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Discerning the Signs of the Times and the Church's Reformation

BySamuel WillardC. Matthew McMahon

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This work is set on the premise that the great design of all God’s judgments on a professing people is to reform them. It is the plight of the church that they live in the consequence of the fall of Adam. They strive for holiness, but they must be very discerning about the times in which they live, so that they may set themselves steadfastly in the work of personal reform, church reform, and reforming the world to the glory of God. Willard explains Matthew 16:3, “Ye hypocrites, Ye can discern the face of the sky, but can ye not discern the signs of the times?” in order to press the Christian to be discerning in the day in which he lives. What is God doing? Where is God working? What are the signs of the times saying to the church? And then he explains Leviticus 26:23, “If ye will not be reformed by me by these things, but will walk contrary unto me, then will I also walk contrary unto you, and will punish you yet seven times for your sins.” The Christian is to first discern the times, and then the Christian is to be reforming in those times. All of God’s providences stretch forth from his covenant blessing in Christ to bring his wayward people back to a right relationship with him. He reforms them so that they become real revolutionaries for his cause; and his cause is holiness of life in service to the King of Kings. A modern church that remains unreformed with a professing people who walk contrary to God’s word, there Christ will proceed in his judgments against them and strike them with blows to bring them back to him and true faith. What calamities have been brought on the church today in this? It seems Willard is striking at the heart of the church as it endures the current pandemic, calamities, famines, riots, and a number of other difficulties that our country, and many countries around the world, are now experiencing. These events have been brought in by the church and its rebellion against God’s prescription for reformation. And the content of this work is so applicable today, one would have thought Willard preached these discourses just last Lord’s Day. This work is not a scan or facsimile, has been carefully transcribed by hand being made easy to read in modern English, and has an active table of contents for electronic versions.


Publication Date
Jul 1, 2020
Religion & Spirituality
All Rights Reserved - Standard Copyright License
By (author): Samuel Willard, By (author): C. Matthew McMahon, Edited by: Therese B. McMahon


Interior Color
Black & White
US Trade (6 x 9 in / 152 x 229 mm)

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