• Backus’s Crusade ~ From the "On This Day" devotional. October 14 George Whitefield had just finished preaching in Norwich, Connecticut, when a young man stepped up to shake his hand. Isaac Backus, heir of a family fortune, had been deeply moved, and he soon gave his life to Christ, was baptized, and became a pastor, church planter, and Baptist evangelist. As a home missionary, Backus made over 900 trips in colonial America, covering over 68,000 miles on horseback. He is best known, however, as a champion of religious liberty. From the beginning of his ministry, Backus fought doggedly for separation of church and state in the American colonies. When he entered his ministry, a tax in Massachusetts supported the “state church”—the Congregational Church in New England. Backus refused to pay it, was imprisoned, and when released, mounted a tireless campaign to abolish the state-supported church system. In 1774, when the First Continental Congress met in Philadelphia, Backus was there, lobbying the representatives. On October 14, 1774 he and his fellow ministers arranged a meeting with the Massachusetts representatives to the Congress and presented a petition requesting full religious liberty. The politicians were irritated. John Adams insisted that taxes collected to support the Congregational Church did not impinge on the freedom of other religious groups, and he ended the four-hour meeting saying, “Gentlemen, if you mean to try to effect a change in Massachusetts laws respecting religion, you may as well attempt to change the course of the sun in the heavens!” Backus determined to take his petition to John Hancock, then before the entire Continental Congress, but John Adams was always working to frustrate his efforts. Yet his ideas took root, and 27 years after Backus’s death, the last state church in Massachusetts was finally disestablished. More than any other man, Isaac Backus is credited with formulating and publicizing the evangelical position of church and state that ultimately prevailed in America.
    1. We've finally got John Gill, consider increasing your bid so this will go into production too!
      1. So can I buy this as a standalone product? If so do I get updates? This is extremely confusing. On the Logos Now page it says I can buy this as a standalone? Please clarify...
        1. The movement of logos into NOW and CLOUD and PROCLAIM have made Logos a very confusing company to deal with. They used to just sell books and tools and now they are splitting things into projects that are vague and crashy. I am very sad at what Logos has become and I hope a new company that just sells the books I need to write sermons. Our God is not a God of confusion, and Logos is growing too fast, trying too many new things and they will lose customers
      2. So why is this in Community Pricing when it is already in Logos? I don't get it...
        1. Weirdly it is not currently available in Logos, so this is a chance to get the full historic text that would otherwise not be available. Everyone assumes that it is included in the A.W. Pink collection, but it is a glaring omission.
        2. I have the E4 Group edition of AW Pink Collection that was in earlier editions of Logos and that is where it came from...
        3. The only thing here is the ridiculously high price, especially when Community price finished at $3 (my bid was $2, about what I've paid for my Kindle copy).
      3. Robert Hawker, the author of the Poor Man's Commentary and the Poor Man's Evening and Morning Portions, was NOT a supporter of the Oxford Movement. His grandson Robert Stephen Hawker converted to Roman Catholicism on his deathbed. I have notified Logos of this error and they have not changed the description. The Oxford Movement hadn't even begun in his life time and he was no fan of the papacy or any form of Roman Catholicism.
        1. |Robert+Stephen+Hawker This page is wrong as well. See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Hawker
      4. John Gerstner has called Turretin "the most precise theologian in the Calvinistic tradition."
        1. As a premillenialist, this is a set I am really looking forward to.
          1. John Gill's writings are the only reason I still use Libronix. He was a master commentator and a faithful and loving pastor. Augustus Toplady was a good friend and frequent visitor to his church. To me the omission of Gill's writings is Logos biggest weakness, their second is a lack of great hymnals.
            1. Agree whole-heartedly. Dr. Gill's insight and writings simply soar. Thank God for people such as Dr. Gill. Everyone should come to know his work.
            2. Come On Logos! Let's get this work under contract. I and others have been waiting literally for years. In the middle of studies, I often go to other on-line sites so that I can read what John Gill says. I promise to upgrade if you include John Gill. How's that?