Misrepresentation #1: Mr. Bacon represents our dispute as
a "tempest in a teapot."
Mr. Bacon's opening attempt to reduce the importance of these questions,
with their far reaching implications, to the realm of, "a tempest in a
ridicule unworthy of even the most base opponent. The inherent
of downplaying the issue while at the same time writing such lengthy public
testimony against the PRCE is too notable to be ignored. Nevertheless, I
respond by reminding
the reader that our martyred forefathers were willing to shed their blood
"tempest in a teapot." Our covenanted brothers and sisters were
starved, raped, tortured,
and murdered over this so-called, "tempest in a teapot."
Mr. Bacon appeals to the majority.
Mr. Bacon states,
The understanding of virtually every other scholar, both Scottish and
have to be wrong in order for Puritan Reformed Church of Edmonton to be correct
Though Mr. Bacon may be somewhat comforted that, "many will
regard" this dispute
to be little else than a "tempest in a teapot," or that
"every other scholar would have to
be wrong," I am persuaded by the sad history of mankind that the
rarely correct. Such appeals invite people's thoughtless acceptance to
ideas that are
simply irrelevant to the question. Shall we, as Mr. Bacon prompts, believe
that these things
are relatively insignificant simply because "many people" or
considers them relatively insignificant? Such rhetoric pretends to fall in
with the crowd in hope
of appealing to an already strong prejudice, and thus we must be reminded such
appeals do not constitute reasonable evidence. The godly martyrs of
Scotland in the,
"Killing Times," were well aware of the issues that Mr. Bacon is
downplaying, and they bore
the brunt of the same logical fallacies employed against them.
David Hackston, honored martyr of Christ died, July 30, 1680, amid great
and suffering. As he describes the trials he faced before the Privy Council
he speaks of
the tactics used by his persecutors.
It was cast up to me both at the council and here, that here were not two
the nation to own our cause. I answered, at both times, that the cause of
Christ had been
often owned by fewer (David Hackston, A Cloud of
Witnesses, Sprinkle Publications, reprinted 1989, p. 50).
Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give
you the kingdom
(Luke 12:32, AV).
O shame on you, Mr. Bacon, for your opening comments! Shame upon anyone
who does not regard the testimony of our covenanted martyrs as noble,
and glorifying to God. Shame upon anyone who affirms these questions to be of
little significance upon the Church of Jesus Christ. If the violence of
persecutors will not change the minds of the martyrs, then appealing to the
and downplaying the issues over which these faithful servants suffered and
do nothing to move us out of the bloodstained path of the footsteps of the
Rather, such intemperate sentiments will serve only to expose those who set
them forth to
the charge of being ignorant of history and disrespectful to the memory of
who died for the Covenanted cause.
Mr. Bacon condemns the Covenanter martyrs as being too rigid, and
implies that the
Covenanters strayed from the doctrines of Second Reformation Presbyterianism.
Mr. Bacon states:
...the remainder of this introduction to the Steelite controversy will form a Defense
of historic, second reformation Presbyterianism against the rigidity of the
covenanter position (Defense Departed).
In his Defense Departed Mr. Bacon wishes to pit the doctrine of
Reformation against the doctrine of the Covenanters. In so doing he exposes
his true sentiments
by accusing the Covenanters, and especially their martyrs, of holding too
their principles. Mr. Bacon's own words indicate that the remainder of his
a formal condemnation of the principles for which these martyrs died. While Mr.
Bacon would attempt to lead us to believe that only David Steele and a
small handful of
others have historically held the position he opposes, I contend that this
is far from the case.
Matthew Hutchison explains,
Some imagine that the United Societies [the faithful Covenanters GB]
an insignificant number of individuals. Enemies did their best to create
the impression at
the time [cf. Hackston quote above GB]; and some historians have
the assumption of its truth. The facts of the case point to a different
conclusion, though it is impossible to give exact numbers. This we
know, on the authority of Gordon of
Earlston, that in 1683 there were eighty societies representing an
aggregate of 7000 members
exclusive of women. That the numbers did not diminish during the next five
notwithstanding the fierce persecution, seems evident from the fact, that
at the Revolution they
mustered 9000 strong on Douglas Moor: a regiment was raised among them in a
and another could easily have been obtained had it been wanted.
