John Gill and the Charge of Hyper-Calvinism

     One of the most successful Baptist contenders for the truth in the 18th century was John Gill  (1697-1771) , a London pastor who was second to none in the kingdom for scholarly learning and prowess as a preacher. Sadly Gill has faded from the reading of most evangelicals, owing to the fact that his successors held to a radically different view of the gospel. Now he is being rediscovered as the number of publications dealing with him over the last few years show . Something, however, is going seriously wrong. Though contemporary American works such as Thomas J. Nettle’s By His Grace and for His Glory and Timothy George’s essay on Gill in Baptist Theologians show clearly that Gill was no Hyper-Calvinist but a great Reformed 18th… Full Article

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Six Remarkables

SIX REMARKABLE MINISTERS ed. B. A. Ramsbottom Gospel Standard Trust Publications h/b, 348 pages, £8.89.      The word ‘remarkable’ sums up admirably the six testimonies given in this highly commendable book. Thomas Godwin (1803-1877), was an illiterate cobbler who taught himself to read by praying over the Bible on his knees. Alexander Barrie Taylor (1804-1887), a poacher, hunter and singer, was chosen from his worldly ways to became an eloquent preacher and William Gadsby’s successor at Manchester. Frances Covell (1808-1879) stammered so badly that it was often impossible to understand what he was trying to say. His stammering stopped suddenly on his first preaching engagement and he never stammered again! Edward Samuel… Full Article

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Joseph Kinghorn

The Life and Works of Joseph Kinghorn, Vol. 1 Particular Baptist Press, Springfield, MO, USA, hb. 530 pp, $24.50, ISBN 1-888514-00-0      As soon as this volume reached my hands, I read it with delight and with edification. I found in it a wealth of instruction and just cause to thank the Lord for such a faithful 18th century Baptist witness. The lives of the great Anglicans of by-gone years such as Hervey, Toplady, Whitefield and Venn are well-documented and researched but there is a dire lack of information on their Dissenting brethren. This book will certainly help to fill this breach as Joseph Kinghorn (1766-1832) was a workman who had no cause to be ashamed. The fine way he was used by God as a preacher and writer of note… Full Article

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Hold Fast

“Hold-Fast!” A Sketch of Covenant Truth and Its Witnesses John E. Hazleton      I discovered a real gem in this morning’s post. It was a small, solidly-backed, well-illustrated book. I forgot my morning newspaper as I read through its pages. Rarely have I found such excellency packed into such a small space. Truth for Today has done their readers a great service by reprinting this 1909 account of God’s covenant mercies.      Hazleton portrays the cloud of witnesses who have held fast the form of sound words and preached the everlasting covenant (2 Tim. 1.13; 2 Sam. 23:5). Starting with Peter’s confession, “Thou hast the words of eternal life,” we are given many covenant treasures in the hands of worthy stewards of the… Full Article

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Henry Bullinger (1504-1575)

Shepherd of the Churches Bullinger’s importance for the English Reformation      Perhaps no Reformer has been so neglected in modern times as Henry Bullinger, though he produced far more sound Christian writings than Luther, Calvin and Zwingli combined. An average of four editions of his works per year were printed in Switzerland alone for a hundred years and over fifty printers in other European countries were turning out countless editions. Reformers such as Miles Coverdale translated Bullinger into English from the 1530s on. Bullinger’s books were internationally treasured because they were said to be free of Calvin’s obscurity and Musculus’ scholastical subtlety and packed much sound, perspicuous doctrine into… Full Article

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The Banner of Truth Trust and Antitrinitarianism

     It is said that the first person to use the term Antitrinitarianism was Henry Bullinger who coined the word in his Responsioministorium Tigurinae ecclesiae ad argumenta Antitrinitariorum Italopolonorum (A Response of the ministers of the Zürich Church to the Arguments of the Italopolish Antitrinitaarians) of 1563. Around 1560 a group of Italians in Geneva quarreled with Calvin and fled to Zürich where they asked Bullinger to mediate. Bullinger urged them to return to Geneva and make their peace with Calvin. The Italians claimed that this would be pointless as Calvin had wrongly accused them of heresy and would have no fellowship with them and had threatened them with the death penalty. Calvin indeed… Full Article

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Christian Bennett’s Review

Dr George M. Ella Eupener Weg 1 45481 Mülheim Germany st0008@aixrs1.hrz.uni-essen.de 7th June, 1998 The Editor Evangelical Times Grange Close Faverdale North Industrial Estate Darlington Co Durham, DL3. OPH England Dear Brethren,      Would you kindly publish this letter which is a response to Christopher Bennett’s supposed review of my book. It must have been a very rushed affair as the reviewer obviously had not time to read the book. This seems typical of today’s would-be writers. I recently tracked down the Christian author of one review of my book on Fuller who also gave a lecture on the book in which he admitted, amidst jokes at my expense, that he had never read it. No remorse was shown, only a display of… Full Article

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Robert Oliver on Huntington

Robert Oliver and the Twists and Turns of Historical Revisionism.      In July, 1988 an anonymous article appeared in the Banner of Truth magazine, surprising and shocking many readers. It was a fierce attack on the person and testimony of William Huntington, known affectionately as ‘the Immortal Coalheaver’. The article, which followed a similar attack on John Gill by Robert Oliver the previous year, was planned to start off what the BOT calls an ‘important controversy’  to warn readers against the traditional Calvinism of these men.      In Huntington’s case (though Gill’s was not dissimilar) the BOT were faced with two difficulties. First, it was obvious that Huntington had the largest congregation in London… Full Article

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