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expanded BARROW, ISAAC (1630-1677)
Godliness is Profitable for All Things (Edited & updated from the 1823 Edition)
expanded BROOKS, THOMAS (1608-1680)
The Mute Christian under the Smarting Rod (Edited & updated from the 1866 Edition)
expanded FLAVEL, JOHN
The Touchstone of Christian Sincerity: or The Trial of True and False Religion (Edited and Updated from the 1814 Edition, with additional footnotes)
expanded FLIEDNER, HENRY
The Martyrdom of a People: or The Vaudois of Piedmont and their History (Reprint of the 1914 Edition)
expanded JAMES, JOHN ANGELL(1785-1859)
The Marriage Ring or How to Make Home Happy (Reprint of the 1842 Edition)
expanded KIDDER, D. P.
Gehazi, The Sinner Detected (Reprint of the 1848 Sunday School Edition)
expanded MARTIELHE, JEAN
The Huguenot Galley Slaves (Edited & updated from the 19th century PBP reprint of the 1759 Edition by Johann Jacob Rambach)

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online theology library: DOCTRINE
DOCTRINE:
An online resource for Biblical and historical Christian Theology and Doctrines in excerpts and quotations from Scripture, ancient Christian writings, Pre-Reformation, Reformed and Puritan books, sermons and apologetics:

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AUTHORITY OF SCRIPTURE:
expanded ATHANASIUS (d. 373)
Doctrine on the Scripture
expanded CHRYSOSTOM, JOHN (347 - 407 ad)
Doctrine on the Scripture
expanded CLEMENT OF ALEXANDRIA (153-217)
Doctrine on the Scripture
expanded CLEMENT OF ROME (30-107ad)
Doctrine on the Scripture
expanded HIPPOLYTUS (170 - 236 ad)
Doctrine on the Scripture
expanded IRENAEUS (120 - 202 ad)
Authority of the Scripture
expanded JEROME (Eusebius Hieronymus) (ca 340 - 420)
Doctrine on the Scripture
expanded JUSTIN MARTYR (110 - 165 ad)
Doctrine on the Scripture
expanded MATHETES (130 ad)
Doctrine on the Scripture
expanded TERTULLIAN (145 - 220 ad)
Doctrine on the Scripture
expanded TYNDALE, WILLIAM (Martyr 1536ad)
Authority of the Scripture
BAPTISM:
expanded ALLEINE, JOSEPH (Puritan)
On Baptism
expanded FRITH, JOHN (Protestant, Martyr)
"The Sacrament of Baptism Described" (1533)
expanded MARTYR, JUSTIN (110-165ad)
On Baptism
expanded OWEN, JOHN (Puritan)
On Baptism (1674)
expanded TAYLOR, THOMAS (Puritan)
On Baptism (1795)
expanded TYNDALE, WILLIAM (Martyr 1536ad)
On Baptism
CHRISTIAN CHARACTER:
expanded EDWARDS, JONATHAN (Revivalist)
Character of a Christian
The True Nature of Conversion
expanded MATHETES (130ad)
Manners of the Christians
CHRISTIAN LOVE & CHARITY:
expanded LUTHER, MARTIN (1483-1546ad)
On Who Is My Neighbor
expanded TYNDALE, WILLIAM (Martyr 1536ad)
On Godly Love
expanded WILBERFORCE, WILLIAM
On Charity
PETER THE ROCK:
expanded H&F
Doctrine on Peter the Rock and the Keys of the Kingdom of Heaven
SABBATH:
expanded TERTULLIAN (145 - 220 ad)
Doctrine on the Sabbath
SALVATION, PREDESTINATION & FREE WILL:
expanded CRANMER, THOMAS (Martyr 1556ad)
Doctrine of Salvation
expanded BINNING, HUGH (1627-1653ad)
On Predestination
SAINTS (PRAYER & VENERATION):
expanded BREVINT, DANIEL (French Huguenot)
On Prayer to Saints (1674)
expanded CLAUDIUS OF TURIN (810-827ad)
On Veneration of Saints
FAITH & GOOD WORKS:
expanded TYNDALE, WILLIAM (Martyr 1536ad)
On Faith and Good Works
OFFENDED AT THE WORD:
expanded TAYLOR, THOMAS (Puritan)
Offended at the Word (1621)

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online sermon library: EXHORTATIONS
EXHORTATIONS:
An online resource for topical exhortations and sermons on Biblical Christian Doctrine and Christian Living in excerpts from Reformed, Puritan and Protestant Christian Books:

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DEATH, RESURRECTION & LIFE:
expanded WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY ON DEATH, RESURRECTION & LIFE?

"If our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved." (2 Corinthians 5)

"If Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness" (Romans 8:10)

DEPRESSION & SELF-CONDEMNATION:
expanded FLAVEL, JOHN
Times of Doubting, Spiritual Darkness & Self-Condemnation
MARRIAGE:
expanded ELIZABETH I, Queen of England (1533-1603)
An Homily on the State of Matrimony, A Sermon approved by the Queen
MORALITY:
expanded WILBERFORCE, WILLIAM
On Morality and Society
OBEDIENCE:
expanded CLEMENT (30-100ad)
How We Ought to Obey God and Not Men
(TO) PASTORS, PREACHERS, & THOSE IN MINISTRY:
expanded BAXTER, RICHARD (1615-1691ad)
You Are All Brethren, An Exhortation to Pastoral Humility
READING & STUDYING HOLY SCRIPTURE (BIBLE READING):
expanded ELIZABETH I, Queen of England (1533-1603)
A Fruitful Exhortation to the Reading of Holy Scripture, A Sermon approved by the Queen
expanded NEWTON, JOHN
To a Student in Divinity
SALVATION BY GRACE:
expanded HAIL & FIRE
Exhortation on Grace
expanded NEWTON, JOHN
No Access to God but by the Gospel of Christ
expanded W. N.
On Marriage, addressed to Young Christians
TRADITION:
expanded WYCLIFFE, JOHN
On Vain Traditions
(TO THE) UNCONVERTED:
expanded BAXTER, RICHARD
On Lamentations of the Lost
(TO) YOUNG ADULTS:
expanded WELLDON, J. E. C.
Judas Iscariot (Matthew 10:4) Thoughts About the Character of Persons

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MP3 AUDIO LIBRARY:
The Hail & Fire Audio Library provides Christian Audio Books and Sermons in MP3 audio format. Listen online using the Hail & Fire Audio Player, download to play on your computer, or load onto your iPod or portable player.

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SERMONIC:
expanded BINNING, HUGH (Puritan 1627-1653)
expanded BUNYAN, JOHN (Protestant 1628-88)
expanded EDWARDS, JONATHAN (1703-1758)
expanded FLAVEL, JOHN (1627-1691)
expanded TYNDALE, WILLIAM (1494-1536)
expanded WATTS, ISAAC (Puritan 1674-1748)
expanded WILBERFORCE, WILLIAM (1759-1833)
MARTYROLOGIES:
expanded POGGIUS (witness to the Council of Constance and the burning of Protestant Reformers John Hus 1415ad and Jerome of Prague)
PROTESTANT APOLOGETICA:
expanded JEWEL, JOHN (Protestant 1522-71)

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online library: BIBLES
BIBLE LIBRARY:
The Hail & Fire Library provides various translations of the Bible and their historical annotations. “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works." 2 Timothy 3:16-17, KJV.

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expanded Rheims New Testament (1582)
The Rheims New Testament presented here is an 1834 reprint of the 1582 New Testament, Annotated Edition, published by the English College at Rheims. It contains the original translation, preface, and the notes and annotation that were included in the 1582 volume. Translated by the Society of Jesus (Jesuits), this volume was a tool of the Counter Reformation.Translation was provided under the direction of Gregory Martin, chief linguist at Rheims, an outspoken Catholic apologist and controversialist. Annotations in the Rheims New Testament were provided under the direction of Nicholas Saunders (Society of Jesus), a controversialist dedicated to countering the historical and scriptural proofs of the Reformation.
- companion volume to the Confutation of the Rhemish Testament (Originally published 1582; 1834 Protestant Reprint Edition)
expanded The Vulgate & Douay Compared
1582 Rheims New Testament (Latin & English in Parallel columns). The Vulgate New Testament is here provided in parallel format with the original Douai Rheims New Testament of Gregory Martin (1582) for purposes of comparison and learning.
expanded H KAINH ΔIAΘHKH. Novum Testamentum Graecum Accedunt Parallela S. Scripturae Loca Necnon Vetus Capitulorum Notatio et Canones Eusebii (Greek New Testament) by Johann Albrecht Bengel or Johanne Alberti Bengelii (1687-1752ad, Lutheran divine of Württemberg, Germany). Greek New Testament (1734 Tübingen & Stuttgart, Bengelii Novi Testamenti) and Canonibus Eusebii, 1836 Edition.
expanded The Prophet Jonah with An Introduction by William Tyndale
or, The prophet Jonah with an introduction before teaching to understand him and the right use also of all the scripture and why it was written, and what is therein to be sought and shown wherewith the scripture is locked up that he which reads it cannot understand it though he study therein never so much: and again with what keys it is so opened that the reader can be stopped out with no subtle or false doctrine of man from the true sense and understanding thereof." (Originally Published in 1531)

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Sermons
Sermons: Children
Sermons: Young Adults
Prayers, Hymns & Poetry
Church Fathers
Creeds & Constitutions
Martyrologies
History
Protestant Apologetica
Catholic Apologetica
Dogmatica de Fide Catholica

(Dogma of the Catholic faith)

Eschatology

online library books: SERMONIC
SERMONIC:
expanded ALLEINE, JOSEPH (Puritan 1634-1668)

An Alarm to the Unconverted Sinners (Originally Published 1672, Prefixed with an Epistle by Rev. Richard Baxter entitled "To the Unconverted Reader," 1818 Edition)

in Scottish Gaelic Earail Dhurachdach do Pheacaich Neo-Iompaichte (Originally Published 1672, Prefixed with An Roi'radh le Rev. Richard Baxter, 1860 Edition of "An Alarm to the Unconverted Sinners" in Gaelic)

expanded ALLESTREE, RICHARD (1619-1681) The Lively Oracles Given to Us, or, The Christian's Birth-Right and Duty, in the Custody and Use of the Holy Scripture (1832 Edition, also attributed to Robert Boyle)
expanded BARROW, ISAAC (Puritan 1630-1677) Sermons, on Various Subjects (1823 Edition in 5 volumes)
expanded BATES, WILLIAM (Puritan 1625-1699) Spiritual Perfection Unfolded and Enforced (Originally published 1699, 1848 Edition, The Religious Tract Society, The Writings of the Doctrinal Puritans and Divines of the Seventeenth Century)
expanded BECON, THOMAS (Reformer 1512-67) The Catechism of Thomas Becon With Other Pieces Written by Him in the Reign of King Edward the Sixth (1844 Parker Society Edition)
expanded BINNING, HUGH (Puritan, 1627-1653)

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expanded BOSTON, THOMAS
A Soliloquy on the Art of Fishing for Men, For a pattern to every preacher of the Gospel (Originally Published in 1699, 1900 Edition)
expanded BREVINT, DANIEL (French Huguenot)

See: Apologetica Protestant

expanded BROME, HENRY
A Seasonable Discourse Showing the Necessity of Maintaining the Established Religion, In Opposition To Popery (1673 Edition, Pamphlet)
expanded BUNYAN, JOHN (Protestant 1628-88) Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners, In a faithful account of the life and death of John Bunyan, or, A brief relation of the exceeding mercy of God in Christ to him namely in His taking him out of the dunghill, and converting him to the faith of His blessed son Jesus Christ. Here is also particularly shewed, what sight of, and what troubles he had for sin; and also, what various temptations he hath met with, and how God hath carried him through them.
expanded CALVIN, JOHN (French Reformer)

See: Apologetica Protestant

expanded CLARKE, SAMUEL (Protestant)

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expanded EDWARDS, JONATHAN (Revivalist, 1703-1758)

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expanded ELIZABETH I (1533-1603, Queen)
A Sermon Preached before Queen Elizabeth I, at Greenwich, the 24th of February, AD 1590, on Psalm 77:20 “Thou didest lead thy people like sheep, by the hand of Moses and Aaron."
expanded ELLIOTT, REV. E. B.
Horae Apocalypticae (1851 Edition)
expanded ERASMUS, DESIDERIUS
The Colloquies of Erasmus
expanded FARQUHAR, JOHN
On The Parable Of The Prodigal Son [Sermon] (1780)
expanded FENNER, WILLIAM
A Divine Message to the Elect Soul [8 Sermons] (1645)
expanded FLAVEL, JOHN (Puritan 1627-1691)

The Touchstone of Sincerity or Trial of True and False Religion (1814 Edition)

Keeping the Heart (1813 Edition)

expanded FRITH, JOHN (English Reformer and Protestant Martyr 1503-1533ad)

The Works of the English Reformers: William Tyndale and John Frith (1831 Edition in three Volumes)

expanded GRIFFITHS, JOHN (Editor)
Certain Sermons or Homilies Appointed to be Read in Churches in the Time of Queen Elizabeth of Famous Memory (1864 Edition)
expanded HENRY, MATTHEW (1662-1714, Reformed Protestant)
A Discourse on Meekness and Quietness of Spirit
expanded JAMES, JOHN ANGELL (Protestant)
The Marriage Ring: or How to Make a Happy Home (1842 Illuminated Edition)
expanded LATIMER, HUGH (Martyr 1485-1555)
Sermons on the Card and Other Discourses
expanded LIGHTFOOT, JOHN (1602-1675ad)
The Whole Works of the Late Rev. John Lightfoot, D. D. Master of Catharine Hall, Cambridge. (1825 Edition in 13 Volumes)
expanded LUTHER, MARTIN (1483-1546)
Commentary on the Epistle to the Galatians
expanded MEAD, MATTHEW (Puritan 1661)
The Almost Christian Discovered; or the False Professor Tried and Cast. (Published 1661, 1819 Edition)
expanded MILLINGTON, THOMAS (Editor)
Words To Win Souls: Twelve Sermons, Preached 1620 - 1650, editor T. Millington (1851 Edition)
expanded OWEN, JOHN (1616-1683, Puritan)
The Forgiveness of Sin, a Practical Exposition of Psalm 130 (American Tract Society Edition)
expanded PALEARIO, AONIO (Italiano Reformer, Martyr Protestante 1570)

