The Works of Burgess, Bellamy, Emmons, and Stoddard
A Treatise of Sin: The Deceitfulness of the Heart Unmasked
A Treatise of Sin: The Deceitfulness of the Heart Unmasked by Anthony Burgess is probably the greatest book ever written on the deceitfulness of the human heart. It was written in 1654 and published as Spiritual Refining, Part 2, A Treatise of Sin. The book is a masterpiece on the heart’s deceitfulness in sin, and formality and hypocrisy in religion. Anthony Burgess’ work contains 42 sermons that pierce to the depths of the soul in exposing false religion and the worthless props men lean on to justify themselves before God. Burgess was a master in understanding the heart of man and true and false conversion. The sermons in A Treatise of Sin: The Deceitfulness of the Heart Unmasked cover such topics as the Heart’s Deceitfulness in the Matter of Repentance, The Woeful Aggravations of the Deceitfulness of Man’s Heart, That All Sins and Transgressions are Damnable Errors, The Ingredients and Aggravations of Presumptuous Sins, Discoveries of Reigning Sin in a Man with its Aggravations, Of Having Only a Name to Live, The Properties of Gross Hypocrisy in the Matters of Religion, and A Discovery of Close Hypocrisy with the Causes of it. In our day when a mere intellectual assent to the facts of the gospel or repeating the words of a prayer is all that seems necessary for many pastors to proclaim a man saved, this book is desperately needed. Burgess preached against the errors of his day and his book is a cure for those of our day. Anthony Burgess warned, “Oh what a woeful condition is it for a man at the same time to be blessing himself, and God abhorring of him, while thou art saying: Soul take thine ease; God to be commanding the devils to take thy soul, yet in this condition most live.” Sadly, this is also the condition that most in our present day churches live in. Volume contains 42 sermons in a newly typeset edition. 330 pp. Clothbound.
A Guide to Christ
A Guide to Christ was written by Solomon Stoddard, grandfather of Jonathan Edwards, to instruct ministers how to work with those who were under conviction of sin, and who were seeking God, in order to lead them to Christ rightly. Stoddard experienced several seasons of genuine revival during his pastorate at Northampton, Massachusetts. He had observed how the Spirit of God worked in the lives of men during these times. He, more than almost any other person of his day, knew the windings and turnings of the human heart. He was not fooled by presumptuous hopes and false religious affections. The Puritans knew that there must be preparatory work by the Spirit of God in convicting a person of their sins and humbling their heart before they could truly believe. Solomon Stoddard believed that this conviction of sin and humbling of the heart was a necessity, but even in his day there were those who did not believe in the necessity of this preparatory work, prompting Stoddard to write these words: “Some there be that do deny any necessity of the preparatory work of the Spirit of God, in order to a closing with Christ, This is a very dark cloud, both as it is an evidence that such men have not the experience of that work in their own souls: and as it is a sign that such men are utterly unskilful in guiding others that are under this work; if this opinion should prevail in the land, it would give a deadly wound to religion, it would expose men to think themselves converted when they are not.” We are now living in a day when Stoddard’s prediction has come true. A Guide to Christ is perhaps the best book ever written on this subject. Our version was taken from the 1742 edition and for the first time ever, it contains an index so that the reader can easily navigate to select topics within the book. 99 pages. Paperback.
Selfishness: The Essence of Moral Depravity
Selfishness: The Essence of Moral Depravity by Nathanael Emmons is a collection of twenty sermons by Nathanael Emmons on the vital issues of sin and human depravity. In these sermons Emmons explains the sinful human condition in a way which sheds clear light on the heart of the sinner, so that even the most hardened sinner can understand his corruption. Emmons wrote: "All sin is of the same nature, and essentially consists in selfishness. Sin is a transgression of the law of love; and nothing but selfishness is a transgression of that law. God commands all men to love him supremely, and one another as themselves. When any man loves himself more than God, and his own good more than the good of any of his fellow-creatures, he is totally selfish; and his selfishness is a transgression of the divine law. All sinfulness may be traced to selfishness as its source. Men never act from any worse than selfish motives." The message of this book is vital to true Christianity. Some of the sermons in this volume are The Sin of Following the Multitude to Do Evil, Secure Sinners Love Their Security, Selfishness the Essence of Moral Depravity, The Deceitfulness of the Human Heart, Christ Will Reject Mercenary Followers, The Moral Inability of Sinners, The Character and State of Judas, Reprobation, and The Vindictive Justice of God. Clothbound. 271 pages.
Punishment By Death: A Defense of Capital Punishment
Punishment By Death: A Defense of Capital Punishment by George B. Cheever. George B. Cheever was the pastor the Church of the Puritans in New York City and author of numerous books, including Lectures on The Pilgrim's Progress. Cheever approaches the issue of capital punishment for murder primarily on the basis of what the Bible teaches in both the Old and New Testaments. Beginning with Genesis 9:6, "Whoso sheddeth man's blood, my man shall his blood be shed, for in the image of God made he man," Cheever systematically works his way through the Old Testament and then answers the arguments raised by modern religious opponents of capital punishment by using the words of Jesus Christ and the Apostle Paul and other New Testament passages to support the Biblical position. In addition to his arguments directly relating to Bible texts, some of the topics Cheever covers are: The difference between justice and revenge; the ends of punishment considered; the difference between punishment in this life and in the life to come; fearfulness and efficacy of punishment by death; the potential repentance of the criminal; what constitutes the perfect criminal jurisprudence; how the abrogation of the punishment of death places a premium on the crime of murder; the reality of retributive justice; and imprisonment for life vs. punishment by death. 212 pages. Paperback.
