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This collection of 62 CDs is a truly astounding accomplishment. There is nothing like this available to the ordinary Christian on the whole face of the earth.

Now, for the first time ever, ordinary Christians can have direct and near effortless access to the very cream of Puritan and Reformed, as well as Covenanter, literature.

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And the significance of this collection goes even beyond that. No longer do we have to wait for modern Reformed publishing houses to predict that a particular Reformation or Puritan book will be sufficiently popular to make it economical to reprint, or to deem it "safe" enough to be let loose on the modern evangelical church. Rather, we are now able to see for ourselves the whole range of the Puritan and Reformed publishing enterprise, including views that are usually suppressed by most modern devotees of "Puritan" piety!

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- Dr Jonathan D. Moore, Cambridge, UK.
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RAINEY, ROBERT

Life of William Cunningham (1871)
Cunningham was Principal and Professor of Theology and Church History at New College, Edinburgh, during the mid-1800's. His four volume Works include the magisterial two volume set Historical Theology, Discussions on Church Principles and The Reformers and the Theology of the Reformation. A volume of his Sermons is also in print. In Iain Murray's introduction to Historical Theology he points out that "[i]n the days of Cunningham and Bannerman, New College, Edinburgh, rose to be the finest theological college in Europe." Furthermore, concerning Cunningham's work in the General Assembly of 1832, he writes, "and once more a young man arose to deliver a historic speech. Like Begg he was a new-comer to the Assembly's debates, but his tall figure and mass of curly hair quickly identified him as 'Cunningham of Greenock.' When he sat down two hours later there was no mistaking the feeling of the Moderates. "That's Andrew come back," exclaimed one! Others were forced to think of young George Gillespie of the 17th century, who, having just arrived in London, in riding boots and with whip still in hand, delivered such a speech in the Westminster Assembly that his opponent the great Selden declared: "This young man, by a single speech, has swept away the learning and labour of my life!" "Those who heard Cunningham's speech that day", write his biographers, ëspeak of it with wonder to this day. Such power, wealth, and precision of language they had never heard.'" "In his first six years at Edinburgh he read and carefully classified 530 distinct volumes, not to mention pamphlets or magazines." Cunningham's works are still much sought after today.
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 RAY, BRUCE

Withhold Not Correction
The title is taken from Proverbs 28:13. It is this biblical command that the author of this straightforward book holds up as a guide for all parents who experience doubt and indecision in their roles as disciplinarians. The author, a father and pastor, also exposes the emptiness of much contemporary advice on child-rearing. Each chapter contains review and response question making it an ideal tool for either group study or personal development. Jay Adams wrote the forward.
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RAYNOLDS, JOHN
A Defense of the Judgement of the Reformed Churches That a Man May Lawfully Not Only Put Away His Wife for Her Adultery, But Also Marry Another (1610)

This title defends the classic Reformed position and will be very useful in refuting the errors (on this point) of everyone from Rome and the Jesuits to the Protestant Reformed churches of our day. Compares the Reformed position with that of Rome, examines the Scriptures, the church fathers, and answers Romish objections. Also, refutes (in 70 pages) the Jesuit Bellarmine (and others), demonstrating how Bellarmine, "depraveth Scriptures, misalleges Fathers, and abuses reason to the perverting of the truth of God, and poisoning of his church with error." The historic Reformed position defended in this book was later summarized in the Westminster Confession of Faith, (chapter 24),

V. Adultery or fornication, committed after a contract, being detected before marriage, giveth just occasion to the innocent party to dissolve that contract. In the case of adultery after marriage, it is lawful for the innocent party to sue out a divorce, and after the divorce to marry another, as if the offending party were dead.

VI. Although the corruption of man be such as is apt to study arguments, unduly to put asunder those whom God hath joined together in marriage; yet nothing but adultery, or such willful desertion as can no way be remedied by the Church or civil magistrate, is cause sufficient of dissolving the bond of marriage; wherein a public and orderly course of proceeding is to be observed; and the persons concerned in it, not left to their own wills and discretion in their own case.

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REED, KEVIN

Biblical Church Government

 

"This is the best short statement (of Presbyterian principles of church government) we have ever seen," noted the Banner of Truth magazine.

It covers the basic principles of Presbyterian church government:

 

(1.) scriptural church officers

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(4.) church membership.

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Biblical Worship

"The Protestant Reformation was a conflict over many critical issues. And of all the issues contested between Romanists and the reformers, no issue was more crucial than the question of true worship" (Reed, John Knox the Forgotten Reformer, p. 37). This book explains the two preeminent characteristics of all faithful corporate worship, as seen both in the OT and in the NT. It also contains an excellent section on disputed aspects of worship. This section, in particular,  is very valuable, in that it shows how many non-Romanist communions today have actually rejected the Reformation and adopted Rome's presuppositions regarding worship. 80 pages.

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REED, KEVIN

The Canterbury Tales
Interacts with James Jordan's Geneva Papers on worship. An excellent expose demonstrating how Jordan's views on worship are seriously flawed and how his writings "often show more charity toward Papists, than toward the Reformed faith." Reed wades through the many contradictions found in Jordan's writings, to show that corruption of the Reformed faith is most evident in three major areas: 1. the repudiation of the Reformed regulative principle of worship; 2. the attempt to introduce superstitions and unwarranted practices into the church; and 3. the rejection of confessional Presbyterianism. Elaborating, Reed notes that "the primary indication of the Tyler (this was first written in 1984) corruption of worship is seen in their repudiation of the Reformed regulative principle of worship. This repudiation is manifest in four ways: by false portrayals of the regulative principle; by a failure to make proper distictions within the regulative principle; by a faulty pairing of Reformed and Anabaptist notions; and by a failure to deal exegetically with the scriptural position of the reformers (and the Reformed confessions) on the topic of worship... Moreover, Mr. Jordan does not stop with the repudiation of the Reformed regulative principle. He goes on with a program to reintroduce within the church many superstitions and unwarrranted practices" (pp. 4, 24). This is not surprising, for as historical teaches, when you reject Scriptural institutions of worship, you of necessity must replace them with some form of man-made, idolatrous, ceremony or rite; building monuments to antichrist and the false prophets of the past! This very fact is illustrated by Reed when he writes, "It is also quite telling that Mr. Jordan acknoledges his affinity with Lutheran and Anglican forms of worship, in preference to others (Geneva Papers, #25). Lutheran/Anglican worship is built on an entirely different presupposition than Reformed worshiip. The Lutheran/Anglican position holds that we may worship God by various means, as long as what we are doing is not explicitly forbidden in scripture (this error of Jordan's can also be seen in his Sociology of the Church, when after paying lip service to the regulative principle (p. XX) he then repeatedly argues for the introduction of idoltry in worship on the basis. This is a good introduction to historic Reformed worship, using Jordan as an example of what misguided zeal (and a great deal of ignorance) can produce in this area. Reed writes clearly and has a very good grasp of the Scriptural and historical data concerning worship issues. Reed also includes an excellent bibliography which clearly demonstrates the point at issue, showing that Jordan has jettisoned the historic Reformed view of the regulative principle (as have most modern Reformed churches and Christian Reconstructionists), all his protests to the contrary notwithstanding. This item is also
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REED, KEVIN

Christmass: A Biblical Critique
Co-authored by Michael Schneider, this books argues that Christmas is essentially a pagan holiday; and that its religious elements foster an imitation gospel which actually keeps the world from understanding the true gospel. Committed to sola Scriptura and a desire to maintain the purity of Scriptural worship, it contains a historical survey of the Pagan roots of this Roman Catholic holy-day. Numerous citations concerning Protestant opposition to "ho-ho" are cited, demonstrating that the basis of Protestant opposition to holy-days arises out of a proper understanding of the fourth commandment ó for God alone has the authority to mark out or decree special religious (i.e. holy or separated) days. And this is exactly what he has done with the Lord's day, giving us 52 holy days per year. Whenever other "holy-days" are decreed, by human authority, worship deteriorates, the regulative principle is ignored, and a low view of the Sabbath often prevails. It is interesting to note that among the Puritans, colonial magistrates in New England banned the public celebration of the Christmass in these words, cited from one of their public notices: "The observance of Christmas having been deemed a Sacrilege... and similar Satanical Practices are hereby forbidden with the Offender liable to a Fine of FIVE SHILLINGS." Gillespie waxes eloquent on this matter, including festival days among those "ceremonies that are unlawful, because they sort us with idolaters," writing, "by communicating with idolaters in their rites and ceremonies, we ourselves become guilty of idolatry; even as Ahaz, 2 Kings 16:10, was an idolater, eo ipso, that he took the pattern of an altar from idolaters. Forasmuch, then, as kneeling before the consecrated bread, the sign of the cross, surplice, festival days, bishopping, bowing down to the altar, administration of the sacraments in private places, etc., are the wares of Rome, the baggage of Babylon, the trinkets of the whore, the badges of Popery, the ensigns of Christ's enemies, and the very trophies of antichrist, -- we cannot conform, communicate and symbolise with the idolatrous Papists in the use of the same, without making ourselves idolaters by participation. Shall the chaste spouse of Christ take upon her the ornaments of the whore? Shall the Israel of God symbolise with her who is spiritually called Sodom and Egypt? Shall the Lord's redeemed people wear the ensigns of their captivity? Shall the saints be seen with the mark of the beast? Shall the Christian church be like the antichristian, the holy like the profane, religion like superstition, the temple of God like the synagogue of Satan?" (A Dispute Against English Popish Ceremonies, in Gillespie's Works volume one, p. 80). The Spirit speaking in the Scriptures ought to determine our practices, and not emotions or traditions of men, thus we hope that you will give this book a fair hearing. This item is also
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REED, KEVIN (JOHN CALVIN, JOHN KNOX, GEORGE GILLESPIE, SAMUEL MILLER, et al.)

LIBRARY OF PRESBYTERIAN HERITAGE PUBLICATIONS and PROTESTANT HERITAGE PRESS ALL ON ONE CD, including some of Calvin's never before translated anti-Nicodemite writings in Come Out From Among Them, The Anti-Nicodemite Writings of John Calvin and other important and previously unreleased titles -- as compiled and/or written by Kevin Reed

 

Over the years, PHP titles have provided readers with solid literature from an historic Protestant and Presbyterian perspective. With the passage of time, many of the older titles have gone out of print. Moreover, the publisher has several new volumes ready for press. At PHP, we do not have the resources to produce printed editions of all these titles at once. Therefore, in order to make all of this material available at one time, on a single source, we have released the PHP Library on CD.

 

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The Protestant Reformation

Come Out From Among Them: 'Anti-Nicodemite' Writings of John Calvin

An entire volume, newly translated from the French, providing some of Calvin's most important statements respecting worship. Calvin writes against the 'Nicodemites:' a class of would-be Protestants who hoped to maintain their social standing by outward conformity to Romish rituals and worship; these dissemblers claimed that it was lawful to attend the outward ordinances of Romish worship, so long as they did not inwardly receive the heretical tenets of Rome.

 

Calvin's response is forceful. Through a series of tracts, letters, and sermons, the reformer consistently maintains that proper worship is an

essential part of the believer's duty to God. Calvin decries all forms of superstition and man-made worship. He exposes the blasphemous nature of popish worship, and stresses the duty of true Christians to separate themselves from such polluted forms of worship.

 

This volume (over 300 pages long) includes a publisher's introduction, describing Calvin's concern for worship, and providing historical background to the individual works contained in the book.

 

Selected Writings of John Knox, Volume 2: Later Writings and Correspondence

Following the general format of the first volume of the reformer's Selected Writings ($US29.95, in hardcover from SWRB--RB), the second volume contains the following works:

 

-Conversations with the Queen (1561-63)

-An Extract from The Reasoning Betwixt John Knox and the Abbot of Crossraguell (1562)

-A Sermon on Isaiah 26:13-21 (1565-66)

-An Answer to a Letter of a Jesuit Named Tyrie (1572)

-Rediscovered Writings from the English Reformation (1550-52)

-Extracts from An Answer to a Great Number of Blasphemous Cavillations Written by an Anabaptist, and Adversary to God's Eternal Predestination (1560)

-Personal Correspondence (1552-58)

-Letters Chiefly from the Scottish Reformation (1559-72)

-Answers to Libels (1571)

 

On Superior Powers (Christopher Goodman)

From 1555 to 1558, Christopher Goodman served as co-pastor, with John Knox, of the congregation of English exiles in Geneva. During the course of his ministry, Goodman preached upon Acts 4:19 and 5:29: "Whether it be right in the sight of God, to obey you rather than God, judge ye. We ought rather to obey God than men." At the request of his brethren, Goodman subsequently published an expanded version of his exposition, "How Superior Powers Ought to be Obeyed of Their Subjects: and Wherein They May Lawfully by God's Word be Disobeyed and Resisted. Wherein also is declared the cause of all this present misery in England, and the only way to remedy the same." In this book, Goodman contends against both ecclesiastical and political tyranny.

