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"The Gospel and Justification" by Alan C. Clifford Being a second revision of a lecture given at the Autumn Conference of THE PROTESTANT REFORMATION SOCIETY held at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford on September 14, 1982.
"Ryle on Redemption: The Gospel According to John Charles Ryle" Compiled and Edited by Alan C. Clifford Distinct from his devotional comments, this work consists of doctrinal extracts from J. C. Ryle’s Expository Thoughts on the Gospel of John (The Banner of Truth Trust). They reveal his views on the Gospel of Jesus Christ, especially on the extent of the atonement and related doctrines of the Reformed Faith.
"Bates on Baxter" by Alan C. Clifford Born in Bermondsey, Surrey, William Bates (1625-99) was a graduate of Queen’s College, Cambridge and later DD of that university. Vicar first at Tottenham, then of St Dunstan’s-in-the-West, he was one of the leading Presbyterians in London during the Commonwealth period. If ever a minister may be called ‘graciously aristocratic’, it was William Bates. Much loved and respected, he maintained a faithful and spiritual pastoral ministry.
"Brussels Horror" by Alan C. Clifford In the wake of the Brussels horror, we grieve with mourners of the dead and the surviving injured, not to forget the shocked authorities and the heroic emergency personnel. May God have mercy upon the King and people of Belgium - and the rest of Europe. Sadly, the triple-atrocity was predictable. The build-up of Belgian jihadist belligerence has been going on for some time.
"Gatiss Amiss: Honouring Owen at Oxford" by Alan C. Clifford The quatercentenary of the eminent puritan divine Dr John Owen (1616-83) has occasioned the newly-formed John Owen Society at Oxford. Held at the university church of St Mary’s on 25 January 2016, the guest speaker at the society’s inaugural meeting was the Revd Dr Lee Gatiss, Director of the Anglican Church Society.
Backing Baxter - publication in preparation In preparation THE GOSPEL TRUTH Honouring Richard Baxter and the Baxterian Brotherhood Selected Writings of Alan C. Clifford Edited by Jean-Moïse de Charenton
Crossway on the Cross - An Authentic Calvinist Critique REVIEW ARTICLE. From Heaven He Came and Sought Her "This heavy-weight 1 kg tome of 703 pages must rank as the most impressive defence of the doctrine of ‘definite atonement’ to date. Twenty-three in-depth scholarly contributions provide a comprehensive demonstration of the classical doctrine of ‘limited atonement’, now commonly known in the literature as ‘definite atonement’."
Jonathan Edwards - Amyraldian? A Paper given at the Sixth Amyraldian Association Conference on 26 March 2008 at Attleborough, Norfolk by Dr Alan C. Clifford
Christ and Politics "Pursuing power: The Divine dimension. Authentic Christian comment relevant to the 2015 election. “Honour God's Son!” The Challenge and Comfort of Psalm 2 "
PACKER IN THE BANNER: Owen or Baxter? "Dr J. I. Packer's promotion article for John Owen's Grace and Duty of being Spiritually Minded in the current Banner of Truth magazine (May 2015) is very revealing..."
For Whom Christ Died: Baxter's Biblical Balance "The ‘Limited Atonement’ disciples of Theodore Beza and John Owen teach that Christ died for the elect ALONE. The ‘Universal Atonement’ disciples of Jakob Arminius and John Wesley teach that Christ died for ALL. Richard Baxter - urging an avoidance of extremist exegesis - maintained that the Bible demands a balanced view..."
Baxter's Biblical Gospel "It is further proved by the sufferings of his Son, that God takes no pleasure in the death of the wicked. Would he have ransomed them from death at so dear a rate?..."
Calvin On Justification If significant differences exist between Calvin and high Calvinists over the atonement, the same may be said regarding the doctrine of justification. Whereas the former deviation is 'distortion by deduction', the latter may be styled 'distortion by addition'.
John Calvin and Trinitarian Grace In response to the anti-Amyraldian criticism that the particular election of the Father and a universal redemption by the Son introduces inter-personal disharmony within the Godhead, it is clear from Calvin that all three persons concur in redeeming activity, each in a dualistic way. Thus no disharmony exists at all.
