Appendix D

Pseudo-Christian Movements: A Selection of Works



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Contents

General Works
Heresy and Apostasy
False Gospels
Sorcery
Soul-violence
Priestcraft, Pharisaism, Soul-stealing
Machiavellianism
Mind Control, Intimidation, and Coercion
Pseudo-Christian Movements
Statism (Hellenic Thought), Institutionalism, and Corporatism
Zionism
Antichrist
The Counter Reformation
Popery
Secret Societies, Ungodly Alliances, Voluntary Associations
Oaths, Ensnaring (Vows, Promises, Covenants) and Bonds With the Ungodly
Tyranny
Unfaithful Reformed Ministries
Conspiracy and Corruption, Organized Crime
City Bosses
Antinomianism
Arminianism
Islam (Muslim/Moslem), Muhammadanism/Mohammadanism
The Biblical Solution to Terrorism
Charismatics
Mormonism (The Church of the Latter Day Saints)
Jehovah's Witnesses (Watchtower)
Seventh Day Adventists
Pentecostal Movement, Assembly of God, Positive Confession and Positive Mental Attitude (PMA), Word of Faith
The Jesus People
The Anabaptists (Amish, Mennonites, Brethren),
Pacifism
The Spiritual Unification Church (Moonies)
The New Age, Hinduism, and Sikhism
The New Age and Women
Feminism
The Occult, Spiritism, Witchcraft
Handbooks on the Cults
Witnessing to Cultists
Alcoholics Anonymous and Other 12 Step Recovery Programs
Rebellion and Lawlessness: Wickedness, Demonic Possession, Substance Abuse, Abnormal Behavior, Insanity, Mental Illness, Mental Retardation
Satan, The Adversary, Satanism
Appendix D Related WebLinks

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General Works

See the Theological Notes, "God Reigns: Divine Sovereignty," at Daniel 4:34, p. 1339, in The Reformation Study Bible

See the Theological Notes, "True Knowledge of God," at Jeremiah 9:24 in The Reformation Study Bible

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

At the bottom, all non-Christian systems demand autonomy for man, thereby seeking to dethrone God. -- Cornelius Van Til

If God does not exist, everything is permitted. -- Fyodor Dostoevski

It is by the mixture of counterfeit religion with true, not discerned and distinguished, that the devil has had his greatest advantage against the cause and kingdom of Christ. It is by this means, principally, that he has prevailed against all revivings of religion, since the first founding of the Christian church. . . . By this, Satan prevailed against the reformation, began by Luther, Zwinglius, etc., to put a stop to its progress, and bring it into disgrace, ten times more than by all those bloody and cruel persecutions of the church of Rome. By this, principally, has he prevailed against revivals of religion in our nation. By this he prevailed against New England, to quench the love and spoil the joy of her espousals, about a hundred years ago. And I think, I have had opportunity enough to see plainly, that by this the devil has prevailed against the late great revival of religion in New England, so happy and promising in its beginning. -- Jonathan Edwards, in the Preface to The Religious Affections

But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. (2 Corinthians 11:3)

Beware of manufacturing a God of your own: a God who is all mercy, but not just. Such a God is an idol of your own. -- J.C. Ryle

Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear. (Hebrews 11:3)
"Ideas have consequences."

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)

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

See the Theological Notes, "Hell," at Mark 9:43 in The Reformation Study Bible.

Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son. (2 John 9)

Then, when he had expatiated somewhat more fully, and had more copiously illustrated the benefits of its presence [harmony -- sk] 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, Lćlius 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 -- sk] 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

"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 do 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 initially by the Adversary, and who can be so susceptible to discouragement.
See also:
"Barna Lists the 12 Most Significant Religious Findings"
"What People Experience in Church," and
Jonathan Edwards, Religious Affection.

Hope is the measure of true Christianity, which is through and through other-worldly. Pseudo-Christianity always looks chiefly at this world. Popular Christianity is entirely this-worldly and is not interested in the other world. But true Christianity has its eye mainly on the world which is to come . . . This is not our world. I am a stranger here, heaven is my home . . . Such is the Christian position, such is the Christian attitude. The world will call it escapism. Let it call it what it chooses; its language but reminds us of its blindness and darkness. -- Martyn Lloyd-Jones in Romans -- The Perseverance of the Saints

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 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.
Apologetics: #01: Classical and Medieval Thought #1
Dr. C. Gregg Singer, Apologetics, 56 min.
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=2250511453

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, "God is Light: Divine Holiness and Justice" at Leviticus 11:44 in The Reformation Study Bible

See the Theological Notes, "Prophets" at Deuteronomy 18:18 in The Reformation Study Bible.

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

See the Theological Notes, "Honest Speech, Oaths, and Vows," at Nehemiah 5:12 in The Reformation Study Bible.

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

Thou shalt have no other gods before me. -- The Holy One of Israel (Exodus 20:3)

Take heed to yourselves, that your heart be not deceived, and ye turn aside, and serve other gods, and worship them. (Deuteronomy 11:16)

If ye forsake the LORD, and serve strange gods, then he will turn and do you hurt, and consume you, after that he hath done you good. (Joshua 24:20)

See the Theological Notes, "One and Three: The Trinity," at Isaiah 44:6 in The Reformation Study Bible.

The Treasury of David, Psalm 89, C.H. Spurgeon
I have made a covenant with my chosen, I have sworn unto David my servant, Thy seed will I establish for ever, and build up thy throne to all generations. (Psalm 89: 3,4)
http://www.spurgeon.org/treasury/ps089.htm

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

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

See the Theological Notes, "Syncretism and Idolatry," at Hosea 2:13 in The Reformation Study Bible

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

Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.
Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. -- The Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 4:7,10)

If this people go up to do sacrifice in the house of the LORD at Jerusalem, then shall the heart of this people turn again unto their lord, even unto Rehoboam king of Judah, and they shall kill me, and go again to Rehoboam king of Judah. (He feared that while the tribes went up every year to the temple, the old love to one another would revive, and seeing the palace of the house of David in its magnificence, they might feel regret for having revolted from their ancient line of kings: Jeroboam therefore felt that the temple worship endangered his position. He was a man of a crafty mind, like Ahithophel, and had no fear of God before his eyes, and therefore he resolved to set up a new religion. God's honour was nothing to him. Worldly policy and other base motives have often been the reasons for founding false systems of religion.)
Whereupon the king took counsel, and made two calves of gold, and said unto them, It is too much for you to go up to Jerusalem: behold thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt. (Men naturally love ease, and prefer a religion which involves little trouble and inconvenience, hence Jeroboam craftily appealed to this degrading propensity of human nature; but how disgraceful it was on the part of Israel that under such a pretext they should forsake the living God and bow before the image of a bullock. May we never leave the good old paths of truth for the sake of honour, position, gain, or ease. Let us cleave unto the Lord with purpose of heart.)
And he set the one in Bethel, and the other put he in Dan.
And this thing became a sin: for the people went to worship before the one, even unto Dan.
(At both ends of the land, so that none might have far to travel.)
And he made an house of high places, and made priests of the lowest of the people, which were not of the sons of Levi. (The true priests were faithful and hence he must needs set up others. This speaks well for the Levites. If all other men become idolaters, God's ministers must not.)
And Jeroboam ordained a feast in the eighth month, on the fifteenth day of the month, like unto the feast that is in Judah, and he offered upon the altar. So did he in Bethel, sacrificing unto the calves that he had made: and he placed in Bethel the priests of the high places which he had made.
So he offered upon the altar which he had made in Bethel the fifteenth day of the eighth month, even in the month which he had devised of his own heart; and ordained a feast unto the children of Israel: and he offered upon the altar, and burnt incense.
(He dared to take upon himself the priesthood, to change the ordained seasons for worship, to set up a rival altar, and to adore God under a symbolic form. All this was detestable in the sight of God. It is to be feared that in our day many are guilty of Jeroboam's sin, for they invent rites and ceremonies of their own, and forsake the Lord, who is a Spirit, and must be worshipped in spirit and in truth. O for grace to be faithful to the World of God in all points.) (1 Kings 12:27-33) -- Spurgeon's Devotional Bible

And, behold, there came a man of God out of Judah by the word of the LORD unto Bethel: and Jeroboam stood by the altar to burn incense.
And he cried against the altar in the word of the LORD, and said, O altar, altar, thus saith the LORD; Behold, a child shall be born unto the house of David, Josiah by name; and upon thee shall he offer the priests of the high places that burn incense upon thee, and men's bones shall be burnt upon thee.
And he gave a sign the same day, saying, This is the sign which the LORD hath spoken; Behold, the altar shall be rent, and the ashes that are upon it shall be poured out.
(This was bravely spoken. The prophet feared not the wrath of the king or of the crowds around him. Messengers of God must not fear the faces of men.) (1 Kings 13:1-3) -- Spurgeon's Devotional Bible

Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting. -- The Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 17:21)

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

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 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)
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

And Joshua said unto the people, Ye are witnesses against yourselves that ye have chosen you the LORD, to serve him. And they said, We are witnesses.
Now therefore put away, said he, the strange gods which are among you, and incline your heart unto the LORD God of Israel.
And the people said unto Joshua, The LORD our God will we serve, and his voice will we obey. So Joshua made a covenant with the people that day, and set them a statute and an ordinance in Shechem.
(Joshua 24: 22-24)

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)

And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch. -- The Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 15:14b)

The fool hath said in his heart,
There is no God.
They are corrupt,
they have done abominable works,
there is none that doeth good.
(Psalm 14:1)
See the Theological Notes, "Mankind's Guilty Knowledge of God" at Romans 1:29, p. 1767, and the note at Psalm 14:1, p. 766 in The Reformation Study Bible

Cornelius Van Til makes the theologically valid point that `irrationality in the mind of man, that is, insanity, must be the result of a deflection of man from the source of absolute rationality,' God, and consequently `all men have merited insanity because of their departure from God.' [Or, not until man repents is he truly sane. -- sk] Eternal punishment is `the abyss of irrationalism,' and what we call rational or normative experience is a gift of God's common grace. No man is worthy of it'." -- Frederick Leahy

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

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

See the Theological Notes, "Antinomianism," at 1 John 3:7 in The Reformation Study Bible.

Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. Abstain from all appearance of evil. (1 Thessalonians 5:21,22)

True worship is due only to One who by reason of His infinite perfections deserves our supreme love, honor, and trust. Angels are the highest order of creatures, yet we are forbidden to worship them. (Deuteronomy 17:3) It is the lack of this knowledge that has caused unbelievers to idolize creatures. For wherever they found any virtue or excellency in the creature, presently they adored and worshipped it. -- William Gurnall

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

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

See the Theological Notes, "Definite Redemption," at John 10:15 in The Reformation Study Bible.

See the Theological Notes, "The Apostles," at Acts 1:26 in The Reformation Study Bible.

But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. (1 John 1:7)

And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.
Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.
(2 Corinthians 11:14,15)

The wicked often masquerade as righteous. Their destructive plans, if broadly known, would be sure to meet with resistance from their victims. Indeed, Satan transforms himself into an angel of light in order to deceive the very elect. (2 Corinthians 11:14,15) The soul is the most precious item in creation. Certainly a plan to destroy one's soul must be cloaked in the utmost deceit and hypocracy. We know of nothing worse than a bad "Christian."

Soul-violence begins when one individual tries to usurping authority over another, to control and possess them. The means of control may be either outward or occult: possessiveness, deceit, repression or suppression of the truth, soul-stealing, attempts to take authority over another politically or by mental malpractice, denial of freedom, indebtedness, whoredom, espousal without love, and so forth. Abuse of the soul quenches the Holy Spirit.
If either side is immovable, then death is the result of the conflict of will. How are conflicts of will resolved? By submission to the absolute truth of God's word. These observations bear a strain of the Gospel.

And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. (Ephesians 5:11)

To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me. -- The Lord Jesus Christ (Acts 26:18)

For what is a man profited if he may gain the whole world, but of his life suffer loss? or what shall a man give as an exchange for his life? -- The Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 16:26, YLTHB)

There is no wisdom nor understanding nor counsel against the Lord. (Proverbs 21:30)

Take heed of pride, which will make you dote upon your own conceits, and cause you to slight the weightiest reasons that are brought by others, for your conviction. And if once you have espoused an error, it will engage all your wit, and zeal, and diligence to maintain it; it will make you uncharitable; and furious against all that cross you in your way; and so make you either persecutors (if you stand on the higher ground,) or sect leaders, or church dividers, and turbulent and censorious, if you are on the lower ground. There is very great reason in Paul's advice for the choice of a bishop, 1 Tim. iii. 6 [1 Timothy 3:6], "Not a novice; lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil. . . ." -- Richard Baxter

Your iniquities have turned away these things, and your sins have withholden good things from you. For among my people are found wicked men: they lay wait, as he that setteth snares; they set a trap, they catch men. As a cage is full of birds, so are their houses full of deceit: therefore they are become great, and waxen rich. They are waxen fat, they shine: yea, they overpass the deeds of the wicked: they judge not the cause, the cause of the fatherless, yet they prosper; and the right of the needy do they not judge. Shall I not visit for these things? saith the LORD: shall not my soul be avenged on such a nation as this? A wonderful and horrible thing is committed in the land; The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their means; and my people love to have it so: and what will ye do in the end thereof? (Jeremiah 5: 25-31) See the annotation in The Reformation Study Bible.

Calvin's Commentaries: Jeremiah 5:30-31
He then adds, And my people have wished it to be so. The common people, no doubt, exculpated themselves, as they do at this day, who hold forth this excuse as their shield, 'O, we are not learned, we have never been in school, and what can we do but to follow our bishops?' Thus, then, at this day, the lower orders, the multitude, seek to cast off every blame from themselves. But the Prophet says here, that the people loved to have things so. And, doubtless, we shall find that to be ever true which is said in Deuteronomy 13:3, that when false prophets come, it is for the purpose of trying God's people, whether they from the heart love God. It is then his object to try our religion, whenever he gives loose reins to impostors and false prophets: for every one who truly loves God will be preserved by his Spirit from being led away by such deceivers. When, therefore, ignorant men are deluded, it is certain that they are justly punished for their neglect and contempt of God, because they have not been sufficiently attentive to his service; yea, because they have wished for impostors, according to what has been also often said by the monks, "The world wishes to be deceived, let it be deceived in the name of the devil." These impostors have become so shameless, as to boast that they are the ministers of Satan to deceive men. However, that common saying has been found true; for the world is never deceived except with its own consent, and willingly; for those who are the most ignorant close their eyes against clear light, and shun God as much as they can, and seek to hide themselves in darkness, according to what Christ says,
Whosoever committeth sin hateth the light. (John 3:20)
The Prophet adds in the last place, And what will ye do at last, or at the end of it? Some omit the pronoun h, he; and others apply it to the false prophets and the priests; but the Prophet, I have no doubt, refers to Jerusalem, What will ye do at the end of it? For we know that as Jerusalem had been founded by God's hand, and while it had him as its protector and guardian, it was safe; but this was a false confidence, when they despised God and gloried in their wickedness. What, then, he says, will ye do at the end of it? as though he had said, "You deceive yourselves, if you think that this city will be perpetual; for its overthrow is nigh at hand: what then will ye do, when the city itself shall be destroyed, except that you shall be all destroyed together with it?"
Prayer
Grant, Almighty God, that since we have been hitherto extremely deaf to thy many exhortations, and also to those threatenings by which thou hast sharply stimulated us to repentance, -- O grant, that this perverseness may not always remain in us, but that we may at length submit to thee, not only for a short time, but continually, so that we may to the end devote ourselves wholly to thee, and thus glorify thy name, that we may at last become partakers of that glory, which has been procured for us by the blood of thy only -- begotten Son. -- Amen. -- John Calvin commenting on Jeremiah 5:30-31

Calvin's Commentaries: Jeremiah 14:15-16
"It is certain that except the world winingly sought falsehoods, the power of the devil to deceive would not be so great. When men therefore are led astray by impostures, it happens through their own fault, inasmuch as they are more ready to embrace vanity than to submit to God and his word. [No one is ever deceived except by his own will.] And we must remember that saying of Paul, that all the reprobate are blinded and given up to a reprobate mind, because they willfully seek falsehood, and will not obey the truth. (Romans 1:28) And on this account God declares that he tries the hearts of men, whenever false prophets come abroad; for every one who really fears God shall by no means be led away by the deceits of Satan and of impostors. Hence, whenever men are too credulous and readily embrace deceptions, it is certain that their hypocrisy is thus justly punished by God. And it was well known to the Prophet, that the Jews ever wished for such prophets as soothed their ears and promised them an abundant harvest and a fruitful vintage. (Micah 2:11) As then they had itching ears, a liberty was justly given to Satan to deluge the whole land with falsehood; and so indeed it happened. There is then no wonder that the Lord was so severe in chastising the people; for they had not been deceived except through their own fault. The same thing happens at this day. Though we are touched with pity when we see the ministers of Satan prevail in deceiving the common people: yet we must remember that a reward is rendered by heaven for the impiety of men, who either extinguish or smother the light of God as much as they can, and seek to plunge into darkness." -- Calvin commenting on Jeremiah 14:15-16

Calvin's Commentaries: Micah 2:11
"In short, Micah intimates that the Israelites rejected all sound doctrine, for they sought nothing but flatteries, and wished to be cherished in their vices; yea, they desired to be deceived by false adulation to their own ruin. It hence appears that they were not the people they wished to be deemed, that is, the people of God: for the first condition in God's covenant was, -- that he should rule among his people. Inasmuch then as these men would not endure to be governed by Divine power, and wished to have full and unbridled liberty, it was the same as though they had banished God far from them. Hence, by this proof, the Prophet shows that they had wholly departed from God, and had no intercourse with him. If there be then any man walking in the spirit, let him, he says, keep far from the truth; for he will not otherwise be borne by this people. -- How so? Because they will not have honest and faithful teachers. What is then to be done? Let flatterers come, and promise them plenty of wine and strong drink, and they will be their best teachers, and be received with great applause: in short, the suitable teachers of that people were the ungodly; the people could no longer bear the true Prophets; their desire was to have flatterers who were indulgent to all their corruptions.
Prayer.
"Grant, Almighty God, that since we cannot otherwise really profit by thy word, than by having all our thoughts and affections subjected to thee, and offered to thee as a sacrifice, -- O grant, that we may suffer thee, by the sound of thy word, so to pierce through everything within us, that being dead in ourselves, we may live to thee, and never suffer flatteries to become our ruin but that we may, on the contrary, patiently endure reproofs, however bitter they may be, only let them serve to us as medicine, by which our inward vices may be cleansed, until at length being thoroughly cleansed and formed into new creatures, we may, by a pious and holy life, really glorify thy name, and be received into that celestial glory, which has been purchased for us by the blood of thy only-begotten Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen." -- John Calvin commenting on Micah 2:11

"Heresy is a gross and dangerous error, voluntarily held and factiously maintained by some person or persons within the visible church, in opposition to some chief or substantial truth or truths grounded upon and drawn from the holy Scripture by necessary consequence." -- George Gillespie

Pseudo-Christian movements and hypocracy within the church evidence and reinforce the Majesty and Lordship of the True and Living God -- even the wicked must feign obedience to Him. The wicked must masquerade as righteous.

G.K. Chesterton summed up well this sorry state of affairs by declaring, "The modern world is full of old Christian virtues gone mad." This statement reveals how man, duped by this enemy, misapplies and misappropriates the virtues of God and Christianity to mask his evil. The bottom line, according to Proverbs 12:10b, "But the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel." -- Rusty Lee Thomas

Three of the most influential pseudo-Christian movements in the West are Roman Catholicism, Arminianism, and Pentecostalism. -- John W. Robbins

Regrettably the most powerful, the most pervasive false systems in our culture, are overlooked by many anti-cult ministries.
The denial of God by the Socinian, Pelagian, Arminian, Antinomian, Erastian, Prelatic, Atheistic, non-dualistic, egalitarian, pluralistic, polytheistic, tolerant, morally relativistic, Secular Humanistic State is the leading obstacle to the coming Kingdom of Christ and to covenant economy. If the God ordained institution of the State would punish wrong doers, then the pseudo-Christian and anti-Christian cults would be repressed and suppressed, they would neither exert their destabilizing influence on society, nor would they oppress and destroy the innocent with impunity.
The venerated Roman Catholic Institution (the Reformers, including Luther and Calvin, considered the Pope to be the Antichrist) continues to standby in ruthless opposition to the progress of Western Civilization under the Protestant and Covenanted Reformations.
Freemasonry, including its many splinter associations, had its origins in 17th century Scotland, an apparently reaction to The Covenanted Reformation of Scotland, the highest attainment of Christianity in history, and has a pervasive grip on major Protestant institutions, and the workplace.
Christianity is the highest ethical standard known to mankind. Yet all the cults deny Christ's Crown and Covenant, and therefore, are in a conflict of will with the absolute justice of the Christian ethic and, consequently, they are destructive of society and individuals. As can be seen by a discerned look at the Gospel message of salvation, conflict of will leads to death. Christ took away the sin of the world, and gave the elect life eternal.

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

To the world -- that is to unbelieving unregenerate men -- who dislike and despise genuine Christianity, and genuine Christians, of whom it is quite possible some may be now hearing me, I have to say, Behold your character, and reflect on your danger. You have a heart-dislike of truly good men; and if it does not break out in reproach and injury, it is the effect of the restraining influences of the circumstances in which you are placed. If you dislike genuine Christianity and genuine Christians, it is because you dislike Christ; and if you dislike Christ, it is because you dislike God, being "enemies by evil works;" and if you dislike God and Christ, it is because you do not know them aright, being "alienated from them through the ignorance that is in you;" and if you do not know them aright, it is because you will not receive the knowledge of God and Christ, "not liking" to receive nor "to retain the knowledge of God," though clearly stated and abundantly confirmed. Your ill-will and its consequences are no proper cause of shame to Christians, but they are a very proper cause of shame to yourselves. How do good men, how do angels, wonder at you? -- how does the devil, whom you serve, despise you? What must the end be, if you remain in your present state -- if you persist in your present course? -- John Brown (of Edinburgh, 1784-1858), Discourses and Sayings of Our Lord Jesus Christ, III:398

The Pagan/Occult Revival and the rise in Violent/Destructive Crime can be stopped by the punishment of individuals and organizations who violate first God's Law, The Ten Commandments, and then man's law. But man has corrupted law to take the liberty and property of his neighbors as Frederic Bastiat has so beautifully articulated in his 19th century work THE LAW.
The difference between God's law and man's laws? God enforces his law. Man's law is corrupted, and man is unable to enforce his law.
The administration of justice in the legal system depends upon being true to the Trinitarian God who has taught mankind the difference between right and wrong in The Holy Bible.
Punishment does not change the heart of depraved man. Only God can change the heart. However, punishment changes behavior, and, if it is based upon God's Law as revealed in The Holy Bible, both represses and suppresses evil, and protects the innocent who suffer at the hands of the wrong doer.
The State was divinely ordained to punish wrong doers. There is an evident correlation between the decline of historic, orthodox, Reformed Christianity and the politicization, the secularizing, and the corruption of the Legal Sector and the Court System for the purpose of taking the property and the liberty of the individual. Departure of the State from the Law of God is analogous to nonduality, polytheism, heresy, syncretism, toleration, temporization, invasiveness, bondage, loss of liberty, declension, and destruction. (See Frederick Bastiat, The Law and C. Gregg Singer, A Theological Interpretation of American History.)

Heresies have the purpose of proving what is true. The charges then are, among others: Pseudo-christianity, Religiosity covering moral corruption (Christianity is the highest ethical standard known to mankind), Denial of the inspiration and infallibility of scripture, Irrationality, Radicalism, Mysticism, Will-worship [anti-regulativism], Arminianism, Antinomianism, Legalism, Religious pluralism and tolerationism [anti-establishmentarianism], A refusal to recognize lawful civil government as the ordinance of God, Syncretism, Pelagianism, False gospels, Unholy Alliance, `Restorationist' Christianity, Anti-paedobaptism, Perfectionism, Societal escapism, Pietism, Denial of the perpetual obligation of social covenanting, Schism, Sectarianism, Independency, Brownism, Erastianism, Separation, Socialism, Communism, Familism, Carnality and flesh pleasing, Condoning carnal knowledge outside of marriage, Effeminacy, Pacifism, Cowardice, Hypocracy, Machiavellianism, Priestcraft, pharisaism, soul-stealing, Occultism, Soul-violence, and so forth, and so on.

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.

By chance I viewed a Merve Griffin talk-show program which I have never forgotten. There was no studio audience. Merve Griffin and a panel of experts from criminal science, psychiatry, clinical psychology, theology, and so forth, interviewed a convicted contract killer, a Mafia hit-man, in a ski cap pulled down over his face to protect his identity.
I have searched online to find a record of this program.Title Publishers Weekly, Volume 209, Issues 1-13, 1976, states "April 14, will be interviewed on 'Book Beat' in mid-April in a taped visit. . . . He will also appear on the nationally syndicated "Merve Griffin Show" April 6, and on March 25 or 26 will be on . . . "Joey," the self-confess killer for hire who describes his life in organized crime in KILLER: AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF A MAFIA HIT MAN (1973) [a New York Times bestseller -- sk]."
Currently (November 2013), Reelin'In The Years Productions is licensed to market the archived "Merve Griffin Shows" and is "meticulously cataloguing the library." They said, in a phone conversation in mid-November 2013, that only about one third of the "Merve Griffin Shows" survived. Apparently the special program I happened to see is not in the official archives.
However, "Joey's" story made a media splash at the time, and it has not been forgotten in subsequent years. JOEY THE HIT MAN: THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF A MAFIA KILLER was published in 2002.
While Joey's identity was kept secret in the beginning years of media coverage, it appears that "Joey" was Richard Kuklinski, the hit man who had killing at least thirty-eight victims. THE ICE MAN: CONFESSIONS OF A MAFIA CONTRACT KILLER, was released in 2006. The Public Broadcasting System (PBS) produced several special programs on Kuklinski, including his life story and interviews from prison.
Near the end of the talk show interview that I happened to see in the late 70's one member of the panel asked "Joey" why he had killed so many men, and why he had continued to kill. He answered, without hesitation, that it was because taking another man's life gave him a personal sense of great glory.
Kuklinski's story is important, I feel, because it demonstrates to the young, and to others who may lack discernment, that a personal sense of great glory is not exclusively a sign of goodness, but, instead can be a sign of horrible wrong-doing. Some individuals associate glory with God alone. And they associate personal glory exclusively with acts of goodness. But, in fact, a sense of glory may be a most dangerous temptation to any of us. There is glory in righteousness, and then there is glory in iniquity . . . .
And, of course, those who have learned the Smaller Catechism of the Westminster Confession of Faith know the answer to question number one, "The purpose of man is to glorify God and to enjoy him forever."
See also:
Glory in Iniquity, the Temptation of Vain Glory
http://www.lettermen2.com/bcrr2cha.html#glryinqty

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

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), Future Punishment; or, The Universalist Refuted.
Unitarian Universalists.

Alexander, Archibald B.D. (Browning Drysdale, 1855-1931), Theories of the Will in the History of Philosophy.

Alleine, Joseph, A Sure Guide to Heaven or An Alarm to the Unconverted, ISBN: 0851510817 9780851510811. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.
"The book that is a must read by all people who claim themselves to be genuinely converted or born again. Read this book and you'll be benefited from detail exhortation given in this book with regards to the subject of true conversion and the unconverted." -- Reader's Comment

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

*Ames, William, The Saint's Security Against Seducing Spirits, or an Anointing From the Holy One, the best teaching, delivered in a sermon on I John 2:20, at Paul's before the Lord Major, Aldermen, and Commonalty of the City of London, upon the fifth of November, 1651, Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.

Anderson, John, A Sermon Against Occasional Hearing. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #19.

Ankerberg, John, and John Weldon, The Coming Darkness, ISBN: 1565070232 9781565070233.

Ankerberg, John, and John Weldon, Cult Watch: What You Need to Know About Spiritual Deception, ISBN: 0890818517 9780890818510.
"Provides historical background and vital facts on the major beliefs of modern religious movements in question and answer format." -- 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." -- Synopsis

*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.

*Augustine, Saint (Aurelius Augustine, Bishop of Hippo, 354-430 AD), On the Trinity (c. 391, De Trinitata), ISBN: 0511020287 9780511020285. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.
"Revised and annotated, with an introductory essay by W.G.T. Shedd. Shedd states that `this particular treatise is perhaps as pregnant and suggestive as any that Augustine, or any other theologian, ever composed. The doctrine of the Trinity is the most immense of all the doctrines of religion. It is foundational theology. Christianity, in the last analysis, is Trinitarian . . . The Trinity is the constitutive idea of the evangelical theology, and the formative idea of the evangelical experience . . . Mysterious as it is, the Trinity of Divine Revelation is the doctrine that holds in it all the hope of man; for it holds within it the infinite pity of the Incarnation and the infinite mercy of the Redemption." -- Publisher

Barger, Eric, From Rock To Rock: The Music of the Darkness Exposed, ISBN: 0910311617 9780910311618.
"Eric Barger, for twenty years involved in the Rock music industry, offers solid, Biblical counsel for parents and teens wondering what to do about Rock music. Includes the first Music Rating System classifying 1500 groups and artists." -- Publisher

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.
Barna Research
http://www.barna.org/

Barron, Bruce, The Health and Wealth Gospel: What's Going on Today in a Movement That has Shaped the Faith of Millions? ISBN: 0877843279 9780877843276.
"Barron probes the teachings of prominent preachers like Charles Capps, Kenneth Hagin, and Kenneth Copeland. Can we have whatever we ask from God? Can we see a 100-fold return on our Kingdom investment? Is sickness a sign of a lack of faith? These and other claims are examined fully and fairly." -- GCB

Baxter, Richard (1615-1691), The Causes and Danger of Slighting Christ and His Gospel: or Eternal Salvation Made Light of by Multitudes . . . Written by . . . Richard Baxter. Abridged by Benjamin Fawcett, M. A. The third edition Shrewsbury, 1776.

*Bickersteth, Edward, The Trinity: The Classic Study of Biblical Trinitarianism, ISBN: 0825423945 9780825423949. A Christian classic.
"A must for gaining a grasp of the doctrine of the Trinity." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.
Bickersteth, E.H., The Trinity by E.H. Bickersteth
http://archive.org/details/TheTrinityByEHBickersteth

Bowker, John, Jesus and the Pharisees, ISBN: 0521200555 9780521200554.
"Briefly annotated translations of passages from Josephus, the Mishnah, Tosefta, and the Talmuds, shedding light on the Pharisees and their conflict with Jesus Christ. Of value to the student of the New Testament. For some of the materials included in this volume, there is no other standard English version available." -- Cyril J. Barber

Breece, Dave, Satan's Ten Most Believable Lies, ISBN: 0802476759 9780802476753.

*Brown, John (of Haddington, 1722-1787), The Absurdity and Perfidy of All Authoritative Toleration of Gross Heresy, Blasphemy, Idolatry, Popery, in Britain. In two letters to a friend in which the doctrine of the Westminster Confession of Faith [1646 -- sk] relative to Toleration of a False Religion, and the power of the civil magistrate about sacred matters; and the nature, origin, ends and obligation of the National Covenant and Solemn League are candidly represented and defended, 1797 Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #7, #25, #26.
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
"REFORMATION ATTAINMENTS VERSUS BACKSLIDING RELIGIOUS PROFESSORS
"Here Brown deals with three major Reformation attainments (anti-tolerationism, establishmentarianism and the obligations of lawful covenants as they biblically bind posterity) that Satan has always been especially concerned to overthrow -- in every major demonic move to open the floodgates of lawlessness, anarchy and misrule. Fletcher, in the preface to the 1797 edition, relates this truth as it comes to bear on various religious professors, stating, 'Papists were enemies to our covenants because they were a standard lifted up against their system of abominable idolatries. Episcopalians were enemies to them, because they were a standard lifted up against their anti-scriptural church-officers and inventions of men in the worship of God. Some Presbyterians are enemies to them in our day through ignorance of their nature and ends; and others through fear of being too strictly bound to their duty.' (Cited in Johnston, Treasury of the Scottish Covenant, p. 486).
"A HISTORY OF HERESY
"It is also interesting to note the long list of backsliders and heretics that often oppose one or more of these points. 'The ancient Donatists, a sect of Arian separatists, who appeared about the beginning of the 4th Century, seem to have been among the first who held out these opinions to the Christian world. Feeling the weight of the arm of power for their schismatical practices, by way of reprisal, they stripped the magistrate of all power in religion;-maintaining that he had no more power about religious matters than any private person, and refusing him the right of suppressing the propagators of doctrines different from those professed by the Church, or the observers of a different form of worship. From them the German Anabaptists adopted the same views. Then the Socinians (i.e. an early form of Scripture-denying liberals -- RB) and remonstrant Arminians, whenever the magistrate ceased to patronize their cause. The English Independents during the time of the Long Parliament were the zealous supporters of the same opinions. In their rage for liberty of conscience, they formed the strongest opposition in the Westminster Assembly which the Presbyterians had to encounter. Through their influence that venerable body was much embarrassed (hindered -- RB) in their proceeding; and by their means (in collusion with that "Judas of the Covenant," Cromwell -- RB), certain passages of the Confession of Faith never obtained the ratification of the English Parliament. The English Dissenters of the present age are generally in the same views, especially the Socinians, the Arians, and the Quakers, who have most to dread from the Laws of the Land against their blasphemies. And who knows not that the high reputation of Mr. Locke as a Philosopher . . . has given these opinions such an air of respectability, that many youth in the Universities have been thereby inclined to embrace them?' (Preface, pp. vi-vii).
"THE COVENANTAL HAMMER SMASHING THE IDOLS OF OUR DAY
"In our day the tree of toleration (and the anti-Scriptural principles which logically grow out of it) has spread its branches in ways that could have never been envisioned by those that took the first steps away from biblical and covenanted uniformity. What Brown is fighting against here is an error so foundational that when left unchecked it permeates all of society, cutting out the foundational roots that are necessary for all national Reformations. And 'if the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?' (Psalm 11:3). Furthermore, as the preface notes 'liberty of conscience and of opinion' are 'the great idols of the day.' Here Brown takes out his covenantal hammer and smashes these idols with an inconoclastic zeal worthy of our earlier Reformed forefathers. This book is especially useful in answering the persistent fear and questions that always arise when these old Reformed views are discussed: that is, the questions dealing with religious persecution. Brown spends much time in clearing the Westminster Divines of such false charges, while also setting these controversial Reformed teachings on a thoroughly biblical foundation.
"WESTMINSTER'S VIEW OF THE 'EVERLASTING' SOLEMN LEAGUE AND COVENANT
"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."
"OUR MODERN DAY MALIGNANTS
"Brown also includes a helpful section on a point some modern day malignants are once again attempting to use to overthrow the biblical attainments of the covenanted Reformation. This section shows that the '(t)he intrinsic obligation of promises, oaths, vows, and covenants which constitutes their very essence or essential form, is totally and manifestly distinct from the obligation of the law of God in many respects' (p. 120, emphasis added).
"BROWN'S DYING TESTIMONY TO HIS CHILDREN
"Finally, we cite a portion of Brown's dying testimony to his children given in the introduction (p. xix). Such testimonies, from notable Christian leaders, often contain singularly pertinent charges to their hearers. (For another notable example of this see James Renwick's dying testimony, as he was about to be martyred for his adherence to the Solemn League and Covenant, when he recounts what was later to become most of the terms of communion in Covenanted Presbyterian churches. This testimony can be found in Thompson's 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). Here are Brown's dying words to his children: ' "Adhere constantly, cordially and honestly to the Covenanted Principles of the Church of Scotland, and to that Testimony which hath been lifted up for them. I fear a generation is rising up which will endeavour silently," (O how prophetic!) 'to let slip these matters, as if they were ashamed to hold them fast, or even to speak of them (as with many "reformed" publishers and preachers today, who dare not touch the topics Brown deals with in this book -- RB). May the Lord forbid that any of you should ever enter into this confederacy against Jesus Christ and his cause! This from a dying father and minister, and a witness for Christ' (Signed) 'John Brown'."
"DO YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES?
"If you have the courage to compare the original Reformed faith with that which is often promoted under its name today (and in many ways the old Reformed faith bears little resemblance to the 'new light' Reformers and innovators of our day), then this is an ideal book to obtain and study." -- Reg Barrow
Following are three works related to THE ABSURDITY AND PERFIDY OF ALL AUTHORITATIVE TOLERATION OF GROSS HERESY, BLASPHEMY, IDOLATRY, POPERY, IN BRITAIN by John Brown of Wamphray.
1. Barrow, Reg, Calvin, Covenanting, Close Communion and the Coming Reformation, 1996, a book review of ALEXANDER AND RUFUS . . . by John Anderson, 1862. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.
"Shows how Calvin practiced covenanting and close communion and how the biblical view of these ordinances is intended to purify the individual, church and nation. Refutes the Popish, Independent and paedocommunion heresies -- as well as all views of open communion (so common in our day.) Also argues that Arminians, anti-paedobaptists, anti-regulativists, and all those who openly violate the law of God (and are unrepentant) should be barred from the Lord's table -- as a corrective measure ordained of God for their recovery. Also demonstrates that those that would not swear to uphold the Geneva Confession (or 'human constitution,' as it was agreeable to the Word of God) of 1536 in Calvin's day were to be excommunicated and exiled from Geneva. This is Reformation History Notes number two." -- Reg Barrow
Calvin, Covenanting and Close Communion
http://www.swrb.com/newslett/actualnls/CalvinCC.htm
2. Price, Greg L., Terms of Communion: Covenants and Covenanting, a series of 7 audio cassettes. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.
"Explains and defends the fourth term of communion, which is 'That public, social covenanting is an ordinance of God, obligatory on churches and nations under the New Testament; that the National Covenant and the Solemn League are an exemplification of this divine institution; and that these Deeds are of continued obligation upon the moral person; and in consistency with this, that the Renovation of these Covenants at Auchensaugh, Scotland, 1712 was agreeable to the word of God.' Includes the studies offered separately on the National Covenant (2 tapes), the Solemn League and Covenant (1 tape), the Auchensaugh Renovation (2 tapes), as well as two introductory lectures (only available in this set) on the biblical principles related to the ordinance of covenanting, the descending obligation of lawful covenants, objections against covenanting, etc. Roberts, in his REFORMED PRESBYTERIAN CATECHISM, catches the spirit of this tape set in the following question and answer:
"Q. May we not indulge the hope, that, in the goodness of our covenant God, and by the promised outpouring of his Holy Spirit, 'the kingdoms of the world' at large, and the British empire in particular, will dedicate themselves to God in a covenant not to be forgotten -- animated by the example of our covenant fathers exhibited in these memorable deeds?
"A. Yes. We have the most cheering grounds for this blessed hope; for it is written, that the nations at large in the spirit of devoted loyalty, shall cry -- 'Come and let us join ourselves to the Lord in a perpetual covenant that shall not be forgotten': and it cannot be well doubted, that the death-cry of the martyred Guthrie has been heard on high, and shall be verified -- 'The covenants, the covenants, shall yet be Scotland's (and the world's -- RB) reviving' " (p. 151).
"A thoroughly amazing set of tapes -- among our best!" -- Publisher
3. Cunningham, John, The Ordinance of Covenanting, 1843. A Christian classic. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #3, #27.
"This book is considered by many as the classic work on covenanting. 'The theology of Covenanting is here unfolded with a richness of scriptural research and a maturity of intellectual strength which would have made the prey eye of Eden glisten with delight. The treatise is a valuable addition to that solid theological literature of which the Reformed Presbyterian Church has produced repeated and enduring specimens, and stamps Mr. Cunningham as a distinguished disciple of the thoughtful and scriptural school of Mason and the Symingtons' (Presbyterian Review (1844) as cited by Johnston, Treasury of the Scottish Covenant).
"The author himself notes that 'prayer and the offering of praise are universally admitted to be duties of religion. The Scriptures announce a place among these for the exercise of solemn Covenanting . . . What the word of God unfolds concerning it, is addressed to the most resolute consideration of all, and is capable of engaging the most extensive and prolonged investigation. And yet, though none have found this subject, like all God's judgments, else than a great deep, still in meditating upon it, the ignorant have been brought to true knowledge, and the wise have increased in wisdom.'The secret of the Lord is with them that fear him; and he will shew them his covenant' (Psalm 25:14) . . . Mutual federal engagements, concerning things religious and civil, whether entered into merely by simple promise, or confirmed by the solemn oath, have been made from the highest antiquity to the present. The hostility to some such engagements, and also the proud disregard for their obligation, which have been evinced by some in all ages, demand a most careful examination into their nature and design . . . Furnished with the key of Scripture, approaching the subject, we are enabled to open the mysteries in which ignorance and prejudice had shut it up; and equipped with the armour of light shooting forth its heavenly radiance, in safety to ourselves we assail the darkness thrown around it, and behold the instant flight of the spirits of error which that darkness contains. Standing alone in beauteous attractions descended from heaven upon it, this service beckons us to approach it, and engages to connect extensive good with a proper attention to its claims. The observance, under various phases, is described in Scripture as an undisputed and indisputable reality.'
"In this book Cunningham exhaustively covers the subject of covenanting in over 400 pages. He deals with the manner, duty and nature of covenanting (including personal and social covenanting), the obligation covenanting confers, how covenanting is provided for in the everlasting covenant, how it is adapted to the moral constitution of man and how it is according to the purposes of God. Numerous Divine examples are cited from Scripture and covenanting is shown to be one of the great privileges of the Christian life.
"An interesting chapter covers 'Covenanting Enforced By the Grant of Covenant Signs and Seals;' which touches on circumcision, baptism, the Sabbath, the Priesthood, the new heart and the person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ. Furthermore, this book demonstrates how God's approbation rested upon Covenanters in former ages, how covenanting is predicted in prophecy, how it is recommended by the practice of the New Testament Church and at what seasons it is appropriate. The appendices touch on the relationship of covenanting to immoral and unscriptural civil governments, the Free Presbyterian Church of Scotland, the British constitution and the apostasy of the Revolution settlement.
"Additionally, Cunningham acknowledges that the true church is 'bound by the obligations of the Church of God is past times' and is still obligated to pay what it has vowed to the Lord in those magnificent attainments of the second Reformation (the epitome of these attainments being embodied in the Solemn League and Covenant and the Westminster Standards).
"If you are interested in the ordinance of covenanting this is the most extensive treatment you will find in one book. It is a gold mine of Scriptural references and should be read at least once by everyone who calls upon the name of Christ." -- Publisher
"David Steele dedicated this work [NOTES ON THE APOCALYPSE -- sk] to John Cunningham, author of THE ORDINANCE OF COVENANTING." -- Publisher
The Ordinance of Covenanting
http://www.covenanter.org/Covenanting/covenantinghome.htm

*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. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. A Christian classic.
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
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

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

Bussell, Harold, Unholy Devotion: Why Cults Lure Christians, ISBN: 0310372518 9780310372516.
"The spiritual truths imparted through this book strengthened my understanding of Christianity in a way that has had a monumental and long-lasting impact upon my life. Even through the loss of both of my children during the past two years, my faith is still sustained when I re-read passages from it. Dr. Bussell is a committed Christian who understands God's grace and helps others understand it as well." -- Reader's Comment

*Calvin, John (1509-1564), Calvin's Commentary on Isaiah, 4 books, published in 2 volumes in CALVIN'S COMMENTARIES. 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 -- sk]. 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 -- sk] 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.
Commentary on Isaiah - Volume 1, John Calvin
http://www.ccel.org/ccel/calvin/calcom13.html

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

Case, Thomas, Spiritual Whoredom, Discovered in a Sermon Preached Before the Honorable House of Commons Assembled in Parliament Upon a Solemn day of Humiliation, May 26, 1647. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.

Christenson, Evelyn, Battling the Prince of Darkness: Rescuing Captives From Satan's Kingdom, ISBN: 0896932516 9780896932517.
"When you study Evelyn Christenson's new book you'll learn about the recent explosion of Satanic activity, and about the Prince of the Kingdom of Darkness. But this book isn't just about problems, it's about the one and only solution -- The Lord Jesus Christ. And it's about evangelism -- the very best strategy for defeating Satan." -- Publisher. Leader's guide available. Ideal for group study.

Christian Research Institute, CRI Resource Catalog (San Juan Capistrano, CA [Christian Research Institute International, Post Office Box 500, San Juan Capistrano 92693]: Christian Research Institute International, 1992).
"A collection of books, pamphlets, tracts, and cassette tapes providing information on cults, the occult, Christian aberrations, apologetics, and the New Age movement available from the Christian Research Institute."

*Clark, Gordon H. (1902-1985), God's Hammer: The Bible and its Critics. (Unicoi, TN: The Trinity Foundation).
"Today two areas of Christian doctrine are in the forefront for discussion by academicians in colleges and universities and by people in the pews: Christology and biblilogy. The one has to do with the Word of God written -- which is the Bible, and the other the Word of God Incarnate -- which is Jesus Christ. . . .
"In this volume the learned pen of this twentieth-century giant is used to explain and defend the doctrine of an inerrant Scripture. Dr. Clark's insights are informed by Scripture. He is the quintessential man of that Holy Book, the Bible. . . . He has the rare gift of being a consummate logician. He uses the law of contradiction with telling effect. He knows and employs all of the laws of logic, and he can detect an error in any syllogism which defies those laws. He is relentless in his pursuit of truth, and he brilliantly demonstrates the logical fallacies of those who denigrate Scripture, or who by the use of hermeneutical casuistry undermine the Word of God and make it seem to say what it does not.
"In is signally unfortunate that those who oppose the view that the Bible is without error are not acquainted with or have not come to terms with the writings of this fearless expositor. . . ." -- Harold Lindsell, from the Foreword to God's Hammer
"The twentieth century may be a pivotal period in human history, for the doctrines of justification through faith alone and truth through the Bible alone came under such a severe and sustained attack. That attack, which has been countered by only a few of the professed tens of millions of Christians in America, has come primarily from within the church itself. It indicated that the wolves are within the sheepfold, and in many cases, are actually posing as shepherds. . . .
The focus of this book is not on archaeology or history, but on the philosophical attacks which have been leveled against the idea of divine revelation, the adequacy of human language, the notion of literal truth, and the trustworthiness of human logic. . . .
"Here those critics are answered, and with devastating effect. The Bible is infallible, logic is indispensable, language is adequate, and God, being omnipotent, is able to reveal truth to men. Equally at home in secular philosophy and theology and Christian theology and philosophy, Dr. Clark hammers God's critics with the tools of Scripture and logic. When he is through, the critics are flattened, their voices silenced. Dr. Clark, emulating Christ's methods of dealing with his critics and defending the truth, achieves the same effect, which is the effect that all defenders of the Christian faith should aim to achieve: 'And no one was able to answer him a word'." -- John W. Robbins, March 1995, from the Introduction to God's Hammer
"This collection of essays on the inspiration, authority, and infallibility of the Bible is one of the best volumes on the subject available today. In the sixteenth century, sola Scriptura was the rallying cry of the Reformers; but it is rarely heard today. In the twentieth century the Bible was subjected to relentless attack by those who wish to erect another authority -- the state, the clergy, tradition, or a professional elite. It is at those anti-Christian subversives that Clark directs his devastating defense of the Bible." -- Publisher
"The starting point of Christianity, the doctrine on which all other doctrines depend, is 'The Bible alone is the Word of God written, and therefore inerrant in the autographs.' Over the centuries the opponents of Christianity, with Satanic shrewdness, have concentrated their attacks on the truthfulness and completeness of the Bible. In the twentieth century the attack is not so much in the fields of history and archaeology as in philosophy. Clark's brilliant defense of the complete truthfulness of the Bible is captured in this collection of eleven major essays." -- The Trinity Foundation

Clark, Gordon H. (1902-1985), Thales to Dewey: A History of Philosophy (Unicoi, TN: The Trinity Foundation), ISBN: 0940931826 9780940931824.
"This is the best one volume history of philosophy in English. It is clearly written, and it accurately explains the views of the major figures in the history of philosophy for the beginning student. It may be studied with profit by teachers, parents, and students. Contents include: Greek Philosophy, The Presocratics, The Milesians, Heraclitus, The Pythagoreans, Parmenides, The Pluralists, Zeno, The Sophists, Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, The Hellenistic Age, The Middle Ages, The Patristic Period, The Dark Ages, The Scholastic Period, Modern Philosophy, Seventeenth Century Rationalism, British Empiricism, Immanuel Kant, G.W.F. Hegel, and Contemporary Irrationalism." -- John W. Robbins. Includes bibliography and index.

Clark, Gordon H. (1902-1985), Three Types of Religious Philosophy, ISBN: 0940931214 9780940931213.
"Dr. Clark carefully and clearly examines rationalism, empiricism, and dogmatism -- and for good measure includes a chapter on modern philosophy and theology: irrationalism. He answers the question, `How should Christianity be defended'?" -- GCB

Countess, Robert H., Open Theism and its Alternative Closed Theism.

Dabney, Robert Lewis (1820-1898), Broad Churchism.
http://www.westminsterconfession.org/the-church/broad-churchism.php
Available in Robert Lewis Dabney (1820-1898), DISCUSSIONS: EVANGELICAL AND THEOLOGICAL, 2 volumes, ISBN: 0851513506 9780851513508. Alternate title: DISCUSSIONS OF ROBERT LEWIS DABNEY.
"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
Dabney, Robert L., Discussions of Robert Lewis Dabney Vol. 1: Evangelical and Theological.
http://archive.org/details/DiscussionsOfRobertLewisDabneyVol.1EvangelicalAndTheological

Decker, J. Edward, J. Edward Decker Papers, (1978 Utah State University. Special Collections and Archives Manuscript Collection).
J. Edward Decker Papers
http://trove.nla.gov.au/work/1449006
J. Edward Decker papers, 1978-1992
Utah State University. Special Collections and Archives Department, (USU_COLL MSS 210).
An online listing of contents.
http://digital.lib.usu.edu/cdm4/item_viewer.php?CISOROOT=/Ead&CISOPTR=417

DeYoung, Donald B., Astronomy and the Bible: Questions and Answers. Alternate title: QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ON "ASTRONOMY AND THE BIBLE," ISBN: 080106225X 9780801062254.

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

*Edwards, Jonathan (1703-1758), The Religious Affections. Alternate title: A TREATISE CONCERNING RELIGIOUS AFFECTIONS, IN THREE PARTS; PART I. CONCERNING THE NATURE OF THE AFFECTIONS, AND THEIR IMPORTANCE IN RELIGION. PART II. SHEWING WHAT ARE NO CERTAIN SIGNS THAT RELIGIOUS AFFECTIONS ARE GRACIOUS, OR THAT THEY ARE NOT. PART III. SHEWING WHAT ARE DISTINGUISHING SIGNS OF TRULY GRACIOUS AND HOLY AFFECTIONS. BY JONATHAN EDWARDS, A.M. AND PASTOR OF THE FIRST CHURCH IN NORTHAMPTON. [TWELVE LINES OF SCRIPTURE TEXTS], ISBN: 0851514855 9780851514857. A Christian classic. RELIGIOUS AFFECTIONS is volume two of The Works of Jonathan Edwards, 26 volumes, ISBN: 0300022824 9780300022827 0300060599 9780300060591. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #21.
Edwards "sets forth 12 distinguishing signs of truly gracious and holy affections: (1) [those] truly spiritual affections which arise from spiritual, supernatural, Divine influences on the heart; (2) those affections grounded in the intrinsic excellence of Divine things, without relating to our self-interest; (3) those primarily founded on the loveliness of the moral excellency of Divine things. . . ." -- William Young
"This treatise soberly, thoroughly, and scripturally covers hypocracy within the Christian church. We recommend it to everyone in full-time Christian service, and to anyone who may be discouraged by hypocracy among professing Christians.
"It is by the mixture of counterfeit religion with true, not discerned and distinguished, that the devil has had his greatest advantage against the cause and kingdom of Christ. [For Edward's work on the positive side of the revival in New England see THE DISTINGUISHING MARKS OF A WORK OF THE SPIRIT OF GOD, APPLIED TO THAT UNCOMMON OPERATION THAT HAS LATELY APPEARED ON THE MINDS OF MANY OF THE PEOPLE IN NEW-ENGLAND -- sk] It is by this means, principally, that he has prevailed against all revivings of religion, since the first founding of the Christian church. . . . By this, Satan prevailed against the reformation, began by Luther. Zwinglius, etc., to put a stop to its progress, and bring it into disgrace, ten times more than by all those bloody and cruel persecutions of the church of Rome. By this, principally, has he prevailed against revivals of religion in our nation. By this he prevailed against New England, to quench the love and spoil the joy of her espousals, about a hundred years ago. And I think, I have had opportunity enough to see plainly, that by this the devil has prevailed against the late great revival of religion in New England, so happy and promising in its beginning." -- Jonathan Edwards, in the Preface to The Religious Affections
Edwards, Jonathan (1703-1758), A Treatise Concerning the Religious Affections (1898)
http://archive.org/details/treatiseconcern00edwa
Religious Affections, by Jonathan Edwards
http://www.ccel.org/edwards/religious_affections/religious_affections.html
This work also appears full view in Google Books.

*Enroth, Ronald, The Gay Church, ISBN: 080281543X 9780802815439.

*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

Flavel, John (1628-1691), A Warning Against Backsliding, False Worship and False Teachers. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #27.
"Exposes the subtlety of false worship and false teachers and counsels all Christians to remove themselves from under ministries that practice such things. Promotes family religion and house gatherings in times of great declension and apostasy (such as ours)." -- Publisher

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

Foster, K. Neil, The Discerning Christian: How the Believer Detects Truth from Error in the Midst of Today's Religious Confusion, ISBN: 0875093124 9780875093123.

*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). A Christian classic. 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."
Foxe, John (1516-1587), 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

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

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

Gerstner, John H., Teachings of Christian Science, ISBN: 0801037174 9780801037177.

Gerstner, John H., The Theology of the Major Sects.

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; 2 Kings XVII. 22,23; Ezek. XIX. 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).
Rulers Sins: The Causes of National Judgments
http://www.covenanter.org/CivilGovt/rulerssins.htm

*Gilpin, Richard (1625-1700), Daemonologia Sacra: A Treatise on Satan's Temptations, 587 pages. Alternate titles: BIBLICAL DEMONOLOGY and GILPIN ON TEMPTATIONS, ISBN: 0865240930. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.
"The final part consists of Gilpin's careful analysis of Satan's temptation of Christ in Matthew 4. Gilpin points out the various tactics used by Satan against Christ, and shows that these are the very tactics that Satan still uses today against Christians. One temptation he notes in particular is the temptation to doubt God's goodness due to unfavourable providences. When we encounter a bad situation in our lives, we are tempted to distrust God. If we fall into this temptation, instead of trusting the Lord to work things out, we can be led to try to remedy the situation by our own means (apart from God), and thereby easily fall into a sinful course. 'Satan is not discouraged easily, nor doth he always desist upon the first repulse, but frequently renews the assault, when he is strongly and resolutely resisted (p. 90)'." -- Publisher
"Originally published in 1677 and now reissued under the new title BIBLICAL DEMONOLOGY, this collection of sermons ably explores Satan's person and work. It is of particular value for Gilpin's analysis of the way Satan tempts the saints. A rare and edifying study." -- Cyril J. Barber

Grey, Zachary, George Fox, and George Whitefield, Quaker and Methodist Compared. In an Abstract of George Fox's Journal. With a Copy of his Last Will and Testament, and the Reverend Mr. George Whitefield's Journals; With Historical Notes.

Groothuis, Douglas, Deceived by the Light, ISBN: 1565073010 9781565073012.
"Doug Groothuis a well-respected expert on new religious movements, takes us to the teaching of Scripture for some surprising answers about death, near-death experiences, and what comes after death." -- Synopsis
"This book begins with an evaluation of the claims of Bettie Eadie's account of her supposed near-death experience (NDE), explores the concept of the NDE, and evaluates the idea logically, evidentially, and theologically. I argue that there is little reason to support Eadie's NDE, given the lack of evidence (she refused to release medical records, etc.), and the internal incoherence of her account. It doesn't ring true to medical facts. Moreover, her world view is an unstable compound of Mormonism, New Age thought, and a bit of Christian terminology. I critique the work of Raymond Moody, Kenneth Ring, and other NDE researchers. I also address the sticky question of hellish or "near-hell" experiences. I conclude after argumentation that the biblical account of the afterlife is true and rational. Jesus Christ, who tasted death and rose from the grave, is the only one in the position to reveal the realities of life after death." -- Douglas Groothuis, April 3, 2000

Groothuis, Douglas, The Soul in Cyberspace, ISBN: 1579102298 9781579102296.
"This book evaluates the emerging technologies of cyberspace in relation to their effects on our society and souls, and deals especially with the potential pitfall of becoming informationally rich but spiritually deprived." -- Synopsis
"A philosophical/theological assessment of cyberspace. This book was first published by Baker Books in 1997. It was the first and remains the only philosophical and theological critique of cyberspace technologies written from an evangelical Christian perspective. Besides the Scriptures themselves, I am quite influenced by the writings of Neal Postman and Jacques Ellul. I am neither Luddite nor a digitopian, but a cultural critic of the form and nature of cyberspace.
"I have presented material from the book at a Wheaton College seminar and for the Board of Prison Fellowship as well as teaching from the book in ethics courses at Denver Seminary, where I am Associate Professor of Philosophy.
"Here are the chapter titles:
Introduction: Cyberspace and the Trouble with our Souls
1. The Postmodern Soul in Cyberspace
2. Disembodied Existence in a Digital World
3. The Book, the Screen, and the Soul
4. Hypertext Realities and Effects
5. The Fate of Truth in Cyberspace
6. Cybersex: Eroticism Without Bodies
7. Technoshamanism: Digital Deities
8. Exploring Virtual Community
9. Virtual Community: Trust, Deception, and Infection
10. Online Christianity Conclusion: Eloquent Realities." -- Douglas Groothuis, July 15, 2000

Hackett, David A., Allied Forces. Supreme Headquarters. Psychological Warfare Division. Intelligence Team., The Buchenwald Report, ISBN: 0813317770 9780813317779 0813333636 9780813333632 0827604998 9780827604995.
Extreme evil may be an excellent negative guide to correct theology, "the righteousness which is of God," redemption, and immortality.
"After their liberation in April 1945, the inmates of Buchenwald told their stories to a special team of U.S. Army intelligence officers. One of the most important and unique documents of the Holocaust, this priceless eyewitness account was nearly lost forever and appears here in published form and in English for the first time." -- Publisher

*Henry, Carl F.H., Twilight of a Great Civilization: The Drift Toward Neo-paganism, ISBN: 0891074910 9780891074915.
"A half-generation ago the pagans were still largely threatening at the gates of Western culture; now the barbarians are plunging into . . . the mainstream. As they seek to reverse the inherited intellectual and moral heritage of the Bible . . . [we are] engaged as never before in a rival conflict for the mind, the conscience, the will, the spirit, the very selfhood of contemporary man." -- Carl F.H. Henry
"Carl Henry is a noted professor and theologian, founder of Christianity Today, and author of a host of books.
"TWILIGHT OF A GREAT CIVILIZATION is a penetrating critique, by a distinguished Christian leader, of the moral and intellectual disintegration sweeping our culture. But more than this, it is a book of promise and possibilities -- a ringing affirmation of the power of the Gospel to transform hearts and minds, and to leave a lasting impact on our age. . . ." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.

Hexham, Irving, Karla Poewe, New Religions as Global Cultures: Making the Human Sacred. Alternate title: NEW RELIGIONS AS GLOBAL CULTURES: THE SACRALIZATION OF THE HUMAN, ISBN: 0813325072 9780813325071 0813325080 9780813325088.
"An ambitious book written for the general audience, particularly college students . . . The author's thesis is that various new religions should be understood in a global context . . . The first chapter . . . paints a miserable picture of evangelicals as unscholarly, uninformed and reactionary - a picture that fits some . . . The authors' overall method . . . vacillates between attempting a non judgmental description . . . and giving a critical analysis . . . Their long discussion of shamanism never explores the possibility that some shamans may be demonized . . ." -- Reader's Comment

Hexham, Irving, Karla Poewe, and J.I. Packer, Understanding Cults and New Religions.
"This book is designed to help Christian laymen, pastors, youth workers, and students understand cults from a social, psychological, and religious perspective. . . ." -- GCB

Howitt, William (1792-1879), A Popular History of Priestcraft in all Ages and Nations, 276 pages, ebrary, Inc.
"Two Evil Principles: Kingcraft and Priestcraft; Paganism; Mythology of the Assyrians and Syrians; Establishment of Monkery (monks); Popish Arrogance and Atrocities; Jesuits and Inquisitors; English Church; Ministerial Plan of Irish Church Reform; Clerical Incomes; Evils of the system of Church Patronage; Retrospect view of the Effects of Priestcraft."
Also available in abridgment, William Howitt's abridgment of his popular History of Priestcraft, reprint edition (Kessinger Publishing, February 1, 1998, and London: England: Effingham Wilson, 1834).

IMP, The Pagan Invasion Series (Jeremiah Films).
"Each stereo VHS tape is about 48 minutes long. Almost a video encyclopedia of information on the New Age cult strangeness of our day. The narrators of the tapes look into the history and current practices concerning the subject of each tape." -- GCB
IMP, Volume 1: Halloween: Trick or Treat
IMP, Volume 2: Invasion of the Godmen
"Look into the growing god-consciousness movement. Incredible film footage from mystical India highlights the shocking expos‚." -- GCB
IMP, Volume 3: Meditation: Pathway to Deception?
IMP, Volume 4: The East Seduces the West
"God power within movement, oneness with nature, reincarnation, self-realization, past life regression, hypnosis, inner guides, visualization and more." -- GCB
IMP, Volume 5: Dawning of a New Age
"The New World Order and warning signs to watch out for."
IMP, Volume 6: Evolution: Hoax of the Century?
IMP, Volume 7: Evolution: From Physics to Metaphysics
IMP, Volume 8: Preview of the Antichrist
IMP, Volume 9: Secrets of Mind Control
"Many think they are beyond or above having their mind controlled by someone else. The massive social and political movements of our century suggest otherwise. Tape also shows actual footage of mind control therapies." -- GCB
IMP, Volume 10: The Latter Day EMPIRE
"Who was Joseph Smith? Who are the Latter Day Saints? Has this group, relatively small in numbers, infiltrated city, county, state and federal law enforcement agencies like the FBI and CIA? What kind of money is behind these groups? An eye opening look into the hidden secrets of the Mormons." -- GCB
IMP, Volume 11: Joseph Smith's Temple of Doom
"Takes us behind the closed doors of the Mormon Temple where we discover a host of bizarre and mysterious teachings involving magic clothing, baptism for the dead, multiple wives, blood oaths, blood atonement, spirit babies, celestial sex, secret rituals and occultic practices." -- GCB
IMP, Volume 12: Religions vs. Christianity
"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
IMP, Volume 13: Doorways to Satan
"We are almost in the 21st century yet modern man is increasingly involved in old religions. Obsessed with occult mysteries, sadistic violence, and evil. Its everywhere: Movies, books, music, video games and comics. Most disturbing of all is the unveiled rise of Satanism. Tape takes a close look at much of what is going on in this area." -- GCB
Jeremiah Films
http://www.jeremiahfilms.com/products/Pagan-Invasion-Classic
Witness Inc. and Jeremiah Films Video Tapes
http://www.witnessiync.com/ordering_materials.html

Kah, Gary and Rick Blanchette (editor), The New World Religion, ISBN: 0967009804 9780967009803.
"The New Age movement is a complicated mass of false religious systems dating back to the Tower of Babel. Gary takes them as a whole and shows the reader exactly where this system is headed. From the religious and social implications to the political and environmental, Gary's research shows us that we are closer to anti-Christian upheaval in the name of peace than we ever thought.
"What's most interesting is the Catholic tie in. Gary proves that Catholicism has, right now, the inside track to being the official religious arm of the U.N. He also does a great job in documenting the Catholic/New Age relationship." -- Reader's Comment

Kraemer, Hendrik, Religion and the Christian Faith.
Includes bibliographic footnotes.

*Leahy, Frederick S., Satan Cast Out: A Study in Biblical Demonology, ISBN: 0851512348.
"It is often said that wherever there is a rejection of faith in the living God a corresponding upsurge of the demonic will eventually appear. That is true not only in the pages of the Bible and in the annals of Christian missions; it has also become a striking feature of the life in our materialistic, post-Christian society. . . . Full of sane exposition and wise counsel, his work has been widely appreciated since its first publication in 1975." -- Publisher
"Probably one of the best, most Scriptural books written today on the subject of demonology." -- Presbyterian Journal

Lewis, James R., The Oxford Handbook of New Religious Movements, ISBN: 0195149866 9780195149869.

Lewis, James R., Scientology, ISBN: 9780195331493 0195331494.

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

Lindsell, Harold, The New Paganism. Alternate title: The Triumph of the new Pagan Weltanschauung, ISBN: 0060652721 9780060652722.
"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.

*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
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

MacArthur, John, Avoiding Spiritual Counterfeiters (1 Timothy 1:3-11; 1 Timothy 6:3-5; 2 Timothy 2:14-19), ISBN: 0802453759 9780802453754.

