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The Westminster Assembly Answers the Independents on Occasional Hearing (& Separation)

 

The names of the Dissenting Brethren (the Independents) were: Thomas Goodwin, Philip Nye, Jeremiah Burroughs, Sidrach Simpson, William Bridge, William Greenhill, and William Carter.

 

In their [the Independents/dissenting brethren] third Paragraph they shew what communion they will hold with neighbour Churches. Holding and retaining (say they) communion with the neighbour Churches in baptizing our children, as occasion may fall out of absence of our Ministers in their Churches: and by occasional receiving the Lords Supper in their Churches, and receiving such members of theirs, as are above mentioned, into communion with us also occasionally. Also our Ministers to preach in their congregations, and receive theirs also to preach in ours as Ministers of the Gospel, as mutually there shall be a call from each other: and when we have any case difficult and too hard for ourselves, electively to advise with the Elders of their Churches: and in case of controversy, not to refuse to call them in for the composing of it. Further in case of the choice of Elders, to seek the approbation, and right-hand of fellowship from godly Ministers of their Churches together with our own. And in case any of our Churches miscarry through maladministration or neglect of censures, to be willing upon scandal taken by their Churches to give an account as to sister Churches offended: and to esteem and account (as we do) a sentence of non-communion by them as Churches, against us, upon such scandals wherein they are not satisfied, an heavy and sad punishment, and to be looked on as a means to humble us, and an Ordinance of God to reduce us. All this is more then as if in nothing they were to be complied with, nor their Churches to be communicated with in anything which should argue Church communion. More is said, and done, by those that account them self Churches.

 

To these things we [the Sub-committee of the Divines of the Assembly] answer, first in general.

 

1. That in most of these particulars they have de facto estranged themselves from us hitherto, and therefore we have reason to question in what sense they account our Ministers and Churches true.

 

2. If they may occasionally exercise these acts of communion with us once, or a second, or third time without sin, we know no reason why it may not be ordinary, without sin too and then separation and Church gathering would have been needless. To separate from those Churches ordinarily and visibly, with whom occasionally you may join without sin, seemeth to be a most unjust separation. (The Reasons Presented by the Dissenting Brethren Against Certain Propositions Concerning Presbyterial Government. And the proofs of them Voted by the Assembly of Divines, sitting by authority of Parliament at Westminster. Together with the Answer of the Assembly of Divines to those reasons of Dissent, "A Reply to an Answer brought in to this Honorable Committee (December 23, 1645) unto a paper formerly tendered by a Sub-committee of the Divines of the Assembly," p. 55, emphasis added).

 

To the particulars.

 

1. They say they will baptize our children and receive the Lord's Supper occasionally in our churches....

 

2. They can preach in our congregations, and admit us to do the like as Ministers in theirs. No need then of separate churches for the exercise of their ministry. (The Reasons Presented by the Dissenting Brethren Against Certain Propositions Concerning Presbyterial Government. And the proofs of them Voted by the Assembly of Divines, sitting by authority of Parliament at Westminster. Together with the Answer of the Assembly of Divines to those reasons of Dissent, "A Reply to an Answer brought in to this Honorable Committee (December 23, 1645) unto a paper formerly tendered by a Sub-committee of the Divines of the Assembly," pp. 56-57, emphasis added).

 

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Resource 1. WESTMINSTER DIVINES & OTHER PURITANS (Gouge, Gataker, et al.)

The Westminster Annotations and Commentary on the Whole Bible

(6 volumes, 1657)

