Vain Imaginations in the Worship of God – by Samuel Willard (1640-1707), Jonathan Dickinson (1688-1747), Joshua Moodey (1633-1697), Nathan Stone (1737-1804) and Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758).
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One of the most important issues facing today’s contemporary church is the subject of public worship. What does God require from sinners who draw near to him in this ordinance? Surveying the landscape of American Colonial preachers on this topic is exceedingly illuminating. In theological kinship to their Puritan counterparts, New World preachers were vehement in their desire to explain the particulars of prescribed worship according to God’s word. Their solid biblical conviction and passion gives the contemporary church a scriptural remedy for understanding God’s requirements.
This anthology is compiled of six enlarged sermons and one lecture, all of which have never been published since the days the original preachers ministered in their respective congregations. They are:
The Sinfulness of Worshipping God with Men’s Institutions by Samuel Willard (1640-1707) taken from Matthew 15:9, “But in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.”.
The Vanity of Human Institutions in the Worship of God by Jonathan Dickinson (1688-1747) taken from Gal. 4:9, “…how turn you again to the weak and beggerly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage?”
The Great Sin of Formality in God’s Worship by Joshua Moodey (1633-1697) taken from Hosea 11:12, “Ephraim compasseth me about with lies, and the house of Israel with deceit.”
The Duty of Worshipping God in His House by Nathan Stone (1737-1804) taken from Psalm 5:7, “But as for me, I will come into thy house, in the multitude of thy mercy; and in thy fear will I worship toward thy holy temple.”
And then two unpublished sermons and one lecture from Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758): The Profanation of God’s Holy Worship taken from Ezekiel 23:36-39, “…they have committed adultery…then they came the same day into my sanctuary to profane it.” Provoking the Lord to Jealousy in the Worship of God taken from 1 Cor. 10:22, “Do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? Are we stronger than he?” And an Appendix: The Holiness of God taken from Isaiah 6:3, “And one cried unto another and said holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts.”
(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.)