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 (For the "Biblical Separation" section see below.)  - The Westminster Confession of Faith by the Westminster Divines
 - Treasury of the Scottish Covenant by J.C. Johnstone
 - Selected Writings of John Knox by John Knox
 - Historical Theology: A Review of the Principle Doctrinal Discussions
 in the Christian Church Since the Apostolic Age
by William Cunningham
 - Guidelines for Elder Training by the Session of the Puritan Reformed  Church of Edmonton ($.25)
 - The Ruling Elder by Samuel Miller
 - Doctrinal Integrity: The Utility and Importance of Creeds and Confessions  and Adherence to Our Doctrinal Standards by Samuel Miller
 - Messiah the Prince by William Symington
 - Anarchy in Worship by James Begg
 - The Directory for Family Worship and the Directory for the Publick  Worship of God by the Westminster Divines
 - Commentary on the Larger Catechism by Thomas Ridgeley
 - Commentary on the Shorter Catechism by Thomas Boston
 - The Elder and His Work by David Dickson ($9.95-20%=7.96)
 - Act, Declaration, And Testimony, For The Whole Of The Covenanted  Reformation, As Attained To, And Established In, Britain and Ireland;  Particularly Betwixt The Years 1638 and 1649, Inclusive. As, Also, Against  All The Steps Of Defection From Said Reformation, Whether In Former Or  Later Times, Since The Overthrow Of That Glorious Work, Down To This  Present Day (1876) by the 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.) by the Reformed Presbytery
 - The Works of George Gillespie by George Gillespie
 - A Dispute Against English Popish Ceremonies by George Gillespie
 - The Presbyterian's Armoury by George Gillespie, Samuel Rutherford,  David Calderwood and John Brown of Wamphray
 - Exclusive Psalmody by Greg Price
 - The Defense of the Faith by Cornelius Van Til

CHURCH OF SCOTLAND GENERAL ASSEMBLY 1638-1649

The Acts of the General Assemblies of the Church of Scotland, From the Year 1638 to the Year 1649 Inclusive (1682)
Exceedingly rare, these are the acts from what many consider the greatest general assembly gatherings since the days of the apostles. The work accomplished and ratified at these meetings has been called "the most perfect model" of Presbyterial Church Government "as yet attained." Sitting during the momentous days of the Covenants (National and Solemn League) and the Westminster Assembly, this general assembly included the likes of Samuel Rutherford and George Gillespie. Judicially binding on covenanted Presbyterians
these Acts demonstrate how these godly leaders officially dealt with individual, family, ecclesiastical and civil Reformation (including national and international matters). Furthermore, it should not be forgotten that these rulings had major national and international ramifications in their day and that they still guide faithful Presbyterians at the close of the twentieth century (as terms of ministerial and Christian communion in the Reformed Presbyterian church). Moreover, they contain "noble examples to be followed in testifying against all corruptions embodied in the constitutions of either churches or states" (Reformed Presbytery, Act, Declaration and Testimony for the Whole of Our Covenanted Reformation, p. 216). Christ's Kingship has never since been so boldly and clearly proclaimed to the nations by a duly constituted general assembly -- neither has His rule and reign been upheld and actually embodied into the laws of a nation (civil and ecclesiastical) as they were during these days in Scotland. Much of this can be attributed to the work (humanly speaking) done by the ministers present while these Acts were debated and passed. Regarding doctrine, worship, government and disciple there are few books that will be as helpful -- especially to elders and those advanced in the faith. Additionally, if you want a glimpse at the heart of the second Reformation this is one of the best places to look. It may also be considered "the eye of the Puritan storm," seeing that the Scottish Covenanters exerted such a godly influence among their English Presbyterian brothers (and the Westminster Assembly) during these days -- the two nations having covenanted with God (in the Solemn League and Covenant) for the international "reformation and defence of religion... the peace and safety of the three kingdoms... the glory of God, and the advancement of the kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, etc." Over 500 pages and indexed for easy reference to all major topics.
(Rare bound photocopy) $199.95-90%=19.99

  

