Augustus Montague Toplady was a minister in the Church of England and hymn-writer, living during the latter portion of the times of the Great Awakening. He was a major Calvinist opponent of John Wesley. Today, he is best remembered as the author of the hymn "Rock of Ages". Three of his other hymns - "A Debtor to Mercy Alone", "Deathless Principle, Arise", and "Object of My First Desire" - are still occasionally sung today, though all three are far less popular than "Rock of Ages".
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A Caveat Against Unsound Doctrines
Being the substance of a discourse preached in the parish church of St. Ann, Black-friars; on Sunday, Apri1 29, 1770
This sermon was first preached at St. Matthew, Bethnal Green, April 22. Some persons then present, to whose judgment and request I pay the highest deference, desired me to retrieve as much of it as I could, the Sunday following, a ...read
A Letter To The Rev. John Wesley
March 26, 1770,
Sir, Possibly the following letter may fall into the hands of some who are unacquainted with the merits of the occasion on which I write. For the information of such, I must premise that, in November, 1769, I published a Two Shilling Pamphlet, entitled "The Doctrine of Absolute Predestination stated and asserted: with a prelimina ...read
A Short Essay On Original Sin
By one man's disobedience, many were made sinners.
Self-knowledge is a science to which most persons pretend; but, like the philosopher's stone it is a secret which none are masters of in its full extent. The mystic writers suppose that before the fall, man's body was transparent, analogous to a system of animated chrystal. Be this ...read
Arminianism: The Golden Idol Of Freewill
Not unto us, O LORD, not unto us, but unto Thy Name, give glory for Thy mercy, and for Thy truth's sake. Psalm 115:1.
SOME expositors have supposed, that this Psalm was penned by the prophet Daniel; on occasion of the miraculous deliverance of Shadrac, Meshac, and Abednego, when they came out, unhurt, from the burning fiery furnace, into which t ...read
Thoughts On The Assurance Of Faith
The deep things which relate to personal experience of the Holy Spirit's dealing with the soul ought to be matters of prayer, not of disputation.
It has long been a settled point with me, that the Scriptures make a wide distinction between faith, the assurance of faith, and the full assurance of faith.
1. Faith is the hand by which we embra ...read