 

This new edition of Superior Powers includes a scripture index, a subject index, a biographical essay on the life of Christopher Goodman, and the original foreword by William Whittingham.

 

John Knox: The Forgotten Reformer (Kevin Reed)

The present volume seeks to restore interest in Knox's theology, illustrating how the reformer's beliefs have great relevance for our own day. The individual essays in this book treat the following topics:

 

-The life of the reformer

-The biblical law of worship

-True and false churches

-The role of the faithful pastor

-The use of plain speech

-A warning against the Anabaptists

-Church government

 

American Presbyterian Authors

The Argument of the Book of Job Unfolded (William Henry Green)

This volume is not a detailed commentary; rather it furnishes an overview of the principal persons and themes in the book of Job: Job's happy estate,

Satan, Job in affliction, Job's three friends, Job's conflict, Job's triumph, Job's refutation of his friends, Elihu, the Lord, and the place of the book of Job in the scheme of holy scripture. William Henry Green (1825-1900) was a professor at Princeton Seminary. His volume about the book of Job was originally published in 1874.

 

God Manifest in the Flesh: Letters on Unitarianism; Letters on the Eternal Sonship of Christ (Samuel Miller)

The two books reproduced in this volume are thematically linked, and they furnish Miller's most extensive writings on Christological controversies.

Each book was produced with a distinct readership in mind. The first work, "Letters on Unitarianism" (1821), was written for a general readership, in order to expose the evils of Unitarianism, so that orthodox Christians would guard against the inroads of Unitarian errors (prevalent today in some Charismatic circles--RB). The second work, "Letters on the Eternal Sonship of Christ" (1823), was composed to correct the errors of a straying brother, Moses Stuart, a professor at Andover Seminary; in contrast to the first book, the second work is cast with a more academic readership in mind. Also included, as an Appendix, is Miller's "Letter to the Editor of the Unitarian Miscellany," which was a reply to a published attack against Miller, by an anonymous Unitarian writer whose article was printed in the Unitarian periodical.

 

Holding Fast the Faithful Word: Sermons and Addresses by Samuel Miller

Contents of the Volume:

The Gospel

The book opens with strong declarations about the first principles of Christianity. Miller explains the substitutionary atonement in "Christ Our Righteousness." He shows the necessity of "Being on the Lord's Side." Perceptive readers will note the depth of these statements, respecting the nature of the gospel, in contrast to the shallow evangelistic messages of the present day. In two missionary sermons, Miller illustrates how Christ, through the gospel, will conquer the world. There are additional sermons on "The Difficulties and Temptations which Attend the Preaching of the Gospel in Great Cities" and "The Importance of Gospel Truth."

 

The Christian Ministry

Miller considers "Christ, the Model of Gospel Ministers." He examines the call to the Christian ministry in "The Sacred Office Magnified." He shows the necessity and meaning of pastoral fidelity in "Holding Fast the Faithful Word." In a related messages, he stresses, "The Duty of the Church to Take Measures for Providing An Able and Faithful Ministry," and gives "A Plea for an Enlarged Ministry."

 

The Eldership

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Personal and Family Piety

Miller gives warm exhortations regarding personal and family piety. He describes "The Duty, the Benefits, and the Proper Method of Religious Fasting." He treats "The Importance of Domestic Happiness," and "The Means of Domestic Happiness." An illuminating discussion on the role of women is found in "The Appropriate Duty of the Female Sex.

 

Exhortations to Christians

Christian parents are given a stern warning on the danger of educating their children in Roman Catholic schools. Later discourses cover the subjects of suicide and theatrical amusements.

 

Presbyterian Ordination (Robert J. Breckinridge)

A companion speech to Breckinridge's Presbyterian Government, this discourse sustains the argument that ordination is a joint governmental act of the presbytery, not a ministerial rite restricted to preachers. Breckinridge defends the propriety of ruling elders participating in the laying on of hands in ministerial ordinations.

 

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         Princeton Seminary and Presbyterian Polity (Kevin Reed)

         Religious Dissemblers and Theological Liars (Kevin Reed)

         Revivalism in America (Kevin Reed)

         War Against the Idols (Kevin Reed)

This article is a book notice for War Against the Idols: The Reformation of Worship from Erasmus to Calvin (available in softcover for $US39.95 from SWRB--RB) by Carlos M. N. Eire (Cambridge University Press, 1986.).

 

Copyright 1999 by Kevin Reed, all rights reserved.

 

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CALVIN ON SEPARATION FROM FALSE WORSHIP (i.e. worship not based on the second commandment or what is now called the regulative principle of worship) AND WORSHIPPING PRIVATELY (IN YOUR HOME)

 (From: John Calvin, Come Out From Among Them, The Anti-Nicodemite Writings of John Calvin, a new book published by Protestant Heritage Press (at http://www.swrb.com/catalog/c.htm ), "A Short Treatise", pp. 93, 94, emphases added [or also AVAILABLE on the new PHP CD: "LIBRARY OF PRESBYTERIAN HERITAGE PUBLICATIONS and PROTESTANT HERITAGE PRESS").

CALVIN WRITES: "Some one will therefore ask me what counsel I would like to give to a believer who thus dwells in some Egypt or Babylon where he may not worship God purely, but is forced by the common practice to accommodate himself to bad things. The first advice would be to leave [i.e. relocate -- GB] if he could. . . . If someone has no way to depart, I would counsel him to consider whether it would be possible for him to abstain from all idolatry in order to preserve himself pure and spotless toward God in both body and soul. Then let him worship God in private, praying him to restore his poor church to its right estate."

Cited in: Appendix G in The Covenanted Reformation Defended (see below) by Greg Barrow (http://www.swrb.com/newslett/actualnls/append_g.htm ), "A brief examination of Mr. Bacon's principles regarding the visible church and the use of private judgment. Also, some observations regarding his ignoble attack upon Kevin Reed in his book entitled The Visible Church in the Outer Darkness."

Romans 16:17 is also very clear on this point:

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Presbyterian Government in Extraordinary Times (1991)
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Upholds the original work of the Westminster Assembly and testifies to the abiding worth and truth formulated in the Westminster family of documents. Upholds and defends the crown rights of King Jesus in church and state, denouncing those who would remove the crown from Christ's head by denying His right to rule (by His law) in both the civil and ecclesiastical spheres. Testifies to the received doctrine, government, worship, and discipline of the Church of Scotland in her purest (reforming) periods. Applies God's Word to the Church's corporate attainments. It,

 

is an instrument, which merits attention, from the time, in which it was written; the character, circumstances and faithfulness of the compilers; its parts, lucid declaration, and pointed argument. --To evidence regard to the injunction, Song 1:8; to exemplify the resolution of the Psalmist, Ps. 77:12; and tell to the generation following, Ps. 48:13; 145:4, a historical view of the church, in Scotland, from A.D. 300 till 1688, is given: with a judicial approbation of the earnest contendings and attainments of the faithful, and a strong and pointed judicial condemnation of error and the promoters thereof. This retrospective view furnishes matter for the young and for the aged disciple, to contemplate their glorious Lord, in providential procedure, towards his own people; --to distinguish between the providential and preceptive will of God; to estimate his people as weighed in the balances of the sanctuary; --and their own profession, covenant and organic identity with the faithful, who have gone before. Argument of principle, arising from historical facts, follows; and the document closes with doctrinal declaration in testamentary and polemic form. (The Original Covenanter and Contending Witness magazine, Dec. 17, 1993 [whole year in one volume $15.98 P, $29.00 HP], pp. 557-558).

 

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REFORMED PRESBYTERY

Auchensaugh Renovation of the National Covenant and Solemn League and Covenant; with the Acknowledgement of Sins and Engagement to Duties as they were Renewed at Auchensaugh in 1712... Also the Renovation of These Public Federal Deeds Ordained at Philadelphia, Oct. 8, 1880, By the Reformed Presbytery, With Accommodation of the Original Covenants, in Both Transactions, to their Times and Positions Respectively (1880 ed.)

 

"In 1712, at Auchensaugh, the Covenants, National and Solemn League, were renewed... At the renewal the covenant bonds were recognized as binding the descendants of those who first entered into those bonds. The Covenanters, however, sought to display the true intent of those Covenants with marginal notes. These notes explained that the Church of Jesus Christ, in Scotland (and around the world), must not join hands with any political power in rebellion to the crown rights of King Jesus. The Covenanters pledged the Covenanted Reformed Presbyterian Church to the support of lawful magistracy (i.e. magistracy which conformed itself to the precepts of God's Word) and declared themselves and their posterity against support of any power, in Church or State, which lacked biblical authority." (From "About the Covenanted Reformed Presbyterian Church" newsletter). An excellent introduction (historical and moral) regarding the reasons, motives and manner of fulfilling the duty of covenanting with God. Especially helpful concerning the Biblical view of the blessings (for covenant-keepers) and cursings (for covenant breakers) related to covenanting. As noted on page 37, "the godly usually in times of great defection from the purity and power of religion, and corruption of the ordinances of God's worship, set about renewing their covenant, thereby to prevent covenant curses, and procure covenant blessing; as we find both in scripture record, 2 Chron. 15:12-13; 29:10; 34:30-31; Ezra 10:3, and in our own ecclesiastical history." Times like ours certainly call for a revival of the Scriptural ordinance of covenanting, for "[t]he nations throughout Christendom, continue in league with Antichrist and give their strength to the beast. They still refuse to profess and defend the true religion in doctrine, worship, government and discipline, contrary to the example of the kingdoms of Scotland, England and Ireland in the seventeenth century" (p. 136 in this book). This is one of the most important Covenanter documents and a part of the true Covenanted church's judicial standards.140 pages.

 

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REFORMED PRESBYTERY

An Explanation and Defence of the Terms of Communion, Adopted by the Community of Dissenters, etc.

 

Defends the inescapable necessity of creeds and confessions, while promoting a fully creedal church membership. Shows how the law of God obliges all Christians "to think the same things, and to speak the same things; holding fast the form of sound words, and keeping the ordinances as they have been delivered to us" (Col. 3:13).

 

After laying some basic groundwork, this book proceeds to defend the six points of the "Terms of Ministerial and Christian Communion Agreed Upon by the Reformed Presbytery." These six points are the most conservative and comprehensive short statements of consistent Presbyterianism you will likely ever see. Besides the obvious acknowledgement of the alone infallible Scriptures, the Westminster Standards, and the divine right of Presbyterianism, these points also maintain the perpetual obligation of our Covenants, National and Solemn League, the Renovation of these covenants at Auchensaugh in 1712, and the Judicial Act, Declaration and Testimony emitted by the Reformed Presbytery.

 

In short, this book sets forth adherence to the whole of the covenanted reformation, in both church and state, as it has been attained by our covenanting forefathers.

 

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Reformed Presbytery in North America (RPNA)

The Meeting Reconstituting the Reformed Presbytery (Covenanters) in North America (RPNA) (Aug. 5, 2000)

 

As of August 5, 2000 (and FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 113 YEARS) a Reformed Presbyterian (Covenanter) PRESBYTERY exists which embraces the faithful biblical attainments of the best Churches of both the first and second Reformations (Phil. 3:16). In accordance with Scriptural doctrine of the Church, the "Deed of Constitution for the Reformed Presbytery in North America" (RPNA) states,

 

We do sincerely profess that it is the glory of God, the edification of Christ's Church, as well as the preservation and promotion of the true Christian religion throughout the whole world that does persuade us to unite in constituting this Presbytery.

 

We do voluntarily promise to be subject in the Lord unto the Reformed Presbytery In North America; to promote and to preserve the doctrine, worship, government, and discipline as summarized in the above cited "Six Terms Of Ecclesiastical Communion" (http://www.swrb.com/newslett/actualnls/6points.htm -- RB); and to receive with meekness all brotherly counsel and admonition tendered by fellow members of this Presbytery.

 

We do not consider the Reformed Presbytery In North America to be an entirely new entity, but rather a continuation of the one moral person with other covenanted judicatories of the past, and with those faithful witnesses of the Covenanted Reformation known as Protesters and Society People (1650-1742 inclusive). Accordingly, when we refer above to our "Constitution", we include within it all the judicial documents comprehended and engaged unto in our "Six Terms Of Ecclesiastical Communion ( http://www.swrb.com/newslett/FREEBOOK/RefConf.htm -- RB)" -- specifically, only those documents which are agreeable to the Word of God, and consistent with our covenanted attainments, as they were formally received and approved by the following covenanted judicatories between the following inclusive dates:

 

1. The Church Of Scotland (1560-1602, 1638-1649).

 

2. The Reformed Presbytery In Scotland (1743-1808), and the Synod Of The Reformed Presbyterian Church In Scotland (1809-1821).

