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"And kings shall be thy nursing fathers, and their queens thy nursing mothers: they shall bow down to thee with their face toward the earth, and lick up the dust of thy feet; and thou shalt know that I am the LORD: for they shall not be ashamed that wait for me." - Isaiah 49:23 (KJV).

"The orthodox churches believe also, and do willingly acknowledge, that every lawful magistrate, being by God himself constituted the keeper and defender of both tables of the law, may and ought first and chiefly to take care of God's glory, and (according to his place, or in his manner and way) to preserve religion when pure, and to restore it when decayed and corrupted: and also to provide a learned and godly ministry, schools also and synods, as likewise to restrain and punish as well atheists, blasphemers, heretics and schismatics, as the violators of justice and civil peace." - George Gillespie, Works, 1:12.

"I lay down this maxime of Divinitie; Tyranny being a worke of Sathan, is not from God, because sinne either habituall or actuall, is not from God; the power that is, must be from God; the Magistrate as Magistrate, is good, in nature of office, and the intrinsecall end of his office, Rom. 13:4. for he is the Minister of God for thy good; and therefore a power ethicall, politick, or morall, to oppresse, is not from God, and is not a power, but a licentious deviation of a power, and is no more from God, but from sinfull nature, and the old serpent, then a license to sinne." - Samuel Rutherford, Lex Rex (1644).

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"Reformation is desperately needed in our languishing nations. In the past, not only did biblical reformation sweep the church in doctrine, worship, and government, but also reformation of biblical Christianity was promoted and accelerated by Christian magistrates who wholeheartedly supported and defended the ministry of the reformed churches. Reformation is never easy. The truth is no more fashionable today than it was at the time of our reformed and covenanted forefathers. If we would see reformation we must return to the old paths of our God and of our forefathers. What is presented in the following pages is not a novel view of civil magistracy, but one which is believed to be both biblical and representative of our reformed and Presbyterian forefathers from the covenanted reformation at the time of the Westminster Assembly. Civil magistracy is a blessed ordinance of the living God, given to the human family in order that it might reflect the order in which God so much delights ("For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace" 1 Cor. 14:33). This ordinance should be so cherished by God's people that when the ruling civil magistrate cannot be owned as "the ordinance of God" within a nation, the hearts of God's people both sadly bemoan that fact and earnestly pray that God would in His mercy remove His righteous anger from the land and grant nursing fathers to the church. May God be pleased to open the eyes of His people to the need for reformation in the divine ordinance of civil magistracy." - Greg Price, Biblical Civil Government Versus the Beast; and, The Basis For Civil Resistance, free online at http://www.swrb.com/newslett/actualNLs/bibcg_gp.htm.

 


Biblical Civil Government Versus the Beast; and, the Basis for Christian Resistance by Greg Price
(This is the best modern testimony for the biblical principles of civil magistracy -- which were so prominent during the height of the second Reformation -- that we have seen. Price documents the teachings of many of the major Reformers (and some of the church fathers) and in an easy reading manner simplifies what can at times become a very complex subject. This particular Reformation message, proclaiming Christ's Kingship over the nations [and the practical outworking of the same], has been buried from the view of the general public for some time now, but is once again being brought to light in this very helpful introductory book. A sobering appendix has been added [written by a friend of the covenanted Reformation] which shows why it is unlawful for a Christian to swear any oath to uphold and defend the U.S. Constitution. This appendix also compares the points of difference between classic [or historic] Reformed teaching and modern Reformed teaching regarding magistracy and religion. Special attention is payed to the OPC, the PCA and the RPCNA and the changes that these groups have made to second Reformation confessional standards [concerning matters related to the civil magistrate]. Statements by B.B. Warfield are also contrasted to the older Reformed views. You won't find a better easy-to-read and easy to understand introduction to this important topic -- a topic which impacts directly on every Christian's testimony for the crown rights of King Jesus!)

