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"The Bible is the grand repository ... It is the complete system of divine truth, to which nothing can be added, and from which nothing can be taken, with impunity. Every attempt to disguise or soften any branch of this truth, in order to accommodate it to the prevailing taste around us, either to avoid the displeasure, or to court the favour, of our fellow mortals, must be an affront to the majesty of God, and an act of treachery to men."


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"When they burned the New Testament they pretended a zeal very fervent to maintain only God’s honor, which they said with protestation, was obscured by translation in English, causing much error. But the truth plainly to be said, this was the cause why they were afraid, least laymen should know their iniquity."

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A Proper Dialogue between a Gentleman and Husbandman each complaining to other their miserable calamite, through the ambition of the clergy.

A 15th century Apology written by an English Lollard.


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St. John Chrysostom: ON SCRIPTURE

"But some one will say, 'it is to the priests that these charges are given' ... But that the apostle gives the same charge to the laity, hear what he says in another epistle to other than the priesthood: 'Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom.'"


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Letters of John Newton
John Newton (1725-1807)

Select letters of John Newton, the marvelously transformed ex-slave trader and sailor, turned preacher and abolitionist, written on a wide variety of important and pertinent subjects. Newton wrote with an excellent depth of understanding and an encouragingly sensible amount of mercy due to the experiences of his life and the grace which God gave to him.

"Temptations, by giving us a painful sensibility of the weakness of our graces, and the strength of our inward corruptions, tend to mortify the evil principles of self-dependence and self-righteousness, which are so deeply rooted in our fallen nature; to make Christ, in all his relations, offices, and characters, more precious to us; and to convince us, that without him we can do nothing."

Originally written in: 1774 - 1781
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John Flavel (1627-1691)

"Now consider & admire the Providence of God, O ye saints, who has had more care of your souls than ever you had of them ... Think how your corrupt natures have often impetuously hurried you on towards sin, so that all the inherent grace you had could not withstand it's force, if Providence had not prevented it in some such way as you have heard. 'But every man is tempted when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed' (James 1:14). You found yourselves but feathers in the wind of temptation. How near you have been brought to the brink of sin, and yet saved by a merciful hand of Providence. May you not say with one: 'I was almost in all evil' (Prov. 5:14) and 'my feet were almost gone; my steps had well nigh slipped' (Ps. 73:2). O merciful Providence that stepped in so opportunely to your relief!"

First published in: 1678
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Ralph Vennings (1621-1674)

"Take heed of the sins of the age, country and places where you live ... When sins become epidemic, it is the less abstained from, for few people care to be different. When sins are as it were the custom and fashion of the country, most will be sinners, especially if sin is countenanced by the example of great ones. But as we should not be conformed to this world at large, neither should we to any part of it!"

"Though the children of this world shall call you fools, yet they will call themselves fools another day"

First published: 1669
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John Owen ( 1616-1683 )

First published: 1656
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Jeremiah Burroughs (1599-1646)

"Those who are content in a natural way overcome themselves when outward afflictions befall them and are content. They are just as content when they commit sin against God. When they have outward crosses or when God is dishonoured, it is all one to them; whether they themselves are crossed or whether God is crossed. But a gracious heart that is contented with its own affliction, will rise up strongly when God is dishonoured."

First published: 1648
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Robert Traill (1642-1716)

"Working for life a man naturally understands, but believing for life, he understands not. To mend the old man, he knows; but to put on the new man by faith is a riddle to him. The study of holiness, and endeavouring to square his life according to God's law, he knows a little of, though he can never do it; but to draw sanctification from Christ by faith, and to walk holily in and through the force of the Spirit of Christ in the heart by faith is mere empty language to him. A new life he understands a little; but nothing of a new birth and regeneration. He never saw himself stark dead. Nay, not only is it unknown to the natural man, but he is by his natural state an enemy to it. He neither does nor can know it, nor approve of it (1 Cor. 2:14)"

First published: 1692
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Thomas Brooks (1608-1680)

"You slight souls that are so apt to abuse mercy, consider this, that in gospel days, the plagues that God inflicts upon the despisers and abusers of mercy are usually spiritual plagues; as blindness of mind, hardness of heart, benumbedness of conscience, which are ten thousand times worse than the worst of outward plagues that can befall you. And therefore, though you may escape temporal judgments, yet you shall not escape spiritual judgments: 'How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation?' (Heb. 2:3) saith the apostle. Oh! therefore, whenever Satan shall present God to the soul as one made up of all mercy, that he may draw thee to do wickedly, say unto him, that sins against mercy, will bring upon the soul the greatest misery"

First published: 1652
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Richard Sibbes (1577-1635)

"Those who are given to quarrelling with themselves always lack comfort, and through their infirmities they are prone to feed on such bitter things as will most nourish that disease which troubles them ... We must not judge of ourselves always according to present feeling ... We must beware of false reasoning, such as: because our fire does not blaze out as others, therefore we have no fire at all. By false conclusions we may come to sin against the commandment in bearing false witness against ourselves. The prodigal would not say he was no son, but that he was not worthy to be called a son (Luke 15:19). We must neither trust to false evidences, nor deny true; for so we should dishonour the work of God's Spirit in us, and lose the help of that evidence which would cherish our love to Christ, and arm us against Satan's discouragements. Some are as faulty in this way as if they had been hired by Satan, the accuser of brethren' (Rev. 12:10), to plead for him in accusing themselves!"