As the Societies were confined to southern Scotland, it is manifest that
they must have embraced
no inconsiderable portion of the population (Matthew Hutchison,
The Reformed Presbyterian Church in
Scotland, 1893, Still Waters Revival Books reprint, 1997, p. 63,
Those well acquainted with history and familiar with the issues surrounding
the Covenanted Reformation must not allow Mr. Bacon to paint such an unreliable
portrait of our covenanted forefathers. Will Mr. Bacon continue to pretend
to fly his Blue
Banner after downplaying the issues that led to their suffering? Why
pretend any longer?
The true Blue Banner flies in the face of Mr. Bacon as he disputes against
the rigidity of
those who died for Christ's Crown and Covenant. His pretence in upholding
has now been exposed by the words of his own mouth. While Mr. Bacon's pretended
Blue Banner has been forever blackened, we are comforted in knowing that
will never affect our grateful remembrance of the authentic
bloodstained banner of
the Covenanted faithful.
Thou hast given a banner to them that fear thee, that it may be displayed
the truth. Selah (Psalms 60:4, AV).
This is a pouring of contempt upon our brethren.
The real issues at stake are of the highest concern to any Christian
bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ. Mr.
Bacon's labelling of
this dispute, "a tempest in a teapot," is to us a pouring of
contempt upon our brethren,
and we cannot let it pass without publicly displaying our indignation at
such an attack. J.
C. McFeeters paints a vivid picture of this socalled "tempest in
a teapot" as he
describes the horrifying statistics of the twenty-eight year persecution
suffered by the
The Fathers have not been forgotten; yea they are still highly esteemed for
heroic struggle, by which every son and daughter has a birthright to the
of Christian liberty on earth. The persecution lasted twenty eight years,
with few "blinks"
to take the chill of horror out of the air. During this time, 18,000
persons, it is said,
suffered death, or utmost hardships, for their faith in Jesus Christ. Of this number, 7,000 went
into voluntary banishment; 2500 were shipped to distant lands; 800 were
were killed in battle, or died of their wounds; 500 were murdered in cold
blood; 362 were,
by form of law executed. We have no account of the number that perished in
or succumbed to the horrors of transportation; nor of hundreds that were
shot at sight by
the soldiers who ravaged the country for years; nor of the thousands who
through cold, hunger, and exposure in the mountains and moors. Gloomy
moss hags, and unmarked graves, were asylums of mercy to multitudes, who
any earthly record; but their names are written in heaven. Truly Scotland
consecrated to the Lord. The blood of the martyrs has watered her heather,
streams, stained her streets, and bedewed her fields. Scotland is the
Lord's. The blood means much (J. C. McFeeters,
Sketches of the Covenanters, 1913, SWRB bound photocopy reprint, 1996,
pp. 395396, emphases added).
The blood of the martyrs imposes obligations upon posterity from
generation. The martyrs deeply felt their responsibility for the Church,
her purity, her
doctrines, discipline, membership; for her loyalty to Christ, her
separation from the world, and
her administration in the Holy Spirit. Their zeal for the house of God
brought them to the
front; their passionate love for Jesus Christ placed them on the firing
line. There they met
every attack made upon Christ and His House; there they stood for the royal
rights of Jesus
and the honour of His kingdom; there they fell under the murderous fire,
giving place to
their successors. These soldiers of Jesus knew how to die, but not how to
retreat. They did
their work well and necessarily left it unfinished. The victory was
assured, though not in
sight. The death stricken hands reached the bloodstained banner out to
another to be
carried forward. This war still rages. The supremacy of Jesus Christ is yet
disputed; His royal
rights are yet usurped by mortals; His Bride the Church, still halts amid
the ordinances of grace are unblushingly corrupted; the teachings of the
adroitly doctored. The attacking forces are active, determined, and
numerous, as in the days of
the martyrs. The tactics differ, but the fight goes on.