Biblical Civil Government Versus the Beast and the Basis for Christian Civil Resistance by Greg Price
(FREE MP3, shorter version as a sermon of the book above)

Pornography, the Anabaptists, and Doug Wilson's Civil Antinomianism (1997) by Dr. Reg Barrow (Pointed but irenic, Barrow decisively refutes the view of Doug Wilson (cf. "Cyberporn: A Case Study" [Credenda/Agenda, vol. 7, no. 5, p. 11]), many modern Theonomists and the civil libertarians, that the production and distribution of pornography is not a crime (and thus not subject to negative penal sanctions by the civil magistrate). Barrow demonstrates that Wilson's view of civil government (which logically results in such a monstrous conclusion) is actually a overly strict view of the regulative principle. This "hyper-regulativism" (denying lawful inferences, or what Samuel Rutherford calls "logical consequence") is then wrongly applied to the civil magistrate, rather than to worship (when rightly interpreted). He also points out the link between Wilson's view and the principles of the Anabaptists, Libertines and other antiestablishmentarian forces. With an impressive array of historical citations (primarily John Calvin, George Gillespie, Samuel Rutherford, and the Westminster Confession of Faith), and a cogent analysis and application of relevant Scripture passages, Barrow shows clearly that Wilson's view of civil government "gives birth to illegitimate offspring in the case of pornography, contradicting as it does common sense (the light of nature), our reformed fathers in the faith, and the express commands and approved examples of Scripture. In short, it is anything but the 'classical Protestant' position, and anything but biblical." This item is also available as a bound photocopy for $1.99 [US funds]) and is appendix "B" excerpted from 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.

What is a Christian Nation? #1 Christ's Kingship & Lordship Over the Nations by Greg Price (Free MP3)

What is a Christian Nation? #2 Christ's Kingship & Lordship Over the Nations by Greg Price (Free MP3)

What is a Christian Nation? Christ's Kingship & Lordship Over the Nations by Greg Price (and ongoing series of Free MP3s)

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What Is A Moral Person? How God Views the Church and the Nations by David Scott, John Cunningham, and George Smeaton (In many ways this is a crux of the Covenanter position, underlying as it does upon the issues of separation, civil government, the Covenants, eschatology, etc.)

Idolatry Brings Economic Calamity & God's Wrath/Curse Upon People, Churches & Nations by Dr; Ferrell Griswold (free MP3)

Permanence of Covenant Obligation by Omicron (1856) (Shows how Scripture teaches that covenants bind posterity.)

 

"On the Duty of Covenanting and the Permanent Obligations of Religious Covenants" being section 11 in the Reformed Presbyterian Catechism by William Roberts (1853) (All the Scripture you will ever need to prove that covenanting is an ordinance of God and a moral duty for men.)

A Defense of Covenanting & The Solemn League and Covenant & Who (Including Churches and Nations) It Binds Today - A Covenanter Classic by Greg Price (21 FREE MP3s)

 

THE SOLEMN LEAGUE & COVENANT BINDS THE UNITED STATES, CANADA, AUSTRALIA, THE UNITED KINGDOM TODAY!

 

WHY THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA (USA) IS PERPETUALLY BOUND BY THE SOLEMN LEAGUE & COVENANT - Greg Price

Renewal of the Covenants, National & Solemn League; a Confession of Sins; an Engagement to Duties; and a Testimony; as they were carried on at Middle Octorara in Pennsylvania, November 11, 1743. By Alexander Craighead

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Civil Government (Politics) & The All Encompassing Worldwide Victory/Advance Of The Reformed Faith, Prayer, & Postmillennialism by Dr. Steven Dilday (free MP3)

A King's Obligation to Jehovah, The Biblical, Reformation & Covenanter Doctrine Of Civil Government (Establishmentarianism) by Dr. Steven Dilday (free MP3)

The Two Sons of Oil; Or the Faithful Witness for Magistracy and Ministry Upon and Scriptural Basis by Samuel B. Wylie

A Refutation of Religious Pluralism (Absurdity & Perfidy of All Toleration) by John Brown of Haddington (six free MP3s)

A Refutation of Religious Pluralism (Absurdity & Perfidy of All Toleration) by John Brown of Haddington (printed book)

First Commandment: Exposing the Idolatry of Arminianism, Roman Catholicism, Cults, Judaism, Islam, Humanism, Materialism, etc. by Greg Price

BIBLICAL REQUIREMENTS FOR CIVIL & CHURCH GOVERNMENT/RULERS TO BRING ABOUT NATIONAL REFORMATION, SWRB

WHY THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA (USA) IS PERPETUALLY BOUND BY THE SOLEMN LEAGUE & COVENANT - Greg Price

Necessity of the Connection of Church and State by James Bannerman (free MP3)

Duty of the Connection of Church and State (The Church of Christ Vol. 1, #6) by James Bannerman

