Gradual Reformation Intolerable by C. Matthew McMahon and Anthony Burgess (1600-1663) (Third Addition)
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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. He demonstrates this in three areas – in the reformation under Luther, in the reformation under Calvin, and by the Regulative Principle.
In the second part, Anthony Burgess explains Judges 6. From this text he demonstrates both individual devotion and meaningful reform within the church. Set in an era marked by deep religious and societal shifts, Burgess’s work stands out as a powerful request for spiritual reformation. He pushes believers to move beyond mere routine practices and emphasizes a genuine holiness that combines belief with action. He draws attention to the current importance of a swift reform, highlighting the risks of inaction and secular distractions. Reformation in this way, he says, should be immediate.
He meticulously details the qualities vital for real reformation, acting both as a tender minister and a biblical critic against those who reject reform in the church. He spotlights the importance of understanding, passion, authenticity, humility, courage, and wisdom while also warning against the pitfalls of shallow faith. This work isn’t just a historical or theological study; it serves as a biblical guide for those yearning for spiritual growth and reform before the eyes of King Jesus.
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.
C. Matthew McMahon, Ph.D., Th.D., is a Reformed theologian, and pastor of Grace Chapel in Crossville, TN. He is the founder and chairman of A Puritan’s Mind, the largest Reformed website on the internet for students of the Bible concerning Reformed Theology, the Puritans and Covenant Theology. He is the founder of Puritan Publications which publishes rare Reformed and Puritan works from the 17th century, specializing in the Westminster Assembly. He is also a managing partner at Reformed.org, and the Center for Reformed Theology and Apologetics.
Table of Contents:
Gradual Reformation Intolerable by C. Matthew McMahon
~~~Martin Luther and True Biblical Reformation
~~~John Calvin and True Biblical Reformation
~~~Regulating Life by God’s Principles
Meet Anthony Burgess by C. Matthew McMahon
The Reformation of the Church to be Endeavored More than Anything Else by Anthony Burgess
~~~Outline of the work
~~~Reformation Should be Biblical and Swift