Gradual Reformation Intolerable
by C. Matthew McMahon and Anthony Burgess (1600-1663)
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How hard is it to encourage the people of God toward biblical Reformation and actually see it occur? Is there room for a new Reformation today? What should Christians think concerning revival today and reforming in the power of the Gospel? Could there actually be a present day “biblical reformation”?
In the first part of the work, beginning with Leviticus 26:23-24, McMahon demonstrates that Reformation ought not to be gradual, but immediate. Gospel truth dictates spiritual action and God requires his church to be reformed by him through the power of the transforming word of God. In the second part, Anthony Burgess teaches from Mark 1:2-3, “As it is written in the Prophets, Behold I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee. The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make thy paths straight.” He shows that there are many difficulties to hurdle, but there are encouragements to performing biblical Reformation for the glory of God.
C. Matthew McMahon is an American Calvinist Reformed theologian and adjunct professor at Whitefield Theological Seminary. He is the founder and chairman of A Puritan’s Mind where the ministry started as an internet hub and center for students of the Bible concerning Reformed Theology and Covenant Theology. He also started “The Puritanboard” as a chat room that is exclusively for those holding to Reformed Creeds and Confessions and members in good standing in reformed churches. A Puritan’s Mind (www.apuritansmind.com) is home to Covenant Theology, Reformed Theology and Reformation and Puritan writings, articles and books. He is also the founder of Puritan Publications which publishes Reformed and Puritan works from the 17th century.
Anthony Burgess (1600-1663), was a zealous puritan divine, member of the Westminster Assembly, and a famed scholar in his day for the promotion of the Reformation.