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    ‘Saint’ John the Deceiver

    On October 13, 2019 the Roman Catholic Church is scheduled to canonize the Englishman John Henry Cardinal Newman (1801 – 90) as a Romanist saint. This brief introduction looks at what this means, and sets out something of the life of Newman.The Roman doctrine of sainthood rests on a number of errors including the doctrine of Purgatory, the veneration of the saints and their relics, the intercession of the saints, counterfeit miracles, Papal authority, and Papal infallibility. In the Roman system saints on account of …

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    New Scotland Yard Gospel Witness

    On March 27, 2019 a number of Christians gathered outside New Scotland Yard in a witness organized by The Protestant Truth Society.The witness highlighted the case of a recent abuse of police authority in the unlawful arrest of an elderly Nigerian man, Oluwole Ilesanmi, for preaching on the street near Southgate Underground Station. While challenging the authorities concerning free speech, organizers desired to preach the gospel to the police who were present and to passersby. Peter Simpson, Mike Overd (himself acquainted with attacks from the …

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    2018 Cambridge Lecture – Audio now available

    The audio recording of the Annual Cambridge Lecture by Benedict Bird on the Synod of Dort  is now available.

    Benedict Bird was speaking on ‘The Synod of Dort: Lessons for the Church Today’ and provided a handout with an outline of his lecture.

     

     

     

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    False religionist ‘most welcome’ to preach at Holy Eucharist service

    On October 17 the PTS Chairman, The Rt Rev. Dominic Stockford, wrote as shown below to the Bishop of Oxford, The Rt Rev. Dr Steven Croft, with concern over the invitation to a Muslim imam to preach at a service of Holy Eucharist.
    Dear Bishop Croft,

    I am sure that you are aware that Canon Law B18.2 states that “the sermon in Anglican worship shall be preached by a minister, deaconess, reader or lay worker duly authorized in accordance with Canon Law. At the invitation of …

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    Ashers – Supreme Court Victory

    Earlier this year the UK Supreme Court heard the case of Ashers Baking Company, who were appealing against a ruling which stated that it broke the law by declining to fulfil an order to decorate a cake with a campaign slogan promoting ‘marriage’ between homosexuals, which was deeply offensive to the management who are sincere Christians. The ruling, handed down on 10 October 2018, saw the judges unanimously vindicate the bakery.

    The Rt Rev. Dominic Stockford, Chairman of the PTS Council remarked:
    It is a victory for …

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    What we owe to the Reformation

    What we owe to the Reformation

    How important is the Protestant Reformation to you? Five hundred years have passed since Martin Luther published his 95 Theses. Our modern age considers events that old to be of no relevance; we have a very short-sighted view of both the past and the future. Students of history will know that what resulted from the Martin Luther’s challenge is of lasting importance.
    In the first place, the Protestant Reformation was a revival of true religion. The way of salvation had been lost, and the worship of …

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    The Protestant Reformation – 500 Years

    500 YEARS AGO, on October 31, 1517, Martin Luther started the Protestant Reformation by nailing 95 theses to the door of the Castle church in Wittenberg. He rejected the teaching of the Church of Rome on penance. He asserted that men and women cannot get the forgiveness of sin by buying indulgences from the Pope, but only by personal repentance before God. Britain and Europe needed the Reformation in the 16th century. It was a great movement of the Spirit of God. Twenty-first century Britain …

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    Hate Crime

    After a briefly overheard radio interview with the current head of the CPS, I was left feeling very concerned. As one can see from the comments below that I have found about that interview since, and about the role that the CPS see themselves as having, we are entering a new era for sincere Christians and for Bible preachers.
    ‘Hate crime’ is defined by the CPS as a criminal offence . . . perceived by the victim or any other person to be motivated by …

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    Election Outcome – Reflections by the PTS Chairman


    The smoke of battle clears, the fake news recedes somewhat, the empty promises of politicians begin to be seen for what they are, and the country settles down to being governed – if the media will deign to permit such a thing to happen. And as the fog of confusion that was deliberately spread across the face of the General Election is partially blown away we can see one thing standing clear and proud amidst the detritus and the waste left behind by the squabbling …

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    General Election Result – ‘Put not your trust in princes’

    The result of the General Election is in, and what an event it has been! Some political parties have been wiped out, and others have exceeded expectations. As ever with these things, almost every party leader is claiming victory, while members within their own parties are either openly criticizing or quietly sucking up in the hope of preferment.

