12170372351

    Revivals in Colonial America -- Background -- Early 1800 Revivals
    Dr. C. Gregg Singer, History of Evangelism/Revivals
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=91039346

    Revivals in the 19th Century
    Dr. C. Gregg Singer, History of Evangelism/Revivals
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=98039332

    Presbyterian Revivals and Evangelism
    Dr. C. Gregg Singer, History of Evangelism/Revivals
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=98039345

    Colonial Presbyterianism and the Great Awakening
    Dr. C. Gregg Singer, 49 min.
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=1216037179

    Revivalism in the New World: Edwards and Whitefield
    Dr. C. Gregg Singer, History of Revivalism, 45 min.
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=12160372911

    Revivalism in the New World: Moving West
    Dr. C. Gregg Singer, History of Revivalism, 51 min.
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=12160373036

    Christian History Magazine
    https://www.christianhistoryinstitute.org/

    Early New World Covenanters
    http://www.lettermen2.com/cradle.html

    John Knox, the Scottish Covenanters, and the Westminster Assembly (tape 3 of 5), in a series of addresses History Notes on Presbyterianism, Reformation, and Theology by Dr. C. Gregg Singer on SermonAudion.com
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=12607114250

    Mary Moore's Captivity, William Henry Foote
    From Sketches of Virginia, Historical and Biographical (1850).
    http://www.westminsterconfession.org/godly-living/mary-moores-captivity.php

    An Outline of Scottish 'Covenant History' in the 17th Century From Purves' Book FAIR SUNSHINE
    http://www.ianpaisley.org/article.asp?cov_intro.htm

    Pedigree of: Alexander Craighead, 1705/6-1766
    http://www.concentric.net/~pvb/GEN/ac.html

    A Theological Interpretation of American History
    http://www.lettermen2.com/bcrr9chc.html#stiahis

    Works of C. Gregg Singer
    http://www.lettermen2.com/bcrr3ch.html#cgsinger



    The Local Church and Counseling

    A wealth of information about Biblical Counseling is found on audio CDs and MP3s. Sources for audio files are as follows:

    *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
    "An 'unparalleled handbook' on ministry for teaching and ruling elders." -- Publisher
    "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.

    Bobgan, Martin, and Deidre Bobgan, CONFRONTING the Biblical Counseling Foundation's Self-Confrontation Manual. A PsychoHeresy Awareness Position Paper (PsychoHeresy Awareness Ministries, 4137 Primavera Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93110).
    "While we no longer recommend any manuals or training programs for biblical counseling, we would issue the following recommendations for changing the manual and for restraints if the BCF manual is to be used at all."
    http://www.psychoheresy-aware.org/images/bcfpaper.pdf


    Broger, John C., Self-confrontation Course Series

    Two sets of material are listed alphabetically below, the original Self-confrontation Course Series, and the new course material updated by John Broger in retirement after The Biblical Counseling Foundation moved to Palm Desert, California (c. 1991). During this time the courses were being taught at Vanguard University of Southern California, a non-profit Christian university of liberal arts and professional studies in Costa Mesa, California. It seems that the original material was updated in following years and given new titles.
    Broger, John C., Biblical Principles for Discipleship/counseling, 1998, 47 pages.
    John Broger compiled and edited this for Vanguard University of Southern California alumnus.
    Biblical Counseling Foundation
    http://bcfministries.org

    Broger, John C., Course I: Instructor's Guide for the 24-week Self-confrontation Course, 2000, 233 pages.
    This his appears to be an update of the COURSE I: INSTRUCTOR'S GUIDE.

    Broger, John C., Course I: Self-confrontation Course. Handbook for the Ministry of Discipleship/Counseling, 2001, 264 pages.
    This seems to be an update of the SELF-CONFRONTATION SYLLABUS (COURSE I)

    *Broger, John C. (developer/editor), Course I: The Self-Confrontation Syllabus for Biblical Counseling Training, 1994 (reprint of 1978 edition, various paging), and Course I: Self-Confrontation Tapes (10 cassette tapes), [audio file], (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 [audio file], series by John Broger is designed to accompany the course and includes practical examples.

    Broger, John C., Course II, Instructor's Guide for Training in Biblical Discipleship/Counseling, 2001, 184 pages.
    Biblical Counseling Foundation
    http://bcfministries.org

    *Broger, John C. (developer/editor), Course II: Nouthetic Counseling Study Guide, 2001, 120 pages.
    Also available: Course II: Self-confrontation Tapes (8 audio files), (Rancho Mirage, CA: Biblical Counseling Foundation).

    Broger, John C., Course III: Instructor's Guide for Training in Biblical Discipleship/Counseling, 2001, 138 pages.
    This seems to be new course material in Biblical Counseling.

    Broger, John C., Course III: Syllabus for Training in Biblical Discipleship/Counseling, 2001, 166 pages.

    Broger, John C., Instructor's Guide for the Self-confrontation Course [Course I -- compiler]: Based on the Old and New Testaments as the Only Authoritative Rule of Faith and Conduct, 1992, 119 pages, ISBN: 1878114026 9781878114020.

    Broger, John C., Man's way vs. God's way, 1991, 22 pages.

    Broger, John C., Your Resources in Christ, 1991, 26 pages.

    Broger, John C.(compiler and developer), and Jay Edward Adams, Competent to Counsel: Study Guide for Christian Counseling Training Course, 2001, 1 volume (various pagings) in loose-leaf binder: illustrations; 28 cm. Alternate title: STUDY GUIDE FOR CHRISTIAN COUNSELING TRAINING COURSE.
    Not to be confused with COMPETENT TO COUNSEL, 1998, 320 pages, by Jay Adams.

    Bobgan, Martin, and Deidre Bobgan, CONFRONTING the Biblical Counseling Foundation's Self-Confrontation Manual. A PsychoHeresy Awareness Position Paper (PsychoHeresy Awareness Ministries, 4137 Primavera Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93110).
    "While we no longer recommend any manuals or training programs for biblical counseling, we would issue the following recommendations for changing the manual and for restraints if the BCF manual is to be used at all."
    http://www.psychoheresy-aware.org/images/bcfpaper.pdf


    Buzzard, Lynn R., and Thomas Brandon, Jr., Church Discipline and the Courts, ISBN: 0842302727 9780842302722.
    "Legal concepts are explained in laymen's terms as well as the Biblical perspective of church discipline. This book deals with the increasing problem of lawsuits against churches and includes a set of legal guidelines for churches. Also includes suggested sample forms for church discipline." -- GCB

    Franklin, Godfrey, The Nature and Perceived Adequacy of the Preparation for Counseling of Selected Presbyterian and Reformed Church Ministers in the United States, 1991 (1983 Ph.D. dissertation, University of Alabama.)

    Kyle, William H. (editor), Healing Through Counseling: A Christian Counseling Center, 1964.
    Consists largely of lectures originally given as part of the training program at the Counseling Center, Highgate Methodist Church. Includes bibliographical footnotes and bibliography.

    Logos Bible Software, Logos Bible Software Bundles That Include Works on Biblical Counseling
    There are 15 such bundles in all.
    http://www.logos.com/products/search?q=counseling+bundles

    McNeill, John T., A History of the Cure of Souls.

    Mitchell, A.W., Letters to Church Members, 1855. Alternate title: MONITORY LETTERS TO CHURCH MEMBERS.
    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
    Letters to Church Members, 1855.
    http://www.westminsterconfession.org/literature/godly-living.php
    Monitory Letters to Church Members
    http://archive.org/details/monitoryletterst00phil

    Richardson, W., Pastoral Counseling in the Urban Church (Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation.)
    Audio cassette WR101 [audio file].

    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

    Willson, James R. (1780-1853), A Sermon on the Glory and Security of the Church of God, 1824. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #29.
    A Sermon on the Glory and Security of the Church of God
    http://www.covenanter.org/reformed/2016/4/24/a-sermon-on-the-glory-and-security-of-the-church-of-god

    Wray, Daniel, Biblical Church Discipline, ISBN: 0851512690 9780851512693.
    Available in Spanish.

    See also: The sovereignty of god, The doctrine of man (human nature, total depravity), For all counselors, Peer counseling, Church discipline, Repentance the key to salvation and change, Justification, Justifying faith, Small groups as healing agents, Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, Training in Biblical Counseling, Biblical Counseling by Subject, Family life, education, church and work, Christian fiction, The works of martha finley, and so forth, and so on.
    TCRB5: 844, 845, 847, 848, 2482

    Related WebLinks

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

    See the Theological Notes: "Church Discipline and Excommunication," at Matthew 18:15 in The Reformation Study Bible.

    See the Theological Notes: "The Local Church," at Revelation 2:1 in The Reformation Study Bible.

    Church discipline has three purposes: the glory of God, the purity of the church, and the restoration of the sinner (Institutes IV:12:1-7). . . . He [Calvin] was firmly convinced that where there is no discipline, there is no church. He writes, "The collapse of the church would surely follow unless the preaching of doctrine was supported by private admonitions, corrections, and other aids of the sort that sustain doctrine and do not let it remain idle" Institutes IV:12:1). -- W. Gary Crampton

    You would count him unworthy the name of a friend who, knowing a thief or an incendiary to lurk in your family with a design to kill, or rob, or burn your house, would conceal it from you, and not acquaint you with it in his own accord. There is no such thief, murderer, incendiary, as sin. . . . Silence or concealment in this case is treachery. He is the most faithful friend, and worthy of most esteem and affection, that deals most plainly with us in reference to the discovery of our sin. He that is reserved in this case is but a false friend, a mere pretender to love, whereas, indeed, he hates his brother in his heart. (Leviticus 19:17) -- David Clarkson

    Adams, Jay E., Fear of Death; Church Discipline; Being in the Hospital (Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation.)
    Audio cassette JA408 [audio file].

    Adams, Jay E., Counseling Workshop: Demon Possession; Divorce; Church Discipline (Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation.)
    Audio cassette JA503 [audio file].

    Adams, Jay E., Fear of Death; Church Discipline; Being in the Hospital (Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation.)
    Audio cassette JA408 [audio file].

    Adams, Jay E., Handbook of Church Discipline, ISBN: 0310511917 9780310511915.
    "Presents clear description of church discipline, embedding the formal and remedial aspects in a context of informal, preventive, positive discipline. The five steps of discipline include three informal aspects (practice self-discipline; go one-on-one; take one or two others), and two formal aspects (take it to the church; hand over to the world). Lots of how-to and what-if to guide individuals and churches into the God-honoring practice of church discipline." -- David Powlison
    "This is a handbook for pastors, elders, and all Christians who want to see how Scripture presents the process of discipline that should operate in the Christian community . . . The author has developed the book around the five steps of corrective discipline found especially in Matthew 18:15-17." -- Publisher

    Buzzard, Lynn R., and Thomas Brandon, Jr., Church Discipline and the Courts, ISBN: 0842302727 9780842302722.
    "Legal concepts are explained in laymen's terms as well as the Biblical perspective of church discipline. This book deals with the increasing problem of lawsuits against churches and includes a set of legal guidelines for churches. Also includes suggested sample forms for church discipline." -- GCB

    *Durham, James (1622-1658), Concerning Scandal. A Christian classic. Alternate title: THE DYING MAN'S TESTAMENT TO THE CHURCH OF SCOTLAND: OR, A TREATISE CONCERNING SCANDAL. A Christian classic. Available (1659 edition), on the Puritan Hard Drive.
    "The Rise of The Following Treatise
    "Having had occasion to consider the Book of the Revelation, and being on the Epistle to the Church of Pergamos in the second chapter, ground was given to speak something of Scandal, by reason of several doctrines clearly arising from that place. Upon this occasion I did first essay the writing of something of the doctrine of scandal in general, intending only to have spent a sheet or two thereupon, as elsewhere on some other subjects. When this was brought to a close, I found the place to give ground to speak of public church offenses, as they are the object of church discipline and censures. And being convinced, that that subject was not impertinent to be spoken of, I yielded to spend some thoughts upon it also, which did draw to a greater length than at first was intended or was suitable for a digression. This being finished, as it is, and any more thoughts of this subject laid by, it occurred again to me to think of doctrinal scandals or of scandalous errors. And considering that the scandals mentioned in that place, are of such nature, and that such are very frequent in this time, I yielded also to put together what thoughts the Lord would furnish concerning the same, whereupon followed the third part of this treatise.
    "When this was even at the closing, there was a fourth part of the same subject that did occur to me to be thought on, which before that had never been minded, and that was concerning scandalous church divisions. To this my mind and inclination was exceedingly averse at first, as knowing it not only to be difficult in itself to be meddled in, but also exceedingly above me, who am altogether unsuitable to hazard on such a subject. Yet considering the rise of the motion, and how the Lord had helped through the other parts, I did resolve to condescend to follow it, at least so far till it might appear what was his mind to me therein, and accordingly did follow it till it came to the period (whatever it be), that now it is at.
    "This is the true rise and occasion of this treatise, and of the several parts thereof, and therefore I have continued its entry in the original mold thereof, to wit, in laying down some general doctrines from that place of Scripture, and if there is afterward any more particular relation to the second and third chapters of the Revelation than to other Scriptures, this simple narration of the rise thereof may satisfy any concerning the same. Whereof we shall say no more, but first lay down grounds of all from that text, and then proceed in the treatise, which is divided in four parts, upon the reasons formerly hinted."
    "The Grounds Of This Treatise
    "Among other things that troubled the church in the primitive times, scandal, or offense, was a chief one. The many directions that are given concerning it, and the reproofs that are of it, show that it is a main piece of a Christian's conversation to walk rightly in reference thereto, and a great evidence of looseness where it is not heeded. On verse 6 [Rev. 2 (Revelation 2:6)], we show that this was a sole fault of the Nicolaitans to be careless of offending, or of giving of offense, and not to regard scandal; and here the Lord holds it forth to be so by comparing it with Balaam's practice (v. 14 [Revelation 5:14]), which is aggreged from this, that he taught Balak to lay a stumbling block before Israel. From which these doctrines may be gathered:

    1. That there is such a fault incident to men in their carriage, even to lay stumbling-blocks before others and to offend them.
    2. That men ought to walk so as not to offend others, or so as to lay no stumbling-block before them. So that it is not enough not to stumble themselves (if this could be separated from the other), but also they ought to be careful not to stumble others.
    3. The Lord takes special notice how men do walk in reference to others in this, and is highly provoked where he sees any guilty of it.
    4. The Devil has ever endeavored to have offenses abounding in the church, and to make some lay such stumbling-blocks before others.
    5. It is most hurtful to the church, and destructive to souls where offenses abound, and men walk not tenderly in reference to these; so that the Lord expresses it with a twofold woe (Matt. 18 [Matthew 18]), as being a woe beyond sword and pestilence.
    6. We may gather that corrupt doctrine never [lacks] offenses joined with it, and that ordinarily those who spread that, are untender in this.
    7. That offenses often accompany the rise and beginning of any work of Christ's among a people; these tares of offenses are ordinarily then sown.
    8. That some offenses are of a public nature, and that church officers should take notice of such, and that it is offensive to Christ when they are overlooked and not taken heed unto.
    9. Church officers, even such as other ways are approved in their carriage and ministry, may fall in this fault, as by comparing the Epistles to Pergamos and Thyatira, is clear.
    10. When officers fall in this fault, it is yet no reprovable thing in members that are pure in respect of their own personal carriage, to continue in communion with such a church, the ordinances other ways being pure." -- Author's Introduction
    "In this work Mr. Durham, in opening and examining the different scandals which deface the visible church, causing both the professed people of God, and the heathen to stumble and fall in the snares of sin and the devil, shows carefully and clearly the various means of avoiding and remedying these offenses, and what the people of God in their various places and stations must do to maintain the beauty of Zion in godliness and holiness, in purity and in peace.
    "James Durham's work on scandal and offense is the first of several books Naphtali Press plans to publish by 17th century Scottish Presbyterians. Many of the works of this group of writers are classic statements on the subjects they treat. This book of Durham's is such a work.
    "John Macleod (SCOTTISH THEOLOGY), says, 'His book on the Scandal of Church divisions has long been looked upon as the Scottish classic on its topic.' John Macpherson (DOCTRINE OF THE CHURCH IN SCOTTISH THEOLOGY), says, 'Taken all in all it is the very best book we have on the subject.' According to James Walker (THE THEOLOGY AND THEOLOGIANS OF SCOTLAND): 'He is the author of a book which once was very famous. For a hundred years and more you find it constantly referred to. Unhappily, as in so many other instances, it has a forbidding, or at all events not an attractive name. Yet I am not sure that anywhere a better idea is to be obtained of our old ecclesiasticism, and of its freedom to a large extent from the severity and rancorousness which have been so often attributed to it, than from the book 'On Scandal,' by this judicious man, who, with his thorough, searching, cumbrous intellect, reminds you not seldom of John Owen.'
    "The work is divided into four parts. The first deals with scandal and offense in general, where he defines these terms, and discusses private offenses between individuals, and how they are given and taken. In the second part he writes concerning public scandals, or such that need to be in some way taken notice of by the government of the church, and the various scriptural teachings on the order, implementation, and motive of church discipline. The third is about scandalous errors; the spreading of error, why it spreads, the Lord's design in it, Satan's devices in spreading error, and the duties of Christians in a time when error prevails. Of particular interest is a lengthy treatment of the minister's duty toward those seduced to error, where the four steps of discovery (or trial), conviction, admonition and rejection of an heretic are discussed. The last part concerns scandalous divisions in the church, how they arise, the evil of them, grounds for unity, things to overlook in order to unite, things to do in order to unite, and how to unify where the division concerns differences in church government.
    "Excerpted from THE DYING MAN'S TESTAMENT TO THE CHURCH OF SCOTLAND, or, A TREATISE CONCERNING SCANDAL by James Durham. Copyright. Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved." Publisher
    "This book ought to be required reading in seminaries and, indeed, for all who would serve as elders in Christ's church. It will repay careful study and breathe grace into our handling of the disciplinary problems that often confront us. Sessions will find real blessing if they study together Part Two [public scandals], especially." -- Gordon J. Keddie, Semper Reformanda, Vol. 2, No. 3
    "The appearance of a new and handsomely reset edition of James Durham's classic and unique work on ecclesiastical discipline is a timely and welcome event in these days of laxity in doctrine and morality within the church. The author was a Covenanter who ministered in the Church of Scotland during the Cromwellian interregnum. Possessed of a fragrant saintliness and an irenic spirit, he completed this volume on his deathbed, at age 36, under the title, 'The Dying Man's Testament to the Church of Scotland.' Durham grieved over the divisions that racked the Christian community of his time and was concerned that church discipline not be abused either by flagrant neglect or excessive rigor. The weighty scriptural balance he brings to his subject is unequalled." -- Gordon J. Keddie, Semper Reformanda, Vol. 2, No. 3
    "The book is divided into four parts -- Part One: Concerning Scandals in General -- dealing with offences between individual Christians. Part Two -- Concerning Public Scandals -- dealing with church discipline. Part Three: Concerning Doctrinal Scandals -- dealing with the spread of error in the church. Part Four: Concerning Scandalous Divisions -- dealing with divisions between godly men occasioned by such things as different outlooks and practices. The editor has spared no effort to make this old classic readable and useful." -- Austin R. Walker, Banner of Truth, Issue 337
    "In this work Mr. Durham, in opening and examining the different scandals which deface the visible church, causing both the professed people of God, and the heathen to stumble and fall in the snares of sin and the devil, shows carefully and clearly the various means of avoiding and remedying these offenses, and what the people of God in their various places and stations must do to maintain the beauty of Zion in godliness and holiness, in purity and in peace. This edition is based on the text of the edition printed in 1680, with revisions to contemporize the spelling, punctuation, and usage. This book has long been looked upon as the Scottish classic on this topic." -- GCB
    Concerning Scandal (extracts)
    http://www.naphtali.com/scanextr.htm

    *Luther, Martin (1483-1546), That a Christian Assembly or Congregation has the Right and Power to Judge all Teaching and to Call, Appoint, and Dismiss Teachers, Established and Proven by Scripture. Available in Martin Luther, Conrad John Immanuel Bergendoff, and Eric W. Gritsch, CHURCH AND MINISTRY, 3 volumes. Available in LUTHER'S WORKS, VOLUME 39, CHURCH AND MINISTRY, ISBN: 0800603397 9780800603397.
    That a Christian Assembly or Congregation has the Right and Power to Judge all Teaching and to Call, Appoint, and Dismiss Teachers, Established and Proven by Scripture, Martin Luther (accessed 2/27/2016)
    https://www.uni-due.de/collcart/es/sem/s6/txt06_1.htm
    Luther, Martin, That a Christian Assembly or Congregation has the Right and Power to Judge all Teaching and to Call, Appoint, and Dismiss Teachers, Established and Proven by Scripture.
    http://www.covenanter.org/reformed/2016/4/21/that-a-christian-assembly-or-congregation-has-the-right-and-power-to-judge-all-teaching-and-to-call-appoint-and-dismiss-teachers-established-and-proven-by-scripture

    Lutz, Ronald E., The Redemptive Power of Church Discipline, (Westminster Theological Seminary, D.Min. thesis).
    Includes bibliography.

    *Rutherford, Samuel (1600-1661), The Divine Right of Church Government and Excommunication: A Peaceable Dispute for the Perfection of the Holy Scripture in Point of Ceremonies and Church Government in Which the Removal of the Service Book is Justified, facsimile, 1646. Also contains: "SCANDAL AND CHRISTIAN LIBERTIE." Alternate title: JUS DIVINUM REGIMINIS ECCLESIASTICI. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #9 and #24.
    "Over 750 pages which Walker says 'contains the amplest exposition and vindication of our old ecclesiastical principles.' Rutherford here gives a classic defense of Presbyterianism, touching on both church government and 'the due and just power of the Magistrate in matters of Religion.' Regarding worship, he touches on imagery, idolatry, things indifferent, ceremonies and will worship. Sherman Isbell describes this book as follows: 'Rutherford asserts that there is delineated in the NT a form of Church government by elders and Presbyteries which is of permanent obligation; more-over, that discipline and suspension from the sacraments are vested with church officers rather than with the Christian civil magistrate. The book also expounds the Westminster Assembly's principle that the mode of acceptable worship is regulated by the will of Christ as king speaking in the Scriptures; the Church is not at liberty to alter or invent anything in worship or government which goes beyond the pattern in God's Word. Rutherford's writings during the London years provide a significant commentary on the theology of the Westminster Confession and Catechisms.' (Nigel Cameron, editor, Dictionary of Scottish Church History and Theology, pp. 735-36). An exceedingly rare gem by this celebrated Presbyterian divine and Scottish commissioner to the famous Westminster Assembly." -- Publisher
    http://www.naphtali.com/jusextrc.htm

    *Rutherford, Samuel (1600-1661), The due Right of Presbyteries or a Peaceable Plea for the Government of the Church of Scotland, 1644. Alternate title: THE DIVINE RIGHT OF CHURCH-GOVERNMENT AND EXCOMMUNICATION: OR A PEACABLE DISPUTE FOR THE PERFECTION OF THE HOLY SCRIPTURE IN POINT OF CEREMONIES AND CHURCH GOVERNMENT; IN WHICH THE REMOVAL OF THE SERVICE-BOOK IS JUSTIFI'D, THE SIX BOOKS OF THO: ERASTUS AGAINST EXCOMMUNICATION ARE BRIEFLY EXAMIN'D; WITH A VINDICATION OF THAT EMINENT DIVINE THEOD: BEZA AGAINST THE ASPERSIONS OF ERASTUS, THE ARGUMENTS OF MR. WILLIAM PRYN, RICH: HOOKER, DR. MORTON, DR. JACKSON, DR. JOHN FORBES, AND THE DOCTORS OF ABERDEEN; TOUCHING WILL-WORSHIP, CEREMONIES, IMAGERY, IDOLATRY, THINGS INDIFFERENT, AN AMBULATORY GOVERNMENT; THE DUE AND JUST POWERS OF THE MAGISTRATE IN MATTERS OF RELIGION, AND THE ARGUMENTS OF MR. PRYN, IN SO FAR AS THEY SIDE WITH ERASTUS, ARE MODESTLY DISCUSSED. TO WHICH IS ADDED, A BRIEF TRACTATE OF SCANDAL; . . . BY SAMUEL RUTHERFURD, PROFESSOR OF DIVINITY IN THE UNIVERSITY OF ST. ANDREWS IN SCOTLAND. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #9 and #24.
    "Almost 800 pages long, Rutherford here deals with church membership, separation from the visible church, the civil magistrate and religion, communion among churches, the errors of the independents (specifically in New England), and much more. This 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. Most essential points which Gillespie has barely touched, Rutherford carefully considers; as, for instance, the nature of the visible church as such, and its constituent elements. Even in the Erastian controversy he is a necessary supplement to his great contemporary. It is something to me altogether amazing, the mass of thinking about Church questions you have in those writings.' Bannerman, in his CHURCH OF CHRIST calls this a 'very learned and elaborate treatise.' Here is a sample of Mr. Rutherford's writing: 'A private subtraction and separation from the Ministry of a known wolf and seducer, . . . this the Law of nature will warrant . . . as Parker saith from Saravia, 'it is lawful to use that blameless and just defence, if the bad church-guide cannot be deposed.' So the son may save himself by a just defence in fleeing from his mad father, or his distracted friend coming to kill him. Now this defence is not an authoritative act, nor a judicial act of authority, but a natural act that is common to any private person, yea to all without the true Church as well as within to take that care in extreme necessity, for the safety of their souls, that they would do for the safety of their bodies' (1642), cited in The Original Covenanter and Contending Witness magazine." -- Publisher
    Brutus, Junius, The Covenant Between God and Kings, from A DEFENSE OF LIBERTY
    http://www.constitution.org/vct/vindiciae1a.htm

    Wray, Daniel, Biblical Church Discipline, ISBN: 0851512690 9780851512693.
    Available in Spanish.

    See also: The sovereignty of god, The doctrine of man (human nature, total depravity), Repentance the key to salvation and change, Justification, Justifying faith, Covetousness, greed, selfishness, 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, theopneustia, sufficiency of scripture), The ten commandments: the moral law, Trusting god, Idolatry, Theft, Church leadership, The local church and counseling, Sexual relationship, Spiritual adultery (spiritual whoredom/harlotry), Idolatry, syncretism, Sexual wholeness, Rebellion and lawlessness: wickedness, demonic possession, substance abuse, abnormal behavior, insanity, mental illness, mental retardation, 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, Bible magistracy, Ethics, Casuistry, cases of conscience, Justifying faith, Justification, Forgiveness, Unforgiveness, Sanctification, The covenant faithfulness of god, The all-sufficiency of christ, Lordship of jesus christ, Christ's kingdom, Sexual relationship, Covenant theology and the ordinance of covenanting, The covenanted reformation, Background and history of the covenanted reformation of scotland, Covenanted reformation short title listing, Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, The one and the many, Corporate faithfulness and sanctification, Individual responsibility for corporate faithfulness and sanctification, Unfaithful reformed ministries, Secret societies, ungodly alliances, voluntary associations, Conspiracy and corruption, Pseudo-christian movements: a selection of works, Politics, and so forth, and so on.
    TCRB5: 734, 750, 752

    Related WebLinks

    Luther, Martin, That a Christian Assembly or Congregation has the Right and Power to Judge all Teaching and to Call, Appoint, and Dismiss Teachers, Established and Proven by Scripture, Martin Luther (accessed 2/27/2016)
    https://www.uni-due.de/collcart/es/sem/s6/txt06_1.htm
    Luther, Martin, That a Christian Assembly or Congregation has the Right and Power to Judge all Teaching and to Call, Appoint, and Dismiss Teachers, Established and Proven by Scripture.
    http://www.covenanter.org/reformed/2016/4/21/that-a-christian-assembly-or-congregation-has-the-right-and-power-to-judge-all-teaching-and-to-call-appoint-and-dismiss-teachers-established-and-proven-by-scripture



    Small Groups and the Local Church

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

    Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. (1 Thessalonians 5:16, 17,18)

    And the Lord turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends. (Job 42:10a)

    Banks, Robert J., and Julia Banks, The Church Comes Home, ISBN: 156563179X 9781565631793.
    "In our modern dislocated society many are searching for a church experience that offers true Christian sharing, nurturing, and discipleship, in addition to teaching and worship. For many such people the answer is found in the home church: a small, committed group of often diverse people who meet together in homes to pray, eat, sing, study, and share their lives.
    "THE CHURCH COMES HOME is a handbook for those interested in home churches. It is both visionary and practical. It describes how home churches can be formed, how they should grow, and how networks of home churches can develop. It examines issues-for example, how to make decisions; how to determine doctrine; how to include children, singles, elders; and how to reach out to the community at large-and offers practical suggestions for their resolution.
    "Robert Banks is Professor of the Ministry of the Laity and Chair of the Ministry Division at Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California.
    "Julia Banks and her husband Robert have been involved with home churches for over twenty-five years. Together they have led seminars and assisted congregations in developing this style of gather in many parts of the world. Julia coordinates the community house in which she and Rob live with a group of students. She is also active as a church planter and in building networks among house churches." -- Publisher

    Banks, Robert, Going to Church in the First Century: An Eyewitness Account, ISBN: 0940232375 9780940232372.
    "Bankes does his research. He is not merely writing what he thinks the Church looked like in the first century but he dives into Church History itself to show you historically what it looked like. The book takes 1 Corinthians 14:26 and applies it to the house churches listed in the New Testament. In the end, Banks does a wonderful job of showing the reader how radically different our church 'services' are today compared to the first century. Banks then tells us how to apply the apostolic traditions (1 Corinthians 11:2; 2 Thessalonians 2:15; 3:6), to our current churches whether traditional or house churches." -- Reader's Comment

    *Banks, Robert J., Paul's Idea of Community: The Early House Churches in Their Cultural Setting, ISBN: 1565630505 9781565630505.
    "Robert Bank's widely read PAUL'S IDEA OF COMMUNITY: THE EARLY HOUSE CHURCHES IN THEIR CULTURAL SETTING is once again available to laypeople, pastors and scholars alike. In this extensively revised edition Banks has rewritten chapters for clarity, taken into account recent scholarship on Paul's writings, updated and expanded the bibliography, and added an index. This new edition retains, however, all the freshness and vitality of the original.
    "The book draws fully upon the wealth of recent scholarly analysis of the New Testament churches, but in such a skilled way that the picture is not buried in learning, but brought to life for present-day readers. . . . People will be startled to find how much of modern church life has departed form the New Testament spirit. And yet the modern communities still possess in the New Testament, as illuminated through a book like this, the sources from which church life can be reawakened to the community consequences of accepting the Pauline gospel." -- Edwin A. Judge, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia
    "It is good news that Robert Banks's PAUL'S IDEA OF COMMUNITY is once more available, now in a thoroughly revised, expanded edition. Convinced that Paul's distinctive contribution to Christianity is his idea of community, Banks demonstrates how this notion informs Paul's instruction to his churches. . . . It is striking how naturally discussions of such topics as Paul's teaching on freedom and on eschatology fall within the purview of this stimulating book." -- Abraham J. Malherbe, Yale University
    "Robert Banks is Professor of the Ministry of the Laity and Chair of the Ministry Division at Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California." -- Publisher

    Bridges, Jerry, True Community: The Biblical Practice of Koinonia, a revised edition of TRUE FELLOWSHIP, ISBN: 9781617471759 1617471755.te title: THE CRISIS OF CARING: RECOVERING THE MEANING OF TRUE FELLOWSHIP.
    "The word 'fellowship' has become so watered down in our Christian culture, it no longer carries anything near the weight of intimate meaning it conveyed to the 1st-century Christian. But there is no reason that, 2000 years after the book of Acts, the depth of relationship meant by koinonia can't be realized in our relationships. It is the inheritance of the body of Christ, from our Savior's work. When fellowship is understood as a ministry of caring shared between all of us, it can make your church a life-changing blessing. Jerry Bridges is author of many books, including THE PURSUIT OF HOLINESS, TRANSFORMING GRACE, TRUSTING GOD, and THE JOY OF FEARING GOD." -- Publisher

    Bridges, Jerry, True Fellowship: A Bible Study on (Leader's Guide).
    "First published in 1983, this book was written to help Christians not only accept the fact that God is in charge, but also to see and apply the implications of that fact. An honest book which gives straight, Biblical answers to the tough question we all ask." -- GCB

    Davis, D. Clair, Christ and Community: Christian Community and/or the Church (Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation.) 30161
    Audio cassette CD511 [audio file].

    Davis, D. Clair, History of Small Groups in Reformed Churches, an audio file (Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation.)

    Dibbert, Michael T., and Frank B. Wichern, Growth Groups: A key to Christian Fellowship and Spiritual Maturity, ISBN: 0310231213 9780310231219.

    Evans, Louis H., Jr., Covenant to Care, ISBN: 0882073559 9780882073552. A revised edition of CREATIVE LOVE.
    See also: Weeden, Larry, LEADER'S GUIDE FOR GROUP STUDY OF COVENANT TO CARE.

    *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. Alternate title: 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 [audio files], (audiobook on tape).
    World Harvest Mission
    http://www.whm.org/home.htm

    Miller, Samuel (1769-1850), Thoughts on Public Prayer, 1849. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.
    "Deals with an important element of Reformed worship and was originally written because of the lack of material to be found on this specific subject. The history, liturgies, faults and characteristics of attaining excellence in public prayer are all covered." -- Publisher
    "Excellent book which covers the whole subject rather well. A Presbyterian minister and Princeton professor of 150 years ago sheds light on the needs of our day concerning prayers and public prayer in particular." -- GCB

    Weeden, Larry, and Louis H. Evans, Leader's Guide for Group Study of Covenant to Care, ISBN: 0882075373 9780882075372.

    Wilder-Smith, A.E., The Basis of True Fellowship, an audio file.

    See also: Prayer, Prayer Groups, Jesus on Prayer, Intercessory Prayer, Evangelistic Praying, Christian Fellowship, Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, Sexual relationship, Small Groups, House Churches, Small Group Evangelism, Small Groups as Healing Agents, Small Group Resources, Small Group Leadership Helps, and so forth, and so on.



    The Laity

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

    For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring. (Acts 17:28)

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

    Never let the work of the Lord cause you to neglect the Lord of the work.

    laicity: the status or influence of the laity.

    laicize: withdraw clerical character, control, or status from.

    *Bucy, Ralph D. (editor), The New Laity Between Church and World, ISBN: 0849928338 9780849928338.

    Lindgren, Alvin J., and Norman Shawchuk, Let My People Go: Empowering Laity for Ministry, ISBN: 0687213770 9780687213771.
    "Well reasoned and on target, this discussion of the potential of laypeople comes like a breath of fresh air to those engaged in ministry. . . ." -- Cyril J. Barber

    Massie, Bob, and Frank R. Tillapaugh, Leader's Guide for Frank Tillapaugh's Unleashing the Church.

    Ogden, Greg, The New Reformation: Returning the Ministry to the People of God, ISBN: 0310246199 9780310246190.
    "Ministry is to be by the people and for the people, and this book explains why it is needed and how it can be done." -- Publisher
    Includes bibliographical references and indexes.

    Rutz, James H., The Open Church: How to Bring Back the Exciting Life of the First Century Church, ISBN: 0940232480 9780940232488 0940232502 9780940232501.

    Sine, Tom, The Mustard Seed Conspiracy, ISBN: 0849929393 9780849929397.
    "Raises the church's collective vision to see that He wants to use 'insignificant people' to institute His righteousness through the world." -- Mark O. Hatfield

    Tillapaugh, Frank R., Unleashing the Church: Getting People out of the Fortress and Into Ministry, ISBN: 0830710248 9780830710249.
    See: Bob Massie, LEADER'S GUIDE FOR FRANK TILLAPAUGH'S UNLEASHING THE CHURCH.

    See also: The sovereignty of god, The doctrine of man (human nature, total depravity), The Priesthood of Believers, Believer's position in Christ and Sonship, Adoption into god's family, God's family, Christ our example, Immanuel, christ's presence, christ in you, Repentance the key to salvation and change, Justification, Justifying faith, Individual responsibility for corporate faithfulness and sanctification, Servant leadership, Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, Small Groups, The one and the many, Sexual relationship, Works considered to be among the ten greatest in the english language, Churches that abuse, Pseudo-christian movements: a selection of works, and so forth, and so on.
    TCRB5: 2839, 3869, 3888-3908



    Churches That Abuse

    The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. -- The Lord Jesus Christ (John 10:10)

    Pretend no truth against the power and practice of godliness. For this also is its proper end; if it be not truth that is according to godliness, it is no truth worthy our seeking or contending for. And if it be contrary to godliness in itself, it is no truth at all; therefore if it be used against godliness, it is used contrary to the ends of truth. Those men that suppress or hinder the means of knowledge, and holiness, and concord, and edification, under pretense of securing, defending, or propagating the orthodox belief, will find one day, that God will give them as little thanks for their blind, preposterous zeal for truth, as a tender father would do to a physician, that killed his children because they distasted or spit out his medicines. It is usually a pitiful defense of truth that is made by the enemies of godliness. -- Richard Baxter

    False doctrine and heresy are even worse than schism. -- J.C. Ryle

    Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men, even when they exercise influence and not authority: still more when you superadd the tendency or the certainty of corruption by authority. -- John Emerich Edward Dalberg, Lord Acton (1834-1902), in a letter to Mandell Creighton, April 5, 1887, quoted by Gertrude Himmelfarb in Acton, Essays on Freedom and Power, pp. 335-36 (1972)

    *Alderson, Richard, No Holiness, No Heaven! Antinomianism Today, ISBN: 0851514952 9780851514956.
    "This book was written out of a concern at some trends in current Christian teaching and practice, especially the inroads of lawlessness into the life of the church. Written for every Christian, it also provides guidance for those who wish to study these issues in greater detail." -- GCB

    Ankerberg, John, The Facts on False Teaching in the Church, ISBN: 0890817146 9780890817148.
    "If you are concerned about the new philosophies and psychologies that are infiltrating today's churches, THE FACTS ON FALSE TEACHING IN THE CHURCH is an invaluable resource to help you judge which teachings are biblical and which are not." -- Publisher

    *Ankerberg, John, and John Weldon, The Secret Teachings of the Masonic Lodge: A Christian Perspective, ISBN: 0802476953 9780802476951.
    "The purpose of this volume is to discuss the influence, teachings, and consequences of Masonry . . . part 4 examines the connection between the Masonic Lodge and the world of the occult." -- GCB
    The book documents the conflicts between Masonic ritual and fundamental Christian truths. See also: the new John Ankerberg 6-part video series, "The Clash Between Christianity and the Lodge."

    Brown, John (of Edinburgh, 1784-1858), Human Authority In Religion Condemned Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #7.
    "A rebuke to all hypocrites who deny the Word and Law of God, only to substitute some man-made tradition or idea in its place. Argues against the Pharisaical and 'absurd rabbinical casuistry, by which' ignorant and blind souls 'confounded the plainest moral distinctions, and make sin duty and duty sin. . . teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.' Preached immediately after the disruption in the Established church of Scotland, this sermon lead to the formation of the Free Church in May 1843. It pinpoints an undue regard to human authority as a major cause of impurity in doctrine, worship, and discipline, and a principle cause of sectarianism, independency, and Popery." -- Publisher

    Burks, Ron, and Vicki Burks, Damaged Disciples: Casualties of Authoritarian Churches and the Shepherding Movement, ISBN: 0310576113 9780310576112.
    "Authors found themselves trapped in a branch of the charismatic movement (led by Derek Price, Bob Mumford, Charles Simpson, and Don Basham), that made them virtual prisoners. This book is the account of that time and the release from that view." -- GCB

    Crampton, Gary, and Kenneth Talbot, Calvinism, Hyper-Calvinism and Arminianism, ISBN: 0977851605 9780977851607.
    "The authors state, 'This monograph has been written to clarify in laymen's term, the major differences within the Christian church today: Calvinism, Hyper-Calvinism, and Arminianism.' Historically, the church has been predominantly Calvinistic. It is the theological system supported in this book and only one which can be shown to be faithful to the plain teaching of Scripture. Both authors teach at Whitefield Theological Seminary." -- GCB

    *Enroth, Ronald M., Churches That Abuse: Help for Those Hurt by Legalism, Authoritarian Leadership, Manipulation, Excessive Discipline.
    "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."

    *Johnson, David, and Jeff VanVonderen, The Subtle Power of Spiritual Abuse: Recognizing and Escaping Spiritual Manipulation and False Spiritual Authority Within the Church, 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
    "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

    *Knox, John (1505-1572), What to do When There is no Faithful Church in Your Area Alternate title: A LETTER OF WHOLESOME COUNSEL, ADDRESSED TO HIS BRETHREN IN SCOTLAND, 1556. Available (THE WORKS OF JOHN KNOX), on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #1.
    "Formerly titled 'A Letter of Wholesome Counsel, Addressed to His Brethren in Scotland, 1556.' Given the lack of truly Reformed churches in many areas, this letter, full of practical advice, should be a welcome addition to the libraries of those seeking to remain ecclesiastically faithful to the Lord. As God continues to pour out his Spirit (by revealing the doctrines of grace, purity of worship, Presbyterian polity and discipline, Christian education of youth, family worship, the principles of courtship, covenanting [personal, ecclesiastical and national], separation from corrupt and idolatrous communions, male headship, adherence to the WCF [1646] and other faithful confessions, etc.), this letter will provide a useful bridge for those separated geographically from faithful fellowship, until new, duly constituted churches can be formed." -- Publisher

    *Luther, Martin (1483-1546), That a Christian Assembly or Congregation has the Right and Power to Judge all Teaching and to Call, Appoint, and Dismiss Teachers, Established and Proven by Scripture. Available in Martin Luther, Conrad John Immanuel Bergendoff, and Eric W. Gritsch, CHURCH AND MINISTRY, 3 volumes. Available in LUTHER'S WORKS, VOLUME 39, CHURCH AND MINISTRY, ISBN: 0800603397 9780800603397.
    That a Christian Assembly or Congregation has the Right and Power to Judge all Teaching and to Call, Appoint, and Dismiss Teachers, Established and Proven by Scripture, Martin Luther (accessed 2/27/2016)
    https://www.uni-due.de/collcart/es/sem/s6/txt06_1.htm
    Luther, Martin, That a Christian Assembly or Congregation has the Right and Power to Judge all Teaching and to Call, Appoint, and Dismiss Teachers, Established and Proven by Scripture.
    http://www.covenanter.org/reformed/2016/4/21/that-a-christian-assembly-or-congregation-has-the-right-and-power-to-judge-all-teaching-and-to-call-appoint-and-dismiss-teachers-established-and-proven-by-scripture

    *Luther, Martin (1483-1546), Commentary on Galatians, English translation by Erasmus Middleton, B.D., edited by John Prince Fallowes, M.A., Pembroke College, Cambridge, ISBN: 0825431247. A Christian classic. Considered to be among the ten greatest books in the English language. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.
    "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
    Commentary on Galatians, Martin Luther
    http://archive.org/details/cu31924029294133
    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

    Luther, Martin, That a Christian Assembly or Congregation has the Right and Power to Judge all Teaching and to Call, Appoint, and Dismiss Teachers, Established and Proven by Scripture, Martin Luther (accessed 2/27/2016)
    https://www.uni-due.de/collcart/es/sem/s6/txt06_1.htm
    Luther, Martin, That a Christian Assembly or Congregation has the Right and Power to Judge all Teaching and to Call, Appoint, and Dismiss Teachers, Established and Proven by Scripture.
    http://www.covenanter.org/reformed/2016/4/21/that-a-christian-assembly-or-congregation-has-the-right-and-power-to-judge-all-teaching-and-to-call-appoint-and-dismiss-teachers-established-and-proven-by-scripture

    *Machen, J. Gresham, Christianity and Liberalism, ISBN: 0802811213.
    "Machen's classic was written in the height of the battle for control over the Presbyterian Church USA (the most prominent of the "mainline denominations), and defines with brilliance the battle lines between liberal (so-called), Christianity and the orthodox faith. Moreover, it points out exactly what is at stake: the true faith, or a perverse shadow of that faith, a shadow based on subjectivism which elevates man's sovereignty over God's and ends in believing nothing at all.
    "The one problem with this book (and it made good rhetorical sense at the time, but is somewhat misleading concerning the true nature of the struggle), is Machen's categories. Machen deals with theological conservatives and liberals (legitimate in terms of the Bible's own theological dichotomy between saved and lost), but misses the inescapable fact that there was a third faction at work (a fact which eventually resulted in his defrocking). That third faction was a great mushy evanjellyfish middle, a pietistic/mystical majority which was neither willing to accept the liberal position nor fight for the conservative one. As Machen rightly pointed out two years earlier in his address to incoming students at Princeton (and again, much later, in the last two years of the struggle), these were the Christians who said '"Peace, peace",' when there was no peace,' and elevated that 'peace' over truth. As in all other endeavors, 'peace at any price' resulted in defeat, and in the end, it was that great mushy middle which delivered the PCUSA to the left and off the cliff.
    "But it wasn't them alone. To see the mistakes of the conservative side, I strongly recommend North's CROSSED FINGERS, the only definitive history of this fight.
    "Yet at the end of the day, you must read Machen. This book is vital for Christians defending their churches and denominations against increasing liberal encroachment, and indeed more so by the day. A great read." -- Reader's Comment
    "Still stands, after many years, as one of the strongest books ever written against liberalism. A complete and thorough critique." -- GCB

    *Owen, John (1616-1683), True and False Religion, ISBN: 0851510620 9780851510620. A Christian classic.
    "Contains many and detailed arguments against the Church of Rome during Owen's day, its teachings, and practices. Owen was answering those in his day who wanted to return to Rome. Still applicable for our day of ecumenism."

    *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

    Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men, even when they exercise influence and not authority: still more when you superadd the tendency or the certainty of corruption by authority. -- John Emerich Edward Dalberg, Lord Acton (1834-1902), in a letter to Mandell Creighton, April 5, 1887, quoted by Gertrude Himmelfarb in Acton, Essays on Freedom and Power, pp. 335-36 (1972)
    "As the world focuses it attention on the papacy, we ought to recall Lord Acton, the great Roman Catholic historian of the 19th century. Many have heard the aphorism, 'Power tends to corrupt; absolute power corrupts absolutely,' though it is usually misquoted as 'Power corrupts.' Few who have heard it, however, know who its author was: John Emerich Edward Dalberg, better known as Lord Acton. Fewer still realize that Acton used the aphorism in opposing the papacy, the absolute monarchy of the Roman Catholic Church.
    "Acton's criticisms of the papacy and the Roman Church are some of most damning ever leveled against those institutions, and they are virtually unknown today. Yet to anyone seriously concerned about religious and political freedom, Acton's views on the Roman Church, his own church, in particular his condemnation of the papacy, ought to be of great interest. Unfortunately, contemporary theological correctness has a taboo against criticism of Catholicism.
    "Acton kept a notebook on the Inquisition in which he wrote:
    [The] object of the Inquisition [was] not to combat sin -- for the sin was not judged by it unless accompanied by [theological] error. Nor even to put down error. For it punished untimely and unseemly remarks the same as blasphemy. Only unity. This became an outward, fictitious, hypocritical unity. The gravest sin was pardoned, but it was death to deny the donation of Constantine. [The Donation of Constantine was a document forged in the eighth century in which the Roman Emperor Constantine willed the Western Roman Empire to the Pope. The Roman Church taught that the Donation was genuine, and the legal basis for the pope's civil authority, for centuries. -- JR]. So men learnt that outward submission must be given. All this [was] to promote authority more than faith. When ideas were punished more severely than actions -- for all this time the Church was softening the criminal law, and saving men from the consequences of crime: -- and the Donation was put on a level with God's own law -- men understood that authority went before sincerity.
    "Acton believed that the Inquisition was the institution by which the medieval papacy had to be condemned or acquitted. Just as a man charged with murder is judged for a single act, though be may be kind to his mother and a great philanthropist, so the papacy must be judged for the Inquisition. To Mandell Creighton, an Anglican priest, Acton wrote:
    I cannot accept your canon that we are to judge Pope and King unlike other men, with a favourable presumption that they did no wrong. If there is any presumption it is the other way, against holders of power, increasing as the power increases. Historic responsibility has to make up for the want of legal responsibility. Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men, even when they exercise influence and not authority: still more when you superadd the tendency or the certainty of corruption by authority. There is no worse heresy than that the office sanctifies the holder of it. . . . For many years my view of Catholic controversy has been governed by the following chain of reasoning: 1. A crime does not become a good deed by being committed for the good of a church. 2. The theorist who approves the act is no better than the culprit who commits it. 3. The divine or historian who defends the theorist incurs the same blame. . . . To commit murder is the mark of a moment, exceptional. To defend it is constant, and shows a more perverted conscience.
    "Acton turned his attention to other crimes of the Roman Church as well. Beginning on Sunday, August 24, 1572, tens of thousands of French Huguenots were massacred by the Catholics. Overnight, thousands were murdered, and the murders continued for several months. The massacre began in Paris. The sign of the cross was everywhere, and the murders took on the air of a crusade, a holy war against the infidels. The banks of the Seine became a slaughterhouse. Men, women, children, and infants were stabbed or dragged by a rope around the neck to be thrown into the river. The murder, looting, and rape went on for days in Paris.
    "The Pope, Gregory XIII, reacted immediately to this Catholic Holocaust: He delivered a complimentary speech, and commended the King of France, Charles IX, who 'has also displayed before our Most Holy Master and this entire assembly the most splendid virtues which can shine in the exercise of power.' The Pope commissioned a mural in honor of the great occasion; he ordered salutes fired for Charles; he had a commemorative seal struck; and in a horrible blasphemy he ordered a special Te Deum sung. Less than two years later, at the age of 24, King Charles died in extreme pain with blood oozing from his pores. His last words were pleas to God for pardon for the murders.
    "The massacre was a matter of controversy in 1868 when Acton wrote an essay in the North British Review. He concluded his long essay by saying that there was no evidence to absolve the Roman Church of premeditated murder. Acton argued that it was not only facts that condemned the papacy for this heinous crime, but the whole body of casuistry developed by the church that made it an act of Christian duty and mercy to kill a heretic so that he might be removed from sin. Acton pointed out that only when the Roman Church could no longer rely on force but had to make its case before public opinion did it seek to explain away its murders. 'The same motive which had justified the murder now promoted the lie,' he wrote. A bodyguard of lies was fabricated to protect the papacy from guilt for this monstrous sin. Acton wrote:
    The story is much more abominable than we all believed. . . . S.B. [St. Bartholomew's], is the greatest crime of modern times. It was committed on principles professed by Rome. It was approved, sanctioned, and praised by the papacy. The Holy See went out of its way to signify to the world, by permanent and solemn acts, how entirely it admired a king who slaughtered his subjects treacherously, because they were Protestants. To proclaim forever that because a man is a Protestant it is a pious deed to cut his throat in the night. . . .
    "For three centuries the Roman church's canon law had affirmed that the killing of an excommunicated person was not murder, and that allegiance need not be kept with heretical rulers. Murder and treason were part of the Roman church's official teachings. Charles IX was acting as a good Catholic, and he was highly praised by the pope for his murders.
    "In 1867 Pope Pius IX summoned a general council of the Roman Church to be held in Rome in 1870. It was the first general council of the Roman Church since the sixteenth century Council of Trent, at which the schismatic Roman Church had condemned all the truths of the Reformation. This time the Pope was determined to establish himself as the infallible sovereign of the Roman Church.
    "Acton thought that the time of the council would be better spent abolishing many of the 'reforms' made by the Council of Trent, reforms which had perpetuated in the Roman Church a spirit of intolerant absolutism and 'austere immorality.' He opposed the doctrine of papal infallibility, because, as an historian, he knew the popes were not infallible. Acton wrote:
    A man is not honest who accepts all the Papal decisions in questions of morality, for they have often been distinctly immoral; or who approves the conduct of the Popes in engrossing power, for it was stained with perfidy and falsehood; or who is ready to alter his convictions at their command, for his conscience is guided by no principle.
    "After studying the history of the popes, Acton wrote:
    The papacy contrived murder and massacre on the largest and also on the most cruel and inhuman scale. They were not only wholesale assassins but they made the principle of assassination a law of the Christian Church and a condition of salvation. . . . [The Papacy], is the fiend skulking behind the Crucifix.
    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." The Roman Catholic Institution is the ultimate "negative guide to the positive," the reformers ultimate "opposite guide to political and economic reform."