The Church In Its Relation to the State (The Church of Christ Vol. 1, #5) by James Bannerman (free MP3)

Erastian Controversy: Civil Magistrate & Religion by William Cunningham (free MP3)

Papal Rome, the European Union, Antichrist, Prophecy, Jesuits, Reformation, Martyrs by Richard Bennett

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A Contemporary Covenanting Debate; Or, Covenanting Redivivus by Dr. Reg Barrow (Joe Bell [an independent, Baptist, and professing Reconstructionist] kicked Reg Barrow off his email discussion group because the subjects of Divine Right Presbyterianism and the Covenanted Reformation were too hot for him to handle. This is Barrow's final answer to Bell [which Bell censored from his list]. No one, including Bell, has yet to attempt an answer. Barrow answers many specific questions regarding the permanence of covenant obligation, national Reformation, historical testimony and many other doctrines which were prevalent during the period of the second Reformation. A wealth of original [Reformation] texts are cited throughout and this spirited debate should help to generate interest in many of those biblical attainments which were won during those glorious days in which major nations openly covenanted themselves [as moral persons] to Christ.)

Whether it be lawful, just, and expedient, that the taking of the Solemn League and Covenant be enjoined by the Parliament upon all persons in the kingdom under a considerable penalty by George Gillespie (CHAPTER XVI. of "A Treatise of Miscellany Questions," pp. 85-88 from The Works of George Gillespie volume 2, Still Waters Revival Books reprint. Includes "Nine particulars to be remembered for the right deducing and stating the matter of fact. - The grounds and reasons of such an ordinance and appointment may be eleven. - Four objections answered. - How this ordinance would not be tyranny over men's consciences. - The covenant is no temporary obligation. - If such an ordinance to the army be scandalum acceptum, then the not making of it is scandalum datum.)

Act, Declaration & Testimony for the Whole of our Covenanted Reformation, as Attained to, and Established in Britain and Ireland; Particularly Betwixt the Years 1638 and 1649, Inclusive by the Reformed Presbytery (offsite)
FREE BOOK at http://www.gutenberg.org/files/13200/13200.txt

The Auchensaugh Renovation of the National Covenant and Solemn League and Covenant With the Acknowledgment of Sins and Engagement to Duties, as They Were Renewed at Auchensaugh, Near Douglas, July 24, 1712. (Compared With the Editions of Paisley, 1820, and Belfast, 1835.) Also, The Renovation of These Public Federal Deeds Ordained at Philadelphia, October 8, 1880, by the Reformed Presbytery, with Accommodation of the Original Covenants, in Both Transactions, to Their Times and Positions Respectively by the Reformed Presbytery
(offsite)
FREE BOOK at http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/12381

On the Seventh Commandment: Sexual Purity, Lust, Pornography, Sexual Duties in Marriage, Divorce, Homosexuality, Lesbianism, Kinsey & More by Dr. F.N. Lee (FREE MP3)

Unlawful Taxation and Unlawful Civil Government (Mark #60) by Greg Price

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CHRISTIANS AND CIVIL GOVERNMENT at covenanter.org (free text)

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WORKS AGAINST TOLERANCE AND PRETENDED LIBERTY OF CONSCIENCE at covenanter.org (free text)

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Biblical Civil Government: What Does The Bible Require? (The Reformation of Civil Government) by Bill Mencarow (free MP3)

Church & State: The Biblical View (The Classic Reformation Position, 10 free MP3s, Establishmentarianism) from Cunningham, Smeaton, M'Crie, Symington, Gillespie, the Westminster Divines, Bannerman, Owen, & Shaw.

The Scottish Theory of Ecclesiastical Establishments (1875) by George Smeaton (Civil Government)

CIVIL GOVERNMENT & RELIGION by Price, Calvin, Knox, et al. - CLASSIC VS. MODERN REFORMED TEACHING

BIBLICAL REQUIREMENTS FOR CIVIL & CHURCH GOVERNMENT/RULERS TO BRING ABOUT NATIONAL REFORMATION, SWRB

UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT AGAINST PORNOGRAPHY, ABORTION AND CONTRACEPTIVES (BIRTH CONTROL)

To Love Christ Is To Love God's Law (1 John Series 11/27) by Greg Price

The First Commandment (1 of 10, God's Law) Thou shalt have no other gods before me. (Exodus 20:3) by Dr. Francis Nigel Lee

The Ten Commandments by Thomas Watson

When Is Civil Government So Constituted that Christians Can Swear Allegiance To It?