The original title read: "Annotations Upon all the Books of the Old and New Testament: This Third, above the First and Second, Edition so enlarged, As they make an entire Commentary on the Sacred Scriptures: The like never before published in English. Wherein the Text is Explained, Doubts Resolved, Scripture Parallel'd, and Various Readings observed; By the Labour of certain Learned Divines thereunto appointed, and therein employed, As is expressed in the Preface." The preface (found in the first volume) recounts not only a short history of the English Bible, but sets forth the great advantage to true Religion which accrues (contrary to the mysticism of the Anabaptists and the anti-intellectualism of the modern backsliding church) when faithful notes are "bound in" with the Scripture text -- this bringing forth nothing different than the effect generated (through God's grace) by faithful preaching, faithful commentaries, faithful creeds, faithful covenants, faithful confessions, etc. Pointing out that this blessing from God was never more obvious than in the case of the Geneva Bible ($159.95, leather hardcover) and its marginal notes (and that the people knew it to be so when they were left with Bibles without annotations honoring to God), the preface further states, "hence were divers of the Stationers and Printers of London induced (by the people--RB) to petition the committee of the Honourable House of Commons, for licence to print the Geneva notes upon the Bible, or that some notes might be fitted to the new translation: which was accordingly granted, with an order for review and correction of those of the Geneva edition, by leaving out such of them as there was cause to dislike, by clearing those that were doubtful, and by supplying such as were defective. For which purpose letters were directed to some of us from the Chair of the Committee for Religion (in 1648--RB), and personal invitations to others, to undertake and divide the task among us, and so cometh in our part, whereof we shall give the world a true and just account in that which followeth." The detailed account which follows in the preface is fascinating, mentioning, among many other things, the divines' "use of... the Dutch Bibles... set forth at... Holland, by order of the States."

The diligence given, the energy expended, the obvious humility, and the fearful trembling before God's Word which is evident in these commentators makes this truly a classic Puritan work -- a work of great value! Just knowing, as Barker points out, that this commentary was "prepared mostly by Westminster divines, by order of Parliament, at the time of the Assembly" (Puritan Profiles, p. 37), certainly bodes well for the level of scholarship it contains. Moreover, with Gouge, one of the most respected English Covenanters at the Assembly playing a major role, the thoughtful student of Scripture and history ought to take note: for a theological feast of mature Puritan thought surely awaits those that sup at this table. Esteemed, by the mid-1640's, "as the father of the London Ministers," Gouge was elected as Assessor for the Westminster Assembly on Nov. 25, 1647. His detractors sometimes called him an "arch Puritan" (cf. Ibid., p. 35). Dr. Gouge's "share of the useful work consisted of Kings, and the subsequent books down to Esther, inclusive" (Smith, Select Memoirs of English and Scottish Divines, p. 534). Most of the others chosen to this work had similar credentials, though not all exhibit equal proficiency and some later backslid from attainments reached at this point. Nevertheless, when the commentators were first chosen, these Annotations were produced by some of the most qualified English Puritans -- as a historical high water mark for Puritan scholarship was beginning to crest. Furthermore, in prosecuting this work the divines note, "therefore we have put ourselves to much more pains (for many months) in consulting with many more authors, in several languages, than at first we thought of, that (for the propriety of the original text, for pertinent and profitable variety of versions, for consonancy of parallel Scriptures, and for perspicuity in clearing of the darkest places) we might bring in such observations, as might not only serve to edify the ordinary reader, but might likewise gratify our brethren of the ministry, at least such among them, as have not the means to purchase, or leisure to pursue, so many books, as (by order of the Committee) we were furnished with all, for the finishing of the work, committed to our hands" (preface). As the work wore on, however, it became apparent that the original intention (of printing these annotations as marginal notes in the Bible) would no longer fit the scope and length of commentary that had been produced. Thus, the notes were not added to the Scriptures directly, but rather published as a separate commentary (which we are offering here) -- except that we have divided the work into six volumes rather than the original two, because of logistics.

Brook calls this a "useful work" and says of its authors that "several of them were celebrated puritans" (Lives of the Puritans, vol. 3, p. 221n). Spurgeon comments that it "contains valuable remarks" and that "the work is probably less esteemed than it should be" (Commenting and Commentaries). In "A Narrative of His Life and Death" prefixed to volume one of Gouge's three volume commentary on Hebrews ($99.00 HP, $59.99 P), we also find this note, "He was likewise chosen by a Committee of Parliament, among others, to make Annotations upon the Bible, being well-known to be a judicious interpreter of Scripture. How well he hath performed his trust is evident to all that read the annotations from the beginning of the first book of Kings unto Job, which was his part." Furthermore, Neal, in his history, furnishes us with a helpful (though partial) list of each of the specific authors and books of the Bible they worked on in the Annotations. He writes, "Those with asterisks were not of the assembly. Rev. Mr. Ley, subdean of Chester (The commentary on the five books of Moses), Dr. Gouge (1 & 2 Kings, 1 & 2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther), *Mr. Meric Casaubon (The Psalms), Mr Francis Taylor (Proverbs), Dr. Reynolds (Ecclesiastes), *Mr Smallwood, recommended by archbishop Usher (Solomon's Song), Mr. Gataker (Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations), *Mr. Pemberton in the first edition and *Bishop Richardson in the second (Ezekiel, Daniel, and the smaller Prophets), Mr. Ley (Matthew, Mark, Luke, John), Dr. D. Featly... (St. Paul's Epistles). There were two other persons concerned in this work, who might probably have the other parts of Scripture allotted them, not here mentioned, viz. Mr. Downham and Mr. Reading" (pp. 504-505).

