Rev. Robert Traill, 1705, on True Religion

“There are three things simply necessary into any man’s having a true religion and godliness; sound principles of divine truth, the savour of that knowledge in the heart, and the power of that savour in a man’s worship and walk. There are no sound principles of saving faith, but in God’s written word. There is no right savour of those principles, but in and by faith and love, which is in Christ Jesus, 2 Tim. 1:17 and 3:15. It is called this savour of the knowledge of Christ, as it is called, 2 Cor. 2:14 that the power of godliness is impressed upon the heart, and expressed in the life of a believer. If the principles of truth be not from God’s word, there can be no true religion if the truth confessed be consonant to God’s word, and faith and love be wanting, it may be man’s notion and opinion, but it is not the man’s religion; and if the power of the known truth be not his walk and conversation, neither should he himself, nor ought any other to think, that such a man hath any religion at all.”

Robert Traill, Sixteen Sermons on the Lord’s Prayer in John 17:24. First printed in 1705. (Glasgow: Printed and Sold by John Bryce, at his shop opposite Gibsons’s-wynd, Salt-market, 1776), Preface.

Published by Dr. Peter Van Kleeck, Sr.

Dr. Peter William Van Kleeck, Sr. : B.A., Grand Rapids Baptist College, 1986; M.A.R., Westminster Theological Seminary, 1990; Th.M., Calvin Theological Seminary, 1998; D. Min, Bob Jones University, 2013. Dr. Van Kleeck was formerly the Director of the Institute for Biblical Textual Studies, Grand Rapids, MI, (1990-1994) lecturing, researching and writing in the defense of the Masoretic Hebrew text, Greek Received Text and King James Bible. His published works include, "Fundamentalism’s Folly?: A Bible Version Debate Case Study" (Grand Rapids: Institute for Biblical Textual Studies, 1998); “We have seen the future and we are not in it,” Trinity Review, (Mar. 99); “Andrew Willet (1562-1621: Reformed Interpretation of Scripture,” The Banner of Truth, (Mar. 99); "A Primer for the Public Preaching of the Song of Songs" (Outskirts Press, 2015). Dr. Van Kleeck is the pastor of the Providence Baptist Church in Manassas, VA where he has ministered for the past twenty-one years. He is married to his wife of 43 years, Annette, and has three married sons, one daughter and eighteen grandchildren.

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