The Christian Warfare against the Devil, World, and Flesh – Puritan John Downame

The Christian Warfare against the Devil, World, and Flesh – Puritan John Downame

Ephesians 6:11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

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John Downame’s treatise is the magnus opus in the “Christian warfare” genre of literature. It was written in four parts, each part published separately between 1604 and 1618. Part one treated the threat of the devil, parts two and three the threat of the world, and part four the threat of the flesh. Together the four parts numbered over 4,000 pages. There was an enormous demand for treatises such as Downame’s. While the Puritans, those self-styled “regenerate” or “godly” Christians, remained a minority everywhere, they were a literate, book-buying minority that eagerly sought treatises of spiritual advice.

John Downame (Downham) (1571–1652) was an English clergyman and theologian in London, who came to prominence in the 1640s, when he worked closely with the Westminster Assembly. He is now remembered for his writings.

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Suffering: God’s People in the Furnace! – Charles Spurgeon Sermon

Suffering: God’s People in the Furnace! – Charles Spurgeon Sermon

Isaiah 48:10 See, I have refined you, though not as silver;
I have tested you in the furnace of affliction.

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Affliction Sanctified: Glory Follows Afflictions As Spring Follows The Winter – Richard Sibbes

Affliction Sanctified: Glory Follows Afflictions As Spring Follows The Winter – Richard Sibbes

“Whatsoever is good for God’s children they shall have it, for all is theirs to further them to heaven; therefore, if poverty be good, they shall have it; if disgrace be good, they shall have it; if crosses be good, they shall have them; if misery be good, they shall have it; for all is ours, to serve for our greatest good.”

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Grieving the Holy Spirit – Charles Spurgeon Sermon

Grieving the Holy Spirit – Charles Spurgeon Sermon

Ephesians 4:30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.

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Preaching in the 19th Century – Iain Murray (Christian lecture)

Preaching in the 19th Century – Iain Murray (Christian lecture)

“In the first half of the 19th century, the concern was for men to be brought face to face with eternity, that the realities of the gospel and the world to come are set before men. They said very little about contemporary issues of any kind…but, thought they said so little about contemporary issues, they did much more to influence contemporary events. The men of the second half of the century had much more to say about social events and education trends, and all the rest, and they did far less, actually, to influence those things.”

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Satan Considering the Saints! – Charles Spurgeon Sermon

Satan Considering the Saints! – Charles Spurgeon Sermon

Job 1:8 Then the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil.”

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Charles Haddon (C.H.) Spurgeon (June 19, 1834 January 31, 1892) was a British Reformed Baptist preacher who remains highly influential among Christians of different denominations, among whom he is still known as the “Prince of Preachers.” In his lifetime, Spurgeon preached to around 10,000,000 people, often up to 10 times a week at different places. His sermons have been translated into many languages. Spurgeon was the pastor of the New Park Street Chapel in London for 38 years. In 1857, he started a charity organization called Spurgeon’s which now works globally. He also founded Spurgeon’s College, which was named after him after his death.

Spurgeon was a prolific author of many types of works including sermons, an autobiography, a commentary, books on prayer, a devotional, a magazine, and more. Many sermons were transcribed as he spoke and were translated into many languages during his lifetime. Arguably, no other author, Christian or otherwise, has more material in print than C.H. Spurgeon.

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A Few Sighs from Hell – John Bunyan Sermon

A Few Sighs from Hell – John Bunyan Sermon

“When I first started uploading my narrations to the internet, 2003, this was the most requested reading by far. I have narrated it many times since 1986. But this is the first time I have ever narrated it in digital audio and made some attempt to read it in more modern English.” – Tom Sullivan

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John Bunyan – (1628-1688), Puritan author

John Bunyan had very little schooling. He followed his father in the tinker’s trade, and he served in the parliamentary army from1644 to 1647. Bunyan married in 1649 and lived in Elstow until 1655, when his wife died. He then moved to Bedford, and married again in 1659. John Bunyan was received into the Baptist church in Bedford by immersion in 1653.

In 1655, Bunyan became a deacon and began preaching, with marked success from the start. In 1658 he was indicted for preaching without a license. The authorities were fairly tolerant of him for a while, and he did not suffer imprisonment until November of 1660, when he was taken to the county jail in Silver Street, Bedford, and there confined (with the exception of a few weeks in 1666) for 12 years until January 1672. Bunyan afterward became pastor of the Bedford church. In March of 1675 he was again imprisoned for preaching publicly without a license, this time being held in the Bedford town jail. In just six months this time he was freed, (no doubt the authorities were growing weary of providing Bunyan with free shelter and food) and he was not bothered again by the authorities.

John Bunyan wrote The Pilgrim’s Progress in two parts, of which the first appeared at London in 1678,which he had begun during his imprisonment in 1676. The second part appeared in 1684. The earliest edition in which the two parts were combined in one volume came out in 1728. A third part falsely attributed to Bunyan appeared in 1693. The Pilgrim’s Progress is the most successful allegory ever written, and like the Bible has been extensively translated into other languages.

John Bunyan wrote many other books, including one which discussed his inner life and reveals his preparation for his appointed work is Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners (1666). Bunyan became a popular preacher as well as a very voluminous author, though most of his works consist of expanded sermons. In theology he was a Puritan, but not a partisan. He was no scholar, except of the English Bible, but that he knew thoroughly. He also drew much influence from Martin Luther’s Commentary on the Epistle to the Galatians.

Some time before his final release from prison Bunyan became involved in a controversy with two theologians of his day: Kiffin and Paul. In 1673 he published his Differences in Judgement about Water-Baptism no Bar to Communion, in which he took the ground that “the Church of Christ hath not warrant to keep out of the communion the Christian that is discovered to be a visible saint of the word, the Christian that walketh according to his own light with God.” While he agreed as a Baptist that water baptism was God’s ordinance, he refused to make “an idol of it,” and he disagreed with those who would dis-fellowship from Christians who did not adhere to water baptism

Kiffin and Paul published a rejoinder in Serious Reflections (London, 1673), in which they set forth the argument in favor of the restriction of the Lord’s Supper to baptized believers. The controversy resulted in the Particular (Calvinistic) Baptists leaving the question of communion with the unbaptized open. Bunyan’s church permitted pedobaptists (those who baptize children, such as the Calvinistic Presbyterian Church) to fellowship and eventually, Bunyans church even became a pedobaptist church.

On a trip to London, John Bunyan caught a severe cold, and he died at the house of a friend at Snow Hill on August 31, 1688. His grave lies in the cemetery at Bunhill Fields in London.

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