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Friday, February 28, 2014

Matthew Mead - The Almost Christian Discovered

"Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian."  Those words were spoken by Agrippa, after hearing Paul's testimony of his conversion and after Paul's witnessing to him the gospel (Acts xxvi.28).  Paul responded, "I would to God, that not only thou, but also all that hear me this day, were both almost and altogether such as I am, except these bonds" (Acts xxvi.31).

The Almost Christian Discovered consists of seven sermons that were originally preached by Puritan minister Matthew Mead (c.1630-1699) at St. Sepulchre's, London, in 1661.  The first American publishing was in 1815.  Mead's work is not particularly comforting, nor is his aim that of providing undue comfort.  It is, however, a strong dose of needed spiritual medicine which implores the Christian professor to examine himself.  Mead's intended audience are those professors who do not exhibit a saving faith and who, though enlightened, are in no better condition spiritually than the confessed unbeliever Agrippa.

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