The Simplicity of the authority of the 1611 Authorized Version
The Simplicity of the scriptures rightly divided
The Simplicity of justification by faith alone
We believe that many of the old writers (prior to 1900) had a real grasp on the Practical Christian Life and the Home. Over the years we have been introduced to many of these writers and their works through the preacher at our local church. Their views on the Practical Christian Life and the Home have been a true blessing to us. Visit our "Book Room" for a small sample from these great writers of the past.
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"When the race is ended, and the play is either won or lost, and ye are in the utmost circle and border of time, and shall put your foot within the march of eternity, all the good things of your short nightdream shall seem to you like ashes of a blaze of thorns or straw."
"A sea of glass, a pageant of fond delights, a theatre of variety, a labyrinth of error, a gulf of grief, a sty of filthiness, a vale of misery, a state of deceit, a cage full of owls, a den of scorpions, a wilderness of wolves, a cabin of bears, a whirlwind of passions, a feigned comedy, a detestable frenzy."
As the preparations were being made for the coronation procession, the piety of the youthful monarch was shown in an incident that is worth remembering. John Bale relates, upon the authority of credible witnesses, that when three swords were brought to be carried in the procession, as emblematic of his three kingdoms, the king said “there was one yet wanting.”
The nobles inquired what it was and he answered, “The Bible,” and then added, “That book is the sword of the Spirit, and to be preferred before these swords. That ought in all right to govern us, who use them for the people’s safety by God’s appointment. Without that sword we are nothing, we can do nothing, we have not power. From the Bible we are what we are this day. From it we receive whatsoever it is that we at present do assume. He that rules without it, is not to be called God’s minister or king. Under the Bible, the word of God, we ought to live, to fight, to govern the people and to perform all our affairs. From it alone we obtain all power, virtue, grace, salvation and whatsoever we have of divine strength.“
Now, that is the kind of earthly ruler we need today! Wouldn’t it be something if even the average Christian esteemed the word of God like young Edward VI did back in 1546.
In John Bunyan’s “Pilgrim’s Progress” there is a great discourse between one “Talkative” and “Faithful”: this is a masterpiece. Faithful and Christian are going about there way when one “Talkative” joins them and begins to discourse on religion. Talkative’s "religious talk" sounds good to Faithful but Christian is not amused for he knows of this Talkative from previous experience. Christian then takes Faithful aside and reveals that Talkative is just a talker of religion and not a doer. Christian then instructs Faithful on how to expose this Talkative for what he really is. First Faithful asks Talkative how this good “knowledge” of religion works itself out (seeking to expose him). Talkative answers but detects something is up. Finally Faithful tells him what true religion is. The following is his description of what true religion is. John Bunyan knew the Christian life and Faithful’s description is worth reading and using as a good checklist to see if you have true salvation.
FAITHFUL. A work of grace in the soul discovereth itself, either to him that hath it, or to standers by.
To him that hath it thus: It gives him conviction of sin, especially of the defilement of his nature and the sin of unbelief, for the sake of which he is sure to be damned, if he findeth not mercy at God’s hand, by faith in Jesus Christ. This sight and sense of things worketh in him sorrow and shame for sin. Psalm 38:18; Jeremiah 31:19; John 16:8; Romans 7:24; Mark 16:16; Galatians 2:16; Revelation 1:6. He findeth, moreover, revealed in him the Saviour of the world, and the absolute necessity of closing with him for life, at the which he findeth hungerings and thirstings after him; to which hungerings, & etc., the promise is made. Now, according to the strength or weakness of his faith in his Saviour, so is his joy and peace, so is his love to holiness, so are his desires to know him more, and also to serve him in this world. But though I say it discovereth itself thus unto him, yet it is but seldom that he is able to conclude that this is a work of grace; because his corruptions now, and his abused reason, make his mind to misjudge in this matter; therefore, in him that hath this work, there is required a very sound judgment before he can, with steadiness, conclude that this is a work of grace. John 16:9; Galatians 2:15, 16; Acts 4:12; Matthew 5:6; Revelation 21:6.
To others it is thus discovered:
By an experimental confession of his faith in Christ.
By a life answerable to that confession; to wit, a life of holiness — heart holiness, family holiness, (if he hath a family,) and by conversation-holiness in the world which, in the general, teacheth him, inwardly, to abhor his sin, and himself for that, in secret; to suppress it in his family and to promote holiness in the world; not by talk only, as a hypocrite or talkative person may do, but by a practical subjection, in faith and love, to the power of the word. Job 42:5, 6; Psalm 50:23; Ezekiel 20:43; 36:25; Matthew 5:8; John 14:15; Romans 10:10 Phillipians 1:27; 3:17-20. And now, Sir, as to this brief description of the work of grace, and also the discovery of it, if you have aught to object, object; if not, then give me leave to propound to you a second question.
TALKATIVE. Nay, my part is not now to object, but to hear; let me, therefore, have your second question.
FAITHFUL. It is this: Do you experience this first part of this description of it? and doth your life and conversation testify the same? or standeth your religion in word or in tongue, and not in deed and truth? Pray, if you incline to answer me in this, say no more than you know the God above will say Amen to; and also nothing but what your conscience can justify you in; for not he that commendeth himself is approved, but whom the Lord commendeth. Besides, to say I am thus and thus, when my conversation, and all my neighbors, tell me I lie, is great wickedness.
This discourse ends with Talkative “hitting the road” for the conversation got to close to his soul and he didn’t like being exposed.