Biblical Separation

 - An Admonition to Flee Idolatry, Romanism and All False Worship (1554).  by John Knox. (This letter, originally titled "A Godly Letter of Warning or  Admonition..." is also found in the Selected Writing of John Knox  and has been edited to reflect contemporary spelling, punctuation,  and grammar. This valuable hardcover also contains numerous other exceptional letters by Knox).
 - Shunning the Unlawful Rites of the Ungodly and Preserving the Purity of the Christian Religion by John Calvin
 - An Explanation and Defence of the Terms of Communion, Adopted by the Community of Dissenters, etc. by the Reformed Presbytery
 - A Hind Let Loose by A Lover of Liberty (Alexander Shields)
 - Terms of Chruch Union and Communion by James Chrystie
 - Church Union and Communion (1819) by John Black
 - A Useful Case of Conscience, Learnedly and Accurately Discussed and Resolved, Concerning Associations and Confederacies with Idolaters, Infidels, Heretics, Malignants, or Any Other Known Enemies of Truth and Godliness by Hugh Binning
 - A Modest Apology for the Conduct of Seceders, in Refusing to Join in
Christian Communion with Sectarians, Latitudinarians, etc. Who Have Departed From the
Purity of Reformation Once Attained
to in these Kingdoms
by Anonymous
 - Concerning Close Communion by W.J. McKnight
 - A Warning Against Backsliding, False Worship and False Teachers
by John Flavel  formerly titled "Antipharmacum Saluberrimum: Or, A
Serious and Seasonable Caveat to all Saints in the Hour of Temptation"
(Works of the John Flavel, volume 4, London, 1820.)
 - Some Comments for Those Who Attend Idolatrous Worship
by Knox, Burgess, and Philpot ($.25)
 - Of Separation from Corrupt Churches ($.25)
 - War Against the Idols: The Reformation of Worship from Erasmus to Calvin
 by Carlos M.N. Eire (Most imporatant are chapters 6-8 which deal with
Calvin's attack on idolatry, his all important battle with the "Nicodemites,"
and the revolutionary political implications of the "war against the idols."
 - How Best to Secure a Return to the Use of the Psalms in the Ordinance of Praise by S.R. M'Neilly
 - Making Shipwreck of the Faith: Evangelicals and Roman Catholics Together
by Kevin Reed
 - Our Reformation Heritage by James Dodson
 - The Scots Worthies by John Howie
 - Doctrinal Integrity: The Utility and Importance of Creeds and Confessions  and Adherence to Our Doctrinal Standards by Samuel Miller
 - The Solemn League and Covenant ($.25)
 - The Hurt of Hearing Mass by John Bradford
 - A Cloud of Witnesses for the Royal Prerogatives of Jesus Christ: Being the  Last Speeches and Testimonies of Those Who Have Suffered for the Truth  in Scotland Since the Year 1680 by John H. Thompson
 - Prince Messiah's Claims to Dominion Over All Governments:
and the Disregard of His Authority by the United States
 in the Federal Constitution
by James R. Willson
 - Paisley's Protest Against Popery in Parliament by Ian Paisely
 -  The Two Sons of Oil; or, The Faithful Witness for Magistracy
and Ministry Upon a Scriptural Basis
by Samuel B. Wylie
 - Wholesome Severity Reconciled With Christian Liberty by George Gillespie
 - John Knox Debates Theonomy, Idolatry and Civil Resistance
in the General Assembly of 1564
by John Knox
 - Reformation, Revolution and Romanism by John Knox
 - Civil Government: An Exposition of Romans 13:1-7 by James M. Willson
 - On Rebellion by John Knox
 - A Short Directory for Religious Societies (1881) by the Reformed Presbytery
 - A Defense of Liberty Against Tyrants by Junius Brutus
 - Statement of the Difference... Particularly on the Power of Civil  Magistrates Respecting Religion, National Reformation, National Churches,  and National Covenants by Thomas M'Crie
 - The Works of George Gillespie by George Gillespie
 - A Dispute Against English Popish Ceremonies by George Gillespie
 - The Presbyterian's Armoury by George Gillespie, Samuel Rutherford,  David Calderwood and John Brown of Wamphray
 - Lex, Rex or The Law and the Prince by Samuel Rutherford
 - A Free Disputation Against Pretended Liberty of Conscience by Samuel  Rutherford
 - Human Authority in Religion Condemned by John Brown (of Edinbugh)
 - 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.
by James Renwick
 - The Covenanters: A History of the Church in Scotland from the Reformation to the Revolution (1908, 2 vol.) by James King Hewiston
 - Against Apostasy and Indifference by John Knox
 - Against Romish Rites and Political and Ecclesiastical Tyranny (1554)
 by John Knox
 - An Admonition to Flee Idolatry, Romanism and All False Worship (1554)
by John Knox
 - What to Do When There Is No Faithful Church in Your Area by John Knox
 - Covenanting, Communion and Confessions: With a Short Summary of the Westminster Confession of Faith by W.J. McKnight

