Quite a long post Mike. Mead certainly has a unique way of saying this. A few years ago my men’s reading group read and studied this book.
John Bunyan’s PIlgrim’s Progress also tells of a direct way to hell from the very gates of Heaven, which shows how close or almost this truth is.
Overall Mead’s message is positive and gives assurance for those who truly believe. But the rest of the message will be rarely preached and even more rarely listened to.
A few similar books are Bunyan’s little works: The Strait Gate and The Barren Fig Tree
by Mike Ratliff
16 θεὸν ὁμολογοῦσιν εἰδέναι, τοῖς δὲ ἔργοις ἀρνοῦνται, βδελυκτοὶ ὄντες καὶ ἀπειθεῖς καὶ πρὸς πᾶν ἔργον ἀγαθὸν ἀδόκιμοι. Titus 1:16 (NA28)
16 They profess to know God, but by their works, they deny Him, being detestable and as to every good work, unfit. Titus 1:16 (translated from the NA28 Greek text)
In Puritan Matthew Mead’s The Almost Christian Discovered we find the very definition for what is plaguing the visible church in the 21st Century. If Pastor Mead was alive today preaching as he did in the 17th Century, he would be quite controversial, but isn’t that what we who are called of God to stand for His truth in the lost and dying world supposed to do? In our time we lament what cheap grace and easy-believism and post-modernism have done to our churches’ ecclesiology, watering down the Gospel and doing away with rightly dividing…
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