MacArthur, John, Our Sufficiency in Christ, ISBN: 1581340133 9781581340136.
"True or false: Scripture, prayer, the indwelling Holy Spirit, and the other spiritual resources Christians have aren't enough to meet people's real needs. `False!' says MacArthur. But far too many Christians don't understand the truth about their spiritual sufficiency, and are all too ready to embellish the Gospel with mysticism, humanism, secularization, and plain old bad doctrine. MacArthur calls believers back to a renewed appreciation of what it means to be complete in Christ." -- CBD
Includes bibliographical references and indexes.

MacArthur, John F., The Vanishing Conscience: Drawing the Line in a No-fault, Guilt-free World, ISBN: 0849936780 9780849936784.
"In this compelling book, John MacArthur challenges us to confront society's flight from moral responsibility. With sound biblical doctrine, Dr. MacArthur shows how and why sin must be dealt with if we are to live lives that please God. With clarity and insight, he provides biblical solutions for attaining a personal holiness that can move us from living a life of blame and denial to one of true peace and freedom. -- Reader's Comment
"In THE VANISHING CONSCIENCE, MacArthur addresses, from a biblical perspective, the issues of self-esteem, personal guilt, and individual responsibility. How does modern psychology's obsession with personal forgiveness, high self-esteem, and the love of self stand in the light of Holy Scripture? What became of the little word sin with all of its grave implications, ramifications, and negative connotations? In an age of self-absolution, it would appear that Jesus Christ suffered and died in vain, for, if we are to believe the modern self-proclaimed and self-ordained prophets of the "feel good" philosophy, we are to forgive, each his or her own, transgressions and iniquities by blaming our environment, our genetic predisposition, our parents, our teachers, our political leaders, our role models, anything or anyone but our individual selves.
"THE VANISHING CONSCIENCE is an extraordinarily germane work in that MacArthur not only elucidates the church's adoption and endorsement of this secular abomination as well as the inherent dangers of this heretical philosophy, but does so in such a manner that the reader is made knowledgeable of that which a just God demands of His children. Of far greater importance than self-esteem is our relationship to a God who will hold you and I accountable for each act, thought, word, and deed.
"On that Great and Terrible Day, conscience may be either a dear friend or a damning foe, but it will not claim neutrality. Self-esteem, that placebo of modern psychology, will not be a factor." -- Reader's Comment

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

MacGregor, Lori, What You Need to Know About Jehovah's Witness, ISBN: 0890819440 9780890819449.
"Effective teaching about the contradictory beliefs of Jehovah's Witnesses in light of Scripture will help you reach them for Christ." -- Reader's Comment

*Machiavelli, Niccolo, The Prince, ISBN: 0192833979 9780192833976.
This famous analysis of statesmanship and power, lauded by the world system and read by practically all politicians, will give insight to those who may still not understand power politics in Washington. But to fully understand the current situation in the Federal government even the discerning person must work in a Federal office or within the corporate limits of the District of Columbia for at least a year. A secular author.
The Prince, Nicolo Machiavelli
http://books.mirror.org/gb.machiavelli.html

Mack, Wayne A., Where Are You in Relation to God? 18 pages.
"Shows the diverse ways people express their hostility and alienation from God. Then shows how God in Jesus Christ reconciles people to himself. Closes with a call and challenge: 'Are you looking to Jesus Christ alone for salvation? Have you been reconciled and are you enjoying fellowship and communion with God?. Well, if not, I challenge you to consider your condition, for you are still in a state of alienation from God. You are alienated from God by your sinful attitudes and by your sinful activities, and God is angry with you. come to God. Confess your sins. Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved'." -- David Powlison

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

Martin, Paul R., "Dispelling the Myths: The Psychological Consequences of Cultic Involvement," Christian Research Journal, Winter/Spring 1989 (San Juan Capistrano, CA: Christian Research Institute International).
Dispels six myths and gives seven steps to recovery for those who have been taken in by a cult. Includes bibliographic footnotes.

Moberg, David O., Wholistic Christianity, ISBN: 0871789329 9780871789327 0871789310 9780871789310.

*Nelson, Stanley (director), Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple (2006), a documentary DVD, ISBN: 1415731527 9781415731529.
"Stanley Nelson's [the director] riveting and often unsettling documentary on the history of the People's Temple from Jim Jones's roots as a rising preacher on the gospel rival circuit to the events that lead to that horrible day is a must see.
"There are a several strong factors that separate this documentary from any other dealing with Jonestown incident. Nelson has tracked down a large amount of amazing archival super 8 footage shot for promotional purposes by members of People's Temple themselves. This footage helps craft an understanding of the seduction behind the ideas and opportunities Jim Jones presented to his followers that would see them travel with him from Indiana to California and finally to Guyana.
" 'Jonestown: The Life and Death of People's Temple' is a pitch perfect portrait of the Jonestown experience that sheds light on the much of the cult's mystery through interviews with survivors and former People's Temple members. By addressing Jones's early life and his surprisingly groundbreaking work in the African American communities in regards to race relations and equality you can't help connecting with the idealism behind the People's Temple's philosophy. Exploring the racial aspect of the People's Temple with it's staggering 80 percent black congregation Nelson brings into play issues of poverty and class key to understanding Jim Jones's messiah-like cult persona in reference to an often ignored and struggling community.
"Even weaving together an eerie soundtrack of songs sung by the People's Temple Choir and using heartbreaking never before seen letters and documentation made by the members right up until their deaths, Nelson never over dramatizes or relies on sentimentality in this documentary and in doing so paints a world that stays with you long after the lights go up." -- a blogger
Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple (2006)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0762111/
Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple (2006)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0762111/

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

*North, Gary, Unholy Spirits: Occultism and New Age Humanism, ISBN: 0930462025 9780930462024.
"According to this in-depth analysis by renowned historian and author Dr. Gary North, the New Age movement is indeed a serious threat and its adherents are no laughing matter. By tracing the historical and theological roots of modern occultic practices, Dr. North paints a frightening portrait of just exactly what we are up against. It's not a pretty sight. Fortunately though, UNHOLY SPIRITS is not simply another `doom and gloom' forecast. He offers parents, teachers, pastors, and other committed Christians practical steps of action to nullify and ultimately eliminate the effects of the New Age infiltration into our homes, our schools, our communities, and our nation." -- Publisher.
A revision of his earlier work NONE DARE CALL IT WITCHCRAFT, published in 1974. Includes bibliographic footnotes, index, and Scripture index.
Institute for Christian Economics Freebooks.com
http://www.freebooks.com/

*Peretti, Frank, God's Way or My Way? an audio file.
Two very popular messages delivered by Frank Peretti, the author of THIS PRESENT DARKNESS, and broadcast on "Focus on the Family."

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

*Pike, Samuel (1717-1773), and Samuel Hayward (1718-1757), Discovering Why the Spirit is Grieved. In RELIGIOUS CASES OF CONSCIENCE ANSWERED IN AN EVANGELICAL MANNER . . . TO WHICH IS ADDED THE SPIRITUAL COMPANION; OR, THE PROFESSING CHRISTIAN TRIED AT THE BAR OF GOD'S WORD; AND CHARACTER OF THE HAPPY MAN, 1866.
Discovering Why the Spirit is Grieved
http://www.westminsterconfession.org/godly-living/discovering-why-the-spirit-is-grieved.php

*Pink, Arthur W. (1886-1952), The Sovereignty of God, ISBN: 0801068649 9780801068645. A Christian classic. Available (the original, unrevised, unabridged text) on the Puritan Hard Drive.
Be sure to read the original, unrevised, unabridged edition, not the Banner of Truth edition (see the Marc Carpenter article below.)
"Present day conditions call loudly for a new examination and new presentation of God's omnipotence, God's sufficiency, God's sovereignty. From every pulpit in the land it needs to be thundered forth that God still lives, that God still observes, that God still reigns." -- Arthur W. Pink
"This is the best contemporary book explaining the foundations of Calvinism and God's sovereignty (as revealed in Scripture). It is like a key that, by God's grace, opens the door of understanding to some of the most blessed truths in Scripture. From the myriad of testimonies that we have heard concerning how God has used this book, we think that we can safely say that this is also the best book to pass on to those that you want to introduce to Calvinism." -- Publisher
The Banner of Truth edition removed three chapters, "The Sovereignty of God and Reprobation," "God's Sovereignty and Human Responsibility," and "Difficulties and Objections." It also removes four appendices that "deal with the false distinction between decretive and permissive will, the foreordaining of the Fall, and treatments of John 3:16 and 1 John 2:2 to show that there is not a universal love or propitiation. . . ."
"The Banner of Truth versus Calvinism," Marc D. Carpenter
http://www.trinityfoundation.org/PDF/147a-TheBannerTruthvsCalvinism.pdf
The Sovereingty of God, by A.W. Pink
The complete text available in either Word (.doc) format, or Rich Text Format (.rtf)
http://w3.goodnews.net/~maxward/sov.html

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

Pyron, Bernard, The Great Rebellion, ISBN: 0961502401 9780961502409.
"This book takes a close look at the years 1962-1985. The author examines, in light of the Bible, the popular culture of that era. He explores the look of the new culture that grew from the counter-cultures of the sixties. He also notes the ways the church has been involved in compromise." -- GCB

Reel to Real Ministries, Hells Bells: The Dangers of Rock 'n' Roll, 2 DVD set (ca. 183 min.)
"A shocking expos‚ of the message and medium that has mesmerized whole generations. This is an incredibly intense biblical look at one of the major forces in our culture today. `When modes of music change, the fundamental laws of the state change with them,' stated Plato. The degenerate communist dictator Vladimir Lenin noted the potential power for evil in music, when he said, `One quick way to destroy a society is through its music.' Moreover, for Christians, music is an extremely important expression of faith and worship, as we note that God has providentially positioned the Psalter (His divinely inspired song-book) right in the center of the Bible. But it is clear that music can be a sanctifying or seducing power. Satan has made full use of his musical prowess through rock and its promoters and this video unmasks the devil's spiritual power as the driving force behind rock and roll. Contrasting the message of rock with the Word of God, rock's seductive nature is laid bare in these instructive videos, thus providing a clear warning to those who are still entangled in its demonic clutches. First-hand experience coupled with several years of research has produced this exhaustive analysis and these videos have now been seen by millions. It is considered the definitive work on Rock music from a Christian perspective. One drawback that we should warn you about is that these videos contain some pictures of an effeminate, long-haired man (the Roman Catholic `Jesus') who is clearly supposed to be the Lord Jesus Christ. We note this violation of the second commandment so that you do not purchase these videos unaware of this fact. The videos are also quite explicit and are not suitable for younger children; parental discretion is strongly advised. We leave you with a telling quote from the study guide, `A lot of people want to say' It's just music, I'm not paying attention to the words . . .' This is a total cop-out, the scriptures practically scream at us that we are to have NO fellowship with evil . . . Consider the following parable: A man is married to a woman named Mary and Mary has dedicated her life to fighting pollution. The man comes home one day and says, 'Mary, I've got the greatest new album; you won't believe how hot the guitarist is! One thing though, the words kind of stink so don't pay any attention to them.' As the CD plays Mary hears lyrics advocating the rape of the environment and even making fun of her by name for her anti-pollution efforts. She walks over and picks up the cover and it's got a picture of the group sticking her face into an oil slick! In Mary's mind (and really anybody else's), who does the man love more, Mary or his music? So Jesus must ask of a person who says he loves Him but listens to songs that mock him, tell lies, or extol the very sins that nailed Him to the cross." -- Publisher
American Portrait Films
We now offer (2002) over 30 Christian creation science videos, young earth creationism videos, creation science videos, and videos on other creationist topics as well as 100 other thought provoking pro life, pro family videos.
http://www.americanportraitfilms.com/

Reel to Real Ministries, Hell's Bells 2: The Power and Spirit of Popular Music, 2 DVD set (ca. 370) (R2R Ministries, 2004).

*Reisman, Judith A., Eunice V. Ray (editor), and Alfred Moreschi (illustrator) Kinsey: Crimes and Consequences the Red Queen and the Grand Scheme, ISBN: 0966662415 9780966662412.
"Dr. Judith Reisman's new book, KINSEY: CRIMES AND CONSEQUENCES THE RED QUEEN AND THE GRAND SCHEME, presents sinister material on the man who seduced America.
"The 1960s' sexual revolution was based on the most elaborate and carefully crafted scientific fraud of this century, writes author Judith Reisman. Early sexologist Alfred C. Kinsey, with his two famous reports just 50 years ago, seemingly legitimized both profligacy and deviancy, and thus established 'the sexual licence he [personally] espoused.' SEXUAL BEHAVIOUR IN THE HUMAN MALE (1948) and its female equivalent (1953) kicked off no-fault divorce, the wife-swapping era, the gay rights movement, classroom sex education, sex 'therapy' as a growth industry, explicit imagery in the media and entertainment industry, and an avalanche of pornography and obscenity.
"Although Kinsey was a sexual revolutionary, Dr. Reisman contends, he was falsely portrayed by Indiana University where he worked, and the Rockefeller Foundation which funded him, 'as just a normal American guy/husband/family man who simply "discovered" the "really" that most American men commonly engaged in sexually aberrant and outlaw behaviour.' Kinsey's 'research' alleged that 10 percent of American males were homosexual, that all of us were bisexual, that children were sexual from birth, and could engage in sexual activity with adults without harm, plus a whole broad spectrum of things taught today in our schools and practised today in courts of law as fact and as true . . . It was fraud then, it is fraud now, and it revolutionized this nation and turned us into Kinsey's [psychological] clones.
"His 'Grand Scheme' was to eliminate normal families in favour of selective breeding predicated upon racial and sexual eugenics, she charges, and his 'scientific conclusions' were concocted to advance it. The reference is to the Red Queen in Alice in Wonderland who wanted the sentence (beheading) carried out first and the verdict pronounced afterwards.
"Disturbing information about Kinsey's work and private life has been accumulating since his death in 1956 at age 62. (The official cause was pneumonia due to overwork, but his extensive homosexual and sado-masochistic activities were likely contributors.) Dr. Reisman revealed much of it in 1990, for example, in KINSEY, SEX AND FRAUD. Even last year's resolutely non-condemnatory biography by fellow Indiana University scholar James H. Jones, ALFRED C. KINSEY: A PUBLIC/PRIVATE LIFE (Norton), is replete with gruesomely shocking details.
"KINSEY: CRIME AND CONSEQUENCES cannot be described as non-condemnatory. Its central figure, Dr. Reisman asserts, 'fits the classic definition of a sexual psychopath.' Had the public known that he 'and his male population were sexually abnormal, the popular use of their data to change [our] law, education and public policy would have come to a screeching halt.' He was able, however, to blackmail into silence associates who knew about 'his extensive use of deviants, his large prison population or, worse, his active child molesters.'
"Still, she thinks his 'findings' should have roused suspicion. 'When I first read Kinsey's research, I thought this man is not reporting on America -- he's reporting on himself and then projecting that onto the nation. Kinsey prostituted his own wife Clara . . . into acts of sodomy with fellow 'researchers,' which Kinsey filmed. He seduced his own students at Indiana University -- male, not female students. He devised sexual activities with his 'co-workers,' who then became his co-authors. He [personally] engaged in violent sadistic activity, in which he harmed himself terribly . . . and appears to have died, frankly, as a result of the trauma to his body.'
"But his famed reports were carefully phrased to obscure the fact that words like 'contacts,' 'partners' and 'sex play' could signify grown men sodomizing children. He was also both racist and cautious about his colleagues, avoiding Jews, blacks and moral traditionalists. Dr. Reisman quotes Kinsey co-author Wardell Pomeroy (KINSEY AND THE INSTITUTE FOR SEX RESEARCH) on his hiring technique: 'As usual . . . we took his sexual history first . . . Then Kinsey put down his pen and said, "I don't think you want to work for us." "But I do," the researcher insisted. "Well," Kinsey observed, "you have just said that premarital intercourse might lead to later difficulties in marriage, that extramarital relations would break up a marriage, that homosexuality is abnormal, and intercourse with animals is ludicrous. Apparently you have all the answers. . . . Why do you want to do research'?"
"Biographer Jones describes Kinsey as 'one of the scholarly eugenicists of pre-WW II' who favoured mass sterilization for the lower classes and selective breeding for the 'better classes.' Moreover, Judith Reisman emphasizes, the Rockefeller Foundation was early interested in population control and in using the media to popularize it. The Reece Committee, investigating U.S. tax-exempt foundations in 1953-54, concluded that this 'plutocratic control' was accomplished by 'funding the "right" university research by the "right" researchers, then by funding mass media dissemination of the "right" science data to the public.' Kinsey's numbers made him a perfect fit for anyone eager to alter what he would call human 'breeding patterns.'
"Dr. Reisman, a specialist in content analysis studies of written and visual media, lost many family members in the Holocaust. In that context she raises further sinister questions about Kinsey's data. For instance, who was the 'lone pedophile,' the 'elderly gentleman' cited by Kinsey for his sexual molestation of 800 children? Who were 'The Children of Table 34' and what became of them? How did Kinsey's 'technically trained' observers gain access to the claimed 1,800 American children for illegal genital experiments? 'To this day,' she observes, 'the Kinsey Institute and Indiana University have repeatedly . . . refused to reveal any names of the subjects or the experimenters.' Nor has any one of these children ever come forward, although the institute seems an excellent target for lawsuits.
"Even in the destitute 1930s, at the cited rate of a dollar a day, she doubts that children as young as three months were obtainable in such numbers around Bloomington, Indiana. She suggests an ominous but credible alternative: a collaborative link between Kinsey and Nazi Germany, then a police state where such 'experimentation' could easily be conducted 'as part of an ongoing collegial, cross-cultural, multinational, "fact-finding" research project.' She cites significant links, such as one George Sylvester Viereck, who worked for the German embassy in Washington, D.C., in those years, setting up Nazi front groups, and who is known to have been a Kinsey correspondent. Furthermore, the Rockefeller Foundation was simultaneously funding eugenics projects in Berlin.
"Kinsey consistently kept secret his hypotheses and the basic facts upon which his conclusions rested, Dr. Reisman charges. 'Neither Kinsey nor any of his team can rightly be termed "scientists." Their methodology was not scientific, for it was neither able to be replicated nor validated. Their data was anonymous, forced, secretly altered at will, and fraudulent. With the aid of the elite academic world and institutions and the support of public funds and the social planning foundations, Kinsey and his associates, who served as his own private male harem, conducted thousands of sexual interviews to present a false view of American sexual behaviours.'
"Amazingly, however, use of Kinsey data as authoritative has never been seriously challenged -- until now. It must not continue, Dr. Reisman declares: 'There [must] be a full and open public investigation into Kinsey's fraudulent data and its impact upon lawmakers, the military, the church, the press, the academic world, the family and all our institutions'." -- Kevin E. Abrams, co-author of The Pink Swastika: Homosexuality In The Nazi Party

Ridenour, Fritz, So What's the Difference? ISBN: 0830707212 9780830707218.
"A very helpful and handy guide to the real points of difference between Biblical Protestantism and Roman Catholicism, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Unitarianism, Jehovah's Witnesses, Christian Science, and Mormonism." -- GCB "With more than 800,000 copies in print since it was first published in 1967, SO WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE? now appears in this updated and enlarged edition.
"Fritz Ridenour is one of America's best-selling authors. He has written more than a dozen books which have sold millions of copies. He has written this book for adults as well as for youth to answer their questions about Christianity." -- Publisher

*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 -- sk], editor of The Freeman magazine, Economist for The Heritage Foundation, and Professor of Political Philosophy in The Freedom School." -- Publisher
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."

*Robbins, John, Freedom and Capitalism: Essays on Christian Politics and Economics, ISBN: 1891777157 9781891777158.
See, in particularly, the Foreword.
"The relationship between Christianity, freedom, and capitalism has been a subject of scholarly study for centuries. In this volume, John Robbins argues that political and economic freedom are the results of Biblical Christianity. Political freedom and capitalism arose in Northwestern Europe and North America after the Christian Reformation of the 16th Century, and they are unique in world history. The nations and peoples that heard and accepted the Gospel of Jesus Christ as proclaimed by the Reformers quickly became free and prosperous on a scale previously unimaginable. Some historians and economists have denied any causal connection between Christianity, freedom, and capitalism, but they are able to deny this connection only by ignoring clear philosophical, economic, legal, sociological, and historical evidence demonstrating that Christianity is the source of capitalism.
"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, editor of The Freeman magazine, Economist for The Heritage Foundation, and Professor of Political Philosophy in The Freedom School." -- Publisher
Table of Contents: Foreword | Politics | The Founder of Western Civilization | The Sine Qua Non of Enduring Freedom | Some Problems with Natural Law | The Political Philosophy of the Founding Fathers | The Bible and the Draft | The Messianic Character of American Foreign Policy | Truth and Foreign Policy | Compassionate Fascism | Conservatism: An Autopsy | Rightwing Radical Chic | The Reconstructionist Assault on Freedom | Roman Catholic Totalitarianism | The Relation of Church and State (Charles Hodge) | Abortion, the Christian, and the State | The Ethics and Economics of Health Care | The Chickens' Homecoming (John Whitehead) | The Coming Caesars (John Whitehead) | Rebuilding American Freedom in the Twenty-First Century | The Religious Wars of the Twenty-First Century
Economics: The Failure of Secular Economics | The Promise of Christian Economics | Teaching Economics from the Bible | The Neo-Evangelical Assault on Capitalism | The Reformed Assault on Capitalism | The Roman Catholic Assault on Capitalism | How Romanism Ruined America | Not Yours to Give (Edward Ellis) | Money, Freedom, and the Bible | The Case Against Indexation | Is Christianity Tied to Any Political or Economic System? | Ecology: The Abolition of Man | Scripture Index | Index | The Crisis of Our Time | Intellectual Ammunition

*Robbins, John W., Without a Prayer: Ayn Rand and the Close of Her System, 382 pages, ISBN: 0940931745 9780940931749.
"WITHOUT A PRAYER has been praised by U.S. Representative Ron Paul ("A brilliantly insightful analysis of Ayn Rand's influential philosophy"); Edmund Opitz of the Foundation for Economic Education ("A well-structured argument is a work of art; to follow this one is an exhilarating experience"); D. James Kennedy ("This is a powerful book -- a book of strong reasoning, sound apologetics, passionate persuasion, and brilliant logic"); and Jay E. Adams ("His chapters on epistemology and on values are worth the price of the book"). Dr. Robbins discusses not only the philosophy of Ayn Rand, but also criticizes the principal books of her disciples." -- The Trinity Foundation

Rockstad, Ernest B., The Healing of the Mind (Andover, KS: Faith and Life Publications). Available in THE MIND: SATAN'S BASE OF OPERATIONS (2 Corinthians 11:3), four audio cassettes.
A booklet explaining how to be "transformed by the renewing of your mind." (Romans 12:2) Filled with references to Scripture.

Roebuck, Julian B., and Marcus L. Hickson, The Southern Redneck: A Phenomenalogical Class Study, ISBN: 0275908860 9780275908867 0275917967 9780275917968.
Not perjuritive. Includes extensive bibliography.
"The Redneck's chief problem remains false consciousness." -- Julian Roebuck

*Rogers, Richard (1550?-1618) Judges, ISBN: 0851513778.
Richard Rogers was a contemporary of William Perkins (1558-1602).
"This for the Puritan period is THE work upon Judges. It is thoroughly plain and eminently practical. . . ." -- C.H. Spurgeon
"It [The Book of Judges -- sk] provides a dramatic illustration of the effect of apostasy upon every aspect of life. The root cause of Israel's decline was that the covenant relationship with the Lord, with its requirement of absolute and loyal obedience to His commands, was broken. This led to disintegration in the political, religious, social, and family spheres and to a sharp increase in immorality. The Book of Judges serves as a reminder that a nation cannot live on its past glories. The author of Judges was, of course, a preacher to his own generation, but his message has a permanent and universal application, and may be summed up in the words of Proverbs 14:34:

Righteousness exalts a nation,
but sin in a reproach to any people.
Israel's chronic inability to profit by its own bitter history is a solemn exhortation to profit from the lessons of experience, whether observed or experienced." -- A.E. Cundall
"Gideon asks the question that is central to Judges: "if the Lord is with us, why then has all this happened to us?" (Judges 6:13). There was warning in Deuteronomy that the result of turning away from God and serving idols would be the sort of suffering that took place during the period of the judges. God would seem to be absent and the land would be filled with sorrows (Deuteronomy 31:16,17). Israel needed a king who could teach them how to keep their covenant with the Lord. . . .
"The central section of Judges (Judges 3:7 -- Judges 16:31), the bulk of the book, makes an extensive use of repetition. The author describes a repeating sequence of events. The Israelites do evil in the eyes of the Lord, turning to serve other gods. God becomes angry and delivers them up to oppressors. They cry out for help, and God raises up a judge to deliver them. The judge brings peace, but the nation returns to sin as soon as the judge dies. The repeated phrasing describing this pattern reinforces the point that the Israelites were unrepentant. While each judge and the details of the deliverance he brought varies, the end was inevitable: the people again did evil in the eyes of the Lord.
"Six major judges are described, interspersed with the mention of six lesser judges. The opening and closing sections of the book are like bookends, enclosing the cyclical narratives about the judges. The introduction (Judges 1:1 -- Judges 2:5) points out Israel's general failure to conquer the land according to the provisions of the covenant God had made with them. The cycles of the twelve judges show that the judges could not lead the people into faithfulness to the covenant. There was a downward spiral of increasing disobedience. The conclusion (Judges 17-21) recounts two especially grievous examples of covenant disobedience. The writer repeats the brief, tragic observation, 'There was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes.'
"The writer of Judges, like the authors of the other historical books, calls the community of faith to obey the covenant, applying to their lives the teaching of Deuteronomy. He points to the successes and failures of previous generations, and challenges the people of David's time to be faithful to the covenant. He warns them prophetically about the dangers of the wrong kind of leadership.
"According to Judges, Israel was falling away from the covenant and worshiping false gods as they forgot the Lord's acts of salvation in the past (Judges 2:10; Judges 6:13). As in Deuteronomy, the sin of seeking other gods is the continuing pattern of covenant disobedience (Judges 2:11,12; Judges 3:7,12; Judges 8:33; Judges 10:6,10; Deuteronomy 4:23). The repeated cycles with the constant refrains, 'the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the Lord' (Judges 2:11; Judges 3:7,12; Judges 4:1; Judges 6:1; Judges 10:6; Judges 13:1) and 'everyone did what was right in his own eyes' (Judges 17:6; Judges 21:25; cf. Deuteronomy 12:8; Deuteronomy 31:16,17), were a sharp warning to Israel in David's early kingship that they absolutely needed a king who could enable the nation to keep the terms of their covenant with God.
"Beyond these immediate applications for the original audience of Judges, we should observe that later readers doubtless saw in the book the hope for a new David who would teach them to keep their covenant with the Lord. This would be especially true of those who read the book in the days of the divided monarchy or during and after the exile to Babylon. In New Testament days, the gospel of Jesus, the son of David (Matthew 1:1), answers the longing of the readers of Judges for the presence of a godly king, and heightens the church's expectation of His return in glory." -- The Reformation Study Bible: The Word That Changes Lives -- The Faith That Changed the World, New King James Version, pp. 331, 332.
A study of the books of Judges and Micah (we recommend Calvin's Commentary on Micah) reveals that Bible Magistracy, executed by leaders of Church and by leaders of State, turns back the wrath of God. It could be argued this is an underlying theme throughout the Bible. Terrorism against the United States, abroad and at home, can be seen as the wrath of God punishing a wayward people. Practicing Bible Magistracy in society, then, is central to stopping terrorism. When men enforce the Law of God, then they turn back the wrath of God. The conclusion of David's life in 2 Samuel 23:3: "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."

Russell, Jeffrey Burton, A History of Witchcraft: Sorcery, Heretics, Pagan, ISBN: 9780500286340 0500286345.
A comprehensive work.
"Drawing comparisons between modern sorcery and that of the ancient world, the authors show how the European witch craze in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries developed out of a combination of ancient sorcery and medieval Christian heresy, paganism, folklore, scholastic theology, and inquisitorial trials. Whether the diabolical witchcraft for which men and women went to the stake ever existed is open to question. What matters more is that it was believed to exist by intellectuals and peasants alike. 110 illustrations." -- Publisher

*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

*Shepard, Thomas, The Sincere Convert and the Sound Believer. Alternate title: THE SINCERE CONVERT: DISCOVERING THE SMALL NUMBER OF TRUE BELEEVERS AND THE GREAT DIFFICULTY OF SAVING-CONVERSION, ISBN: 1877611328. A Christian classic. Available (THE WORKS OF THOMAS SHEPARD, volume 3 only) on the Puritan Hard Drive.
The sub-title continues: "Wherein is excellently and plainly opened these choyce and divine principles: viz: 1. That there is a God, and this God is most glorious, 2. that God made man in a blessed estate, 3. mans misery by his fall, 4. Christ the onely redeemer by price, 5. that few are saved and that with difficulty, 6. that mans perdition is of himself."
"Lovers of Puritan literature will welcome the reprinting of these two classics. Also includes about 200 pages on the life of Shepard." -- GCB
"He scatters pearls and diamonds with both hands." -- C.H. Spurgeon
The Sincere Convert, Discovering the Paucity of True Believers (1643)
http://archive.org/details/sincereconvertd00shepgoog

*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.
Apologetics lecture series C. Gregg Singer
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=2250511453

*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

Singer, Margaret Thaler, and Janja Lalich, Cults in our Midst, ISBN: 0787900516 9780787900519.
Said to be one of the best secular refutation of cults and cult psychology.
"The country's leading authority on cults, Margaret Thaler Singer, calls on her nearly fifty years of expertise to write the definitive book on cults. Written with author and former cult member Janja Lalich, Singer's first book is a shocking expos‚ that reveals what cults are and how they work. CULTS IN OUR MIDST offers vital information on how to help people escape cult entrapments and recover from the experience. This compelling book debunks commonly held myths and answers perplexing questions about cults. CULTS IN OUR MIDST is filled with practical strategies and suggestions for understanding the cult phenomenon and helping the cult members break free." -- Publisher

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

Spiritual Counterfeits Project (Berkeley, CA [Spiritual Counterfeits Project, P.O. Box 2418, Berkeley 94702]: Spiritual Counterfeits Project).
Spiritual Counterfeits Project
http://www.scp-inc.org/

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

*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
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

*Wilberforce, William (1759-1833), Real Christianity. Alternate title: A PRACTICAL VIEW OF THE PREVAILING RELIGIOUS SYSTEM OF PROFESSED CHRISTIANS IN THE HIGHER AND MIDDLE CLASSES IN THIS COUNTRY, CONTRASTED WITH REAL CHRISTIANITY. PUBLISHED IN 1797 BY WILLIAM WILBERFORCE, ESQ. MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT FOR THE COUNTY OF YORK, ISBN: 157748584X.
"Wilberferforce (1759-1833) was a member of the English Parliament for 45 years, a politician by calling, but a Christian in his faith and practice.
"He was a prime mover in the abolition of slavery in England. This book was printed in 1797, and has gone through many printings since, in English and five other languages.
"The book is highly abridged, being originally 450 pages. . . . The main thrust of the book is on practical Christianity. . . . "Wilberforce teaches the importance of a God-centered life. Any life that is not centered on our Creator is not life at all, but such persons are dead while living (1 Timothy 5:6) . . ." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.

*Wilson, Howard A., Invasion From the East, ISBN: 0806616717 9780806616711.
"Evaluates the impact of Eastern religions on Western society and culture. Voices justifiable concern over the spiritual barrenness that has made America vulnerable to such inroads. Sobering." -- Cyril J. Barber

*Wolterstorff, Nicholas, Justice: Rights and Wrongs, ISBN: 9780691129679 0691129673 9780691146300 0691146306.
"This book is an attempt to speak up for the wronged of the world. . . . My speaking up for the wrong of the world takes the form, in this book, of doing what I can to undermine those frameworks of conviction that prevent us from acknowledging that the other comes before us bearing a claim on us, and of offering an alternative framework, one that opens up to such acknowledgements." -- the author, p. ix
"Nicholas Wolterstorff discusses what it is to have a right, and he locates rights in the respect due the worth of the rights-holder. After contending that socially-conferred rights require the existence of natural rights, he argues that no secular account of natural human rights is successful; he offers instead a theistic account.
"Wolterstorff prefaces his systematic account of justice as grounded in rights with an exploration of the common claim that rights-talk is inherently individualistic and possessive. He demonstrates that the idea of natural rights originated neither in the Enlightenment nor in the individualistic philosophy of the late Middle Ages, but was already employed by the canon lawyers of the twelfth century. He traces our intuitions about rights and justice back even further, to Hebrew and Christian scriptures. After extensively discussing justice in the Old Testament and the New, he goes on to show why ancient Greek and Roman philosophy could not serve as a framework for a theory of rights." -- Publisher

Wurmbrand, Richard, Marx and Satan, ISBN: 0891073795 9780891073796.
"By examining the poetry, plays, correspondence, and biographical accounts of Marx, Wurmbrand builds a convincing case for Marx's undeniable Satanic preference. Wurmbrand knows communism. He was imprisoned for 14 years for his views against communism." -- GCB

Yang, Michael B., Reconsidering Ayn Rand, ISBN: 1579212182 9781579212186 1579212557 9781579212551.
"Dr. Michael Yang was an ardent Objectivist when he was a student at The Johns Hopkins University, but at Harvard Medical School he became a Christian. RECONSIDERING AYN RAND is a semi-auto-biographical account of how and why he changed his mind -- or rather, how and why God changed it for him. This book is one of the best books written by a Christian on Rand's philosophy of Objectivism." -- The Trinity Foundation

*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 'Weastern' 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 worshipper 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 worshipper just follows the rules; in the new spirituality the worshipper 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 inspiration and infallibility of scripture (the doctrine of revelation, the doctrine of plenary inspiration, the doctrine of divine inspiration, the doctrine of verbal inspiration, The all-sufficiency of christ, Hope, Book-length presentations of the free offer of the gospel message of salvation and the life to come: the means of grace, Other works on the gospel, the means of grace, The holy bible, Systematic theology, Calvinism, Spiritual discernment, Lutheranism, Hard-case witnessing, Apologetics, Creeds, confessions and catechisms, Biblical counseling, Peer counseling, peer evangelism, one-on-one evangelism, Small group evangelism, Questions and answers, Biblical counsel by subject, Blasphemy, Comfort and encouragement, Power, Authority, Power religion, Hypocracy, Churches that abuse, Unfaithful reformed ministries, False gospels, Colossians, The sufficiency of christ, The sovereign grace of god: his everlasting mercy and lovingkindness, Spiritual discernment, Ethics, Commitment, surrender, Hypocracy, Sexual relationship, Spiritual Adultery (Spiritual Whoredom/Harlotry), Idolatry Idolatry, Seduction, Self-destruction, Suicide, The religion of secular humanism, Secret societies, ungodly alliances, voluntary alliances, Oaths, ensnaring (vows, promises, covenants) and bonds with the ungodly, Mind control, Rebellion and lawlessness: wickedness, demonic possession, substance abuse, abnormal behavior, insanity, mental illness, mental retardation, Signs of a destructive cult, Pride, Abuse, Leniency, Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, Spiritual warfare, Appendix c: psychology and psychiatry, The decline of american society, irrationality, the decline of western thought, John Ankerberg and John Weldon have written over 70 books on pseudo-Christian movements.
TCRB5: 1814

Related WebLinks

The Temptation of Eve, Part 1, a sermon on Genesis 3:1-6 by Brian Schwertley
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=720081817191

The Temptation of Eve, Part 2, a sermon on Genesis 3:1-6 by Brian Schwertley
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=72008182576

Toleration: The Cut-throat of True Religion, by the Reformed Presbytery
http://www.swrb.com/newslett/actualNLs/ToleratT.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. [not in citation given],
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

The Blood of the Lamb, the Conquering Weapon
A sermon by C.H. Spurgeon delivered on Lord's-day morning, September 9, 1888, at the Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington, Sermon no. 2043.
http://www.covenantofgrace.com/spurgeon_the_blood_of_the_lamb.htm

"Jesus Christ Himself" (Ephesians 2:20)
A sermon by C.H. Spurgeon delivered on Lord's-day morning, December 9, 1877, at the Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington, Sermon no. 1388.
"Beyond all argument or miracle, Jesus Christ Himself is the proof of His own Gospel. And as He is the proof of it, so, Beloved, He is the marrow and essence of it. When the Apostle Paul meant that the Gospel was preached, He said, Christ is preached, for the Gospel is Christ Himself! If you want to know what Jesus taught, know Him! He is the incarnation of that Truth of God which by Him and in Him is revealed to the sons of men. Did He not, Himself say, I am the way, the truth, and the life? You have not to take down innumerable books, nor to pore over mysterious sentences of double meaning in order to know what our great Teacher has revealed. You have but to turn and gaze upon His countenance, behold His actions and note His spirit and you know His teaching. He lived what He taught. If we wish to know Him, we may hear His gentle voice saying, Come and see. Study His wounds and you understand His innermost philosophy.To know Him and the power of His Resurrection is the highest degree of spiritual learning. He is the end of the Law and the soul of the Gospel -- and when we have preached His Word to the fullest, we may close by saying, Now, of the things which we have spoken, this is the sum -- we have an High Priest who is set on the right hand of the Throne of the Majesty in the heavens."
http://www.spurgeongems.org/vols22-24/chs1388.pdf

Churches That Abuse
http://www.lettermen2.com/bcrr7chb.html#ctabs

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

The Christian and Politics #06: The Effects of Deism and Democracy on our Christian Heritage
Dr. C. Gregg Singer, The Christian and Politics
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"Jonestown Conspiracies Revisited," Christopher Knight-Griffin
A rigorously researched paper documented with 90 footnotes and bibliogrpahy. From THE JONESTOWN REPORT, OCTOBER 2008, VOLUME 10.
http://jonestown.sdsu.edu/AboutJonestown/JonestownReport/Volume10/KnightGriffin1.htm

The Unholy Alliance
"Down through the centuries, much of Christendom has become a synthesis of humanism and Biblical semantics -- an unholy alliance," states Dan S., author of this paper, and webcurator for the Miles J. Stanford website.
The paper demonstrates that even an anti-Calvinist, anti-Covenantalist, dispensationalist can articulate the unholy alliance of Pelagianism, Roman Catholicism, Semi-Pelagianism, Anglicanism/Episcopal, Arminianism, Methodism, Renaissance/Enlightenment, Wesleyan/Holiness Movement, Deism/Unitarianism, Pentacostalism, Transcendentalism, Charismatic Movement, Modernism/Liberalism, Third Wave Movement, Postmodernism/Humanism, New Age "Christianity," New World Order, and One World Church
http://withchrist.org/unholy.htm

Necessary Ingredients for a Sound Approach to Problems in Philosophy
Dr. C. Gregg Singer, Christian View of Philosophy
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=7202144452

Aspects of Biblical Theology in Relation to Philosophy
Dr. C. Gregg Singer, Christian View of Philosophy
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=628022101

Intrinsic Conflict That the Early Church Faced with Classical Culture
Dr. C. Gregg Singer, Christian View of Philosophy
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=62802205833

Rationalism to Irrationality
Dr. C. Gregg Singer, 49 min.
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=12160371146

Hegel and Marx
Dr. C. Gregg Singer, 56 min.
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=9150393828

The Christian Answer to Problems of Philosophy
Dr. C. Gregg Singer, Christian View of Philosophy
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=790220101

The Contemporary Christian Approach to the Meaning of Philosophy
Dr. C. Gregg Singer, The Christian View of History
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=72202214819

The Decline of Modern Philosophy
Dr. C. Gregg Singer, Christian View of Philosophy
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=7202144553

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

"Destructive Heresies in Today's Church," a sermon by Gil Rugh on 2 Peter 2:1
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=102104172433

The Religious Movements Page at The University of Virginia
http://religiousmovements.lib.virginia.edu/

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

Apologetics Index: Apologetics Research Resources on Religious Cults, Sects, Movements, Doctrines, Etc.
http://www.gospelcom.net/apologeticsindex/index.html

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

The Orange Papers, by Secret Agent Orange
One man's analysis of Alcoholics Anonymous, an online book.
A comprehensive and excellent resources.
http://www.orange-papers.org/

IMP, The Pagan Invasion Series (Jeremiah Films).
"Each stereo VHS tape is about 48 minutes long. Almost a video encyclopedia of information on the New Age cult strangeness of our day. The narrators of the tapes look into the history and current practices concerning the subject of each tape." -- GCB
IMP, Volume 1: Halloween: Trick or Treat
IMP, Volume 2: Invasion of the Godmen
"Look into the growing god-consciousness movement. Incredible film footage from mystical India highlights the shocking expos‚." -- GCB
IMP, Volume 3: Meditation: Pathway to Deception?
IMP, Volume 4: The East Seduces the West
"God power within movement, oneness with nature, reincarnation, self-realization, past life regression, hypnosis, inner guides, visualization and more." -- GCB
IMP, Volume 5: Dawning of a New Age
"The New World Order and warning signs to watch out for."
IMP, Volume 6: Evolution: Hoax of the Century?
IMP, Volume 7: Evolution: From Physics to Metaphysics
IMP, Volume 8: Preview of the Antichrist
IMP, Volume 9: Secrets of Mind Control
"Many think they are beyond or above having their mind controlled by someone else. The massive social and political movements of our century suggest otherwise. Tape also shows actual footage of mind control therapies." -- GCB
IMP, Volume 10: The Latter Day EMPIRE
"Who was Joseph Smith? Who are the Latter Day Saints? Has this group, relatively small in numbers, infiltrated city, county, state and federal law enforcement agencies like the FBI and CIA? What kind of money is behind these groups? An eye opening look into the hidden secrets of the Mormons." -- GCB
IMP, Volume 11: Joseph Smith's Temple of Doom
"Takes us behind the closed doors of the Mormon Temple where we discover a host of bizarre and mysterious teachings involving magic clothing, baptism for the dead, multiple wives, blood oaths, blood atonement, spirit babies, celestial sex, secret rituals and occultic practices." -- GCB
IMP, Volume 12: Religions vs. Christianity
"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
IMP, Volume 13: Doorways to Satan
"We are almost in the 21st century yet modern man is increasingly involved in old religions. Obsessed with occult mysteries, sadistic violence, and evil. Its everywhere: Movies, books, music, video games and comics. Most disturbing of all is the unveiled rise of Satanism. Tape takes a close look at much of what is going on in this area." -- GCB
Jeremiah Films
http://www.jeremiahfilms.com/products/Pagan-Invasion-Classic
Witness Inc. and Jeremiah Films Video Tapes
http://www.witnessiync.com/ordering_materials.html

Existentialism
http://www.britannica.com/eb/article?eu=34018&tocid=0

est, Warner Erhard, The Forum, Landmark Education, Large Group Awareness Training, Lifespring
http://www.gospelcom.net/apologeticsindex/l30.html (broken link)

12-Step Program Links
Some of the off-shoots of AA.
The now defunct "est" is an off-shoot of AA. It evolved into Warner Erhard, The Forum, Landmark Education, Large Group Awareness Training, Lifespring, and so forth.
http://www.stanice.com/links.html

Scientology
http://www.apologeticsindex.org/585-scientology

Modern Neo-paganism and the Occult: A Guide to Alternative Religions and Their Opponents (Vers. 2.0). Alternate title: A Listing of Anti-cult Groups)
http://slvrsplsh.freeservers.com/pagan101/page18.html

Toxic Theology
"185 deadly errors exposed -- John Brown of Haddington's list of errors in modern English."
http://www.crownofchrist.net/toxic.html



Heresy and Apostasy

The fool hath said in his heart,
There is no God.
They are corrupt,
they have done abominable works,
there is none that doeth good.
(Psalm 14:1)
See the Theological Notes, "Mankind's Guilty Knowledge of God" at Romans 1:29, p. 1767, and the note at Psalm 14:1, p. 766 in
The Reformation Study Bible

See the Theological Notes, "Syncretism and Idolatry," at Hosea 2:13 in The Reformation Study Bible

See the Theological Notes, "Church Discipline and Excommunication," at Matthew 18:15 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)

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

They that observe lying vanities forsake their own mercy. (Jonah 2:8)

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)

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 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)
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

Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear. (Hebrews 11:3)
"Ideas have consequences."

It is very plain that he who modifies the teachings of the Word of God in the smallest particular at the dictation of any man-made opinion has already deserted the Christian ground, and is already, in principle, a heretic. The very essence of heresy is that the modes of thought and tenets originating elsewhere than in the Scriptures of God are given decisive weight when they clash with the teachings of God. -- Benjamin B. Warfield, as cited by John W. Robbins, Scripture Twisting in the Seminaries, vii

Non-creedal churches, which includes many independent churches, tend to become heretical in three steps. First, they are superflous. Second, they become liberal. And, third, they become heretical. See Church History #12: Pelagius and his Theology, Dr. C. Gregg Singer.

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

What is the heresy of Rome, but the addition of something to the perfect merits of Jesus Christ -- the bringing in of the works of the flesh, to assist in our justification? And what is the heresy of Arminianism but the addition of something to the work of the Redeemer? Every heresy, if brought to the touchstone, will discover itself here. I have my own private opinion that there is no such thing as preaching Christ and Him crucified, unless we preach what nowadays is called Calvinism. It is a nickname to call it Calvinism; Calvinism is the gospel, and nothing else. I do not believe we can preach the gospel, if we do not preach justification by faith, without works; nor unless we preach the sovereignty of God in His dispensation of grace; nor unless we exalt the electing, unchangeable, eternal, immutable, conquering love of Jehovah; nor do I think we can preach the gospel, unless we base it upon the special and particular redemption of His elect and chosen people which Christ wrought out upon the cross; nor can I comprehend a gospel which lets saints fall away after they are called, and suffers the children of God to be burned in the fires of damnation after having once believed in Jesus. Such a gospel I abhor. -- C.H. Spurgeon, in the sermon "A Defense of Calvinism"

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

Pride is the highway to utter apostasy. . . . Mark those that are proud in any town, or any company of professors of piety; and if any infection of heresy or infidelity come into that place, these are the men that will soonest catch it. . . . -- Richard Baxter

If God does not exist, everything is permitted. -- Fyodor Dostoevski

Many things combine to make the present inroad of false doctrine peculiarly dangerous.
1. There is an undeniable zeal in some of the teachers of error: their earnestness makes many think they must be right.
2. There is a great appearance of learning and theological knowledge: many fancy that such clever and intellectual men must surely be safe guides.
3. There is a general tendency to free thought and free inquiry in these latter days: many like to prove their independence of judgment, by believing novelties.
4. There is a wide-spread desire to appear charitable and liberal-minded: many seem half ashamed of saying that anybody can be in the wrong.
5. There is a quantity of half-truth taught by the modern false teachers: they are incessantly using Scriptural terms and phrases in an unscriptural sense.
6. There is a morbid craving in the public mind for a more sensuous, ceremonial, sensational, showy worship: men are impatient of inward, invisible heart-work.
7. There is a silly readiness in every direction to believe everybody who talks cleverly, lovingly and earnestly, and a determination to forget that Satan often masquerades himself as an angel of light (2 Corinthians 11:14).
8. There is a wide-spread gullibility among professing Christians: every heretic who tells his story plausibly is sure to be believed, and everybody who doubts him is called a persecutor and a narrow-minded man.
All these things are peculiar symptoms of our times. I defy any observing person to deny them. They tend to make the assaults of false doctrine in our day peculiarly dangerous. They make it more than ever needful to cry aloud, Do not be carried away! -- J.C. Ryle in Warnings to the Churches, "Divers and Strange Doctrines," pp. 76, 77

*Augustine, Saint (Aurelius Augustine, Bishop of Hippo) (354-430 AD), and Philip Schaff, The Writings Against the Manichians and Against the Donatists (Augustine on the Civil Magistrate), ISBN: 156563098X 9781565630987.
http://www.ccel.org/s/schaff/ecf/npnf104/htm/i.htm

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 Pćdobaptisme 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), The Canterburians Self-Conviction: or an Evident Demonstration of the Avowed Arminianisme, Poperie, and Tyrannie of That Faction, by Their Owne Confessions; With a Postscript to the Personat Jesuite Lysimachus Nicanor, a Prime Canterburian. . . . 1641, third edition. Alternate title: LADENSIUM [AUTOKATAKRISIS]. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #19. Also available in Robert Baillie, THE LIFE OF WILLIAM, NOW LORD ARCH-BISHOP OF CANTERBURY, EXAMINED.
"Baillie was one of the Scottish commissioners to the Westminster Assembly. An exceedingly rare item, this book was written as the storms of the religious wars between the Puritans and the Prelates were beginning to blow. These were days when nations adopted overtly religious presuppositions and books such as this became international defenses of gospel principles against the ecclesiastical (and political) forces of Antichrist -- and his generation of vipers.
"After rehearsing some of the major incidents of Prelatical persecution against the saints of the most high God, and calling to the English for support of the Covenanted cause of Christ, Baillie gives this stirring summary of his motives in writing this book, 'behold I here first upon all hazard do break my pitcher, do hold out my Lamp, and blow my trumpet before the Commissioners of the whole Kingdom, offering to convince that prevalent faction by their own mouth, of Arminianism, Popery, and Tyranny.'
"These were brave and zealous words, for in that day such speech could eventuate in your death.
"This is not only a historically relevant item, but also a fine defense against the prevailing heresies of the flesh (heresy being a work of the flesh, cf. Galatians 5:19-20). The two predominant heresies addressed by Baillie in this book still cover much of the professing Christian world today; these being:
(1) false, man-centered views of salvation (Arminianism and Pelagianism) and
(2) false man-centered views of worship (Liturgical innovationism: either high church or Charismatic).
" 'Baillie fought hard against Arminianism' noted Johnston (TREASURY OF THE SCOTTISH COVENANT, p. 310); making this book especially valuable for today! This is the third edition of 128 pages, plus a 28-page postscript." -- Publisher

Baillie, Robert (1599-1662), A Dissuasive From the Errours of the Time: Wherein the Tenets of the Principall Sects, Especially of the Independents, are Drawn Together in one Map, for the Most Part in the Words of Their own Authours, and Their Maine Principles are Examined by the Touch-stone of the Holy Scriptures. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.
"Chapter titles include: The origin and progress of the Brownists; The doctrine of the Brownists; The origin and progress of the Independents, and of their carriage in New England; The carriage of the Independents in Holland; The carriage of the Independents at London; An enumeration of the common tenets of the Independents; It is unjust scrupulosity to require satisfaction of the true grace of every Church member; Concerning the right of prophesying; Whether the power of ecclesiastical jurisdiction belongs to the people, or to the Presbytery?; Independency is contrary to God's Word; The thousand years of Christ, his visible reign upon Earth, is against Scripture (contra Premillennialism -- RB)." -- Publisher

*Bobgan, Martin, and Deidre Bobgan, Psycho-heresy: The Seduction of Christianity by Psychoanalysis, ISBN: 0941717003.
"Some people will say the Bobgans are hitting too hard -- naming names and all that -- but I don't think so. Whenever someone writes for the Christian public he sets forth his views to the scrutiny of others, but if others think that what he says is dangerous to the church, they, like Paul (who names names, too) have an obligation to say so. The chapter Amalgamania is the best. Indeed it should be enlarged and made into an entire book." -- Jay Adams
"Psychology is an anti-biblical religious system not a science. The church has bought the system, rather than building counseling from the Bible. Labels and categories matter, because they either describe things truly or falsely, e.g., the myth of mental illness. Psychotherapy is quackery, with very little documentable success. 'Although some disciplines in the broad field of psychological study have contributed some information about people, much of the information that has filtered down into popular literature and into the psychological office is spurious. The most seductively dangerous area of psychology is that part which seeks to explain why people are the way they are and how they change.' Includes critiques of evangelicals who 'amalgamate' psychology and Christianity: Richard Dobbins, H. Norman Wright, Larry Crabb, Paul Tournier, M. Scott Peck, H. Newton Maloney, Charles Solomon, and others." -- David Powlison
"In the Amalgamania chapter (5), the authors use 2 Corinthians 6:14-17, the separation between light and darkness, between Christ and Belial, between believers and unbelievers, to point out the unbiblical practice of mixing Bible and psychology, with the palm going to the latter. Note the many `How to' books being produced, the fact that they do not have the Bible as the sole rule of faith and practice. It is the Bible plus something else that will solve your problems. Just as teens think that the wisdom of their parents is pass‚, so the writers of today's books in effect regard the Bible's teaching in the same way. To hear the psychologists is to find that they think that the Bible is not adequate for this present age
. . . . Find a church `counselor' who sticks strictly to God's Word, and you will know that you have seen a rare bird indeed. . . . The truth of the matter is that the Christian counselor who determines by the grace of God to know and use the Scriptures in his counseling is the only one who can ever have a solid basis for what he says and does
(p. 203). . . . Read the Puritan sermons, for instance. They expounded the Word fully, and then they gave application after application to everyday life to show that every situation was covered by the Scriptures . . ." -- Jay P. Green Sr.
"Analyzes attempts to integrate psychology with the Bible, exposes fallacies of psychological counseling, examines four commonly held myths about psychology, and encourages a return to sound Biblical foundations for Christian living. Praised by Jay Adams, Ed Payne, et al." -- GCB
Psychoheresy Awareness Ministries
http://www.silcom.com/~phbobgan/

Brown, Harold O.J., Heresies: Heresy and Orthodoxy in the History of the Church, ISBN: 1565633652 9781565633650.
"Dr. Brown is currently with the Reformed Theological Seminary Resident Faculty, in Charlotte NC. Heresies is a comprehensive history book as well as a copious treatise of various heresies since the first century A.D. This would explain its renaming for the current editions.
"Dr. Brown brings this to us in a logical, well written, chronological narrative. It is easy reading, chock full of interesting details and bibliography/footnoting par excellence. He discusses the early persecutions and shows that even some heretics were genuine martyrs. Most importantly to the layman, he explains clearly the ramifications of any particular heresy. He does not stop with an explanation of why it is wrong, but discusses thoroughly the logical implications, conclusions, even actions to which this variant belief brings the heretic." -- Reader's Comment

*Brown, John (of Haddington, 1722-1787), The Absurdity and Perfidy of All Authoritative Toleration of Gross Heresy, Blasphemy, Idolatry, Popery, in Britain. In two letters to a friend in which the doctrine of the Westminster Confession of Faith [1646 -- sk] relative to Toleration of a False Religion, and the power of the civil magistrate about sacred matters; and the nature, origin, ends and obligation of the National Covenant and Solemn League are candidly represented and defended, 1797 Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #7, #25, #26.
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
"REFORMATION ATTAINMENTS VERSUS BACKSLIDING RELIGIOUS PROFESSORS
"Here Brown deals with three major Reformation attainments (anti-tolerationism, establishmentarianism and the obligations of lawful covenants as they biblically bind posterity) that Satan has always been especially concerned to overthrow -- in every major demonic move to open the floodgates of lawlessness, anarchy and misrule. Fletcher, in the preface to the 1797 edition, relates this truth as it comes to bear on various religious professors, stating, 'Papists were enemies to our covenants because they were a standard lifted up against their system of abominable idolatries. Episcopalians were enemies to them, because they were a standard lifted up against their anti-scriptural church-officers and inventions of men in the worship of God. Some Presbyterians are enemies to them in our day through ignorance of their nature and ends; and others through fear of being too strictly bound to their duty.' (Cited in Johnston, Treasury of the Scottish Covenant, p. 486).
"A HISTORY OF HERESY
"It is also interesting to note the long list of backsliders and heretics that often oppose one or more of these points. 'The ancient Donatists, a sect of Arian separatists, who appeared about the beginning of the 4th Century, seem to have been among the first who held out these opinions to the Christian world. Feeling the weight of the arm of power for their schismatical practices, by way of reprisal, they stript the magistrate of all power in religion;-maintaining that he had no more power about religious matters than any private person, and refusing him the right of suppressing the propagators of doctrines different from those professed by the Church, or the observers of a different form of worship. From them the German Anabaptists adopted the same views. Then the Socinians (i.e. an early form of Scripture-denying liberals-RB) and remonstrant Arminians, whenever the magistrate ceased to patronize their cause. The English Independents during the time of the Long Parliament were the zealous supporters of the same opinions. In their rage for liberty of conscience, they formed the strongest opposition in the Westminster Assembly which the Presbyterians had to encounter. Through their influence that venerable body was much embarrassed (hindered -- RB) in their proceeding; and by their means (in collusion with that "Judas of the Covenant," Cromwell -- RB), certain passages of the Confession of Faith never obtained the ratification of the English Parliament. The English Dissenters of the present age are generally in the same views, especially the Socinians, the Arians, and the Quakers, who have most to dread from the Laws of the Land against their blasphemies. And who knows not that the high reputation of Mr. Locke as a Philosopher . . . has given these opinions such an air of respectability, that many youth in the Universities have been thereby inclined to embrace them?' (Preface, pp. vi-vii).
"THE COVENANTAL HAMMER SMASHING THE IDOLS OF OUR DAY
"In our day the tree of toleration (and the anti-Scriptural principles which logically grow out of it) has spread its branches in ways that could have never been envisioned by those that took the first steps away from biblical and covenanted uniformity. What Brown is fighting against here is an error so foundational that when left unchecked it permeates all of society, cutting out the foundational roots that are necessary for all national Reformations. And 'if the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?' (Psalm 11:3). Furthermore, as the preface notes 'liberty of conscience and of opinion' are 'the great idols of the day.' Here Brown takes out his covenantal hammer and smashes these idols with an inconoclastic zeal worthy of our earlier Reformed forefathers. This book is especially useful in answering the persistent fear and questions that always arise when these old Reformed views are discussed: that is, the questions dealing with religious persecution. Brown spends much time in clearing the Westminster Divines of such false charges, while also setting these controversial Reformed teachings on a thoroughly biblical foundation.
"WESTMINSTER'S VIEW OF THE 'EVERLASTING' SOLEMN LEAGUE AND COVENANT
"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."
"OUR MODERN DAY MALIGNANTS
"Brown also includes a helpful section on a point some modern day malignants are once again attempting to use to overthrow the biblical attainments of the covenanted Reformation. This section shows that the '(t)he intrinsic obligation of promises, oaths, vows, and covenants which constitutes their very essence or essential form, is totally and manifestly distinct from the obligation of the law of God in many respects' (p. 120, emphasis added).
"BROWN'S DYING TESTIMONY TO HIS CHILDREN
"Finally, we cite a portion of Brown's dying testimony to his children given in the introduction (p. xix). Such testimonies, from notable Christian leaders, often contain singularly pertinent charges to their hearers. (For another notable example of this see James Renwick's dying testimony, as he was about to be martyred for his adherence to the Solemn League and Covenant, when he recounts what was later to become most of the terms of communion in Covenanted Presbyterian churches. This testimony can be found in Thompson's 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). Here are Brown's dying words to his children: ' "Adhere constantly, cordially and honestly to the Covenanted Principles of the Church of Scotland, and to that Testimony which hath been lifted up for them. I fear a generation is rising up which will endeavour silently," (O how prophetic!) 'to let slip these matters, as if they were ashamed to hold them fast, or even to speak of them (as with many "reformed" publishers and preachers today, who dare not touch the topics Brown deals with in this book -- RB). May the Lord forbid that any of you should ever enter into this confederacy against Jesus Christ and his cause! This from a dying father and minister, and a witness for Christ' (Signed) 'John Brown'."
"DO YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES?
"If you have the courage to compare the original Reformed faith with that which is often promoted under its name today (and in many ways the old Reformed faith bears little resemblance to the 'new light' Reformers and innovators of our day), then this is an ideal book to obtain and study." -- Reg Barrow
Following are three works related to THE ABSURDITY AND PERFIDY OF ALL AUTHORITATIVE TOLERATION OF GROSS HERESY, BLASPHEMY, IDOLATRY, POPERY, IN BRITAIN by John Brown of Wamphray.
1. Barrow, Reg, Calvin, Covenanting, Close Communion and the Coming Reformation, 1996, a book review of ALEXANDER AND RUFUS . . . by John Anderson, 1862. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.
"Shows how Calvin practiced covenanting and close communion and how the biblical view of these ordinances is intended to purify the individual, church and nation. Refutes the Popish, Independent and paedocommunion heresies -- as well as all views of open communion (so common in our day.) Also argues that Arminians, anti-paedobaptists, anti-regulativists, and all those who openly violate the law of God (and are unrepentant) should be barred from the Lord's table -- as a corrective measure ordained of God for their recovery. Also demonstrates that those that would not swear to uphold the Geneva Confession (or 'human constitution,' as it was agreeable to the Word of God) of 1536 in Calvin's day were to be excommunicated and exiled from Geneva. This is Reformation History Notes number two." -- Reg Barrow
Calvin, Covenanting and Close Communion
http://www.swrb.com/newslett/actualnls/CalvinCC.htm
2. Price, Greg L., Terms of Communion: Covenants and Covenanting, a series of 7 audio cassettes. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.
"Explains and defends the fourth term of communion, which is 'That public, social covenanting is an ordinance of God, obligatory on churches and nations under the New Testament; that the National Covenant and the Solemn League are an exemplification of this divine institution; and that these Deeds are of continued obligation upon the moral person; and in consistency with this, that the Renovation of these Covenants at Auchensaugh, Scotland, 1712 was agreeable to the word of God.' Includes the studies offered separately on the National Covenant (2 tapes), the Solemn League and Covenant (1 tape), the Auchensaugh Renovation (2 tapes), as well as two introductory lectures (only available in this set) on the biblical principles related to the ordinance of covenanting, the descending obligation of lawful covenants, objections against covenanting, etc. Roberts, in his REFORMED PRESBYTERIAN CATECHISM, catches the spirit of this tape set in the following question and answer:
"Q. May we not indulge the hope, that, in the goodness of our covenant God, and by the promised outpouring of his Holy Spirit, 'the kingdoms of the world' at large, and the British empire in particular, will dedicate themselves to God in a covenant not to be forgotten -- animated by the example of our covenant fathers exhibited in these memorable deeds?
"A. Yes. We have the most cheering grounds for this blessed hope; for it is written, that the nations at large in the spirit of devoted loyalty, shall cry -- 'Come and let us join ourselves to the Lord in a perpetual covenant that shall not be forgotten': and it cannot be well doubted, that the death-cry of the martyred Guthrie has been heard on high, and shall be verified -- 'The covenants, the covenants, shall yet be Scotland's (and the world's -- RB) reviving' " (p. 151).
"A thoroughly amazing set of tapes -- among our best!" -- Publisher
3. Cunningham, John, The Ordinance of Covenanting, 1843. A Christian classic. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #3, #27.
"This book is considered by many as the classic work on covenanting. 'The theology of Covenanting is here unfolded with a richness of scriptural research and a maturity of intellectual strength which would have made the grey eye of Peden glisten with delight. The treatise is a valuable addition to that solid theological literature of which the Reformed Presbyterian Church has produced repeated and enduring specimens, and stamps Mr. Cunningham as a distinguished disciple of the thoughtful and scriptural school of Mason and the Symingtons' (Presbyterian Review (1844) as cited by Johnston, Treasury of the Scottish Covenant).
"The author himself notes that '(p)rayer and the offering of praise are universally admitted to be duties of religion. The Scriptures announce a place among these for the exercise of solemn Covenanting . . . What the word of God unfolds concerning it, is addressed to the most resolute consideration of all, and is capable of engaging the most extensive and prolonged investigation. And yet, though none have found this subject, like all God's judgements, else than a great deep, still in meditating upon it, the ignorant have been brought to true knowledge, and the wise have increased in wisdom.'The secret of the Lord is with them that fear him; and he will shew them his covenant' (Psalm 25:14) . . . Mutual federal engagements, concerning things religious and civil, whether entered into merely by simple promise, or confirmed by the solemn oath, have been made from the highest antiquity to the present. The hostility to some such engagements, and also the proud disregard for their obligation, which have been evinced by some in all ages, demand a most careful examination into their nature and design . . . Furnished with the key of Scripture, approaching the subject, we are enabled to open the mysteries in which ignorance and prejudice had shut it up; and equipped with the armour of light shooting forth its heavenly radiance, in safety to ourselves we assail the darkness thrown around it, and behold the instant flight of the spirits of error which that darkness contains. Standing alone in beauteous attractions descended from heaven upon it, this service beckons us to approach it, and engages to connect extensive good with a proper attention to its claims. The observance, under various phases, is described in Scripture as an undisputed and indisputable reality.'
"In this book Cunningham exhaustively covers the subject of covenanting in over 400 pages. He deals with the manner, duty and nature of covenanting (including personal and social covenanting), the obligation covenanting confers, how covenanting is provided for in the everlasting covenant, how it is adapted to the moral constitution of man and how it is according to the purposes of God. Numerous Divine examples are cited from Scripture and covenanting is shown to be one of the great privileges of the Christian life.
"An interesting chapter covers 'Covenanting Enforced By the Grant of Covenant Signs and Seals;' which touches on circumcision, baptism, the Sabbath, the Priesthood, the new heart and the person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ. Furthermore, this book demonstrates how God's approbation rested upon Covenanters in formers ages, how covenanting is predicted in prophecy, how it is recommended by the practice of the New Testament Church and at what seasons it is appropriate. The appendices touch on the relationship of covenanting to immoral and unscriptural civil governments, the Free Presbyterian Church of Scotland, the British constitution and the apostasy of the Revolution settlement.
"Additionally, Cunningham acknowledges that the true church is 'bound by the obligations of the Church of God is past times' and is still obligated to pay what it has vowed to the Lord in those magnificent attainments of the second Reformation (the epitome of these attainments being embodied in the Solemn League and Covenant and the Westminster Standards).
"If you are interested in the ordinance of covenanting this is the most extensive treatment you will find in one book. It is a gold mine of Scriptural references and should be read at least once by everyone who calls upon the name of Christ." -- Publisher
"David Steele dedicated this work [NOTES ON THE APOCALYPSE -- sk] to John Cunningham, author of THE ORDINANCE OF COVENANTING." -- Publisher
The Ordinance of Covenanting
http://www.covenanter.org/Covenanting/covenantinghome.htm

*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.

