Nature of Saving Conversion
What constitutes true conversion, as opposed to a counterfeit one, was an issue that dominated Puritan thinking and preaching. Then, as now, multitudes of opinions abound, and the question of assurance becomes a weighty concern for all who care about...
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What constitutes true conversion, as opposed to a counterfeit one, was an issue that dominated Puritan thinking and preaching. Then, as now, multitudes of opinions abound, and the question of assurance becomes a weighty concern for all who care about the state of their souls. In this scarce work by the great New England divine Solomon Stoddard, grandfather of the even greater Jonathan Edwards, this Puritan pastor looks at the matter through pastoral as well as theological glasses.
Stoddard was pastor of a church at Northampton in Massachusetts. He is the grandfather of Jonathan Edwards.
- 1. Saving Conversion Is Wrought At Once
- 2. That Grace Given In Saving Conversion Differs In Kind From All That Went Before
- 3. Habitual And Actual Conversion Are Wrought Together
- 4. Believing In Christ Is The First Act Of Conversion
- 5. This Act Of Faith Includes All Other Graces
- 6. The Infusion Of Grace Mortifies Corruption
- 7. Conversion Is Wrought By Light
- 8. Men Are Capable Of Receiving Light From The Spirit Of God Before They Have A Habitual Change In Their Understanding
- 9. The First Thing This Light Discovers Is The Gloriousness Of God
- 10. The Soul, Being Convinced Of The Gloriousness Of God, Sees Encouragement To Accept Christ
- 11. No Man Is Able To Give A Full Account Of All That He Saw When This Light First Shone In His Heart
- 12. This Spiritual Light Discovers Those Things That Men Were Convinced Of Before Under The Work Of Preparation, And That In A Better Manner Than They Saw Them Before
- 13. The Way Considered Wherein God, By This Spiritual Light, Converts Men Or Makes Them Holy
- 14. There Is A Great Difference Between Converting Light And Common Illumination
- 15. Conversion May Be Known
- 16. The Grace Given In Conversion Is Imperfect