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Resource 2. SMITH, B.M.

Family Religion, or the Domestic Relations as Regulated by Christian Principles (1859)

Smith's family was greatly influenced by Samuel Davies. Smith himself was a friend of R.L. Dabney. As the editor notes, the importance of this book is seen in the fact that "[r]eform of the family would soon diffuse itself throughout the whole constitution of society, a higher tone of morals would be inspired, and not only would the moral influence of the church be enlarged, but the stability and security of the state would be perpetuated." Or as the "Directory for Family Worship," appended to the Westminster Confession, so wisely points out, "[b]esides the public worship in congregations, mercifully established in this land in great purity, it is expedient and necessary that secret worship of each person alone, and private worship of families, be pressed and set up; that, with national reformation, the profession and power of godliness, both personal and domestic, be advanced." This was a prize winning essay, covering, in depth, the family and its duties. 210 pages.

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Resource 3. SUNDRY MINISTERS OF LONDON

A Vindication of the Presbyterial Government and Ministry (1650, London edition)

Twelve major sections are contained in this book:

1. That there is a Church-Government by Divine Right.

2. That the Magistrate is not the Fountain of Church-Government.

3. That the Presbyterial-Government is by Divine Right.

4. The Inconveniencies of the Congregational Way.

5. That the Ruling Elder is by Divine Right.

6. That it is the will of Jesus Christ that all sorts of persons should give an account of their Faith to the Minister and Elders before admission to the Lord's Supper; together with Answers to the usual Objections made against it.

7. Directions to the Elders for the right managing of their Office.

8. Directions to such as are admitted to the Lord's Supper, for the right sanctifying of God's Name in that Ordinance & for their carriage one toward another.

9. Rules to preserve People from the Errors of these Times.

10. That Separation from our Churches is justly charged with Schism.

11. Than Ministers formerly ordained by Bishops need no new Ordination.

12. The necessity and usefulness of Catechizing.

This was the second of three major works published by these famous London divines -- the title page noting that this book was "Published By the Ministers and Elders met together in a Provincial Assembly, Novemb. 2d, 1649." The first of their works was The Divine Right of Church Government (Jus Divinum Regiminis Ecclesiastici), Wherein it is Proved that the Presbyterian Government, By Preaching and Ruling Elders, in Sessional, Presbyterial, and Synodical Assemblies, May Lay the Only Lawful Claim to a Divine Right, According to the Holy Scriptures (c. 1646, 1844 ed., $29.00 Hardcover photocopy OUT OF PRINT [HP], $9.99 Rare Bound Photocopy [P]); the third being The Divine Right of the Gospel Ministry (Jus Divinum Ministerii Evangelici) (1654, $29.00 HP, $14.99 P). Great insights into the thinking of the English Covenanters (some who served at the Westminster Assembly) are to be had here. 156 pages.

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Resource 4. BINNIE, WILLIAM

The Psalms: Their History, Teaching, & Use

A one-of-a-kind general introduction to studying the psalms [1886]. "A highly valuable work... great skill and intense devotion... unlike any other...," said Spurgeon. Part one: "History and Poetical Structure of the Psalms." Part two: "The Theology of the Psalms." Part three: "Notices Regarding the Use of the Psalms in the Church." Indexed, 424 pages.

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Resource 5. WILLSON, JAMES M.

