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Seeds of the Reformation

Seeds of the Reformation

Seeds that blossomed into the Protestant Reformation of the 16th century – the various factors in the late medieval world that made the Reformation possible and pointed the way towards it – movements of thought and outstanding personalities.

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Ye are the Salt of the Earth -  Keeping the church separate from the world

Ye are the Salt of the Earth - Keeping the church separate from the world

There must always be a sharp distinction between the church and the world. If a church is not separate from the world, it becomes like salt that has lost its savour, and is fit only to be cast out and to be trodden under foot of men.

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New Calvinism - The Merger of Calvinism with Worldliness

New Calvinism - The Merger of Calvinism with Worldliness

A new form of Calvinism took the shape of a movement from about 2005, but it differed from the original in its acceptance of ‘the world’. This critique written in 2009 was sharply attacked by new Calvinistic preachers but strongly endorsed by conservative preachers worldwide.

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The Pattern for the Church

The Pattern for the Church

God’s prescription for the operation of churches is increasingly abandoned today, but here are the texts which prove that God has given a clear blueprint.

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The Significance of Karl Barth

The Significance of Karl Barth

We are often asked about the theological standing of the Swiss theologian Karl Barth (1886-1968). In December 1968, Dr Lloyd-Jones asked me to print the following obituary in Evangelical Times, which I had founded the previous year. [Editor]

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Worship in the Melting Pot

Worship in the Melting Pot

Many Christians today are amazed when you show them what really happened in the Old Testament, and then they feel cheated over the superficial ideas they have been sold. They become deeply thoughtful on hearing the definitions of worship given by the Saviour, and on seeing all the practical instructions of the epistles.

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Spiritual or Aesthetic Worship? The First Broken Principle

Spiritual or Aesthetic Worship? The First Broken Principle

Aesthetic worshippers believe that genuine praise needs a ‘physical’ dimension greater than mere unison singing. It assumes that God is an ‘aesthete’ – sitting in the heavens and looking down with appreciation at the skill and beauty that we bring before Him.

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Rational or Ecstatic Worship? The Second Broken Principle

Rational or Ecstatic Worship? The Second Broken Principle

Ecstatic worship is completely different to rational worship. Ecstatic worship takes place when the object of the exercise is to achieve a warm, happy feeling, perhaps great excitement, and even a sense of God’s presence through the earthly, physical aspects of worship such as music and movement.

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Sacred or Profane Worship? The Third Broken Principle

Sacred or Profane Worship? The Third Broken Principle

To be profane is to treat sacred and biblical things with irreverence or disregard, so as to violate and pollute them. Is the modern entertainment scene profane? Most definitely, because it is the most powerful and determined anti-God, anti-moral, anti-authority culture for centuries.

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Abandoning Separation from Biblical Error

Abandoning Separation from Biblical Error

Wales Evangelical School of Theology (WEST) appoints pro-Rick Warren and David Yonggi Cho trustees – reports Ruth E. Palgrave.

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