The Benefit of Christ's Death: or, The Glorious Riches of God's Free Grace, Which Every True Believer Receives by Jesus Christ, and Him Crucified. Originally Written in Italian by Aonio Paleario; and Now Reprinted from an Ancient English Translation. With an Introduction by John Ayre, Minister of St. John's Chapel, Hampstead. (Originally published in 1543 in Italian, 19th Century Update of the 1638 English Edition)

in Italiano Benefizio della Morte di Cristo (Originalmente pubblicato 1543; 1849 Edizione in Italiano, Pisa, Italia)

expanded PARR, ELNATHAN (1597-1632)
The Grounds of Divinity. Plainly discovering the Misteries of Christian Religion, propounded in Questions and Answers: Substantially proved by Scriptures; expounded faithfully, according to the writings of the best divines, and evidently applied by profitable uses. To which is prefixed a very profitable Treatise containing an exhortation to the Study of the Word. (1633 Edition, London)
expanded PORTEUS, BEILBY

See: Apologetica Protestant

expanded SACHEVERELL, HENRY
The Christian Triumph: or, The Duty of Praying for our Enemies, 1713, a Sermon by Henry Sacheverell
expanded SAURIN, JAQUES (Huguenot Pasteur)
en Français (in French) Sermons sur divers textes de L'Ecriture Sainte (1749 Edition in 9 volumes, en Francais)

READ BY VOLUME:

TOME I

TOME VII

expanded SECKER, ARCHBISHOP

See: Apologetica Protestant (Porteus, Beilby)

expanded SHERLOCK, BISHOP (Church of England)

The Duty of Maintaining the Christian Faith [Sermon] (1748)

Work out your Salvation with Fear and Trembling [Sermon] (1755)

expanded SHERLOCK, WILLIAM (Dean of St Paul's)

A Practical Discourse Concerning Death [Sermons] (1723 Edition, London)

expanded TAYLOR, JEREMY (1613-1667)
Holy Living and Dying Together with “Prayers containing the Whole Duty of a Christian,” (Originally Published 1651, 1851 Edition)

See: Apologetica Protestant

expanded TAYLOR, THOMAS (Puritan 1576-1633)
The Parable of the Sower, and of the Seed (1621 Edition)
expanded TRAILL, ROBERT (1642-1716)
Select Practical Writings Sermons and commentary on Galatians, Hebrews, Ephesians, Philippians, etc. & Vindication of the Protestant Doctrine of Justification, Its Preachers & Professors, from the Unjust Charge of Antinomianism (Originally Published in 1692, 1845 Edition)
expanded TYNDALE, WILLIAM (Reformer and Protestant Martyr 1494-1536ad)

The Prophet Jonah with An Introduction by William Tyndale

The Works of the English Reformers: William Tyndale and John Frith (1831 Edition in three Volumes)

expanded WATSON, THOMAS

A Divine Cordial; or The Transcendent Privilege of those that Love God, and are Savingly Called (A Puritan Sermon on Divine Encouragement on Romans 8:28, Originally Published 1657, 1838 Edition, The Religious Tract Society)

The Christian Soldier or Heaven Taken By Storm Showing the Holy Violence a Christian is to put forth in the pursuit after glory. To which is added, The Happiness of Drawing Near to God, and The Saint’s Desire to be with Christ. (Puritan Sermon on Ephesians 6:11: “Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.,” 1816 Edition)

expanded WILBERFORCE, WILLIAM
Real Christianity (1797 Edition)

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online library books: SERMONIC: CHILDREN and YOUNG ADULTS
SERMONIC: CHILDREN & YOUNG ADULTS: Christian, Protestant, Reformed, and Puritan sermons, exhortations, and moral stories for the Christian education of children and young adults. In the words of Reformed preacher Charles H. Spurgeon “Christian children mainly need to be taught the doctrine, precept, and life of the gospel: they require to have Divine truth put before them clearly and forcibly. ... If there be any doctrine too difficult for a child, it is rather the fault of the teacher's conception of it than of the child's power to receive it, provided that child be really converted to God. It is ours to make doctrine simple; this is to be a main part of our work. Teach the little ones the whole truth and nothing but the truth; for instruction is the great want of the child's nature.” And, in the words of Puritan preacher John Flavel, “for you that are parents, or to whom the education of children is comitted, I beseech you mind the duty which lies on you. ... For to what purpose do we desire them before we have them, rejoice in them when we have them, value them so highly, sympathize with them so tenderly, grieve for their death so excessively, if in the meantime no care be taken what shall become of them to eternity? ... If you neglect to instruct them in the way of holiness, will the devil neglect to instruct them in the way of wickedness? No, no, if you will not teach them to pray, he will teach them to curse, swear and lie. If ground be uncultivated, weeds will spring up.”
expanded WELLDON, J. E. C. (Head-Master)
Be Strong: Lessons for Young Lives [Sermons for Young Adults] (1907 Edition, The Religious Tract Society)

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online library books: PRAYERS, HYMNS & POETRY
PRAYERS, HYMNS & POETRY:
These works have been placed online as a resource for Biblical Christian prayers, hymns and poetry. "Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you." 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
expanded CLAY, WILLIAM KEATINGE
Private Prayers of the Reign of Queen Elizabeth (Parker Society)
expanded WATTS, ISAAC
The Psalms of David, Imitated in the Language of the New Testament, and Applied to the Christian State and Worship
expanded WHITTIER, JOHN
Poems (1893 Edition)

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online library books: CREEDS & CONSTITUTIONS
CREEDS & CONSTITUTIONS:
These works have been placed online as a resource for those who believe in continuous Reformation and who rejoice in freedom. "We must be a protesting, resisting people in order to maintain freedom." John Foxe, 1565.
expanded MELANCHTHON, PHILIP
The Augsburg Confession or The Confessio Augustana (Evangelical Protestant Confession of Faith/Creed, presented to Emperor Charles V at the Diet of Augsburg, in Germany, 1530)
expanded THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

The Constitution of the United States of America (1787)

The Declaration of Independence of The United States of America (1776)

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online library books: CHURCH FATHERS
CHURCH FATHERS:
The works of those commonly called or traditionally called "Church Fathers" are published here and ought to be resorted to not as the Father's of the Church, for this term in a Biblical and correct sense is reserved for those Apostles and Prophets by whose writings and revelations the Church from the beginning is established and built up. Jesus himself warned, and Paul warned, and John warned, of a darkness and an era of apostacy that would come upon the Church, even a flood, which would be spewed out of the mouth of the dragon, a mystery of iniquity, which would if possible deceive even the elect, if it were possible. In the greater context of the end times, the Church Fathers, in so many volumes preserved, are the record of that falling away that would come and that would allow the man of sin - the Antichrist - to be revealed (2 Thessalonians 2:3). After the good begining of the Gospel, we watch, in these writings and epistles, as the overseers (episkopous) and bishops themselves begin to stray from the Gospel that was originally preached, and finally turn aside "speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them," (Acts 20:28-30). Let all those who seek the truth of the Gospel, refer to the Gospel, to Christ the source and the Spirit of holiness, but let us not establish Christian doctrine upon the corruptions and traditions of men.
expanded BEDE, THE VENERABLE (or Baeda)
The Ecclesiastical History Of The English Nation (Originally issued in 731ad as Historia ecclesiastica gentis Anglorum; 1909 Edition)
expanded ROBERTS & DONALDSON (editors)
Ante-Nicene Christian Library: Translations of the Writings of the Church Fathers Down to A.D. 325 (1867-1872 Edition in 24 Volumes, translated and edited by Alexander Roberts, D.D., and James Donaldson, LL.D.)

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online library books: MARTYROLOGIES
MARTYROLOGIES:
These works have been placed online so that those of a Protestant and Gospel faith might have these rare and historical resources readily available. Many today have hastily compromised this great cloud of witnesses for the same 'ecumenical unity' from which their own nations and peoples and families escaped by so dear a price paid in the past. To such we humbly address a word of caution: Look not to the past to whitewash it; the past is a record of the very trial of men's creeds and it is the record itself afforded to all that we might examine and judge the fruits of the religions and doctrines that men live by in this world. Only by putting out our own eyes of wisdom do we exonerate the doctrine and the dogma, and condemn the man only who lived by it. We may each study and analyze the facts of history; we may suspect and dissect; we may seek proofs and compile arguments and in polemical treatises put forth our findings, theories and opinions; but we cannot change nor may we begin now to change or to suppress that which, in times past and in the ages in which the events took place, is witnessed and not denied by any party to the events, is testified by supporters and detractors alike, is recorded in decrees, dogmatic and ecclesiastical decisions, letters and histories written by men of every sort - even by all men. As Alexis Muston says to the purpose of his Vaudois martyrology and history, "Why relate such atrocities? more than one voice will exclaim with emotion. To inspire horror of the odious principles which have produced them. Do you suppose that an account of the blood which was shed will never be called for? Nay; these vile oppressors of mankind, tyrannizing by the sword, tyrannizing by deceit, tyrannizing by cupidity - these heroes of superstition and intolerance, who would have put an end to Christianity a thousand times over, if it could have been destroyed - these authors of so may wounds still bleeding in the world - must endure history to the last."
expanded BEATTIE, WILLIAM (M.D.)

See under: History

expanded BERSIER, EUGÈNE (Pasteur Français)
en Français (in French) Quelques Pages de L'Histoire des Huguenots (Préface par Auguste Sabatier, 1891 Edition en Français)
expanded FLIEDNER, HENRY
The Martyrdom of a People: or The Vaudois of Piedmont and their History (1914 Edition)
expanded FOXE, JOHN (1517-1587)

Acts and Monuments (1841 Edition in 8 volumes)

The Book of Martyrs or A History of the Lives, Sufferings, and Triumphant Deaths of the Primitive Protestant Martyrs from the Introduction of Christianity to the Latest Periods of Pagan, Popish, and Infidel Persecutions (1850 Edition)

expanded GEDDES, MICHAEL (Doctor of Law and Chancellor of the Church of Sarum)

Miscellaneous Tracts (1709 Edition) Viz.: I. The History of the Expulsion of the Moriscoes, or Mahometans of the Moorish Race, out of Spain, in the Reign of Philip III. II. The History of the Wars of the Commons of Castile, in the Beginning of the Reign of the Emperor Charles V. III. A View of the Spanish Cortes, or Parliament. IV. An Account of the Manuscripts and Reliques found in the Mountains of Granada, 1588. V. A View of the Inquisition of Portugal; with a List of the Prisoners which came out of the Inquisition of Lisbon, in an Act of the Faith, celebrated Anno 1682. And Another in 1707. VI. A Narrative of the Proceedings of the Inquisition in Lisbon, with a Person now living in London, during his Imprisonment there. VII. A Spanish Protestant Martyrology.

expanded GORDON, JANET
The Spanish Inquistion: It's Heroes and Martyrs (1882 Edition)
expanded MARTIELHE, JEAN
The Huguenot Galley Slaves from the Memoirs of Jean Martielhe
expanded MONASTIER, ANTOINE
A History of the Vaudois Church from its Origin, and of the Vaudois of Piedmont to the Present Day (1848)
expanded MUSTON, ALEXIS (French Protestant)
The Israel of the Alps; A Complete History of the Vaudois of Piedmont and their Colonies: prepared in great part from unpublished documents (1857 Edition in 2 volumes, translated by the Rev. John Montgomery)
expanded PERRIN, JEAN PAUL
The History of the Waldenses (1624 Edition) containing: "The History of the Waldenses commonly called in England Lollards: The first Book,” “The Second Book of the History of the Waldenses: Containing that which is come to our knowledge, of the grievous persecutions, which they have endured for their Faith, for the space of more than four hundred and fifty years,” “The First Book of the History of the Albigenses,” and “The Third Part of the History of the Waldenses and Albigenses. The First Book containing the Doctrine and Discipline that hath been common among them. The Second Book containing the Discipline under which they lived. The Third Book containing a refutation of sundry Doctrines of the Church of Rome.”
expanded PEYRAN, JEAN RODOLPHE

See: Apologetica Protestant

expanded POGGIUS THE PAPIST
Hus the Heretic, or, The Infallibility of the Pope at the Council of Constance: The Trial of Hus, His Sentence and Death at the Stake in Two Letters by a Member of the Council, Fra Poggius, To his Friend and Brother in Christ, Leonhard Nikolai (1523)
expanded RELIGIOUS TRACT SOCIETY

Historical Tales for Young Protestants

The Lollards; or Some Account of the Witness for the Truth in Great Britain, Between the Years 1400 and 1546; with a Brief Notice of Events Connected with the Early History of the Reformation (1826 Edition, Originally published as a Series of Tracts)

expanded THE VAUDOIS (1870 Edition Article)
expanded JAMES H. WYLIE
The Council of Constance to the Death of John Hus, being Lectures delivered in the University of Oxford in 1900 (1900 Edition)

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History of the Huguenots (1844 Edition)
expanded BAIRD, HENRY MARTYN
The History of The Rise of the Hugenots of France (1879 Edition in 2 volumes)
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The Waldenses or Protestant Valleys of Piedmont, Dauphiny, and the Ban De La Roche (1838 Edition, London)
expanded BEDE, THE VENERABLE (or Baeda)

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expanded BERSIER, EUGÈNE (Pasteur Français)

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expanded CARE, HENRY (Protestant Christian)

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en Français (in French) Les Vaudois Et L'Inquisition (1908 Édition en Francais)
expanded COLLINS, WILLIAM EDWARD
The English Reformation and its Consequences
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History of the Waldenses of Italy, from their Origin to the Reformation (Translated by Teofilo Comba, 1889 Edition)
expanded D'AUBIGNÉ, MERLE (1794-1872 Swiss Protestant Minister and Historian)
en Español (in Spanish) Historia de la Reformacion del Siglo Decimosesto (Traducida de la Cuarta Edicion Francesa por Ramon Monsalvatge, 19th Siglo American Tract Society Edicion en Español)
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History of England from the Fall of Wosley to the Death of Elizabeth (1871)
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The Lineage of the English Bible, an article (Originally published in 1902)
expanded MONASTIER, ANTOINE (Vaudois)

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expanded PEYRAN, JEAN RODOLPHE

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Annals of the Reformation and Establishment of Religion, and Other Various Occurences in the Church of England, during Queen Elizabeth's Happy Reign: Together with an Appendix of Original Papers of State, Records, and Letters (1824 Edition in 8 volumes)
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en Français (in French) Mémoires du Duc de Sully (1638)
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Library of Original Sources: Article on Suppression of Heresy and Heathenism, Enactments from the Codex Theodosianus (1907 Edition)

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Footprints of the Jesuits (1894)
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The State of the Church of England laid open in a Conference between Diotrephes a Bishop, Tertullus a Papist, Demetrius a Usurer, Pandochus an Innkeeper, and Paul a Preacher of the Word of God (1588)
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The Vaudois of Piedmont (1873 Edition)

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Select Works of John Bale, Containing the Examinations of Lord Cobham, William Thorpe, and Anne Askewe, and the Image of Both Churches (1849 Edition, The Parker Society)
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A Treatise on the Pope's Supremacy (1670)
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Saul and Samuel at Endor, or The New Ways of Salvation and Service, which usually tempt men to Rome, and detain them there. Truly represented, and refuted. With A Brief Account of R.F. his Missale Vindicatum or Vindication of the Roman Mass. (1674 Edition)
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Institutes of the Christian Religion by John Calvin (1840 Edition in 2 Volumes)

in Italiano Istituzione della Religione Cristiana di Giovanni Calvino (edizione 1557 in Italiano) Raro e storico nell'italiano originale di Giulio Cesare Paschali, che ha fuggito l'Italia per tradurre e pubblicare il libro inestimabile del Giovanni Calvino, Institutiones della Religione Christiana.

