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Covenants, Covenanting and the Solemn League and Covenant
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
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
The Covenanted Reformation Defended Against Contemporary Schismatics by Greg Barrow (Greg Price, Reg Barrow and Larry Birger) Contains what may be the best information gathered into one book on the specific descending obligations of the Solemn League and Covenant -- especially in proving how nations like Canada and the United States are still bond by the SL&C! References many hard-to-find Reformation source documents while defending the biblical ordinance of covenanting. 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].)
The Preface and Bibliography to the Rare Bound Photocopy: The Duty and Perpetual Obligation of Social Covenanting by Greg Price
The Duty and Perpetual Obligation of Social Covenanting by the Session of the Puritan Reformed Church of Edmonton
Observations on the Public Covenants by Archibald Mason
A Solemn Discourse upon the Grand Covenant (Solemn League & Covenant). By John Saltmarsh
International Covenanted Reformation or Schism? (A Reply to Doug Wilson) by Dr. Reg Barrow
Richard Cameron - Scottish Covenanter (FREE VIDEO)
The Informatory Vindication of the True Presbyterian Church of Scotland of A Poor, wasted, misrepresented, Remnant of the Suffering, Anti-Popish, Anti-Prelatick, Anti-Erastian, Anti-Sectarian, True Presbyterian Church of Christ in SCOTLAND, by James Renwick
The United States, the Covenanters and the Solemn League and Covenant by Fred DiLella
Toleration and Covenanting by John Brown (of Haddington)
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.)
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.)
Covenanted Uniformity by Jim Dodson (Sets the context for the Westminster Assembly and succinctly explains why there is so much disagreement about what the Westminster standards teach. Also points the reader in the direction of solving the problem of disunity among Reformed folk today.)
What is a
Christian Nation? #1 Christ's Kingship & Lordship Over the Nations (Free
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Up From Reconstruction; or, A Short History of the Puritan Reformed Church of Edmonton (1996) by Dr. Michael Wagner
Of the Samaritans, and of the Non Compelling of Heathens; How the Covenant Bindeth Us. by Samuel Rutherford (This is chapter 21 from Samuel Rutherford's 1649 edition of A Free Disputation Against Pretended Liberty of Conscience. A number of the most important issues [which were at the very heart of the covenanted Reformation] taking place in England, Scotland and Ireland during the seventeenth century are discussed here.)
The National Covenant (1638); or, Confession of Faith (of the Kirk of Scotland) (The National Covenant, a Scottish Presbyterian document, was primarily authored by John Craig (1580), Alexander Henderson and Archibald Johnstone of Wariston (1638). Craig drafted the first section (also known as the King's Confession); Johnston (a Covenanter, lawyer, Scottish representative at the Westminster Assembly, and later a martyr for the cause of Christ) produced the the second section, demonstrating the legal establishment of the Reformation in Scotland; and Henderson made application to the present time in the third section. This covenant was composed in opposition to the "policies of Charles I. Written in the context of the riots resulting from the imposition of 'Laud's Liturgy' in 1637 and the King's refusal to receive the petitions of supplicants for redress, the National Covenant was an appeal... to defend the true Reformed religion, and to decline the recent innovations in worship decreed by the King." (Dictionary of Scottish Church History, p. 620). Furthermore, it was "an assertion by the Kirk of freedom from royal or state control, a personal oath of allegiance to Jesus Christ, the only Head of the Church, the King of kings, and a dedication of life to him. It stemmed directly from God's covenant of grace, was in the succession of those earlier bonds the Scots had made with God for his people's defence and deliverance, and represented a call in the Pauline sense to 'conduct themselves a citizens.'" (Idem.) This covenant (and the Solemn League and Covenant described below) are still binding on all true Presbyterians (because the one true church is viewed by a God as one moral person throughout history) and the hearty and steadfast renewal of these faithful documents would constitute a mighty means toward modern reformation, seeing that much of the contemporary church and all modern states have set themselves "against the Lord, and against his anointed" (Ps. 2:2); excepting, maybe, the African state of Zambia, which seems to be presently reforming, but not yet covenanted to the Lord. If you want to understand Presbyterianism these two covenant documents (the National and the Solemn League and Covenant) offer as much light as any others we know of. They are inextricably linked to the Westminster standards, historical testimony and the covenanted reformation. Some still believe that they will once again be renewed on an international basis near the beginning of the millennium, in preparation for the days when the "earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea" (Isa. 11:9). With this sentiment we wholeheartedly concur!)
The Solemn League and Covenant by Alexander Henderson and others (Mid seventeenth-century reprint of the covenant between England, Scotland, Ireland and the LORD Jesus Christ. The Westminster Divines, the national parliaments, the national "Presbyterian/Puritan" churches and [most of] the people of the British Isles swore to uphold this covenant -- some signing it with their own blood. William M. Hetherington, in his History of the Westminster Assembly of Divines [p. 134], calls The Solemn League and Covenant, "the wisest, the sublimest, and the most sacred document ever framed by uninspired men." It was certainly a long way ahead of its time and it continues to bind the moral person [civil and ecclesiastical] in all those nations which descended from the civil and ecclesiatical constitutions which bound the original covenanters. Some, even today, still regard the Solemn League and Covenant as a foretaste of the millennial blessings that will encompass the Earth in the future. "Yea, all kings shall fall down before him: all nations shall serve him" [Ps. 72:11].) And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the LORD's house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it. And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more. O house of Jacob, come ye, and let us walk in the light of the LORD [Isa. 2:2-5]).
