Sincere Free Offer of the Gospel Books

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Works of the Westminster Divines on the Free Offer of the Gospel

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Historic Books

1600’s

Durham, James – The Unsearchable Riches of Christ  Buy  mid-1600’s

This is a book of Durham’s sermons.  See excerpts of his two very rich sermons on Isaiah 55 preaching the Sincere Free Offer of the Gospel to poor penny-less debtors.

Sedgwick, Obadiah – The Fountain Opened, and the Water of Life Flowing forth for the refreshing of thirsty sinners.  Wherein is set out: Christ’s Earnest and Gracious Invitation of poor sinners to come unto the waters, his complaining expostulation with the ingratitude and folly of those who neglect so great salvation, his renewed solicitation with all earnestness and the most persuasive arguments to allure thirsty sinners to come to Christ, 1657, 476 pp.  being 13 sermons on Isa. 55:1-3.  Sedgwick was one of the Westminster divines.

Gale, Theophilus – Christ’s Tears for Jerusalem’s Unbelief and Ruin, Now Humbly recommended to England’s consideration in this her day of trial and danger  1679  254 pp.

“Hence likewise we may collect how really and cheerfully willing Christ is to save sinners.  Certainly, He that makes such bitter lamentation over the foreseen ruins of Jerusalem, must needs have a very cordial, and unfeigned will and desire of her salvation…  What a pathetic expostulation is here, which carries in it notices of vehement affections?

Oh! how willing is Christ to give unto sinners the things that belong unto their peace?  Yea, is He not more willing to bestow great things than small?  Does not his willingness to give, infinitely exceed the sinners’ willingness to receive?  Is not Christ more glad to receive poor and weary souls, than they are to come unto Him?…  Is not every thing about Christ mighty drawing, alluring, and inviting?” – pp. 66-67

Flavel, John – Christ Knocking at the Door of the Sinners’ Hearts, or the Solemn Entreaty of the Saviour and his Gospel in the Day of Mercy  1689  400 pp.

Fraser, James – A Treatise on Justifying Faith : wherein is opened the grounds of believing, or the sinner’s sufficient warrant to hold of what is offered in the everlasting gospel  d. 1699  362 pp.

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1700’s

Mayhew, Experience – Grace Defended in a Modest Plea for an Important Truth, namely that the Offer of Salvation made to Sinners in the Gospel, comprises in it an Offer of the Grace Given in Regeneration, and Showing the Consistency of this Truth with the Free and Sovereign Grace of God  1744  234 pp.

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1900’s

Kuiper, Herman – Calvin on Common Grace  1928  260 pp.

This is the definitive work, being an anthology of extended quotes, that Calvin explicitly and repeatedly taught throughout his writings: (1) Common grace to all men, (2) Grace to the reprobate in the Covenant of Grace, & (3) that God desires all men to embrace the gospel and be saved.

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Contemporary Books 

Maclean, Donald – James Durham (1622-1658) and the Gospel Offer in its Seventeenth Century Context  Preview  Buy  2015  311 pp.   

Murray, Ian – Spurgeon vs. Hyper-Calvinism: The Battle for Gospel Preaching  Buy  1995  179 pp.

A rich and compelling account of Spurgeon’s battle to preach and defend the Sincere Free Offer of the Gosepl on the one hand against it’s abuse by the Arminians and on the other hand against the denial of it by the hyper-calvinists of his day in 1800’s England.

Siversides, David – The Free Offer: Biblical and Reformed  Buy  2005  128 pp.

This is the most extensive work defending the Biblical view of the Sincere Free Offer of the Gospel.  It also includes a valuable, extensive anthology of excerpts from historic, reformed writers demonstrating that the Sincere Free Offer of the Gospel has always been a regular part of reformed gospel preaching. 

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