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

Cameron, John (1579?-1625), and John Verneuil (translator), A Tract of the Sovereign Judge of Controversies in Matters of Religion. By John Cameron Minister of the Word of God, and Divinity Professour in the Academie of Montauban. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.

Cawdrey, Daniel (1588-1664), Diatribe Triplex, or, A Threefold Exercitation: Concerning 1. Superstition, 2. Will-worship, 3. Christmas Festivall, With the Reverend and Learned Dr. Hammond. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.

*Davidheiser, Bolton, Evolution and the Christian Faith.
"This spiritually converted biologist and geneticist wields a mean whip on the back of all evolutionists, whether atheistic or theistic. He has plaited his whip from the statements of the evolutionists themselves, both the oldest and the newest. Having been one of them, he is able to tear holes in their methods and in their conclusions." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.

Dent, Arthur (1706?) The Ruin of Rome, or An Exposition Upon the Whole Revelation. Wherein is plainly shewed and proved, that the Popish religion, together with all the power and authority of Rome, shall ebb and decay still more and more throughout all the churches of Europe, and come to an utter overthrow even in this life, before the end of the world. Written especially for the comfort of Protestants, and the daunting of Papists, Seminary Priests, Jesuits, and all that cursed rabble, 1607. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.

*Dickson, David (1583?-1663), and Robert Woodrow (1679-1734), Truth's Victory Over Error: A Commentary on the Westminster Confession of Faith, 296 pages, ISBN: 0851519490 9780851519494. Alternate title: TRUTH'S VICTORY OVER ERROR: OR, THE TRUE PRINCIPLES OF THE CHRISTIAN RELIGION, STATED AND VINDICATED . . . BY THE LATE . . . DAVID DICKSON . . . TO THIS EDITION IS PREFIXED, A SHORT ACCOUNT OF THE AUTHOR'S LIFE, BY . . . ROBERT WODROW . . . KILMARNOCK, 'THE TRUE PRINCIPLES OF THE CHRISTIAN RELIGION, STATED AND VINDICATED AGAINST THE FOLLOWING HERESIES, VIZ, ARIANS, ARMINIANS, ANABAPTISTS, ANTINOMIANS, BROWNISTS, DONATISTS, EPICURIANS, EUTYCHIANS, ERASTIANS, FAMILISTS, JESUITS, INDEPENDENTS, LIBERTINES, MANICHEANS, PELAGIANS, PAPISTS, QUAKERS, SOCINIANS, SABELLIANS, SCEPTICS, VANINIANS, ETC. THE WHOLE BEING A COMMENTARY ON ALL THE CHAPTERS OF THE (Westminster -- RB) CONFESSION OF FAITH, BY WAY OF QUESTION AND ANSWER: IN WHICH, THE SAVING TRUTHS OF OUR HOLY RELIGION ARE CONFIRMED AND ESTABLISHED; AND THE DANGEROUS ERRORS AND OPINIONS OF ITS ADVERSARIES DETECTED AND CONFUTED . . . TO THIS EDITION IS PREFIXED, A SHORT ACCOUNT OF THE AUTHOR'S LIFE, BY THE LATE MR. ROBERT WODROW . . .' " Available on the Puritan Hard Drive
"One of the best commentaries on the Westminster Confession of Faith. This item is part of the elder's reading/training list in the Puritan Reformed Church (the church of the Covenanted Reformation)." -- Publisher
Dickson, David, Truth's Victory Over Error
http://www.truecovenanter.com/dickson/truthsvictory.html
Dickson, David, Of Justification, from David Dickson's Truth's Victory Over Error
http://www.truecovenanter.com/dickson/truthsvictory11.html
Dickson, David (1583?-1663) and Robert Wodrow (1679-1734, Short Account of the Reverend Mr. David Dickson), Truth's Victory Over Error, or, the True Principles of the Christian Religion, Stated and Vindicated Against the Following Heresies, viz. Arians . . . Vaninians, &c. The whole being a commentary on all the chapters of the Confession of Faith, by way of question and answer: in which, the saving truths of our holy religion are confirmed and established; and the dangerous errors and opinions of its adversaries detected and confuted, 1764.
Bound with the author's: TRUE CHRISTIAN LOVE.
https://archive.org/details/truthove00dick

Edwards, Thomas (1599-1647), Gangraena, or, A Catalogue and Discovery of Many of the Errours, Heresies, Blasphemies and Pernicious Practices of the Sectaries of This Time, Vented and Acted in England in These Four Last Years, 1646, 3 volumes in 1. Each part has separate title page and paging. Alternate title: THE FIRST AND SECOND PART OF GANGRAENA . . . and THE THIRD PART OF GANGRAENA: OR A NEW AND HIGHER DISCOVERY OF THE ERRORS, HERESIES, BLASPHEMIES AND INSOLENT PROCEEDINGS OF THE SECTARIES OF THESE TIMES; WITH SOME ANIMADVERSIONS BY WAY OF CONFUTATION UPON MANY OF THE ERRORS AND HERESIES NAMED, 1646. Available (all 3 parts) on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available (all 3 parts) on Reformation Bookshelf CD #24.

Fergusson, James (1621-1667), Refutation of the Errors of Toleration, Independency, Erastianism, and Separation, 1692. Alternate title: A BRIEF REFUTATION OF THE ERRORS OF TOLLERATION, ERASTIANISM, INDEPENDENCY AND SEPARATION. DELIVERED IN SOME SERMONS FROM I JOH. 4. I. PREACH'D IN THE YEAR 1652. TO WHICH ARE ADDED FOUR SERMONS PREACH'D ON SEVERAL OCCASIONS (1692). Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.
http://archive.org/details/briefrefutationo00ferg
See also: The Bible Doctrine of the Separated Life Johannes G. Vos

Ferreiro, Alberto (editor), Jeffrey Burton Russell (editor), The Devil, Heresy and Witchcraft in the Middle Ages: Essays in Honor of Jeffrey B. Russell, ISBN: 9004106103 9789004106109.

*Gillespie, George (1613-1648), Heresies Defined and the Necessity of Heresies Explained, by George Gillespie, Scottish Commissioner to the Assembly of Divines at Westminster, ISBN: 0921148313 9780921148319. Available in MISCELLANY QUESTIONS found in THE WORKS OF GEORGE GILLESPIE on the Puritan Hard Drive.
"Heresy is a gross and dangerous error, voluntarily held and factiously maintained by some person or persons within the visible church, in opposition to some chief or substantial truth or truths grounded upon and drawn from the holy Scripture by necessary consequence." -- George Gillespie
Heresies Defined and the Necessity of Heresies Explained
http://www.truecovenanter.com/gillespie/ggilles09.html

Gillespie, George (1613-1648), Truth and Heresy.
Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.
http://www.swrb.com/newslett/actualnls/TruthHer.htm

Gouge, William (1578-1653), A Recovery From Apostacy set out in a Sermon Preached in Stepny Church near London at the receiving of a penitent renegado into the church, Oct 21, 1638.

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

Lewis, James R., The Oxford Handbook of New Religious Movements, ISBN: 0195149866 9780195149869.

*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.
"Apologie for our publick ministrie and infant baptism."
http://archive.org/details/plainmanssensese00lyfo
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

Mall, Thomas (b. 1629 or 30), The Axe at the Root of Professors Miscarriages. In a Plain Detection of, and a Wholsome Caveat Against the Miscarriages Opposite to Faith in God. By Thomas Mall, Minister of the Gospel.

*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."

Price, Greg L., Covenanter Terms of Communion 1 of 19: The Word of God 1/2, MP3 files. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=1210510584

Price, Greg L., The Reformed Confessions, Heresy, Schism and the Faithful Remnant. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #6.

Price, Greg L., Terms of Communion: The Westminster Standards, 5 MP3 files. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.
"Explains and defends the second term of communion, which is 'That the whole doctrine of the Westminster Confession of Faith [1646 -- sk], and the Catechisms, Larger and Shorter, are agreeable unto, and founded upon the Scriptures.' Price not only explains why we need creeds and confession (answering the question: Isn't the Scripture sufficient?), but he shows how everyone has a creed and how such statements of faith are actually inescapable -- for as soon as one says what he believes the Bible means, he has (by definition) put forth his creed ('credo' in Latin means 'to believe'). There is no neutrality! He also gives a summary of the WESTMINSTER STANDARDS and the history of this august assembly, demonstrating why these standards are agreeable to the word of God. After showing how faithful creeds and confessions (i.e. human testimony) have brought untold blessings to the church he gives a history of the Westminster Assembly (setting the context for the study of the STANDARDS themselves). The doctrines contained in the confessional standards are then summarized. Price also exposes and rebukes much false teaching and false practice (contrary to the STANDARDS) using the specific names associated with each heresy refuted. The following doctrines are covered: sola Scripture (refuting popery, neo-orthodoxy, liberalism and the charismatics), the Doctrine of God (refuting Unitarianism, Oneness theology [Modalism, Sabellianism], and tritheism), God's decrees and predestination (refuting Arminianism, fatalism [Islam]), Creation (refuting Evolutionism, Pantheism and New Age and Eastern mysticism), the covenant of works, Providence (against 'luck' and 'accidents'), the Fall of Man (refuting Arminianism and Pelagianism), the Covenant of Grace (refuting dispensationalism), Christ our mediator (refuting Arianism [JW's], Apollinarianism, Nestorianism, Eutychianism [which led to the transubstantiation and consubstantiation heresies], the free offer of the gospel, Effectual Calling (contra Arminianism), Justification by Faith alone through Christ alone (contra Rome and the Arminians), Sanctification and good works (condemning antinomianism and legalism), Assurance of Faith, Perseverance of the Saints, the Law of God, Christian liberty (against pretended liberty of conscience and the imposition of legalistic standards outside of the law of God), worship (against the anti-regulativists and promoters of will-worship), the Regulative Principle (condemning Arminianism in worship), the Sabbath (taking the high Scottish view), lawful oaths and vows (condemning covenant breaking [churches and nations included], perjury, etc.), the Civil Magistrate (against pluralism, false toleration, Erastianism, and for biblical establishments), marriage, the church (contra popery, prelacy and independency [all of which are forms of sectarianism]), and the resurrection and general judgement." -- Publisher
Covenanter Terms of Communion 1 of 19: The Word of God 1/2
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=1210510584

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

*Rutherford, Samuel (1600-1661), A Free Disputation Against Pretended Liberty of Conscience, 1649 edition. 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
The Covenant Between God and Kings, from A DEFENSE OF LIBERTY
http://www.constitution.org/vct/vindiciae1a.htm

*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 -- sk] 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

Strong, William, A Voice From Heaven Calling the People of God to a Perfect Separation From Mystical Babylon.

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 -- sk] 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; 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

See also: The sovereignty of god, The doctrine of man (human nature, total depravity), Colossians, The sufficiency of christ, 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, Christian scholarship, Spiritual discernment, False gospels, Toleration, liberty of conscience, pluralism, and neutrality, Leniency, Reform of the church, The covenanted reformation of scotland, Unfaithful reformed ministries, Heresy and apostasy, Appendix d: pseudo-christian movements: a selection of works, Blasphemy, Arminianism, Antinomianism, The counter reformation, Pentecostal movement, assembly of god, positive confession and positive mental attitude (pma), word of faith, Appendix c: psychology and psychiatry, Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, and so forth, and so on.
TCRB5: 1235, 1236, 1577

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False Gospels

See the Theological Notes, "Justification and Merit," at Galatians 3:11 in The Reformation Study Bible.

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

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

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

O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you?
This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?
Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?
(Galatians 3:1-3)

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

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)

What is the heresy of Rome, but the addition of something to the perfect merits of Jesus Christ -- the bringing in of the works of the flesh, to assist in our justification? And what is the heresy of Arminianism but the addition of something to the work of the Redeemer? Every heresy, if brought to the touchstone, will discover itself here. I have my own private opinion that there is no such thing as preaching Christ and Him crucified, unless we preach what nowadays is called Calvinism. It is a nickname to call it Calvinism; Calvinism is the gospel, and nothing else. I do not believe we can preach the gospel, if we do not preach justification by faith, without works; nor unless we preach the sovereignty of God in His dispensation of grace; nor unless we exalt the electing, unchangeable, eternal, immutable, conquering love of Jehovah; nor do I think we can preach the gospel, unless we base it upon the special and particular redemption of His elect and chosen people which Christ wrought out upon the cross; nor can I comprehend a gospel which lets saints fall away after they are called, and suffers the children of God to be burned in the fires of damnation after having once believed in Jesus. Such a gospel I abhor. -- Charles Spurgeon in A Defense of Calvinism

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

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. -- The Lord Jesus Christ (John 14:6)

Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. (Acts 4:12)

Salvation belongeth unto the LORD: thy blessing is upon thy people. Selah. (Psalm 3:8)

For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures. (1 Corinthians 15:3,4)

For I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith. (Romans 1:16,17)

"I. The grace of faith, whereby the elect are enabled to believe to the saving of their souls, is the work of the Spirit of Christ in their hearts, and is ordinarily wrought by the ministry of the Word, by which also, and by the administration of the sacraments, and prayer, it is increased and strengthened.
"II. By this faith, a Christian believes to be true whatsoever is revealed in the Word, for the authority of God Himself speaking therein; and acts differently upon that which each particular passage thereof contains; yielding obedience to the commands, trembling at the threatenings, and embracing the promises of God for this life, and that which is to come. But the principal acts of saving faith are accepting, receiving, and resting upon Christ alone for justification, sanctification, and eternal life, by virtue of the covenant of grace." -- The Westminster Confession of Faith (1647) Chapter XIV, Of Saving Faith

So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. (Romans 10:17)

"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.
A sermon on the text "And when they had lifted up their eyes, they saw no man, save Jesus only." (Matthew 17:8)
Jesus only could cleanse them, and did. Christ could lead them on, and did. Ah, Brethren, all the Savior we want we find in Jesus only. The priests of Rome and their Anglican mimics officiously offer us their services. How glad they would be if we would bend our necks once again to their yoke! But we thank God we have seen "Jesus only," and if Moses has gone, and if Elijah has gone, we are not likely to let the fools of Rome come in and fill up the vacancy. "Jesus only," is enough for our comfort, without either Anglican, Mosaic, or Roman priest-craft. . .
He was enough as their power for future life, as well as their Master. They needed not ask Moses to lend them official dignity, nor to ask Elijah to bring them fire from Heaven. Jesus would give them His Holy Spirit, and they should be strong enough for every enterprise. And, Brethren, all the power you and I want to preach the Gospel, and to conquer souls for the Truth, we can find in Jesus only. You want no sacred State prestige, no pretended Apostolic succession, no prelatic unction -- Jesus will anoint you with His Holy Spirit, and you shall be plenteously endowed with power from on high, so that you shall do great things and prevail. "Jesus only." Why, they wanted no other motive to constrain them to use their power aright. It is enough incentive to a man to be allowed to live for such a One as Christ. Only let the thought of Christ fill the enlightened intellect, and it must conquer the sanctified affections! Let but Jesus be well understood as the everlasting God who bowed the heavens and came down and suffered shame, and ignominy, that He might redeem us from the wrath to come. Let us get but a sight of the thorncrowned head and those dear eyes all red with weeping, and those sweet cheeks bruised and battered by the scoffers' fists.
Let us but look into the tender heart that was broken with griefs unutterable for our sakes -- and the love of Christ must constrain us -- and we shall thus, judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead: and that He died for all, that they which live should not, therefore, live unto themselves, but unto Him which died for them, and rose again. In the point of motive, Believers do not need the aid of Moses. That you ought to do such a thing because otherwise you will be punished will but little strengthen you. Nor will you be much aided by the spirit of prophecy which leads you to hope that in the millennial period you will be made a ruler over many cities.
It will be enough for you that you serve the Lord Christ. It will be enough for you if you may be enabled to honor Him, to deck His crown, to magnify His name. Here is stimulus sufficient for martyrs and confessors -- "Jesus only," p. 647
http://www.spurgeongems.org/vols16-18/chs924.pdf

Many divines say that Christ did something when he died that enabled God to be just, and yet the Justifier of the ungodly. What that something is they do not tell us. They believe in an atonement made for everybody; but then, their atonement is just this. They believe that Judas was atoned for just as much as Peter; they believe that the damned in hell were as much an object of Jesus Christ's satisfaction as the saved in heaven; and though they do not say it in proper words, yet they must mean it, for it is a fair inference, that in the case of multitudes, Christ died in vain, for he died for them all, they say; and yet so ineffectual was his dying for them, that though he died for them they are damned afterwards. Now, such an atonement I despise -- I reject it. -- C.H. Spurgeon, a sermon in 1858 at Royal Surrey Gardens on Isaiah 53:10 entitled "The Death of Christ."

Yea, Judas' master, the devil himself, one far enough from justifying faith, yet he assents to the truth of the word. He goes against his conscience when he denies them. When he tempted Christ he did not dispute against the Scripture, but from the Scripture, drawing his arrows out of this quiver (Matthew 4:6). And at another time, he makes as full a confession of Christ, for the matter, as Peter himself did (Matthew 8:29, compared with Matt. 16:17). Assent to the truth of the word is but an act of the understanding, which reprobates and evils may exercise. But justifying faith is a compounded habit, and has its seat both in the understanding and will. Therefore it is called a "believing with the heart" (Romans 10:10); yea, a "believing with all the heart" (Acts 8:37). Philip said, "If you believe with all your heart, you may." It takes in all the powers of the soul. There is a double object in the promise, one proper to the understand, to move that; another proper to the will, to excite and work on that. As the promise is true, so it calls for an act of assent from the understanding; and as it is good as well as true, so it calls for an act of the will to embrace and receive it. Therefore, he which only notionally knows the promise, and speculatively assent to the truth of it, without clinging to it, and embracing of it, does not believe savingly, and can have no more benefit from the promise, than nourishment from the food he sees and acknowledges to be wholesome, but eats none of. -- William Gurnall

"One of the most popular beliefs of the day is that God loves everybody. . . . So widely has this dogma been proclaimed, and so comforting is it to the heart which is at enmity with God we have little hope of convincing many of their error. . . . To tell the Christ-rejector that God loves him is to cauterize his conscience as well as to afford him a sense of security in his sins. The fact is, the love of God is a truth for the saints only, and to present it to the enemies of God is to take the children's bread and cast it to the dogs." -- A.W. Pink

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

When the church preaches the Gospel as the power of God, as spiritual dynamic that can operate in men and change them, it is THEN that she deals with the social problem; not when she is talking about the social problem, and giving statistics and making moral appeals. That is a waste of time, and we must reject it as a temptation from the devil! I do not hesitate to say so. The devil is perfectly satisfied as long as the church is just reading, Sunday by Sunday, little moral essays, trying to give a little moral uplift, and making an appeal to people to be decent. I am certain that at such times the devil rejoices, because he knows that his kingdom will not be affected. -- Martyn Lloyd-Jones in Ephesians -- Darkness and Light

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

If I could show you a picture of a starving Christian, I would. But the starvation is not physical, it is invisible: the starvation of the spirit, of the soul: the starvation caused by the failure of the churches and their leaders in the United States to feed their sheep the Gospel. Not since the Middle Ages has there been such a spiritual famine in the West.
It is not that the sheep aren't being fed; they are -- junk food, scraps, husks, and poison.
For the past century ordinary American Christians have been betrayed by the treason of the clergy and the churches, by men who have defected from the truth, by men who do not teach the truth because there is no truth in them. . . . -- John W. Robbins

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

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.)

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.

Soul-violence begins when one individual tries to usurping authority over another, to control and possess them. The means of control may be either outward or occult: possessiveness, deceit, repression or suppression of the truth, soul stealing, attempts to take authority over another politically or by mental malpractice, denial of freedom, indebtedness, whoredom, and so forth. Abuse of the soul quenches the Holy Spirit.
If either side is immovable, then death is the result of the conflict of will. How are conflicts of will resolved? By submission to the absolute truth of God's word. These observations bear a strain of the Gospel.

The media are buzzing with news about Mel Gibson's new movie, "The Passion of the Christ," which opened today, Ash Wednesday [February 25, 2004] in the Roman Church-State calendar. Showing in 2800 theaters nationwide, the movie is expected to recoup its production costs in 5 days, due to the enormous numbers of "evangelicals" who are buying tickets.
The important questions are not, as most commentators seem to think, Is the movie historically accurate, or Biblically accurate, or anti-Semitic. Of course it is neither historically nor Biblically accurate, despite what leading "evangelicals" have said. The movie is informed by Gibson's traditional Romanism, which is radically un-Biblical and historically inaccurate. Rome also has a long and undeniable tradition of anti-Semitism, which makes many suspicious about Gibson's movie.
The important question is, rather, Why are millions of "evangelicals" flocking to see a Romanist movie? The answer is one that no one wants to hear: So-called evangelicals are Romanists at heart.
In the crucial debates over salvation five centuries ago, the difference between Rome and the Reformers was not merely grace versus works, but, at a more profound level, imputed righteousness versus infused grace.
The Reformers (and the Bible) said that sinners are saved only by the imputation of Christ's perfect righteousness to their legal accounts. Sinners had broken the law of God, and their just punishment could be averted only by someone taking the punishment they deserved and fulfilling all God's Law perfectly as their Substitute and Representative -- their Mediator. So Jesus Christ lived a perfect life and died an innocent death for his people. His righteousness is imputed to believers, and they are saved.
The Romanists said that sinners are saved by grace infused into their hearts through the sacraments. This doctrine of infused grace, with its focus on the interior life and experience of the sinner (who actually ate the physical body and drank the physical blood of Christ in the Mass), gave birth to all sorts of bizarre "spirituality" during the Middle Ages: mysticism, monasticism, asceticism, masochism, and sacramentalism.
The Reformation recovered and preached the Biblical doctrine of salvation by the extrinsic righteousness of Christ imputed to believers through belief alone. But even during the Reformation, many who were outside the Roman Church adopted its subjectivist view of salvation by religious experience.
Luther himself never repudiated the Romanist superstition of eating the physical body and drinking the physical blood of Christ in the Lord's Supper. The German Enthusiasts and Pietists, the Dutch Arminians, and even some of the English Puritans became quasi-Romanist in their focus on "experimental religion" and religious experience. The Wesleyans in England and America made religious experience central to their new doctrine, and John Wesley vehemently attacked the Biblical doctrine of justification by faith alone.
All of these groups ignored or repudiated "extrinsic justification," that is, justification by a righteousness wholly outside the sinner and imputed to him by an act of God. The whole theology of religious revivalism in "evangelical" circles is Romanist at its heart. They now see this Romanist movie as a tool and opportunity for revival -- the greatest, one of them has said, in 2000 years.
Louis Bouyer, a convert to Romanism who became a Roman priest, pointed out the rediscovery of Romanism in "Protestant" Revivalism nearly 50 years ago.
In his 1955 book, "The Spirit and Forms of Protestantism," Bouyer wrote:

"The Protestant Revival. . . recalls the best and most authentic elements of the Catholic tradition. . . . For we see in every Protestant country Christians who owed their religion to the movement we have called, in general, Revivalism, attain a more or less complete rediscovery of Catholicisim."
In the 19th and 20th centuries, "evangelicals" used new terms to describe the plan of salvation -- terms not found in Scripture: "personal encounter with Christ," "personal relationship with Christ," "let Jesus into your heart," "put Christ on the throne of your heart." Both "evangelicals" and the Neo-orthodox adopted and taught the Medieval religion of religious experience. All of them rejected the Biblical doctrine of justification by an extrinsic righteousness imputed only through belief of the Gospel.
And that is why we now see millions of "evangelicals" flocking to theaters to watch an R-rated Romanist film: They seek a religious experience, and this movie -- a high-tech version of a Medieval Passion Play -- will give them an overwhelming religious experience, and they think that is Christianity." -- John Robbins, The Trinity Foundation, February 25, 2004

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:

  5. THE EVERLASTING RIGHTEOUSNESS, by Horatius Bonar
  6. JUSTIFICATION BY FAITH ALONE, by Charles Hodge
  7. WHAT IS SAVING FAITH? by Gordon H. Clark. -- John Robbins

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

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

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, and Mark Hatch Boiling Point: It Only Takes one Degree: Monitoring Cultural Shifts in the 21st Century, ISBN: 0830726500 9780830726509 0830726519 9780830726516.

Barna, George, Index of Leading Spiritual Indicators, ISBN: 0849936039 9780849936036.
"In this book, veteran pollster George Barna provides an overview of the trends and conditions of spirituality in America -- including beliefs, institutional connections, donations, corporate religious activity, and private spirituality." -- Publisher

*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.

Barron, Bruce, The Health and Wealth Gospel: What's Going on Today in a Movement That has Shaped the Faith of Millions? ISBN: 0877843279 9780877843276.
"Barron probes the teachings of prominent preachers like Charles Capps, Kenneth Hagin, and Kenneth Copeland. Can we have whatever we ask from God? Can we see a 100-fold return on our Kingdom investment? Is sickness a sign of a lack of faith? These and other claims are examined fully and fairly." -- GCB

Baxter, Richard (1615-1691), The Causes and Danger of Slighting Christ and His Gospel: or Eternal Salvation Made Light of by Multitudes . . . Written by . . . Richard Baxter. Abridged by Benjamin Fawcett, M. A. The third edition Shrewsbury, 1776.

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

*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. Available 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
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

*Chantry, Walter J., Today's Gospel: Authentic or Synthetic? ISBN: 0851510272 9780851510279.

*Clark, Gordon H. (1902-1985), Today's Evangelism: Counterfeit or Genuine? ISBN: 0940931281 9780940931282.
"Clark compares the methods and messages of today's evangelists with Scripture, and finds that Christianity is on the wane because the Gospel has been distorted or lost. This is an extremely useful and enlightening book." -- John W. Robbins
"According to Dr. Clark, true evangelism aims for truth rather than counting heads. `The message, the teaching, the doctrine of the evangelist is what separates genuine Christian evangelism from counterfeit evangelism . . . Evangelism is the exposition of the Scripture. God will do the regenerating'." -- Robert Duvall

Countess, Robert H., Dumbing Down the Gospel: Jesus, Pharisees, Talmud, Edersheim, and Mark 7:1ff.

Cunha, Stephen M., The Emperor has no Clothes: Dr. Richard B. Gaffin Jr.'s Doctrine of Justification (Unicoi, TN: The Trinity Foundation, November, 2011), ISBN: 1891777327 9781891777325.
From the conclusion:

Justification is by faith alone! True, it is not by a faith that is alone. Only the kind of faith that evidences itself as true faith through the production of good works in the kind of faith that justifies. Good works play a purely evidential or demonstrative role with respect to justification. The Bible teaches this and, for this reason, all of the Reformers taught this. Heinrich Bullinger, another Reformer of prodigious stature and tremendous influence, is fairly representative of all the Reformers when he says, "For although true faith is not without good works, yet doth it justify without good works, by itself alone."(1) Amen!
Lest anyone attempt to gloss Bullinger's words with a shade of meaning foreign to his intent, it is to be observed that, in the same sermon, only a few sentences later, the great Reformer approvingly cites the following comments on the third chapter of Romans made by the Ante-Nicene writer Origen:
Paul saith that the justification of faith alone is sufficient for a man; so that every one that doth believe only is justified, although no works are once wrought by him. Now if we require an example, where any was ever justifed by faith alone without good works; that thief, I suppose, is example good enough, who, being crucified with Christ, did cry from the cross, "Lord Jesu, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom." In the writings of the evangelists there is mention made of no good work which he in his life did; and yet, because of this his faith only, Jesus said unto him: "Verily I say unto thee, this day thou shalt be with me in paradise." Therefore this thief was through faith justified without the works of the law. For after this request and prayer of his the Lord made no inquisition what his works were all his life long; neither did he look what works he would do after this faith and believing; but did immediately, upon his confession, both justify, and take him as a companion to go with him to paradise.(2)
1. Henry Bullinger, The Decades of Henry Bullinger, Volume 1 (Reformation Heritage Books, 2004), 339 (Decade 3, Sermon 9). 2. The Decades of Henry Bullinger, Volume 1, 339-340 (Decade 3, Sermon 9).
This is good news! Thanks be to God!

Dewart, Debbie, and Jay Adams (preface), A Way That Seems Right: John Bradshaw's False Gospel.
"John Bradshaw is the public television guru of the recovery movement (dysfunctional families, inner child, adult child). He eclectically combines various popular psychologies with the language of New Age spirituality. Dewart examines Bradshaw's system in depth, comparing his teachings with the Scripture." -- David Powlison

*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 (THE WORKS OF DAVID DICKSON) 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 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

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

*Elliott, Paul M., Christianity and Neo-Liberalism: The Spiritual Crisis in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church and Beyond (Unicoi, TN: The Trinity Foundation; October, 2005), ISBN: 0940931680 9780940931688.
"Paul M. Elliott, a former Ruling Elder in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church, carefully traces the origin of the spiritual crisis in the OPC and similar denominations to the pernicious teaching of Westminster Theological Seminary. That teaching is that God is unknowable, that Scripture is contradictory, and that salvation is by faith-plus-works. Elliott provides copious quotations from faculty members, from the Westminster Theological Journal, and from pastors in OPC congregations to document his analysis. This book is must reading for all Presbyterians.
"Elliott's book is a massive documentation of Liberalism at Westminster Seminary (Philadelphia) and in the OPC on the doctrines of Scripture, God, salvation, and hermeneutics. Officers of the OPC should not even begin to think, 'We are the children of Machen,' for if they were, they would do the deeds of Machen." -- The Trinity Foundation
" 'The Marks of Neo-Liberalism' is taken from chapter 2 of . . . CHRISTIANITY AND NEO-LIBERALISM: THE SPIRITUAL CRISIS IN THE ORTHODOX PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH AND BEYOND.
"In this chapter Mr. Elliot lists the marks of Neo-Liberalism -- they are the principles of the Liberalism that Machen opposed -- and shows how the OPC displays those marks, even while claiming that 'there's no one here but us Reformed folks.'
The Marks of Neo-Liberalism, Paul M. Elliott
http://www.trinityfoundation.org/journal.php?id=219
"I would like to recommend Paul Elliot's new book, CHRISTIANITY AND NEO-LIBERALISM. This is a book that everyone who loves Jesus Christ, loves the truth, and loves the Gospel must read.
"It is a riveting and horrifying story. Elliot explains in great detail how the enemies of the faith have been able to surreptitiously supplant the true Gospel with a clever fraud and, more importantly, how they were able to succeed in the OPC. The track Elliot outlines in the OPC is mirrored in many respects in the PCA as well. Further, the politics involved and how these enemies of Christ have positioned themselves in places of power and influence over the years and their success in neutralizing their opposition is a lesson all of us need to learn, but I'm afraid few of us have. The incredible gullibility and complacency of countless churchmen recounted in this book is frightening. The comparison to Machen's CHRISTIANITY AND LIBERALISM is more than fitting. I would argue Elliot's book is considerably better on a number of counts. His account of the Kinnaird affair alone is worth the price of the book. Yet, there is so much I haven't even considered, like the "hermeneutic of trust" which has supplanted the Reformed hermeneutic yin many circles is an eye-opener. This is simply an amazing book." -- Sean Gerety
Contents:
Part One: Liberalism and Neo-Liberalism: A Little Leaven; The Marks of Neo-Liberalism.
Part Two: Historical Background: Those Who Ignore the Errors of History; Embracing the Principles of the Auburn Affirmation.
Part Three: The Growth of Neo-Liberalism: The Shepherd Controversy: Entry of Another Gospel; Richard Gaffin's New Perspective on Paul; The Kinnaird Case and Its Aftermath; The Hermeneutic of Trust: Prescription for Doctrinal Anarchy; How Did It Happen?
Part Four: How Shall We Respond?: The Biblical Imperative.
Appendices: The Auburn Affirmation; Kinnaird Memorandum; Proposed (Rejected) Overture to the 2004 OPC General Assembly; Scripture Index; Index.

Ellul, Jacques, Jesus and Marx: From Gospel to Ideology, ISBN: 0802802974 9780802802972.

Ellul, Jacques, 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

Engelsma, David J., "The Binding of God," Trinity Review, January 2002.
A book review of THE BINDING OF GOD: CALVIN'S ROLE IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF COVENANT THEOLOGY, Peter A. Lillback. Baker and Paternoster, 2001, 331 pages.
"The Board of Westminster Seminary in Philadelphia has just announced . . . [April 2005] that Dr. Peter Lillback has been chosen as the Seminary's new president."
From the author's concluding paragraph, "The scholarship of THE BINDING OF GOD is flawed. The doctrine is heretical. Nevertheless, it is an important work because it makes two things plain: (1) a conditional covenant of grace and works implies justification by faith and works; and (2) the apostasy at the highest levels of reputedly conservative Presbyterianism."

Fisher, James, Edwards, Whitefield, the True Nature of Revival and the 'Old Time' Charismatics (1742). Alternative title: A REVIEW OF THE PREFACE TO A NARRATIVE OF THE EXTRAORDINARY WORK AT KILSYTH. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #23.
"Originally titled 'A Review of the Preface to a Narrative of the Extraordinary Work at Kilsyth. . . ,' this book exposes the deficiencies of shallow revivalism and warns against what today would be called charismatic excesses. It contrasts these weaknesses with the true nature and fruit of salvation (from a Reformed perspective), and specifically deals with some of the less than Scriptural antics of the George Whitefield ('a Priest of the Church of England, who refuses to be reformed,' Fisher notes) and those Presbyterians that would hear him (occasional hearing). Some of Jonathan Edwards' revival methods also warrant rebuke in this piece. At one point Fisher writes that Edwards' defense of these works uses 'exactly the language of Quakers, a branch of that hellish scheme, calculated for enervating and overthrowing the divine authority of the Word, as it is the only foundation of faith in our Lord Jesus Christ' (p. 19). He also notes 'that Edwards wants to set aside the Word, as the only rule, at least, in judging and trying this work' (i.e. the 'revivals' at Kilsyth and Cambuslang). The work also exposes the defective nature of 'revivals' that deal with only personal reformation, leaving off any thought of (or actively burying) the more public concerns that have been prominent in past reformation. Fisher writes, 'But can any of the promoters of this work allege for themselves, that they are making the least essay towards public Reformation, as it has been owned and professed in these lands? Nay, as shall afterwards be made appear, they are doing what they can to obliterate the memory of Scotland's covenanted Reformation, and to raze all concern there . . . out of the minds of the people' (p. 26). In short, the defective nature of these past 'revivals,' are shown to 'overthrow the very foundation of faith, and all practical godliness and to establish mere enthusiasm and strong delusion, in the room of true religion, revealed and required in the Word.' This work is also useful in evaluating the 'laughing revival' (or 'Toronto blessing') of our day." -- Publisher

Flavel, John (c. 1630-1691), The Touchstone of Sincerity; or, Trial of True and False Religion (1840).
http://archive.org/details/touchstoneofsinc00flav

Gerstner, John H., Teachings of Christian Science, ISBN: 0801037174 9780801037177.

*Gurnall, William (1617-1679), and John Charles Ryle (contributor), The Christian in Complete Armor: A Treatise of the Saint's War Against the Devil, complete and unabridged, ISBN: 0851511961 9780851511962. A Christian classic. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.
"Peerless and priceless; every line full of wisdom." -- C.H. Spurgeon
"If I might read only one book beside the Bible, I would choose THE CHRISTIAN IN COMPLETE ARMOUR." -- John Newton
Also praised by John Flavel and Richard Baxter.
Said to be among the 10 greatest Christian books.
"A beautiful feature in Gurnall's book is its richness in pithy, pointed, and epigrammatical sayings. You will often find in a line and a half some great truth, put so concisely, and yet so fully, that you really marvel how so much thought could be got into so few words.
"Solid scriptural theology, like that contained in these pages, should be valued and studied in the church. Books in which Scripture is reverently regarded as the only rule of faith and practice -- books in which Christ and the Holy Ghost have their rightful office -- books in which justification, and sanctification, and regeneration, and faith, and grace, and holiness are clearly, distinctly, and accurately delineated and exhibited -- these are the only books which do real good. Few things need reviving more than a taste for such books as these among readers." -- J.C. Ryle
The Christian In Complete Armour, William Gurnall
http://www.ccel.org/g/gurnall/armour/home.htm
Gurnall, William, The Christian in Complete Armour
http://archive.org/details/christianincomp00unkngoog

Karlberg, Mark W., The Changing of the Guard: Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia (Unicoi, TN: The Trinity Foundation, 2001), ISBN: 0940931583 9780940931589.
"A critical discussion of Westminster Seminary's anti-Reformational and un-Biblical teaching on the Doctrine of Justification."
"The Changing of the Guard", Mark W. Karlberg
http://trinityfoundation.org/reviews/last.asp

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

*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 -- sk] 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), 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
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

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.htm

McConnell, R., A Different Gospel: Biblical and Historical Insights Into the Word of Faith Movement, ISBN: 1565631323 9781565631328.
"A comprehensive analysis of the historical background and doctrinal errors of the Word-Faith teachers including Kenneth Hagin, Kenneth Copeland, Fred Price, and others. McConnell also gives conclusive evidence of the doctrinal and literal connection between Hagin and E.W. Kenyon." -- Publisher
"Every Christian should read this book in order to be aware of the dangerous implications of the widespread and cultic Word of Faith movement preaching what is popularly known as 'Name It and Claim It' theology. A Different Gospel is a bold and revealing examination of the biblical and historical basis of this movement. This new and revised edition is complete with a foreword by Hank Hanegraaff, author of Christianity in Crisis, and a new afterword by D. R. McConnell.
"The author knows the movement first hand and has a heart for those snared by it. He is also an academically trained observer who has based this work on careful historical and biblical analysis. McConnell warns of the movement's cultic nature in its doctrine of healing and its understanding of the atonement and demonstrates how far the movement's doctrine of prosperity is from Scripture's true teaching." -- Book Description
"My summary above is a brief review of people named and judged, in writing, by the Apostle Paul for one reason or another. Why didn't Paul just read his Bible and not judge anyone else? A Different Gospel is one of the most important treatments of the Faith Movement, as it is written by a charismatic graduate of Oral Roberts University. . . .
"The single most damaging fact shown by this book is that the 'Father of the Faith Movement,' namely self-proclaimed prophet Kenneth Hagin, plagiarized the writings of no less than three ministers (including E.W. Kenyon) throughout his own ministry. When he was caught and confronted, Hagin blamed God for it. Since Hagin and others were long ago confronted individually and by groups, it is certainly proper to go and 'Tell it to the church.' For Hagin fans, I'll make it simple: plagiarism is theft; saying that God made you do it unwittingly is lying. This is the root of the fruit.
"Speaking of the fruit, if healings validate the spirit behind a ministry, then those in the Faith Movement should feel well at home in a Christian Science reading room. This is a fitting observation, because McConnell discovered that Kenyon has direct educational, doctrinal, and testimonial links to the metaphysical cults (Christian Science, New Thought, etc.). Thus, Hagin has plagiarized and popularized, via Kenyon, key Christian Science ideas unknowingly. These ideas have become so entrenched in modern charismatic thought (although they are not inherently charismatic in nature), it is difficult to get adherents to see the forest through the trees.
"Other people, including but not limited to Gordon Fee, Walter Martin, Michael Horton, Curtis Crenshaw, Richard Abanes, James White, Chuck Smith, Michael Moriarty, John MacArthur, Joni Eareckson Tada, Ron Rhodes, and Elliot Miller have written and spoken against the spiritual dangers of the Faith Movement and its teachers. Rest assured, the Apostle Paul would be proud. But I'm also sure that the followers of Philetus viewed the Apostle Paul with the same measure of contempt that most of the one-star reviewers feel toward the brave people listed above." -- Reader's Comment

Miller, Samuel, The Gospel in HOLDING FAST THE FAITHFUL WORD: SERMONS AND ADDRESSES BY SAMUEL MILLER. Available (LIBRARY OF PRESBYTERIAN HERITAGE PUBLICATIONS AND PROTESTANT HERITAGE PRESS CD-ROM LIBRARY) on the Puritan Hard Drive.
"The book opens with strong declarations about the first principles of Christianity. Miller explains the substitutionary atonement in "Christ Our Righteousness." He shows the necessity of "Being on the Lord's Side." Perceptive readers will note the depth of these statements, respecting the nature of the gospel, in contrast to the shallow evangelistic messages of the present day. In two missionary sermons, Miller illustrates how Christ, through the gospel, will conquer the world. There are additional sermons on "The Difficulties and Temptations which Attend the Preaching of the Gospel in Great Cities" and "The Importance of Gospel Truth." -- Publisher

Olsson, Eva, The Philosophy of Sri Aurobindo in the Light of the Gospel.
Includes bibliography.
The Non-duality of Sri Aurobindo and The Mother: A Profile
http://www.lettermen2.com/syncret.html

*Owen, John (1616-1683), Apostasy From the Gospel. Alternate title: THE NATURE AND CAUSES OF APOSTASY FROM THE GOSPEL, ISBN: 0851516092 9780851516097. A Christian classic.
"Few subjects have received less attention from contemporary Christian writers than that of apostasy. The idea that professing Christians may prove not to be true Christians is, in many respects, too serious a prospect for our facile age. But, for John Owen, such avoidance of the issue was itself a pressing reason for writing on it at length and in great depth of spiritual analysis. His exposition is a masterpieces of penetration and discernment. . . .
"Some will find its pages deeply soul-searching; others will be struck by the clarity of Owen's insight; all will find a work which wounds in order to heal." -- Publisher

*Owen, John (1616-1683), The Death of Christ, ISBN: 0851510647 9780851510644. A Christian classic. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Also found in THE COMPLETE WORKS OF JOHN OWEN, Volume 10.
"Greatest Biblical apologetic on the specific and limited nature of the atoning work of Christ in print. Contains discussions on Arminianism, the death of death in the death of Christ, Divine justice, and also discusses, in detail, many views of the atonement that certain men and groups held (and still hold)." -- Publisher
"THE DEATH OF DEATH IN THE DEATH OF CHRIST is a polemical work, designed to show, among other things, that the doctrine of universal redemption is unscriptural and destructive of the gospel. . . . Those who see no need for doctrinal exactness and have no time for theological debates which show up divisions between so-called Evangelicals may well regret its reappearance. Some may find the very sound of Owen's thesis so shocking that they will refuse to read his book at all. . . . But . . . there are signs today of a new upsurge of interest in the theology of the Bible: a new readiness to test traditions, to search the Scriptures and to think through the faith. It is to those who share this readiness that Owen's treatise is now offered, in the belief that it will help us in one of the most urgent tasks facing evangelical Christendom today - the recovery of the gospel.
"It is safe to say that no comparable exposition of the work of redemption as planned and executed by the Triune Jehovah has ever been done since Owen published his in 1684. None has been needed.
"Owen's interpretation of the texts . . . is sure; his power of theological construction is superb; nothing that needs discussing is omitted, and . . . no arguments for or against his position have been used since his day which he has not himself noted and dealt with. . . . Owen's work is a constructive, broad-based biblical analysis of the heart of the gospel, and must be taken seriously as such. . . Nobody has a right to dismiss the doctrine of the limitedness . . . of the atonement as a monstrosity of Calvinistic logic until he has refuted Owen's proof that it is part of the uniform biblical presentation of redemption, clearly taught in plain text after plain text. And nobody has done that yet." -- J.I. Packer, from the Introduction
"Packer's well balanced definition of Calvinism in the introduction to that volume [John Owen's THE DEATH OF DEATH IN THE DEATH OF CHRIST -- sk] is by far the best we have seen in 42 years of intensive reading." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.
Packer, J.I.,
Introductory essay to John Owen's THE DEATH OF DEATH IN THE DEATH OF CHRIST.
J.I. Packer's Introduction to THE DEATH OF DEATH IN THE DEATH OF CHRIST by John Owen
http://www.monergism.com/thethreshold/articles/onsite/packer_intro.html
The Death of Death In the Death of Christ, John Owen (1 of 33)
An audio file reading by Still Waters Revival Books from THE WORKS OF JOHN OWEN, Redemption and Reconciliation That is in the Blood of Christ (Limited Atonement).
Currently (February 2009) there are 63 readings of John Owen by Still Waters Revival Books and Reformed Baptist of Holland (Michigan), (Thomas Sullivan) at SermonAudio available for listening online, downloading as MP3 files, and listening on iPhone or Mobile Phones.
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=47081639571

*Owen, John (1616-1683), The Gospel Defended, ISBN: 9780851511290 0851511295. A Christian classic.
"Contains chapters on: the mystery of the Gospel, the death of Christ, Justification, and examination of Socinianism."

*Owen, John (1616-1683), Sin and Grace, ISBN: 9780851511276 0851511279. A Christian classic.
"Contains: Nature and causes of apostasy from the Gospel, duty of being spiritually minded, treatise on the dominion of Sin, and Grace."
Owen, John (1616-1683), A Treatise of the Dominion of Sin and Grace. . . . By the Late Pious and Learned Minister of the Gospel, John Owen, D.D. Edinburgh, 1739.

*Powlison, David, God's Love: Better Than Unconditional, ISBN: 0875526861 9780875526867.
"Has anyone tried to comfort you with God's 'unconditional' love for you? Sounds kinda bland and remote doesn't it? It even sounds permissive. Well, there is a reason for your lackluster response to God's love being 'unconditional.' The truth is that God's love is radically more active and passionate.
"David Powlison demolishes the milktoast mindset of mere 'unconditional love,' and presents God's love in all of its splendor and vibrancy. He gives many descriptive examples from the Bible of how God's love is dynamic, active, sacrificial, redeeming, thrilling . . .
"If you aren't enraptured and absorbed by the love of God, then do yourself a favor and get this booklet. It's powerpacked. It's dynamite." -- Reader's Comment

Rhodes, Ron, The Counterfeit Christ of the New Age Movement, ISBN: 0801077575 9780801077579.

Robbins, John W. (1949-2008), A Companion to the Current Justification Controversy (Unicoi, TN: The Trinity Foundation, 2003), ISBN: 0940931648 9780940931640.
Contents:
1. The Roots and Fruits of the Shepherd Controversy: Neo-orthodoxy, Roman Catholicism, The New Perspective on Paul, Reconstructionism, Biblical Theology, Gaffin and Bavinck, Vantilianism, The Kinnaird Case, The Auburn Avenue Presbyterian Church; by John W. Robbins
2. The Sanders/ Dunn "Fork in the Road" in the Current Controversy over the Pauline Doctrine of Justification by Faith; by Robert L. Reymond
3. Some Reasons for Dissenting from the Majority Report; by Philip E. Hughes
4. Letter of Concern; by 45 theologians
5. Reason and Specifications Supporting the Action of the Board of Trustees in Removing Professor Shepherd; by the Executive Committee of the Board of Westminster Theological Seminary
6. A Resolution to the Eleventh General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in America; by O. Palmer Robertson
Index, Scripture Index, The Crisis of Our Time. Intellectual Ammunition
"A Companion to the Current Justification Controversy," Trinity Review
http://www.trinityfoundation.org/ammo/closeup.asp?ID=81

Robbins, John, and Sean Gerety, Not Reformed at All: Medievalism in 'Reformed' Churches (Unicoi, TN: The Trinity Foundation, 2004), ISBN: 0940931664 9780940931664.
"NOT REFORMED AT ALL is an analysis of and rejoinder to Douglas Wilson's book, 'REFORMED' IS NOT ENOUGH: RECOVERING THE OBJECTVITY OF THE COVENANT.
"Wilson's book is a manifesto of the theological movement sometimes called Neolegalism, hypercovenantalism, the Moscow-Monroe Axis, Federal Vision, and the Auburn Avenue Theology. That movement, an attack on the Biblical Covenant of Grace and a repudiation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, has gained currency in nominally Reformed churches.
"Contents:
Foreword
1. The Revolution Was
2. Theological Sophistry
3. The Matrix
4. Dodging the Charge of Heresy
5. Tradition
6. The "Objectivity" of the Covenant
7. What Is a Christian?
8. Westminster versus Wilson
9. The New Birth
10. The Arch-heresy of Individualism
11. Justification Not by Faith Alone
12. The Biblical Covenant of Grace
13. Wilson's Counterfeit Covenant
14. The Church Tangible and Intangible
15. Church Unity
16. Conclusion
Index
Scripture Index
The Crisis of Our Time
Intellectual Ammunition

Robbins, John W. (1949-2008), Slavery Christianity: Paul's Letter to Philemon, (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

Robbins, John W. (1949-2008), What is the Gospel?
"Today, however, there is a great deal of confusion about what the Gospel is, and what an evangelical is, just as there is confusion about what a Christian is. Because of this confusion, many people are called evangelicals who do not believe the Gospel. It might be best to begin to sort out this confusion by spelling out some of the popular religious ideas that are not the Gospel." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.
Counterfeit gospels are enumerated. Translations: German.
"Counterfeit Gospels," a tract by John W. Robbins
http://trinityfoundation.org/ammo/tract_view.asp?ID=tract03.html

Schlabach, Theron F., Gospel Versus Gospel.

Scott, C. Anderson, Romanism and the Gospel.
"Scott is highly critical of Catholicism." -- GCB

Sharlet, Jeff, The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power, 454 papers, ISBN: 9780060559793 0060559799.
It is surprising that approximately 50 reviews from among the 190 on Amazon.com (June, 2011) did not use the term Neo-evangelical. So THE FAMILY is bound to be an eye-opener to Evangelicals within the church who were not aware of the influence of the largely parachurch activity documented here.
Very briefly "a Neo-evangelical is an Evangelical who wants to combine liberal political policies with Evangelical Christianity." It is popular because "it seems to combine an evangelical redemptive idea with the radical social activity that you want to carry out. It is political, social, and economic liberalism of an anti-biblical type, and it is largely carried out on a personal pietism, with political objective radicalism. . . . The New Evangelicals proclaim themselves to be Evangelicals, but they are not. Without mentioning names, the leaders of the movement are slowly but surely, in their own thinking, eroding Christian theology. They are watering down evangelical theology. . . ." -- C. Gregg Singer, Mount Olive Tape Library series of lectures
"If Jesus had adopted the philosophy of THE FAMILY, then he would have worked with Herod, and taken Pontius Pilate to lunch. And, when Satan tempted Christ by offering him raw political power, Jesus would have jumped at the chance because, as Doug Coe says, 'we work with power where we can [and] build new power where we can't'." -- Reader's Comment
"THE FAMILY is the best book available on the Christian right precisely because it unpacks the ways in which the people often described as such are neither Christian nor right. I don't mean that in the bumper sticker sense -- I don't buy (and Sharlet does not suggest) that this elite group of religiously motivated power players are not real Christians because of their political interests (even if the group itself sometimes prefers not to use the word). Rather, he makes the case that such easy categorization does not do justice to, or sufficiently warn against, their actual influence and reach. The story we are often told -- that there are 'fundamentalists' and 'evangelicals' who are easily understood because they are somehow separate from the world the rest of us live in, hidden in megachurches making megaplans -- is not found in this book. Instead, like a carpet expert explaining the patterns in an intricately woven Persian rug, Sharlet shows us how strands of fundamentalism have been woven into the fabric of the nation's history.
"As a journalist, I know and have worked with Jeff Sharlet, but then everyone who writes about religion does or should. His work is particularly popular among writers who cover religion because he tells a story that many wish they were allowed to tell. The history recounted in THE FAMILY is one most media outlets deem too complex for the average reader. (What in the world does union busting have to do with religion? A lot, in fact.) Sharlet does not regard complexity as something to be avoided, however, and his true talent is in finding just the right key for unlocking it. He frames keen-eyed analysis and impeccable research within a gripping narrative that lets readers with even a passing interest in the ways religion has influenced American life and politics understand it in a nuanced way.
"In an election season in which religion again and again rears its head, this book is particularly relevant. Yet its importance will not fade any time soon. THE FAMILY is a hundred year history that shows how we got to this strange place where candidates are forced to damn or defend pastors and everyone must genuflect to the idea that God is a part of the political process. The use of the word 'secret' in the subtitle might imply to some that Sharlet is describing a hidden reality. After reading the book, signs of the Family's influence will be obvious to anyone with eyes to see." -- Peter Manseau, Washington, DC
"They insist they are just a group of friends, yet they funnel millions of dollars through tax-free corporations. They claim to disdain politics, but Congressmen of both parties describe them as the most influential religious organization in Washington. They say they are not Christians, but simply believers.
"Behind the scenes at every National Prayer Breakfast since 1953 has been the Family, an elite network dedicated to a religion of power for the powerful. Their goal is 'Jesus plus nothing.' Their method is backroom diplomacy. THE FAMILY is the startling story of how their faith -- part free-market fundamentalism, part imperial ambition -- has come to be interwoven with the affairs of nations around the world.
"Jeff Sharlet is a visiting research scholar at New York University's Center for Religion and Media. He is a contributing editor for Harper's and Rolling Stone, the coauthor, with Peter Manseau, of KILLING THE BUDDHA, and the editor of TheRevealer.org. He lives in Brooklyn, New York." -- Publisher
Sharlet followed this work with C STREET: THE FUNDAMENTALIST THREAT TO AMERICAN DEMOCRACY (2010).
"This book is an excellent companion to the work of Sarah Diamond [ROADS TO DOMINION: RIGHT-WING MOVEMENTS AND POLITICAL POWER IN THE UNITED STATES (1995) -- sk] in understanding the evolution of the US Right, together with Russ Baker's monumental new FAMILY OF SECRETS: THE BUSH DYNASTY, THE POWERFUL FORCES THAT PUT IT IN THE WHITE HOUSE, AND WHAT THEIR INFLUENCE MEANS FOR AMERICA [2008]. It goes beyond simple cabal-rhetoric to explain how structural economic interests meet with specific political interests to have deep effects on domestic and global politics. Too often we hear these sorts of relations dismissed with the catchall 'conspiracy theory,' while mixed in with truly ridiculous moon landing rhetoric in a baby-with-bathwater manner. The author ties The Family's religious rhetoric into very real political and economic concerns in Cold War West Germany, and does so with a convincing use of documentary evidence. The economic connections are clearly revealed behind the religious mystification. . . .
Baker's book "is much more a book about US institutions than about one family. It does use the Bush family and its ties to the oil industry and the CIA to illuminate these connections in a way that will leave even the most well-read readers of CIA history astonished that this material has not been more widely reported. This is a book with earth-shattering new material on the JFK Assassination and Watergate. You will not believe what you read here about direct contacts between H.W. Bush and Oswald's #1 CIA handler, the Dallas White Russian George de Mohrenschildt. Same with the new stuff on Watergate, that completely undermines the traditional Dean-Woodward narrative. And Baker is not one who can be lightly dismissed with the words conspiracy theory. He is as credentialed as anyone in US journalism today, having written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Esquire, and having served as an editor for The Columbia Journalism Review. . . . -- Reader's Comment

Smith, Timothy L., George Whitefield and Wesleyan Perfectionism
http://www.google.com/search?q=cache:wesley.nnu.edu/theojrnl/19-07.htm+george+whitefield+publishing+company&hl=en

*Tucker, Ruth A., Another Gospel: Alternative Religions and the New Age Movement, ISBN: 0310404401 9780310404408.
"A comprehensive survey of all the major alternative religions in the United States, including the new groups since the 1960s.
"Crystals, shamans, guided imagery, healing meditation -- why have these New Age ideas been so eagerly accepted by so many North Americans? Why were Mormonism, Christian Science, and Baha'i so warmly welcomed earlier? Ruth A. Tucker's ANOTHER GOSPEL: ALTERNATIVE RELIGIONS AND THE NEW AGE MOVEMENT explains how these and other alternative religious movements appear to meet people's needs. Tucker's overview illumines the personalities whose alleged revelations spawned historical heresies in all the major cults in the United States. She highlights important controversies within each movement as it aims for religious respectability. Her visits to cult centers and interviews with key members and scholars yield fascinating details, such as why Mormons prohibit hot drinks and how Charles Fillmore, Unity Church founder, rewrote Psalm 23: `The Lord is my banker; my credit is good . . .' ANOTHER GOSPEL pinpoints how the doctrines and practices of a dozen contemporary groups, as well as the New Age Movement, deviate from orthodox Christianity. It shows how to reach out to cult members. For example, `It's a myth that Jehovah's Witnesses know their Bible well, are argumentative, and never leave their religion.' Appendices describe lesser-known cults (Swedenborgianism, Rosicrucianism, etc.) and provide, where available, cults' statements of belief.
"Ruth A. Tucker (Ph.D. Northern Illinois University) has taught alternative religions at both the graduate and the undergraduate levels, most recently as Visiting Professor at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, IL. She has written several books, including FROM JERUSALEM TO IRIAN JAYA, GUARDIANS OF THE GREAT COMMISSION, and DAUGHTERS OF THE CHURCH (with Walter L. Liefield)." -- Publisher

Walker, Andrew (editor), Betraying the Gospel, ISBN: 0917851471 9780917851476.
Introduction by Billy Graham.

Waters, Guy Prentiss, Justification and the new Perspectives on Paul: A Review and Response, ISBN: 0875526497 9780875526492.
"Among the reasons for writing this book, Waters, in the Preface, writes,

'I want to illustrate the ways in which the New Perspectives on Paul deviate from the doctrines set forth in the WESTMINSTER STANDARDS. I also want to show how Reformed theology surpasses the New Perspectives on Paul in explaining Paul's statements regarding the law, the righteousness of God, justification, and a host of other topics and doctrines.'
"Waters concludes his book with these remarks:"
'All expressions of Christianity are on the path to one of two destinations, Rome or Geneva. What the New Perspectives on Paul offer us is decidedly not 'Genevan.' It seems that there are elements active in the Reformed churches that wish to lead the church into a sacramental religion, all in the name of being 'more Reformed.' If we examine their arguments carefully, we see that what they are really and increasingly saying is that Luther and Calvin were mistaken, and that Trent was right. May God give us grace that we may not squander the rich theological heritage bequeathed to us by the Reformers, historic British Calvinism, and American Presbyterianism. May we model, in spirit and teaching, that 'pattern of teaching' preserved so faithfully by our forefathers.' -- quoted by Guy Waters
Federal Vision, David Engelsma
A book review of THE FEDERAL VISION, Steve Wilkins and Duane Garner, editors. Monroe, Louisiana: Athanasius Press, 2004.
http://www.trinityfoundation.org/latest.php

Wilberforce, William (1759-1833), A Practical View of the Prevailing Religious System of Professed Christians, in the Higher and Middle Classes, Contrasted With Real Christianity (1820), and Flavel, John (c. 1630-1691), Touchstone of Sincerity, or Trial of True and False Religion
http://archive.org/details/practicalviewofp00wil

Wishart, George, 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.

*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 'Weastern' 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 worshipper 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 worshipper just follows the rules; in the new spirituality the worshipper 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

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"This is the way in which you should use this plea. Say, 'My God, I am utterly unworthy, and I own it; but, I beseech thee, hear me for the honour of thy dear Son. By his agony and bloody sweat, by his cross and passion, by his precious death and burial, I beseech thee hear me! O Lord, let the blood of thine Only-begotten prevail with thee! Canst thou put aside his groans, his tears, his death, when they speak on my behalf?' If you can thus come to pleading terms with God upon this ground, you must and will prevail. Jesus must be heard in heaven. The voice of his blood is eloquent with God. If you plead the atoning sacrifice, you must overcome through the blood of the Lamb." -- C.H. Spurgeon
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The Religious Movements Page at The University of Virginia
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For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubborness is as iniquity and idolatry. (1 Samuel 15:23a)

The secret of the Lord is with them that fear him; and he will shew them his covenant. (Psalm 25:14)

But he said, Yea rather, blessed [are] they that hear the word of God, and keep it. -- The Lord Jesus Christ (Luke 11:28)

In your patience possess ye your souls. -- The Lord Jesus Christ (Luke 21:19)

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)

There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. For all that do these things are an abomination unto the Lord: and because of these abominations the Lord thy God doth drive them out from before thee. (Deuteronomy 18:10-12)

See the Theological Notes, "Miracles," at 1 Kings 17:22 in The Reformation Study Bible.

The sacrifices of God [are] a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise. (Psalm 51:17)

But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you. -- The Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 12:28)

Christ's commandments are his Father's commandments. He must, then, be displeased with those who break them; He must be pleased with those who observe them, and observe them because they love him who gives them. This, then, is the privilege of him who loves Christ, and shows that he loves Christ, by keeping his commandments.
And is not this, my brethren, a privilege of a very high order? To be an object of the esteem and love of good and wise men -- to have our characters and actions the objects of their approbation, and our persons of their complacent affection, and our happiness of their sincere and ardent wishes, -- is a privilege far more valuable than any amount of worldly wealth or sensuous enjoyment. But what is the concentrated esteem and affection of all holy creatures, human and angelic, in the highest degree they are capable of entertaining them, in comparison of the privileges here promised by our Lord to those who love and obey him: to be approved of -- to be loved -- to be delighted in, by HIM, who is infinite in loveliness and in love -- in holiness and beginity -- in power and wisdom! Think on his infinite, eternal, immutable grandeur and grace! think on his disposition and his power to bless the objects of his approbation and complacency! His power is omnipotence; "his kingdom ruleth over all." Think on his unsearchable wisdom, in choosing what is to make the objects of his love happy, and the means of putting them in possession of these objects! -- none of his kind designs can either be misdirected or miscarry; and, in fine, think of the intensity of the affection, which corresponds with the perfections of Him who cherishes it; and to give us some distant conception of which, the sacred writers (under the guidance of that Spirit who knows what is in God, as the spirit of a man knows what is in him -- who searches "the deep things of God," -- the -- to all the other being -- unsearchable "riches of his grace -- in kindness" towards his people,) exhaust all the stores of imagery supplied by the nearest and dearest relations of created beings. Think that, "as the bridegroom rejoiceth over the bride," so does the Father rejoice over him who loves and obeys the Son; and that, "as a father pitieth his children," and "spares his own Son who serves him," so He pities and spares him who loves and obey Him and his Son. Hear Him proclaiming to the lover of his Son, "Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the fruit of her womb? ye, she may forget, yet will I not forget thee." (1 Corinthians 2:10; Isaiah 62:5; Psalm 103:13; Malachi 3:17; Isaiah 49:15) Surely to be thus loved by the Father is a privilege indeed.
But this is not all. The Saviour adds, "And I will love him." `I will love him who, having my commandments, loves me, and who, loving me, keeps my commandments.' Everything that has been said about the Father's love of complacency being the natural, necessary, result of enlightened influential love to Christ, and of the greatness of this privilege, is equally applicable to the love of the Son as a divine person. But our Lord plainly speaks of himself as the man Christ Jesus -- the mediator between God and man. It is as if he had said, `Such love on your part will delight my heart, and call forth sentiments of the most complacential approval. Your kindness will not be met with coldness or indifference; "I love them that love me." In your love to me, and obedience to me, I see the end of my mediation gained, in the glory of my Father, and your salvation. When you love and obey me, you glorify me, and the Father is glorified in the Son. Loving me, you love Him; obeying me, you obey Him. It was for this I laboured, and suffered, and died; and when I see you loving and obeying me, I "see of the travail of my soul, and am satisfied." "The pleasure of the Lord prospers in my hand." When ye keep my commandments from love to me, ye "continue in my love, and my joy is fulfilled in you'." What a privilege to be the object of the complacent regard of him, "in whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge," who has "all power in heaven and in earth to give eternal life" to all who love and obey him: who -- himself a man -- knows what is necessary to make man happy; who "can be touched with the feeling of our infirmities, having been in all things tempted like as we are;" and who retains, on the throne of universal government, that power to sympathise, which "he learned by the things which he suffered." (Colossians 2:3; Matthew 28:18; Hebrews 2:18; 4:15; 5:8) What is the disapprobation of the world, if we have his approval? what their cold contempt, or cruel persecution, if we have his sympathy? what their hatred, if we have his love? -- John Brown (of Edinburgh, 1784-1858), commenting on John 14:21-24 in Discourses and Sayings of Our Lord Jesus Christ, III:174-176

THE NEW NAVE'S TOPICAL BIBLE, "Sorcery," divination by an alleged assistance of evil spirits. Forbidden, Lev. 19:26-28,31; 20:6; Deut. 18:9-14. Denounced, Isa. 8:19; Mal. 3:5.Practiced: by the Egyptians, Isa. 19:3,11,12; by the magicians, Ex. 7:11,22; 8:7,18; by Balaam, Num. 22:6; 23:23, with Num. 22; 23; by Jezebel, 2 Kin. 9:22; by the Ninevites, Nah. 3:4,5; by the Babylonians, Isa. 47:9-13; Ezek. 21:21,22; Dan. 2:2,10,27; by Belshazzar, Dan. 5:7,15; by Simon Magus, Acts 8:9,11; by Elymas, Acts 13:8; by the young girl at Philippi, Acts 16:16; by vagabond Jews, Acts 19:13; by sons of Sceva, Acts 19:14,15; by astrologers, Jer. 10:2; Mic. 3:6,7; by false prophets, Jer. 14:14; 27:9; 29:8,9; Ezek. 13:6-9; 22:28; Matt. 24:24.To cease, Ezek. 12:23,24; 13:23; Mic. 5:12. Messages of, false, Ezek. 21:29; Zech. 10:2; 2 Thess. 2:9. Diviners shall be confounded, Mic. 3:7. Belongs to the works of the flesh, Gal. 5:20. Wickedness of, 1 Sam. 15:23. Vainness of, Isa. 44:25. Punishment for, Ex. 22:18; Lev. 20:27; Deut. 13:5. Divining by familiar spirits, Lev. 20:27; 1 Chr. 10:13; 2 Chr. 33:6; Isa. 8:19; 19:3; 29:4; by entrails, Ezek. 21:21; by images, 2 Kin. 23:24; Ezek. 21:21; by rods, Hos. 4:12. Saul consulted the Witch of Endor, 1 Sam. 28:7-25. Books of, destroyed, Acts 19:19. See Charmers and Charming; Clairvoyance; Necromancy. -- The New Nave's Topical Bible

See the Theological Notes, "Demons," at Deuteronomy 32:17, p. 285, in The Reformation Study Bible

The secret things belong to the Lord our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law. (Deuteronomy 29:29)

The fool hath said in his heart,
There is no God.
They are corrupt,
they have done abominable works,
there is none that doeth good.
(Psalm 14:1)
See the Theological Notes, "Mankind's Guilty Knowledge of God" at Romans 1:29, p. 1767, and the note at Psalm 14:1, p. 766 in The Reformation Study Bible

"Cornelius Van Til makes the theologically valid point that `irrationality in the mind of man, that is, insanity, must be the result of a deflection of man from the source of absolute rationality,' God, and consequently `all men have merited insanity because of their departure from God.' [Or, not until man repents is he truly sane. -- sk] Eternal punishment is `the abyss of irrationalism,' and what we call rational or normative experience is a gift of God's common grace. No man is worthy of it'." -- Frederick Leahy We affirm that sorcery leads to the dissolution, sometimes very suddenly, of families. Sorcery is probably one of the leading causes of separation and divorce today. See Isaiah 47.