CALVIN, JOHN

Come Out From Among Them: The "Anti-Nicodemite" Writings of John Calvin
Much of Calvin's best work still lays buried in languages other than English (as Eire's book War Against The Idols: The Reformation of Worship from Erasmus to Calvin
testifies). This will no longer be the case with these fine sermons and writings, of which most are now translated, for the first time ever, into English! Calvin placed the central emphasis of the Reformation not on the doctrine of salvation alone, but equally upon the foundation of biblically-regulated worship. The works contained in this newly compiled edition find Calvin at his "ballistic" best as he refutes and rebukes all those who would undermine the Reformation, by compromising the truth of Christ, in their outward attendance among those who practice idolatrous acts of "worship" (i.e. those referred to as the "Nicodemites"). Here we find Calvin calling for separation from all churches which embrace idolatrous worship. He takes the bold and Biblical stand that only the most seriously committed Reformers ever understood (like Knox), even proclaiming that it is better to worship privately in your home than to engage in dissimulation by participating in ordinances of worship which are known to be false. For Calvin clearly taught, "When the spiritual government doth degenerate, the consciences of the godly are at liberty, and set free from obeying unjust authority; especially if the wicked and profane enemies of holiness do falsely pretend the title of priesthood (i.e. clergy--OC) to overthrow the doctrine of salvation (as do Arminians, Neonomians, Antinomians, Dispensationalists, etc.), and challenge to themselves such authority, as that they will be thereby equal with God (i.e. making the law of God void through human traditions; e.g. humanly composed hymns, instrumental music, choirs, holy-days, etc.--OC)" (Calvin as cited in The Original Covenanter and Contending Witness magazine). As Calvin's words once again thunder down the corridors of the centuries, in the common language of the people, they will certainly ring true in the ears of those who hear the Master's voice, providing a firm foundation for future Reformation(s). This title also contains another excellent "Publishers Introduction" by Kevin Reed, which we believe is worth the price of the book on its own. Combined with Calvin's work, which is easily worth its weight in gold, you will not find a better buy among religious books (hardcovers) printed in 1996.
(Hardcover) Forthcoming from Presbyterian Heritage Publications. Write them for a full list of titles containing all their fine publications: P.O. Box 180922, Dallas, TX, 75218 USA

CLARKSON, ANDREW

Plain Reasons for Presbyterians Dissenting from the Revolution Church of Scotland. Also, Their Principles Concerning Civil Government, and the Difference Betwixt the Reformation and Revolution Principles (1731)
An exceedingly rare and important book now back in print after 265 years! The Contending Witness
magazine (May, 1841) described Plain Reasons "as the single best volume penned defending the principles of the second Reformation." It sets forth "the grounds why Presbyterian Dissenters refused to hold communion with the revolution church and state," (Reformed Presbytery, Act Declaration and Testimony for the Whole of Our Covenanted Reformation, p. 154n). The biblical principles contained in this book still apply today and thus Plain Reasons remains one of the best books explaining why (and when) an individual (church or citizen) should separate himself (or itself) from those (in church or state) who do not hold fast to all the attainments of our covenanted Reformation forefathers. In this regard the session of the Puritan Reformed Church of Edmonton calls this the one book that best explains why faithful Covenanted Presbyterians must, for conscience sake, remain ecclesiastically separate from all Presbyterian denominations that have backslidden from second Reformation attainments. (This being the classic corporate Calvinistic application of such commands as "Nevertheless, whereto we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing" [Phil. 3:16, emphasis added]. It is also the acknowledgement that the Lord has clearly stated in his Word that he "requireth that which is past" [Eccl. 3:15]).