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The History of Popery in Great Britian, An historial account of the Usurpations, Cruelties, &c. of the Bishops of Rome and the Creatures, in matters of Fact, from the Primitive Age to the Council of Trent, which is the principal Standard of Popery to this very Day, To show the Times and Manner of their introducing their several idolatrous and erroneous Innovations into the Church, and to state the Pretences and Arguments, on which they ground their ridiculous Doctrines, and return satisfactory Answers thereunto. (Originally published 1678-1683 Reprinted by Several Gentlemen in the 1735-1736 Edition in 2 Volumes)
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"III. The Jesuits Reasons Unreasonable: 1662" by a Catholic.

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The Variations Of Popery (1850 Edition)
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The Lawfulness and Duty of Separation from Corrupt Ministers and Churches Explained and Vindicated; Against the Sinful Compliances of his Day; and now published Against the Sinful Compliances of Ours. "But when diverse were hardened, and believed not, but spoke evil of that Way before the multitude, he departed from them, and separated the disciples" Acts 19:9. (1744 Edition, Printed from James Fraser's own original manuscript)
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Confutation of the Rhemish Testament (Originally published 1582; 1834 Protestant Reprint Edition &
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The Truth of the Christian Religion in Six Books. (1840 Edition, Corrected with notes by Mr. Le Clerc, Translated into English by John Clark,D.D., Dean of Sarum)
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De Ecclesia or The Church (Originally written in 1413; 1915 Edition, translated, with notes and introduction by David S. Schaff, D.D., Professor of Church History at the Western Theological Seminary)
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An Apology or Answer in Defense of the Church of England, With a Brief and Plain Declaration of the True Religion Professed and Used in the Same (1562)
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95 Theses or Disputation of Doctor Martin Luther on the Power and Efficacy of Indulgences
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The Protestant, Essays on the Principal Points of Controversy Between the Church of Rome and the Reformed. (1833)
expanded PEYRAN, JEAN RODOLPHE (1752-1823, Waldensian Pastor)
An Historical Defence of the Waldenses or Vaudois, Inhabitants of the Valleys of Piedmont (1826 Edition)
expanded PORTEUS, BEILBY (Protestant Bishop) A Brief Confutation of the Errors of the Church of Rome Extracted from Archbishop Secker's Five Sermons Against Popery; and Published for the use of the Diocese of Chester, by the Rev. Beilby Porteus, D.D. Bishop of Chester. [Sermons] (1785 Edition, Dublin)
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The Doctrines and Practices of the Church of Rome Truly Represented in Answer to a Book Entitled "A Papist Misrepresented and Represented" (1845 Edition)

The Jesuit's Loyalty manifested in three several Treatise lately written by them against the Oath of Allegeance (1677 Edition)

expanded TAYLOR, JEREMY (1613-1667)
A Dissuasion from Roman Catholicsm, originally published as "A Dissuasive from Popery" (1664 Edition)

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expanded TYNDALE, WILLIAM (Protestant Reformer and Martyr)

An Answer to Sir Thomas More's Dialogue (Originally published 1531; 1850 Edition)

The Supper of the Lord After the True Meaning (Originally published 1531; 1850 Edition)

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Watson's "Important Considerations," or A Vindication of Queen Elizabeth from the Charge of Unjust Severity Towards Her Roman Catholic Subjects, by Roman Catholics Themselves: Being Important Considerations in the Name of Certain Secular Priests, Printed in 1601. (1831 Edition with Preface and Notes by Protestant Rev. Joseph Mendham, M.A.)
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A Reply to Jesuit Fishers Answer to Certain Questions Propounded by His Most Gracious Majesty King James I, Hereto is annexed, A Conference of the Right R. B. of St. Davids with the Same Jesuit (1624 Edition)
expanded WYCLIFF, JOHN
An Apology for Lollard Doctrines (1842 Edition, from 14th Century MSS preserved at Trinity College, Dublin)

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A Defence Against The Execution of Justice in England or A True, Sincere and Modest Defence of English Catholics that Suffer for their Faith Both at Home and Abroad, Against a False, Seditious and Slanderous Libel, Entitled: The Execution of Justice in England Wherein is declared how unjustly the Protestants do charge Catholics with treason; how untruly they deny their persecution for Religion; and how deceitfully they seek to abuse strangers about the cause, greatness and manner of their sufferings, with divers other matters pertaining to this pamphlet. (Originally Published in 1584; 1914 Edition, 2 Volumes)
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In Latin Opusculorum Theologicorum (1621, Societatis Iesu, Latin)
expanded BEDE, THE VENERABLE (or Baeda)

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expanded BOSSUET, JAMES BENIGNUS
BOSSUET, JACQUES-BÉNIGNE

(1627-1704ad, French Roman Catholic Bishop of Condom, afterwards of Meaux, Court Preacher to Louis XIV of France, and Controversialist)
Conference of the Authority of the Church: held March 1st, 1679, Between James Benignus Bossuet and John Claude, Calvinist Minister at Charenton. Together with Reflections on a Treatise by M. Claude, by the Bishop of Condom (1842 Edition, Originally Published in 1679, Conférence avec le pasteur Claude)
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In Latin In English Rationes Decem or Ten Reasons Proposed to His Adversaries for Disputation in the Name of the Faith and Presented to the Illustrious Members of Our Universities (1581)
expanded DE THOU, JACQUES-AUGUSTE THUANUS, JACOBUS AUGUSTUS
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en Français (in French) Histoire Universelle de Jacques-Auguste de Thou, Avec La Suite Par Nicolas Rigault; Les Memoires de la Vie de L'Auteur, un Recueil de Pieces Concernant sa Personne & ses Ouvrages: y comrises les Notes & Principales Variantes, Corrections & Restitutions, qui se trouvent dans les MSS. de la Biblioteque du ROI de France, de Mrs. Du Puy, Rigault, & de Sainte-Marthe. Le tout traduit sur las nouvelle Edition Latine de Londres. Et Augmenté de Remarques Historiques & Critiques de Casaubon, de Du Plessis Mornay, G. Laurent, Ch. de L'Ecluse, Guy Patin, P. Bayle, J. Le Duchat" (volume 2, 1742 Edition en Francais)
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A New Ecclesiastical History Containing an Account of the Controversies in Religion; The Lives and Writings of Ecclesiastical Authors; An Abridgment of their Works and a Judgement on their Style and Doctrine: Also A Compendious History of the Councils and All Affairs Transacted in the Church" by Lewis Ellies Du Pin, Doctor of the Sorbon (1699 Edition in English, translated from the Original French)
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The Persecutions of Protestants by St. François de Sales, A generally suppressed Chapter of History (1880)
expanded VARILLAS, ANTIONE (French Historian 1626-1696)
en Français (in French) Histoire du Wiclefianisme. Ou de la Doctrine de Wiclef, Jean Hus, et Jerome de Prague. Avec celle des Guerres de Boheme, qui en ont esté les suites. (1682 Edition)

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expanded MINGE, JACQUES PAUL (1800-75ad, Roman Catholic Priest and Publisher)
en Français (in French) Oeuvres Très-Complètes de Mgr. F. J. de Partz de Pressy (Francois Joseph Gaston de Partz de Pressy, 1712-1789ad, French Roman Catholic Theologian and Bishop of Boulogne, 1842 Edition en Francais, 2 volumes)

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expanded BREVINT, DANIEL (Huguenot)
See under: Apologetica Protestant: "The New Ways of Salvation and Service (1674 Edition)"
expanded RIBERA, FRANCISCO (1537-1591, Roman Catholic Jesuit Priest, Doctorisque Theologi, Sometimes called the Father of Futurism)
In Latin In sacram beati Ioannis Apostoli and Evangelistae Apocalypsin Commentarii (1602 edition Commentary on the Apocalypse/ Revelation in Latin, Counter-Reformation Theology.)
expanded SEISS, JOSEPH A. (1823-1904ad)
The Apocalypse. A Series of Special Lectures on the Revelation of Jesus Christ with Revised Test (Volume 1, Originally published in 1869, 1909 Edition)
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Trial of Antichrist, otherwise the Man of Sin, for High Treason against the Son of God. Tried at the Session House of Truth, before the Right Hon. Divine Revelation, Lord Chief Justice of His Majesty's Court of Equity; the Hon. Justice Reason, of said court; and the Hon. Justice History, one of the Justices of His Majesty's Court of Information. (1830 Edition)

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A Ballad Composed and Sung by Anne Askewe in Newgate Prison

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A Brand Plucked Out of the Fire

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expanded UNKNOWN

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Child of Jesus, Oft Depressed

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Ye Are Complete In Him

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expanded TYNDALE, WILLIAM (1494-1536)
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READ ONLINE: Certain Sermons or Homilies Appointed to be Read in Churches in the Time of Queen Elizabeth of Famous Memory (1864 Edition) "Considering how necessary it is, that the Word of God, which is the only food of the soul, and that most excellent light that we must walk by, in this our most dangerous pilgrimage, should at all convenient times be preached unto the people, that thereby they may both learn their duty towards God, their prince, and their neighbours, according to the mind of the Holy Ghost, expressed in the Scriptures, and also to avoid the manifold enormities which heretofore by false doctrine have crept into the church of God; and how that all they which are appointed Ministers have not the gift of preaching sufficiently to instruct the people, which is committed unto them, whereof great inconveniences might rise, and ignorance still be maintained, if some honest remedy be not speedily found and provided: the Queen's most excellent Majesty, tendering the souls' health of her loving subjects, and the quieting of their consciences in the chief and principal points of Christian religion, and willing also by the true setting forth and pure declaring of God's Word, which is the principal guide and leader unto all godliness and virtue, to expel and drive away as well corrupt, vicious, and ungodly living, as also erroneous and poisoned doctrines, tending to superstition and idolatry, hath, by the advice of her most honourable Counsellors, for her discharge in this behalf, caused a Book of Homilies, which heretofore was set forth by her most loving brother, a prince of most worthy memory, Edward the Sixth, to be printed anew, wherein are contained certain wholesome and godly exhortations, to move the people to honour and worship Almighty God, and diligently to serve him, every one according to their degree, state, and vocation. All which Homilies her Majesty commandeth and straitly chargeth all Parsons, Vicars, Curates, and all others having spiritual cure, every Sunday and Holy-day in the year, at the ministering of the Holy Communion, or if there be no Communion ministered that day, yet after the Gospel and Creed, in such order and place as is appointed in the Book of Common Prayers, to read and declare to their parishioners plainly and distinctly one of the said Homilies, in such order as they stand in the book, except there be a Sermon, according as it is enjoined in the book of her Highness' Injunctions; and then for that cause only, and for none other, the reading of the said Homily to be deferred unto the next Sunday or Holy-day following. And when the foresaid Book of Homilies is read over, her Majesty's pleasure is, that the same be repeated and read again, in such like sort as was before prescribed. Furthermore, her Highness commandeth that, notwithstanding this order, the said ecclesiastical persons shall read her Majesty's Injunctions at such times, and in such order, as in the book thereof appointed; and that the Lord's Prayer, the Articles of Faith, and the Ten Commandments, be openly read unto the people, as in the said Injunctions is specified, and that all her people, of what degree or condition soever they be, may learn how to invocate and call upon the name of God, and know what duty they owe both to God and man: so that they may pray, believe, and work according to knowledge, while they shall live here, and after this life be with Him, that with His blood hath bought us all. To whom with the Father and the Holy Ghost be all honour and glory for ever. Amen."

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"Religious Affections"

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"For although to true religion there must indeed be something else besides affection; yet true religion consists so much in the affections, that there can be no live religion without them. He who has no religious affection, is in a state of spiritual death, and is wholly destitute of the powerful, quickening, saving influences of the Spirit of God upon his heart. As there is no true religion where there is nothing else but affection, so there is no true religion where there is no religious affection."

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"A Brief Confutation of the Errors of the Church of Rome"

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"As Jesus Christ is the sole Author of our Faith (Hebrews 12:2), those things, and those alone, which he taught himself, and commissioned his disciples to teach, are parts of our faith. What his doctrine was we find in no less than four accounts of his life and preaching given in the Gospels. To what belief his disciples converted men, we find in the Acts. What they taught men after their conversion, we read in the Epistles. These several books, which make up the New Testament, all Christians allow to contain an original, and undoubtedly true account of our religion."


