Samuel Gibson (n.d.)A Member of the Westminster Assembly
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“Concerning God’s holy habitation of heaven, I answer, it may as well, and aptly, and upon as good reason be called his holy habitation, as his glorious habitation. First, because of all other his habitations, it is the most holy, the true Sanctum sanctorum, as holy as glorious. There is the holy Trinity resident; there are the holy Angels, and Saints; there is no impure person, nor impure action, but all perfect purity and sanctity.”
- The Ruin of the Authors and Fomentors of Civil Wars; as it was delivered in a sermon before the Honourable House of Commons, in Margaret’s Church, Westminster, Sept. 24th, being the day of the monthly Fast, 1645. 4to. pp.35. London, 1645. The text is 2 Sam. xvii, 14. The author says in it, “Many will say they stand for the Common Prayer Book, and they will fight for that as long as they can stand on their legs. A resolution fitter for the vulgar Welch, than for understanding Englishmen; for that Book was never of God’s making, and no wise man will venture his life, and shed his blood, for any book made by man, were it never so good, for he can look for no reward of God for it.—But it hath been often said, Take away the Common Prayer Book, take away our Religion. Nay, our Religion is in the Bible, there is our God, and our Christ, and our Faith, and our Creed in all points. The whole Bible was Paul’s belief; there are the Psalms of David, and his Prayers, and the Lord’s Prayer, and other prayers, by which we may learn to pray. We have still the Lord’s Songs, the Songs of Zion, sung by many with grace in their hearts, making melody to the Lord, though without organs. There we have all the commandments.” He gives his testimony also against the Book of Sports, adding: ” Our Courtprelates made the King Lord of the Sabbath, and themselves Lords of misrule: compelling parents, and masters, and ministers, and magistrates, to suffer their sons and daughters, and servants of both sexes, to play, and sport, and dance, if they had a mind to it, and to profane a great part of the day. Here was trenching upon God’s prerogative.—They who were for the Book of Sports, would not endure the name Sabbath.” Mr Gibson was a stout champion for the Parliament, for the Reformation, and for the Truth as it is in Jesus. He gives, in his sermon above mentioned, the highest commendation to the Brethren and Church of Scotland for reformation. He says, “They shewed zeal and courage, and quickened us when we in a manner had lost ourselves, and there was little life in us. They have been instruments to promote the Reformation which we have.”
- A sermon of ecclesiastical benediction (1620) by Samuel Gibson
Biography of Samuel Gibson:
Mr. Samuel Gibson (n.d.), had the character of a learned, pious, and judicious divine. He was also very modest and humble, as pious and judicious men generally are. He was Pastor of Burleigh, or Burley, as it is also written, in Rutlandshire, in England. He was chosen one of the Assembly of Divines at Westminster, and constantly attended that learned body. While he was at London attending the Assembly, he was some time minister at Margaret’s, Westminster. He was one of those who agreed to and subscribed the proposition, “That Jesus Christ, as King of the Church, has himself appointed a church-government, distinct from the civil magistrate.” He preached to the House of Commons. In his sermon to them, he says, “Honourable Senators, ye do well that every morning before ye go to the work of the day, ye begin with prayer to God, for his direction, and assistance, and blessing. I hope every member doth it with an humble heart, apprehensive , of his own impbtency, and nothingness; for certainly neither the ablest church-men in spiritual affairs, nor the wisest statesmen in temporal, can do any thing well without God, and therefore it is good to follow the old rule, and that is, to begin with God,, lest errors be committed for want of his direction.'”