    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

    *Scott, Otto, R.J. Rushdoony, M.R. Rushdoony, Martin G. Selbrede, and John Lofton, Jr., The Great Christian Revolution: The Myths of Paganism and Arminianism, ISBN: 1879998025 9781879998025.
    "Dr. Warfield noted that Calvinism represents the Christian religion in its highest and purest form, for Calvinism alone acknowledges the totality of God's kingly prerogatives over every square inch of our world. This volume supports these powerful truths from three different perspectives, with each author supplying cumulative weight to the proposition that God rules in the affairs of all men, from the least to the greatest. This book will help you sort out much of the current error in theology in our day." -- GCB
    "Never has so broad a sweep of Christian history been so swiftly or dramatically told. From the savage tribes of Europe to the rise of the most wealthy and intellectual civilization in the world; from the Dark Ages to the Reformation; from the tyranny of English kings to the spirit of freedom in Philadelphia. Otto Scott takes you on a gripping journey through the rise and fall of men and empires, while the Christian faith has always shined through every generation. Get this book for your library." -- Publisher

    *Turretin, Francis (1623-1687), Institutes of Elenctic Theology, Vols. 1, 2, and 3. Volume 1: First Through Tenth Topics; Volume 2: Eleventh Through Seventeenth Topics; Volume 3: Eighteenth Through Twentieth Topics, ISBN: 0875524516 9780875524511 0875524524 9780875524528.
    Turretin was the renowned teacher of the Academy in Geneva and successor to Calvin, Beza, and Diodati.
    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

    *Van Pernis, G.M., Masonry, Antithesis of the Christ: A Study of Freemasonry in the Light of the Word of God: Also Tested by the Reformed Standards.

    See also: The sovereignty of god, The doctrine of man (human nature, total depravity), The sovereign grace of god: his everlasting mercy and lovingkindness, Idolartry, Spiritual adultery (spiritual whoredom/harlotry), Pseudo-chrisitan movements, Secret societies, ungodly alliances, voluntary alliances, Priestcraft, pharisaism, soul-stealing, The Occult, spiritism, witchcraft, Repentance the key to salvation and change, Justification, Justifying faith, Post-traumatic stress disorder (ptsd), Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, False gospels, Mind control, Abuse, Child abuse and pedophilia, Arminianism, Antinomianism, The counter reformation, The teaching of our lord jesus christ, The theology of freedom, Christian liberty, Political and economic freedom, Heaven, Reform of the church, Interpersonal relations in the local church, Sharing christ with your children, and so forth, and so on.

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    http://www.tolc.org

    Brain, Mind and Body in Healing From Trauma, The People's Pharmacy Radio Program, show 980, February 7, 2015
    "To help people heal from trauma, the best approaches find ways to reconnect brain and body with a feeling of safety. . . .
    "We often associate the term "Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder" with military veterans. Indeed, war creates many traumatic experiences, but it is not the only source of reactions that may cause people to shut down or blow up. Car, train or plane crashes, a life-threatening illness episode, family violence, or other events can create a dysfunctional reaction that may be largely out of conscious awareness.
    "Treating PTSD
    "One of the world's leading experts on PTSD explains how such reactions are rooted in the body's response to threat, and how it can be successfully treated. . . .
    "Dr. van der Kolk is co-director of the Complex Trauma Treatment Network of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, established by Congress to raise the standard of care and improve access to services for traumatized children, their families and communities. His website is http://www.BesselvanderKolk.com
    "His book is THE BODY KEEPS THE SCORE: BRAIN, MIND AND BODY IN THE HEALING OF TRAUMA (2014)."

    Corporate Faithfulness and Sanctification (part 1)
    http://www.lettermen2.com/bcrr9cha.html

    Corporate Faithfulness and Sanctification (part 2)
    http://www.lettermen2.com/bcrr9chb.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

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

    A Resolution to Combat Mind Control With Truth
    http://www.lettermen2.com/mindc.html

    Roman Catholicism: Is it a Cult?
    http://www.rapidnet.com/~jbeard/bdm/Cults/Catholicism/isitcult.htm

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

    ststWhat do the Churches and the Cults Have in Common: Spiritually Abusive Systems (broken link)
    http://members.aol.com/vtpa/churcult.html



    Church Leadership

    See the Theological Notes: "Pastors and Pastoral Care," at 1 Peter 5:2 in The Reformation Study Bible.

    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.
    And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name's sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life.
    But many [that are] first shall be last; and the last [shall be] first.
    -- The Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 19:28-30)

    Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.
    Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.
    -- The Lord Jesus Christ (Luke 10:19)

    The Treasury of David, Psalm 20, C.H. Spurgeon
    http://www.spurgeon.org/treasury/ps020.php

    The Treasury of David, Psalm 21, C.H. Spurgeon
    http://www.spurgeon.org/treasury/ps021.php

    Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil. (1 Timothy 3:6)

    He must not be a novice, not one newly brought to the Christian religion, or not one who is but meanly instructed in it, who knows no more of religion than the surface of it, for such a one is apt to be lifted up with pride: the more ignorant men are the more proud they are: Lest, being lifted up with pride, he fall into the condemnation of the devil. The devils fell through pride, which is a good reason why we should take heed of pride, because it is a sin that turned angels into devils. -- Matthew Henry commenting on 1 Timothy 3:6

    If I had only three years to serve the Lord, I would spend two of them studying and preparing. -- Donald Grey Barnhouse

    Never let the work of the Lord cause you to neglect the Lord of the work.

    *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
    "An 'unparalleled handbook' on ministry for teaching and ruling elders." -- Publisher
    "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.

    *Anonymous [Sundry Ministers of London], A Vindication of the Presbyteriall-government, and Ministry: Together, with an Exhortation, to all the ministers, elders, and people, within the bounds of the province of London, whether joyning with us, or separating from us. Published, by the ministers, and elders, met together in a provinciall assembly, Novemb. 2d. 1649. Wherein, amongst other things, these ensuing particulars are contained; 1. That there is a Church-government, by divine right. 2. That the magistrate, is not the fountain of Church-government. 3. That the presbyterial-government, is by divine right. 4. The inconveniencies of the congregationall-way. 5. That the ruling-elder is by divine right. 6. That it is the will of Jesus Christ, that all sorts of persons should give an account of their faith, to the minister, and elders, before admission to the Lords Supper; . . . 7. Directions to the elders, for the right managing of their office. 8. Directions to such as are admitted to the Lords Supper, . . . 9. Rules to preserve people, from the errours of these times. 10. That separation from our churches, is justly charged with schisme. 11. That ministers formerly ordained by bishops, need no new ordination. 12. The necessity and usefulness of catechizing. Licensed, entred, and printed according to order, 1649. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.

    Armerding, Hudson T., The Heart of Godly Leadership, ISBN: 0891076751 9780891076759.
    "A former Wheaton College president brings a seasoned scriptural perspective to the subject of godly leadership, giving Biblical examples relating to delegating authority, handling success, and passing leadership on to the next generation. Tackles family, church, and society." -- GCB

    *Ashe, Simeon (d. 1662), The Church Sinking, Saved by Christ: Set out in a Sermon Preached Before the Right Honourable the House of Lords, in the Abby-Church at Westminster, on Wednesday, Febr. 26. 1644, Being the day of the Monthly Publike Fast. [Isaiah 63:5] Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.

    Baillie, Robert (1599-1662), The Unlawfulness and Danger of Limited Prelacy, or Perpetual Presidency in the Church, 1641. Alternate title: THE UNLAVVFULNESSE AND DANGER OF LIMITED EPISCOPACIE. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #23.
    "A defense of: Henderson, Alexander. THE VNLAVVFULNES AND DANGER OF LIMITED PRELACIE."

    Bainton, Roland Herbert, The Church of our Fathers, ISBN: 0880192119 9780880192118.
    "A popular presentation of the historic drama, intrigues, rivalry, persecution, suffering, courage, and heroism displayed by Christian leaders from Paul to the establishment of the church in the New World." -- Cyril J. Barber

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

    *Bannerman, James (1807-1868), The Church of Christ: A Treatise on the Nature, Powers, Ordinances, Discipline, and Government of the Christian Church, 1869, 2 volumes. A Christian classic. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #24.
    "Two large volumes. A classic on the Church and worship! This is one of the most extensive studies of its kind ever compiled. Nothing compares to it on this subject. Regarding these gems, Iain Murray has stated, 'In our day, however greatly we need an evangelical revival, we need more than that. We need another Reformation, a movement which will go 'to the root of the mischief' and bring back the visible church to the pattern of God's Word in her government, ordinances and ministry. The republication of Bannerman is a step in that direction . . . For those who wish to study the doctrine of the Church in its several aspects as it was held by the majority of the Reformers, Puritans, Covenanters and leaders of 'The Third Reformation,' it will prove an invaluable textbook." -- Publisher

    Barrs, Jerram, and Howard A. Snyder (foreword), Shepherds and Sheep: A Biblical View of Leading and Following, ISBN: 0877843953 9780877843955.
    Includes bibliographical references.

    *Baxter, Richard (1615-1691), Reformed Pastor. A Christian classic.
    "Dr. J.I. Packer describes him as 'the most outstanding pastor, evangelist, and writer on practical and devotional themes that Puritanism produced. . . .' in the words of his contemporary, Thomas Manton, he 'came nearer the apostolic writings than any man in the age. . . .' Today, Baxter's principles, drawn from Scripture, and re-applied in terms of modern circumstances, will provide both ministers and other Christians with challenge, direction, and help." -- Publisher
    The Reformed Pastor (singly, e-text)
    http://www.ccel.org/ccel/baxter/pastor.html
    Richard Baxter, from Wikipedia
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Baxter
    Compassionate Counsel to all Young Men (1681), by Richard Baxter
    http://www.lettermen2.com/ccaym.html

    *Baxter, Richard, The Reformed Pastor: Baxter's Practical Works, Vol. 4, ISBN: 1877611360. A Christian classic.
    "This is the fourth and final volume in this great set. Includes, ['Compassionate Counsel to all Young Men'], '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
    Richard Baxter, from Wikipedia
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Baxter
    Compassionate Counsel to all Young Men (1681), by Richard Baxter
    http://www.lettermen2.com/ccaym.html

    Beeke, Joel, The Utter Necessity of a Godly Life, a chapter appearing in Armstrong, John H. (editor, contributor), et al., Erwin W. Lutzer (foreword), REFORMING PASTORAL MINISTRY: CHALLENGES FOR MINISTRY IN POSTMODERN TIMES, ISBN: 1581341792 9781581341799.
    "Joel Beeke's chapter, "The Utter Necessity of a Godly Life," gives a pointed reminder to pastors that their lives must be lived above reproach. Much of the chapter seems elementary at its best and patronizing at its worst; but it does serve as a not-so-subtle rebuke to the minister whose life reflects more of this world than of the next world. Beeke reminds pastors that their congregations can never rise above the depth of their own spirituality. Pastors must always be one step ahead in the never-ending quest for godliness. It is easy for the busy pastor to substitute the duties of the job for devotion to the Savior, such as using sermon preparation as a substitute for devotional meditation. I have fallen into this trap, especially while under the time pressures common to many bi-vocational pastors. Now as a 'fully supported,' pastor, I realize that the giftedness of my ministry must be authenticated by the fruitfulness of my character and conduct borne out of a passionate love relationship with Jesus. My people will never see Jesus reflected in my life if I neglect spending time in the Tent of Meeting." -- Reader's Comment

    *Bonar, Horatius (1808-1889), Words to Winners of Souls, ISBN: 0875521649 9780875521640. A Christian classic.
    "WORDS TO WINNERS OF SOULS, by Horatius Bonar, is addressed primarily to ministers of the Gospel. It is wondrously effective in its message to those called to preach the precious words of the Scriptures. However, the usefulness of the book is not confined to ministers, but has a message for all witnesses of Christ. The same spirit, sincerity, and fervency is needful for all witnesses, whatever their calling in life. There can be but one goal to winners of souls, to lead the lost sinners around them to that 'resting place where doubt and weariness, the stings of a pricking conscience, and the longings of an unsatisfied soul' may be satisfied, in Christ Jesus. In Him alone will all these be changed into holy joy, peace, and everlasting happiness." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.
    "Bonar opens the book with an appeal for ministers who are awake. That is, he laments the state of a church that has convention centers full of clergy, but barely a bathtub full of true shepherds. . . . From there he moves on to paint a portrait of a 'living ministry,' that is, a ministry that is alive with passion and awake to the realities of heaven and hell, sin and salvation, meaning and futility. . . . In chapter 3 Bonar begins to name, with great candor and force, what he calls 'ministerial defects.' That is, those areas of pastoral ministry which are most vital, but most neglected. . . . In chapter 4, one of the most moving and inspiring (and humiliating), chapters I have ever read, Bonar quotes the Scottish Ministerial Confession of 1651. This is, in short, a corporate confession of the varied (and detailed), sins of the ministers of the church of Scotland. This alone is worth the book. It is telling, convicting (in the truest sense of the word), and I think, exemplary. In the final chapter, Bonar ends on a more hopeful note (the hug after the beating), and points us to a vision of revival in the ministry. . . ." -- Reader's Comment

    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

    Briner, Bob, The Management Methods of Jesus: Ancient Wisdom for Modern Business, ISBN: 0785276815 9780785276814.
    "THE MANAGEMENT METHODS OF JESUS is loaded with insights on real-life situations managers and business people face every day. This comprehensive book covers topics such as planning and preparation, recruitment and hiring, communication and conflict resolution, public relations and business ethics, employee satisfaction and family friendliness. All this, and more, based on principles of management practiced by the greatest manager the world has ever known." -- Publisher

    *Brown, John (of Edinburgh, 1784-1858), Christian Pastor's Manual: A Selection of Tracts on the Duties, Difficulties, and Encouragements of the Christian Ministry, ISBN: 1573581364 9781573581363.

    *Brown, John (of Edinburgh, 1784-1858), Plain Discourses on Important Subjects.

    Brown, John (of Haddington, 1722-1787), The Gospel Ministry: An Address to Ministers and Students of Theology, 1864. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #7.

    *Gillespie, Patrick (1617-1675), Rulers Sins: The Causes of National Judgments, or a Sermon Preached at the Fast, Upon the 26th Day of December, Prov. XIV. 34 [Proverbs 14:34]; 2 Kings XVII. 22,23 [2 Kings 17:22,23]; Ezek. XIX. 14 [Ezekiel 19:14], or a Sermon Preached at the Fast, Upon the 26th Day of December 1650. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.
    Notwithstanding the Lord turned not from the fierceness of his great wrath wherewith his anger was kindled against Judah, because of the provocations that Manasseh had provoked him withal. (2 Kings 23:26).
    "For these in public places of trust and power, that should bear down sin, are they not rather ringleaders in sin?" -- Patrick Gillespie
    Rulers Sins: The Causes of National Judgments
    http://www.truecovenanter.com/gillespie/gillespie_patrick_rulers_sins_causes_of_judgment.html

    Inrig, Gary, Life in His Body: Discovering Purpose, Form, and Freedom in His Church, ISBN: 0877885001 9780877885009.
    "A capable, overall presentation of Biblical data on the leadership and organization of the local church. Commendable." -- Cyril J. Barber

    *Luther, Martin (1483-1546), That a Christian Assembly or Congregation has the Right and Power to Judge all Teaching and to Call, Appoint, and Dismiss Teachers, Established and Proven by Scripture. Available in Martin Luther, Conrad John Immanuel Bergendoff, and Eric W. Gritsch, Church and Ministry, 3 volumes. Available in LUTHER'S WORKS, VOLUME 39, CHURCH AND MINISTRY, ISBN: 0800603397 9780800603397.
    That a Christian Assembly or Congregation has the Right and Power to Judge all Teaching and to Call, Appoint, and Dismiss Teachers, Established and Proven by Scripture, Martin Luther (accessed 2/27/2016)
    https://www.uni-due.de/collcart/es/sem/s6/txt06_1.htm
    Luther, Martin, That a Christian Assembly or Congregation has the Right and Power to Judge all Teaching and to Call, Appoint, and Dismiss Teachers, Established and Proven by Scripture.
    http://www.covenanter.org/reformed/2016/4/21/that-a-christian-assembly-or-congregation-has-the-right-and-power-to-judge-all-teaching-and-to-call-appoint-and-dismiss-teachers-established-and-proven-by-scripture

    Mack, Wayne A., The Role of Women in the Church: A Study of the Bible to Discover God's Directives for the Church in This Area of Modern day Confusion and Turmoil, 84 pages.
    "After introductory comments, the book breaks into two major sections: what women may not do in the church and what women may do in the church. 'God said to the women, "You glorify me in doing these particular acts." He also said to the men, "You glorify me by doing other acts".' May God help men and women to cheerfully submit to the will of God, for God's way is perfect." -- David Powlison

    Mauro, Philip, The Church, the Churches, the Kingdom.
    "The purpose of this book is a plea for a return to the Biblical significance of 'Church' and 'Kingdom.' Mauro maintains that serious loss has taken place through confusion in usage of these words, and that much is to be gained through restoration of their Biblical meaning." -- GCB

    *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. Alternate title: 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 [audio files], (audiobook on tape).
    World Harvest Mission
    http://www.whm.org/home.htm

    *Miller, Samuel (1769-1850), The Ruling Elder: An Essay on the Warrant, Nature, and Duties of the Office (1832). Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #23. Available in HOLDING FAST THE FAITHFUL WORD: SERMONS AND ADDRESSES BY SAMUEL MILLER which is included in Library of Presbyterian Heritage Publications and Protestant Heritage Press CD-ROM Library. Available (LIBRARY OF PRESBYTERIAN HERITAGE PUBLICATIONS AND PROTESTANT HERITAGE PRESS CD-ROM LIBRARY), on the Puritan Hard Drive.
    " 'One of the classics in the field,' notes Morton Smith. G.I. Williamson writes, 'We . . . heartily welcome the reprint of this excellent survey of the biblical data and warmly recommend it to those who are -- or desire to be -- elders in the church.' The most extensive study of its kind available. For ruling elders this is must reading! Over 300 pages of sound biblical guidance." -- Publisher
    The Ruling Elder, Samuel Miller
    http://www.swrb.com/newslett/actualnls/RulElder.htm

    *Perkins, William (1558-1602), Sinclair B. Ferguson (editor), The Art of Prophesying, With, The Calling of the Ministry, modernised edition. Alternate title: (THE CALLING OF THE MINISTRY), OF THE CALLING OF THE MINISTERIE, TWO TREATISES, ISBN: 0851516890 9780851516899.
    "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 . . . is found on nearly every seventeenth century New England book list." (Encyclopedia of the Reformed Faith, p. 274). -- Publisher
    "Part One, 'The Art of Prophesying,' is really a handbook on hermeneutics and homiletics from the Puritan perspective. Perkins explicates the several principles for interpreting and expounding the Scriptures and then gives detailed instruction on how to apply the same. The chapter on 'Use and Application' will give readers the background behind the familiar Puritan sermon structure of "Doctrine and Use.
    "Parts Two and Three deal with 'The Calling of the Ministry.' They are really nothing more than the exposition of two Old Testament passages of Scripture, Job 33 and Isaiah 6. Many interesting and practical issues are handled here including how a minister might know his calling and what his responsibilities are to God's people. Perkins had a high view of the dignity and authority of the ministerial gift which is sadly lacking among evangelicals today. While some of his ideas will seem foreign and perhaps a little extreme to many, it is certain that his emphasis will help balance our opposite extremes. . . .
    "For those who are checking out this title hoping to get a Puritan perspective on the charismatic understanding of the gift of prophesy, the following quote well summarizes Perkins' view: 'I am not here making any allowance for the claims people make that they have received "revelations." These have no substance; they are either dreams of their own, or illusions of the devil. They despise both human learning and the study of the Scriptures, and trust exclusively in "revelations of the Spirit." But God's Spirit does not work except on the foundation of the Word.' Such was the Puritan understanding of those who claimed extra-Biblical revelation. By 'prophesy' Perkins understood 'preaching.' And that is what this book is about." -- Reader's Comment

    Rassieur, Charles L., Stress Management for Ministers, ISBN: 0664243975 9780664243975.

    Richards, Lawrence O., and Clyde Hoeldtke, A Theology of Church Leadership, ISBN: 0310319609 9780310319603.
    "This seminal assessment of the needs of the church denounces authoritarian and secular methods of managerial leadership and stresses, instead, the authority of the Word, submission to Christ as the true Head, and servant leadership, which is dynamically different from the usual methodologies practiced by many 'shepherds' today." -- Cyril J. Barber

    *Rush, Myron D., Management: A Biblical Approach, ISBN: 0882076078 9780882076072.
    "Help for the Christian leader from the president of Management Training Systems. The author combines sound management techniques and Biblical principles. The result is management that the Christian can live and work with." -- GCB

    *Ryle, J.C. (1816-1900), Warnings to the Churches, ISBN: 0851510434 9780851510439.
    "I see this tendency to lean on man everywhere. I know no branch of the Protestant Church of Christ which does not require to be cautioned upon the point. It is a snare, for example, to the English Episcopalian to make idols of Bishop Pearson and 'the Judicious Hooker.' It is a snare to the Scotch Presbyterian to pin his faith on John Knox, the Covenanters, and Dr. Chalmers. It is a snare to the Methodists in our day to worship the memory of John Wesley. It is a snare to the Independent to see no fault in any opinion of Owen and Dodderidge. It is a snare to the Baptist to exaggerate the wisdom of Gill and Fuller and Robert Hall. All these are snares, and into these snares how many fall!
    "Infallibility is not to be found in the early fathers, but in the Bible.
    "What are the best of ministers but men -- dust, ashes, and clay -- men of like passions with ourselves, men exposed to temptations, men liable to weaknesses and infirmities?
    "It is amazing to observe how vast a man's intellectual attainments may be, and yet how little he may know of the grace of God.
    "We have no right to expect anything but the pure Gospel of Christ, unmixed and unadulterated -- the same Gospel that was taught by the Apostles -- to do good to the souls of men.
    "Peace without truth is a false peace; it is the very peace of the devil. Unity without the Gospel is a worthless unity; it is the very unity of Hell.
    "False doctrine and heresy are even worse than schism.
    "It was controversy that won the battle of Protestant Reformation.
    "Three things there are which men never ought to trifle with -- a little poison, a little false doctrine, and a little sin.
    "A church may have good forms and regularly ordained ministers, and the sacraments properly administered, but a church will not see conversion of souls going on under its pulpits when this doctrine [Justification by Faith], is not plainly preached.
    "Once let a man get wrong about justification, and he will bid a long farewell to comfort, to peace, to lively hope, to anything like assurance in his Christianity. An error here is a worm at the root.
    "An ignorant laity will always be the bane of a church.
    "True Gospel in the pulpit, true Gospel in every Religious Society we support, true Gospel in the books we read, true Gospel in the friends we keep company with -- let this be our aim, and never let us be ashamed to let men see that it is so.
    "Let the meekness of St. Peter in taking a reproof be as much our example as the boldness of St. Paul in reproving." -- J.C. Ryle "The Fallibility of Ministers" in Warning to the Churches, pp. 93-121
    The Fallibility of Ministers, by J.C. Ryle
    http://www.trinityfoundation.org/journal.php?id=182
    Pharisees and Sadducees, J.C. Ryle
    http://members.ozemail.com.au/~rseaborn/pharisees_and_sadducees.html

    Rollock, Robert (1555?-1599), Henry Holland; Theodore de Beze, A Treatise of Gods Effectual Calling: Written First in the Latine Tongue, by the Reuerend and Faithfull Seruant of Christ, Maister Robert Rollock, Preacher of Gods Word in Edenburgh. And now faithfully translated for the benefite of the vnlearned, into the English tongue, by Henry Holland, preacher in London, 1603.

    Sanders, Oswald, Dynamic Spiritual Leadership: Leading Like Paul, ISBN: 1572930527 978157293 0520.

    Sanders, Oswald, Spiritual Leadership, ISBN: 0802467997 9780802467997.
    "Oswald Sanders begins his inspiring book by asking, 'Should it not be the office that seeks the man, rather than the man the office?' Personal ambition is the arch enemy of everyone with leadership potential.
    "The great and yet simple golden nuggets of insight are shared to lead the servant of God, bent on serving Him, to realize that in our service . . . we lead others!" -- Arthur Nazigian

    Scipione, George, Timothy, Titus and You: A Workbook for Church Leaders, ISBN: 0916034011 9780916034016.
    "Reprint of Scipione's 1975 book. A tool for training elders that forces them to confront the Scriptures in personalized detail. Nine lessons work through the elder's calling, prayer life, relationship to women, qualifications for office, challenge to discernment, management of God's household, discipline of others, wisdom in biblical counseling, and charge to faithfulness." -- David Powlison
    Institute of Biblical Counseling and Discipleship (formerly CCEF West)
    http://www.ibcd.org/

    *Spurgeon, C.H. (1834-1892), Lectures to my Students, ISBN: 0310329116 9780310329114. A Christian classic. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.
    "One contemporary scholar and authority on Spurgeon says of this work: 'Next to Mr. Spurgeon's great literary work, THE TREASURY OF DAVID, we consider these LECTURES TO MY STUDENTS his greatest single contribution to the Christian world. There is more practical wisdom, common sense and sage advice packed within these pages than with any other book of similar size or content.' This complete and unabridged edition of Spurgeon's great work will make it possible for today's generation to appreciate Spurgeon's combination of discerning wit and refreshingly practical advice. Included in the 28 chapters of this classic volume on homiletics are such lectures as: -- The Call to Ministry -- The Preacher's Private Prayer -- On the Choice of a Text -- On the Voice -- The Holy Spirit in Connection with Our Ministry -- Posture, Action, Gesture, etc. -- The Blind Eye and the Deaf Ear -- On Conversion as Our Aim -- Illustrations in Preaching -- As were all of Spurgeon's' messages to his people, each of these lectures is Scripture-saturated and Christ-honoring. They move swiftly and are fascinating in their content and sage counsel. . . .
    "Spurgeon realized that he could influence the church beyond his own lifetime if he could encourage future pastors to trust the Bible, love people, and preach the truth fearlessly. To achieve this he collected his lectures to his college students and published this book. It has been a classic of pastoral theology ever since and is still used to train ministers to this day (back cover)." -- Publisher
    Lectures to my Students: Being Addresses Delivered to the Students of the Pastors' College, Metropolitan Tabernacle (1877)
    http://archive.org/details/lecturestomystud1877spur

    Swinnock, George, 1627-1673, The Pastors Farevvell, and VVish of VVelfare to his People, or, A Valedictory Sermon by George Swinnock, 1662.
    The pastors recommendation of his people to God.

    Willson, James Mcleod (1809-1866), The Deacon: An Inquiry Into the Nature, Duties and Exercise of the Office of Deacon, in the Christian Church; Bible Magistracy: or Christ's Dominion Over the Nations: With an Examination of the Civil Institutions of the United States; An Essay on Submission to the Powers that be; Civil Government: An Exposition of Romans XIII. 1-7 [Romans 13:1-7], Argumentative Testimony, Witnessing: or the Distinct Denomination Position of the Reformed Presbyterian Church Right and Necessary.
    Willson, James McLeod (1809-1866), The Deacon: An Inquiry Into the Nature, Duties and Exercise of the Office of Deacon, in the Christian Church
    http://www.covenanter.org/reformed/2016/6/1/the-deacon

    Wilson, William, A Defence of the Reformation principles of the Church of Scotland. With a Continuation of the Same. And a Letter From a Member of the Associate Presbytery . . . Wherein the Exceptions That are Laid Against the Conduct of the Associate Presbytery are examined, 1769. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #27.

    See also: The sovereignty of god, The doctrine of man (human nature, total depravity), The sovereign grace of god: his everlasting mercy and lovingkindness, 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, theopneustia, sufficiency of scripture), Repentance the key to salvation and change, Justification, Justifying faith, Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, The local church, Authority, Power, Power religion, Bible magistracy turns back the wrath of god, Church government, The teaching of our lord jesus christ, Christ our example, Servant leadership, Authority, Power, Power religion, Leadership, Covenanted Reformation: the application of scripture to the corporate bodies of church and state, ungodly alliance, Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, Sexual relationship, and so forth, and so on.
    TCRB5: 730, 732, 734, 735, 738, 746-748, 750, 753-755, 2839, 2086, 3177-3179, 4012

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    The Faithful Elder, Archibald Alexander
    http://www.westminsterconfession.org/the-church/the-faithful-elder.php



    Reform of the Church

    The Treasury of David, Psalm 78, C.H. Spurgeon
    He established a testimony in Jacob, and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers that they should make them known to their children. (Psalm 78:5)
    http://www.spurgeon.org/treasury/ps078.php

    The prophets are advocates for God in a covenantal lawsuit. For their arguments for the continued obligation of covenantal faithfulness and the hope of God's covenantal faithfulness see:

  • Isaiah, a covenant prosecutor,
  • Jeremiah's theme of judgment for covenant breaking,
  • The themes of the wrath, severity, covenant faithfulness, trustworthiness, and ultimate goodness of God in the book of Lamentations,
  • Ezekiel's message of judgment against Israel, then judgment against foreign nations, and then grace and mercy to Israel, and the themes of the holiness, transcendence, grace, mercy, and sovereignty of God along with individual responsibility,
  • Daniel, the covenant head, with his theme of the absolute sovereignty of God in the affairs of man,
  • Hosea's theme of covenant relationship,
  • Joel's themes of covenant, the day of the Lord, and repentance unfeigned,
  • Amos furthering the prosecution's case for the covenantal lawsuit with themes of idolatry and social injustice,
  • The emphasis on God's sovereign justice by Obadiah,
  • Jonah's themes of the sovereignty of God and the universality of God's goodness,
  • The themes of Micah, covenant relationship, salvation is of the Lord, the church rebellious and perverse, and judgment followed by restoration,
  • Nahum's theme of God's government of history according to his covenant,
  • Habakkuk, the forefather of the Reformation, and his themes of God is sovereign in history and persistence in prayer,
  • Zephaniah's themes of covenant, the day of the Lord, and the restorative nature of God's wrath,
  • Haggai's theme of covenant,
  • Zechariah's themes of the presence, kingship and deliverance of God and Christ, and Christ dwelling among his people, and
  • Malachi, another advocate of God in the covenant lawsuit, with his themes of the continued obligation of covenantal faithfulness, and hope.
  • Martin Luther remarked that true religion was never more endangered than when it was in the company of 'reverend' men. -- John W. Robbins in Beware of Men

    It is an evil which prevails everywhere among mankind, that every one sets himself above others, and especially that those who seem in anything to excel cannot well endure their inferiors to be on an equality with themselves. And then there is so much morosity almost in all, that individuals would gladly make churches for themselves if they could; for they find it so difficult to accommodate themselves to the ways and habits of others. The rich envy one another; and hardly one in a hundred can be found among the rich, who allows to the poor the name and rank of brethren. Unless similarity of habits or some allurements or advantages draw us together, it is very difficult even to maintain a continual concord among ourselves. Extremely needed, therefore, by us all is the admonition to be stimulated to love and not to envy, and not to separate from those whom God has joined to us, but to embrace with brotherly kindness all those who are united to us in faith. And surely it behoves us the more earnestly to cultivate unity, as the more eagerly watchful Satan is, either to tear us by any means from the Church, or stealthily to seduce us from it. And such would be the happy effect, were no one to please himself too much, and were all of us to preserve this one object, mutually to provoke one another to love, and to allow no emulation among ourselves, but that of doing "good works." For doubtless the contempt of the brethren, moroseness, envy, immoderate estimate of ourselves, and other sinful impulses, clearly show that our love is either very cold, or does not at all exist.
    Having said, "Not forsaking the assembling together," he adds, But exhorting one another; by which he intimates that all the godly ought by all means possible to exert themselves in the work of gathering together the Church on every side; for we are called by the Lord on this condition, that every one should afterwards strive to lead others to the truth, to restore the wandering to the right way, to extend a helping hand to the fallen, to win over those who are without. But if we ought to bestow so much labor on those who are yet aliens to the flock of Christ, how much more diligence is required in exhorting the brethren whom God has already joined to us?
    As the manner of some is, etc. It hence appears that the origin of all schisms was, that proud men, despising others, pleased themselves too much. But when we hear that there were faithless men even in the age of the Apostles, who departed from the Church, we ought to be less shocked and disturbed by similar instances of defection which we may see in the present day. It is indeed no light offense when men who had given some evidence of piety and professed the same faith with us, fall away from the living God; but as it is no new thing, we ought, as I have already said, to be less disturbed by such an event. But the Apostle introduced this clause to show that he did not speak without a cause, but in order to apply a remedy to a disease that was making progress. -- Calvin commenting on Hebrews 10:25

    On the contrary, he charges them with gross and voluntary ignorance, as if he had said that, by their madness, they brought down destruction on themselves. The meaning therefore is, that the people perished because they despised instruction . . . .
    Hence we draw a useful doctrine; namely, that the source of all our calamities is, that we do not allow ourselves to be taught by the word of God, and this is what the Prophet chiefly intended that we should observe. . . .
    So then it is a true statement, that the reason why the people endure such a variety of afflictions is, that they are ignorant of God, and will not allow themselves to be taught by him. -- Calvin commenting on Isaiah 5:13

    The Erastian Revolution, anno 1689, was "utterly inconsistent with the covenanted constitution of the Reformed Church of Scotland, anno 1648."
    In fact, the relationship between Church and State has been in decline since 1661. "In early 1661 . . . the Scottish Parliament passed the Act Rescissory, which established the king as supreme judge in all matters civil and ecclesiastical, and which made owning the covenants [National and Solemn League], unlawful. These acts undid all the works of Reformation from 1638 to 1650 and made it high treason to acknowledge Jesus Christ as head of the church. . . ." See: ACT, DECLARATION, AND TESTIMONY, 1876, Part II.

    The whole of the prophecies of Isaiah are precious, and should be read by us constantly in private. -- C.H. Spurgeon, Spurgeon's Devotional Bible

    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)

    My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children. As they were increased, so they sinned against me: therefore will I change their glory into shame. (Hosea 4:6,7)

    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.

    And I will give them an heart to know me, that I am the LORD: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God: for they shall return unto me with their whole heart. (Jeremiah 24:7)

    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)

    See the Theological Notes: "God's Pattern for Worship," at 1 Chronicles 16:29 in The Reformation Study Bible.

    See the Theological Notes: "The Church," at Ephesians 2:19 in The Reformation Study Bible.

    Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: the sceptre of thy kingdom is a right sceptre. Thou lovest righteousness, and hatest wickedness: therefore God, thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows. (Psalm 45:6,7)

    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)

    Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind,
    And not holding the Head, from which all the body by joints and bands having nourishment ministered, and knit together, increaseth with the increase of God.
    (Colossians 2:18,19)

    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.
    Were mingled among the heathen, and learned their works.
    Yea, they sacrificed their sons and their daughters unto devils.
    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, 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.
    (Psalm 106:30,31,35,37,39,40,41)

    Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! (Psalm 133:1)

    The prophets are advocates for God in a covenantal lawsuit. For their arguments for the continued obligation of covenantal faithfulness and the hope of God's covenantal faithfulness see:

  • Isaiah, a covenant prosecutor,
  • Jeremiah's theme of judgment for covenant breaking,
  • The themes of the wrath, severity, covenant faithfulness, trustworthiness, and ultimate goodness of God in the book of Lamentations,
  • Ezekiel's message of judgment against Israel, then judgment against foreign nations, and then grace and mercy to Israel, and the themes of the holiness, transcendence, grace, mercy, and sovereignty of God along with individual responsibility,
  • Daniel, the covenant head, with his theme of the absolute sovereignty of God in the affairs of man,
  • Hosea's theme of covenant relationship,
  • Joel's themes of covenant, the day of the Lord, and repentance unfeigned,
  • Amos furthering the prosecution's case for the covenantal lawsuit with themes of idolatry and social injustice,
  • The emphasis on God's sovereign justice by Obadiah,
  • Jonah's themes of the sovereignty of God and the universality of God's goodness,
  • The themes of Micah, covenant relationship, salvation is of the Lord, the church rebellious and perverse, and judgment followed by restoration,
  • Nahum's theme of God's government of history according to his covenant,
  • Habakkuk, the forefather of the Reformation, and his themes of God is sovereign in history and persistence in prayer,
  • Zephaniah's themes of covenant, the day of the Lord, and the restorative nature of God's wrath,
  • Haggai's theme of covenant,
  • Zechariah's themes of the presence, kingship and deliverance of God and Christ, and Christ dwelling among his people, and
  • Malachi, another advocate of God in the covenant lawsuit, with his themes of the continued obligation of covenantal faithfulness, and hope.
  • Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD. (Jeremiah 17:5)

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

    See the Theological Notes: "The Kingdom of God," at Luke 17:20 in The Reformation Study Bible.

    (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; And having in readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled. (2 Corinthians 10:4-6)

    Then, when he had expatiated somewhat more fully, and had more copiously illustrated the benefits of its presence [harmony -- compiler], and the ruinous effects of its absence upon a state, Pilus, one of the company present at the discussion, struck in and demanded that the question should be more thoroughly sifted, and that the subject of justice should be freely discussed for the sake of ascertaining what truth there was in the maxim which was then becoming daily more current, that "the republic cannot be governed without injustice." Scipio expressed his willingness to have this maxim discussed and sifted, and gave it as his opinion that it was baseless, and that no progress could be made in discussing the republic unless it was established, not only that this maxim, that "the republic cannot be governed without injustice," was false, but also that the truth is, that it cannot be governed without the most absolute justice. And the discussion of this question, being deferred till the next day, is carried on in the third book with great animation. For Pilus himself undertook to defend the position that the republic cannot be governed without injustice, at the same time being at special pains to clear himself of any real participation in that opinion. He advocated with great keenness the cause of injustice against justice, and endeavored by plausible reasons and examples to demonstrate that the former is beneficial, the latter useless, to the republic. Then, at the request of the company, Lælius attempted to defend justice, and strained every nerve to prove that nothing is so hurtful to a state as injustice; and that without justice a republic can neither be governed, nor even continue to exist.
    When this question has been handled to the satisfaction of the company, Scipio reverts to the original thread of discourse, and repeats with commendation his own brief definition of a republic, that it is the weal of the people. "The people" he defines as being not every assemblage or mob, but an assemblage associated by a common acknowledgment of law, and by a community of interests. Then he shows the use of definition in debate; and from these definitions of his own he gathers that a republic, or "weal of the people," then exists only when it is well and justly governed, whether by a monarch, or an aristocracy, or by the whole people. But when the monarch is unjust, or, as the Greeks say, a tyrant; or the aristocrats are unjust, and form a faction; or the people themselves are unjust, and become, as Scipio for want of a better name calls them, themselves the tyrant, then the republic is not only blemished (as had been proved the day before), but by legitimate deduction from those definitions, it altogether ceases to be.
    Tully [Cicero -- compiler], himself, too, speaking not in the person of Scipio or any one else, but uttering his own sentiments, uses the following language in the beginning of the fifth book, after quoting a line from the poet Ennius, in which he said, "Rome's severe morality and her citizens are her safeguard." "This verse," says Cicero, "seems to me to have all the sententious truthfulness of an oracle. For neither would the citizens have availed without the morality of the community, nor would the morality of the commons without outstanding men have availed either to establish or so long to maintain in vigor so grand a republic with so wide and just an empire. Accordingly, before our day, the hereditary usages formed our foremost men, and they on their part retained the usages and institutions of their fathers. But our age, receiving the republic as a chef-d'oeuvre of another age which has already begun to grow old, has not merely neglected to restore the colors of the original, but has not even been at the pains to preserve so much as the general outline and most outstanding features. For what survives of that primitive morality which the poet called Rome's safeguard? It is so obsolete and forgotten, that, far from practising it, one does not even know it. And of the citizens what shall I say? Morality has perished through poverty of great men; a poverty for which we must not only assign a reason, but for the guilt of which we must answer as criminals charged with a capital crime. For it is through our vices, and not by any mishap, that we retain only the name of a republic, and have long since lost the reality. . . ."
    For I mean in its own place to show that -- according to the definitions in which Cicero himself, using Scipio as his mouthpiece, briefly propounded what a republic is, and what a people is, and according to many testimonies, both of his own lips and of those who took part in that same debate -- Rome never was a republic, because true justice had never a place in it. But accepting the more feasible definitions of a republic, I grant there was a republic of a certain kind, and certainly much better administered by the more ancient Romans than by their modern representatives. But the fact is, true justice has no existence save in that republic whose founder and ruler is Christ, if at least any choose to call this a republic; and indeed we cannot deny that it is the people's weal.
    But if perchance this name, which has become familiar in other connections, be considered alien to our common parlance, we may at all events say that in this city is true justice; the city of which Holy Scripture says, "Glorious things are said of thee, O city of God." -- Augustine in The City of God, Book 2, Chapter 21, "Cicero's Opinion of the Roman Republic"
    City of God, St. Augustine, Book II. Chapter 21. -- Cicero's Opinion of the Roman Republic.
    http://www.ccel.org/ccel/schaff/npnf102.iv.II_1.21.html

    So many times people in the pew and the pulpit say, well how did all this get started? How did psychology descend to its present level? . . . How did political science produce our political thought, produce the dictatorships which are engulfing the modern world? Why are we in the economic mess in which we are today? Why is sociology such a jumble of immorality? Why is education as it is today? Why is art so meaningless? . . . Why is modern music an affront to the modern ears as well as to the mind and ear of God? . . . Why are all these things!? . . .
    I would suggest to you that if you will follow this course with thought and care, you will finally come to see the answer to the questions which haunt us today in Western society." -- Singer, C. Gregg (1910-1999), in the Apologetics series of 24 lectures using FROM RATIONALISM TO IRRATIONALITY: THE DECLINE OF THE WESTERN MIND FROM THE RENAISSANCE TO THE PRESENT (1979) as the text, and delivered in Decatur, Georgia, beginning November, 1979.
    Apologetics: #01: Classical and Medieval Thought #1
    Dr. C. Gregg Singer, Apologetics, 56 min.
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=2250511453

    We are an illiterate nation incapable of understanding great truth. -- C. Gregg Singer

    These things which I set before you are not those which I have meditated with myself in my shady nook, but those which the invincible martyrs of God realized amid gibbets, and flames, and ravenous beasts! Had not their courage been thus whetted, they would in an instant have perfidiously abjured the eternal truth, which they intrepidly sealed with their blood. They did not set us an example of constancy in asserting the truth that we should now desert it, when handed down to us so signed and sealed; but they taught us the art by which, trusting in the Divine protection, we stand invincible by all powers of death, hell, the world, and Satan! Farewell. -- John Calvin in "On Shunning the Unlawful Rites of the Ungodly" in Calvin's Selected Works

    The four "Servant Songs" of Isaiah are Isaiah 42:1-9; Isaiah 49:1-7; Isaiah 50:4-11; and Isaiah 52:13 -- Isaiah 53:12. See the annotations in The Reformation Study Bible.

    Our Triune God has ordained that the preeminent leader of the Church is the Lord Jesus 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). Human leadership is also divinely ordained and tends to devolve to those who are most perfectly at one with Christ, and to those who also know the most Truth (the Apostle Paul, Saint Augustine, Martin Luther, John Calvin, Puritan leaders, The Scots Worthies, 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). See: (Matthew 19:28, 1599 Geneva Bible)
    Then his master said unto him, It is well done good servant and faithful, Thou hast been faithful in little, I will make thee ruler over much: enter into thy master's joy. -- The Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 25:21 1599 Geneva Bible)
    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). See: (Matthew 25:34, 1599 Geneva Bible)
    And he said unto him, Well, good servant: because thou hast been faithful in a very little thing, take thou authority over ten cities. -- The Lord Jesus Christ (Luke 19:17, 1599 Geneva Bible)
    Therefore I appoint unto you a kingdom, as my Father hath appointed unto me. -- The Lord Jesus Christ (Luke 22:29, 1599 Geneva Bible)
    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). See: (Romans 8:17, 1599 Geneva Bible)
    Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life? (1 Corinthians 6:3). See: (1 Corinthians 6:3, 1599 Geneva Bible)
    And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus. (Ephesians 2:6). See: (Ephesians 2:6, 1599 Geneva Bible)
    To execute vengeance upon the heathen, and corrections among the people:
    To bind their kings in chains, and their nobles with fetters of iron,
    That they may execute upon them the judgment that is written: this honor shall be to all his Saints. Praise ye the Lord.
    (Psalm 149:7-9, 1599 Geneva Bible)
    But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. (1 Timothy 2:12), (1 Timothy 2:12, 1599 Geneva Bible)
    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). See: (Revelation 2:26, 1599 Geneva Bible)
    To serve God is to reign. -- Seneca (4 BC -- 65 AD)

    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 (4 BC -- 65 AD)

    Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men, even when they exercise influence and not authority: still more when you superadd the tendency or the certainty of corruption by authority. -- John Emerich Edward Dalberg, Lord Acton (1834-1902), in a letter to Mandell Creighton, April 5, 1887, quoted by Gertrude Himmelfarb in Acton, Essays on Freedom and Power, pp. 335-36 (1972)

    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 his fellowman. Frederic Bastiat unfolds this sin in, The Law.

    Now upon this very comprehensive ground, we withdraw not only from gross heretics, and sectarians, and malignant prelatists. . . . But in this broken and declining state, even from many Presbyterian Ministers who have overturned a great part of our testimony . . . which has been signally sealed by the blood of many Martyrs who laying down their lives for this Testimony have been singularly countenanced of the Lord: yet we say, by many of our ministers this in a great measure has been deserted and perverted, by their condemning the Martyrs that died for it, as well as us who have desired to witness for it . . . -- James Renwick, An Informatory Vindication, 1687, pp. 75-76

    Charles Spurgeon on the apostasy in the Presbyterian Church in Scotland in 1870:

    In the same establishment may be found believers in nearly every dogma of the Popish creed, who nevertheless have declared their faith in articles which are distinctly Calvinistic; and now last, and, to our minds, most sorrowful of all, it comes out that there are men to be found among Caledonia's once sternly truthful sons who can occupy the pulpits and the manses of an orthodox Presbyterian church, and yet oppose her ancient confession of faith. Our complaint is in each case, not that the men changed their views, and threw up their former creeds, but that having done so they did not at once quit the office of minister to the community whose faith they could no longer uphold; their fault is not that they differed, but that, differing, they sought an office of which the prime necessity is agreement. All the elements of the lowest kind of knavery meet in the evil which we now denounce. Treachery is never more treacherous than when it leads a man to stab at a doctrine which he has solemnly engaged to uphold, and for the maintenance of which he receives a livelihood. The office of minister would never wittingly be entrusted by any community to a person who would use it for the overthrow of the principles upon which the community was founded. Such conduct would be suicidal. A sincere belief of the church's creed was avowedly or by implication a part of the qualification which helped the preacher to his stipend, and when that qualification ceases the most vital point of the compact between him and his church is infringed, and he is bound in honor to relinquish an office which he can no longer honestly fulfill. -- Charles Spurgeon, "Ministers Sailing Under False Colours," Sword and Trowel, February, 1870

    [At the end of the Puritan age], by some means or other, first the ministers, then the Churches, got on "the down grade," and in some cases, the descent was rapid, and in all, very disastrous. In proportion as the ministers seceded from the old Puritan godliness of life, and the old Calvinistic form of doctrine, they commonly became less earnest and less simple in their preaching, more speculative and less spiritual in the matter of their discourses, and dwelt more on the moral teachings of the New Testament, than on the great central truths of revelation. Natural theology frequently took the place which the great truths of the gospel ought to have held, and the sermons became more and more Christless. Corresponding results in the character and life, first of the preachers and then of the people, were only too plainly apparent. -- Robert Shindler, in "The Down Grade," The Sword and the Trowel (March 1887), p. 122

    It is this author's contention that the modern churches have let go of this important piece of the faith [Christ's Kingship over the nations -- compiler], once for all delivered to the saints. Thereby they have delivered the church, not to kings as nursing fathers, but to the cruel civil domination of the enemies of the true religion, their sheep being taught that they must submit passively to every pretended civil authority as the ordinance of God. By this defection, these leaders of the flock have also undermined the magistracy, allowing and even encouraging wicked men to remove this blessed ordinance from its foundation in God its creator, and from its subjection to Christ His King, thereby directly opposing God's benevolent ends in instituting civil government: Thus have [they] made the commandment of God of none effect by [their] tradition. . . . teaching for doctrines the commandments of men (Matthew 15:6,9). Furthermore, by their false teaching regarding civil government, they have made themselves guilty of the very sin of which we are often accused: opposing the ordinance of God. If this wasn't enough, however, consider that their sin is worse than that of the garden variety rebel, inasmuch as their opposition to God's institution is not so much practical as it is principial; and because of their position as teachers and guides of the flock of God. Be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation. . . . For we can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth. (James 3:1; 2 Corinthians 13:8) -- Greg Price, Biblical Civil Government Verses the Beast, p. 64

    We're spending $50 to $60 billion a year on domestic ministry. Tell you what. You give the CEO of IBM $50 to $60 billion this year, and see what he can do.
    It bothers him deeply that the church is soft, and possesses no urgency to change. . . .
    Every day, the church is becoming more like the world it allegedly seeks to change. -- George Barna in The State of the Church: 2002

    Christian author and strategist George Barna has stated that the church in America spent over $250 billion in ministry in the 1980s without any change in the number of people who declare themselves to be followers of Christ.

