Thomas Tenison

Tenison preached that English-speakers had no need for a pope or a "Catholic Church" because they already had the perfect word of God in their own language: the AV 1611.



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The Issue:

The Basic Truths Of Life!


The BibleEveryone that ever walked on this planet must come to terms in this life with some basic TRUTHS. These will be the basic truths that no one can argue with, if they are sane. Of course, if you believe what God says in His Own BOOK about you, then you will have no problem with accepting these basic truths.

1. The Brevity Of Life

"For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away." (James 4:14b) Our life is brief! like a vapor, or like smoke. "Is there not an appointed time to man upon earth? are not his days also like the days of an hireling?" (Job 7:1) He is born, and then he will die! This is certain! (The exception being Enoch and Elijah, and also, those believers in Jesus Christ who are alive when He comes for His Church.)

2. The Brevity Of Your Remembrance

You will soon be forgotten. A man is remembered only a little while, and then he is forgotten. "He shall return no more to his house, neither shall his place know him anymore. Are not my days few? cease then, and let me alone, that I may take comfort a little, Before I go whence I shall not return, even to the land of darkness and the shadow of death; A land of darkness, as darkness itself; and of the shadow of death, without any order, and where the light is as darkness." (Job 7:10 & 10:20-22)

3. The Sureness Of Trouble

Life is bale full of troubles. I have also found this very true!!! "Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble. He cometh forth like a flower, and is cut down: he fleeth also as a shadow, and continueth not." (Job 14:1).

4. The Verity Of The White Throne Judgment

"And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment" (Hebrews 9:27). You will not miss this one unless YOU ARE HID in the CLEFT OF THE ROCK!

5. The Eternality And The Finality Of What You Do With Jesus Christ:

We will all be held accountable over this issue. It is a hard fact of life, my friend. Now will you take God's offer of eternal life ... purchased by His Son ... for all those who will put their trust in Him ... a thumbs down? You will everlastingly suffer the consequences!

6. That Men Never Learn From History

We learn from History That Men Never Learn From History! It is a heart problem! Men refuse to learn the "lessons" afforded by the light of HISTORY: the recorded historical events which occurred as fulfillment of Bible prophecy. Now, these are the basic truths with which we all must deal with one way or another!

7. What Should You Do?

"But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach;
That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.
For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.
For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved"; [Romans 10:8-13]


Believe The BOOK!

The King James Bible

BibleThis is God's Holy WORD to you and I! Do you believe it? The A.V.1611 (or The King James Bible) is God's word PRESERVED in the English language for you and me. It came from the English Reformation. This Bible declares that: "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness." [2 Timothy 3:16] God's inspired word is preserved in the A.V.1611. The word "preserved" means maintained inspiration. "The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in the furnace of earth, purified seven times. Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever." [Psalm 12:6-7] “PRESERVE.” .

Home In The Hills:

[Or New Jerusalem]


demo Everybody is going home someday. Everybody is going to their LONG HOME. When you die, you are going to go to your “long home” whether, it be in “Heaven” or in “Hell”. Do you realize that truth? “Also when they shall be afraid of that which is high, and fears shall be in the way, and the almond tree shall flourish, and the grasshopper shall be a burden, and desire shall fail: because man goeth to his long home, and the mourners go about the streets:” [Ecclesiastes 12:5]. Read More?

Thomas Tenison ... an early defender of the King James Bible

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Shubal Stearns

 "Looking for that blessed hope," (Titus 2:11-14)

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Thomas Tenison ... an early defender of the King James Bible
In his preface to the first volume of Oxford University Press’s 1955 issuing of The Diary of John Evelyn, E.S. de Beer notes that "Evelyn’s Diary has enjoyed high rank among historical scholars and general readers ever since its first publication" in 1818. Evelyn was born in 1620 and died in 1706, and as a man who loved to write, he kept a diary that is immensely important to historians studying England’s history in the century following the first appearance of the King James Bible (AV 1611).

Evelyn knew and visited numerous dignitaries and figures such as Bishop James Ussher, chronicling those visits in his diary; likewise, he describes most of the sermons he heard in his adult life, listing the preachers as well as the texts of those messages. A die-hard Anglican, he noted that the first "phanatical" (sic) preacher he ever heard was a street-preaching Baptist who was railing against the state—and the many references he makes to Anglican sermons against "anabaptism" bear testimony that Baptists were regarded as major threat in 17th-century England.