"The Grounds of Divinity. Plainly discovering the Mysteries of Christian Religion, propounded in Questions and Answers: Substantially proved by Scriptures; expounded faithfully, according to the writings of the best divines, and evidently applied by profitable uses. To which is prefixed a very profitable Treatise containing an exhortation to the Study of the Word." (1633 Edition, London)

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"For even as a house without walls and windows, and other neccessary furniture, is accounted forlorne; so that is a very forlorne and naked conscience which is destitute of the knowledge of the Word. And as it is an easy matter to lead the blind out of the way, so the ignorant are easily led and taken in the snares of the devil. And this reproves the negilgence of such who are not careful to apply themselves with all diligence to the study of the Word: our negligence herein being the cause of the barrenness of knowledge in these plentiful times."


"The New Ways of
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"First, it is a great presumption to pretend to more wisdom, in point of serving God and saving ourselves, than either God has appointed, or all the holy prophets and Apostles have known and taught: and it is most just and likely, that men should meet with strong delusions, and with the devils themselves, when they venture upon slippery, and unknown, and dark bypaths, where not one of God's saints ever dared walk."

Daniel Brevint


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"The Parable of the Sower, and of the Seed"

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The Parable of the Sower, and of the Seed by Thomas Taylor (1621) - find this book in the Hail and Fire Library

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Thomas Taylor, a Puritan Preacher, at only 25 preached before Queen Elizabeth I of England; he came to be known as "a brazen wall against Popery."

"Great is the similitude between the spiritual Manna of God's Word, and that corporal of the Israelites in the wilderness. That refreshed hungry and famished bodies; this, hungry souls. The was small both in substance and show, but great in virtue and power: so this seems week, when it is most powerful. That came from heaven and fell with the dew: so this is heavenly, and with it comes the dew of grace. That was white as snow and sweet as honey: so this is pure, and rejoices the heart. That fell every day, and all, both good and bad gathered it, but not all to the same end: so all must daily of this Manna. Everyone hears the Word, but not all alike ... He that was the true Manna, and the Bread from heaven, our Lord Jesus, in this parable shows the nature, quality, use, and diverse sorts of gathering, and gathers of this little, white, and sweet feed of God's Word, afforded to feed and strengthen us through the barren wilderness of this world."

Thomas Taylor


"The Vulgate and the Douay Compared," Parallel Latin and English New Testament

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The Touchstone of Christian Sincerity
by John Flavel

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"True piety can, by no means, entirely lay itself open to the eyes of men; public actions and appearance may support its credit, but secret exercises must maintain its life, and supply its purest enjoyment."

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Godliness is Profitable
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by Isaac Barrow

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In all places and in all societies, godliness produces, advances, and establishes order, peace, safety, prosperity, all that is good, all that is lovely and agreeable, and all that is convenient and pleasant for human society and ordinary life. Godliness is a fence protecting each individual—rendering each man civil, condescending, kind, and helpful to others. Godliness is the only and right ballast of society.

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The Huguenot
Galley Slaves

from the Memoirs of Jean Martielhe

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The true story of Jean Martielhe, who, at sixteen, was forced to flee home and country in search of religious freedom. King Louis XIV had issued the “Revocation of the Edict of Nantes” in 1685 and 15 years later, still finding no end to the number of adherents to the Gospel faith, unleashed yet another wave of dragoonades against the French Huguenots in a determined effort to abolish Protestantism and unite France under Pope, creed, and King.

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The Mute Christian
by Thomas Brooks

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In the covenant of grace, God has engaged himself to keep you from the evils, snares, and the temptations of this world; in the covenant of grace, God has engaged himself to purge away your sins, to brighten and increase your graces, to crucify your hearts to the world, and to prepare you and preserve you to his heavenly kingdom.

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The Marriage Ring
by John Angell James

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The secret of happiness lies folded up in the leaves of the Bible and is carried in the heart of true religion. A good Christian cannot be a bad husband or father. A Bible placed between man and wife as the basis of their union, the rule of their conduct, and the model of their spirit will make up for differences between them, comfort them, and guide them.

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Gehazi, The Sinner Detected
by D P Kidder

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A powerful sermon on temptation and secret sin proves to be as soul stirring an admonition to young and old alike. This work methodically drives home the dangers of allowing temptation to take root in our hearts. It carefully dissects the history of Gehazi from his covetous desire through the short lived success and then detection of his sin. Emphasis is on the necessity of repentance and the continuous sanctification of all who believe in Jesus Christ.

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The Martyrdom of a People, or The Vaudois of Piedmont and their History
by Henry Fliedner

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A concise history of the Vaudois or Waldenses—Christians of the pre-Reformation era. Fliedner traces their Gospel faith and the horrific persecutions they endured. "They often travelled on horseback in different countries as hawkers. While the merchant was doing business, he would observe the character of his customers, and when, at the end, they asked if he had anything else to sell, he would reply, 'Certainly, I have treasures much more precious than those which you have seen .. a jewel which shines with such brightness, that it enables one to see, and to come to the knowledge of God.' .. The merchant then drew out a Gospel and commenced to read."

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A Divine Message to the Elect Soul by William Fenner

READ ONLINE: A Divine Message to the Elect Soul by William Fenner, 1645 Edition (sermons) QUOTE: "There is 'a day of salvation'
(Isaiah 49:9); this is the day in which the Lord says to the prisoners, 'Come forth,' and to those that lie in their sins, 'repent and believe.' Now, if any will come forth and humble his soul before the Lord, let him come and welcome—for it is a day of salvation."

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Horae Apocalypticae
by Rev. E. B. Elliott

QUOTE: It seems, as both Foxe and Brightman report to us, that for some time following the Reformation the Romish Doctors were very shy of the subject. At its first outbreak indeed, on Luther's anti-Papal protest, some unguarded Doctors of the Papacy, in the true spirit of the 5th Council of Lateran, just then concluded, which had solemnly identified the then existing Romish Church with the New Jerusalem of the Apocalypse,—I say there were certain Doctors, as Prierio and Eck, so unguarded as to take up the Lateran theory, and broadly declare the Papal dominion to be Daniel's 5th monarchy, or reign of the saints. .. read more »

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The Waldenses or Protestant Valleys of Piedmont, Dauphiny, and the Ban De La Roche (1838 Edition, London) by William Beattie

Read online - The Waldenses or Protestant Valleys of Piedmont, Dauphiny, and the Ban De La Roche by William Beattie QUOTE: "of all nations ... where the noblest virtues have been called into action ... these Valleys of Piedmont ... stand forth in brilliant distinction. From the magnanimous traits, heroic sacrifices, and startling incidents which their history presents, it has all the character of an ancient epic ... stamped with the seal of truth. As a distinct people, the Waldenses became first known in history at the commencement of the ninth century, during the life of Claudius, bishop of Turin ... By tradition, however, ... they trace their origin to the first dawn of revelation, and, in the present day, profess the same doctrines which they imbibed from the apostles."

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The Augsburg Confession or The Confessio Augustana (Evangelical Protestant Confession of Faith/Creed, presented to Emperor Charles V at the Diet of Augsburg, in Germany, 1530) by Philip Melanchthon

QUOTE: "the remission of our sins and justification is apprehended by faith, as the voice of Christ testifies: 'When ye have done all these things, say, We are unprofitable servants.' Likewise do the ancient writers of the Church teach; as Ambrose says: 'This is ordained of God, that he that believes in Christ shall be saved, without works, by faith alone, freely receiving remission of sin.'

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In sacram beati Ioannis Apostoli and Evangelistae Apocalypsin Commentarii (1602 edition Commentary on the Apocalypse/ Revelation in Latin In Latin, Counter- Francisco Ribera Reformation Theology. Information about Francisco Ribera, his significance and the significance of his commentary, in English In English) by Francisco Ribera

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The Lineage of the English Bible, an article (Originally published in 1902) by Hoare, H. W.

READ BOOK ONLINE: The Lineage of the English Bible, an article by H. W. Hoare. QUOTE: "It may be doubted whether among those who take up an English Bible there are more than a few who realize what a long history lies behind the version at which they are looking, and how rich in interest that history is. Yet the subject is one which appeals to a wide circle, and for such of our readers as may be unfamiliar with it a few pages may not be thrown away in the endeavor to sketch in outline the literary pedigree of what is perhaps the most notable work in the world. In severe strictness we can harldy carry our present printed Bible back beyond the Reformation. Its parent source, as we shall presently see, is Tyndale, and Tyndale's first New Testament dates from 1525, or the sixteenth year of the reign of King Henry VIII."

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A Soliloquy on the Art of Fishing for Men, For a pattern to every preacher of the Gospel (Originally Published in 1699, 1900 Edition) by Thomas Boston

QUOTE: "Seest thou not here what is the reason thou toilest so long, and catchest nothing? The power comes not along. Men are like Samuel, who, when God was calling him, thought it had been Eli. So when thou speakest many times, they do not discern God's voice, but thine; and therefore the word goes out as it comes in. 6. Then, O my soul, despair not of the conversion of any, be they ever so profligate. For it is the power of the Spirit that drives any person into the net; and this cannot be resisted. Mockers of religion, yea, blasphemers may be brought into the net; and many times the wind of God's Spirit in the word lays the tall cedars in sin down upon the ground, when they that seem to be as low shrubs in respect of them, stand fast upon their root."

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A Sermon Preached before Queen Elizabeth I, at Greenwich, the 24th of February, AD 1590, on Psalm 77:20 “Thou didest lead thy people like sheep, by the hand of Moses and Aaron."

QUOTE: "'To begin with God, ... by whom and to whom we lead and are led, and in whom all right leading both begins and ends. ... That is whosoever be the hands, God is the person, He is the Tu. Whose names forever we hear; whose hands soever we feel; whose countenance soever we behold, we must yet look up higher, and see God in every Government. To Him we must make our apostrophe and say, Thou leadest etc. For He it is that leadeth properly and, in strict propriety of speech, Moses and Aaron lead not; but God, by the hands of Moses and Aaron. ... God is the person that leadeth, and all other but hands under Him and unto Him" (page 273):

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The Grounds of Divinity. Plainly discovering the Mysteries of Christian Religion, propounded in Questions and Answers: Substantially proved by Scriptures; expounded faithfully, according to the writings of the best divines, and evidently applied by profitable uses. To which is prefixed a very profitable Treatise containing an exhortation to the Study of the Word. (1633 Edition, London)
by Elnathan Parr

QUOTE: "For even as a house without walls and windows, and other neccessary furniture, is accounted forlorne; so that is a very forlorne and naked conscience which is destitute of the knowledge of the Word. And as it is an easy matter to lead the blind out of the way, so the ignorant are easily led and taken in the snares of the devil. And this reproves the negilgence of such who are not careful to apply themselves with all diligence to the study of the Word: our negligence herein being the cause of the barrenness of knowledge in these plentiful times. If men would bestow that time in the study of the word, which they for the most part bestow, some in hunting and hawking; some in dicing and carding; some in drinking, swilling and following bad company; some in sloth and idleness; thus wisely redeeming the time: then certainly knowledge would abound among us ... Even as in matters of the Word, though a man have never so good a trade; yet without labor and diligence he can do no good in it: and as the diligent shall bear rule and stand before kings: so knowledge shall increase to the diligent, when the negligent shall be under darkness." page 9

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The Doctrines and Practices of the Church of Rome Truly Represented in Answer to a Book Entitled "A Papist Misrepresented and Represented" (1845 Edition) by Edward Stillingfleet

READ BOOK ONLINE: The Doctrines and Practices of the Church of Rome by Edward Stillingfleet QUOTE: "no great evil can prevail in the world, unless it be represented otherwise than it is; and all men are not competent judges of the colours of good and evil; therefore, when the designs of those who go about to deceive begin to be laid open, they then betake themselves to the fairest representations they can make of themselves, and hope that many will not see through their pretences."

QUOTE: "Even the Gentile idolaters, when they were charged by the Christians that they worshipped stocks and stones, complained they were misrepresented, for they were not such idiots to take things for gods which had neither life, nor sense, nor motion in them. And when they were charged with worshipping other gods as they did the Supreme, they desired their sense might not be taken from common prejudices, or vulgar practices, but from the doctrine of their philosophers; and they owned a sovereign worship due to him that was chief, and a subordinate and relative to some celestial beings, whom they made application to as mediators between him and them."

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MP3 Audiobook: The Prophet Jonah with an Introduction by William Tyndale

Click to open the Hail & Fire Audio Player. QUOTE: "The scripture contains three things in it: first the law to condemn all flesh: secondarily, the Gospel that is to save, promises of mercy for all that repent and acknowledge their sins at the preaching of the law and consent in their hearts that the law is good and submit themselves to be scholars to learn to keep the law and to learn to believe the mercy that is promised them: and thirdly, the stories and lives of those scholars both what chances fortuned them and also by what means their schoolmaster taught them and made them perfect and how he tried the true from the false." - William Tyndale.

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MP3 Audiobook: A Treatise on Keeping the Heart, a Puritan Sermon or Exhortation on Proverbs 4:23: "Keep thy heart with all diligence, for out of it are the issues of life." by John Flavel

Click to open the Hail & Fire Audio Player. QUOTE: "As rooted malice indicates a stronger hatred, than a sudden though more violent passion; so we must judge, of our love, not by a violent motion of it, now and then, but by the depth of its root, and the constancy of its exercise." - John Flavel.

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De Ecclesia or The Church (Originally written in 1413; 1915 Edition, translated by David S. Schaff, D.D.) by John Huss

De Ecclesia or The Church by John Huss - read this book online. QUOTES: "No one is held to believe anything except what he is moved by God to believe but God moves no man to believe what is false. Nemo tenetur quidquam credere nisi ad quod movet eum deus credere sed deus non movet hominem ad credendum falsum." - John Huss

“I hope, by God's grace, that I am truly a Christian, not deviating from the faith, and that I would rather suffer the penalty of a terrible death than wish to affirm anything outside of the faith or transgress the commandments of our Lord Jesus Christ. Spero, ex Dei gratia, quod sum christianus ex integro, a fide non devians, et quod potius vellem pati dirae mortis supplicium, quam aliquid vellem prataer fidem asserere, vel transgredi mandata Domini Jesu Christi." - John Huss

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Trial of Antichrist, otherwise the Man of Sin, for High Treason against the Son of God. Tried at the Session House of Truth, before the Right Hon. Divine Revelation, Lord Chief Justice of His Majesty's Court of Equity; the Hon. Justice Reason, of said court; and the Hon. Justice History, one of the Justices of His Majesty's Court of Information. (1830 Edition) by Rev. W.L.S.G.