Amyraut And His Friends Advocates of the 'limited atonement' doctrine of the Westminster Confession really reflect an 'ultra-reformed' mindset. While the Amyraldians taught the truths of predestination and divine election, they also maintained - as the Bible does - that the death of Christ has a universal availability. Notwithstanding the paradox involved in such a view, we are able to cite numerous authors from previous and subsequent centuries who believed and taught the same.
Charles Drelincourt: Amyraldian sympathiser? Born at Sedan of godly Huguenot parents in 1595, Charles Drelincourt became one of the great lights of the French Reformed Church. Having studied at the Reformed Academy in Sedan, his preparation for the ministry was completed at the famous Academy of Saumur. Following his ordination in June 1618, Drelincourt became the pastor of a Reformed congregation near Langres. Two years later, he was called to minister to the large congregation at Charenton near Paris, his first sermon being preached there on 15 March 1620.
Oliver Cromwell The quatercentenary of Oliver Cromwells birth in 1599 was justly celebrated. While the late twentieth century probably provided more detractors than admirers, none can deny the Lord Protectors heroic qualities, integrity of character and sincere Christian convictions. In addition to the articles, books and programmes occasioned by the anniversary, this booklet sought to make a small contribution to the celebration.
Amyraut Affirmed An influential theologian of the French Reformed Church, Moise Amyraut (1596-1664), was Professor of Theology at the Reformed Academy of Saumur...This booklet is a reply to a recent critique of Amyraut's controversial views. The author demonstrates that far from being alien to Calvinism, Amyraldianism may be seen as an authentic expression of John Calvin's misunderstood teaching. The author thus maintains that the ultra-orthodox theology of John Owen and the Westminster Confession of Faith demands a radical reassessment and revision.
Introduction to Davenant's Dissertation on the Death of Christ "Quinta Press is to be congratulated for making this new edition of Bishop Davenant's excellent treatise available to a new generation of readers. It is welcome for two reasons. First, in the context of past and ongoing debates between Calvinists and Arminians over the extent of the Atonement, the author's long-neglected treatise remains an invaluable and significant contribution to a proper understanding of this fundamental subject. Indeed, for reasons to be explained, what one may call the 'Davenant dimension' has been sadly lacking for too long...
The Joy of the Puritans "To many people, 'joy' and 'puritan' are about as compatible as 'kindness' and 'Genghis Khan'! Whereas the early Methodists were known for their joy, such an emotion hardly springs to mind in the case of the Puritans...So, what is the truth? Were the Puritans killjoys or not?"
Anglicanism or Puritanism? 1. Book review of "Richard Hooker and the Authority of Scripture, Tradition, and Reason" by Nigel Atkinson.
2. Lecture on French Ecclesiology, "Bishop or Presbyter?"
3. Book review of J.I. Packer's "Among God's Giants".
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John Calvin: Quincentennial Quotes Compiled and presented with minor editing by Dr Alan C. Clifford. Quotes on: ROME, ISLAM, FANATICISM AND LIBERALISM.
"John Calvin", a chapter from The Heroic Huguenots This is the third chapter of Dr Clifford's 'work in progress' commemorating the French Huguenots as well as John Calvin's quincentenary.
No Place Like Rome? Preparing for the Quincentenary of the Glorious Protestant Reformation
The Crown, a Conference, and its Consequences King James I, the Hampton Court Conference and the Authorised Version of the Bible THE FORGOTTEN FACTS
The Bartholomew Legacy: Remembering the Martyrs During the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, following the Protestant Reformation, two outrages were committed against good and faithful Christian people on 24 August. (Relevant pictures here).
Historian of the Great Ejection: Dr Edmund Calamy's Faithful Piety, Scholarship, Churchmanship and Gospel Preaching Apart from modest attention from nonconformist scholars, Dr Calamy is a largely unsung hero of a depressing period in English church history... we do well to explore the life and labours of Dr Edmund Calamy.