I have now added the last 5 audio portions of Aylette Raines’ “A Refutation of the Doctrine of Total Hereditary Depravity” (1833 edition). These portions are files 13 thru 16 on the link below and the “Introduction” which I did not have when I started the book. Even though nearly 200 years old, this book is still very relevant today. And even though relatively short (only 96 pages), it is nevertheless a thorough refutation of the doctrine. Listen online or download freely as you wish.
Predestination and the Foreknowledge of God is an important Bible subject. Benjamin Franklin explains this Bible doctrine in simple and unmistakable terms in his Sermon #11 from “The Gospel Preacher Vol. 1” published in 1869.
Aylette Raines demonstrates how language (in the Bible) is the most fit way for God to influence people for salvation. Another great argument from his book, A Refutation of the Doctrine of Total Hereditary Depravity (1833).
For the audio, click here and scroll to #12
Just uploaded an audio file of an other section of Aylette Raines’ great book, “A Refutation of the Doctrine of Total Hereditary Depravity.” He calls this section, “On the Power of Truth and Its Fitness to Operate on Human Nature.” His argument is that the truth as preached by the apostles, combined with the evidence of miracles and prophecy, is the converting power of the Holy Spirit. Special direct operations of the Spirit in conversion are not taught in the New Testament. Have a listen! His writing is great!
I just posted the 10th sermon in Ben Franklin’s book of sermons, The Gospel Preacher. True to form, this sermon meets every expectation of quality preaching for which Franklin was so widely known in his day. Thanks to therestorationmovement.com for the photo of Franklin’s gravesite in Anderson, Indiana.
Benjamin Franklin’s Sermon No. 9, “The Two Covenants,” clearly explains the distinction between the Old and New Testaments and shows that Christians today must keep separate the ordinances and institutions of each.
If Total Heredity Depravity is true, then we should hate ourselves because it is right to hate sin. Yet the Bible teaches we are to love our neighbor as ourselves. But if we hate ourselves and love our neighbor as we love ourselves, then we will hate our neighbor. Another inconsistency in the doctrine of Total Hereditary Depravity discussed by Aylette Raines in 1833.
“Thou lookest upon the smiling face of an unconscious babe and beholdest nought but Satanic depravity! Thou lookest into the heart of the affectionate mother as she presses her babe to her bosom, and pronouncest each affectionate emotion to be but the workings of black corruption!!!” Such is the assessment made by the advocates of Total Hereditary Depravity. In his “Remarks on the Sympathies of Human Nature,” Aylette Raines sharply criticizes such views.
Aylette Raines continues his discussion of the impact of Adam’s sin on human nature. This book is just “classic.” Click here and scroll down to file #8.
What impact did Adam’s sin have on the human race? Do we experience both spiritual and physical death as a result of Adam’s sin? or physical death only? Aylette Raines deals with this question in next section of his book “A Refutation of the Doctrine of Total Hereditary Depravity.”