A Presbyterian Political Manifesto by Dr. Michael Wagner (Using citations from great Presbyterians of the past [such as Rutherford, Gillespie and Knox], as well as the thoughts of modern day Reformers and Reconstructionists, Wagner demonstrates how the impossibility of neutrality in civil matters leads inescapably to established religion. He then builds the Biblical case for establishmentarianism and deals with some of the hard questions regarding religious liberty and toleration (in such a state). This book contains a great bibliography and is, in our opinion, the best short work introducing the subject of civil establishments. Wagner has almost completed his work on his Doctorate in political science at a major Canadian University.)

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Institutes of the Christian Religion #15 (Exposition of the Moral Law) by John Calvin (FREE MP3)

Debate on the US Constitution Andrew Sandlin Versus Dr. Reg Barrow (The following debate on the US Constitution, between Andrew Sandlin [editor of the Chalcedon Report] and Reg Barrow [President of Still Waters Revival Books], took place on the Knox Ring email discussion group in January of 1997.)

Oliver Cromwell by Dr. Reg Barrow

The Covenanted Reformation Defended Against Contemporary Schismatics by Greg Barrow (Greg Price, Dr. Reg Barrow and Dr. Larry Birger) Contains especially indispensably important information on how the Solemn League and Covenant binds nations like Canada and the United States (as well as many others)! This book, of over 300 [8.5" X 11"] pages, is also offered as a cerlox bound photocopy [$14.98 US funds] or a hardcover photocopy [$25.00 US funds].)

International Covenanted Reformation or Schism? (A Reply to Doug Wilson) by Dr. Reg Barrow

The Ten Commandments: A Guide for Living 1 of 3 by A.W. Pink

The Appellation from the Sentence Pronounced by the Bishops and Clergy: Addressed to the Nobility and Estates of Scotland (1558) by John Knox
(Mason states that this Appeal "is the most important... of Knox's political writings," [in the Introduction to his compilation of Knox's political writings titled On Rebellion]. It shows in a conclusive manner that Knox wanted a CIVIL ESTABLISHMENT of the Reformed religion, which was careful to "disapprove, detest, oppose and remove all false worship and all monuments of idolatry" [cf. Westminster Larger Catechism #108]. It also clearly demonstrates that Knox believed in and promoted the continuing binding validity of the moral equity found in Old Testament case laws and the penal sanctions attached to them, including the death penalty. Kevin Reed, in a editor's note, introducing this piece in his newly published Selected Writing of John Knox, also points out that "the Westminster Confession provides a distinct echo of Knox, when it states that the magistrate "hath authority, and it is his duty, to take order, that unity and peace be preserved in the church, that the truth of God be kept pure and entire, that all blasphemies and heresies be suppressed, all corruptions and abuses in worship and discipline prevented or reformed, and all the ordinances of God duly settled, administered, and observed" [Ch. 23:3, original wording]. One secular historian once described Knox as "Calvin with a sword," making one wonder if he had not just been reading this very book. For "[w]here Calvin merely permitted disobedience to an ungodly ruler or immoral law, Knox championed armed rebellion -- a type of Calvinism that made religious revolution in Scotland possible" [Christian History, Issue 46, p. 35]. This is the best of the best; don't miss it! Extracted from: Selected Writings of John Knox: Public Epistles, Treatises, and Expositions to the Year 1559.)

What Is A Moral Person? How God Views the Church and the Nations by David Scott, John Cunningham, and George Smeaton (A clear and concise summary of the biblical doctrine of the moral person; i.e. that God regards churches and nations as moral entities separate from the individual members of which they are composed. No Christian can afford not to understand this vital teaching! In many ways this is a crux of the Covenanter position, underlying as it does upon the issues of separation, civil government, the Covenants, eschatology, etc.)

Reformation Civil Government by Dr. Reg Barrow (This is Barrow's letter to the editor of the Christian Renewal magazine. In it he challenges their review of Michael Wagner's Presbyterian Political Manifesto [a free etext of Wagner's work is listed below]. Barrow provides some good introductory insights into historic, Calvinistic thought regarding civil government -- citing Reformers and Confessions often. He also applies some of these teachings to the present situation. Barrow is not afraid to name names when it comes to apostate and antichristian political parties, as will become clear as you read his stirring concluding rebuke.)

