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"By manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God."

2 Corinthians 3:2

Illustration of the Burning of English Bible Translations in 15th century England. READ LOLLARD WRITINGS online

ON BURNING BIBLES:

"When they burned the New Testament they pretended a zeal very fervent to maintain only God’s honor, which they said with protestation, was obscured by translation in English, causing much error. But the truth plainly to be said, this was the cause why they were afraid, least laymen should know their iniquity."

A Lollard (1450ad)

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A Proper Dialogue between a Gentleman and Husbandman each complaining to other their miserable calamite, through the ambition of the clergy.

A 15th century Apology written by an English Lollard.

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Binning, Hugh (1627-1653)

Hugh Binning was a Scottish Covenanting preacher, ordained minister of Govan, near Glasgow, in 1650. He was only twenty-six years old when he died in 1653.

Quotations:

"Humility levels men to a holy subjection and submission to another, without the confusion of their different degrees and stations. It teaches men to give that respect and regard to even one that is due to his place or worth ... Eph. v. 21, 'Submit yourselves one to another in the fear of God.' 1 Pet 5:5, 'All of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility.'"

Available MP3 Audio Books:

audio book The Works of Hugh Binning
audio book Preface by the Editor
audio book The Life of Hugh Binning
audio book Common Principles of the Christian Religion
audio book The Sinner's Sanctuary
audio book Fellowship with God
audio book Heart-Humiliation
audio book Useful Case of Conscience
audio book Treatise of Christian Love
audio book Several Sermons Upon the Most Important Subjects of Practical Religion


Hail and Fire Online Audio Player - click to launch! Bunyan, John (1628-1688)

John Bunyan was a Protestant Christian Preacher, Nonconformist, and the author of that well known allegorical work, "The Pilgrim's Progress, From this World to that which is to Come." Bunyan was born the son of a laborer in Elstow, England in 1628. He started out life as a worldling, but was at length converted to Christ and even spent considerable time imprisioned for preaching the Gospel.

Quotations:

"It is profitable for Christians to be often calling to mind the very beginnings of grace with their souls. It is a night to be much observed unto the Lord, for bringing them out from the land of Egypt. This is that night of the Lord to be observed of all the children of Israel in their generations." (Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners)

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audio book Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners
audio book The Heavenly Footman
audio book The Jerusalem Sinner Saved


Hail and Fire Online Audio Player - click to launch! Edwards, Jonathan (1703-1758)

Jonathan Edwards was a Protestant Christian minister and American Revivalist preacher of the First Great Awakening. Edwards is the author of such well known works as, "Religious Affections," "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God," and "The Life of David Brainerd."

Quotations:

"Though it be plain that Christ has given rules to all Christians, to enable them to judge of professors of religion, whom they are concerned with, so far as is necessary for their own safety, and to prevent their being led into a snare by false teachers, and false pretenders to religion; and though it be also beyond doubt, that the Scriptures do abound with rules, which may be very serviceable to ministers, in counseling and conducting souls committed to their care, in things appertaining to their spiritual and eternal state; yet it is also evident, that it was never God's design to give us any rules, by which we may certainly know, who of our fellow professors are his, and to make a full and clear separation between sheep and goats; but that, on the contrary, it was God's design to reserve this to himself."

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audio book A Treatise Concerning Religious Affections


Flavel, John (1627-1691)

English Puritan Preacher and Minister of the Gospel.

Quotations:

"Heart-work is hard work indeed. To shuffle over religious duties with a loose and heedless spirit will cost no great pains; but to set yourself before the Lord and tie up your loose and vain thoughts to a constant and serious attendance upon him; this will cost you something. To attain a facility and dexterity of language in prayer and put your meaning into apt and decent expressions is easy; but to get your heart broken for sin, while you are confessing it; melted with free grace, while you are blessing God for it; to be really ashamed and humbled through the apprehensions of God's infinite holiness and to keep your heart in this frame, not only in but after duty, will surely cost you some groans and pains of soul. To repress the outward acts of sin and compose the external part of your life in a laudable manner is no great matter; even carnal persons by the force of common principles can do this: but to kill the root of corruption within, to set and keep up an holy government over your thoughts, to have all things lie straight and orderly in the heart, this is not easy." - John Flavel

Available MP3 Audio Books:

audio book Treatise on Keeping the Heart


Tyndale, William (1494-1536)

English Reformer, Bible Translator, Protestant Apologist and Martyr for the Gospel.