Evelyn eventually became good friends with the English preacher Thomas Tenison (1636-1715), the Vicar of St. Martin’s in the field and later (beginning in 1694) the Archbishop of Canterbury. Tenison’s defense of the Bible and his attacks on Catholicism were so powerful and effective that by 1688 Catholic apologists were attacking him in print and writing books against him and "his" doctrines—and others were writing works exposing the lies of the Catholic apologists. Two of John Evelyn’s journal entries concerning Tenison are especially interesting to those who believe that the AV 1611 is indeed God’s word for the world’s English-speaking peoples.

Evelyn’s entry for 7 October 1688 begins, "The next day being Sonday [sic] Dr. Tenison viccar [sic] of St. Martins, preached on 2: Tim: 3.16. shewing the Scripture to be our undoubted & onely [sic] Rule of Faith, & its perfection above all other Traditions & Writings, most excellently proved." As Evelyn clarifies later in the entry, the "Scripture" on whose "perfection" Dr. Tenison expounded was none other than the AV 1611. Notice that more than 300 years ago, an English minister preached an entire sermon about the King James Bible—and that his proof-text was 2 Timothy 3:16!

Nor was this the only time Tenison defended the AV 1611 in a sermon. In his diary entry for 30 January 1687, Evelyn recorded the following about the second sermon he heard that day: "At St. Martins, Dr. Tenison: on 2. Cor: 2: ult, shewing the Truth of the Scriptures, & most learnedly defending our Translation, clearing divers Controversies about it, and proving that there is no neede [sic] of an Infallible Interpreter [that is, a pope or a ‘Catholic Church’]" (emphasis added). In an explanatory footnote to this passage, E.S. de Beer explains, "Tenison had already discussed this topic briefly in A Discourse concerning a Guide in Matters of Faith, 1683; and returned to it in his introduction to Popery Not Founded on Scripture, 1688." In other words, Tenison preached that English-speakers had no need for a pope or a "Catholic Church" because they already had the perfect word of God in their own language: the AV 1611. When men stick to the true word of God, ecumenical compromise with Rome is impossible—as is obvious from the remainder of Evelyn’s diary entry for 7 October 1688.

Tenison’s sermon that day was topical, "chiefly occasioned by an impertinent Jesuite [sic] who in their Masse-house [sic] the Sunday before had disparaged the Scripture & railed at our Translation with extraordinary ignorance and impudence" (emphasis added). Did you catch that? Tenison’s sermon was in response to that of a Jesuit (Charles Petre, who, according to E.S. de Beer, had been "preaching at the Elector Palatine’s chapel in Lime Street") who had attacked the King James Bible. In the late 17th century, Romanism was distinguished from Protestantism by its rejection of the AV 1611—and that rejection was attributed to "extraordinary ignorance"!

But Evelyn’s diary entry isn’t finished yet. It turns out that the Jesuit Petre had not even been able to finish his own sermon: "an impertinent Jesuite ... railed at our Translation with extraordinary ignorance and impudence; which some present contradicting, they pulled him out of the Pulpit, & treated him very coursely [sic], insomuch as it was like to create a very greate [sic] disturbance in the City" (emphasis added)! Three hundred years ago, when a Roman Catholic priest attacked the King James Bible from the pulpit of a "mass-house," some of the people who heard him refuted him and forcibly removed him from the pulpit; yet in our time, such a man would be lauded and extolled. "How are the mighty fallen!" (2 Samuel 1:19).

Of course, one thing hasn’t changed since Evelyn’s time—or from Paul’s (for example., Acts 19 and 22): publicly siding with God’s word or refuting the false claims of religious apostates is still likely to create a public uproar or stir up a riot. But such a probability didn’t deter Thomas Tenison, who, like the Apostle Paul, was "set for the defense of the gospel" (Philippians 1:17). Are you? As Jude commanded, he "earnestly contend[ed] for the faith once delivered unto the saints" (Jude 3). Do you? Like David, he discovered that whether they’re in prison or in the archbishop’s chair, God Himself defends "all those that put their trust" in Him (Psalm 5:11). Have you?
Note: John Evelyn’s diary entries for 30 January 1687 and 7 October 1688 can be found in Volume 4 (Kalendarium 1673-1689) of The Diary of John Evelyn, edited by E.S. de Beer (Oxford University Press, 1955), pp. 537 and 599.

The LORD'S Messenger

A Message To The People

“Then spake Haggai the LORD'S messenger in the LORD'S message unto the people, saying, I am with you, saith the LORD.” Haggai 1:13