Doctrinal Discourses [Selected Works]

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General Books, Jul 4, 2012 - 514 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1841 edition. Excerpt: ...he (Jesus) was the Son of God, Matt xvi. 16--18. This also is pardonable, if there be a coming up again to repentance, (oh, rich grace! oh, wonderful grace! that God should be so full of love to his poor creatures, that though they do sin against the Son of God, either through ignorance, or some sudden violent charge breaking loose from hell upon them, ) bat yet take it for certain that if a man do slight and reject the Son of God and the Spirit in that manner as I have before hinted--that is, for a man after some great measure of the enlightening by the Spirit of God, and some profession of Jesus Christ to be the Saviour, and his blood that was shed on the mount without the gates of Jerusalem to be the atonement; I say, he that shall after this knowingly, wilfully, and out of malice and despite reject, speak against, and trample that doctrine under foot, resolving for ever so to do, and if he there continue, I will pawn my soul upon it, he hath sinned the uupardonable sin, and shall never be forgiven, neither in this world, nor in the world to come; or else those scriptures that testify the truth of this must be scrabbled out, and must be looked upon for mere fables, which are these following--" For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world, through the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, (which is the Son of man, Matt xvi. 13, ) and are again entangled therein, and overcome, (which must be by denying this Lord that bought them, 2 Pet. ii. 1, ) the latter end is worse with them than the beginning," 2 Pet. ii. 20. "For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, --and have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come; if they shall fall away, ...

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John Bunyan was an English Christian writer and preacher who is best known for his allegorical novel The Pilgrim' s Progress, published in 1678. Bunyan' s faith was profoundly influenced by two books owned by his wife: Arthur Dent's Plain Man's Pathway to Heaven and Lewis Bayly's Practice of Piety, and he turned to preaching following the death of his guide and mentor, John Gifford. The restoration of the monarchy of Charles II of England marked England' s return to Anglicanism, and Bunyan' s freedom to preach was curtailed. He was arrested numerous times for preaching without a licence, and was finally imprisoned for the offence in November 1660. Bunyan was released from prison in January 1672 and resumed preaching (as permitted under the Declaration of Religious Indulgence) until his death in 1688.

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