David Clarkson

David ClarksonDavid Clarkson (1622–1686) was a nonconformist divine of considerable celebrity, and one of the tutors of archbishop Tillotson. He was the son of Robert Clarkson of Bradford in Yorkshire, where he was born February 1622, and educated at Clare-hall, Cambridge; and was some time fellow of that college. He was then tutor to Tillotson, who succeeded him in his fellowship in 1651. He was, according to Baxter, a divine of extraordinary worth for solid judgment, healing moderate principles, acquaintance with the fathers, great ministerial abilities, and a godly upright life. He held for some time the living of Mortlake in Surrey, from which he was ejected for nonconformity in August 1662. After this he shifted about, according to Neal, from one place of obscurity to another, until, in 1682, he was chosen co-pastor with Dr. Owen, whom he succeeded the year following. He died June 14, 1686. [from Chalmer’s General Biographical Dictionary]

The Works of David Clarkson:

The Practical Works of David Clarkson, Volume 1. (548 pages) [pdf epub mobi txt web via Internet Archive]
This volume contains the following:

  1. Of Original Sin. (Psalm 51:5) – pdf, 13 pp.
  2. Of Repentance. (Luke 13:3) – pdf, 47 pp.
  3. Of Faith. (Mark 16:16) – pdf, 111 pp.
  4. Of Living by Faith. (Hebrews 10:38) – pdf, 23 pp.
  5. Faith in Prayer. (James 1:6) – pdf, 41 pp.
  6. Of Dying in Faith. (Hebrews 11:13) – pdf, 5 pp.
  7. Of Living as Strangers. (Hebrews 11:13) – pdf, 4 pp.
  8. The Excellent Knowledge of Christ. (Philippians 3:8) – pdf, 26 pp.
  9. Justification by the Righteousness of Christ. (Philippians 3:9) – pdf, 58 pp.
  10. Men by Nature Unwilling to Come to Christ. (John 5:40) – pdf, 34 pp.
  11. The Lord the Owner of All Things; An Inducement from Earthly-Mindedness. (1 Chronicles 29:11) – pdf, 63 pp.
  12. Hearing the Word. (Luke 8:18) – pdf, 19 pp.
  13. Of Taking up the Cross. (Luke 14:27) – pdf, 64 pp.

The Practical Works of David Clarkson, Volume 2. (554 pages) [pdf epub mobi txt web via Internet Archive]
This volume contains the following:

  1. The New Creature. (Galatians 6:15) – pdf, 31 pp.
  2. Christ’s Gracious Invitation to Sinners. (Revelation 3:20) – pdf, 67 pp.
  3. Man’s Insufficiency to do Anything of Himself. (John 15:5) – pdf, 36 pp.
  4. Against Anxious Carefulness. (Philippians 4:6) – pdf, 35 pp.
  5. Pray for Everything. (Philippians 4:6) – pdf, 13 pp.
    [featured in “The Digital Puritan” vol.II, no.4]
  6. God’s End in Sending Calamities and Afflictions on His People. (Isaiah 27:9) – pdf, 56 pp.
  7. The Conviction of Hypocrites. (Matthew 7:22-23) – pdf, 58 pp.
  8. Soul Idolatry Excludes Men Out of Heaven. (Ephesians 5:5) – pdf, 35 pp.
    Highly recommended; see this review.
  9. The Children of God Should Not Be Partakers With Others in Their Sins. (Ephesians 5:7) – pdf, 21 pp.
  10. Unconverted Sinners are Darkness. (Ephesians 5:8) – pdf, 30 pp.
  11. Of Christ Seeking Fruit, and Finding None. (Luke 13:6) – pdf, 69 pp.
  12. The Lord Rules Over All. (Psalm 103:19) – pdf, 63 pp.
  13. Sinners Under the Curse. (Galatians 3:10) – pdf, 19 pp.

The Practical Works of David Clarkson, Volume 3. (518 pages) [pdf epub mobi txt web via Internet Archive]
This volume contains the following:

  1. The Love of Christ, and Christ’s Sacrifice. (Ephesians 5:2) – pdf, 60 pp.
  2. Christ’s Dying for Sinners. (Romans 5:8) – pdf, 18 pp.
  3. Christ Touched with the Feeling of Our Infirmities. (Hebrews 4:15) – pdf, 29 pp.
  4. Of Coming Boldly Unto the Throne of Grace. (Hebrews 4:16) – pdf, 33 pp.
  5. Of Christ’s Intercession. (Hebrews 7:25) – pdf, 22 pp.
  6. Believers’ Communion with the Father and Son. (1 John 1:3) – pdf, 22 pp.
  7. Public Worship to be Preferred Before Private. (Psalm 87:2) – pdf, 23 pp.
  8. The Practical Divinity of the Papists Discovered to be Destructive of Christianity and Men’s Souls – pdf, 276 pp.

Select Works of the Reverend and Learned David Clarkson. (556 pages) [pdf epub mobi txt web via Internet Archive]
This volume contains the following:

  1. The Life and Writings of David Clarkson – pdf, 36 pp.
  2. No Evidence for Diocesan Churches – pdf, 54 pp.
  3. Diocesan Churches Not Yet Discovered in the Primitive Times – pdf, 88 pp.
  4. Primitive Episcopacy Stated and Cleared from the Holy Scriptures and Ancient Records – pdf, 95 pp.
  5. A Discourse Concerning Liturgies – pdf, 129 pp.
  6. A Discourse on the Saving Grace of God. (Ephesians 2:8) – pdf, 66 pp.
  7. Sermons:
    1. A funeral sermon for Dr. John Owen. (Philippians 3:21) – pdf, 10 pp.
      (Clarkson and Owen co-pastored a church in the final days of both their ministries.)
    2. What must Christians do that the influence of ordinances may abide upon them? (1 Chronicles 29:18) – pdf, 16 pp.
    3. The doctrine of justification is dangerously corrupted in the Roman Church. (Romans 3:24) – pdf, 19 pp.

What Advantage May We Expect From Christ’s Prayer for Union With Himself, and the Blessings Related to It? (14 pages)
[pdf via Google Books]
A sermon on John 17:20–21, from the Morning Exercises at Cripplegate.

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3 thoughts on “David Clarkson

  1. Hello! Does anyone know a source where I could read a little bit more about David Clarkson, so I know what he believes (something like a statement of faith), so I know if he is worth reading and recommending? I read something short of his that was captivating and I wondered who he is and what he believes, but I can’t find anything! Thank you!

  2. I have been reading the sermon by david clarkson on the sinners under a curse,im weeping for my family and friends who are still unregenerate ,david shows us vividly the depth of the curse the weight of them that do not do what the law says that they are under a curse,then he goes to show us the remedy in christ i will share this sermon to many people.im writing fromkenya

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