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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Diggory Press (14 Mar. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846859530
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846859533
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.4 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,113,992 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In typical Puritan fashion, Mead shows the many ways that a person can be deceived into thinking he is a Christian when, in fact, he is merely an "almost Christian." Short and readable, this classic will help you to examine yourself to see if you are, indeed, in the faith. Mead's purpose is two-fold: to shake nominal believer who may be very "religious" out of their complacency, and to give true believers the comfort of their security. This book has been completely retypeset and updated for easier reading. Second Edition. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Matthew Mead (1630–1699) was an English Independent minister. Mead succeeded John Owen in September 1683 as one of the Tuesday morning lecturers (presbyterian and congregational) at the merchants' lecture in Pinners' Hall. Pleading there on one occasion on behalf of poor ministers, he got a collection of £300., ladies putting their rings and watches into the plates. In 1686 he was again in Holland, preaching at Utrecht; he returned on King James's declaration for liberty of conscience in 1687. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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By michael constance on 26 July 2015
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Great read! Couldn't put it down. Spiritually there's more benefits observing puritians doctrine than modern day teachers.
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Ouch! This one hits you in the heart of the matter. 4 Oct. 2004
By Douglas VanderMeulen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Today, many who profess Christianity ask "How close to the world can I get and still be a Christian?" Matthew Mead shows from Biblical examples just how close one can get to Christ and still NOT be a Christian.

The author takes example after example of people who demonstrated great signs of spiritual life but were never truly converted to Christ or as he puts it be "an almost Christian". Each example is taken from Scripture. For example, Mead shows us that one can have great and eminent spiritual gifts such as healing, cleasing and casting out demons but not be a Christian. Certainly this discribes Judas. Like the other apostles, Judas is sent out in Matthew 10:7-8 to preach the gospel, heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons. Yet, Judas was not saved. Mead other topics include great hatred for sin and be an almost Christian, or great signs of repentance and be an almost Christian.

But true to Puritan pastoral form there is also a section dealing with those who have an overly sensitive conscience. Mead desires to convict the hypocrite not break the bruised reed. Much to think about and work through for a generation raised upon easy grace and where anyone can even claim to be "born-again".

Great book for home Bible study, discipleship class, Sunday school or for personal edification. Makes a great gift for your pastor or any serious student of theology.

It is possible to be zealous for God and yet miss heaven. Mead helps expose this truth and ways to avoid such an eternal disaster.
25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
Are you truly saved? 29 Mar. 2000
By "soondoboo" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
After reading Mead's work about true conversion I am convinced that this is a must read for all who truly want to examine their own faith. He causes us to look into the deepest parts of our hearts in order to examine what is the motivation for following Christ in our lives. We will be surprised at how easily many are fooling themselves in having a security when indeed they may be lost. A classic that should be read by all believers.
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wonderful 22 Nov. 2000
By Geoffrey S. Robinson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
A wonderful Puritan jewel. This book clearly shows how easy it is to be almost a Christian. As one, like all believers, who struggles for sin, it really gives one pause. We must be committed to put away our sin and strive in God's power to be fully committed to Jesus. Discipleship is not an easy thing. The cost is very high. And our flesh pulls strongly against us. This book shows us the depths of true commitment.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Required reading for all sincere Christians 20 Aug. 2012
By MaestroC - Published on Amazon.com
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Matthew Mead's, The Almost Christian Discovered may be a dated book but it has a timely message. The Bible encourages us to "examine ourselves to see if we are in the faith" and that is what Mr. Mead challenges us to do. Mead takes his study from the story in the book of Acts where the apostle Paul stands before the tribunal of Festus the Roman governor of Judea and King Agrippa, the last of the Herodian king of the Jews. As Paul contends for his faith, King Agrippa proclaims that Paul's arguments "almost" convinced him to become a Christian. From this, Mead contends that there are many in the church who are just "almost" Christians and have not experienced a thorough work of conversion within themselves. As the author takes the reader through the evidences and traits of the "almost" Christian, he encourages us to pray earnestly for that thorough work of conversion that will make us "altogether" Christians! An excellent book that I encourage all Christians to read.
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Excellent! 26 Oct. 2009
By L. Elliott - Published on Amazon.com
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What a timely look at the state of faith for the "post-modern" Christian. A must read!
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