 

3. The Reformed Presbytery In Ireland (1763-1779, 1782-1810), and the Synod Of The Reformed Presbyterian Church In Ireland (1811-1839).

 

4. The Reformed Presbytery In America (1774 -1778, 1798 -1805, 1840 -1845, 1854 -1887).

 

In constituting the Reformed Presbytery In North America in moral succession to these aforementioned faithful judicatories, it is evident that we have not included any of the present bodies designated as "Reformed Presbyterian" whether in Scotland, Ireland, Canada, or the United States.

 

In full agreement with the official position of the Reformed Presbytery In America, as recorded in their Minutes of June 2, 1841 (which are attached as an Addendum to this Deed of Constitution), we hold these ecclesiastical bodies to be unfaithful to the attainments of the Covenanted Reformation. With full persuasion of conscience, we stand separate from them and cannot unite with them until they publicly repent of their shameful backsliding.

 

Thus, we affirm that we, having returned to faithful terms of communion, and a true constitution, are not a schismatic body that has further divided the Church of Christ. To the contrary, the Reformed Presbytery In North America is a moral perpetuation of that faithful and unified manifestation of Christ's Covenanted Church in Scotland, Ireland, and the United States. It is our goal to unite the Church of Christ in every land by means of promoting a truly covenanted reformation in accordance with the prayer of our Lord, "That they may be one, even as we are one" (John 17:22).

 

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REFORMED PRESBYTERY (America)

Outline of Recent Proceedings in the Reformed Presbytery, Including Meetings Held in Butler County, PA; Northwood and Belle Centre, Logan County, Ohio

 

This book is primarily made up of the "Minutes of the General Meetings of the Reformed Presbyterian Church." These minutes cover the period from June 4, 1884 to June 6, 1929 (though some years are missing -- the missing years are 1897, 1899, 1900, 1901, 1902, 1923, 1925, 1626, 1928 -- if anyone has access to any of these missing minutes we would appreciate a copy). David Steele was the moderator of the earlier meetings (which were not "General Meetings," but were meetings of the Reformed Presbytery). Here we have a record of the rulings and contendings of these faithful Covenanters on a wide variety of subjects -- ranging from testimonies against civil, ecclesiastical and individual defections from the covenanted paths [e.g. as in what is now the RPCNA] to comments on World War One, family worship, and much more. 612 pages.

 

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Reformed Presbytery in North America (RPNA)

The Practice of Headcoverings in Public Worship (June, 2001)

 

Demonstrates from Scripture and classic Protestant interpretation (from John Calvin [and covenanted Geneva], the Geneva Bible [ http://www.swrb.com/bibles/bibles.htm ], Theodore Beza, the Westminster Divines [including Samuel Rutherford and George Gillespie], the Covenanted General Assemblies of Scotland and their lower courts, Francis Turretin, the Augsburg Confession [1530], the Reformed Churches of France [1579], The Dutch Annotations Upon the Whole Bible [1637, commissioned by the Synod of Dort, 1618) that headcoverings are an alterable cultural sign. Also deals with similar signs such as "greeting one another with a holy kiss" and foot washing.

 

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REFORMED PRESBYTERY (Scotland)

A Serious Examination, and Impartial Survey (1754)
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REFORMED PRESBYTERY

A Short Directory for Religious Societies (1881)
This work is still an extremely useful system of rules and instructions for religious fellowship -- especially where duly constituted churches are non-existent and/or where a regular faithful pastoral ministry is lacking. It was originally written to protect the "scattered flock" -- whose pastors were persecuted and martyred through prelatic and popish tyranny -- from spies and informers (who would have put them in danger of their lives); and to encourage faithful Christians to maintain regular religious meetings for their mutual edification and the propagation of the Gospel. Initially drawn up by the appointment of the Reformed Presbytery (in Scotland), this edition was published by the Reformed Presbytery in America (Rochester, NY). This Presbytery stated that "[a]part from anything local or temporary, the intelligent and faithful witness will easily discern in this treatise some of the footsteps of the flock of slaughter -- some of the waymarks set up by those heroic patriots who 'loved not their lives unto the death,' while in adhering to their solemn vows, they nobly contended against the dragon and his angels for the covenant rights of God and man... That the Lord God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob, the God of our covenant fathers, may give their successors the same spirit of faith to contend earnestly and strive lawfully for these precious rights, is the earnest prayer of" this Presbytery's committee. A much needed book in our day of "the continued national overthrow and burial of Christ's covenanted cause and testimony, increasing apostasy, idolatry, blasphemous heresies, errors and delusions, ungodliness, atheism, and all manner of wickedness;" as pockets of the faithful covenanted remnant are once again beginning to appear all across the map. 100 pages.
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REFORMED PRESBYTERY

A Short Vindication of our Covenanted Reformation (1879)

 

Until the church comes to terms with what is written in this book it will remain weak and divided. Covenant breakers will not prosper, as this rare item demonstrates from both Scripture and history. The power packed ordinance of covenanting (exemplified in the National and Solemn League and Covenant in particular), was foundational to the second Reformation and the work of the Westminster Assembly.

 

By the National Covenant our fathers laid Popery prostrate. By the Solemn League and Covenant they were successful in resisting prelatic encroachments and civil tyranny. By it they were enabled to achieve the Second Reformation... They were setting up landmarks by which the location and limits of the city of God will be known at the dawn of the millennial day... How can they be said to go forth by the footsteps of the flock, who have declined from the attainments, renounced the covenants and contradicted the testimony of the cloud of witnesses.... All the schisms (separations) that disfigure the body mystical of Christ... are the legitimate consequences of the abandonment of reformation attainments, the violation of covenant engagements.

 

If you are interested in knowing how to recognize a faithful church (or state), when and why to separate from unfaithful institutions, who has held up the standard of covenanted Reformation attainments and who has backslidden (and why), what it means to subscribe to the Westminster Confession (and why most that say they do so today do not have any idea of what that means), and much more concerning individual, family, church and civil duties, this is one of the best books you will ever lay your hands on.

 

It chronicles "some instances of worldly conformity and mark(s) some steps of defection from our 'covenanted unity and uniformity,'" noting how "it is necessary to take a retrospect of our history for many years; for we did not all at once reach our present condition of sinful ignorance and manifold apostasy."

                                                                

Presbyterian and the Reformed churches lay under the heavy hand of God's judgement in our day, because of the very defections noted throughout this fine work. "We heard (hear) from various quarters the cry, 'maintain the truth, stand up for the principles of the Second Reformation;' and yet many of those who are the most loud in uttering this cry, appear desirous to bury in oblivion those imperishable national and ecclesiastical deeds, by which the church and kingdom of Scotland became 'married to the Lord.'" Are we married to the Lord, or have we thrown off the covenants of our forefathers; are we the chaste bride of Christ, or a harlot who is found in the bedchambers of every devilish suitor (whether ecclesiastical or civil) who tempts us with the favors of this world?

 

Let us cry out, as with "the noble Marquis of Argyle, upon the scaffold," when he said, "God hath tied us by covenants to religion and reformation. These that were then unborn are yet engaged, and it passeth the power of all the magistrates under heaven to absolve them from the oath of God. They deceive themselves, and it may be, would deceive others, who think otherwise." Not for the weak of heart. 50 pages.

 

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Testimony and Warning Against the Blasphemies and Idolatry of Popery; and the Evil and Danger of Every Encouragement Given to It (Edinburgh, 1779)
The title continues: "And more particularly, of that toleration granted by the legislature in the revocation of the penal statutes against Papists in England and Ireland. Addresses to all professors of the Protestant Reformed religion." Very pertinent to our day, when so-called "evangelicals" lay comfortably in bed with "the great whore that sitteth upon many waters, and carries her capital character on her forehead, Mystery, Babylon the Great, the Mother of harlots, and abominations of the earth" (p. 5). Read everything that you can get your hands on by the Reformed Presbytery -- it is some of the best Christian writing you will ever find!
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REFORMED PRESBYTERY OF SCOTLAND

A Short Account of the Old Presbyterian Dissenters, Under the Inspection of the Reformed Presbyteries of Scotland, Ireland, and North America. Comprehending also an Abstract of Their Principles. Intended as an Introduction To The Perusal of Their Judicial Testimony, and Other Larger Works (1806)

 

SECTION I.-The several Names, by which the Old Dissenters have been known and distinguished. SECTION II.-The Rise and Progress of the Old Dissenters. SECTION III.-Concerning the deceased Mr. M'Millan's coming off from the Revolution Church. SECTION IV.-The Reformation Attainments, to which the Old Dissenters wish still to adhere. SECTION V.-The Departures from the Reformation Attainments, against which the Dissenters reckon it their duty to testify. SECTION VI.-Containing an outline of the Doctrine, Worship, Discipline, and Government to which the Old Dissenters adhere; and of their present situation. [Anno 1806.] APPENDIX.-Containing a few Strictures on a proper Testimony for the Truth. 29 pages.

 

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REFORMED PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

Reformed Presbyterian Testimony (1842)
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REFORMED PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH IN AMERICA (RPCNA)

Reformation Principles Exhibited (1806-07)

 

Although this document was unfaithfully adopted by the RPCNA (when they decried faithful historical testimony as an article of faith in the preface), this book still contains much useful doctrinal and historical information. Part one is "A Brief Historical View of the Church, As a Visible Society in Covenant with God. In Two Books. The First Exhibiting the Church Universal; and the Second the Reformed Presbyterian Church." Part two contains the "Declaration and Testimony of the Reformed Presbyterian Church in America (RPCNA)." Furthermore, notwithstanding the unfaithfulness of the adopting body, Reformation Principles Exhibited testifies to real attainments. Examples include testifying against the immoral U.S. constitution, against jury duty, against the use of the elective franchise (voting) and against swearing an oath of allegiance under this immoral constitution. Close communion is upheld and occasional hearing is denounced as a sinful, schismatic practice. Interestingly, this earlier edition can be compared with later editions to exhibit the continuing defection of the RPCNA -- even from what was good (and part of her own terms of communion) in her own earlier standards. For example, in part two, chapter 21, point 5, "Of Church Fellowship," we read,

 

We therefore condemn the following errors, and testify against all who maintain them: ... 5. That it is lawful for the Church to be without any terms of communion. 6. That any person may be admitted to communion, who opposes any of the terms of Church fellowship. 7. That occasional communion may be extended to persons who should not be received to constant fellowship (p. 75).

 

Also,

 

We therefore condemn the following errors, and testify against all who maintain them: ... 1. That the Bible is the only proper testimony of the church (which takes into account that the Bible is the only divine testimony, but also recognizes human testimony, agreeable to Scripture, as binding [or else why preach, for example, if no one is bound to obey any human testimony, even if the human testimony is agreeable to the divine testimony found in the Bible? Cf. Various places in Samuel Rutherford's Due Right of Presbyteries and A Free Disputation Against Pretended Liberty of Conscience for further explanation]--RB). 2. That a Christian is under no obligation to follow Christ's witnesses in their faithful contendings. 3. That it is lawful, in order to enlarge the church, to open a wider door of communion, by declining from a more pointed testimony, to one which is more loose and general. (p. 120, part 2, emphases added).

 

How sad that these faithful testimonies are no longer upheld (as points of discipline) in the modern RPCNA. 260 pages.

 

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REID, H.M.B.

A Cameronian Apostle: Being Some Account of John Macmillan of Balmaghie (1896)

 

The author wrote this book "considering the renewed interest taken at present in questions of Church government and establishment," noting that "there seemed to be some room for a detailed treatment of a career which covers so interesting a period as that embraced between 1690 and 1750." Macmillan is an important historical link to those who still fight for Christ's Crown and Covenant. "For many years he fought the battle of the Covenants alone, and he fought it on lines of policy and wisdom." states Reid. Furthermore, the author continues,

 

I have tried to indicate his position among the 'Suffering Remnant' by calling him 'a Cameronian Apostle;' for, during the long period of 36 years, he was the sole ordained minister among the scattered congregations of the 'Society' people. The name seems not unfitting, and it receives a certain sanction from the authority of Dr. Cunningham, who styled him the 'high-priest' of the Societies... Further, Macmillan's story is also the record of the development of a most interesting side of Scottish Church life. He may be said, indeed, to have made the history of what, at last, became the Reformed Presbyterian Church. This is so true, that that Church long bore the popular name of the 'Macmillanites.' And the name of Macmillan is bound up with more than one congregation still existing."

 

An important book for those who would trace the backsliding of modern Presbyterianism (the neopresbyterians) and also be encouraged by the remnant of those who remain faithful to the position of the original Covenanters (the paleopresbyterians). This book's 308 pages includes illustrations and a detailed appendix containing important church documents.