Civil Government: An Exposition of Romans 13:1-7 (1853)

A very controversial publication based on the idea that "unholy republics refuse to acknowledge Him (Christ) as Lord of all." This failure to covenant with Christ, as nations, exposes the fact that these national governments are the enemies of Christ (as with the individual or church who will not covenant with Christ). These nations (as moral persons) are thus in violation of the first commandment and therefore treasonous usurpers who will not have the one true King (Jesus Christ) to rule over them. Their laws and actions bare this out, as they refuse to rule by the law of God, but rather, as the dupes of Satan, rule by their own autonomous standards. And, though it is their duty to be a terror to evil and promote the good, they, in the main, do the opposite. They protect and support murders (e.g. abortionists), continence and permit perversity (e.g. homosexuality, pornography, etc.) and take no action to establish the Reformed faith (but rather extend constitution rights to all manner of cults, sectarians, satanists and Roman Catholics) -- to name but a few of the more obvious areas of government rebellion against King Jesus. 163 pages.

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Resource 6. BOSTON, THOMAS, JAMES HOG, EBENEZER & RALPH ERSKINE, & OTHERS (Collected by John Brown of Whitburn)

Gospel Truth Accurately Stated and Illustrated... Occasioned by the Republication of the Marrow of Modern Divinity (1827)

"Considered to be the best account in a small compass of the Marrow controversy," stated Cairns (cf. Johnston, Treasury of the Scottish Covenant, p. 486 [$34.00 HP, $19.99 P]). Gives a history, from original documents, of the Marrow controversy (which centered around the book The Marrow of Modern Divinity [$29.00 HP, $14.99 P, see discounted pricing in next resource]), along with biographical notices of the main disputants. Brown (who the son of Brown of Haddington) has compiled pertinent extracts "from the works of the Representers (i.e. the defenders of the Marrow--RB), in illustration and defence of those views of evangelical truth which they had espoused. This forms perhaps the most valuable portion of the book, and will probably be equally new with the other divisions, to most of its readers, as many of the extracts are taken from books which are now in the hands of very few" (p. iv). One interesting appendix gives a very helpful side-by-side table illustrating the "Contrast between the Doctrines of the Marrowmen and Anti-Marrowmen." Topics which were disputed during this controversy include God's sovereignty and human responsibility in salvation and sanctification, the nature of the Gospel, the free offer of the Gospel, covenant theology, assurance, the atonement, the place of the law in the life of the believer and much more. "The theological divisions in the Marrow controversy reflected similar divisions in Reformed thought, with the Marrow and its defenders being more in harmony with the Reformed orthodoxy of the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries and, on balance, with the Westminster Confession of Faith and Catechisms. Their opponents, though representative of the great majority of ministers in the early eighteenth-century Church of Scotland, reflected the legalizing tendencies of late seventeenth-century developments in Reformed theology, rather than Reformed thought as a whole," writes David Lachman (Cameron, ed., Dictionary of Scottish Church History and Theology, p. 547 [$95.96, hardcover]) -- in summary of the historical and theological context surrounding the issues dealt with in this book. 375 pages.

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Resource 7. BOSTON, THOMAS & EDWARD FISHER

The Marrow of Modern Divinity

Jeremiah Burroughs states,"If thou wilt pursue this little book, thou shalt find great worth in it." First printed in 1645, this controversial book was read in 1700 by Thomas Boston and had a profound influence on his ministry. Boston added copious notes to this edition, which was reprinted in 1718. His notes, which are often longer than the text, are an invaluable addition to this work. Its contents are largely taken from the works of the Reformers and English Puritans. Three members of the Westminster Assembly wrote recommendations to the Marrow. Part one of the book, "The Covenant of Grace and the Covenant of Works," is definitely one of the best explanations of covenant theology in the English language. Part two is "An Exposition of the Ten Commandments." "The marrow of the second bone (part)," said Caryl, "is like that of the first, sweet and good. The commandments of God are marrow to the saints, as well as the promises; and they shall never taste the marrow of the promise who distaste the commandments. This little treatise breaketh the bone, the hard part of commandments, by plain exposition, so that all, even babes in Christ, yea, such as are yet out of Christ, may suck out and feed upon the marrow by profitable meditation." This section on the commandments is practical and powerful - guarding against the antinomian heresy. The Marrow has also come to be know for its biblical and historical defence of the free offer of the Gospel. This whole book (of 370 pages) is in beautiful condition and this edition contains the appendix by John Brown of Haddington.

