A Treatise on Afflictions

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In A Treatise on Afflictions, Thomas Case (1598–1682) generously applies a soothing salve to the wounds of God’s suffering saints. He begins by compassionately illustrating twenty lessons God teaches his children in affliction. He then proceeds to show the advantages wrought by affliction in the lives of languishing believers. He shows why deliverance from suffering should not necessarily be the believer’s primary goal when dark days come, and explains why suffering may sometimes seem to last longer than it should. The author shows from Scripture how affliction and instruction go hand-in-hand in the life of the child of God.

This work rings true to the suffering reader because it was written while the author was imprisoned in the Tower of London alongside Thomas Watson, Christopher Love (who was beheaded), and others.

Originally titled Correction, Instruction or The Rod and the Word, this classic treatise has been carefully prepared for the benefit of a new generation of Christian readers. It includes a biographical preface by James Reid, and has Scripture references from the English Standard Version (ESV®) embedded in the text as hyperlinks—no wireless connection is needed.

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The Christian Warrior

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In The Christian Warrior, Isaac Ambrose provides armament and strategy to fight our tireless adversary, the devil. He begins by showing, from Ephesians 6:12, how all God’s people are warriors engaged in a battle, that our enemy is both powerful and malicious, and that we must wrestle and strive hard against him. He then gives specific examples of how Satan attacks us at different stages of life: in childhood, at our first conversion, during the prime of life, and at the time of death. Ambrose gives practical, point-by-point advice throughout the book on how to cope with these attacks. He illustrates how Satan attempts to foil the believer coming to Christ at each stage of his conversion. He then shows how Satan tries to convince the doubting believer that his conversion is not genuine, and how to answer those arguments. He continues by showing how to endure persecution, how to resist temptations of the flesh (lust, pride, anger, condemning others, dishonest gain), and how Satan attempts to exploit the special vulnerabilities of both weak and strong Christians. He concludes by preparing the believer for “the final battle” in the hour of his death (which is often his most intense time of attack), by illustrating how to avoid the extremes of presumption and despair.

Even readers not accustomed to Puritan works will find Ambrose’s warm and engaging style both eminently useful and Christ-exalting. Much more than a copy-paste-publish e-book, this Digital Puritan Press reprint has been carefully edited from the original texts. The more difficult language has been smoothed out to make it more accessible to the modern reader. In the digital edition, every Scripture reference hyperlinked as an endnote in the ESV version (no internet connection is needed). The print edition includes a Scripture index and glossary. Both include a helpful biographical preface to the life and times of the author.

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The Wiles of Satan

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Like it or not, every Christian is engaged in a fierce and high-stakes battle with Satan. In this enlightening book, Puritan pastor William Spurstowe succinctly illustrates from 2 Corinthians 2:11 (“…lest Satan should get an advantage of us—for we are not ignorant of his devices”) his premise: that “Satan is full of devices, and studies arts of circumvention, by which he unweariedly seeks the irrecoverable ruin of the souls of men.” Spurstowe explains how Satan’s long experience and single-minded determination make him such a formidable adversary. He then proceeds to methodically expose, explain, and disarm nearly two dozen common traps that Satan has used to ensnare every generation of the unwary. Finally, he prescribes ten helpful remedies or antidotes that can be used to counter even the most tempestuous temptation.

William Spurstowe (1605–1666) was a Presbyterian pastor and member of the Westminster Assembly; he served the Parliament of Richard Cromwell. Originally published in 1666, this classic treatise has been carefully prepared to benefit a new generation of Christian readers. Archaic language has been gently modernized, and dozens of helpful footnotes have been added to aid the reader. This edition includes a biographical preface, Scripture index, and review questions designed to guide group discussion or personal reflection.

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  1. Containing an introduction to the text (2 Corinthians 2:11).
  2. Containing the main proposition, and sum of the discourse.
  3. In which the great ability of Satan to tempt is shown:
    1. Because his nature is both spiritual and intellectual
    2. Because he has been tempting mankind for a long time
    3. Because this is the only pursuit he is engaged in
    4. Because all of the evil spirits in his realm are united in purpose
    5. Because he artfully disguises his temptations as the lusts of our own depraved hearts
    6. Because our corrupt reason is a suitable field for him to sow his temptations.
  4. Containing an enumeration of Satan’s wiles:
    1. By using lesser sins to make way for the commission of greater ones
    2. By instilling dissatisfaction and a restless importunity to the commission of the sin
    3. By ceasing to tempt or feigning flight
    4. By convincing us that the ends justify the means
    5. By disguising things so that they appear to be what they are not
    6. By ensnaring us in the use of lawful things
    7. By suiting temptation to our age and condition
    8. By insinuating suggestions and temptations with such subtlety that we cannot distinguish them from our own reasoning
    9. By cultivating erroneous doctrine
    10. By calling down the Word of God and its ministers
    11. By displaying false signs, wonders, or miracles
    12. By perplexing us with temptations which seem to be unique
    13. By spoiling our performance of holy duties:
      1. in doing our duties for wrong ends
      2. in doing our duties unseasonably
      3. by harassing us as we attempt to perform our duties
    14. By providing a false remedy
    15. By instilling a false sense of guilt upon the conscience
    16. By giving us a sense of fear or shame which will not allow us to speak to others of our temptations
    17. By tempting us in areas where we consider ourselves strong
    18. By convincing us that we may quickly repent of the sin and be restored
    19. By keeping a wounded conscience raw and smarting
    20. By drawing us aside when we are in the midst of pursuing some great mercy
    21. By making our calling and duties interfere with each other
    22. By keeping us at one extreme or another.
  5. Wherein are laid down several antidotes against the wiles of Satan:
    1. Christian sobriety and watchfulness
    2. Resolution and Christian courage
    3. Make use of the Lord Jesus Christ:
      1. As a pattern to know how to resist temptations
      2. As an aide and comfort
    4. Be abundant in the use of prayer
    5. Take heed of giving place to the Devil
    6. Take heed of venturing upon the occasions of sin, and coming near the borders of temptation
    7. Be diligent and industrious in your calling
    8. Be sincere of heart
    9. Remember that whatsoever is profitable to the enemy is hurtful to you, and whatsoever is profitable to you is hurtful to your enemy
    10. Have an eye often to Scripture encouragements.