Of the Samaritans, and of the Non Compelling of Heathens; How the Covenant Bindeth Us. by Samuel Rutherford

Whether it be lawful, just, and expedient, that the taking of the Solemn League and Covenant be enjoined by the Parliament upon all persons in the kingdom under a considerable penalty
by George Gillespie (CHAPTER XVI. of "A Treatise of Miscellany Questions," pp. 85-88 from The Works of George Gillespie volume 2, Still Waters Revival Books reprint. Includes "Nine particulars to be remembered for the right deducing and stating the matter of fact. - The grounds and reasons of such an ordinance and appointment may be eleven. - Four objections answered. - How this ordinance would not be tyranny over men's consciences. - The covenant is no temporary obligation. - If such an ordinance to the army be scandalum acceptum, then the not making of it is scandalum datum.)

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) by Andrew Clarkson (The table of contents contained in this file can serve as a kind of summary of second Reformation thought concerning the church, state, separation, schism, worship, civil dissent, church planting, opposition to idolatry and tyranny, and much more!)

 

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A brotherly and free Epistle to the patrons and friends of pretended Liberty of Conscience by Samuel Rutherford

The Antinomian Streak in the Reconstructionist Movement by Kevin Reed

A Defense of Liberty Against Tyrants by Junius Brutus (This book had a major influence on Samuel Rutherford's Lex Rex, while also lighting the way to later Calvinistic theories of civil resistance and the development of constitutionalism in the west. For more on this topic see John Knox's Reformation, Revolution and Romanism [originally titled "An Appeal to the Scottish Nobility"], Alexander Shields' Hind Let Loose and Samuel Wylie's Two Sons of Oil.)

Truth's Victory: On the Magistrate's duty to suppress false religion & blasphemy by David Dickson

On the Monstrous Government of Women
by Kevin Reed (The position of the Protestant Reformers [Calvin and Knox] against female government, for civil resistance against tyrants and respecting the use of natural law. This letter was written in response to a book review by professor David Engelsma critical of John Knox's First Blast of the Trumpet Against the Monstrous Regiment of Women.

The First Blast of the Trumpet Against the Monstrous Regiment of Women (1558) by John Knox

The Solemn League and Covenant by Alexander Henderson and others

Paleopresbyterianism Versus Neopresbyterianism by Dr. Michael Wagner

A Faithful Admonition to the Professors of God's Truth in England (1554) by John Knox

Reg Barrow's Reply to Christian Renewal Regarding Their Review of Mike Wagner's Presbyterian Political Manifesto by Dr. Reg Barrow (Shows how all the Reformation Confessions set forth establishmentarianism as the biblical position concerning civil government. Applies the implications of this Reformation teaching to our modern political situation -- with special reference to and a rebuke for those presently involved in the Canadian political scene.)

Apostolic Presbyterianism by William Cunningham and Dr. Reg Barrow (Shows from Scripture how the Apostles practiced the divine right of Presbyterianism)

Debate on the US Constitution Andrew Sandlin Versus Dr. Reg Barrow (The following debate on the US Constitution, between Andrew Sandlin [editor of the Chalcedon Report] and Reg Barrow [President of Still Waters Revival Books], took place on the Knox Ring email discussion group in January of 1997.)

Divers Testimonies for THE REFORMED PRINCIPLE OF ANTI-TOLERATION And Against Pretended Liberty of Conscience by John Calvin, John Knox, the Westminster Assembly, Samuel Rutherford, George Gillespie, the Synod of Dort, James Renwick, James Guthrie, Reformed Presbytery of Scotland, John Howie, Henry Bullinger, et al.

John Knox Versus Bill Clinton

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Divers Testimonies for
THE
REFORMED PRINCIPLE
OF
ANTI-TOLERATION
And Against
Pretended Liberty of Conscience

 

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Author

Title

Year

1

Henry Bullinger

Sermon: Decade 2, Sermon 8

1550

2

John Calvin

Sermon on 1 Tim. 2.1,2.

15??

3

John Knox

Defence of the Execution of Michael Servetus the AnaBaptist

1560

4

Scottish Parliament

The First Parliament of King James VI.

1567

5

Synod of Dort

The Sentence of the National Synod of Dort, Concerning the Doctrine of Conrad Vorstius

1619

6

LL. the Estates of Holland and West-Friesland

The Decree banishing Conrad Vorstius

1619

7

General States of the United Netherland Provinces

The Declaration of the Decree against certain Arminians for their Perpetual Banishment.

