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“Our Reformers were men of great wisdom, undaunted courage, irrepressible zeal and strong faith. They relied not on human expediency, vain traditions, or worldly wisdom, but on God’s promised blessing on His own means. They went direct to the Bible for all their plans, and the result was that every rag of rotten Popery, and every relic of the Amorite was purged away, and cast forth as things accursed into the region of eternal detestation, and the pure evangel set up instead. In the language of George Gillespie:

‘The Church of Scotland was blessed with a more glorious and perfect reformation than any of our neighbor Churches. The doctrine, discipline, regiment, and policy established here by ecclesiastical and civil laws, and sworn and subscribed unto by the king’s majesty and [the] several presbyteries and parish churches of the land, as it had the applause of foreign divines; so was it in all points agreeable unto the word; neither could the most rigid Aristarchus of these times challenge any irregularity of the same.'”

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These words are drawn from the opening of David Hay Fleming’s four-part series of articles in the Original Secession Magazine in 1878 entitled, “The Discipline of the Reformation.” I’ve just finished recording the fourth today. Listen to them here. The PDF is below. And check out more titles in my expanding amateur audio library.

I do not suggest that everything our fathers in the Reformation and Second Reformation did or said regarding discipline should be carried over in toto today. Nor do I think Fleming himself thought this. But before we too quickly dismiss what we may judge austere or harsh, let us consider that we are just as much creatures of our time as they were. And if we shouldn’t be slaves to their judgments, yet we still ought to honor father and mother. And listen to them in the first case!

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Just finished reading-recording this sermon by the founder of Connecticut, the Puritan Thomas Hooker, entitled, “The Danger of Desertion.” This was Hooker’s farewell sermon to his congregation in England before venturing across the Atlantic. It is one of the most impactful, profound, and weighty sermons I have read in some time. Please, please do yourself a favor and read it. If you are a sincere Christian not in a state of gross backsliding, it will hit you square in the eyes. And if you are, it just may jolt your out of your complacency!

Cling to God. Hard. Until your knuckles are white. And your nailbeds bleed. Do not let Him go! That’s the message. And more, it was a message to England, and so to any Christian nation that has had the privilege of the presence of God.

And here’s the same in PDF:

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