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Resource 8. DICKSON, DAVID

Truth's Victory Over Error (1684, 1784 ed.)

The title continues, "The True Principles of the Christian Religion, Stated and Vindicated against the following Heresies, viz, Arians, Arminians, Anabaptists, Antinomians, Brownists, Donatists, Epicurians, Eutychians, Erastians, Familists, Jesuits, Independents, Libertines, Manicheans, Pelagians, Papists, Quakers, Socinians, Sabellians, Sceptics, Vaninians, etc. The whole being a Commentary on all the Chapters of the Confession of Faith, by way of Question and Answer: In which, the saving Truths of our holy Religion are confirmed and established; and the dangerous Errors and Opinions of its Adversaries detected and confuted... To this Edition is prefixed, A short Account of the Author's Life, by the late Mr. Robert Wodrow..." "Dickson is best known for his writings... He wrote the first sympathetic and full commentary of the Westminster Confession... published in English as Truth's Victory Over Error... He also worked with Henderson and David Calderwood on a Directory for Public Worship (c. 1643) and was co-author with James Durham of the famous The Sum of Saving Knowledge" (Cameron, ed., Dictionary of Scottish Church History and Theology, p. 243). This is one of the best, if not the best printed commentaries on the Westminster Confession of Faith. 296 pages.

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Resource 9. BAXTER, RICHARD

A Christian Directory

Over 950 pages long, Dr. Timothy Keller calls this "the greatest manual on Biblical counseling ever produced." John MacAurthur writes, "We have long waited for a purely Biblical treatment of the spiritual ills and cures of men which is untainted by the views of psychology. Since Baxter lived about 200 years before psychology arrived, his deep work is completely void of its encroachment -- thankfully!" The sub-titles gives a good summary of the book, being, "A Sum of Practical Theology and Cases of Conscience. Directing Christians How to Use Their Knowledge and Faith; How to Improve all Helps and Means, and to Perform all Duties; How to Overcome Temptations, and to Escape or Mortify Every Sin. In Four Parts: 1.) Christian Ethics (or Private Duties); 2.) Christian Economics (or Family Duties); 3.) Christian Ecclesiatics (or Church Duties); 4.) Christian politics (or Duties to Our Rulers and Neighbors)." Ptacek, in Family Worship (pp. 51-52), supplies the following information in regard to Baxter and this book. He notes that after the Episcopalians ejected numerous "nonconformists," in what is know as the "great ejection,' in 1662, "Baxter pastored from house to house, visiting families of his parish in their homes. These visits contributed to Baxter's A Christian Directory, a large and still very relevant manual of pastoral care." Focusing on just one area of great importance, Ptacek demonstrates how this book's relevance is not limited by time or culture, though sometimes the use of specific words are. "Published in 1673, but written 1664-65, a large book-length part of Baxter's Christian Directory is devoted to the family. It is entitled 'Christian Economics' based on the archaic usage of the word, which reflects the proper sense of the Greek root oikonomos as the manager of a household, in the Christian case, the spiritual leader of the family. The family head is essential to Baxter's view of family worship and instruction. Baxter asserts that it is God's will that this instruction be carried out by 'the rulers of the families.' For a male head of the household to fail to do so, or to have another instruct in the family, is contrary to his position of authority." This is the kind of book that can be passed on from generation to generation and still find much use in the service of the kingdom of God. Great price too!

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Resource 10. WYLIE, J.A.