1619

8

George Gillespie

Wholesome Severity reconciled with Christian Liberty

1644

9

London Ministers: T. Watson, C. Love, W. Gouge, A. Burgess, &c.

Testimony to the Truth of Jesus Christ, & Our Solemn League & Covenant

1647

10

Samuel Rutherford

Epistle to the patrons & friends of Pretended Liberty of Conscience

1648

11

Westminster Assembly

The Westminster Assembly against Toleration & Pretended Liberty of Conscience

1648

12

George Gillespie

Misc. Questions: Chapter 13: Against the ungodly "Godly Party"

1649

13

George Gillespie

Misc. Questions: Chapter 15: Of Uniformity in Religion, Worship of God, & Church Govt.

1649

14

George Gillespie

Misc. Questions: Chapter 16: Solemn League & Covenant to be taken under civil penalty

1649

15

The Commissioners of the General Assembly of the Kirk of Scotland

A Solemn Testimony Against Toleration

1649

16

David Dickson

Truth's Victory: On the Magistrate's duty to suppress false religion & blasphemy

165?

17

The Ministers of Perth and Fife

Testimony Against Cromwell's Toleration

1659

18

James Guthrie

Considerations of the Dangers to Religion and Reformation

1660

19

James Renwick

A Testimony Against the Antichristian Toleration of James VII

1688

20

An Englishman

Four Grand Questions Proposed, And Briefly Answered, respecting Christian Magistracy and Toleration

1689

21

Reformed Presbytery of Scotland

Act, Declaration, & Testimony: Against Toleration

1761

22

John Howie

Concerning Association, Toleration, and what is now called Liberty of Conscience

1783

23

James R. Willson

Essay on Tolerance

18??

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"Moreover, to kings, princes, rulers, and magistrates, we affirm that chiefly and most principally the conservation and purgation of the religion appertains; so that not only they are appointed for civil policy, but also for maintenance of the true religion, and for suppressing of idolatry and superstition whatsoever: as in David, Jehoshaphat, Hezekiah, Josiah, and others, highly commended for their zeal in that case, may be espied." The Scottish Confession of Faith (written by John Knox and others), Chapter 24, 1560. "Yet civil government has as its appointed end, so long as we live among men, to cherish and protect the outward worship of God, to defend sound doctrine of piety and the position of the church, to adjust our life to the society of men, to form our social behavior to civil righteousness, to reconcile us with one another, and to promote general peace and tranquility." - John Calvin, Institutes of the Christian Religion, 4:20:2.

 

Books at Still Waters Revival Books PuritanDownloads.com

 

Messiah, Governor of the Nations of the Earth (1803) by Alexander M'Leod

 

The Absurdity and Perfidy of All Authoritative Toleration of Gross Heresy, Blasphemy, Idolatry, Popery, in Britain by John Brown of Haddington

 

The Subjection of Kings and Nations to Messiah (1820) by James R. Willson

 

Lex, Rex, or the Law and the Prince by Samuel Rutherford

 

The Scottish Theory of Ecclesiastical Establishments (1875) by George Smeaton

 

Church and State: The Biblical View, A Compilation Of Articles From Some Of The Best Christian Minds In History, Including Cunningham, Smeaton, M'Crie, Symington, Gillespie, The Westminster Divines, Bannerman, Owen, And Shaw

 

The Duty of Nations, in their National Capacity, to Acknowledge and Support the True Religion (1853) by William L Roberts

 

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

 

A Hind Let Loose by Alexander Shields

 

The Works of John Knox 6 Volume Set

 

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Headship of Christ Over the Nations (1841) by Andrew Symington

 

Prince Messiah's Claims to Dominion Over All Governments: and the Disregard of His Authority by the United States in the Federal Constitution (1832) by James R. Willson

 

Act, Declaration, And Testimony, For The Whole Of The Covenanted Reformation by the Reformed Presbytery

 

Christ's Kingship Over the Nations Maintained and Defended in the Establishment Principle, or, The Principle of the National Recognition of Religion by C. J. Brown

 

Defending the Reformed Presbyterian Position on the Civil Magistrate (1781) by John M'Millan Jr

 

Auchensaugh Renovation of the National Covenant and Solemn League and Covenant by Reformed Presbytery

 

he Millennium: Peace, Prosperity and National Covenanting (1879) by Matthew Murray