    A doctrine once held to be important by early Presbyterians and most Puritans that, today, is largely forgotten and even held in disrepute is social or national covenanting. The Presbyterians of the First and Second Reformation periods of Scotland were so dedicated to socio-religious covenanting as a biblical tool for reformation and solidifying national religious attainments that they came to be called Covenanters. They took seriously Jesus' command to disciple whole nations (cf. Matthew 28:18-20). They believed that this Commission is not fulfilled until every nation bows the knee to Christ and covenants with Him. The Puritans understood that the Bible presents Israel, including its covenant and covenant law code (excluding any laws that have been abrogated or set out of gear by the death of Christ), as a model for all nations (cf. Deuteronomy 4:5-8). The gospel of Jesus Christ is to transform individuals and even whole cultures and nations. It should result in progressive sanctification in society as people learn all that Christ has commanded. When the majority of people are committed to the Lord, they will formally recognize the Redeemer in their constitutions; will establish the true Christian religion on a national and local level; and will seek to base all their laws on the law of God revealed in Scripture.
    In the book Rev. Schwertley not only sets forth the biblical case for social or national covenanting in a simple, organized and comprehensive manner, but also critiques the modern Presbyterian alternative to the original Presbyterian teaching on this and related topics. -- Publisher, National Covenanting and Christ's Victory Over the Nations

    In the final analysis, all modern ills, spiritual and temporal, are traceable to our continuing departure from the principles of the Second Reformation. . . . In particular, I am convinced that the Lord will not bless a church at peace with his enemies. Our departure from truth has led to our undernourished condition as a church; truth, as Thornwell argued, is the only food that the soul can digest.
    It does no good to blame society or the church for our deficiencies before the Lord because Christ holds men, not churches and states, accountable. In the words of Hugh Miller, "Churches, however false and detestable, are never to be summoned to the bar of judgment. . . . To Christ, as his head and king, must every man render an account."
    The great heresy of our times is that all men are children of God. Those within the church have lost their identity as a people of God, united in spirit and purpose. We have adopted the half-truths of our fathers for which Judah faced punishment: Because they have despised the law of the Lord, and have not kept his commandments, and their lies caused them to err, after which their fathers have walked (Amos 2:4b). Nevertheless, Christ loves his church, and he will see to it that his bride is prepared (Ephesians 5:27), for the great banquet. Base on the history of God's people, the needed corrections will result from either prayer or persecution, leading the people to renew their covenant promises. Let us pray that God's kingdom come, and let us covenant to fulfill our obligations to be his people. When persecution comes, let us pray that we would stand as firm as did the Scottish Covenanters. When covenanting comes, let us praise the Lord, for only in him will we stand firm. Let us ever strive to make it possible for our children to utter one of James Nisbet's praises, "O my soul! Bless and praise the Lord that I was born in a land where the glad tidings of the everlasting gospel are published and pressed with so much purity and plainness." This should be our prayer, Turn us again, O God, and cause thy face to shine; and we shall be saved (Psalm 80:3). -- Edwin Nesbit Moore from the conclusion to 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)

    There is no doubt that evangelicalism today is in a state of perplexity and unsettlement. In such matters as the practice of evangelism, the teaching of holiness, the building up of local church life, the pastor's dealing with souls and the exercise of discipline, there is evidence of widespread dissatisfaction with things as they are and or equally widespread uncertainty as to the road ahead. This is a complex phenomenon, to which many factors have contributed; but, if we go to the root of the matter, we shall find that these perplexities are all ultimately due to our having lost our grip on the biblical gospel. Without realizing it, we have during the past century bartered that gospel for a substitute product which, though it looks similar enough in points of detail, is as a whole a decidedly different thing. Hence our troubles; for the substitute product does not answer the ends for which the authentic gospel has in past days proved itself so mighty. Why?
    We would suggest that the reason lies in its own character and content. It fails to make men God-centered in their thoughts and God-fearing in their hearts because this is not primarily what it is trying to do. One way of stating the difference between it and the old gospel is to say that it is too exclusively concerned to be 'helpful' to man -- to bring peace, comfort, happiness, satisfaction -- and too little concerned to glorify God. The old gospel was 'helpful', too -- more so, indeed, than is the new -- but (so to speak), incidentally, for its first concern was always to give glory to God. It was always and essentially a proclamation of divine sovereignty in mercy and judgment, a summons to bow down and worship the mighty Lord on whom man depends for all good, both in nature and in grace. Its center of reference was unambiguously God. But in the new gospel the center of reference is man. This is just to say that the old gospel was religious in a way that the new gospel is not. Whereas the chief aim of the old was to teach people to worship God, the concern of the new seems limited to making them feel better. The subject of the old gospel was God and his ways with men; the subject of the new is man and the help God gives him. There is a world of difference. The whole perspective and emphasis of gospel preaching has changed.
    From this change of interest has sprung a change of content, for the new gospel has in effect reformulated the biblical message in the supposed interests of 'helpfulness'. Accordingly, the themes of man's natural inability to believe, of God's free election being the ultimate cause of salvation, and of Christ dying specifically for his sheep are not preached. These doctrines, it would be said, are not 'helpful'; they would drive sinners to despair, by suggesting to them that it is not in their own power to be saved through Christ. (The possibility that such despair might be salutary is not considered: it is taken for granted that it cannot be, because it is so shattering to our self-esteem). However this may be (and we shall say more about it later), the result of these omissions is that part of the biblical gospel is now preached as if it were the whole of that gospel; and a half-truth masquerading as the whole truth becomes a complete untruth. Thus, we appeal to men as if they all had the ability to receive Christ at any time; we speak of his redeeming work as if he had make it possible for us to save ourselves by believing; we speak of God's love as if it were no more than a general willingness to receive any who will turn and trust; and we depict the Father and the Son, not as sovereignly active in drawing sinners to themselves, but as waiting in quiet impotence 'at the door of our hearts' for us to let them in.
    It is undeniable that this is how we preach; perhaps this is what we really believe. But it needs to be said with emphasis that this set of twisted half-truths is something other than the biblical gospel. The Bible is against us when we preach in this way; and the fact that such preaching has become almost standard practice among us only shows how urgent it is that we should review this matter. To recover the old, authentic, biblical gospel, and to bring our preaching and practice back into line with it, is perhaps our most pressing present need. And it is at this point that Owen's treatise on redemption can give us help. -- J.I. Packer in ~ ~Introduction to The Death of Death in the Death of Christ

    True Gospel in the pulpit, true Gospel in every Religious Society we support, true Gospel in the books we read, true Gospel in the friends we keep company with -- let this be our aim, and never let us be ashamed to let men see that it is so.
    Let the meekness of St. Peter in taking a reproof be as much our example as the boldness of St. Paul in reproving. -- J.C. Ryle "The Fallibility of Ministers" in Warning to the Churches, pp. 93-121

    It is not possible to institutionalize Christianity.

    If I profess with the loudest voice and clearest exposition every portion of the Word of God except precisely that little point which the world and the devil are at that moment attacking, I am not confessing Christ, however boldly I may be professing Him. Where the battle rages, there the loyalty of the soldier is proven; and to be steady on all the battlefront besides is mere flight and disgrace if he flinches at that point. -- Martin Luther

    Dr. Southey thought that By-Ends [a personification in PILGRIM'S PROGRESS -- compiler], was the picture of some particular individual; but Bunyan often depicts the whole generation of such gentry, with graphic accuracy. "I observe," he [Bunyan -- compiler], says, in his BARREN FIG-TREE, "that as there are trees wholly noble, so there are also their semblance; not right, but ignoble. There is the Grape, and the Wild-grape; the Rose, and the Cankerrose; the Apple, and the Crab. Now, fruit from these wild trees, however it may please children to play with, yet the prudent and grave count it of little or no value. There are also in the world a generation of Professors, that bring forth nothing but wild olive-berries; Saints only before men; Devils and Vipers at home. Saints in world; but sinners in heart and life. Well, saith God, this profession is but a cloak. I will loose the Reins of this man, and give him up to his own vile affections. 'I will answer him by myself!' Ezek. xiv. 7 [Ezekiel 14:7]. Thou art too hard for the Church. She knows not how to deal with thee. Well, I will deal with that man myself!" So also in his RIGHTEOUS MAN'S DESIRES, he [Bunyan -- compiler], says, "Some men's Hearts are narrow upwards, and wide downwards; narrow as for God, but wide as for the world. They gape for the one, but shut themselves up against the other. The heart of a wicked man is widest downward; but it is not so with the Righteous. His desires, like the temple Ezekiel saw in vision, are still widest upwards, and spread towards heaven. A full Purse, with a lean soul, is a great curse. Many, while lean in their Estates, had fat souls; but the fattening of their estates made their souls as lean as a rake, as to all good." In like manner, it is not in By-path Meadow, where Christian listened to Vain-Confidence; nor at Beelzebub's Orchard, where little Matthew ate grapes which gave him "the gripes," that Bunyan displayed his deepest acquaintance with the "bane and antidote" of Temptation. He says in his "NOTES ON GENESIS," "In time of temptation, it is our wisdom and duty to keep close to the Word, which forbids the sin, and not to reason with Satan as Eve did. So long as we retain the simplicity of the Word, we have Satan at the end of the staff; for unless we give way to a doubt of it, he gets no ground on us. Eve went to the outside of her liberty, and set herself upon the brink of danger, when she said, 'We may eat of all, but one tree.' When people dally thus with the Devil, they fall by temptation." -- Robert Philip in A Chronological Critique on the Writings and Genius of Bunyan, 1845, pp. vi, vii
    There are only two types of individuals in the world. To the one God says, "Not My will, but thine be done," but the other says to God, "Not my will, but Thine be done."

    It is possible to speak of the studied irrelevance of much preaching and comment on Scripture. -- Rousas John Rushdoony, in Institutes of Biblical Law, p. 468

    The more people have studied different methods of bringing up children the more they have come to the conclusion that what good mothers and fathers instinctively feel like doing for their babies is the best after all. -- Benjamin McLane Spock (May 2, 1903 -- March 15, 1998), from his autobiography
    Permissiveness did not work with our youth (see SPOCK ON SPOCK). What reasons do churchmen, judges, and Federal, State, and Local government officials have to expect that their permissiveness and lack of justice will work with adult society?

    The depravity of man is at once the most empirically verifiable reality, but at the same time the most intellectually resisted fact. -- Malcolm Muggeridge. See also: Calvin's Commentary on Isaiah, Chapter 33 [Isaiah 33]

    Abrahams, Israel, Studies in Pharisaism and the Gospels, ISBN: 1592448240 9781592448241.
    "First published in two volumes in 1917 and 1924. Now available in one volume. Long regarded as a pioneer work that revolutionized an understanding of the character and development of Pharisaism." -- Cyril J. Barber

    Adams, Jay E., Sex Change; Division in Eldership; Children; Suicide; Paranoia; Repression; Forgetting; Death (Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation.)
    Audio cassette JA506 [audio file].

    *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

    Anonymous, Protesters Vindicated: Or, A Just and Necessary Defence of Protesting Against, and Withdrawing from This National Church of Scotland on Account of Her Many Gross and Continued Defections, 1716. Alternate title: PROTESTERS VINDICATED: OR, A JUST AND NECESSARY DEFENCE OF PROTESTING AGAINST, AND WITHDRAWING FROM THIS NATIONAL CHURCH OF SCOTLAND; ON ACCOUNT OF HER MANY GROSS AND CONTINUED DEFECTIONS, 1716. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #27.
    "The title continues: 'More particularly, her approving of, and going into the legal establishment of the Prelatic constitutions of England. The generality of ministers swearing, in the Oath of Abjuration, to maintain Erastianism, Prelacy, and English Popish Ceremonies. Non-Jurants joining with Jurants, judicially approving that practice to be free of scandal. The Church's establishing tyranny in government, against all who will not join in communion with her, and approve her practices without redress of grievances. Wherein these and several other causes of withdrawing are proven to be justly chargeable on the Church, demonstrated to be contrary to the Word of God and Reformed principles of this Church, and just grounds of withdrawing, and setting up judicatures distinct from her; and the objections of Jurants and others fully answered.' This is a classic, detailed statement of the old covenanted principles and the biblical attainments of the Second Reformation (like the Solemn League and Covenant, the Westminster Standards, etc.). It is also an excellent defense against the modern malignants who counsel Christ's children to remain in the backsliding and covenant breaking denominations that abound in our day. Very Rare!" -- Publisher

    Armerding, Hudson T., The Heart of Godly Leadership, ISBN: 0891076751 9780891076759.
    "A former Wheaton College president brings a seasoned scriptural perspective to the subject of godly leadership, giving Biblical examples relating to delegating authority, handling success, and passing leadership on to the next generation. Tackles family, church, and society." -- GCB

    Armstrong, John H. (editor, contributor), et al., Erwin W. Lutzer (foreword), Reforming Pastoral Ministry: Challenges for Ministry in Postmodern Times, ISBN: 1581341792 9781581341799.

    *Ashe, Simeon (d. 1662), The Church Sinking, Saved by Christ: Set out in a Sermon Preached Before the Right Honourable the House of Lords, in the Abby-Church at Westminster, on Wednesday, Febr. 26. 1644, Being the day of the Monthly Publike Fast. [Isaiah 63:5]. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.

    Associated Reformed Presbytery (Reformed Presbytery in Scotland), The Constitution of the Associate-Reformed Synod in America Considered, Disowned, and Testifyed Against, as Inconsistent With the Reformation-constitution of Britain and Ireland.
    The Constitution of the Associate Reformed Synod in America considered, disowned and testifyed against
    http://www.truecovenanter.com/reformedpresbyterian/reformed_presbytery_testimony_against_ars_constitution.html?doc_banner_show=false

    Banks, Robert J., and Julia Banks, The Church Comes Home, ISBN: 156563179X 9781565631793.
    "In our modern dislocated society many are searching for a church experience that offers true Christian sharing, nurturing, and discipleship, in addition to teaching and worship. For many such people the answer is found in the home church: a small, committed group of often diverse people who meet together in homes to pray, eat, sing, study, and share their lives.
    "THE CHURCH COMES HOME is a handbook for those interested in home churches. It is both visionary and practical. It describes how home churches can be formed, how they should grow, and how networks of home churches can develop. It examines issues-for example, how to make decisions; how to determine doctrine; how to include children, singles, elders; and how to reach out to the community at large-and offers practical suggestions for their resolution.
    "Robert Banks is Professor of the Ministry of the Laity and Chair of the Ministry Division at Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California.
    "Julia Banks and her husband Robert have been involved with home churches for over twenty-five years. Together they have led seminars and assisted congregations in developing this style of gather in many parts of the world. Julia coordinates the community house in which she and Rob live with a group of students. She is also active as a church planter and in building networks among house churches." -- Publisher

    Baillie, Robert (1599-1662), Anabaptism, The True Fountain of Independency, Antinomy, Brownisme, Familisme, and the Most of the Other Errors, Which for the Time do Trouble the Church of England, Unsealed: Also the Questions of Paedobaptisme and Dipping Handled From Scripture: in a Second Part of the Disswasive From the Errors of the Time, 1647. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.
    "The title continues: 'Also the Questions of Paedobaptisme and Dipping Handled from Scripture. In a Second Part of the Dissuasive from the Errors of the Time.' Shows the origin, progress and changing character of the Anabaptist's heresies -- many which still afflict the body of Christ in our day (even in so-called 'Reformed' circles). A fine defense of the biblical view of baptism is also given, including many answers to Anabaptist (Baptist) objections on this point. A staggering array of 'testimonies' (i.e. quotations), are marshalled by Baillie -- both in refuting and setting forth the pernicious Anabaptist teachings. Baillie was one of the Scottish Commissioners sent to the Westminster Assembly. His international perspective and insight (concerning the ecclesiastical and civil battles for the Protestant cause of his day), makes for an interesting backdrop to this title -- not often encountered among most authors dealing with these topics." -- Publisher

    Baillie, Robert (1599-1662), Errours and Induration are the Great Sins and the Great Judgements of the Time. Alternate title: ERROURS AND INDURATION ARE THE GREAT SINS AND THE GREAT JUDGEMENTS OF THE TIME: PREACHED IN A SERMON BEFORE THE RIGHT HONOURABLE HOUSE OF PEERS, IN THE ABBEY-CHURCH AT WESTMINSTER, JULY 30, 1645, THE DAY OF THE MONTHLY FAST. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.

    Banks, Robert, Going to Church in the First Century: An Eyewitness Account, ISBN: 0940232375 9780940232372.
    "Bankes does his research. He is not merely writing what he thinks the Church looked like in the first century but he dives into Church History itself to show you historically what it looked like. The book takes 1 Corinthians 14:26 and applies it to the house churches listed in the New Testament. In the end, Banks does a wonderful job of showing the reader how radically different our church 'services' are today compared to the first century. Banks then tells us how to apply the apostolic traditions (1 Corinthians 11:2; 2 Thessalonians 2:15; 3:6), to our current churches whether traditional or house churches." -- Reader's Comment

    *Banks, Robert J., Paul's Idea of Community: The Early House Churches in Their Cultural Setting, ISBN: 1565630505 9781565630505.
    "Robert Bank's widely read PAUL'S IDEA OF COMMUNITY: THE EARLY HOUSE CHURCHES IN THEIR CULTURAL SETTING is once again available to laypeople, pastors and scholars alike. In this extensively revised edition Banks has rewritten chapters for clarity, taken into account recent scholarship on Paul's writings, updated and expanded the bibliography, and added an index. This new edition retains, however, all the freshness and vitality of the original.
    "The book draws fully upon the wealth of recent scholarly analysis of the New Testament churches, but in such a skilled way that the picture is not buried in learning, but brought to life for present-day readers. . . . People will be startled to find how much of modern church life has departed form the New Testament spirit. And yet the modern communities still possess in the New Testament, as illuminated through a book like this, the sources from which church life can be reawakened to the community consequences of accepting the Pauline gospel." -- Edwin A. Judge, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia
    "It is good news that Robert Banks's PAUL'S IDEA OF COMMUNITY is once more available, now in a thoroughly revised, expanded edition. Convinced that Paul's distinctive contribution to Christianity is his idea of community, Banks demonstrates how this notion informs Paul's instruction to his churches. . . . It is striking how naturally discussions of such topics as Paul's teaching on freedom and on eschatology fall within the purview of this stimulating book." -- Abraham J. Malherbe, Yale University
    "Robert Banks is Professor of the Ministry of the Laity and Chair of the Ministry Division at Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California." -- Publisher

    Barrow, Greg, Protestant Antidote to Modern Disunity (1/5) (Debate with Richard Bacon), audio files. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #24.
    "Defection from Reformation teaching on separation, unity, church membership, church government, terms of communion, creeds, confessions, covenants, etc., exposed (in modern Presbyterian and Reformed churches), and corrected in accordance with Scripture and the best teachers and preachers of the (first and second), Protestant Reformations. This is chapter four from the book THE COVENANTED REFORMATION DEFENDED: "Misrepresentation #4: The Puritan Reformed Church of Edmonton (PRCE) is guilty of imposing the traditions of men upon the conscience by requiring terms of communion that are unscriptural." -- Publisher
    http://www.swrb.com/newslett/actualnls/misrep4.htm
    Protestant Antidote to Modern Disunity (1/5) (free audio file)
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?sermonid=81202235217
    Protestant Antidote to Modern Disunity (2/5) (free audio file)
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?sermonID=8130218525
    Protestant Antidote to Modern Disunity (3/5) (free audio file)
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?sermonID=815022132

    Barna, George, Revolution, 2005, ISBN: 1414307586 9781414307589 1414310161 9781414310169.
    We feel that Barna's polls and statistics are valuable in giving a picture of the current state of the local church. However, we see no evidence that separated and divided Christians will ever attain to the fullness of the true church united in one body. Our top priority should always be reform of the church. (See the chapters on "Corporate Faitfulness and Sanctification," The Westminster Confession of Faith [1646, The Westminster Standards], and Related Works: A Study Guide, and "Unity and Uniformity in the Visible Church: Unity in the Truth.")
    "Somehow, the other day, I happened to pick up a copy of George Barna's new book called REVOLUTION. For those of you who are unfamiliar, George Barna is the founder of Barna Research Group (now called The Barna Group), which was created more than two decades ago with the intent to help ministries facilitate strategic decision-making. Much of this was accomplished through detailed statistical research provided by the Group. Over the course of that 20 years the Barna research team interviewed nearly a half million people in the course of hundreds of research studies, provided seminar-based training to leaders from more than 50,000 churches, produced more than 60 books and syndicated reports, and developed a website that provided free information to hundreds of thousands of people every month. Barna became one of the most (if not the most), trusted resource for church-related statistical research in the United States and has often been hailed as 'the most quoted person in the Christian Church today!'
    "But, as I found out reading this book, a drastic change occurred in George Barna's life (about 2003), as a result of his countless hours of researching the effects of organized religion; he realized that very little actual life transformation appeared to be occurring in churched believers all over the country. Even worse, he realized that his own efforts in research were being used by pastors mostly for the purpose of seeking statistical evidence to support their teaching. To his surprise, however, the same research Barna had been conducting over the years led him to a discovery of the fact that God was moving in mighty ways OUTSIDE the four walls of the Institutional Church! In fact, Barna was so impacted by what he observed in the lives of 'churchless' Christians all over the U.S. that it convinced him to give up what he had done for 20 years and refocus his attentions. He changed the name of his organization from the Barna Research Group to simply the Barna Group, downsized his organization from 100 employees to eight, moved out of their large office space into a compact area, sought to become more partnership based, and chose to raise the level of risk they were willing to take in new ventures, determining that it would be better to go broke in the pursuit of true life transformation than to remain financially safe but without any gain for the kingdom.
    "All of that to say that George Barna no longer has interest to merely help grow the Institutional Church. His new passion is solely to see God's true Church, who are His very people (His body), walk into the fullness of what God intends for them without obstacles, without distractions, without religious strings attached -- and to see them live life to the fullest in Christ and minister truth to a lost and dying world who desperately need Him. George was humbled to find that this is already happening without the aid of churches and formal religious organizations or 'official' leadership. In fact, one of the most impacting things he notes in his new book is that so many of these groups of believers who serve the Lord outside the Institutional Church System, even though they often have poor organization, lack of great numbers, meager financial resources, often weak human leadership and are sometimes ridiculed and despised by those in larger church organizations, yet they are often more effective (in terms of actual life transformation, relationship building, devotion to truth, and sincere Christian devotion); proving that it is GOD -- not man -- that is leading these believers. Barna now calls these Christians who no longer center their lives around religious organizations (i.e. churches), 'Revolutionaries' and believes they (all 20 million of them and growing), are the real future of the manifested Body of Christ on earth; in other words they represent those who have moved beyond the established church and chosen to BE the Church instead. Barna also humbly and joyously admits that he is now one of them as well.
    "While many traditionalists argue today that, in order to grow properly in the Lord, you must attend a local church, Barna refutes this notion strongly with both Scripture and statistical example of how literally millions of believers today are finding a vibrant relationship with God (and fellowship with their brothers and sisters in Christ), outside the walls of organized religion (and the same are effecting change around them by their Christ-like influence); However, Barna does not make the argument simply about those 'in' churches and those 'outside' (as a sort of 'us versus them' attitude), rather he directs his writing to every true believer in Jesus Christ and focuses on the importance of becoming full disciples of Jesus (whether inside or outside the walls of some organization), and not to become distracted with anything that may remove our full attention from Him. Barna states in the book: 'In fact, there is no verse in Scripture that links the concepts of worshiping God and a 'church meeting.' The Bible does not tell us that worship must happen in a church sanctuary and therefore we must be actively associated with a local church. It simply tells us that we must worship God regularly and purely, in spirit and truth. Take particular note of the fact that Jesus dismissed the organized worship of His day as 'a farce' and intimated that we ought not be so limited as to how and when we worship God (see Mark 7:7). When the Samaritan woman asked about worship practices and places, Jesus responded bluntly that, The time is coming when it will no longer matter whether you worship the Father on this mountain or in Jerusalem . . . But the time is coming -- indeed it is here now -- when true worshipers with worship the Father in spirit and in truth (John 4:21-23). He was highlighting the same foolish irrelevancies that traditionalists argue about today.
    "The book also highlights trademarks of true Revolutionaries as Barna has observed and attempts to give suggestions as to how all of us, even (and especially), those believers who are still associated with or who lead traditional congregations, can make way for this current revolution and move of God's Spirit. While some may find the content of this book uncomfortable or even controversial, Barna speaks with grace but also fervor and excitement, presenting a strong, biblically-sound argument for what he has observed transpiring over the last two decades and encourages the reader to make their own educated observations. Finally, he challenges the reader to boldly face this crossroad and decide whether or not they will become a part of the revolution themselves (risking all to follow Christ without reserve). He presses the reader with the question as to whether or not they will embrace what God is doing or outright fight it and reject it altogether. Whether or not a Christian chooses to agree with Barna's observations of what he considers to be a magnificent move of God and the very future of the Lord's Church on earth as we know it, Barna believes that every Christian needs to be aware of 'the revolution' and confront their reaction to it head on.
    "Anyone who has been familiar with the Barna Group (a.k.a. Barna Research Group), over the years knows that they are a trustworthy voice in the Church and have a firm grasp on the nationwide picture of organized religion and its effects on society and the body of Christ. We would do well to listen to what this brother in Christ, George Barna, has to say about what he has observed.
    "This is a remarkable book that will encourage and inspire believers (whether outside the institutional church program or even still within). It's a very easy read. The book also contains some statistics (as you'd expect from Barna Group), and proves to be a very informative, spiritually-motivating read. I highly recommend this book!
    "In closing I would just like to say that this review is not necessarily intended to be a full on endorsement of everything George Barna may personally believe or engage in as it concerns every facet of his ministry. The truth is, I know very little at this point about all of that. Each person should exercise discernment and hold fast to the truth of God's Word as their gage in all things. I merely wish to encourage people to see that God is working in wonderful ways OUTSIDE the four walls, as He can in you . . . and if a man who spent more than 30 years of his life supporting the old system can humble himself, recognizing the hand of God in ways previously unfamiliar to him and risk everything to follow Christ, even if it costs him the success of his own well-established and financially-successful ministry, certainly so can we press on in Jesus without fear or worry for the things others may say about us and live to become Revolutionaries for the glory of our Lord. Ultimately, I hope all of us who know the Lord can agree that life as believers is ABOUT HIM and we ought never to allow ourselves to be distracted from a pure and true devotion to Jesus Christ.
    "God bless you all!" -- Reader's Comment
    Barna, George, Robert Lewis, and Dwight Gunter, Revolution, 2006, DVD. Alternate title: "HEALTHY CHURCHES RESPOND TO THE REVOLUTION."

    Bates, Stewart (1625-1699), The Sin and Danger of Union Between the Church of Christ and an Immoral or anti-Christian Civil Government, 1841. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #25.

    Begg, James (1808-1883), A Violation of the Treaty of Union: The Main Origin of our Ecclesiastical Divisions and Other Evils: A Second Address to the People of Scotland, 1871.

    Boston, Thomas (1676-1732), The Pleasure of Real Religion. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available in THE WORKS OF THOMAS BOSTON on Reformation Bookshelf CD #6.

    *Bridges, Charles (1794-1869), The Christian Ministry, With an Inquiry Into the Causes of its Inefficiency, ISBN: 1428610979. A Christian classic.
    "Bridges was a minister in England into the nineteenth century. . . . This book has been considered a classic book for ministers almost since it was written in 1829." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.

    Bridges, Jerry, True Community: The Biblical Practice of Koinonia, a revised edition of TRUE FELLOWSHIP, ISBN: 9781617471759 1617471755. Alternate title: THE CRISIS OF CARING: RECOVERING THE MEANING OF TRUE FELLOWSHIP.
    "The word 'fellowship' has become so watered down in our Christian culture, it no longer carries anything near the weight of intimate meaning it conveyed to the 1st-century Christian. But there is no reason that, 2000 years after the book of Acts, the depth of relationship meant by koinonia can't be realized in our relationships. It is the inheritance of the body of Christ, from our Savior's work. When fellowship is understood as a ministry of caring shared between all of us, it can make your church a life-changing blessing. Jerry Bridges is author of many books, including THE PURSUIT OF HOLINESS, TRANSFORMING GRACE, TRUSTING GOD, and THE JOY OF FEARING GOD." -- Publisher

    Bridges, Jerry, True Fellowship: A Bible Study on (Leader's Guide).
    "First published in 1983, this book was written to help Christians not only accept the fact that God is in charge, but also to see and apply the implications of that fact. An honest book which gives straight, Biblical answers to the tough question we all ask." -- GCB

    Brown, John (of Haddington, 1722-1787), Reformation Attainments Versus Backsliding Religious Professors Available (THE ABSURDITY AND PERFIDY OF ALL AUTHORITATIVE TOLERATION), on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #7, #25, #26.
    "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, Treasury of the Scottish Covenant, p. 486) -- Publisher
    Brown, John (of Haddington, 1722-1787), The Absurdity and Perfidy of all Authoritative Toleration of Gross Heresy, Blasphemy, Idolatry, Popery, in Britain
    http://archive.org/details/absurdityperfidy00brow

    Bogue, Carl, Does the Regulative Principle Matter to the PCA? Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.
    "This message was delivered for Concerned Presbyterian Day (March 23, 1993). It deals with problems in the Presbyterian Church in America concerning differing views of worship as they relate to Scripture and the vows ministers take to the Westminster Confession. Bogue's reviews of A DEFENSE OF LIBERTY AGAINST TYRANTS by Junius Brutus and MESSIAH THE PRINCE OR, THE MEDIATORIAL DOMINION OF JESUS CHRIST, by William Symington, are both appended to this lecture." -- Publisher

    *Brown, John (of Haddington, 1722-1787), Westminster's View of the "Everlasting" Solemn League and Covenant. Available in THE ABSURDITY AND PERFIDY OF ALL AUTHORITATIVE TOLERATION OF GROSS HERESY, BLASPHEMY, IDOLATRY, POPERY, IN BRITAIN, 1797. Available (THE ABSURDITY AND PERFIDY OF ALL AUTHORITATIVE TOLERATION), on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available (THE ABSURDITY AND PERFIDY OF ALL AUTHORITATIVE TOLERATION), on Reformation Bookshelf CD #7, #25, #26.
    The Absurdity and Perfidy of all Authoritative Toleration of Gross Heresy, Blasphemy, Idolatry, Popery, in Britain
    http://archive.org/details/absurdityperfidy00brow
    "Interestingly, in the section defending the continuing obligation of the National and Solemn League and Covenant, we also note that the Westminster Assembly considered the Solemn League and Covenant an 'everlasting covenant.' Brown cites the following as proof, 'That the body of the English nation also swore the Solemn League and Covenant, is manifest. The Westminster Assembly and English Parliament, affirm, 'The honourable house of Parliament, the Assembly of Divines, the renowned city of London, and multitudes of other persons of all ranks and quality in this nation, and the whole body of Scotland, have all sworn it, rejoicing at the oath so graciously seconded from heaven. God will, doubtless, stand by all those, who with singleness of heart shall now enter into an everlasting covenant with the Lord.' (p. 161, emphasis added). The footnote tells us that the words Brown was quoting were taken from 'Exhortation to take the Covenant, February, 1644'." -- Publisher

    *Burges, Cornelius (1589?-1665), The First Sermon Preached to the Honorable House of Commons now Assembled in Parliament at Their Public Fast, Nov. 17, 1640. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #29.
    "A beautifully clear facsimile copy of this amazing sermon (published by order of the British House of Commons in 1641), exhorting this Parliament to 'stand to the covenant' of God; by, 'endeavouring of a further Sanction of, and stronger Guard about our true Palladium, the true Religion, already established among us; in the perfecting of the Reformation of it; in the erecting, maintaining, protecting, and encouraging of an able, godly, faithful, zealous, profitable, Preaching Ministry, in every Parish Church and Chapel throughout England and Wales; in interceding to the Kings sacred Majesty for the setting up of a Faithful, Judicious, and Zealous Magistracy, where yet the same is wanting, to be ever at hand to back such a Ministry: without either of which, not only the power of Godliness will sooner degenerate into formality, and zeal into lukewarmness; but Popery, Arminianism, Socinianism, Profaneness, Apostasy, and Atheism itself will more and more crowd in upon us, and prevail against us, do You all You can be all other means.' Points out that where a godly ministry and magistracy are lacking, society degenerates into a godless mob, headed by one of the above named heresies -- as we have seen in our day. Presses national covenant renewal, from Jer. 50:5 [Jeremiah 50:5], and explains from scripture how and why this should take place. Cites many biblical examples of the great Scriptural blessing that has followed previous national covenanting; while making practical application to the situation of the day. This sermon foreshadows chapter 23, of the celebrated Westminster Confession of Faith [1646], on 'the Civil Magistrate,' and gives much insight into this watershed period of Christian political development. It is highly recommended for anyone even remotely interested in seeing their nation prosper politically and ecclesiastically. Furthermore, it will be a great help for anyone seeking to formulate a biblical doctrine explaining the four way relationship between: loving God with all your heart, soul, strength and mind; Jesus Christ as mediator; the everlasting covenant (and covenanting); and the state, as set forth in Scripture. A very rare item. A Covenanter's delight! 70 pages." -- Publisher

    *Burgess, Anthony (d. 1664?), The Reformation of the Church, To be Endeavoured More Than That of the Commonwealth, 1645, 28 pages. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.
    "A 'Sermon preached before the Right Honourable House of Lords at the publicke Fast, August 27, 1645,' (notes the cover), during the days of the sitting of the Westminster Assembly. Can you image these words (which are just a small sample from the preface to the godly exhortation contained in this sermon), directed, by request of the civil magistrate, to the leaders of your nation? Burgess writes, 'It was my endeavour in this Sermon to excite your Lordships to a speedy and exact Reformation of the Church from all the corruptions that have defiled her, and herein to attend unto God's Word, as the only starre that will conduct unto Christ. None are too great to undertake so good a work. Gregory said of David dancing before the Ark, Magis miror Davidum saltantem, quam pugnantem, David is to be more admired in his religious worship of God, than in his courageous conquest and slaughter of the Philistines, or other enemies. Hence, Jer. 9:23,24 [Jeremiah 9:23,24], where glory in wisdome, riches and might is forbidden, there is a kinde of an holy pride allowed in the knowledge of the Lord. Let Heathens glory, that they are saluted by the Common-wealth, Patres Pariae; but let those Christians, whom God honoureth with dignity and place, delight to be nursing Fathers to the Church, by speaking comfortably unto those who teach the good knowledge of God; and by commanding the Levites to carry all the filthiness out of the Temple. Which that your Lordships may faithfully and zealously doe, is the prayer of Your Lordships humble Servant, Anthony Burgesse'." -- Publisher

    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 Puritan Hard Drive.

    Buzzard, Lynn R., and Paula Campbell, Holy Disobedience: When Christians Must Resist the State, ISBN: 0892831847 9780892831845.

    Byfield, Richard, A Short Treatise Describing the True Church of Christ, and the Evils of Schism, Anabaptism and Libertinism, wherein is proved that: Society is the genus of a church, not congregations, A national church under the New Testament, The visible church is God's Temple, The infallible note of a true church, Learning is needful for the discharge of the ministry, Toleration of all religions is contrary to God's Word, No communion with the wicked in their sin, etc. Delivered in two sermons. 1653. Alternate title: TEMPLE-DEFILERS DEFILED: WHEREIN A TRUE VISIBLE CHURCH OF CHRIST IS DESCRIBED. THE EVILS AND PERNICIOUS ERROURS, ESPECIALLY APPERTAINING TO SCHISME, ANABAPTISME, AND LIBERTINISME, THAT INFEST OUR CHURCH, ARE DISCOVERED. AND DIRECTIONS TO PRESERVE FROM THE SIN AND PUNISHMENT OF TEMPLE-DEFILING, DELIVERED IN TWO SERMONS PREACHED AT THE LECTURE IN KINGSTON UPON THAMES, FEB. 20 AND 27, 1644. OUT OF I COR. 3.17 [1 Corinthians 3:17].

    Calamy, Edmund (1600-1666), The Great Danger of Covenant-refusing, and Covenant-breaking. Alternate title: THE GREAT DANGER OF COVENANT-REFUSING, AND COVENANT-BREAKING: PRESENTED IN A SERMON PREACHED BEFORE THE RIGHT HONORABLE THOMAS ADAMS, LORD MAYOR, AND THE RIGHT WORSHIPFULL THE SHERIFFES, AND THE ALDERMEN HIS BRETHREN, AND THE REST OF THE COMMON-COUNCELL OF THE FAMOUS CITY OF LONDON, JAN. 14, 1645. UPON WHICH DAY THE SOLEMNE LEAGUE AND COVENANT WAS RENUED BY THEM. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.
    Vow, and pay unto the Lord your God. (Psalm 76:11a)
    When thou vowest a vow unto God, defer not to pay it: for he hath no pleasure in fools; pay that which thou hast vowed.
    Better it is that thou shouldest not vow, than that thou shouldest vow and not pay.
    (Ecclesiastes 5:4,5)
    http://www.truecovenanter.com/covenants/calamy_sermon_danger_of_covenant_refusing_and_breaking.html

    Calvin, John (1509-1564), 1 [1 Timothy], 2 Timothy and Titus, ISBN: 1581340214 9781581340211 1856841839 9781856841832.

    Calvin, John (1509-1564), Acts of the Council of Trent. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #16.

    *Calvin, John (1509-1564), Calvin's Commentary on Isaiah, 4 books, published in 2 volumes in CALVIN'S COMMENTARIES (vols. 7, 8). Spine title: CALVIN'S COMMENTARIES, VOLUME VII: ISAIAH 1-32; CALVIN'S COMMENTARIES, VOLUME VIII: ISAIAH 33-66. A Christian classic.
    Several factors combine to make CALVIN'S COMMENTARY ON ISAIAH particularly significant.

    C. Gregg Singer states, in the Mt. Olive Tape Library series of lectures:
    I have a study ready for public -- well, not ready for publication, but hopefully someday, on Calvin's use of Augustine [apparently never published -- compiler]. There are at least 400 references to Augustine in John Calvin. Anybody who says that Calvin got his theology of the top of his head knows no Calvin. Calvin knew Augustine probably better than anybody else, including Luther. Calvin went back to all the Early Western Fathers. I would say that next to Augustine, his theology is based upon Bernard of Clairvaux and Anselm, and he had a higher respect for Saint Thomas Aquinas than many people are willing to admit. But he is in the Western theological tradition.
    Charles Hodge, in his SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY of three volumes, very often refers to Calvinism as Augustinianism, and you can see why. [Charles Hodge], declares that you might as well call Calvinism revived and revitalized Augustinianism.
    Calvin's work is in four books, with a Scripture Index and a General Index. The Baker publication prints the four books in two volumes.
    Calvin, Jean (John, 1509-1564), Commentary on the Book of the Prophet Isaiah (1850), vol. 1 of 4.
    http://archive.org/details/commentaryonboo01calv
    Calvin, Commentary on the Book of the Prophet Isaiah (1850), vol. 2 of 4.
    http://archive.org/details/9thcommentaryonbo02calv
    Calvin, Commentary on the Book of the Prophet Isaiah (1850), vol. 3 of 4.
    http://archive.org/details/commentaryonbook03calv
    Calvin, Commentary on the Book of the Prophet Isaiah (1850), vol. 4 of 4.
    http://archive.org/details/commentaryonboo04calv
    Commentary on Isaiah -- Volume 1, John Calvin
    http://www.ccel.org/ccel/calvin/calcom13.html

    *Calvin, John (1509-1564), Calvin's Ecclesiastical Advice.
    "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." -- Publisher

    *Calvin, John (1509-1564), Calvin's Selected Works, Tracts and Letters, 7 Volumes, ISBN: 0801024935 9780801024931. A Christian classic. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.
    "These remarkable volumes contain Calvin's tracts and letters. They clearly exhibit why Calvin was one of the great saints (who defended the regulative principle of worship), and why his work was singularly blessed of God. Understanding these works will shed much light on our current situation; for many in the professed Christian community live in as great (or greater), darkness today than those who were contemporaries of Calvin. This set contains such classics as THE NECESSITY OF REFORMING THE CHURCH, THE CATECHISM OF THE CHURCH OF GENEVA, AN ANTIDOTE AGAINST TRENT, THE SINFULNESS OF OUTWARD CONFORMITY TO ROMISH RITES, and much more. Calvin's only letter to Luther, his letters to Knox, Bullinger, Beza and a host of other Reformers, along with Beza's 100 page LIFE OF CALVIN are also all included. Indexed, 3507 pages." -- Publisher
    The Necessity of Reforming the Church (1543), by John Calvin
    http://www.swrb.com/newslett/actualnls/NRC_ch00.htm

    Calvin, John (1509-1564), Come out From Among Them: The "Anti-Nicodemite" Writings of John Calvin. Available in Library of Presbyterian Heritage Publications and Protestant Heritage Press CD-ROM Library.
    "Some one will therefore ask me what counsel I would like to give to a believer who thus dwells in some Egypt or Babylon where he may not worship God purely, but is forced by the common practice to accommodate himself to bad things. The first advice would be to leave (i.e., relocate -- ed.), if he could. . . If someone has no way to depart, I would counsel him to consider whether it would be possible for him to abstain from all idolatry in order to preserve himself pure and spotless toward God in both body and soul. Then let him worship God in private (in his home -- ed.), praying him to restore his poor church to its right estate." -- John Calvin, Come out From Among Them, The Anti-Nicodemite Writings of John Calvin pp. 93-94

    Calvin, John (1509-1564), Comparison Between the False Church and the True. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #23.
    Calvin, John (1509-1564), Comparison Between the False Church and the True in Institutes of the Christian Religion (translated by Henry Beveridge), Book Fourth, Of The Holy Catholic Church, Chapter 2
    http://www.ccel.org/ccel/calvin/institutes.vi.iii.html

    *Calvin, John (1509-1564), The Necessity of Reforming the Church (1544). Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Also found in CALVIN'S SELECTED WORKS, TRACTS AND LETTERS. Available in Library of Presbyterian Heritage Publications and Protestant Heritage Press CD-ROM Library. Available in THE CHURCH EFFEMINATE AND OTHER ESSAYS.
    "It [NECESSITY OF REFORMING THE CHURCH (1544) -- compiler], has still been correctly acknowledged as one of the most important documents of the Reformation."
    "C.H. Spurgeon once said, 'the longer I live the clearer does it appear that John Calvin's system is the nearest to perfection.' (cited in Christian History, Vol. 5, No. 4). Like Calvin, some few believers today see 'the present condition of the Church . . . to be very miserable, and almost desperate.' Our context is different in one key respect however. The church needing reformation in Calvin's day was the tradition-encrusted church of Rome. Shortly after the Reformation, for those leaving Rome behind, two streams became apparent. One was the stream of classical Protestant orthodoxy, represented today by a handful of Gideons in their desktop publishing wine vats. The other was the left wing of the Reformation -- the anabaptist movement. In the early years, the anabaptists were suffering outsiders. But today the anabaptist church is the Establishment -- an establishment governed by a chaos of traditions instead of biblical worship. Everywhere we look we see Christians approaching God with observances in worship which Calvin calls 'the random offspring of their own brain.' Though this work is not an elaborate systematic presentation of the foundations of Christianity, such as CALVIN'S INSTITUTES, it has still been correctly acknowledged as one of the most important documents of the Reformation. Calvin here pleads the cause dearest to his heart before an assembly perhaps the most august that Europe could have furnished in that day. It has been said that the animated style used by Calvin in this work would not lose by comparison with any thing in the celebrated 'Dedication' prefixed to his INSTITUTES. To this day, THE NECESSITY OF REFORMING THE CHURCH remains a powerful weapon, both defensive and offensive, to fight the contemporary battle for Protestantism -- the everlasting gospel of truth. Here, in our modern setting, we find the answers to many of the vexing questions which continue to agitate the Church." -- Publisher
    The Necessity of Reforming the Church (1543), by John Calvin
    http://www.swrb.com/newslett/actualnls/NRC_ch00.htm

    Calvin, John (1509-1564), A Sermon of John Calvin, Upon the First Epistle of Paul to Timothy [1 Timothy], published for the benefit and edifying of the Church of God. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available in CAVLIN'S COMMENTARIES, vol. 21.
    Calvin on the True Calling of Women
    http://truecovenanter.com/calvin/calvin_19_on_Timothy.html

    Calvin, John (1509-1564), The True Method of Giving Peace to Christendom and of Reforming the Church, 1548. Available in CALVIN'S SELECTED WORKS, TRACTS AND LETTERS. Available (CALVIN'S SELECTED WORKS, TRACTS AND LETTERS), on the Puritan Hard Drive.

    Cameron, John (1579?-1625), An Examination of Those Plausible Appearances Which Seem Most to Commend the Romish Church and to Prejudice the Reformed. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.
    "Mr. Cameron successfully demonstrates that 'all those allegations 1) of the Magnificence, 2) Unity, 3) Antiquity, 4) Stability, 5) Continuation, 6) Succession, 7) The substance of truth, 8) The holiness pretended to be in the Church of Rome, are but frivolous pretenses, devised to hinder an exquisite and solid enquiry of the truth'." -- Publisher

    Cant, Andrew (1590?-1663), A Sermon Preached After the Renovation of the National Covenant, and Celebration of the Lord's Supper, at Glasgow, Anno. 1638. Alternate title: A SERMON PREACHED AT A GENERAL MEETING IN THE GRAY-FRIAR-CHURCH OF EDINBURGH, UPON THE 13 DAY OF JUNE, 1638, and THE NATIONAL COVENANT. SERMON AT GLASGOW (1638). Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.
    "Preaching of Matthew 22:2-6, immediately after the renovation of the National Covenant and the administration of the Lord's Supper, Andrew Cant pointed out that ministers are servants, not lords over the flock of God:
    'We are servants and not lords. I see never a word in this text, nay, in all the scripture that the Master of the feast sent out lords to woo home his bride; He "sent out His servants," but not His lords. Read all the Bible from the beginning to the ending, you shall not find it. Daft men may dispute, and by respect may carry it away; but read all the Old and New Testament both, and let me see if ever this lord prelate, or that lord bishop, was sent to woo home his bride'." -- Andrew Cant, "The National Covenant. Sermon at Glasgow (1638)" in James Kerr (editor), The Covenants and the Covenanters: Covenants, Sermons, and Documents of the Covenanted Reformation, p. 94

    Carson, D.A., The Gagging of God: Christianity Confronts Pluralism, ISBN: 9780310242864 031024286X.
    "Author D.A. Carson examines the tides of pluralism washing over virtually every aspect of American culture. Carson asserts the uniqueness of Jesus in a world of competing pluralistic claims, and despite the attempt to 'gag God,' He is still there and He is not silent." -- Publisher
    "According to Carson philosophical pluralism is the most dangerous menace to the Gospel since the rise of the gnostic heresy in the second century." -- Reader's Comment

    Cawdrey, Daniel (1588-1664), Family Reformation Promoted: In a Sermon on Joshua, chap. 24. ver. 15. [Joshua 24:15], and by Short Catechismes Fitted for the Three-fold Relations in a Family of 1. Children and Parents, 2. Servants and Masters, 3. Husband and Wife.

    Cawdrey, Daniel (1588-1664), Church Reformation Promoted, in a Sermon on Matt 18:15-17 [Matthew 18:15-17], Preached at Northampton on the day of Humiliation Before the Association of Ministers. As also 1. Some animadversions upon Mr. Humphrey's Second Vindication for promiscuous admission to the sacrament. 2. Some animadversions upon Mr. Sanders his Antidiatribe, tending to the same end of Church-Reformation, 1657.

    Cawdrey, Daniel (1588-1664), The Inconsistencie of the Independent way, With Scripture and it Self: Manifested in a Threefold Discourse, I. Vindicia vindiciarum, with M. Cotton. II. A review of M. Hookers Survey of church-discipline. The first part. III. A diatribe with the same M. Hooker concerning baptism of infants of non-confederate parents, chap. 2. Of his third part (Whether the Infants of Believers not in Covenant with a visible Church, may be baptized), 1651. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.

    Cawdrey, Daniel (1588-1664), Independencie a Great Schism: Proved Against Dr. Owen, his Apology in his Tract of Schism: as Also an Appendix to the Former Discourse, Shewing the Inconstancy of the Dr. and the Inconsistency of his Former and Present Opinions. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.

    Cawdrey, Daniel (1588-1664), Independency Further Proved to be a Schism, or, A Survey of Dr. Owen's Review of his Tract of Schism: with a vindication of the authour from his unjust clamours and false aspersions. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.

    Cotton, John (1584-1652), Ministers of the Gospel should speak, not as pleasing men, but God, who tries their hearts. A sermon preach'd at the ordination of the Rev. Mr. Ward Cotton, at Hampton, in New-Hampshire, June 19th. 1734. When he was ordain'd a colleague-pastor with the Rev. Mr. Nathanael Gookin, Pastor of the First Church there. By John Cotton, A.M. Minister of the Gospel in Newtown. Boston, 1734.

    Cunningham, William (1805-1861), James Buchanan, and James Bannerman, Leaders of the Reformation, 1860. Available in THE WORKS OF WILLIAM CUNNINGHAM. Available in THE REFORMERS AND THE THEOLOGY OF THE REFORMATION. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #17.

    Cunningham, William (1805-1861), The Objects, Nature, and Standard of Ecclesiastical Authority.

    *Cunningham, William (1805-1861), James Buchanan, and James Bannerman The Reformers and the Theology of the Reformation, 2 volumes.

    Dabney, Robert Lewis (1820-1898), Broad Churchism, ISBN: 0851513506 9780851513508. Alternate title: DISCUSSIONS OF ROBERT LEWIS DABNEY. "Transcribed from a sermon preached before the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the United States, Huntsville, Alabama, 18 May 1871." Available in DISCUSSIONS: EVANGELICAL AND THEOLOGICAL, 2 volumes. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #23.
    "Warfield called Dabney 'the most conspicuous figure and the leading theological guide of the Southern Presbyterian Church, the most prolific theological writer that Church has as yet produced.' These three volumes of articles and essays vindicate Warfield's statement. 'This is not a book to be read and returned to the library shelf,' states the well known Baptist minister Al Martin, 'rather, as I have found to my own profit, it ought to be read, digested, and kept close at hand as a guide, companion and constant prod to us.' Dr. Archibald Alexander called Dabney, 'the best teacher of theology in the United States, if not the world.' Freundt notes, 'Dabney championed the doctrines of Calvinism and applied them consistently and practically to the great issues of his times'." -- Publisher
    Broad Churchism, R.L. Dabney
    http://www.westminsterconfession.org/the-church/broad-churchism.php
    Dabney, Robert L., Discussions of Robert Lewis Dabney Vol. 1: Evangelical and Theological.
    http://archive.org/details/DiscussionsOfRobertLewisDabneyVol.1EvangelicalAndTheological

    Davis, D. Clair, The Church in the Modern Age: Kuyper and Educational Reformation (Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation.)
    Audio cassette CD234 [audio file].
    "The Church in the Modern Age" is a series of 46 audio files.

