The fire of God was in the bones of young Joseph Alleine. His preaching and his prayers dripped with the anointing of the Holy Spirit. Alleine’s words in this book mirror his message to the unconverted.
Sinners who have read, and who now will read, this classic of classics have squirmed, excused, pleaded falsely, yet have been unable to escape the message straight from Heaven: “Study your own hearts. Do not rest till God has made thorough work with you. For you must be other men, or else you are lost men.”
Tens of thousands have accredited this book with having opened their eyes to their unconverted state. Among these, perhaps even half of these, were church members sailing under Christ’s colours. These fervent words have burned their way into the hearts of both the small and the great. George Whitefield told how it affected him. C. H. Spurgeon “when brought under conviction” turned to this book.
This book speaks the message of God so plainly that it brings conviction such as attended the apostle Peter’s preaching when he cried out, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”