The Order of Salvation and Damnation - Contents

William Perkins (1558-1602) - The Father of Puritanism

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Election is God’s decree “whereby on his own free will, he hath ordained certain men to salvation, to the praise of the glory of his grace.” Reprobation is “that part of predestination, whereby God, according to the most free and just purpose of his will, hath determined to reject certain men unto eternal destruction, and misery, and that to the praise of his justice.”

The following Table of Contents will grow with time as I am able to transpose the cryptic old English Text of the following MSS by Perkins. The volume is actually a series of small books collected together. This first book is the Golden Chain, or the Causes of Salvation and Damnation. My long term goal is to publish this book with one of the leading Puritan based publishers. But for now, I will offer the work in parts, in all the unedited barbarisms of the 17th century language, as I am able on this website. The following sections from William Perkin’s writings are not found anywhere else in the world except for the actual writings themselves in the 1608 edition of his works. The only writing we have in print is the Banner of Truth copy of the Art of Prophesying, which is excellent. But I will endeavor, if God so enables me, to transcribe as much as possible. Enjoy! CMM

Table of Contents:

A Golden Chain, or The Description of Theology

  • Chapter 27 – Of the Eighth Commandment
  • Chapter 28 – Of the Ninth Commandment
  • Chapter 29 – Of the Tenth Commandment
  • Chapter 30 – Of the Use of the Law
  • Chapter 31 – Of the Covenant of Grace
  • Chapter 32 – Of the Sacraments
  • Chapter 33 – Of Baptism
  • Chapter 34 – Of the Lord’s Supper
  • Chapter 35 – Of the Degree of Executing God’s Decree of Election
  • Chapter 36 – Concerning the first Degree of the Declaration of God’s Love
  • Chapter 37 – Concerning the second Degree of the Declaration of God’s
    Love
  • Chapter 38 – Concerning the third Degree of the Declaration of God’s Love
  • Chapter 39 – Of Repentance and the Fruits Thereof
  • Chapter 40 – Of Christian Warfare
  • Chapter 41 – Of the First Assault
  • Chapter 42 – Of the Second Assault
  • Chapter 43 – Of the Third Assault
  • Chapter 44 – Of the Patient Bearing of the Cross
  • Chapter 45 – Of the Calling Upon God
  • Chapter 46 – Of the Christian Apology and Martyrdom
  • Chapter 47 – Of Edification, and Alms Among the Faithful
  • Chapter 48 – Of the Fourth Degree of the Declaration of God’s Love;
    and of the Estate of the Elect After This Life
  • Chapter 49 – Of the Elect at the Last Day of Judgment
  • Chapter 50 – Of the Estate of the Elect After Judgment
  • Chapter 51 – The Causes of Salvation and Damnation
    According to Rome’s Doctrines
  • Chapter 52 – Concerning the Decree of Reprobation
  • Chapter 53 – Concerning the Execution of the Decree of Reprobation
  • Chapter 54 – Concerning a New Devised Doctrine of Predestination,
    Taught by Some New and late Divines
  • Chapter 55 – Of the State and Condition of the Reprobate When
    They Are Dead
  • Chapter 56 – Of the Condemnation of the Reprobate at the Last Judgment
  • Chapter 57 – Of the Estate of the Reprobate in Hell
  • Chapter 58 – Of the Application of Predestination

Bible Verse:

“I am Almighty God; walk before Me and be blameless,” (Gen. 17:1).

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