*Ames, William, The Saint's Security Against Seducing Spirits, or an Anointing From the Holy One, the best teaching, delivered in a sermon on 1 John 2:20, at Paul's before the Lord Major, Aldermen, and Commonalty of the City of London, upon the fifth of November, 1651, Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.

Anderson, Peter, Satan's Snare: The Influence of the Occult, ISBN: 0852342454 9780852342459.
"The author provides valuable information on many occult practices and their insidious influences on people's thinking. Includes a helpful chapter on counselling." -- GCB

Balodis, Jacquie, Soul Stealing: An Overview of Satanic and Black Witchcraft Ritual Abuse and Brainwashing, 1988.
This book has been discredited by one expert on cult/occult crime because of alleged known practices of the author after writing the book.
Apparently the author removed it from the market. It is not in WorldCat/OCLC.
Notice that creating and spreading false religion is the ultimate form of brain washing with the most horrific consequences.
Instead see:
*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.
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

Baxter, Richard (1615-1691), The Certainty of the Worlds of Spirits. Fully Evinced by the Unquestionable Histories of Apparitions, Operations, Witchcrafts, Voices, etc. Proving the Immortality of Souls, the Malice and Misery of the Devils and the Damned, and the Blessedness of the Justifed. Written for the conviction of Sadduces and Infidels. By Richard Baxter, 1691, ISBN: 9781150756948 1150756942.
"This, as it is among the quaintest and most curious, is also the rarest of Baxter's writings." -- Alexander B. Grosart
Baxter, Richard, The Certainty of the Worlds of Spirits, and Consequently, of the Immortality of Souls . . . of the Malice and Misery of the Devils, and the Damned. And of the Blessedness of the Justified: Fully Evinced by Unquestionable Histories of Apparitions, Operations, Witchcrafts, Voices, &c., 1691.
http://archive.org/details/certaintyofworld00baxt
See also: Baxter, Richard (1615-1691), and Cotton Mather (1663-1728), The Certainty of the World of Spirits Fully Evinced, 3rd edition, to which was added Cotton Mather, The Wonders of the Invisible World.
Mather, Cotton (1663-1728), The Wonders of the Invisible World, (singly).
Mather, Cotton, and Increase Mather, The Wonders of the Invisible World: Being an Account of the Tryals of Several Witches Lately (1862)
http://archive.org/details/wondersinvisibl01mathgoog

Bromley, David G., Diana G. Cutchin, and John G. Melton (editor), Satanism: An Annotated Bibliography, ISBN: 0815300379 9780815300373.

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

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

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

Ferreiro, Alberto (editor), Jeffrey Burton Russell (editor), The Devil, Heresy and Witchcraft in the Middle Ages: Essays in Honor of Jeffrey B. Russell, ISBN: 9004106103 9789004106109.

Free the Masons Ministries, "Perfect Love and Perfect Trust" (Issaqua, WA: Free The Masons Ministry, 1991).
A tract about how to witnessing to witches.
Saints Alive in Jesus
http://www.saintsalive.com/
With One Accord
http://www.withoneaccord.org/

*Gross, Edward N., Miracles, Demons and Spiritual Warfare, ISBN: 0801038359 9780801038358.
"Encouraged by GCB to publish this book, Baker Book House has given us a sound and reliable study on such questions as: Are miracles for today? Does anyone have the gifts of healing today? Is tongue speaking an evidence of Spirit-baptism? Can believers be demon-possessed? While everyone may not agree on Dr. Gross' conclusions, this book is, nevertheless, one of the most readable, comprehensive, and thoughtful studies on these subjects of vital concern to Christians today." -- GCB

Klassen, Margreta, Soul Stealing, Abuse of Intimate Power: A Narrative Memoir.

*Leahy, Frederick S., Satan Cast Out: A Study in Biblical Demonology, ISBN: 0851512348.
"It is often said that wherever there is a rejection of faith in the living God a corresponding upsurge of the demonic will eventually appear. That is true not only in the pages of the Bible and in the annals of Christian missions; it has also become a striking feature of the life in our materialistic, post-Christian society. . . . Full of sane exposition and wise counsel, his work has been widely appreciated since its first publication in 1975." -- Publisher
"Probably one of the best, most Scriptural books written today on the subject of demonology." -- Presbyterian Journal

*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
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

Mather, Cotton (1663-1728), and Richard Mather (1596-1669), Memorable Providences, Relating to Witchcrafts and Possessions a Faithful Account of Many Wonderful and Surprising Things, that have befallen several bewitched and possessed persons in New-England, particularly, a narrative of the marvellous trouble and relief, experienced by a pious family in Boston, very lately and sadly molested with evil spirits: whereunto is added, a discourse delivered unto a congregation in Boston, on the occasion of that illustrious providence: as also, a discourse delivered unto the same congregation, on the occasion of an horrible self-murder committed in the town: with an appendix, in vindication of a chapter in a late book of remarkable providences, from the calumnies of a Quaker at Pensilvania / written by Cotton Mather . . . and recommended by the ministers of Boston and Charleston, 1697.
Cotton Mather, Memorable Providences, Relating to Witchcrafts and Possessions, 1689
http://www.law.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/salem/ASA_MATH.HTM

Mather, Cotton (1663-1728), Wonders of the Invisible World / by Cotton Mather: Together With Notes and Explanations by Samuel P. Fowler, ISBN: 1584774622 9781584774624.
Mather, Cotton (1663-1728), The Wonders of the Invisible World, 1693.
Wonders of the Invisible World, Cotton Mather, 1693
http://www.constitution.org/primarysources/wonders.html

*Montgomery, John W., Principalities and Powers: The World of the Occult, ISBN: 087123470X 9780871234704.
"Few men possess the personal resources Montgomery has at his disposal. Having studied in Europe, he has amassed a vast library on all aspects of the history and doctrines of demonism and the occult. Here is an able synthesis that makes available to contemporary students an analysis of the many forms of Satanism. Every well informed person should read this book." -- Cyril J. Barber

*North, Gary, Unholy Spirits: Occultism and New Age Humanism, ISBN: 0930462025 9780930462024.
"According to this in-depth analysis by renowned historian and author Dr. Gary North, the New Age movement is indeed a serious threat and its adherents are no laughing matter. By tracing the historical and theological roots of modern occultic practices, Dr. North paints a frightening portrait of just exactly what we are up against. It's not a pretty sight. Fortunately though, UNHOLY SPIRITS is not simply another `doom and gloom' forecast. He offers parents, teachers, pastors, and other committed Christians practical steps of action to nullify and ultimately eliminate the effects of the New Age infiltration into our homes, our schools, our communities, and our nation." -- Publisher.
A revision of his earlier work NONE DARE CALL IT WITCHCRAFT, published in 1974. Includes bibliographic footnotes, index, and Scripture index.
Institute for Christian Economics Freebooks.com
http://www.freebooks.com/

Passantino, Bob, and Gretchen Passantino, Witch Hunt, ISBN: 0840731299 9780840731296.
We affirm that sorcery leads to the dissolution, sometimes very suddenly, of families. Sorcery is probably one of the leading causes of separation and divorce today. See Isaiah 47.

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

*Powlison, David, Power Encounters: Reclaiming Spiritual Warfare, ISBN: 0801071380 9780801071386. Alternate title: RECLAIMING SPIRITUAL WARFARE.
"Examines and critiques the distinctive ideas and practices of current 'demon deliverance' ministries. Much current thinking and practice misunderstand how Jesus fought the devil's strategems, failing to distinguish between the devil's hand in sin and the devil's hand in suffering (Jesus' exorcisms dealt with the latter exclusively). By demonizing sin, current 'deliverance' practices misunderstand human nature, the devil, God, and the ways grace changes us. The Bible teaches ways of thinking and ministering that effectively fight the evil one, and case studies unpack the positive vision." -- David Powlison
"In our increasingly pagan culture Christians are being engulfed by a flood of the New Age, the occult, and a fascination with demons. Into this explosive climate the deliverance ministries have burst with mega best-sellers and sensational accounts that show how we can all cast out demons.
David Powlison challenges this movement as being more occult than it realizes. The Kingdom of God is about power and we do battle with very real enemies. But Powlison provides a strategy for a more biblical and more effective way to fight." -- Publisher
"Powlison (Ivy League Ph.D., ex-missionary, full-time counselor) has thought deeply about his subject and he makes an unanswerable case. His critique is compassionate, balanced, and generous. Honestly, this is the most important book I have read all year." -- Reader's Comment

Powlison, David, "Various Audio Cassette Tapes on Counseling Subjects in the Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation Resources -- Audio Archives for example:

Inner Healing and Visualization, N9112s
"Where do these subjects belong in today's biblical counseling program?"
Demons, Deliverance and Counselor, N9212s
"Helping the counseled confront these problems with a Biblical approach."
Don't Fail to get at the Idols, N8923
Demons and Deliverance (part 1 of 2), N9686
Demons and Deliverance (part 2 of 2), N9687
Demons, Deliverance and Counselor #1, N9212
Demons, Deliverance and Counselor #2, N9219
Counseling and Nature of Righteousness #1, N9511
Counseling and Nature of Righteousness #2, N9512
Are you Using the Bible Biblically? N0003
National Association of Nouthetic Counselors (NANC) Library
http://www.nanc.org/Resources/NANC-Library

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

Rakestraw, Robert Vincent, Brian T. Johnson, and Paul R. Eddy, Satan, Demonology, and the Occult: An Annotated Bibliography of the Spirit World
http://www.bethel.edu/~rakrob/files/S-D%20Bibliography%20Master.htm

Russell, Jeffrey Burton, A History of Witchcraft: Sorcery, Heretics, Pagan, ISBN: 9780500286340 0500286345.
A comprehensive work.
"Drawing comparisons between modern sorcery and that of the ancient world, the authors show how the European witch craze in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries developed out of a combination of ancient sorcery and medieval Christian heresy, paganism, folklore, scholastic theology, and inquisitorial trials. Whether the diabolical witchcraft for which men and women went to the stake ever existed is open to question. What matters more is that it was believed to exist by intellectuals and peasants alike. 110 illustrations." -- Publisher

Russell, Jeffrey Burton, Mephistopheles: The Devil in the Modern World, ISBN: 0801497183 9780801497186.
"A very thorough, well-written examination of how Satan and evil have been viewed since the Reformation. Russell takes a historian's stance to examine a subject both controversial and mystifying at best. No stone is left unturned as he looks at how the devil is viewed by church officials, common folk, and intelligentsia, and how these views are reflected in the artwork and pop-culture of those times. This work manages at once to be intellectual and an easy read, thorough and engrossing. A must for anyone fascinated by the forces that have shaped Christian thought." -- Reader's Comment

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

See also: The sovereignty of god, The doctrine of man (human nature, total depravity), Colossians, The sufficiency of christ, The sovereign grace of god: his everlasting mercy and lovingkindness, The doctrine of man (human nature, total depravity), The occult, spiritism, witchcraft, Satan, the adversary, satanism, Spiritual discernment, Sexual relationship, Spiritual Adultery (Spiritual Whoredom/Harlotry), Idolatry Idolatry, Gratuitous sex, The new age, Women and the new age, Mind control, Brainwashing, The local church, Church leadership, Reform of the church, Priestcraft, Secret societies, ungodly alliances, voluntary associations, Oaths, ensnaring (vows, promises, covenants) and bonds with the ungodly, Unfaithful reformed ministries, Churches that abuse, Leadership, Power, Authority, The counter-reformation, Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, 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, Intimidation and coercion (Uris Library at Cornell University has a large collection on witchcraft and freemasonry.)
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The Blood of the Lamb, the Conquering Weapon
A sermon by C.H. Spurgeon delivered on Lord's-day morning, September 9, 1888, at the Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington, Sermon no. 2043.
"This is the way in which you should use this plea. Say, 'My God, I am utterly unworthy, and I own it; but, I beseech thee, hear me for the honour of thy dear Son. By his agony and bloody sweat, by his cross and passion, by his precious death and burial, I beseech thee hear me! O Lord, let the blood of thine Only-begotten prevail with thee! Canst thou put aside his groans, his tears, his death, when they speak on my behalf?' If you can thus come to pleading terms with God upon this ground, you must and will prevail. Jesus must be heard in heaven. The voice of his blood is eloquent with God. If you plead the atoning sacrifice, you must overcome through the blood of the Lamb." -- C.H. Spurgeon
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http://personal.pitnet.net/primarysources/hutchinson.html

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"Something Cool," Tierney Sutton
" 'Something Cool' (2002) quickly rose to #1 on the Jazz radio charts and includes favorites like 'Rt. 66' and 'Ding Dong the Witch is Dead' -- always treated with masterful creativity."
Tierney Sutton heads up Vocal Studies in the Jazz Department of the University of Southern California (USC).
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Soul-violence

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

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

In your patience possess ye your souls. -- The Lord Jesus Christ (Luke 21:19)

For the enemy hath persecuted my soul; he hath smitten my life down to the ground; he hath made me to dwell in darkness, as those that have been long dead. Therefore is my spirit overwhelmed within me; my heart within me is desolate. (Psalm 143:3,4)

For mine enemies speak against me; and they that lay wait for my soul take counsel together,
Saying, God hath forsaken him; persecute and take him; for there is none to deliver him.
(Psalm 71:10,11)

Your iniquities have turned away these things, and your sins have withholden good things from you. For among my people are found wicked men: they lay wait, as he that setteth snares; they set a trap, they catch men. As a cage is full of birds, so are their houses full of deceit: therefore they are become great, and waxen rich. They are waxen fat, they shine: yea, they overpass the deeds of the wicked: they judge not the cause, the cause of the fatherless, yet they prosper; and the right of the needy do they not judge. Shall I not visit for these things? saith the LORD: shall not my soul be avenged on such a nation as this? A wonderful and horrible thing is committed in the land; The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their means; and my people love to have it so: and what will ye do in the end thereof? (Jeremiah 5:25-31) See the annotation 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 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.)

See the Theological Notes, "Body and Soul, Male and Female," at Genesis 2:7, p. 10, in The Reformation Study Bible

The fool hath said in his heart,
There is no God.
They are corrupt,
they have done abominable works,
there is none that doeth good.
(Psalm 14:1)
See the Theological Notes, "Mankind's Guilty Knowledge of God" at Romans 1:29, p. 1767, and the note at Psalm 14:1, p. 766 in The Reformation Study Bible

The fool hath said in his heart,
There is no God.
They are corrupt,
they have done abominable works,
there is none that doeth good.
(Psalm 14:1)
See the Theological Notes, "Mankind's Guilty Knowledge of God" at Romans 1:29, p. 1767, and the note at Psalm 14:1, p. 766 in The Reformation Study Bible

Soul-violence begins when one individual tries to usurping authority over another, to control and possess them. The means of control may be either outward or occult: possessiveness, deceit, repression or suppression of the truth, soul stealing, attempts to take authority over another politically or by mental malpractice, denial of freedom, indebtedness, whoredom, and so forth. Abuse of the soul quenches the Holy Spirit.
If either side is immovable, then death is the result of the conflict of will. How are conflicts of will resolved? By submission to the absolute truth of God's word. These observations bear a strain of the Gospel.

*Acton, John E. (1834-1902), Essays on Freedom and Power, ISBN: 0844600008.
Essays such as, "The History of Freedom in Christianity," "The Protestant Theory of Persecution," and so forth. Includes bibliography.
The Acton Institute is now controlled by the Roman Catholic Institution.
"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)
The History of Freedom and Other Essays, John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton, John Neville Figgis, Reginald Vere Laurence
http://books.google.com/books?id=iOB6zeQ-rRwC&ie=ISO-8859-1&output=html

Acton, John E. (1834-1902), History of Freedom and Other Essays, ISBN: 0836901355 9780548101537 0548101531.
"Perhaps better known for the famous quote of how `power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.' This work by Lord Acton is an excellent example of Europe's finest late 19th century political/historical intellectual. Acton's assertions are often dated due to the age within which he lived, but his perceptive views are worth investigating. Unfortunately Acton never wrote a single full volume of history. All that we have from Acton are compilations of his lectures, essays, and smaller works. The above such title being an example. The most interesting essay for American readers is Acton's essay on the American Revolution. A well read novice will be able to understand Acton's thesis, though his language can be somewhat difficult at times. The most fascinating aspect of this essay is Acton's assertion that America will degenerate into a `barbarous' nation unless America's black population is segregated to another country. Acton did not live long enough to see America's burgeoning civil rights movements, and was obliged to see America from the standpoint of post-Reconstruction America. The only reason I graded this work short of `10' is due to the language. Besides being fluent in five languages, Acton was an awe inspiring intellectual, and sometimes his prose reflects his intellectualism, thereby sacrificing some readability." -- John R. Grace

*Anderson, James N.D., Morality, Law and Grace, ISBN: 0877845468 9780877845461.
"Faces the pressing problems of the present day and provides perceptive counsel and sane solutions to the moral confusion of our contemporary society. Also underscores the relevancy of the Christian message, the uniqueness of its ethic, and the richness of its liberty. An admirable blending of scientific logic, legal expertise, and Biblical knowledge." -- Cyril J. Barber

Balodis, Jacquie, Soul Stealing: An Overview of Satanic and Black Witchcraft Ritual Abuse and Brainwashing, 1988.
This book has been discredited by one expert on cult/occult crime because of alleged known practices of the author after writing the book.
Apparently the author removed it from the market. It is not in WorldCat/OCLC.
Notice that creating and spreading false religion is the ultimate form of brain washing with the most horrific consequences.
Instead, see:
*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.
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

Bussell, Harold, Unholy Devotion: Why Cults Lure Christians, ISBN: 0310372518 9780310372516.
"The spiritual truths imparted through this book strengthened my understanding of Christianity in a way that has had a monumental and long-lasting impact upon my life. Even through the loss of both of my children during the past two years, my faith is still sustained when I re-read passages from it. Dr. Bussell is a committed Christian who understands God's grace and helps others understand it as well." -- Reader's Comment

*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. A Christian classic. 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. Available 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
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

*Bunyan, John (1628-1688), The Holy War Made by Shaddai Upon Diabolus For the Regaining of the Metropolis of the World: or, The Losing and Taking Again of the Town of Mansoul, ISBN: 1840300264 9781840300260. A Christian classic.
"I have read this novel before, and it is as good as PILGRIM'S PROGRESS. John Bunyan shows how Satan constantly tries to keep our souls, and uses all of the tricks in the book to try to keep our souls. This book is for Christians and non-Christians alike, the same is true with the THE PILGRIM'S PROGRESS. John Bunyan knows how to keep you entertained and thinking about what kind of shape your spirit is in. This book is a true masterpiece and is the best book about Spiritual Warfare that I have read so far." -- Reader's Comment
"Bunyan's second and most loved work after Pilgrim's Progress. Also allegorical, this work tells the story of mankind's redemption by comparing it to a besieged city." -- Book Description
"Forget Frank Peretti! Bunyan's allegory on spiritual warfare is absolutely profound. The old tinker of Bedford knew whereof he spoke. The chronicles of Mansoul and the great battle for its mind, heart and spirit make difficult reading to be sure, but you will be rewarded for your perseverance a hundredfold!
"BONUS: Bunyan uses real army stratagems and tactics in his descriptions of the symbolic battles. He is believed to have picked up these details while a soldier in Cromwell's New Model Army." -- Reader's Comment
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

*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

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

*Hassan, Steven, Combating Cult Mind Control: The #1 Best-selling Guide to Protection, Rescue and Recovery From Destructive Cults, ISBN: 0892814225 9780892814220.
Recognize the signs of destructive organizations and protect yourself from psychological manipulation.
"Remarkably useful and important. I heartily recommend this book to anyone affected by the cult experience. Hassan's work will be valuable to health professionals, clergy, attorneys, and all those involved with cults, their members, and the families whose lives they touch." -- Louis Jolyon West, M.D., Chairman, Department of Psychiatry, UCLA School of Medicine.
Chapter 4, "Understanding Mind Control," explains how to recognize mind control activities.
Includes bibliography, bibliographical footnotes, index, and an appendix of resource organizations. Recommended as a valuable reference work. A secular author.
An Understanding of Cult Mind Control
http://www.shassan.com/

Hassan, Steven, Releasing The Bonds: Empowering People to Think for Themselves, ISBN: 0967068800 9780967068800.
"Help People to Recover from Abusive Relationships and Cults! My second book, RELEASING THE BONDS: EMPOWERING PEOPLE TO THINK FOR THEMSELVES, is the culmination of over twenty-five years of first-hand experience. I became interested in the issue of cults after being rescued by my family from the Moonies in 1976. I had dropped out of college and was indoctrinated to believe that Sun Myung Moon was the Messiah and that Armageddon was about to take place.
"Once liberated, I have gone on to spend twenty-three years working full-time in the area of cult mind control. I am a licensed mental health counselor with a Master's degree in counseling psychology from Cambridge College. I have helped thousands of people who have been hurt by cult groups and destructive relationships. I have appeared as an expert on television shows such as 60 Minutes, Nightline, Dateline, Oprah Winfrey, Larry King Live and have been appeared in innumerable publications and media.
"This book describes in detail my Strategic Interaction Approach. It involves a family-centered, goal-oriented communications method that systematically neutralizes phobias and empowers people to think independently. The book was written especially for concerned family and friends, mental health professionals, clergy and for anyone who wants to understand how intelligent, educated people can become dependent, obedient slaves." -- Steven Hassan
"Cults are rapidly spreading around the globe like viruses - changing constantly, adapting easily to new cultures, destroying hundreds of thousands of lives each year, by radically altering people's identities through mind control, brainwashing, hypnosis, and less subtle mind control techniques. What compels bright, energetic and idealistic people of all ages to give up their individuality, their freedom of mind, and oftentimes their jobs, wealth, and families to become a slave to a self-proclaimed master? Why do well-educated, highly intelligent people even offer their lives in mass suicides for what appear to be `nutty' beliefs? Once enslaved, how can victims of cults regain their freedom and begin to think for themselves again?
"In his new book, RELEASING THE BONDS: Empowering People to Think for Themselves, one of the world's foremost authorities on cult mind control, Steven Hassan, reveals the astonishingly effective behavior, information, thought and emotion control techniques (B.I.T.E.) at the root of all cult powers. With dozens of examples from real-life cases, Hassan presents a new, more refined, non-coercive, and totally legal Strategic Interaction Approach (S.I.A.) to freeing oneself from the terrible grip of life-threatening cults, enabling cult victims to think independently again.
"Hassan's revolutionary Strategic Interaction Approach replaces crude deprogramming and kidnapping rescue attempts with an in-depth process of evaluating the situation;interacting with dual identities;communication strategies for phone calls, letter writing and visits;understanding and utilizing cult beliefs and tactics; techniques to reality-test and promote freedom of mind;planning and instituting effective interventions.
"The extent to which cults have invaded the social infrastructures is a truly staggering phenomenon in the modern world. RELEASING THE BONDS: Empowering People to Think for Themselves by Steven Hassan is a profoundly insightful probe into a vast, expanding secret world in our everyday midst, offering hope for those lost in misery and freedom of mind for those who have the courage to overcome their fears." -- Publisher

*Johnston, Jerry, with Bill Stern, The Edge of Evil: The Rise of Satanism in North America, ISBN: 0849906687 9780849906688.
Foreword by Geraldo Rivera. "Amid the hoopla and shock of occult mysteries and Jerry Johnston's trans-continental investigation he ferrets out the truth. The intoxication of satanic power, the mind-warping of Satan's new children isn't easy reading, but it is must reading for every parent, educator, and teenager desiring to be protected. . . . Jerry Johnston's profound impact on young people and their parents has been acclaimed by educators, clergy, mayors, media personalities, politicians, and President Reagan coast-to-coast. . . . Johnston is considered an expert on youth culture and trends. . . ." -- Publisher

*Leahy, Frederick S., Satan Cast Out: A Study in Biblical Demonology, ISBN: 0851512348.
"It is often said that wherever there is a rejection of faith in the living God a corresponding upsurge of the demonic will eventually appear. That is true not only in the pages of the Bible and in the annals of Christian missions; it has also become a striking feature of the life in our materialistic, post-Christian society. . . . Full of sane exposition and wise counsel, his work has been widely appreciated since its first publication in 1975." -- Publisher
"Probably one of the best, most Scriptural books written today on the subject of demonology." -- Presbyterian Journal

*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
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

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

Martin, Paul R., "Dispelling the Myths: The Psychological Consequences of Cultic Involvement," Christian Research Journal, Winter/Spring 1989 (San Juan Capistrano, CA: Christian Research Institute International).
Dispels six myths and gives seven steps to recovery for those who have been taken in by a cult. Includes bibliographic footnotes.

McKenney, Tom, and Jim Shaw, The Deadly Deception: Freemasonry Exposed, ISBN: 0910311544 9780910311540 0910311528 9780910311526.
"This is an impossible book for a Mason to dismiss, since it was written by one of their own, who reached the very pinnacle of prestige and power and then, like Paul, counted it all as `dung' next to the beauty and glory of Jesus Christ. (Philippians 3:8) It is also a testimony which will bless any Christian's heart!" -- Ed Decker
"Not one in 10,000 Masons understands what Masonry is really about. . . . Find out how Christians get into Masonry and why they must get out." -- Publisher
Excellent for witnessing to Masons.

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

Roebuck, Julian B., and Marcus L. Hickson, The Southern Redneck: A Phenomenalogical Class Study, ISBN: 0275908860 9780275908867 0275917967 9780275917968.
Not perjuritive. Includes extensive bibliography.
"The Redneck's chief problem remains false consciousness." -- Julian Roebuck

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

Weldon, John, and Clifford Wilson, Occult Shock and Psychic Forces, ISBN: 0937931098 9780937931097.

See also: The sovereignty of god, The doctrine of man (human nature, total depravity), Colossians, The sufficiency of christ, The sovereign grace of god: his everlasting mercy and lovingkindness, The theology of freedom, Freedom: a gift of the grace of god, Political and economic freedom, Freedom with responsibility to god, Spiritual discernment, Sexual relationship, Spiritual Adultery (Spiritual Whoredom/Harlotry), Idolatry Idolatry, Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, Pseudo-christian movements: a selection of works, Mind control, Signs of a destructive cult, Pride, Abuse, Child abuse, Spiritual warfare, Churches that abuse
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Related WebLinks

The Treasury of David, Psalm 71, C.H. Spurgeon
http://www.spurgeon.org/treasury/ps071.htm

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

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



Priestcraft, Pharisaism, Soul-stealing

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

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 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)
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

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, quoted by John W. Robbins, February 10, 2006

Members are taught `my duty is to obey my elder, regardless of whether he is right or wrong, and God will reward my obedience to his duly authorized servant.' Anyone who believes that nonsense has become a Roman Catholic in his view of church authority and is treating his pastor like a pope." -- John Reisinger

The elders became conscious of nothing but the "authority invested in their holy office," and they neglected to develop the gifts and graces in God's people.
The sheep are in total subjection to the elder because they believe that he is 'responsible to God for their soul,' and their duty is to obey his directives without question. It is because the sheep believe that Roman rubbish that the 'amazing thing' spoken of in Jeremiah can happen, and is happening, in our own day. -- John Reisinger

A bad man in a bad system is an untouchable pope simply because he is protected by the system. -- John Reisinger

When elders become obsessed with the submission of the flock, they have a view dangerously close to the autocracy of Rome. -- Walter Chantry

Beating the sheep into subjection with the supposed 'duly authorized office of eldership' and sending them home bleeding and wounded. This is just a form of Romanism. -- Walter Chantry

Demands to "kiss the pope's ring in submission" are demands to submit to the influence and control of another man. This is worship of a man, idolatry, a violation of the First Commandment.

If this people go up to do sacrifice in the house of the LORD at Jerusalem, then shall the heart of this people turn again unto their lord, even unto Rehoboam king of Judah, and they shall kill me, and go again to Rehoboam king of Judah. (He feared that while the tribes went up every year to the temple, the old love to one another would revive, and seeing the palace of the house of David in its magnificence, they might feel regret for having revolted from their ancient line of kings: Jeroboam therefore felt that the temple worship endangered his position. He was a man of a crafty mind, like Ahithophel, and had no fear of God before his eyes, and therefore he resolved to set up a new religion. God's honour was nothing to him. Worldly policy and other base motives have often been the reasons for founding false systems of religion.)
Whereupon the king took counsel, and made two calves of gold, and said unto them, It is too much for you to go up to Jerusalem: behold thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt. (Men naturally love ease, and prefer a religion which involves little trouble and inconvenience, hence Jeroboam craftily appealed to this degrading propensity of human nature; but how disgraceful it was on the part of Israel that under such a pretext they sould forsake the living God and bow before the image of a bullock. May we never leave the good old paths of truth for the sake of honour, position, gain, or ease. Let us cleave unto the Lord with purpose of heart.)
And he set the one in Bethel, and the other put he in Dan.
And this thing became a sin: for the people went to worship before the one, even unto Dan.
(At both ends of the land, so that none might have far to travel.)
And he made an house of high places, and made priests of the lowest of the people, which were not of the sons of Levi. (The true priests were faithful and hence he must needs set up others. This speaks well for the Levites. If all other men become idolators, God's ministers must not.)
And Jeroboam ordained a feast in the eighth month, on the fifteenth day of the month, like unto the feast that is in Judah, and he offered upon the altar. So did he in Bethel, sacrificing unto the calves that he had made: and he placed in Bethel the priests of the high places which he had made.
So he offered upon the altar which he had made in Bethel the fifteenth day of the eighth month, even in the month which he had devised of his own heart; and ordained a feast unto the children of Israel: and he offered upon the altar, and burnt incense.
(He dared to take upon himself the priesthood, to change the ordained sesons for worship, to set up a rival altar, and to adore God under a symbolic form. All this was detestable in the sight of God. It is to be feared that in our day many are guilty of Jeroboam's sin, for they invent rites and ceremonies of their own, and forsake the Lord, who is a Spirit, and must be worshipped in spirit and in truth. O for grace to be faithful to the World of God in all points.) (1 Kings 12:27-33) --
Spurgeon's Devotional Bible

And, behold, there came a man of God out of Judah by the word of the LORD unto Bethel: and Jeroboam stood by the altar to burn incense.
And he cried against the altar in the word of the LORD, and said, O altar, altar, thus saith the LORD; Behold, a child shall be born unto the house of David, Josiah by name; and upon thee shall he offer the priests of the high places that burn incense upon thee, and men's bones shall be burnt upon thee.
And he gave a sign the same day, saying, This is the sign which the LORD hath spoken; Behold, the altar shall be rent, and the ashes that are upon it shall be poured out.
(This was bravely spoken. The prophet feared not the wrath of the king or of the crowds around him. Messengers of God must not fear the faces of men.) (1 Kings 13:1-3) -- Spurgeon's Devotional Bible

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

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

Anonymous, The behaviour of the clergy, as well as their traditions, destructive of religion, or, a succinct history of priestcraft, throughout all ages, 2d edition, 1731).

Anonymous, Priestcraft Exposed.
"Notes: A poem, in two columns."

Anonymous, Priestcraft Exposed. And Primitive Christianity Defended.
Format: Journal, magazine: Periodical: English

*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. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. A Christian classic.
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
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

Dell, William (d. 1664), The Tryal of Spirits Both in Teachers and Hearers Wherein is Held Forth the Clear Discovery and Certain Downfal of the Carnal and Antichristian Clergie of These Nations, 1653.

Dennis, John, (1657-1734), Priestcraft Distinguish'd From Christianity.
"Shewing: I. That wicked priests are the real antichrists mention'd in Scripture. -- II. That the corruption of the laity in all Christian states proceeds from the corruption of the clergy. -- III. That there was a more general vertue in the grossest times of paganism, than there has been since our Saviour came into the world. -- IV. That there is a more general vertue in other parts of the globe, than in the Christian world. -- V. That there was a more general vertue in our own nation in the times of our ancestors, than there is in our own times; and that priestcraft, and corruption of manners, have increas'd together."

Douglas, James, The System of Methodism Further Exposed; And the wiles of priestcraft investigated: being a refutation of the calumnies contained in the pamphlet of the Rev. Mr. Farrar, entitled "The condemner of Methodism condemned;" with a further development of the plans adopted by the Wesleyan preachers to enslave their followers, and establish a system of universal tyranny and priestly dominion, 1814.

Howitt, William (1792-1879), A Popular History of Priestcraft in all Ages and Nations.
"Two Evil Principles: Kingcraft and Priestcraft; Paganism; Mythology of the Assyrians and Syrians; Establishment of Monkery (monks); Popish Arrogance and Atrocities; Jesuits and Inquisitors; English Church; Ministerial Plan of Irish Church Reform; Clerical Incomes; Evils of the system of Church Patronage; Retrospect view of of the Effects of Priestcraft."
Also available in abridgment, William Howitt's Abridgment of his Popular History of Priestcraft.

Kraut, Ogden, The Four Crafts: Doctorcraft, Lawyercraft, Priestcraft, Kingcraft.
The Mormon doctrine of the priestcraft.

*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 -- sk], 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. -- sk]. Note particularly "Bush Family Machinations, 1918-2000," a time-line 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

Scales, William, Priestcraft Exposed From its Foundation: or, Religious Freedom Defended: In Nine Chapters.

Sloan, James, Priestcraft Unmasked, or, The Whore of Rome, Alias Mystery Babylon the Great: The Mother of Harlots and Abominations of the Earth, that hath made all nations drunk with the wine of her fornication, stripped of her gay and fascinating [sic] attire, and shown in her genuine form, which is that of a filthy painted harlot, 1829.

Sparks, Q.S., Priestcraft Exposed: False Religion Unmasked . . .

W.R., Methodism Priestcraft Exposed, or, Who is the Devil in the Pulpit?, 20 pages.

See also: The sovereignty of god, The doctrine of man (human nature, total depravity), Colossians, The sufficiency of christ, 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, Power, Authority, Power religion, Glory in iniquity, the temptation of vain glory, Spiritual Adultery (Spiritual Whoredom/Harlotry), Tyranny, Unfaithful reformed ministries, Effeminacy, Secret societies, ungodly alliances, voluntary associations, Reform of the church, Spiritual bondage, Churches that abuse, Abuse, Popery, The counter reformation, Antichrist, Machiavellianism, Mind control, intimidation, and coercion, False gospels, Spiritual discernment, Spiritual Adultery (Spiritual Whoredom/Harlotry), Idolatry Idolatry, The local church, Sorcery, Soul-violence, Conspiracy and corruption, Arminianism, Antinomianism, Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, and so forth, and so on.

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The Temptation of Eve, Part 1, a sermon on Genesis 3:1-6 by Brian Schwertley
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=720081817191

The Temptation of Eve, Part 2, a sermon on Genesis 3:1-6 by Brian Schwertley
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=72008182576

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

The Greatness of Jesus Christ (part 1 of 2) by Ravi Zacharias (6/30/2012, LMP20120630.mp3)
"When there are so many options claiming to provide ultimate fulfillment in life, why choose Jesus Christ? Why is He unique? Ravi Zacharias discusses that this week on Let My People Think." -- RZIM
http://www.rzim.org/resources/listen/letmypeoplethink.aspx?archive=1&pid=2512

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

Warning Signs of Destructive Cults
http://www.lettermen2.com/warncult.html

Hitech Polygraphy as a Means of Broadscale Reform (Preliminary DRAFT) (broken link)
http://members.aol.com/vtpa/pvtpa010.html

Rebellion and Lawlessness: Wickedness, Demonic Possession, Substance Abuse, Abnormal Behavior, Insanity, Mental Illness, Mental Retardation
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Machiavellianism

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

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

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 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.)

It is said that every politician in Washington has a copy of Machiavelli's THE PRINCE on his bedstand. We think America would be a different country if the book on the bedstand were Rutherford's, LEX, REX (Latin for "law is king.")

We are saddened that this listing is necessary. Unfortunately, as the decline of American society accellerates Machiavellianism can be recognized everywhere, in The White House, in Congress, in boardrooms and businesses, in academia, in doctor's offices, in the Media, and regrettably in the local church. See the listing "Unfaithful Reformed Ministries" below.

History witnesses to the falsehood of Machiavelli's philosophy of attaining and holding power.
Machiavelli advocated the following:

  1. "Concentration of power in the hands of a single man (The Discourses, First Book, Chapter IX)
  2. "The murdering of rivals (The Discourses, Third Book, Chapter III)
  3. "The use of cunning and deceit, stating that they will serve a man better than force to rise to great fortune (The Discourses, Second Book, Chapter XIII)
  4. "The use of accusations and calumnies (the malicious uttering of false charges or misrepresentations calculated to damage another's reputation) (The Discourses, First Book, Chapter VIII)
  5. "He declares there is no surer or less objectionable way of repressing a contender than to stop them from gaining the good will of those around them. (The Discourses, First Book, Chapter LII)
  6. "Machiavelli says that religion should be accepted and used for the purposes of the state and that it is wise for a leader to make show of observing religion, even when he is obliged in reality to disregard it. (The Discourses, First Book, Chapters XIII and XIV)
I Chapter XVIII of The Prince Machiavelli states,
"It is not, therefore, necessary for a prince to have all the above-named qualities, but it is very necessary to seem to have them. I would even be bold to say that to possess them and always to observe them is dangerous, but to appear to possess them is useful. Thus it is well to seem merciful, faithful, humane, sincere, religious, and also to be so; but you must have the mind so disposed that when it is needful to be otherwise you may be able to change to the opposite qualities."

The first impression that one gets of a ruler and of his brains is from seeing the men he has about him. -- Niccolo Machiavelli

It is misleading to describe the thinker Machiavelli as a patriot. He is a patriot of a particular kind: he is more concerned with the salvation of his fatherland than with the salvation of his soul. His patriotism therefore presupposes a comprehensive reflection regarding the status of the fatherland on the one hand and of the soul on the other. This comprehensive reflection, and not his patriotism, established his fame and made him the teacher of many men in all countries. The substance of his thought is not Florentine, or even Italian, but universal. It concerns, and it is meant to concern, all thinking men regardless of time and place. . . .
Patriotism, as Machiavelli understood it is collective selfishness. The indifference to the distinction between right and wrong which springs from devotion to one's country is less repulsive than the indifference to the distinction which springs from exclusive preoccupation with one's own ease or glory. . . . Love of one's own is inferior to love of what is both one's own and good. To justify Machiavelli's terrible counsels by having recourse to his patriotism, means to see the virtues of that patriotism while being blind to that which is higher than patriotism, or to that which both hallows and limits patriotism. In referring to Machiavelli's patriotism one does not dispose of a mere semblance of evil; one merely obscures something truly evil. . . .
Machiavelli seems merely to attempt to show that the Biblical teaching contradicts experience or contradicts itself. He does not refer to the possibility that human assertions regarding God and divine things are necessarily self-contradictory nor does he consider that limitations of experience as he understood experience. . . .
According to Machiavelli, Biblical religion and pagan religion have this in common, that they are both of merely human origin. . . .
Machiavelli was not the first man to assert that religion is both untrue and salutary. Religion is a part of virtue or is a virtue. . . . Religion is indeed indispensable for the well-being of a republic but not for that of a principality ruled by a prince of outstanding virtue. . . .
Machiavelli may be said to foreshadow the extreme form of "enlightened despotism." In his usage, a virtuous prince is not so much a prince possessing moral virtue as a prince of strong mind and will who prudently uses his moral virtue and vice according to the requirements of the situation. A virtuous prince in this sense cannot be religious. In other words, a prince need not be religious and ought not to be religious, but it is most important for him to appear to be religious. -- Leo Strauss

Machiavelli advocated firm autocratic rule in THE PRINCE, because in his view `only the dictatorial regime of the "ideal" prince could push along the cycle of political history; only the exercise of ruthlessness could improve the cycle. . . .' Machiavelli's THE PRINCE -- destined to become a handbook of political practice used by heads of state as remote in time as Benito Mussolini and Adolf Hitler -- stands in sharp contrast to the checks and balances tradition encouraged by the Reformation.
The Reformers were not romantic about man. With their strong emphasis on The Fall, they understood that since every person is indeed a sinner there is a need for checks and balances, especially on people in power. -- Francis Schaeffer

*Bastiat, Frederic, The Law. A Christian classic.
"Full of truths that are not merely relevant, but are absolutely vital to our future." -- Congressman Dick Armey
"If ever there was a concise and powerful argument for defending Liberty and the Law against every social engineer, this has to be it (only 75 pages!). Bastiat is a master of words and the analogy. Every lover of freedom who wishes to get a nutshell understanding of why Liberty and Law matters ought to read this book. . . ." -- Reader's Comment
The Law, by Frederic Bastiat (Part 1 of 10)
"The law perverted! And the police powers of the state perverted along with it! The law, I say, not only turned from its proper purpose but made to follow an entirely contrary purpose! The law become the weapon of every kind of greed! Instead of checking crime, the law itself guilty of the evils it is supposed to punish! " -- Frederic Bastiat, from the Introduction
http://nesara.org/articles/bastiat_the_law01.htm
The Law, Frederic Bastiat
http://archive.org/details/law00fredguat

*Baxter, Richard (1615-1691), William Lamont (editor) A Holy Commonwealth, ISBN: 0521405807.
"A HOLY COMMONWEALTH is Richard Baxter's invisible masterpiece." -- William Lamont
Contains 380 theses on government with commentary when available. These 380 aphorisms are valuable casuistry in support of Christian magistracy.
"Written in 1659 by the Puritan minister (1615-91) who publicly repudiated the work in 1670, this modern edition of a controversial text represents a candid confession as to why a conservative Puritan fought for Parliament in the Civil War and gave his support to the Cromwells." -- Publisher
Contains 380 theses on government with commentary when available. These 380 aphorisms are valuable casuistry in support of Christian magistracy.
Baxter's repudiation of the work is also included. It is interesting to note that he never repudiated the first part of the book, which lays the foundation for Christian Magistracy. It was only the second part that was repudiated by, as Lamont says, his public persona which was Arminian.
Apparently, in Richard Baxter we have an example of the Armenian being unable to stand publicly for Covenanted Reformation, yet his private persona wrote A HOLY COMMONWEALTH, and his unpublished papers show that he continued to recommend the work to associates after his public repudiation.
Baxter, Richard (1615-1691), A Holy Commonwealth: or, Political Aphorisms, Opening the True Principles of Government: For the Healing of the Mistakes, and Resolving the Doubts, That Most Endanger England at This Time (1659)
http://archive.org/details/holywealth00baxt

*Brutus, Junius (attributed to Philippe Duplessis-Mornay), A Defense of Liberty Against Tyrants. Alternate title: VINDICIAE, CONTRA TYRANNOS: OR, CONCERNING THE LEGITIMATE POWER OF A PRINCE OVER THE PEOPLE, AND OF THE PEOPLE OVER A PRINCE, ISBN: 0521342090 9780521342094. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #26.
This is a reprint of a 1689 edition of this work, which was originally written in 1579.
"Piety commands that the law and church of God be maintained. Justice requires that tyrants and destroyers of the commonwealth be compelled to reason. Charity challenges the right of relieving and restoring the oppressed. Those who make no account of these things do as much as in them lies to drive piety, justice, and charity out of this world, that they may never more be heard of." -- Junius Brutus
"John Adams held this book to be one of the most influential books in America on the eve of the Revolution. This `defense' manual will help equip you for the battle." -- Publisher
"This book was even more influential than Thomas Payne's COMMON SENSE, in molding the American mind and preparing it for the war for independence. Much of our Declaration of Independence reflects its wisdom and thought. Written by a French Huguenot to give Biblical and civil justification for fighting against a government that was illegally killing it own people during the religious wars on France between 1540s-late 1700. A must reading for those who want to understand religious and political history of Europe, or want to better understand the Biblical justification sought by our own founding fathers in their fight for independence. A must read!" -- Reader's Comment
Vidiciae Contra Tyrannos: A Defense of Liberty Against Tyrants, by Junius Brutus, attributed to Philippe Duplessis-Mornay
http://www.constitution.org/vct/vindiciae.htm
The Covenant between God and Kings, from A DEFENSE OF LIBERTY
http://www.constitution.org/vct/vindiciae1a.htm

*Frederick II, King of Prussia, Frederick of Prussia Anti-Machiavel. Alternate title: THE REFUTATION OF MACHIAVELLI'S PRINCE OR, ANTI-MACHIAVEL, ISBN: 0821405594 9780821405598.
"This delightful and hard to find book, translated with only minor variations, does include the 2nd chapter from Voltaire, as it was missing from the original manuscript. Frederick is threatened, it would seem, by the writings of THE PRINCE in the hands of mere political overachievers. He is constantly referring to the difference in the beliefs of Kings and 'would be' princes. Frederick picks Machiavelli's writing apart line by line and deserves a second read with THE PRINCE close at hand. An integeral link to the real Frederick of Prussia." -- Reader's Comment
Frederick the Great's ANTI-MACHIAVEL
http://www.geocities.com/danielmacryan/antimac.html

*Machiavelli, Niccolo, The Prince, ISBN: 0192833979 9780192833976.
This famous analysis of statesmanship and power, lauded by the world system and read by practically all politicians, will give insight to those who may still not understand power politics in Washington. But to fully understand the current situation in the Federal government even the discerning person must work in a Federal office or within the corporate limits of the District of Columbia for at least a year. A secular author.
The Prince, Nicolo Machiavelli
http://books.mirror.org/gb.machiavelli.html

*Marshall, Walter (1628-1680), The Gospel-Mystery of Sanctification: Growing in Holiness by Living in Union With Christ and ISBN: 189277724X. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.
The Reformation Heritage Books edition is a reprint of the 1954 edition set by Oliphants and includes an introduction by Joel R. Beeke. Also includes the author's famous sermon on "The Doctrine of Justification Opened and Applied."
See the WorldCat record for various foreign language editions.
Other editions:
Marshall, Walter (1628-1680), The Gospel-Mystery of Sanctification, ISBN: 1597520543 9781597520546.
"This is by far the best book on the doctrine of Sanctification in print. It was originally written in the 17th century, but has been put into modern English with this edition. This book will help you better understand the Gospel and its power not only for our Justification, but our Sanctification as well." -- Reader's Comment
Marshall, Walter (1628-1680), The Gospel-Mystery of Sanctification, ISBN: 1589600630 9781589600638.
"Here you will read the most closely reasoned defense of scriptural sanctification to be found anywhere. . . . Fourteen directions are given to the reader, all perfected with the aim of explaining to sincere souls what sanctification is, what it is not, and how to attain a holy walk before God. . . ." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.
Marshall, Walter (1628-1680), The Gospel-mystery of Sanctification, Opened, in Sundry Practical Directions: Suited Especially to the Case of Those who Labor Under the Guilt and Power of Indwelling Sin. To Which is Added a Sermon on Justification (1859)
http://archive.org/details/gospelmysteryofs02mars

Phillips, Kevin, American Dynasty: Aristocracy, Fortune, and the Politics of Deceit in the House of Bush, ISBN: 0670032646 9780670032648.
"Paraphrasing a passage from Machiavelli's THE PRINCE, Kevin Phillips writes, 'a ruler can ignore the mob and devote himself to the interests of the ruling class, gulling the inert majority who constitute the ruled.' He then says, 'Borgia references aside, 21st-century American readers of THE PRINCE may feel that they have stumbled on a thinly disguised Bush White House political memo.' These pointed words would sting regardless of who uttered them, but coming from Phillips, a former Republican strategist, they have an added piquancy. In AMERICAN DYNASTY: ARISTOCRACY, FORTUNE, AND THE POLITICS OF DECEIT IN THE HOUSE OF BUSH, Phillips traces the rise of the Bush family from investment banking elites to political power brokers, using their Ivy League network, vast wealth, and questionable political maneuvering to obtain the White House and consequently, shake the foundation of constitutional American democracy. Citing the Bush family mainstays of finance, energy (oil), the military industrial complex, and national security and intelligence (the CIA), Phillips uses copious examples to show the dangerous alliance between the Bushes' business interests (huge corporations such as Enron and Haliburton) and the formation of national policy. No other family, Phillips says, that has fulfilled its presidential aspirations has been so involved in the ascendancy of the arms industry and of the 21st-century American imperium -- often at the expense of regional and world peace and for their personal gain.
"It is hard to tell what offends Phillips the most: the Bushes' systematic deceit and secrecy, their shady business dealings, their cronyism, or their family philosophy that privileges the very wealthy and utterly dismisses all the rest. It is clearly all of these things combined. But at the top of Phillips' list is the dynastic nature of their family power, for it is that concentration of power and influence that strikes at the heart of our democracy. Past administrations have transgressed, albeit not so egregiously, and other political families have had dynastic ambitions. But none have succeeded as thoroughly as the Bushes. Jefferson and Madison would be horrified, and according to Phillips, we should be too." --Silvana Tropea
"About the author, a former White House strategist, he is a regular contributor to the Los Angeles Times and NPR and writes for Harper's and Time. His books include New York Times bestsellers, THE POLITICS OF RICH AND POOR and WEALTH AND DEMOCRACY." -- Publisher

*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 -- sk], editor of The Freeman magazine, Economist for The Heritage Foundation, and Professor of Political Philosophy in The Freedom School." -- Publisher
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."

*Rutherford, Samuel (1600-1661), A Free Disputation Against Pretended Liberty of Conscience, 1649 edition. 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
The Covenant Between God and Kings, from A DEFENSE OF LIBERTY
http://www.constitution.org/vct/vindiciae1a.htm

*Rutherford, Samuel (1600-1661), Lex, Rex, or the Law and the Prince, ISBN: 0873779517. A Christian classic. Available on the 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.' (Idem.)"
"Gilmour writes [in SAMUEL RUTHERFORD], 'that, as regards religious fervour, scholastic subtlety of intellect, and intensity of ecclesiastical conviction, Samuel Rutherford is the most distinctively representative Scotsman in the first half of the seventeenth century'." -- 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
"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)." -- Publisher
"This [THE DUE RIGHT OF PRESBYTERIES OR A PEACEABLE PLEA FOR THE GOVERNMENT OF THE CHURCH OF SCOTLAND . . . ,] could be considered the LEX, REX of church government -- another exceedingly rare masterpiece of Presbyterianism! Characterized by Walker as sweeping `over a wider field than most'." -- Publisher
A HIND LET LOOSE by Alexander Shields is sometimes referred to as 'Lex, Rex volume two.'
Lex, Rex, or The Law and the Prince, Samuel Rutherford
"Rutherford is to be praised for his teaching that the king is subject to the law of God. The Bible has nothing but condemnation for those who 'frame mischief by a law' and declares rhetorically, 'Shall the throne of iniquity have fellowship with thee?' (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)."
http://www.natreformassn.org/lexrex/index.html
Lex, rex: the law and the prince, a dispute for the just prerogative of king and people, containing the reasons and causes of the defensive wars of the kingdom of Scotland, and of their expedition for the ayd and help of their brethren of England. In which a full answer is given to a seditious pamphlet, intituled, Sacro-sancta regum majestas, penned by J. Maxwell. By S. Rutherford. [Followed by] De jure regni apud Scotos; a dialogue, tr. by R. Macfarlan (repr. from the ed. of 1799).
http://books.google.com/books?id=jtYDAAAAQAAJ&ie=ISO-8859-1&output=html
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
The Covenant Between God and Kings, from A DEFENSE OF LIBERTY
http://www.constitution.org/vct/vindiciae1a.htm

Strauss, Leo, The Thoughts on Machiavelli, ISBN: 0226777022 9780226777023.
"Towering achievement: One of the best and most important books of the 20th Century. . . . Strauss traces the beginnings of modernity to a conscious design of Machiavelli's to overthrow all previous authority in favor of `new modes and orders.' In other words, according to Strauss, the world we live in is not only not the result of impersonal, inevitable `progress,' it was made possible by one man who knew exactly what he was doing.
"Through a detailed analysis of Machiavelli's books, Strauss shows how . . . important feature[s] of modern thought . . . [are] either directly traceable to Machiavelli, or else depends on a foundation he built. More importantly, Strauss outlines the differences between Machiavellism and what Machiavelli sought to replace -- thereby making possible a (qualified) return to the superior understanding of pre-Machiavellian philosophy.
"Such a return becomes more necessary every day, as the contradictions and prodigious errors of modern thought continue to erode civilization. Strauss . . . has shown that return is possible -- and this book is an indispensable guide for how to get there." -- Reader's Comment
"It is misleading to describe the thinker Machiavelli as a patriot. He is a patriot of a particular kind: he is more concerned with the salvation of his fatherland than with the salvation of his soul. His patriotism therefore presupposes a comprehensive reflection regarding the status of the fatherland on the one hand and of the soul on the other. This comprehensive reflection, and not his patriotism, established his fame and made him the teacher of many men in all countries. The substance of his thought is not Florentine, or even Italian, but universal. It concerns, and it is meant to concern, all thinking men regardless of time and place. . . .
"Patriotism, as Machiavelli understood it is collective selfishness. The indifference to the distinction between right and wrong which springs from devotion to one's country is less repulsive than the indifference to the distinction which springs from exclusive preoccupation with one's own ease or glory. . . . Love of one's own is inferior to love of what is both one's own and good. To justify Machiavelli's terrible counsels by having recourse to his patriotism, means to see the virtues of that patriotism while being blind to that which is higher than patriotism, or to that which both hallows and limits patriotism. In referring to Machiavelli's patriotism one does not dispose of a mere semblance of evil; one merely obscures something truly evil. . . .
"Machiavelli seems merely to attempt to show that the Biblical teaching contradicts experience or contradicts itself. He does not refer to the possibility that human assertions regarding God and divine things are necessarily self-contradictory nor does he consider that limitations of experience as he understood experience. . . .
"According to Machiavelli, Biblical religion and pagan religion have this in common, that they are both of merely human origin. . . .
"Machiavelli was not the first man to assert that religion is both untrue and salutary. Religion is a part of virtue or is a virtue. . . . Religion is indeed indispensable for the well-being of a republic but not for that of a principality ruled by a prince of outstanding virtue. . . .
"Machiavelli may be said to foreshadow the extreme form of `enlightened despotism.' In his usage, a virtuous prince is not so much a prince possessing moral virtue as a prince of strong mind and will who prudently uses his moral virtue and vice according to the requirements of the situation. A virtuous prince in this sense cannot be religious. In other words, a prince need not be religious and ought not to be religious, but it is most important for him to appear to be religious." -- Leo Strauss

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Mind Control, Intimidation, and Coercion

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)

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. -- John Calvin commenting on
Isaiah 5:13

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

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

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

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 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 be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. (Romans 12:2)

(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)

Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. -- The Lord Jesus Christ (John 8:44)

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me do: and the God of peace shall be with you. (Philippians 4:8,9)

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

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. (Isaiah 55:8,9)

The fool hath said in his heart,
There is no God.
They are corrupt,
they have done abominable works,
there is none that doeth good.
(Psalm 14:1)
See the Theological Notes, "Mankind's Guilty Knowledge of God" at Romans 1:29, p. 1767, and the note at Psalm 14:1, p. 766 in The Reformation Study Bible

"Cornelius Van Til makes the theologically valid point that `irrationality in the mind of man, that is, insanity, must be the result of a deflection of man from the source of absolute rationality,' God, and consequently `all men have merited insanity because of their departure from God.' [Or, not until man repents is he truly sane. -- sk] Eternal punishment is `the abyss of irrationalism,' and what we call rational or normative experience is a gift of God's common grace. No man is worthy of it'." -- Frederick Leahy

It's a con game: Eastern meditation, witchcraft, divination, Science of Mind, psychic healing, holistic education -- oh, the list goes on and on -- it's all the same thing, nothing but a ruse to take over people's minds and spirits, even their bodies. -- Frank Peretti

Journalism is the search for truth. . . . -- Lee Web

Anything we hear often enough, to the exclusion of everything else, we will begin to believe is true.

Mind control is deception taken to its extreme.

The Deceiver's strategy is to blind our eyes to truth, to repress and suppress truth, and to withhold knowledge. Knowing only part of the truth, instead of the whole truth, makes us vulnerable to deception, persuasion, manipulation, and entrapment. It is called mind control.

The fool hath said in his heart,
There is no God.
They are corrupt,
they have done abominable works,
there is none that doeth good.
(Psalm 14:1)
See the Theological Notes, "Mankind's Guilty Knowledge of God" at Romans 1:29, p. 1767, and the note at Psalm 14:1, p. 766 in The Reformation Study Bible

Soul-violence begins when one individual tries to usurping authority over another, to control and possess them. The means of control may be either outward or occult: possessiveness, deceit, repression or suppression of the truth, soul stealing, attempts to take authority over another politically or by mental malpractice, denial of freedom, indebtedness, whoredom, and so forth. Abuse of the soul quenches the Holy Spirit.
If either side is immovable, then death is the result of the conflict of will. How are conflicts of will resolved? By submission to the absolute truth of God's word. These observations bear a strain of the Gospel.

Adams, Dan, The Child Influencers: Restoring the Lost art of Parenting, ISBN: 0962634905 9780962634901.
"Dan Adams does a great job focusing on the needs of our children and how we as parents can and should meet those needs. It is not the responsibility of the church, YMCA, day-care center, or public school to meet those needs. As parents, we need to take seriously the God given responsibility we have been given and determine to be the main influence in our children's lives. The result of our efforts can either be rewards for a job well done, or grief from a rebellious child that was not properly guided. This book contains many insights on how to spend quantity time, not just quality time, with our children and gives many ideas on how to turn the TV set off and get our children to enjoy reading alone as well as reading together as a family, and build memories as a family that will be the root system that the child will need to withstand the "winds" later in life." -- Reader's Comments

Anderson, Peter, Satan's Snare: The Influence of the Occult, ISBN: 0852342454 9780852342459.
"The author provides valuable information on many occult practices and their insidious influences on people's thinking. Includes a helpful chapter on counselling." -- 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

Boice, James Montgomery, Renewing Your Mind in a Mindless Age: Learning to Think and ACT Biblically, ISBN: 0825420717 9780825420719.

Bozell, L. Brent, III, and Brent H. Baker, And That's The Way It Is(n't): A Reference Guide to Media Bias, ISBN: 0962734802 9780962734809.
An expos‚ of the liberal anti-American, anti-Christian hold on the media. Reviewed by Loren Mitchel in Letter From Plymouth Rock, January 1991. David Burke, the President of CBS News, was formerly the Chief of Staff for Senator Ted Kennedy (D-MA).

Eakman, B.K., Cloning of the American Mind: Eradicating Morality Through Education, ISBN: 1563841479 9781563841477.
"Mrs. Eakman's book is an excellent overview of various psychological schools of thought that have done more than almost any other discipline to adversely effect the modern age. As Mrs. Eakman points out, it is no accident that psychology and politics have come together in order to discover ways to manipulate attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors on a mass scale. While her book is meant to describe the ways in which psychological based curriculum, coupled with electronic data retrieval systems on the part of the State have created psychological profiling and attitude readjustment programs for all school-aged children, her book really out to be read as an expos‚ of more sinister agendas and programs undertaken by governments in this century. The most interesting sections of the book are the ones that connect the development of 19th century materialist atheistic psychologies and 20th century totalitarian politics: the career paths of Nazi and Soviet psychologists crossing with that of such influential Foundations as the Ford and Carnegie Foundations, together with psychological programs emerging out of the Intelligence community after the War, is particularly disturbing. Mrs. Eakman connects the dots, pointing out how a particular person started off in Intelligence, made his way into academia, only to find his way to the corporate world or the media. The only draw back of her book is the absence in many places of detailed footnotes and citing of sources. However, for anyone who has actually read Kurt Lewin or Frankfurt School luminaries, it isn't hard to believe her claims. Additionally, Mrs. Eakman sometimes confuses personages and history: when referring to Dr. Albert Hoffman, the Swiss chemist who developed LSD, she claims he later became a counterculture icon known as Albert 'Abbie' Hoffman -- almost suggesting that Abbie Hoffman of the Sixties and Dr. Albert Hoffman are one and the same. She is also out of her element when discussing philosophers and leading intellectuals. At one point she claims that in Bertrand Russell in his writings about 'a certain educator, Johann Fichte' -- not realizing that Fichte was a Neo-Kantian German philosopher of the earlier 19th century. There are other snafus like these here and there but these can be easily forgiven in light of her insightful analyses and heroic overview of 20th century psychology. To some, Mrs. Eakman's book may sound like 'wacky' conspiracy theories. However, there are a number of so-called mainstream books and publications that have made the same accusations that Mrs. Eakman does and have provided histories of psychological warfare. For the skeptical, try reading Christopher Simpson's book -- published by Oxford Press." -- Reader's Comment

Ellul, Jacque, Propaganda: The Formation of Men's Attitudes, ISBN: 0394718747 9780394718743.
"Jacques Ellul, famous French author describes the incredible process of propaganda. Totally relevant in today's mind numbing information processing society. Arguably one of the most informative and concise books written on the subject. If you ever wondered what is propaganda and why do you think like you do, this book may help explain some of the difficulties in modern man's inherent thinking. The fact that this comes from French soil and was written prior to the Ken Starr investigation makes it all the more compelling." -- Publisher

*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

Fergusson, James (1621-1667), Refutation of the Errors of Toleration, Independency, Erastianism, and Separation, 1692. Alternate title: A BRIEF REFUTATION OF THE ERRORS OF TOLLERATION, ERASTIANISM, INDEPENDENCY AND SEPARATION. DELIVERED IN SOME SERMONS FROM I JOH. 4. I. PREACH'D IN THE YEAR 1652. TO WHICH ARE ADDED FOUR SERMONS PREACH'D ON SEVERAL OCCASIONS (1692). Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.
http://archive.org/details/briefrefutationo00ferg
See also: THE BIBLE DOCTRINE OF THE SEPARATED LIFE, Johannes G. Vos

*Fuller, Thomas (1608-1661), Good Thoughts in Bad Times, ISBN: 9780548089347 0548089345. A Christian classic.
Fuller, Good Thoughts in Bad Times, and Other Papers (1863)
http://archive.org/details/goodthoughtsinba63full

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

*Goodwin, Thomas (1600-1680), The Vanity of Thoughts: Let Patience Have its Perfect Work. Alternate title: LET PATIENCE HAVE ITS PERFECT WORK [WAY]. A Chrisitan classic. Available in THE WORKS OF THOMAS GOODWIN.
Goodwin, Thomas (1600-1680), The Works of Thomas Goodwin
http://archive.org/details/worksofthomasgoo01good
Available in CHRISTIAN LIFE CLASSICS, Jay P. Green, Sr., editor, (The Fifty Greatest Christian Classics, Vol. III. Lafayette, IN [The Sovereign Grace Trust Fund, 1274 Meadowbrooke Drive, P.O. Box 4998, Lafayette 47905]): The Sovereign Grace Trust Fund, 1989).