Heavy, heavy are the moral obligations, that fall to the successors of
those who gave their lives for the truth. To recede would
be cowardice, desertion from the ranks, perjury within the Covenant,
Jesus Christ. Is this too strong? Listen, "If any man draw back,
my soul shall have no pleasure
in him." Surely the times call for Christian Soldiers; yea heroes;
Do Covenanters feel their obligation to the Lord? (J. C. McFeeters,
Sketches of the Covenanters, 1913, SWRB bound photocopy, 1996, pp.
402403, emphases added).
Does the reader agree with Mr. Bacon? Is this really the "tempest
in a teapot," to
which he alludes? The blood of the martyrs is still the seed of the church,
and we cannot
sit idly by while Mr. Bacon attempts to mislead his readers to believe that
is fighting for a cause different from that of the glorious martyrs
Mr. Bacon may want to believe that we are saying something different from
those champions of the faith, but we shall soon see that our cause is
identical to the martyrs
of Scotland and the best reformers of the First and Second Reformations.
If thou be wise, thou shalt be wise for thyself: but if thou scornest, thou
alone shalt bear
it (Proverbs 9:12, AV).
Those who would label us with such names as "Cameronians" or
do well to remember their faithful contendings, and to honour the blood of
of Jesus Christ. Dear reader, ask yourself as you read the following
you really want to testify against Richard Cameron as Mr. Bacon has.
...he [Richard Cameron GB] went over to Holland in the year of 1678,
what work the Lord had for him there; where he conversed with Mr. M'Ward
GB] and others of the banished Worthies. In his private conversation
in families, but especially by his public sermon in the Scots Kirk at
Rotterdam, he was
most refreshing unto many souls. He dwelt mostly upon conversion work, from
Matt. 11:28: "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden,
and I will give you
rest;" which was most satisfying and agreeable to Mr. M'Ward and Mr.
Brown [John Brown
of Wamphray GB], and others who had been informed by the Indulged,
and those of
their persuasion, that he could preach nothing but babble against the
paying, etc. Here he touched upon none of these things, except in prayer
when lamenting over
the deplorable case of Scotland by means of defection and tyranny. About
this time Mr.
M'Ward said to him, "Richard the public standard has now fallen in
Scotland; and, if I
know anything of the mind of the Lord, ye are called to undergo your trials
GB] before us, to go home, and lift the fallen standard, and display
it publicly before
the whole world. But before you put your hand to it, ye shall go to as many
field ministers as
ye can find, and give them your hearty invitation to go with you; and if
they will not go,
go alone, and the Lord will go with you."
Accordingly he was ordained by Mr. M'Ward, Mr. Brown, and Roleman, a famous
Dutch divine. When their hands were lifted up from his [Richard Cameron's
Mr. M'Ward continued this still and cried out, "Behold all ye
beholders, here is the head of
a faithful minister and servant of Jesus Christ,
who shall lose the same for his master's
interest, and it shall be set up before sun and moon, in the view of
the world." (John
Howie, The Scots Worthies, 1781, SWRB reprint, p. 423, emphases added).
On July 22, 1680, faithful Richard Cameron was martyred in Airsmoss. His
and hands cut off and taken to Edinburgh, just as Robert M'Ward had spoken.
his murderers committed the barbarous act of publicly displaying his head
upon the Netherbow Port, they first had one further act of antichristian
cruelty to enact.
