Thomas Adams: There shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts. 1633

From A Puritan’s Mind, ” Not included in Adams’s works, is his magnum opus, A Commentary on the Second Epistle General of St. Peter, an extensive commentary first published in 1633 and last reprinted by Soli Deo Gloria in 1990, and happily, reprinted again now by Solid Ground Christian Books. It was never included in any edition of his works. However, the 900 pages of double-columned print was edited by James Sherman and printed in London in 1839. The work is exegetically reliable and stylistically adept. Much useful theological knowledge is conveyed in striking phrases. Spurgeon commented that this book was the best Puritan commentary printed under James Sherman’s editorship. It was “full of quaintness, holy wit, bright thought, and deep instruction; we know of no richer and racier reading,” Spurgeon said.

William Jenkyn: Filthy Dreamers, Defile the Flesh – Reject Authority – 1652

Jenkyn’s Commentary on Jude 8: ” The love of lust makes men erroneous and seducers. They who make no conscience of ordering their conversation will soon be heretical. These seducers who opposed the faith were unclean, and flesh-defilers. The fool said in his heart that there was no God, and the true ground thereof immediately follows, “they are corrupt, and have done abominable works,” Psal. 14. 1….This sin of the seducers was a sin against the welfare and happiness of the public. They, being weary of magistracy, were weary of all the comforts and blessings of peace; and in being desirous to throw down the pillars, they endeavored to pull down
the building upon their own and others’ heads. What would nations be without government, but the dens of wild beasts:

John Calvin – As for my people, children are their oppressors, and women rule over them. Isaiah 3:12

Feeble and cowardly must be the   minds of those who obey delicate and effeminate men, and permit   themselves to be oppressed by them; the Jews could not complain that they were compelled by violence,   when of their own accord they obeyed those whose authority they would   gladly have declined. Hence it is evident that they were struck by the   hand of God, and were shaken with terror, so that they had no strength  either of body or of mind.

John Brown – Esau Denied Repentance, Though He Sought It With Tears – 1862

From John Brown’s Commentary on Hebrews ”
17 For ye know how that afterward, when he would have inherited the blessing, he was rejected: for he found no place of repentance, though he sought it carefully with tears.”

Though the perseverance of the saints is certain, let us never forget that it is the perseverance of saints that is thus certain. Many who seem to others to be saints, who seem to themselves to be saints, do ” fall away.” And let us recollect that the perseverance of the saints referred to is their perseverance not only in a safe state but in a holy course of disposition and conduct ; and no saint behaving like a sinner can legitimately enjoy the comfort which the doctrine of perseverance is fitted and intended to communicate to every saint, acting like a saint, ” in a patient continuance in well-doing, seek for glory, honor, and immortality.”


Funeral Sermon For John Owen – David Clarkson – 1683

David Clarkson served as a co-pastor with John Owen at the end of Owen’s life and preached Owen’s funeral sermon at which he said of Owen: “We have had a light in this candlestick, we have had a light in this candlestick, which did not only enlighten the room, but gave light to others fare and near: but it is put out. We did not sufficiently value it.” When Clarkson died, his funeral sermon was preached by William Bates. (From the Puritan Board)

Alexander Whyte – How the Zeal of Christ Ate Him Up

It is indeed a very arresting and even startling thing to hear it said of our Lord that anything could actually eat Him up. Yes; but look at Him. Go back and look at Him that day in the temple. Think you see Him. Think you stand beside Him. Think who He is, and what is His real errand in this world. And the more you think about Him, and the closer you come up to Him, and the better you see Him, the better will you enter into this startling language concerning Him. Yes; such was the dreadful desecration of His Father’s house that day, that He was simply eaten up with His indignation at it all.

John Owen – How The Holy Spirit Assists Us in Our Praying Weaknesses – Romans 8:26

The matter of our prayer respects the depravation of our nature, and our wants on that account. The darkness and ignorance that is in our understandings; our unacquaintedness with heavenly things, and alienation from the life of God thereby; the secret workings of the lusts of the mind under the shade and covert of this darkness; the stubbornness, obstinacy, and perverseness of our wills by nature, with their reluctancies unto and dislike of things spiritual, with innumerable latent guiles thence arising, — all keeping the soul from a due conformity unto the holiness of God, — are things which believers have an especial regard unto in their confessions and supplications.

Owen, John. The Work of the Holy Spirit in Prayer

Octavius Winslow – Spiritual Declension Manifest in Lack of Prayer to God

From the Book, Personal Declension and Revival of Religion in the Soul. “

The spirit of prayer may decline in the believer, and he may not at once be sensible of it. The form and the habit of prayer may for a while continue, the domestic altar sustained, and even the closet occasionally visited; – but the spirit of prayer has evaporated, and all is coldness and dullness, the very torpor and frigidity of death! But of what real worth is the habit of prayer apart from the spirit of prayer? just what this planet would be without the sun, or the body without the living, animating, breathing soul, – what but a cold, lifeless form? Yes; and a believer may be beguiled into this lamentable state, and not a suspicion of its existence be awakened; he may observe his accustomed habit, and use his empty form, and not suspect that all is cold and breathless as death itself.

John Cooke (1796) Confession of a Deist at the Gates of Death

John Cooke was 43 years the pastor of the Independent Church of Maidenhead, in England. He Lived from 1760-1826. Some of his letters were recently narrated and are on site here.

“The declaration from his (the deist’s) deathbed was “My pride and the fear of being called a Methodist, would not permit me to own what I did believe.” But however formidable the word “Methodist” appeared to him, when amongst his worldly companions, it had no weight on his mind in the near views of eternity. “

John Owen – Looking Diligently Lest Any Man FAIL of the Grace of God.

Fornicators, — that is, those who are habitually so, always grow profane; and profane persons, of all other sins, are apt to set light by fornication. These things are written with the beams of the sun in the days wherein we live. They are the especial sins whose relinquishment by sincere repentance is most rare. Few fornicators or profane persons do ever come to repentance.

Fornication is a sin, which when men are habitually given up unto, they are never, or very rarely, recovered from it. When any sensual lust hath obtained a habitual predominancy in any, it doth contract so intimate a league with the flesh, as it is hardly eradicated. Such sins do usually keep men secure unto the future judgment,. Hence God, for the punishment of idolatry, gave some up unto uncleanness, through the lusts of their own hearts, Romans 1: 24-26, namely, that by them they might be secured unto that eternal vengeance which they had deserved.

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