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[I will post more on my apologetics class later, but need to get some of my old drafts out!]

{Warning! Long post with lots of quotes from puritan reformed guys}

On to John Newton;

I read this sermon in ChristianityYesterday

www.christianityyesterday.com

and looked the sermon up on this site because I wanted to share some excerpts from it.

”We, on the contrary, were born and educated in a land, distinguished from all the nations of the earth, by the eminent degree in which we enjoy civil and religious liberty, and the light of gospel-truth.

These privileges exceedingly aggravate our sins; and no just comparison, in this respect, can be formed between us and other nations, until we can find a people who have been equally favoured, and for an equal space of time, by the providence of God, and have likewise equalled us in disobedience and ingratitude. ”

”1. Let us first look at home. I am a man of unclean lips. I am a sinner.

This confession suits us all; and is readily made by all who know themselves. The Lord said of the Amorites, at a certain period, Their iniquity is not yet full: I hope the measure of our iniquity is not yet full; but it is filling every day, and we are all daily contributing to fill it.

True believers, though by grace delivered from the reigning power of sin, are still sinners. In many things we offend all, in thought, word, and deed. We are now called upon to humble ourselves before God, for the sins of our ignorance, and for the more aggravated sins we have committed against light, and experience—for those personal sins, the record of which is only known to God and our consciences—for the defects and defilements of our best services—for our great and manifold failures in the discharge of our relative duties, as parents, children, husbands, wives, masters, or servants, and as members of the community.

Our dullness in the ways of God, our alertness in the pursuit of our own will and way; our differences to what concerns his glory, compared with the quickness of our apprehensions when our own temporal interests are affected; are so many proofs of our ingratitude and depravity.

The sins of the Lord’s own people are so many, and so heightened by the consideration of his known goodness, that if he was to enter into judgment with them only, they could offer no other plea than that which he has mercifully provided for them; If thou, Lord, shouldst mark iniquity, O Lord, who could stand? but there is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared. ”

This sermon sounds like it could have been written in today’s era.

”We have likewise been long favoured with peace, though often principals in wars, which have been very calamitous, both to our enemies, and to the nations which have taken part in our affairs.

Our internal broils at different times have contributed to form and establish our present happy constitution. We breathe the air of civil liberty.

Our insular situation, and naval force, by the blessing of God, have preserved us from foreign invasions; and when such have been attempted, the winds and seas have often fought our battles.

Our wide spreading and flourishing commerce, has raised us to a pitch of opulence, which excites the admiration and envy of other nations.

Great Britain and Ireland appear but as small spots upon a globe or map, but our interests and influence extended, in every direction, to the uttermost parts of the earth. ”

”What then must be the state of those who avowedly live without God in the world? I need not enlarge upon this painful subject, which forces itself upon the mind, if we only walk the streets, or look into the newspaper.

It is not necessary to inform my hearers that infidelity, licentiousness, perjury, profaneness, the neglect and contempt of God’s Sabbaths and worship, abound. The laws of God, and the laws of the land, so far as their object is to enforce the observance of his commands, are openly and customarily violated in every rank of life.

In a day when the Lord of hosts calls to weeping and mourning; thoughtless security, dissipation and riot, are characteristics of our national spirit. The loss of public spirit, and that impatience of subordination, so generally observable, so widely diffused, which are the consequences of our sins against God, are, in themselves, moral causes sufficient to ruin the nation, unless his mercy interposes in our behalf. ”

It goes on to say though we have much cause to mourn for our sins, and humbly to deprecate deserved judgments, let us not despond.

He who loved you, and died for your sins, is the Lord of glory.

”You do well to mourn for the sins and miseries of those who know him not. But if you make him your fear and your dread, he will be a sanctuary to you, and keep your hearts in peace, though the earth be removed, and the mountains cast into the midst of the sea. ”

I love this sermon

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The Martyrs of Lyons

http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/source/177-lyonsmartyrs.html

is another article, very good. We really don’t even know what real death- facing persecution is, I don’t anyway.

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The Morning Star of the Reformation

John Wycliffe

http://www.wholesomewords.org/biography/biorpwycliffe.html

”It was at this time that the Papal Schism took place with a pope at Avignon, France, and another in Rome. Both claimed to be infallible and each excommunicated the other.

Added to all the other things which had been happening, Wycliffe came to see clearly that the whole papal system was anti-Christian. He stated that the pope was the man of sin, “who exalteth himself above … God”, as II Thessalonians 2:4 tells us.

3. Wycliffe bravely deals with his enemies, he works on the translation of the Bible into English and he sends out men to preach the Gospel.

Probably due to his increased workload and the numerous difficulties he had suffered, Wycliffe fell ill. When the friars heard of his illness they hurried to his bedside hoping that he would recant before his death.

However Wycliffe was not going to change his mind. His response to them was, “I shall not die but live, and again declare the evil deeds of the friars.” This prophecy was fulfilled and Wycliffe went on to the very important work of the translation of the Bible and the sending forth of his preachers, the Lollards. ”

This article is interesting because of how bad the church had gotten,

in the christianityyesterday article it states:

Both the papacy and the Church was a sea of debauchery and corruption, the monks and abbot’s lived lives of excess.

the Church collected a vast amount of wealth,

indulged themselves in every way imaginable.

friars preached fairy tales,

friars had the power to forgive sins, the catholic doctrine of transubstantiation.

Sounds like todays church, eh?

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