QUOTE: "Cardinal Bellarmine, Sworn. Q. Are you the Bellarmine that wrote what is called the Fifteen Marks of the True Church, to prove the Church of Rome the only true Church, &c.? A. I am. Q. Do you know the prisoner at the bar? A. Yes, I am intimately acquainted with him. Q. Are you not a Roman Catholic by profession? A. I am. Q. Did you not write and publish several books to vindicate his authority? A. I did. Q. Did you publish in your 4th book de Pontiff, as follows: 'In good sense and judgment, Christ hath given to Peter, (and consequently to the Pope) the power of making that to be sin, which is no sin, and that which is no sin to be sin?' A. Let me see the copy. It was shewn to him. Q. Do you acknowledge it to be your own writing and publishing? A. I do acknowledge it. Q. Did you publish this book, with others, by the prisoner's authority? A. I did. I acted by his commission, and was supported by his government."

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Miscellaneous Tracts (1709 Edition) Viz.: I. The History of the Expulsion of the Moriscoes, or Mahometans of the Moorish Race, out of Spain, in the Reign of Philip III. II. The History of the

READ ONLINE: Miscellaneous Tracts by Michael Geddes (1709 Edition) Wars of the Commons of Castile, in the Beginning of the Reign of the Emperor Charles V. III. A View of the Spanish Cortes, or Parliament. IV. An Account of the Manuscripts and Reliques found in the Mountains of Granada, 1588. V. A View of the Inquisition of Portugal; with a List of the Prisoners which came out of the Inquisition of Lisbon, in an Act of the Faith, celebrated Anno 1682. And Another in 1707. VI. A Narrative of the Proceedings of the Inquisition in Lisbon, with a Person now living in London, during his Imprisonment there. VII. A Spanish Protestant Martyrology. by Michael Geddes

QUOTE: "About the year 1440, great numbers of people were, at the instigation of the Inquisitors, driven by the King's musqueteers out of the Highlands of Duringo in Biscay, to Valedolid and Domingo de Calcada, who were burnt alive at those places for refusing to abjure divers doctrines which are condemned as Heretical by the Roman Church. We are not told what the doctrines were (that) such multitudes of people were thus put to death for professing; but it is more than probable, that they were the same with those of the Vaudois among the Alps; the primitive faith having, until about this time, been preserved entire in some mountainous and almost inaccessible countries by reason of their having never been before haunted by any Popish Friars or Inquisitors to corrupt it, or to punish its steadfast professors with death."

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The Lively Oracles Given to Us, or, The Christian's Birth-Right and Duty, in the Custody and Use of the Holy Scripture (1832 Edition, also attributed to Robert Boyle) by Richard Allestree

READ ONLINE: The Lively Oracles Given to Us, or, The Christian's Birth-right and Duty, in the Custody and Use of the Holy Scripture, by Richard Allestree QUOTE: "I had occasion to take notice among the exorbitances of that unruly part, which sets on fire the whole course of nature, and itself is set on fire from hell, of the impious vanity prevailing in this age, whereby men play with sacred things, and exercise their wit upon those Scriptures by which they shall be judged at the last day. But that Holy Book, not only suffering by the petulancy of the tongue, but the malice of the heart, out of the abundance whereof the mouth speaks, and also from that irreligion ... which the pursuit of sensual pleasures certainly produces ... I have therefore thought it necessary ... to attempt a professed and particular vindication of the Holy Scriptures, by displaying their native excellence and beauty, and enforcing the veneration and obedience that is to be paid unto them."

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A Treatise on Keeping the Heart (Puritan Sermon on: "Keep thy heart with all diligence, for out of it are the issues of life." Proverbs 4:23, 1813 Edition) by John Flavel

Read online - Keeping the Heart by John Flavel (sermon) QUOTE: "'Keep thy heart with all diligence, for out of it are the issues of life.' (Proverbs 4:23). The heart of man is his worst part before it be regenerated, and the best afterwards: it is the seat of principles, and the fountain of actions. The eye of God is, and the eye of the Christian ought to be, principally fixed upon it. The greatest difficulty in conversion, is, to win the heart to God; and the greatest difficulty after conversion, is, to keep the heart with God. Here lies the very force and stress of religion; here is that which makes the way to life a narrow way, and the gate of heaven a strait gate. ... The state of the whole body depends upon the soundness and vigour of the heart; and the everlasting state of the whole man upon the good or ill condition of the soul."

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The Lawfulness and Duty of Separation from Corrupt Ministers and Churches Explained and Vindicated. Against the Sinful Compliances of his Day; and now published Against the Sinful Compliances of Ours. "But when diverse were hardened, and believed not, but spoke evil of that Way before the multitude, he departed from them, and separated the disciples" Acts 19:9. (1744 Edition, Printed from James Fraser's own original manuscript) by James Fraser

The Lawfulness and Duty of Separation from Corrupt Ministers and Churches by James Fraser QUOTE: "The Author's Manuscript is intitled, 'An Enquiry into that so much debated Case, viz. Whether it be the Duty of the Lord's People in Britain and Ireland, to hear such as have submitted to the Prelatical Government, or to join with them while in the Exercise of such Acts as do belong to their pastoral Office.' ... Though this Treatise is particularly levelled against Compliance with Prelacy, and Communion with Prelatics, yet the Publication thereof, at this Time, is reckoned highly suitable unto our present Situation and Controversy in Scotland: For as the fond Reception, which Mr. George Whitefield, a Priest of the Church of England, and his latitudinarian Scheme, have met with, do plainly call us to arms against an Invasion of Prelacy; so the Arguments here pled are plainly applicable unto, and of equal Force against the sinful Compliances of our Day, with the Defections of the established Church of Scotland, and Communion with the Judicatories thereof, with whom Communion is now impracticable, without Involvement in that Current of Apostacy wherewith they are all carried down." 1744 Publisher's Preface to the Reader

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Institutes of the Christian Religion, Translated from the Original Latin, and Collated with the Author's Last Edition in French, by John Allen. (1840 Edition in 2 Volumes) by John Calvin

Institutes of the Christian Religion by John Calvin (1840 Edition in 2 Volumes) QUOTE: "Let them now go and clamour against us as heretics for having withdrawn from their Church, since the only cause of our estrangement is, that they cannot tolerate a pure profession of the truth. I say nothing of their having expelled us by anathemas and curses. The fact is more than sufficient to excuse us, unless they would also make schismatics of the apostles, with whom we have our common cause. Christ, I say, forewarned his apostles, 'they shall put you out of the synagogues' (John 16: 2). ... it is certain that we were cast out, and we are prepared to show that this was done for the name of Christ ... to me it is enough that we behoved to withdraw from them in order to draw near to Christ."

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Istituzione della Religione Cristiana di Giovanni Calvino (edizione 1557 in Italiano in Italiano) by John Calvin

LEGGA ONLINE: Istituzione della Religione Cristiana di Giovanni Calvino (1557 edizione in Italiano) Raro e storico nell'italiano originale di Giulio Cesare Paschali, che ha fuggito l'Italia per tradurre e pubblicare il libro inestimabile del Giovanni Calvino, Institutiones della Religione Christiana. Calvin ha pubblicato la prima edizione del suo Institutio Christianae Religionis o Institutione della Religione Christiana in 1536. Il lavoro è un apologia o una difesa della Fede Riformata e una dichiarazione della dottrina religiosa dei Protestants.

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The Almost Christian Discovered, or the False Professor Tried and Cast (Published 1661, 1819 Edition) by Matthew Mead

The Almost Christian Discovered, or the False Professor Tried and Cast. By Matthew Mead (Published 1661, 1819 Edition) (sermon) QUOTE: "there is nothing in the doctrine that should be matter of stumbling or discouragement to weak Christians. The Gospel does not speak these things to wound believers, but to awaken sinners and formal professors. As there are none more averse than weak believers, to apply the promises and comforts of the Gospel to themselves, for whom they are properly designed; so there are none more ready than they to apply the threats and severest things of the world to themselves, for whom they were never intended. As the disciples, when Christ told them, "One of you shall betray me;" they that were innocent suspected themselves most and therefore cry out, "Master, is it I?" So weak Christians, when they hear sinners reproved or the hypocrite laid open in the ministry of the Word, they presently cry out, Is it I? It is the hypocrite's fault to sit under the trials and discoveries of the Word and yet not to mind them: and it is the weak Christian's fault to draw sad conclusions of their own state from premises which nothing concern them."

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Select Practical Writings Sermons and commentary on Galatians, Hebrews, Ephesians, Philippians, etc. & Vindication of the Protestant Doctrine of Justification Its Preachers & Professors, from the Unjust Charge of Antinomianism (Originally Published in 1692, 1845 Edition) by Robert Traill

Select Practical Writings and Vindication of the Protestant Doctrine of Justification by Robert Traill - read online. QUOTE: "The party here suspected of Antinomianism, do confidently protest, before God, angels, and men, That they espouse no new doctrine about the grace of God and justification, and the other coincident points, but what the reformers at home and abroad did teach, and all the Protestant churches do own. And that in sum is: 'That a law-condemned sinner is freely justified by God's grace, through the redemption that is in Jesus Christ; that he is justified only for the righteousness of Christ imputed to him by God of his free grace, and received by faith alone as an instrument; which faith is the gift of the same grace.' For guarding against licentiousness, they constantly teach, out of God's word, 'That without holiness no man can see God: That all that believe truly on Jesus Christ, as they are justified by the sprinkling of his blood, so are they sanctified by the effusion of his Spirit: that all that boast of their faith in Christ, and yet live after their own lusts, and the course of this world, have no true faith at all; but do, in their profession, and contradicting practice, blaspheme the name of God, and the doctrine of his grace; and continuing so, shall perish with a double destruction, beyond that of the openly profane, that make no profession.' And when they find any such in their communion, which is exceeding rarely, they cast them out as dead branches. They teach, 'That as the daily study of sanctification is a necessary exercise to all that are in Christ; so the rule of their direction therein, is the holy spotless law of God in Christ's hand: That the Holy Ghost is the beginner and advancer of this work, and faith in Jesus Christ the great mean thereof: That no man can be holy till he be in Christ, and united to him by faith; and that no man is truly in Christ, but he is thereby sanctified. They preach the law, to condemn all flesh out of Christ, and to shew thereby to people the necessity of betaking themselves to him for salvation.' See the savoury words of blessed Tindal, called the apostle of England, in his letter to John Frith, written Jan. 1533, (Book of Martyrs, vol. ii. p. 308). 'Expound the law truly, and open the veil of Moses, to condemn all flesh, and prove all men sinners, and all deeds under the law, before mercy have taken away the condemnation thereof, to be sin, and damnable; and then as a faithful minister, set abroach the mercy of our Lord Jesus, and let the wounded consciences drink of the water of him. And then shall your preaching be with power, and not as the hypocrites. And the Spirit of God shall work with you; and all consciences shall bear record unto you, and feel that it is so. And all doctrine that casteth a mist on these two, to shadow and hide them, I mean the law of God, and mercy of Christ, that resist you with all your power.' And so do we. What is there in all this to be offended with? Is not this enough to vindicate our doctrine..!"

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A Divine Cordial; or The Transcendent Privilege of those that Love God, and are Savingly Called (A Puritan Sermon on Divine Encouragement, Originally Published 1657, 1838 Edition, The Religious Tract Society) by Thomas Watson

A Divine Cordial, or The Trancendent Privilege of those that Love God and are Savingly Called by Thomas Watson QUOTE: "There are two things, which I have always looked upon as difficult: the one is, to make the wicked sad; the other is, to make the godly joyful. - Dejection in the godly, arises from a double spring; either because their inward com­forts are darkened, or their outward comforts are disturbed - to cure both which troubles, I have put forth this ensuing piece, hoping, by the blessing of God, it will buoy up their desponding hearts, and make them look with a more pleasant aspect; I would prescribe them to take, now and then, a little of this Cordial: All THESE THINGS SHALL WORK TOGETHER FOR GOOD TO THEM THAT LOVE GOD (Romans 8:28). To know that nothing hurts the godly, is a matter of comfort; but to be assured that ALL things which fall out, shall co­operate for their good, that their crosses shall be turned into blessings, that showers of affliction water the withering root of their grace, and make it flourish more; this may fill their hearts with joy till they run over."

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The Christian Soldier or Heaven Taken By Storm Showing the Holy Violence a Christian is to put forth in the pursuit after glory. To which is added, The Happiness of Drawing Near to God, and The Saint’s Desire to be with Christ. (Puritan Sermon on Ephesians 6:11: “Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.,” 1816 Edition) by Thomas Watson

The Christian Soldier or Heaven Taken By Storm by Thomas Watson QUOTE: "Truth has noble effects. Truth is the seed of the new birth. God does not regenerate us by miracles, or revelations, but by the Word of truth, James 1:18. As truth is the breeder of grace, so the feeder of it, 1 Timothy 4:6. Truth sanctifies, John 17:17. Sanctify them by thy truth. Truth is the seal that leaves the print of its own holiness upon us; it is both speculum and lavacrum, a glass to show us our blemishes, and a laver to wash them away. Truth makes us free, John 8:3. it bears off the fetters of sin, and puts us into a state of Sonship, Romans 8:2. and Kingship, Revelation 1:6. Truth is comforting; this wine cheers. When David's harp and viol could yield him no comfort, truth did, Psalm 129:50. 'This is my comfort in my affliction, for thy Word hath quicked me.' Truth is an antidote against error."

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Quelques Pages de L'Histoire des Huguenots (Préface par Auguste Sabatier, 1891 Edition en Français en Français (in French)) par Eugène Bersier

Quelques Pages de L'Histoire des Huguenots par Eugène Bersier en Français QUOTE: "C'est une juste et heureuse pensée qui a fait recueillir en un même volume les conférences, les discours et les autres morceaux consacrés par Eugène Bersier, dans la dernière partie de sa vie, à l'histoire des Huguenots. Ces pages que des circonstances diverses semblaient avoir fait naître presque au hasard, une fois rangées dans l'ordre chronologique, se sont rejointes et réunies d'ellesmêmes pour former un ensemble d'une belle suite et d'une frappante unité. Elles tracent à travers toute l'histoire du protestantisme français, comme un large et magnifique sillon de lumière."

