James Fraser of Brea
James Fraser of Brea (1639-1698) came from the Black Isle, Ross-shire and was ordained during the times of persecution. He refused to appear before the Privy Council when to answer for “illegal” preaching. Eventually captured he was sentenced to imprisonment on the Bass Rock.
The Bass Rock is a very high rock in the sea off the Scottish coast which was purchased by the government expressly for imprisoning presbyterian ministers. Along with many others Fraser suffered much in those fearful conditions. He was imprisoned at a later period in Blackness Castle but survived the times of persecution. His autobiography gives an interesting account of his life and spiritual experience.
We can have the right doctrine of holiness; one that takes it as seriously as Scripture does. But in relation to its practical outworking and in our assumptions concerning it, we may have got it wrong. Here are some of them.
Words can make or break lives, relationships and churches. The line between information, gossip and slander is easily crossed. James Fraser has some helpful rules for how we ought to tame our tongue.
Perhaps there are things that are harming our progress in spiritual things but we are blind to them. James Fraser reflects on his own experience to identify his own hindrances. They are helpful in helping us advance spiritually.
How do we go from merely desiring to make progress to actually getting moving? James Fraser records the things, through the Lord’s blessing, did him good spiritually.
Resting and being thankful in God’s goodness to us is a very biblical activity. James Fraser of Brea finds 14 different personal reasons to be thankful to God in his experience.
We must be doing the right things out of the right motives and principles with a right end in view. When we get our spiritual priorities right, the rest of our activities fall into their proper place.
Ever asked yourself “If I really am a Christian then why do/don’t I…?” Some of these type of questions are answered by James Fraser.
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