    One wonders what Mrs May—who is still Prime Minister today—is thinking. Does she regret her decision to call the election? Does she regret having said she would not …

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  • What’s New

    Cardinal Newman’s Counterfeit Miracles

    In the Church of Rome, the practice of the invocation of the saints is still very much in vogue. Every decade there are dozens of new saints created, and for each them the Vatican requires miracles to demonstrate that they have a beatific vision of God,[1] and so are able to make intercession for their devotees. To sustain this cult of saints, appeals are continually made to the laity to send in accounts of their being ‘the recipients of divine favour’ after praying to each …

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    Recordings of Spring 2019 and all 2018 Study Days now available

    Audio recordings of the 2019 PTS Spring Study Day (Bunyan, Pilgrim’s Progress – Roland Burrows), and 2018 PTS Winter Study Day (‘Living in the Holy Spirit’ – Geoff Thomas), Summer Study Day (‘The Renewed Mind’ – Dr Jim Winter) and Spring Study Day (‘Behold the Lamb of God’ – Keith Ferdinando) can now be downloaded   

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    A Protestant Primer on the European Union – updated

    Every nation has a duty to acknowledge the true God. Every nation has a duty to shape its laws in accordance with God’s laws. Because the God who made us knows what is best for us, laws that are shaped in accordance with his moral law will benefit men and women as well as bringing the blessing of God. … …In the United Kingdom we should be deeply grateful that providence has given us a Christian constitution that acknowledges the true God and the authority …

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    A review of ‘The Forging of Codex Sinaiticus’ – Updated

    A critical review of Dr W.R. Cooper’s thesis in his book ‘The Forging of Codex Sinaiticus’

    The review demonstrates that Dr Cooper’s thesis that Codex Sinaiticus was produced in the nineteenth century is a classic conspiracy theory, and without foundation. It also demonstrates that the man who claimed to have written the Codex in 1840, Constantine Simonides, was a notorious persecutor of the Protestant Church, who told ‘the most outrageous lies that human or diabolical ingenuity ever invented’.

    The review also establishes how the Russian scholar …

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    2017 Day Conference recordings now available


    Recordings of our 2017 Day Conference ‘Celebrating 500 Years of the Protestant Reformation’ are now available from our bookshop on Audio CD.
    The Rev. Dr Nick Needham speaks on ‘The formal principle of the Reformation: Justification by faith’ and ‘The material principle of the Reformation: Scripture as sole infallible authority.’

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    Wonderful Providences

    In the early years of the fifteenth century an announcement was made to the scholarly world that a sought-after title would become available on a particular date. What made the announcement so spectacular was the quantity of books—one hundred copies at once! Such a thing was unheard of. At that time all books were hand written, and it required the skill of a handwriting master, with access to sufficient prepared vellum, to make just one copy. The genius of this action was that around two …

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    The Importance of Protestantism Today


    What is Protestantism? What is its importance?
    If Protestantism is important, it is clearly important to know what Protestantism is. The churches we today call ‘Protestant’ arose in Western Europe in the wake of the Reformation. Because these churches all emphasized to some degree the right of private judgment, Protestantism soon divided into a number of groups, which themselves divided into separate churches, whether national or independent. In the early years there were three broad streams of development, which we may characterize as the Lutheran, the …

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    Our beloved brother Paul

    Almost every one of Paul’s Epistles begins with much the same form of wording—‘Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ’. Exceptions are those epistles which came not only from him but also from his fellow labourers, as that to the Philippians, or the Epistle to Philemon, where he calls himself ‘a prisoner’. Why did Paul draw so much attention to his apostleship? Did he have a justifiable reason for so doing?

    It is worth noting that there is a considerable and important distinction between Paul defending his …

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    King under the Law

    The year 2015 was the year of Magna Carta, celebrating 800 years since the famous charter was sealed. There have been numerous books and at least two exhibitions commemorating the anniversary, some of which are reviewed in this issue. The great struggle of the barons who forced the charter on King John, and of many other rebels down through the centuries, was to make the king accept that he was not above the law, but was under it just as they were. The kings and …

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    The Visible Church

    To which church do we belong, the Church Visible, or the Church Invisible? I do not mean the same as the Church Militant and the Church Triumphant, but the church that is visible to the world, or one that it not.
    I was in Scotland very recently, on a family holiday, and noticed the large number of churches in cities, towns, villages and fields. The two most common denominations represented were the Church of Scotland and the Episcopal Church of Scotland – we were in the …

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  • Recent Books

    My Pocket Companion Diary 2020

     This popular Christian Diary is now in its 105th year of publication.It includes a text for each day (AV) as well as devotional pages.Contains 120 pages, with a ‘Week to View’ layout.Engagements pages extend to March 2021.Laminated cover with choice of two pictorial designs.Please order by post, telephone or email us . Payment may be made by cheque, or by card for goods over £5.00 (please telephone).