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History of the Huguenots (1844 Edition) by American Sunday School Union

History of the Huguenots by the American Sunday School Union (1844 Edition)

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Historia de la Reformacion del Siglo Decimosesto (Traducida de la Cuarta Edicion Francesa por Ramon Monsalvatge, 19th Siglo American Tract Society Edicion en Español en Español (in Spanish)) by Merle D'Aubigné

Historia de la Reformacion del Siglo Decimosesto escrita por Merle D'Aubigné QUOTE: "Llamo accesorio, el estado de las cosas de esta vida caduca y transitoria. Llamo principal, el gobierno espiritual, en que resalta soberanamente la providencia de Dios." Teodoro de Beze

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Saul and Samuel at Endor, or The New Ways of Salvation and Service, Which Usually Tempt Men to Rome, and Detain Them There. Truly Represented, and Refuted. With A Brief Account of R.F. his Missale Vindicatum or Vindication of the Roman Mass. (1674 Edition) by Daniel Brevint

Read online - The New Ways of Salvation and Service by Daniel Brevint, French Huguenot (1674 Edition) QUOTE: "It is great pity that this fancy of distributing presidencies and powers thus among Roman Saints, has no better ground then that had which Julian the Apostate alleges [Julian ap Cyrill. Alexand. l. 4. sub init.], and St. Augustin observes to have been constantly practiced among the ancient pagan gods [Augustin. de Civitate l. 6-8]. What signifies, says the holy Father elsewhere, that trifling division of offices among your gods, wherefore must they be severally prayed to, but to make it rather a play fit for a stage, than anything which may become the worth and gravity of a true God? This new comedy is still the same, only the actors wear better clothes, or rather borrow better names; and the Roman People that stand about it, adore the Virgin for Juno, and St. George instead of Mars ... First, it is a great presumption to pretend to more wisdom, in point of serving God and saving ourselves, then either God has appointed, or all the holy prophets and Apostles have known and taught: and it is most just and likely, that men should meet with strong delusions, and with the devils themselves, when they venture upon slippery, & unknown, and dark bypaths, where not one of God's saints ever dared walk."

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Holy Living and Dying Together with “Prayers containing the Whole Duty of a Christian,” (Originally Published 1651, 1851 Edition) by Jeremy Taylor

Holy Living and Dying by Jeremy Taylor - read online QUOTE: "In every sickness, whether it will or will not be so in nature and in the event, yet in thy spirit and preparations resolve upon it, and treat thyself accordingly, as if it were a sickness unto death. For many men support their unequal courage by flattery and false hopes; and because sicker men have recovered, believe that they shall do so; but therefore they neglect to adorn their souls, or set their house in order: besides the temporal inconveniences that often happen by such persuasions and putting off the evil day, such as are dying intestate, leaving estates entangled and some relatives unprovided for, they suffer infinitely in the interest and affairs of their soul; they die carelessly and surprised, their burdens on, and their scruples unremoved, and their eases of conscience not determined, and, like a sheep, without any care taken concerning their precious souls. Some men will never believe that a villain will betray them, though they receive often advices from suspicious persons and likely accidents, till they are entered into the snare; and then they believe it when they feel it, and when they cannot return; but so the treason entered, and the man was betrayed by his own folly, placing the snare in the regions and advantages of opportunity. This evil looks like boldness and a confident spirit, but it is the greatest timorousness and cowardice in the world. They are so fearful to die, that they dare not look upon it as possible; and think that the making of a will is a mortal sign, and sending for a spiritual man an irrecoverable disease: and they are so afraid lest they should think and believe now they must die, that they will not take care that it may not be evil in case they should. So did the eastern slaves drink wine, and wrapped their heads in a veil, that they might die without sense or sorrow, and wink hard that they might sleep the easier. In pursuance of this rule, let a man consider that whatsoever must be done in sickness ought to be done in health; only let him observe, that his sickness, as a good monitor, chastises his neglect of duty, and forces him to live as he always should; and then all these solemnities and dressings for death are nothing else but the part of a religious life, which he ought to have exercised all his days : and if those circumstances can affright him, let him please his fancy by this truth, that then he does but begin to live."

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A Dissuasion from Roman Catholicsm, originally published as "A Dissuasive from Popery" (1664 Edition) by Jeremy Taylor

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The Jesuit's Loyalty manifested in three several Treatise lately written by them against the Oath of Allegeance (1677 Edition) by Edward Stillingfleet

READ ONLINE: The Jesuit's Loyalty manifested in three several Treatise lately written by them against the Oath of Allegeance by Edward Stillingfleet QUOTE: "I hope you will forgive me the not setting your Names before this Address, although I am not wholly a stranger to them: for however it be against the usual custom, yet you have reason to take it more kindly from me. I assure you, my design is, not to do any injury to your Persons, but only to let you and the world know, we are not altogether unacquainted with your present Principles, or Practices. And although, like the Plague, you walk in darkness, and do mischief; yet I intend only to set such marks and characters upon you, that when others see them, they may take the wind of you, and avoid the Infection. ... It may be you will be ready to ask me, if I account these Treatises such, why I venture to publish them. Because some Poisons lose their force when they are exposed to the open air: And it may do good to others, to let them understand what Doses you give in private to your Patients."

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In the third century, the Bishop of Caesarea, writing to St Cyprian, Bishop of Carthage, complained that Stephen, the Bishop of Rome, "announces that he holds by succession the throne of Peter." Cyprian replied that Stephen had, in the manner of all “heretics,” introduced “traditions against God long after the apostles .. as rebels against the peace and unity of Christ, (they) attempt to establish a throne for themselves, and to assume the primacy."1

In the fourth century, St Augustine said, "What meaneth, ‘Upon this rock I will build my Church’? Upon this faith; upon this that has been said, ‘Thou art the Christ, the Son of the Living God. Upon this rock,’ saith He, ‘I will build my Church.’”2 “For men who wished to be built upon men, said, ‘I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas,’ who is Peter. But others who did not wish to be built upon Peter, but upon the Rock, said, ‘But I am of Christ.’"3

In the late sixth century, St Gregory the Great, Bishop of Rome, declared the novel title of "Universal Bishop," “the proud and pestiferous title of oecumenical, that is to say, universal,” deserving of the “most severe rebuke," as the name that was the very "harbinger" of antichrist.4

The truth of the Gospel had been defended from the beginning and yet, a succession was established, the title of ecumenical was adopted, Peter

Martyrdom of William Tyndale, d1536. Read more: Foxe's Acts & Monuments

William Tyndale (1494-1536) Reformer, Bible Translator and Protestant Martyr
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"Christ forbideth his disciples and that oft (as thou mayest see Mat 18 and also 20, Mar 9 and also 10, Luk 9 and also 22, even at his last supper) not only to climb above lords, kings and emperors in worldly rule, but also to exalt themselves one above another in the kingdom of God. But in vain: for the Pope would not hear it: though he had commanded it ten thousand times, God's Word should rule only and not bishops' decrees or Pope's pleasure. That ought they to preach purely and spiritually and to fashion their lives thereafter and with all example of godly living and long suffering, to draw all to Christ: and not to expound the scriptures carnally and worldly saying: 'God spake this to Peter and I am his successor, therefore his authority is mine only:' and then bring in the tyranny of their fleshly wisdom, in presentia maioris cessat potestas minoris that is, in the presence of the greater the less hath no power. There is no brotherhood where such philosophy is taught.” William Tyndale, "The Obedience of a Christian Man," 1528.

was established as the rock upon which the church was built, and a primacy—the very primacy that the church fathers had reprehended—was established in a plenitude of power and, as predicted, drew all into a millennium of unspeakable darkness and tyranny.

The vital arguments of the Protestant Reformation, including the primacy and justification, were not new to the 16th century, but the general light of the Gospel was, and the noble assent to its teaching was, so that the apostasy and injustice of the Roman Church was boldly confronted and the great clash between Gospel truth and Church power erupted in open contest. This contest, which was every man's concern, culminated in the great Blasts and Counter-Blasts of the Reformation. The Protestant Reformers, like the Reformers of every previous era, had exposed the root of Catholic dogma and they taxed every sinew of wit and knowledge to lay bare the doctrine and its fruit5 and to call men out of that church. While complacency may render the generality unsuited to a similar task today, the fundamental difference between the Gospel and Catholic teaching remains and is as relevant today as it was when the Church Fathers first spoke against the establishment of a succession and a primacy.

Our focus is to make available rare and valuable works of those who, from the beginning, maintained the Gospel and expounded upon the Scripture as the eternal Word of God and the sole authority in Christian doctrine.6 In this, we call to remembrance the truth of the Gospel and of those who, throughout the medieval era and into the era of the Reformation, both well-known and unknown, answered a good answer for a pure and Gospel faith against the traditions of men and of those that became rulers and lords over the church.7

In pre-Reformation Europe, Waldensian missionaries in the guise of street merchants preached the Gospel in the cities.

Waldensian Preachers
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"The manner in which the Waldenses and heretics disseminate their principles among the Catholic gentry, was by carrying with them a box of trinkets, or articles of dress. Having entered the houses of the gentry, and disposed of some of their goods, they cautiously intimated that they had commodities far more valuable than these - inestimable jewels, which they would show if they could be protected from the clergy. They would then give their purchasers a bible or testament; and thereby many were deluded into heresy." R. Saccho, Inquisitor (13th century)

The attempt itself, as we gather and format source material, is a testimony to the constancy with which Gospel Christians have existed in every place and era outside the ecclesiastical Church and have maintained the Gospel faithfully from the beginning even until now. The result is a presentation of the spiritual and doctrinal unity that has ever existed among those who did not loose themselves from the testimony of Jesus Christ, whose consciences were bound to Christ by faith, and whose hearts and minds testified to the truth and the power of the Gospel.

These are the people who, after the empowering of the "Catholic" bishops under fourth century Roman law,8 observe from afar as the Church enters a period of escalating authority and power, and of the 'universalization' of its creed. These are the people who illuminate the medieval era under various names—Waldense, Vaudois, the Poor Men of Lyon, and others: primitive Christians, preaching and maintaining the scriptures in ancient forms and in their own languages. Their presence and doctrine is evidenced by the Church itself through a continuous effort to suppress their 'unlawful' preaching;9 for, wherever Vaudois or Lyonist preaching was heard, God's gracious and eternal Word was glorified as that alone which was true, and Christ was proclaimed as the only head and ruler of the church.10

"The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but those things which are revealed belong to us and to our children forever."

Deut 29:29

These Gospel and Reformed people appear not infrequently on the horizon in voices calling men back to Christ, from without and from within the Church itself: men such as Berengarius of Tours and Peter de Bruys, and later, John Wycliffe, John Hus and Jerome of Prague, whose

John Wycliffe (1324-1384) English Reformer and Bible Translator

John Wycliffe (1324-1384) English Reformer & Bible Translator
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"Oh, if believers in the Lord will look on, and see antichrist and his accomplices so strong as to have power to condemn and persecute even unto death, those sons of the church who thus yield their belief to the Gospel, yet certain I am, that though the truth of the Gospel may for a time be cast down in the streets, and be kept under in a measure by the threats of antichrist, yet extinguished it cannot be, since he who is the Truth has said, that 'heaven and earth shall pass away, but that his Words shall not pass away!' ”
John Wycliffe, "The Trialogus"

consciences were enlightened by the Word of God. These are the dissenting voices that called the Church back to the scriptures during the Scholastic era, and were censured and condemned by the ecclesiastical authority, by men of greater moment and power in the world, as the Church defined and solidified

"I pray you, was not the Scripture before the most ancient Doctors, who have written concerning it? Was it not, before they wrote upon it, better received, more purely understood, productive of more effect than it is now, or since they wrote upon it? In St. Paul's time, when there were no writers upon the New Testament, but the plain story newly put forth, were there not more converts by two men, than now truly confess the name of Christ? Is it not the same word now as it was then? Is not the same schoolmaster as taught them to understand it, which, St. Peter says, is the Spirit of God, alive now as he was then?" Hugh Latimer, The Lollards Or Some Account of the Witness for the Truth in Great Britain, Between the Years 1400 and 1546

core tenets of dogma regarding her authority and creed. They become more visible for their numbers and as the names of Reformers such as Wycliffe and Hus gain for them the common designations of Wycliffites, Lollards, and Hussites, and the wholesale persecution of some groups by inquisition and crusade evoked in society itself a stirring unrest toward the prevailing authority. They depart not from the truth even under the scourge of the Church's anathema; persevering in Gospel faith amidst losses, imprisonments, persecutions, massacres and burnings: willing martyrs for the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

And finally, they break out altogether in the Reformation, as if the world itself, from plowman to prince, would throw off the authority of that See that had, for a thousand years, ruled over emperors and kings in the government of men, and by a "fullness

Burning of the works of the 14th century English Reformer, John Wycliffe. Wycliffe, who discovered the truth of the Gospel as a priest, was rejected as a heretic for translating scripture and for preaching on the Gospel. Wycliffe was posthumously condemned as a heretic and his bones were dug up and burned, as if to ensure against his resurrection in the resurrection of the just.

Burning of the works of the 14th century Reformer John Wycliffe.

of power," as sole arbiter of the consciences of men.11 Not by war or revolt did they come out, but by a general awakening to the fear of God, even such fear as works upon the consciences of men to drive them to godly and true repentance and to the gracious Word of God's mercy in Jesus Christ. Thus, they thrust off that cadaver of ecclesiastical law that had so long kept men in the bondage of dead works of religion and separated them from Christ;12 and by sheer necessity of an unsatisfied hunger for the Words of God13 they persisted, some in desiring to hear the Gospel, others in preaching the Gospel, and others in translating and disseminating that Word that is able to save men's souls. And these all

"As many as be desirous to enter into the right and perfect way unto God must apply their minds to know holy Scripture; without the which they can neither sufficiently know God and his will, neither their office and duty. And, as drink is pleasant to them that be dry, and meat to them that be hungry, so is the reading, hearing, searching, and studying of holy Scripture to them that be desirous to know God or themselves, and to do his will." A Fruitful Exhortation to the Reading of Holy Scripture, from "Sermons Appointed to be Read in Churches in the Time of Queen Elizabeth" (1562)

did they in the fear of God, for they looked to the promises of God's Word and they perceived that, as by a word God brought the world and all that is in it into existence and by

"Thou hast magnified thy Word above all thy name."