    *Dickson, David (1583?-1663), Of God's Eternal Decree. Available in TRUTH'S VICTORY OVER ERROR: A COMMENTARY ON THE WESTMINSTER CONFESSION OF FAITH, ISBN: 0851519490 9780851519494. Available (PDF and MP3 files), on the Puritan Hard Drive.
    "This book is not merely of historical interest; it is also of considerable value now because many of the errors refuted within its pages have surfaced again in the 21st century church under new guises. Christians today can learn a great deal from the faithful witness of former generations who experienced 'truth's victory over error.' TRUTH'S VICTORY OVER ERROR contains David Dickson's lectures on the WESTMINSTER CONFESSION OF FAITH, delivered to the divinity students of Edinburgh University in the early 1650s. Here then is a commentary written just a few brief years after the Westminster Divines drew up their famous Confession of 1647 [sic] by one of their senior contemporaries. Dickson's comments reveal the burning issues of the day and supply fascinating insight into the robust theology of the Scottish Puritans. In the Introduction to the book, Robert Wodrow writes that the author 'as it were, breaks the truths of our Confession small, and prepares them for the meanest capacities.' Here, then, is a useful aid for Christians who want to study and understand the doctrines of the Confession itself. Dickson was concerned to explain the truth and refute error. Not content merely to establish the Confession's articles from Scripture, he also 'guards against the gangrene and poison of contrary errors, with judgment and perspicuity' (Wodrow). Like all true evangelicals, Dickson saw the vital need of expressing the Bible's teaching in both negative and positive propositions." -- Publisher
    http://www.truecovenanter.com/dickson/truthsvictory03.html

    Douma, Doug J., Presbyterian Philosopher: The Authorized Biography of Gordon H. Clark, ISBN: 9781532607257 1532607253.
    "This is the story of Gordon Clark (1902-85), respected philosopher and prolific writer, who held that Christianity, as a logically coherent system, is superior to all other philosophies. Clark fought no wars and conquered no kingdoms. Yet he was a leading figure in many theological wars fought for the Kingdom of God. These battles for the minds and souls of men were every bit as crucial as physical wars between nations.
    "In an age of increasing secularization, he put up an intellectual defense of the Christian faith. This faith, he believed, was a system. All of its parts link together, a luxury of no other philosophy. His stance shows a Christianity that is in fact intellectual, not relying on appeals to emotion or experience.
    "In propounding this view, he encountered frequent opposition, not from the secular world, but from within his own denomination. This biography helps explain why his thought was so profound, why resistance mounted against him, and how his struggles impacted American Presbyterianism. Additionally, this book calls for a reappraisal of Clark's views, which have been maligned by controversy. Understanding and applying his views could significantly fortify Christians combating irrational and non-systematic ideas prevalent in today's churches." -- Publisher

    *Durham, James (1622-1658), Concerning Scandal. Alternate title: THE DYING MAN'S TESTAMENT TO THE CHURCH OF SCOTLAND: OR, A TREATISE CONCERNING SCANDAL. A Christian classic. Available (1659 edition), on the Puritan Hard Drive.
    "The Rise of The Following Treatise
    "Having had occasion to consider the Book of the Revelation, and being on the Epistle to the Church of Pergamos in the second chapter, ground was given to speak something of Scandal, by reason of several doctrines clearly arising from that place. Upon this occasion I did first essay the writing of something of the doctrine of scandal in general, intending only to have spent a sheet or two thereupon, as elsewhere on some other subjects. When this was brought to a close, I found the place to give ground to speak of public church offenses, as they are the object of church discipline and censures. And being convinced, that that subject was not impertinent to be spoken of, I yielded to spend some thoughts upon it also, which did draw to a greater length than at first was intended or was suitable for a digression. This being finished, as it is, and any more thoughts of this subject laid by, it occurred again to me to think of doctrinal scandals or of scandalous errors. And considering that the scandals mentioned in that place, are of such nature, and that such are very frequent in this time, I yielded also to put together what thoughts the Lord would furnish concerning the same, whereupon followed the third part of this treatise.
    "When this was even at the closing, there was a fourth part of the same subject that did occur to me to be thought on, which before that had never been minded, and that was concerning scandalous church divisions. To this my mind and inclination was exceedingly averse at first, as knowing it not only to be difficult in itself to be meddled in, but also exceedingly above me, who am altogether unsuitable to hazard on such a subject. Yet considering the rise of the motion, and how the Lord had helped through the other parts, I did resolve to condescend to follow it, at least so far till it might appear what was his mind to me therein, and accordingly did follow it till it came to the period (whatever it be), that now it is at.
    "This is the true rise and occasion of this treatise, and of the several parts thereof, and therefore I have continued its entry in the original mold thereof, to wit, in laying down some general doctrines from that place of Scripture, and if there is afterward any more particular relation to the second and third chapters of the Revelation than to other Scriptures, this simple narration of the rise thereof may satisfy any concerning the same. Whereof we shall say no more, but first lay down grounds of all from that text, and then proceed in the treatise, which is divided in four parts, upon the reasons formerly hinted."
    "The Grounds Of This Treatise
    "Among other things that troubled the church in the primitive times, scandal, or offense, was a chief one. The many directions that are given concerning it, and the reproofs that are of it, show that it is a main piece of a Christian's conversation to walk rightly in reference thereto, and a great evidence of looseness where it is not heeded. On verse 6 [Rev. 2 (Revelation 2:6)], we show that this was a sole fault of the Nicolaitans to be careless of offending, or of giving of offense, and not to regard scandal; and here the Lord holds it forth to be so by comparing it with Balaam's practice (v. 14 [Revelation 5:14]), which is aggreged from this, that he taught Balak to lay a stumbling block before Israel. From which these doctrines may be gathered:

    1. That there is such a fault incident to men in their carriage, even to lay stumbling-blocks before others and to offend them.
    2. That men ought to walk so as not to offend others, or so as to lay no stumbling-block before them. So that it is not enough not to stumble themselves (if this could be separated from the other), but also they ought to be careful not to stumble others.
    3. The Lord takes special notice how men do walk in reference to others in this, and is highly provoked where he sees any guilty of it.
    4. The Devil has ever endeavored to have offenses abounding in the church, and to make some lay such stumbling-blocks before others.
    5. It is most hurtful to the church, and destructive to souls where offenses abound, and men walk not tenderly in reference to these; so that the Lord expresses it with a twofold woe (Matt. 18 [Matthew 18]), as being a woe beyond sword and pestilence.
    6. We may gather that corrupt doctrine never [lacks] offenses joined with it, and that ordinarily those who spread that, are untender in this.
    7. That offenses often accompany the rise and beginning of any work of Christ's among a people; these tares of offenses are ordinarily then sown.
    8. That some offenses are of a public nature, and that church officers should take notice of such, and that it is offensive to Christ when they are overlooked and not taken heed unto.
    9. Church officers, even such as other ways are approved in their carriage and ministry, may fall in this fault, as by comparing the Epistles to Pergamos and Thyatira, is clear.
    10. When officers fall in this fault, it is yet no reprovable thing in members that are pure in respect of their own personal carriage, to continue in communion with such a church, the ordinances other ways being pure." -- Author's Introduction
    "In this work Mr. Durham, in opening and examining the different scandals which deface the visible church, causing both the professed people of God, and the heathen to stumble and fall in the snares of sin and the devil, shows carefully and clearly the various means of avoiding and remedying these offenses, and what the people of God in their various places and stations must do to maintain the beauty of Zion in godliness and holiness, in purity and in peace.
    "James Durham's work on scandal and offense is the first of several books Naphtali Press plans to publish by 17th century Scottish Presbyterians. Many of the works of this group of writers are classic statements on the subjects they treat. This book of Durham's is such a work.
    "John Macleod (SCOTTISH THEOLOGY), says, 'His book on the Scandal of Church divisions has long been looked upon as the Scottish classic on its topic.' John Macpherson (DOCTRINE OF THE CHURCH IN SCOTTISH THEOLOGY), says, 'Taken all in all it is the very best book we have on the subject.' According to James Walker (THE THEOLOGY AND THEOLOGIANS OF SCOTLAND): 'He is the author of a book which once was very famous. For a hundred years and more you find it constantly referred to. Unhappily, as in so many other instances, it has a forbidding, or at all events not an attractive name. Yet I am not sure that anywhere a better idea is to be obtained of our old ecclesiasticism, and of its freedom to a large extent from the severity and rancorousness which have been so often attributed to it, than from the book 'On Scandal,' by this judicious man, who, with his thorough, searching, cumbrous intellect, reminds you not seldom of John Owen.'
    "The work is divided into four parts. The first deals with scandal and offense in general, where he defines these terms, and discusses private offenses between individuals, and how they are given and taken. In the second part he writes concerning public scandals, or such that need to be in some way taken notice of by the government of the church, and the various scriptural teachings on the order, implementation, and motive of church discipline. The third is about scandalous errors; the spreading of error, why it spreads, the Lord's design in it, Satan's devices in spreading error, and the duties of Christians in a time when error prevails. Of particular interest is a lengthy treatment of the minister's duty toward those seduced to error, where the four steps of discovery (or trial), conviction, admonition and rejection of an heretic are discussed. The last part concerns scandalous divisions in the church, how they arise, the evil of them, grounds for unity, things to overlook in order to unite, things to do in order to unite, and how to unify where the division concerns differences in church government.
    "Excerpted from THE DYING MAN'S TESTAMENT TO THE CHURCH OF SCOTLAND, or, A TREATISE CONCERNING SCANDAL by James Durham. Copyright. Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved." Publisher
    "This book ought to be required reading in seminaries and, indeed, for all who would serve as elders in Christ's church. It will repay careful study and breathe grace into our handling of the disciplinary problems that often confront us. Sessions will find real blessing if they study together Part Two [public scandals], especially." -- Gordon J. Keddie, Semper Reformanda, Vol. 2, No. 3
    "The appearance of a new and handsomely reset edition of James Durham's classic and unique work on ecclesiastical discipline is a timely and welcome event in these days of laxity in doctrine and morality within the church. The author was a Covenanter who ministered in the Church of Scotland during the Cromwellian interregnum. Possessed of a fragrant saintliness and an irenic spirit, he completed this volume on his deathbed, at age 36, under the title, 'The Dying Man's Testament to the Church of Scotland.' Durham grieved over the divisions that racked the Christian community of his time and was concerned that church discipline not be abused either by flagrant neglect or excessive rigor. The weighty scriptural balance he brings to his subject is unequalled." -- Gordon J. Keddie, Semper Reformanda, Vol. 2, No. 3
    "The book is divided into four parts -- Part One: Concerning Scandals in General -- dealing with offences between individual Christians. Part Two -- Concerning Public Scandals -- dealing with church discipline. Part Three: Concerning Doctrinal Scandals -- dealing with the spread of error in the church. Part Four: Concerning Scandalous Divisions -- dealing with divisions between godly men occasioned by such things as different outlooks and practices. The editor has spared no effort to make this old classic readable and useful." -- Austin R. Walker, Banner of Truth, Issue 337
    "In this work Mr. Durham, in opening and examining the different scandals which deface the visible church, causing both the professed people of God, and the heathen to stumble and fall in the snares of sin and the devil, shows carefully and clearly the various means of avoiding and remedying these offenses, and what the people of God in their various places and stations must do to maintain the beauty of Zion in godliness and holiness, in purity and in peace. This edition is based on the text of the edition printed in 1680, with revisions to contemporize the spelling, punctuation, and usage. This book has long been looked upon as the Scottish classic on this topic." -- GCB
    Concerning Scandal (extracts)
    http://www.naphtali.com/scanextr.htm

    *Fairbairn, Patrick (1805-1874), An Exposition of Ezekiel. Alternate title: EZEKIEL AND THE BOOK OF HIS PROPHECY. Available (WORKS OF PATRICK FAIRBAIRN), on the Puritan Hard Drive.
    "This exposition . . . has gained for its author a high place among elucidators of difficult part of Scripture. Dr. Fairbairn has a cool judgment and a warm heart; he has cast much light on Ezekiel's wheels, and has evidently felt the touch of the live coal, which is better still." -- C.H. Spurgeon
    Fairbairn, Patrick (1805-1874), Ezekiel and the Book of his Prophecy: An Exposition (1855)
    http://archive.org/details/ezekielbookofhis00fairrich

    *Fairly, John (1729-1806), An Humble Attempt in Defense of Reformation Principles; Particularly on the Head of the Civil Magistrate. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #25.
    "The title continues: 'Wherein the gross falsehoods, calumnies, and imposed sense, palmed by Mr. John Goodlet, upon the Testimony emitted by the Reformed Presbytery, are exposed and confuted; and said Testimony vindicated. As also, the seceding scheme of political principles more fully detected;-- and discovered to be inconsistent with the law of nature, light of divine revelation, and covenanted testimony of the Church of Scotland.' Goold, in his THE REFORMED PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH IN SCOTLAND: ITS ORIGIN AND HISTORY 1680-1876, writes of Fairly and this book, 'He was very zealous and outspoken in his maintenance of Church principles, and unsparing in his condemnation and exposure of the shortcomings of other denominations. This caused him to be both feared and disliked by many outside of his own communion; yet by the ministers who were nearest his residence, and who came most frequently in contact with him, he was greatly esteemed. He was fearless of consequences in the discharging of his duties. On one occasion, when in Ireland, his scathing exposure of Popery so irritated the Catholics, that three of them resolved to disturb his next meeting by musical instruments (and remember no faithful Presbyterian used this 'badge of Popery' -- musical instruments -- in their public meetings -- RB). They came prepared to do this, but were so overcome by the grave dignity of the man, and by the truth he spoke, that they could do nothing but quietly listen. Two of them, it is said, became earnest Protestants. On another occasion he denounced 'unpreaching bishops,' and declared that his Lordship of Bangor was worse than Balaam's ass, which spoke once at least, and rebuke the madness of the prophet. Some were so highly offended that they resolved to waylay and stone the preacher. Mr. Fairly was aware of this, but refused to change his route. As he approached the ambuscade, a dispute arose as to his identity; some held that it was the object of their hate, others said, 'No, never a bit of him; who ever saw a mountain minister ride such a good horse?' and while they disputed he got beyond their reach. One who knew him writes thus: 'I had some knowledge of the elder Fairley; he fearlessly attacked the reigning follies of his age, and preached the Gospel in a familiar but forcible style of eloquence. In his great field days, and when contending for the Testimony of the Martyrs, he was unsparing in the use of arrows, oft broke a lance with the Pope, and drove rusty nails into our venerable Establishment, and lashed the Secession and Relief for their declensions.' so pointed was his dealing with the sins of the times, that many left his meetings when he came to the application of his discourse . . . He took part in the controversy with the Seceders, and published a pamphlet in reply to Goodlet, the Anti-burgher minister of Sanquhar, in which he gives a scathing exposure of the weakness and inconsistency of his opponent, and directs against him all his resources of humour and sarcasm, as well as the weightier weapons of solid argument. But it was in proclaiming the riches of the glorious Gospel to cast audiences under the open canopy of heaven, that the power of Fairley was fully disclosed. He was undoubtedly the preacher among the 'Four Johns.' He had a commanding presence, a well-furnished mind, and a fluent and forcible utterance; and when he warmed to his grand theme, his words moved the hearts of the crowds that had gathered around him, and many owned him as their spiritual father.' (pp. 221-222). This book (of 283 pages), is another Reformed Presbyterian classic!" -- Publisher

    Forbes, Steve, A New Birth of Freedom: Vision for America, ISBN: 0895263203 9780895263209.
    "America today has the potential for the greatest economic boom and spiritual renewal in our history. Presidential candidate and publishing magnate Steve Forbes shows how we can once again brighten economic prospects for everyone, reform our corrupt political institutions, and restore the severely weakened moral foundations of our country." -- Publisher

    Foster, F.M., History of the Decline and Extinction of Psalm-singing in the Presbyterian Church.

    Foye, Martin Wilson, Romish Rites, Offices and Legends, or Authorised Superstitions and Idolatries of the Church of Rome: Literally Translated and Compiled From the Authorised Editions, with the Latin text for the most part in opposite columns and with copious notes, 8 volumes.

    Ganz, Richard, and William Edgar, Sold Out: How the Evangelical Church is Abandoning God for Self-Fulfillment, A Warning, ISBN: 0969469004 9780969469001.
    "Takes on the faulty world-views of Western culture, and the destructive influence of error on individuals, churches, and society. Sets out the hope of the Bible for rebuilding." -- David Powlison

    *Gillespie, George (1613-1648), Ezekiel's Vision of Millennial Glory, Preparation for Coming Reformation and a Remedy for Backsliding and Lukewarmness. Available (THE PURITAN FAST SERMONS, 1640-1652, THE WORKS OF GEORGE GILLESPIE, and as two MP3 files), on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available (two MP3 files), on Reformation Bookshelf CD #18.
    "This sermon was originally preached to England's House of Commons 'At Their Late Solemn Fast, Wednesday, March 27, 1644.' It is taken from volume one of Gillespie's two volume WORKS. It gives great insight into the covenanted unity, uniformity and worldwide Reformation sought by the majority of the Westminster Divines and the best of the civil leaders of Gillespie's day. Gillespie searchingly deals with the individual, the church and the state, while painting a Scriptural picture of prophesied earthly victory (Isa. 2:2-5 [Isaiah 2:2-5], Ezek. 47:1-12 [Ezekiel 47:1-12], etc.) -- in classic historicist postmillennial style -- which is sure to stir even the coldest Christian heart. He shows how the worst disease the land can suffer is corruption in religion (particularly as exhibited in false worship), rebukes those opposing the Solemn League and Covenant and calls upon all to maintain (and even improve upon), the Reformation attainments whereunto we have already attained. (Phil. 3:16 [Philippians 3:16]). It is also interesting to note, especially since this sermon was preached before civil rulers, that though Gillespie points out the need for humility, repentance, prayer, tears, godly affections, sanctified minds and honorable actions, he does not forget to mention the importance of a covenanted army in this great cause of Christ's Covenanted Reformation. Also noted is the destruction of Antichrist, the calling and conversion of the Jews (Rom. 11 [Romans 11]), the two witnesses and the 1260 year apostasy. Gillespie closes with an appeal to the English House of Commons, with whom the Scots had 'joined in covenant and in arms,' to be faithful 'according to the word he (God -- RB), hath covenanted with you (i.e. in the Solemn League and Covenant -- RB), so his spirit remaineth among you' -- exhorting these magistrates to fear not but to be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. This is classic Covenanter preaching, among the best sermons you may ever hear!" -- Publisher

    *Gillespie, George (1613-1648), Reformation's Refining Fire; or, Iconoclastic Zeal Necessary to World Reformation by George Gillespie, audio file. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Also found in volume one of GILLESPIE'S WORKS.
    "This sermon, read by elder Lyndon Dohms, was originally preached to the House of Lords in the abbey church at Westminster during the days of the Westminster Assembly (on August 27, 1645). It deals with Malachi 3:2 and can also be found in volume one of GILLESPIE'S WORKS. The reading is approximately 80 minutes in length and for content this is likely the best sermon that we have ever carried. The glory of Christ is magnified in a soul stirring manner and at a level which is seldom (if ever), reached in our day. Though preaching before some of the most powerful men of his day, Gillespie does nothing to shave off the sharp edges of the whole counsel of God. He makes it abundantly clear that spiritual Reformation (individual, ecclesiastical and civil), is like a flaming fire which burns the dross of the flesh and is often hated and opposed by those that cry loudest for 'Reform.' On the other hand, the refining fire of Reformation which pleases God (and comes from His fatherly hands, filled with mercy, love and grace), not only turns his wrath from the nations (by granting the grace to remove the causes of His wrath), but invigorates the spirit with that iconoclastic zeal against sin (whether personal or corporate), that can only be produced by His sovereign power. Whole-hearted (covenanted) reformation is contrasted, throughout this sermon, with the half-hearted comfortable Christianity that has been common in most ages. Gillespie wields the sword of Scripture as few can in driving home a multitude of vitally important points. This sermon can be listened to over and over with increasing profit, as it contains a fullness which is almost impossible to absorb in just one sitting. Don't miss this one; it is a real gem!" -- Publisher

    *Gillespie, Patrick (1617-1675), Rulers Sins: The Causes of National Judgments, or a Sermon Preached at the Fast, Upon the 26th Day of December, Prov. XIV. 34 [Proverbs 14:34]; 2 Kings XVII. 22,23 [2 Kings 17:22,23]; Ezek. XIX. 14 [Ezekiel 19:14], or a Sermon Preached at the Fast, Upon the 26th Day of December 1650. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.
    Notwithstanding the Lord turned not from the fierceness of his great wrath wherewith his anger was kindled against Judah, because of the provocations that Manasseh had provoked him withal. (2 Kings 23:26).
    "For these in public places of trust and power, that should bear down sin, are they not rather ringleaders in sin?" -- Patrick Gillespie
    Rulers Sins: The Causes of National Judgments
    http://www.truecovenanter.com/gillespie/gillespie_patrick_rulers_sins_causes_of_judgment.html

    Greene, John, The churches duty, for received mercies. Discovered in a sermon preached before the Honourable House of Commons: at Margarets Westminster, Feb. 24. 1646. being the day of the solemne monthly fast. By John Greene Minister of Gods Word, and a member of the Assembly of Divines . . . Deut. 4:7,10,12 [Deuteronomy 4:7,10,12]. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.

    *Griffiths, Michael C., God's Forgetful Pilgrims: Recalling the Church to Its Reason for Being, ISBN: 0802834639 9780802834638.

    Guthrie, James (1612?-1661), and Archibald Johnston (1793-1818), Causes of the Lords Wrath Against Scotland, Manifested in his sad Late Dispensations. Whereunto is Added a Paper, Particularly Holding Forth the Sins of the Ministery, 1653. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.
    http://www.truecovenanter.com/guthrie/guthrie_james_causes_of_wrath.html

    Hamilton, John, clerk of the borough of Irwin, Reasons why a Consent to Abolish the Penal Statutes, Against Papists, Could not be Given by any who Own'd the Then Government in Church and State. Written and dispersed (by John Hamilton sometime writer in Edinburgh, now clerk of Irving), amongst the Honourable Estates of Parliament held at Edinburgh, anno 1686, at their earnest desire, and by their influence, when the said statutes were designed to be abolished, and no printing thereof could be allowed at the time. [Edinburgh], 1707.

    Herle, Charles (1598-1659), Detvr Sapienti: In a Treatise of the Excellency of Christian Wisdome, Above That of Worldly Policy and Morall Prvdence, in two Former Treatises. Alternate title: WORLDLY POLICY AND MORAL PRUDENCE. THE VANITY AND FOLLY OF THE ONE, THE SOLIDITY AND USEFULNESS OF THE OTHER, IN A MORAL DISCOURSE. Available (WORLDLY POLICY AND MORAL PRUDENCE), on the Puritan Hard Drive.

    *Hetherington, William H. (1803-1865), The Independent Controversy, the Westminster Assembly and Cromwell. Alternate titles: HISTORY OF THE WESTMINSTER ASSEMBLY OF DIVINES, and INDEPENDENT CONTROVERSY, THE WESTMINSTER ASSEMBLY, AND CROMWELL. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #23.
    "Though Cromwell has been lauded by many in our day, faithful lovers of truth in his day rejected him and the attendant errors of his Independent abettors. Concerning Cromwell and company, the ACT, DECLARATION AND TESTIMONY . . . by the Reformed Presbytery (1876 ed.), witnesses to the truth that Presbyterians, 'both refused subjection unto, and testified against the usurpation of Oliver Cromwell and his accomplices (the Independents -- RB), his invading the land,' and 'his anti-christian toleration of all sectarian errors and heresies,' which were at that time 'threatening the ruin and destruction of the true religion, as well as liberty.' Cromwell's so-called 'tolerance' extended to the execution of one Presbyterian minister and the persecution of others. He played an instrumental part in scuttling the Christ honoring covenanted uniformity of the Reformed religion that was being fought for in the period covered by this book. The debates, especially between the Independents and the Presbyterians, in this eventful period, are still with us today and have changed very little, if at all. This is a good place to examine the historical context and the theological argumentation that is foundational to these two antagonistic systems.

    *Hodge, Charles (1797-1878), The Relation of Church and State, by Charles Hodge, in the Trinity Review, July/August, 1988.
    "Hodge was one of the greatest exponents and defenders of historical Calvinism in America during the 19th century." He was the principal of Princeton Theological Seminary between 1851 and 1878.
    Charles Hodge "has been called the 'prince of American theologians.' Hodge was perhaps the most influential Presbyterian theologian of the nineteenth century, an instructor at Princeton Seminary for decades, and the author of many books, including his three volume SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY." (John W. Robbins)
    Read what Charles Hodge says in The Relation of Church and State -- The American Church, in support of the newly discovered "novel, yet sound, doctrine" of the relationship between Church and State in America. Then decide for yourself if he unscripturally conceded to delivering the Church into the hands of the State in the "American Version, 1789" of THE WESTMINSTER CONFESSION OF FAITH.
    The Biblical doctrine of Christian Magistracy (Bible Magistracy Turns Back the Wrath of God) functions correctly only when State leadership is Christian, and when the State can be depended upon to wield their sword to protect true religion. The history of the human depravity in State leadership (secular leaders who destroy true religion instead of protecting it), should not cause theologians to abandon sound doctrine as stated in the original WESTMINSTER CONFESSION OF FAITH (1646). Treachery in State leadership would be far less of a problem if the writers of the US Constitution had not removed the religious test clause of Colonial constitutions. This was done in America with the adoption of the "AMERICAN VERSION" OF THE WESTMINSTER CONFESSION OF FAITH and THE U.S. CONSTITUTION in 1789.
    Besides arguing in support of the "AMERICAN VERSION" OF THE WESTMINSTER CONFESSION "he [Charles Hodge], repudiated the unhistorical position of those who denied the validity of Roman Catholic baptism . . . Hodge supported slavery in the 1830s, and while he condemned the mistreatment of slaves he did not condemn the institution of slavery itself. The background to this attitude, however, was not primarily his understanding of the Bible's teaching on the matter, but rather his churchmanship. . . .
    "In 1846, however, he became convinced that slavery was wrong, reversing his earlier anti-abolitionist stance, and he then publicly denounced slavery and supported both the Abolitionist movement and President Lincoln (Adams, 2003)." -- http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Charles_Hodge, February 15, 2014
    American Covenanters decried the "American Version." See the Covenanter document:
    Reformed Presbyterian Catechism, William L. Roberts D.D.
    http://archive.org/details/ReformedPresbyterianCatechism
    We love Gordon Clark, and we hold him in highest esteem, one of the great minds of the 20th century. However, astonishingly, he seems to have adopted Hodge's position on the "American Version." This relieves the State of judicial responsibilities to preserve true religion, and delivers the Church into the hands of the State. Hence, today we have the "church effeminate" and, consequently, a destabilization of every sphere of society, including that of the Reformed Church. Could this be one reason for the failure of Church courts today?
    http://www.trinityfoundation.org/journal.php?id=92

    *Howie, John (1735-1793, collector and transcriber), Michael Shields, James Guthrie, John Kid, John King, et al., Faithful Contendings Displayed: Being an Historical Relation of the State and Actings of the Suffering Remnant in the Church of Scotland Subsisted in Select Societies, and Were United in General Correspondencies During the Hottest Time of the Late Persecution, viz. From the Year 1681 to 1691: Together with an account of the State of the land in general, and of the society people in particular, in the intervals betwixt each of their general meetings, with some pertinent remarks upon these historical occurrences, and many letters to and from the general correspondent meetings, 1780, ISBN: 1171237324 9781171237327 0548345945 9780548345948. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.
    The long title continues: "Collected and kept in record by Mr. Michael Shields, who was clerk unto these general societies, and personally present at most of their meetings. To which is added, ten considerations on the danger of apostacy and defection from a covenanted work of reformation. By Mr. James Guthrie, sometime minister of the Gospel at Stirling. As also, a collection of very valuable sermons, preached by these faithful and eminent servants of Jesus Christ, Messrs. John Kid, John King, John Welch, John Blackadder, John Dickson, and Gabriel Semple. Collected and transcribed by John Howie, and published at the desire of some of those who desire to own the same testimony that some of those authors owned and sealed with their blood." -- long title continued
    "Howie is famous for his BIOGRAPHIA SCOTICANA: OR, A BRIEF HISTORICAL ACCOUNT OF THE LIVES, CHARACTERS, AND MEMORABLE TRANSACTIONS OF THE MOST EMINENT SCOTS WORTHIES (often just called SCOTS WORTHIES), but this work is just as valuable. A massive, rare classic, in which Howie aims at 'the gaining of friends unto, or confirming them in the covenanted interest, in a subserviency to God's glory and the good of His church' (preface, p. xxiv). Contains much information on the Reformation and the sufferings of the Covenanters which is found nowhere else (to our knowledge)." -- Publisher

    Hoekstra, Harvey T., The World Council of Churches and the Demise of Evangelism, ISBN: 0842385258 9780842385251.

    *Hodgkin, Henry T., Lay Religion (The Swarthmore Press, 1919).
    "Every great religious awakening has been a revolt against authority." -- Henry T. Hodgkin

    *Knox, John (1505-1572), Appellation From the Sentence Pronounced by the Bishops and Clergy: Addressed to the Nobility and Estates of Scotland. Alternate title: THE APPELLATION OF JOHN KNOX FROM THE CRUELL . . . SENTENCE PRONOUNCED AGAINST HIM BY THE FALSE BISHOPPES AND CLERGEY OF SCOTLAND, WITH HIS SUPPLICATION AND EXHORTATION TO THE NOBILITIE, ESTATES, AND COMMUNALTIE OF THE SAME REALME, and THE APPELLATION . . . TO THE SCOTTISH NOBILITY, and REFORMATION, REVOLUTION AND ROMANISM: AN APPEAL TO THE SCOTTISH NOBILITY, and THE APPELLATION FROM THE SENTENCE PRONOUNCED BY THE BISHOPS AND CLERGY: ADDRESSED TO THE NOBILITY AND ESTATES OF SCOTLAND, and THE APPELLATION. Cover title: REFORMATION, REVOLUTION AND ROMANISM: APPEAL TO THE SCOTTISH NOBILITY (1558). Available (singly as REFORMATION, REVOLUTION AND ROMANISM, in which key text have been underlined by a previous reader), on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available (REFORMATION, REVOLUTION AND ROMANISM), on Reformation Bookshelf CD #1 (MP3), #26. Available (APPELLATION FROM THE SENTENCE PRONOUNCED BY THE BISHOPS AND CLERGY: ADDRESSED TO THE NOBILITY AND ESTATES OF SCOTLAND), on the Library of Presbyterian Heritage Publications and Protestant Heritage Press CD-ROM Library. Available (APPELLATION FROM THE SENTENCE PRONOUNCED BY THE BISHOPS AND CLERGY: ADDRESSED TO THE NOBILITY AND ESTATES OF SCOTLAND), in THE WORKS OF JOHN KNOX, Vol. 4. [John Knox; David Laing ((collector and editor)), THE WORKS OF JOHN KNOX, Vol. 4, reprint of the 1855 edition printed for Bannatyne Club, Edinburgh (New York: AMS Press, 1966)].
    "David Chilton notes, 'Of all the sixteenth-century Reformers, John Knox remains the most ardently loved and fiercely hated. No other leader of his day saw so clearly the political issues in the light of Scripture. Nor has any of his contemporaries had so much direct influence upon the subsequent history of the world. He transformed a land of barbarians into one of the most hardheadly Calvinistic cultures ever to exist, and his doctrines lie at the core of all Protestant revolutionary activity. While he is often considered merely one of Calvin's lieutenants, he was actually a Reformer in his own right. In some respects he was the greatest of them all.' ("John Knox," in The Journal of Christian Reconstruction: Symposium on Puritanism and Law [Vallecito, CA: Chalcedon], Vol. V, No. 2, Winter, 1978-79, p. 194).
    "Furthermore, R.L. Greaves has noted that 'it has even been suggested -- and not altogether without merit -- that Knox was a key link in the development of political ideology that culminated in the American Revolution.' (Theology and Revolution in the Scottish Reformation: Studies in the Thought of John Knox [Grand Rapids, MI: Christian University Press, 1980], p. 156).
    "Moreover, Mason [Roger A. Mason -- compiler], states that this APPEAL [APPELLATION FROM THE SENTENCE PRONOUNCED BY THE BISHOPS AND CLERGY: ADDRESSED TO THE NOBILITY AND ESTATES OF SCOTLAND -- compiler], 'is the most important . . . of Knox's political writings.' (in the Introduction to his compilation of Knox's political writings entitled KNOX: ON REBELLION). [see annotation for KNOX: ON REBELLION elsewhere in this bibliography -- compiler]. It shows in a conclusive manner that Knox wanted a Theonomic Establishment which was careful to 'disapprove, detest, oppose and remove all false worship and all monuments of idolatry' (cf. Westminster Larger Catechism, #108). It also clearly demonstrates that Knox believed in and promoted the continuing binding validity of the Old Testament case laws and the penal sanctions attached to them, including the death penalty.
    "Kevin Reed, in a editor's note, introducing this piece in his newly published SELECTED WRITING OF JOHN KNOX [available on the Puritan Hard Drive. -- compiler], also points out that 'the Westminster Confession provides a distinct echo of Knox, when it states that the magistrate ""hath authority, and it is his duty, to take order, that unity and peace be preserved in the church, that the truth of God be kept pure and entire, that all blasphemies and heresies be suppressed, all corruptions and abuses in worship and discipline prevented or reformed, and all the ordinances of God duly settled, administered, and observed"" (Ch. 23:3, original wording). One secular historian once described Knox as 'Calvin with a sword,' making one wonder if he had not just been reading this very book. For 'where Calvin merely permitted disobedience to an ungodly ruler or immoral law, Knox championed armed rebellion -- a type of Calvinism that made religious revolution in Scotland possible.' (Christian History, Issue 46, p. 35). This is the best of the best; don't miss it!" -- Publisher
    Knox, John, Appellation From the Sentence Pronounced by the Bishops and Clergy: Addressed to the Nobility and Estates of Scotland
    This is a character scan (OCR) of the modernized text published by Protestant Heritage Press. While text may be cut and pasted it is subject to copyright.
    http://www.swrb.com/newslett/actualNLs/appellat.htm
    The Works of John Knox (1846), Vol. 4.
    http://archive.org/stream/worksjohnknox07laingoog#page/n4/mode/2up
    Reformation, Revolution and Romanism (1558), John Knox, MP3 file.
    "This has been called John Knox's most important political writing. It also deals with Romanism, God's law, and much more.
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?currSection=sermonssource&sermonID=1030075041
    See also:
    Goodman, Christopher (c. 1520-1603), HOW SUPERIOR POWERS OUGHT TO BE OBEYED OF THEIR SUBJECTS: AND WHEREIN THEY MAY LAWFULLY BY GOD'S WORD BE DISOBEYED AND RESISTED, 1558. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #26. Available (HOW SUPERIOR POWERS OUGHT TO BE OBEYED), on the Library of Presbyterian Heritage Publications and Protestant Heritage Press CD-ROM Library.
    "From 1555 to 1558, Christopher Goodman served as co-pastor, with John Knox, of the congregation of English exiles in Geneva. During the course of his ministry, Goodman preached upon Acts 4:19 and 5:29: 'Whether it be right in the sight of God, to obey you rather than God, judge ye. We ought rather to obey God than men'. . . . In this book, Goodman contends against both ecclesiastical and political tyranny." -- Publisher
    How Superior Powers Ought to be Obeyed of Their Subjects
    http://www.constitution.org/cmt/goodman/obeyed.htm
    See also annotation for:
    Knox, John (1505-1572), THE HISTORY OF THE REFORMATION OF RELIGION WITHIN THE REALM OF SCOTLAND. . . . TOGETHER WITH THE LIFE OF THE AUTHOR, AND SEVERAL CURIOUS PIECES WROTE BY HIM, . . . BY THE REVEREND MR. JOHN KNOX, . . . TO WHICH IS ADDED, I. AN ADMONITION TO ENGLAND AND SCOTLAND . . . BY ANTONI GILBY. II. THE FIRST AND SECOND BOOKS OF DISCIPLINE, GLASGOW, 1761. Alternate title: THE HISTORIE OF THE REFORMATION OF THE CHURCH OF SCOTLAND CONTAINING FIVE BOOKS: TOGETHER WITH SOME TREATISES CONDUCING TO THE HISTORY. EDITED, WITH A LIFE OF KNOX AND A PREFACE, BY DAVID BUCHANAN. INCLUDES: "THE APPELLATION OF JOHN KNOX, FROM THE . . . SENTENCE PRONOUNCED AGAINST HIM (pp. 1-33); "THE ADMONITION OF JOHN KNOX TO HIS BELOVED BRETHREN THE COMMONALTY OF SCOTLAND" (pp. 34-42); "A FAITHFULL ADMONITION MADE BY JOHN KNOX TO THE TRUE PROFESSORS OF THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST WITHIN THE KINGDOM OF ENGLAND, 1554" (pp. 43-79); "THE COPIE OF A LETTER DELIVERED TO QUEEN MARY, REGENT OF SCOTLAND" (pp. 80-97); AND "A SERMON PREACHED BY JOHN KNOX [AUGUST 19, 1565]," ISBN: 0851513581 9780851513584. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #1.

    *Knox, John (1505-1572), National Repentance and Reformation. Alternate title: A BRIEF EXHORTATION TO ENGLAND FOR THE SPEEDY EMBRACING OF THE GOSPEL, 1559. Available in THE WORKS OF JOHN KNOX. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #25.
    "Formerly titled A BRIEF EXHORTATION TO ENGLAND FOR THE SPEEDY EMBRACING OF THE GOSPEL, 1559. Mitchell in THE SCOTTISH REFORMATION (p. 80), cites Dr. Merle D'Aubigné on Knox: 'The blood of warriors ran in the veins of the man who was to become one of the most intrepid champions of Christ's army . . . He was active, bold, thoroughly upright and perfectly honest, diligent in his duties, and full of heartiness for his comrades.' The warrior in Knox was certainly roused for battle in this production. Kevin Reed SELECTED WRITINGS OF JOHN KNOX, p. 580 comments, 'Some historians have reflected negatively on the vehemence of Knox's remarks. Perhaps they should peruse the long list of the martyrs named in the appendix to this work. Critics may then find a clue for understanding the reformer's zeal. Knox is discussing serious matters of life and death -- spiritual issues which affect us deeply in this life, and for eternity.' Magistrates everywhere today need to hear this message again; God has not changed -- there are still corporate curses for disobedience at a national level and corporate blessings for those nations 'that kiss the Son' (cf. Psalm 2)." -- Publisher

    Knox, John (1505-1572), Answer to a Jesuit: The Marks of a True Church and Ministry. Alternate title: AN ANSWER TO A LETTER OF A IESUIT NAMED TYRIE, BE IOHNE KNOX and THE REFUTATION OF ANE ANSUER MADE BE SCHIR JOHNE KNOX, 1572. Available in SELECTED WRITINGS OF JOHN KNOX, VOLUME 2: LATER WRITINGS AND CORRESPONDENCE. Available (SELECTED WRITINGS OF JOHN KNOX, VOLUME 2), on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #18. Available on Library of Presbyterian Heritage Publications and Protestant Heritage Press CD-ROM Library,
    Contains a letter written to his mother-in-law, Elizabeth Bowes, in 1554.
    "The editor of Knox's writings in the series of British Reformers describes this work as 'among the most interesting of the writings of the Scottish Reformer. The sophistries of the Jesuit are completely exposed, and we have answers to many of those arguments which the Jesuits of the present day have brought forward dressed up in specious colours. The ardent desire of Knox to depart and to be with Christ is fully expressed; and the impartial reader of the letter to Tyrie, with its appendages, will be fully satisfied that Knox was not the turbulent ambitious character which his adversaries represent him to have been.' Knox, in his old age, remains steadfast and fearless, proclaiming that, 'the doctrine of the Papistical Church, now many years by past, hath been altogether corrupt; that their opinion, which they call their Catholic faith, has no sure ground within the work of God; and that the way, which they for the most part have followed, was the very way of perdition to all such as without true repentance departed this life in that blindness; and much more shall be to all persons and estates that now shall maintain those abominations, because the light is come, and has sufficiently declared the former darkness.' This piece should prove useful in our day, as Rome seems to have received a new infusion of power from that Satanic spirit that animates her spiritual fornication and adultery with the nations of the Earth. A number of so-called 'evangelicals,' even now, drink from her polluted cup, and others, having entered into the inner chambers of her brothel, lay within this harlot's bosom, having turned from the truth to serve Satan's lieutenant, the Pope of Rome." -- Publisher
    Answer to a Jesuit: The Marks of a True Church and Ministry
    http://www.truecovenanter.com/knox/knox_answer_to_a_jesuit_named_tyrie.html

    *Knox, John (1505-1572), and David Laing, Ecclesiastical Tyranny, 1554. Alternate title: AGAINST ROMISH RITES AND POLITICAL AND ECCLESIASTICAL TYRANNY, and A FAITHFUL ADMONITION TO THE PROFESSORS OF GOD'S TRUTH IN ENGLAND. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #15, #26. Available in SELECTED WRITINGS OF JOHN KNOX."
    "Formerly titled A FAITHFUL ADMONITION TO THE PROFESSORS OF GOD'S TRUTH IN ENGLAND, this letter is said to be 'undoubtedly the most important' of Knox's writings (up to that time), by W. Stanford Reid in TRUMPETER OF GOD (p. 114). Furthermore Reid notes that Knox's 'views on the magistrate expressed in the FAITHFUL ADMONITION, were to have an important influence upon much of his future conduct, and upon the development of the Reformation in both England and Scotland.' The editor of KNOX'S WORKS states, 'the object of the ADMONITION was twofold. The one was to animate those who had made a good profession to perseverance, and to avoid the sin of apologetical, or appearing to conform to the 'abominable idolatry' re-established in England; the other, to point out the dangers to be apprehended in when the kingdom became subjected to the dominion of strangers.' Knox uses very strong language here, in the hopes of getting through to those who came to be termed Nicodemites (i.e. those who thought that they could 'keep faith secretly in the heart, and yet do as idolaters do,' in Knox's own words). Written at a time when the true church had been driven underground by Roman Catholic persecution, it was said concerning this letter that 'many other godly men besides have been exposed to the risk of their property, and even life itself, upon the sole ground of either having had this book in their possession, or having read it.' Kevin Reed gives an excellent summary of this letter in SELECTED WRITINGS OF JOHN KNOX, when, in part, he writes, 'while acknowledging the risk of persecution to the faithful, the reformer perceives a greater danger in compromising with idolatry. Government persecution may bring disfavour of men, loss of personal goods and, in some cases, physical death; but idolatry brings down the wrath of God, resulting in grievous punishments, now and through eternity. Idolatry also invites a curse upon the posterity of the nation. In an intense pastoral appeal, Knox strongly admonishes his readers to avoid conforming to the Romish rites of worship.' (p. 220). For those who would rather read many of these Knox items with contemporary spelling, punctuation, and grammar we highly recommend the SELECTED WRITINGS OF JOHN KNOX." -- Publisher
    John Knox: Faithful Admonition (1554)
    http://www.swrb.com/newslett/actualnls/FaithAdm.htm

    *Knox, John (1505-1572), and Kevin Reed, True and False Ministries: Selections From the Writings. Available in THE WORKS OF JOHN KNOX, 6 volumes, David Laing (editor). THE WORKS OF JOHN KNOX available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #1.
    Notes: "Based upon selections from volume 6 of the definitive ed. of 'The works of John Knox', edited by David Laing (Edinburgh, 1895)."

    Lee, Francis Nigel, The Christian Manifesto of 1984: An Answer to the Communist Manifesto of 1848, ISBN: 0949762032 9780949762030.

    Lee, Francis Nigel, The Westminster Confession and Modern Society: or, How may we Confess Christ in a Twentieth-century Expression of the Westminster Confession of Faith to a Changing Hostile Society?
    "How may we confess Christ, to a changing and hostile society, in the twentieth century? Dr. Lee leads us to the teaching of the WCF [1646], showing how it addresses every area of life with its comprehensive and Biblically faithful testimony to the Truth!" -- Publisher

    Lewis, Sinclair, Elmer Gantry, ISBN: 0451522516 9780451522511.
    "Novel by Sinclair Lewis, a satiric indictment of fundamentalist religion that caused an uproar upon its publication in 1927. The title character of Elmer Gantry starts out as a greedy, shallow, philandering Baptist minister, turns to evangelism, and eventually becomes the leader of a large Methodist congregation. Throughout the novel Gantry encounters fellow religious hypocrites, including Mrs. Evans Riddle, Judson Roberts, and Sharon Falconer, with whom he becomes romantically involved. Although he is often exposed as a fraud, Gantry is never fully discredited." -- The Merriam-Webster Encyclopedia of Literature
    "A lot of Sinclair Lewis can be read as social history in our days at the turn of the 21st century. Social mores and the whole tenor of society have changed dramatically since the days of his major works. But ELMER GANTRY still reads like a story of our times. Though it covers a period roughly stretching from 1902 to 1926, and America has been transformed since then, the basic idea of the novel -- how a man, selfish, ignorant, bullying, and posing as a 'regular guy', can fool most of the people most of the time -- is still very much relevant to us. Business was the heart of America in Lewis' day, and it still is. But a career model drawn from that sphere could be used in many other walks of life. ELMER GANTRY is about a man who uses religion and a Protestant church to rise socially, to get and abuse power for his own ends. From Elmer's evangelical college days with his drinking, womanizing, total lack of ability or interest in studies, and his lying and maneuvering to get what he wants, to the stunning but realistic conclusion to the book, Lewis paints a vibrant portrait of an unprincipled climber; a man who will change any opinion, betray anybody, and do anything to get ahead. If we consider the sagas of TV evangelists in our days, the difference between their revealed hypocrisies and those written by Lewis is startlingly small. The sole difference was that in the 1920s, there was no television for Elmer Gantry to exploit.
    "Certain sections of the book read better than others -- it is not of uniform quality -- and sometimes you wonder why Lewis inserted a chapter here or there. I think particularly of the two chapters on the fate of Frank Shallard, Gantry's alter-ego. They seemed to be an afterthought, and the point was brutally taken, but for what purpose other than shock? On the other hand, Lewis' use of the colloquial language of the times and inclusion of thousands of minor details of life in that era reveal a whole world which might, in the absence of ELMER GANTRY, have disappeared from our consciousness. On the whole, this is a powerful novel about an unscrupulous, offensive scoundrel which still resonates well in our day. The Gantrys of this world are endless. Unfortunately." -- Reader's Comment

    *McLeod (M'Leod), Alexander (1774-1833), Messiah: Governor of the Nations of the Earth: A Discourse. Available (MESSIAH: GOVERNOR OF THE NATIONS OF THE EARTH) on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available (MESSIAH: GOVERNOR OF THE NATIONS OF THE EARTH) on Reformation Bookshelf CD #25. Available (MESSIAH: GOVERNOR OF THE NATIONS OF THE EARTH and THE WRITTEN LAW, OR THE LAW OF GOD REVEALED IN THE SCRIPTURES, BY CHRIST AS MEDIATOR; THE RULE OF DUTY TO CHRISTIAN NATIONS TO CIVIL INSTITUTIONS) at Covenanter.org. Available (the pamphlet, MESSIAH: GOVERNOR OF THE NATIONS OF THE EARTH, which includes THE WRITTEN LAW, OR THE LAW OF GOD REVEALED IN THE SCRIPTURES, BY CHRIST AS MEDIATOR) at Covenanter and Reformed Presbyterian Pamphlets.
    "The doctrine of the Mediatorial Reign of Christ has formed the subject of those principles accounted distinctive to the Reformed Presbyterian Church. Christ's kingship over the nations and the implications of this doctrine will not be popular amongst a people deeply compromised with the spirit of the age. The prescription may seem tough, but the results of centuries of ignoring this doctrine have left the church effete and gutted when it comes to addressing matters concerning church and state relations. In the various modern debates one viewpoint has been left out, and it is the only one which presents a serious and rigorous biblical vision -- the Covenanter position on civil government.
    "In the first discourse, Alexander McLeod explains the biblical basis and the importance of professing that Christ is the head over all nations. McLeod moves from an explanation of what is meant by confessing that Christ rules as Mediator, to a discussion of his administrations as ruler over the nations. Afterward he addresses numerous objections that are raised against the doctrine, in which he explains many finer points respecting Christ's Mediatorial administration.
    "The second discourse, THE WRITTEN LAW, by Dr. James Renwick Willson (1780-1853), takes up a number of matters of great practical concern and application of the doctrine of this Mediatorship over the nations. Willson is particularly concerned with the place of the written law of God in the constitution of civil governments. Willson often courts controversy, and does not shy away from consistency. It is a blueprint for how things ought to be, if we would submit to Christ as a nation." -- Publisher
    McLeod, Alexander, Messiah, Governor of the Nations of the Earth
    http://www.covenanter.org/reformed/2015/8/18/alexander-mcleods-sermon-on-messiah-governor-of-the-nations-of-the-earth
    Willson, James R. (1780-1853), The Written Law, or The Law of God Revealed in the Scriptures, by Christ as Mediator; The Rule of Duty to Christian Nations to Civil Institutions
    http://www.covenanter.org/reformed/2015/8/18/james-r-willsons-sermon-on-the-written-law
    Covenanter and Reformed Presbyterian Pamphlets
    http://www.covenanter.org/pamphlets/

    Margarot, Maurice, Thomas Hardy, and the London Corresponding Society. Address of the London Corresponding Society to the Other Societies of Great Britain, United for Obtaining a Reform in Parliament, 1792.

    Lloyd-Jones, David Martyn (1899-1981), Not Against Flesh and Blood: The Battle Against Spiritual Wickedness in High Places, ISBN: 1850491798 9781850491798.

    *Lusk, Robert (1781-1845), Characteristics of the Witnessing Church. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #23.
    Reprinted from The Original Covenanter and Contending Witness, various issues, published by the Reformed Presbytery of North America.
    Lusk, Robert, Characteristics of the Witnessing Church
    http://www.covenanter.org/reformed/2016/6/20/d2t1s9uxbnxaispskag80dis1k9keh

    *Luther, Martin (1483-1546), Commentary on Galatians, English translation by Erasmus Middleton, B.D., edited by John Prince Fallowes, M.A., Pembroke College, Cambridge, ISBN: 0825431247. A Christian classic. Considered to be among the ten greatest books in the English language. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.
    "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
    Commentary on Galatians, Martin Luther
    http://archive.org/details/cu31924029294133
    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

    *Luther, Martin (1483-1546), That a Christian Assembly or Congregation has the Right and Power to Judge all Teaching and to Call, Appoint, and Dismiss Teachers, Established and Proven by Scripture. Available in Martin Luther, Conrad John Immanuel Bergendoff, and Eric W. Gritsch, CHURCH AND MINISTRY, 3 volumes. Available in LUTHER'S WORKS, VOLUME 39, CHURCH AND MINISTRY, ISBN: 0800603397 9780800603397.
    That a Christian Assembly or Congregation has the Right and Power to Judge all Teaching and to Call, Appoint, and Dismiss Teachers, Established and Proven by Scripture, Martin Luther (accessed 2/27/2016)
    https://www.uni-due.de/collcart/es/sem/s6/txt06_1.htm
    Luther, Martin, That a Christian Assembly or Congregation has the Right and Power to Judge all Teaching and to Call, Appoint, and Dismiss Teachers, Established and Proven by Scripture.
    http://www.covenanter.org/reformed/2016/4/21/that-a-christian-assembly-or-congregation-has-the-right-and-power-to-judge-all-teaching-and-to-call-appoint-and-dismiss-teachers-established-and-proven-by-scripture

    *Lyford, William (1598-1653), The Plain Mans Senses Exercised to Discern Both Good and Evill: or, A Discovery of the Errors, Heresies and Blasphemies of These Times, and the Toleration of them as they are collected and testified against by the ministers of London, in their testimony to the truth of Jesus Christ, 1657. Alternate title: TESTIMONY TO THE TRUTH OF JESUS CHRIST AND OUR SOLEMN LEAGUE AND COVENANT
    This is a detailed refutation of Anabaptist error.
    Sundry Ministers of London, Testimony to the Truth of Jesus Christ and our Solemn League and Covenant
    http://archive.org/details/plainmanssensese00lyfo
    Sundry Ministers of London, Testimony to the Truth of Jesus Christ and our Solemn League and Covenant, 1647
    http://www.truecovenanter.com/anti_toleration/testimony_truth.html

    Machen, Gresham J., What Should True Presbyterians Do at the 1936 General Assembly? The Trinity Review, Number 267, May 2007 (Unicoi, TN: The Trinity Foundation).
    "Editor's note: This essay originally appeared in The Presbyterian Guardian in mid-1936 as advice from Dr. J. Gresham Machen to 'true Presbyterians' who were commissioners to the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church. We reprint the essay because it applies so well to today's situation in both the Orthodox Presbyterian Church and the Presbyterian Church in America, whose 2007 General Assemblies will be held in June. For details of this parallel, see Paul Elliott's massively documented book, Christianity and Neo-liberalism: The Spiritual Crisis in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church and Beyond."
    http://www.trinityfoundation.org/PDF/Review_267_machen_true_presbyterians.pdf

    Mack, Wayne A., The Role of Women in the Church: A Study of the Bible to Discover God's Directives for the Church in This Area of Modern day Confusion and Turmoil, (USA: Mack Publishing Co., 1972), 84 pages.
    "After introductory comments, the book breaks into two major sections: what women may not do in the church and what women may do in the church. 'God said to the women, "You glorify me in doing these particular acts." He also said to the men, "You glorify me by doing other acts".' May God help men and women to cheerfully submit to the will of God, for God's way is perfect." -- David Powlison

    *Marquart, Kurt E., Anatomy of an Explosion: A Theological Analysis of the Missouri Synod Conflict, ISBN: 0801060494 9780801060496.

    Marshall, John Lewis, Natural Law and the Covenant: The Place of Natural Law in the Covenantal Framework of Samuel Rutherford's "Lex, Rex."
    A dissertation. Philadelphia, PA: Westminster Theological Seminary, 1995.

    *McKim, Donald K., and David F. Wright (consulting editor), Encyclopedia of the Reformed Faith, ISBN: 0664218822 9780664218829 0715206605 9780715206607.

