The title I have given this chapter is one of a number of chapters in a book from 1850 called God Speaking by Facts. This chapter is from a book called Persuasives to Early Piety, John Gregory Pike – 1829. But the other tracts in this collection are also very moving. Especially “The Praying Mother” and “The Danger of a Death Bed Repentance.” This was the first book that I gave to my wife the year we got married. Now, 22 years later, I drew her attention to it again as the Praying Mother chapter will give her hope. – The Narrator.
Terrors and Consequences of Death and Judgment
Is it possible for a person to be regenerated, or born again; and yet for many years after fear he is not?
Two other questions like this from the List of Practical Questions, Cases of Conscience 1755
I Fear I am not regenerated, I don’t know that I am
What judgment should a Christian pass upon himself who finds himself continually under a dark and corrupt frame but feels greatly unaffected with it?
Cases of Conscience, Case 7 – 1755
Complaints of a Dark and Corrupt Frame
From Isaiah 29:10 The Lord has poured out upon you a spirit of a deep sleep. Preached January 27th, 1647 on a day appointed for their solemn and public humiliation.
A Sleeping Sickness – The Distemper of the Times
This is Haldane’s Exposition of Romans 1:18-32
Robert Haldane (1764–1842)
Given Over to a Reprobate Mind
From Four Discourses Against Vice and Profaneness –
- A Friendly Admonition to Drunkards and Tipplers
- A Word of Advice to the Wanton and Unclean
- A Serious Address to Those Who Profane the Lord’s Day
- A Check to an Ungoverned Tongue
A Check to an Ungoverned Tongue
From the Existence and Attributes of God, Practical Atheism. The noblest faculty of man, his understanding, wherein the remaining lineaments of the image of God are visible; the highest operation of that faculty, which is wisdom, is, in the judgment of the Spirit of God, devilish, whilst it is earthly and sensual; and the wisdom of the best man is no better by nature; a legion of impure spirits possess it; devilish, as the devil, who, though he believe there is a God, yet acts as if there were none, and wishes he had no superior to prescribe him a law, and inflict that punishment upon him which his crimes have merited.
The Fool has said, No God!
“Every day I live, I feel more and more persuaded that it is the cause of God and of his kingdom in Scotland in our day. Many a time, when I thought myself a dying man, the souls of the perishing thousands in my own parish, who never enter any house of God, have lain heavy on my heart. Many a time have I prayed that the eyes of our enemies might be opened, and that God would open the hearts of our rulers, to feel that their highest duty and greatest glory is to support the ministers of Christ, and to send these to every perishing soul in Scotland.” Bonar, Andrew A.. The Biography of Robert Murray M’Cheyne
Life and Diary of Robert M M’Cheyne 1835
A number of prayers edited and included in the Valley of Vision, by Arthur Bennett, are taken from The Rise and Progress of Religion in the Soul – Phillip Doddridge. Here are the actual unedited prayers from the book, but in more modern English. Sample, ”
“Blessed Jesus, is it indeed thus? Is it not the fiction of the human mind? Surely it is not! What human mind could have invented or conceived it? It is a plain, a certain fact, that thou didst leave the magnificence and joy of the heavenly world in compassion to such a wretch as I! Oh! hadst thou from that height of dignity and felicity only looked down upon me for one moment, and sent some gracious word to me for my direction and comfort, even by the least of thy servants, justly might I have prostrated myself in grateful admiration, and have kissed ‘the very footsteps’ of him ‘that published the salvation.’
Desperate Prayers of the Awakened Sinner
Revelation 19:15 And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.
Preached April 1734
Sermon manuscript text is here. http://edwards.yale.edu/archive?path=aHR0cDovL2Vkd2FyZHMueWFsZS5lZHUvY2dpLWJpbi9uZXdwaGlsby9nZXRvYmplY3QucGw/Yy40NzoxMi53amVv
The Winepress of the Fierceness and Wrath of Almighty God