The Bible in every way is adapted to mankind for every spiritual need. No miracle is required either upon the Bible or upon people in order to effect salvation. The message the Bible contains AS IT IS, is completely adequate for human beings AS THEY ARE. Such is the message of Benjamin Franklin’s Sermon #7 in The Gospel Preacher, Vol 1 (1869)–“The Adaptation of the Bible to Man.”
“A Refutation of the Doctrine of Total Hereditary Depravity,” a small but masterful book by Aylette Raines, was published in 1833. In his early life, Raines was a “Universalist”–that is, he believed that all people would be saved. In 1830, however, he renounced this doctrine and became one of the great (although lesser-known) preachers of the Restoration Movement. I plan to make available a complete audio version of this book over the coming weeks. The first part is posted here–Definition and Origin of the Doctrine
Today, I begin expanding the scope of material on Restoration Audio Books.com. I’ve decided to include an occasional posting of material from brethren of the 20th & 21st centuries in addition to those of the 19th century. My plan is to post audio from time to time of more modern works material published through the years as a part of my effort to provide audio resources of solid Biblical material. Today’s first installment in this category is “Practical Advice for Congregational Singing” by Kevin W. Presley, from the Christian’s Expositor, Autumn 2015. This is an excellent article containing wise advice that is certain to improve the singing service in the congregations of the Lord.
Sometime in the late 1980s I read Benjamin Franklin’s sermons (published in 1869). As a young fellow, I certainly benefited from reading them. However, this time, in reading the sermons more carefully for purposes of recording, I have to say that I have a much greater appreciation of Franklin as a preacher than I could have comprehended back then. His sermon #6 “Conversion, or Turning to God” is simply superb! The link is below.