Grant, George, The Family Under Siege: What the New Social Engineers Have in Mind for You and Your Children, ISBN: 1556613504 9781556613500.
"As many Christian families sense their values being undermined, Grant offers a fast-paced, well-researched look at some of the major powers at work -- groups like the ACLU, NEA, National Organization of Women -- to show how new social agendas of these groups are gaining control over the most sacred areas of life." -- Synopsis

Haselden, Kyle, Morality and the Mass Media, ISBN: 0805461116.
"An important, revealing study of the effect of radio, TV, newspapers, and novels on the moral climate." -- Cyril J. Barber

*Hassan, Steven, Combating Cult Mind Control: The #1 Best-selling Guide to Protection, Rescue and Recovery From Destructive Cults (Rochester, VT: Park Street Press, 1988), ISBN: 0892814225 9780892814220.
Recognize the signs of destructive organizations and protect yourself from psychological manipulation.
"Remarkably useful and important. I heartily recommend this book to anyone affected by the cult experience. Hassan's work will be valuable to health professionals, clergy, attorneys, and all those involved with cults, their members, and the families whose lives they touch." -- Louis Jolyon West, M.D., Chairman, Department of Psychiatry, UCLA School of Medicine.
Chapter 4, "Understanding Mind Control," explains how to recognize mind control activities.
Includes bibliography, bibliographical footnotes, index, and an appendix of resource organizations. Recommended as a valuable reference work. A secular author.
An Understanding of Cult Mind Control
http://www.shassan.com/

Hyde, Margaret O., Brainwashing and Other Forms of Mind Control, ISBN: 0070316392 9780070316393.

IMP, The Pagan Invasion Series (Jeremiah Films).
"Each stereo VHS tape is about 48 minutes long. Almost a video encyclopedia of information on the New Age cult strangeness of our day. The narrators of the tapes look into the history and current practices concerning the subject of each tape." -- GCB
IMP, Volume 9: Secrets of Mind Control
"Many think they are beyond or above having their mind controlled by someone else. The massive social and political movements of our century suggest otherwise. Tape also shows actual footage of mind control therapies." -- GCB
Jeremiah Films
http://www.jeremiahfilms.com/products/Pagan-Invasion-Classic
Witness Inc. and Jeremiah Films Video Tapes
http://www.witnessiync.com/ordering_materials.html

Jantzen, Marjorie, and Richard L. Strauss, Leader's Guide for Group Study of WIN THE BATTLE FOR YOUR MIND by Richard L. Strauss, ISBN: 0896938034 9780896938038.
Strauss' work is listed below.

Knight-Griffin, Christopher, "Jonestown Conspiracies Revisited"
A rigorously researched paper documented with 90 footnotes and bibliogrpahy. From THE JONESTOWN REPORT, OCTOBER 2008, VOLUME 10.
http://jonestown.sdsu.edu/AboutJonestown/JonestownReport/Volume10/KnightGriffin1.htm

*Knox, David B., Not by Bread Alone, ISBN: 0851515657 9780851515656.
"The theme of this book is the absolute necessity of the Word of God to maintain spiritual health, happiness, and balance. To demonstrate this Knox shows that the Scriptures have words of guidance for us in such diverse matters of the present as money, abortion, punishment, race, women's liberation, sex, censorship, homosexuality, and much more.`As a man thinks in his heart, so is he.' (Proverbs 23:7) From this text Knox shows us that there is a continuous battle for the mind between the absolutes of the Bible, and the lack of standards of public opinion. The bent of depraved human society is ever downward. The only cure for this is knowledge of the Bible, and God's providential care that such knowledge is effective in salting down the nation, the province, or the community where it is upheld." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.

*Leahy, Frederick S., Satan Cast Out: A Study in Biblical Demonology, ISBN: 0851512348.
"It is often said that wherever there is a rejection of faith in the living God a corresponding upsurge of the demonic will eventually appear. That is true not only in the pages of the Bible and in the annals of Christian missions; it has also become a striking feature of the life in our materialistic, post-Christian society. . . . Full of sane exposition and wise counsel, his work has been widely appreciated since its first publication in 1975." -- Publisher
"Probably one of the best, most Scriptural books written today on the subject of demonology." -- Presbyterian Journal

*Lichter, S. Robert, and Stanley Rothman, The Media Elite: America's New Power Brokers, ISBN: 0803893507 9780803893504.
The media is very powerful in molding the political attitudes and minds of the nation. The media has, in fact, reversed our thinking on many things.

Lloyd-Jones, D. Martyn (1899-1981), Conversion: Psychological and Spiritual.
"Deals with the efforts of modern psychology to `explain away' the work of the Spirit of God." -- William J. Grier

Layton, Deborah, Seductive Poison: A Jonestown Survivor's Story of Life and Death in the People's Temple, ISBN: 0385489838 9780385489836.
Seductive Poison: A Jonestown Survivor's Story of Life and Death in the People's Temple
http://www.boingboing.net/2008/11/19/jamestown-30-years-l.html

*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
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

Medved, Michael, Hollywood vs. America: Popular Culture and the War Against Traditional Values, ISBN: 0060924357 9780060924355.
"The author exposes the attacks by the motion picture industry, television, and music stars against the church and Christians. He expresses our frustrations. He not only suggests a way out for Hollywood, but also concrete suggestions for concerned citizens who want to protect themselves and their children." -- GCB

Medved, Michael, and Diane Medved Saving Childhood: Protecting our Children From the National Assault on Innocence, ISBN: 0060932244 9780060932244.
"The Medveds speak for many when they say that too much of present-day U.S. culture is inimical to childhood. And it isn't just a matter of trash TV for the former PBS-TV movie reviewer and his psychologist spouse. Other culprits are sensationalized news in all media; profane and violent amusements of all sorts; too early, too explicit sex education; fostering self-esteem at the expense of learning; dire, one-sided presentation to children of such large problems as environmental degradation; gangs and other bad peer groups; and parents spending too much time at work and not enough with their kids. Nor does that exhaust the Medveds' bill of indictable particulars that, they say, together tend to make children unnecessarily fearful, cynical, and sad. Indeed, two-thirds of their lively, heartfelt book consists of their analysis of the national assault on innocence. In the remaining third, and drawing heavily upon their parenting of two daughters and a son, all still under 12, they discuss how to maintain children's innocence for its proper duration by providing psychological security, encouraging children's sense of wonder, and inculcating optimism. Chief among specific actions they advise is -- ironically enough, coming from a former TV 'star' -- to stop watching the tube and to read instead, especially to the kids. An honorable addition to the strain of child-advocacy literature that runs from Marie Winn's CHILDREN WITHOUT CHILDHOOD (1981) to Dana Mack's ASSAULT ON PARENTHOOD (1997)." -- Ray Olson, from Booklist August 19, 1998
"SAVING CHILDHOOD offers parents and grandparents practical strategies to cope with a society that seems perversely determined to frighten and corrupt its young. Cultural critic and popular radio host Michael Medved and his wife, psychologist Diane Medved, argue that in a mistaken effort to curb problems plaguing its youth, our culture has changed from protecting childhood as a precious time of growth to hammering even the smallest youngsters with a grim, harsh, and menacing view of the world. The Medveds systematically present unassailable scientific evidence, moving anecdotes, and personal experiences of raising their three young children to explain the attack from four primary directions -- media, schools, peers, and even well-intentioned parents themselves.
"In a unique analysis, the Medveds define innocence not as ignorance but as the result of three components -- security, a sense of wonder, and optimism. They empower parents and all who care about childhood with concrete, easily accomplished means to fend off the assault, as well as advice for handling hurdles such as the Internet, television, peer pressure, and the plague of pessimism. SAVING CHILDHOOD enables us to restore and maintain for our children imagination, confidence, and hope for the future." -- Publisher

Miller, C. John (1928-1996), Biblical Principles of Meditation (Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation.)
Audio cassette CM302.

Miller, C. John (1928-1996), Biblical Principles of Meditation (Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation.)
Audio cassette CM304.

Murray, John (1898-1975), Let This Mind Be in You (Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation.)
Audio cassette JM201.

*Nelson, Stanley (director), Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple (2006), a documentary DVD, ISBN: 1415731527 9781415731529.
"Stanley Nelson's [the director] riveting and often unsettling documentary on the history of the People's Temple from Jim Jones's roots as a rising preacher on the gospel rival circuit to the events that lead to that horrible day is a must see.
"There are a several strong factors that separate this documentary from any other dealing with Jonestown incident. Nelson has tracked down a large amount of amazing archival super 8 footage shot for promotional purposes by members of People's Temple themselves. This footage helps craft an understanding of the seduction behind the ideas and opportunites Jim Jones presented to his followers that would see them travel with him from Indiana to California and finally to Guyana.
" 'Jonestown: The Life and Death of People's Temple' is a pitch perfect portrait of the Jonestown experience that sheds light on the much of the cult's mystery through interviews with survivors and former People's Temple members. By addressing Jones's early life and his surprisingly groundbreaking work in the African American communities in regards to race relations and equality you can't help connecting with the idealism behind the People's Temple's philosophy. Exploring the racial aspect of the People's Temple with it's staggering 80 percent black congregation Nelson brings into play issues of poverty and class key to understanding Jim Jones's messiah-like cult persona in reference to an often ignored and struggling community.
"Even weaving together an eerie soundtrack of songs sung by the People's Temple Choir and using heartbreaking never before seen letters and documentation made by the members right up until their deaths, Nelson never over dramatizes or relies on sentimentality in this documentary and in doing so paints a world that stays with you long after the lights go up." -- a blogger
Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple (2006)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0762111/

Phillips, Phil, Saturday Morning Mind Control, ISBN: 0840795815 9780840795816.
"Just a little harmless cartoon-watching? No, says Phillips. Today's cartoons and children's TV shows -- along with their spinoff toys, books, and movies -- endanger a child's developing social skills, motor coordination, and world view. `Mind control' is not far off the mark!
"Phillips (author of TURMOIL IN THE TOYBOX) examines what TV really teaches children and outlines what parents can do to minimize its influence." -- CBD

Proctor, William, The Gospel According to the New York Times: How the World's Most Powerful News Organization Shapes Your Mind and Values, ISBN: 0805423478 9780805423471.
"The New York Times is the nation's recognized newspaper of record. Through its unparalleled status as the nation's journalistic "bible," and the frequent replication of its views and articles in other media, the Times is literally on our doorstep every day. However, what is not known is that the Times, far from being "objective," is subtly promulgating its own comprehensive worldview and value system, which runs counter to the personal beliefs of many Americans. In THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO THE NEW YORK TIMES, author Bill Proctor exposes the Times' belief system unveiling the mechanism of 'Culture Creep,' which the Times uses to promote its views. . . .
"Bill Proctor is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, and has worked as a reporter for the New York Daily News. He has written or co-authored more than 70 nonfiction books, including several national bestsellers. Leaders and celebrities he has interviewed or collaborated with include Mother Teresa of Calcutta, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Ronald Reagan, Billy Graham, Charles Colson, Art Linkletter, Willard Scott, Pat Boone, and George Gallup, Jr. Proctor is the author of the Broadman and Holman title THE RESURRECTION REPORT, and also two novels. He currently lives in Vero Beach, Florida." -- Publisher

*Reisman, Judith A., Edward W. Eichel, John H. Court, and J. Gordon Muir (editors), Kinsey, Sex, and Fraud: The Indoctrination of a People: An Investigation Into the Human Sexuality Research of Alfred C. Kinsey, Wardell B. Pomeroy, Clyde E. Martin, and Paul H. Gebhard, ISBN: 091031120X 9780910311205 156384057X 9781563840579.
"Alfred Kinsey is the father of the sexual revolution. He has almost single-handedly redefined for Western civilization the terms `normal' and `abnormal' in regard to sexual behavior. The authors of this book demonstrate that Kinsey's research was the most egregious example of scientific deception in this century. He openly promoted sex between children and adults, sex between humans and animals, and homosexuality. Kinsey's philosophy is being taught in sex and AIDS education classes across the nation. This book could put an end to that." -- GCB

Sandoz, Ellis, The Politics of Truth and Other Untimely Essays: The Crisis of Civic Consciousness, ISBN: 0826212131 9780826212139.
"THE POLITICS OF TRUTH AND OTHER UNTIMELY ESSAYS explores the historical and theoretical underpinnings of personal liberty and free government and provides a trenchant analysis of the crisis of civic consciousness endangering both of them today. The book addresses a range of issues in contemporary political philosophy and constitutional theory. These are seen to be all the more urgent in importance because of the surging aspirations for liberty in the wake of the collapse of the Soviet empire and the post-Cold War anomaly of crisis, malaise, and disarray in free government itself in America and in other bastions of modern democracy." -- Publisher

*Schwertley, Brian M., and Westminster Presbyterian Church in the United States. Publications Committee, NATIONAL COVENANTING AND CHRIST'S VICTORY OVER THE NATIONS. Available at Reformed Online.
Mind control is practiced in all spheres of society. One means is to change or obscure covenants and creedal statments that are the foundation of life and national stability.
"This is an outstanding accomplishment. It weaves all the strands of social/national covenanting into one comprehensive, up-to-date statement in 530 pages. It includes extensive documentation, Scripture proofs, footnotes, appendixes, author index, and Scripture index.
"NATIONAL COVENANTING AND CHRIST'S VICTORY OVER THE NATIONS could serve as an advanced study guide for individuals who, by the Grace of God, have been guided to social/national covenanting, yet have not found time for additional self-education.
"Notice also that best books are frequently relevant to a broad range of other topics. This is such a book.
"It is a scholarly presentation of the biblical model for real reformation of society. So, do not buy a copy, and then let it sit on the shelf for years unread.
"It was preceded by 'Social Covenanting,' a series of 31 sermons in MP3 format, given by the author starting in the summer of 2012." -- Steven C. Kettler
Social Covenanting series of 31 sermons by Brian Schwertley
http://www.sermonaudio.com/search.asp?seriesOnly=true&currSection=sermonstopic&sourceid=ccc&keyword=National+Covenanting&keyworddesc=National+Covenanting

Seiden, Martin H., Access to the American Mind: The Damaging Impact of the New Mass Media, ISBN: 0944007716 9780944007716.
A secular author.

Seiden, Martin H., Who Controls the Mass Media? Popular Myths and Economic Realities, ISBN: 0465091814 9780465091812.

*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 and the LONGER 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
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 "Apolgetics" under:
Works of C. Gregg Singer
http://www.lettermen2.com/bcrr3ch.html#cgsinger

*Sowell, Thomas, Inside American Education: The Decline, the Deception, the Dogmas, ISBN: 0029303303 9780029303306.
"An indictment of the American educational system criticizes the fact that the system has discarded the traditional goals of transmitting knowledge and fostering cognitive skills in favor of building self-esteem and promoting social harmony. Our educational establishment -- a vast tax-supported empire existing quasi-independently within American society - is morally and intellectually bankrupt, charges distinguished economist and social critic Thomas Sowell. And in this top-to-bottom tour of the mismanaged institutions, cynical leadership, and tendentious programs of American education, Sowell exposes the numerous 'deceptions and dogmas' that have concealed or sought to justify the steep and very dangerous decline in our educational standards and practices across the board. Among the more serious ills of American education are the technically sophisticated brainwashing techniques now being applied to children and teenagers in so-called 'affective education' programs; the special 'peace' and 'nuclear' education programs that actively promote 'politically correct' attitudes; the 'values clarification' and sex education curricula that portray parental and religious authority figures as agents of a repressive and unjust social and political orthodoxy; and the racial 'mini-establishments' created on college campuses by minority demagogues and complaisant administrators that enshrine a self-serving ideological double standard, thus betraying the real interests of minority students. Sowell's exhaustively researched investigation draws particular attention to the wide array of textbooks and other instructional materials, promoted with astonishing success by a multi-million dollar industry styling itself a 'secular humanist' movement, which fosters these ideas -- ideas that are not just anti-American, Sowell maintains, but essentially totalitarian in character. These sinister curricular developments, combined with often cowardly and irresponsible management more concerned about institutional image and ranking than with fiscal integrity or a commitment to educate our youth, will breed disaster unless immediate steps are taken to reform the entire educational system." -- Publisher

Steele, Richard (1629-1692), and Don Kistler, Remedy for Wandering Thoughts in the Worship of God, ISBN: 0873779436.
"A much needed study for the present day church." -- Lloyd T. Sprinkle

Streatfeild, Dominic, Brainwash: The Secret History of Mind Control, ISBN: 9780312325725 031232572X.
"What would it take to turn you into a suicide bomber? How would you interrogate a member of Al Qaeda? With access to formerly classified documentation and interviews from the CIA, the U.S. Army, MI5, MI6, and the British Intelligence Corps, acclaimed journalist Dominic Streatfeild traces the history of the world's most secret psychological procedure. From the cold war to the height of today's war on terror, groups as dissimilar as armies, religious cults, and advertising agencies have been accused of brainwashing. But what does this mean? Is it possible to erase memories or to implant them artificially? Do heavy-metal records contain subliminal messages? Do religious cults brainwash recruits? What were the CIA and MI6 doing with LSD in the 1950s? How far have the world?s militaries really gone? From the author of the definitive history of cocaine, BRAINWASH is required reading in an era of cutting-edge and often controversial interrogation practices. More than just an examination of the techniques used by the CIA, the KGB, and the Taliban, it is also a gripping, full history of the heated efforts to master the elusive, secret techniques of mind control.
"Includes information on amnesia, ARTICHOKE project, Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), hypnosis, hallucinogens, interrogation, LSD, MKULTRA project, satanic ritual abuse, sensory deprivation, sleep, suicide, truth drugs, Unification Church, etc." -- Publisher

Stowell, Joseph M., The Dawn's Early Light, ISBN: 0802471714 9780802471710.
"Christianity is losing the battle for the Christian mind. Stowell exposes the fuzzy thinking, misconceptions, and lies we've learned to live with -- and often to love." -- GCB

*Strauss, Richard L., Win the Battle for Your Mind, ISBN: 0896930033 9780896930032.
"A Biblical and theological study of the place and importance of the mind in the life and spiritual growth of the Christian. Also exposes the social forces that, through appeals to the mind, seek to subvert the senses and conform believes to the world's standards and system of values." -- Cyril J. Barber
Jantzen, Marjorie, and Richard L. Strauss, Leader's Guide for Group Study of WIN THE BATTLE FOR YOUR MIND, by Richard L. Strauss, ISBN: 0896938034 9780896938038.

*Thompson-Iserbyt, Charlotte The Deliberate Dumbing Down of America: A Chronological Paper Trail, ISBN: 0966707109 9780966707106.
"This book is the book to have. Every concerned parent in America should invest in a copy. It's the encyclopedia, in year date order, of just what has been going on in America in the public school system for years and years. It holds answers to many unanswered questions. Years of research at our fingertips and it's the size of a telephone book. It's the best inside look. It's honest, official documentation, undisputable evidence. If every parent were to read this, we could right a terrible wrong being done in public schools today. The fact she was once a Senior Policy Advisor for the US Department of Education weighs a lot on the books creditablity factor." -- Reader's Comment

*United States. National Commission on Excellence in Education, A Nation at Risk: The Imperative for Educational Reform: A Report to the Nation and the Secretary of Education, United States Department of Education by the National Commission on Excellence in Education.

Various, Father Cares: The Last of Jonestown.
"On November 18, 1978, 913 men, women, and children --followers of cult leader Jim Jones -- died during a mass suicide and murder in Jonestown, Guyana. In the months preceding the tragedy, Jim Jones and his People's Temple followers recorded their thoughts, their problems and their aspirations. The hundreds of hours of audio tape form the basis of the NPR documentary Father Cares: The Last of Jonestown.
Includes an audio link to the NPR documentary in its entirety. Also includes a link to All Things Considered host Noah Adams talking with Deborah Layton, author of SEDUCTIVE POISON: A JONESTOWN SURVIVOR'S STORY OF LIFE AND DEATH IN THE PEOPLE'S TEMPLE. She had escaped Jonestown several months before, and tried to alert authorities to the insanity and cruelty of life under the rule of Jim Jones.
NPR documentary "Father Cares: The Last of Jonestown"
http://www.npr.org/programs/specials/jonestown.html

Watson, David, The Hidden Battle, ISBN: 0877883432 9780877883432.
"Your mind is a battleground. David Watson shows you how to identify the enemy's nature, disguises, tactics, and weapons -- including the earmarks of a cult. Packed with concise help and practical illustrations, this book is a must for all Christians." -- GCB

*Weaver, Richard M., Ideas Have Consequences, ISBN: 0226876802 9780226876801.
"Weaver was a professor of rhetoric at the University of Chicago. IDEAS HAVE CONSEQUENCES, like Weaver's other books, is small but deep. It brilliantly diagnoses what ails modern man, tracing the illness to its root, the flight from faith.
"According to Weaver's friend Russell Kirk, the publisher imposed the title, which Weaver hated, on this book.
"My one problem with the book is that its title is used as an incantation by some conservative intellectuals who insist that being right, in the sense of being correct, is sufficient to win. To support their position, they utter the words: "Ideas have consequences," thinking that by so doing they have enlisted Richard Weaver on their side and thereby absolved themselves of any obligation to take effective actions.
"Once you have read the book, you will know that Weaver didn't believe that ideas in and of themselves have consequences. He believed that skillful actions, when based on good ideas, have good consequences." -- Reader's Comment

*Woodbridge, John D. (editor), Renewing Your Mind in a Secular World, ISBN: 0802403840 9780802403841.
"The subtle attacks against authority, and in particular Biblical authority, have taken a toll. This book assess the issues and summons Christians to return to a distinctive life-style in which the Word of God is known and its truth applied to all areas of life. . . ." -- Cyril J. Barber

Woodbridge, John D., and D.A. Carson (editors), Scripture and Truth, ISBN: 0310437911 9780310437918.
"An extremely important book for our day. Contains articles by Wayne Grundem, Carson, Longenecker, Moses Silva, P. Hughes, Bromiley, W.R. Godfrey, Woodbridge and R.H. Balmer, R. Nicole, P. Helm, and J.I. Packer." -- GCB

See also: The sovereignty of god, The doctrine of man (human nature, total depravity), Colossians, The sufficiency of christ, The sovereignty of god, Mind control, intimidation, and coercion, The media, Public schools, Theater, sports, and entertainment, Modern myths and fallacies, Politics, Healing of the mind, Appendix c: psychology and psychiatry, Spiritual discernment, Sexual relationship, Spiritual Adultery (Spiritual Whoredom/Harlotry), Idolatry Idolatry, Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, Corporate faithfulness and sanctification, Pornography, The environment, Conspiracy and corruption, The counter reformation, Systematic theology, Scripture memory systems, Books considered to be among the ten greatest in the english language, Christian classics short title list, The best books in this bibliography, Rebellion and lawlessness: wickedness, demonic possession, substance abuse, abnormal behavior, insanity, mental illness, mental retardation, Justice, god's final judgment, the great white throne judgment, the day of the lord, The sovereign grace of god: his everlasting mercy and lovingkindness, Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, 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, Pseudo-christian movements: a selection of works, Ungodly alliance, secret societies, Voluntary association, Oaths, ensnaring (vows, promises, covenants) and bonds with the ungodly, Book-length presentations of the free offer of the Gospel message of salvation and the life to come: the means of grace, Bible promises, Appendix A: the words of Christ, Modern myths and fallacies, The decline of american society, Christian Liberty, (John Ankerberg and John Weldon have written over 70 books on pseudo-Christian movements), Appendix c, psychology and psychiatry, Public schools, Home schooling, Protecting your children from dangers, and so forth, and so on.

Related WebLinks

Epistemology
http://www.lettermen2.com/bcrr1cha.html#epist

The Commandments of Jesus, J.S. McConnell (1925)
http://www.wowzone.com/commandm.htm

Appendix A: Words of Christ Appearing in Biblical Counsel: Resources for Renewal (The Web Edition)
http://www.lettermen2.com/bcrrappa.html

"Ecclesiastical Megalomania," a review by John W. Robbins in the May 1994 issue of Trinity Review
Excerpts transcribed from a taped lecture by David Chilton describing his experience in Theonomist/Reconstructionist churches.
http://www.trinityfoundation.org/journal.php?id=184

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

An Understanding of Cult Mind Control
http://www.shassan.com/

Project MKUltra
"Project MKUltra was the code name of a U.S. government covert research operation experimenting in the behavioral engineering of humans (mind control) through the CIA's Scientific Intelligence Division.
"Jonestown, the Guyana location of the Jim Jones cult and Peoples Temple mass suicide, was thought to be a test site for MKUltra medical and mind control experiments after the official end of the program. Congressman Leo Ryan, a known critic of the CIA, was murdered by Peoples Temple members after he personally visited Jonestown to investigate various reported irregularities.[85]"
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_MKULTRA

"The Law of a Sound Mind," Peter Masters
"By discarding the law of a sound mind (the protection provided by the reasoning faculty) Charismatics have rendered themselves highly gullible in the face of false teaching, exaggeration, and lies. They have become notably vulnerable to religious charlatans and rogues, as the 1987 crisis in American religious television (which is predominantly Charismatic) has demonstrated. Emotionalism is rampant among them, and because all are free to do whatever seems right in their own eyes, serious spiritual lawlessness is widespread. These things are the inevitable result of laying aside the objective standard of God's Word, the faculty of judgment, and the power of selfcontrol, all of which are brought into play by the sound mind." -- Peter Masters
http://www.trinityfoundation.org/PDF/Review_272_masters.pdf

AFF Resources About Psychological Manipulation, Cult Groups, Sects, and New Religious Movements
http://www.csj.org/infoserv_links/linksindex.htm

Bible Study Fellowship (International) a Closer Look, Virginia Donovan
"The dialectic process (thesis + antithesis = synthesis) is at work here. The formula for the dialectic is "a diverse group of people dialoging to consensus over social issues in a facilitated meeting." This method will brainwash participants to abdicate strict adherence to Scripture for the sake of their relationship to the group. In other words, Thesis (What the Bible says) + Antithesis (What BSF says) = Synthesis (Allegiance to BSF's interpretation of the Bible)."
http://watch.pair.com/bsf.html

The Religious Movements Page at The University of Virginia
http://religiousmovements.lib.virginia.edu/

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



Pseudo-Christian Movements

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

Three of the most influential pseudo-Christian movements in the West are Roman Catholicism, Arminianism, and Pentecostalism. -- John W. Robbins

See the Theological Notes, "Syncretism and Idolatry," at Hosea 2:13 in The Reformation Study Bible

Pseudo-Christian movements includes, among others: Arminianism, Antinomianism, Socinianism, Pelangianism, Pharisaism, Popery, Catholicism, Romanism, Jesuitism, Freemasonry, Syncretism, Pentecostalism, Ecumenism, Erastianism, Liberalism (Socinianism), Atheisim, Americanism, Humanism, Secularism, Statism (Hellenic Thought), Institutionalism, and Corporatism, Communism, Disestablishmentarianism, Independency, Patriotism, Democracy (as opposed to a Democatic Republic), prelacy, legalism, and mysticism, Psychoheresy, Totalitarianism, and so forth, and so on.

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

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

"For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect." -- The Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 24:24)

"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)

Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.
If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed:
For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.
(2 John 9-11)

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)

Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron. (1 Timothy 4:1,2)

Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world. (1 John 4: 1-3) Cults exclusively deny the deity of Christ.

For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist. Look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we have wrought, but that we receive a full reward. Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.
If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.
(1 John 7:7-11)

Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers. For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, specially they of the circumcision: Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre's sake. One of themselves, even a prophet of their own, said, The Cretians are alway liars, evil beasts, slow bellies. This witness is true. Wherefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith; Not giving heed to Jewish fables, and commandments of men, that turn from the truth. Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled. They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate. (Titus 1: 9-16)

He loveth righteousness and judgment: the earth is full of the goodness of the Lord. (Psalm 33:5) See also: Psalm 45:7; Psalm 99:4; Jeremiah 9:24; Psalm 1:5; Psalm 7:6; Psalm 11:3; Psalm 119:142; Psalm 145:17; Psalm 36:6; Hebrews 1:9; Revelation 15:3, 4; Genesis 18:25; 2 Chronicles 19:7; Job 8:3; Job 34:12; Job 37:23. Genuine love does not ignore injustice or evil.

Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! (Isaiah 5:20). See also Matthew 6:23 and John 3:19,20.

Your iniquities have turned away these things, and your sins have withholden good things from you. For among my people are found wicked men: they lay wait, as he that setteth snares; they set a trap, they catch men. As a cage is full of birds, so are their houses full of deceit: therefore they are become great, and waxen rich. They are waxen fat, they shine: yea, they overpass the deeds of the wicked: they judge not the cause, the cause of the fatherless, yet they prosper; and the right of the needy do they not judge. Shall I not visit for these things? saith the LORD: shall not my soul be avenged on such a nation as this? A wonderful and horrible thing is committed in the land; The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their means; and my people love to have it so: and what will ye do in the end thereof? (Jeremiah 5: 25-31) See the annotation in The Reformation Study Bible.

There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. (1 John 4:18)

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 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)
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

God speaks by the Church (the true Church we mean); but He speaks nothing by her but what He speaks in the Scriptures, which she does only ministerially declare to us; and therefore the authority of God and His law is above hers, who, though she publish, yet did not make it, but is herself subject to it. -- John Owen

Take heed of pride, which will make you dote upon your own conceits, and cause you to slight the weightiest reasons that are brought by others, for your conviction. And if once you have espoused an error, it will engage all your wit, and zeal, and diligence to maintain it; it will make you uncharitable; and furious against all that cross you in your way; and so make you either persecutors, (if you stand on the higher ground,) or sect leaders, or church dividers, and turbulent and censorious, if you are on the lower ground. There is very great reason in Paul's advice for the choice of a bishop, 1 Tim. iii. 6, "Not a novice; lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil. . . ." -- Richard Baxter

"By entertaining of strange persons, men sometimes entertain angels unawares: but by entertaining of strange doctrines, many have entertained devils unaware." -- John Flavel

"Oh, it is to be feared that there are many that give themselves to lusts, and carnal pleasures, that so they may put a foggy mist between their conscience and themselves. Others dig into the world, labouring to become senseless, that so there may be an eclipse of this light by the interposition of the earth. Others run to damnable heresies, denying Scriptures, God, heaven, hell. . . . What are these but refuges of guilty consciences? We must distinguish between our carnal concupiscence, and conscience; between deluded imaginations, and conscience; between an erroneous and scrupulous conscience, and a well-grounded and truly informed conscience; and when we have done so, we must follow conscience as far as that follows the Word." -- Anthony Burgess

Pride is the highway to utter apostasy. . . . Mark those that are proud in any town, or any company of professors of piety; and if any infection of heresy or infidelity come into that place, these are the men that will soonest catch it. . . . -- Richard Baxter

The devil is a great student in divinity. -- William Gurnall

The Pagan/Occult Revival and the rise in Violent/Destructive Crime can be stopped by the punishment of individuals and organizations who violate God's Law and man's law.
Punishment does not change the heart of depraved man. Only God can change the heart. However, punishment changes behavior and repressess and supresses evil.
The State was divinely ordained to punish wrong doers. There is an evident correlation between the decline of historic, orthodox, Reformed Christianity and the corruption of the Secular State, including the politicization of Legal Sector, the Judicial System.

The only way for man and wife and children and society to live together happily is to pursue holiness, the everlasting, imputed righteousness of Christ Jesus, The Everlasting Righteousness or How Shall Man Be Just With God? Horatius Bonar.

Albrecht, M., Spiritual Counterfeits (Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation.)
Audio cassette NA101.

Ankerberg, John, and John Weldon, Cult Watch: What You Need to Know About Spiritual Deception, ISBN: 0890818517 9780890818510.
"Provides historical background and vital facts on the major beliefs of modern religious movements in question and answer format." -- 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." -- Synopsis

*Bickersteth, Edward, The Trinity: The Classic Study of Biblical Trinitarianism, ISBN: 0825423945 9780825423949. A Christian classic.
"A must for gaining a grasp of the doctrine of the Trinity." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.
Bickersteth, E.H., The Trinity by E.H. Bickersteth
http://archive.org/details/TheTrinityByEHBickersteth

*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, Harold O.J., Heresies: Heresy and Orthodoxy in the History of the Church, ISBN: 1565633652 9781565633650.
"Dr. Brown is currently with the Reformed Theological Seminary Resident Faculty, in Charlotte NC. Heresies is a comprehensive history book as well as a copious treatise of various heresies since the first century A.D. This would explain its renaming for the current editions.
"Dr. Brown brings this to us in a logical, well written, chronological narrative. It is easy reading, chock full of interesting details and bibliography/footnoting par excellence. He discusses the early persecutions and shows that even some heretics were genuine martyrs. Most importantly to the layman, he explains clearly the ramifications of any particular heresy. He does not stop with an explanation of why it is wrong, but discusses thoroughly the logical implications, conclusions, even actions to which this variant belief brings the heretic." -- Reader's Comment

Brown, Harold O.J., The Sensate Culture: Western Civilization Between Chaos and Transformation, ISBN: 0849913136 9780849913136.
"THE SENSATE CULTURE: WESTERN CIVILIZATION BETWEEN CHAOS AND TRANSFORMATION is a probing work grappling with the reasons so many moderns worship the sensuous, the material, the merely colossal -- but still feel empty and shallow. Building on the work of the late Pitirim Sorokin, Harold Brown finds the roots of cultural disintegration in the abandonment of the spiritual dimension. The author shows how most societies have descended from spiritual values to a period like our own, when materialism and sensuality rule. The result will be not just apostasy, but revolution, and the collapse of civilization. However, this need not be inevitable. The profound connections THE SENSATE CULTURE makes between Christianity and culture are accessible to every thoughtful person who takes seriously the crises faced by a world spinning out of control." -- Midwest Book Review

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

Canfield, Joseph, The Incredible Scofield and His Book, Available through Exodus Books.
"This is a powerful book. The material is well documented. Anyone who gets this book and reads it will find here some amazing things about a man whose book is well known, but whose life we believe concerning many of its most important features has been purposely concealed lest it be found to contradict his teachings. . . . Here is a book that dispensationalists as well as others will do well to read. It is powerful, so powerful we dare say, that if despensationalists would read it carefully, perhaps half of them would turn from that system." -- Loraine Boettner
"This powerful and fully documented study exposes the questionable background and faulty theology of the man responsible for the popular SCOFIELD REFERENCE BIBLE, which did much to promote the dispensational system. The story is disturbing in its historical account of the elusive personality canonized as a dispensational saint and calls into question the seriousness of his motives and scholarship." -- Publisher

*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."

Enroth, Ronald M., Recovering From Churches That Abuse, ISBN: 0310398703 9780310398707 0310398770 9780310398776.
"The sequel to CHURCHES THAT ABUSE, this book deals more in-depth with the recovery process and its ups and downs. The author does not sugar-coat the toll that spiritual abuse takes on people. Instead, he gives accurate, compassionate, real-life stories which illustrate the recovery process. Anyone who has been harmed by a church or religious group would greatly benefit from this book. Mr. Enroth also shows that this type of abuse is not an easy, simple thing to recover from. Christians who have been given the pat answer `forgive and forget' will find welcome relief and understanding here. This book will be helpful to Christians and non-Christians alike. Those who have suffered from similar experiences will find support in processing, expressing, and recovering from their ordeal. The author has provided an important service in courageously addressing this formerly forbidden subject." -- Reader's Comment

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

*Hassan, Steven, Combating Cult Mind Control: The #1 Best-selling Guide to Protection, Rescue and Recovery From Destructive Cults, ISBN: 0892814225 9780892814220.
Recognize the signs of destructive organizations and protect yourself from psychological manipulation.
"Remarkably useful and important. I heartily recommend this book to anyone affected by the cult experience. Hassan's work will be valuable to health professionals, clergy, attorneys, and all those involved with cults, their members, and the families whose lives they touch." -- Louis Jolyon West, M.D., Chairman, Department of Psychiatry, UCLA School of Medicine.
Chapter 4, "Understanding Mind Control," explains how to recognize mind control activities.
Includes bibliography, bibliographical footnotes, index, and an appendix of resource organizations. Recommended as a valuable reference work. A secular author.
An Understanding of Cult Mind Control
http://www.shassan.com/

*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

*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
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

*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

Olsson, Eva, The Philosophy of Sri Aurobindo in the Light of the Gospel.
Includes bibliography.
The Non-duality of Sri Aurobindo and The Mother: A Profile
http://www.lettermen2.com/syncret.html

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

*Powlison, David, God's Love: Better Than Unconditional (Resources For Changing Lives Series), ISBN: 0875526861 9780875526867.
"Has anyone tried to comfort you with God's 'unconditional' love for you? Sounds kinda bland and remote doesn't it? It even sounds permissive. Well, there is a reason for your lackluster response to God's love being 'unconditional.' The truth is that God's love is radically more active and passionate.
"David Powlison demolishes the milktoast mindset of mere 'unconditional love,' and presents God's love in all of its splendor and vibrancy. He gives many descriptive examples from the Bible of how God's love is dynamic, active, sacrificial, redeeming, thrilling . . .
"If you aren't enraptured and absorbed by the love of God, then do yourself a favor and get this booklet. It's powerpacked. It's dynamite." -- Reader's Comment

*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 -- sk], editor of The Freeman magazine, Economist for The Heritage Foundation, and Professor of Political Philosophy in The Freedom School." -- Publisher
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."

*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

See also: The sovereignty of god, The doctrine of man (human nature, total depravity), The attributes of god, Colossians, The sufficiency of christ, 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, Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, False gospels, General works, Leniency, Heresy and apostasy, Toleration, liberty of conscience, pluralism, and neutrality, Spiritual discernment, Sexual relationship, Spiritual Adultery (Spiritual Whoredom/Harlotry), Idolatry Idolatry, Secret societies and ungodly alliance, Conspiracy and corruption, Ungodly alliance, secret societies, Voluntary associations, Oaths, ensnaring (vows, promises, covenants) and bonds with the ungodly, Book-length presentations of the free offer of the Gospel message of salvation and the life to come: the means of grace, Corporate faithfulness, Church and state, (John Ankerberg and John Weldon have written over 70 books on pseudo-Christian movements), and so forth, and so on.

Related WebLinks

Appendix A: Words of Christ Appearing in Biblical Counsel: Resources for Renewal (The Web Edition)
http://www.lettermen2.com/bcrrappa.html

The Commandments of Jesus, J.S. McConnell (1925)
http://www.wowzone.com/commandm.htm

Heresies Defined and the Necessity of Heresies Explained, by George Gillespie, Scottish Commissioner to the Assembly of Divines at Westminster
http://www.truecovenanter.com/gillespie/ggilles09.html

The Temptation of Eve, Part 1, a sermon on Genesis 3:1-6 by Brian Schwertley
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=720081817191

The Temptation of Eve, Part 2, a sermon on Genesis 3:1-6 by Brian Schwertley
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=72008182576

The Religious Movements Page at The University of Virginia
http://religiousmovements.lib.virginia.edu/

The Moral Foundation of Love
http://talkingethics.50megs.com/index.html



Statism (Hellenic Thought), Institutionalism, and Corporatism

O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you?
This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?
Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?
(Galatians 3:1-3)

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

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

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 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.)

A society that ignores Absolute Truth (Life), will become a victim of Falsehood (Destruction and Death) -- will experience its choice. Selfishness may blind the mind to the obvious mechanism that simple logic should forewarns us of -- the inevitable consequence. We get exactly what we choose. Tragedy did not befall us on September 11, 2001. We have been choosing Falsehood in the nation for many years, and we got a graphic experience of what we have chosen.
Individuals can not avoid accountability for the actions of the Corporate Body of State. They (the One) must stand for Truth and Self-Denial, or the Corporate Body of State (the Many) will fall victim to Destruction and Death.

"I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me and causes me to tremble for the safety of my country. . . . corporations have been enthroned and an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until all wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the Republic is destroyed." -- U.S. President Abraham Lincoln, Nov. 21, 1864 (letter to Col. William F. Elkins) Ref: "The Lincoln Encyclopedia," Archer H. Shaw (Macmillan, 1950, NY)

"The business world is awash with money that makes good men do bad things."

*Augustine, Saint (Aurelius Augustine, Bishop of Hippo, 354-430 AD), (author), Philip Schaff (editor), Marcus Dods (translator), St. Augustine's City of God and Christian Doctrine [A Select Library of the Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers of the Christian Church - Volume 2], new edition, English, ISBN: 0802880991. Available (2 volumes, 1872 edition) on the Puritan Hard Drive.
Augustine is said to be the greatest Christian thinker next to the Apostle Paul. Luther set the BIBLE and the CONFESSIONS OF SAINT AUGUSTINE above all other books.
"One of the classic texts of Western civilization [originally 22 volumes it explains the fall of Roman in terms of Scripture -- sk]. . . . DE CIVITATE DEI is an important contribution of interest to students of theology, philosophy, ecclesiastical history, the history of political thought, and late antiquity." -- Publisher (from the Cambridge University Press edition)
"Calvin paraphrased Augustine about 400 times in THE INSTITUTES OF THE CHRISTIAN RELIGION.
"St. Augustine's final sentence of THE CITY OF GOD is 'All things must be referred to the Glory of God.'
"When you see that, then you will see the key to the story, and you will see the key to history. . . .
"The classic exposition of history in terms of Scripture." -- C. Gregg Singer
"Augustine began writing THE CITY OF GOD at age 59 [shortly after the city of Rome had been sacked by the Goths in 410 A.D., much to the surprise, it is said, of both the Romans and the Goths. -- sk] and worked on it, off and on, for much of the next 14 years. The impetus for the beginning of this vast work (and its recurring focus) was the charge of Pagans (polytheists) that Christianity was responsible for the decay and demise of the Roman Empire. The charge put forward the claim that the prosperity and social stability of the state was dependent upon polytheistic worship. In response, Augustine arrays several lines of argument, rebutting the assumed 'goodness' of the Pagan state, as such, and detailing the ethical/moral and logical failings of Paganism. Augustine displays tremendous scholarship, employing the writings of Paganism's greatest historians and philosophers in his case against their religious claims. The result is a giant literary, philosophical, historical, theological and exegetical work. . . .
"Against the 'city', i.e., society, of many gods, there is but one alternate society, this Augustine calls The City of God, adopting the expression found in several of King David's psalms. Not only is the society of many gods the society of polytheists, it is also the 'city' of pantheists, atheistic materialists and philosophical Cynics. In the case of the Cynics and atheists, these false gods are the myriad gods of self, indeed, at least as many gods (selves) as there are believers in them. Thus there are two 'cities,' two loves, two ways to understand the big questions of existence, two destinations. Says Augustine:

"The one City began with the love of God; the other had its beginnings in the love of self." XIV:13.
"The city of man seeks the praise of men, whereas the height of glory for the other is to hear God in the witness of conscience. The one lifts up its head in its own boasting; the other says to God: 'Thou art my glory, thou liftest up my head.' (Psalm 3.4) In the city of the world both the rulers themselves and the people they dominate are dominated by the lust for domination; whereas in the City of God all citizens serve one another in charity . . ." XIV:28 -- Wesley L. Janssen, Reader's Comment
"Augustine reflects deeply here on human nature and the meaning of eternal life and eternal punishment, within an explication of the 'meaning' of history. He writes of all human history as a single narrative. This also a work of Biblical exegesis, as Augustine treats Scripture as a historical document. For Augustine, creation is good, creation exists in time and has a history. Indeed, since God enters into history to show man His love, history itself is sanctified, through the City of God.
"The book contains the parallel histories of what Augustine terms the City of God and the City of Man, both descended from Adam. The City of Man is founded on murder (specifically fratricide, the murder of a brother, viz. Cain and Abel, Romulus and Remus). The City of Man has been deceived and debased, fallen under the sway of pagan gods, which appear to be either demons or, at best indifferent or benign spirits that are mistakenly worshipped. The City of God, on the other hand, is a pilgrim on this earth, toiling here in the joyous expectation of final salvation in God's Kingdom." -- Penn Jacobs, Reader's Comment
"His 'grand unifying theory' of Western civilization, uniting the organization of Rome with the thought of Greece and the revelation of the Bible, has been accepted as the de facto definition of what it means to be Western until only the very last few decades of our time. . . .
"This seamless blend of literary prowess from Rome's greatest scholar and highest ranking professor generates for the reader a powerful education in philosophy, history and theology, tied together with awesome rhetoric, that is uniquely powerful, erudite, insightful and useful all at once.
"As it is written for the leaders of society and not for the average citizen, be ready to be intrigued, challenged to thought, and impressed with every line.
"By no means must the reader have any kind of religious belief to benefit from this book, nor must the reader agree with all that Augustine postulates, nor can the reader, due to the great distance of time separating him from us and improvements in scientific knowledge since his time. The importance, greatness and power of the writing itself commend it to us." -- Chris Miller, Reader's Comment
"One who has been introduced to Augustine through his auto-biographical CONFESSIONS may find it easier to follow his logic as he discusses the numerous topics of THE CITY OF GOD." -- Reader's Comment
"It would do the modern Church well to read this book since Augustine places THE CITY OF GOD (i.e., Christ and His Church) within the context of the pagan world in which we live, and its message is as applicable today as it was 1,500 years ago when he first wrote it." -- Reader's Comment
"History and theology in one rich volume." -- Reader's Comment
City of God, Saint Augustine, Philip Schaff (editor), Rev. Marcus Dods, D.D. (translator)
http://www.ccel.org/fathers/NPNF1-02/
The Confessions of Saint Augustine
"The story of his sinful pursuits before conversion, and of his conversion, then of his confession to God, and his discoveries of the greatness of God after his conversion." -- Publisher.
http://www.ccel.org/a/augustine/confessions/confessions.html
The Works of Saint Augustine
http://onlinebooks.library.upenn.edu/webbin/book/lookupname?key=Augustine%2C%20Saint%2C%20Bishop%20of%20Hippo
Calvin's Commentaries (online)
http://www.ccel.org/ccel/calvin/calcom
The Classical View of History (Augustine)
Dr. C. Gregg Singer, "The Christian View of History," lecture series.
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=7150273140
The Augustinian Approach to History
Dr. C. Gregg Singer, 47 min.
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=9150393751
Church History #09: Augustine #1
Dr. C. Gregg Singer, "Church History" lecture series.
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=41504163949
Church History #10: Augustine #2
Dr. C. Gregg Singer, "Church History" lecture series.
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=41504164048
Church History #11: Augustine #3
Dr. C. Gregg Singer, "Church History" lecture series.
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=41504164152

Balke, William, Calvin and the Anabaptist Radicals, ISBN: 1579100732 9781579100735.
William Heynen, translator.
"Harnack is often critical of the `Hellenizing' of Christianity in the writings of Sts. Peter and John, yet few sources for Church history can equal the volumn of Greek footnotes (as well as Latin and Hebrew, some several pages long) found in the History of Dogma. Definitely not light reading, but unsurpassed as a political, dogmatic (kerygmatic), exegetical and linguistic reference. Excellent organization and index, provides a good foundation for any first millennium European historical perspective." -- Reader's Comment

*Brown, John (of Wamphray, 1610?-1679), Corporate Sanctification: Holding Fast the Attainments of Reformation. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #1. Available in OBSERVATIONS ON THE PUBLIC COVENANTS BETWIXT GOD AND THE CHURCH: A DISCOURSE.
"An overview of the Covenanter doctrine of reformation attainments by one of the great Covenanter theologians. Helpful in dispelling false charges of Anabaptism and perfectionism laid at the feet of faithful Covenanters by schismatics. John Brown was one of Samuel Rutherford's best students." -- Publisher
http://www.swrb.com/newslett/actualnls/attain.htm

Dima, Nicholas, Journey to Freedom, ISBN: 0944273041 9780944273043.
"This book is Dima's autobiographical description of the effects of communism on a nation, a family, and an individual. His description will haunt you. Communism loses any pretension of benevolence when you see the child hungry and hear his mother crying. The grandfatherly veil drops when you look in the prisons and labor camps and see the life of the people beaten, starved, and murdered. . . . We highly recommend this book. It is beautifully written. Like the Holocaust, it teaches lessons we must never forget." -- Susan Alder

*Frederick II, King of Prussia, Frederick of Prussia Anti-Machiavel. Alternate title: THE REFUTATION OF MACHIAVELLI'S PRINCE OR, ANTI-MACHIAVEL, ISBN: 0821405594 9780821405598.
"This delightful and hard to find book, translated with only minor variations, does include the 2nd chapter from Voltaire, as it was missing from the original manuscript. Frederick is threatened, it would seem, by the writings of THE PRINCE in the hands of mere political overachievers. He is constantly referring to the difference in the beliefs of Kings and 'would be' princes. Frederick picks Machiavelli's writing apart line by line and deserves a second read with THE PRINCE close at hand. An integeral link to the real Frederick of Prussia." -- Reader's Comment
Frederick the Great's ANTI-MACHIAVEL
http://www.geocities.com/danielmacryan/antimac.html

*Galbraith, James, The Predator State: How Conservatives Abandoned the Free Market and Why Liberals Should Too, ISBN: 141656683X 978-1416566830.
"Shows how to break the spell that conservatives have cast over the minds of liberals (and everyone else) for many years." -- Joseph E. Stiglitz, Nobel Laureate in Economic Sciences (2001)
"The cult of the free market has dominated economic policy-talk since the Reagan revolution of nearly thirty years ago. Tax cuts and small government, monetarism, balanced budgets, deregulation, and free trade are the core elements of this dogma, a dogma so successful that even many liberals accept it. But a funny thing happened on the bridge to the twenty-first century. While liberals continue to bow before the free-market altar, conservatives in the style of George W. Bush have abandoned it altogether. That is why principled conservatives -- the Reagan true believers -- long ago abandoned Bush.
"Enter James K. Galbraith, the iconoclastic economist. In this riveting book, Galbraith first dissects the stale remains of Reaganism and shows how Bush and company had no choice except to dump them into the trash. He then explores the true nature of the Bush regime: a 'corporate republic,' bringing the methods and mentality of big business to public life; a coalition of lobbies, doing the bidding of clients in the oil, mining, military, pharmaceutical, agribusiness, insurance, and media industries; and a predator state, intent not on reducing government but rather on diverting public cash into private hands. In plain English, the Republican Party has been hijacked by political leaders who long since stopped caring if reality conformed to their message.
"Galbraith follows with an impertinent question: if conservatives no longer take free markets seriously, why should liberals? Why keep liberal thought in the straitjacket of pay-as-you-go, of assigning inflation control to the Federal Reserve, of attempting to 'make markets work'? Why not build a new economic policy based on what is really happening in this country?
"The real economy is not a free-market economy. It is a complex combination of private and public institutions, including Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, higher education, the housing finance system, and a vast federal research establishment. The real problems and challenges -- inequality, climate change, the infrastructure deficit, the subprime crisis, and the future of the dollar -- are problems that cannot be solved by incantations about the market. They will be solved only with planning, with standards and other policies that transcend and even transform markets.
"A timely, provocative work whose message will endure beyond this election season, THE PREDATOR STATE will appeal to the broad audience of thoughtful Americans who wish to understand the forces at work in our economy and culture and who seek to live in a nation that is both prosperous and progressive." -- Publisher
"James Galbraith has written an extremely challenging book. Although its principal target is conservative economics, it is no less critical of conventional liberalism. Galbraith correctly recognizes that today both approaches are intellectually bankrupt and incapable of addressing the nation's pressing economic problems. I hope The Predator State stimulates needed debate among both liberals and conservatives on the mistakes both sides have made that have gotten us to where we are now." -- Bruce Bartlett, author of IMPOSTOR: HOW GEORGE W. BUSH BANKRUPTED AMERICA AND BETRAYED THE REAGAN LEGACY

*Machiavelli, Niccolo, The Prince, ISBN: 0192833979 9780192833976.
This famous analysis of statesmanship and power, lauded by the world system and read by practically all politicians, will give insight to those who may still not understand power politics in Washington. But to fully understand the current situation in the Federal government even the discerning person must work in a Federal office or within the corporate limits of the District of Columbia for at least a year. A secular author.
The Prince, Nicolo Machiavelli
http://books.mirror.org/gb.machiavelli.html

*Mason, Archibald (d. 1831), Observations on the Public Covenants Betwixt God and the Church: A Discourse (1799). Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #27.
Contents: Observations on the public covenants betwixt God and the church | Archibald Mason -- Paleopresbyterianism vs. neopresbyterianism | Michael Wagner -- Permanence of covenant obligation -- The preface and bibliography to the rare bound photocopy: obligation of social covenanting --The binding nature of national covenants with God -- The Solemn League and Covenant -- Guide for studying the Westminster Confession, in suggested order of reading -- Terms of ministerial and Christian communion in the Reformed Presbyterian Church -- Corporate sanctification: holding fast the attainments of Reformation | John Brown -- What is a moral person? How God views the church and the nations | David Scott, John Cunningham, and George Smeaton -- A hind let loose | Alexander Shields -- Of separation from corrupt churches -- Old landmarks -- confession and testimony.
Includes: What is a Moral Person? How God Views the Church and the Nations, David Scott, John Cunningham, and George Smeaton
http://www.swrb.com/newslett/actualnls/moral.htm

*Owen, John (1616-1683), "God's Presence With a People the Spring of Their Prosperity; With Their Special Interest in Abiding in Him." Alternate title: "GOD'S PRESENCE WITH A PEOPLE, THE SPRING OF THEIR PROSPERITY; WITH THEIR SPECIALL INTEREST IN ABIDING WITH HIM. A SERMON, PREACHED TO THE PARLIAMENT OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF ENGLAND, SCOTLAND, AND IRELAND, AT WESTMINSTER, OCTOB. 30. 1656. A DAY OF SOLEMN HUMILIATION. BY JOHN OWEN, D.D. A SERVANT OF JESUS CHRIST, IN THE WORK OF THE GOSPEL. PRINTED BY ORDER OF PARLIAMENT, 1656. A Christian classic. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #25. Available in various editions of THE COMPLETE WORKS OF JOHN OWEN.
Owen preaches at length, 21 pages, on God's presence with a people, both individually and corporately, in a sermon on the text "And he went out to meet Asa, and said unto him, Hear ye me, Asa, and all Judah and Benjamin; The Lord is with you, while ye be with him; and if ye seek him, he will be found of you; but if ye forsake him, he will forsake you." (2 Chronicles 15:2) delivered to Parliament October 30, 1656.
"The great concernment of any people or nation is, to know that all their prosperity is from the presence of God amongst them, and to attend to that which will give continuance thereunto. . . .
"There is a presence of God in respect of providential dispensations. . . . -- attended with peculiar love, favor, good-will, special care towards them with whom he is so present. So Abimelech observed that he was with Abraham, Genesis 21:22, "God is with thee in all that thou doest," -- with thee to guide thee, bless thee, preserve thee, as we shall see afterward. So he promised to be with Joshua, "I will be with thee," Joshua 1:5; and so he was with Gideon, "The Lord is with thee," Judges 6:12, -- to bless him in his great undertaking; and so with Jeremiah, "I am with thee," Jeremiah 15:20. This is fully expressed, Isaiah 43:1,2, "I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine. When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee." And this is the presence of God here intimated, -- his presence with the people as to special providential dispensations, as is manifest from the whole discourse of the prophet; and wherein this consists, shall be afterward at large declared. . . .
"There is an abiding with God in national administrations; -- this is a fruit of the other, in those who are called to them. And that this is principally here intended is evident from that use that Asa made of this information and exhortation of the prophet. He did not only look to his personal walking thereupon, but also immediately set upon the work of ordering the whole affairs of the kingdom so as God might be glorified thereby. How this may be effected, shall at large afterward be declared. What hath already been spoken may suffice for a foundation of that proposition which I shall this day insist upon; and it is this, --
"The presence of God with a people, in special providential dispensations for their good, depends on their obediential presence with him in national administrations to his glory: "The Lord is with you, while ye be with him. . . ."
"What is the rule and measure of God's continuance with his people in the covenant of grace? Plainly this, -- that he will never forsake them; and, on that account, will take care that they shall never forsake him, but abide with him forever. It is not whilst they do so and so, he will abide with them; and when they cease so to do, he will forsake them, as to his federal and covenant presence; -- there is not such a sandy foundation left us of our abiding with God in Christ. See the tenor of the covenant, Jeremiah 31:33, 32:38-40. The sum is, that God will be with them, and take care that they always abide with him; and therefore hath he provided for all interveniences imaginable, that nothing shall violate this union. God lays his unchangeableness as the foundation of the covenant, Malachi 3:6, and he therein makes us unchangeable; -- not absolutely so, for we change every moment; but with respect to the terms and bounds of the covenant, he hath undertaken that we shall never leave him. The law of God's presence in respect of providential dispensations, and all special privileges attending it, is quite of another importance: it is purely conditional, as you may see in my text. The tenor of it is expressed to the height, 1 Samuel 2:30, "I said indeed that thy house, and the house of thy father, should walk before me forever: but now the Lord saith, Be it far from me; for them that honor me I will honor, and they that despise me shall be lightly esteemed." Here is no alteration of counsel or purpose in God; but merely an explanation of the rule, law, and tenor of providential dispensations; -- no interpretation of the covenant of grace (Eli held not the priesthood by that covenant); but an explication of the tenor of a privilege given in special providence, Psalm 89:32,33. Hence is that variety of God's dealings with men mentioned in the Scripture; which yet are always righteous, according to one or other of these rules and laws. . . .
"I suppose I need not go for proof beyond the observation of the constant tenor of God's proceedings with his people of old. When did he not deal thus with them? What instance can be given of transgressing this rule? Is the whole story of the nation of the Jews any thing but the illustration of this proposition? Some ruled well, and sought the Lord; and the Lord was with them, and prospered them in all their ways; -- some fell from him, and walked according to their own imaginations; and the Lord cut them short on that account; -- yea, sometimes the same man, as Solomon, Asa, Uzziah, experienced both these states and conditions. Hath not the state of all nations, since they came into the power of men professing the knowledge of him, been the same? Look on the Roman empire; did it not flourish under the hand of men who ruled with God, and were faithful with the saints? Is not the present distraction of it, under the fury and cruelty of Turk and Pope, the issue of the violence, unrighteousness, idolatry, luxury, and persecution of ill governors? Doth not the demonstration of all God's people in the world -- the consideration whereof, in particular, might be insisted on as the ground and reason of the truth insisted on -- require that it should be thus Leviticus 26:1, and almost the whole book of Deuteronomy, are sermons on this text; and every verse, almost, in them would afford a new confirmation of the truth in hand. . . .
"The second use of this pillar was, to give them protection and defense in their ways; so Exodus 14:19,20,24. This protected them from the Egyptians; -- and from thence God troubled their enemies out of the pillar; that is, from his especial presence. This use of it is insisted on, Isaiah 4:5,6. The cloud, that was as smoke by day, and as fire by night, was also a shadow, a place of refuge, and a covert; in one word, a protection or a defense. And this is a second thing which is in God's special presence, -- he will protect or defend them with whom he is so present. He is their dwellingplace, Psalm 90:1, then, when in this world they have none; their refuge in the time of trouble: so Isaiah 25:4, 26:1, 31:4. Promises and instances to make this good abound; -- they are known to all; the time would fail me to insist upon them. I might go over all the causes, means, and ways of the fears, dangers, ruin of such a people, and show you how a defense is provided against them all. Are their fears from themselves, because of their folly, weakness, and division? or from pretended friends, because of their envy and desertion? or from open enemies, because of their power, cruelty, malice, and revenge? A defense is provided on every account. Heat, rain, tempests, storms, adversity, prosperity, -- all are provided against, where God is present, Isaiah 32:1,2.
"And if any people in the world have experience of this truth, we have it this day. Had not the Lord been with us, who had not destroyed us? Enemies, friends, abroad, at home, our own follies, -- all, any of them, had done the work, had not the Lord himself been with us. . . .
"That we may abide with God, this is indispensably required, -- that we may have peace with him in Jesus Christ. If we are never with him, we cannot abide with him; no man can abide where he never cornea The acceptance of our persons lies at the bottom of the acceptance of our duties. As the special presence of God with any, is in and by Christ, and no otherwise, so is our abiding with God in and through him. "God with us" is the name of Christ: our being with God is in him who is our peace. Two cannot walk together, unless they be agreed, Amos 3:3.
"Now, because this is not to be expected from all the individuals of a nation, yet this thing is to be endeavored, -- that the rulers of it be such as have this interest. I do not divest of a share in government, those who have no share in Christ, if lawfully called thereunto; but I say, when God gives governors whom he intends to make a blessing unto a people, they shall be such as are blessed of him in Christ. And if ever the government of this nation, in this present constitution, -- suppose it the most exactly framed and balanced, in the several parts of it, for the furtherance of public good, -- be devolved into the hands of men not interested in God by Christ, though the constitution may be absolutely good, yet the government will not be blessed, and the nation will be ruined; for God and his glory will depart, Micah 5:5,6. It is Christ that is our peace, even in outward troubles. . . .
"This, then, I say, is pre-required, as a qualification of any person to the performance of this duty of abiding with God. It is the psalmist's advice, Psalm 2:11,12. Let this principle be always owned amongst you; by it honor Christ in the world. Give him the pre-eminence; it is the Father's will he should have it in all things. Expect not the presence of God, but upon this account. Bear testimony herein against the world of profane men, who despise these things. Seeing, then, it cannot be expected to have this qualification diffused universally, as yet, through the body of the people, let the rulers take care that they be not the cause of God's departure from us. . . ." -- John Owen
Owen, John (1616-1683), God's Presence With a People the Spring of Their Prosperity
ttp://www.reformedsermonarchives.com/owen11.htm

Pelikan, Jaroslav, Christianity and Classical Culture: The Metamorphosis of Natural Theology in the Christian Encounter With Hellenism, ISBN: 0300062559 9780300062557
"Contents include: PART ONE: Natural Theology as Apologetics, 1) Classical Culture and Christian Theology, 2) Natural Theology as Apologetics, 3) The Language of Negation, 4) God and the Ways of Knowing, 5) The Many and the One, 6) The Universe as Cosmos, 7) Space, Time, and Deity, 8) The Image of God, 9) The Source of All Good, 10) From Tyche to Telos.
"PART TWO: Natural Theology as Presupposition, 11) Christian Theology and Classical Culture, 12) Natural Theology as Presupposition, 13) The Lexicon of Transcendence, 14) Faith as the Fulfillment of Reason, 15) The One and the Three, 16) Cosmos as Contingent Creation, 17) The Economy of Salvation, 18) The Metamorphosis of Human Nature, 19) The Worship Offered by Rational Creatures, 20) The Life of the Aeon to Come." -- Reader's Comment

Pinkerton, James P., What Comes Next: The end of big Government -- and the new Paradigm Ahead, ISBN: 0786861053 9780786861057.