Psalm 138:2

a word we consist (Col 1:15-17) and all things are upheld (Heb 1:3), so also by God's Word are we saved, according to the Apostle Peter, "Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the Word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever," 1 Pet 1:23.

Little did these churches and peoples consider the ecclesiastical anathemas hurled down upon them as fire from heaven, for they understood the time and they looked to Christ as the only mediator and head, who had himself warned that these things would come upon his church: "These things have I spoken unto you, that ye should not be offended ["skandalizo"]. They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service," Joh 16:1-2.

William Tyndale (d1536) English Reformer, Bible Translator & Martyr

William Tyndale (d1536) English Reformer, Bible Translator & Martyr
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"Now faith cometh not of our free-will; but is the gift of God, given us by grace, ere there be any will in our hearts to do the law of God. And why God giveth it not every man, I can give no reckoning of his judgments. But well I know, I never deserved it, nor prepared myself unto it; but ran another way clean contrary in my blindness, and sought not that way; but he sought me, and found me out, and showed it me, and therewith drew me to him. And I bow the knees of my heart unto God night and day, that he will show it all other men; and I suffer all that I can, to be a servant to open their eyes. For well I know they cannot see of themselves, before God hath prevented them with his grace." William Tyndale, Protestant Martyr, "An Answer to Sir Thomas More's Dialogue" (1531)

Nor did they regard the bulls and proclamations issued against them, for they believed not that men have power to save or to condemn. And these all showed, even from the midst of the burning flame, that by God's own Word are men saved through faith, and not according to men's tradition, which cannot cleanse the heart, which cannot bring men to repentance and grace, which cannot redeem the soul from sin,14 and by which no man will be judged on that day; but by God's Word alone shall all works be made manifest.15

5 "This was the Religion of the most eminent Reformers, of those bright ornaments of our country who suffered martyrdom under Queen Mary; of their successors in the times of Elizabeth; in short of all the pillars of our Protestant church; of many of its highest dignitaries; of Davenant, of Hall, of Reynolds, of Beveridge, of Hooker, of Andrews, of Smith, of Leighton, of Usher, of Hopkins, of Baxter, and of many others of scarcely inferior note. In their pages the peculiar doctrines of Christianity were everywhere visible, and on the deep and solid basis of these doctrinal truths were laid the foundations of a superstructure of morals proportionally broad and exalted. Of this fact their writings still extant are a decisive proof: and they who may want leisure, or opportunity, or inclination, for the perusal of these valuable records, may satisfy themselves of the truth of the assertion, that, such as we have stated it, was the Christianity of those times, by consulting our Articles and Homilies, or even by carefully examining our excellent Liturgy." Real Christianity, William Wilberforce (1797)

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6 “We have learned from none others the plan of our salvation, than from those through whom the Gospel has come down to us, which they did at one time proclaim in public, and, at a later period, by the will of God, handed down to us in the Scriptures, to be the ground and pillar of our faith. … If any one do not agree to these truths, he despises the companions of the Lord; nay more, he despises Christ Himself the Lord; yea, he despises the Father also, and stands self-condemned, resisting and opposing his own salvation, as is the case with all heretics.” Irenaeus, Bishop of Lyon (120-202ad), Ante-Nicene Fathers, Vol I, "Against Heresies," Ch I-V

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8 Imperatoris Theodosiani Codex
"De fide catholica"

"It is our desire that all the various nations which are subject to our clemency and moderation, should continue to the profession of that religion which was delivered ["tradidisse"] to the Romans by the divine Apostle Peter, as it has been preserved by faithful tradition and which is now professed by the Pontiff Damasus and by Peter, Bishop of Alexandria, a man of apostolic holiness. According to the apostolic teaching and the doctrine of the Gospel, let us believe in the one deity of the father, Son and Holy Spirit, in equal majesty and in a holy Trinity.

We authorize the followers of this law ["hanc legem"] to assume the title Catholic Christians ["christianorum catholicorum"]; but as for the others, since in our judgment they are foolish madmen ["dementes"], we decree that they shall be branded with the ignominious name of heretics, and shall not presume to give their conventicles the name of churches. They will suffer in the first place the chastisement of divine condemnation and the second the punishment of our authority, in accordance with the will of heaven shall decide to inflict." Theodosian Code (Imperatoris Theodosiani Codex (380 febr. 27), 16.1.0. De fide catholica, 16.1.2 -16.1.2.1)

"It is necessary that the privileges which are bestowed for the cultivation of religion should be given only to followers of the Catholic ["catholicae"] faith ["legis": law, principles, statutes]. We desire that heretics ["haereticos"] and schismatics ["schismaticos"] be not only kept from these privileges, but be subjected to various fines ["muneribus"].” Theodosian Code (Imperatoris Theodosiani Codex (326 sept. 1), 16.5.0. De haereticis, 16.5.1)

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11 "By virtue of the Apostolic office … in order that the flock may be faithfully guarded and beneficially directed, We are bound to be diligently watchful after the manner of a vigilant Shepherd and to ensure most carefully that certain people … be driven out of the sheepfold of Christ. ... the Roman Pontiff, who is the representative upon earth of God and our God and Lord Jesus Christ, who holds the fulness of power over peoples and kingdoms, who may judge all and be judged by none in this world … we now enact as follows: In respect of each and every sentence of excommunication, suspension, interdict and privation and any other sentences, censures and penalties against heretics or schismatics, enforced and promulgated in any way whatsoever by any of Our predecessors the Roman Pontiffs, or by any who were held to be such (even by their 'litterae extravagantes' i.e. private letters), or by the sacred Councils received by the Church of God, or by decrees of the Holy Fathers and the statutes, or by the sacred Canons and the Constitutions and Apostolic Ordinations - all these measures, by Apostolic authority, We approve and renew, that they may and must be observed in perpetuity and, if perchance they be no longer in lively observance, that they be restored to it. Thus We will and decree that the aforementioned sentences, censures and penalties be incurred without exception by … Anysoever who … shall have been detected to have deviated from the Catholic Faith … These sanctions, moreover, shall be incurred by all … even worldly authority or excellence, as Count, Baron, Marquis, Duke, King or Emperor." Pope Paul IV, Cum ex Apostolatus Officio, 1559

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12 "Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace." Gal 5:4

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13 "It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every Word of God." Luk 4:4

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14 "Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot." 1 Pet 1:18-19

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15 "I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness. And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world. He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day. For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak. And I know that his commandment is life everlasting: whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto me, so I speak." Joh 12:46-50

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16 "I suffer trouble, as an evil doer, even unto bonds; but the Word of God is not bound." 2 Tim 2:9

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17 "If the sacred books are permitted everywhere without discrimination in the vulgar tongue, more damage will arise from this than advantage. ... What should we not fear if the Scriptures, translated into every vulgar tongue whatsoever, are freely handed on to be read by an inexperienced people who, for the most part, judge not with any skill but with a kind of rashness? ... Our predecessor, Innocent III, quite wisely prescribes as follows: ‘In truth the secret mysteries of faith are not to be exposed to all everywhere, but only by those who can grasp them with the intellect of faith. … So it is rightly stated of old in the divine law, that even the beast which touched the mountain should be stoned’ [Heb. 12:20; Exod. 19:12], lest, indeed, any simple and ignorant person should presume to reach the sublimity of Sacred Scripture, or to preach it to others. … If Scripture should be easily open to all, it would perhaps become cheapened and be exposed to contempt … Clement XI, ‘Unigenitus,’ in which those doctrines were thoroughly condemned in which it was asserted [by Quesnel in 1429] that it is useful and necessary to every age, to every place, to every type of person to know the mysteries of Sacred Scripture, the reading of which was to be open to all, and that it was harmful to withdraw Christian people from it, nay more, that the mouth of Christ was closed for the faithful when the New Testament was snatched from their hands.” Pope Pius VII, Magno et Acerbo, 1816

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18 "I would rather renounce my subjects and my States," said an Elector of Germany, taking up a pen to sign the Augsburg Confession (1530), "I would rather quit the country of my fathers staff in hand, than receive any other doctrine than that which is contained in this Confession."

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0"> 19 "Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not. ... Recompense to no man evil for evil. ... avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, 'Vengeance is mine; I will repay,' saith the Lord. Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good." Rom 12:14, 17, 19-21

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20 "But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God." John 1:12-13

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21 Martin Luther, upon receiving a papal summons to Rome and seeing the immediate willingness of Frederick of Saxony to raise arms on behalf of the truth of Christ and the Protestant cause, responded saying, "No, we must have no war. No one shall fight for the Gospel." Martin Luther

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For a thousand years men had been retained in darkness by tradition, while he who bound them in tradition claimed to have preserved Christ thereby; but, standing in the light of the Gospel, no more were men in awe and dread of him who hurled lightening-bolts and thundering judgments down upon kingdoms and nations, who proceeded over all as if by only the sight of his countenance men might be compelled to leave off the scriptures for the traditions and teachings of theologians and they might cease to "hold fast" him who is head and Lord ["kurios] over all, even Christ. By the knowledge of God's Word had men been delivered and by the Gospel were they loosed from ignorance and from bondage in dead works of religion; but God's Word was not bound and his will was ever done in his church, which had retained and lived according to it, being persecuted and defamed for the faith of it even from the first.16

After so long a time, God's Word was openly glorified and spread abroad, and many thousands and thousands had looked upon it and upon the promises contained therein and were everywhere moved in a simple and an unshakable faith sine timore, without fear, of the earthly magisterium whose laws had criminalized the holy and gracious Word of scripture.17 They are known from this time by as many names as places they are found, episcopal forms they gather under, and persons inspired to publish the cause of the Gospel; yet in one Gospel they arrive together in the same faith in Christ, the same hope of salvation by faith, the same promise of God by faith in him: Lollards, Vaudois, Waldenses, Huguenots, Lutherans, Puritans, Presbyterians, and those also who of their own accord threw off names and affiliations, showing that, "there is only one Jesus Christ and all the rest is a dispute over trifles," Elizabeth I of England (1533-1603).

Burning of Thomas Cranmer

Burning of Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury, Reformer, and Protestant Martyr, 1556ad.

Thomas Cranmer (1489-1556), Archbishop of Canterbury, Reformer, and Protestant Martyr
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Just before his death by burning, he composed the small "declaration of my very faith," in which he wrote, among other exhortations: "That you love altogether like brethren and sisters. For, alas! pity it is to see what contention and hatred one Christian man hath toward another; not taking each other as sisters and brothers, but rather as strangers and mortal enemies. But I pray you learn and bear well away this one lesson, To do good to all men as much as in you lieth, and to hurt no man, no more than you would hurt your own natural and loving brother or sister. For this you may be sure of, that whosoever hateth any person, and goeth about maliciously to hinder or hurt him, surely, and without all doubt, God is not with that man, although he think himself never so much in God's favour." Thomas Cranmer, "Declaration of my very faith."

Thus, not by blood shed in war but by their own blood shed in martyrdoms, by offering their own necks to the sword18 and bodies to the flame did these obtain for us who come after, the very freedoms we cherish best, even as they also cherished them: the right and power to seek God, to gain knowledge and understanding, to choose and not to be compelled, to remain within or to go out from, to believe and to disbelieve, to exercise freedom of conscience according to the spirit that is in each man; for some to reject and yet others, even as many as believe God, to embrace the promises of God in the Gospel and to come thereby to know the reigning power of godliness by God's Spirit in their hearts.

It is on these Gospel loving people that we focus, who adorned the church by doctrine and exhortation, by faith and godliness, and in turning many from superstition to the knowledge of God and the obedience of faith. In these all we see how, without ecclesiastical structure, without force of authority, without titles, benefices or basilicas, without laws and traditions, and without power or wealth in this world, men did always comprehend and understand the scriptures and hold that Word alone to be true, being united to Christ and to one another in an abiding love of the truth and manifesting in themselves, according to a work of power wrought in their hearts, grace more precious and impressive than all the wealth of the ecclesiastical Church.

The Church even today shows the proof, as she supposes, of her divine origin by worldly treasure, architecture, peoples, and riches, in her hand a golden cup filled with that which she took upon herself to command and teach in laws, ordinances and dogmata, by which also she claims the right to exercise upon all generations of men that "fullness of power" that was undeniably hers in the past and that universal and ecumenical control that was the very sting of the past age. But that
John Calvin (1509-1564), French Protestant and Reformer, wrote:

John Calvin (1509-1564), French Protestant and Reformer

"Let them now go and clamour against us as heretics for having withdrawn from their Church, since the only cause of our estrangement is, that they cannot tolerate a pure profession of the truth. I say nothing of their having expelled us by anathemas and curses. The fact is more than sufficient to excuse us, unless they would also make schismatics of the apostles, with whom we have our common cause. Christ, I say, forewarned his apostles, 'they shall put you out of the synagogues' (John 16: 2). ... it is certain that we were cast out, and we are prepared to show that this was done for the name of Christ ... to me it is enough that we behoved to withdraw from them in order to draw near to Christ." John Calvin, Institutes of the Christian Religion

Church, though ancient, was not before the commandments of God or the teaching of Jesus Christ. The church that is Christ's was bound by Christ to hold and teach that alone which he himself delivered ["traditae," Vulgate] to the saints (Jude 1:3), even that to which he himself was subject and did subject himself in obedience to God (Heb 5:7-8; Phi 2:8); for, as he shows of himself, he came not to do his own will but the will of God (Joh 6:38), neither did he exercise power to change that spoken to him by God but spoke even as he was commanded (Joh 12:46-50), teaching all men that in that Word alone is life (Joh 12:49). Neither did Christ empower his church to add to or take from the Gospel once delivered ["traditae," Vulgate] to the saints nor to rule over the faith or the consciences of men, as if by his Word or for his sake any man might be compelled to religion or faith; nor did he give his church leave or power to rule by its own will or authority or to rule according to its own wisdom or tradition; but the church that is Christ's was commanded to preach "repentance and forgiveness of sins" in all the world, in his name, even until he comes again (Luk 24:47).

