How does heresy invade Christ’s church, and grow? Thomas Hodges shows how heresy grows and spreads, and what Christians can do to guard against it in this rare puritan work.
The Growth and Spreading of Heresy – by Thomas Hodges (1600-1672).
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Thomas Hodges (1600-1672) was a fiery puritan, a Covenanter, a dedicated minister of the Gospel and an active member of the Westminster Assembly.
From 2 Peter 2:2, “And many shall follow their pernicious ways, by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of,” Hodges skillfully and biblically explains the growth of heresy and its nature in relation to the church. He shows how all professing Christians ought to hold steadfastly to the truth, no matter what “new light” is introduced to them, and instead, desire the old paths of God’s infallible word.
Heresies are destructive, which infect the unsuspecting mind. The church ought to be staunchly guarding against them. Many heretical opinions have risen up by the subtle working of the devil to infect the church throughout the ages, but God’s Fatherly providence has raised up bold teachers and preachers to destroy these pernicious infections by the faithful preaching of the word.
Hodges further exhorts the reader to battle heresy by getting their minds furnished with saving, wholesome fundamental principles of religion, which are only found in truth’s record, which is the Word of God.
(This work is not a scan or facsimile, has been carefully transcribed by hand being made easy to read in modern English, and has an active table of contents for electronic versions.)