His father being in prison for the same cause, they carried them [Cameron's
and hands GB] to him, to add grief unto his former sorrow, and
inquired at him if he
knew them. Taking his son's head and hands which were very fair
being a man of
fair complexion like himself he kissed them, and said, "I know
I know them; they are
my son's my own dear son's. It is the Lord good is the will
of the Lord, who
cannot wrong me nor mine, but hath made goodness and mercy to follow us all
After which, by order of the Council, his head was fixed upon the
Netherbow Port, and
his hands beside it with the fingers upward. (John Howie,
The Scots Worthies, 1781, SWRB reprint, 1997, pp. 428429,
Instead of downplaying this dispute and appealing to the majority, Mr. Bacon
should admit that he is not simply fighting against the principles of David
A careful student of church history will easily see through Mr. Bacon's
isolate Pastor Steele from his godly predecessors. Those predisposed to
check out the facts
will readily see the folly of Mr. Bacon's representations. One simply needs
to take the time
to read what Covenanters like David Steele believed and practised in order
that they were simply upholding the historic testimony of the faithful men who
preceded them. If Mr. Bacon would have met face to face with us when we
asked him to
(see Appendix C), perhaps we could have helped him understand these issues with
Observing that Mr. Bacon favours an appeal to the multitude, we will
by appealing to a greater multitude; one, I might add, that is scriptural
arbitrary. First we appeal our case between Mr. Bacon and ourselves to the
first free and
lawful General Assembly of Canada and we ask them to judge this matter
Upon judging our case, we ask that they take our concerns to the first free
General Assembly of the United States and have our concerns brought to the
table. Until this
is accomplished (or Mr. Bacon repents) we resort to our only other recourse
we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, we appeal unto,
"mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly
Jerusalem, and to
an innumerable company of angels, to the general assembly and church of the
firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to
the spirits of just
men made perfect, and to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant"
(Hebrews 12: 2224, AV).
Let Dick Bacon, David Seekamp, Brian Schwertly, and Chris Coldwell speak
plainly. Was Richard Cameron a faithful minister or a heretical schismatic?
Cargill? James Renwick? Were their disputes a "tempest in a
teapot" as well? Were
they martyred for holding too strictly to their principles? The words of
condemn these faithful martyrs as schismatic and in so doing he scorns
those who agree
with these true churches and faithful ministers.
He accuses us of immoderate speech! O dear brother, I speak this to
your shame! You accuse us of condemning faithful ministers
and true churches? Let the whole world consider who you are condemning when
you downplay the importance of the issues for which these martyrs suffered
This dispute is much more than a "tempest in a teapot" and our
prayer is that you
will repent of your shameful minimizing of these issues.
I close this section with a quote from James Renwick, faithful martyr of
our Lord Jesus.
Now upon this very comprehensive ground, we withdraw not only from gross
heretics, and sectarians, and malignant prelatists....
But in this broken and declining state, even from many Presbyterian
Ministers who have overturned a great part of our
testimony... which has been signally sealed by the blood of many
Martyrs who laying down their
lives for this Testimony have been singularly countenanced of the Lord: yet
we say, by many
of our ministers this in a great measure has been deserted and perverted,
condemning the Martyrs that died for it, as well as us who have desired to
witness for it...
(James Renwick, An Informatory Vindication, 1687, SWRB bound
photocopy reprint, 1997, pp.
7576, emphases added).
Fill their faces with shame; that they may seek thy name, O LORD (Psalms
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1616. Peterkin calls them "the only sure and satisfactory memorials of the
course of Ecclesiastical affairs in the times immediately succeeding the
Reformation." Lee, Clerk of the General Assembly in 1828 writes
(regarding the originals), "there is no difficulty in proving that the volumes
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Presbyterian Government, as was at last, with the utmost difficulty
completed... they deserve to be preserved with care, as the most venerable
remnants of a distant age--as the earliest annuls of our infant church... of
confessors and martyrs, who counted not their lives dear to them; and who
when they thought it necessary, never shrunk from sealing their testimony
with their blood... (they) present the seal and superscription of glory to
God, and good will to man--peace to the church, and happiness to the state"
(pp. xi-xii). John Knox, the first name listed in the first record of the first
General Assembly (in 1560), of course, plays a prominent role in much of
what is recorded here. 631 pages.