Furthermore, the session of the PRC of Edmonton has noted that this book "clearly spells out the reasons why to unite with the Revolution Church (1689) or any of its descendants (The Free Church of Scotland, The Free Presbyterian Church of Scotland, and American Presbyterian Churches) is to undermine and subvert the work of the Second Reformation. The argumentation is cogent (with an abundant supply of documentation). The reading can be divided up into 5-10 pages at a time. Reasons 8 and 9 (pp. 77-91) which speak to the issue of the covenants are very helpful, as is Reason 14 (pp. 138-140) which covers the matter of terms of communion. We might also highlight Clarkson's treatment of ecclesiastical dissent (pp. 172-221 wherein he discusses schism) and political dissent (pp. 221-280).
This is the best apologetic we have read defending the necessity of Presbyterians to faithfully maintain the attainments of the Second Reformation" (emphasis added). Moreover, Clarkson's section on schism, separation and the nature of the visible church (constitutionally considered) contains over 10 pages of notes and quotes taken from numerous Reformers including: Beza, Rutherford, Gillespie, Dickson, Durham, M'Ward (Rutherford's disciple), Marshall, Watson, Cotton, Owen, Burroughs, Fraser, and Case -- demonstrating that his ideas regarding dissent from corrupt and backsliding civil or ecclesiastical governments are not new, but merely classic Reformation doctrine. The book also answers a multitude of pertinent and realistic objections in sections conveniently located directly after each reason for dissent.

Moreover, the days of the revolution settlement were a time of civil and ecclesiastical confusion not unlike our own day -- the beast (civil and ecclesiastical) was attempting to devour the "woman in the wilderness" by a cunning mixture of half-truths that were designed to beguile an exhausted and persecution-weary remnant. The
consequences of the actions taken in these days, by both church and state "officials," have been amplified by time and apply directly to our contemporary civil and ecclesiastical situation ("That which hath been is now" [Eccl. 3:15]).

The Reformed Presbytery's Act, Declaration and Testimony
(p. 47) further explains the original historical context -- so germane to the thesis of this book -- regarding those deceptively trying days which followed the "killing times" and final martyrs' death of that period of persecution (being the death of the covenanted Presbyterian minister James Renwick, who sealed his testimony with his blood February 17, 1688).

Of the so-called "glorious revolution of 1688" and the overthrow of the Royalist tyranny the Reformed Presbytery's measured and discerning comments read, "for in a few months, God in his righteous judgement and adorable providence, overturned that (Royalist--RB) throne of iniquity on which they (the persecuting popish, prelatical, Erastian, antichristian [civil and ecclesiastical] "authorities" which were then wondering after the beast--RB) depended, and expelled that inhuman, cruel monster (the duke of York--RB), from his tyrannical and usurped power, upon the Prince of Orange's (William of Orange--RB) coming over into England, in the beginning of November that same year (1688--RB). But although the Lord at this juncture, and by this means, rescued and delivered our natural and civil rights and privileges in a national way, from under the oppression and bondage of anti-christian tyranny, arbitrary and absolute power; yet the revolution, at this time, brought no real deliverance to the church of God; but Christ's rights (by these [rights--RB] are not meant the rights of Christ personal. It is not in the power of mortals, or any creature, to acquire and secure these to him; but the rights of Christ mystical, that is, of the church, or of his truth, true worship, and religion, and professors of it as such.), formerly acquired for him by his faithful servants, lay still buried under the rubbish of that anti-christian building of prelacy, erected on the ruins of his work in this land; and the spiritual liberties and privileges of his house remained, and do still remain under the bondage of Erastianism, supremacy, toleration, etc. For it is well known, that although this man (William of Orange--RB), Jehu-like, 'destroyed Baal out of Israel, yet he departed not from the sins of Jereboam, wherewith he made Israel to sin.'"

As a second witness to the testimony also given throughout Clarkson's Plain Reasons see pages 55 and following in the Act, Declaration and Testimony for more on "the grounds of the presbytery's testimony against the constitutions, both civil and ecclesiastical, at the late revolution, anno 1689; as also against the gross Erastianism and tyranny that has attended the administration both of church and state, since that memorable period; with various instances thereof, etc."