 

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The Kirk Above Dee Water (1895)
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The Case of the Poor Considered, and Charity to them Recommended (1800)
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Truth No Enemy to Peace (1799)
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The Life and Times of John Wycliffe (1884)
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Christ Sifting His Church

Classic Covenanter preaching (by the last Covenanter martyr) explaining (in great detail) why God sometimes, even often (during the 1260 years of the great apostasy in which we now live), brings extreme suffering and persecution upon His church. This is a great example of the deep-thinking and practical preaching that the killing times in Scotland produced. Such preaching, which took place at conventicles (field meetings) under the constant threat of Royalist attack (and the possibility of instant martyrdom) makes most preaching today look like a sickly and pathetic imitation of what must have been taking place under the apostles (and among some of the early Christians) when they were constantly facing threats of persecution and martyrdom from Rome. This is a meaty meal, great for those who desire an understanding of God's mysterious providential dealings with men, containing much encouragement for those undergoing trials. One customer, after hearing this sermon, comented, "it is one of the best sermons I have ever heard." This sermon is read by Elder Lyndon Dohms from A Choice Collection of Very Valuable Prefaces, Lectures, and Sermons Preached Upon the Mountains and Muirs of Scotland In the Hottest Times of the Late Persecution By that Faithful Minister and Martyr of Jesus Christ the Reverend Mr. James Renwick (1776 ed.)

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A Choice Collection of Very Valuable Prefaces, Lectures, and Sermons Preached Upon the Mountains and Muirs of Scotland In the Hottest Times of the Late Persecution By that Faithful Minister and Martyr of Jesus Christ the Reverend Mr. James Renwick (1776 ed.)

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RENWICK, JAMES, ALEXANDER SHIELDS AND OTHER "SOCIETY PEOPLE"

An Informatory Vindication (1687)

 

Informatory Vindication (1687), a statement of principles issued by the Society People (see Societies, United) during James VII's reign. Prepared mainly by James Renwick, latterly in consultation with Alexander Shields, it was published in Utrecht. Its full title reflects something of the contents: 'An Informatory Vindication of a Poor Wasted Misrepresented Remnant of the Suffering Anti-Popish Anti-Prelatic Anti-Erastian Anti-Sectarian True Presbyterian Church of Christ in Scotland united together in a General Correspondence. By Way of Reply to Various Accusations in Letters Informations and Conferences given forth against them.' It refuted charges brought against the 'Remnant' of schism (in their eyes a great evil)... The Vindication mourned the estrangement from other Presbyterians who had accepted the government's Indulgences or Edicts of Toleration, and expressed love for them as fellow-ministers 'with whom again we would desire to have communion in ordinances'. The separation had been forced upon the Society People by the tyranny and temper of the times, but it did not affect their position as being in the succession of the historic Kirk of Scotland. The document aimed to clear away the hostility and misunderstanding about them that had grown up in Scotland and Holland. (Cameron, ed., Dictionary of Scottish Church History and Theology [1993], p. 429).

 

In proof of the catholic, unsectarian, Christian spirit of Renwick and his followers, the clear statements of the INFORMATORY VINDICATION, the work which most fully and clearly defines their position, may be referred to... In these noble utterances, we have strikingly exemplified the true spirit of Christian brotherhood... This is the genuine import of the vow of the Solemn League and Covenant, which binds Covenanters to regard whatever is done to the least of them, as done to all and to every one in particular. While firmly holding fast all Scriptural attainments, and contending "earnestly for the faith once delivered to the saints," we should cordially rejoice in the evidences of grace in Christ's servants wherever we find them. We should love them as brethren, fulfil the law of Christ by bearing their burdens, wish them God speed in all that they are doing for the advancement of His glory, and fervently labour and pray for the coming of the happy period when divisions and animosities shall cease, and when there shall be one King, and His name one in all the earth. The testimony of Renwick and his associates is of permanent value and of special importance in our day, as it was directed against systems of error and idolatry, which serve to corrupt the Church and enslave the State. Against Popery in every form Renwick was a heroic and uncompromising witness. At the peril of life, he publicly testified against the usurpation of the papist James, and rejected him as having no claim to be regarded as a constitutional sovereign, and as utterly disqualified to reign in a Protestant reformed land. This was the main ground of his objection against James' toleration, for which the Indulged ministers tendered obsequious thanks to the usurper. Yet this edict of toleration was issued for the purpose of opening the way for the practice of Rome's abominations, and for the advancement of papists to places of power and trust in the nation. None of the Cameronians would, for any earthly consideration, even to save their lives, for a moment admit that a papist had any right to exercise political power in a reformed land. Our martyred forefathers we regard as worthy of high respect and imitation, for their deeply cherished dread of the growing influence of Popery, and for their determined resistance to its exclusive and extravagant claims. The system of Popery is the abnegation of all precious gospel truth; and is a complete politico-religious confederacy against the best interests of a Protestant nation. The boast of its abettors is that it is semper eadem -- ever the same. Rome cannot reform herself from within, and she is incapable of reformation from external influences and agencies. The Bible never speaks of Antichrist as to be reformed, but as waxing worse and worse till the time when he shall be completely subverted and irrecoverably destroyed. Whatever changes may be going on in some Popish countries, whereby the power of the Papacy is weakened, it is evident that the principles and spirit of the Romish priesthood, and of those who are under their influence, remain unchanged. The errors of the Antichristian system, instead of being diminished, have of late years increased. Creature worship has become more marked and general. The Immaculate Conception has been proclaimed by Papal authority as the creed of Romanism. In these countries, and some other Protestant lands, the influence of Popery in government and education, and so on the whole social system, has been greatly on the increase. Among those who have most deeply studied inspired prophecy, there is a general expectation that the period of Babylon's downfall is hastening on, and is not far distant. There is a general presentiment too, that the Man of Sin, prior to his downfall, will make some dire and violent attempt through his infatuated followers against the truth, and against such as faithfully maintain it. The 'Slaying of the Witnesses," -- which we are disposed to regard as yet future -- may take place, not so much by the actual shedding of blood, though it is plain that Jesuit policy and violence will not hesitate to re-enact former persecution and massacre, to accomplish a desired purpose. It may mainly be effected, as Scott, the expositor, suggests, by silencing the voice of a public testimony in behalf of fundamental truths throughout Christendom; and of this there are at present unmistakable signs not a few, throughout the churches in various countries. The Protestant church in all its sections should be thoroughly awake to its danger from the destructive errors, idolatry and power of its ancient irreconcilable enemy; and should, by all legitimate means, labour to counteract and nullify its political influence. The ministry and the rising youth of the church should study carefully the Popish controversy, and should be intimately acquainted with the history of the rise and progress of the Papacy -- its assumed blasphemous power -- its accumulated errors and delusions, and its plots, varied persecutions and cruel butcheries of Christ's faithful witnesses. Above all, they should set themselves earnestly, prayerfully and perseveringly to diffuse the Bible and Gospel light in the dark parts of their native country, and among Romanists in other lands. By embracing fully and holding fast, in their practical application, the principles of the British Covenants, and by imbibing the spirit of covenanted martyrs -- men like Renwick and the Cameronians, we will be prepared for the last conflict with Antichrist. The firm and faithful maintenance of a martyr-testimony will be a principle instrument of the victory of truth over the error and idolatry of Rome. 'They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death,' (Rev. 12:11.) Finally -- the testimony of Renwick is valuable, as throwing light on great evils connected with systems of civil government, and with Protestant churches, and as pointing out clearly the duty of faithful witnesses in relation to them. Two great principles -- the one doctrinal, and the other practical, were essential to it, or rather constituted its whole specialty. These were -- first -- that, according to the national vows, and the reformation attainments, the whole civil polity of the nation should be conformed to the Scriptures, -- and secondly, the positive duty of distinct separation from whatever systems in the state and church that are opposed to entire allegiance to Messiah the Prince (Houston, The Life of James Renwick, pp. 52-55).

 

Some of them, particularly in Scotland, loved not their lives unto death for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held. Rev. vi. 9. These refused to have communion in public ordinances not only with prelatical ministers, but even with the acceptors of indulgences or licenses from the civil power, to exercise their ministry under certain limitations. The Informatory Vindication, which certainly contains the genuine principles of church communion, held by the sufferers for the cause of Christ in that period, declares, that they could by no means own or countenance the administrations of the indulged ministers; because they considered the indulgence, in any of the forms in which it was granted by the civil power, as derived from the supremacy claimed by that power in ecclesiastical matters; as laying the office of the ministry under unwarrantable restriction; and as tending, in a great measure, to suppress and bury the covenanted reformation, cf. Informatory Vindication, Head iv. (Anderson, Alexander and Rufus; or a Series of Dialogues on Church Communion [1862], p. 294).

 

To the friends of evangelical truth, and the faithful witnesses for the redeemer's royal prerogatives, the services of Renwick, at the crisis in which he exercised his public ministry, were invaluable. He was eminently the man for the time. Through the influence of the unhappy Indulgence, the strict Covenanters were reduced to what they style themselves in the Informatory Vindication, a 'wasted, suffering, anti-popish, anti-prelatic, anti-erastian, anti-sectarian remnant.' By the death of Cargill and Cameron, they were left as 'sheep without a shepherd,' -- broken and scattered. Through the fierceness of persecution, and the machinations of enemies, they were in danger of falling into confusion, and of being entirely wasted and destroyed. We admire the gracious providence of God in preparing, at this particular crisis, an instrument of such rare and suitable endowments for feeding 'the flock in the wilderness,' and for unfurling and upholding so nobly the 'Banner of truth' amidst hosts of infuriated enemies. James Renwick, though a very youth when he entered on his arduous work, and trained under great outward disadvantages, had a powerful and well-cultivated mind. He was endowed with singular administrative talent, and had great tact and skill in managing men. He was an acute and logical thinker, an eloquent and attractive public speaker, and was distinguished by fertility and force as a writer. The Informatory Vindication -- his testimony against king James' toleration, with his 'Letters,' and 'Sermons and Lectures,' bear ample evidence of his sound judgment, comprehensive mind, and ability as an author. His prudence, meekness and loving disposition, combined with his sanctified zeal, and heroic courage, deservedly gave him great influence among those to whom he ministered. He was eminently fitted to be 'a first man among men.' The Lord held him in the hollow of his hand, and made him a 'polished shaft in his quiver.' The services which Renwick rendered to the Protestant cause were invaluable. He organized the scattered remnant, and imparted new life and ardour to their proceedings. He set forth clearly the principles of the 'Society people;' and in a number of able and logical papers, clearly defined their plans of action. He rendered it, in a great measure, impossible for enemies to misrepresent and accuse them falsely to the Government. He was their Secretary in their correspondence with foreign churches; and he did much to evoke the prayerful sympathy of Protestants in other lands in behalf of the victims of persecution in Scotland. The presence and influence of Renwick among the suffering Presbyterians were of the highest importance in his own day; and not to them alone, but also to the whole church of Christ in these lands, and to the constitutional liberties of the nation. So far as we can see, but for the singular power and devoted spirit of Renwick, and the firm and unyielding position which the Cameronians through him were led to assume, the cause of truth would have been completely borne down, and Erastianism, and Popery, and Despotism had triumphed. Renwick and his followers were the vanguard 'in the struggle for Britain's liberties, and for the Church's spiritual independence.' Though, like other patriots born before their time, they were doomed to fall, yet posterity owes to them a large part of the goodly heritage which they enjoy. (Houston, The Life of James Renwick [1865], pp. 36-37).

 

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RENWICK, JAMES

The Testimony of Some Persecuted Presbyterian Ministers of the Gospel Unto the Covenanted Reformation of the Church of Scotland, and to the Present Expediency of Continuing to Preach the Gospel in the Fields, and Against the Present Antichristian Toleration in its Nature and Design, Tending to Bury all these in Oblivion, Lately Obtruded Upon, and Accepted by the Body of this Nation.

Facing fierce prosecution -- and with a government contract out for his apprehension, dead or alive -- Renwick knew that he would shortly seal his testimony (for Christ, liberty, and the covenanted work of Reformation in Scotland) with his own blood. In this book we have Renwick's parting counsels, one month before his execution, given to the Ministers at Edinburgh, January 17, 1688. "Martyred on the third day over his 26th birthday," Howie notes that he was "the last of the 'Worthies' who suffered martyrdom in Scotland," for within a year William of Orange was proclaimed King (Scots Worthies, p. 549). On the scaffold, only seconds before his death, Howie recounts Renwick's final testimony:

 

He spoke thus to the people, much to the purpose of his written testimony," (i.e this book): "Spectators, I am come here this day to lay down my life for adhering to the truths of Christ, for which I am neither afraid not ashamed to suffer. Nay, I bless the Lord that ever He counted me worthy, or enabled me to suffer anything for Him; and I desire to praise His grace that He hath not only kept me from the gross pollutions of the time, but also from the many ordinary pollutions of children; and for such as I have been stained with, He hath washed and cleansed me from them in His own blood. I am this day to lay down my life for these three things:

 

1.) For disowning the usurpation and tyranny of James Duke of York (the professed Papist who then occupied the throne and persecuted the faithful covenanters--RB).