 

The Mystery of Magistracy Unveiled: or, God's Ordinance of Magistracy Asserted, Cleared, and Vindicated from Heathenish Dominion, Tyrannous and Antichristian Usurpation, Despisers of Dignities, and Contemners of Authorities by George Gillespie

 

Church and State by Anonymous

 

Statement of the Difference… Particularly on the Power of Civil Magistrates Respecting Religion, National Reformation, National Churches, and National Covenants (1871) by Thomas M'Crie

 

Lectures on the Principles of the Second Reformation (1841) by Andrew Symington (Editor)

 

The Right of Dissent from an Immoral Civil Government by Covenanter Magazine

 

National Repentance and Reformation (A Brief Exhortation to England for the Speedy Embracing of the Gospel, 1559) by John Knox

 

Pornography, the Anabaptists, and Doug Wilson's Civil Antinomianism by Reg Barrow

 

The Establishment Principle Defended (1873) by William Balfour

 

De Haereticis: A ciuili magistratu puniendis libellus (Latin Text, 1554, Whether the Civil Magistrate Ought to Punish Heretics) by Theodore Beza

 

Sins Which Bring God's Fiery Judgement Upon Cities and Nations by Thomas Brooks

 

The Sabbath: A Discourse on the Duty of Civil Government in Relation to the Sanctification of the Lord's Day (1829) by James R. Willson

 

The Sin and Danger of Union Between the Church of Christ and an Immoral or Antichristian Civil Government (1841) by Stewart Bates

 

The National (1638) and Solemn League and Covenant (1643) by Alexander Henderson

 

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"Maybe now you can understand why the national reformations that took place in the OT always included the recognition and national confession of the sins of the fathers - for those sins brought God's wrath upon the nation (2 Chr. 34:21, 2 Chr. 29:6-7, 2 Chron. 30:7-9, Ezra 9:6-10:2, Neh. 9:2-37). Previous attainments and obligations continue to bind the national moral person (for more on the "moral person" of nations and churches see Scott's Distinctive Principles of the Reformed Presbyterian Church, pp. 61,70,195f.,285f. and Robert's The Reformed Presbyterian Catechism, p. 150). Moreover, these teachings formed the biblical basis as to why the Reformers (especially during the second Reformation) where always eager to seek out the causes of God's wrath, and repent of these, whether individual, ecclesiastical or national.

The best Reformers did not try to gather together all manner of infidels, idolaters, sectarians, etc. and form some kind of general, moralistic, conservative crusade to uplift the nation - never! (Cf. Gillespie's "Another Most Useful Case of Conscience Discussed and Resolved, Concerning Associations and Confederacies With Idolaters, Infidels, Heretics, or Any Other Know Enemies of Truth and Godliness" in his "Treatise of Miscellany Questions", Works, volume two). They aimed at purifying and unifying the church, state and family on the basis of a covenanted uniformity - always seeking to be faithful to Christ's Crown and Covenant and shunning all suggestions of humanly based solutions to the problems of the day! They looked first to God's mercy and grace (after recognition and confession of sin of course) in their individual lives; and they weren't about to start to build on a resurrected covenant of works, after having faithfully begun building on the covenant of grace, in the civil or ecclesiastical realms either - when dealing with the reformation of church and state.

This is why the Reformations under Asa, Hezekiah, Josiah, Ezra and Nehemiah all involved the biblical aspects listed below. They sought to:

1. Nationally eradicate idolatry and false religion (with iconoclastic zeal) (cf. 2 Chron. 34:3-7; 2 Chron. 31:1; 2 Chron. 15:8; 2 Chron. 15:16, etc.).

2. Nationally promote the true worship, discipline, and doctrine of the church of Christ (2 Chron. 29:11-30:6; 2 Chron. 30:12-27; Ezra 10:10vv.; Neh. 10:31-32, etc.).

3. Nationally establish the one true religion and church (cf. 2 Chron. 34:8- 17; 2 Chron. 29:3-5; 2 Chron. 31:2-3; 2 Chron. 31:20-21; 2 Chron. 32:12, etc.).

4. Nationally confess their own sins and the sins of their fathers (2 Chron. 34:21; 2 Chron. 29:6-7; 2 Chron. 30:7-9; Ezra 9:6-10:2; Neh. 9:2-37, etc.).

