Letters

The Difference Between John Gill’s Free Declaration of the Gospel to Sinners and the Banner of Truth’s ‘Free Offer’

     Dear Brother:  What is the difference between Gill’s ‘free declaration of peace and pardon, righteousness, life and salvation to poor sinners’ and the ‘free offer’ and ‘duty faith’ of those who deny outright that Gill appealed to all men everywhere to repent and believe the gospel? The difference is that Gill keeps to the […]

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Reply to a Woman-Hater

Letter to New Focus in reply to a Woman-Hater   Dear Sir,      The Jewish macho thanks God every day because he is not a woman. His Mohammedan counterpart believes a woman has no soul. Misogynists in Christian churches, not content with being the head over their wives, would place them under their feet and […]

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Imputation of Sin

A Letter to a Christian Newspaper: Sir:      Regarding imputed sin. I believe the idea is thoroughly Scriptural, though acknowledging that there is much controversy concerning what is meant by the term. I understand it to mean that all those who die do so because of sin, even He who did not sin as the […]

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All Sides Claim Calvin as Their Mentor

Sir:      Since this newspaper began, debate has continued amongst correspondents as to what true religion entails. It is interesting to note that John Calvin has invariably been put forward as representing all sides in their highly different positions. This is neither surprising nor helpful. Calvin was a second generation Reformer whose works reflect strong […]

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Spanner and Buzzard on Common Grace

Sir:      The letters from Messers Spanner and Buzzard concerning common grace reveal problems in defining and understanding the term. Mr Spanner refers to its non-saving scope, quoting John Murray in support. However, Murray disagrees radically with Spanner, seeing common grace as offering “nothing less than salvation in its richness and fullness.” Sir Anthony sets […]

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Banner on Hypers

Letter to the Banner of Truth (not printed)  Dear Christian Friends,      I was surprised to find myself labeled a Hyper-Calvinist in your February issue with your corollary that I am not amongst those who “confront their hearers with the immediate responsibility of trusting Christ, directly encouraging them to trust him, and appealing to them […]

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Burrow’s on the Devil’s Banishment

Letter to New Focus regarding sin. Dear Sir,      Mr Burrows’ important and edifying thought concerning the defeat of Satan, which is an essential feature of Christ’s defeat of sin, was well-stated and I trust, well received. Though your correspondent rightly viewed one part of this dual defeat as happening in time, I placed the […]

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Clifford on Hooker

Letter to the English Churchman on Hooker Sir:      Allan Clifford’s ‘objections’ to Dr Beckwith’s evaluation of Hooker are invalid. Beckwith defended Hooker against the London Temple attacks of Travers and Cartwright. Dr. Clifford ignores the entire debate, exchanging Beckwith’s real-life Hooker/Travers/Cartwright history for a Church of England/Calvin fairy-story.      Cartwright zigzagged on the Church […]

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Come and Welcome Letter

The Banner of Truth Trust perverts Bunyan’s gospel A letter to the English Churchman   Sir:      Bunyan’s Come and Welcome to Jesus Christ based on John 6:37 is beset with the finest jewels of Christian preaching, infusing hope and joy into the hearts of sorrowing sinners. The BOT’s 1991 reprint of Bunyan’s original version […]

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Contra Relf

     Letter written to the English Churchman on reading several readers’ letters and an article condemning the Church of the English Reformation and supporting Cromwell’s persecutions.   Sir:      In allaying Mr Relf’s fears regarding my research expressed in his April 5th article, I shall keep to the evidence he provides. Bishop Neill, though no […]

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