First published: 1630
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Richard Sibbes (1577-1635)

"Can we think of his humility and not be humble? Can we think, 'Was God humble, and shall base worms be proud? Shall I be fierce when my Saviour was meek?' Can a proud, fierce heart apprehend a sweet, meek Saviour? No. The heart must be suited to the thing apprehended. It is impossible that a heart that is not meek, and sweetened, and brought low, should apprehend a loving and humble Saviour."
First published: 1639
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Thomas Watson (1620-1686)

"That sin is worse than affliction is evident because the greatest judgment God lays upon a man in this life is to let him sin without control. When the Lord's displeasure is most severely kindled against a person, he does not say, I will bring the sword and the plague on this man, but I will let him sin on: 'So I gave them up unto their own hearts' lust' (Ps. 81.12). Now, if the giving up of a man to his sins (in the account of God himself) is the most dreadful evil, then sin is far worse than affliction. And if it be so, then how should it be hated by us!"

First published: 1668
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William Bridge (1600-1670)

Thirteen sermons preached in 17th century London. Each sermon is aimed at carefully and biblically lifting up true believers who, for various causes, struggle under the burden of an injured conscience or self condemnation.

"A strong Christian will use that for his edification which seems to be against him; but the weak Christian will use that against himself which is in truth for him."

"For though your sin be great, is not God's mercy great, exceeding great? Is not the satisfaction made by Christ great? Are the merits of Christ's blood small? Is not God, the great God of heaven and earth, able to do great things? You grant that God is almighty in providing for you, and is He not almighty also in pardoning? Will you rob God of His almightiness in pardoning? You say your sin is great, but is it infinite? Is not God alone infinite? Is your sin as big as God, as big as Christ? Is Jesus Christ only a Mediator for small sins? Will you bring down the satisfaction of Christ, and the mercy of God, to your own model? Has not the Lord said concerning pardoning mercy, that His 'thoughts are not as our thoughts, but as the heavens are greater than the earth, so are his thoughts (in this respect) beyond our thoughts'? "

First published: 1649
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Martin Luther (1483-1546)

German Reformer, Martin Luther's, response to Desiderius Erasmus' (1466-1536) Diatribe on Free Will ("De Libero Arbitrio Diatribe Sive Collatio").

First published: 1525
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John Bunyan (1628-1688)

An allegorical story depicting a Christian's pilgrimage in this world and his (and her) journey in The Way to the next. John Bunyan draws a very Scriptural and entertaining picture of the Christian experience, including repentance, desperately turning to God for salvation, the burden of sins and deliverance from them in Christ, the trials and persecutions endured for the faith, the believers and unbelievers met along the way, and finally entrance into the 'Celestial City' of Heaven. The Pilgrim's Progress is packed with Biblical doctrine which rebukes, edifies, comforts, encourages, strengthens and stirs up the believing soul. Written for the deep enjoyment of all age group.

"At the day of doom, we shall not be doomed to death or life according to the hectoring spirits of the world, but according to the Wisdom and Law of the Highest. Therefore thought I, what God says is best, is best, though all the men in the world are against it"

Originally written: 1678
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Thieleman J. Van Braght (1625-1664)

"Martyr's Mirror the Story of Seventeen Centuries of Christian Martyrdom, from the Time of Christ to A.D. 1660" or "The Boody Theater." Translated from Dutch into English by Joseph F. Sohm.

"[Inquisitor:] 'If I would take the trouble, I could prove all our ordinances with the Scriptures, such as mass, confession, image worship, invocation of the saints, and others.' [Jacque:] 'I think not, and even if we were agreed, my lord, in every article, I should yet not want to unite with you, unless you should prove to me by the Scriptures that it is Christian-like to shed innocent blood on account of the faith, as you do.' Inq. 'This is on account of errors.' Jac. 'And even though it were because the Scriptures were understood amiss, yet I do not find in the Scriptures, that we may put any one to death on account of his faith.' Inq. 'Oh, I can soon prove that heretics may be put to death; for it is written that if any heretics or false prophets should arise, they shall be put to death.' Jac. 'Yes, I have read the 13th chapter of Deuteronomy, where it is written that if a false prophet, or other person among them, should arise and teach them to go after other gods, which they had not known, that false prophet should be put to death, and stoned with stones.' Inq. 'Well then, see here a testimony that heretics may be put to death.' Jac. 'My lord, we are no more under the law, but under the Gospel; and even if we were under the law, we would not teach you to go after other gods, but after Him who created heaven and earth, and His Son Jesus Christ.' "

Excerpt from the conversations of Jacques D'Auchy and a Papal Inquisitor, recorded by Jacque himself. Jacques was imprisoned in France 1558 and put to death in 1559 for the testimony of Jesus Christ.