Since these momentous days Antichrist and his minions have sought to bury the covenanted Reformation and its attainments (upholding Christ's Kingship over both church and state) under the rubbish of democratic, humanistic, atheistic, tolerationism and a "detestable neutrality" in the cause of God and truth -- the same "detestable neutrality" so strongly inveighed against in the Solemn league and Covenant. Commenting on this defection from within professing Christendom
, Clarkson writes, "It is also evident from this, that Schism from our covenanted Church consists in this, to wit, When the Members of the Church make Defection to the contrary part, that is in plain Terms, when they associate or incorporate with, assist and defend the Parties against whom the Covenant (Solemn League and Covenant--RB) was made and sworn, viz. Papists, Prelatist and their Underlings, Hereticks, &c. the common Enemies of Reformation; and fall from the Duties of Preserving and propagating the Reformation of the three Kingdoms; and refuse to join with, assist and defend those, who adhere to the Covenants, in the necessary Work of Renewing them, for Extirpation of Popery, Prelacy, Erastianism, Superstition, Heresy, Error and Profaneness, and whatsoever is contrary to sound Doctrine and the Power of Godliness; and for re-establishing, preserving, and propagating the covenanted Reformation, once happily established in these Lands, and sworn unto by our Covenants. Furthermore, Schism from our covenanted Church consists in this, viz, When Members, Ministers or others, give themselves to a detestable Indifferency and Neutrality, in the Cause of God, namely, in the preserving and propagating the covenanted Reformation of these three Kingdoms; that is to say, When Men are like so many Gallio's in the Cause of God, preferring worldly Ease, Honour and Wealth, their own Interest to the Interest of Christ, become easy, whether the covenanted Reformation in these Lands sink or swim; and, from a cowardly Disposition in some, and a malignant, perfidious Temper in others, coalesce and accord in apostatizing from the Articles of Covenant foresaid, the Cause of God, and its honest-hearted Friends; and frighted from both, as if they thought it both Sin and Shame to have it said, that they carried any warm Side to either the one or the other. I say, All Members of this National Church, who, on Account of any Combination, Persuasion, or Terror and Fear of worldly Loss, of Sufferings of whatsoever Kind, are guilty in any of these two Cases, are also guilty of making SCHISM from the covenanted Church, as is clearly manifest by the 6th Article of our Solemn Covenant" (pp. 182-184, , emphasis added).

Commenting on the common charge of schism leveled against those who would maintain the attainments of the covenanted Reformation, Clarkson writes: "Now, upon the whole of this Objection, as 'tis plain, Presbyterian Dissenters are not Schismatics, nor deserve to be so called; so 'tis a most groundless and shameless Reflection, to call them Separatists, tho' 'tis the ordinary Name of Epithet given them, especially in Print; yet to me, and I judge to many others, it is a Wonder with what Audacity, Men of Sobriety and Conscience should have the confidence to speak at such a Rate, unless they intend, in a desperate Humour, to render their Authority every where, amongst all sober persons, contemptible: For, if two Persons, walking upon a high Path-Road, on the Brink of a Puddle, the one of them by a Blast of Wind tumbling headlong into the Gulf; when weltering amidst the Glare and miery Clay, cries up to his Neighbor upon the Brink, Sir, unless you tumble over after me, I will look upon you as a Separatist: Which of the two are to be judged most insnared into the Course of Separation, whether the Person keeping the High-way, or the poor Man wallowing in the polluted Mire, Crying upon his Neighbour to unite with him in that his miserable Estate? Est solatium miseris habere socios doloris, ('Tis Comfort to Persons in Misery to have Companions.) Have not this present Church thrown themselves over into the Ditch of Pollution, in complying with these dreadful Apostates of this and the former times? And, shall these be judged Separatists, who dare not, who cannot, and may not in Conscience follow their Example? Can such as join with, and strengthen them, be able to purge themselves from the Guilt and Judgements, which accompany this shameful Defection? For an Union here (so much cried up) without Debate, is the Brotherhood of Simeon and Levi: It is an Union in the Course of Sin and Wrath, and not in Truth and Duty" (pp. 206-207, emphasis added).

For more of this strong tonic get the whole book --
it is one of the strongest and clearest calls that we have ever seen for the church to repent of its covenant-breaking and backsliding and return to its first love at the corporate level (covenantal and constitutional).

The only drawback that needs to be noted, regarding Clarkson's Plain Reasons
, is that a few of the pages (the book being as rare as it is) in the only copy that we have been able to obtain for use as a master, are a little hard to read. Even so, most of the book is easily legible and contains the highest quality of Reformation thought regarding the subjects of which it deals. It is undoubtedly a major Reformation classic and should be studied by all those who are serious about seeing the destruction of the present tyranny (which is expressed in the modern civil and ecclesiastical Babylon erected by those that oppose the covenanted Reformation and the implementation of the Crown rights of King Jesus over the whole Earth!).

(Rare bound photocopy) $99.95-90%=9.99

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