The Papacy is the Antichrist (1888)

"The following demonstration is rested on no narrow basis. Its two postulates, like two posterns, admit us into the edifice, but they are not its foundations. The whole economy of Redemption, and the whole course of History are the broad substructions on which the argument is based and built up; and the author humbly submits that it cannot be overturned, or the conclusion arrived at set aside, without dislocating and shaking the structure of both Revelation and Providence. The same line of proof which establishes that Christ is the promised Messiah, conversely applied, establishes that the Roman system is the predicted Apostasy. In the life of Christ we behold the converse of what the Antichrist must be; and in the prophecy of the Antichrist we are shown the converse of what Christ must be, and was. And when we place the Papacy between the two, and compare it with each, we find, on the one hand, that it is the perfect converse of Christ as seen in His life; and, on the other, that it is the perfect image of the Antichrist, as shown in the prophecy of him. We conclude, therefore, that if Jesus of Nazareth be the Christ, the Roman Papacy is the Antichrist" (Wylie's preface, pp. v-vi). This book (of 165 pages) contains the classic teaching of the Protestant Reformation regarding Antichrist (an integral part of that Reformation, we might add -- as all the Reformed creeds and confessions attest). The easy-reading format and style make this book an ideal introduction to this topic. For more detailed research on the Papacy, by the same author, see Wylie's The Papacy: Its History, Dogmas, Genius, and Prospects ($19.99 bound photocopy; $34.00 Hardcover photocopy); which in its day won first prize from the Evangelical Alliance for essays on Popery.

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Resource 11. SYMINGTON, ANDREW, editor

Lectures on the Principles of the Second Reformation (1841)

Written by ministers of the Reformed Presbyterian Church of Scotland, this book contains the following chapters: "Introductory Lecture on the Principles of the Second Reformation" by Andrew Symington; "The Headship of Christ Over His Church and Her Independent Jurisdiction" by James Ferguson; "Evils, Constitutional and Practical, of the Prelactic Establishment of the British Empire" by Thomas Nelson; "The Revolution Settlement of the Church of Scotland: Its Provisions, in several Respects, Inconsistent with the Approved Principles of the Second Reformation" by John Graham; "Patronage Opposed to the Independence of the Church, and to the Scriptural Rights of the Christian People" by W.H. Goold; "Headship of Christ Over the Nations" by Andrew Symington; "Nature and Obligation of Public Vows; with an Explanation and Defence of the British Covenants" by William Symington; "The Sin and Danger of Union Between the Church of Christ and an Immoral or Antichristian Civil Government" by Stewart Bates; and "The Evil of Relaxed Discipline in the Church" by John Milwan. 472 pages, each chapter can also be purchased separately, except the preface. A classic introduction to second Reformation thought!

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Resource 12. COVENANTED MINISTERS OF SCOTLAND

Sermons in Times of Persecution in Scotland

This book (of 674 pages, 1880 edition) records some of the most powerful sermons ever put into print, most being delivered during the "killing times" in Scotland. These faithful preachers were daily in danger of losing their earthly lives for their testimony to the truth of Christ's kingship (which they proclaim here) -- and many were eventually martyred for His covenanted cause. Includes illustrations and the original preface (written March 19, 1779) by John Howie (author of The Scots Worthies [$19.99 in "rare bound photocopy" format). An instructive commemorative sermon, "A Third Reformation Necessary: or, The Piety, Principles, and Patriotism of Scotland's Covenanted Martyrs; With Application to the Present Times" by Kerr, preached on the bi-cententary of the covenanting struggle, is also included.

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Resource 13. BEGG, JAMES

Purity of Worship in the Presbyterian Church, as Set Forth in the Westminster Standards, & Illustrated by Our History Since the Reformation (1876)

"These questions (concerning the regulative principle--RB) go to the very root of the Presbyterian system of worship, as one that can be practically defended and maintained, and they have a most important bearing on the future of Scotland and of the Presbyterian Church throughout the world. If the principles of Presbyterian worship, as asserted by John Knox and by the Westminster Divines, are to be abandoned, either in theory or in practice, there are no principles of Presbyterian worship at all, and it is difficult to see what the end must be. The matter, therefore, is well worthy of the immediate and earnest consideration of Christian and patriotic men," writes Begg. This book helps illustrate the almost complete defection of modern Presbyterians from classic Presbyterian worship -- as set forth in the Westminster standards. Notwithstanding the book's many merits, one major drawback should be noted. Begg (as a Free Church of Scotland minister) speaks far too uncritically of the Revolution settlement of Presbyterianism in Scotland and the constitutionally defective acts of the churches that have sprouted from that bad (constitutional) tree. The Revolution settlement was clearly an unsound, covenant breaking, substandard return to "Presbyterianism" -- something most Free Church ministers are not aware of. Nevertheless, Begg's citations concerning this period illustrate that even Revolution Presbyterian worship (and what followed it for some years) was far more faithful to the original Presbyterian vision for public worship (i.e. the vision of Calvin, Knox and the Covenanters at Westminster) than most Presbyterians today can even image -- the modern defection having become encrusted and solidified in its hardness by repeated and aggravated disregard (over many years) for the moral duties contained in the second commandment. 103 pages.