5. Nationally publish the truth (2 Chron. 34:30; Ezra 10:7-8, etc.).

6. Nationally renew covenant with God (with specific regard to the present testimony) and set the state upon a fully covenanted biblical pattern, agreeing to nationally obey the law of God (2 Chron. 34:31; 2 Chron. 29:10; 2 Chron. 15:12-15; Ezra 10:3-4; Neh. 9:38-10:31, etc.).

7. Nationally cause (by civil power) the inhabitants of the nation to stand to the covenant (2 Chron. 34:32-33; 2 Chron. 15:12-13; Ezra 10:5, etc.).

- Dr. Reg Barrow, A Contemporary Covenanting Debate; Or, Covenanting Redivivus (Reg Barrow Debates Joe Bell), free online at http://www.swrb.com/newslett/actualNLs/covdebrb.htm.

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THORBURN, JOHN

Vindiciae Magistratus: or, the Divine Institution and Right of the Civil Magistrate Vindicated (1773)
The title continues: "Wherein are properly stated and ascertained, the true nature and extent of the moral power of civil society and magistracy, legislative and executive. The just instituted authority of magistrates. The inviolableness of just human laws and constitutions in general, and particularly those of Scotland. The natural and unalienable rights of individuals in, or with respect to civil society. And the true causes from which a moral relation flows, and upon which a moral obligation is founded, etc. Against the truly factious and immoral doctrine of John Thomson (Burger Associate) minister of the gospel at Donaghclony in Ireland... maintained in his pretended confutation of the principles of the Reformed Presbytery, in a pamphlet entitled The Presbyterian Covenanter displayed in his political Principles, and the Imposter detected. To which is subjoined by way of appendix, A vindication of the constitution of the Reformed Presbytery, and of the character, ministerial mission and authority of the Rev. Mr. John M'Millan Senior, deceased, from the groundless cavils of Mr. W.W. and Seceders. By his son. The whole being humbly offered as an apologetical representation and defence of the principles of the said Presbytery, and of their people, commonly known by the names of Old Dissenters, Cameronians, etc. against the injurious charges and false imputations cast upon them, first by the established church of Scotland, and then by the Secession." Goold, in his The Reformed Presbyterian Church in Scotland: Its Origin and History 1680-1876, writes of Thorburn and this book, "He was a man of studious habits, and his 'Vindiciae Magistratus,' in defence of the principles of his Church against the attacks of the Secession, thought lacking the popular style of the writings of some of his brethren, was not inferior to any of them in thorough grasp of the truth, and power of argument. Lord Kames characterized it as the 'best defences of Whig principles;' and the late Rev. Dr. A. M'Leod, of New York, himself a man of distinguished ability, declared that he was more indebted to Mr. Thorburn, of Pentland, than to any other man living or dead." Upon his death Erskine said, "And he is gone! one of our greatest divines." Goold also notes of Thorburn that "a large amount of work developed on him in connection with the preparation of the 'Judicial Act' (i.e. The Act, Declaration and Testimony for the Whole of Our Covenanted Reformation--RB), so large that he had to be freed for some time from his work as a preacher." He "was the theologian of his Church; and in 1785 he was unanimously appointed to be Tutor in Divinity to the students of the Church." This has been called one of the best books ever written on the biblical view of the civil magistrate -- don't miss it! 236 pages.
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PRICE, GREG

Reformation Politics Versus the Beast (1997)
An excellent summary of Price's latest book Biblical Civil Government Versus the Beast; and, the Basis for Civil Resistance. Here Price lays out the biblical and historical basis for the most highly developed aspects of Reformation thought regarding civil government. He explains the biblical view of civil magistracy and applies it to the present situation, showing why most modern civil rulers are tyrants and thus should not be given conscientious submission (according to Romans 13:1-7). Price's list of how modern rulers habitually violate each of the ten commandments should prove illuminating, as well as his citations from the searing indictments against wicked rulers given from famous Reformed leaders of the past. This book also discusses tactics of Christian resistance, while answering the question: Should Christians hold office or vote in the present circumstances? This highly controversial cassette will certainly seem shocking to those who are not familiar with Reformation thought on this topic -- but it is faithful to Scripture, the original confessions of the Reformation and the testimony of the covenanting martyrs (who gave their lives resisting the civil beast and proclaiming Christ's absolute Kingship over the nations).
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Biblical Civil Government Versus the Beast; and, the Basis for Christian Resistance by Greg Price

 

Civil Government and Resistance