The Difficulties of and Encouragements to a Reformation, by Anthony Burgess (1600-1663) and C. Matthew McMahon
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Anthony Burgess (1600-1663) was a zealous puritan divine, scholar and member of the Westminster Assembly.
How hard is it to Reform the Christian church? It is very hard, and there are great difficulties to overcoming in seeing God bless such a work. This is obviously the work of God’s Spirit. But how hard is it to take the people of God towards a progression of biblical Reformation? The answer is that there are many difficulties to hurdle, but there are encouragements to doing this for the glory of Jesus Christ. This is the substance of this very important work of reforming the church.
McMahon first sets up this work by explaining the ideas of Theological Traditionalism, subscriptionism, confessionalism, reformation and the counter “me and my bible” movement. He shows how the illumination of the Spirit works, dealing with 1 John 2:26-27, and in conjunction with Theological Traditionalism. He shows how these are wed to confessionalism towards reformation, and how it completely overthrows contrary claims, including demonstrating how one ought to properly subscribe to the truth. Then, he links these together to form a progression towards godly reformation and holiness.
After this, Anthony Burgess, a master exegete, 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 answers questions like, are we reformed enough? Is God content for us to be sanctified just enough? What can church members and pastors do to promote true biblical reform in their congregations? What difficulties will we see, and what encouragements can we find along the way if we are holding to the truth?
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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:
MEET ANTHONY BURGESS 5
GLORYING IN THE REFORMATION 11
ORIGINAL TITLE PAGE 58
TO THE HONORABLE HOUSE OF COMMONS NOW ASSEMBLED IN PARLIAMENT 60
A SERMON FOR THE HONORABLE HOUSE OF COMMONS AT THE PUBLIC FAST SEPTEMBER 27, 1643 63
~~~THE TEXT OPENED 63
~~~THE DOCTRINE 65
~~~WORSHIP AND DISCIPLINE 79
~~~LIVING HOLY 80
~~~USE 1. OF EXHORTATION TO SET UP THIS RULE 81
~~~THREE THINGS WHICH ARE NECESSARY 95
~~~THE TESTIMONY ITSELF 98
~~~HINDRANCES TO REFORM 99
~~~MOTIVES TO PURSUE REFORMATION 107
~~~USE OF EXHORTATION 110
~~~AN INSTRUCTION ON VERSE 2 115
~~~OTHER WORKS PUBLISHED BY PURITAN PUBLICATIONS 119