*Reformed Presbytery of North America (America, "Steelite"), David Steele (1803-1887), John Thorburn (1730?-1788), John Courtass (d. 1795), et al., Act, Declaration, and Testimony, for the Whole of the Covenanted Reformation, as Attained to, and Established in, Britain and Ireland; Particularly Betwixt the Years 1638 and 1649, Inclusive. As, Also, Against all the Steps of Defection From Said Reformation, Whether in Former or Later Times, Since the Overthrow of that Glorious Work, Down to This Present day (1876), (Philadelphia, Pa.: Printed by Rue & Jones, 1876.) (A new edition of the Ploughlandhead Testimony of 1761, the subordinate standard of the "Steelite" Reformed Presbytery, 1850). Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #1.
"And now, when time has proved that more recent Testimonies, Terms, and Covenants, have failed to preserve either unity or uniformity among those who framed them; it cannot be unseasonable to re-exhibit the original ACT, DECLARATION, AND TESTIMONY, which has been justly characterized as 'the most profoundly reasoned document ever emitted by the Reformed Presbyterian Church'." -- The Reformation Advocate Magazine, Vol. I, No. 8, December, 1875, p. 267
"Upholds the original work of the Westminster Assembly and testifies to the abiding worth and truth formulated in the Westminster family of documents. Upholds and defends the crown rights of King Jesus in church and state, denouncing those who would remove the crown from Christ's head by denying His right to rule (by His law) in both the civil and ecclesiastical spheres. Testifies to the received doctrine, government, worship, and discipline of the Church of Scotland in her purest (reforming) periods. Applies God's Word to the Church's corporate attainments 'with a judicial approbation of the earnest contendings and attainments of the faithful, and a strong and pointed judicial condemnation of error and the promoters thereof' (The Contending Witness magazine, Dec. 17/93, p. 558). Shows the church's great historical victories (such as the National and Solemn League and Covenant, leading to the Westminster Assembly) and exposes her enemies actions (e.g. the Prelacy of Laud; the Independency, sectarianism, covenant breaking and ungodly toleration set forth by the likes of Cromwell [and the Independents that conspired with him]; the Erastianism and civil sectarianism of William of Orange, etc.). It is not likely that you will find a more consistent working out of the principles of Calvinism anywhere. Deals with the most important matters relating to the individual, the family, the church and the state. Sets forth a faithful historical testimony of God's dealings with men during some of the most important days of church history. A basic text that should be mastered by all Christians." -- Publisher
Act, Declaration, And Testimony (1876)
http://www.covenanter.org/RefPres/actdeclarationandtestimony/acttitle.htm
Act, Declaration, & Testimony for the Whole of our Covenanted Reformation (1876 Reformed Presbytery, America, Steelite)
The Project Gutenberg text was prepared by members of The Reformed Presbytery North America using the Reformed Presbytery (America, Steelite) text of the 1876 edition.
http://www.gutenberg.org/files/13200/13200.txt
The electronic text found at ManyBooks.com is the Project Gutenberg text.
http://manybooks.net/pages/presbyteryr13201320013200-8/0.html
Act, Declaration, & Testimony, for the Whole of the Covenanted Reformation, as Attained to & Established in Britain #1
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=81907517162
Act, Declaration, & Testimony, for the Whole of the Covenanted Reformation, as Attained to & Established in Britain #2
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=926071233170
Act, Declaration, & Testimony, for the Whole of the Covenanted Reformation, as Attained to & Established in Britain #3
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=92707111830
Act, Declaration, & Testimony, For The Whole Of The Covenanted Reformation, As Attained To & Established In Britain #4
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=927071140420

*Reformed Presbytery, "Steelite," (David Steele [1803-1887], James Campbell, Thomas Sproull, James Fulton) A Short Vindication of our Covenanted Reformation, 2nd edition, revised, and enlarged by a committee of the Reformed Presbytery ("Circular" and "Review" prefixed), 1879, 50 pages. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Also available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #2 (also #1, #25, and #30).
"Until the church comes to terms with what is written in this book it will remain weak and divided. Covenant breakers will not prosper, as this rare item demonstrates from both Scripture and history. The power packed ordinance of covenanting (the National and Solemn League and Covenant in particular), was foundational to the Second Reformation and the work of the Westminster Assembly. 'By the National Covenant our fathers laid Popery prostrate. By the Solemn League and Covenant they were successful in resisting prelatic encroachments and civil tyranny. By it they were enabled to achieve the Second Reformation . . . They were setting up landmarks by which the location and limits of the city of God will be known at the dawn of the millennial day . . . How can they be said to go forth by the footsteps of the flock, who have declined from the attainments, renounced the covenants and contradicted the testimony of 'the cloud of witnesses. . . . All the schisms (separations) that disfigure the body mystical of Christ . . . are the legitimate consequences of the abandonment of reformation attainments, the violation of covenant engagements.' If you are interested in knowing how to recognize a faithful church (or state), when and why to separate from unfaithful institutions, who has held up the standard of covenanted Reformation attainments and who has backslidden (and why), what it means to subscribe to the Westminster Confession (1647) (and why most that say they do so today do not have any idea of what that means), and much more concerning individual, family, church and civil, individual, family, church and civil duties, this is one of the best books you will ever lay your hands on. It chronicles 'some instances of worldly conformity and mark(s) some steps of defection from our 'covenanted unity and uniformity,' noting how it is necessary to take a retrospect of our history for many years; for we did not all at once reach our present condition of sinfuPresbyterian and the Reformed churches lay under the heavy hand of God's judgement in our day, because of the very defections noted throughout this fine work. "We heard (hear) from various quarters the cry, ''maintain the truth, stand up for the principles of the Second Reformation;'' and yet many of those who are the most loud in uttering this cry, appear desirous to bury in oblivion those imperishable national and ecclesiastical deeds, by which the church and kingdom of Scotland became ''married to the Lord''." Are we married to the Lord, or have we thrown off the covenants of our forefathers; are we the chaste bride of Christ, or a harlot who is found in the bedchambers of every devilish suitor (whether ecclesiastical or civil) who tempts us with the favors of this world? Let us cry out, as with 'the noble Marquis of Argyle, upon the scaffold,' when he said, 'God hath tied us by covenants to religion and reformation. These that were then unborn are yet engaged, and it passeth the power of all the magistrates under heaven to absolve them from the oath of God. They deceive themselves, and it may be, would deceive others, who think otherwise.' Not for the weak of heart." -- Publisher
A Short Vindication of our Covenanted Reformation, Reformed Presbytery
http://www.covenanter.org/RPCCov/shortvindication.htm

*Reformed Presbytery (Scotland), Thorburn, John (1730?-1788), Courtass, John (d. 1795), et al., Act, Declaration, & Testimony for the Whole of our Covenanted Reformation, as Attained to, and Established in Britain and Ireland; Particularly Betwixt the Years 1638 and 1649, Inclusive, ISBN: 1406909106.
Reformed Presbytery, Act Declaration and Testimony: for the Whole of our Covenanted Reformation as Attained to and Established in Britain and Ireland; Particularly Betwixt the Years 1638 and 1649 Inclusive (IndyPublish, March 12, 2007).
Reformed Presbytery, Act Declaration and Testimony: for the Whole of our Covenanted Reformation as Attained to and Established in Britain and Ireland; Particularly Betwixt the Years 1638 and 1649 Inclusive.

*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 -- sk], editor of The Freeman magazine, Economist for The Heritage Foundation, and Professor of Political Philosophy in The Freedom School." -- Publisher
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."

*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

*Scott, David, John Cunningham, and George Smeaton, What is a Moral Person? How God Views the Church and the Nations. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available in OBSERVATIONS ON THE PUBLIC COVENANTS BETWIXT GOD AND THE CHURCH: A DISCOURSE.
"A clear and concise summary of the biblical doctrine of the moral person (i.e. that God regards churches and nations as moral entities separate from the individual members of which they are composed). No Christian can afford not to understand this vital teaching! In many ways this is a crux of the Covenanter position, underlying as it does the issues of separation from backslidden or anti-Christian civil and church governments, the binding nature of lawful Covenants on posterity, eschatology, etc." -- Publisher
What is a Moral Person? How God Views the Church and the Nations, David Scott, John Cunningham, and George Smeaton
http://www.swrb.com/newslett/actualnls/moral.htm

*Wylie, Samuel B., (1773-1852), The Two Sons of Oil; or, the Faithful Witness for Magistracy and Ministry Upon a Scriptural Basis, A Christian classic. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #13, #26.
"A Covenanter classic opening Revelation 11:3-4 and Zechariah 4:14. It has been hailed as the 'best presentation of the position of the Covenanter Church that has been written.' Noting that the 'time has been, when the whole body of Presbyterians, in Scotland, England, and Ireland, unanimously subscribed' to these principles, 'for civil and ecclesiastical reformation' and that thousands bled and died for the glorious covenanted cause of civil and ecclesiastical reformation; Wylie sets out to explain and defend 'that cause. Not because it is an ancient cause; not because many have sealed it with their blood; but, because,' as he says, 'I thought it the doctrine of the Bible, and the cause of Christ.' This book explains how to tell if a government (especially a civil government) is faithful to Christ and thus to be obeyed for conscience's sake. It also gives direction regarding when and how to resist (and disassociate) yourself from governments which get their power from 'the beast.' Moreover, this book gives clear testimony as to what the Bible requires of civil magistrates, noting 'that civil rulers should exercise their power in protecting and defending the religion of Jesus.' It also gives plain reasons why dissent from the government of the United States (and other covenant breaking nations) is the legitimate Scriptural pattern." -- Publisher
The Two Sons of Oil; or, the Faithful Witness for Magistracy and Ministry Upon a Scriptural Basis, Samuel B. Wylie
http://www.covenanter.org/Wylie/twosonsofoil.htm
The Two Sons of Oil; Or, The Faithful Witness for Magistracy and Ministry Upon a Scriptural Basis
http://books.google.com/books?id=nMO1JQAACAAJ&ie=ISO-8859-1&output=html

See also: The sovereignty of god, The doctrine of man (human nature, total depravity), Colossians, The sufficiency of christ, 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, Spiritual discernment, The religion of secular humanism, Sexual relationship, Spiritual Adultery (Spiritual Whoredom/Harlotry), Idolatry Idolatry, Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, Idolatry, False gospels, Heresy and apostasy, Antinomianism, Arminianism, Leniency, Toleration, liberty of conscience, pluralism, and neutrality, Leniency, Machiavellianism, Conspiracy and corruption, organized crime, Friendly fascism, Pseudo-christian movements: a selection of works, Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, and so forth and so on.

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"The One Foundation," a sermon by C.H. Spurgeon
Preaching on the text "For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ." (1 Corinthians 3:11)
Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit, 1879, Sermon 1494.
"As churches we are not legislators, but subjects; it is not for us to frame constitutions, invent offices, and decree rites and ceremonies, but we are to take everything out of the mouth of Christ, and to do what he bids us, as he bids us, and when he bids us. Parliaments and kings have no authority whatever in the church, but Christ alone rules therein. If any portion of a church be not based upon Christ it is a mere deforming addition to the plan of the great Architect, and mars the temple which God has built, and not man. What a blessed thing it is to feel that you belong to a church which has a rock under it, because it is constituted by Christ's authority. We feel safe in following an ordinance which is of his commanding, but we should tremble if we had only custom and human authority for it. . . .
"When sermons are preached without so much as the mention of Christ's name, it takes more than charity, it requires you to tell a lie to say 'That was a Christian sermon;' and if any people find their joy in a teaching which casts the Lord Jesus into the background, they are not his church, or else such teaching would be an abomination to them. . . .
"All the decrees of popes and councils, all the resolutions of assemblies, synods, presbyteries, and associations, and all the ordinances of men as individuals, however great they be, when they are all put together, if they at all differ from the law of Christ, are mere wind and waste paper, nay, worse, they are treasonable insults to the majesty of King Jesus. Those who build apart from the authority of Christ build off of the foundation, and their fabric will fall. There is no law and no authority in a true church but that of Christ himself; we who are his ministers are his servants and the servants of the church, and not lords or law-makers. To his law a faithful church brings all things as to the sure test. As churches we are not legislators, but subjects; it is not for us to frame constitutions, invent offices, and decree rites and ceremonies, but we are to take everything out of the mouth of Christ, and to do what he bids us, as he bids us, and when he bids us. Parliaments and kings have no authority whatever in the church, but Christ alone rules therein."
"Let us put this, our first point, in a few sentences. It is not the union of men with men that makes a church if Jesus Christ be not the centre and the bond of the union. The best of men may come into bonds of amity, and they may form a league, or a federation, for good and useful purposes, but they are not a church unless Jesus Christ be the basis upon which they rest. He must be the ground and foundation of the hope of each and of all." -- C.H. Spurgeon
http://www.spurgeongems.org/vols25-27/chs1494.pdf

Chapter 9 (part 1): "Corporate Faithfulness and Sanctification"
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Chapter 9 (part 2): "Corporate Faithfulness and Sanctification"
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Zionism

And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed. (Genesis 12:3)
And I will bless them that bless thee. Here the extraordinary kindness of God manifests itself, in that he familiarly makes a covenant with Abram, as men are wont to do with their companions and equals. For this is the accustomed form of covenants between kings and others, that they mutually promise to have the same enemies and the same friends. This certainly is an inestimable pledge of special love, that God should so greatly condescend for our sake. For although he here addresses one man only, he elsewhere declares the same affection towards his faithful people. We may therefore infer this general doctrine, that God so embraced us with his favor, that he will bless our friends, and take vengeance on our enemies. We are, moreover, warned by this passage, that however desirous the sons of God may be of peace, they will never want enemies. Certainly, of all persons who ever conducted themselves so peaceably among men as to deserve the esteem of all, Abram might be reckoned among the chief, yet even he was not without enemies; because he had the devil for his adversary, who holds the wicked in his hand, whom he incessantly impels to molest the good. There is then, no reason why the ingratitude of the world should dishearten us, even though many hate us without cause, and, when provoked by no injury, study to do us harm; but let us be content with this single consolation, that God engages on our side in the war. Besides, God exhorts his people to cultivate fidelity and humanity with all good men, and, further, to abstain from all injury. For this is no common inducement to excite us to assist the faithful, that if we discharge any duty towards them, God will repay it; nor ought it less to alarm us, that he denounces war against us, if we hurt any one belonging to him.
In thee shall all families of the earth be blessed. Should any one choose to understand this passage in a restricted sense, as if, by a proverbial mode of speech, they who shall bless their children or their friends, shall be called after the name of Abram, let him enjoy his opinion; for the Hebrew phrase will bear the interpretation, that Abram shall be called a signal example of happiness. But I extend the meaning further; because I suppose the same thing to be promised in this place, which God afterwards repeats more clearly (Genesis 22:18.) And the authority of Paul brings me to this point; who says, that the promise to the seed of Abraham, that is, to Christ, was given four hundred and thirty years before the law (Galatians 3:17.) But the computation of years requires us to understand, that the blessing was promised him in Christ, when he was coming into the land of Canaan. Therefore God (in my judgment) pronounces that all nations should be blessed in his servant Abram because Christ was included in his loins. In this manner, he not only intimates that Abram would be an example, but a cause of blessing; so that there should be an understood antithesis between Adam and Christ. For whereas, from the time of the first man's alienation from God, we are all born accursed, here a new remedy is offered unto us. Nor is there any thing contrary to this in the assertion, that we must by no means seek a blessing in Abram himself, inasmuch as the expression is used in reference to Christ. Here the Jews petulantly object, and heap together many testimonies of Scripture, from which it appears that to bless or curse in any one, is nothing else than to wish good or evil to another, according to him as a pattern. But their cavil may be set aside without difficulty. I acknowledge, that what they say is often, but not always true. For when it is said, that the tribe of Levi shall bless in the name of God, in Deuteronomy 10:8 Isaiah 65:16, and in similar passages, it is sufficiently evident, that God is declared to be the fountain of all good, in order that Israel may not seek any portion of good elsewhere. Seeing, therefore, that the language is ambiguous, let them grant the necessity of choosing this, or the other sense, as may be most suitable to the subject and the occasion. Now Paul assumes it as an axiom which is received among all the pious, and which ought to be taken for granted, that the whole human race is obnoxious to a curse, and therefore that the holy people are blessed only through the grace of the Mediator. Whence he concludes, that the covenant of salvation which God made with Abram, is neither stable nor firm except in Christ. I therefore thus interpret the present place; that God promises to his servant Abram that blessing which shall afterwards flow down to all people. But because this subject will be more amply explained else where, I now only briefly touch upon it. [bold emphasis added -- sk] -- Calvin commenting on Genesis 12:3

Ball, George W., and Douglas B. Ball, The Passionate Attachment: America's Involvement With Israel, 1947 to the Present, ISBN: 0393029336 9780393029338.
"Israel receives more than one-fourth of the U.S. foreign aid budget, but with its high level of militarization, it must sell weapons to survive, notes the authors. Israel's dubious armaments customers include South Africa, Iran, Latin American and African dictatorships. George Ball, former undersecretary of State, and his son Douglas (FINANCIAL FAILURE AND CONFEDERATE DEFEAT) argue that Israel is no longer an indispensable protective shield for America's Middle East interests. Sharply curtailing U.S. aid, they suggest, would force Israel to get its house in order. The Israeli economy, they point out, is smothered with state-owned, incompetent, unprofitable industries and stifling bureaucracy plus the staggering costs of its military and its colonization program in the Occupied Territories. From Eisenhower to Bush, the Balls trace a shift in U.S. policy toward an accommodation to what they see as Israel's obstruction of the peace process. They advocate Palestinian self-determination with limitations on the arms permitted in an independent Palestinian state. An important, powerful book." -- Publishers Weekly
"Beginning with the Kennedy administration, the Balls indicate that American administrations have repeatedly sacrificed American interests on the altar of Israeli demands. Among the low points of the relationship was the 1967 attack by Israeli forces on the USS Liberty, a U.S. Navy intelligence ship whose existence threatened Israeli plans to occupy the Golan Heights before international pressure could force a cease-fire. Rather than responding to this attack on the U.S. Navy as it would if directed from any other quarter, the Johnson administration wrote it off as a case of mistaken identity. In subsequent administrations the retreat from principle has continued.
"The authors illustrate how, as the relationship developed, supporters of Israel were able to create the illusion that Israel served as a valuable American asset the Cold War struggle against Soviet expansionism. The authors explain how the Coalition which won the Gulf War proved that Israel's days as a strategic American asset, if they ever existed, were over.
"Much attention is devoted to the relationship between Israel and its Arab neighbors. It is refreshing to read an analysis of the recent history of the Middle East which is not filtered through Israeli apologists. The authors explain the background of developments in Israel and the Arab portions of Palestine. The Israeli policy of national expansion of military conquest, the expulsion of Arabs from conquered land and the colonization of those who have remained under the Israeli yoke are explained in detail. Acts of Israeli terrorism against Arabs are given due attention, despite the record of Israeli denials which are routinely accepted in American circles.
"An eye-opening chapter is devoted to the strong influence of Jewish pressure on American politics and how it is reflected in American foreign policy toward Israel and the Arabs.
"Particularly timely chapters are the ones on the neglected American-Arab relations and 'Terror and Reprisal' against America and Israel. The moral and financial costs of the Passionate attachment are followed by recommendations directed to both the United States and Israel on ways to advance the interests of each in the Middle East.
"This book is both edifying and shocking. It is edifying in that it presents a different views of the state of America's role in Middle eastern affairs than that to which we are normally exposed. This book is shocking in that it shows millions of Americans and several administrations as subordinating American interests to those of Israeli in the determination of American policy. This book is a worthwhile read for anyone interested in the truth about American Middle Eastern policy." -- Reader's Comment

Berman, Aaron, Nazism, the Jews, and American Zionism, 1933-1948, ISBN: 081432231X 9780814322314.

Bober, Arie, The Other Israel: The Radical Case Against Zionism, ISBN: 0385014678 9780385014670.

Brooks, Pat, Dale Crowley, Jr., and Des Griffin, Freedom or Slavery? (Fletcher, NC [New Puritan Library, Route 1, Lytle Road 28732] and Walnut Creek, CA [New Puritan Library, P.O. Box 247, Walnut Creek 94596]: New Puritan Library).
"A profoundly disturbing book . . . exposes the hidden agenda to de-Christianize and destroy her [the United States] through dispensational `Christian Zionism' and `JudeoChristianity'."

Findley, Paul, Deliberate Deceptions: Facing the Facts About the U.S. -- Israeli Relationship, ISBN: 0937165093 9780937165096.
"The many supposed sins of Israel, as compiled by former Illinois congressman Findley (THEY DARE TO SPEAK OUT). The author groups his points of contention with Israel into 28 categories, including 'The Likud Government,' 'The Intifada,' 'Loan Guarantees for Israel,' 'Israel's Spying On America,' 'Israel and the UN,' and 'Israel's Claims to Palestine.' After a brief introduction, he presents a kind of dialogue with himself, offering a 'fallacy' about Israel (presented in white print in a black box), followed by a corrective 'fact' (presented in black print in white box). Many of the fallacies and facts come off as vague or simplistic: That 'Israel Has Never Been Stronger,' for example -- an extremely complex issue -- is rebutted to Findley's satisfaction in two paragraphs, and his concern with the American Israel Political Action Committee's typically overblown lobbyist statements is hard to take seriously. The heart of the matter for the author is the special relationship between Israel and the US, as well as his concern that America is being exploited by Israel, financially and otherwise. On this issue, Findley does cut close to the bone when discussing the Israeli bombing, in 1967, of the US intelligence ship Liberty (34 Americans dead, 171 wounded) and the cover-up that followed in both countries. His criticism of Israel's relation to the UN (and the astounding American threat to withdraw from that organization if Israel were to be suspended for failing to abide by UN resolutions) is substantive, and his discussion on Israel's use of the Jewish diaspora to promote espionage (as in, he alleges, the Pollard case) is provocative, if shallow. The big problem here, though, is Findley's utterly partisan tone and his refusal to create a real global and historic context for his accusations. For the most part, a strident and unconvincing polemic." -- Kirkus Reviews
"Paul Findley was a congressman from 1961-1983, representing the state of Illinois. He is the author of the bestselling THEY DARE TO SPEAK OUT: PEOPLE AND INSTITUTIONS CONFRONT ISRAEL'S LOBBY." -- Publisher

Goldberg, J.J., Jewish Power: Inside the American Jewish Establishment, ISBN: 0201622424 9780201622423 0201327988 9780201327984.
"JEWISH POWER by obviously liberal journalist J.J. Goldberg describes the influence of America's Jewish community in influencing the US government. There are several problems with the book. It does not provide enough historical context and skims over some areas where Jews are either predominant (such as in Hollywood or textiles) or grossly represented out of proportion to the rest of the population (such as the mainstream media and Ivy League schools). Goldberg has a lot of space to cover, and this is the type of book that might rile up that old demon 'anti-Semitism' because it gives striking details on how much power the organized Jewish community wields (which includes Reform, Conservative and Orthodox synagogues plus the non-affiliated). But otherwise what Goldberg does say is worth the five stars. The vast majority of the book is about the ins-and-outs of Jewish 'alphabet soup' organizations, AIPAC's lobbying for Israel and its silencing of opponents, and a lengthy analysis of the conflicts between blacks and Jews from the mid-70s.
"Jews form the most consistently liberal segment of the US population, and Democratic candidates for President have usually been able to command roughly 80 percent of the Jewish vote. One-half of the white civil rights leaders that went to the South were Jews, the NAACP was formed and directed by Jews into the mid-60s and Jews have been consistently leading the fight for 'separation of church and state' (i.e. demoralizing Christians). 50 percent of the Democratic party's money comes from Jewish contributors. This can be deceiving, because the Jewish swing vote can influence elections, hence the Republican party also tries to drum up Jewish support, and 20 percent of Republican money comes from Jews. Although the section about Jews in the media is far too brief and cursory, it mentions the New York Times as being the front voice for current Jewish opinions (1/3 of the Times' readership is estimated as Jewish anyway) and 1/4 of major editors for news magazines are Jewish. As for the perennial rumors of Jews controlling the media and Hollywood in particular, consider this quote from page 280:

'And in a few key sectors of the media, notably among Hollywood studio executives, Jews are so numerically dominant that calling these businesses Jewish-controlled is little more than a statistical observation.'
"The most popular movement in America is what is called 'Neoconservatism.' Goldberg shows that the Neocon think tank was dominated from the start back in the sixties by ex-Marxists, most of whom were Jews. Aside for its disparaging of liberals and the media in general, it is basically a re-hash of Marxism popularized in the sixties, but made more efficient. Neoconservatives do not want to do away with the welfare state, but want to make it more efficient, and it is known as 'kosher conservatism' because of its unconditional support for the State of Israel." -- Reader's Comment

Hoffman, Michael, II, and Moshe Lieberman, The Israeli Holocaust Against the Palestinians, ISBN: 0970378424 9780970378422,
"Announcing one of the most explosive indictments of the Zionist State ever published! Here is unprecedented documentation of the horrendous atrocities which the Israelis visit upon the Palestinians; the fact-packed answer to the delusions of Limbaugh, O'Reilly, Falwell, Franklin Graham, William Bennett, George Will, Hitchens, Hanson and the legion of other prominent mercenaries and lapdogs of The Lobby.
"Compiled by two elite scholars with impeccable credentials -- Michael Hoffman, a former reporter for the New York bureau of the Associated Press, and Moshe Lieberman, a former Hebrew University researcher -- the authors combine their sleuthing skills and erudition to bring the reader an irrefutable dossier of Israeli war crimes in Palestine, profusely illustrated with harrowing photos of the death and destruction which the Zionist war machine has administered as collective punishment upon the entire Palestinian nation.
"Nothing like this book has ever seen print! THE ISRAELI HOLOCAUST AGAINST THE PALESTINIANS is one of the most explosive indictments of the Zionist state ever published, proving conclusively that the Israelis themselves are guilty of a holocaust.
"If books can still make a difference -- and we believe they can -- then THE ISRAELI HOLOCAUST AGAINST THE PALESTINIANS is a tsunami that will force a sea change in American perceptions of the Middle East crisis.
"Hoffman and Lieberman make a devastating case for Israeli criminality, while analyzing with profound insight the ferocious Talmudic racism that fuels the Israeli identification of the Palestinian people as 'Amalek,' and targets them for the final solution of 'total eradication.' The authors argue that to pretend that Zionist atrocities have not been systematically perpetrated in Palestine as part of a coherent dogma of eliminationism, constitutes nothing less than 'holocaust denial'." -- Publisher

Hurley, Andrew, C.E. Carlson, and Michael Heywood, One Nation Under Israel, ISBN: 0967624703 9780967624709.
"Readers are best advised to get their own copy and settle in for what will be a rewarding but not entirely easy read. Hurley was a corporate lawyer for 40 years before he retired and brought out the first edition of this book in 1990, just before the Gulf war rearranged the furniture on the deck of America's sinking 'Israel, right or wrong' Middle East policy. Accordingly, he has laid out each of his 14 chapters almost like legal briefs. He states the facts of each case as he sees them, the opposing arguments where they exist, the counter-arguments, and then what any sensible judge would conclude unless that judge happened to be running for elective office in the United States, and therefore was scared to death of the Israel lobby." -- Richard L. Curtis, Executive Editor of The Washington Report on Middle East Affairs
"ONE NATION UNDER ISRAEL may be the first historically documented expose of the hijacking of the American Congress. It is a popular lament that 'Congress is out of control,' but nothing could be further from the truth. For as author Andrew Hurley clearly explains, Congress is not under the control of its constituents but of a foreign power. ONE NATION UNDER ISRAEL reveals a 51st state with more power than the other 50 put together. And now . . . the reader will know." -- Publisher
"Hurley's uniquely vital message to the peoples of the entire world is that the American Congress has for decades been virtually under the control of a lobbying machine dominated by the State of Israel. Those who govern the State of Israel receive billions of dollars annually in U.S. Foreign Aid. Millions of these dollars are recycled into the American Israeli Public Affairs Council (AIPAC). Hurley stated, 'You need not concern yourself about educating Congress about AIPAC, every one of them knows it very well. It is the public who doesn't know about it -- and they need to know'." -- Pulisher's Annotation
"Andrew Hurley held academic degrees in both political science and law. He was an attorney for more than 40 years, during which time he served as an executive or on the Boards of Directors of Northern Pacific Railroad, Hunt Foods and Industries, the McCall Corporation, and the Norton Simon Foundation. He wrote this book as a public service at his retirement, at the end of a long and successful financial and law career.
"Former Under Secretary of State and Ambassador to the UN George Ball stated, 'Practically every congressman and senator says his prayers to the AIPAC lobby . . . they have done an enormous job of corrupting the American democratic process.'
"Andrew Hurley has done a masterful job in telling the story of Israel and the power of AIPAC over the U.S. Congress. This remarkable book was first published under the title HOLOCAUST II, SAVING ISRAEL FROM SUICIDE as a public service at the end of a long, successful financial and law career." -- Publisher

Jastrow, Morris, Zionism and the Future of Palestine: The Fallacies and Dangers of Political Zionism, ISBN: 0883553260 9780883553268.

Kayyall, A.W., Zionism, Imperialism and Racism, ISBN: 0856647616 9780856647611.

Kolsky, Thomas A., Jews Against Zionism: The American Council for Judaism, 1942-1948, ISBN: 1566390095 9781566390095.
"This is the first full-scale history of the only organized American Jewish opposition to Zionism during the 1940s. Despite extensive literature on the Zionist movement, the Jewish opposition to Zionism has received only marginal and usually negative attention. In this impartial study, Thomas A. Kolsky examines the neglected phenomenon of Jewish anti-Zionism, its roots, and its results.
"In 1942, a number of dissident Reform rabbis founded the American Council for Judaism, the first and only Jewish organization created to fight against Zionism and the establishment of a Jewish state. Emphasizing the purely religious nature of Judaism and unequivocally rejecting Jewish nationalism, the Council supported free Jewish immigration and equal rights for Jews throughout the world. For Palestine, specifically, it advocated establishment of a democratic state wherein all citizens, regardless of their religion, would enjoy equal political rights.
"Summarizing both the history of Zionism and the history of American Jews, Kolsky traces the effects of the Holocaust on the Zionist movement and the personalities that shaped the leadership of the Council. Its position toward Zionism has particular contemporary relevance in understanding the historical relationship between Israel and the Palestinians. -- Publisher

Raimondo, Justin, Terror Enigma: 9/11 and the Israeli Connection, ISBN: 0595296823 9780595296828.
"If you're asking yourself what is the key to understanding how we got where we are today -- embroiled in a senseless and increasingly out-of-control war in Iraq, threatened by terrorists at home and abroad, hated across the globe -- I can do no better than to say: READ THIS BOOK!
"9/11 was the seminal event of our time, but we can't understand its consequences until we know how it might have been prevented -- by our Israeli 'allies' who were watching the hijackers 24/7.
"The evidence presented in this book proves beyond doubt that
1) Israel had launched a massive covert action in the U.S. in the months prior to 9/11, one that effectively diverted American law enforcement away from the activities of Al Qaeda.
2) Israeli agents were following Mohammed Atta and his crew of conspirators.
3) The Israelis knew a terrorist attack was in the making, but failed to warn us.
"Does Israeli complicity with the 9/11 hijackers change the simplistic 'us versus them' terms set down by President Bush and his call for a worldwide crusade against terrorism? You bet it does.
"Get the facts. And get them to your friends and associates." -- Reader's Comment

Rosenzweig, Rafael N., The Economic Consequences of Zionism, ISBN: 9004091475 9789004091474.

Sokolow, Nahum, History of Zionism 1600-1918.

See also: The sovereignty of god, The doctrine of man (human nature, total depravity), Colossians, The sufficiency of christ, The sovereign grace of god: his everlasting mercy and lovingkindness, Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, Spiritual discernment, and so forth, and so on.

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Christian Zionism: Dispensationalism and the Roots of Sectarian Theology: A History of Dispensational Approaches by John Scott
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The Satanic Influence on the Scofield Bible
http://www.historicist.com/hw.htm

Challenging Christian Zionism
http://www.christianzionism.org/

Christian Zionism, Stephen Sizer
http://www.peace-with-justice.org/conference/Sizer.html

Christian Zionism: Justifying Apartheid in the Name of God, Stephen Sizer
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Israel ("The Jewish State") in U.S. Domestic Politics a listing by R.W. Mann, U.S. Citizen
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Antichrist

Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. . . . In those days, and in that time, saith the LORD, the children of Israel shall come, they and the children of Judah together, going and weeping: they shall go, and seek the LORD their God. They shall ask the way to Zion with their faces thitherward, saying, Come, and let us join ourselves to the LORD in a perpetual covenant that shall not be forgotten. . . . One shall say, I am the LORD's; and another shall call himself by the name of Jacob; and another shall subscribe with his hand unto the LORD, and surname himself by the name of Israel. . . . And many nations shall be joined to the LORD in that day, and shall be my people: and I will dwell in the midst of thee, and thou shalt know that the LORD of hosts hath sent me unto thee. (Jeremiah 6:16; Jeremiah 50:4-5; Isaiah 44:5; Zechariah 2:11).

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

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 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)
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

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."
We have now at last for the preservation of ourselves and our religion from utter ruin and destruction, according to the commendable practice of these kingdoms in former times, and the example of God's people in other nations, after mature deliberation, resolved and determined to enter into a mutual and solemn League and Covenant. . . . And this Covenant we make in the presence of ALMIGHTY GOD, the Searcher of all hearts . . . most humbly beseeching the LORD to strengthen us by his HOLY SPIRIT for this end, and to bless our desires and proceedings with such success, as may be deliverance and safety to his people, and encouragement to other Christian churches, groaning under, or in danger of, the yoke of anti-Christian tyranny, to join in the same or like association and covenant, to the glory of GOD, the enlargement of the kingdom of JESUS CHRIST, and the peace and tranquillity of Christian kingdoms and commonwealths. -- The Solemn League and Covenant, excerpts from the introduction and conclusion

"There is no other head of the church but the Lord Jesus Christ: nor can the Pope of Rome in any sense be head thereof; but is that antichrist, that man of sin, and son of perdition, that exalteth himself in the church against Christ, and all that is called God." -- The original Westminster Confession (1646), Chapter 26. The American revision ends this chapter with a period after the word "thereof," thus omitting the reference to the Pope as antichrist.

It hath pleased the holy and wise God, to exercise the church of Scotland now of a long time, with wrestling and warfaring, under the yoke of cruel oppressors, who have made it their whole work to extirpate the true worship and worshippers of God out of the land, they make it highly criminal to own Christ as sole supreme over his own house, to mention any adherence to Scotland's reformation and covenants, and to take the written word of God to be the only rule of faith and manners, discerning any to forfeit right to estate, life, and liberty who are of Presbyterian principles, who will not make a full surrender of conscience unto them, to be carried about as they please, complying with all contradictions, and contradictory impositions which their diabolic spirits may invent, who are clearly seen to be void of all religion, reason, and humanity; so that they proceed against all recusants with the height of barbarity and hellish cruelty, refusing to hear them profess subjection to rulers only in the Lord, and according to his word, yea, cutting them off in the fields without giving them any time to deliberate upon death, yea oftentimes without so much as to commit their spirits unto the Lord, but butcherously slaying them, without taking notice what they are, or what (according to their own law) is to be led against them: Moreover, these arbitrarians have so raged, that they have now brought the land to that (Oh! poor miserable and lamentable slavery) that the freest subject and best gentleman in the kingdom, is by their acts, laws, and proceedings holden obliged to give an oath super inquirendis before any single soldier or dragoon meeting them upon the way. Lo all this and much more, we have met with, as just upon the Lord's part, though most unjust upon man's for our manifold sins and iniquities; and in a special manner for our not purging our judicatories and armies, when the power was in our hands, of men disaffected to the cause and interest of Christ; for our bringing in known malignants to places of power and trust among us; and for inordinate affection unto, and lusting after the deceast tyrant, Charles the Second, and advancing him to the regal throne, even while known by many palpable discoveries (as are to be seen in the causes of God's wrath with the church of Scotland) to retain his heart enmity at the covenanted work of reformation, which sins we desire to confess and mourn for, before God, angels and men; as also our sin in not timeously rejecting the foresaid Charles, when he brake covenant and all parts of his coronation oath: howbeit fearing the lying under such a sin any longer, when we were brought to a very small remnant, we did by open declarations, disclaim his pretended authority, upon many important grounds and reasons, as is to be seen elsewhere, particularly in our declaration published at Lanerk, January 12, 1682 years. All which declarations we do hereby ratify and approve.
So now, the Lord in his goodness and wisdom having removed the foresaid Charles from his tyranny by death: and a few wicked and unprincipled men of this kingdom, having by open proclamation proclaimed James duke of York, though a profest Papist and excommunicate person, and not yet received into the church again, to be king of Scotland, England, France, and Ireland: we the contending and suffering remnant of the true Presbyterians of the church of Scotland, calling to mind the many bonds and obligations that lie upon us from the Lord; and being desirous to be found faithful in this day of temptation, to avoid accession to the guilt in which many have involved themselves, to exoner our consciences as in his sight, to testify our resentment of the deed, and to make it appear unto the world that we are free thereof, whether by concurrence or connivance; do here deliberately, jointly, and unanimously protest against the foresaid proclamation of James duke of York, to be king, as said is, in regard that it is the choosing a murderer to be a governor, who hath shed the blood of the saints of God; in regard that it is the height of confederacy with an idolater, which is forbidden by the law of God: in regard that it is contrary to the declaration of the general assembly of the church of Scotland, of the date 27th July 1649 years; in regard that it is contrary to many wholesome and laudable acts of parliament, as act 8, parliament first, repeated in the 99th act, parliament 7, ratified in the 23d act, parliament 11. 114th act, parliament 12 of King James VI. For there is a continual obligation and stipulation between a king and people, as both of them are tied to God, so each of them are tied to other, for the performance of mutual and reciprocal Duties; And as contrare to 24th act, parliament 11, King James VI. where papists are discerned to be punished by manifold civil and ecclesiastic pains, as adversaries to God's true religion: yea, they are ordained to be punished as common enemies to all Christian government; act 8, parliament 16, King James VI. And in regard that it is inconsistent with the safety of the faith, conscience, and Christian liberty of Christian people, to choose a subject of Antichrist to be their (especially supreme) magistrate. And so it is, that we understand that part of the 4th sect. chap. 23, of our Confession of Faith, and in a general and abstract sense, where it is said (in opposition to sectarians, who assert that such are not lawful kings, who either know not Christ, or believe not in him) that infidelity or difference in religion, doth not make void the magistrate's just and legal authority, nor free the people from their due obedience to him: We acknowledge it to be true indeed, that infidels and these of a different religion are not (chiefly because such) presently to be declared no magistrates, for magistratus non est magistratus qua Christianus, sed qua homo: so it is that the magistratical power considered generaliter, given for the good of human societies, may be in the person of an infidel, or one of a different religion, but considered specialter, given for the good of the church, it is only in the person of a professor of the true religion. Hence, in travelling or trafficking in foreign lands, be the persons in whom is the power, infidels or of a different religion, we cannot refuse subjection to their laws, so far as they are consistent with the written word of God, and our true Christian liberty. Howbeit, our covenants and acts of parliament have put a bar upon the admission of any person, if either infidels or of a different religion, while such, to govern in Scotland: and the practice of our church confirms it, in refusing the crown to the late deceast tyrant Charles II. until he subscribed such demands as were sent unto him; and especially upon the admission of a known enemy to the true religion, to govern: for it could not but be both highly sinful and irrational for us, to entrust an enemy to the work and people of God, with the interest of both.
Also conceiving that this pretended parliament is not a lawful parliament, in regard that the election of commissioners is limited and prejudged, in the due liberty thereof, by their acts and laws: in regard that the members are convicted of avowed perjury, which, according to the Scottish law, maketh a man incapable of being so much as a witness, in regard they are men of blood, the chief being convicted of avowed murder, whereby they are under the lash of the law; and in regard of their carrying on apostacy, and making way for the man of sin: we do in the like manner, upon these and many other important grounds and reasons, protest against the validity and constitution of this present parliament, as not being free and lawful against their assuming to themselves any authority, or exercising any power or jurisdiction, for making of acts or laws for judging of causes, determining of controversies, or proceeding in any parliamentary way. And in particular, we protest against their proceeding to any approbation or ratification of the foresaid proclamation of James duke of York, to be king, as said is: and that they may not go on further, to set the crown upon his head, they being incapable to give it, and he to receive it.
And further seeing, bloody Papists, the subjects of Antichrist, become so hopeful, bold, and confident, under the perfidy of the said James duke of York, and popery itself so eminent, and (oh lamentable!) like to be intruded again (if God's mercy and power meeting together in a wonderful way prevent it not) upon these covenanted lands, an open door being made thereunto, by its accursed and abjured harbinger Prelacy, which these three kingdoms are equally sworn against. We do in the like manner, protest against all kind of popery in general and particular heads, the jurisdiction of the pope, all the heretical and erroneous doctrine of the church of Rome, their tyrannous laws made against Christian liberty, their erroneous and bloody decrees, their vain ceremonies and superstitions, their allegories, rites, signs, and traditions, their laws, statues, acts, constitutions, canons, civil or municipal, with all other ordinances and practique penalties whatsoever, made in prejudice of the true religion and the professors thereof, or of the true church discipline, and jurisdiction or freedom thereof, and every other thing contrary to sound doctrine and the power of godliness, abjured most explicitly by our national covenant, abrogated, annulled, and rescinded by our acts of parliament, as act 3. Act 31, parl. 1. Act 23, parl. 11. Act 114. parl. 12. Act 5, parl. 20, King James VI. We say, we do protest against all kind of Popery whatsoever, against its entering against into this land, and against every thing that doth, or may directly or indirectly, make way for the same, disclaiming likewise all sectarianism, malignancy, and any confederacy therewith.
Moreover, taking to our serious consideration, the low, deplorable and obscured state of the churches of England and Ireland, and that we are all bound in one covenant and solemn league together, we (in the bowels of Christ) do in like manner hereby admonish you our brethren in these our neighbouring and covenanted lands, that ye remember how far ye have sadly failed in pursuing the ends of our covenants (as we ourselves also have done, which we desire to confess, imploring God's forgiveness to you and us both) how ye have suffered your Lord's enemies to rob you of all your privileges and pleasant things: how ye have given up yourselves to be seduced by complying lukewarm and court flattering brethren; and how ye have passed by, lightly looking upon our bleeding wounds, denying us help, though we have been like to give up the ghost; and what great accession ye have to the giving Popery such an open door to enter upon our land again. Remember these things, and consider what the Lord is now calling for at our hand: break off your sinful ways by repentance; and abandon all lukewarmness and indifferency in the Lord's matters, give up with your own things; be tender of God's declarative glory, which is lying at the stake: quit yourselves like Christians and men; and stretch your hands to the helping, strengthening, encouraging, and comforting a poor wasted, wronged, wounded, reproached, despised, and bleeding remnant (with whom you are in covenant) setting yourselves against all the injuries and affronts done to our blessed Lord Jesus Christ, against the man of sin, the kingdom of Antichrist, and all the limbs and parts thereof. And here, with all sincerity of mind, and unfeignedness of resolution, we promise to act unto you the part of covenanted brethren in the Lord, to the utmost of our power. Likewise, we do hereby in like manner, call unto you, all protestant reformed churches, kingdoms, and commonwealths, that you would take to your serious consideration the low and dangerous state of the gospel interest, and advert to the growth and increase of popery in all places, bestirring yourselves timeously against it, lest ye be too late, and lose what much blood and contending may not recover again; considering the distressed case, whereinto we are brought, as a share of the true protestant interest; and refreshing us with your help: and withal, as ye tender the advantage of Christ's cause, which to own is the Christian's glory, that ye engage not yourselves in any quarrel, or with any person whatsomever, till you know that the quarrel be rightly stated, and that the persons in the judgment of charity are seeking the advancement of the kingdom of Christ, lest that ye join yourselves to these who may lead you back to Egypt, and so you provoke the Lord to destroy you in the wilderness.
Finally, we being misrepresented to many, by the wicked malice of our avowed enemies, and the sinful prejudice of others, who misrepresenting our late declaration, affixed at several parish church doors (which we do hereby ratify and approve) perverting the true and obvious sense thereof. And through blind malice and prejudice mistaking our designs therein (else their consciences give their tongue the lie) hold us forth as persons of murdering and assassinating principles: all which principles and practices, we do hereby declare before God, angels and men, that we abhor, renounce, and detest, as also all manner of robbing of any, whether open enemies, or others, which we are most falsely aspersed with, either in their gold, their silver, their gear, or any household stuff. Their money perish with themselves; the Lord knows that our eyes are not after these things. And in like manner, we do hereby disclaim all unwarrantable practices committed by any few persons reputed to be of us, whereby the Lord hath been offended, his cause wronged, and we all made to endure the scourge of tongues; for which things we have desired to make conscience of mourning before the Lord, both in public and private. As the unwarrantable manner of killing that curate of Carspharin (though he was a man of death, both by the law of God and man, and the fact not materially murder) it being gone about contrary to our declaration, without deliberation, common or competent consent (the conclusion and deed being known only to three or four person) in a rash, and not in a Christian manner. And also other offences being committed at the time, which miscarriages have proven a mean to stop and retard lawful, laudable, and warrantable proceedings, both as to matter and manner. But let not guilty persons think themselves indemnified. Howbeit, we require and hope, that all whosoever in this our land, our neighbour or foreign lands, who have not a wilful prejudice at the cause and way of God, will not give ear unto reports, which stated enemies, or prejudiced pretended friends give of us, that they will not impute the miscarriages of one or more persons, to us or all of us; who desire that nothing may be looked on hereafter, as our deed, which wanteth common consent or approbation, and that they will not receive a wrong impression of us and our proceedings: for we call the living God, the Searcher of hearts, to witness, that this only is our sincere desire, and unfeigned resolution, to continue in the profession and obedience of the true religion of Jesus Christ, according to his word, our covenants, national and solemn league, to defend the same, and to resist all contrary errors, corruptions, and innovations, according to our vocation, and the utmost of the power that God doth, or may put in our hands.
Now, we hope none who have not made a full surrender of conscience, and are not bent to welcome popery into the land, will be offended at what we have here done: For, in the Lord's sight, we durst do no less, whatever occasion of persecution our God's enemies may take from the same: For we could not see at the time any other way to discharge our duty before the Lord, to exoner our consciences, and to free ourselves of the connivance at popery, which we pray the Lord may stop, and not lay the guilt of its increase to the charge of us and our posterity.
Therefore, we appoint and ordain, that incontinently ye our emissaries pass upon the twenty-eighth day of May 1685 years, unto the market cross of Sanquhar; and there, by open proclamation, make intimation of this our declaration, leaving copies of the same affixed upon the foresaid market cross, and other patent places of the foresaid burgh.
Let King Jesus reign, and all his enemies be scattered. -- Protestation and Apologetic Admonitory Declaration, of the Contending & Suffering Remnant of the true Presbyterians of the church of Scotland, against the proclaiming James duke of York, king of Scotland, England, France, and Ireland, the lawfulness of the present pretended parliament, and the apparent inlet of popery, &c. published at Sanquhar upon the 28th day of May 1685.

Essence of lies, and quintessence of blasphemy, as the religion of Rome is, it never the less fascinates a certain order of Protestants, of whom we fear it may be truly said that, "they have received a strong delusion to believe a lie, that they may be damned". Seeing that it is so, it becomes all who would preserve their fellow-immortals from destruction to be plain and earnest in their warnings. Not in a party spirit, but for truths sake, our Protestantism must protest perpetually. Dignitaries of the papal confederacy are just now very prominent in benevolant movements, and we may be sure that they have ends to serve other than those which strike the public eye.
A priest lives only for his church; he may profess to have other objects, but this is a mere blind. Our ancient enemies have a small belief in our common sense if they imagine that we shall ever be able to trust them, after having so often beheld the depths of the Jesuitical cunning and duplicity. The sooner we let certain Archbishiops and Cardinals know that we are aware of their designs, and will in nothing co-operate with them, the better for us and our country. Of course, we shall be howled as bigots, but we can afford to smile at that cry, when it comes from the church which invented the Inquisition.
"No peace with Rome" is the motto of reason as well as religion." -- C.H. Spurgeon, January 1873

The Antichrist is today the most beloved man in the professing "Christian" and secular world, wining and dining with any world leader he wishes. -- Rand Winburn, Director, Protestant Reformation Publications

The Lord Jesus viewed the book of Revelation so important that (1) it closes His holy Word; (2) it alone promises a unique blessing to the reader who understands and holds to the prophecies it contains; (3) it alone condemns, without compassionate forgiveness, any man who adds to it or takes away from the true meaning of it. Consider this: Either Preterism is the true interpretation of the Revelation or it is not. If it is not, then Preterist teachers . . . are doomed to be damned, because Preterism takes away from the true historic interpretation fulfilled in the Papacy and Church of Rome, misdirecting the saints, denying the testimony of prophets, saints and martyrs of Jesus through the centuries. Either Historicism is the true interpretation of the Revelation or it is not. If it is not, then the Church of Rome is the true church that she claims, and the Reformers heretics, Protestantism a heresy. If this be the case, then we are all damned, including Preterists. -- Rand Winburn, Director, Protestant Reformation Publications

Anonymous (attributed to George Logan), Antichrist's Armour-Bearer Disarmed, or, The Christian people's answers and remarks: on a pamphlet intitled, the Christian people's testimony made more publick, etc., 1733. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #16.

Anonymous, The Mystery of Magistracy Unveiled: or, God's Ordinance of Magistracy Asserted, Cleared, and Vindicated, 1708. Alternate title: UNWORTHY SERVANT AND SUBJECT OF JESUS CHRIST. THE MYSTERY OF MAGISTRACY UNVAILED: OR, GOD'S ORDINANCE OF MAGISTRACY ASSERTED . . . BY AN UNWORTHY SERVANT AND SUBJECT OF JESUS CHRIST . . . EDINBURGH, 1708, 28 pages. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #25.
"Though the author is unknown, this work has been thought by some to have been written by George Gillespie. It is a fine introduction to Second Reformation thought on civil government. Some sample headings extracted from its pages include: `Of the qualifications required in the Judge or Ruler;' `Of the promised blessing that is to attend the latter days in a righteous rule and ruler;' `Of the judgment and curse attending no rule, or an evil ruler;' `Of the people's duty under wicked rulers, both towards God and them." -- Publisher
http://www.covenanter.org/CivilGovt/Mystery/themysteryofmagistracyunvailed.htm

Baillie, Robert (1599-1662), The Canterburians Self-Conviction: or An Evident Demonstration of the Avowed Arminianisme, Poperie, and Tyrannie of That Faction, by Their Owne Confessions; With a Postscript to the Personat Jesuite Lysimachus Nicanor, a Prime Canterburian. . . . 1641, third edition. Alternate title: LADENSIUM [AUTOKATAKRISIS]. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #19. Also available in Robert Baillie, THE LIFE OF WILLIAM, NOW LORD ARCH-BISHOP OF CANTERBURY, EXAMINED.
"Baillie was one of the Scottish commissioners to the Westminster Assembly. An exceedingly rare item, this book was written as the storms of the religious wars between the Puritans and the Prelates were beginning to blow. These were days when nations adopted overtly religious presuppositions and books such as this became international defenses of gospel principles against the ecclesiastical (and political) forces of Antichrist -- and his generation of vipers.
"After rehearsing some of the major incidents of Prelatical persecution against the saints of the most high God, and calling to the English for support of the Covenanted cause of Christ, Baillie gives this stirring summary of his motives in writing this book, 'behold I here first upon all hazard do break my pitcher, do hold out my Lamp, and blow my trumpet before the Commissioners of the whole Kingdom, offering to convince that prevalent faction by their own mouth, of Arminianism, Popery, and Tyranny.'
"These were brave and zealous words, for in that day such speech could eventuate in your death.
"This is not only a historically relevant item, but also a fine defense against the prevailing heresies of the flesh (heresy being a work of the flesh, cf. Galatians 5:19-20). The two predominant heresies addressed by Baillie in this book still cover much of the professing Christian world today; these being:
(1) false, man-centered views of salvation (Arminianism and Pelagianism) and
(2) false man-centered views of worship (Liturgical innovationism: either high church or Charismatic).
" 'Baillie fought hard against Arminianism' noted Johnston (Treasury of the Scottish Covenant, p. 310); making this book especially valuable for today! This is the third edition of 128 pages, plus a 28-page postscript." -- Publisher

Baillie, Robert (1599-1662), The Life of William, now Lord Arch-Bishop of Canterbury, Examined: Wherein his principall actions or deviations in matters of doctrine and discipline (since he came to that sea of Canturbury) are traced.
"Notes: A reissue of the sheets of the 1641 ed. with cancel t.p. Part 2 has separate signatures and paging, special t.p. and imprint: A large supplement of the Canterburian self-conviction, opening to the world yet more of the wicked mysteries of that faction from their own writs. Imprinted, 1641. In pt. 2 'A postscript for the personate Iesuite Lysimachus Nicanor' (37 p. at end) has secondary signatures, separate paging, and caption title, and is an answer to John Corbet's The epistle congratulatorie of Lysimachus Nicanor. First published in 1640 as: LADENSIUM AUTOKATAKRISIS, THE CANTERBURIANS SELF-CONVICTION. Marginal notes. Reproduction of original in Harvard University Libraries and Thomason Collection, British Library (copy 2)."

Barrow, Gregory, Eschewing Ecclesiastical Tyranny (Protestant Biblical Separation), (debate with Richard Bacon), 1 Corinthians 2:15, narrated by Larry Burger.
Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #24.
"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, Protestant Antidote to Modern Disunity (1/5) by Greg Barrow (Debate with Richard Bacon). 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

Beard, Thomas, Antichrist the Pope of Rome: or, The Pope of Rome is Antichrist.

Bennett, Richard, The Antichrist Unveiled (2000). Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #15.
Ex-Roman Catholic Priest turned Calvinist, Richard Bennett, proves that the Papacy is the Antichrist.
"Standing with all the major Reformers, all the Reformed and Puritan confessions (and covenants), the King James Version translators and the best Reformation churches, this lecture upholds the classic Protestant view of prophecy (Historicism), adding insights gained over many years of training, study and practice inside the very belly of the beast. For example, the original WCF [1646 -- sk] (25:5) states,

'There is no other head of the church but the Lord Jesus Christ: nor can the Pope of Rome in any sense be the head thereof; but is that antichrist, that man of sin, and son of perdition, that exalteth himself in the church against Christ, and all that is called God'." -- Publisher
"The article attached is quite up to date as it deals with the consecration of the world to Mary (October 8th, 2000), and the September 5th (2000) document (Dominus Iesus) of Rome. It is one of the most difficult items that I have written. I am utterly convinced of its truth and I pray that brothers and sisters will see what those in Christian history before so clearly saw. . . ." "The historic (and biblical -- RB) interpretation has been embodied in the most solemn confessions of the Biblical world. It forms a leading part in the testimony of martyrs and reformers. Like the prophets of old, these holy men bore a twofold testimony, a testimony for the truth of God, and a testimony against the Apostasy of those professing to be Christian. Their testimony was that Papal Rome is the Babylon of prophecy, 'that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth,' and that its head, the Roman pontiff, is the predicted 'Man of Sin,' or Antichrist.
"This paper deals particularly with 2 Thessalonians 2:3-12, one of the many texts that unveils the Antichrist and serves as an introduction to the other texts. . . ." -- Richard Bennett
"It also covers the historical origins of Antichrist, the cloud of witnesses from church history, who and what held back the Man of Sin, the place where the Man of Sin appears, the purposes and intent of the Man of Sin, and the final end of the Man of Sin." -- Publisher
"The final portion of the free MP3 audio file of this work contains Richard Bennett's comments on what he considers the most important point of separation between Rome and the Reformation: THE DOCTRINE OF JUSTIFICATION!
"This is timely teaching considering that the newest attacks on the biblical (Reformation) doctrine of justification by faith alone are coming from the Auburn Four (Doug Wilson, Steve Schlissel, Steve Wilkins, and John Barach), as these men claim, at least at selected points, to embrace the Reformed Faith. See "What's So Controversial About the Present Controversy?" for more on this topic." -- Publisher
Alignment of the New Evangelicals With Apostacy by Richard Bennett (Free in MP3 audio format)
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?sermonid=8303235349

Bunker, Michael, Swarms of Locusts: The Jesuit Attack on the Faith, ISBN: 0595252974 9780595252978.

Bunker, Michael, "The Ultimate Conspiracy: Dave Hunt and the Jesuit Attempt to Hijack the Christian Faith"
http://www.swrb.com/newslett/actualnls/dave-hunt-jesuits.htm

Bunyan, John (1628-1688), Ruin of Antichrist, ISBN: 0685198421.
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 on Islam and the Islamic Locusts of Revelation Chapter Nine (i.e. the Great Eastern Antichrist) Exposed in the Light of Historic Reformed Eschatology (Historicism) Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.
"Given the prominent place in Scripture that God apportions to revealing Islam as one of the most significant anti-Christian forces in history (and in the light of the rise and progress of Islam in our day), Dr. Lee has provided a much-needed service to the Christian community by gathering together (into one easy-reading book) the thoughts of one of the greatest Reformers, John Calvin, on one of the chief historical enemies of the church of Christ and the souls of men." -- Publisher
Calvin on Islam http://www.swrb.com/Puritan/calvin-on-islam.htm
Calvin on Islam
http://www.historicism.net/readingmaterials/CalvIslam.pdf

Calvin, John (1509-1564), The Rise of the Papacy with Proof from Daniel and Paul That the Pope is Antichrist. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #14.
This is Book 4, Chapter 7 out of the Beveridge edition of CALVIN'S INSTITUTES.
"It shows how 'the Papacy appeared complete in all its parts, the seat of Antichrist.' Rome's impiety, execrable tyranny, and wickedness is also clearly portrayed, in a most pointed manner, by the pen of the great Reformer." -- Publisher

Cooke, Ronald N., Antichrist Exposed: The Reformed and Puritan View of the Antichrist, 2 volumes (Max Meadows, VA [RR3, Box 486, 24360 USA]: Truth International Ministries). Alternate titles: THE REFORMED AND PURITAN VIEW OF ANTICHRIST.
"Dr. Cooke's latest opus is the brilliant, THE REFORMED AND PURITAN VIEW OF ANTICHRIST. This work is an overview much needed in the Christian Church today." -- Publisher
"Contents: Dedication | Introduction | Foreword by Dr. Ian Paisley | The rise to power of the historical man of sin: Antichrist in the early church | The growth of the papacy | Gregory the great and the expansion of papal power | The pornocracy of the antichrist | The deceptions of the antichrist | The end of the first millennium | The identification of the antichrist in pre-reformationa times in the Roman Catholic system: Cryptic accusations made against the papacy (Malachy O'Morgair, Hildegard Von Bingen, Gerhoh of Reichersberg) | Joachim of Fiore | Charges and counter charges of antichrist | The pope is the antichrist | The dissenters of the Middle Ages and their struggle with the Roman antichrist | The Paulicians | The Vaudois | The Cathari or Albigenses | Minor groups of the Middle Ages (Petrobrusians, Amalricians, Beguins, Apostles of Christ, Contemporary Manichaeans, Lombards) | John Wyclif | The testimony of the Lollards against antichrist | John Huss and the Hussites | The inquisition and the Roman Catholic apostasy | The inquisitorial activities of the historical man of sin | The auto de fe | The reformer's view of the antichrist: The dawning of the reformation era | Martin Luther | Luther and his battle with the antichrist | John Calvin | Ulrich Zwingli | Philip Melanchthon | Martin Bucer | Heinrich Bullinger | The reformation in England: William Tyndale | Nicholas Ridley | John Bradford | The other English reformers testified against the historical man of sin | John Bale | John Foxe | The Huguenots and the man of sin | Francis Turrentin's identification of the man of sin | The historic baptist view of the antichrist | John Bunyan | The Puritans: The identification of the antichrist by the Puritans (William Whitaker, Archbishop Usher, Joseph Mede, John Owen, James Durham) | The Puritans in general | Cranks and fanatics on antichrist | Historic presbyterianism and the man of sin (John Knox, Albert Barnes, Charles Hodge, Patrick Fairbairn) | The early congregationalist view of antichristrist (Jonathan Edwards) | John Wesley and Methodism on the papacy | The confessions of faith | Modern Roman catholic views | Attempts of the papal apologists to nullify the accusation of the reformers: The three main approaches the apocalypse (Preterist, Futurist, Historical) | The three approaches to the apocalypse (Preterist, Futurist, Historical) | The three Jesuit views of antichristrist (sic) (Ribera and lacunza - futurism, Bellarmine, Lapide, Bossuet) | The various assumptions of protestant interpreters in support of the Jesuit-Romanist-future-only antichristrist | Antichrist is still with us today | The Jesuits and modern America | Pathetic protestantism | False doctrines taught for centuries by the man of sin are still taught today: The false sacrament of the mass | Purgatory another present deception of the man of sin | The worship of Mary another present deception of the man of sin | The present lying signs and wonders of the man of sin | Deception and false prophets | The weakness of a future-only antichrist: An unreal fantastic superman must be created to take over the entire world in three-and-a-half years | False religions are anti-Christian and yet oppose secularism | The future anti-Christrist affects no one today | The problem which futurists have with a future-only antichristrist | Conclusion. Christ triumphs over antichristrist: confusion and blasphemy | Christ, the invincible and only mediator between God and man."

Cooke, Ronald N., Do Miracles Then Continue?

Cooke, Ronald, Ian Paisley: Protestant Protagonist par Excellence.

Cooke, Ronald, Jesuit Origins of Futurism PROVEN (Max Meadows, VA [RR3, Box 486, 24360 USA]: Truth International Ministries).
Introduction by Rand Winburn.
Jesuit Origins of Futurism PROVEN introduction by Rand Winburn
http://www.iconbusters.com/iconbusters/jesuit/j_intro.htm

Cooke, Ronald N., Roman Catholic Ecumenism.

Cooke, Ronald, The Popes of Rome (Max Meadows, VA [RR3, Box 486, 24360 USA]: Truth International Ministries).

Cooke, Ronald N., The Vatican-Jesuit-global Conspiracy.

Covenanter and Contending Witness Magazine, Apocalyptic Interpretation From the Original Covenanter and Contending Witness Magazine. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.
"Explains, in summary form, the six main theories of Apocalyptic interpretation, while also citing the originators of each system." -- Publisher
http://www.swrb.com/newslett/actualnls/ApocInt.htm

Downame, George, A Treatise Concerning Antichrist (1603). http://www.iconbusters.com/iconbusters/docs/dname/title-in.htm

Faber, George S., A Dissertation on the Prophecies, That Have Been Fulfilled, Are now Fulfilling, or Will Hereafter be Fulfilled Relative to the Great Period of 1260 Years; The Papal and Mohammedan Apostacies; The Tyrannical Reign of Antichrist, or the Infidel Power; and the Restoration of the Jews (1811), 2 volumes. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #14.
"Defends classic historicist postmillennialism and its position relative to the 1260 year period mentioned in Scripture.
"In the author's words,

Treats of a subject peculiarly interesting to every serious Protestant: for the famous period of 1260 prophetic days, so frequently mentioned by Daniel and St. John, comprehends the tyrannical reign of those three great opponents of the Gospel: Popery, Mohammedism, and Infidelity. This period indeed may not improperly be styled the permitted hour of the powers of darkness; since the Church is represented as being in an afflicted and depressed state during the whole of its continuance, and since its expiration will be marked by a signal display of the judgments of God upon his enemies and by the commencement of a new and happy order of things.
"Understanding the Reformation position on eschatology, as it is set forth in this work, gives us great insight as to why the Romanists (i.e. the Jesuits in particular) were so intent on planting both Preterism (Alcasar, c. 1615) and Futurism (Ribera, c. 1585) among the Protestants." -- Publisher

*Fairbairn, Patrick (1805-1874), Is Popery the Antichrist? or The Tendency of Prophecy to Describe Things According to the Reality, Rather Than the Appearance or Profession. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #18. Available in Patrick Fairbairn, PROPHECY VIEWED IN RESPECT TO ITS DISTINCTIVE NATURE, ITS SPECIAL FUNCTION, AND PROPER INTERPRETATION. Alternate titles: PROPHECY and THE INTERPRETATION OF PROPHECY, ISBN: 0851518206. PROPHESY VIEWED is also available on the Puritan Hard Drive and on Reformation Bookshelf CD #13.
"Classic Protestant Historicism demonstrating why both futurism and preterism are hermeneutically flawed." -- Publisher
http://www.swrb.com/newslett/actualnls/PoperyAnti.htm

Fairbairn, Patrick (1805-1874), Prophecy Viewed in Respect to its Distinctive Nature, its Special Function, and Proper Interpretation, 1865. Alternate titles: PROPHECY and THE INTERPRETATION OF PROPHECY, ISBN: 0851518206. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #13.
"A standard work by one who is at home with the subject." -- C.H. Spurgeon
"A 532-page manual of interpretation focusing on prophecy. Full of applications, it makes for interesting reading. Fairbairn elevates prophetic discussion by helping us to 'look into the very nature of God, to behold in his light the laws of eternity, according to which he governs the church and the world,' which is 'something infinitely higher than a mere knowledge of the future' (Hengstenberg). The sections on the Papacy and Antichrist are some of the best writing on this topic. This book is light years ahead of the modern mush and drivel that is peddled by the prophetic speculators of our day!" -- Publisher

Fairbairn, Patrick (1805-1874), The Prophetical Future of the Church and Kingdom of Christ, in their Relation to the Character, Working, and Fate of the Anti-Christian Apostasy. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #18. Available in ATLA Monograph Preservation Program, ATLA fiche 1986-3862.

Foster, J.M., The Judgment of Antichrist and the Mediatorial Reign of Christ Over the Nations, 1915.