    MacGregor, Lori, Coping With Cults: Practical Insight for Concerned Christians, ISBN: 0890819408 9780890819401.
    "The author was a Jehovah's Witness for 15 years, so she understands cults and the way they think." -- GCB

    McGrath, Alister E, A Life of John Calvin: A Study in the Shaping of Western Culture, ISBN: 0631163980 9780631163985.
    "Provides an exploration of Calvin's life and influence, his theology and his political thought, and his determining of the course of European history. This book traces Calvin's remarkable impact on the development of modern Western attitudes to work, wealth, civil rights, capitalism and the natural sciences." -- Publisher

    McLeod, John Neil (1806-1874), Popery in the United States, 1848.

    Miller, C. John (1928-1996), Allen Herbert Harris, George Smith, Rev., C. John Miller, Thomas E. Tyson, William Krispin, Wesley Pinnock, Drew Trotter, John F. Bettler, and Frank M. Barker, Body Life: Purpose of (Ephesians 4:1-16), 5 sound cassettes [audio file], (Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation.)
    Audio cassette BL01 [audio file].

    *Morris, Leon, The Abolition of Religion: A Study in Religionless Christianity. A series of essay on "religionless Christianity."

    Murren, Doug, and George Barna (introduction), Churches That Heal: Becoming a Church That Mends Broken Hearts and Restores Shattered Lives, ISBN: 1582290709 9781582290706.
    "Many churches are struggling to find a way to reach the people of their community. This book reminds us that the focus should be on ministering to the broken. Doug provides practical advice on how to accomplish this. Our local church is in disarray and searching for a new pastor. I found this book to provide some practical insight as to the characteristics that we should strive for in rebuilding our church and selecting a pastor. It should be prayerfully read by every pastor and deacon. It describes the focus that the local church needs to be relevant to the 21st century." -- Reader's Comment

    *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., Theism for our Time.
    Evangelical Theological Society papers, ETS-1191.

    Palmer, B.M., Influence of Religious Belief Upon National Character: An Oration Delivered Before the Demosthenian and Phi Kappa Societies of the University of Georgia, August 7, 1845.

    Preston, John (1587-1628), The Mystical Match Between Christ and his Church, Containing the Treatises Entitled The Church's Marriage and The Church's Carriage, or Duty, 1648. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.

    Pride, Bill, Flirting With The Devil, ISBN: 0891074945 9780891074946.
    "The author shows how Satan's message preached to Adam and Eve in the Garden has affected the church today. Chapters include: No Fault Sin; I'm in With the In-Crowd; Hot Crossed Roles, etc. He concludes by pointing Christians to the solutions, so that they can again become the most dynamic force in our culture. Pride is an M.I.T. grad with two degrees from Covenant Seminary in St. Louis." -- GCB

    Reed, Kevin, Biblical Worship. Available in Library of Presbyterian Heritage Publications and Protestant Heritage Press CD-ROM Library and Library of Presbyterian Heritage Publications and Protestant Heritage Press CD-ROM Library (Dallas, TX [Presbyterian Heritage Publications, P.O. Box 180922, Dallas, 75218]: Presbyterian Heritage Publications, 1999). Available (LIBRARY OF PRESBYTERIAN HERITAGE PUBLICATIONS AND PROTESTANT HERITAGE PRESS CD-ROM LIBRARY), on the Puritan Hard Drive.
    http://www.swrb.com/newslett/actualnls/BibW_ch0.htm

    Reed, Kevin, Imperious Presbyterianism, ISBN: 1891777262 9781891777264.
    "Authoritarianism is an expression of the sinful nature of fallen man. It finds expression in families and businesses, but most cruelly in churches and governments. It is lording it over one's fellow men -- hence the English House of Lords, for example -- but it is explicitly forbidden by Christ to his disciples. It is the Gentiles, not the Christians, who exercise dominion over their fellow men. Dominion Theology, influential in some Reformed and Charismatic churches, fails to understand Genesis 1:28, which does not even mention dominion over men.
    "Today, authoritarianism pervades the professing churches, from the absolute monarchy of the Roman Catholic Church-State, with its nobility of bishops, to the local Charismatic church that teaches submission and the local Baptist church that has only one pastor and no elders -- all are in disobedience to Christ.
    "This sinful authoritarianism has also entered the conservative Presbyterian churches, and it is based on the same doctrinal errors that led to the formation of the Roman Church-State 1500 years ago. In this essay, Kevin Reed traces the historical and doctrinal roots of Imperious Presbyterianism, and calls Bible-believing Presbyterians to correct the errors of their authoritarian elders." -- Publisher
    Contents

    *Renwick, James (1662-1688), Alexander Shields, and Other "Society People," An Informatory Vindication of a Poor, Wasted, Misrepresented Remnant of the Suffering, Anti-prelatic, Anti-Erastian . . . 1744. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #27.
    "INFORMATORY VINDICATION (1687), a statement of principles issued by the Society People (see Societies, United), during James VII's reign. Prepared mainly by James Renwick, latterly in consultation with Alexander Shields, it was published in Utrecht. Its full title reflects something of the contents: AN INFORMATORY VINDICATION OF A POOR WASTED MISREPRESENTED REMNANT OF THE SUFFERING ANTI-POPISH ANTI-PRELATIC ANTI-ERASTIAN ANTI-SECTARIAN TRUE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF CHRIST IN SCOTLAND UNITED TOGETHER IN A GENERAL CORRESPONDENCE. BY WAY OF REPLY TO VARIOUS ACCUSATIONS IN LETTERS INFORMATIONS AND CONFERENCES GIVEN FORTH AGAINST THEM. It refuted charges brought against the 'Remnant' of schism (in their eyes a great evil) . . . The VINDICATION mourned the estrangement from other Presbyterians who had accepted the government's INDULGENCES OR EDICTS OF TOLERATION, and expressed love for them as fellow-ministers 'with whom again we would desire to have communion in ordinances'. The separation had been forced upon the Society People by the tyranny and temper of the times, but it did not affect their position as being in the succession of the historic Kirk of Scotland. The document aimed to clear away the hostility and misunderstanding about them that had grown up in Scotland and Holland. (Cameron, editor, Dictionary of Scottish Church History and Theology, p. 429)
    "In proof of the catholic, unsectarian, Christian spirit of Renwick and his followers, the clear statements of the INFORMATORY VINDICATION, the work which most fully and clearly defines their position, may be referred to . . . In these noble utterances, we have strikingly exemplified the true spirit of Christian brotherhood . . . This is the genuine import of the vow of the Solemn League and Covenant, which binds Covenanters to regard whatever is done to the least of them, as done to all and to every one in particular. While firmly holding fast all Scriptural attainments, and contending earnestly for the faith once delivered to the saints, we should cordially rejoice in the evidences of grace in Christ's servants wherever we find them. We should love them as brethren, fulfil the law of Christ by bearing their burdens, wish them God speed in all that they are doing for the advancement of His glory, and fervently labour and pray for the coming of the happy period when divisions and animosities shall cease, and when there shall be one King, and His name one in all the earth. The testimony of Renwick and his associates is of permanent value and of special importance in our day, as it was directed against systems of error and idolatry, which serve to corrupt the Church and enslave the State. Against Popery in every form Renwick was a heroic and uncompromising witness. At the peril of life, he publicly testified against the usurpation of the papist James, and rejected him as having no claim to be regarded as a constitutional sovereign, and as utterly disqualified to reign in a Protestant reformed land. This was the main ground of his objection against James' toleration, for which the Indulged ministers tendered obsequious thanks to the usurper. Yet this edict of toleration was issued for the purpose of opening the way for the practice of Rome's abominations, and for the advancement of papists to places of power and trust in the nation. None of the Cameronians would, for any earthly consideration, even to save their lives, for a moment admit that a papist had any right to exercise political power in a reformed land. Our martyred forefathers we regard as worthy of high respect and imitation, for their deeply cherished dread of the growing influence of Popery, and for their determined resistance to its exclusive and extravagant claims. The system of Popery is the abnegation of all precious gospel truth; and is a complete politico-religious confederacy against the best interests of a Protestant nation. The boast of its abettors is that it is semper eadem, ever the same. Rome cannot reform herself from within, and she is incapable of reformation from external influences and agencies. The Bible never speaks of Antichrist as to be reformed, but as waxing worse and worse till the time when he shall be completely subverted and irrecoverably destroyed. Whatever changes may be going on in some Popish countries, whereby the power of the Papacy is weakened, it is evident that the principles and spirit of the Romish priesthood, and of those who are under their influence, remain unchanged. The errors of the anti-Christian system, instead of being diminished, have of late years increased. Creature worship has become more marked and general. The Immaculate Conception has been proclaimed by Papal authority as the creed of Romanism. In these countries, and some other Protestant lands, the influence of Popery in government and education, and so on the whole social system, has been greatly on the increase. Among those who have most deeply studied inspired prophecy, there is a general expectation that the period of Babylon's downfall is hastening on, and is not far distant. There is a general presentiment too, that the Man of Sin, prior to his downfall, will make some dire and violent attempt through his infatuated followers against the truth, and against such as faithfully maintain it. The 'Slaying of the Witnesses,' which we are disposed to regard as yet future may take place, not so much by the actual shedding of blood, though it is plain that Jesuit policy and violence will not hesitate to re-enact former persecution and massacre, to accomplish a desired purpose. It may mainly be effected, as Scott, the expositor, suggests, by silencing the voice of a public testimony in behalf of fundamental truths throughout Christendom; and of this there are at present unmistakable signs not a few, throughout the churches in various countries. The Protestant church in all its sections should be thoroughly awake to its danger from the destructive errors, idolatry and power of its ancient irreconcilable enemy; and should, by all legitimate means, labour to counteract and nullify its political influence. The ministry and the rising youth of the church should study carefully the Popish controversy, and should be intimately acquainted with the history of the rise and progress of the Papacy its assumed blasphemous power its accumulated errors and delusions, and its plots, varied persecutions and cruel butcheries of Christ's faithful witnesses. Above all, they should set themselves earnestly, prayerfully and perseveringly to diffuse the Bible and Gospel light in the dark parts of their native country, and among Romanists in other lands. By embracing fully and holding fast, in their practical application, the principles of the British Covenants, and by imbibing the spirit of covenanted martyrs men like Renwick and the Cameronians, we will be prepared for the last conflict with Antichrist. The firm and faithful maintenance of a martyr-testimony will be a principle instrument of the victory of truth over the error and idolatry of Rome. They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. (Rev. 12:11 [Revelation 12:11]). Finally, the testimony of Renwick is valuable, as throwing light on great evils connected with systems of civil government, and with Protestant churches, and as pointing out clearly the duty of faithful witnesses in relation to them. Two great principles, the one doctrinal, and the other practical, were essential to it, or rather constituted its whole specialty. These were, first, that, according to the national vows, and the reformation attainments, the whole civil polity of the nation should be conformed to the Scriptures, and secondly, the positive duty of distinct separation from whatever systems in the state and church that are opposed to entire allegiance to Messiah the Prince. (Houston, The Life of James Renwick, pp. 52-55)
    "Some of them, particularly in Scotland, loved not their lives unto death for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held. Rev. vi. 9 [Revelation 6:9]. These refused to have communion in public ordinances not only with prelatical ministers, but even with the acceptors of indulgences or licenses from the civil power, to exercise their ministry under certain limitations. The INFORMATORY VINDICATION, which certainly contains the genuine principles of church communion, held by the sufferers for the cause of Christ in that period, declares, that they could by no means own or countenance the administrations of the indulged ministers; because they considered the indulgence, in any of the forms in which it was granted by the civil power, as derived from the supremacy claimed by that power in ecclesiastical matters; as laying the office of the ministry under unwarrantable restriction; and as tending, in a great measure, to suppress and bury the covenanted reformation, cf. Informatory Vindication, Head iv." (Anderson, Alexander and Rufus; or a Series of Dialogues on Church Communion [1862], p. 294)
    "To the friends of evangelical truth, and the faithful witnesses for the redeemer's royal prerogatives, the services of Renwick, at the crisis in which he exercised his public ministry, were invaluable. He was eminently the man for the time. Through the influence of the unhappy Indulgence, the strict Covenanters were reduced to what they style themselves in the Informatory Vindication, a 'wasted, suffering, anti-popish, anti-prelatic, anti-erastian, anti-sectarian remnant.' By the death of Cargill and Cameron, they were left as 'sheep without a shepherd,' broken and scattered. Through the fierceness of persecution, and the machinations of enemies, they were in danger of falling into confusion, and of being entirely wasted and destroyed. We admire the gracious providence of God in preparing, at this particular crisis, an instrument of such rare and suitable endowments for feeding 'the flock in the wilderness,' and for unfurling and upholding so nobly the 'Banner of Truth' amidst hosts of infuriated enemies. James Renwick, though a very youth when he entered on his arduous work, and trained under great outward disadvantages, had a powerful and well-cultivated mind. He was endowed with singular administrative talent, and had great tact and skill in managing men. He was an acute and logical thinker, an eloquent and attractive public speaker, and was distinguished by fertility and force as a writer. The INFORMATORY VINDICATION his testimony against King James' 'toleration, with his 'Letters,' and 'Sermons and Lectures,' bear ample evidence of his sound judgment, comprehensive mind, and ability as an author. His prudence, meekness and loving disposition, combined with his sanctified zeal, and heroic courage, deservedly gave him great influence among those to whom he ministered. He was eminently fitted to be 'a first man among men.' The Lord held him in the hollow of his hand, and made him a 'polished shaft in his quiver.' The services which Renwick rendered to the Protestant cause were invaluable. He organized the scattered remnant, and imparted new life and ardour to their proceedings. He set forth clearly the principles of the 'Society people;' and in a number of able and logical papers, clearly defined their plans of action. He rendered it, in a great measure, impossible for enemies to misrepresent and accuse them falsely to the Government. He was their Secretary in their correspondence with foreign churches; and he did much to evoke the prayerful sympathy of Protestants in other lands in behalf of the victims of persecution in Scotland. The presence and influence of Renwick among the suffering Presbyterians were of the highest importance in his own day; and not to them alone, but also to the whole church of Christ in these lands, and to the constitutional liberties of the nation. So far as we can see, but for the singular power and devoted spirit of Renwick, and the firm and unyielding position which the Cameronians through him were led to assume, the cause of truth would have been completely borne down, and Erastianism, and Popery, and Despotism had triumphed. Renwick and his followers were the vanguard 'in the struggle for Britain's liberties, and for the Church's spiritual independence.' Though, like other patriots born before their time, they were doomed to fall, yet posterity owes to them a large part of the goodly heritage which they enjoy. (Houston, The Life of James Renwick [1865], pp. 36-37). Emphases added throughout the preceding quotations. This is a very rare and valuable specimen of Paleopresbyterian (Covenanter), thought don't miss it! 142 pages, plus new material added by the present publisher." -- Publisher
    An Informatory Vindication, 1687, James, Renwick, Alexander Shields and Other "Society People"
    http://www.truecovenanter.com/societies/informatory_vindication.html

    Renwick, James (1662-1688), The Saint's Duty in Evil Times: In two Sermons Preached From Isaiah xxvi.20 [Isaiah 26:20]. Available (in A CHOICE COLLECTION OF VERY VALUABLE PREFACES, LECTURES AND SERMONS) on the Puritan Hard Drive.

    *Robbins, John W. (1949-2008), Can the Orthodox Presbyterian Church be Saved?, ISBN: 0940931672 9780940931671.
    "The Orthodox Presbyterian Church was founded in 1936 by about 135 people who were offended by the lack of discipline in and doctrinal errors of the Presbyterian Church in the USA. The purpose of the OPC was to be a spiritual successor to the PCUSA, which had abandoned the Westminster Confession of Faith [1646], even though it still affirmed the Confession as its official statement of faith. But early in its history the OPC fell under the influence of an agnostic view of propositional revelation emanating from Westminster Seminary -- a view that said that there is no identity of content between the 'Christian system' of theology, meaning Reformed confessions of faith, and the 'divine system' of theology, known only to God. This agnosticism has now brought the OPC to the point of falling. Like its predecessor, the PCUSA, the OPC has failed to discipline teachers who teach contrary to Scriptures and the Confession of Faith, and it has endorsed unbiblical teaching about Scripture and the Gospel. CAN THE OPC BE SAVED? is designed to inform members of the OPC of events and doctrines about which the OPC leadership has not been forthright." -- The Trinity Foundation
    Contents:
    Can the Orthodox Presbyterian Church be Saved?
    The 2004 General Assembly
    The OPC Magazine, New Horizons
    The Controversy Continues
    "An Appeal to Fundamentalists"
    Summary and Conclusion
    Reformation Day Declaration
    Can the Orthodox Presbyterian Church be Saved?
    "This is the December 2004 -- January 2005 issues of The Trinity Review in booklet form. [It may be read online under Reviews at The Trinity Foundation web site]. This 40-page booklet is intended to be an alarm to awaken slumbering members of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church, who have been both misled and uninformed by their current leadership.
    "If you are a member of the OPC, you need to read this booklet. If you know OPC members, you will want to get this booklet into their hands as soon as possible."
    http://www.trinitylectures.org/catalog/index.php?cPath=21

    *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

    Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men, even when they exercise influence and not authority: still more when you superadd the tendency or the certainty of corruption by authority. -- John Emerich Edward Dalberg, Lord Acton (1834-1902), in a letter to Mandell Creighton, April 5, 1887, quoted by Gertrude Himmelfarb in Acton, Essays on Freedom and Power, pp. 335-36 (1972)
    "As the world focuses it attention on the papacy, we ought to recall Lord Acton, the great Roman Catholic historian of the 19th century. Many have heard the aphorism, 'Power tends to corrupt; absolute power corrupts absolutely,' though it is usually misquoted as 'Power corrupts.' Few who have heard it, however, know who its author was: John Emerich Edward Dalberg, better known as Lord Acton. Fewer still realize that Acton used the aphorism in opposing the papacy, the absolute monarchy of the Roman Catholic Church.
    "Acton's criticisms of the papacy and the Roman Church are some of most damning ever leveled against those institutions, and they are virtually unknown today. Yet to anyone seriously concerned about religious and political freedom, Acton's views on the Roman Church, his own church, in particular his condemnation of the papacy, ought to be of great interest. Unfortunately, contemporary theological correctness has a taboo against criticism of Catholicism.
    "Acton kept a notebook on the Inquisition in which he wrote:
    The object of the Inquisition [was] not to combat sin -- for the sin was not judged by it unless accompanied by [theological] error. Nor even to put down error. For it punished untimely and unseemly remarks the same as blasphemy. Only unity. This became an outward, fictitious, hypocritical unity. The gravest sin was pardoned, but it was death to deny the donation of Constantine. [The Donation of Constantine was a document forged in the eighth century in which the Roman Emperor Constantine willed the Western Roman Empire to the Pope. The Roman Church taught that the Donation was genuine, and the legal basis for the pope's civil authority, for centuries. -- JR]. So men learnt that outward submission must be given. All this [was] to promote authority more than faith. When ideas were punished more severely than actions -- for all this time the Church was softening the criminal law, and saving men from the consequences of crime: -- and the Donation was put on a level with God's own law -- men understood that authority went before sincerity.
    "Acton believed that the Inquisition was the institution by which the medieval papacy had to be condemned or acquitted. Just as a man charged with murder is judged for a single act, though be may be kind to his mother and a great philanthropist, so the papacy must be judged for the Inquisition. To Mandell Creighton, an Anglican priest, Acton wrote:
    I cannot accept your canon that we are to judge Pope and King unlike other men, with a favourable presumption that they did no wrong. If there is any presumption it is the other way, against holders of power, increasing as the power increases. Historic responsibility has to make up for the want of legal responsibility. Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men, even when they exercise influence and not authority: still more when you superadd the tendency or the certainty of corruption by authority. There is no worse heresy than that the office sanctifies the holder of it. . . . For many years my view of Catholic controversy has been governed by the following chain of reasoning: 1. A crime does not become a good deed by being committed for the good of a church. 2. The theorist who approves the act is no better than the culprit who commits it. 3. The divine or historian who defends the theorist incurs the same blame. . . . To commit murder is the mark of a moment, exceptional. To defend it is constant, and shows a more perverted conscience.
    "Acton turned his attention to other crimes of the Roman Church as well. Beginning on Sunday, August 24, 1572, tens of thousands of French Huguenots were massacred by the Catholics. Overnight, thousands were murdered, and the murders continued for several months. The massacre began in Paris. The sign of the cross was everywhere, and the murders took on the air of a crusade, a holy war against the infidels. The banks of the Seine became a slaughterhouse. Men, women, children, and infants were stabbed or dragged by a rope around the neck to be thrown into the river. The murder, looting, and rape went on for days in Paris.
    "The Pope, Gregory XIII, reacted immediately to this Catholic Holocaust: He delivered a complimentary speech, and commended the King of France, Charles IX, who 'has also displayed before our Most Holy Master and this entire assembly the most splendid virtues which can shine in the exercise of power.' The Pope commissioned a mural in honor of the great occasion; he ordered salutes fired for Charles; he had a commemorative seal struck; and in a horrible blasphemy he ordered a special Te Deum sung. Less than two years later, at the age of 24, King Charles died in extreme pain with blood oozing from his pores. His last words were pleas to God for pardon for the murders.
    "The massacre was a matter of controversy in 1868 when Acton wrote an essay in the North British Review. He concluded his long essay by saying that there was no evidence to absolve the Roman Church of premeditated murder. Acton argued that it was not only facts that condemned the papacy for this heinous crime, but the whole body of casuistry developed by the church that made it an act of Christian duty and mercy to kill a heretic so that he might be removed from sin. Acton pointed out that only when the Roman Church could no longer rely on force but had to make its case before public opinion did it seek to explain away its murders. 'The same motive which had justified the murder now promoted the lie,' he wrote. A bodyguard of lies was fabricated to protect the papacy from guilt for this monstrous sin. Acton wrote:
    The story is much more abominable than we all believed. . . . S.B. [St. Bartholomew's], is the greatest crime of modern times. It was committed on principles professed by Rome. It was approved, sanctioned, and praised by the papacy. The Holy See went out of its way to signify to the world, by permanent and solemn acts, how entirely it admired a king who slaughtered his subjects treacherously, because they were Protestants. To proclaim forever that because a man is a Protestant it is a pious deed to cut his throat in the night. . . .
    "For three centuries the Roman church's canon law had affirmed that the killing of an excommunicated person was not murder, and that allegiance need not be kept with heretical rulers. Murder and treason were part of the Roman church's official teachings. Charles IX was acting as a good Catholic, and he was highly praised by the pope for his murders.
    "In 1867 Pope Pius IX summoned a general council of the Roman Church to be held in Rome in 1870. It was the first general council of the Roman Church since the sixteenth century Council of Trent, at which the schismatic Roman Church had condemned all the truths of the Reformation. This time the Pope was determined to establish himself as the infallible sovereign of the Roman Church.
    "Acton thought that the time of the council would be better spent abolishing many of the 'reforms' made by the Council of Trent, reforms which had perpetuated in the Roman Church a spirit of intolerant absolutism and 'austere immorality.' He opposed the doctrine of papal infallibility, because, as an historian, he knew the popes were not infallible. Acton wrote:
    A man is not honest who accepts all the Papal decisions in questions of morality, for they have often been distinctly immoral; or who approves the conduct of the Popes in engrossing power, for it was stained with perfidy and falsehood; or who is ready to alter his convictions at their command, for his conscience is guided by no principle.
    "After studying the history of the popes, Acton wrote:
    The papacy contrived murder and massacre on the largest and also on the most cruel and inhuman scale. They were not only wholesale assassins but they made the principle of assassination a law of the Christian Church and a condition of salvation. . . . [The Papacy], is the fiend skulking behind the Crucifix.
    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
    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." The Roman Catholic Institution is the ultimate "negative guide to the positive," the reformers ultimate "opposite guide to political and economic reform."
    Pope's Visit Means 3 White House Firsts
    President says 'man of faith' and conviction deserves the special treatment, Associated Press, April 13, 2008
    "Washington -- The leader of the world's 1 billion Roman Catholics has been to the White House only once in history. That changes this week, and President Bush is pulling out all the stops: driving out to a suburban military base to meet Pope Benedict XVI's plane, bringing a giant audience to the South Lawn and hosting a fancy East Room dinner.
    "These are all firsts.
    "A crowd of up to 12,000 is due at the White House on Wednesday morning for the pope's official, pomp-filled arrival ceremony. It will feature the U.S. and Holy See anthems, a 21-gun salute, and the U.S. Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps. Both men will make remarks before their Oval Office meeting and a send-off for his popemobile down Pennsylvania Avenue.
    "The president explained the special treatment -- particularly the airport greeting.
    " 'One, he speaks for millions. Two, he doesn't come as a politician; he comes as a man of faith,' Bush told the EWTN Global Catholic Network in an interview aired Friday. He added that he wanted to honor Benedict's conviction that 'there's right and wrong in life, that moral relativism has a danger of undermining the capacity to have more hopeful and free societies. . . .' "
    "This week makes Bush the record-holder, with a total of five meetings with two popes. . . ."
    "The current pope's approach may be softer than that of John Paul, who turned from Bush's presentation to him of the Medal of Freedom in 2004 to read a statement about his 'grave concern' over events in Iraq."
    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/24096388/
    Bush Scandals
    An extensive resource. Includes websites for the Savings and Loan Scandal of the 1980s, considered the largest theft in the history of the world, involving Neil Bush, a brother of George W., the Florida's Voting Scandal of 2001 in which Al Gore lost the presidential election. Jeb Bush, another brother of George W., was Governor of Florida and had promised to deliver the state for his brother. Other sites treat George W. Bush's suspected involvement in 911 [911 is, of course, analagous to Roosevelt's Pearl Harbor]. Note particularly "Bush Family Machinations, 1918-2000," a timeline of Bush Family crimes prior to Election 2000.
    http://news4florida.tripod.com/index1.html
    The Panic of '08. Lew Rockwell Interviews Ron Paul, September 18, 2008
    A podcast.
    http://www.lewrockwell.com/podcast/?p=episode&name=2008-09-18_029_ron_paul_talks_to_lew_rockwell.mp3

    *Rutherford, Samuel (1600-1661), A Free Disputation Against Pretended Liberty of Conscience, 1649. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #9, #25, and #26.
    "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 'the 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!" -- Publisher
    A Brotherly and Free Epistle to the Patrons and Friends of Pretended Liberty of Conscience, Samuel Rutherford
    http://www.truecovenanter.com/anti_toleration/rutherfurd_epistle_against_pretendedlibertyofconscience.html
    Brutus, Junius, 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. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #10, #25.
    " '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.'
    "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'." -- Publisher
    "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." -- Publisher
    "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
    Additional sources of text related to LEX REX are as follows:
    "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 [A FREE DISPUTATION AGAINST PRETENDED LIBERTY OF CONSCIENCE -- compiler] should probably be known as Rutherford's 'politically incorrect' companion volume to LEX, REX. It is a sort of sequel aimed at driving pluralists and antinomians insane. Written against 'the Belgick Arminians, Socinians, and other Authors contending for lawless 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)." -- Publisher
    A HIND LET LOOSE by Alexander Shields is sometimes referred to as 'Lex, Rex, Volume Two.'
    A Hind Let Loose; or An Historical Representation of the Testimonies of the Church of Scotland. . . . by Mr. Alexander Shields, Minister of the Gospel, in St. Andrews
    http://www.truecovenanter.com/shields/
    A Hind let Loose; or, An Historical Representation of the Testimonies of the Church of Scotland, for the Interest of Christ
    "This book sets forth the Crown rights of King Jesus, against all usurpers in both church and state, giving a history of some of faithful sufferings endured by the elect, in maintaining this truth." -- Publisher
    http://archive.org/details/hindletlooseorhi00shie
    "This [THE DUE RIGHT OF PRESBYTERIES OR A PEACEABLE PLEA FOR THE GOVERNMENT OF THE CHURCH OF SCOTLAND -- compiler], 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'." -- Publisher
    Rutherford, Samuel (1600-1661), Lex, rex: The law and the Prince, a Dispute for the Just Prerogative of King and People. (1843)
    http://archive.org/details/lexrexlawandpri00ruthgoog
    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? (Psalm 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. (Deuteronomy 17:19)." -- Publisher
    http://www.constitution.org/sr/lexrex.htm
    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
    Brutus, Junius, The Covenant Between God and Kings, from A DEFENSE OF LIBERTY
    http://www.constitution.org/vct/vindiciae1a.htm

    *Sheldon, Charles M., In His Steps, didactic fiction, ISBN: 0800786084. A Christian classic.
    "First published in 1897, this book has sold over 8,000,000 copies." -- GCB
    "A man beaten down by life deeply touches a small town congregation when unexpectedly and poignantly he confronts them, asking, 'What do you Christians mean by following the steps of Jesus?' This classic work tells the story of congregational members who pledge to walk in Christ's step for one year, asking themselves what He would do at every turn in their daily lives." -- Publisher
    On edition includes a study guide.

    *Singer, C. Gregg (1910-1999), The Apologetics lecture series using FROM RATIONALISM TO IRRATIONALITY: THE DECLINE OF THE WESTERN MIND FROM THE RENAISSANCE TO THE PRESENT (1979) as the text, and delivered in Decatur, Georgia, beginning November, 1979, 17 MP3 files.
    "So many times people in the pew and the pulpit say, well how did all this get started? How did psychology descend to its present level? . . . How did political science produce our political thought, produce the dictatorships which are engulfing the modern world? Why are we in the economic mess in which we are today? Why is sociology such a jumble of immorality? Why is education as it is today? Why is art so meaningless? . . . Why is modern music an affront to the modern ears as well as to the mind and ear of God? . . . Why are all these things!? . . .
    "I would suggest to you that if you will follow this course with thought and care, you will finally come to see the answer to the questions which haunt us today in Western society." -- C. Gregg Singer, from this cited lecture series.
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=2250511453

    *Singer, C. Gregg (1910-1999), Christian Approaches: to Philosophy; to History, ISBN: 0934532249.

    *Singer, C. Gregg (1910-1999), John Calvin: His Roots and Fruits (A Press, 1989), 78 pages.
    "What then is the role of the state in economic matters? Is it to stand idly by and take no steps or initiate no policies to defend the poor? The state, in the economic realm, is under a mandate to enforce the moral law and to punish those who break it for the sake of economic gain. It may prevent monopolitstic and other business practices which are contrary to the Biblical ethic, as well as stealing and other forms of dishonesty and may pass laws for this purpose. It is certain that Calvin would support more statutes of this kind than some advocates of free enterprise would tolerate today. In general, however, Calvin agreed that the state had no right to undertake schemes of redistributing wealth in order to achieve economic equality. The legislative taking of wealth under the guise of legality is no less stealing than if it is done by robbers and thieves. Such schemes, rather than being an application of Christian principles, are actually a form of human rebellion against the will of God for the right ordering of society." -- C. Gregg Singer in "Calvinism and Economic Thought and Practice.
    Notes: "Appeared in volume II of THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF CHRISTIANITY . . . and was later printed by Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing Company . . . 1967, for their Philosophical and historical studies series."
    Contents: The author; Preface; I The patristic foundations of calvinism; II Calvinism: the summit of reformation theology; III The later history of calvinism; IV Influence of calvinism on western history and culture; V Calvinism and economic thought and practice; VI Calvinism and Philosophy; VII Calvinism and education; VIII Calvinism and social thought and practice; Bibliography.

    *Singer, C. Gregg (1910-1999), From Rationalism to Irrationality: The Decline of the Western Mind From the Renaissance to the Present, ISBN: 0875524281 9780875524283 and a reprint of the P&R Publishing edition of 1979 (Wipf and Stock, 2006), 479 pp.
    "Now, frankly students, this course is presented from obviously the Reformed Theology. I hold unabashedly, unashamedly to the whole of Reformed Theology as we find it specifically in the Westminster Confession of Faith (1646) and the Larger and Shorter Catechisms.
    "At the same time I hold to a position in regard to Apologetics generally known as Presuppositionalism, and particularly that view held by Cornelius Van Til.
    "This book is an attempt to enlarge and to broaden the scope of Van Til's own Apologetical system, and also his Epistemology. By that I mean, and I worked this book with him, so anything that I say is not to be construed as a criticism of Cornelius Van Til. I might add he wrote me a letter. He is delighted with this book. But what I did was to take his principles, both of Apologetics and of Epistemology, and apply them to all realms of modern thought.
    "Dr. Van Til, for good and sufficient reason, sought to limit to the main stream of what we might call pure Philosophy, that is from Saint Thomas, well even before them, back to the Greeks, but particularly in the more modern period, from Saint Thomas Aquinas, William of Ockham (Occam), down through Descartes, the Rationalists, the Empiricists, down to Kant and Hegel, and of course Modern Philosophy and Modern Theology. Very seldom has he gone into what we might call the arena of Political Philosophy, or the arena of Social Thought, or the arena of Psychology and Psychiatry, the realm of Educational Philosophy, and into Art, Music, and so on, to the Fine Arts.
    "This book is an attempt to apply his system, and show what happens when the Western mind has forsaken his principles, or the principles which he has espoused, and turned into its own way. And thus the book called FROM RATIONALISM TO IRRATIONALITY. The thesis being that the Rationalism inherent in Saint Thomas and the post-Thomists, and more particularly, and more openly, in the Philosophy of the Renaissance, and Descartes, and Spinosa, and Leibniz has, as it's gained momentum in the modern world, brought Western Culture to its knees. We are living, as I would think, in the death throws of the Western Cultures, the Western Civilization." -- Dr. C. Gregg Singer, in the introductory address to his course in Apologetics soon after FROM RATIONALISM TO IRRATIONALITY came off the press in 1979
    Apologetics: #01: Classical and Medieval Thought #1 [audio files]
    Dr. C. Gregg Singer, Apologetics, 56 min.
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=2250511453
    "Locke endeavored to set forth a political philosophy which would anchor his democratic political thought on what he felt were the firm foundations of his empiricism. However, his insistence that nature has bestowed upon mankind certain basic and inalienable rights was an assumption quite contrary to his empiricism. His denial of conscience as an innate possession or quality makes it impossible for men to know that they possess the rights of life, liberty, and property. The very concept of a human right is moral in nature and has its basis of authority in the human conscience. It is thus impossible for men to know through the senses that they have these cherished human rights. Granted that it was far from Locke's intention to undermine or destroy the traditional English concept of personal rights, his empiricism removed from his political thought the necessary foundations on which a government could be built for the protection of these rights. His empiricism supported neither the idea that men have such rights nor that they are inalienable. (p. 61)
    "Underlying the secular and naturalistic assumptions of the thought of the Enlightenment was a related and equally serious problem. In their political and economic thought the leaders of this era were passionately devoted to the pursuit of freedom, and yet they seemed to be completely unaware of this incompatibility between their quest for freedom on the one hand and their reliance upon natural law on the other. How can an impersonal and deterministic concept of law produce and sustain a meaningful concept of freedom? Blindly convinced that there was no problem involved in the contradiction, the leaders of the Enlightenment pushed boldly ahead in the quest for political and economic liberty. However, their failure to recognize the issues involved in this quest led not only to the disaster of the French Revolution but to the growth of the totalitarian political and economic philosophies which first appeared in Hegel and Marx during the nineteenth century and reached their culmination in the totalitarianism of the twentieth century." (p. 73) -- quoted at the blog, Imago Veritatis: Post-modern Reformed Paleo-orthodoxy
    Singer used this as textbook for his course in Apologetics. Epistemology is a recurring theme throughout the textbook and the course. The series of 24 addresses on Apologetics is available free online. See: "Apologetics" under:
    Works of C. Gregg Singer
    http://www.lettermen2.com/bcrr3ch.html#cgsinger

    Singer, C. Gregg (1910-1999), The Story of Presbyterianism
    http://www.fpcjackson.org/resources/apologetics/story.htm

    *Singer, C. Gregg (1910-1999), A Theological Interpretation of American History, 1994 edition, 354 pages (Greenville, SC: A Press, 1994, 1981, 1975, 1974, 1964), ISBN: 0875524265 9780875524269. A Christian classic.
    This book portrays "the influence of theology and the changing doctrines in the life of the church on the pattern of American political, constitutional, social and economic development.
    "The author shows that the decline of constitutional government in this country is the result of the departure from historical Christian faith and the resulting rise of alien political philosophies. Particularly does he emphasize the intimate relationship between theological liberalism on the one hand and political, social, and economic liberalism on the other. This theological liberalism has been a major agent in the decline of the Constitution in the political life of the people and in the appearance of a highly centralized government." -- Publisher
    "There is between the democratic philosophy and theological liberalism a basic affinity which has placed them in the same camp in many major political struggles.
    "This condition exists because theological liberalism shares the basic postulates of the democratic philosophy. . . .
    "Theological liberalism at heart has been a continuing protest against Calvinism, particularly against its insistence on the Sovereignty of God and the Total Depravity of the race. These two Biblical doctrines have often proved to be a stumbling block to theologians within the church as well as to the unbelieving world.
    "The result of theological liberalism has been the movement away from constitutionalism and away from liberty, and a movement toward collectivistic society and totalitarian regime." -- C. Gregg Singer, A Theological Interpretation of American History, p. 290
    See also: John Knox, the Scottish Covenanters, and the Westminster Assembly (tape 3 of 5), in a series of addresses History Notes on Presbyterianism, Reformation, and Theology by Dr. C. Gregg Singer on SermonAudion.com
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=12607114250
    See also:
    Dr. C. Gregg Singer at SermonAudio.com (161 messages)
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/search.asp?SpeakerOnly=true&currSection=sermonsspeaker&Keyword=Dr.^C.^Gregg^Singer

    Taylor, Harmon R., and Free the Masons Ministries, A Pastor and Freemasonry: What's a Pastor to Do?

    Thurston, Thomas, Homosexuality and Roman Catholic Ethics, ISBN: 1883255651 9781883255657 1883255643 9781883255640.

    Thurston, Thomas, Slavery: Annual Bibliographical Supplement (2006), ISSN: 0144-039X.

    Tyree, Cornelius, The Living Epistle or the Moral Power of Religious Life.
    "The subject of this book is putting godliness into practice in every area of life on every day of the week. First published in 1859 it seems as accurate today as it was then." -- GCB

    Ankerberg, John, The Facts on False Teaching in the Church, ISBN: 0890817146 9780890817148.
    "If you are concerned about the new philosophies and psychologies that are infiltrating today's churches, THE FACTS ON FALSE TEACHING IN THE CHURCH is an invaluable resource to help you judge which teachings are biblical and which are not." -- Publisher

    Barna, George, The Frog in the Kettle: What Christians Need to Know About Life in the Year 2000, ISBN: 0830714499 9780830714490.
    Subtitle: What the future will be like, how the "new values" will affect the church, how Christians need to respond to the changing environment.
    "There isn't enough time to digest all the important information that flies your way. George Barna has captured critical trends shaping your world and boiled them down in his new book, THE FROG IN THE KETTLE -- a book for every concerned Christian to read." -- Publisher

    Belcher, Richard P., A Journey in Purity: A Theological Novel, ISBN: 0925703397 9780925703392.
    "This is the challenging story of a young pastor and his difficult and heart-breaking struggle to bring purity to the corrupt and impure church he pastors."

    Calvin, John (1509-1564), Concerning Scandals, ISBN: 0802835112 9780802835116.

    Carl, Frank, and Joan H. Robie, Courting the King of Terrors: Is Satan Having the Last Laugh? ISBN: 0914984187 9780914984184.
    "Why are so many people turning to mental, spiritual, and physical suicide? This book gives an answer. Its purpose is two-fold: to sound the trumpet of concern about sins creeping into the church, and to offer practical help and hope in working with those who have fallen prey to Satan's lies." -- GCB

    Carson, Donald A., A Call to Spiritual Reformation: Priorities From Paul and his Prayers, ISBN: 0801025699 9780801025693.
    "Using the letters of Paul, Carson makes a very important point: God doesn't require more frenetic programs or emotional stimulation; God wants his people to know him more intimately. Prayer and the Word are the answer." -- GCB

    Davis, John Jefferson, Evangelical Ethics: Issues Facing the Church Today, ISBN: 087552222X 9780875522227.

    Ellul, Jacques (1912-1994), The Subversion of Christianity, ISBN: 0802800491 9780802800497.
    "What we today call Christianity, says Ellul, is actually far removed from the revelation of God. The church has perverted and reinterpreted Scripture over the years in order to mitigate the scandal of the Gospel. Yet Ellul remains hopeful, for the Holy Spirit continues to move in the world." -- Publisher

    *Grant, George, and Mark Horne, Unnatural Affections: The Impuritan Ethic of Homosexuality and the Modern Church, ISBN: 1880692007 9781880692004.
    "This is a historical overview and Biblical response to the crisis within the Christian Church in regard to sexual behavior. In this brief summary, it expounds the scriptural teaching on sexual ethics and the historic Christian position. UNNATURAL AFFECTIONS offers advice on how Christians can combat this crisis, based firmly on the Bible." -- GCB

    Hordern, William, Living by Grace, ISBN: 0664247636 9780664247638.
    "A critical examination of Protestant churches that boldly announce their belief in the theology of grace but are so works oriented that their practice belies their profession." -- Cyril J. Barber

    *Hunt, Susan, Spiritual Mothering: The Titus 2 Model for Women Mentoring Women, ISBN: 0891077197 9780891077190.
    "This is a fine treatment of a subject very close to my heart. May older women heed the call to mother the younger, and may the younger women be teachable." -- Elisabeth Elliot
    "This is a jewel of a book. By sensitively examining Paul's instructions in Titus 2, Susan Hunt calls women to powerfully affect our nation and world with the love of God -- one person at a time." -- Beverly LaHaye
    "Hunt has lots of experience in the area this book covers. She is very active in the PCA's W.I.C. program. The book comes with glowing recommendations by Elisabeth Elliot, Bev LaHaye, Charles Dunahoo, Connie Marshner, and Debra Evans. She believes that the church needs to restore the ministry of older women to younger women." -- GCB

    Smith, Chuck, Caryl Matrisciana, and Cutting Edge Films International, Volume 12: Religions vs. Christianity, a DVD.
    "A dramatic comparison of the living relationship found in the person of Jesus Christ, with the dead religions of dead men. Key world religions are analyzed in light of historical and archaeological evidence, claims of religious leaders and founders, and their ancient writings." -- GCB
    Jeremiah Films
    http://www.jeremiahfilms.com/products/Pagan-Invasion-Classic

    Lindsell, Harold, The New Paganism, ISBN: 0060652721 9780060652722. Alternate title: THE TRIUMPH OF THE NEW PAGAN WELTANSCHAUUNG.
    "Cogently and urgently, Lindsell documents his belief that Christians must work from a clear understanding of the pagan nature of our culture and society. He argues for the restoration of Christian humanism and God-centered values." -- GCB

    Lindsell, Harold, The World, the Flesh, and the Devil, ISBN: 0913686042 9780913686041.

    Machen, J. Gresham, The Separateness of the Church: A Sermon.

    MacArthur, John F., Jr., Ashamed of the Gospel: When the Church Becomes Like the World, ISBN: 0891077294 9780891077299 1856840808 9781856840804.
    Includes: Appendix 1: Spurgeon and the Down-grade Controversy.
    "[At the end of the Puritan age], by some means or other, first the ministers, then the Churches, got on 'the down grade,' and in some cases, the descent was rapid, and in all, very disastrous. In proportion as the ministers seceded from the old Puritan godliness of life, and the old Calvinistic form of doctrine, they commonly became less earnest and less simple in their preaching, more speculative and less spiritual in the matter of their discourses, and dwelt more on the moral teachings of the New Testament, than on the great central truths of revelation. Natural theology frequently took the place which the great truths of the gospel ought to have held, and the sermons became more and more Christless. Corresponding results in the character and life, first of the preachers and then of the people, were only too plainly apparent." -- Robert Shindler, "The Down Grade," The Sword and the Trowel (March 1887), p. 122
    http://www.spurgeon.org/downgrd.php

    Mack, Wayne A., Place of Women in the Church, an audio file.
    Notes: Publication information from Mt. Olive Tape Library catalog.

    Mack, Wayne A., The Role of Women in the Church: A Study of the Bible to Discover God's Directives for the Church in This Area of Modern day Confusion and Turmoil.
    "After introductory comments, the book breaks into two major sections: what women may not do in the church and what women may do in the church. 'God said to the women, "You glorify me in doing these particular acts." He also said to the men, "You glorify me by doing other acts".' May God help men and women to cheerfully submit to the will of God, for God's way is perfect." -- David Powlison

    Miller, C. John (1928-1996), Husband and Father as Spiritual Leader. (Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation.)

    Miller, C. John (1928-1996), A Faith Worth Sharing: A Lifetime of Conversations About Christ, ISBN: 0875523919 9780875523910.
    "There are few books that I would recommend that all Christians should read and Dr. Jack Miller's book, A FAITH WORTH SHARING, is one of the few. From the beginning to end, Dr. Miller shares his life in relation to God and evangelism in a very transparent and refreshing way. It is very encouraging and each chapter has a life application point that we could all learn from." -- Reader's Comment

    Miller, C. John (1928-1996), Powerful Evangelism for the Powerless, ISBN: 0875523838 9780875523835. A revised edition of EVANGELISM AND YOUR CHURCH, 1980.
    "This Reformed pastor and seminary professor conveys an urgent message: We must be bold, use God's methods, be attentive to God's Word, and prayer. Practical insights to a powerful witness." -- GCB

    Miller, C. John (1928-1996), Outgrowing the Ingrown Church, ISBN: 0310284112 9780310284116.
    "This is a book for pacesetters, church leaders who want to help their churches be outward-looking and outward-moving communities of Jesus Christ. Written to help change churches by changing individuals. Frank Tillapaugh writes the foreword." -- GCB

    *Murray, Iain, The Reformation of the Church: A Collection of Reformed and Puritan Documents on Church Issues, ISBN: 085151118X 9780851511184.
    "First published in 1965 and once again available. Documents are drawn largely from the 16th and 17th centuries and presents the finest thinking of the fathers on authority and freedom, the need for reformation, the nature of the government, unity, and membership of the Church of Jesus Christ." -- GCB

    Ogden, Greg, The New Reformation: Returning the Ministry to the People of God, ISBN: 0310246199 9780310246190.
    "Ministry is to be by the people and for the people, and this book explains why it is needed and how it can be done." -- Publisher
    Includes bibliographical references and indexes.

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

    Perkins, William (1558-1602), A Reformed Catholike, or, A Declaration shewing how neere we may come to the present Church of Rome in sundrie points of religion and wherein we must for euer depart from them with an aduertisement to all fauourers of the Romane religion, shewing how the said religion is against the Catholike principles and grounds of the catechisme, 1611.

    Powlison, David, Demons and Deliverance in the Evangelical Church, 5 audio cassettes [audio file].

    Robbins, John W. (1949-2008, editor), Antichrist
    "An English theologian of the nineteenth century, Dr. H. Grattan Guinness, wrote:

    From the first, and throughout, that movement [the Reformation], was energized and guided by the prophetic Word. Luther never felt strong and free to war against the papal apostasy till he recognized the pope as antichrist. It was then he burned the papal Bull. Knox's first mission as a Reformer, was on the prophecies concerning the Papacy. The Reformers embodied their interpretation of prophecy in their confessions of faith, and Calvin in his Institutes. All the Reformers were unanimous in the matter. . . . And their interpretation of these prophecies determined their reforming action. . . . It nerved them to resist the claims of that apostate church to the uttermost. It made them martyrs; it sustained them at the stake. And the views of the Reformers were shared by thousands, by hundreds of thousands. They were adopted by princes and peoples. (Romanism and the Reformation [S.R. Briggs], 250-260).
    "In the last one hundred years the Protestant movement has largely abandoned the prophetic convictions of historic Protestantism and has opted for theories which have their origin with the Jesuits. The liberal and postmillennial wings of the Protestant movement, often denying the inspiration of the Bible or spiritualizing away its most pointed truths, have adopted the preterist view of prophecy, first espoused by the Spanish Jesuit Alcazar. The right wing of Protestantism, the dispensationalists and fundamentalists, have taken over the Spanish Jesuit Ribera's futurism, and have made it a part of orthodoxy. This represents a remarkable triumph of the theories of Rome's Counter Reformation.
    The Presbyterian Church, at the turn of the twentieth century, revised the Westmister Confession of Faith and deleted the sentences identifying the papacy as Antichrist. The Reformational understanding of prophecy has been either deliberately rejected or forgotten. The two contending factions, the futurists and the preterists, can be traced directly to the Jesuits. Both agree on one thing: The Protestant view is wrong. . . ."

    Robbins, John W. (1949-2008), Scripture Twisting in the Seminaries. Part one, Feminism.
    "Thought by some to be a Reformed frontal attack on some current non-Reformed interpretations relating to the role of women in the church. Hard-hitting and direct in style. Dr. Robbins compares the historic Reformed interpretations to what Hulvey, Foh, and Knight are saying. A book that can not be ignored in serious study." -- GCB

    Rueda, Enrique, The Homosexual Network: Private Lies and Public Policy, ISBN: 0815957149: 9780815957140.
    Explains the relationship between organized religion and homosexuals. Includes bibliographical references and index.

    Rushdoony, R.J. (1916-2001), The Atheism of the Early Church, ISBN: 1879998181 9781879998186. Available through Exodus Books.
    "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

    *Rushdoony, Rousas J. (1916-2001), Christianity and the State, ISBN: 9996717755. Available through Exodus Books.
    "The need to return to a Biblical doctrine of civil government is evidenced by our century's worldwide drift into tyranny. Humanism invariably rushes in to fill the world's theological vacuums: the need of the hour is to restore a full-orbed, Biblical, theology of the state. This work sets forth that theology." -- GCB

    *Rutherford, Samuel (1600-1661), The Divine Right of Church Government and Excommunication: A Peaceable Dispute for the Perfection of the Holy Scripture in Point of Ceremonies and Church Government in Which the Removal of the Service Book is Justified. . . facsimile, 1646, also contains: "SCANDAL AND CHRISTIAN LIBERTIE." Alternate title: JUS DIVINUM REGIMINIS ECCLESIASTICI. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #9 and #24.
    "Over 750 pages which Walker says 'contains the amplest exposition and vindication of our old ecclesiastical principles.' Rutherford here gives a classic defense of Presbyterianism, touching on both church government and 'the due and just power of the Magistrate in matters of Religion.' Regarding worship, he touches on imagery, idolatry, things indifferent, ceremonies and will worship. Sherman Isbell describes this book as follows: 'Rutherford asserts that there is delineated in the NT a form of Church government by elders and Presbyteries which is of permanent obligation; more-over, that discipline and suspension from the sacraments are vested with church officers rather than with the Christian civil magistrate. The book also expounds the Westminster Assembly's principle that the mode of acceptable worship is regulated by the will of Christ as king speaking in the Scriptures; the Church is not at liberty to alter or invent anything in worship or government which goes beyond the pattern in God's Word. Rutherford's writings during the London years provide a significant commentary on the theology of the Westminster Confession and Catechisms.' (Nigel Cameron, editor, Dictionary of Scottish Church History and Theology, pp. 735-36). An exceedingly rare gem by this celebrated Presbyterian divine and Scottish commissioner to the famous Westminster Assembly." -- Publisher
    http://www.naphtali.com/jusextrc.htm

    Rutz, James H., The Open Church: How to Bring Back the Exciting Life of the First Century Church, ISBN: 0940232480 9780940232488 0940232502 9780940232501.

