William Cunningham: Infant Baptism

“The Reformers, and the great body of Protestant divines, in putting forth the definition of the sacraments in general, or of a sacrament as such, intended to embody the substance of what they believe Scripture to teach”

John Ward: He Judgeth Among The gods 

Die Mercurii 26, Martii, 1645. Ordered by the Commons assembled in Parliament, That Sir Roger North, and Mr Cage doe give thankes to Mr Goode and Mr Ward for the great paines they took in the Sermons they preached this day, at the in­treaty of the House of Commons, at St Mar­garetts Westminster, (it beingContinue reading “John Ward: He Judgeth Among The gods “

George Gillespie: Nihil Respondes

Nihil Respondes: OR, A DISCOVERY OF The extream unsatisfactorinesse of Master Colemans Peece, published last weeke under the Title of A Brotherly Examination re-examined. Wherein, his self-contradictions: his yeel­ding of some things, and not answering to other things Objected against him: His abusing of Scripture: His errors in Divinity: His abusing of the Parliament, andContinue reading “George Gillespie: Nihil Respondes”

Minutes and Acts: The Westminster Assembly and Parliament on Worship

Introduction This is a collection of (some) the Acts of Parliament, Minutes of the Assembly, and Sermons/quotes of the Divines on worship. Particularly, the focus is upon the Psalms for sung praise, instruments in worship, and holy day observances. I want to make clear that this is not a complete work of the acts orContinue reading “Minutes and Acts: The Westminster Assembly and Parliament on Worship”

1661-1662: History Around Savoy

As Lee Gatiss put it, “1662 was not a good year for those to whom the gospel and a good conscience were more precious than the institutional church”. However, 1661 was a key point in history that led to tragedy in 1662. This will be a short historical survey of the issues revolving around theContinue reading “1661-1662: History Around Savoy”

Anthony Burgess: On Natural Law (Part 1)

“ROM.  2: 14, 15. ‘For when the Gentiles which know not the law, do the things of the law by nature, these having not the law, are a law unto themselves: which shew the work of the law written in their hearts.’ Before I handle the other places of Scripture that are brought by theContinue reading “Anthony Burgess: On Natural Law (Part 1)”

Cawdrey & Palmer: The Christian Sabbath Vindicated (Part 1)

Daniel Cawdry (Cawdrey) (1588–1664) was an English clergyman, member of the Westminster Assembly, and ejected minister of 1662.   Herbert Palmer (1601–1647) was an English Puritan clergyman, member of the Westminster Assembly, and President of Queens’ College, Cambridge. He is now remembered for his work on the Westminster Shorter Catechism, and as a leading opponentContinue reading “Cawdrey & Palmer: The Christian Sabbath Vindicated (Part 1)”

Edmund Calamy: Magistrate, Keeper of the First Table

Edmund Calamy (February 1600 – October 29, 1666) was an English Presbyterian church leader and divine. Known as “the elder”, he was the first of four generations of nonconformist ministers bearing the same name. , This excerpt is taken from the 5th Edition of the Confessional Presbyterian. “Lastly, it is your duty (Right Honourable) whomContinue reading “Edmund Calamy: Magistrate, Keeper of the First Table”

William Reyner: The Magistrate to Prevent Idolatry

William Reyner (Rayner) was an English Divine that served from 1643-1652 on the Westminster Assembly. This excerpt is taken from the 5th Edition of the Confessional Presbyterian. “Execute judgement for God, every one as far as his power will stretch. First, do judgement upon thine own self for thy sin in all ways of godlyContinue reading “William Reyner: The Magistrate to Prevent Idolatry”

Benedict Pictet: Of The Trinity

Benedict Pictet, Swiss Reformed divine (May 30, 1655 — June 10, 1724) and nephew of Francis Turretin. “In the preceding chapters we set forth the unity of God, and his principal attributes; we must now observe that the scripture expressly mentions three persons to whom the divine nature is ascribed, namely, the Father, the Son,Continue reading “Benedict Pictet: Of The Trinity”

Edward Leigh: What Is God?

“Of Gods Essence. God is an Infinite Essence which is of Himself a, and gives being to all other things: Or thus, He is a Spirit, in and of himself, Infinite in Being, Glory, Blessednesse and Perfection, All-sufficient, Eternal, Unchangeable, Incomprehensible, everywhere Present, Almighty, Knowing all things, most Wise, most Holy, most Just, most MercifulContinue reading “Edward Leigh: What Is God?”

Thomas Case: The Civil Magistrate to Imitate God on Justice and Mercy

THOMAS CASE, M. A., MINISTER OF THE GOSPEL IN LONDON, AND A MEMBER OF THE ASSEMBLY OF DIVINES AT WESTMINSTER. This excerpt is taken from the 5th Edition of the Confessional Presbyterian. “But thirdly, Eye your rule. In this I might be large, but that I was happily prevented by my learned and Reverend BrotherContinue reading “Thomas Case: The Civil Magistrate to Imitate God on Justice and Mercy”