Hislop, Alexander, The Two Babylons or the Papal Worship Proved to be the Worship of Nimrod and His Wife (1916). Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #15.
"Contrasts the distinctive characteristics of the truth with the lies and idolatry of the Roman antichrist. Chapters cover the 'Objects of Worship,' 'Festivals,' 'Doctrine and Discipline,' 'Rites and Ceremonies,' 'Religious Orders,' and the development of the two systems considered 'Historically and Prophetically.' The prophetic section is especially interesting and shows how far Protestants have moved into Rome's camp concerning eschatology. The whole book, in fact, shows in a most explicit manner how much Romanism has infected the modern Protestant churches and their thinking. And as Hislop notes, it has been known all along that Popery was baptized Paganism; but God is now making it manifest, that the Paganism which Rome has baptized is, in all its essential elements, the very Paganism which prevailed in the ancient literal Babylon, when Jehovah opened before Cyrus the two-leaved gates of brass, and cut in sunder the bars of iron.
"A welcome rebuke to those who would offer the right hand of fellowship to the 'beast from the sea'." -- Publisher

Howie, John (1735-1793), James Stewart and John Knox: Scotland's "Two Sons of Oil" (excerpted from John Howie's SCOTS WORTHIES, 1781 edition, narrated by Larry Birger, Jr.) Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #1.
"As Birger accurately observes in his introduction to this one-tape reformational powerhouse, `One great reason the Church is so weak and divided today is precisely because she has rejected these commandments of her Lord and Husband [to walk in the footsteps of the flock (Song of Solomon 1:8), and to seek out and walk in the old paths (Jeremiah 6:16)]. Forgetting the works of God in history, she has thus become an easy prey to the old lies and idolatries of the Roman Catholic Church, that whore of Babylon, such that so-called Protestantism today in many ways bears more resemblance to the Roman Church than to the biblical churches of the Reformation. We are indeed ignorant of our history, and therefore have been doomed time and again to repeat its mistakes.' He continues, pointing to one of God's powerful remedies for our sinful failings in this area: Our gracious Lord has nonetheless provided a way out for us, by preserving for us the narratives of His great works in history, as well as His infallible Word by which to judge which are truly the good old paths. . . . On this tape you'll hear of the lives of two men who exemplified the work of Christ's "Two Witnesses" in Scotland, James Stewart, Earl of Moray, and John Knox. These "Two Sons of Oil," like their ancient predecessors, Zerubbabel and Joshua, illustrate the holy beauty and mighty effectiveness of God's institutions of Scriptural civil magistracy and gospel ministry. We see from their high regard for one another and from the work they accomplished in the Lord how both righteous civil rulers and faithful gospel ministers are necessary for true and lasting, society-changing reformation. In our age of ungodly toleration and pretended liberty of conscience (as opposed to the true Scriptural liberty of conscience promoted by these two eminent reformers), the emphasis is generally laid upon the ministry only as the agent of reformation -- and truly, there will be no lasting reformation without a faithful ministry. Nevertheless, we see from the Scriptural examples of Hezekiah, Josiah, and other godly rulers, as well as from various instances throughout subsequent history that the civil rulers are called by, and used by, God to promote and protect the welfare of His Bride, the Church. These rulers have no authority in matters of religion, but they have a responsibility about matters of religion -- to do things like suppressing and uprooting heresy, blasphemy, and idolatry, and encouraging and promoting faithful ministers -- as all our faithful Reformed forefathers taught.' Learn with excitement how God used these two faithful men to defeat Antichrist in Scotland, and purify and unify His faithful Church there. A great tool for seeing the vital importance of the civil government (as well as the ministry) in reformation!" -- Publisher
James Stewart and John Knox: Scotland's "Two Sons of Oil" (excerpted from John Howie's Scots Worthies, 1781 ed., narrated by Larry Birger, Jr.)
John Knox and James Stewart: Scotland's Two Sons of Oil by John Howie, free audio (MP3).
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?sermonid=122501142339

*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 on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #1, #10. The series of 22 MP3 files from the book, produced by Still Waters Revival Books, are available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #1-30.
This same book series of audio files is available at AudioSermons.com.
http://www.sermonaudio.com/search.asp?seriesOnly=true&currSection=sermonstopic&sourceid=swrb&keyword=Book%3A+SCOTS+WORTHIES&keyworddesc=Book%3A+SCOTS+WORTHIES
"Most commonly known as SCOTS WORTHIES, this edition contains Howie's footnotes (defending the Covenanters) and Howie's appendix titled `The Judgment and Justice of God' (which chronicles God's judgments upon Reformation apostates and those who persecuted the Covenanters). It is the only edition in print which contains both these sections intended for publication by the author (as later editors often removed either one or both of these parts of this book). BIOGRAPHIA SCOTICANA covers the history of `noblemen, gentlemen, ministers and others from Mr. Patrick Hamilton, who was born about the year of our Lord 1503, and suffered martyrdom at St. Andrews, Feb., 1527, to Mr. James Renwick, who was executed in the Grass-market of Edinburgh, Feb. 17, 1688. Together with a succinct account of the lives of other seven eminent divines, and Sir Robert Hamilton of Preston, who died about, or shortly after the Revolution.' This is one of our best history books (over 700 pages), covering all of the major Scottish Reformers. Howie summarizes his book as follows: `The design of the following was to collect, from the best authorities, a summary account of the lives, characters, and contendings, of a certain number of our most renowned SCOTS WORTHIES, who, for their faithful services, ardent zeal, constancy in sufferings, and other Christian graces and virtues, deserve honourable memorial in the Church of Christ; and for which their names have been, and will be savoury to all the true lovers of our Zion, while Reformation principles are regarded.' Furthermore, the momentous nature of the struggles chronicled in this book are succinctly noted when Howie writes: `the primitive witnesses had the divinity of the Son of God, and an open confession of Him, for their testimony. Our reformers from Popery had Antichrist to struggle with, in asserting the doctrines of the Gospel, and the right way of salvation in and through Jesus Christ. Again, in the reigns of James VI. and Charles I., Christ's REGALIA, and the divine right of Presbytery, became the subject matter of their testimony. Then, in the beginning of the reign of Charles II (until he got the whole of our ancient and laudable constitution effaced and overturned), our Worthies only saw it their duty to hold and contend for what they had already attained unto. But, in the end of this and the subsequent tyrant's reign, they found it their duty (a duty which they had too long neglected) to advance one step higher, by casting off their authority altogether, and that as well on account of their manifest usurpation of Christ's crown and dignity, as on account of their treachery, bloodshed, and tyranny . . . which may be summed up. The Primitive martyrs sealed the prophetic office of Christ in opposition to Pagan idolatry. The reforming martyrs sealed His priestly office with their blood, in opposition to Popish idolatry. And last of all, our late martyrs have sealed His kingly office with their best blood, in despite of supremacy and bold Erastianism. They indeed have cemented it upon His royal head, so that to the world's end it shall never drop off again.' Moreover, the importance of this book can be clearly seen when Johnston, in TREASURY OF THE SCOTTISH COVENANT, reports that, Walter Scott refers to Howie as `the fine old chronicler of the Cameronians'. . . Howie's book has been for upwards of a century a household word, occupying a place on the shelf beside THE BIBLE and THE PILGRIM'S PROGRESS.' Written for God, country and the covenanted work of Reformation. Stirring history!" -- Publisher
Biographia Scoticana, John Howie
Original from Oxford University, published 1885, digitized May 22, 2006. Described as a reprint of the 1781 edition.
http://books.google.com/books?vid=OCLC34190563&id=5iwAAAAAQAAJ&q=Scots+Worthies+1781&dq=Scots+Worthies+1781&ie=ISO-8859-1&pgis=1
See also: A CLOUD OF WITNESSES FOR THE ROYAL PREROGATIVES OF JESUS CHRIST BEING THE LAST SPEECHES AND TESTIMONIES OF THOSE WHO HAVE SUFFERED FOR THE TRUTH IN SCOTLAND SINCE . . . 1680 and JOHN FOXE'S BOOK OF MARTYRS. ACTES AND MONUMENTS OF MATTERS MOST SPECIALL AND MEMORABLE. Available from: http//www.johnfoxe.org. Implemented by the Humanities Research Institute, University of Sheffield, England, and published by HRI Online Publications, Sheffield, 2011, Version 2.0, ISBN: 9780954260864.

*Knox, John (1505-1572), An Answere to a Great Number of Blasphemous Cavillations Written by an Anabaptist, and Adversarie to God's Eternall Predestination (1591). Alternate titles: AGAINST AN ANABAPTIST: IN DEFENSE OF PREDESTINATION; AN ANSWER TO A GREAT NUMBER OF BLASPHEMOUS CAUILLATIONS WRITTEN BY AN ANABAPTIST, AND ADVERSARIE TO GODS ETERNAL PREDESTINATION. AND CONFUTED BY JOHN KNOX, MINISTER OF GODS WORDE IN SCOTLAND. WHEREIN THE AUTHOR SO DISCOVERETH THE CRAFT AND FALSHOOD OF THE SECT, THAT THE GODLY KNOWING THAT ERROR, MAY BE CONFIRMED IN THE TRUETH BY THE EVIDENT WORDE OF GOD; and AN ANSWER TO A GREAT NUMBER OF BLASPHEMOUS CAUILLATIONS WRITTEN BY AN ANABAPTIST, AND ADVERSARIE TO GODS ETERNAL PREDESTINATION. AND CONFUTED BY JOHN KNOX, MINISTER OF GODS WORDE IN SCOTLAND. WHEREIN THE AUTHOR SO DISCOVERETH THE CRAFT AND FALSHOOD OF THE SECT, THAT THE GODLY KNOWING THAT ERROR, MAY BE CONFIRMED IN THE TRUETH BY THE EVIDENT WORDE OF GOD.
Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #19.
"Boettner, in his REFORMED DOCTRINE OF PREDESTINATION, calls PREDESTINATION Knox's `chief theological work.'
"Curt Daniel calls this 'Knox's major theological work.' Moreover, he states that this is 'more than a short answer (to the Anabaptist -- RB, 468 pages), it is a complete exposition and defense of the Reformed doctrine at the height of the Scottish Reformation' which helped 'guide early Presbyterianism and build the theological bridge between Edinburgh and Geneva.'
"Furthermore, Walker writes: 'Very far from being a mere iconoclast, he (Knox) was also a great teacher of his country men . . . the long and elaborate treatise on Predestination, in which the doctrines of grace and of divine sovereignty are so vigorously, yet upon the whole so wisely, asserted and maintained' (The Theology and Theologians of Scotland.) This work was much esteemed by Knox's Puritan friends in England and Calderwood, in summing up Knox's character, remarks: 'How profound he was in divinity, that work of his upon Predestination may give evidence' (Laing, editor, p. 17). Furthermore, Laing beautifully sets the context of this work, writing, 'at the period of the Reformation, there prevailed among Christians of all denominations the general belief, that the salvation of man depends on the free grace of God. But they differed on the question, whether the divine decree which has reference to this point is unconditional, or depends on the conduct of man, whether it is general or particular . . . Thus it happened, that Roman Catholics, Arminians, and most of all Socinians endeavoured, in the sense of Pelagianism, or Semi-pelagianism, to reconcile the divine decrees with human liberty. On the other hand, both Lutherans and Calvinists, following the example of Augustine, rejected the notion of the freedom of the will, and denied every co-operation on the part of man. "Nevertheless it is a striking fact, that the Lutherans avoided the strict consequences of the Augustinian system, and asserted that the decrees of God are conditional, while the Calvinists not only admitted the necessity of those consequences, but having once determined the idea of Predestination, went so far as to maintain that the fall of man itself was predestinated by God (Supralapsarianism).' Quoting freely from Calvin, his major influence in this work, Knox lays low the heresy that man plays any part in his own salvation. This heresy, of man's pretended ability to save himself (in any way), is at the root of all defection from the sovereign God of Scripture and is rampant today! As Kevin Reed notes, in refuting this Anabaptist, Knox unequivocally states, 'For with the Pelagians and papists, you have become teachers of free will, and defenders of your own justice,' clearly recognizing that, 'the defense of man's free will, to do good and avoid evil,' is 'the damned heresy of Pelagius.' Moreover, regarding this work, Reed continues, 'A perceptive reading of this dispute will reveal the parallels between the Anabaptists and modern proponents of free will. Advocates for free will are commonly found among Baptists, 'evangelicals,' Charismatics, and cultists. Their line of argumentation is virtually identical to that of Knox's opponent'. (John Knox the Forgotten Reformer, forthcoming, pp. 219-20).
"This book contains significant information for defeating the forces of antichrist today; for he (especially ecclesiastical antichrist) continues to manifest the same spirit of error seen in the days of Knox, deceiving men into thinking that they, in some way (be it ever so small), are able to save themselves." -- Publisher
http://archive.org/details/answeretogreatnu00knox

Lee, Francis Nigel, Antichrist in Scripture, ISBN: 1870223241 9781870223249.

Lee, Francis Nigel, Christocracy and the Divine Savior's law for all Mankind.

*Lee, Francis Nigel, Islam in the Bible (Muslims in Bible Prophecy). Available in PDF and MP3 format on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available in PDF format on Reformation Bookshelf CD #13 and #14. Available in MP3 format on Reformation Bookshelf CD #14 and #17.
"Many Reformers considered the Papacy 'the great Western Antichrist,' and Islam 'the great Eastern Antichrist.' Read why in this book! Classic Protestant eschatology (Historicism) on what Bible prophecy teaches about the rise and fall of Islam -- and even what to expect in the future!" -- Publisher
Islam in the Bible (Muslims in Bible Prophecy, 3 MP3s) http://www.sermonaudio.com/go/28383
Islam in the Bible (PDF) http://www.dr-fnlee.org/docs/iitb/iitb.pdf

Lee, Francis Nigel, The Progress of History and the Demise of the Papal Antichrist (Prophecy Fulfillment and Postmillennialism Series 10/12.) Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #16.

*Lee, Francis Nigel, and Jean (John) Calvin (1509-1564), Calvin on Islam and the Islamic Locusts of Revelation Chapter Nine (i.e. the Great Eastern Antichrist) Exposed in the Light of Historic Reformed Eschatology (Historicism) Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.
"Given the prominent place in Scripture that God apportions to revealing Islam as one of the most significant anti-Christian forces in history (and in the light of the rise and progress of Islam in our day), Dr. Lee has provided a much-needed service to the Christian community by gathering together (into one easy-reading book) the thoughts of one of the greatest Reformers, John Calvin, on one of the chief historical enemies of the church of Christ and the souls of men." -- Publisher
Calvin on Islam http://www.swrb.com/Puritan/calvin-on-islam.htm
Calvin on Islam
http://www.historicism.net/readingmaterials/CalvIslam.pdf

Luther, Martin (1483-1546), Philipp Melanchthon, Eusebius Pamphilus, and Jean Calvin, A Faithful Admonition of a Certeyne True Pastor and Prophete: Sent vnto the Germanes at such a time as certain great princes went about to bryng alienes into Germany, [and] to restore the papacy; the kingdom of Antichrist, etc. Now tra[n]slated into English for a like admonicion vnto all true Englyshe harts; wherby they may learn and know how to consider [and] receiue the procedinges of the English magistrates and bishops. With a preface of M. Philip Melancthon. . . .

Manton, Thomas (1620-1677), XVIII Sermons on the Second Chapter of the 2d Epistle to the Thessalonians containing the description, rise, growth, and fall of Antichrist: With divers cautions and arguments to establish Christians against the apostacy of the Church of Rome: Very necessary for these times / by that late reverend and learned divine, Thomas Manton . . ., 1679. Available in THE COMPLETE WORKS OF THOMAS MANTON which is available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #4, #5.
18 Sermons on the Description, Rise, Growth, and Fall of Antichrist (2 Thessalonians 2), Thomas Manton
http://www.truecovenanter.com/manton/2thes2.htm

Mason, Archibald (d. 1831), An Inquiry Into the Times That Shall Be Fulfilled at Antichrist's Fall . . . in Five Discourses, 1818. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #14.
Three Discourses on the Millennium by Archibald Mason. Discourse First. An Inquiry Into the Times That Shall be Fulfilled at Antichrist's Fall, and at the Church's Entry Into her Millennial Rest.
http://truecovenanter.com/eschatology/mason_discourse1.html

Mason, Archibald (d. 1831), The Fall of Babylon the Great, by the Agency of Christ, and Through the Instrumentality of His Witnesses: In Four Discourses, 1821. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #14.
"This book is made up of six sermons and one lengthy lecture. The first two sermons (on Revelation 8:5) deal with 'Christ the Mediatorial Angel, Casting the Fire of Divine Judgments Into the Earth.' The next two sermons (on Revelation 11:6) treat 'Christ's Two Witnesses Smiting the Anti-Christian Earth With All Plagues, As Often As They Will.' The first four sermons cover 112 pages. These works are followed with 'Remarks on the Sixth Vial, Symbolizing the Fall of the Turkish Empire' on Revelation 16:12 (24 pages), 'Remarks on the Seventh Vial, Symbolizing the Fall of Popery and Despotism' Revelation 16:17 and Revelation 21:5, 6 (24 pages) and the final discourse, 'Observations on the Public Covenants Between God and the Church' (104 pages), taking off from, 'They are turned back to the iniquities of their forefathers, which refused to hear my words; and they went after other gods to serve them: the house of Israel and the house of Judah have broken my covenant which I made with their fathers' (Jeremiah 11:10). David Steele, in his classic NOTES ON THE APOCALYPSE includes Mason among his list of 'distinguished and approved interpreters of the book of Revelation'." -- Publisher
Notes on the Apocalypse, 1870 (only first 11 chapters as of 4/10/99)
http://www.covenanter.org/Steele/Notes/notesontheapocalypse.htm

M'Leod (McLeod), Alexander (1773-1833), Antichrist: Civil and Ecclesiastical, 1814. Alternate title: 666: THE NUMBER OF THE BEAST (9/10), MP3. Available (MP3 files) on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available in LECTURES ON UPON THE PRINCIPAL PROPHECIES OF THE REVELATION on Reformation Bookshelf CD #12, #14 and #16.

*M'Leod (McLeod), Alexander (1773-1833), Lectures Upon the Principal Prophecies of the Revelation, 1814. Alternate titles: WHO IS ANTICHRIST (666); 666: THE NUMBER OF THE BEAST; ANTICHRIST: CIVIL AND ECCLESIASTICAL; THE TWO WITNESSES, OR LECTURES UPON THE PRINCIPAL PROPHECIES OF THE REVELATION. Note spelling variations: M'Leod, Mcleod, Principal, Principle. Available (PDF and MP3 files) on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available (PDF and MP3 files) on Reformation Bookshelf CD #12, #13, #14, #15, and #17. ISBN: 0921148895 9780921148890.
"M'Leod (McLeod), a Reformed Presbyterian, here defends (in 480 pages) classic historicist Reformation eschatology from the book of Revelation. David Steele, in his massive NOTES ON THE APOCALYPSE commends this work numerous times. Steele writes, 'the best works to be obtained as helps to understand the prophetic parts of scripture, will be found in the labors of those who, from age to age, have obeyed the gracious call of Christ' -- who have 'come out from mystic Babylon,' from the Romish communion, from the mother and her harlot daughters, and who have associated more or less intimately with the witnesses. Among these may be consulted with profit the works of Durham, Mason and M'Leod (p. 312) . . . The late Rev. Alexander M'Leod, D.D., who had the works of learned predecessors before him, has successfully corrected many of their misinterpretations in his valuable publication, entitled LECTURES UPON THE PRINCIPAL PROPHECIES OF THE REVELATION. At the time when he wrote that work, he possessed several advantages in aid of his own expositions. He had access to the most valuable works which had been issued before that date (1814). He was then in the vigor of youthful manhood; and he was also comparatively free from the trammels which in attempts to expound the Apocalypse, have cramped the energies of many a well disciplined mind, political partialities. At the time of these profound studies, he occupied a position 'in the wilderness,' from which as a stand point, like John in Patmos, he could most advantageously survey the passing scenes of providence with the ardor of youthful emotion, and with unsullied affection for his divine master . . . expressing my obligations to the Doctor's labors, to whose system of interpretation as well as to most of his details, I cheerfully give my approbation in preference to all other expositors whose works it has been in my power to consult (pp. 317-19) . . . Doctor M'Leod and Mr. Faber I consider among the best expositors of the prophecies on which they severally wrote . . . On material points they have shed much light where those who preceded them left the reader in darkness, or involved him in perplexing labyrinths. Faber preceded M'Leod (McLeod), and the latter availed himself of all the aid furnished by the former; yet till the 'mystery of God shall be finished,' his people will be receiving accessions of light from the 'sure word of prophecy' (p. 321) . . . I can again cordially recommend to his attention the LECTURES of Doctor M'Leod, as the best exposition of those parts of the Apocalypse of which he treats, that has come under my notice' (p. 324). But Steele is not shy about pointing out that 'the principal defect pervading the LECTURES, and one which most readers will be disposed to view in an opposite light, appears to be, a charity too broad, a catholicity too expansive, to be easily reconciled with a consistent position among the mystic witnesses. Their author, however, deriving much information from the learned labors of English prelates on prophecy, could not 'find in his heart' to exclude them from a place in the honorable roll of the witnesses. I am unable to recognize any of those who are in organic fellowship with the 'eldest daughter of Popery,' as entitled to rank among those who are symbolized as 'clothed in sackcloth.' The two positions and fellowships appear to be obviously incompatible and palpably irreconcilable. It is true that there have been and still are in the English establishment divines who are strictly evangelical; but the reigning Mediator views and treats individuals, as he views and treats the moral person with which individuals freely choose to associate; and we ought to 'have the mind of Christ' (1 Corinthians 2:16, p. 322-23, bold emphases added throughout). Notwithstanding a few shortcomings, this is probably the best book available (at present) on the book of Revelation." -- Publisher
Lectures Upon the Principal Prophecies of the Revelation
http://www.covenanter.org/McLeod/LecturesonRevelation/principalprophecies.htm

Ness, Christopher (1621-1705), A distinct discourse and discovery of the person and period of Antichrist wherein a diligent enquiry is made concerning the time of his rise, reign, and ruine, the answer whereunto is not peremptorily imposed, but modestly proposed / published for publick good by Christopher Ness . . . , 1679.

Ness, Christopher (1621-1705), A Protestant Antidote Against the Poison of Popery, clearly proving the religion of the Church of Rome to be 1. superstitious, 2. idolatrous, 3. damnable, 4. bloody, 5. novel, 6. inconsistent with the publick peace, 7. irreconciliable to true Christianity . . . , 1679. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #17.

Owen, John (1616-1683), Antichrist's (Rome's) Idolatry Rebuked (1/2). Alternate titled: THE CHAMBER OF IMAGERY IN THE CHURCH OF ROME LAID OPEN; OR, AN ANTIDOTE AGAINST POPERY. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.
Antichrist's (Rome's) Idolatry Rebuked (1/2), free audio (MP3)
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?sermonid=980116119

Owen, John (1616-1683), Antichrist's (Rome's) Idolatry Rebuked. (2/2) Alternate title: THE CHAMBER OF IMAGERY IN THE CHURCH OF ROME LAID OPEN; OR, AN ANTIDOTE AGAINST POPORY. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #5.
Antichrist's (Rome's) Idolatry Rebuked (2/2), free audio (MP3)
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?sermonid=9801162332

Paisley, Ian R.K. and J.A. Wylie, The Pope is the Antichrist: A Demonstration From Scripture, History, and his own Lips; Being a Precis of Dr. J.A. Wylie's classic, THE PAPACY IS THE ANTICHRIST.
http://www.ianpaisley.org/article.asp?ArtKey=antichrist_intro

*Pink, Arthur W. (1886-1952), The Anti-Christ [Antichrist], ISBN: 0585035172 9780585035178.
"First published in 1923. These chapters provide one of the finest and most comprehensive overviews of the origin and identity, character, and destination of the Man of Sin available." -- Cyril J. Barber

Price, Greg L., Antichrist and His Emissaries Unmasked and Rebuked, by Greg Price, an audio cassette series. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #13, #18.
"A thundering example of Reformation preaching firing the gospel gun into the vitals of ecclesiastical Antichrist. In enumerating the characteristics of unfaithful ministers (from Scripture) Price unmasks the Pope (`that Antichrist, that man of sin and son of perdition, that exalteth himself in the Church against Christ, and all that is called God,' WCF [1646 -- sk] 25:6) and Billy Graham as prime examples of deception and unfaithfulness in the visible church (as to essence) today [We certainly appreciate Price's contributions to Covenanted Reformation, however, this criticism of Billy Graham may be hasty, simplistic, and poorly advised considering who Billy Graham is and his political position, and so forth and so on. -- sk] He points out how Arminianism in doctrine and worship (as well as a host of other sins) are exemplified in these two public figures (as well as in the Romish harlot [who rides the civil beast, Rev. 17-18] in general, along with her harlot daughters [the backsliding `Protestant' churches]). One example of egregious apostasy is seen in the fact that Billy Graham sends his `converts' into liberal churches (which deny the inspiration of Scripture), into that `masterpiece of Satan' (Cunningham) the Roman Catholic church, and even into to Jewish Synagogues (which deny Christ was the promised Messiah). This should not be surprising, given Graham's recent public comments to fellow deceiver Robert Schuller, that Muslims, Buddhists, and `non-believers' alike can be members of `the body of Christ' even thought they `may not even know the name of Jesus, but they know in their hearts that they need something' (Battle Cry, March/April 1998, Canadian edition, p. 1.). Moreover, this forms another example of how Graham is committing spiritual adultery with the Romish harlot, for as the Battle Cry also notes concerning Graham's heretical statement above: `this statement directly agrees with the Roman Catholic universal catechism, p. 224, para. 847: 'Those who, through no fault of their own, do not know the Gospel of Christ or his church, but who nevertheless seek God with a sincere heart and, moved by grace, try in their actions to do his will as they know it through the dictates of their conscience, those too may achieve eternal salvation (by these works -- RB).' As all Bible believers know, both of these comments (by Rome and Billy Graham) fly into the teeth of the words of the Lord Jesus Christ, when He said, `I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me' (John 14:6). Price also defends the right and duty of private judgement from Scripture (and the writings of the Reformers), while proclaiming the necessity of separation from unfaithful ministers and ministries (with help from George Gillespie, Samuel Rutherford and James Renwick). `Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offenses contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them' (Romans 16:17). If there is a message that the church needs to hear today (if we are ever to see real Reformation) this is it! This tape is also titled `Micah 3:5-8 (#7) Faithful and Unfaithful Ministry Contrasted 2/3'." -- Publisher
Antichrist and his Emissaries Unmasked and Rebuked
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?currSection=sermonsspeaker&sermonID=1901175917

Price, Greg L., The Extent of God's Law, Antichrist, Beastly Civil Governmentsd, the Family, Christian Education, Contentment and the Eight Commandment, MP3. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.
"An amazing unfolding of the eighth commandment, as well as the rest of the decalogue, which includes numerous specific applications to various areas of thought and life (most relevant to the contemporary Christian). Price explains how to avoid the extremes of legalism and antinomianism, while expounding the classic Reformed view of the law as it applies to the individual, family, church and state." -- Publisher

Price, Greg L., Peter No Pope: Destroying the Papal Antichrist and Christ the Only Foundation Rock of the Church, MP3. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #15.

Price, Greg L., A Testimony Against the Unfounded Charges of Anabaptism. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #24.
"This book teaches us that 'the heresy of Anabaptism lives today! It has infected the modern church with its cancerous errors and heresies: anti-creedalism, arminianism, dispensationalism, independency [sectarianism], anti-paedobaptism, will-worship [anti-regulativism], perfectionism, societal escapism, religious pluralism and tolerationism [anti-establishmentarianism], denial of the perpetual obligation of social covenanting, pacifism, pietism, socialism, premillennialism, and a refusal to recognize *lawful* civil government as the ordinance of God. These unbiblical positions of the Anabaptists were not tolerated by the Reformed Churches of the First and Second Reformations, and neither should they be tolerated by any Church today that claims to be Reformed or Presbyterian' [Greg Price]. Far to little contemporary Reformed writing has been directed against the Anabaptists, especially in light of the fact that many of their heresies have been generally adopted by professing Christians. Even the 'Reformed' community suffers from this contagion. Lord willing, this book with be an effective antidote to the 'AIDS' of Anabaptist thought and practice." Publisher's Annotation
A Testimony Against the Unfounded Charges of Anabaptism (1997) by Greg Price
http://www.swrb.com/newslett/actualNLs/anabapt.htm

Reformation Bookshelf series, CDs #13-21 contain more information about Antichrist. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.
Reformation Bookshelf CD #13 (Volume Thirteen)
Reformation Eschatology (1/2), Reformation Bookshelf CD #13. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.
Historicism, the Papacy is the Antichrist, Islam in Revelation, Pretersim and Futurism (Jesuitism) Refuted, etc. Alexander M'Leod, E.B. Elliott, David Brown, Jonathan Edwards, Patrick Fairbairn, Albert Barnes, Joseph Mede, Samuel B. Wylie, James R. Willson, William Symington, Andrew Symington, James Stacy, Gratton Guinness, Matthew Murray, John Calvin, Francis Nigel Lee, the Reformed Presbytery (RPNA), J.A. Wylie, James Douglas, Michael Wagner, the Puritan Reformed Church of Edmonton (Session), Greg Price, Lyndon Dohms (on PRCE session), Greg Barrow, Reg Barrow, et al.
Reformation Bookshelf CD #14 (Volume Fourteen)
Reformation Eschatology (2/2), Reformation Bookshelf CD #14.
Historicism, the Papacy is the Antichrist, Islam in Revelation, Pretersim and Futurism (Jesuitism) Refuted, etc. John Calvin, James Durham, David Steele, Herman Witsius, Thomas Goodwin, Charles Hodge, George Faber, Archibald Mason, Robert Fleming, Enoch Pond, John Brown (of Haddington), Alexander M'Leod, E.B. Elliott, the Reformed Presbytery (RPNA), J.A. Wylie, James Douglas, Francis Nigel Lee, Michael Wagner, the Puritan Reformed Church of Edmonton (Session), Greg Price, Lyndon Dohms (on PRCE session), Greg Barrow, Reg Barrow, et al.
Reformation Bookshelf CD #15 (Volume Fifteen)
The Reformation Against Antichrist (1/4), Reformation Bookshelf CD #15.
Against the Papacy (Roman Catholicism), the Jesuits, Islam, etc. -- along with Books Defending Inspiration, Sola Scriptura, etc. John Calvin, John Knox, John Bradford, R.L. Dabney, Matthew Henry, John Dick, James Bannerman, Alexander Hislop, John Girardeau, William Whitaker, Richard Bennett, John Calvin, the Reformed Presbytery (RPNA), J.A. Wylie, James Douglas, Michael Wagner, the Puritan Reformed Church of Edmonton (Session), Greg Price, Lyndon Dohms (on PRCE session), Greg Barrow, Reg Barrow, et al.
Reformation Bookshelf CD #16 (Volume Sixteen)
The Reformation Against Antichrist (2/4), Reformation Bookshelf CD #16.
Against the Papacy (Roman Catholicism), the Jesuits, Islam, etc., John Calvin, Charles Chiniquy, William Cunningham, Anthony Gavin, R.J. George, Jean Paul Perrin, Thomas Smith, the Reformed Presbytery (RPNA), J.A. Wylie, James Douglas, Michael Wagner, the Puritan Reformed Church of Edmonton (Session), Greg Price, Lyndon Dohms (on PRCE session), Greg Barrow, Reg Barrow, et al.
Reformation Bookshelf CD #17 (Volume Seventeen)
The Reformation Against Antichrist (3/4), Reformation Bookshelf CD #17.
Against the Papacy (Roman Catholicism), the Jesuits, Islam, etc. -- along with Other Reformation Resources John Calvin, John Knox, John Owen, Matthew Henry, William Hetherington, J.H. Thornwell, Robert Baillie, William Cunningham, David Clarkson, E.B. Elliott, Francis Nigel Lee, Christopher Ness, Archibald Hall, Robert Demaus, John Herkless, Benjamin Needler, James Harper, the Reformed Presbytery (RPNA), J.A. Wylie, James Douglas, Michael Wagner, the Puritan Reformed Church of Edmonton (Session), Greg Price, Lyndon Dohms (on PRCE session), Greg Barrow, Reg Barrow, et al.
Reformation Bookshelf CD #18 (Volume Eighteen)
The Reformation Against Antichrist (4/4), Reformation Bookshelf CD #17.
Against the Papacy (Roman Catholicism), the Jesuits, Islam, Conspiracies, Secret Societies, etc. -- with information on/from the Second Reformation, Classic Christian Magazines, and Other Reformation Resources John Calvin, John Knox, David Steele, the Synod of Dort [Dordt], the Synod of the Reformed Presbyterian Church in Scotland, Patrick Fairbairn, William and Andrew Symington, Alexander M'Leod, Robert Fleming, Hector Macpherson, Matthew Hutchison, R.J. George, N.L. Rice, W.H. Goold, James Ferguson, the Reformed Presbytery (RPNA), J.A. Wylie, James Douglas, Michael Wagner, the Puritan Reformed Church of Edmonton (Session), Greg Price, Lyndon Dohms (on PRCE session), Greg Barrow, Reg Barrow, et al.

Reformed Presbytery, Auchensaugh Renovation of the National Covenant and Solemn League and Covenant; With the Acknowledgement of sins and Engagement to Duties as They Were Renewed at Auchensaugh in 1712 . . . Also the Renovation of These Public Federal Deeds Ordained at Philadelphia, Oct. 8, 1880, by the Reformed Presbytery, With Accommodation of the Original Covenants, in Both Transactions, to Their Times and Positions Respectively, 1880 edition. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #2, #25, #30. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.
" 'In 1712, at Auchensaugh, the Covenants, National and Solemn League, were renewed . . . At the renewal the covenant bonds were recognized as binding the descendants of those who first entered into those bonds. The Covenanters, however, sought to display the true intent of those Covenants with marginal notes. These notes explained that the Church of Jesus Christ, in Scotland (and around the world), must not join hands with any political power in rebellion to the crown rights of King Jesus. The Covenanters pledged the Covenanted Reformed Presbyterian Church to the support of lawful magistracy (i.e. magistracy which conformed itself to the precepts of God's Word) and declared themselves and their posterity against support of any power, in Church or State, which lacked biblical authority.' (From 'About the Covenanted Reformed Presbyterian Church' P.O. Box 131, Pottstown, PA 19464). An excellent introduction (historical and moral) regarding the reasons, motives and manner of fulfilling the duty of covenanting with God. Especially helpful concerning the Biblical view of the blessings (for covenant-keepers) and cursings (for covenant breakers) related to covenanting. As noted on p. 37, 'the godly usually in times of great defection from the purity and power of religion, and corruption of the ordinances of God's worship, set about renewing their covenant, thereby to prevent covenant curses, and procure covenant blessing; as we find both in scripture record, 2 Chron. 15:12-13; 29:10; 34:30-31; Ezra 10:3, and in our own ecclesiastical history.' Times like ours certainly call for a revival of the Scriptural ordinance of covenanting, for 'the nations throughout Christendom, continue in league with Antichrist and give their strength to the beast. They still refuse to profess and defend the true religion in doctrine, worship, government and discipline, contrary to the example of the kingdoms of Scotland, England and Ireland in the seventeenth century' (p. 136 in this book)." -- Publisher
The Auchensaugh Renovation
http://www.covenanter.org/RefPres/auchensaugh.htm
Price, Greg L., The Auchensaugh Renovation, 2 audio cassettes. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.
"This is the story of the renewal of the National and Solemn League and Covenant, which took place under the leadership of John Macmillan (cf. The Cameronian Apostle by Reid) at Auchensaugh, July 24, 1712. Events leading up to this renewal are especially pertinent, as they expose the Satanic tactics which often become most useful to the devil in attacking all revivals and those seeking to return to covenanted attainments. Price notes how Cromwell's tolerationism opened the floodgates of iniquity and helped pave the way (though not intended by the covenant breaking Cromwellians) for the tyranny of Charles II. This set the stage for the corrupted and defective revolution of 1688 and the malignant Revolution church, which left the covenanted Reformation buried under the debris of William's Erastianism, Prelacy (in England and Ireland) and the compromised Presbyterianism of the Revolution Church in Scotland (cf. Clarkson's Plain Reasons for Presbyterians Dissenting from the Revolution Church of Scotland; this Revolution church was the root of much modern day Presbyterian defection and this book still eloquently denounces this defection). The Auchensaugh Renovation cleared away all the Reformation denying rubbish that had accumulated from 1649 to 1712, and 'being agreeable to the Word of God' became part of the terms of communion of the Reformed Presbyterian church on Nov. 3, 1712 (cf. Terms of Ministerial and Christian Communion in the Reformed Presbyterian Church, point 4 of 6). It is also interesting to note that at the Lord's Supper (on July 27, 1712) following this covenant renewal, Macmillan, in 'fencing the tables' proclaimed, 'I excommunicate and debar from this Holy Table of the Lord, all devisers, commanders, users, or approvers, of any religious worship not instituted by God in His Word, all tolerators and countenancers thereof; and by consequence I debar and excommunicate from this Holy Table of the Lord, Queen and Parliament, and all under them, who spread and propagate or tolerate a false and superstitious worship, ay, and until they repent.' Furthermore, concerning those who opposed the covenants and the work of reformation, Macmillan trumpeted these faithful words, 'I excommunicate and debar all who are opposers of our covenants and covenanted Reformation, and all that have taken oaths contrary to our covenants, and such particularly as are takers of the Oath of Abjuration, whether Ministers or others, until they repent' (Reformed Presbytery, The Auchensaugh Renovation . . . , p. 55). Beyond the fascinating and detailed story of the history and reasons for the Auchensaugh renovation of the covenants, these studies also clearly and biblically explain the continuing obligation to renew lawful covenants, makes application to our day, and demonstrates how covenanting was foundational to the Second Reformation. A fine (and unique) set of tapes defending the attainments of our covenanted Reformation! For more information see our bound photocopy The Auchensaugh Renovation . . . by the Reformed Presbytery." -- Publisher
The Reformed Presbytery, The Auchensaugh Renovation of the National Covenant and: Solemn League and Covenant With the Acknowledgment of Sins and Engagement to Duties, as They Were Renewed at Auchensaugh, Near Douglas, July 24, 1712. (Compared With the Editions of Paisley, 1820, and Belfast, 1835.) Also, The Renovation of These Public Federal Deeds Ordained at Philadelphia, October 8, 1880, by the Reformed Presbytery, with Accommodation of the Original Covenants, in Both Transactions, to Their Times and Positions Respectively
http://archive.org/details/theauchensaughre12381gut

*Reformed Presbytery (Scotland), Historical Testimony, Church Union and the Second Reformation. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #1.
"Notes: Excerpted from: THE ACT, DECLARATION AND TESTIMONY FOR THE WHOLE OF OUR COVENANTED REFORMATION . . . BY THE REFORMED PRESBYTERY, pp. 177- 178 (reprinted 1995 from the 1876 edition). Includes a catalog of resources concerning the history of the Reformed Presbytery in various countries."
http://www.swrb.com/newslett/actualnls/HistTest.htm

*Renwick, James (1662-1688), The Testimony of Some Persecuted Presbyterian Ministers of the Gospel Unto the Covenanted Reformation of the Church of Scotland, and to the Present Expediency of Continuing to Preach the Gospel in the Fields, and Against the Present Anti-Christian Toleration in its Nature and Design, Tending to Bury all These in Oblivion, Lately Obtruded Upon, and Accepted by the Body of this Nation, 1688. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.
A Testimony Against Anti-Christian Toleration, James Renwick; Alexander Shields
http://www.truecovenanter.com/renwick/renwick_testimony_16880117.html

*Renwick, James, 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,' (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. 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

Ridley, Nicholas, On the Antichrist . . . . Testimony of the English Protestant Reformer, Bishop of London and Martyr, A. D. 1555. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available (ON THE ANTICHRIST . . .) in WORKS OF NICHOLAS RIDLEY.
On the Antichrist, A.D. 1555, Nicholas Ridley
http://www.iconbusters.com/iconbusters/docs/nich/nich_a.htm

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), 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 -- sk], 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. -- sk]. Note particularly "Bush Family Machinations, 1918-2000," a time-line 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

*Roberts, William Louis (1798-1864), The Duty of Nations, in Their National Capacity, to Acknowledge and Support the True Religion, 1853. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #25.
"Excerpted from THE REFORMED PRESBYTERIAN CATECHISM below, this book deals with the inescapable necessity, of the demand found in the Word of God, for the Civil establishment of Christ as King and Lawgiver over every nation on earth. If you are sick of the cease-fire with humanism, set forth by the syncretistic, Satanic and pragmatic pagan politicians of our day (those who bargain with votaries of Antichrist [the Pope], publicly tolerate all manner of false religions (e.g. Islam) and idolatry, and compose their policy and draw their pretended authority from the beast [and not the Word of God], this book is for you! For all pagan politics is summed up in the words of the Cameronian (Covenanter) political philosopher Alexander Shields, as 'rotting away under the destructive distempers of detestable neutrality, loathsome lukewarmness, declining, and decaying in corruptions, defections, divisions, distractions, confusions; and so judicially infatuated with darkness and delusions, that they forget and forego the necessary testimony of the day' (A Hind let Loose, 1797 edition, p. 20). Pick up this book and begin the political walk in the 'footsteps of the flock,' traveling the covenanting road of Reformation and Scripture (with the magisterial Reformers of the past)!" -- Publisher
On the Duty of Covenanting and the Permanent Obligations of Religious Covenants, being section 11 in the Reformed Presbyterian Catechism, 1853, by William L. Roberts
http://www.swrb.com/newslett/actualnls/PresCatCov.htm
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.covenanter.org/AShields/Hind/Hindletloosetitle.htm
Reformed Presbyterian Catechism, William L. Roberts D.D.
http://archive.org/details/ReformedPresbyterianCatechism

Rutherford, Samuel (1600-1661), A Survey of the Spiritual Antichrist, 1648, Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #10, #20.
The subtitle reads: "Opening the Secrets of Familisme and Antinomianism in the Anti-Christian Doctrine of John Saltmarth, and William Del, the present Preachers of the Army (headed by Oliver Cromwell -- RB) now in England, and of Robert Town, Tobiah Crisp, H. Denne, Eaton and others. In which is revealed the rise and spring of Antinomianism, Familists, Libertines, Swench-feldians, Enthysiasts, etc. The minde of Luther a most professed opposer of Antinomianism, is cleared, and diverse considerable points of the Law and the Gospel, of the Spirit and the Letter, of the two Covenants, of the nature of free grace, exercise under temptations, mortification, justification, sanctification, are discovered. In Two parts." Also contains Rutherford's "A brotherly and free Epistle to the patrons and friends of pretended Liberty of Conscience." -- Publisher

*Steele, David (1803-1887), Notes on the Apocalypse, ISBN: 0978098706 9780978098704. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #14. Available online at Project Gutenberg.
"In 1779, in their TESTIMONY AND WARNING AGAINST THE BLASPHEMIES AND IDOLATRY OF POPERY, the Reformed Presbytery called Durham's COMPLETE COMMENTARY . . . ON THE BOOK OF REVELATION 'the best exposition of that book that has yet been published' (p. 61n). Had they had the privilege of reading Steele's NOTES ON THE APOCALYPSE we are quite certain that they would have given it a similar endorsement. Though written in a different style than Durham's work, Steele's NOTES on Revelation may be even more valuable in many respects, Steele having taken a more decided position 'in the wilderness.' Steele also had the benefit of many more resources, having written over two centuries later. Steele's aim in writing this book is made clear in his own words taken from the preface,

As this work is intended for the instruction and edification of the unlearned, rather than for the entertainment of the learned, words of foreign extract are used as seldom as possible. Practical remarks and reflections are rarely introduced; the principal aim being simply to ascertain and present to the reader the mind of the Holy Spirit. How far this object has been accomplished, is of course left to the judgment of the honest inquirer. The reader, however, in forming his judgment of the value of these NOTES, may be reminded of that inspired rule in searching the Scriptures, 'Comparing spiritual things with spiritual.' To assist him in the application of this divine rule, many chapters and verses are quoted from other parts of the Bible, but especially within the Apocalypse itself; that by concentrating the various rays upon particular texts or symbols, their intrinsic light may be rendered more luminous. Thus the interpretation given, if correct, may be confirmed and illustrated.
"Appendices include a section on, The New Jerusalem, The Antichrist, The Image of the Beast, The Beast's 'deadly wound,' The Little Book, The Death of the Witnesses, The Mark of the Beast, The First Resurrection, The Identity of the Two Witnesses, Sounding of the Seventh Trumpet and The Title of this Book (i.e. the Book of Revelation -- RB). This work also includes various 'animadversions on the interpretations (of Revelation -- RB) of several among the most learned and approved expositors of Britain and America'."
"Comments on this work include the four given below, all which were given without the solicitation or knowledge of the author. The Evangelical Repository notes,
the author adduces a greater number of Scriptural illustrations than any other writer on prophecy we ever met with.
Hutcheson writes,
I can recommend it to any person as condensing the best thoughts to be had on the subject.
Brooks says,
I have derived more knowledge of the Apocalypse from this work than from all other expositions which I have consulted.
And finally, John Cunningham comments,
It is neither a dictionary nor concordance; neither a confession of faith, nor an encyclopedia, but a thesaurus of Theology, embodying the characters of all these.
"Steele dedicated this work to John Cunningham, author of The Ordinance of Covenanting." -- Publisher

*Steele, David (1803-1887), The Two Witnesses: Their Cause, Number, Character, Furniture and Special Work, 1859, Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #14.
"This is a great companion volume to Steele's NOTES ON THE APOCALYPSE. Here Steele zeros in on and works primarily from the text of Revelation 11:13, "I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophecy.' Steele deals with testimony-bearing, Antichrist, Popery, the beasts of Revelation, the mark of the beast, 666, the image of the beast, civil and ecclesiastical apostasy, Reformation, covenanting, heresy, schism, terms of communion, slavery, sectarianism, Mormonism, Independency, freemasonry, history, worship, idolatry, Britain, the United States, Canada, mystical Babylon, the last days, the ultimate victory of the church and a host of other subjects!
"As is usually the case with Steele, he makes the doctrines of Scripture eminently practical. For example, note how the faithful witnesses are continually called to testify against open opposition to the Lord's Covenanted Zion and the attainments of biblical Reformation (in 'the faith which was once delivered unto the saints'); and against whom this testimony is directed:

'These witnesses are called and commissioned to testify especially against Antichrist -- a false christ, and therefore an opposing christ. But Christ is to be considered either personally or mystically; either abstractly in his personal rights and prerogatives, or in the concrete, in the rights and immunities of his church. There is this prejudice, too prevalent, against Christians testifying against Christians! This we are often told, is contrary to the law of charity. We have not so learned Christ. They are not all Israel which are of Israel. Much of the business of these two prophets is to oppose prophets -- to prophesy against the shepherds, Ezek. 34:2. Moses with his miracles must confront the magicians with their enchantments, Exod. 8:19. Elijah must confront the prophets of Baal, 1 Kings 18:25. Paul must counteract false apostles, 2 Cor. 11:13. In short, the direct object of these witnesses' testimony is apostate christendom -- those who depart from the faith, 1 Tim. 4:1 -- who have gone out from fellowship and renounced the doctrines of the apostolic church, 1 John 2:19. Their special work is to testify against error and its propagators and abettors, together with ungodliness, the natural fruit of error, rather than against pagans.' -- The Two Witnesses, p. 14
'These two witnesses have always testified -- not formally against pagans or infidels as such; but -- against apostate Christians, as composing an organized and complex system of opposition to the Lord and his Anointed. And just here, the witnesses have detected the secret of Antichrist's successful enterprise among the human family . . . ' Many false prophets are gone out into the world. . . this is a deceiver and an Antichrist,' (2 John 7.) The combination is ostensibly on the side and in the interest of Christ, and the elements of which Antichrist is composed were obviously professing Christians, They went out from us, but they were not of us, for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us,' (1 John 2:19.) Here is the apostasy, and so the witnesses are fully borne out in asserting that Antichrist is a great Christian apostasy! To trace the origin and development, in the organization and modifications of this enemy of all righteousness, is the special work of Christ's witnesses.' -- The Two Witnesses, pp. 17-18
"Moreover, having taken his own place 'in the wilderness' (i.e. having separated himself from, and having been ostracized by the 'civilization' of the obstinately defecting RPCNA and other unfaithful denominations of his day [2 Thessalonians 3:6,14-15; Revelation 12:6; Revelation 17:3]), it was given to Steele to see and expound those grand old principles of our covenanted forefathers (who sat at Westminster and in the best Reformed churches during both the first and second Reformations -- the Scottish Presbyterians being granted the greatest measure of light as a settled body from 1638-1649).
"Thus, if you are interested in Reformation eschatology, with some of the strongest possible application, individually and corporately (in keeping with the body of Reformed truth), it is unlikely that you will find a better introduction to these topics than this!
"As an additional bonus we have added Steele's 19-page debate with James M. Willson (a prominent RPCNA minister) to this book (along with a number of other pertinent documents). Since Steele references this theological clash in his preface to the TWO WITNESSES this makes a fitting appendix to add to this work.
"We hope that you obtain and study this fine work -- and that you will find it edifying, as well as a useful weapon in your battle with the beasts of Revelation." -- Publisher
The two witnesses: their cause, number, character, furniture, and special work, 1859 by Steele, David (1803-1887)
http://www.covenanter.org/Steele/twowitnesses.htm

*Steele, David (1803-1887), The U.S. Constitution, Taxation, Slavery, Antichrist, Church Discipline and the Covenanters (was "Circular No. 2,"), 1885. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #18, #26.
Circular No. 2
http://www.covenanter.org/Steele/Circulartwo.htm

Turretin, Francis (1623-1687), Francis Turretin's Seventh Disputation: Whether it can be Proven the Pope of Rome is the Antichrist, ( Protestant Reformation Publications, 1999).
Turretin was the renowned teacher of the Academy in Geneva and successor to Calvin, Beza, and Diodati.
"Who is the antichrist? The consensus among the Reformers and Puritans was that there could be no doubt that it is the papacy. It would appear that today this is a minority view among evangelicals. The reasons for this shift of view are complex. One senses, however, that there is a widespread perception that the Reformers were prejudiced and so any stick was good enough to beat their opponents. Rome now addresses Protestants as 'separated brethren' and in turn many Protestants are benevolent in their attitude towards Rome.
"A new generation of readers has recently come into contact with Francis Turretin as a result of the translation of his INSTITUTES OF ELENCTIC THEOLOGY. This much smaller work demonstrates that the old Reformed view rested on a careful exegesis of Scripture. This book is part of a larger work which justifies Protestant separation from Rome. Originally written in Latin, this is the first English translation. It demands careful study. The present reviewer believes that Turretin establishes his case, although he is not convinced by every detail of the exegesis. If Turretin's arguments are correct, his work is a timely warning to evangelicals who are seeking closer co-operation with Rome." Robert W. Oliver, A Banner of Truth book review

W.L.S.G., The Trial of Antichrist, Otherwise, The Man of Sin, for High Treason Against the Son of God . . . , 1853, 198 pages. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive . . Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #17.
"Notes: At head of title: my special commission. 'The Pope is charged with high treason against the King of Heaven . . . Designed to be an abridgement of ecclesiastical history, for upwards of twelve hundred years'."

Wilet, Andrew, Synopsis Papismi, That is a general view of papistry, wherein the whole mystery of iniquity, and sum of Anti-Christian doctrine is set down which is maintained this day by the synagogue of Rome, against the church of Christ, together with an antithesis of the true Christian faith, and an antidotum of counter poison out of scripture against the whore of Babylon's filthy cup of abominations, confuted by Scriptures, fathers, councils, imperial constitutions, pontifical decrees, their own writers, and our martyrs, and the consent of all Christian churches in the world. 1614, Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.

Wilkinson, Henry, The Pope of Rome is Antichrist (1675, 1845 edition) Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #15.

Winburn, Rand, Antichrist In our Midst
"A Critical Assessment, Interpretation and Identification of the Papacy and Roman Catholic Church as Foretold in Biblical Prophecy and Fulfilled Both in the Historic Record and the Authoritative Catholic Teachings, Council Decrees, and Papal Bulls; Including the United Testimony of the Prophets, Saints and Martyrs of Jesus Throughout the Church Age."
"Fully documented, 360-page book, including 15 pages of photographs, explaining the Historic view of prophecy, the prophetic testimony of Jesus and the significance of the testimony of the martyrs and the saints. Also: the intentional cover-up of Church history by its leaders, and a refutation of Futurism with its preposterous 'secret' Rapture theory."
Antichrist In Our Midst (excerpt)
http://www.iconbusters.com/iconbusters/works-revisionism.htm

Winburn, Rand, A Prophetic Catechism for Protestants, Protestant Reformation Publications
"Explains how Antichrist is prefigured in the Old Testament. I know of no contemporary Protestant who has written in a similar vein." -- Rand Winburn
A Prophetic Catechism for Protestants
http://www.iconbusters.com/iconbusters/works-catechism.htm

Winburn, Rand, The Reformers' View of Antichrist (Protestant Reformation Publications)

*Wylie, James Aiken (1808-1890), The Papacy is the Antichrist, 1888. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #13 (and 14, 15, 16, 17, 18).
"Classic Protestant Historicism demonstrating why both futurism and preterism are hermeneutically flawed.
"This book contains the classic teaching of the Protestant Reformation regarding Antichrist (an integral part of that Reformation, we might add -- as all the Reformed creeds and confessions attest). The easy reading format and style make this book an ideal introduction to this topic.
"This book contains the classic teaching of the Protestant Reformation regarding Antichrist (an integral part of that Reformation, we might add - as all the Reformed creeds and confessions attest). The easy reading format and style make this book an ideal introduction to this topic." -- Publisher
The Papacy is the Antichrist (1 of 3) (1888), Reformation Eschatology by J.A. Wylie, free audio (MP3)
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?sermonID=111502234113
The Papacy is the Antichrist (2 of 3) (1888), Reformation Eschatology by J.A. Wylie, free audio (MP3)
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?sermonID=111702165824
The Papacy is the Antichrist (3 of 3) (1888), Reformation Eschatology by J.A. Wylie, free audio (MP3)
"This sermon quickly climbed to the #2 spot (for the day) on Sermon Audio (out of 16,620 sermons).
"Brief Overview: Contains the teaching of Scripture and the Protestant Reformation (Historicism) exposing the Papacy as the Antichrist or 'that Man of Sin.' The original WCF [1646 -- sk] even applied 666 to the Papacy. This doctrine was an integral part of the Reformation as all the Reformed creeds, covenants, and confessions attest.
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?sermonID=111702212150
The Papacy is the Antichrist, J.A. Wylie, a free PDF
http://www.historicism.net/readingmaterials/thepapacy.pdf

*Wylie, James Aiken (1808-1890), The Papacy: Its History, Dogmas, Genius, and Prospects. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #18.
"In its day, this book, of 572 pages, won the Evangelical Alliance first prize for an essay on Popery. `With all we have read of Popery, we have yet met with nothing in the English language which we regard to be so complete in itself, and so overwhelmingly destructive to Romanism,' noted the Evangelical magazine. (Evangelical magazines of Wylie's day obviously knew who their enemies were then; there are few that recognize this today. Some, in our day, even teach that a return to Rome is advisable, thinking that an alliance with idolaters will help free the land of social evils. In reality this will only serve as a further provocation against `the Holy one of Israel,' bringing more curses, wrath and guilt upon our land.). Wylie's book combines the qualities of clear structure, vigorous logic, and eloquent style and yet is written with an absence of unchristian passion and prejudice; making its argument all the more useful to those trapped in Rome's web of deceit (or those seeking a fair and comprehensive treatment of this massive topic). It is also indexed. When this book first appeared in German, the Papists were careful to give it the `silent treatment,' lest an inquiring Papist should hear of it and be inclined to read it. These same Romanists (later) also invoked the civil power against it, so fearful were they of its contents." -- Publisher

*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 'Weastern' 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 worshipper 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 worshipper just follows the rules; in the new spirituality the worshipper 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), Colossians, The sufficiency of christ, The sovereign grace of god: his everlasting mercy and lovingkindness, The counter-reformation, Priestcraft, pharisaism, soul-stealing, Popery, Antichrist, Idolatry, False gospels, Heresy and apostasy, Antinomianism, Arminianism, Leniency, Toleration, liberty of conscience, pluralism, and neutrality, Spiritual discernment, Sexual relationship, Spiritual Adultery (Spiritual Whoredom/Harlotry), Idolatry Idolatry, Machiavellianism, Conspiracy and corruption, organized crime, Friendly fascism, Pseudo-christian movements: a selection of works, Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, Idolatry, syncretism, Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, 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, Leniency, Absolute truth and relativism, Secular humanism, Authority, The courts and the law base, Ethics, The westminster assembly, The westminster standards, Predestination, Spiritual Adultery (Spiritual Whoredom/Harlotry), Reformation eschatology, The Anabaptists (Amish, Mennonites, Brethren), Reformation cds 13-20 focus on the many heresies promoted by the papal antichrist (See the Puritan Hard Drive and the Reformation Bookshelf 30 CD Set)
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Related WebLinks

A Brotherly and Free Epistle to the Patrons and Friends of Pretended Liberty of Conscience, by Samuel Rutherfurd Professor of Divinity in the University of St. Andrews in Scotland
http://www.covenanter.org/Antitoleration/antitoleration.htm

Protestant Reformation Publications
http://www.iconbusters.com/

"Antichrist 1999," John W. Robbins (editor)
"The Reformers came to a united understanding that it was the work of Antichrist to oppose and corrupt the glorious Gospel truth of justification by faith alone. To the Reformers, justification by faith alone was the great truth upon which the church stood or fell. To take this away was to take away the very life of the church. No greater harm could be done than to rob the church of justification by faith. And since the religious establishment of their day opposed the great Reformation docrine, the Reformers unitedly declared that that revered religious establishment was Antichrist." -- John W. Robbins
http://www.trinityfoundation.org/PDF/171a-Antichrist1999.pdf

European Institute of Protestant Studies
http://www.ianpaisley.org/

Iconbusters, "Why is the Antichrist Necessary?"
"There is an evil permeating professing non-Roman Catholic Christianity in the English-speaking world. This evil has been increasing for the past two hundred years and shows no signs of abating. What was once viewed the standard orthodox Protestant position regarding the prophetic interpretation of the Scriptures has today been nearly extinguished by those calling themselves Protestant, Reformed, Puritan, and Evangelical. The Historical-Continuous School of prophetic interpretation has been replaced by the Futurist, Preterist and Idealist schools. Simply stated, the Historical school has viewed the Revelation as the ongoing, continuous history of the Lord's Elect Church from the days of the Apostle John through the centuries comprising the rise, reign and rule of the Antichrist and his false church, even until the Second Coming of Christ in Judgment. We are then given a glimpse into what is to occur after the Judgments of Christ, when eternity is opened up to us. All but the Historical school place the Antichrist outside the Church, whereas the Historical school recognizes the Antichrist in the midst of the professing, visible Christian Church. This is no small disagreement. One must be right, the other wrong. Because the issue of the Antichrist is prophetic, those in leadership holding teaching and/or pastoring offices and who prophesy erroneously, no matter how sincere, are prophesying falsely. Thus, they are false prophets. False prophets are liars. Liars are not written in the Lamb's book of life, nor are they admitted into New Jerusalem to partake of the tree of life should they continue in their lies. Instead, their end is the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone. (Revelation 21:8,27; Revelation 22:15)"
http://www.iconbusters.com/iconbusters/docs/why/why.htm

Iconbusters, "Forensic Science and the Antichrist"
"In these days of ever-growing heresies, apostasies and rampant unbelief by professing Christians, the battle rages on several fronts. This ministry is especially dedicated to defending classic Reformation truths, not the least of which is the unanimous declaration of the Protestant Reformers that the Antichrist prophesied by Holy Writ was presently in their midst, reigning in the visible Church of God, II Thess. 2:4, under the guise of the Pope of Rome. One does not need to search secret tunnels under Oxford and Cambridge to discover this historic fact. This potent Protestant truth is manifest for all to see. Simply by reading the creeds of the Reformation, available on the Internet, in libraries and bookstores, it quickly becomes apparent that, in their days, no Protestant worthy of the name believed anything less."
http://www.iconbusters.com/iconbusters/science.htm

Iconbusters, "The Mystery of Prophecy Explained" (multi-part series)
"The subject of the Revelation, the final Word of God to us, is fraught with warnings concerning the adding to or taking away from that book. That is exactly what is occurring in our generation, unlike any prior generation."
http://www.iconbusters.com/iconbusters/exp/exp1.htm

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

"Jesus Christ Himself" (Ephesians 2:20)
A sermon by C.H. Spurgeon delivered on Lord's-day morning, December 9, 1877, at the Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington, Sermon no. 1388.
"Beyond all argument or miracle, Jesus Christ Himself is the proof of His own Gospel. And as He is the proof of it, so, Beloved, He is the marrow and essence of it. When the Apostle Paul meant that the Gospel was preached, He said, Christ is preached, for the Gospel is Christ Himself! If you want to know what Jesus taught, know Him! He is the incarnation of that Truth of God which by Him and in Him is revealed to the sons of men. Did He not, Himself say, I am the way, the truth, and the life? You have not to take down innumerable books, nor to pore over mysterious sentences of double meaning in order to know what our great Teacher has revealed. You have but to turn and gaze upon His countenance, behold His actions and note His spirit and you know His teaching. He lived what He taught. If we wish to know Him, we may hear His gentle voice saying, Come and see. Study His wounds and you understand His innermost philosophy. To know Him and the power of His Resurrection is the highest degree of spiritual learning. He is the end of the Law and the soul of the Gospel -- and when we have preached His Word to the fullest, we may close by saying, Now, of the things which we have spoken, this is the sum -- we have an High Priest who is set on the right hand of the Throne of the Majesty in the heavens."
http://www.spurgeongems.org/vols22-24/chs1388.pdf

Covenanted Reformation Club Links on the Antichrist
Many additional links will be found here. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/covenantedreformationclub/links/Antichrist_001068301409/

Iconbusters, A Significant and Very Scary Recent Example of Revisionism in Church History Presbyterian Church in America and R.C. Sproul Guilty of Spiritual Sabotage, Rand Winburn
http://www.iconbusters.com/iconbusters/works-revisionism.htm

Why is the Antichrist Necessary? Rand Winburn
http://www.iconbusters.com/iconbusters/docs/why/why.htm

Sexual Abuse and the Sovereignty of God, Rand Winburn
"The pedophile Roman Catholic clergy confirm the finger of God which points to their Pontiff as the great Antichrist, their church: Mystery Babylon; their God: Satan; their destiny: the Lake of Fire.
"For a Christian leader not to believe this manifest truth reveals his foreordained condemnation, having been sent strong delusion by God that he would be damned, 2 Thess.2:10-12; Rev. 13:8; Rev. 17:8."
http://www.iconbusters.com/iconbusters/current/sasg.htm

Iconbusters, Title Index
http://www.iconbusters.com/iconbusters/witn/html/title-in.htm

On The Antichrist, A.D. 1555, Nicholas Ridley
http://www.iconbusters.com/iconbusters/docs/nich/nich_a.htm

Iconbusters, Witnesses Against Antichrist Through the Ages
http://www.iconbusters.com/iconbusters/witn/html/title-in.htm

Why is the Antichrist Necessary? Rand Winburn
"Be sure to take note of the 11 points at the end."
http://www.iconbusters.com/iconbusters/docs/why/why.htm

Apostolic/Reformation (Calvinistic) Eschatology (Historicism) Versus Jesuit Inspired Preterism and Futurism
http://www.swrb.com/Puritan/reformation-eschatology.htm

The Jesuit Oath Exposed
http://www.ianpaisley.org/article.asp?ArtKey=jesuit

Antichrist
http://www.lettermen2.com/bcrrappd.html#antichrist

Islam (Muslim/Moslem), Muhammadanism/Mohammadanism
http://www.lettermen2.com/bcrrappd.html#islamoha



The Counter Reformation

See the Theological Notes, "Justification and Merit," at Galatians 3:11 in The Reformation Study Bible.

Salvation belongeth unto the LORD: thy blessing is upon thy people. Selah. (Psalm 3:8)

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)

I do not make void the grace of God, for if righteousness be through law -- then Christ died in vain. (Galatians 2:21, YLTHB)

See the Theological Notes, "Miracles," at 1 Kings 17:22 in The Reformation Study Bible.

See the Theological Notes, "Syncretism and Idolatry," at Hosea 2:13 in The Reformation Study Bible

Absolute claims of authority over creation are an insult to God's perogatives. -- Annotation to Isaiah 37:25 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)

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)

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 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)
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

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 Innocent I, to the Council of Mileve, January 27, 417 "does indeed agree with Carthage and Mileve and he condemns the heresy as well as excommunicating the heretics [Pelagius and Celestius].
Pope Innocent I then declared Augustinian Theology to be the Theology of the Church.

Calvin quotes Augustine over 400 times in INSTITUTES OF THE CHRISTIAN RELIGION. "Charles Hodges called Calvin an Augustinian revived."

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. -- sk]. Note particularly "Bush Family Machinations, 1918-2000," a time-line of Bush Family crimes prior to Election 2000.
http://news4florida.tripod.com/index1.html

And may I remind you, and I would remind you of this for all times throughout your lives, that in the Western church there are only three basic theologies. There is Thomism (which held sway in the Roman church officially from the Council of Trent to Vatican II) . . . Lutheranism . . . and, thirdly, Calvinism. These are the three theologies which have dominated Western thought. . . .
I would remind you that all other theological systems are, to a lesser or greater extent, negation either of Thomism within the Roman Catholic system, or they are a negation of Lutheranism, or they are, to a lesser or greater extent, a negation of Calvinism. . . .
When enemies of Christiantity unlease their attacks on Christianity, if they attack the Roman Catholic system, they always direct their heaviest guns against Thomas Aquinas. This is not an idle gesture. For if they can topple Thomas Aquinas, then the rest of the Roman Catholic structure will fall, because it depends upon Saint Thomas Aquinas. He was a great thinker, no question about it, and had a systematic approach to his position. So if they can destroy him, they can destory the rest of it.
But within Protestantism, I would remind you, that the heaviest attacks against the Church always come against Calvinism. Now there is a reason for that, the same reason, in general, which I mentioned in regard to Thomas Aquinas. If the enemies of faith can destroy Calvinism, then those theologies which are, to a greater or lesser extent, negations of Calvinism, will fall under their own weight. Which is to say, that in Calvinism all these other theologies find their resting place, even though they may deny major aspects of the Calvinistic position, they still are supported by it, even though they will not admit it. . . . When they attack Calvinism they are attacking the citadel of the whole Protestant position, even as when they are attacking the Roman Catholic position, they are aiming their heaviest artillery at the fortress known as Thomistic Theology. -- C. Gregg Singer in his address Calvinism and the Reformation

I shall not die. I can, I do, believe in the Lord my God, and this faith will keep me alive. I would be numbered among those who in their lives are just; but even if I were perfect I would not try to live by my righteousness; I would cling to the work of the Lord Jesus and still live by faith in Him and by nothing else. If I were able to give my body to be burned for my Lord Jesus, yet I would not trust in my own courage and constancy, but still would live by faith.