The Martyrdom of a People or The Vaudois of Piedmont and their History by Henry Fliedner Christ, who came before the church and upon whom the church is established and built, empowered his church in no other thing than in love:19 in harmlessness he empowered them, as sheep he empowered them, by the Word of faith he empowered them, by the obedience of the Gospel he empowered them, by godliness he empowered them, by freedom from bondage he empowered them, in longsuffering he empowered them, by pity and by mercy he empowered them, by love toward all
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men he empowered them.20 For Christ established his church in no earthy power, but in weakness he empowered them to speak the Word that God alone could prosper in their hearers and create in them a new heart and a new mind according to the promise of faith; even by grace he empowered them that through preaching, all who hear in faith should be saved. For this is the promise, that by the hearing of faith is a man saved and the gift of God poured out upon men, even grace by faith in him. For, "God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; and base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: that no flesh should glory in his presence," 1 Cor 1:27-29. And it is God who said, "my strength is made perfect in weakness," 2 Cor 12:9.

Neither yet did the church that is Christ's plow or sow by sword or arms,21 but by the Word and by the Spirit, by exposing the heart in weakness and in bondage to sin that it might call all men to repentance: "for the Word of God is quick [alive], and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart," Heb 4:12. Neither yet did the church that is Christ's, by railing judgments or sword or pain or fire, seek to cultivate fruits among men, but by the Word of the Gospel, according to a fire that enlivens the soul, enlightens the mind, and burns in the hearts of men in grace and in love unfeigned.

Of such faith are those we bring forward, not to make men disciples of them or to glorify or exalt them, but because they preached Christ alone and glorified God's Word in their teachings. We present such so that those who believe may be edified and those who have sensed or known the hopeless emptiness of the traditions and doctrines of men, might discover in "so great a cloud of witnesses," by the profession of their faith and by doctrine, by patience and by longsuffering, in fear toward God, the example and the proof of the truth of God's Word, who showed the power of the Gospel wrought upon their hearts and in their minds.

Many today have hastily compromised this great cloud of witnesses for the same ecumenical unity from which their own nations and peoples and families escaped by so dear a price in the past. To such we humbly address a word of caution:

John Newton

John Newton (1725-1807) Church of England Pastor, Preacher and Writer. Formerly a slave trader.
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Whoever is not "too wise or too indolent to search the Scriptures humbly and diligently for himself" will "discern the path of truth through a maze of opinions." The Works of John Newton, Book II, Chapter IV, Of Heresies propagated by False Teachers in the Aposles' Days

Look not to the past to whitewash it for the sake of what seems to be a new ecumenism; for the past is a record of the very trial of men's creeds and it is the record itself afforded to all that we might examine and judge the fruits of the religions and doctrines that men live by in this world. Only by putting out our own eyes of wisdom do we exonerate the doctrine and the dogma, and condemn the man only who lived by it.

We may each study and analyze the facts of history; we may suspect and dissect; we may seek proofs and compile arguments and in polemical treatises put forth our findings, theories and opinions; but we cannot change nor may we begin now to suppress that which, in times past and in the ages in which the events took place, is attested and not denied by any party to the events, is testified by supporters and detractors alike, is recorded in decrees, dogmatic and ecclesiastical decisions, letters and histories written by men of every sort—even by all men.

We must consider that all creeds, inasmuch as each professes to have or to teach the truth of God or of the gods, of men, of the human heart, of justification and of salvation, of morality and of the hereafter, whether atheistic, philosophical, notional, or religious, are equally, mutually exclusive. But a world of difference exists between exclusivity and intolerance; for, by intolerance alone does lawlessness spring forth to ensure the loss of liberty to as many as oppose or contradict. Intolerance shows its ignorance when it refers to women saying, 'do not speak, for you offend me;' to youth saying, 'you can teach me nothing;' to the elderly, saying, 'you are past your day;' to a man of another race or color, saying, 'what have you to say to me;' and to the past, saying, 'what is that to us today?'; but God, who formed all, did in time past speak through the mouths of his prophets, from whom also did the ancients learn of the immortality of the soul, of God who made all things for his glory, of the transitory nature and the vanity of this world which is passing, and of a God who shows mercy and love toward all men through the gracious promise of a Savior from which so many creeds, myths and generalities of human philosophy and theology come. And in Christ God established the truth of himself and the salvation of men, and in Christ he showed by an absolute sacrifice, even what he shows in nature, that he who reigns on high does pour out good upon the evil and the good alike, and does, by toleration of all men and by longsuffering toward all, give place for repentance to all. And he also who taught this showed, by the same Gospel of Jesus Christ, a disrupting and overturning of the very foundation of barriers between men, so that they cease, being razed to the ground by the calling of all men to himself in Christ. For, in the Word of the Gospel are all things disannulled that separate, whether of age, of youth, of gender, of color or nation, of genius or feeblemindedness, of strength or of weakness, by the necessity of one God and one creator, who, for the sake of hope, by the impoverishment of all alike in sin and all alike in ignorance of God, and by the salvation of all in one, namely, Jesus Christ, according to one Spirit, did make them all one: "there is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus," Galatians 3:28.

The Gospel is as absolutely exclusive as it is absolutely tolerant: it is the preaching of truth which tolerates no error in itself alone and claims unreserved toleration for the believing and unbelieving alike, the froward with the humble, the proud with the meek, calling all men by the Word of hope; for it instructs the heart of him who bears it, that he too was unbelieving and upon him God had mercy, even as he extends mercy to all men.

"For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers,
against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in
high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may
be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand
therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the
breastplate of righteousness; and your feet shod with the
preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking
the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to
quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
And take the helmet of salvation,
and the sword of the Spirit,
which is the Word of God,"
Ephesians 6:12-17

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1 "That is to be wondered at, yea, rather to be indignant and aggrieved at, that Christians should support antichrists; and that prevaricators of the faith, and betrayers of the church, should stand within the church itself.” St Cyprian, Bishop of Carthage (200-258ad), The Ante-Nicene Fathers, Vol. V, The Epistles of Cyprian, Epistle LXXIV, Firmilian to Cyprian

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2 Augustine, Nicene & Post-Nicene Fathers, Series I, Vol. VII, The Epistle of John, Homily X

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3 Augustine, Nicene & Post-Nicene Fathers, Series I, Vol. VI, Sermon XXVI

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4 Gregory the Great, Nicene & Post-Nicene Fathers, Series II, Vol XIII, Epistle LXVIII, To Eusebius of Thessalonica. See also: Quotable Quotes - Notable and Notorious

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7 "Let us cleave to those who cultivate peace with godliness, and not to those who hypocritically profess to desire it. For [the Scripture] saith in a certain place, 'This people honoureth Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me.' For Christ is of those who are humble-minded, and not of those who exalt themselves over His flock. Our Lord Jesus Christ, the Sceptre of the majesty of God, did not come in the pomp of pride or arrogance, although He might have done so, but in a lowly condition, as the Holy Spirit had declared regarding Him. ... He was wounded for our transgressions, and bruised for our iniquities. The chastisement of our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we were healed. All we, like sheep, have gone astray; [every] man has wandered in his own way; and the Lord has delivered Him up for our sins, while He in the midst of His sufferings openeth not His mouth. He was brought as a sheep to the slaughter, and as a lamb before her shearer is dumb, so He openeth not His mouth. In His humiliation His judgment was taken away; who shall declare His generation? for His life is taken from the earth. For the transgressions of my people was He brought down to death. And I will give the wicked for His sepulchre, and the rich for His death, because He did no iniquity, neither was guile found in His mouth. And the Lord is pleased to purify Him by stripes. If ye make an offering for sin, your soul shall see a long-lived seed. And the Lord is pleased to relieve Him of the affliction of His soul, to show Him light, and to form Him with understanding, to justify the Just One who ministereth well to many; and He Himself shall carry their sins. On this account He shall inherit many, and shall divide the spoil of the strong; because His soul was delivered to death, and He was reckoned among the transgressors, and He bare the sins of many, and for their sins was He delivered.' And again He saith, “I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised of the people. All that see Me have derided Me; they have spoken with their lips; they have wagged their head, [saying] He hoped in God, let Him deliver Him, let Him save Him, since He delighteth in Him.' Ye see, beloved, what is the example which has been given us; for if the Lord thus humbled Himself, what shall we do who have through Him come under the yoke of His grace?" Clement of Rome (30-100ad), "First Epistle of Clement to the Corinthians"

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9 The Archbishop of Ravenna, Peter Damian (11th century), a Scholastic Theologian, Doctor of the Church, and Saint, testifies to the common and general awareness of Bible-believing Christians hidden in the mountainous regions of Europe. He writes to the Marchioness of the area of the Piedmont exhorting her to act against the Valdenses, who had the books of scriptures and continued to evangelize the peoples around them.

The Inquisitor Saccho (13th century) testifies regarding the Bible-believing Lyonists whose “heresy,” he states, was most ancient, dating to the Apostolic era. These people, he records, had retained the scriptures among themselves from the time of the Apostles; and he personally attests to their knowledge and love of the truth by showing the example of poor and “ignorant” people who had the entire text of the New Testament committed to memory.

Pope John XXII issued a Bull in 1332 ordering the Inquisitors to execute the laws of the Church against the heretics who flourished in the Valleys of Lucerne. The Pope records that the Waldensian 'chapters' that assembled in synods in the Valley of Angrogna were attended by 500 delegates.

In 1352, Pope Clement VI charged the Bishop of Embrun with the assistance of an Inquisitor, a Franciscan friar, to undertake the "purification" of those parts of his diocese that were known to be "infected with heresy." He also charged the Dauphin, Charles of France, and Louis, King of Naples, to discover and punish the heretics who were lodged within their realms, and Joanna, wife of the King of Naples, who owned lands in the Marquisate of Saluzzo, near the mountainous valley in which the Vaudois dwelt, insisting she "purge" her territories of the "heretics," whose influence was felt in all nearby areas.

In 1487, Pope Innocent VIII issued a Bull denouncing those who inhabited the mountains and valleys in all places across Europe and yet remained outside the Catholic faith, teaching and retaining the scriptures among them. For, said the Pope, by a "simulated sanctity" they seduced the true sheep; and thus, he ordered "that malicious and abominable sect of malignants," if they "refuse to abjure, to be crushed like venomous snakes." The papal legate, Cataneo, was sent with missives to all princes, dukes, and powers within whose dominions where any Vaudois were to be found; Charles VIII of France and Charles II of Savoy being named to support him with the whole power of their armies, and Catholics everywhere were urged to take up the cross against the heretics. The Bull absolved from all ecclesiastical penalties, released all from oaths taken, legitimatized title to property illegally acquired, and provided remission of all sins to such as should act against a heretic. All contracts made with any Vaudois were annulled; their domestics were ordered to abandon them; all persons were forbidden to give them any aid whatever, and all men were empowered to take possession of their property.

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10 The instance of Augustin is worthy of note: for, when Augustin was sent by Gregory the Great to convert the peoples of England to the Catholic faith, he found the Britons, whom he met in about 602ad, of a more ancient Christian creed than had ever known or been subject to the Roman Church or her Bishop. Augustin, who had been made Archbishop of England in 597ad, assumed an immediate authority over the Britons, demanding that the Bishops of the Britons make those changes required by him that they may altogether be brought into conformity with the tradition of Rome. The Bishops, however, met Augustin with as firm a statement as his own; one to the effect that the Bishops believed themselves and the Britons subject to none other than Christ; neither would they subject themselves or the people to him without the consent of the people. At a second audience, the Bishops determined to put the man to the test of Christian meekness and humility, saying that, if Augustin shall rise from his seat to greet them, they would hear him, but if he shall rise not, they would take him ever for a proud man. Not only did the Archbishop not rise from his place to greet them - for it is not of their law to honor those who are below them, but to be honored by them - but he began again to set out all that he expected of them, as he had previously done. The Bishops, though of the creed ecumenical from perhaps two centuries prior, reasoning that, he, who would not rise before them now, would surely despise them more if they should submit themselves and the people to his authority, together stated a refusal to have this proud man for Archbishop or to comply with what Augustin called the "holy Roman Apostolic Church," which he claimed was the "Universal Church." They, believing themselves free in Christ and free of all rule and authority but that they received of the doctrine of Christ, understood not that the Roman Church meant for them to subscribe to her creed with full acquiescence of conscience, nor were they at liberty to do otherwise. Thus, as the ecclesiastical historian Bede states, "Augustin, is said, in a threatening manner, to have foretold, that in case they would not join in unity with their brethren, they should be warred upon by their enemies; and, if they would not preach the way of life to the English nation, they should at their hands undergo the vengeance of death. All which, through the dispensation of the Divine judgment, fell out exactly as he had predicted." It is no judgment against them, though Bede thinks it so, that the sheep be given into the hands of wolves; for indeed, the English King himself, previously converted by Augustin, raised an army and "made a very great slaughter of that perfidious nation." The King, seeing the presbytery of Bangor and learning who they were and that they prayed to God, cried out, "If then they cry to their God against us, in truth, though they do not bear arms, yet they fight against us, because they oppose us by their prayers;” commanded them to be attacked first, whereby 1200 were destroyed, their churches, books, and libraries burned. Thus England was brought to the creed Roman and Catholic. Bede, "Ecclesiastical History"

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"They often travelled on horseback in different countries as hawkers, and, thanks to their bales of goods, obtained access to the rich and poor. ... While the merchant was doing business, he would observe the character of his customers, and when, at the end, they asked if he had anything else to sell, he would reply, 'Certainly, I have treasures much more precious than those which you have seen. ... a jewel which shines with such brightness, that it enables one to see, and to come to the knowledge of God.' ... The merchant then drew out of his pocket, or from a secret drawer of his travelling chest, a Gospel, and commenced to read." ... In this way the Vaudois found a means of spreading the Word of God more and more. ... What wonderful results might this seed-time have produced, if the storm of persecution had not broken out, reducing almost to naught the people of God. - Henry Fliedner

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