    *Ryle, J.C. (1816-1900), The Fallibility of Ministers. Available in J.C. Ryle, WARNINGS TO THE CHURCHES, ISBN: 0851510434 9780851510439. Available in KNOTS UNTIED: BEING PLAIN STATEMENTS ON DISPUTED POINTS IN RELIGION FROM THE STANDPOINT OF AN EVANGELICAL CHURCHMAN.
    http://www.trinityfoundation.org/reviews/journal.asp?ID=113a.html

    *Ryle, J.C. (1816-1900), Warnings to the Churches, ISBN: 0851510434 9780851510439.
    "I see this tendency to lean on man everywhere. I know no branch of the Protestant Church of Christ which does not require to be cautioned upon the point. It is a snare, for example, to the English Episcopalian to make idols of Bishop Pearson and 'the Judicious Hooker.' It is a snare to the Scotch Presbyterian to pin his faith on John Knox, the Covenanters, and Dr. Chalmers. It is a snare to the Methodists in our day to worship the memory of John Wesley. It is a snare to the Independent to see no fault in any opinion of Owen and Dodderidge. It is a snare to the Baptist to exaggerate the wisdom of Gill and Fuller and Robert Hall. All these are snares, and into these snares how many fall!
    "Infallibility is not to be found in the early fathers, but in the Bible.
    "What are the best of ministers but men -- dust, ashes, and clay -- men of like passions with ourselves, men exposed to temptations, men liable to weaknesses and infirmities?
    "It is amazing to observe how vast a man's intellectual attainments may be, and yet how little he may know of the grace of God.
    "We have no right to expect anything but the pure Gospel of Christ, unmixed and unadulterated -- the same Gospel that was taught by the Apostles -- to do good to the souls of men.
    "Peace without truth is a false peace; it is the very peace of the devil. Unity without the Gospel is a worthless unity; it is the very unity of Hell.
    "False doctrine and heresy are even worse than schism.
    "It was controversy that won the battle of Protestant Reformation.
    "Three things there are which men never ought to trifle with -- a little poison, a little false doctrine, and a little sin.
    "A church may have good forms and regularly ordained ministers, and the sacraments properly administered, but a church will not see conversion of souls going on under its pulpits when this doctrine [Justification by Faith], is not plainly preached.
    "Once let a man get wrong about justification, and he will bid a long farewell to comfort, to peace, to lively hope, to anything like assurance in his Christianity. An error here is a worm at the root.
    "An ignorant laity will always be the bane of a church.
    "True Gospel in the pulpit, true Gospel in every Religious Society we support, true Gospel in the books we read, true Gospel in the friends we keep company with -- let this be our aim, and never let us be ashamed to let men see that it is so.
    "Let the meekness of St. Peter in taking a reproof be as much our example as the boldness of St. Paul in reproving." -- J.C. Ryle "The Fallibility of Ministers" in Warning to the Churches, pp. 93-121
    The Fallibility of Ministers, by J.C. Ryle
    http://www.trinityfoundation.org/journal.php?id=182
    Pharisees and Sadducees, J.C. Ryle
    http://members.ozemail.com.au/~rseaborn/pharisees_and_sadducees.html

    *Scott, Otto, R.J. Rushdoony, M.R. Rushdoony, Martin G. Selbrede, and John Lofton, Jr., The Great Christian Revolution: The Myths of Paganism and Arminianism, ISBN: 1879998025 9781879998025.
    "Dr. Warfield noted that Calvinism represents the Christian religion in its highest and purest form, for Calvinism alone acknowledges the totality of God's kingly prerogatives over every square inch of our world. This volume supports these powerful truths from three different perspectives, with each author supplying cumulative weight to the proposition that God rules in the affairs of all men, from the least to the greatest. This book will help you sort out much of the current error in theology in our day." -- GCB
    "Never has so broad a sweep of Christian history been so swiftly or dramatically told. From the savage tribes of Europe to the rise of the most wealthy and intellectual civilization in the world; from the Dark Ages to the Reformation; from the tyranny of English kings to the spirit of freedom in Philadelphia. Otto Scott takes you on a gripping journey through the rise and fall of men and empires, while the Christian faith has always shined through every generation. Get this book for your library." -- Publisher

    Singer, C. Gregg (1910-1999, Charles G. Singer), The Unholy Alliance: The Definitive History of the National Council of Churches and its Leftist Policies -- From 1908 to the Present, 384 pages, ISBN: 0870003275 9780870003271.
    "This book is not calculated to win friends among adherents to the National Council of Churches. It provides convincing evidence of the tremendous gap that has developed between the NCC and its critics and demonstrates the NCC's inability to achieve its objectives." -- Cyril J. Barber
    Unholy Alliance: The Definitive History of the National Council of Churches and Its Leftist Policies -- From 1908 to the Present
    Freebooks online e-text.
    http://freebooks.entrewave.com/freebooks/docs/39be_47e.htm

    Sire, James, Scripture Twisting: 20 Ways the Cults Misread the Bible, ISBN: 0877846111 9780877846116.
    "James Sire has isolated twenty separate kinds of reading errors which are characteristically made by cultists as they interpret the Bible. He covers the full range from simple misquotation to complex argumentation. Sire also handles twisted translation, overspecification, virtue by association, ignoring the context, and others. It's a book to help us all become better readers of the Scriptures. . . ." -- Hank Hanegraaff

    Skolfied, Ellis H., Sunset of the Western Church.
    "Raw and unvarnished, this book is about bare-knuckled spiritual warfare. This book contains pointed examples of heresies and of demonic invasion of the church." -- GCB

    Spurgeon, C.H. (1834-1892), Broad Churchism. Rev. C.H. Spurgeon and "The Christian world." A letter from "one of the old school."

    Spurgeon, C.H. (1834-1892), The "Down Grade" Controversy: Collected Materials Which Reveal the Viewpoint of the Late Charles Haddon Spurgeon . . . on one of the Most Significant Disputes of his Ministry.

    Steele, David (1803-1887), Answering a Defector. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Alternate title: CIRCULAR NO. 1. Available in CIRCULAR NO. 1.
    "An article ["The Law and the Testimony"] explaining why making a distinction between the law and the testimony is needful to avoid legalism, and how this distinction affects the witnessing church."
    Contents of CIRCULAR, NO. 1: The law and the testimony; The testimony and the law; Permanence of covenant obligation; Answering a defector.
    http://www.covenanter.org/reformed/2016/4/25/circular-no-1

    Stevens, R. Paul, The Equipper's Guide to Every-Member Ministry: Eight Ways Ordinary People can do the Work of the Church, ISBN: 0830813373 9780830813377.

    Stewart, James, Sir (1635-1715), Jus Populi Vindicatum, or, The Peoples Right to Defend Themselves and Their Covenanted Religion vindicated wherein the act of defence and vindication which was interprised anno 1666 is particularly justified . . . being a reply to the first part of Survey of Naphtaly &c. / by a friend to true Christian liberty, 1669. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #26.

    Watson, Thomas (1620-1686), Light in Darkness, or, Deliverance Proclaimed Unto the Church in the Midst of all her Despondencies and Discouragements in a Sermon / Preached by Thomas Watson, Novemb. 17, 1678.

    Watson, Thomas (1620-1686), Paramuthion, or, A Word of Comfort for the Church of God by Thomas Watson . . . 1662.

    Watson, Thomas (1620-1686), Religion our True Interest, or, Practical Notes Upon the Third Chapter of Malachy the Sixteen, Seventeen and Eighteen Verses [Malachi 3:16,17,18]: Seasonable for the Times / by Thomas Watson . . . 1682.

    Whitaker, Jeremiah, The Danger of Greatness, or Uzziah: His Exaltation and Destruction, in a sermon preached before the right honorable, the Lords and Commons assembled in parliament, and the reverend Assembly of Divines, in the church of Martins in the Fields, the 14th day of Jan, 1645, being a special day of humiliation set apart to seek God, for his direction in the settling of the great work of Church-government, preached from the text, 2 Chronicles 26:15-16, Hosea 5:15, 1646. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.

    *Williams, Daniel (1643?-1716), What Repentance of National Sins God Doth Require, as Ever we Expect National Mercies? 1690. [Sermon on Hosea x. 12. (Hosea 10:12)]. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.

    *Willson (alt. Wilson), James McLeod (1809-1866), Some Reasons for Retaining the Westminster Confession as the Basis of Ecclesiastical Union. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #24.
    "Explains why the use of the Westminster Confession is one of the best ways in which to obtain godly ecclesiastical union. This booklet pays special attention to the biblical teaching regarding civil government and shows why changes to the original WCF (regarding this matter), has resulted, not surprisingly, in much ecclesiastical disunity. It also contains some interesting notes on the millennial power and glory that will be exhibited in both church and state 'in the day of the Lord's power.' Excerpted from The Original Covenanter and Contending Witness Magazine, (volumes 1:1-4).

    *Willson, James Renwick (1780-1853), Prince Messiah's Claims to Dominion Over all Governments: And the Disregard of his Authority by the United States, in the Federal Constitution, 1832. Alternate title: BIBLE MAGISTRACY. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #13.
    "Why treat thus all religion? Why disfranchise, by a solemn act the church of the living God? Is the benevolent, pure, holy, heaven born religion of Emmanuel, hostile to the happiness of the republic? Shall commerce, agriculture, the arts, literature -- all the other lawful pursuits, be countenanced, fostered, protected, and established on as permanent a basis, as possible and the true religion be put under the ban of the empire? But they say, let religion alone. Do they, however, adopt the laissez nous faire, in relation to manufactures and trade? No. We cherish all, but respecting the advancement of religion, Congress shall never do any thing. When the child is born, were the father and mother to say, laissez l'infant faire -- leave the babe to itself -- would that lie to act as a nursing father and mother? Surely no. There must be a far different kind of constitution among the nations, when the promise is fulfilled, that 'Kings shall be nursing fathers.' God Almighty says, in the text quoted above, that civil rulers shall nurse the church -- the Constitution says they shall not. Which is right? 'Ah! sinful nation, laden with iniquity.' God spares thee for the sake of his redeemed, that his moral subjects on earth may be, by the gospel of his Son, reclaimed from sin and rebellion -- that on the earth, through his own holy religion, he may expatiate the glories of redemption. The Constitution says religion shall be discountenanced by the Congress of the United States." -- James R. Willson
    Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath be kindled but a little. (Psalm 2:12). This book will go a long way to exposing the fact, as Willson writes, that 'ungodly men have occupied, and do now occupy, many of the official stations, in the government,' and that 'Tyrants are yet on their thrones, and unholy republics refuse to acknowledge Him (Christ -- RB), as Lord of all'." -- Publisher
    Willson, James Renwick (1780-1853), Prince Messiah's Claims to Dominion Over all Governments
    http://www.covenanter.org/reformed/2016/4/24/prince-messiahs-claims-to-dominion-over-all-governments-and-the-disregard-of-his-authority-by-the-united-states-in-the-federal-constitution
    Willson, James Renwick (1780-1853), Prince Messiah's Claims to Dominion Over all Governments
    http://archive.org/details/BibleMagistracyChristsDominionOverTheNations

    Wilson, David, A Modest Apology for the Conduct of Seceders: In Refusing to Join in Christian Communion With Sectarians, Latitudinarians, etc., who Have Departed From the Purity of the Reformation Once Attained to in These Kingdoms. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #27.
    "An exceedingly rare work published in 1773. Sets forth a strong case for separation from all bodies that are backslidden from the work of covenanted reformation, as it was attained during the days of the Westminster Assembly, and as set forth in the Westminster Confession of Faith [1646] and its related documents (regarding the government, worship, doctrine and discipline of Christ's church). Denounces the 'detestable indifference or neutrality' of not maintaining covenant obligations, which bind all reformers, 'to endeavour the extirpation of all superstition, heresy, schism, and whatsoever should be found contrary to sound doctrine.' Also proves that there is no liberty or love that is contrary to God's Word. Maintains Christian charity throughout by distinguishing between loving the persons in error, and taking part with, or encouraging them in their sinful confederacies or actions. A great work on the subjects of purity, faithfulness and separation. It is in keeping with the sentiments expressed in the Reformed Presbytery's ACT, DECLARATION AND TESTIMONY which states: 'The first cry against the presbytery and its members was 'schism, schismatics.' This charge was promptly and publicly met and refuted, by showing from the Scriptures, that schism 'is in the body,' 1 Cor. 12:26 [1 Corinthians 12:26]; and from the approved writings of our covenanting fathers, that 'sometimes to avoid schism, we must separate.' Our worthy ancestors knew better than to adopt the vocabulary of papal Rome. Besides, 'the majority making defection are the real separatists.' -- Samuel Rutherford" -- Publisher

    Wishart, George (1513-1546), The Distinguishing Characters of True Christianity: and The Great Causes of all Corruptions of it. A Sermon, Preached in the High Church of Edinburgh, Before His Majesty's High Commissioner to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, at the Opening of the Assembly the 11th Day of May 1749. By George Wishart, M.A. one of the Ministers of Edinburgh.

    See also: The sovereignty of god, The doctrine of man (human nature, total depravity), Church discipline, Repentance the key to salvation and change, Justification, Justifying faith, The free offer of the gospel message of salvation and the life to come: the means of grace, the covenant of eternal salvation, Book-length presentations of the free offer of the Gospel message of salvation and the life to come: the means of grace, Evangelism, Follow-up, Tracts, Discipleship, Christian scholarship, Bible magistracy turns back the wrath of god, Church and state, History, "his-story," Church history and the history of local churches, The history of reformation of the church, A theological interpretation of american history, Background, Foundation, and history of the covenanted reformation of scotland, The protestant reformation, Covenant theology and the ordinance of covenanting, Background and history of the covenanted reformation, The covenanted reformation of scotland, The mediatorial reign of christ: the crown rights of christ, Covenanted reformation: the application of scripture to the corporate bodies of church and state, Unity and uniformity in the visible church: unity in the truth, The sovereign grace of god: his everlasting mercy and lovingkindness, The doctrine of man (human nature, total depravity), Spiritual discernment, Servant leadership, The one and the many, Individual responsibility for corporate faithfulness and sanctification, Corporate faithfulness and sanctification, Hypocracy, Priestcraft, pharisaism, soul-stealing, Unfaithful reformed ministries, The priesthood of all believers, Christian scholarship, Justification, Justifying Faith, Revival, Family worship, The autodidact, Christian character, Excellence, Christ's influence on western civilization, Corporate faithfulness and responsibility, Leadership, Church leadership, Humility, Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, Courage, Reform of the church, The local church, Secret societies, ungodly alliances, voluntary associations, Oaths, ensnaring (vows, promises, covenants), and bonds with the ungodly, Women in the church, The regulative principle of worship, public worship, Priestcraft, pharisaism, soul-stealing, Liberalism and neo-liberalism, Effeminacy, the effeminate, Justice, judgment, god's final judgment, the great white throne judgment, The local church, Church government, Church discipline, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Church and state, Secret societies, ungodly alliances, voluntary associations, Pride, Lying and deceit, Pseudo-christian movements: a selection of works, The occult, spiritism, witchcraft, Toleration, liberty of conscience, pluralism, and neutrality, Antichrist, Popery, The counter-reformation, Machiavellianism, The decline of western society, Heresy and apostasy, Secret societies, ungodly alliances, voluntary alliances, The decline of american society, irrationality, the decline of western thought, Meltdown 2008: the greatest depression in history, Modern myths and fallacies, Heaven, Tyranny, and so forth, and so on.
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    http://www.swrb.com/Puritan/reformed-presbytery-RPNA.htm

    The Departure From the Puritan Heritage
    Dr. C. Gregg Singer, Puritan Heritage, 52 min.
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=92903104657

    Disciplining Children
    Commentary by Dennis L. Finnan.
    "Witness today, the almost limitless number of young adults who have grown up under the teachings of Dr. Benjamin Spock, who for a generation past taught parents that a child must never be physically disciplined for any reason. Yes, a whole generation has since arisen by these anti-Christian humanistic teachings, to the detriment of society. Amazingly, Dr. Spock has since retracted his own approval of what he wrote, but in spite of this, his books still sell with great popularity." -- Dennis L. Finnan

    The more people have studied different methods of bringing up children the more they have come to the conclusion that what good mothers and fathers instinctively feel like doing for their babies is the best after all. -- Benjamin McLane Spock (May 2, 1903 -- March 15, 1998), from his autobiography
    stst broken link stst http://www.christian-parents.net/Children/C110_Disciplining_Children.htm

    Functional Illiteracy
    "Functional illiteracy is a term used to describe reading and writing skills that are inadequate 'to manage daily living and employment tasks that require reading skills beyond a basic level.'[1] Functional illiteracy is contrasted with illiteracy in the strict sense, meaning the inability to read or write simple sentences in any language. . . .
    "Links with poverty and crime
    "In developed countries, the level of functional literacy of an individual is proportional to his/her income level and risk of committing crime. For example, according to the National Center for Educational Statistics in the United States:[3]:

  • Over 60 percent of adults in the US Prison System read at or below the fourth grade level
  • 85 percent of US juvenile inmates are functionally illiterate.
  • Adult inmates who received educational services while in prison had a 16 percent chance of returning to prison, as opposed to 70 percent for those who received no instruction. [this statistic not in citation given -- compiler]
  • 43 percent of adults at the lowest level of literacy lived below the poverty line, as opposed to 4 percent of those with the highest levels of literacy.
  • According to BeginToRead.com [4]:
  • Two thirds of students who cannot read proficiently by the fourth grade will end up in jail or on welfare.
  • Three out of four individuals who receive food stamps read on the two lowest levels of literacy.
  • 16 to 19 year old girls at the poverty level and below, with below average skills, are 6 times more likely to have out-of-wedlock children than their reading counterparts. . . .
  • "The National Center for Education Statistics provides more detail. Literacy is broken down into three parameters: prose, document, and quantitative literacy. Each parameter has four levels: below basic, basic, intermediate, and proficient. For prose literacy, for example, a below basic level of literacy means that a person can look at a short piece of text to get a small piece of uncomplicated information, while a person who is below basic in quantitative literacy would be able to do simple addition. In the US, 14 percent of the adult population is at the 'below basic' level for prose literacy; 12 percent are at the 'below basic' level for document literacy; and 22 percent are at that level for quantitative literacy. Only 13 percent of the population is proficient in these three areas -- able to compare viewpoints in two editorials; interpret a table about blood pressure, age, and physical activity; or compute and compare the cost per ounce of food items."
    In other words, in 2011, 87 percent of Americans were "below basic" levels of literacy in one or more of the following: prose literacy, document literacy, and/or quantitative literacy. See: "Data Files for the 2003 National Assessment of Adult Literacy."
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Functional_literacy

    Great Moments in Presbyterian History #4: Colonial Presbyterianism and the Great Awakening
    Dr. C. Gregg Singer, Great Movements in Presbyterian History
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?ID=1216037179

    Inquisitions, Confessionals, or Courts? a review by John W. Robbins in The Trinity Review, May 2006.
    "The essay analyzes the reasons many Christians have little or no respect for church courts. The chief reason is that church courts rarely act like courts, but almost always act like inquisitions or confessionals, the two perversions of church courts that characterize the Roman Catholic Church-State. The author provides illustrations using recent court actions in the PCA and OPC.
    "Church courts, in turn, act like confessionals and inquisitions because churches have little or no respect for either rationality or justice. Their interests lie elsewhere: emotions (feelings, experience), and ecclesiastical power.
    "If you are interested in the condition of the churches, please read "Inquisitions, Confessionals, or Courts?" -- John W. Robbins
    http://www.trinityfoundation.org/journal.php?id=224

    Kerr, James (1847-1905), Lecture on The Scriptural Doctrines Violated by Ritualism
    http://www.covenanter.org/reformed/2015/8/19/james-kerrs-lecture-on-the-scriptural-doctrines-violated-by-ritualism

    Machen, Gresham J., What Should True Presbyterians do at the 1936 General Assembly?
    http://www.trinityfoundation.org/PDF/Review_267_machen_true_presbyterians.pdf

    Plumer, William S. (1802-1880), How God's People may Make Great Attainments.
    http://www.westminsterconfession.org/godly-living/how-gods-people-may-make-great-attainments.php

    Presbyterianism in the 20th Century
    Dr. C. Gregg Singer, History of the American Presbyterian Church, 42 min.
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=12160371916

    Puritan Downloads, The Puritan Hard Drive
    http://www.puritandownloads.com/swrb-puritan-hard-drive.html

    Reformed Online Library
    The work of Brian Schwertley.
    "The WPCUS [Westminster Presbyterian Church in the United States -- compiler], fully subscribes to the Westminster Standards . . . as they were originally adopted by the Church of Scotland (1645-48), and the colonies of North America (1716)."
    They are the only Reformed denomination that has not adopted the American Version of the Westminster Confession of Faith with its declensions.
    http://www.reformedonline.com/view/reformedonline/s36p94.htm

    Ten Best Classics for Advanced Studies From Still Waters Revival Books
    http://www.swrb.com/ten-best.htm

    That ye Love one Another, John Love (1757-1825)
    http://www.westminsterconfession.org/godly-living/that-ye-love-one-another.php

    Theological Tensions of the 19th Century: Old School -- New School
    Dr. C. Gregg Singer, History of the American Presbyterian Church, 34 min.
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=1216037188

    The Treasury of David, Psalm 45, commentary by C.H. Spurgeon
    "Verse 6 [Psalm 45:6]. Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever. To whom can this be spoken but our Lord? The psalmist cannot restrain his adoration. His enlightened eye sees in the royal Husband of the church, God, God to be adored, God reigning, God reigning everlastingly. Blessed sight! Blind are the eyes that cannot see God in Christ Jesus! We never appreciate the tender condescension of our King in becoming one flesh with his church, and placing her at his right hand, until we have fully rejoiced in his essential glory and deity. What a mercy for us that our Saviour is God, for who but a God could execute the work of salvation? What a glad thing it is that he reigns on a throne which will never pass away, for we need both sovereign grace and eternal love to secure our happiness. Could Jesus cease to reign we should cease to be blessed, and were he not God, and therefore eternal, this must be the case. No throne can endure for ever, but that on which God himself sitteth. The sceptre of thy kingdom is a right sceptre. He is the lawful monarch of all things that be. His rule is founded in right, its law is right, its result is right. Our King is no usurper and no oppressor. Even when he shall break his enemies with a rod of iron, he will do no man wrong; his vengeance and his grace are both in conformity with justice. Hence we trust him without suspicion; he cannot err; no affliction is too severe, for he sends it; no judgment too harsh, for he ordains it. O blessed hands of Jesus! the reigning power is safe with you. All the just rejoice in the government of the King who reigns in righteousness.
    "Verse 7 [Psalm 45:7]. Thou lovest righteousness, and hatest wickedness. Christ Jesus is not neutral in the great contest between right and wrong: as warmly as he loves the one he abhors the other. What qualifications for a sovereign! what grounds of confidence for a people! The whole of our Lord's life on earth proved the truth of these words; his death to put away sin and bring in the reign of righteousness, sealed the fact beyond all question; his providence by which he rules from his mediatorial throne, when rightly understood, reveals the same; and his final assize will proclaim it before all worlds. We should imitate him both in his love and hate; they are both needful to complete a righteous character. Therefore God, thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows. Jesus as Mediator owned God as his God, to whom, being found in fashion as a man, he became obedient. On account of our Lord's perfect life he is now rewarded with superior joy. Others there are to whom grace has given a sacred fellowship with him, but by their universal consent and his own merit, he is prince among them, the gladdest of all because the cause of all their gladness. At Oriental feasts oil was poured on the heads of distinguished and very welcome guests; God himself anoints the man Christ Jesus, as he sits at the heavenly feasts, anoints him as a reward for his work, with higher and fuller joy than any else can know; thus is the Son of man honoured and rewarded for all his pains. Observe the indisputable testimony to Messiah's Deity in verse six, and to his manhood in the present verse. Of whom could this be written but of Jesus of Nazareth? Our Christ is our Elohim. Jesus is God with us. . . .
    "Verse 16 [Pslam 45:16]. Instead of thy fathers shall be thy children. The ancient saints who stood as fathers in the service of the Great King have all passed away; but a spiritual seed is found to fill their places. The veterans depart, but volunteers fill up the vacant places. The line of grace never becomes extinct. As long as time shall last, the true apostolical succession will be maintained. Whom thou mayest make princes in all the earth. Servants of Christ are kings. Where a man has preached successfully, and evangelised a tribe or nation, he gets to himself more than regal honours, and his name is like the name of the great men that be upon the earth. Jesus is the king maker. Ambition of the noblest kind shall win her desire in the army of Christ; immortal crowns are distributed to his faithful soldiers. The whole earth shall yet be subdued for Christ, and honoured are they, who shall, through grace, have a share in the conquest -- these shall reign with Christ at his coming.
    Verse 17 [Psalm 45:17]. I will make thy name to be remembered in all generations. Jehovah by the prophet's mouth promises to the Prince of Peace eternal fame as well as a continuous progeny. His name is his fame, his character, his person; these are dear to his people now -- they never can forget them; and it shall be so as long as men exist. Names renowned in one generation have been unknown to the next era, but the laurels of Jesus shall ever be fresh, his renown ever new. God will see to this; his providence and his grace shall make it so. The fame of Messiah is not left to human guardianship; the Eternal guarantees it, and his promise never fails. All down the ages the memories of Gethsemane and Calvary shall glow with inextinguishable light; nor shall the lapse of time, the smoke of error, or the malice of hell be able to dim the glory of the Redeemer's fame. Therefore shall the people praise thee for ever and ever. They shall confess thee to be what thou art, and shall render to thee in perpetuity the homage due. Praise is due from every heart to him who loved us, and redeemed us by his blood; this praise will never be fully paid, but will be ever a standing and growing debt. His daily benefits enlarge our obligations, let them increase the number of our songs. Age to age reveals more of his love, let every year swell the volume of the music of earth and heaven, and let thunders of song roll up in full diapason to the throne of him that liveth, and was dead, and is alive for evermore, and hath the keys of hell and of death.

    "Let him be crowned with majesty
    Who bowed his head to death,
    And be his honours sounded high
    By all things that have breath."

    http://www.spurgeon.org/treasury/ps045.php

    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.php

    The Trinity Foundation Church Registry and Clearinghouse
    "By publishing this church registry we hope to offer some modest help to both individual Christians looking for an acceptable place to worship, and to congregations seeking Christians for mutual edification and to evangelize their communities. We do not guarantee that everyone will be satisfied with every church in this Registry; the user is always under the obligation to compare what is taught by these churches with Scripture."
    http://www.trinityfoundation.org/churchregmain.php

    What Church Membership Used to Mean
    "Last week it was reported that the churches of America increased their membership by 690,000. Are you encouraged by these figures? I for my part am not encouraged a bit. I have indeed my own grounds for encouragement, especially those which are found in the great and precious promises of God. But these figures have no place among them. How many of these 690,000 names do you think are really written in the Lamb's Book of Life? A small proportion, I fear.
    "Church membership today often means nothing more, as has well been said, than a vague admiration for the moral character of Jesus; the church in countless communities is little more than a Rotary Club. One day, as I was walking through a neighboring city, I saw not an altar with an inscription to an unknown god, but something that filled me with far more sorrow than that could have done. I saw a church with a large sign on it, which read somewhat like this: 'Not a member? Come in and help us make this a better community.' Truly we have wandered far from the day when entrance into the Church involved confession of faith in Christ as the Savior from sin." -- J. Gresham Machen, from The Separateness of the Church, a sermon preached in the Chapel of Princeton Theological Seminary on Sunday, March 8, 1925, posted in the log of Eric T. Young on February 11, 2012



    Interpersonal Relations in the Local Church

    The only way for man and wife, and family, and society to live together happily is to pursue holiness through Christ Jesus. See: THE EVERLASTING RIGHTEOUSNESS, OR HOW SHALL MAN BE JUST WITH GOD? Horatius Bonar.

    Adams, Jay, Sibling Rivalry in the Household of God, 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

    *Booher, Dianna D., Getting Along With People who Don't get Along, ISBN: 0805452095 9780805452099.
    "A helpful book treating interpersonal relationships and interpersonal communication in the church." -- Cyril J. Barber

    Adams, Jay E., Conflict and Rivalry in the Church, a special set of eight audio files [audio files], , (Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation.)
    "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

    Barrs, Jerram, and Howard A. Snyder (foreword), Shepherds and Sheep: A Biblical View of Leading and Following, ISBN: 0877843953 9780877843955.
    Includes bibliographical references.

    Bunyan, John (1628-1688), Exhortation to Unity and Peace. Available (THE WORKS OF JOHN BUNYAN), on the 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

    Shelley, Marshall, Well-Intentioned Dragons: Ministering to Problem People in the Church, ISBN: 1556615159 9781556615153.
    "All pastors, elders, and deacons have met well-intentioned dragons. These people don't consider themselves malicious. Often they are well-meaning, deeply loyal to the church, and convinced they are serving God. Yet they undermine the church's ministry and breed discontent. This book is based on real-life stories." -- GCB

    See also: The sovereignty of god, The doctrine of man (human nature, total depravity), Church discipline, Repentance the key to salvation and change, Justification, Justifying faith, Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, Justification, Reconciling relationships, Reconciling marriage partners, The love and justice of God, Holiness, Church discipline, Forgiveness, Unforgiveness, Unity and uniformity in the visible church: unity in the truth, The local church and counseling, Peer counseling, personal evangelism, one-on-one evangelism, and so forth, and so on.
    TCRB5: 726, 739-741, 1325, 3724-3727

    Related WebLinks

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



    The Church Universal, The Church Invisible

    See the Theological Notes: "The Church," at Ephesians 2:19 in The Reformation Study Bible.

    See the Theological Notes: "The Local Church," at Revelation 2:1 in The Reformation Study Bible.

    Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee. For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the LORD shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee. And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising. Lift up thine eyes round about, and see: all they gather themselves together, they come to thee: thy sons shall come from far, and thy daughters shall be nursed at thy side. Then thou shalt see, and flow together, and thine heart shall fear, and be enlarged; because the abundance of the sea shall be converted unto thee, the forces of the Gentiles shall come unto thee. The multitude of camels shall cover thee, the dromedaries of Midian and Ephah; all they from Sheba shall come: they shall bring gold and incense; and they shall shew forth the praises of the LORD. All the flocks of Kedar shall be gathered together unto thee, the rams of Nebaioth shall minister unto thee: they shall come up with acceptance on mine altar, and I will glorify the house of my glory. Who are these that fly as a cloud, and as the doves to their windows?
    Surely the isles shall wait for me, and the ships of Tarshish first, to bring thy sons from far, their silver and their gold with them, unto the name of the LORD thy God, and to the Holy One of Israel, because he hath glorified thee. And the sons of strangers shall build up thy walls, and their kings shall minister unto thee: for in my wrath I smote thee, but in my favour have I had mercy on thee. Therefore thy gates shall be open continually; they shall not be shut day nor night; that men may bring unto thee the forces of the Gentiles, and that their kings may be brought. For the nation and kingdom that will not serve thee shall perish; yea, those nations shall be utterly wasted. The glory of Lebanon shall come unto thee, the fir tree, the pine tree, and the box together, to beautify the place of my sanctuary; and I will make the place of my feet glorious. The sons also of them that afflicted thee shall come bending unto thee; and all they that despised thee shall bow themselves down at the soles of thy feet; and they shall call thee, The city of the LORD, The Zion of the Holy One of Israel.
    Whereas thou hast been forsaken and hated, so that no man went through thee, I will make thee an eternal excellency, a joy of many generations. Thou shalt also suck the milk of the Gentiles, and shalt suck the breast of kings: and thou shalt know that I the LORD am thy Saviour and thy Redeemer, the mighty One of Jacob. For brass I will bring gold, and for iron I will bring silver, and for wood brass, and for stones iron: I will also make thy officers peace, and thine exactors righteousness. Violence shall no more be heard in thy land, wasting nor destruction within thy borders; but thou shalt call thy walls Salvation, and thy gates Praise. The sun shall be no more thy light by day; neither for brightness shall the moon give light unto thee: but the LORD shall be unto thee an everlasting light, and thy God thy glory. Thy sun shall no more go down; neither shall thy moon withdraw itself: for the LORD shall be thine everlasting light, and the days of thy mourning shall be ended. Thy people also shall be all righteous: they shall inherit the land for ever, the branch of my planting, the work of my hands, that I may be glorified. A little one shall become a thousand, and a small one a strong nation: I the LORD will hasten it in his time.
    (Isaiah 60:1-22)

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

    That there is an universal Church, that there has been, from the beginning of the world, and will be even to the end, we all acknowledge. The appearance by which it may be recognised is the question. We place it in the word of God, or, (if any one would so put it), since Christ is her head, we maintain that, as a man is recognised by his face, so she is to be beheld in Christ: as it is written, Where the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together, (Matth. xxiv. 28. [Matthew 24:28]). Again, There will be one sheepfold, and one Shepherd, (John x. 16 [John 10:16]). But as the pure preaching of the gospel is not always exhibited, neither is the face of Christ always conspicuous, (1 Cor. xi. 19 [1 Corinthians 11:19]). Thence we infer that the Church is not always discernible by the eyes of men, as the example of many ages testify. For in the time of the prophets, the multitude of the wicked so prevailed, that the true Church was oppressed; so also in the time of Christ, we see that the little flock of God was hidden from men, while the ungodly usurped to themselves the name of Church. But what will those, who have eyes so clear that they boast the Church is always visible to them, make of Elijah, who thought the he alone remained of the Church? (1 Kings xix. 10 [1 Kings 19:10]). In this, indeed, he was mistaken, but it is a proof that the Church of God may be equally concealed from us, especially since we know, from the prophecy of Paul, that defection was predicted, (2 Thess. ii. 3 [2 Thessanonians 2:3]). Let us hold, then, that the Church is seen where Christ appears, and where his word is heard; as it is written, My sheep hear my voice, (John x. 27 [John 10:27]); but that at the instant when the true doctrine was buried, the Church vanished from the eyes of men. This Church, we acknowledge with Paul, to be the pillar and ground of the truth, (1 Tim. iii [1 Timothy 3]), because she is the guardian of sound doctrine, and by her ministry propagates it to posterity, that it may not perish from the world. For, seeing she is the spouse of Christ, it is meet that she be subject to him. And, as Paul declares, (Eph. v. 24 [Ephesians 5:24]; 2 Cor. xi. 2,3 [2 Corinthians 11:2,3]), her chastity consists in not being led away from the simplicity of Christ. She errs not, because she follows the truth of God for her rule; but if she recedes from this truth, she ceases to be a spouse, and becomes an adulteress. -- Articles Agreed Upon by The Faculty of Sacred Theology of Paris, in Reference to Matters of Faith at Present Controverted with The Antidote, Calvins Selected Works, Vol. 1, Tracts Part 1, pp. 102-103

    The truth is, the promise of a new heart is not made to the visible church, which is only visible: but to the elect and invisible church. And if the Anabaptists shall expound these words in Acts 2:39 as "the promise of a new heart is made to you and to your children, upon condition that you and your children believe," which they cannot do until first they have a new heart, its as good as if Peter had said, "God promises to you and to your children grace to believe, and a new heart to obey him, upon condition that you first believe, and that is God's promise to you to believe upon condition that you believe." -- Samuel Rutherford

    Q. 82. What is the communion in glory that members of the invisible church have with Christ?
    A. The communion in glory that members of the invisible church have with Christ occurs in this life(1) as well as immediately after death,(2) and is finally completed at the resurrection and day of judgment.(3)

    1. 2 Cor 3.18 [2 Corinthians 3:18].
    2. Lk 23.43 [Luke 23:43].
    3. 1 Thess 4.17 [1 Thessalonians 4:17], 1 Jn 3.2 [1 John 3:2], Rev 22.3-5 [Revelation 22:3-5].
    The four "Servant Songs" of Isaiah are Isaiah 42:1-9; Isaiah 49:1-7; Isaiah 50:4-11; and Isaiah 52:13 -- Isaiah 53:12. See the annotations in The Reformation Study Bible.

    Our Triune God has ordained that the preeminent leader of the Church is the Lord Jesus 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). Human leadership is also divinely ordained and tends to devolve to those who are most perfectly at one with Christ, and to those who also know the most Truth (the Apostle Paul, Saint Augustine, Martin Luther, John Calvin, Puritan leaders, The Scots Worthies, 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). See: (Matthew 19:28, 1599 Geneva Bible)
    Then his master said unto him, It is well done good servant and faithful, Thou hast been faithful in little, I will make thee ruler over much: enter into thy master's joy. -- The Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 25:21 1599 Geneva Bible)
    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). See: (Matthew 25:34, 1599 Geneva Bible)
    And he said unto him, Well, good servant: because thou hast been faithful in a very little thing, take thou authority over ten cities. -- The Lord Jesus Christ (Luke 19:17, 1599 Geneva Bible)
    Therefore I appoint unto you a kingdom, as my Father hath appointed unto me. -- The Lord Jesus Christ (Luke 22:29, 1599 Geneva Bible)
    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). See: (Romans 8:17, 1599 Geneva Bible)
    Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life? (1 Corinthians 6:3). See: (1 Corinthians 6:3, 1599 Geneva Bible)
    And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus. (Ephesians 2:6). See: (Ephesians 2:6, 1599 Geneva Bible)
    To execute vengeance upon the heathen, and corrections among the people:
    To bind their kings in chains, and their nobles with fetters of iron,
    That they may execute upon them the judgment that is written: this honor shall be to all his Saints. Praise ye the Lord.
    (Psalm 149:7-9, 1599 Geneva Bible)
    But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. (1 Timothy 2:12), (1 Timothy 2:12, 1599 Geneva Bible)
    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). See: (Revelation 2:26, 1599 Geneva Bible)
    To serve God is to reign. -- Seneca (4 BC -- 65 AD)

    See the Theological Notes: "The Church," at Ephesians 2:19 in The Reformation Study Bible.

    Church of Scotland, Alexander Peterkin, The Booke of the Universall Kirk of Scotland: Wherein the Head is and Conclusion is Devys it be the Ministers and Commissionar is of the particular kirks thereof, are specially expressed and contained (1839). Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.
    http://archive.org/details/bookeofuniversal00chur

    *Kennedy, D. James (1930-2007), with Jerry Newcombe, What if Jesus had Never Been Born? The Positive Impact of Christianity in History, ISBN: 0785271783 9780785271789.
    "Christian belief is in Christ, not in Christians. . . .
    Genuine Christianity must be distinguished from nominal Christianity. Some people have called themselves "Christians" who have lived in total opposition to the principles and teachings of the Master from Nazareth. But when we distinguish between name and reality, we see that genuine Christianity has been an unmixed blessing on the world. . . .
    Christianity is comprised of those who have repented of their sins and truly believe in Jesus Christ as their Savior and their Lord. In times past Christendom was comprised of those people living in "Christian" territories. Today, Christendom is comprised of true Christians and those professing Christians who have never experienced the saving grace of Christ. Many members of Christendom have lived lives that were totally unworthy of the name Christian.
    "When people are unregenerate -- that is, if their hearts are not changed by Christ -- they are prone to do all sorts of ungodly and inhuman things. It doesn't matter whether they're atheistic Communists or clerics in the Church. And in the case of unregenerate Church Leaders, their evil actions have brought the blame of history upon Christianity.
    "There is a Church visible (Christendom) and there is a Church invisible (true Christianity). . . . The Bible points out that the visible Church is not the real Church of Christ. The real Church of Christ is invisible, and it consists of all who truly belong to God as His elect -- all those who will ever be regenerated by the Holy Spirit. Judas Iscariot was a member of the visible Church of Christ, but not the invisible. . . .
    "The devil has been able to infiltrate the Church. (Matthew 13:24-30,37-39). Thus, as Jesus forewarned, the Church contains believers and nonbelievers alike. . . .
    "While Jesus told us to love our neighbor and even our enemies, He did predict that Christianity would prove divisive per se (Luke 12:51-53). . . .
    "Now, the Scripture teaches we are to be at peace will all, inasmuch as it is up to us (Romans 12:18). But we are to put Christ first in our lives . . . True faith can elicit a hostile reaction, even when practiced with a gentle and humble spirit. The division that Christ talked about here is the natural outworking of unbelief reacting against godliness, or belief reacting against ungodliness. . . .
    "Church of Christ is invisible, and it consists of all who truly belong to God as His elect -- all those who will ever be regenerated by the Holy Spirit. Judas Iscariot was a member of the visible Church of Christ, but not the invisible. . . ." -- D. James Kennedy and Jerry Newcombe, What if Jesus had Never Been Born, pp. 205,206,209,210,206

    See also: The sovereignty of god, The doctrine of man (human nature, total depravity), Immanuel, christ's presence, christ in you, The priesthood of believers, Adoption into god's family, God's family, Peer counseling, personal evangelism, one-on-one evangelism, The question of the one and the many, Christ our example House churches The church and small groups, Small groups as healing agents, Churches that abuse, Reform of the church, Church discipline, and so forth, and so on.
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    The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge. (Proverbs 1:7a)

    But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. -- The Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 6:33)

    John Calvin begins his theological masterpiece, The Institutes of the Christian Religion, with these sentences: "Nearly all the wisdom we possess, that is to say, true and sound wisdom, consists of two parts: the knowledge of God and of ourselves. But, while joined by many bonds, which one precedes and brings forth the other is not easy to discern" (I:1:1). Without a knowledge of one's self, there is no knowledge of God. But to know one's self (and the whole world in general), there must first be a knowledge of God. God is known both better, and before, oneself or anything else (I:1:1-3). -- W. Gary Crampton

    This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success. (Joshua 1:8)

    And deal not so foolishly as to waste many years in inferior arts and sciences, before you have studied how to please God and to be saved. I unfeignedly thank God, that, by sickness and his grace, he called me early to learn how to die, and therefore to learn what I must be and how to live, and thereby drew me to study the sacred Scriptures, and abundance of practical, spiritual English books, till I had somewhat settled the resolution and the peace of my own soul, before I had gone far in human learning. -- Richard Baxter

    The end of all learning is to know God, and out of that knowledge to love and imitate Him. -- John Milton

    Anderson, Wayne J., How to Understand Sex: Guidelines for Students.

    *Baxter, Richard, Compassionate Counsel to all Young Men, 1681.
    Compassionate Counsel to all Young Men
    http://www.lettermen2.com/ccaym.html

    *Baxter, Richard (1615-1691), Compassionate Counsel to all Young Men, The Mother's Catechism, The Catechizing of Families, and The Poor Man's Family Book. Available in Baxter, Richard, THE REFORMED PASTOR: BAXTER'S PRACTICAL WORKS, VOL. 4, 1877611360 9781877611360.
    "This is the fourth and final volume in this great set. Includes, 'The Reformed Pastor' and 25 other 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

    Becker, Verne, The Campus Life Guide to Surviving High School, ISBN: 0310471419 9780310471417.
    "A guide to coping with the conflicts and changes of the high school years, including feelings, family relationships, and one's own body. Uses firsthand stories of people who have found God helpful." -- Publisher

    Becker, Verne (editor), Surviving High School (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers).
    "Articles by Jay Kesler, Philip Yancey, Ruth Senter, Tim Stafford, Steve Lawhead, and others." -- GCB

    Beechick, Ruth, A Biblical Psychology of Learning: How Your Mind Works, 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

    *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), ISBN: 0785258523 9780785258520. Previously published under the title New Geneva Study Bible: Bringing the Light of the Reformation to Scripture (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1995), ISBN: 0840710917 9780840710918.
    "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.
    Geneva Bible Notes: Reviews of the 1599 and the 1672 editions of the Notes, and of the Reformation Study Bible
    http://www.lettermen2.com/geneva.html
    Readers of THE REFORMATION STUDY BIBLE should also be familiar with the Geneva Bible Notes, 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 Author/Title Listing
    http://www.lettermen2.com/bcrr9chb.html#crsstl
    Reformed Presbyterian Catechism, William L. Roberts D.D.
    http://archive.org/details/ReformedPresbyterianCatechism

    Bradley, John D., Christian Career Planning: Finding the Place God Has for You.

    Burns, R., How to Get Students Involved in Serving Others (Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation.)
    Audio cassette TT102 [audio file].

    *Calvin, John (1509-1564), The Institutes of the Christian Religion, 2 volumes, ISBN: 0664220207 0664220215. Considered to be among the ten greatest books in the English language. A Christian classic.
    "Edited by John McNeill and translated by Ford Lewis Battles, this is the definitive English language edition of one of the monumental works of the Christian church -- Calvin's INSTITUTES.
    "Still considered by many to be the finest explanation and defense of the Protestant Reformation available.
    "The work is divided into four books: I. The Knowledge of God the Creator, II. The Knowledge of God the Redeemer in Christ, III. The Mode of Obtaining the Grace of Christ, IV. The External Means or Helps by Which God Allures us Into Fellowship With Christ and Keeps us in it. . . . THE INSTITUTES is praised by the secular philosopher, Will Durant, as one of the ten books that shook the world." -- GCB
    Calvin spent a lifetime writing and perfecting INSTITUTES OF CHRISTIAN RELIGION. His Prefatory Address makes it clear that he intended the work to be a defense of Christianity to the King of France.
    Therefore, plainly stated, one of the most influential works ever published in the English language is a defense of Christianity to leaders of State.
    Prefatory Address to His Most Christian Majesty, The Most Mighty and Illustrious Monarch, Francis, King of the French, His Sovereign, John Calvin. Available in THE INSTITUTES OF THE CHRISTIAN RELIGION.
    "Indeed, this consideration makes a true king: to recognize himself a minister of God in governing his kingdom. Now, that king, who in ruling over his realm does not serve God's glory, exercises not kingly rule but brigandage. [Footnote: 'Nec iam regnum ille sed latrocinium exercet.' An echo of Augustine's famous phrase: 'When justice is taken away, what are kingdoms [[regna]] but a vast banditry [[magna latocinia]]?' City of God, IV. iv (MPL [[Migne, J.P., Patrologiae cursus completus, series Latina]], 41. 115; tr. NPNF [[A Select Library of the Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers, second series]], II. 66)]. Furthermore, he is deceived who looks for enduring prosperity in his kingdom when it is not ruled by God's scepter, that is, his Holy Word; for the heavenly oracle that proclaims that where prophecy fails the people are scattered [Prov. 29:18 (Proverbs 29:18)], cannot lie." (Battles translation)
    "The characteristic of a true sovereign is, to acknowledge that, in the administration of his kingdom, he is a minister of God. He who does not make his reign subservient to the divine glory, acts the part not of a king, but a robber. He, moreover, deceives himself who anticipates long prosperity to any kingdom which is not ruled by the sceptre of God, that is, by his divine word. For the heavenly oracle is infallible which has declared, that where there is no vision the people perish (Proverbs 29:18), (Beveridge translation)."
    See the entire Prefatory Address, Beveridge translation. Considered to be one of the greatest prefaces ever written.
    http://www.ccel.org/ccel/calvin/institutes.ii.viii.html
    "The doctrines of covenant liberty were rediscovered in the Reformation. John Calvin went further than anyone else in defining liberty and what Christians need to do to maintain it. Includes bibliographies."
    It is recommended that INSTITUTES OF CHRISTIAN RELIGION be used for daily devotions and may be used in combination with Ford Lewis Battles and John Walchenbach, AN ANALYSIS OF THE INSTITUTES OF THE CHRISTIAN RELIGION OF JOHN CALVIN and with CALVIN'S COMMENTARIES.
    Calvin's Commentaries at BibleStudyGuide.org
    http://www.biblestudyguide.org/comment/calvin/comm_index.htm
    Calvin's Commentaries, complete
    From the Calvin Translation Society edition.
    http://www.ccel.org/ccel/calvin/commentaries.i.html
    One Hundred Aphorisms, Containing, Within a Narrow Compass, the Substance and Order of the Four Books of THE INSTITUTES OF THE CHRISTIAN RELIGION
    http://www.lettermen2.com/pringle.html
    Calvin, Jean (John, 1509-1564), Institutes of the Christian Religion; A New Translation by Henry Beveridge (1845), Volume: 1
    http://archive.org/details/instituteschrist01calvuoft
    Calvin, Jean (John, 1509-1564), Institutes of the Christian Religion; A New Translation by Henry Beveridge (1845), Volume: 2
    http://archive.org/details/institutesofreli02calvuoft
    Calvin, Jean (John, 1509-1564), Institutes of the Christian Religion, Beveridge translation
    http://www.ccel.org/ccel/calvin/institutes.iii.vii.html
    Monergism: Commentaries
    From Mongergism.com search "commentaries."
    http://www.monergism.com

    *Charnock, Stephen (1628-1680), The Existence and Attributes of God. A Christian classic. Available (THE WORKS OF STEPHEN CHARNOCK, VOL. 4: THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD), on the Puritan Hard Drive.
    "When the essence and attributes of God are called into question, to whom else can we better go than to Stephen Charnock? . . . the study of God's attributes is not dry-as-dust theology, but is practical; that is, it leads to righteousness." -- Gordon H. Clark
    Charnock, Stephen, and William Symington, Discourses Upon the Existence and Attributes of God (1853)
    http://archive.org/details/discoursesupone00symigoog
    Charnock, Stephen (1628-1680) and Edward Parsons (1762-1833), The Works of the Late Rev. Stephen Charnock (1815), volume 1 of 9.
    http://archive.org/details/worksoflaterevst01char

    Clark, Martin, Choosing Your Career: The Christian's Decision Manual, ISBN: 087552205X 9780875522050.
    "How should a Christian make career decisions? How should Christians set goals to honor the orderly and purposive God we serve? 'Goal-setting, of course, can be an act of rebellion. But it is not necessarily so. The real issue is this: How does the Lord direct? By a feeling? A special set of circumstances? A religious hunch?' Lays out numerous factors to consider in order to make wise decisions. Emphasizes godly planning and thinking: 'Career choice for Christians is a cognitive process. It is not primarily mystical or emotional'." -- David Powlison

    *Enroth, Ronald, The Lure of Cults and New Religions: Why They Attract and What we can do, ISBN: 0877849943 9780877849940.
    "First published in 1979, this work probes the power and idiosyncrasies of cultic figures and exposes the inadequacies of their theologies. It also describes the methods of intimidation used by the different organizations and why they are able to enforce conformity on the part of their adherents. This important work should be placed in the hands of all college freshmen, while also being in every church library." -- Cyril J. Barber

    Greene, Joseph Nelson, The Gospel in Literature.

    Holmes, Arthur Frank, Biblical Justice.
    "Wheaton College professor Arthur Holmes lectures on the concept of Biblical justice, urging the teaching of its principles to students to apply in the world of business." -- Publisher

    Holmes, Arthur Frank, The Idea of a Christian College, ISBN: 0802815928 9780802815927.
    "In this timely treatise Holmes sets forth the sine qua non of Christian higher education: The integration of faith and learning." -- Cyril J. Barber
    "This is a revised edition of the book that first appeared in 1975. It provided a concise case for the Christian college and defines its distinctive mission and contribution. Also includes two new chapters: Liberal Arts as Career Preparation and The Marks of an Educated Person." -- GCB

    Holmes, Arthur F. (editor), The Making of a Christian Mind: A Christian World View and the Academic Enterprise, ISBN: 0877845255 9780877845256.

    Holmes, Arthur Frank, Shaping Character: Moral Education in the Christian College, ISBN: 0802804977 9780802804976.

    Howse, Ernest Marshall, Spiritual Values in Shakespeare

    Janson, H.W., and Joseph Kerman, A History of Art and Music, ISBN: 0810934469.

    Kachur, Robert M., The Complete Campus Companion: The Survival Guide Every Christian Student Needs, ISBN: 0830812121 9780830812127.
    "Next to the dictionary, the most helpful book available for students . . . this handy survival guide addresses with common-sense advice and refreshing honesty the many concerns of new students and 'veterans' alike." -- Publisher

    Kemp, Charles F., Counseling With College Students

    Malik, Charles Habib, A Christian Critique of the University, ISBN: 0877843848 9780877843849.

    Martin, Walter, Seven Campus Curses, an audio file.
    "The seven most common objections to the Christian Faith are dealt with in a hard-hitting, fast-moving expository on the existence of God, miracles, creation, Biblical inspiration, and other issues crucial to the faith." -- Publisher

    Maus, Cynthia Pearl, Christ and the Fine Arts, an Anthology of Pictures, Poetry, Music, and Stories Centering in the Life of Christ, ISBN: 0060654724 9780060654726.

