Posts By: David

John Frith on the Sabbath

John Frith may not be a name which leaps to mind when contemplating the English Reformation, and yet he was one of the earliest lights of truth in England. Frith was a student first of Stephen Gardiner, then of Thomas Wolsey, but was ultimately condemned by both after his open conversion to the doctrines of… Read more »






William Tyndale on the Sabbath

Thomas More (the Roman Catholic apologist eventually executed by Henry VIII, in his 1529 work Dialogue Concerning Heresies, argues against the principle of sola scriptura, a doctrine which he calls “the foundation and ground of all his [i.e., Martin Luther‘s] great heresies”. Part of his argument focuses on the the religious observance of the first… Read more »






Catechism (on the 11th Commandment)

Image via Wikipedia Catechism (on the 11th Commandment), by John Leland, is undated, and collected in The Writings of the Late Elder John Leland. Based on placement in the collection, and internal references to events which took place during the War of 1812, it would seem to have been originally published in 1815 or 1816…. Read more »






Remarks on the Standard of Divine Truth

Image via Wikipedia Remarks on the Standard of Divine Truth, by the Irish Baptist pastor and theologian Alexander Carson (1776-1844), was originally collected in The Works of Alexander Carson, Volume 1. Before any important advances can be made in any science, the foundations of it must be ascertained and accurately discerned by those employed in… Read more »






The Sabbath Examined by John Leland

The Sabbath Examined by John Leland is now available as a PDF download. The Sabbath Examined Excerpt from the Introduction: Leland was an unabashed defender of religious freedom, liberty of conscience, and separation of church and state, but he also represents an important dissenting voice regarding the doctrine of the perpetuity of the Sabbath, especially… Read more »






Nimrod, Moses, Christ, and the United States

Nimrod, Moses, Christ, and the United States, by John Leland, is excerpted from Miscellaneous Essays in Prose and Verse, published around 1810. As Nimrod was the great grandson of Noah, he founded his government not far from the beginning of the nineteenth century, A.M. His government is called a kingdom, and yet it speaks the… Read more »






Facts and Questions

Facts and Questions, by John Leland, is excerpted from Miscellaneous Essays in Prose and Verse, published around 1810. Jews, Christians, and Deists, all believe in the unity of God. Jews have Jehovah, Christians have Immanuel, and Deists have their Deity. The Jews believe in Jehovah, and receive the Old Testament as a revelation from God;… Read more »






Many Men of Many Minds

Many Men of Many Minds, by John Leland, is excerpted from the pamphlet A Budget of Scraps, first published in 1810. How various are the opinions of men respecting the mode of supporting gospel ministers. A thinks that preachers of the gospel should be qualified, inducted, and supported, in a mode to be proscribed by… Read more »






Why I Left Scofieldism by William E. Cox

Why I Left Scofieldism by William E. Cox is now available as a PDF download. Some readers may not be familiar with the term Scofieldism. Cyrus Scofield is perhaps the individual most responsible for popularizing the dispensationalist teachings of John Nelson Darby through his now ubiquitous Scofield Reference Bible. As a consequence, dispensational doctrine was… Read more »






Old Mr. Well’s You Can

Old Mr. Well’s You Can, by John Leland, is excerpted from Miscellaneous Essays in Prose and Verse, published around 1810. In my travels, and among my acquaintance, I have heard much said about a Saviour, by the name of Well’s you can; but have never yet seen him – the house where he lives, nor… Read more »