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Resource 14. CALDERWOOD, DAVID

The History of the Kirk of Scotland

(8 volumes)

"The extensive learning and eminent talents of the Rev. David Calderwood, his matured experience in ecclesiastical affairs, and especially in those of his native country, the persecutions he had endured for his beloved Church, and the numerous works he had written in its defence, all qualified him, in the happiest manner, for becoming a Historian of the Kirk of Scotland. Above all, when the narrative was to be one of struggle and suffering, in which the principalities and powers of the earth, as well as those of darkness, were the antagonists, the record of such a conflict fell most aptly into the hands of a man whom a monarch had in vain attempted to brow-beat, and a whole hierarchy to silence. His own heart also appears to have affectionately inclined towards this his most congenial occupation, so that, after his return from exile, he spent many years in collecting and arranging the materials necessary for such an important task. At last, when he had reached his seventy-third year, the General Assembly, for the purpose of enabling him to perfect his work, granted him an annual pension of 800 pounds Scots. Calderwood died only two years afterwards; but he lived to accomplish his purpose of writing the History of our National Church from the commencement of the Reformation to the close of the reign of James the Sixth, in two, if not three successive and copious revisals" (Preface to volume one, pp. v-vi). This massive set (of over 6000 pages) was printed between 1842 and 1849. It contains a 171 page index and Thomson's "Life of David Calderwood." The contents are listed and dealt with chronologically by year; beginning in the preamble with the descent of the Scots from the ancient Gauls, but formally covering the period (focusing to the church) from 1514 to 1625. Documents and information available no where else (that we know of) are also included in this set. Must reading for researchers and those interested in church history!

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Resource 15. BIRGER, LARRY

Problems in the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA)

Birger was excommunicated for attempting to hold Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) elders to their vows to the Westminster standards. This tape recounts this dispute while bringing to light the great declension from biblical Reformation attainments in the PCA. The information on this tape is also available in Why the PCA is Not a Duly Constituted Church and Why Faithful Christians Should Separate from this Corrupted "Communion" ($5.98 P, $14.00 HP) or FREE in etext at: http://www.swrb.com/newslett/actualnls/PCAbad.htm.

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Resource 16. REED, KEVIN

Making Shipwreck of the Faith: Evangelicals and Roman Catholics Together

"In 1994, a group of notable evangelicals and Roman Catholics issued a statement of cooperation entitled, "Evangelicals and Catholics Together: The Christian Mission in the Third Millennium." The document has provoked numerous articles and books assailing the evangelical signatories to the accord. The present author has surveyed many of the responses to ect, but he has come away with mixed feelings. So far, most of the critics of ect take aim at areas where Rome is an easy target; but they avoid critical aspects of doctrine and practice where modern evangelicals exhibit remarkable similarities to Rome. There can be no question that the ect document represents a colossal compromise with Rome on the part of any professing Protestant who supports it. Moreover, the accord and its aftermath reveal much about the present state of evangelicalism. In particular, the situation demonstrates that most evangelicals have departed from the doctrines and practices of the Protestant Reformation. We take this opportunity to focus upon the preeminent issues of the Reformation. The present essay seeks to redirect the focus of readers to the bigger picture, providing a framework for assessing Roman Catholicism, contemporary evangelicalism, and the ect document. This book illustrates how both Romanists and evangelicals have rejected scriptural teaching about (1.) the essence of the gospel, (2.) divinely-instituted worship, and (3.) the marks of a true church. By corrupting the gospel, worship, and the church, evangelicals and Roman Catholics together are making shipwreck of the Christian faith" (Kevin Reed).

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