    Morey, Robert, How to Keep Your Faith in College, ISBN: 0925703036 9780925703033.
    For high school and college students.
    "Dr. Morey's book will help every student to know God, know himself, grasp the essentials, gain a Christian world view, discern cultural considerations, spot humanism, avoid deception, and stay away from cults and occult. . . . An easy to read study guide with discussion questions at the end of each chapter makes this book perfect for group study." -- Publisher

    Morris, Henry M., Education for the Real World: "Education for Time and Eternity," ISBN: 0890510369 9780890510360.

    Morris, Henry, Men of Science, men of God: Great Scientists who Believe the Bible, revised, ISBN: 0890510806 9780890510803.
    "One of the most serious fallacies of modern thought is the widespread notion that genuine scientists cannot believe the Bible. This book dispels that myth." -- GCB

    Morrison, George H., Christ in Shakespeare: Ten Addresses on Moral and Spiritual Elements in Some of the Greater Plays.

    Muhlberger, Richard, The Bible in Art: The Old Testament, ISBN: 0517037467 9780517037461.

    *Packer, J.I., Knowing God, ISBN: 083081650X 9780830816507. A Christian classic.
    A classic work by one of the foremost theologians of our day. Offsets erroneous ideas about God. A group study guide is also available.
    A best-selling book. Contains material useful in counseling.

    *Packer, J.I., Knowing God (Study Guide), ISBN: 0830816496.
    "Ideal for Bible Study Groups, Sunday School classes as well as personal study and reflection. Why not begin a fresh new quiet time each day with Dr. Packer as you open the pages of this wonderful and illuminating study on KNOWING GOD?" -- GCB

    Palmer, B.M., Christianity, the Only Religion for man: A Discourse Delivered Before the Graduating Class of the University of North Carolina, June 4, 1855.

    Smith, Jane S., and Betty Carlson, The Gift of Music: Great Composers and Their Influence, ISBN: 089107869X 9780891078692.
    "The purpose of this book is to encourage listening to the finest music with understanding and pleasure, and to stretch one's ear and imagination. It sets forth the lives of about three dozen of the greatest composers, many of whom enriched the Christian church with artistic compositions." -- GCB
    Includes bibliography and index.

    *Spurgeon, C.H. (1834-1892), Spurgeon's Devotional Bible: Selected Passages From the Word of God With Running Comments, ISBN: 0852343434 0852340583. Alternate title: Originally published under the 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
    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.
    The Interpreter: Spurgeon's Devotional Bible
    "THE INTERPRETER: SPURGEON DEVOTIONAL BIBLE contains the text of the entire Bible, along with Spurgeon's reflections on nearly every verse. This Bible, arranged topically instead of canonically, allows readers to experience the text of Scripture along with Charles Spurgeon himself. His commentary illuminates the texts, and provides notes on interpretation and application of the Bible. The Logos Bible Software edition of THE INTERPRETER: SPURGEON'S DEVOTIONAL BIBLE was originally published in London by Passmore and Alabaster from 1869-1887." -- Publisher
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    Power BibleCD
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    http://www.powerbible.com/
    C.H. Spurgeon wrote, among other things:

    Sloane, J.R.W., What Should a College be?: Inaugural Address of James Renwick Willson Sloane: March 24, 1852.

    Ringenberg, William C., The Christian College: A History of Protestant Higher Education in America, ISBN: 0802819966 9780802819963

    *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. WorldCat Record for 5th Improved Edition, ISBN: 0887071228 9780887071225 9780887076091 0887076092.
    "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
    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
    "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 unbeliever, '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. -- compiler] -- Publisher
    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

    *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:

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    Christianity in the Workplace

    See the Theological Notes: "The Fall" at Genesis 3:6 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: "Christians in the World," at Colossians 2:20 in The Reformation Study Bible.

    See the Theological Notes: "Pleasing God," at 1 Thessalonians 2:6 in The Reformation Study Bible.

    Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
    But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
    (Psalm 1:1,2)

    Fret not thyself because of evildoers,
    neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity.
    For they shall soon be cut down like the grass,
    and wither as the green herb.
    Trust in the LORD, and do good;
    so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.
    Delight thyself also in the LORD;
    and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.
    (Psalm 37:1)

    Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established. (Proverbs 16:3)

    I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. (Ephesians 4:1-3)

    Servants, be obedient to them that are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto Christ; not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart; with good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men: knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether he be bond or free. And, ye masters, do the same things unto them, forbearing threatening: knowing that your Master also is in heaven; neither is there respect of persons with him. (Ephesians 6:5-9)

    And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ. (Colossians 3:23,24)

    Whether therefore ye eat or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God. (1 Corinthians 10:31)

    If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? And if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. (Genesis 4:7a)

    Come unto me, all [ye] that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
    Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
    For my yoke [is] easy, and my burden is light.
    -- The Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 11:28-30)

    Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed. -- The Lord Jesus Christ (John 6:27)

    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)

    Beware that thou forget not the Lord thy God, in not keeping his commandments, and his judgments, and his statutes, which I command thee this day: Lest when thou hast eaten and art full, and hast built goodly houses, and dwelt therein; And when thy herds and thy flocks multiply, and thy silver and thy gold is multiplied; Then thine heart be lifted up, and thou forget the Lord thy God . . . -- (Deuteronomy 8:11-14)

    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.

    Q. What kind of submission may be rendered to immoral and tyrannical governments, the ordinance of Satan, such as now exist?
    A. Christians, in the exercise of their Christian liberty, and in the performance of the duty of proving all things, and holding fast what is good, can submit to such governments for wrath's sake, ONLY, which kind of submission has no respect to the power as legitimate authority, but simply, from dread of the cruelty of the tyrant, who pours forth his fury upon all who oppose his misrule. To God's moral ordinance as described, is allegiance due for conscience sake. Submission to this, is submission to God.
    Q. When Christians reside under an immoral government, is not conformity to the general order of society a duty, provided this can be done without violating the divine law?
    A. If the constituted authorities of a nation are not in voluntary subserviency to the Mediator, but opposed to his authority, law, and religion, for the sake of peace and order, and for the sake of contributing as much as possible to the ease and happiness of society, and from a spirit of resignation to the Divine providence, and in order to make legitimate provision for themselves and relatives, so much conformity to the prevailing system as is consistent with their oath of allegiance to Messiah, is a duty conscientiously to be practiced, although very distinct from that obedience for conscience sake which they would render to the government of their choice, to the authority which has the sanction of the Divine approbation. Jer. xxix. 4-7 [Jeremiah 29:4-7], Seek the peace of the city whither I have caused you to be carried away captives, and pray unto the Lord for it: for in the peace thereof shall ye have peace.
    Q. Whilst it is the duty of Christians thus to live a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty, in conformity to the laws of Christ, which are everywhere, and at all times, obligatory upon them -- is it not their duty publicly to declare their dissent from an immoral constitution of civil government, within the reach of whose power they may reside?
    A. This is, indeed, their duty. Because, 1. They are bound to defend God's moral ordinance of civil government, in the purity of which, God's own honor as the Governor of the nations, is deeply involved. Rev. ii. 25,26 [Revelation 2:25,26], That which you have already hold fast till I come; and he that overcometh -- and keepeth my works unto the end -- to him will I give power in the nations, &c. Isa. viii. 16 [Isaiah 8:16], Bind up the testimony, seal the law among my disciples. 2. The purity of this holy ordinance cannot be preserved, if it is confounded with the existing immoral systems, and by an indiscriminate exercise of allegiance. 3. Christians are witnesses for God among men; and having in their possession the testimony of God, in the Holy Scriptures, respecting the true character of civil government, and the duty of national subjection to Christ and his law, and respect for his holy religion, it is their duty to apply the doctrines of inspiration upon this subject, in stating and defending the truth, and condemning the existing immoral systems, and in bearing public testimony against all who uphold them. Isa. xliii. 10, Ye are my witnesses, saith the Lord. Rev. xi. 3 [Revelation 11:3], I will give power to my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and three score days, clothed in sackcloth; xii. 17 [Revelation 12:17], And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ. See also: Rev. xvii. 14 [Revelation 17:14], Acts v. 32 [Acts 5:32], xxvi. 16 [Acts 26:16], Micah iv. 8-18 [Micah 4:8-18], Mark vi. 11 [Mark 6:11]. 4. The witnesses in Revelation are raised up not only to testify against the ecclesiastical apostasy, The scarlet woman, or Roman church -- and the image of the beast, -- the Papacy -- but also against the seven-headed and ten-horned beast -- or the civil powers -- upon which the woman rides. The nations which sustain Antichrist, and are equally, with the man of sin, Anti-christian, and are at war with the Lamb. See: passages last quoted, together with Rev. xiii. 1, 2 [Revelation 13:1,2], xvii. 3-14 [Revelation 17:3-14], and xii. 11 [Revelation 12:11], And they overcame him (the devil embodied in the Roman church papacy, and civil powers), by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; xvii. 14 [Revelation 17:14], These, (the civil powers), shall make war with the Lamb-and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.
    Q. Are not virtuous persons, who, in their private capacity, are endeavoring to further the true end of civil government -- the maintenance of peace and quietness in all godliness and honesty, although they dissent from the constitution of civil government of the nation in which they reside, entitled to protection?
    A. They certainly are entitled to protection in their lives, liberties, and property; "but they are not to act inconsistently with their declared dissent, and it would be tyranny to constrain them to such measures." Exod. xxii. 21 [Exodus 22:21], Thou shalt neither vex a stranger nor oppress him. See also: Rom. xiii. 3 [Romans 13:3], 1 Tim. ii. 2 [1 Timothy 2:2], Jer. xxi. 12 [Jeremiah 21:12], Esther iii. 8, 9 [Esther 3:8,9].
    Q. Should not "Christians, testifying against national evils, and striving, in the use of moral means, to effect a reformation, relinquish temporal privileges, rather than do any thing which may appear to contradict their testimony, or lay a stumbling-block before their weaker brethren?"
    A. This is unquestionably their duty. Because they cannot convince men of their own sincerity, and of the immorality of a principle or practice, whilst they themselves are found actually maintaining the immoral principle or practice (by oath of allegiance, voting, and holding offices, &c.), and enjoying the emoluments of iniquity decreed by law. Heb. xi. 24, 26, 36 [Hebrews 11:24,26,36], By faith, Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter. Esteeming the reproach of Christ to be greater riches than the treasures in Egypt. And others had trials of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover, of bonds and imprisonments. Numb. xxiii. 9 [Numbers 23:9], Lo, the people shall dwell alone, and shall not be reckoned among the nations. Rom. xiv. 21 [Romans 14:21], It is good neither to eat flesh, nor drink wine, nor anything whereby thy brother stumbleth, or is offended.
    Q. Will not such a public dissent from immoral governments, and faithful testimony against them, ultimately prevail to their overthrow?
    A. Yes. By these means the witnesses will prevail, however much they may suffer in the meantime, and will be the honored instruments of establishing the millennial kingdom of the Lamb. Rev. xii. 11 [Revelation 12:11], And they overcame him, by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. Dan. vii. 22 [Daniel 7:22], The Ancient of days came, and judgment was given to the saints of the Most High; and the time came that the saints possessed the kingdom. Rev. xx. 4 [Revelation 20:4], And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them; and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast (the civil powers), neither his image (the Papacy), neither had received his mark (yielded allegiance), upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years." -- William L. Roberts, The Reformed Presbyterian Catechism, p. 130-133

    Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king. (1 Peter 2:17)

    When people become Christians, they often begin to prosper. Why?
    First, we are not concerned about anxiety. Worry, which so frustrates and limits people's ability, is taken away. The Scripture tells us: Be anxious for nothing (Philippians 4:6). Christ is going to provide for us.
    Second, we have the aid and help of God who gives us additional strength to perform our tasks.
    Third, we have new wisdom and ideas that come from God. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally. (James 1:5).
    Fourth, the redeemed are given the power to persevere and continue on when others may fall to the side.
    Fifth, we have a purpose for what we do. Our work, whatever that may be, is done to the glory of God. . . .
    It is called the Puritan Work Ethic, the Protestant Work Ethic, or simply the Christian Work Ethic.
    Because the redeemed have been given these enhanced abilities, they actually produce more. They produce more than they even want of this world's goods. Therefore, they are enabled to give far more. They are enabled to save far more. They are able to invest in tools. That is why, one hundred years after the founding of our country, Americans were saving more than any people in the world. We were investing more in tools. American workers in factories and on farms had more and better tools per capita, and used these tools more effectively, than the people of any other nation. Therefore, we enjoyed the world's highest standard of living. . . .
    This same trend has been repeated throughout Church history. . . .
    In fact, it can even become a problem clearly stated in Deuteronomy: As people become more prosperous, they tend to forget God as their source for wealth (see Deuteronomy 6:10-12). . . . -- D. James Kennedy and Jerry Newcombe, What if Jesus had Never Been Born, pp. 215-216

    Job security and job performance in healthcare
    "Working oneself out of a job," would be the equivalent, in healthcare, of developing a cure for, or preventing major diseases, addictions, or abnormal behaviors -- of fostering a society of healthy individuals who do not need doctors. It would be the equivalent of educating the patient so they know how to prevent disease and stay healthy.
    Notice the fact of incurable is built into the business model of most recovery programs. (i.e., "once an alcoholic, always an alcoholic"). Yet there is ample documented evidence that this fact is not true.
    Not being able to trust God to provide a table before us, to provide a lifetime of employment, leads to a whole array of unethical practices in healthcare, a few of the more egregious being: flip-flopping after taking the Hippocratic Oath and receiving a Medical License from the state (which is essentially a monopoly, and fosters lack of competition and price fixing), and then pursing the personal goal of becoming a "wealthy doctor," performing unnecessary surgery to "keep the mill running," deliberate misdiagnosis in order to perform expensive procedures, "stuffing" hospital bills with costs for "standby equipment" that is not used, recommending procedures or prescribing medicines that involve serious risks without informing the patient of the risks involved, "price fixing" through corporate monopolies and professional "trusts," the $1,000 crown and build up, the $6,000 orthodontist treatment, the $6,000 hearing aid, $600 for 100 Prozac capsules when the generic version (though not identical and not as effective), is $4, $9,500 to $18,850 (January 2007), for prenatal care and delivery (bearing a child is a normal process), depending upon the type of delivery and the geographical location, performing unnecessary C-sections (Washington, DC has one of the highest rates of C-sections in the country) -- without insurance they can run from $14,000 to $25,000, failure to diagnose hypothyrodism which can lead to physiological depression and a constellation of symptoms, resulting in multiple doctor visits and wrong diagnose over a lifetime, and seriously degrading quality of life, public advertising of healthcare organizations, public advertising of prescription drugs, "paper-thin" health insurance, recent changes in bankruptcy laws excluding medical expenses from bankruptcy (medical bills are the leading cause of bankruptcy), and so forth, and so on, and on, and on, and on -- all because leaders and professionals can not trust in God to provide them with a livelihood throughout their lives.
    It is not surprising that doctors have the highest suicide rate of any professional group.
    This tendency to be fearful of losing one livelihood is seen in every sphere of the economy. Prime examples are the oil industry and the automotive industry. Similarly corrupted business models are found in oil, automotive, and healthcare businesses.
    In the final analysis, of course, our livelihood and our competence in life depend upon trusting in God and in his commandments, laws, statutes, principles and practices -- in his word, which is the highest ethical standard known to mankind. It has been said "the only lesson we have to learn is to trust in God." Of course, this is a general statement, but it is broadly relevant.

    Trusting in men instead of trusting in God results in incompetence and corruption
    The unregenerate, the skeptic, regardless of their level in society, look to men for their livelihood and well-being, instead of trusting in God to prepare a table before me in the face of mine enemies, to care for them and to satisfy their needs throughout life, a lesson that King David learned and expressed in Psalm 23:5,6. They are blind to spiritual values and swallowed up by needs of the flesh.
    The skeptic, who can not trust God, is more worried about loosing his job than he is worried about job duties, responsibilities, and performance. This inevitably leads to incompetence and corruption in the workplace.
    This obsessive preoccupation with job security, whether conscious or sub-conscious, also applies to elected officials, from top to bottom, who make demands on subordinates to not "rock the boat," to not jeopardize their popularity with the electorate, leading to the observation that "all bureaucracies are incompetent and corrupt."
    The "savvy" Washington bureaucrat is "hog-tied" because he is more interested in "covering his butt," not jeopardizing his easy, secure, well-paying, lifetime "career" with retirement and benefits, than in carrying out his responsibilities, especially regulatory or enforcement duties (i.e. the Securities and Exchange Commission). The net effect is paralysis in the workplace. Friday evening rush hour in Washington, DC is said to be the most sluggish of any city in the country.
    Calvin unfolds Scripture on this fact of the incompetence and corruption of the unregenerate, the blind, in their fearful pursuit of fleshly needs. See: his commentary on Proverbs 1:7, Genesis 4:7, Genesis 25:29-34, Hebrews 2:14,15, and Matthew 16:26.

    A blue code of silence has protected police officers from being reported for misconduct. This unwritten rule keeps fellow officers from revealing errors or criminal activity. Now a new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association suggests that a similar code of silence prevents many doctors from reporting colleagues who are impaired or incompetent.
    Even though the AMA has a code of ethics that states doctors have an ethical obligation to report such behavior, a survey of nearly 3,000 physicians found that many don't comply. In this research, about one third who knew of an incompetent colleague did not report the person to the relevant authorities. Reasons for not reporting included the belief that someone else would take action, the worry that nothing would happen as a result of a report and the fear of retribution. The authors conclude that the current atmosphere results in patients being exposed to unacceptable risks. -- JAMA, July, 14 2010

    The new AMA study on Doctors silence regarding incompetence of fellow physicians is a joke. This code of silence has been going on for centuries. I almost died of viral pneumonia 35 years ago because of the incompetence of a physician. A friend who was a nurse told me secretly that I needed to find another doctor because the one I was going to had a very bad reputation among the hospital personnel. When I asked her why nobody ever did anything about him she told me not to ask, and never never mention what she had told me, or she'd be fired. And blacklisted every where in the city. I seriously doubt if this new study will change a thing. -- Reader's comment

    Ten Global Principles for Business and Professional Success from the booklet MEGA VALUES by Colonel Nimrod McNair. (Modeled after the Ten Commandments.)

    The first principle is, "Show proper respect for authority." This is the invisible superstructure of productive enterprise. God clearly commands us to respect those in authority over us. God uses this command to bring order out of chaos. Authority is a necessary prerequisite to order.
    The second rule is, "Have a singleness of purpose." Divided purposes dilute effectiveness when interests conflict. We cannot serve two masters effectively. We must evaluate our time, talent, and resources and make sure we are using these God-given elements in a way that ultimately brings Him the glory.
    Precept number three is, "Use effective communication in word and deed." Complete communications and predictable follow-through are the basic expressions of personal integrity. It means doing what you say you'll do, even if it is uncomfortable or inconvenient. This commandment is honored when promises are kept and accurate recounting of transactions is given.
    A fourth truth is, "Provide proper rest, recreation, and reflection." This ensures a quality of life that will be reflected in creativity, productivity, and motivation. Rest is a necessity for effectiveness. Recreation guards the mind against mental and emotional fatigue. Reflection promotes self-monitoring, allows for mid-course corrections, and ensures single-mindedness. The fifth tenet is, "Show respect for the older and more experienced." Our parents, teachers, coaches, employers, pastors, and other elders in our lives have an investment in us. It is to our benefit to honor that investment and to draw fully from the wisdom and expertise of those more experienced than ourselves.
    The sixth axiom is, "Show respect for human life, dignity, and rights." This encompasses product quality and service, the work environment, health and safety, personnel policies and responsibilities, and competitive practices. It is simply the Golden Rule -- treating others as you would want to be treated.
    The seventh principle is, "Maintain a stability of sexes and the family." Wisdom and good business practice dictate equal regard for men and women as persons irrespective of gender or marital status. Respect for the family structure as the crucial foundation of our cultural system must be reflected in our decisions regarding the conflicts between business demands and the value of the family and personal life.
    Precept number eight is, "Demonstrate the proper allocation of resources." Two fundamental responsibilities and privileges of business are optimal use of material resources and wise leadership of people. We must treat all our business assets, whether they be people, funds, or materials, as a gift from the Lord.
    The ninth truth is, "Demonstrate honesty and integrity." Integrity is the cornerstone of any good relationship. Without demonstrating the willingness to give and the worthiness to receive trust, no business can survive or prosper. A reputation for honesty is a comprehensive statement of both a person's character and how he or she treats others. It is a fundamental mindset against stealing, lying, or deceiving.
    The tenth and final business commandment is, "Maintain the right of ownership of property." Those who are disciplined, creative, prudent, and industrious are entitled to the fruits of their labor. We must not covet that which belongs to another. -- Colonel Nimrod McNair, Executive Leadership Foundation
    If you would have good servants, see that you be good masters, and do your own duty, and then either your servants will do theirs, or else all their failings shall turn to your greater good.
    Remember that in Christ they are your brethren and fellow-servants; and therefore rule them not tyrannically, but in tenderness and love; and command them nothing that is against the laws of God, or the good of their souls. Use not wrath or unmanlike fury with them; nor any over-severe or unnecessary rebukes or chastisements. Find fault in season, with prudence and sobriety, when your passions are down, and when it is most likely to do good. -- Richard Baxter

    It is impossible to desire something we already possess, whether it be power, wealth, sexual fulfillment, or any other carnal fulfillment.

    Owners, directors, executives, and managers can delegate authority, but they can not delegate responsibility.

    Work can be hazardous to your health.

    Chaplains often make a positive impact on a company's bottom line, employers say. They help boost employee morale, retention rates, and productivity by reducing lost time, sick time, personal days off, absenteeism, and health insurance claims.

    We think it is no coincidence that the word "job" is used to name our life in the workplace, where economic factors throw the Cains of this world together with the Abels of this world. That is to say, economic factors throw together the godless, those who can not trust God, and who consequently are not "able," not capable and not competent, and must turn to the use of wicked devices against the "able," the capable, the competent, the worthy, to survive and advance in the workplace.

    A sparkling diamond is well showcased on black velvet. Likewise, biblical Truth is often showcased best when it is in contact with wickedness. The wicked man is a negative guide to the positive. He can sometimes be a nearly perfect teacher of Truth by his wicked example. Some have suggested this as a reason why negatives attract.
    Therefore, the workplace can be a unique laboratory for the disciple to grow in understanding of biblical truths -- to see, first hand, in real life, the incompetence and corruption of the godless.

    The current "lack of moral vigor" in our society has resulted in an unwritten "code red." If a colleague in an organization reports incompetency or error, regardless of how tactful and respectful they are, leadership tends to unite, and to brand the 'whistle blower" as a "trouble maker."
    "Code red," as practiced in the military, was dramatized in the movie A Few Good Men (1992).
    In healthcare the victim of a "code red" might be either a practictioner or a patient. If practitioner who reports medical error, malpractice, misconduct, or price gouging, then he becomes the victim and may lose his job and have difficult finding another one.
    Likewise a patient who reports medical error, malpractice, misconduct, or price gouging, may find that suddenly they are dropped as a patient or "given a hard time" by their previous local healthcare support group. They may be denied medical care in the future.
    "Code red" may be thought of as a corollary to the "blue code of silence" that "has protected police officers [and doctors and healtcare workers], from being reported for misconduct. This unwritten rule keeps fellow officers from revealing errors or criminal activity."
    The "code red" and "blue code of silence" in government, healthcare, and business are just several reasons why things have gone so horribly wrong and at the same time leadership does not seem to care.
    In the Washington metropolitan area it is said that if an individual comes to town with the goal of changing what is not right, then within six months he either "bends his knee to the powers that be," or ends up leaving town.

    A blue code of silence has protected police officers from being reported for misconduct. This unwritten rule keeps fellow officers from revealing errors or criminal activity. Now a new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association suggests that a similar code of silence prevents many doctors from reporting colleagues who are impaired or incompetent.
    Even though the AMA has a code of ethics that states doctors have an ethical obligation to report such behavior, a survey of nearly 3,000 physicians found that many don't comply. In this research, about one third who knew of an incompetent colleague did not report the person to the relevant authorities. Reasons for not reporting included the belief that someone else would take action, the worry that nothing would happen as a result of a report and the fear of retribution. The authors conclude that the current atmosphere results in patients being exposed to unacceptable risks. -- JAMA, July, 14 2010

    Trusting in men instead of trusting in God results in incompetence and corruption
    The unregenerate, the skeptic, regardless of their level in society, look to men for their livelihood and well-being, instead of trusting in God to prepare a table before me in the face of mine enemies, to care for them and to satisfy their needs throughout life, a lesson that King David learned and expressed in Psalm 23:5,6. They are blind to spiritual values and swallowed up by needs of the flesh.
    The skeptic, who can not trust God, is more worried about loosing his job than he is worried about job duties, responsibilities, and performance. This inevitably leads to incompetence and corruption in the workplace.
    This obsessive preoccupation with job security, whether conscious or sub-conscious, also applies to elected officials, from top to bottom, who make demands on subordinates to not "rock the boat," to not jeopardize their popularity with the electorate, leading to the observation that "all bureaucracies are incompetent and corrupt."
    The "savvy" Washington bureaucrat is "hog-tied" because he is more interested in "covering his butt," not jeopardizing his easy, secure, well-paying, lifetime "career" with retirement and benefits, than in carrying out his responsibilities, especially regulatory or enforcement duties (i.e. the Securities and Exchange Commission). The net effect is paralysis in the workplace. Friday evening rush hour in Washington, DC is said to be the most sluggish of any city in the country.
    Calvin unfolds Scripture on this fact of the incompetence and corruption of the unregenerate, the blind, in their fearful pursuit of fleshly needs. See: his commentary on Proverbs 1:7, Genesis 4:7, Genesis 25:29-34, Hebrews 2:14,15, and Matthew 16:26.

    Job security and job performance in healthcare
    "Working oneself out of a job," would be the equivalent, in healthcare, of developing a cure for, or preventing major diseases, addictions, or abnormal behaviors -- of fostering a society of healthy individuals who do not need doctors. It would be the equivalent of educating the patient so they know how to prevent disease and stay healthy.
    Notice that the "fact of incurability" is built into the business model of most recovery programs. (i.e., "once an alcoholic, always an alcoholic"). Yet there is ample documented evidence that this fact is not true.
    Not being able to trust God to provide a table before us, to provide a lifetime of employment, leads to a whole array of unethical practices in healthcare, a few of the more egregious being: flip-flopping after taking the Hippocratic Oath and receiving a Medical License from the state (which is essentially a monopoly, and fosters lack of competition and price fixing), and then pursing the personal goal of becoming a "wealthy doctor," performing unnecessary surgery to "keep the mill running," deliberate misdiagnosis in order to perform expensive procedures, "stuffing" hospital bills with costs for "standby equipment" that is not used, recommending procedures or prescribing medicines that involve serious risks without informing the patient of the risks involved, "price fixing" through corporate monopolies and professional "trusts," the $1,000 crown and build up, the $6,000 orthodontist treatment, the $6,000 hearing aid, $600 for 100 Prozac capsules when the generic version (though not identical and not as effective), is $4, $9,500 to $18,850 (January 2007), for prenatal care and delivery (bearing a child is a normal process), depending upon the type of delivery and the geographical location, performing unnecessary C-sections (Washington, DC has one of the highest rates of C-sections in the country) -- without insurance they can run from $14,000 to $25,000, failure to diagnose hypothyrodism which can lead to physiological depression and a constellation of symptoms, resulting in multiple doctor visits and wrong diagnose over a lifetime, and seriously degrading quality of life, public advertising of healthcare organizations, public advertising of prescription drugs, "paper-thin" health insurance, recent changes in bankruptcy laws excluding medical expenses from bankruptcy (medical bills are the leading cause of bankruptcy), and so forth, and so on, and on, and on, and on -- all because leaders and professionals can not trust in God to provide them with a livelihood throughout their lives.
    It is not surprising that doctors have the highest suicide rate of any professional group.
    This tendency to be fearful of losing one livelihood is seen in every sphere of the economy. Similarly corrupted business models are found in the oil, the automotive, and the healthcare industries.
    In the final analysis, of course, our livelihood and our competence in life depend upon trusting in God and in his commandments, laws, statutes, principles and practices -- in his word, which is the highest ethical standard known to mankind. It has been said "the only lesson we have to learn is to trust in God." Of course, this is a general statement, but it is broadly relevant.

    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 anything 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

    2100 Productions and InterVarsity Press, Called to the Marketplace, 2 DVDs.
    "Men and women in health care, business, law, the arts, banking, and education share principles they've discovered in the marketplace, and how to apply those principles daily. . . . What career is best for you? What does God expect from your work? How can you live out Jesus' call to service, witness, and righteousness? Find out -- from Christians in your own field -- how to serve God through your career. . ." -- Publisher

    Adams, Jay E., Effective Communication; Disabled people; Inferiority complex; Unsaved wife; Be prepared! (Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation.)
    Audio cassette JA406 [audio file].

    Brandt, Henry, and William Krutza, You and Your Job, 32 pages.
    "Colossians 3:23 focuses primarily on attitude as the essential ingredient to a godly work life. Diligence and other character traits related to how you get along with people are the crucial factors in the ability to keep a job and progress in it. Guidelines on learning how to please your boss and to set goals." -- David Powlison

    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

    Briner, Bob, The Management Methods of Jesus: Ancient Wisdom for Modern Business, ISBN: 0785276815 9780785276814.
    "THE MANAGEMENT METHODS OF JESUS is loaded with insights on real-life situations managers and business people face every day. This comprehensive book covers topics such as planning and preparation, recruitment and hiring, communication and conflict resolution, public relations and business ethics, employee satisfaction and family friendliness. All this, and more, based on principles of management practiced by the greatest manager the world has ever known." -- Publisher

    *Brown, John (of Edinburgh, 1784-1858), Parting Counsels: An Exposition of the First Chapter of the Second Epistle of the Apostle Peter [2 Peter 1], With Four Additional Discourses, ISBN: 0851513018 9780851513010. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.
    "We always think of Brown as a Puritan born out of due time. Everything he has left us is massive gold. He is both rich and clear, profound and perspicuous." -- C.H. Spurgeon
    "The title is due to the fact that these were farewell addresses from the expositor. You will quickly see why the first chapter of 2 Peter is ideal for the purpose. And since Brown expounded these glorious directions from God for 344 pages, you may be sure that he left no jewel of truth unrevealed. He shone each gem until they reflect the brightness of the Gospel of the glory of Christ. Would that he had been enabled to finish the epistle!" -- Jay P. Green, Sr.

    Burkett, Larry, Business by the Book: The Complete Guide of Biblical Principles for the Workplace, ISBN: 0785287973 9780785287971.
    "For business owners and managers who found Burkett's original BUSINESS BY THE BOOK helpful (and especially if you missed it!), here's a new expanded edition in paperback. Burkett uses Scripture to illustrate principles for sound financial planning, compensation, employer-employee relationships, bankruptcy, and hiring, and firing. Included in this expanded edition are the how-to's of debt-free business, fair pricing of products and services, and planning for retirement. Business people -- let's do it by the Book! . . ." -- CBD

    Buzzard, Lynn R., and Christian Legal Society, Vocation, Work and Calling.

    *Callahan, David, The Cheating Culture: Why More Americans are Doing Wrong to get Ahead, 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
    "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' such as a new Great Depression might inspire. [This book was written before the Meltdown of 2008. -- compiler].
    "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. -- compiler]
    "See also, with reviews: THE BATTLE FOR THE SOUL OF CAPITALISM: HOW THE FINANCIAL SYSTEM UNDERMINED 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

    Chalmers, Thomas (1780-1847), Application of Christianity to the Commercial and Ordinary Affairs of Life (1853). Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #21.

    Clark, Martin, Choosing Your Career: The Christian's Decision Manual, ISBN: 087552205X 9780875522050.
    "How should a Christian make career decisions? How should Christians set goals to honor the orderly and purposive God we serve? 'Goal-setting, of course, can be an act of rebellion. But it is not necessarily so. The real issue is this: How does the Lord direct? By a feeling? A special set of circumstances? A religious hunch?' Lays out numerous factors to consider in order to make wise decisions. Emphasizes godly planning and thinking: 'Career choice for Christians is a cognitive process. It is not primarily mystical or emotional'." -- David Powlison

    Connie, Neal, Holding on to Heaven: While Your Husband Goes Through Hell, ISBN: 0849940656 9780849940651.
    "This book made God's plan for marriage so clear. It provided a much needed contrast to what the world says marriage is." -- Reader's Comment

    Defoe, Daniel, The Family-instructor. In Three Parts; I. Relating to Fathers and Children. II. To Masters and Servants. III. To Husbands and Wives. 4th edition, 1717, 2 volumes.

    Ford, Roger Hayes Boardroom Basics: A Pocket Guide for Directors, ISBN: 0966037200 9780966037203.
    "Answers the prayers of every director who has rifled through back issues of Director's Monthly in search of a past "Private Company Boards" column by this prominent consultant to family businesses. It can also benefit directors not yet acquainted with Ford, Showker Professor of Entrepreneurship and Professor of Management at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia." -- Reader's Comment

    Ford, Roger H., Boards of Directors and the Privately Owned Firm: A Guide for Owners, Officers, and Directors, ISBN: 0899305679 9780899305677.

    *Grant, George, Bringing in the Sheaves: Transforming Poverty Into Productivity, ISBN: 0915815036 9780915815036 0915815044 9780915815043. Alternate title: PRAYING IN THE SHEAVES: TRANSFORMING POVERTY INTO PRODUCTIVITY.
    "The Biblical mandate is to care for the poor, the oppressed, and the disenfranchised -- to take the salve of Gospel love to the stranger, the hungry, and the misbegotten. Rev. Grant knows the dismal failures and the Biblical solutions. He believes the Bible and the blueprint it offers can transform poverty into productivity. Unlike most other books on poverty, it is not primarily theory; it is primarily practice, Biblical practice. This is the single most helpful book on the subject." -- Publisher

    Hanks, Joyce Main, Jacques Ellul: An Annotated Bibliography, ISBN: 076230619X 9780762306190.
    "Since his death in 1994, the understanding of Jacques Ellul's significance appears to have deepened considerably. A colloquium devoted to his work in Technique, held six months before his death, drew scholars from all over the world to Bordeaux, France. Four years later, in September 1997, the Penn State University conference on Education and Technology attracted over two hundred participants, most of whom gave evidence of interaction with Ellul's thought. His contribution to the study of the sociology and theology of technology has now been universally acknowledged and built upon. Few scholars seem to appreciate, however, the full scope of his work, especially in areas outside their expertise. One of the goals of this volume is to present the totality of his work, as thoroughly as it can now be established, so that interested persons can explore what he wrote in detail." -- Publisher

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

    Hughes, R. Kent, Pursuing Excellence to the Glory of God. "Work that is truly Christian is work well done. Genesis 1 logs God's commitment to excellence when it says, 'And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good.' (Gen. 1:31 [Genesis 1:31]). Christians should always do good work. They should strive to be the best workers wherever they are. They ought to have the best attitudes, the best integrity, and be the best in dependability . . .
    "We must recover the Biblical truth -- the Reformation truth -- that our work, be it ever so humble, is a divine calling and thus we are liberated to do our work to the glory of God. This will take the church into the world with great power. You'll do well to hold this biblical truth that your vocation . . . however humble, is a calling from God and should be done for His glory." -- R. Kent Hughes

    Lange, Gerry, Cain and Abel at Work: How to Overcome Office Politics and the People who Stand Between you and Success, ISBN: 0767905237 9780767905237.
    "Do you know a Cain at work?
    "The back-stabbing liar who steals credit for your ideas . . .
    "The a**-kissing co-worker who worries about 'face time' while you stay late working hard . . .
    "The gossipy colleague who spreads rumors just to create drama in the office.
    "If any of these people sound familiar, watch out: a Cain is lurking, ready to sabotage your job, your promotion, and even your reputation at work.
    "Written by two veteran media and political strategists, CAIN AND ABEL AT WORK will help you survive the ultimate political arena the office and prepare you for the real-world interpersonal dynamics they don't teach you in business school.
    "In the Old Testament story that serves as the beginning metaphor for this book, back stabbing Cain kills the honorable Abel out of jealousy, and despite being punished with banishment, he goes on to marry, have a son, and build a city around him. All of a sudden, Cain gets to be a father, real estate developer, and probably the first politician of his day, while Abel's life is over in a flash. Authors Gerry Lange and Todd Domke have discovered that this type of injustice is still alive and well in the modern competitive workplace. Together, they have decades of personal experience and first-hand encounters with scheming, calculating Cains, and now they're giving readers an invaluable guide for coping with and combating Cain at work.
    "Using real-life case studies to illustrate how Cains operate, CAIN AND ABEL AT WORK will teach you how to:

    "With compelling new insight into human behavior and competition developed from the authors' experience in the political, media, and business arenas, CAIN AND ABEL AT WORK explains what motivates both Cains and Abels at work. Not only does this book explore and deplore the behavior of Cains, it also explains how the simple naïveté of Abels allows Cains to get away with their shenanigans.
    "If anyone has ever stolen an idea from you or grabbed credit for your work, if they've taken advantage of or walked all over you, you need this book. CAIN AND ABEL AT WORK is an office survival guide no well-intentioned Abel should be without." -- Publisher
    "CAIN AND ABEL AT WORK is The Peter Principle of our time! It's both entertaining and informative. Every manager, aspiring manager, and anyone who works for a manager can profit from reading it." -- Stuart Varney, anchor, CNN
    "A writer, producer, and director in all media for more than twenty years and an experienced business and political consultant, Gerry Lange has prepared many well-known public figures, including Ronald Reagan, Alan Greenspan, and William F. Buckley, Jr., for televised debates. Lange wrote and produced several PBS specials, and he has been a political adviser for such figures as Governor William Weld and Secretary of Health and Human Services Margaret Heckler. He and his wife, Caroline, live in Wellesley, Massachusetts, and have a son, Christopher.
    "Todd Domke is president of a media consulting firm specializing in strategy, public relations, and advertising. As a strategist, he's been a consultant to the National Republican Senatorial and Congressional Committees, GOPAC, and numerous campaigns. He is also the co-author of The Conservative?s Dictionary, and the author of Grounded, a humorous novel for juveniles. He lives with his wife, Susan, and their daughter, Caitlin in Canton, Massachusetts; his son, Judah, is a writer and actor in New York City." -- Publisher

    *Lloyd-Jones, David Martyn (1899-1981), Life in the Spirit in Marriage, Home and Work: An Exposition of Ephesians 5:18 -- 6:9, ISBN: 080105799X 9780801057991.

    Love, Christopher (1618-1651), Scripture Rules to be Observed in Buying and Selling. By Mr Christopher Love, Late Minister at Laurence Jury, London. Rules Concerning Buying Commodities. Rules Concerning Selling Commodities, 1653.

    *Murray, John, Principles of Conduct, 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

    Penney, J.C., Christian Principles in Business,
    "Wise men do not light a candle and place it under a bushel. Life's greatest benefactions -- intelligence, liberty, religion -- are for dissemination. There can be no moral justification for withholding the benefits that result from a wise distribution of knowledge.
    "Liberty, that one priceless boon for which all men yearn, thrives only in the light. It must be proclaimed and practiced to be enjoyed and appreciated by all.
    "Religion was never intended for self-gratification. It must be turned loose upon the world, and the more unconsciously that loosening process takes place, the more beneficial its results.
    "Christ declared that He was the Light of the world. Religion must scatter that Light or fail in the accomplishment of its supreme mission." -- J.C. Penney

    *Richards, Lawrence O., and Gib Martin, The Theology of Personal Ministry: Spiritual Giftedness in the Local Church, ISBN: 0310319706 9780310319702.
    "In keeping with the title, the first part of this book develops a theological foundation for personal ministry. From this premise the authors expound the practical implications of the fact that the head of the church has called each believer to a personal ministry. All things considered, this is an excellent work." -- Cyril J. Barber

    Swinnock, George (1627-1673), The Christian-man's Calling, or, A Treatise of Making Religion Ones Business wherein, the nature and necessity of it is discovered: as also, the Christian directed how he may perform it, in religious duties, natural actions, his particular vocation, his family directions, and his own recreations / by George Swinnock, 1662. Available (WORKS OF GEORGE SWINNOCK), on the Puritan Hard Drive.
    Includes bibliographical references.
    Swinnock, George, Works of George Swinnock, M.A (1868), volume 1 of 5.
    http://archive.org/details/worksofgeorgeswi01swin

    Banks, Robert J., Faith Goes to Work: Reflections From the Marketplace, ISBN: 1566991153 9781566991155.

    Bradley, John D., Christian Career Planning: Finding the Place God has for You.

    Bramlett, James, How to Get a Job, ISBN: 0310390516 9780310390510. Revised edition of FINDING WORK.
    "How do you find God's will? What is a calling? What are your gifts and talents and how should you use them? HOW TO GET A JOB is the Christian's guide to securing the right occupation. It covers questions from analyzing the job market to planning for an interview."

    *Caryl, Joseph (1602-1673), An Exposition With Practical Observations Upon . . . the Book of Job . . . 12 volumes. A Christian classic. Available on the 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
    "Cotton Mather's assessment, that these sermons [Caryl on Job] belong alongside Greenhill on Ezekiel, Burroughs on Hosea, Owen on Hebrews, and Manton on James, can still be made." -- Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas, professor of Systematic and Practical Theology at Reformed Theological Seminary

    *Caryl, Joseph (1602-1673), An Exposition of Job, 367 pages.
    "An abridgment of the author's famous 8-volume work. Retains sufficient seed thoughts to prod the thinking of any preacher." -- Cyril J. Barber
    Joseph Caryl preached on Job for 20 years. Some have said his work is the only satisfactory commentary on the book of Job.

    Chewning, Richard C., Discerning Biblical Principles That Affect Business: A Personal Relection, an audio file.

    Chewning, Richard C., Can we Maintain a Solid Christian Testimony and Succeed in the Marketplace? an audio file.

    Chewning, Richard C., Bibliography to aid in the Construction of a Christian World and Life View.

    Chewning, Richard C., Business Ethics in a Changing Culture, ISBN: 0835905667 9780835905664.

    Chewning, Richard C., John W. Eby, and Shirley J. Roels, Business Through the Eyes of Faith, ISBN: 0060613505 9780060613501.
    An INSTRUCTOR'S GUIDE is available. See elsewhere in this listing.

    Chewning, Richard C., John W. Eby, and Shirley J. Roels, Instructor's Guide Business Through the Eyes of Faith.

    Chewning, Richard (editor), Biblical Principles and Business: The Foundation, ISBN: 089109556X 9780891095569

    Chewning, Richard (editor), Carl F H Henry, et al., Biblical Principles and Business: The Practice, ISBN: 0891092994 9780891092995.

    Chewning, Richard (editor), Biblical Principles and Public Policy: The Practice

    Dittes, James E., When Work Goes Sour, ISBN: 0664240453 9780664240455.
    "This is an excellent treatise. Dittes take a long, hard look at the ways in which work permeates the lives of men and explores the myths that often rule a man's relationship with his career. . . . Then, using Biblical data as well as contemporary case studies, he discusses the pain of work, the problems that arise, and how to deal with the disappointment that inevitably occurs when work fails to bring the expected rewards. . . ." -- Cyril J. Barber

    Eckerd, Jack, and Paul Con, Eckerd: Finding the Right Prescription, ISBN: 0800715322 9780800715328.
    Jack Eckerd is "a living demonstration of the life-changing power of Christ. His inspiring testimony deserves the widest possible audience." -- Billy Graham
    "This is the amazing, exciting story of one of the most remarkable men I've ever known. It is a gripping account; when you're finished, you will want to sing the doxology." -- Chuck Colson

    Ellul, Jacques (1912-1994), Money and Power, 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 responsibilty 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

    Hall, David W., and Marvin Padgett, Calvin and Culture: Exploring a Worldview, ISBN: 9781596380981 1596380985.
    "John Calvin's worldview extends far beyond the scope of theology, inspiring a multitude of followers to apply his thought to every form of human endeavor. The fourteen authors explore the worldview of Calvin and his disciples. They demonstrate how Calvin has transformed many fields of human study and activity and how the power of his worldview continues to this day." -- Publisher

    Harris, Gregg, The Home and Family Business Workshop: A Complete Workshop for Parents and Teens on how to Start a Successful Business for Your Family.
    This series of seven audio cassette [audio files], tapes includes: The Biblical Basis for Your Family Business, How to Start Your Family Business, The Marks of Truly Christian Business People, Home Banking and Other Strategies to Avoid Debt, Proven Business Ideas You Can Start Immediately, How to Find and Keep Your Customers, and How to Manage Yourself and Your Time.

    Heidebrecht, Paul H., God's Man in the Marketplace: The Story of Herbert J. Taylor, ISBN: 0830817336 9780830817337.
    "Telling the story of Herbert J. Taylor, Paul H. Heidebrecht offers an inspiring practical model of how God can use people in the marketplace as well as on the mission field." -- Publisher

    Jones, Cliff C., Winning Through Integrity, ISBN: 0687456045 9780687456048.

    Journal of Biblical Conflict Resolution (Billings, MT [Institute for Christian Conciliation (ICC), 1537 Avenue D, Suite 352, Billings, 59102]).
    A serial published twice per year, commencing Summer, 1994. Editor, Ken Sande.
    "Articles will address biblical negotiation, conflict counseling, mediation, arbitration and church discipline. Also will cover ethical, legal, and conciliator liability issues. Reviews will assess developments and books in the field of alternative dispute resolution." -- David Powlison

    Minirth, Frank B., The Workaholic and His Family, ISBN: 0801061113 9780801061110.

    Moore, Raymond, and Dorothy Moore, Minding Your Own Business, ISBN: 1561210080 9781561210084.
    "These education experts have compiled the actual experiences of families who, as families, have first structured their homes like a successful business, THEN have actually developed revenue producing home-based operations. They give creative ideas and tips that have helped families gain control, and begin to earn money, and have fun together doing it." -- GCB

    *Noe, John R., People Power (Nashville, TN: Oliver Nelson Books, 1986).
    "It reinforces in the minds of managers the value of those who serve under them, and exposes the fallacies inherent in the lip-service management often pays to the importance of those who actually get the work done. In stressing the human factor, Noe asserts that 'all the psychological studies, sociological findings, and business administrative jargon may look good on paper, but they have little to do with the pragmatics of relating positively to people.' He then explains how those in positions of authority may develop the skills that help them develop healthy esprit de corps. . . . His illustrations readily reveal the amazing results that can occur when individuals learn to relate to others as people of worth rather than as objects (or things), to be used. Recommended." -- Cyril J. Barber

    Patterson, Ben, Work, ISBN: 0877840873 9780877840879.
    The author "provides a sound Biblical perspective on work and offers what may be a brand-new outlook for many Christians. For anyone who wants to make their work more satisfying and productive, this booklet offers help for getting started." -- Publisher

    Petty, Jim, Christian Goals on the Job (Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation.)
    Audio cassette HFTF03 [audio file].

    Petty, Jim, Five Reasons not to Take a Job (Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation.)
    Audio cassette HFTF32 [audio file].

    Petty, Jim, How God Measures Vocational Success (Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation.)
    Audio cassette WW202 [audio file].

    *Powlison, David (compiler and annotator), Contemporary Biblical Counseling: With 1995 Additions, an annotated bibliography.
    David Powlison is editor of the Journal of Biblical Counseling, current director of the Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation, Glenside, Pennsylvania, and a graduate of Harvard University in 1972.
    http://www.lettermen2.com/powlison.html

    Rightor, Henry Haskell, Pastoral Counseling in Work Crises: An Introduction for Both Lay and Ordained Ministers, ISBN: 0817008144 9780817008147.
    Includes bibliography and index.

    Rose, Ben Lacy, Confirming Your Call in Church, Home and Vocation.

    Rose, Tom, Economics: Principles and Policy From a Christian Perspective, ISBN: 0915134225 9780915134229.
    "This book covers the nature of economics and the nature of man, the Bible and economics, basic economics, the distribution and market system, and more. Here is a good place to start for a proper understanding of money. Could easily be used as a textbook." -- GCB

    Rush, Myron, Lord of the Marketplace, ISBN: 0896932788 9780896932784.
    "Drawing on his years of experience as a corporate leader, Rush presents a practical and scriptural analysis of crucial subjects Christians face in the business world." -- Publisher

    Shelly, Judith Allen, Not Just a Job: Serving Christ in Your Work, ISBN: 0877843325 9780877843320.

    Steele, Richard (1629-1692), The Religious Tradesman: Plain and Serious Hints of Advice for the Tradesman's Prudent and Pious Conduct From his Entrance Into Business to his Leaving it Off.
    "For the modern-day businessman this is not an easy read. First the style is that of the late 1600's. Second he is deeper and more spiritually focused than writers of today on the same subject. However, the benefits are greater here. Following the principles and ideas he discusses would revolutionize most business practice in America." -- GCB

    *Stockwell, Clinton, E. (compiler), The Christian and the Workplace: A Select Bibliography (Chicago, IL: Urban Church Research Center and the Seminary Consortium for Urban Pastoral Education, 1980).

    Sherman, Doug, Toward a Christian Theology of Work.
    "Doug Sherman's master's thesis . . . the Bible's teaching on work; and the implications of this truth for the Christian's work ethic . . . Especially useful is the extensive bibliography." -- Publisher

    Various, Work and Rest in Review (Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation.)
    A 4-tape audio cassette [audio file], series including the following:

    Historical/Biblical Perspective on Rest by Mike Bell, audio cassette WW201 [audio file],
    How God Measures Vocational Success by James Petty, audio cassette WW202 [audio file], and
    Biblical Principles of Rest by David Clowney, audio cassette WW203 [audio file].
    Wakefield, Norman, Solving Problems Before They Become Conflicts, 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

    Various, Work and Rest in Review (Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation.)
    A 4-tape audio cassette [audio file], series including the following:

    Historical/Biblical Perspective on Rest by Mike Bell, audio cassette WW201 [audio file],
    How God Measures Vocational Success by James Petty, audio cassette WW202 [audio file], and
    Biblical Principles of Rest by David Clowney, audio cassette WW203 [audio file].
    Watson, Robert A., The Most Effective Organization in the U.S.: Leadership Secrets of the Salvation Army, ISBN: 060960869X 9780609608692.
    "Most of us know the Salvation Army from its fund raising efforts and philanthropic programs, but the $2 billion-a-year transcontinental institution, now serving more than 30 million people with a vastly underpaid and overworked staff, is also a model business structure. Under a title taken from the description applied to it by management guru Peter Drucker, THE MOST EFFECTIVE ORGANIZATION in the U.S. outlines the fundamental tenets that the group has prospered under since its founding in the mid- to late 1800s. Written by former National Commander Robert A. Watson and freelancer Ben Brown, the book details eight principles that allow the Army to do so much with so little: focus on 'a purpose that transcends quarterly earnings;' make 'what you do serve human needs;' stay publicly accountable to visible standards; encourage feedback and act upon it; 'invest real power and real responsibility' in top personnel; 'accept the inevitability of change;' take calculated risks; and motivate employees by ensuring their jobs are both valuable and enjoyable. Some readers may not be comfortable with the organization's overt ties to Christian teachings, but few can argue with the success it consistently enjoys." -- Howard Rothman
    "According to Watson, the central tenet of The Salvation Army's leadership effectiveness is to, 'engage the spirit'." -- Reader's Comment

    Wilde, Gary (editor), Bible Promises to Treasure for Business Professionals: Inspiring Words for Every Occasion, ISBN: 0805493336 9780805493337.