First published: 1660
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Poggius the Papist and Paul Tice

Two intriguing letters written by Fra Poggius, a member of the Council of Constance, who witnessed the trial of the Bohemian (Czech) Reformer John Hus (1369-1415). Poggius voted in favor of releasing Hus.It was Poggius who, with Papal orders, journeyed to Prague to deliver the summons to Hus to appear at the Council of Constance; he then traveled with the Reformer to Constance; having heard Hus speak the truth of the Gospel during their journey to Constance, and having watched as he was summarily arrested and imprisoned immediately upon his arrival in Constance, despite the safe conduct granted him, Poggius took an incredibly personal interest in all the events that follow and was ultimately moved in faith towards the Gospel. Afterwards, having begged and received from Hus' own mouth (on his way to execution) forgiveness for his part in the matter and he testifies of Hus, "Verily, I say unto you, he [Hus] was too just for this world!"

"I was cast into a still more dismal prison, where the waves of the lake splashed through the airhole of my cell in the tower and wetted the straw of my bed, so that it became foul and rotted under my body. I had to relieve my bowels into a hole at my feet and often weeks passed before the high waters washed the excrements away, so that a terrible odor remained which nearly killed me. Fever ravaged my bones, a biting rash covered my skin and stinging blisters grew upon my tongue, aggravated by the salty food I received, making swallowing a pain. My teeth loosened and dropped out into the foul straw, my strength left me and the light of my eyes waned."

"Hus the Heretic" is a small book but testifies of the reality of the fruits of the Church contrasted with the harmless teaching of the Gospel by one of the forerunners of the Reformation. Included also is the six-page letter written by John Hus to the Bohemian Christians the night prior to his martyrdom at the stake.

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Martin Chemnitz (1522-1586)

This is a 4 volume dissertation on the events, record of the proceedings and behind-the-scenes discussions and debates that occurred during the 16th century Council of Trent. It shows plainly the intentions of the Catholic Church in holding the Council and presents the personal intentions of some of the members of the Council. The author is found in a rare moment in history and he transcribes the reactions and revelations of Council appointed spokesman, the Jesuit, Andrada, as well as his own reactions with the insight of a deep and extensive knowledge of ecclesiastical history and the development of doctrine that formed that edifice known as the Roman Catholic Church.

The four volume set may be found on any major book search including Amazon, and is being reprinted by the Concordia Publishing House.

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My Escape From the Cloistered Convent
Charlotte Keckler's

Keckler's autobiography story describes her life in a cloistered closed order convent.


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The Martyrdom
of a People
or The Vaudois of Piedmont and their History

by Henry Fliedner

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

“The Light Shines in Darkness."

A Christian History and Martyrology:

Henry Fliedner's work offers a concise history of those known as the Vaudois or Waldensians—Christians of the pre-Reformation era. Fliedner traces their Bible only (Sola Scriptura) faith, and the horrific persecutions they endured, from ancient times to the early 1900's.

"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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The Mute Christian under the
Smarting Rod

by Thomas Brooks
first published
in 1659

The Mute Christian under the Smarting Rod by Thomas Brooks

Thomas Brooks first published this work in 1659 as the expression of his own experience under trials and afflictions and as an encouragement and an admonition to others. Here afflictions, trials, temptations, and human weakness are set in the balance against Scriptural knowledge in an exhortation to faith and the humble acceptance and profiting of the children of God under the disciplining hand of a God who would be known as our Father:

“Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live? For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness. Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.” Hebrews 12:9-11.

And as recorded in the Psalms,

“My mercy will I keep for him for evermore, and my covenant shall stand fast with him. His seed also will I make to endure forever, and his throne as the days of heaven. If his children forsake my law, and walk not in my judgments; if they break my statutes, and keep not my commandments; then will I visit their transgression with the rod, and their iniquity with stripes. Nevertheless my lovingkindness will I not utterly take from him, nor suffer my faithfulness to fail. My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips.” Psalms 89:28-34.

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The Marriage Ring
or How to Make Home Happy

by John Angell James
with a sermon on marriage by John Owen

The Marriage Ring or How to Make Home Happy by John Angell James with a sermon on marriage by John Owen

"As the church is subject to Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything. Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it." - Ephesians 5:24-25

An exhortation on Christian Marriage and its Duties.

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 and, as this is equally true in everything, he who has the most piety will shine the most in all the relationships of life.

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 many differences between them, comfort them under many crosses, guide them through many straits, support them in their last sad parting from one another and reunite them in that happy world where they shall remain forever. Let the two parties in wedded life be believers in Christ Jesus and partake themselves of the peace that surpasses understanding. And if happiness is to be found on earth, it will be enjoyed within the hallowed circle of a family thus united by love and sanctified by grace.

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Right to Divorce & Remarriage in the Case of Adultery by John Owen

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