Practical Christianity Illustrated
Practical Christianity Illustrated by Samuel Walker. First published in the 1700’s this work probes in depth what true Christianity really is. Walker was a pastor for years before realizing that he was unconverted, even though outwardly living a very moral life. Practical Christianity Illustrated penetrates the heart and exposes the sin and depravity in the hearts of all. He draws clear distinctions between the truly converted and the unconverted heart. Added to the original work is biographical material from The Life and Ministry of the Rev. Samuel Walker, B.A. by Edwin Sidney. Also included are sermons from another one of Walker’s works, The Christian. Taken together this book provides a look at the human heart and true conversion which are rarely seen or preached today.
Persons Ought to Endeavor to Be Convinced of Sin
Persons Ought to Endeavor to Be Convinced of Sin by Jonathan Edwards. This sermon from Jeremiah 2:23 was first preached in January of 1734-1735 during the awakening which occurred in Northampton during those years. Edwards considered deep conviction of sin critical to the salvation of a sinner, referring to it repeatedly in his Faithful Narrative of the Surprising Work of God. It is a message which is desperately needed today, when large numbers profess to be Christians without ever having had any sensible conviction of sin. 100 copies.
Sin, the Law, and the Glory of the Gospel
Sin, the Law, and the Glory of the Gospel by Joseph Bellamy. What is the relationship between the law and the gospel? Is the law of use to men today? What is the great evil of sin? What is the nature of the gospel of Jesus Christ? Joseph Bellamy examines these and many other issues in three treatises entitled: The Great Evil of Sin as Committed Against God, The Law Our School Master, and The Nature and Glory of the Gospel. One of the clearest explanations of the nature and relationship of the law and the gospel ever written. 280 pages. Hardback.
Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God
Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God by Jonathan Edwards. Perhaps the most famous of all of Edwards' sermons, preached at Enfield, Connecticut in 1741 during the Great Awakening. Graphically details the plight of unrepentent sinners ready to drop into the pit of hell. 100 copies.
The Christian's Two Chief Lessons
The Christian's Two Chief Lessons: Self-Denial & Self-Trial by Thomas Hooker. This classic work by Thomas Hooker lays out the necessity of Self-Denial if one is to be considered a genuine Christian. Then Hooker analyzes the false states in which men rest securely: the states of the civil man, the formalist, and the temporary professor and then answers the question What graces are of the essense and being of a Christian? He concludes with a look at the doctrine of adoption. 188 pages. Hardback. Volume 2 in the Works of Thomas Hooker series.
The Narrow Road that Leads to Life
The Narrow Road that Leads to Life by William C. Nichols. A presentation of the gospel of Jesus Christ consistent with Lordship salvation and Puritan and Reformed evangelism. Emphasizes the character of God; sin and the depravity of the heart; the use of the Law; Jesus Christ presented as prophet, priest, and king; counting the cost; and instructions to the unconverted. 100 copies
The Soul's Humiliation
The Soul's Humiliation by Thomas Hooker. The humbling of the pride of man's heart is a deep subject. Most of those who profess Christ today know nothing of it. Divines of old thought it a necessity that a man be driven out of self before he came to Christthat a sinner must be humbled before he could be saved. In this work Thomas Hooker lays out the case for the necessity of the humbling of the soul and the abasing of a man's pride before salvation can take place. 182 pages. Hardback. Volume 3 in The Works of Thomas Hooker series.
The Soul’s Preparation for Christ
The Soul's Preparation for Christ by Thomas Hooker A Puritan treatise on conviction of sin and contrition first published in 1632. In this classic work, Thomas Hooker details the process by which God breaks the heart of a sinner preparatory to His giving of life to him. Modernized spellings, newly typeset, paperback. 222 pages. Volume 1 in the Works of Thomas Hooker series.
The Terrors of Hell
The Terrors of Hell by William C. Nichols. An examination of the Biblical doctrine of hell including: the necessity of hell, a description of hell, the eternity of hell, and an application to believers and unbelievers. One of our most popular tracts. 100 copies.
True Religion Delineated
True Religion Delineated by Joseph Bellamy. A penetrating look at the nature of true religion as distinuguished from its counterfeits. One of the best explications of the religion of self, of human depravity, and the nature of true love and commitment to God ever written. Joseph Bellamy was tutored by Jonathan Edwards following his graduation from Yale College in 1735. Bellamy became a key figure in the Great Awakening with many being converted through his ministry. The Preface of True Religion Delineated was written by Jonathan Edwards. What better testimony could there be of the great value of this work! 388 pages. Hardback.