Nicholas Byfield (1579–1622) was a fiery Reformed minister of the Gospel and scholarly puritan divine. He was extremely popular in his day, and widely respected as a studious theologian and deep preacher of the Word.
During conversion, Byfield teaches that sinners should first inquire, "What should he do to be rid of those many sins he is guilty of?" This is to be rid of their danger, guilt, power and dominion. Here, Byfield has gathered out of the whole Bible, a catalog of those sins which God requires we repent of. They are sins we must take special notice of so that we can confess them and avoid them. He describes these sins in the expressed words of the Bible so that you might see the Lord himself describing our offenses. This is a course that cannot fail us, being grounded on the most evident biblical directions, which God himself has prescribed to us.
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