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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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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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