    See also: The sovereignty of god, The doctrine of man (human nature, total depravity), The sovereign grace of god: his everlasting mercy and lovingkindness, Repentance the key to salvation and change, Justification, Justifying faith, Prayer, Intercessory prayer, The ten commandments: the moral law, Personal and family finances, family business, Biblical economics, Political and economic freedom, Ethics, computer ethics, cyberethics, Medical ethics, Casuistry and conscience, The sermon on the mount, The commandments of christ, Trusting god, The promises of christ, Bible promises, Freedom with responsibility to god, Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, Sexual relationship, Stress, Job (the book of), Sleep, Rest, Physical health, Communication, Covetousness, greed, and selfishness, Theft, stealing, and fraud, Cowardice, Justifying faith, Oaths, ensnaring (vows, promises, covenants) and bonds with the ungodly, Secret societies, ungodly alliances, voluntary associations, Conspiracy and corruption, Pseudo-christian movements: a selection of works, Individual responsibility for corporate faithfulness and sanctification, Physical health, Corporate faithfulness and sanctification, Biblical counsel by subject, Secret societies and ungodly alliance, Sorcery, Adultery, Carnality and flesh pleasing: lust, desires, ambition, Menpleasing, Workaholics, Chapter 8: physical health, Covenanted reformation, The application of scripture to the corporate bodies of church and state, and so forth, and so on.
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    Leadership

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

    In Deuteronomy 17 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. (Deuteronomy 17:19).

    The Treasury of David, Psalm 72, C.H. Spurgeon
    Give the king thy judgments, O God, and thy righteousness unto the king's son.
    He shall judge thy people with righteousness, and thy poor with judgment.
    Yea, all kings shall fall down before him: all nations shall serve him.
    (Psalm 72:1,2,11)
    http://www.spurgeon.org/treasury/ps072.php

    The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light, and they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined. (Isaiah 9:2)

    For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
    Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.
    (Isaiah 9:6,7)

    Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men, even when they exercise influence and not authority: still more when you superadd the tendency or the certainty of corruption by authority. -- John Emerich Edward Dalberg, Lord Acton (1834-1902), in a letter to Mandell Creighton, April 5, 1887, quoted by Gertrude Himmelfarb in Acton, Essays on Freedom and Power, pp. 335-36 (1972)

    Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil. -- (1 Timothy 3:6)

    For the leaders of this people cause them to err; and they that are led of them are destroyed.
    Therefore the Lord shall have no joy in their young men, neither shall have mercy on their fatherless and widows: for every one is an hypocrite and an evildoer, and every mouth speaketh folly. For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still.
    (Isaiah 9:16)

    In that day the LORD with his sore and great and strong sword shall punish leviathan the piercing serpent, even leviathan that crooked serpent; and he shall slay the dragon that is in the sea. (Isaiah 27:1). See annotation in The Reformation Study Bible.

    See Isaiah 41:21-24 and annotation in The Reformation Study Bible.

    His watchmen are blind: they are all ignorant, they are all dumb dogs, they cannot bark; sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber.
    Yea, they are greedy dogs which can never have enough, and they are shepherds that cannot understand: they all look to their own way, every one for his gain, from his quarter.
    Come ye, say they, I will fetch wine, and we will fill ourselves with strong drink; and to morrow shall be as this day, and much more abundant.
    (Isaiah 56:10-12). See the annotation in The Reformation Study Bible.

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

    But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them.
    But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister;
    And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant:
    Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.
    -- The Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 20:25-28)

    For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak.
    And I know that his commandment is life everlasting: whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto me, so I speak.
    -- The Lord Jesus Christ (John 12:49,50)

    Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him. -- The Lord Jesus Christ (John 13:16)

    Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and [that] your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.
    These things I command you, that ye love one another.
    -- The Lord Jesus Christ (John 15:16,17)

    Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. -- The Lord Jesus Christ (John 15:13)

    And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:
    Of sin, because they believe not on me;
    Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more;
    Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.
    I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now.
    Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, [that] shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.
    He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew [it] unto you.
    All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall shew [it] unto you.
    -- The Lord Jesus Christ (John 16:8-15)

    So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, [son] of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs.
    He saith to him again the second time, Simon, [son] of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep.
    He saith unto him the third time, Simon, [son] of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep. -- The Lord Jesus Christ (John 21:15-17)

    1. With regard to the Christian Ministry as an order in Christ's church, they are represented under the figure of a set of servants, constituted by the master, stewards, and rulers over his household, during his absence.
      They are servants, not lords. We preach, says the apostle, not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord, and ourselves your servants for Jesus's sake. (2 Corinthians 4:5). 'We do not announce ourselves to you as your masters. We proclaim Christ Jesus to be the Master, and mindful of his words, One is your Master, even Christ, (Matthew 23:8), we announce ourselves to you not your masters, but your servants for his sake. We seek not to make you our property that we may rule over you, but dictating to your faith, and controlling your conduct; but considering you as his unalienable property, which he purchased with his won blood, (Acts 20:28), and which having so dearly bought he highly values, we wish to serve Him by ministering to your improvements.' This is a view of the sacred office with which they who fill it cannot be too deeply impressed. They are Christ's servants. They have no authority, separate from his authority. To promulgate and administer his laws, not to make and execute laws of their own, is their legitimate province. . . .
      It is of importance, however, to remark, that though called to office by the instrumentality of their brethren, their authority is derived, not from them, but from their Master: by him, not by them, are they to be directed in the performance of their duties, and to him, not to them, are they accountable for the manner in which they discharge them. It is his doctrine they are to teach -- his laws they are to administer. The steward or overseer, though chosen, if such be the appointment of the Master, by his fellow-servants, is to be guided in managing the household, not by their will, but by the will of their common Lord. The minister of Christ who forgets this, and seeks in his official proceedings primarily to please those who have been committed to his charge, has lost sight of his high character as a servant of Christ. A fitter object of mingled blame, contempt, and pity, does not exist, than a man, bearing the name of a christian minister, who, instead of fearlessly proclaiming and impartially administering the laws of Christ, is the slave and the executioner of the prejudices of his people.
      But though the Christian minister is not to be ruled by those whom he is appointed to rule -- is not to take laws from those to whom he is appointed to declare the law, he is never to forget -- what the very names of his office are all intended and fitted to keep constantly before his mind -- that he holds office in the church, not for his own aggrandizement and selfish interests, but for the benefit of his brethren -- not to gratify his own ambition or love of ease, but to promote their spiritual improvement, to secure their ultimate salvation; and under the influence of this conviction, like the steward who finds that in promoting his mater's interest, and the happiness of his fellow-servants, in the good order of the household, it is of great importance to be on good terms with those under his care, he will endeavour to please his brethren to edification; nay, he will seek to please all men in all things, not seeking his own profit, but the profit of many, that they may be saved. (1 Corinthians 10:33). Such is the view there given us of the general nature and design of the christian ministry. -- John Brown (of Edinburgh, 1784-1858), Discourses and Sayings of Our Lord Jesus Christ, I:389-391

      If you would have good servants, see that you be good masters, and do your own duty, and then either your servants will do theirs, or else all their failings shall turn to your greater good.
      Remember that in Christ they are your brethren and fellow-servants; and therefore rule them not tyrannically, but in tenderness and love; and command them nothing that is against the laws of God, or the good of their souls. Use not wrath or unmanlike fury with them; nor any over-severe or unnecessary rebukes or chastisements. Find fault in season, with prudence and sobriety, when your passions are down, and when it is most likely to do good. -- Richard Baxter

      Remember that you have a charge of the souls in your family, and are as a priest and teacher in your own house; and therefore see that you keep them to the constant worshipping of God, especially on the Lord's day, in public and private; and that you teach them the things that concern their salvation (as in afterward directed). And pray for them daily, as well as for yourselves. -- Richard Baxter

      The skilful, holy, humble, faithful, laborious, patient ministers of Christ, have been and still are, the great blessings of the world; for saving souls, promoting knowledge, faith, holiness, love, and peace; opposing error, pride, oppression, wordliness, sensuality, and contention; diverting God's judgments by faith and prayer; forsaking all for Christ, and patiently suffering for well-doing; and by doctrine and example teaching men to difference the Creator from the creature, holiness from sin, heaven from earth, the soul from the body, the spirit from the flesh, and helping men to prepare, by a mortified, heavenly heart and life, for a comfortable death and endless happiness. Of such vast importance is it to the world whether the clergy be good or bad, skilful or unskilful, holy or worldly; and he is not a true Christian that is insensible of the difference, or thinks it small. -- Richard Baxter

      I see this tendency to lean on man everywhere. I know no branch of the Protestant Church of Christ which does not require to be cautioned upon the point. It is a snare, for example, to the English Episcopalian to make idols of Bishop Pearson and 'the Judicious Hooker.' It is a snare to the Scotch Presbyterian to pin his faith on John Knox, the Covenanters, and Dr. Chalmers. It is a snare to the Methodists in our day to worship the memory of John Wesley. It is a snare to the Independent to see no fault in any opinion of Owen and Dodderidge. It is a snare to the Baptist to exaggerate the wisdom of Gill and Fuller and Robert Hall. All these are snares, and into these snares how many fall! -- J.C. Ryle, "The Fallibility of Ministers" in Warning to the Churches, pp. 93-121

      The first impression that one gets of a ruler and of his brains is from seeing the men he has about him. -- Niccolo Machiavelli

    Adams, Jay, Sibling Rivalry in the Household of God, 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

    Armerding, Hudson T., The Hand of God: A Testimony of the Lord's Provision and Protection.

    Armerding, Hudson T., The Heart of Godly Leadership, ISBN: 0891076751 9780891076759.
    "A former Wheaton College president brings a seasoned scriptural perspective to the subject of godly leadership, giving Biblical examples relating to delegating authority, handling success, and passing leadership on to the next generation. Tackles family, church, and society." -- GCB

    Barrs, Jerram, and Howard A. Snyder (foreword), Shepherds and Sheep: A Biblical View of Leading and Following, ISBN: 0877843953 9780877843955.
    Includes bibliographical references.

    Bates, Stewart, Pastoral Admonitions and Warnings of the Reformed Presbyterian Church [together with some profitable ones from other Reformed churches].
    Pastoral Admonitions and Warnings of the Reformed Presbyterian Church [together with some profitable ones from other Reformed churches].
    http://www.covenanter.org/reformed/2015/8/17/the-reformed-presbyterian-churchs-of-scotland-address-to-the-reformed-presbyterians-and-other-christians-in-british-america
    Pastoral Admonitions and Warnings of the Reformed Presbyterian Church [together with some profitable ones from other Reformed churches].
    http://www.covenanter.org/reformed/2015/6/29/pastoral-admonitions-warnings-and-letters

    Bates, Stewart (1625-1699), The Sin and Danger of Union Between the Church of Christ and an Immoral or anti-Christian Civil Government, 1841. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #25.

    Calvin, John (1509-1564), Epistle Dedicatory [to Calvin's Commentary on Hebrews -- compiler], by John Calvin, to the Most Mighty and Most Serene Prince, Sigismund Augustus, by the Grace of God, the King of Poland, Great Duke of Lithuania, Russia, Prussia, and Lord and Heir of Muscovy, etc.
    "You kingdom is extensive and renowned, and abounds in many excellencies, but its happiness will then only be solid, when it adopts Christ as its chief ruler and governor, so that it may be defended by his safeguard and protection; for to submit your sceptre to him, is not inconsistent with that elevation in which you are placed; but it would be far more glorious than all the triumphs of the world. . . ."
    http://www.biblestudyguide.org/comment/calvin/comm_vol44/htm/v.htm

    Harrington, Arthur, What the Bible Says About Leadership, ISBN: 0899002501 9780899002507.
    "Approaches the matter of leadership topically (e.g., evangelistic, missionary, pastoral, eldership, women in leadership, etc.). Relates the teaching of the Bible to each of these areas. Though far ranging and helpful, this work does not assess what leadership is, but concentrates instead on what leaders do." -- Cyril J. Barber

    *Luther, Martin (1483-1546), That a Christian Assembly or Congregation has the Right and Power to Judge all Teaching and to Call, Appoint, and Dismiss Teachers, Established and Proven by Scripture. Available in Martin Luther, Conrad John Immanuel Bergendoff, and Eric W. Gritsch, CHURCH AND MINISTRY, 3 volumes. Available in LUTHER'S WORKS, VOLUME 39, CHURCH AND MINISTRY, ISBN: 0800603397 9780800603397.
    That a Christian Assembly or Congregation has the Right and Power to Judge all Teaching and to Call, Appoint, and Dismiss Teachers, Established and Proven by Scripture, Martin Luther (accessed 2/27/2016)
    https://www.uni-due.de/collcart/es/sem/s6/txt06_1.htm
    Luther, Martin, That a Christian Assembly or Congregation has the Right and Power to Judge all Teaching and to Call, Appoint, and Dismiss Teachers, Established and Proven by Scripture.
    http://www.covenanter.org/reformed/2016/4/21/that-a-christian-assembly-or-congregation-has-the-right-and-power-to-judge-all-teaching-and-to-call-appoint-and-dismiss-teachers-established-and-proven-by-scripture

    Pawson, J. David, Leadership is Male, ISBN: 0840790236 9780840790231.
    Foreword by Elisabeth Elliot.

    *Regent University Staff, The Word on Management: A Topical Index of Scriptures for Managers, Supervisors and Employees, ISBN: 1555741258 9781555741259.
    "A topical index of Scriptures for managers and employees by the Regent University staff." -- GCB

    *Rush, Myron D., Management: A Biblical Approach, ISBN: 0882076078 9780882076072.
    "Help for the Christian leader from the president of Management Training Systems. The author combines sound management techniques and Biblical principles. The result is management that the Christian can live and work with." -- GCB

    *Rushdoony, Rousas J. (1916-2001), Christianity and the State, ISBN: 9996717755. Available through Exodus Books.
    "The need to return to a Biblical doctrine of civil government is evidenced by our century's worldwide drift into tyranny. Humanism invariably rushes in to fill the world's theological vacuums: the need of the hour is to restore a full-orbed, Biblical, theology of the state. This work sets forth that theology." -- GCB

    *Ryle, J.C. (1816-1900), The Fallibility of Ministers. Available in J.C. Ryle, WARNINGS TO THE CHURCHES, ISBN: 0851510434 9780851510439. Available in KNOTS UNTIED: BEING PLAIN STATEMENTS ON DISPUTED POINTS IN RELIGION FROM THE STANDPOINT OF AN EVANGELICAL CHURCHMAN.
    http://www.trinityfoundation.org/reviews/journal.asp?ID=113a.html

    Ryle, J.C. (1816-1900), and G.E. Duffield, Knots Untied: Being Plain Statements on Disputed Points in Religion From the Standpoint of an Evangelical Churchman.

    *Stogdill, Ralph M., Leadership: Abstracts and Bibliography, 1904-1974.
    "Up to the time of this death, Stogdill was one of the leading men in the country on the subject of leadership. This bibliography covers seventy years of publications in the areas allied with planning, organizing, controlling, and directing the activities of others. Containing only experimental research articles and papers (with 3700 entries in all), the material in this volume surveys virtually every facet of leadership. Not all entries are of equal value. Pastors pursuing D.Min. degree programs in leadership administration will find a wealth of usable material here. No college or seminary library can afford to be without this valuable bibliography." -- Cyril J. Barber

    Watson, Robert A., The Most Effective Organization in the U.S.: Leadership Secrets of the Salvation Army, ISBN: 060960869X 9780609608692.
    "Most of us know the Salvation Army from its fund raising efforts and philanthropic programs, but the $2 billion-a-year transcontinental institution, now serving more than 30 million people with a vastly underpaid and overworked staff, is also a model business structure. Under a title taken from the description applied to it by management guru Peter Drucker, THE MOST EFFECTIVE ORGANIZATION in the U.S. outlines the fundamental tenets that the group has prospered under since its founding in the mid- to late 1800s. Written by former National Commander Robert A. Watson and freelancer Ben Brown, the book details eight principles that allow the Army to do so much with so little: focus on 'a purpose that transcends quarterly earnings;' make 'what you do serve human needs;' stay publicly accountable to visible standards; encourage feedback and act upon it; 'invest real power and real responsibility' in top personnel; 'accept the inevitability of change;' take calculated risks; and motivate employees by ensuring their jobs are both valuable and enjoyable. Some readers may not be comfortable with the organization's overt ties to Christian teachings, but few can argue with the success it consistently enjoys." -- Howard Rothman
    "According to Watson, the central tenet of The Salvation Army's leadership effectiveness is to, 'engage the spirit'." -- Reader's Comment

    *Willson (alt. Wilson), James McLeod (1809-1866), Some Reasons for Retaining the Westminster Confession as the Basis of Ecclesiastical Union. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #24.
    "Explains why the use of the Westminster Confession is one of the best ways in which to obtain godly ecclesiastical union. This booklet pays special attention to the biblical teaching regarding civil government and shows why changes to the original WCF (regarding this matter), has resulted, not surprisingly, in much ecclesiastical disunity. It also contains some interesting notes on the millennial power and glory that will be exhibited in both church and state 'in the day of the Lord's power.' Excerpted from The Original Covenanter and Contending Witness Magazine, (volumes 1:1-4).

    See also: The sovereignty of god, The doctrine of man (human nature, total depravity), The sovereign grace of god: his everlasting mercy and lovingkindness, Bible magistracy turns back the wrath of god, The ten commandments: the moral law, The teaching of our lord jesus christ, Christ our example, The commandments of christ, Repentance the key to salvation and change, Justification, Justifying faith, Servant leadership, Family worship, Church government, Covenanted reformation, The application of scripture to the corporate bodies of church and state, Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, Unfaithful reformed ministries, Sexual relationship, and so forth, and so on.
    TCRB5: 1469-1471, 1611, 1790, 1982, 2005, 2075-2078, 2083-2102, 2542, 3901

    Related WebLinks

    The Autodidact (Self-taught)
    http://www.lettermen2.com/bcrr9cha.html#atddct

    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

    A Treatise of Ruling Elders and Deacons, In Which, These Things Which Belong to the Understanding of Their Office and Duty, are Clearly and Shortly set Down, James Guthrie
    Let the elders that rule well, be counted worthy of double honour. (1 Timothy 5:17)
    They that have used the office of a deacon well, purchase to themselves a good degree and great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus. (1 Timothy 3:13)
    http://www.truecovenanter.com/guthrie/guthrie_james_treatise_elders_and_deacons.html



    The Military

    And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more. (Isaiah 2:4)

    Burlingame, Terry D., Biblical Counseling to the Military: The Book of Joshua as a Model (Philadelphia, PA: Westminster Theological Seminary, D.Div. thesis, 1990).

    Dean, Chuck, NAM VET: Making Peace With Your Past, ISBN: 0967937108 9780967937106.
    "Dean is executive director of Point Man International, a non-profit support organization dedicated to healing war wounds of Vietnam veterans. He was among the first combat troops to be sent to Vietnam.
    "This book is a shocker. Listen to these statistics: More Vietnam veterans have committed suicide since 1975 than were killed in the war itself. The divorce rate of Nam vets is 90 percent. One out of four combat veterans make less than $7000 a year." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.
    "Veterans are entering the 21st century, and for many, Vietnam has never ended. Why do so many suffer from flashbacks, depression, rage, substance abuse, and nightmares? Author and Vietnam veteran Chuck Dean has helped thousands find peace and spiritual healing." -- Publisher
    Point Man International Ministries (800) 877-VETS
    http://www.pointmanintl.org/

    Harris, Thomas Allen, Counseling the Serviceman and his Family.
    "Provides the minister with the knowledge and techniques to prepare you to face the realities of military life." -- Cyril J. Barber

    Kelly, William E. (editor), Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and the War Veteran Patient, ISBN: 0876303866 9780876303863.
    "Provides counselors and therapists with a comprehensive blueprint for conceptualizing and treating war veterans' stress disorders. Concludes with the most comprehensive reading list on this subject yet assembled. Excellent coverage." -- Cyril J. Barber

    Kuenning, Delores A., Life After Vietnam: How Veterans and Their Loved Ones Heal the Psychological Wounds of War, ISBN: 1569249423 9781569249420.

    Point Man International Ministries (P.O. Box 339, Sheridan, MI 48884-0339), (517) 831-5215, (517) 831-5216 -- FAX (800) 877-VETS - Hotline).
    Counsel for military veterans.
    Point Man International Ministries
    http://www.pointmanintl.org/

    Sedgwick, Obadiah, 1600?-1658, Military Discipline for the Christian Souldier. Drawne out in a Sermon preached to the captaines and souldiers exercising armes in the artillery garden, at their generall meeting in Saint Andrew's Vndershaft, in London, October 18. 1638. By Obadiah Sedgvvicke, Batchelor of Divinity, and preacher to the inhabitants of Saint Mildreds Breadstreete in London, 1639.

    United States Army Chaplain School, Carlisle Barracks, PA, The Chaplain as Personal Counselor.
    Includes references.

    United States Department of the Army, The Chaplain as Counselor

    See also: The sovereignty of god, The doctrine of man (human nature, total depravity), The sovereign grace of god: his everlasting mercy and lovingkindness, Repentance the key to salvation and change, Justification, Justifying faith, Disabled and Handicapped, Grief, Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, War, For all counselors, Counseling by subject, Sexual relationship, and so forth, and so on.
    TCRB5: 357, 359, 361, 364-373, 823, 3766, 3767, 3770, 3772

    Related WebLinks

    Cadence International
    http://www.cadence.org/

    Christian Military Fellowship
    http://www.cmfhq.org/

    Officers' Christian Fellowship
    http://www.gospelcom.net/ocf/



    Avoiding Divorce

    The only way for man and wife, and family, and society to live together happily is to pursue holiness through Christ Jesus. See: THE EVERLASTING RIGHTEOUSNESS, OR HOW SHALL MAN BE JUST WITH GOD? Horatius Bonar.

    Many marriages have been healed by a commitment to Christ first and to each other second. -- D. James Kennedy and Jerry Newcombe, What if Jesus had Never Been Born, p. 140

    Cook, Earl, How to Prevent Divorce (Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation.)
    Audio cassette AC871 [audio file].

    L'Abate, Luciano, and Bess L'Abate, How to Avoid Divorce, ISBN: 0804211183 9780804211185.

    *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, childrearing, anger, communications, forgiveness, and sexual abuse." -- Publisher

    See also: The sovereignty of god, The doctrine of man (human nature, total depravity), Repentance the key to salvation and change, Justification, Justifying faith, Forgiveness, Covetousness, greed, selfishness, 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, theopneustia, sufficiency of scripture), The ten commandments: the moral law, Trusting god, Bible promises, Sanctification, Casuistry and conscience, Ethics, Men and Women, Christian liberty, Men, women and god, Premarital counseling, Marital counseling, Problem solving in marriage, Reconciliation of marriage partners, Counseling the family, Biblical counsel by subject, Reconciliation of Relationships, Sexual relationship, Carnality and flesh pleasing: lust, desires, ambition, Adultery, Child abuse, Fatherlessness, Counsel for young men, Counsel for young women, Abstinence, Christian counseling and educational foundation, Westminster media, Works of Jay Adams, and Audio cassettes, CCEF speakers, Child abuse, Sexual wholeness, Marriage, Singleness, Femininism, Gratuitous sex a cause of violence, Homosexuality, lesbianism, gay, bisexual, transvestite, queer (lgbtq), Cowardice, Pseudo-christian movements: a selection of works, Works by and for women, The new age and women, Self, Self-denial, The occult, Sorcery, Women and the new age, Pseudo-christian movements: a selection of works, Soul-violence, Churches that abuse, Divorce, Hostility, Incest, Rape, Sex education, Pornography, Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, Unforgiveness, Domestic duties, Duties of the Christian, and so forth, and so on.

    Related WebLinks

    A Christian Approach to Marriage Crisis
    http://home.aol.com/NotDivorce



    The Church and Divorce

    *Murray, John, Divorce. A Christian classic.
    Said to be one of the best books written on divorce.
    "Murray considers the question of divorce from several directions: The Old Testament, the teaching of our Lord, and the teaching of Paul. He also discusses practical cases." -- GCB
    "Discusses the complications which arise within the church as a result of divorce. . . ." -- Cyril J. Barber

    Adams, Jay E., Counseling Workshop: Demon Possession; Divorce; Church Discipline (Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation.)
    Audio cassette JA503 [audio file].

    Cook, Earl, How a Church Prevents Divorce (Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation.)
    Audio cassette AC871 [audio file].

    See also: The sovereignty of god, The doctrine of man (human nature, total depravity), Repentance the key to salvation and change, Justification, Justifying faith, Covetousness, greed, selfishness, 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, theopneustia, sufficiency of scripture), The ten commandments: the moral law, Trusting god, Repentance, the key to salvation and change, Justification, Justifying faith, Forgiveness, Unforgiveness, Bible promises, Sanctification, Casuistry and conscience, Ethics, Men and Women, Christian liberty, Men, women and god, Premarital counseling, Marital counseling, Problem solving in marriage, Reconciliation of marriage partners, Counseling the family, Biblical counsel by subject, Reconciliation of Relationships, Sexual relationship, Carnality and flesh pleasing: lust, desires, ambition, Adultery, Child abuse, Fatherlessness, Counsel for young men, Counsel for young women, Abstinence, Spouse an unbeliever, Abuse, Personal finances, Avoiding divorce, Small groups, Remarriage, Marriage counseling, Christian counseling and educational foundation, Westminster media, Works of Jay Adams, and Audio cassettes, CCEF speakers, Child abuse, Sexual wholeness, Marriage, Singleness, Femininism, Gratuitous sex a cause of violence, Cowardice, Pseudo-christian movements: a selection of works, Works by and for women, The new age and women, Self, Self-denial, The occult, Sorcery, Women and the new age, Soul-violence, Churches that abuse, Divorce, Hostility, Incest, Rape, Sex education, Pornography, Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, Unforgiveness, Domestic duties, Duties of the Christian, and so forth, and so on.
    TCRB5: 2971, 2972



    Divorce

    For the LORD, the God of Israel, saith that he hateth putting away: for one covereth violence with his garment, saith the LORD of hosts: therefore take heed to your spirit, that ye deal not treacherously. (Malachi 2:16). See the annotation in The Reformation Study Bible.

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

    Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered. (1 Peter 3:7)

    Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 2:3-5)

    But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death. (Revelation 21:8)

    Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies; who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle's. (Psalm 103:2-5)

    Too much friendship makes way for hatred. Yea, in truth there is no enmity so dangerous as that which has its foundations upon the ruins of love. And as in nature, the purest substance is turned into the most loathsome corruption; so the hottest love, which has no other ground but carnal respect, degenerates oftentimes into the most deadly and hurtful enmity. For being privy to all their friends' secrets, counsels, and conditions, they are the more enabled thereby to do them the greater mischief when their love is turned to malice. Even as a traitor is much more dangerous than a professed enemy. -- George Downame

    Many marriages have been healed by a commitment to Christ first and to each other second. -- D. James Kennedy and Jerry Newcombe, What if Jesus had Never Been Born, p. 140

    It is a clear understanding of the Doctrine of Justification that enables us to repair broken relationships, both with God and with man. Repentance and forgiveness bridges the gap between man and God. It enables man and wife to reconcile their broken relationships, and to live together in harmony. It enables individuals to repair relationships broken by sin and to live and work together in unity in society.
    If the reader would be interested in a full discussion of these errors in the Doctrine of Justification, as well as the doctrine in its wholeness, we recommend the following books:

    1. THE CURRENT JUSTIFICATION CONTROVERSY, by O. Palmer Robertson
    2. A COMPANION TO THE CURRENT JUSTIFICATION CONTROVERSY, by John W. Robbins
    3. NOT REFORMED AT ALL: MEDIEVALISM IN 'REFORMED' CHURCHES, by John Robbins and Sean Gerety
    4. THE CHANGING OF THE GUARD: WESTMINSTER THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY IN PHILADELPHIA, by Mark W. Karlberg
    For basic background on the doctrine of justification:
    1. THE EVERLASTING RIGHTEOUSNESS, by Horatius Bonar
    2. JUSTIFICATION BY FAITH ALONE, by Charles Hodge
    3. WHAT IS SAVING FAITH? by Gordon H. Clark. -- John Robbins
    If sexual sin has broken a relationship in your life, then study the Doctrine of Justification to learn the way to redeem the relationship.

    More Than One-Third Call it Quits
    "Among all adults 18 and older, three out of four (73 percent), have been married and half (51 percent), are currently married. (That does not include the 3 percent who are presently separated from their marriage partner). Among those who have been married, more than one out of every three (35 percent), have also been divorced. One out of every five adults (18 percent), who has ever been divorced has been divorced multiple times. That represents 7 percent of all Americans who have been married." -- George Barna, 2004
    http://www.barna.org/FlexPage.aspx?Page=BarnaUpdateNarrow&BarnaUpdateID=170

    *Adams, Jay E., Marriage, Divorce, and Remarriage in the Bible.
    "A practical guide to both the exegetical and practical questions regarding marriage, divorce and remarriage. The church has had a rude awakening since the mid-1950s when divorce was virtually an unheard of problem among Christians. The situation 'opens opportunities to think biblically in a fresh way, unhampered by prejudicial views that really have no warrant for acceptance by people who wish to be biblical'." -- David Powlison

    *Murray, John, Divorce, ISBN: 0875523447. A Christian classic.
    Said to be one of the best books written on divorce.
    "Murray considers the question of divorce from several directions: The Old Testament, the teaching of our Lord, and the teaching of Paul. He also discusses practical cases." -- GCB
    "Discusses the complications which arise within the church as a result of divorce. . . ." -- Cyril J. Barber

    Adams, Jay E., Counseling Workshop: Demon Possession; Divorce; Church Discipline (Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation.)
    Audio cassette JA503 [audio file].

    Bouma, Mary LaGrand, Divorce in the Parsonage, ISBN: 0871231093 9780871231093.

    Bettler, John F., God as Husband/Lover (Westminster Media).
    Audio cassette POG06 [audio file].

    Lotter, George A., Counseling Divorcees on Forgiveness (Philadelphia, PA: Westminster Theological Seminary, D.Min. thesis, 1987).
    Includes bibliography.

    *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, childrearing, anger, communications, forgiveness, and sexual abuse." -- Publisher

    Palmer, B.M., Broken Home: Lessons in Sorrow.

    Thompson, David A., Counseling and Divorce (Resources in Christian Counseling, Vol. 18. Dallas, TX: Word Books, c1989).
    Includes bibliographical references.

    Panel, Recovering From Divorce; Biblical Ethics of Divorce and Remarriage (Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation.)
    Audio cassette AC872 [audio file].

    See also: Repentance the key to salvation and change, Justification, Justifying faith, The sovereign grace of god: his everlasting mercy and lovingkindness, Sexual relationship, Reconciliation of marriage partners, Avoiding divorce, The church and divorce, Children of divorce, Rebuilding, Remarriage, Stepfamilies, Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, Pseudo-christian movements: a selection of works, The occult, Covetousness, greed, selfishness, 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, theopneustia, sufficiency of scripture), The ten commandments: the moral law, Trusting god, Repentance, the key to salvation and change, Justification, Justifying faith, Forgiveness, Unforgiveness, Bible promises, Sanctification, Casuistry and conscience, Ethics, Men and Women, Christian liberty, Men, women and god, Premarital counseling, Marital counseling, Problem solving in marriage, Reconciliation of marriage partners, Counseling the family, Biblical counsel by subject, Reconciliation of Relationships, Sexual relationship, Carnality and flesh pleasing: lust, desires, ambition, Adultery, Child abuse, Fatherlessness, Counsel for young men, Counsel for young women, Abstinence, Spouse an unbeliever, Abuse, Personal finances, Avoiding divorce, Small groups, Remarriage, Marriage counseling, Christian counseling and educational foundation, Westminster media, Works of Jay Adams, and Audio cassettes, CCEF speakers, Child abuse, Sexual wholeness, Marriage, Singleness, Femininism, Gratuitous sex a cause of violence, Homosexuality, lesbianism, gay, bisexual, transvestite, queer (lgbtq), Cowardice, Works by and for women, The new age and women, Self, Self-denial, The occult, Sorcery, Women and the new age, Soul-violence, Churches that abuse, Divorce, Hostility, Incest, Rape, Sex education, Pornography, Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, Unforgiveness, Domestic duties, Duties of the Christian, and so forth, and so on.
    TCRB5: 2971, 2972, 1666



    Reconciliation of Marriage Partners

    Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! (Psalm 133:1)

    The only way for man and wife, and family, and society to live together happily is to pursue holiness through Christ Jesus. See: THE EVERLASTING RIGHTEOUSNESS, OR HOW SHALL MAN BE JUST WITH GOD? Horatius Bonar.

    Many marriages have been healed by a commitment to Christ first and to each other second. -- D. James Kennedy and Jerry Newcombe, What if Jesus had Never Been Born, p. 140

    Adams, Jay E., Solving Marriage Problems: Biblical Solutions for Christian Counselors.
    "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

    *Alexander, James W. (1804-1859), and B.M. Palmer, The Family in its Civil and Churchly Aspects: An Essay in two Parts, 2 volumes, 551 pages. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available (Alexander and Palmer), on Reformation Bookshelf CD #22, 25.
    "If you are interest in family matters, you will look long and hard to find a book that matches this one. It is actually two books bound under one cover. Palmer's THE FAMILY, IN ITS CIVIL AND CHURCHLY ASPECTS (1876) and Alexander's THOUGHTS ON FAMILY WORSHIP (1847)." -- Publisher

    Carroll, Anne, Kristin, Together Forever: How to Overcome Problems and Rekindle the Love in Your Marriage, ISBN: 0061043389 9780061043383.
    "A guide for couples who are anticipating divorce explains the basic elements of a happy marriage, discussing the issues of poor self-esteem, acceptance, communication, power struggles, sex, and self-centered behavior." -- Publisher

    Harvard, Allen, and Margaret Harvard, Death and Rebirth of a Marriage.
    "A true-to-life story about a marriage on the rocks . . . until God stepped in." -- Cyril J. Barber

    Horner, Bob, and Jan Horner, Resolving Conflict in Your Marriage, ISBN: 9781602003279 1602003270.

    Horner, Bob, and Jan Horner, Resolving Conflict in Marriage (Leader's Guide), ISBN: 084998341X 9780849983412.

    Horner, Bob, and Jan Horner, Resolving Conflict in Marriage (Study Guide), ISBN: 084998338X 9780849983382.
    "Six lessons covering: areas of potential conflict, develop transparency, listening skills, confront, forgiveness, blessing, and grow together." -- GCB

    Journal of Biblical Conflict Resolution (Billings, MT [Institute for Christian Conciliation (ICC), 1537 Avenue D, Suite 352, Billings, 59102]).
    A serial published twice per year, commencing Summer, 1994. Editor, Ken Sande.
    "Articles will address biblical negotiation, conflict counseling, mediation, arbitration and church discipline. Also will cover ethical, legal, and conciliator liability issues. Reviews will assess developments and books in the field of alternative dispute resolution." -- David Powlison

    Cook, Earl, How a Church Prevents Divorce (Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation.)
    Audio cassette AC871 [audio file].

    L'Abate, Luciano, and Bess L'Abate, How to Avoid Divorce, ISBN: 0804211183 9780804211185.

    *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, childrearing, anger, communications, forgiveness, and sexual abuse." -- Publisher

    Palmer, B.M., Broken Home: Lessons in Sorrow.

    *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.

    Talley, James, and Leslie H. Stobbe, Reconcilable Differences: Mending Broken Relationships, ISBN: 0840731965 9780840731968.
    "Designed to help troubled couples regain harmony through understanding. Points the way to defusing areas of conflict, and recommends steps that will help couples rekindle lost love and reestablish lost unity. Recommended." -- Cyril J. Barber
    "Is it possible for a couple whose marriage is in serious trouble or a couple who is already divorced to restore harmony -- and even love -- to their relationship? Jim Talley believes it is. RECONCILABLE DIFFERENCES shows why reconciliation is worth the effort and provides practical, biblical advice on how to resolve conflicts and develop a relationship based on mutual love, respect, and trust." -- Publisher

    See also: The sovereignty of god, The doctrine of man (human nature, total depravity), Repentance the key to salvation and change, Justification, Justifying faith, Forgiveness, Covetousness, greed, selfishness, 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, theopneustia, sufficiency of scripture), The ten commandments: the moral law, Trusting god, Unforgiveness, Bible promises, Sanctification, Casuistry and conscience, Ethics, Men and Women, Christian liberty, Men, women and god, Premarital counseling, Marital counseling, Problem solving in marriage, Reconciliation of marriage partners, Counseling the family, Blended families, Biblical counsel by subject, Reconciliation of Relationships, Sexual relationship, Carnality and flesh pleasing: lust, desires, ambition, Adultery, Child abuse, Fatherlessness, Counsel for young men, Counsel for young women, Abstinence, Spouse an unbeliever, Abuse, dysfunctional families, Personal finances, Avoiding divorce, Small groups, Remarriage, Marriage counseling, Christian counseling and educational foundation, Westminster media, Works of Jay Adams, and Audio cassettes, CCEF speakers, Child abuse, Sexual wholeness, Marriage, Singleness, Femininism, Gratuitous sex a cause of violence, Homosexuality, lesbianism, gay, bisexual, transvestite, queer (lgbtq), Cowardice, Pseudo-christian movements: a selection of works, Works by and for women, The new age and women, Self, Self-denial, The occult, Sorcery, Women and the new age, Soul-violence, Churches that abuse, Divorce, Hostility, Incest, Rape, Sex education, Pornography, Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, Unforgiveness, Domestic duties, Duties of the Christian, and so forth, and so on.
    TCRB5: 2971, 2972



    Children of Divorce

    Barr, Debbie, Caught in the Crossfire: Children of Divorce, ISBN: 0310285615 9780310285618.

    Johnson, Laurene, and Georglyn Rosenfeld, Divorced Kids: What you Need to Know to Help Kids Survive a Divorce, ISBN: 0449220761 9780449220764.
    "Children are survivors. And parents have the potential not only to help their children survive but also to thrive -- despite the pain and upheaval of divorce. Written with honesty and sensitivity by two divorced mothers of happy, well-adjusted children, this inspiring and understanding sourcebook speaks to all of us who are divorced parents and all of us with children of any age who are learning to cope with a new way of family life. Inside, you'll find: Strategies for coping with loss, Practical solutions for visitation rights, Insightful advice on becoming a stepfamily, Methods for positive, consistent discipline over the course of the divorce, Ways to nurture and protect your child's self-esteem, and much more!" -- Publisher

    Kehle, Mary, In the Middle: What to do When Your Parents Divorce, ISBN: 0877883750 9780877883753.
    "A book, written for children 9-13 to help them in the midst of divorce situations. Drawing on her experience as a counseling psychologist and nurse, Kehle deals with the subject with sensitivity and a deep understanding of the needs of children." -- GCB
    "Offers advice to preteens on how to cope with the emotions and other problems arising from the divorce of parents. Also discusses relationships with step-families." -- Publisher

    McClung, Floyd, Jr., The Father Heart of God, ISBN: 9780736912150 0736912150.
    "You'll will discover that no problem is too great or too insignificant for your Father in Heaven. The author illustrates how the loving, compassion of God enables us to overcome insecurity and the devastating effects of some of life's most painful experiences." -- Publisher
    Helpful for those who may be alienated from God in part by family problems.

    See also: The sovereignty of god, The doctrine of man (human nature, total depravity), The sovereign grace of god: his everlasting mercy and lovingkindness, Sharing christ with your children, Repentance the key to salvation and change, Justification, Justifying faith, Parenting, Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, Sexual relationship, and so forth, and so on.

    Related WebLinks

    Effects of Fatherlessness, US DATA
    http://fatherhood.about.com/gi/dynamic/offsite.htm?site=http://www.massey.ac.nz/%7EKBirks/gender/econ/nodad.htm

    Functional Illiteracy
    "Functional illiteracy is a term used to describe reading and writing skills that are inadequate 'to manage daily living and employment tasks that require reading skills beyond a basic level.'[1] Functional illiteracy is contrasted with illiteracy in the strict sense, meaning the inability to read or write simple sentences in any language. . . .
    "Links with poverty and crime
    "In developed countries, the level of functional literacy of an individual is proportional to his/her income level and risk of committing crime. For example, according to the National Center for Educational Statistics in the United States:[3]:

  • Over 60 percent of adults in the US Prison System read at or below the fourth grade level
  • 85 percent of US juvenile inmates are functionally illiterate.
  • Adult inmates who received educational services while in prison had a 16 percent chance of returning to prison, as opposed to 70 percent for those who received no instruction. [this statistic not in citation given -- compiler]
  • 43 percent of adults at the lowest level of literacy lived below the poverty line, as opposed to 4 percent of those with the highest levels of literacy.
  • According to BeginToRead.com [4]:
  • Two thirds of students who cannot read proficiently by the fourth grade will end up in jail or on welfare.
  • Three out of four individuals who receive food stamps read on the two lowest levels of literacy.
  • 16 to 19 year old girls at the poverty level and below, with below average skills, are 6 times more likely to have out-of-wedlock children than their reading counterparts. . . .
  • "The National Center for Education Statistics provides more detail. Literacy is broken down into three parameters: prose, document, and quantitative literacy. Each parameter has four levels: below basic, basic, intermediate, and proficient. For prose literacy, for example, a below basic level of literacy means that a person can look at a short piece of text to get a small piece of uncomplicated information, while a person who is below basic in quantitative literacy would be able to do simple addition. In the US, 14 percent of the adult population is at the 'below basic' level for prose literacy; 12 percent are at the 'below basic' level for document literacy; and 22 percent are at that level for quantitative literacy. Only 13 percent of the population is proficient in these three areas -- able to compare viewpoints in two editorials; interpret a table about blood pressure, age, and physical activity; or compute and compare the cost per ounce of food items."
    In other words, in 2011, 87 percent of Americans were "below basic" levels of literacy in one or more of the following: prose literacy, document literacy, and/or quantitative literacy. See: "Data Files for the 2003 National Assessment of Adult Literacy."
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Functional_literacy



    Rebuilding

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

    *Adams, Jay E., Marriage, Divorce and Remarriage in the Bible, ISBN: 0310511119 9780310511113.
    "You will not find better material on the Biblical teaching on divorce and remarriage. This resource is an easily understood exegetical treatment of the data available. It is a must for those who counsel people caught in this growing problem."
    "A book for every pastor, elder, and counselor. Get this issue straight before you do anything else. The Bible speaks with the only real authority on this subject." -- GCB

    Cushenberry, Donald C., Coping With Life After Your Mate Dies, ISBN: 0801057655 9780801057656.
    "For Donald and Rita Cushenbery, practical wisdom for grieving and getting on with life came from personal experience. Each has lost a spouse, grieved, and eventually found new life. This book brings comfort and helps survivors face decisions." -- Publisher

    Hershey, Terry, Beginning Again: Life After a Relationship Ends, ISBN: 0915929023 9780915929023.
    "This is not just a book about the ending of marriages. It is a book for those who desire the fullness of life in the middle of failure, rejection, transition, change, missed opportunities, broken dreams, marital collapse, or death. The author provides healing from the Bible born out of his own experience." -- GCB

    Hunt, Angela Everett, Loving Someone Else's Child, ISBN: 0842338632 9780842338639.
    "Angela Hunt and her husband, Gary, are two of the most sensitive and caring people I know. Angie's book is written out of her own experience and is much needed in our fractured culture. It will be a blessing to all in need of assurance that parenting is more than biology." -- Cal Thomas

    Hunter, Brenda, Beyond Divorce: A Personal Journey, ISBN: 0800709039 9780800709037.

    *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, childrearing, anger, communications, forgiveness, and sexual abuse." -- Publisher

    See also: The sovereignty of god, The doctrine of man (human nature, total depravity), The sovereign grace of god: his everlasting mercy and lovingkindness, Repentance the key to salvation and change, Justification, Justifying faith, Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, Sexual relationship, and so forth, and so on.



    Remarriage

    *Adams, Jay E., Marriage, Divorce and Remarriage in the Bible, ISBN: 0310511119 9780310511113.
    "You will not find better material on the Biblical teaching on divorce and remarriage. This resource is an easily understood exegetical treatment of the data available. It is a must for those who counsel people caught in this growing problem."
    "A book for every pastor, elder, and counselor. Get this issue straight before you do anything else. The Bible speaks with the only real authority on this subject." -- GCB

    *Duty, Guy, Divorce and Remarriage (Minneapolis, MN: Bethany House Publishers, 1967).
    "Excellent coverage of the matter of divorce and remarriage from a Biblical standpoint." -- Robert B. Somerville

    Hunt, Angela Everett, Loving Someone Else's Child, ISBN: 0842338632 9780842338639.
    "Angela Hunt and her husband, Gary, are two of the most sensitive and caring people I know. Angie's book is written out of her own experience and is much needed in our fractured culture. It will be a blessing to all in need of assurance that parenting is more than biology." -- Cal Thomas

    Olson, Richard P., and Carole Della Pia-Terry, Ministry With Remarried Persons, ISBN: 0817009906 9780817009908.
    "An in-depth discussion of the church's ministry to the widowed and divorced who desire to remarry. Lays a Biblical foundation before discussing the process of remarriage counseling, the wedding, and integrating the new couple into the life of the church." -- Cyril J. Barber

    See also: The sovereignty of god, The doctrine of man (human nature, total depravity), The sovereign grace of god: his everlasting mercy and lovingkindness, Repentance the key to salvation and change, Justification, Justifying faith, Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, Sexual relationship, Problem solving in marriage, Marriage, Reconciling marriage partners, Fatherlessness, Singleness, Divorce, Avoiding divorce, and so forth, and so on.

    Related WebLinks

    Effects of Fatherlessness, US DATA
    http://fatherhood.about.com/gi/dynamic/offsite.htm?site=http://www.massey.ac.nz/%7EKBirks/gender/econ/nodad.htm



    Stepfamilies

    Douglas, Edward, and Sharon Douglas The Blended Family: Achieving Peace and Harmony in the Christian Home, ISBN: 1577361792 9781577361794.
    "This book can give anyone married, single, remarried, or engaged a biblical view and understanding of what Christ wants to do in our homes. The authors do an exceptional job at directing the reader to God's plan and provision for marriage and family. . . . THE BLENDED FAMILY encourages trust in Christ and the word of God as the blueprint for building a strong family. . . ." -- Reader's Comment

    Felker, Evelyn H., Raising Other People's Kids: Successful Child-Rearing in the Restructured Family.

    Hunt, Angela Everett, Loving Someone Else's Child, ISBN: 0842338632 9780842338639.
    "Angela Hunt and her husband, Gary, are two of the most sensitive and caring people I know. Angie's book is written out of her own experience and is much needed in our fractured culture. It will be a blessing to all in need of assurance that parenting is more than biology." -- Cal Thomas

    Hyde, Margaret O., Parents Divided, Parents Multiplied, ISBN: 0664327273 9780664327279. Revised edition of: MY FRIEND HAS FOUR PARENTS.
    "Examines various situations that arise from divorce and remarriage, including one-parent families, stepfamilies, and living part-time with both parents. Also includes information on custody, parental kidnapping, and sources of outside help." -- Publisher

    Melina, Lois R., Raising Adopted Children: A Manual for Adoptive Parents, ISBN: 0060960396 9780060960391.
    This book "is important reading before, during, and after adopting [a child]. By replacing the myth of adoption with the realistic issues involved, it offers parents valuable insights into how to deal openly and honestly with themselves, as well as with the emotional and psychological needs of their child." -- Betty Jean Lifton

    Palmer, Nancy, William D. Palmer, and Kay Marshall Strom (contributor), The Family Puzzle: Putting the Pieces Together: A Guide to Parenting the Blended Family, ISBN: 0891099492 9780891099499.
    "Helping parents of blended families to avoid the common pitfalls in the blending process and recognize the unique benefits of their new situation, this book teaches the ins and outs of step-parenting, how to deal with ex-spouses, assorted relatives, friends, and ways to make the transition as smooth as possible for the children involved." -- Publisher

    Smith-Broersma, Margaret Devotions for Couples in Blended Families: Living and Loving as a New Family, ISBN: 082543730X 9780825437304.

    Somerville, Charles, Stepfathers: Struggles and Solutions, ISBN: 0664250580 9780664250584.

    Visher, Emily B., Stepfamilies: Myths and Realities (New York, NY: Carol Publishing Group, 1980).

    See also: The sovereignty of god, The doctrine of man (human nature, total depravity), The sovereign grace of god: his everlasting mercy and lovingkindness, Sharing christ with your children, Repentance the key to salvation and change, Justification, Justifying faith, Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, Sexual relationship, and so forth, and so on.



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    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
    http://www.logos.com/products/prepub/details/2482

    *Luther, Martin, That a Christian Assembly or Congregation has the Right and Power to Judge all Teaching and to Call, Appoint, and Dismiss Teachers, Established and Proven by Scripture, Martin Luther (accessed 2/27/2016)
    https://www.uni-due.de/collcart/es/sem/s6/txt06_1.htm
    Luther, Martin, That a Christian Assembly or Congregation has the Right and Power to Judge all Teaching and to Call, Appoint, and Dismiss Teachers, Established and Proven by Scripture.
    http://www.covenanter.org/reformed/2016/4/21/that-a-christian-assembly-or-congregation-has-the-right-and-power-to-judge-all-teaching-and-to-call-appoint-and-dismiss-teachers-established-and-proven-by-scripture

    Mount Olive Tape Library of Reformed Theology
    This collection has been in the custody of the Greenville Presbyterian Seminary since 2006. It appears (September 8, 2016) that the Media Center at the Seminary have digitized practically none of the audio cassette and video tape addresses.
    "The following listing was developed by George Calhoun, the founder of Mt. Olive Tape Library, over the course of some thirty years. This catalog reflects the personal quest of Mr. Calhoun for a balanced education in Reformed Theology. The speakers herein have been scrutinized for their faithfulness to the Bible. These tapes will enable students to pursue the study of Reformed theology at a minimum of financial expense."
    "FOR YOUR INFORMATION . . . [from the introduction to the Mount Olive Tape Catalog -- compiler]
    "The tapes included in this catalog are recordings of sermons and lectures given by various pastors, theologians, Bible teachers, and conference speakers who confess adherence to the broad perspectives of historic Reformed theology. We have diligently tried to screen all the materials as to their basic commitment to the Biblical perspectives reflected in the Reformed creeds and confessions.
    "Since, however, no human interpreter of God's Word is infallible, it is the prayer of those responsible for sending forth these tapes that all who listen to them will cultivate the spirit of the Bereans, who 'searched the Scriptures daily to see whether these things were so.'
    "Also, it should be emphasized that the tapes included in this catalog have been evaluated in terms of their basic content as they were originally given, and the inclusion of them in this catalog should not be construed as an unreserved approval of the men who originally gave them. Christians grow in grace and knowledge with the passing of time, yet it must be recognized that some turn aside from the norms of Scripture. It is our hope, therefore, that no one will attach himself to any of the men whose tapes are included in this catalog on the basis of the tapes alone. We are all commanded to be discerning toward those who would instruct us in the faith.
    "Finally, it would be a tragic abuse of the intent in providing these sermons and lectures should they in any way cultivate a party spirit so clearly condemned by the Apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 3. Paul reminded the Corinthians that all things were theirs -- Paul, Cephas, and Apollos included. We, too, may recognize that the various servants of Christ whose voices are heard on these tapes are God's gifts to us and that we are to follow them only insofar as they follow Christ and the clear teachings of His holy and infallible Word! Since not all men have the same gifts, learn to drink from the gifts of many men -- not just one fountain."
    Dr. C. Gregg Singer, Mount Olive Tape Library lectures (MP3 audio files), approximately 161 of 171
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/search.asp?speakeronly=true&currsection=sermonsspeaker&keyword=Dr._C._Gregg_Singer
    The Catalog of the Mount Olive Tape Library in PDF Format
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