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 Pithy and Particularly Precious and Pertinent to Peculiar People.
 
 

Henry Atherton

 

CALVINISM stands for:

1. Pure and undefiled religion;

2. Civil and religious liberties;

3. National independence and prosperity

 

 

James Bourne

 

Men may talk like fools and tell us it is our duty to believe; but when the Spirit convinces us of our unbelief, then we perceive this unbelief is like gates of brass and bars of iron, and none can remove it but He who convinces us of it.  And I am sure it is not in my power to repent though I would give ten thousand worlds to do so.  I am taught that it is the gift of God in Jesus Christ.  "Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins".

 

 

John Calvin on Acts 8:38

 

Here we see the rite used among the men of old time in baptism; for they put all the body into the water.

 

 

Oliver Cromwell

 

Take heed of professing religion without the power: that will teach you to love all who are after the similitude of Christ.

 

 

Oliver Cromwell [in a speech before the English Parliament 17th September 1656]

 

Make it a shame to see men bold in sin and profaneness, and God will bless you.  You will be a blessing to the Nation; and by this, will be more repairers of breaches than by anything in the world.  Truly these things do respect the souls of men, and the spirits, - which are the man.  If that be kept pure, a man signifies somewhat; if not, I would fain see what difference there is betwixt him and a beast.

 

 

D A Doudney

 

I stand in and by Jesus, and plead before Him that precious promise respecting my poor fallen nature, "Sin shall not have dominion over you, for ye are not under the law, but under grace."  Well am I aware that, if the Lord withdraw His hand, or remove His restraining power, there is not a sin of which I am not capable, nor a temptation to which I should not yield; but then (thanks to His name!) I feel a greater clinging to the promise, and a stronger hold upon the great Promiser, who says, "I will put my fear into their hearts, that they shall not depart from Me."  Now here, in Him and His gracious promises, rests my hope.  You know my favourite signature is a FREE-GRACE PENSIONER; upon His kindly keeping, His gracious bounty, His unalterable faithfulness, I, one of the vilest of sinners and the weakest of saints, rest from day to day; with not a rag to cover me but His righteousness; nothing to wash in but His precious blood; naught else to feed upon but Himself, the bread of eternal life.  Nor have I one thought of deliverance in life - the slightest prospect of support in death - nor a single ray of hope in the contemplation of eternity, but in a precious, precious, precious Christ.  Take me from Him and Him from me; divest me of my hope in Him and His interest in me, and down I sink into the vortex of despair.

 

 

Stuart Olyott

 

To say that there is no longer any Sabbath day is a denial of the Lordship of Christ.

 

 

Ian R K Paisley

 

One of those great preacher/prophets in England, and in fact, in many respects the greatest of them all, was William Huntington.

 

 

Samuel Rutherford

 

If ye were not strangers here, the dogs of the world would not bark at you.

 

 

J C Ryle

 

A religion that costs nothing is worth nothing!  A cheap Christianity, without a cross, will prove in the end a useless Christianity, without a crown.

 

 

William Sykes (First President of the Sovereign Grace Union, 1913-1930)

 

There is no such thing as "offers of grace"; they are all operations of grace.

 

 

William Tyndale on Baptism

 

Now as a preacher in preaching the word of God saveth the hearers that believe, so doth the washing in that it preacheth and representeth unto us the promise that God hath made unto us in Christ.  The washing preacheth unto us, that we are cleansed with Christ's bloodshedding which was an offering and a satisfaction for the sin of all that repent and believe, consenting and submitting themselves unto the will of God.  The plunging into the water signifieth that we die and are buried with Christ as concerning the old life of sin which is Adam.  And the pulling out again signifieth that we rise again with Christ in a new life full of the Holy Ghost which shall teach us and guide us and work the will of God in us as thou seest (Romans 6).

 

 

Thomas Watson

 

Look upon Christ with a believing eye, and you shall one day see him with a glorified eye.

 

 

More to be added if the Lord will.

 

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