Quotations:

"The scripture contains three things in it: first the law to condemn all flesh: secondarily, the Gospel that is to save, promises of mercy for all that repent and acknowledge their sins at the preaching of the law and consent in their hearts that the law is good and submit themselves to be scholars to learn to keep the law and to learn to believe the mercy that is promised them: and thirdly, the stories and lives of those scholars both what chances fortuned them and also by what means their schoolmaster taught them and made them perfect and how he tried the true from the false." - William Tyndale

Available MP3 Audio Books:

audio book The Prophet Jonah with an Introduction


Watts, Isaac (1674-1748)

English Puritan Preacher and Minister of the Gospel.

Quotations:

"O write upon my memory, Lord, the text and doctrines of thy Word, that I may break thy laws no more, but love thee better than before! With thoughts of Christ and things divine, fill up this foolish heart of mine: that, hoping pardon through his blood, I may lie down, and wake with God."

"Great Minds have the true relish and pleasure of doing good, and are content to be unknown"

Available MP3 Audio Books:

audio book Divine Songs, Attempted in the Easy Language of Children


Wilberforce, William (1759-1833)

British Politician, Abolitionist and Protestant Apologist.

Quotations:

"'Mortify the flesh, with its affections and lusts,' is the Christian precept; a soft luxurious course of habitual indulgence, is the practice of the bulk of modern Christians: and that constant moderation, that wholesome discipline of restraint and self-denial, which are requisite to prevent the unperceived encroachments of the inferior appetites, seem altogether disused, as the exploded austerities of monkish superstition."

"The chief causes of enmity among men are, pride and self-importance, the high opinion which men entertain of themselves, and the consequent deference which they exact from others: the over-valuation of worldly possessions and of worldly honours, and in consequence, a too eager competition for them. The rough edges of one man rub against those of another, if the expression may be allowed; and the friction is often such as to injure the works, and disturb the just arrangements and regular motions of the social machine. But by Christianity all these roughnesses are filed down: every wheel rolls round smoothly in the performance of its appointed function, and there is nothing to retard the several movements, or break in upon the general order."

Available MP3 Audio Books:

audio book Real Christianity, or, A Practical View of the Prevailing Religious System of Professed Christians, in the Middle and Higher Classes in this Country, Contrasted with Real Christianity


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MARTYROLOGIES:

Poggius the Papist (around 1415)

Fra Poggius, a Member of the Council of Constance, who delivered the Papal orders summoning Bohemian (Czech) Reformer John Hus (1369-1415). He accompanied Hus from Prague to Constance and witnessed his preaching, imprisonment, trial and burning. Poggius took a very personal interest in these events, befriended Hus and was ultimately moved to faith towards the Gospel. He voted in favor of releasing him and even begged and received, on the way to execution, Hus' forgiveness for his part in the matter. He later testified of Hus saying "Verily ... he was too just for this world!")

Available MP3 Audio Books:

audio book Hus the Heretic or the Infallibility of the Pope at the Council of Constance:
The Trial of [John] Hus, His Sentence and Death at the Stake in Two Letters by a Member of the Council, Fra Poggius, To his Friend and Brother in Christ, Leonhard Nikolai"
(Originally published in 1523; 1930 Edition in English)


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APOLOGETICA PROTESTANT:

Click to launch Hail & Fire's ONLINE AUDIO PLAYER Jewel, John (1522-1571)

John Jewel was a Bishop in the Church of England and a Protestant Apologist. Jewel was a friend and disciple of Peter Martyr and saw the reigns of the four Tudor monarchs in England, those of King Henry VIII, Catholic Queen Mary Tudor or "Bloody Mary," Protestant King Edward VI, and Protestant Queen Elizabeth I.