 

2.) For preaching that it was unlawful to pay the cess (tax) expressly exacted for bearing down the Gospel.

 

3.) For teaching that it was lawful for people to carry arms for defending themselves in their meeting for the persecuted Gospel ordinances.

 

I think a testimony for these is worth many lives; and if I had ten thousand, I would think it little enough to lay them all down for the same. Dear friends I die a Presbyterian Protestant; I own the word of God as the rule of faith and manners; I own the Confession of Faith, the Larger and Shorter Catechisms, Sum of Saving Knowledge, Directory of Public and Family Worship, Covenants, National and Solemn League, Acts of General Assemblies, and all the faithful contendings that have been for the Covenanted Reformation. I leave my testimony approving the preaching in the fields, and defending the same by arms. I adjoin my testimony to all these truths that have been sealed by bloodshed, either on scaffold, field, or seas, for the cause of Christ. I leave my testimony against Popery, Prelacy, Erastianism, against all profanity, and everything contrary to sound doctrine and the power of godliness; particularly against all usurpations and encroachments made upon Christ's right, the prince of the kings of the earth, who alone must bear the glory of ruling His own kingdom the Church; and in particular against the absolute power affected by this usurper, that belongs to no mortal, but is the incommunicable prerogative of Jehovah, and against his Toleration flowing from this absolute power (Scots Worthies, pp. 546-547).

 

Thus, in Renwick's final spoken words, the important truths found in this book (being a copy of what Renwick knew to be among his last written words) are greatly accentuated. For it was for these words of faithful testimony to Christ's Kingship, in their numerous particulars summarized above, that Renwick gained the martyr's crown and was ushered into the presence of God.


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RIDGELEY, THOMAS

Commentary on the Larger Catechism

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Originally entitled: A Body of Divinity: Wherein the Doctrines of the Christian Religion are Explained and Defended. Being the Substance of Several Lectures on the Assembly's Larger Catechism, we have re-titled it to better reflect its contents for contemporary readers. Consisting of over 1300 pages, this massive and extensive two-volume commentary on the Westminster Larger Catechism is unrivaled in scope or extensiveness.

 

Ridgeley himself notes, in "The Author's Preface" (p. ix),

 

The work is large, but the vast variety of subjects will render it more tolerable.... especially since it is rather designed to be read in families than committed to memory...

 

The editor of this edition, John Wilson, pronounces Ridgeley's work as "the best book of its class," stating,

 

no book in the English language, or, so far as I know, in any other, will serve so efficiently the purposes of a daily companion to a reflecting Christian in his inquiries into Divine truth, or a guide to a candidate for the Christian ministry in introducing him to his theological studies (p. xi)... In 1731 appeared the first edition of Mr. Ridgeley's great work -- that in connection with which chiefly his name lives in history, and whose influence, as an instrument of good, will probably render him celebrated and useful for generations to come... (p. xxii).

 

Moreover Wilson writes,

 

a taste, however, for the racy and substantial theological writings of the days of Britain's moral giants has of late revived; and it will scarcely fail to adopt, as one of the richest dishes of its multifarious banquet for the intellect and the soul, Dr. Ridgeley's Body of Divinity (p. xxi).

 

Additionally, Wilson concludes his "Life of the Author" with these words,

 

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RIDLEY, NICHOLAS

Works of Nicholas Ridley
Ridley was "an eminent reformer and Protestant martyr... Having concurred in the proclamation of Lady Jane Grey, he was committed to the Tower. Condemned to death for heresy and burnt in 1555" (Darling, Cyclopedia Bibliographica
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ROBERTS, WILLIAM L.

The Duty of Covenanting, and the Permanent Obligation of Religious Covenants (1853)
Excerpted from the Reformed Presbyterian Catechism below, this book deals with an almost forgotten ordinance of God. It explains what covenants are, while contrasting them with oaths, vows and law. Furthermore, it distinguishes between civil and religious covenants and shows how the individual, family, church or nation can (and should) enter into covenants -- especially religious covenants. Explains why, when and how covenants are binding on posterity, citing abundant Scriptural proof for each assertion made. Here is a sample argument from this book, demonstrating how even covenants made between men are viewed as binding upon posterity by God himself: "Another instance in which posterity is recognized in covenant obligation is found in Joshua 9:15. This covenant was made between the children of Israel and the Gibeonites. Between four and five hundred years after that time, the children of Israel are visited with a very severe famine, in the days of David. 2 Sam. 21:1. And it is expressly declared by the Lord that, 'It is for Saul, and for his bloody house, because he slew the Gibeonites.' And at the same time, v. 2, that very covenant is recognized, and the breach of it is stated, as being the formal reason of the divine displeasure. Now, had it not been for this covenant, the extirpation of the Gibeonites would not have been imputed to Israel as a thing criminal; for they were comprehended in Canaanitish nations, which God had commanded them to root out" (pp. 139-140). Take the time to look up these verses. This subject has great bearing on the unity of the church, the Christian's response to godless covenant-breaking nations, hermeneutics, the family and general faithfulness to God (because many today -- individually, ecclesiastically, and nationally -- are breaking covenants which God still views as binding though they are oblivious to this obligation). Great price too!
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The Duty of Nations, in their National Capacity, to Acknowledge and Support the True Religion (1853)
Excerpted from the Reformed Presbyterian Catechism below, this book deals with the inescapable necessity, of the demand found in the Word of God, for the Civil establishment of Christ and King and Lawgiver over every nation on earth. If you are sick of the cease-fire with humanism, set forth by the syncretistic, Satanic and pragmatic pagan politicians of our day, (those who bargain with votaries of Antichrist [the Pope], publicly tolerate all manner of false religions (e.g. Islam) and idolatry, and compose their policy and draw their pretended authority from the beast [and not the Word of God], this book is for you! For all pagan politics is summed up in the words of the Cameronian (Covenanter) political philosopher Alexander Shields, as "rotting away under the destructive distempers of detestable neutrality, loathsome lukewarmness, declining, and decaying in corruptions, defections, divisions, distractions, confusions; and so judicially infatuated with darkness and delusions, that they forget and forego the necessary testimony of the day" (A HIND LET LOOSE, 1797 edition, p. 20). Pick up this book and begin the political walk in the "footsteps of the flock," traveling the covenanting road of Reformation and Scripture (with the magisterial Reformers of the past)!
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ROBERTS, WILLIAM L.

The Form and Function of Apostolic Church Government
Edited by Larry Birger, Jr.
Concise and compelling, this excerpt from Roberts', Reformed Presbyterian Catechism
(also available from SWRB), is a valuable introduction to biblical, or apostolic, church government. It demonstrates, with a wealth of scriptural quotation and discussion, that only Presbyterianism has been instituted by Christ as the government of his church. Roberts also gives a brief, but helpful, summary of what this government looks like in practice (i.e., the function of apostolic church government). His question and answer format makes for comfortable study, preparing the reader for more in-depth treatments -- such as those found in The Divine Right of Church Government, by Sundry London Ministers (written at the time of the Westminster Assembly), and Samuel Rutherford's classic, Due Right of Presbyteries.
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ROBERTS, WILLIAM L.

The Reformed Presbyterian Catechism (1853)

 

A manual of instruction, drawing from such notable authors as William Symington and J.R. Willson, presenting "arguments and facts confirming and illustrating the 'Distinctive Principles' of the Reformed Presbyterian Church. Chapters deal with:

 

         Christ's Mediatorial Dominion in general

         Christ's exclusive Headship over the Church

         The Supreme and Ultimate Authority of the Word of God in the Church

         Civil Government, the Moral Ordinance of God

         Christ's Headship over the Nations

         The Subjection of the Nations to God and to Christ

         The Word, or Revealed Will of God, the Supreme Law in the State

         The Duty of Nations, in their National Capacity, to acknowledge and support the True Religion

         The Spiritual Independence of the Church of Christ

         The Right and Duty of Dissent from an immoral Constitution of Civil Government

         The Duty of Covenanting, and the Permanent Obligations of Religious Covenants

         The Application of these Principles to the Governments, where Reformed Presbyterians reside, in the form of a Practical Testimony

         Application of the Testimony to the British Empire

 

A most important book, as we approach (possibly) the end of the great apostasy and will need to prepare for the dawning of the glorious millennial blessings to come; the days prophesied in which the church "shalt also suck the milk of the Gentiles, and shalt suck the breast of kings" (Isa. 60:16). 188 pages.

 

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ROBERTS, WILLIAM

Submission to "the Powers That Be," Scripturally Illustrated (1828)
Answers the hard Scriptural questions related to dissent from those immoral civil governments which exhibit their antichristian nature in their constitutions -- in opposition to God, His Word and His law. Roberts also justifies, from Scripture, the dissent of Reformed Presbyterians from the constitution of the United States in particular. 140 pages.
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ROBINSON, HASTINGS (editor)

Original Letters Relative to the English Reformation Written During the Reigns of King Henry VIII., King Edward VI., and Queen Mary: Chiefly from the Archives of Zurich (1846-47, 2 volumes)

 

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The Zurich Letters, or the Correspondence of Several English Bishops and Others, With Some of the Helvetian Reformers, During the Reign of Queen Elizabeth (1846)
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ROBINSON, JOHN

Proofs of a Conspiracy Against all the Religions and Governments of Europe, Carried on in the Secret Meetings of Free Masons, Illuminati, and Reading Societies (1798)
Fourth edition, 293 pages.
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ROGERS, HENRY
The Silent War: Ministering to Those Trapped In the Deception of Pornography (2000)

"Amid the smoky dance clubs and seedy sections of town, there exists a thriving pornography industry. But it doesn't end there, and so the danger to men is all the greater. For in hotel rooms, trendy bookstores, television screens, and internet websites, there is enough viewing of pornographic materials to trap lives forever. It is this world that author Henry Rogers reveals to us in a book that has too few peers. The Silent War, through interviews, statistics, and other facts, traces the unraveling of American men by the claws of pornography. Rogers... discusses his own battle with this terrible addiction, then builds concrete steps for helping others climb out of the pit. The Silent War is a lifeline in a world in love with evil" (back cover). 239 pages.

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ROLLOCK, ROBERT

Treatise of God's Effectual Calling (1603)

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ROMAINE, WILLIAM

Essay on Psalmody (1880)

An Anglican Calvinist defends exclusive Psalmody.
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Christ Dying, and Drawing Sinners to Himself (1647, 1727 edition)

 

The title continues (providing a nice summary for this rare valuable work): "Or, A Survey of our Saviour in His Soul-Suffering, His Loveliness in his Death, and the Efficacy thereof. In Which Some Cases of Soul-trouble in weak Believers, Grounds of Submission under the Absence of Christ, with the Flowings and Heightenings of free Grace, are opened. Delivered in Sermons on the Gospel according to John, Chap. xii. ver. 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33. Where are also interjected some necessary Digressions, for the Times, touching divers Errors of Antinomians; and a short Vindication of the Doctrine of Protestants, from the Arminian pretended Universality of Christ's Dying for All and every One of Mankind; the moral and feigned Way of irresistable Conversion of Sinners; and what Faith is required of all within the visible Church, for the Want whereof, many are condemned."

 

The Dictionary of Scottish Church History and Theology says of this work, "Rutherford's writings during the London years provide a significant commentary of the theology of the Westminster Confession and Catechisms. In Christ Dying and Drawing Sinners to Himself Rutherford elaborately scrutinizes the Antinomian notion that the law has no obligation for the Christian" (p. 736). This book contains an extensive index, is 760 pages in length and is an excellent example of sound and faithful Covenanter preaching, balancing both faith (doctrine) and manners (practice). Classic Rutherford!

 

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RUTHERFORD, SAMUEL

The Covenant of Life Opened; Or, A Treatise of the Covenant of Grace, Containing Something of the Nature of the Covenant of Works, the Sovereignty of God, the Extent of the Death of Christ, the Nature & Properties of the Covenant of Grace: And Especially of the Covenant of Suretyship or Redemption Between the Lord and the Son Jesus Christ, and the Seal of Baptism: With some Practical Questions and Observations (1655)

A exceedingly rare Covenanter classic! These are deep waters and this title is recommended for those who have already developed some fair strength in swimming the strong theological currents of the second Reformation. Containing some of Rutherford's most mature thought, this book was published six years before Rutherford passed on to glory. Over 350 pages.

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RUTHERFORD, SAMUEL

The Cruel Watchman: A Sermon on Song 5:7-10 (1728)

 

Here, Rutherford, in his own words, deals with two major topics:

 

1. What befell the Church in seeking her Lord; the Watchman gave her strokes... Church-governors are sometimes Church-persecutors: Scribes and Pharisees, and high Priests are always against Christ and his disciples (something Covenanters in every age know only too well--RB).