Were I a martyr at the stake
I'd plead my Saviour's name;
Intreat a pardon for His sake,
And urge no other claim.
To live by faith is a far surer and happier thing than to live by feelings or by works. The branch, by living in the vine, lives a better life than it would live by itself, even if it were possible for it to live at all apart from the stem. To live by clinging to Jesus, by deriving all from Him, is a sweet and sacred thing. If even the most just must live in this fashion, how much more must I who am a poor sinner! Lord, I believe. I must trust Thee wholly. What else can I do? Trusting Thee is my life. -- C.H. Spurgeon in Faith's Checkbook

Essence of lies, and quintessence of blasphemy, as the religion of Rome is, it never the less fascinates a certain order of Protestants, of whom we fear it may be truly said that, "they have received a strong delusion to believe a lie, that they may be damned". Seeing that it is so, it becomes all who would preserve their fellow-immortals from destruction to be plain and earnest in their warnings. Not in a party spirit, but for truths sake, our Protestantism must protest perpetually. Dignitaries of the papal confederacy are just now very prominent in benevolant movements, and we may be sure that they have ends to serve other than those which strike the public eye.
A priest lives only for his church; he may profess to have other objects, but this is a mere blind. Our ancient enemies have a small belief in our common sense if they imagine that we shall ever be able to trust them, after having so often beheld the depths of the Jesuitical cunning and duplicity. The sooner we let certain Archbishiops and Cardinals know that we are aware of their designs, and will in nothing co-operate with them, the better for us and our country. Of course, we shall be howled as bigots, but we can afford to smile at that cry, when it comes from the church which invented the Inquisition.
"No peace with Rome" is the motto of reason as well as religion. -- C.H. Spurgeon, January, 1873

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) P> The end does not justify the means. We are not to succeed at any cost.

"You must beat them at their own game" is not taught by Scripture.

Whosoever hateth is brother is a murderer, and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him. (1 John 3:15)

Both Martin Luther and John Calvin, and also the writers of The Westminster Confession of Faith (1646), agreed that the Pope was the Antichrist. The Roman Catholic Institution is the most destructive cult in America today.

See the Theological Notes, "Antinomianism," at 1 John 3:7 in The Reformation Study Bible.

TEM'PORIZE, v.i. [L. tempus, time.]
1. To comply with the time or occasion; to humor or yield to the current of opinion or to circumstances; a conduct that often indicates obsequiousness.
They might their grievance inwardly complain,
But outwardly they needs must temporize.
2. To delay; to procrastinate.
Well, you till temporize with the hours. [Little used.] 3. To comply. [Not in use.] -- Webster's 1828 Dictionary

For the name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles through you, as it is written. (Romans 2:24. See Isaiah 52:5; Ezekiel 36:21-23)

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

Ankerberg, John, The Facts on Catholicism, ISBN: 0890819955 9780890819951 .
"What does the Catholic Church teach concerning salvation and justification? What are sacraments and how do they function in the life of Catholics? Learn the facts about what Roman Catholicism teaches and how it compares to Protestantism." -- Synopsis

Anonymous, Popery, a great enemy to truth, no friend to peace, or civil-government which is fully made good by the ensuing discovery of the methods and ways whereby the papists promote popery in the world . . . 1679.

Anonymous, Secret History of the Jesuits
A compilation of articles.
http://archive.org/details/SecretHistoryOfTheJesuits_648

Anonymous, The Trial of the Pope, the Antichrist, or man of sin, for High Treason Against the Son of God: on The Testimony of the Sovereigns of Europe, the president of the United States, and the reformers and martyrs . . . Alternate title: THE TRIAL OF ANTICHRIST.

Anonymous, Scotland's Opposition to the Popish Bill. A Collection of all the Declarations and Resolutions, Published by the Different Counties, Cities, Towns, Parishes, Incorporations, and Societies, Throughout Scotland . . . for Preventing the Growth of Popery. Edinburgh, 1780.

Baxter, Richard (1615-1691), Jesuit Juggling: Forty Popish Frauds Detected and Disclosed.
Baxter, Richard, Jesuit Juggling: Forty Popish Frauds Detected and Disclosed (1835)
http://archive.org/details/jesuitjugglingf00baxtgoog

Bennett, Richard, The Alignment of New Evangelicals With Apostasy (and A Rebuke to the Signers of Evangelicals and Catholics Together), a PDF, MP3, and video. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.
"A clear call to biblical separation from Rome and 'Protestants' (the harlot daughters of Rome) who teach and practice Roman Catholic doctrine. Richard Bennett is an ex Romanist priest who has become a Calvinist and here demonstrates the advantage he has in rebuking wayward Protestants as they fall into Romish errors regarding salvation (e.g. justification) and worship (e.g. baptism). Focusing on the backsliding of men like Chuck Colson, J.I. Packer, John Stott, Pat Robertson, Bill Bright (Campus Crusade) and others (like the two Jesuits) who signed the Evangelicals and Catholics Together (ECT) documents, Bennett shows how these men are upholding Antichrist (the Papacy) and the teaching of the Council of Trent. This message will also help to refute the Romanist heresies (on justification, assurance, baptism, etc.) of the New Perspectives on Paul (NPP) movement as recently proclaimed through the Auburn Avenue Pastors Conference (AAPC), which included Doug Wilson, Steve Schlissel, Steve Wilkins, and John Barach." -- Publisher

Berkouwer, G.C., The Second Vatican Council and the new Catholicism.

Beza, Theodore (1519-1605), A Discourse of the True and Visible Marks of the Catholic Church, 2014, 1623, 1582. Alternate title: A DISCOURSE, OF THE TRUE AND VISIBLE MARKES OF THE CATHOLIQUE CHURCHE. Available from Covenanter Monthly Pamphlets. This is in a new printing with modern typeface.
Besides being a discourse on the true church, it also exposes Romish heretical ideas about the true church.
"Now the sum of all these things is this, that Christ is the true, perpetual, necessary: and to be short, the only mark of the Church: yea I say the true Christ that is, such a one, as he from the beginning has most perfectly (touching the matter and manner of salvation), revealed himself, both in the writings of the prophets and of the Apostles. For that saying stands sure: He that gathereth not with me, scattereth abroad: [Matthew 12:30] and that saying, that Christ is that corner stone of the foundation, upon whom the whole building riseth up: [1 Peter 2:7] And that only head, which ministereth unto his body, that is the true Catholic Church, all feeling and moving: To be short, he is the door [John 10:7], the way [John 14:6], the resurrection, and the life. [John 11:25]" -- Theodore Beza, pp. 36,37
John Calvin (1509-1564) and Theodore Beza (1519-1605) were life-long friends. They met studying Greek together by fire-light when Calvin was still a law student. Theodore Beza was nine years old at the time. Beza became Calvin's protege and helper at Geneva. He then became Calvin's successor at Geneva.

*Bickersteth, Edward, The Trinity: The Classic Study of Biblical Trinitarianism, ISBN: 0825423945 9780825423949. A Christian classic.
"A must for gaining a grasp of the doctrine of the Trinity." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.
Bickersteth, E.H., The Trinity by E.H. Bickersteth
http://archive.org/details/TheTrinityByEHBickersteth

*Blanshard, Paul, American Freedom and Catholic Power, ISBN: 0313246203 9780313246203.
A reprint of the 1958 edition. A secular author.

*Boettner, Loraine, Roman Catholicism. A Christian classic.
"Romanism is compared and contrasted with the church of the first century. Written in 1962 (before Vatican II) it is not quite up-to-date, but it does provide a useful introduction to the controversy with Rome." -- William J. Grier
"In 1937, Boettner and his wife moved to Washington, DC, where they lived for eleven years. During this period Boettner continued to write while working for the civil government. He earned his living first with the Library of Congress and then with another agency." -- Mark R. Brown

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

Bradford, John, The Hurt of Hearing Mass, ISBN: 1870223160 9781870223164. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #15.

*Calvin, John (1509-1564), The Institutes of the Christian Religion, 2 volumes, ISBN: 0664220207 0664220215. A Christian classic. Considered to be among the ten greatest books in the English language.
"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' [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 (Prov. 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 (1509-1564), Institutes of the Christian Religion; A New Translation by Henry Beveridge (1845), Volume: 1
http://archive.org/details/instituteschrist01calvuoft
Calvin, Jean (1509-1564), Institutes of the Christian Religion; A New Translation by Henry Beveridge (1845), Volume: 2
http://archive.org/details/institutesofreli02calvuoft
Calvin, Jean (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

*Cambridge University Library, Acton Collection, Acton Collection . . .
"In October 1902 Viscount Morley of Blackburn presented to the University the library of the late Lord Acton . . . A full catalogue of this collection of nearly 60,000 volumes is in preparation; but it was thought that it might prove useful to issue during the progress of the work bulletins of some specially interesting sections of the library."

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

*Candlish, Robert S., The First Epistle of John. A Christian classic.
"We set great store by these lectures. A man hardly needs anything beyond Candlish. He is devout, candid, prudent, and forcible." -- C.H. Spurgeon
"Expository messages presenting a moving portrait of Christ and the believer's relationship to Him. A product of the times, these studies vigorously attack Roman Catholicism and warn against apostasy. First published in 1877." -- Cyril J. Barber

Cawdrey, Daniel (1588-1664), The Depths of Satan Discovered: or, The Jesuits Last Design to Ruine Religion: Being, Some Observations Upon a Pamphlet, Called, The Swords Abuse Asserted.

Cheyney, Edward Potts, Documents Illustrative of Feudalism, ISBN: 0404089747 9780404089740.

Church of Scotland, General Assembly, 1639, The Declinatour and Protestation of the Sometimes Pretended Bishops, Presented in the Face of the Last Assembly. Refuted and Found Futile, but Full of Insolent Reproaches, and Bold Assertions, 1639. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #10.
"An exceedingly rare title marking the continuing rise, at critical juncture, of the covenanted Reformed Presbyterian church. Members of this General Assembly and signatories to this protestation include Samuel Rutherford, David Dickson, Robert Baillie and even James Sharp (who later apostasized to the camp of the Prelatical antichrist and persecuted [and murdered] the covenanters he once owned as brothers). This book refutes the charges of the prelates, while exposing their many errors (which included teaching Arminianism, Popery, conditional election, the power of free-will resisting effectual grace, that the Pope is not the Antichrist, that Rome is the true church [constitutionally], that worship is not regulated by the Word of God [the regulative principle], that the earlier reformers were deformers; and denying limited atonement, justification by faith alone, predestination, and a number of other revealed truths of Scripture.)" -- Publisher

*Clarkson, David (1622-1686), The Works of David Clarkson, 3 volumes, ISBN: 0851515304 9780851515304. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #25.
"Clarkson (1622-1686) was a colleague and later successor to John Owen. These three volumes well illustrate his preaching powers which were characterized by faithfulness to Biblical teaching, careful analysis and exposition, and by copious application. Volume 3 contains the great polemical treatise Against the Practical Divinity of the Papists, plus a general and scriptural index." -- GCB
Contents: Vol. 1. Of original sin, Ps. LI.5 -- Of repentance, Luke XIII.3 -- Of faith, Mark XVI.16 -- Of living by faith, Heb. X.38 -- Faith in prayer, James I.6 -- Of dying in faith, Heb. XI.13 -- Of living as strangers, Heb. XI.13 -- The excellent knowledge of Christ, Philip. III.8 -- Justification by the righteousness of Christ, Philip. III.9 -- Men by nature unwilling to come to Christ, John v. 40 -- The Lord the owner of all things; an inducement from earthly-mindedness, I Chron. XXIX.11 -- Hearing the Word, Luke VIII.18 -- Of taking up the cross, Luke XIv. 27 -- Vol. 2. The new creature Gal. VI.15 --Christ's gracious invitation to sinners, Rev. III.20 -- Man's insufficiency to do anything of himself, John Xv. 5 -- Against anxious carefulness, Philip. Iv. 6 -- Pray for everything, Philip. Iv. 6 -- God's end in sending calamities and afflictions on His people, Isa. XXVII.9 -- The conviction of hypocrites, Mat. VII.22,23 -- Soul idolatry excludes men out of heaven, Eph. V.5 -- The children of God should not be partakers with others in their sins, Eph. V.7 -- Unconverted sinners are darkness, Eph. V.8 -- Of Christ seeking fruit, and finding none, Luke XIII.6 -- The Lord rules over all, Ps. CIII.19 -- Sinners under the curse, Gal. III.10 -- Vol. 3. The love of Christ, Eph. V.2 -- Christ's sacrifice, Eph. V.2 -- Christ's dying for sinners, Rom. V.8 -- Christ touched with the feeling of our infirmities, Heb.IV.15 -- Of coming boldly unto the throne of grace, Heb. IV.16 -- Of Christ's making intercession, Heb. VII.25 -- Believers' communion with the Father and Son, I John I.3 -- Public worship to be preferred before private, Ps. LXXXVII.2-- The practical divinity of the papists discovered to be destructive of Christianity and men's souls.

*Cunningham, William (1805-1861), Historical Theology: A Review of the Principal Doctrinal Discussions in the Christian Church Since the Apostolic Age, 2 volumes. A Christian classic. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #16.
"TWO LARGE VOLUMES totalling just under 1300 pages. The definitive work on doctrinal history. Compares the truth to the three major heretical system: Romanism, Socinianism (an old form of liberalism) and Arminianism. Covers the most important disputes, focusing in on significant points of controversy in each. The value of this set should not be underestimated, for it is an antidote against much of the innovative folly so prevalent in our day. As Iain Murray, concerning human pride and scriptural interpretation, succinctly points out, 'Instead of beginning with a realization that God in His providence had already caused His Church to investigate and settle at least the great majority of Biblical doctrines, the Church, flattered by the supposed possession of superior light, began to despise the old doctrinal standards and to construct a 'creed' anew, as though the faith of the previous eighteen centuries counted for nothing. Nor were the evangelicals free from this plague; even they took up the slogans that 'Christianity is not a doctrine but a life' and that to express the truth systematically is an abuse of logic -- as though to think illogically was a mark of true spirituality!' J.J. Bonar stated that Cunningham's 'grasp and vantage of the field of theological discussion' was 'of inestimable value.' This set is certainly one of the most useful items we carry and is much needed in our day." -- Publisher

Defoe, Daniel (1661?-1731), Lex talionis, or, An enquiry into the most proper ways to prevent the persecution of the Protestants in France, 1698.

Dent, Arthur (1706?) The Ruin of Rome, or An Exposition Upon the Whole Revelation. Wherein is plainly shewed and proved, that the Popish religion, together with all the power and authority of Rome, shall ebb and decay still more and more throughout all the churches of Europe, and come to an utter overthrow even in this life, before the end of the world. Written especially for the comfort of Protestants, and the daunting of Papists, Seminary Priests, Jesuits, and all that cursed rabble, 1607. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.

Dowling, John, The History of Romanism: From the Earliest Corruptions of Christianity to the Present Time, (Crown Rights Book Company, 2003, 1649).
"This huge volume contains a comprehensive and complete history of the so-called Roman Catholic religion up to the mid-Nineteenth Century. In these pages, the reader will see and understand the unscriptural doctrines and ceremonies of Romanism, the lives of its most distinguished popes, the proceedings of its celebrated councils, the details of its tyranny over monarchs and states, its inquisitions, tortures, and massacres, and the efforts of the Lord's remnant in various ages to deliver the world from its thraldom. This is information which the modern neo-Romanist apologists such as Scott Hahn, Patrick Madrid, and Gerry Matatics, do not want their proselytes to read. Protestants have traditionally viewed the Papacy as Antichrist and this book will give much credence to that assertion." -- Publisher

Elliott, E.B., Horae Apocalypticae; or, A Commentary on the Apocalypse, Critical and Historical; Including Also an Examination of the Chief Prophecies of Daniel (1862, 4 volumes). Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #13 and #14.
" 'The title continues: "Illustrated by an Apocalyptic Chart, and Engravings from Medals and Other Extant Monuments of Antiquity. With Appendices: Containing, Besides Other matters, A Sketch of the History of Apocalyptic Interpretation, Critical Reviews of the Chief Apocalyptic Counter-Schemes, and Indices.'
"This four volume set is respected by many as a scholarly work on eschatology. It will be especially valuable in our day as it absolutely destroys the Jesuit inspired preterist system by conclusively proving a late date for the writing of the book of Revelation. Elliott also demonstrates the impossibility of the futurist system, which, like preterism, was also concocted (as a system) by the Jesuits to counteract the classic Reformation eschatology called historicism. That this is no small issue is clear, as Kevin Reed exhibits (in his book review titled 'The Ecclesiology of John Foxe: A book review by Kevin Reed of John Foxe and the Elizabethan Church by V. Norskov Olsen [Berkeley: University of California Press, 1973]') by citing Olsen when he writes,

The Counter Reformation is generally considered to have three aspects: the Jesuits, the Inquisition, and the Council of Trent. In view of the significance of the Protestant apocalyptic interpretation of history which prophetically pinpointed step by step the events covering the whole Christian era from the beginning to the end, it seems justifiable to suggest a fourth aspect, namely the praeteristic and futuristic interpretations launched by Catholic expositors as a counterattack (p. 47).
"All the major Reformers and all the major Reformation creeds and confessions adopted the historicist position - and it is this position that Elliott so skillfully defends.
"Sadly, one major warning needs to be given about this book. However valuable the contents are as a defense of historicism (and the late date of the book of Revelation), the author adopted the premillennial heresy (meaning a destructive heresy and not necessarily a damnable heresy; see George Gillespie's Truth and Heresy, free at: http://www.swrb.com/newslett/actualnls/TruthHer.htm, for more on the distinction between destructive and damnable heresies) and thus marred an otherwise useful work when he promotes these views. 2611 pages, with a 29-page index.
"The Counter Reformation (had -- RB) . . . three aspects: the Jesuits, the Inquisition, and the Council of Trent. In view of . . . Protestant apocalyptic interpretation . . . (i.e. historicism -- RB), it seems justifiable to suggest a fourth . . . the preteristic and futuristic interpretations launched by Catholic expositors as a counterattack." -- Publisher
Preterism Refuted (1 of 3)
Historic Reformation Eschatology by E.B. Elliott, David Steele, Alexander M'Leod et al.
"Contains all of the sections from Elliott's classic HORAE APOCALYPTICAE and five other selections which directly refute (Jesuit inspired) preterism. This set also shows why it is Scripturally impossible for Nero to be the antichrist, while taking a few passing shots a futurism too. Refutes modern Preterists like Gentry, DeMar, and other Reconstructionists too." -- Publisher
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?sermonID=124029164
Preterism Refuted (2 of 3)
Historic Reformation Eschatology by E.B. Elliott, David Steele, et al.
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?sermonID=12402203052
Preterism Refuted (3 of 3)
"Historic Reformation Eschatology by E.B. Elliott by E.B. Elliott, David Steele, et al.
"If I'd had access to this information before I became a Preterist as a young Christian I doubt that I would have ever embraced this erroneous, Jesuit-inspired, reformation-denying heresy -- I can only thank God that He has now led me to the eschatology of the Scriptures and of our Reformed forefathers (i.e. Historicism)." -- Reg Barrow
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?sermonID=12502152114
Preterism Refuted (1-3), a set of three MP3 audio files. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Also available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #14.

Fleming, Robert, Apocalyptical Key. An Extraordinary Discourse on the Rise and Fall of Papacy; or The Pouring out of the Vials, in the revelation of St. John, Chap. XVI. . . . By Robert Fleming . . . Printed from the original published in the year 1701. London, [1793].

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.

Gavin, Antonio, A Master-key to Popery. By the Reverend Mr. Anthony Gavin . . . 1725.

Gee, Edward (1657-1730), The Catalogue of all the Discourses Published Against Popery, during the reign of King James II by the members of the Church of England, and by the non-conformists with the names of the authors of them, 1689.

Gentleman in Edinburgh, Popery and Slavery Reviving: or, an account of the growth of popery, and the insolence of papists and Jacobites in Scotland. In a letter from a gentleman in Edinburgh, to his friend in London . . .

*Himmelfarb, Gertrude, Lord Acton: A Study in Conscience and Politics, ISBN: 1558152709 9781558152700.
A scholarly work on the politics of the Reformation and Counter Reformation. Includes bibliography and index.
It was Acton who stated:

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)
See also: ESSAYS ON FREEDOM AND POWER
HISTORY OF FREEDOM AND OTHER ESSAYS,
LECTURES ON THE FRENCH REVOLUTION, Cambridge University Library, ACTON COLLECTION, THE CORRESPONDENCE OF LORD ACTON AND RICHARD SIMPSON, and
Schuettinger, LORD ACTON: HISTORIAN OF LIBERTY

Henry, Matthew (1662-1714), Popery a Spiritual Tyranny: Shew'd in a Sermon Preach'd on the Fifth of November, 1712.

*Hudson, Henry T., Papal Power, ISBN: 0852342691 9780852342695.
"Hudson was missionary in Rome and became familiar with the power of the papacy while working in the shadow of the papacy." -- John W. Robbins
Papal Power
http://www.trinitylectures.org/product_info.php?cPath=21&products_id=123&osCsid=11d5493d2077772dce437f5b412551ce

Kah, Gary, and Rick Blanchette (editor), The New World Religion, ISBN: 0967009804 9780967009803.
"The New Age movement is a complicated mass of false religious systems dating back to the Tower of Babel. Gary takes them as a whole and shows the reader exactly where this system is headed. From the religious and social implications to the political and environmental, Gary's research shows us that we are closer to anti-Christian upheaval in the name of peace than we ever thought.
"What's most interesting is the Catholic tie in. Gary proves that Catholicism has, right now, the inside track to being the official religious arm of the U.N. He also does a great job in documenting the Catholic/New Age relationship." -- Reader's Comment

*Kauffman, Timothy F., and Gregory Ray (photographer) Graven Bread: The Papacy, the Apparitions of Mary, and the Worship of the Bread of the Altar, ISBN: 0963714120 9780963714121.
"These two books by Kauffman focus on the Roman Catholic idolatry of the Eucharist and Mary." -- John W. Robbins

*Kauffman, Timothy F., and Gregory Ray (photographer) Quite Contrary: A Biblical Reconsideration of the Apparitions of Mary, 3rd edition, ISBN: 096371418X 9780963714183.

*Kelly, Douglas F., The Emergence of Liberty in the Modern World: The Influence of Calvin on Five Governments From the 16th Through 18th Centuries, ISBN: 0875522971.
"Examines Calvin's influence on the civil governments of Geneva, Huguenot France, Knox's Scotland, Puritan England, and Colonial America. Shows how Calvin's legacy continues to bear upon the issues that guide and agitate Western nations today." --Publisher's Annotation

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

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

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

*Knox, John (1505-1572), Against Romish Rites and Political and Ecclesiastical Tyranny, 1554. Alternate title: 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. 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
http://www.swrb.com/newslett/actualnls/FaithAdm.htm

*Knox, John (1505-1572), An Answere to a Great Number of Blasphemous Cavillations Written by an Anabaptist, and Adversarie to God's Eternall Predestination (1591). Alternate titles: AGAINST AN ANABAPTIST: IN DEFENSE OF PREDESTINATION; AN ANSWER TO A GREAT NUMBER OF BLASPHEMOUS CAUILLATIONS WRITTEN BY AN ANABAPTIST, AND ADVERSARIE TO GODS ETERNAL PREDESTINATION. AND CONFUTED BY JOHN KNOX, MINISTER OF GODS WORDE IN SCOTLAND. WHEREIN THE AUTHOR SO DISCOVERETH THE CRAFT AND FALSHOOD OF THE SECT, THAT THE GODLY KNOWING THAT ERROR, MAY BE CONFIRMED IN THE TRUETH BY THE EVIDENT WORDE OF GOD; and AN ANSWER TO A GREAT NUMBER OF BLASPHEMOUS CAUILLATIONS WRITTEN BY AN ANABAPTIST, AND ADVERSARIE TO GODS ETERNAL PREDESTINATION. AND CONFUTED BY JOHN KNOX, MINISTER OF GODS WORDE IN SCOTLAND. WHEREIN THE AUTHOR SO DISCOVERETH THE CRAFT AND FALSHOOD OF THE SECT, THAT THE GODLY KNOWING THAT ERROR, MAY BE CONFIRMED IN THE TRUETH BY THE EVIDENT WORDE OF GOD.
Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #19.
"Boettner, in his REFORMED DOCTRINE OF PREDESTINATION, calls PREDESTINATION Knox's `chief theological work.'
"Curt Daniel calls this 'Knox's major theological work.' Moreover, he states that this is 'more than a short answer (to the Anabaptist -- RB, 468 pages), it is a complete exposition and defense of the Reformed doctrine at the height of the Scottish Reformation' which helped 'guide early Presbyterianism and build the theological bridge between Edinburgh and Geneva.'
"Furthermore, Walker writes: 'Very far from being a mere iconoclast, he (Knox) was also a great teacher of his country men . . . the long and elaborate treatise on Predestination, in which the doctrines of grace and of divine sovereignty are so vigorously, yet upon the whole so wisely, asserted and maintained' (The Theology and Theologians of Scotland.) This work was much esteemed by Knox's Puritan friends in England and Calderwood, in summing up Knox's character, remarks: 'How profound he was in divinity, that work of his upon Predestination may give evidence' (Laing, editor, p. 17). Furthermore, Laing beautifully sets the context of this work, writing, 'at the period of the Reformation, there prevailed among Christians of all denominations the general belief, that the salvation of man depends on the free grace of God. But they differed on the question, whether the divine decree which has reference to this point is unconditional, or depends on the conduct of man, whether it is general or particular . . . Thus it happened, that Roman Catholics, Arminians, and most of all Socinians endeavoured, in the sense of Pelagianism, or Semi-pelagianism, to reconcile the divine decrees with human liberty. On the other hand, both Lutherans and Calvinists, following the example of Augustine, rejected the notion of the freedom of the will, and denied every co-operation on the part of man. "Nevertheless it is a striking fact, that the Lutherans avoided the strict consequences of the Augustinian system, and asserted that the decrees of God are conditional, while the Calvinists not only admitted the necessity of those consequences, but having once determined the idea of Predestination, went so far as to maintain that the fall of man itself was predestinated by God (Supralapsarianism).' Quoting freely from Calvin, his major influence in this work, Knox lays low the heresy that man plays any part in his own salvation. This heresy, of man's pretended ability to save himself (in any way), is at the root of all defection from the sovereign God of Scripture and is rampant today! As Kevin Reed notes, in refuting this Anabaptist, Knox unequivocally states, 'For with the Pelagians and papists, you have become teachers of free will, and defenders of your own justice,' clearly recognizing that, 'the defense of man's free will, to do good and avoid evil,' is 'the damned heresy of Pelagius.' Moreover, regarding this work, Reed continues, 'A perceptive reading of this dispute will reveal the parallels between the Anabaptists and modern proponents of free will. Advocates for free will are commonly found among Baptists, 'evangelicals,' Charismatics, and cultists. Their line of argumentation is virtually identical to that of Knox's opponent'. (John Knox the Forgotten Reformer, forthcoming, pp. 219-20).
"This book contains significant information for defeating the forces of antichrist today; for he (especially ecclesiastical antichrist) continues to manifest the same spirit of error seen in the days of Knox, deceiving men into thinking that they, in some way (be it ever so small), are able to save themselves." -- Publisher
http://archive.org/details/answeretogreatnu00knox

*Knox, John (1505-1572), Appellation From the Sentence Pronounced by the Bishops and Clergy: Addressed to the Nobility and Estates of Scotland. Alternate titles: 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. 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.
"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 -- sk] states that this APPEAL [APPELLATION FROM THE SENTENCE PRONOUNCED BY THE BISHOPS AND CLERGY: ADDRESSED TO THE NOBILITY AND ESTATES OF SCOTLAND -- sk] '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. -- sk] 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. -- sk], 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
Knox, John (1505-1572), 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, 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
Goodman, Christopher, 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 (P. 1-33); "THE ADMONITION OF JOHN KNOX TO HIS BELOVED BRETHREN THE COMMONALTY OF SCOTLAND" (P. 34-42); "A FAITHFULL ADMONITION MADE BY JOHN KNOX TO THE TRUE PROFESSORS OF THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST WITHIN THE KINGDOM OF ENGLAND, 1554" (P. 43-79); "THE COPIE OF A LETTER DELIVERED TO QUEEN MARY, REGENT OF SCOTLAND" (P. 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), and Kevin Reed, True and False Ministries: Selections From the Writings. Available in THE WORKS OF JOHN KNOX, 6 volumes, David Laing (editor). Available (THE WORKS OF JOHN KNOX) 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)."

*Lea, Charles Henry, A History of the Inquisition of the Middle Ages, 4 volumes, ISBN: 0404191592 9780404191597. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.
"One of the perennial (and insurmountable) challenges for men like Scott Hahn, Gerry Matatics, and Karl Keating -- men who have devoted their lives and labors to the defense and promulgation of the Roman Catholic apostasy -- is dealing with their Church's history. The grim irony is that while these modern champions of Antichrist demand submission to the Holy Roman Church, contending that she alone has the witness of history and truth on her side, it is her very history indeed which removes forever any crumb of credibility to her claims of faithfulness and infallibility. Thus, it has always been one of the most powerful weapons in the arsenal of Christ's faithful witnesses simply to recount the true and undeniable history of the Mother of Harlots and Abominations of the Earth (Revelation 17:5). This tactic was used with devastating success by Luther, Calvin, and others, and is of equal necessity and efficacy in our day -- especially in light of the detestable neutrality and even outright returning to the ways of Rome on the part of so many `Protestant' and even `Reformed' and `Presbyterian' churches. Through this means it is hoped that God will wake up His people to the true nature of the ever raging battle with the Dragon and his minions, and drive us to our knees to seek His face, His forgiveness, and His grace to stand against the darkness in our respective places and callings -- particularly teaching our children the mighty acts of God in delivering His people in times past from so great an evil, that they might be thankful and put their trust in Him (Psalm 78:1-8).
"In his atrocious chronicle, Rome Sweet Home: Our Journey to Catholicism, Scott Hahn conveniently omits any mention of the volumes of embarrassing and self-refuting details of the Roman Church's true history, choosing instead to caricature the Reformers, pretend to scholarly acumen, and do the very thing he hypocritically accuses Lorraine Boettner of doing: presenting a lying portraiture of Rome. (See also the reference to Hahn in the book summary for William Whitaker's Disputation on Holy Scripture, another irrefutable resource for squelching his siren song of spiritual seduction.) Therefore, we invite all seekers of truth to examine for themselves one ugly chapter in the annals of Rome's abominations: the inquisition of the Middle Ages. It is with gratitude to our merciful God and the earnest desire for His powerful blessing that we once again present to the public what was once a standard treatment on the subject, Henry Charles Lea's HISTORY OF THE INQUISITION OF THE MIDDLE AGES.
"To close, we leave you with Larry Birger's comments. They are to the point and provide us with a telling summary of this work (and the thoughts and feelings of righteous indignation that such writing is sure to evoke among those led by the Spirit of God), -- Publisher

I am simply amazed at the true history of Rome. The best and only explanation I can find for why men would endure, much less embrace, such a "church" is what God says in 2 Thesselonians 2: that He's given them over to blindness, that they might believe great lies and thereby be justly damned for their failure to receive the love of the truth. In just the glances I had at Lea's work, I am simply astonished that any individual could submit himself to the "Holy Mother" of harlotries and abominations which Rome is clearly seen to be in these volumes. The Romish legacy of demonic brutality, inhumanity and disgrace stretches the ability of even fallen man to comprehend. -- Larry Birger

*Leahy, Frederick S., Satan Cast Out: A Study in Biblical Demonology, ISBN: 0851512348.
"It is often said that wherever there is a rejection of faith in the living God a corresponding upsurge of the demonic will eventually appear. That is true not only in the pages of the Bible and in the annals of Christian missions; it has also become a striking feature of the life in our materialistic, post-Christian society. . . . Full of sane exposition and wise counsel, his work has been widely appreciated since its first publication in 1975." -- Publisher
"Probably one of the best, most Scriptural books written today on the subject of demonology." -- Presbyterian Journal

Lloyd-Jones, D. Martyn (1899-1981), Roman Catholicism.
"Roman Catholicism"
http://www.ianpaisley.org/article.asp?ArtKey=lloydjones

Long, Thomas, 1621-1707, A Compendious History of all the Popish and Fanatical Plots and Conspiracies Against the Established Government in Church and State in England, Scotland, and Ireland from the first year of Qu. Eliz. reign to this present year 1684 with seasonable remarks / Tho. Long. Additional title: THE INTRIGUES OF THE PAPISTS AND FANATICKS AGAINST THE GOVERNMENT AND RELIGION ESTABLISHED HISTORICALLY RELATED, 1684.

*Luther, Martin (1483-1546), J.I. Packer (translator) and O.R. Johnston (translator), Bondage of the Will, ISBN: 0800753429 9780800753429. A Christian classic. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.
"THE BONDAGE OF THE WILL is fundamental to an understanding of the primary doctrines of the Reformation. In these pages, Luther gives extensive treatment to what he saw as the heart of the gospel. Free will was no academic question to Luther; the whole gospel of the Grace of God, he believed, was bound up with it and stood or fell according to the way one decided it. . . This is the greatest piece of writing that came from Luther's pen. In its vigour of language, its profound theological grasp, and the grand sweep of its exposition, it stands unsurpassed among Luther's writings." -- Publisher
"Luther recognized this book as his most important work and even said that if all his other books perished, he would hope that this one, along with his SMALL CATECHISM, would be the only ones to remain. As noted above, this is one of the most important books of the early Reformation, for it deals with what Luther saw to be the heart of the Gospel. Luther here refutes the Romish notion of 'free will' in man and upholds the absolute sovereignty of God in the salvation of sinners -- as well as justification by faith alone. Luther clearly saw the issue of free will as the primary cause of his separation from Rome.
"In this book he replied to the Roman Catholic scholar, Erasmus, and his diatribe THE FREEDOM OF THE WILL. Though disagreeing with just about everything else Erasmus wrote, Luther commended Erasmus for recognizing the crux of the matter at issue between Rome and the Bible believers, the debate over 'free will.' In this regard Luther wrote,

that unlike all the rest, you alone have attacked the real issue, the essence of the matter in dispute [i.e. man's so-called free-will -- RB] . . . You and you alone saw, what was the grand hinge upon which the whole turned, and therefore you attacked the vital part at once; for which, from my heart, I thank you.
" 'This book is most needful at the present day,' noted Atherton in 1931, for 'the teachings of many so-called Protestants are more in accordance with the Dogmas of the Papists, or the ideas of Erasmus, than with the Principles of the Reformers; they are more in harmony with the Canons and Decrees of the Council of Trent than with the Protestant or Reformed Confessions of Faith.'
"It is easy to see how a lack of doctrinal and historical study is leading many into serious compromise with the false ecumenical apostasy espoused by Rome and other idolatrous beliefs which cry up man's ability to save himself (as with Arminianism) and to devise his own methods of worship (as with those that oppose the Reformation's Regulative Principle of Worship in favor of their own will worship). In this area, many 'Protestants,' even now, bow down to Rome's humanistic, anti-Christian idol of free will.
"It is our hope that God will use Luther's classic to give you the strength to remain faithful to His Word; this being a great place to start a new Reformation, for as the translators write concerning this book, 'Nowhere does Luther come closer, either in spirit or in substance to the Paul of Romans and Galatians'." -- Publisher
"This classic is a reply to Erasmus, the famous Roman Catholic scholar. Erasmus had issued a book claiming that all men had `free-will.' Luther points out that Erasmus does not give a true definition of `free-will.' For free-will, says Luther, belongs to God only: `You may rightly assigned to man some kind of will, but to assign to him free-will in divine things is going too far. . . .' Luther then points out that man has incapacitated his will by his sin, and so is not free to will to do good, or to please God, which is the same thing. In a very large section of the book he gives a thorough exposition of the bondage of man's will. This, together with Jonathan Edwards' FREEDOM OF THE WILL has always been considered a classic answer to all free-willers." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.
See the Theological Notes, "The Freedom and Bondage of the Will," at Jeremiah 17:9 in The Reformation Study Bible.
The Bondage of the Will, A Sermon on Christian Love, Two Sermons Upon the Fifth Chapter of Luke, God So Loved the World: Two Sermons on John 3:16-21.
http://www.covenanter.org/Luther/martinluther.htm

*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
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

MacPherson, Hector, The Jesuits in History, Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #18.
"Paisley calls the Jesuit's the 'Gestapo of Rome.' This easy reading, 149-page book will show you why. MacPherson maintains that every nation that allows Jesuitism on its soil 'will one day pay a heavy penalty.' Moreover, he writes that 'if we are to escape the penalty, we must come to realize that a system which enslaves the individual, fosters superstition, is at war with patriotism and destroys morality, will, if allowed to flourish unchecked, sooner or later destroy society'." -- Publisher

*Marshall, Walter (1628-1680), The Gospel-Mystery of Sanctification: Growing in Holiness by Living in Union With Christ and ISBN: 189277724X. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.
The Reformation Heritage Books edition is a reprint of the 1954 edition set by Oliphants and includes an introduction by Joel R. Beeke. Also includes the author's famous sermon on "The Doctrine of Justification Opened and Applied."
See the WorldCat record for various foreign language editions.
Other editions:
Marshall, Walter (1628-1680), The Gospel-Mystery of Sanctification, ISBN: 1597520543 9781597520546.
"This is by far the best book on the doctrine of Sanctification in print. It was originally written in the 17th century, but has been put into modern English with this edition. This book will help you better understand the Gospel and its power not only for our Justification, but our Sanctification as well." -- Reader's Comment
Marshall, Walter (1628-1680), The Gospel-Mystery of Sanctification, ISBN: 1589600630 9781589600638.
"Here you will read the most closely reasoned defense of scriptural sanctification to be found anywhere. . . . Fourteen directions are given to the reader, all perfected with the aim of explaining to sincere souls what sanctification is, what it is not, and how to attain a holy walk before God. . . ." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.
Marshall, Walter (1628-1680), The Gospel-mystery of Sanctification, Opened, in Sundry Practical Directions: Suited Especially to the Case of Those who Labor Under the Guilt and Power of Indwelling Sin. To Which is Added a Sermon on Justification (1859)
http://archive.org/details/gospelmysteryofs02mars

Masters, Peter, The Healing Epidemic, ISBN: 1870855000 9781870855006.
"This book traces the origins of the upsurge of healing ministries, then takes each of the main arguments used by healers in support of their methods, and shows how each is mistaken. Important facts are provided about demonology, showing just what demons can and cannot do. It is then proved from Scripture that the sign-gifts have ceased. A chapter describes how James 5 should be implemented in churches today. Two important chapters present the biblical commands that the conscious mind should always be alert and rational for all worship and spiritual service. Included is an assessment of miraculous healing by a leading British doctor who was for many years a professor at Leeds University Medical School, the late Professor Verna Wright. This book has been translated into a number of languages including Chinese and Russian.
"Dr Peter Masters has been Minister of the Metropolitan Tabernacle (Spurgeon's) in central London since 1970. His weekly television and radio sermons are aired in the UK (Sky-UCB), and in the USA." -- Publisher

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

Neher, James, A Christian's Guide to Today's Catholic Charismatic Movement, ISBN: 0944788998.
"A detailed study of the Catholic Charismatic movement, showing its relation to traditional Roman Catholic doctrine and to the Church hierarchy. Copious quotations are included from leaders over the entire movement." -- Publisher
"Is the Catholic charismatic movement evangelical? What do its leaders teach about the way of salvation? About the sacraments, and Mary? About the Bible, the Pope, and the Roman hierarchy? Here is a thoroughly documented, Biblical study of this often paradoxical movement. The answers will surprise you." -- CBD. Includes bibliographical references.

Ness, Christopher (1621-1705), A Protestant Antidote Against the Poison of Popery, clearly proving the religion of the Church of Rome to be 1. superstitious, 2. idolatrous, 3. damnable, 4. bloody, 5. novel, 6. inconsistent with the publick peace, 7. irreconciliable to true Christianity . . . , 1679. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #17.

Newcome, William, A Comparison Between the Doctrines of Christianity and Those of Popery With Regard to Civil Government. A sermon preached in Christ-Church, Dublin; on Friday October XXIII, MDCCLXVII. Being the anniversary of the Irish rebellion. . . . By William Lord Bishop of Dromore.

*Owen, John (1616-1683), Apostasy From the Gospel. Alternate title: THE NATURE AND CAUSES OF APOSTASY FROM THE GOSPEL, ISBN: 0851516092 9780851516097. A Christian classic.
"Few subjects have received less attention from contemporary Christian writers than that of apostasy. The idea that professing Christians may prove not to be true Christians is, in many respects, too serious a prospect for our facile age. But, for John Owen, such avoidance of the issue was itself a pressing reason for writing on it at length and in great depth of spiritual analysis. His exposition is a masterpieces of penetration and discernment. . . .
"Some will find its pages deeply soul-searching; others will be struck by the clarity of Owen's insight; all will find a work which wounds in order to heal." -- Publisher

*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."

Paisley, Ian R.K., The Jesuits: Their Start, Sign, System, Secrecy, Strategy.

Paisley, Ian R.K., Paisley's Protest Against Popery in Parliament. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.
"Paisley, a Presbyterian minister and member of the European Parliament, gives a classic example of what it means to stand for Christ in all areas of life (especially politics). Though he was slandered and vilified in the secular press; kicked, punched and ultimately expelled from parliament; attacked on radio and television; Paisley maintained a valiant Protestant testimony in exposing the present Pope (from his seat in Parliament). This tape includes Paisley's fascinating radio debate with an ecumenical churchmen, and other 'fallout' in the secular media related to his faithful testimony denouncing Pope John Paul II. Furthermore, it contains Paisley own defense of his actions in a dynamite sermon that reveals Papal duplicity and modern day persecution of Protestants by Roman Catholics." -- Publisher

Paisley, Ian R.K. and J.A. Wylie, The Pope is the Antichrist: A Demonstration From Scripture, History, and his own Lips; Being a Precis of Dr. J.A. Wylie's classic, THE PAPACY IS THE ANTICHRIST.
http://www.ianpaisley.org/article.asp?ArtKey=antichrist_intro

Palmer, Samuel, (d. 1724?), Popery and Hypocrisy Detected and Opened From the Holy Scriptures: as it Respects Magistrates, Ministers, and People. In a sermon upon the occasion of a general fast, kept Decemb. 22. 1680. By the author of the Plotters doom, a true son of the Church of England, 1680.
Caption title on page 1 reads: A fast-sermon upon Joel II. 13. [Joel 2:13]

*Pascal, Blaise (1623-1662), The Provincial Letters, ISBN: 1579100961.
"In 1654, Pascal, a man of the world and a noted mathematician. . . . issued the famous Lettres Ecrites par Louis de Montalte a un Provincial de ses Amis, eighteen tracts directed with the keenest irony against the casuistry of the Jesuits. These LETTERS appeared between January 23, 1656, and March 24, 1657. They were published without the author's real name, had a large circulation, and created an immense sensation throughout Europe."
"Containing an exposure of the reasoning and morals of the Jesuits."

*Pascal, Blaise (1623-1662), and A.J. Krailsheimer (translator), Pensees, ISBN: 0140446451 9780140446456.
"In his short lifespan, Pascal invented the prototype of the computer (la machine arithmetique), started the first public passenger service in Paris, mastered a physics problem re the vacuum, expounded his scientific and mathematical studies with such an order of brilliance that it was considered by no means inappropriate to compare him with Aristotle, engaged in vituperative and extremely effective theological polemics with the Jesuits -- and, finally, in spite of appalling ill-health and pain, attained a serene relationship with God and with his fellows, in the process producing one of the great literary masterpieces of all time, viz., the PENSEES. This volume is a work of Christian apologetics before which the most skeptical mind, indulgent flesh, and arrogant spirit, stand utterly defenseless. Not too shabby an achievement in thirty-nine years and two months!" -- Reader's Comment

Pendlebury, William, The Errors and Mischiefs of Popery; and The Fatal Consequences of Arbitrary and Despotic Power. Consider'd in Two Discourses . . . By William Pendlebury, M.A

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.

Potts, William Stevens (1802-1857), Dangers of Jesuit Instruction.

Reformed Presbytery (Scotland) Testimony and Warning Against the Evil and Danger of Popery, &c.

Reformed Presbytery (Scotland); Secession Church, Testimony and Warning Against the Blasphemies and Idolatry of Popery; and the Evil and Danger of Every Encouragement Given to It (Edinburgh, 1779). Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #16, #26.

Ridenour, Fritz, So What's the Difference? ISBN: 0830707212 9780830707218.
"A very helpful and handy guide to the real points of difference between Biblical Protestantism and Roman Catholicism, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Unitarianism, Jehovah's Witnesses, Christian Science, and Mormonism." -- GCB "With more than 800,000 copies in print since it was first published in 1967, SO WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE? now appears in this updated and enlarged edition.
"Fritz Ridenour is one of America's best-selling authors. He has written more than a dozen books which have sold millions of copies. He has written this book for adults as well as for youth to answer their questions about Christianity." -- Publisher

*Robbins, John W. (1949-2008), Acton on the Papacy.
The Acton Institute is now controlled by the Roman Catholic Institution.

*Robbins, John W. (1949-2008), The Grand Inquisitor's Second Coming.
"Totalitarianism is historically the most prevalent form of human government, from the tribal society in which all activities are regulated by the tribe or its rulers, the council, and witch doctor, to the totalitarianism of the Middle Ages when the Roman Church ruled all of life. . . . It is these more enduring forms of totalitarianism that will still be with us when the ghosts of Marx and Lenin are finally busted. . . . It is this new religiosity that will threaten the political, economic, religious, and social freedom of men in the twenty-first century. . . ." -- John W. Robbins
See: The Grand Inquisitor, Fyodor Dostoyevsky
http://www.trinityfoundation.org/reviews/journal.asp?ID=070a.html

Ronayne, Edmond, The Master's Carpet: Masonry and Baal-Worship Identical. Alternate title: MAH-HAH-BONE: BEING, THE MASTER'S CARPET, OR MASONRY AND BAAL WORSHIP IDENTICAL: AND, THE HAND-BOOK OF FREEMASONRY, A COMPLETE AND ACCURATE RITUAL OF THE THREE DEGREES OF ANCIENT CRAFT MASONRY; TOGETHER WITH, FREEMASONRY AT A GLANCE, ILLUSTRATING EVERY SIGN, GRIP AND CEREMONY IN THE FREEMASON'S LODGE. (Crown Rights Book Company, 2002, 1879).
"The title of this book says it all: Freemasonry is Baal-worship revived. The author, who was Past Master of a Masonic Lodge in Chicago prior to his conversion to Christianity, shows that the religious philosophy of Freemasonry, particularly its celebrated legend of Hiram Abiff, is the exact counterpart of the "Ancient Mysteries" and its ceremonies and symbols are identical in every detail with the initiatory rites that were practiced several thousand years ago in the worship of the sun-god in Egypt, Babylon, Canaan, and other pagan cultures. An astonishing comparison is then made between Freemasonry and Roman Catholicism, showing that both rest upon the same anti-Christian foundation." -- 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

*Schuettinger, Robert, Lord Acton: Historian of Liberty, ISBN: 0875482945 9780875482941.
Includes appendix, bibliography, and index.

Scott, C. Anderson, Romanism and the Gospel.
"Scott is highly critical of Catholicism." -- GCB

*Spurgeon, Charles Haddon, and Timothy F. Kauffman (editor), Geese in Their Hoods: Selected Writings on Roman Catholicism, ISBN: 0963714171 9780963714176.
"Spurgeon's criticism of Romanism heresies and superstitions. . . . Compiled from writings in Spurgeon's Magazine The Sword and the Trowel." -- Publisher
"The uncensored Spurgeon . . ! At last a publisher has given us the REAL Spurgeon's priceless, too-hot-to-handle, 'Rome remarks. . .' I can assure you that these are only the tip of the iceberg. . . I have always been greatly amused at the 'editing' of Spurgeon's work with regard to Romanism -- among other things -- by the 'Powerhouse' Evangelical Publishing Establishment in the U.S. (See the censored and rewritten MORNING AND EVENING devotionals, for example.) These . . . efforts not to offend Romanists and Ecumenicals would doubtless raise the ire of [Spurgeon himself]. . . Hypocrisy can be quite interesting in it's more 'devout and holy' manifestations! Here, though, is the unexpurgated wit of a Gospel preacher who was so bold and outspoken that the Media STILL has to silence him. . . !" -- Reader's Comment

Strong, William, A Voice From Heaven Calling the People of God to a Perfect Separation From Mystical Babylon.

Thornwell, J.H. (1812-1862), Sacramental Sorcery: The Invalidity of Roman Catholic Baptism, ISBN: 1891777165 9781891777165. Available from The Trinity Foundation.
"In 1845 the General Assembly of the American Presbyterian Church declared that Roman Catholic baptism is not Christian baptism. But in the ecumenical twentieth century, that declaration was all but forgotten by American Presbyterians -- deliberately so. The leading southern Presbyterian theologian of the nineteenth century, J. H. Thornwell, wrote a defense of the 1845 declaration that has never been refuted by any theologian -- it has simply been ignored. The publication of this book is intended to end that ignorance.
"In an age when so-called Protestants favor tradition over Scripture, Thornwell reminds us of the Biblical truth: "We should not be deterred from admitting a Scriptural conclusion because it removes the structures of antiquity. . . . We are first to ascertain from Scripture what the true sacrament of baptism is, and then judge the practice of the church in every age by this standard. . . . The unbroken transmission of a visible Church in any line of succession is a figment of papists and prelatists. Conformity with the Scriptures, not ecclesiastical genealogy, is the true touchstone of a sound church." -- The Trinity Foundation

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

*Toplady, Augustus (1740-1778), Arminianism: The Road to Rome! Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #19.
Exposes the Jesuits, the Papacy, John Wesley, the Anabaptists, etc.
"There is no such thing as preaching Christ and him crucified unless you preach what is now-a-days called Calvinism. I have my own ideas, and those I state boldly. It is a nickname to call it Calvinism; Calvinism is the gospel, and nothing else." -- C.H. Spurgeon, The New Park Street Pulpit, Vol. 1, 1856.
Arminianism "came from Rome, and leads thither again."
Arminianism: The Road to Rome, by Augustus Toplady
http://www.swrb.com/newslett/actualnls/RHNarmin.htm
Arminianism: The Road to Rome, a sermon.
http://www.sermonaudio.com/new_details3.asp?ID=7792

*Turretin, Francis (1623-1687), Institutes of Elenctic Theology, Vols. 1, 2, and 3, ISBN: 0875524516 9780875524511 0875524524 9780875524528
These three volumes "mark the arrival of the first complete edition of the INSTITUTES OF ELENCTIC THEOLOGY to be published in the English language. Heartily recommended by James Montgomery Boice, Sinclair B. Ferguson, John H. Gerstner, Leon Morris, and others. Theologians, pastors, and students will welcome this treatise, which first develops and then contrast Reformed doctrines with Roman Catholic, Arminian, and Socinian views. . . ." -- Publisher

*Warfield, B.B. (1851-1921), Counterfeit Miracles: The Cessation of the Charismata, Patristic and Medieval Marvels, Roman Catholic Miracles, Irvingite Gifts, Faith Healing, Mind Cure, ISBN: 085151166X (Unicoi, TN: The Trinity Foundation,) and (Kessinger Publishing, LLC, July 25, 2007), ISBN: 0548246793.
"This book is based on a series of lectures on counterfeit miracles that Professor Benjamin Warfield of Princeton Theological Seminary delivered in 1918; they are as relevant and as important today as they were ninety years ago.
"Warfield, one of the most accomplished theologians of the twentieth century, a Professor at Princeton Seminary for more than 30 years, and a prolific systematic theologian, defends and expresses once again the skepticism commanded by Christ in Scripture.
"There are demonic miracles in the modern world; there are unscrupulous impostors; there are weak-minded and gullible churchgoers; there is the power of suggestion; but there are no divine miracles. Divine miracles had a specific purpose, and when that purpose was accomplished, divine miracles ceased.
"The present fascination with miracles, no longer restricted to the superstitions of the Roman Catholic Church-State, but now spread throughout the world by the Pentecostal and Charismatic movements, is not a sign of resurgent Christianity, as so many have said, but a sign of resurgent paganism. The sort of religion that pervaded ancient Rome and medieval Rome has returned, just as, and because, Christianity is fading from the modern mind." -- The Trinity Foundation
"Warfield carefully examines the claims of Roman Catholics, Christian Science, and others. Such alleged miracles as tongue-speaking, faith-healing, etc. are considered and catalogued. Then he sets out a carefully worded (does Warfield know any other way to word) defense of the view of Christianity of the nature, function, and cessation of certain spiritual gifts -- and of course he equates this with what the Bible says, and quotes appropriate places." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.
"It is well and good to say (with fingers in ears, repeating like a mantra) "Miracles happen every day . . . I've seen them . . . everybody's seen them . . . God never changes . . . etc., etc." But when one gets down to brass tacs, the complete dearth of evidence for - as an example - miracles of regeneration or resurrection is embarassingly obvious. Does anyone think that if Benny Hinn had more to offer than mind-cures, suggestion, and cures of psychosomatic illnesses that he would not FLOOD the airways with footage to prove it? TBN would be ALL MIRACLES, ALL DAY. I was raised in a charismatic home and fully believe that God gives special providences and that our prayers ARE answered. But the special apostolic gifts are, whether you gauge it by quality or quantity, not with us anymore. I understand the worldview of the charismatic; but charismatics need to learn that whether or not the last regenerative miracle was in 70 AD or yesterday actually has no bearing on the truth of Christianity. Warfields excellent exegesis not only answers questions of charismata that endure to this day, but also reminds us that there is nothing new under the sun. Read this 80 year old tome, change the names, and you have a scathing indictment of the modern practitioners of faith healing. Bravo to a scintillating intellect." -- Reader's Comment

Webster, William, The Popish Doctrine of Doing Evil That Good may come, considered in a sermon preach'd at Ware in Hertfordshire. By W. Webster, D.D. . . . , London, 1745.

Webster, William, A Seasonable Antidote Against Popery, shewing the destructive principles and practices of the papists . . . in a sermon preached at Ware in Hertfordshire. By Will. Webster . . . 2nd edition London, 1746.

White, John (1570-1615), The Protestant Englishman Guarded Against the Arts and Arguments of Romish Priests and Emissaries, etc., 1753.
White, John (1570-1615), A New Preservative Against Popery, chiefly extracted from a larger treatise lately published, intituled, The protestant Englishman guarded against the arts and arguments of Romish priests and emissaries. Seasonable and useful for all families . . . By John White . . . Published for the use of common readers. London, 1758.

White, John (1570-1615), The Way to the True Church: Wherein the principall motiues perswading according to Romanisme and questions touching the nature and authoritie of the church and scriptures, are familiarly disputed, and driuen to their issues, where, this day they sticke betweene the Papists and vs: contriued into an answer to a popish discourse concerning the rule of faith and the marks of the church. And published to admonish such as decline to papistrie of the weake and vncertaine grounds, whereupon they haue ventured their soules. Directed to all that seeke for resolution: and especially to his louing countrimen of Lancashire. By Iohn White minister of Gods word at Eccles. For the finding out of the matter and questions handled, there are three tables: two in the beginning, and one in the end of the booke, 1608.

Woodcock, Francis (1614?-1651), Lex Talionis: or, God paying every man in his own coyn. Held forth in a sermon preached at Margarets Westminster, before the Honorable House of Commons, on their solemn fast, July 30th, 1645. By Francis Woodcock, minister at Olaves Southwark, one of the Assembly of Divines. Published by order of that House, 1646. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.

Woodrow, Ralph Edward, Babylon Mystery Religion: Ancient and Modern, ISBN: 091693800X 9780916938000.
"Detailed Biblical and historical account of how, when, why, and where ancient paganism was mixed with Christianity." -- GCB

Wylie, James A. (1808-1890), The Papal Hierarchy: An Exposure of the Tactics of Rome for the Overthrow of the Liberty and Christianity of Great Britain.
See: Wylie, J.A. (1808-1890), The History of Protestantism (1902), vol. 1 of 3.
http://archive.org/details/historyofprotes01wyli

*Wylie, James Aiken (1808-1890), The Papacy is the Antichrist, 1888. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #13 (and 14, 15, 16, 17, 18).
"Classic Protestant Historicism demonstrating why both futurism and preterism are hermeneutically flawed.
"This book contains the classic teaching of the Protestant Reformation regarding Antichrist (an integral part of that Reformation, we might add -- as all the Reformed creeds and confessions attest). The easy reading format and style make this book an ideal introduction to this topic.
"This book contains the classic teaching of the Protestant Reformation regarding Antichrist (an integral part of that Reformation, we might add - as all the Reformed creeds and confessions attest). The easy reading format and style make this book an ideal introduction to this topic." -- Publisher
The Papacy is the Antichrist (1 of 3) (1888), Reformation Eschatology by J.A. Wylie, free audio (MP3)
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?sermonID=111502234113
The Papacy is the Antichrist (2 of 3) (1888), Reformation Eschatology by J.A. Wylie, free audio (MP3)
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?sermonID=111702165824
The Papacy is the Antichrist (3 of 3) (1888), Reformation Eschatology by J.A. Wylie, free audio (MP3)
"This sermon quickly climbed to the #2 spot (for the day) on Sermon Audio (out of 16,620 sermons).
"Brief Overview: Contains the teaching of Scripture and the Protestant Reformation (Historicism) exposing the Papacy as the Antichrist or 'that Man of Sin.' The original WCF [1646 -- sk] even applied 666 to the Papacy. This doctrine was an integral part of the Reformation as all the Reformed creeds, covenants, and confessions attest.
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?sermonID=111702212150
The Papacy is the Antichrist, J.A. Wylie, a free PDF
http://www.historicism.net/readingmaterials/thepapacy.pdf

*Wylie, James Aiken (1808-1890), The Papacy: Its History, Dogmas, Genius, and Prospects. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #18.
"In its day, this book, of 572 pages, won the Evangelical Alliance first prize for an essay on Popery. `With all we have read of Popery, we have yet met with nothing in the English language which we regard to be so complete in itself, and so overwhelmingly destructive to Romanism,' noted the Evangelical magazine. (Evangelical magazines of Wylie's day obviously knew who their enemies were then; there are few that recognize this today. Some, in our day, even teach that a return to Rome is advisable, thinking that an alliance with idolaters will help free the land of social evils. In reality this will only serve as a further provocation against `the Holy one of Israel,' bringing more curses, wrath and guilt upon our land.). Wylie's book combines the qualities of clear structure, vigorous logic, and eloquent style and yet is written with an absence of unchristian passion and prejudice; making its argument all the more useful to those trapped in Rome's web of deceit (or those seeking a fair and comprehensive treatment of this massive topic). It is also indexed. When this book first appeared in German, the Papists were careful to give it the `silent treatment,' lest an inquiring Papist should hear of it and be inclined to read it. These same Romanists (later) also invoked the civil power against it, so fearful were they of its contents." -- Publisher

See also: The sovereignty of god, The doctrine of man (human nature, total depravity), Colossians, The sufficiency of christ, 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, The sufficiency of scripture, God's deliverance of nations, Popery, Toleration, liberty of conscience, pluralism, and neutrality, Leniency, Spiritual discernment, Sexual relationship, Spiritual Adultery (Spiritual Whoredom/Harlotry), Idolatry Idolatry, Conspiracy and Corruption, Machiavellianism, Secret societies, ungodly alliances, voluntary associations, Reform of the church, Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, Book-length presentations of the free offer of the Gospel message of salvation and the life to come: the means of grace, The antichrist, Idolatry, Arminianism, antinomianism, Child abuse and pedophilia, Homosexuality, Islam (muslim/moslim), muhammadanism/mohammadanism, Statism (hellenic thought), institutionalism, and corporatism, The covenanted reformation of scotland, Persecution, and so forth, and so on.

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"Sexual Relationship"
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"One of the last absolute monarchs on Earth died last Saturday, April 2 [2005], John Paul II. Although he ruled over a tiny city-state, his empire circled the globe.
"Praised as a great defender of freedom and democracy, John Paul II was actually an advocate of socialism and autocracy. It would indeed have been remarkable if an absolute monarch had been a defender of freedom and democracy, but John Paul II was not.
"In the realm in which he held absolute power for 26 years -- the Roman Church-State -- there are no free elections, and John Paul II made no move to institute any. No Catholic congregation elects its own priest, and no diocese elects its own bishop. Priests are appointed by bishops, bishops are appointed by cardinals, and cardinals are appointed by the pope. Power flows from the top down, and it has for the past 1500 years, the entire history of the church. The Roman Church has no government "of the people, by the people, and for the people," but it is an autocracy ruled by an absolute monarch. No one should confuse it with the church founded by Jesus Christ.
"Rather, the Roman Church is a grotesque parody of the Christian church.
"Christ told his disciples:

You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and those who are great exercise authority over them. Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant. And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your slave -- just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many. (Matthew 20:25-28)
"On another occasion Christ warned his disciples about the religious leaders of his day:
They bind heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on men's shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers. But all their works they do to be seen by men. They make their phylacteries broad and enlarge the borders of their garments. They love the best places at feasts, the best seats in the synagogues, greetings in the marketplaces, and to be called by men, "Rabbi, Rabbi."
But you, do not be called "Rabbi," for one is your teacher, the Christ, and you are all brethren. Do not call anyone on Earth your Father, for one is your Father, he who is in Heaven. And do not be called teachers, for one is your Teacher, the Christ. But he who is greatest among you shall be your servant. And whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.
But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you shut up the Kingdom of Heaven against men; for you neither go in yourselves nor do you allow those who are entering to go in. Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you devour widows' houses, and for a pretense make long prayers. Therefore you will receive greater condemnation. Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you travel land and sea to win one proselyte, and when he is won, you make him twice as much a son of Hell as yourselves.
(Matthew 23)
"Not only did John Paul II fall under the condemnation that Christ pronounced on the religious leaders of his day, but he did not preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The Roman Church condemned Christ's Gospel at the Council of Trent in the 16th century, and no pope since then has disagreed with that condemnation. Through the centuries the Roman Church has persecuted millions of Christians, and that persecution continues to this day.
"In my book, ECCLESIASTICAL MEGALOMANIA: THE ECONOMIC AND POLITICAL THOUGHT OF THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH, I detail the socialism and autocracy of the Roman Church in general and of John Paul II in particular. The Roman Church has been godfather to all sorts of totalitarianism, from the fascism of Italy to the Marxist Liberation Theology of Latin America. John Paul II himself quoted Gaudium et Spes, a document issued by Vatican II which attacked private property and asserted that 'If one is in extreme necessity he has the right to procure for himself what he needs out of the riches of others' -- a thinly veiled encouragement of stealing. In fact, the pope encouraged violence on a massive scale, not merely individual crime, by saying in his 1987 encyclical Sollicitudo Rei Socialis, "Peoples excluded from the fair distribution of the goods originally destined for all could ask themselves: Why not respond with violence to those who first treat us with violence?" This was Hitler's rationale for starting World War II: Germany had been deprived of the goods originally intended for all.
"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.
"For those who are interested in an accurate description of the Roman Church-State, rather than the romantic fiction being purveyed by the mass media, please read these books and essays:

Books:

*Robbins, John W. (1949-2008, editor) Christ and Civilization, 2nd edition (Unicoi, TN: The Trinity Foundation), ISBN: 1891777246 9781891777240.
"A new 48-page booklet. Includes a complete listing (in an additional 16 pages) of the books currently available from The Trinity Foundation."
"Christ and Civilization"
http://www.trinityfoundation.org/PDF/200a-ChristandCivilization.pdf

Ecclesiastical Megalomania: The Economic and Political Thought of the Roman Catholic Church
http://www.trinitylectures.org/product_info.php?cPath=21&products_id=73&osCsid=11d5493d2077772dce437f5b412551ce

Papal Power
http://www.trinitylectures.org/product_info.php?cPath=21&products_id=123&osCsid=11d5493d2077772dce437f5b412551ce

Essays:

*Robbins, John W. (1949-2008), Acton on the Papacy (Unicoi, TN: The Trinity Foundation).
The Acton Institute is now controlled by the Roman Catholic Institution.

Antichrist
http://www.trinityfoundation.org/journal.php?id=181

The Attractions of Popery
http://www.trinityfoundation.org/journal.php?id=179

Evangelicalism, the Charismatic Movement, and the Race Back to Rome
http://www.trinityfoundation.org/journal.php?id=30

Forgotten Principles of the Reformation