Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Tract Note: Thomas Boston: "Am I Really a Christian?"
A few years ago I modernized and abridged a section on assurance from Thomas Boston's classic Human Nature in Its Fourfold State.
Last year Chapel Library created a tract based on the abridgment. Hard copies can be ordered at a low cost here and the pdf can be accessed for free here.
My prayer is that this tract might be of spiritual use to its readers. Here is the introduction for the tract:
Though it would certainly be unkind to give false assurance of salvation to someone who has not been truly converted, it would be equally cruel to withhold comfort and assurance to a weak lamb who suffers with despair over his spiritual state. In his spiritual classic Thomas Boston lists eight "cases" where a true Christian might have spiritual doubts about the authenticity of his faith. Such doubts, Boston notes, "may hinder some persons from the comfortable view of their happy state." Thus, he writes to encourage, comfort, and assure those saints who are burdened with such doubts.