The Solemn League & Covenant: Exhortation by the Westminster Assembly
Martyrs and the Revival of the Covenants! by William Roberts (From the Reformed
Paleopresbyterianism Versus Neopresbyterianism by Dr. Michael Wagner
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!)
For Christ's Crown and Covenant - FREE VIDEO CLIP
The Descending Obligation Of The British Covenants by James Dick The Great Danger of Covenant-Refusing and Covenant-Breaking by Edmund Calamy God's Anatomy upon Man's Heart by Thomas Watson [References to SL&C]
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 Dr. Reg Barrow
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Terms of Communion: Covenants and
Covenanting (CLICK HERE FOR THIS SERIES IN FREE ONLINE MP3 FORMAT)
Explains and defends the fourth term of communion, which is "That public, social covenanting is an ordinance of God, obligatory on churches and nations under the New Testament; that the National Covenant and the Solemn League are an exemplification of this divine institution; and that these Deeds are of continued obligation upon the moral person; and in consistency with this, that the Renovation of these Covenants at Auchensaugh, Scotland, 1712 was agreeable to the word of God." Includes the studies offered separately on the National Covenant (2 tapes), the Solemn League and Covenant (1 tape), the Auchensaugh Renovation (2 tapes), as well as two introductory lectures (only available in this set) on the biblical principles related to the ordinance of covenanting, the descending obligation of lawful covenants, objections against covenanting, etc. Roberts, in his Reformed Presbyterian Catechism ($8.99), catches the spirit of this tape set in the following question and answer: "Q. May we not indulge the hope, that, in the goodness of our covenant God, and by the promised outpouring of his Holy Spirit, 'the kingdoms of the world' at large, and the British empire in particular, will dedicate themselves to God in a covenant not to be forgotten - animated by the example of our covenant fathers exhibited in these memorable deeds? A. Yes. We have the most cheering grounds for this blessed hope; for it is written, that the nations at large in the spirit of devoted loyalty, shall cry -- 'Come and let us join ourselves to the Lord in a perpetual covenant that shall not be forgotten': and it cannot be well doubted, that the death-cry of the martyred Guthrie has been heard on high, and shall be verified -- 'The covenants, the covenants, shall yet be Scotland's (and the world's -- RB) reviving'" (p. 151). A thoroughly amazing set of tapes -- among our best!
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The Ordinance of Covenanting (1843)
This book is considered by many as the classic work on covenanting. "The theology of Covenanting is here unfolded with a richness of scriptural research and a maturity of intellectual strength which would have made the grey eye of Peden glisten with delight. The treatise is a valuable addition to that solid theological literature of which the Reformed Presbyterian Church has produced repeated and enduring specimens, and stamps Mr. Cunningham as a distinguished disciple of the thoughtful and scriptural school of Mason and the Symingtons" (Presby Rev., (1844) as cited in The Treasury of the Scottish Covenant by Johnston). The author himself notes that "Prayer and the offering of praise are universally admitted to be duties of religion. The Scriptures announce a place among these for the exercise of solemn Covenanting... What the word of God unfolds concerning it, is addressed to the most resolute consideration of all, and is capable of engaging the most extensive and prolonged investigation. And yet, though none have found this subject, like all God's judgements, else than a great deep, still in meditating upon it, the ignorant have been brought to true knowledge, and the wise have increased in wisdom. 'The secret of the Lord is with them that fear him; and he will shew them his covenant' (Ps. 25:14)... Mutual federal engagements, concerning things religious and civil, whether entered into merely by simple promise, or confirmed by the solemn oath, have been made from the highest antiquity to the present. The hostility to some such engagements, and also the proud disregard for their obligation, which have been evinced by some in all ages, demand a most careful examination into their nature and design... Furnished with the key of Scripture, approaching the subject, we are enabled to open the mysteries in which ignorance and prejudice had shut it up; and equipped with the armour of light shooting forth its heavenly radiance, in safety to ourselves we assail the darkness thrown around it, and behold the instant flight of the spirits of error which that darkness contains. Standing alone in beauteous attractions descended from heaven upon it, this service beckons us to approach it, and engages to connect extensive good with a proper attention to its claims. The observance, under various phases, is described in Scripture as an undisputed and indisputable reality." In this book Cunningham exhaustively covers the subject of covenanting in over 400 pages. He deals with the manner, duty and nature of covenanting (including personal and social covenanting), the obligation covenanting confers, how covenanting is provided for in the everlasting covenant, how it is adapted to the moral constitution of man and how it is according to the purposes of God. Numerous Divine examples are cited from Scripture and covenanting is shown to be one of the great privileges of the Christian life. An interesting chapter covers "Covenanting Enforced By the Grant of Covenant Signs and Seals;" which touches on circumcision, baptism, the Sabbath, the Priesthood, the new heart and the person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ. Furthermore, this book demonstrates how God's approbation rested upon Covenanters in formers ages, how covenanting is predicted in prophecy, how it is recommended by the practice of the New Testament Church and at what seasons it is appropriate. The appendices touch on the relationship of covenanting to immoral and unscriptural civil governments, the Free Presbyterian Church of Scotland, the British constitution and the apostasy of the Revolution settlement. Additionally, Cunningham acknowledges that the true church is "bound by the obligations of the Church of God is past times" and is still obligated to pay what it has vowed to the Lord in those magnificent attainments of the second Reformation (the epitome of these attainments being embodied in the Solemn League and Covenant and the Westminster Standards). If you are interested in the ordinance of covenanting this is the most extensive treatment you will find in one book. It is a gold mine of Scriptural references and should be read at least once by everyone who calls upon the name of Christ.
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