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    Saving the Reformation: The Pastoral Theology of the Canons of Dort

    W. Robert Godfrey  pp265 hardback  £13.99 Reformation Trust –There has been renewed interest in the five points of Calvinism among many Christians today. But these doctrines are not a product of the twenty-first century. So where did they come from, and why are they so important? Dr W. Robert Godfrey takes us back to 1618-19 when the Canons of Dort were written in response to a mounting theological assault on Reformed Christianity. Now, for its four-hundredth anniversary, he offers a new translation and pastoral commentary …

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    In the Year of Our Lord: Reflections on Twenty Centuries of Church History

    Sinclair B. Ferguson  pp229  Hardcover  £13.50  Reformation Trust –The story of the church is important for Christians to know, for it contains rich and uplifting stories of God’s dealings with His people. Dr Sinclair B. Ferguson takes the reader on a tour of the Christian history, featuring stories and songs to give believers a sense of their place in God’s kingdom and to encourage them in their walk.For details of how to order, please click here

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    The Missionary Fellowship of William Carey

    Michael A. G. Haykin  pp161   Hardcover  £11.99 Reformation Trust –The eighteenth century was a time of remarkable missionary activity. As the British Empire expanded around the world, Christian missionaries followed in the wake of merchants and explorers to bring the gospel to places where Christ had never been named.At the heart of this global missionary movement was William Carey. From humble beginnings in England, Carey journeyed halfway around the world to preach the gospel on the Indian subcontinent. Known as the founder of modern missions, Carey …

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    Family Worship Bible Guide

    pp768 hardcover £14.99 Reformation Heritage Books – Family worship thoughts from the Reformation Heritage Study Bible. Leading and nurturing your family as you seek to glorify God and encourage spiritual growth in your home is both God’s command and your privilege. One of the best and most effective ways to do this is through intentional, worshipful, daily family devotions where the truths of God’s life-changing Word are openly discussed chapter by chapter. Hand in hand with your Bible, this Family Worship Bible Guide presents rich devotional thoughts …

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    New Covenant Theology: Weighed and Found Wanting

    pp248   hardcover   £20.00 including postage   The Gospel Magazine Trust

    From the time of the apostles, the church has been fre­quently assailed by false teachers, making it necessary for pas­tors to contend for the faith once for all delivered to the saints, being men of sound doctrine, able to refute those who contradict it (Jude 3; Titus 1:9).

    Since the 1970s, the church has been troubled by false doctrine known as ‘New Covenant Theology’, in which we encounter a clus­ter of fundamental errors, previously propounded by …

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    Reformation Anglicanism: A Vision for Today’s Global Communion


    pp224   hardcover   £29.99   Crossway Books

    A Clear Vision for What It Means to Be Anglican Today.
    With contributions from Michael Jensen, Ben Kwashi, Michael Nazir-Ali, Ashley Null, and John W. Yates III, the first volume in the Reformation Anglicanism Essential Library examines the rich heritage of the Anglican Communion, introducing its foundational doctrines rooted in the solas of the Reformation and drawing out the implications of this tradition for life and ministry in the twenty-first century.

    Conceived under the conviction that the future of the global Anglican Communion hinges …

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    Reformation Theology: A Systematic Summary

    pp784   hardcover   £39.99   Crossway Books

    Five hundred years ago, the Reformers were defending doctrines such as justification by faith alone, the authority of Scripture, and God’s grace in salvation—some to the point of death. Many of these same essential doctrines are still being challenged today, and there has never been a more crucial time to hold fast to the enduring truth of Scripture.

    In Reformation Theology, Matthew Barrett has brought together a team of expert theologians and historians writing on key doctrines taught and defended by the …

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    2000 Years of Christ’s Power

    Vol. 4 The Age of Religious Conflict
    Nick Needham  pp688 hardcover £19.99 Christian Focus.

    Volumes 1 -3 also available, all £19.99.

    The Renaissance and Reformation were exciting times of learning and discovery – they pushed the boundaries of accepted thought. The repercussions of this, however, were that they left in their wake a period of universal uncertainty. The centuries-old status quo had been turned on its head. Nothing was stable anymore. Conflict ensued. The fourth volume of 2,000 Years of Christ’s Power spans from the 16th to …

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Verse of the day

And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.

Revelation 12:10