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Saul in the Cave of Adullam: A Testimony Against the Fashionable Sub-Calvinism of Doug Wilson (Editor of Credenda/Agenda Magazine); and, for Classical Protestantism and the Attainments of the Second Reformation by Reg Barrow
Doug Wilson and others at Credenda/Agenda used their magazine to publicly attack and slander Reg Barrow (President of Still Waters Revival Books) in a column that they call the "Cave of Adullam." This invective was Credenda's response to Barrow's comments on Knox Ring (where Barrow noted that John Calvin would have excommunicated John Frame for the apostasy that he manifests in his new book on worship). Numerous private attempts were unsuccessfully made (by Barrow and others) to call Wilson to repentance for this slander. Ultimately, charges for violation of the ninth commandment were brought (in accord with Matt. 18:15-17) against Wilson by Barrow. This book recounts the salient points of the controversy (and the Matthew 18 proceedings) between Wilson and Barrow -- in their actual email debates! Also included is Barrow's demonstration of why Calvin would have excommunicated Frame and Greg Price's Testimony Against The Unfounded Charges of Anabaptism. These debates are a classic example of the differences that exist today between paleopresbyterians (Barrow) and neopresbyterians (Wilson). Wilson's charges against Barrow, of Anabaptism, separatism, etc. are all refuted under a mountain of quotations from Reformation source documents. Barrow's refutations of Wilson's spurious charges bring to light many aspects of Reformation thought that have been lost or forgotten in our day. Besides the initial controversy (over Frame and worship) and the restoration process (set forth in Matthew 18:15-17), this book should be of special interest to all of those who love the "old paths" of truth -- trod by our forefathers in the Reformed faith -- for some of the most pressing issues of our day (regarding the individual, church and state) are addressed herein. Classic statements, cited by Barrow, not only exhibit the wisdom which God granted the best Reformers of both the first and second Reformations, but also specifically demonstrate how Wilson and many other modern Protestants actually reject the Reformation at many points (all their protests not withstanding). "And they that shall be of thee shall build the old waste places: thou shalt raise up the foundations of many generations; and thou shalt be called, The repairer of the breach, The restorer of paths to dwell in" (Isa. 58:12). This item is also available as a bound photocopy for $7.98 (US funds) or a Hardcover photocopy for $19.00 (US funds).
Why the PCA is Not a Duly Constituted Church and Why Faithful Christians Should Separate from this Corrupted "Communion" by Larry Birger
Two letters from Larry Birger, Jr. to the session of his former congregation in the PCA, with an historical introduction. Birger states, "This work is emitted by way of testimony against the defections from the reformation of the true religion granted by God in ages past, in hopes of playing some small part in the edification of God's people currently languishing under such defected and defecting denominations." It spotlights the differences between classic Presbyterian thought [paleopresbyterianism] and what today is but a pale imitation [neopresbyterianism] of the Reformation attainments that have been won [at the cost of much suffering and many lives] in the past. This is a good practical introduction to ecclesiology, testimony-bearing, and second Reformation thought. It is also available for $3.98 (US funds) as a cerlox bound photocopy.
PURITAN REFORMED SESSION
A Brief Defence of Dissociation in the Present Circumstances (1996)
This work explains why Christians should separate themselves from those churches which deny biblical truth and its implications. It defends this position using many Reformation source documents. Samuel Rutherford has been especially misunderstood concerning separation. Examples of misleading and seriously flawed presentations of Rutherford's position on the church and separation have been seen in Walker's The Theology and Theologians of Scotland 1560-1750, Bacon's The Visible Church and Outer Darkness and a host of other works -- all of which overlook foundational second Reformation truths set forth by Rutherford and his fellow Covenanters. This book clearly demonstrates, from Rutherford's own actions and teaching (during the Protester/Resolutioner controversy in the Scottish church), how far off many previous works on this subject have been. It is the best short introduction to questions regarding the visible church and separation which we list.
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"The Reformed View of Schism"
The Reformers often said "that to avoid schism we must separate." This should give the perceptive reader some indication of how badly misunderstood the biblical teaching regarding schism and separation (which should be differentiated in many ways) has become in our day. Sadly, some of the most anti-Reformed work on this subject has been written by contemporary individuals, who, though calling themselves Reformed, "understand neither what they say, nor whereof they affirm" (1 Tim. 1:7). This excerpt from Clarkson's Plain Reasons for Presbyterians Dissenting should contribute much to correcting the problem of unbiblical ecumenism and place this doctrine (of biblical unity in the visible church) back on its Scriptural foundation -- which was recovered during the Reformation. Clarkson cites Beza, Rutherford, Gillespie, Dickson, Durham, McWard (Rutherford's "disciple"), Marshal, Watson, Owen, Burroughs, and many others, while defending the truth about schism. Objections brought against the Reformation view of schism are also carefully answered. This is probably the single best medium length treatment of this subject.)
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