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The Whole Armor of God (Gouge)

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The Northhampton Press


William Gouge was a prominent member of the Westminster Assembly. This book was the first one he had published, and that in 1616. It has never been reprinted until now.

Lovers of the Puritans are familiar with William Gurnall’s massive treatment on this subject, The Christian in Complete Armor. Gouge’s work was published in 1616, the year William Gurnall was born.

Here are 13 chapters on the armor God has given Christians to fight their spiritual battles. The appendix is a rare treatment of the sin against the Holy Ghost.


“All of Puritan William Gouge’s writings are eminently biblical, sound, practical, wise, and sanctifying. Don Kistler is to be commended for bringing this once well-known work, The Whole Armor of God, back into print in a modern, lightly edited edition. This is long overdue. For too long this valuable work on Christian armor has been overshadowed by William Gurnall’s massive work on the same subject, but Gouge’s work is every bit as worthy—and considerably shorter, even at 584 pages! If you are serious as a Christian about growing in grace and holiness and fighting the good fight of faith, you will definitely profit immensely from reading this challenging yet encouraging work. Highly recommended!”

—Dr. Joel R. Beeke, President,

Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, Michigan