 

2. What speech fell out between her and her fellow-friends; and there is a dialogue between them.

 

Also contains sections on godly zeal, the pursuit of holiness and truth, assurance, warfare with the devil, standing with Christ through persecution, and much more! 48 pages.

 

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RUTHERFORD, SAMUEL

The Divine Right of Church Government and Excommunication: A Peaceable Dispute for the Perfection of the Holy Scripture in Point of Ceremonies and Church Government in which the Removal of the Service Book is Justified. The Six Books of Erastus Against Excommunication are Examined; with a Vindication of the Eminent Divine Theodore Beza Against the Aspersions of Erastus, The Arguments of Mr. William Pryn, Richard Hooker, Dr. Morton... and the Doctors of Aberdeen; Touching Will-Worship, Ceremonies, Imagery, Idolatry, Things Indifferent, An Ambulatory Government; The Due and Just Power of the Magistrate in Matters of Religion, and the Arguments of Mr. Pryn, in so Far as they Side with Erastus, are Moderately Discussed.

(Facsimile, 1646, also contains: "Scandal and Christian Libertie")

 

Over 750 pages which Walker says "contains the amplest exposition and vindication of our old ecclesiastical principles." Rutherfurd here gives a classic defense of Presbyterianism, touching on both church government and "the due and just power of the Magistrate in matters of Religion."

Regarding worship, he touches on imagery, idolatry, things indifferent, ceremonies and will worship. Sherman Isbell describes this book as follows:

"Rutherford asserts that there is delineated in the NT a form of Church government by elders and Presbyteries which is of permanent obligation; more-over, that discipline and suspension from the sacraments are vested with church officers rather than with the Christian civil magistrate. The book also expounds the Westminster Assembly's principle that the mode of acceptable worship is regulated by the will of Christ as king speaking in the Scriptures; the Church is not at liberty to alter or invent anything in worship or government which goes beyond the pattern in God's Word. Rutherford's writings during the London years provide a significant commentary on the theology of the Westminster Confession and Catechisms" (Dictionary of Scottish Church History and Theology, pp. 735-36).

Innes notes that Rutherford had "no hesitation in including among matters of faith -- first, fundamental points; second, superstructions built upon the fundamentals; third, circa fundamentalia, things about matters of faith;" making this an important look at the teaching surrounding the Scottish view of the visible church, close communion, etc.

An exceedingly rare gem by this celebrated Presbyterian divine and Scottish commissioner to the famous Westminster Assembly.

 

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"When the greatest part of a Church maketh defection from the Truth, the lesser part remaining sound, the greatest part is the Church of Separatists" (Samuel Rutherford, Due Right Of Presbyteries, p. 255, http://www.swrb.com/catalog/R.htm).

 

RUTHERFORD, SAMUEL

The Due Right of Presbyteries or a Peaceable Plea for the Government of the Church of Scotland... (1644)

 

Almost 800 pages long, Rutherfurd here deals with church membership, separation from the visible church, the civil magistrate and religion, communion among churches, the errors of the independents (specifically in New England) and much more. This could be considered the Lex Rex of church government -- another exceedingly rare masterpiece of Presbyterianism!

Characterized by Walker as sweeping "over a wider field than most. Most essential points which Gillespie has barely touched, Rutherfurd carefully considers; as, for instance, the nature of the visible church as such, and its constituent elements. Even in the Erastian controversy he is a necessary supplement to his great contemporary. It is something to me altogether amazing, the mass of thinking about Church questions you have in those writings."

Bannerman, in his Church of Christ calls this a "very learned and elaborate treatise."

Here is a sample of Mr. Rutherford's writing:

"A private subtraction and separation from the Ministry of a known wolf and seducer,... this the Law of nature will warrant... as Parker saith from Saravia, 'it is lawful to use that blameless and just defence, if the bad church-guide cannot be deposed.' So the son may save himself by a just defence in fleeing from his mad father, or his distracted friend coming to kill him. Now this defence is not an authoritative act, nor [a] judicial act of authority, but a natural act that is common to any private person, yea to all without the true Church as well as within to take that care in extreme necessity, for the safety of their souls, that they would do for the safety of their bodies" (1642, cited in The Original Covenanter and Contending Witness magazine [http://www.covenanter.org/]).

 

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RUTHERFORD, SAMUEL

The Excellence and Worth of the Gospel (c. 1640)

 

This sermon is read by elder Lyndon Dohms (1998) and taken from the book Quaint Sermons of Samuel Rutherford (see below). It proclaims the power of the gospel for pulling down all strongholds raised against it. It exhibits God's sovereignty while blasting the Arminian heresy and toppling its vaunted idol of "free will." It demonstrates how the gospel is a love letter from God to His elect and how the Lord's arrows always hit their mark (particular redemption, irresistible grace, etc.). Rutherford also delineates the marks by which one can be assured that a work of grace has been begun in the heart by God. Hypocrisy is also exposed in the most pointed manner. The place of the law and the gospel in salvation are given. True repentance is contrasted with false repentance, as is true assurance with false assurance, plus much more. A very practical sermon from one of the greatest preachers and theologians of all time, exhibiting why Rutherford is considered a protesting Covenanter of the first rank.

 

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Exercitationes Apologeticae Pro Divina Gratia... Adversus Jacobum Arminium ejusque asseclas, & Jesuitas... (1636, 1651 edition)

 

In English this title reads "Apologetical exercises on behalf of divine grace, against James Arminius and his followers, and the Jesuits" (as translated by Thomas Roche).

"An elaborate treatise against Arminianism. It provoked the hostility of Sydserf, Bishop of Galloway, who summoned the author before the High Commission Court. Rutherford was banished to Aberdeen, the stronghold of prelacy, where he wrote his Letters (see below for this title), and carried on a discussion with the Aberdeen doctors, overmatching them on all points of the controversy. The book established his fame, and brought him back from Antwoth, (whither he had ventured after the overthrow of Prelacy), to the chair of divinity in St. Andrews" (Johnston, Treasury of the Scottish Covenant, p. 308.

Maclean, in "Arminianism: Another Gospel," writes,

"As a direct result of his book against Arminianism, Rutherford was put through the form of a 'Trial' by a group of Arminian bishops who were led by Sydserff of Galloway, deprived of his pastoral charge at Anwoth and banished to the town of Aberdeen. In a letter Rutherford wrote to a minister in Ireland, Robert Cunningham, he says: 'The cause that ripened their hatred was my book against the Arminians, whereof they accused me, on those three days I appeared before them,' and in a letter from Aberdeen in 1637 to Mr. John Ferguson of Ochiltree, Rutherford refers to his trial, saying, "I was judicially accused for my book against the Arminians, and commanded by the Chancellor to acknowledge I had done a fault in writing against Dr. Jackson, a wicked Arminian."

NOTE: This book is written entirely in LATIN. 545 pages.

 

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RUTHERFORD, SAMUEL

An Exhortation at a Communion to a Scots Congregation in London (1728)

 

If Cant was the apostle of the Covenant, and Warriston its pen, and Peden its prophet, Rutherford was something more than its bard, a sensitive reed shaken with the wind of a stormful age, and giving out soft music that touched the soul to tears. He was the strong brain, the dura medulla, the intellectual fibre of the Covenant... He was an out and out Covenanter, a protester of Protesters (sometimes called Steelites today--RB), ready by pen or tongue to defend the blue banner even unto death (Blair as cited in Johnston, Treasury of the Scottish Covenant, p. 304).

 

A topic of great interest, by one of the greats of Church history (and a classic defender of close communion). 16 pages.

 

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RUTHERFORD, SAMUEL

The Forlorn Son (The Complete Seven Tape Series)

This set includes all seven sermons by Samuel Rutherford, as read by elder Lyndon Dohms (1997-98), on the prodigal son. These sermons were all read from the book Quaint Sermons of Samuel Rutherford (see below). You obtain major savings by purchasing the complete set at once (especially in regard to the cassette set).

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Fourteen Communion Sermons (2nd edition, 1877)

 

All who relish Samuel Rutherford's Letters will welcome the reprint of this volume, preached by him at sacramental occasions in the years 1630, 1634, and 1637. Andrew Bonar, who wrote the preface and notes, added two other sermons from 1630 and 1633 respectively.

All breathe the same spirit as the famous Letters and are full of racy remark and illustration, bearing on Scriptural doctrine and Christian experience.

 

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A Free Disputation Against Pretended Liberty of Conscience (1649 edition)

 

Rutherford's Free Disputation, though scarce (with maybe only a few copies of the actual book left in existence), is still one of his most important works. Though Rutherford is affectionately remembered in our day for his Letters, or for laying the foundations of constitutional government (against the divine right of kings) in his unsurpassed Lex Rex, his Free Disputation should not be overlooked -- for it contains the same searing insights as Lex, Rex. In fact, this book should probably be known as Rutherford's "politically incorrect" companion volume to Lex, Rex. A sort of sequel aimed at driving pluralists and antinomians insane.

 

Written against "the Belgick Arminians, Socinians, and other Authors contending for lawlesse liberty, or licentious Tolerations of Sects and Heresies," Rutherford explains the undiluted Biblical solution to moral relativism, especially as it is expressed in ecclesiastical and civil pluralism! (Corporate pluralism being a violation of the first commandment and an affront to the holy God of Scripture). He also deals with conscience, toleration, penology (punishment), and the judicial laws, as related to both the civil and ecclesiastical realms. Excellent sections are also included which address questions related to determining the fundamentals of religion, how covenants bind us, the perpetual obligation of social covenants (with direct application to the Solemn League and Covenant and the covenant-breaking of Cromwell and his sectarian supporters), whether the punishing of seducing teachers be persecution of conscience, and much more.

 

Walker adds these comments and context regarding Rutherford's Free Disputation,

 

The principle of toleration was beginning to be broached in England, and in a modified shape to find acceptance there. Samuel Rutherford was alarmed, or rather, I should say, he was horrified, for he neither feared the face of man or argument. He rushed to the rescue of the good old view... It is not so easy to find a theoretical ground for toleration; and Rutherford has many plausible things to say against it. With the most perfect confidence, he argues that it is alike against Scripture and common sense that you should have two religions side by side. It is outrageous ecclesiastically, it is sinful civilly. He does not, however, take what I call the essentially persecuting ground. He does not hold that the magistrate is to punish religion as religion. Nay, he strongly maintains that the civil magistrate never aims at the conscience. The magistrate, he urges, does not send anyone, whether a heretic (who is a soul murderer--RB) or a murderer, to the scaffold with the idea of producing conversion or other spiritual result, but to strengthen the foundations of civil order. But if he gives so much power to the king, he is no lover of despotism withal: the king himself must be under law. To vindicate this great doctrine is the object of another book, the celebrated Lex, Rex; of which it has been said by one competent to judge, that it first clearly developed the constitutionalism which all men now accept" (Theology and Theologians..., pp. 11-12).

 

In our day Francis Schaeffer, and numerous others, have critiqued many of the problems found in modern society, but most have spent little time developing explicitly Biblical solutions -- especially regarding the theoretical foundations that Rutherford addresses here. Rutherford's Free Disputation provides a detailed blueprint for laying the foundations for Reformation (in all areas of life) that must be laid before any lasting, God-honoring solutions will be found. Furthermore, Rutherford and his writings were the enemies of all governments not covenanted with Christ. This book will give you a very clear picture as to why "the beast" (civil and ecclesiastical) has reserved his special hatred for such teaching. As Samuel Wylie noted,

 

[t]he dispute, then, will not turn upon the point whether religion should be civilly established... but it is concerning what religion ought to be civilly established and protected, -- whether the religion of Jesus alone should be countenanced by civil authority, or every blasphemous, heretical, and idolatrous abomination which the subtle malignity of the old serpent and a heart deceitful above all things and desperately wicked, can frame and devise, should be put on an equal footing therewith (Two Sons of Oil: or, The Faithful Witness For Magistracy and Ministry Upon a Scriptural Basis, softcover).

 

Can our generation swallow Rutherford's hard, anti-pluralistic, Covenanter medicine, poured forth from the bottle of the first commandment, without choking on their carnal dreams of a free and righteous society divorced from God (and His absolute claims upon everyone and everything)? Not without the enabling power of the Holy Spirit -- that is for sure!

 

In summary, this book answers all the hardest questions theonomists (and their wisest and best opponents) have been asking for the last 20-30 years (and these answers are much more in depth than any we have seen in the last couple of millennia [less about a century to account for the apostles]). As the reader will discover, Rutherford was a wealthy man when it came to wisdom (and much advanced theologically), and those who take the time to gaze into the King's treasure house, as exhibited in this book, will find that they are greatly rewarded. Furthermore, because of its uncompromising stand upon the Word of God, this book is sure to be unpopular among a wicked and adulterous generation. However, on the other hand, it is sure to be popular among the covenanted servants of King Jesus!

