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The Problem of Fullerism

The Problem of Fullerism by Paul Fahy (Understanding Ministries)      The system of unbiblical doctrines known as Fullerism is becoming popular in our present-day Reformed churches. Originally launched by a small Latitudinarian clique in the late 18th cent., it was denounced by Fuller’s Reformed contemporaries as ‘a gangrene in the churches’. In 1877, the Gospel Magazine joined most of the major Christian periodicals in condemning Fuller’s “excessive and antiscriptural ideas” and testified to their “unfeigned abhorrence of a system that robs God of His glory”. Some modern ex-Reformed evangelicals think they know better and are now proclaiming that Fullerism is the surest way to sound evangelism and the… Full Article

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Battle for the Church (1517-1644) by David Gay

Disobeying the Golden Rule      I must admit that I turned to David Gay’s new book on the period between “the break with Rome and the rise of the Particular Baptists” with some reserve, knowing that the author has antagonised many by his anti-Trinitarian claim that the Son and the Father had contradictory wills, reflected by irreconcilable contradictions in the Scriptures. My reservations proved to be justified. I have seldom read such a disturbing book.      The author warns us that he has done no original research. This quickly becomes obvious, though original documents on this period are readily available. Indeed, Gay’s inept and unscholarly use of his mainly secondary sources is most frustrating. Page after page… Full Article

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Puritan Papers

Puritan Papers Volume I, 1956-59: A Review Article A Conference downgraded      Puritan Papers brought back memories of my early years in England as a new born Christian and the help which I received from the teaching of the Puritan Conference up to 1964 and my continued interest during my later sojourn in Sweden and Germany. When the Puritan Conference ended in 1970, my interest waned. The Westminster Conference became more narrow in spiritual scope but broader in political and denominational tub-thumping. It radically redefined Puritanism. The shutting out of Jim Packer, one of my first mentors in Christ, was a tragic move on the part of John Knox-like Martyn Lloyd Jones. It bordered on an excommunication and forced Jim to find… Full Article

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Portraits of Faithful Saints

Portraits of Faithful Saints, Herman Hanko, Reformed Free Publishing Association, 1999.      When the postman called with my author’s copies of Mountain Movers, he also brought Herman Hanko’s  similar book entitled Portraits of Faithful Saints. A peep into the Preface confirmed this similarity as Hanko, like myself, makes Heb. 12:1 ff. his starting point. Where I, however, have merely portrayed those Christian stalwarts who have personally influenced my faith, Hanko’s aim is to demonstrate “the works of God in His providential government of the world.” Whereas I merely list my mentors in chronological order, Hanko covering a wider sphere, divides his book into seven parts, each dealing with a different… Full Article

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Hyper-Calvinism and the Call of the Gospel

David Engelsma, Reformed Free Publishing Association      Prof. Engelsma’s book which reveals the follies of what he terms preaching the ‘well-meant offer’ has been around for a number of years, providing much food for thought. This book has now been revised and reprinted. As the subject has become a common topic of debate amongst Reformed Christians, readers may value the comments of one long familiar with the book before purchasing it themselves, a purchase I urgently advise them to make.      Not that I can wholeheartedly recommend the entire work. The book has great strengths and most obvious weaknesses. Its main strength is that it examines the motives of those who claim that all who do not indiscriminately ‘offer’… Full Article

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The Life and Thought of John Gill

The Life and Thought of John Gill (1697-1771): A Tercentennial Appreciation Ed. Michael A. G. Haykin Brill Anxious thoughts repelled      I turned to The Life and Thought of John Gill edited by Michael Haykin with apprehension because of former highly negative comments on the subjects by several contributors to this Festschrift. I read the book, however, with increasing delight as it became obvious that the winds of change are blowing away the myths that have encompassed Gill in recent years.      In his introduction Dr. Haykin reviews the research done on Gill up to the present and rightly argues that there is little deep, sound work on Gill’s theology available. The book under his editorship book seeks to make good the… Full Article

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To Honour God

To Honour God: The Spirituality of Oliver Cromwell (134 pages) Classics of Reformed Spirituality Series Edited and introduced by Michael A. G. Haykin. The pimples and warts of the Protector      The editor opens up this fine little book by explaining that Cromwell (1599-1658) liked to have his portrait painted with all his “roughness, pimples, warts and everything.” History has taken Cromwell at his word. The verbal pictures handed down to us by historians and theologians alike have contained far more warts than those revealed in Samuel Cooper’s famous portrait of England’s Lord Protector.  Mrs Macaulay, they say, proved in her History of England, that the idol, which seemed to be of gold, was a wooden one. William… 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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