Quotations:

"Why, I beseech you, except a council will and command, shall not truth be truth, and God be God? If Christ had meant to do so from the beginning, as that He would preach or teach nothing without the bishop's consent, but refer all His doctrine over to Annas and Caiaphas, where should now have been the Christian faith? or, who at any time should have heard the Gospel taught? Peter verily, whom the Pope hath oftener in his mouth, and more reverently useth to speak of than he doth of Jesus Christ, did boldly stand against the holy council, saying, "It is better to obey God than men." And after Paul had once entirely embraced the Gospel, and had received it, "not from men, nor by man, but by the only will of God, he did not take advice therein of flesh and blood," nor brought the case before his kinsmen and brethren, but went forthwith into Arabia, to preach God's Divine mysteries by God's only authority." - John Jewel

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audio book The Apology of the Church of England


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The Martyrdom
of a People
or The Vaudois of Piedmont and their History

by Henry Fliedner

The Martyrdom of a People or The Vaudois of Piedmont and their History by Henry Fliedner

“The Light Shines in Darkness."

A Christian History and Martyrology:

Henry Fliedner's work offers a concise history of those known as the Vaudois or Waldensians—Christians of the pre-Reformation era. Fliedner traces their Bible only (Sola Scriptura) faith, and the horrific persecutions they endured, from ancient times to the early 1900's.

"They often travelled on horseback in different countries as hawkers, and, thanks to their bales of goods, obtained access to the rich and poor. ... While the merchant was doing business, he would observe the character of his customers, and when, at the end, they asked if he had anything else to sell, he would reply, 'Certainly, I have treasures much more precious than those which you have seen. ... a jewel which shines with such brightness, that it enables one to see, and to come to the knowledge of God.' ... The merchant then drew out of his pocket, or from a secret drawer of his travelling chest, a Gospel, and commenced to read." ... In this way the Vaudois found a means of spreading the Word of God more and more. ... What wonderful results might this seed-time have produced, if the storm of persecution had not broken out, reducing almost to naught the people of God. - Henry Fliedner

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The Mute Christian under the
Smarting Rod

by Thomas Brooks
first published
in 1659

The Mute Christian under the Smarting Rod by Thomas Brooks

Thomas Brooks first published this work in 1659 as the expression of his own experience under trials and afflictions and as an encouragement and an admonition to others. Here afflictions, trials, temptations, and human weakness are set in the balance against Scriptural knowledge in an exhortation to faith and the humble acceptance and profiting of the children of God under the disciplining hand of a God who would be known as our Father:

“Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live? For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness. Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.” Hebrews 12:9-11.

And as recorded in the Psalms,

“My mercy will I keep for him for evermore, and my covenant shall stand fast with him. His seed also will I make to endure forever, and his throne as the days of heaven. If his children forsake my law, and walk not in my judgments; if they break my statutes, and keep not my commandments; then will I visit their transgression with the rod, and their iniquity with stripes. Nevertheless my lovingkindness will I not utterly take from him, nor suffer my faithfulness to fail. My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips.” Psalms 89:28-34.

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The Marriage Ring
or How to Make Home Happy

by John Angell James
with a sermon on marriage by John Owen

The Marriage Ring or How to Make Home Happy by John Angell James with a sermon on marriage by John Owen

"As the church is subject to Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything. Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it." - Ephesians 5:24-25

An exhortation on Christian Marriage and its Duties.

The secret of happiness lies folded up in the leaves of the Bible and is carried in the heart of true religion. A good Christian cannot be a bad husband or father and, as this is equally true in everything, he who has the most piety will shine the most in all the relationships of life.

A Bible placed between man and wife as the basis of their union, the rule of their conduct, and the model of their spirit will make up for many differences between them, comfort them under many crosses, guide them through many straits, support them in their last sad parting from one another and reunite them in that happy world where they shall remain forever. Let the two parties in wedded life be believers in Christ Jesus and partake themselves of the peace that surpasses understanding. And if happiness is to be found on earth, it will be enjoyed within the hallowed circle of a family thus united by love and sanctified by grace.

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Right to Divorce & Remarriage in the Case of Adultery by John Owen

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