 

This is one of the best books for advanced study of the Christian faith. We have now obtained an easy-to-read, amazingly clear copy of this very rare, old treasure. Great price too, considering that a copy of the 1649 edition, containing this quality of print, could cost upwards of $1000 on the rare book market -- though it is unlikely you would ever see a copy for sale! Over 450 pages.

 

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The Glory, Majesty, Dominion and Power of Jesus Christ (1643)

 

Here Rutherford covers a wide range of topics including Christ's kingship and dominion over civil governments, what lawful power (civil and ecclesiastical) is, God's providence, suffering (especially among those covenanted to Him), the oppression and martyrdom of the saints, the wrath of God, apologetics, the fear of God, the visible church, assurance and the weak believer, the free offer of the Gospel, the sovereignty of God, antinomianism, Arminianism, and much more. However, whatever the subject, Rutherford can be found focusing on and exalting the Lord Jesus Christ and His truth in a way that few others have been granted the ability to do -- notwithstanding the fact that he himself wrote, "I have neither tongue nor pen to express to you the happiness of such as are in Christ" (Letters of Samuel Rutherford, p. 47). Classic Rutherford, preached before some of the most powerful civil leaders of his day! 64 pages.

 

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Influences of the Life of Grace (1658)

 

The title continues: "Or, A Practical Treatise Concerning the Way, Manner, and Means of Having and Improving of Spiritual Disposition, and Quickening Influences from Christ the Resurrection and the Life."

 

Samuel Rutherford, so much on high that you wonder how he had patience to amass such learning, and write so many books -- perhaps the completest instance of absorbing affection for the person of a living Saviour, the liveliest example of a life hid with Christ in God, which these latter ages have produced (Dr. J. Hamilton as cited in Johnston, Treasury of the Scottish Covenant, p. 304).

 

This is the first time (to our knowledge) that this Rutherford classic has been reprinted since it first appeared almost three-and-a-half centuries ago -- and it is long overdue, as it contains many amazing insights into conversion, the depths of sanctification, and communion with Christ that you are unlikely to find in many (any?) books on this topic that have been written since. 472 pages.

 

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RUTHERFORD, SAMUEL

Letters of Samuel Rutherford

(Complete and Unabridged)

 

Spurgeon said, "What a wealth of spiritual ravishment we have here! Rutherford is beyond all praise of men. Like a strong-winged eagle he soars into the highest heaven and with unblenched eye he looks into the mystery of love divine." Continuing, he comments, "let the world know that Spurgeon held Rutherford's Letters to be the nearest thing to inspiration which can be found in all the writings of men... none penetrated further into the innermost heart of holy fellowship with Jesus. Whenever we think of him we compare him to Milton's Uriel, the angel that stood in the sun itself."

 

Richard Baxter commented, "Hold off the Bible, such a book as Mr. Rutherford's Letters, the world never saw the like."

 

And Cecil notes, "It is one of my classics. Were truth the beam, I have no doubt that if Homer, and Virgil, and Horace, and all that the world has agreed to idolize, were weighed against that book, they would be lighter than vanity. He is a real original" (Remains cited in Johnston's The Treasury of the Scottish Covenant).

 

Walker adds his voice to this chorus of praise calling these, "letters which, I may say, stand all alone in religious literature... So far as I know, they are the only letters two centuries old (i.e. when Walker wrote this--RB) which are still a practical reality in the religious life of Scotland, England, and America. And criticism cannot get rid of the fact that they continue to retain their hold of human hearts, -- that they have won a place for themselves besides such books as Augustine's Confessions or Thomas a Kempis." (Theologians..., p. 8).

 

The body of this publication is from the 1891 edition of S.R.'s Letters. It contains Andrew Bonar's sketch of Rutherford's life and biographical notices of his correspondence, as well as the full compliment of Rutherford's letters. Furthermore, to make this the most complete edition of Rutherford's Letters ever published, we have added:

 

1. Robert M'Ward's original (1664) "Preface To the Christian Reader," of 45 pages (taken from a 1783 edition of Rutherford's Letters, which is easier to read, being in more modern type).

 

2. Rutherford's "Testimony to the Covenanted Work of Reformation, between 1638 and 1649."

 

3. Rutherford's "Dying Words, containing several Advices to some Ministers and near Relations" -- which further corroborates the large body of other evidence (cf. George Gillespie's dying testimony at the end of his Works, volume 2, for example) testifying to those glorious truths (of covenanted faithfulness to Christ and separation from malignants) that were foremost in the minds of the most prominent Covenanters, even moments before they eternally entered the presence of their Almighty Father.

 

4. A postscript from earlier editions of this work (thought to be written by M'Ward).

All the above sections, which we have added, have been left out of many former editions of Rutherford's Letters -- including the Banner of Truth hardcover that was in print a couple of years ago. This is the first time, to our knowledge, that these valuable additions (which were at various times published together with these letters) and the full edition of Ruthrford's Letters have all been gathered into one publication.

 

The importance of M'Ward's original preface can be seen when we consider who he was and the part he played in Rutherford's life and the Reformation of his day. M'Ward was a persecuted and exiled Protester (exiled for preaching, in 1661, "against the overturning of the Covenanted Reformation by Parliament," -- Dictionary of Scottish Church History & Theology, p. 538), who "collected and arranged the papers of his preceptor, Samuel Rutherford, and gave the world his (Rutherford's--RB) Letters." The Dictionary of Scottish Church History and Theology (pp. 537-38) further notes that McWard "studied at St. Andrews where he was a favorite of Samuel Rutherford" and that "when Rutherford went to London as a Commissioner to the Westminster Assembly, McWard accompanied his as an amanuensis... was a zealous Protester... in 1661 he preached against an overturning of the Covenanted Reformation by Parliament, entering a protest in heaven that he desired to be free from the guilt thereof. He was imprisoned 'for sedition and treasonable preaching... he helped with the editing and publication of Rutherford's Examen Arminianismi (Utrecht, 1668)... wrote several tracts to encourage resistance to those whom he believed were usurpers of power in the Church of Scotland. He asserted that is was not, as then constituted, 'of the genus Church at all, -- that, by its mere physical force-raid on the real Church of Scotland, it has proved itself to be absolutely devoid of ecclesiastical rights.' ... such publications rendered McWard, with his close friend John Brown of Wamphray (who was also taught by Rutherford--RB), odious to the regime of Charles II, and diligent efforts were made to have him expelled from Holland... He continued zealous against the Indulgences, opposing the efforts of Robert Fleming, his successor, at conciliation (see Earnest Contendings for the Faith)... Wodrow characterized him as 'a person of great knowledge, zeal, learning, and remarkable ministerial abilities.'"

 

The original publication of Rutherford's Letters came just three years after Rutherford's death. M'Ward hoped to strengthen the hands of the persecuted Covenanters with the publication of his preface and the release of Rutherford's Letters. In his preface M'Ward sets forth the context (and theological genius) of not only S.R.'s letters, but also of the turbulent times that drew forth some of the greatest theological literature ever produced. Among these works we find the Westminster Standards, the "Solemn League and Covenant" and a large body of other Presbyterian, Covenanter, and Puritan writings that have been handed down to posterity, from these very days. These men knew (as M'Ward demonstrates in his preface to Rutherford's Letters) that the covenanted cause of Christ would prosper, though it was suffering a great setback at this time. Additionally, though these covenanted Presbyterians were blessed with towering and sanctified intellectual abilities, they were no ivy tower theologians; each, to a man (almost), were more than willing to suffer and/or die for the covenanted cause of Christ. M'Ward's preface is an invaluable aid to understanding these men and their times. Furthermore, this is the only place that you can obtain a copy of this exceedingly rare and valuable piece of testimony to the covenanted Reformation, as our "rare bound photocopy editions" are the first reprintings of this preface in many years.

 

Additionally, it is very interesting to note that when these letters were first published in 1664 (note the date, just shortly after the great ejection), the book was titled Joshua Redivivus (i.e. revived--RB) or Mr. Rutherford's Letters Divided into Two Parts. The First, Containing those Which were Written from Aberdeen, Where He was Confined by a Sentence of the High Commission, Drawn Forth Against Him, Partly on the Account of His Declining them, Partly Upon the Account of His Non-conformity. The Second, Containing, Some Which were Written from Anworth, Before He was by the Prelates Persecution Thrust from His Ministry; and Others Upon Diverse Occasions Afterward from St. Andrews, London, etc. Now Published, for the Use of All the People of God; But More Particularly, for Those Who Now Are, or Afterward May Be Put to Suffering for Christ and His Cause; By a Well Wisher (Robert M'Ward--RB) to the Work of the People of God. These Scriptures followed the full title to further stress the point of this publication: "They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service. And these things will they do unto you, because they have not known the Father, nor me" (John 16:2-3); and "And ye became followers of us, and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Ghost: So that ye were ensamples to all that believe in Macedonia and Achaia" (1 Thes. 1:6-7).

 

These letters were put out by Covenanters, for Covenanters, in defense of the Covenanted Reformation -- to strengthen the hands of the suffering covenanted servants (and martyrs) of Christ. M'Ward, who was banished to Holland (where he co-ministered with John Brown of Wamphray), specifically notes in his preface that his purpose in publishing the first edition of Rutherford's Letters (1664) was to bring comfort and encouragement to those 2000 ministers recently ejected for faithfulness to the Solemn League and Covenant. This was to be accomplished by setting forth Rutherford's example of faithfulness, courage and zeal, as seen throughout these letters, under similar circumstances of suffering. This book was also intended to minister to the myriads of faithful Covenanters who were at that time experiencing increasingly violent persecution and opposition.

 

Moreover, as Andrew Bonar notes in his prefatory "Sketch of Samuel Rutherford" (included in this edition) These letters will ever be precious to:

 

1. All who are sensible of their own, and the Church's decay and corruptions.

2. All who delight in the Surety's imputed righteousness.

3. All who rejoice in the Gospel of free grace.

4. All who seek to grow in holiness.

5. All afflicted persons.

6. All who love the Person of Christ.

7. All who love that blessed hope and the glorious appearing of the great God and Saviour.

 

Another Rutherford masterpiece, not to be missed! 828 pages. Enjoy the feast!

 

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RUTHERFORD, SAMUEL

Lex, Rex, or the Law and the Prince

 

Without a doubt one of the greatest books on political philosophy ever written. Rutherford's teaching, taken from Scripture, decimated the "divine right of kings" doctrine and set up Scripture as the standard by which to judge the actions, beliefs and constitutions of civil government. Picking up where Brutus, in A Defense of Liberty Against Tyrants (http://www.swrb.com/catalog/d.htm), left off, Rutherford here has penned a great Christian charter of liberty against all forms of civil tyranny -- vindicating the Scriptural duty to resist tyrants as an act of loyalty to God.

 

Subtitled: "A dispute for the just prerogative of King and people: containing the reason and causes of the most necessary defensive wars of the kingdom of Scotland, and their expedition for the aid and help of their dear brethren of England; in which their innocency is asserted, and a full answer is given to a seditious pamphlet, entitled, ... The Sacred and Royal Prerogative of Christian Kings..." Rutherford used this book to promote the great work of covenanted reformation taking place in his day. Murray, in his Life of Samuel Rutherford (1827) notes,

 

"The work caused great sensation on its appearance. Bishop Guthrie mentions, that every member of the (Westminster--RB) assembly 'had in his hand that book lately published by Mr. Samuel Rutherford, which is so idolized, that whereas Buchanan's treatise (de jure Regni apud Scotos) was looked upon as an oracle, this coming forth, it was slighted as not anti-monarchical enough, and Rutherford's Lex Rex only thought authentic...' During the period which followed the death of Charles I. to the restoration, Rutherford took an active part in the struggles of the church in asserting her rights. Cromwell had in the meantime usurped the throne, and independency held sway in England. On the death of Cromwell in 1658, measures were taken for the restoration of Charles II. to the throne. The Scottish Parliament met in 1651, when the national covenant was recalled -- Presbyterianism abolished -- and all the decrees of Parliament, since 1638, which sanctioned the Presbyterian system, were rescinded. The rights of the people were thus torn from them -- their liberties trampled upon -- and the whole period which followed, till the martyrdom of Renwick in 1688, was a scene of intolerant persecution and bloodshed. Rutherford, as may be supposed, did not escape persecution in such a state of things. His work Lex, Rex, was considered by the government as 'inveighing against monarchy and laying the ground for rebellion;' and ordered to be burned by the hand of the common hangman at Edinburgh. It met with similar treatment at St. Andrews, and also at London; and a proclamation was issued, that every person in possession of a copy, who did not deliver it up to the king's solicitor, should be treated as an enemy to the government. Rutherford himself was deprived of his offices both in the University and the Church, and his stipend confiscated; he was ordered to confine himself within his own house, and was summoned to appear before the Parliament at Edinburgh, to answer a charge of high treason. It may easily be imagined what his fate would have been had he lived to obey the mandate."

 

At this time Rutherford was already terminally ill and uttered his famous words, "I have got summons already before a Superior Judge and Judicatory, and I behove to answer to my first summons, and ere your day come, I will be where few kings and great folks come." Don't miss this title, as its contents will become more and more valuable to the extent that present civil governments deny the Lordship of Christ, "frame wickedness by law," and persecute the faithful.

 

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RUTHERFORD, SAMUEL

A Peaceable and Temperate Plea for Paul's Presbytery in Scotland (1642)

 

The title continues: "Or, A modest and Brotherly Dispute of the government of the Church of Scotland, Wherein, Our Discipline is demonstrated to be the true Apostolic way of divine Truth, and the Arguments on the contrary are friendly dissolved, the grounds of Separation and the Independents of particular Congregations, in defence of Ecclesiastical Presbyteries, Synods and Assemblies, are Examined and tried." "'This,' says Murray, 'is one of the most temperate, judicious, and best written works he (Rutherford--RB) ever gave the world. It corresponds in every respect with the promise which its title holds out; with this exception, that it is much more learned, dispassionate, and conclusive than the promise implies. It must have had a very considerable effect on public sentiment, and have served to pave the way for that introduction of the Presbyterian system into England which soon took place'" (cited in Rutherford's Letters, page 612, footnote 1, emphases added). It is another classic by one of the grand old leaders of the Protesters (i.e. the Covenanters who upheld the continuing obligation of the National and Solemn League and Covenant and the biblical attainments of the second Reformation). Thomas Smith calls Rutherford a "greatly experienced Christian, and celebrated divine," further noting that "Mr. Rutherford's reputation for piety, learning, and sound theology, was so highly raised, both at home and abroad, by his writings against the Arminians and Jesuits, which were composed in Latin, that, upon the death of the learned Dematius in 1651, the magistrates of Utrecht in Holland invited him to the divinity chair in that university" (Select Memoirs... of Pious and Learned English and Scottish Divines, pp. 636, 639). One need only read Rutherford to understand why he was held in such high esteem, internationally, by the Reformed community. 340 pages.

 

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RUTHERFORD, SAMUEL

The Power of Faith and Prayer

 

This book was published posthumously in 1713. This is the first time it has been republished. Those who love the writings of Rutherford will value this book. It is full of his characteristic style of devotional writing. He expounds one of the miracles of Christ and unfolds two great matters which concern the Christian, faith and prayer (back cover).

 

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RUTHERFORD, SAMUEL, JAMES GUTHRIE, WILLIAM GUTHRIE, ROBERT TRAIL, JAMES NISBET, & NUMEROUS OTHER PROTESTERS

A Protest Against the Unlawful, Unfree and Unjust Assembly of the Resolutioners (1652)

 

Hewison writes of this paper,

 

"(t)he Protesters compeared (at the pretended assembly of the Resolutioners--RB) to lodge a protestation subscribed by 63 ministers and 80 laymen, who declared the Assembly to be 'unlawful, unfrie, and unjust.' The Assembly threatened them with discipline" (The Covenanters, vol. 2, p. 43).

 

Rutherford and the other Protesters held their ground and refused to have ecclesiastical fellowship with the backsliding, covenant-breaking Resolutioners -- a lesson on faithful biblical separation that has long since been forgotten.

 

This work gives us a little slice of the Protesters views during this most important period of controversy in the Church of Scotland: for as Anderson notes,

 

"(f)uture events showed the impolicy of these Resolutions. The men who were admitted by them into places of power and trust in the army and state, became, as the Protesters always predicted, the persecutors of the Church. Had the counsels of the Protesters prevailed, the twenty-eight years' persecution might not have existed" (cited in Treasury of the Scottish Covenant, p. 120).

 

Dodds adds this testimony,

 

"Last fatal sign that the ancient spirit and the freedom of Scotland were about to disappear under a total eclipse, the Kirk hitherto impregnable, unyielding Kirk, stooped down from her old height and emitted Resolutions in favour of those proceedings of the royalists. Against these Resolutions, a large, bold, fierce minority headed by James Guthrie of Stirling protested that the principles of the Covenant should be maintained" (Ibid.).

 

Finally, Johnston writes,

 

"Durham's last treatise had reference to the 'scandalous divisions' thus created, and what is particularly noticeable is the circumstance that David Dickson's last hours were embittered by the recollection of his short-sightedness in adopting these Resolutions. To a lady who visited him on his death-bed he said, 'Madam, I must confess, the Protesters have been truer prophets than we were'" (Idib.) 20 pages.

 

For application of the Protester's position to the modern Reformed church, see A Brief Defense of Dissociation by the session of the Puritan Reformed Church of Edmonton (or free on the web at: http://www.swrb.com/newslett/actualnls/BriefDef.htm) and Greg Barrow's The Covenanted Reformation Defended (free on the web at: http://www.swrb.com/newslett/actualnls/CovRefGB.htm). Both books noted above are also free on all Reformation Bookshelf CDs at http://www.swrb.com/Puritan/reformation-bookshelf-CDs.htm.

 

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RUTHERFORD, SAMUEL

Rutherford's Catechism Containing the Sum of Christian Religion

 

"From the beginning of his pastorate at Anwoth and throughout his ministry Rutherford was said to have been a keen catechist and it was probably during his time at Anworth that the following catechism was written, at least in part. Mitchell suggests that it would 'not be put into final shape until he went as a commissioner to the Westminster Assembly, and was engaged in suggesting materials for the Catechism of the Assembly,'" writes Dickson in the Preface to the JDB edition. "From the time of his settlement in Anwoth, Rutherford is said to have given special attention to catechising, both in his household and in his parish. The tradition as to... Ussher having visited him in disguise, and submitted to be catechised among the members of his household on the Saturday evening, if well founded, must be assigned to this period of his ministry," notes Mitchell in his Catechisms of the Second Reformation (p. lxiv). Furthermore, on the authorship of this work Mitchell states, "that it would be difficult to name any one among the worthies of that age, save the author of the Letters, who could have drawn up a Catechism so rich in imagery, so full and practical in all that relates to the origin and progress of the divine life in the soul, containing so many of his favourite modes of expression, and so thoroughly moulded according to the system expanded in his larger theological works" (Catechisms of the Second Reformation, p. xxxv). If you would like an easy-reading primer to the thought of one of the Reformations' theological giants, this is about as good a place as any to start!

 

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Catechisms of the Second Reformation (1886)

 

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RUTHERFORD, SAMUEL

Samuel Rutherford Refutes Roger Williams Regarding Toleration, Sectarianism, and Peace

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A Survey of the Spiritual Antichrist (1648)

 

The subtitle reads:

"Opening the Secrets of Familisme and Antinomianism in the Antichristian Doctrine of John Saltmarth, and William Del, the present Preachers of the Army (headed by Oliver Cromwell--RB) now in England, and of Robert Town, Tobiah Crisp, H. Denne, Eaton and others. In which is revealed the rise and spring of Antinomianism, Familists, Libertines, Swench-feldians, Enthysiasts, etc. The minde of Luther a most professed opposer of Antinomianism, is cleared, and diverse considerable points of the Law and the Gospel, of the Spirit and the Letter, of the two Covenants, of the nature of free grace, exercise under temptations, mortification, justification, sanctification, are discovered. In Two parts."

Also contains Rutherford's "A brotherly and free Epistle to the patrons and friends of pretended Liberty of Conscience."

Putting this work into its context, James Clark, in The Life and Works of Samuel Rutherford (in the chapter titled "Antinomianism") writes,

"This is another main controversy into which Samuel Rutherford entered. The term 'Antinomian" signifies one who is 'against God's Law'. The Antinomians were a major sect in the 1640's. They denounced as 'Legalists' the Christians who, like Paul, 'serve the law of God' (Rom. 7:25). They asserted that grace removes the Law out of the Christian's life, as absolutely as it does out of his salvation. This dangerous heresy, which is still popular, makes it no fault to disobey God's Moral Law, and turn grace into wantonness. Rutherford mentioned this heresy in several of his works before publishing in 1648 his SURVEY OF THE SPIRITUAL ANTICHRIST, written specifically against the Antinomians. The subtlety of Antinomians is that they oppose the use of the Law as a positive standard for holy living in the name of the Gospel! The Apostle Paul repudiated this error in Rom. 3:31; 6:1,2; Gal. 5:13" (p. 52).

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RUTHERFORD, SAMUEL

A Survey of the Survey of that Summe of Church-Discipline Penned by Mr. Richard Hooker, Late Pastor of the Church at Hartford upon Connecticut in New England. Wherein The Way of the Churches in N. England is now re-examined; Arguments in favour thereof winnowed; The Principles of that Way discussed; and the Reasons of most seeming strength and nerves removed (1658)

 

Hooker "helped found Hartford, Connecticut (1636)... He helped create Connecticut's 'Fundamental Orders' (1638) and was instrumental in forming the New England Confederation (1643)" (Encyclopedia of the Reformed Faith). In this book Rutherford refutes Hooker's Independent views of church government in great detail. In doing so he has left us much to ponder regarding Presbyterianism, the constitution of the visible church (as it is revealed in Scripture), covenanting, separation, discipline, Arminianism, church communion and much more. Hooker's congregational way is easily accepted by the flesh and is prominently held by a wide range of professing Christians today -- from liberals all the way to those who call themselves Reformed. This book should go a long way to correcting this prevalent "democratic/egalitarian" heresy. Rutherford was (and still is through his books) one of the most notable defenders of the divine right of Presbyterianism since the days of the Apostles. This rare book has been generally unavailable to the public (as far as we know) for three centuries now -- until this reprinting -- and should be welcomed by all lovers of truth. 521 pages.

 

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A Testimony to the Covenanted Work of Reformation Between 1638-1649 in Britain and Ireland

 

This is Rutherford's dying testimony. It sets forth what he thought most important to communicate in his last earthly words. Rutherford was one of the Scottish commissioners to the Westminster Assembly and has been acknowledged by many Reformed theologians since his time as a theological genius of the first order. Walker said of Rutherford, "It is not easy to find any one in Church history with whom to compare this remarkable man... a man of power, I may say of genius, fresh, bold, penetrating, to whom no subject came amiss, teeming with intellectual energy, distinguished for his learning, but never cumbered by it, the greatest scholastic of our Presbyterian Church, and yet we are told, the plain and faithful preacher, the fieriest of Church leaders and the most devout of saints, equally at home among the tomes of Aquinas, and writing letters to a poor congregation. Altogether a sort of intellectual, theological, religious prodigy!" (Theology and Theologians of Scotland 1560-1750, p. 13). Men graced with Rutherford's abilities, intellect and faith come but once or twice a millennium. Augustine, Calvin and Gillespie are others of this class. If you want to know what one of the greats of church history was thinking just before he went to be with the Lord, this is the item for you.

 

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The Trial and Triumph of Faith

 

Sermons preached first in Anwoth, and thereafter, in London on the story of the Syrophenician woman. Anyone familiar with Rutherford knows that his work is calculated for great advantage to those who are advanced in the faith. This work was originally published (1645), as Innes writes, in a "time which those who seek to occupy his (Rutherford's) exact standpoint have always looked back to as not only the one golden age of the Church of Scotland, but as the only time when the world around it seemed prepared to join in its triumph" (adapted from Treasury of the Scottish Covenant, p. 306). 406 pages.

 

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RUTHERFORD, SAMUEL

Quaint Sermons of Samuel Rutherford Hitherto Unpublished (1885)

As Andrew Bonar notes in his preface to this book, "Samuel Rutherford never fails to set Christ on high, for truly he had 'a thirst no earthly stream could satisfy -- A hunger that must feed on Christ, or die.'" These sermons, in setting forth the splendor of Christ as revealed in His Word, will continue to offer much comfort and consolation to contemporary Christians. Of the sermons that make up this volume some titles include, "The Spouse's Longing for Christ (Song of Solomon 5:3-6)," "Fear not, thou worm Jacob (Isa. 41:14-16)," "The Worth and Excellence of the Gospel (2 Cor. 10:4-5)," and "The Forlorn Son -- The Fathers Expressed Welcome (Luke 15:22-23)" -- along with fourteen others. 384 pages.

 

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A Call to Prayer: An Urgent Plea to Enter Into the Secret Place
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Duties of Parents
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Old Paths: Being Plain Statements on Some of the Weightier Matters of Christianity

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RYLE, J.C.

Idolatry

 

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A New Birth
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Practical Religion

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Sickness
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The Unchanging Christ

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