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Contains many rare source documents related to the Westminster Standards.
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 (Gillespie was one of the Scottish commissioners to the Westminster Assembly and Samuel Rutherford's best friend. Both were Scottish Covenanters and among the most faithful ministers and theologians since the days of the Apostles. This work is CHAPTER XVI. of "A Treatise of Miscellany Questions," pp. 85-88 from The Works of George Gillespie volume 2, Still Waters Revival Books reprint. It 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.)
A Defense of Covenanting & the Solemn League & Covenant by Greg Price (21 FREE MP3s) (Greg Price is a faithful contemporary Covenanter minister, following in footsteps on men like Samuel Rutherford and George Gillespie, as they followed the Lord Jesus Christ).
WHY THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA (USA) IS
PERPETUALLY BOUND BY THE SOLEMN LEAGUE & COVENANT - Greg Price (4 free
The National Covenant (1638); or, Confession of Faith (of the Kirk of Scotland)
The Scottish Confession of Faith (1560)
Family Worship by Thomas Manton (The Epistle to the Reader of the Westminster Confession of Faith.)
Westminster Confession of Faith (1647) (The greatest [uninspired] religious confession ever drafted by men! Concerning the Westminster Confession William M. Hetherington, in his History of the Westminster Assembly of Divines [p. 345] writes,
All that learning the most profound and extensive, intellect the most acute and searching, and piety the most sincere and earnest, could accomplish, was thus concentrated in the Westminster Assembly's Confession of Faith, which may be safely termed the most perfect statement of Systematic Theology ever framed by the Christian Church.
Furthermore, regarding the Westminster Assembly, Alexander F. Mitchell [The Westminster Assembly: Its History and Standards, p. 118] notes,
Richard Baxter, who was perhaps as competent as any of their contemporaries to give an impartial verdict, does not hesitate to affirm that 'the divines there congregated were men of eminent learning and godliness, ministerial ability and fidelity; and being not worthy,' he modestly adds, 'to be one of them myself, I may the more freely speak that truth which I know, even in the face of malice and envy, that so far as I am able to judge by the information of all history... the Christian world since the days of the apostles had never a Synod of more excellent divines.')
Commentary on the Westminster Confession of Faith by Greg Price (5 free MP3s, best modern commentary on the Westminster Confession of Faith)
Puritan (Westminster, Covenanter) Fast Sermons (1640 to 1653), Complete 34 Volume Set, by Many Prominent English Puritans, Westminster Divines and Scottish Covenanters of the Second Reformation (Including Rutherford, Watson, Owen, Manton, Gillespie)
The Covenanted Reformation Defended Against Contemporary Schismatics: A Response and Antidote Primarily to the Neopresbyterian Malignancy and Misrepresentations, and the Manufactured "Steelite" Controversy, Found in Richard Bacon's A Defense Departed; With a Refutation of Bacon's Independency, Popery, Arminianism, Anabaptism and Various Other Heresies (Including an Exhibition of His Opposition to Scripture and the Covenanted Reformation, in General; and His Opposition to John Calvin, John Knox, the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland [Especially 1638-1649], Samuel Rutherford, George Gillespie, the Testimony of the Covenanter Martyrs, the Reformed Presbytery, the Puritan Reformed Church of Edmonton and a Host of Other Prominent Reformers from Past Generations, in Particular) -- With Copious Notes on Mr. Bacon's Backsliding and His Blackening of the Blue Banner; as Well as Various Replies to Other Modern Malignants by Greg Barrow (Greg Price, Dr. Reg Barrow, Dr. Larry Birger, et al.) (Though set in the context of a debate with one individual, this book addresses a number of specific problems which plague the Presbyterian and Reformed churches of our day in general. "It conclusively and irrefutably demonstrates that those churches which today call themselves Presbyterian [and even many which claim a more general Reformed heritage] have grievously departed from the Scriptural standards and principles of the previous Spirit led Reformations [of the 16th and 17th centuries]. This will become progressively [and painfully] clear as the reader witnesses evidence upon evidence of defection from biblically based Reformation attainments (Phil. 3:16) -- and the burying and/or removing of the ancient Reformation landmarks. Ultimately, when the testimony and evidence [presented in this book] is weighed in light of Scriptural verities, it is entirely safe to say that the original Reformers would not only have sought negative ecclesiastical sanctions against our modern pseudo-Reformers, but in many cases negative civil sanctions as well," writes Reg Barrow in the "Publisher's Preface." 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].)
Scripture Index to the Westminster Standards (The complete Scripture index to the Westminster Confession, Larger and Shorter Catechisms.)
Westminster Shorter Catechism (1648) (Concerning the Westminster Shorter Catechism, Alexander F. Mitchell, in The Westminster Assembly: Its History and Standards, [p. 431] writes,
...it is a thoroughly Calvinistic and Puritan catechism, the ripest fruit of the Assembly's thought and experience, maturing and finally fixing the definitions of theological terms to which Puritanism for half a century had been leading up and gradually coming closer and closer to in its legion of catechisms.)
Commentary on the Westminster Shorter Catechism (2 Volume Set) by Thomas Boston (digital download just $5.97)
The Ten Commandments (Exposition of the Shorter Catechism Drawn Up By the Westminster Assembly) by Thomas Watson (digital download just $0.99)
The Lord's Prayer (Westminster Shorter Catechism) by Thomas Watson (digital download just $0.99)
A Body of Divinity Contained in Sermons Upon the Westminster Assembly's (Shorter) Catechism by Thomas Watson (digital download just $0.99)
Westminster Larger Catechism (1648) (The most advanced, edifying and convicting theological catechism ever produced! Excellent for ongoing study after the children have memorized the Shorter Catechism listed above. Should also be mastered by all adults.)
Commentary on the Larger Catechism (Volume 2 of 2)
A Body of Divinity:Wherein the Doctrines of the Christian Religion are
Explained and Defended. Being the Substance of Several Lectures on the
Westminster Assembly's Larger Catechism by Thomas Ridgely (digital download just $3.97)
The Covenanted Reformation Defended Against Contemporary Schismatics by Greg Barrow (Greg Price, Reg Barrow and Larry Birger) Contains some of the most useful information you will find on the original intent of the Westminster Confession of Faith and how this impacts modern churches. Also deals with numerous other Reformation standards which bind contemporary Christians [before God, as subordinate standards agreeable to the Word of God]. 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 Scottish Confession of Faith (1560) (In 1559, John Knox returned to his homeland, marking a new effort in the battle to reform Scotland. Throughout the nation, Protestants joined together in a solemn covenant, pledging their lives and fortunes for the cause of Christ. The Queen Regent, Mary of Guise, was a hardened Papist, and she opposed all endeavours to reform Scotland. The Queen Regent died in 1560, and the Scottish Parliament convened in Edinburgh in August, to address many issues confronting the restless nation. In the History of the Reformation in Scotland, Knox gives a record of the drama which unfolded. A supplication was laid before the Parliament by the Protestant nobility, decrying the corruptions of Roman Catholicism, and seeking the abolition of Popery. The petition of the Protestants exclaimed, "We offer ourselves to prove, that in all the [rabble of the clergy] there is not one lawful minister, if God's word, the practice of the apostles, and their own ancient laws shall judge of lawful election. We further offer ourselves to prove them all thieves and murderers: yea, rebels and traitors to the lawful authority of empires, kings, and princes; and therefore unworthy to be suffered in any reformed commonwealth." In response, the Parliament directed the Protestant noblemen and ministers to draw up "in plain and several heads, the sum of that doctrine which they would maintain, and would desire that present Parliament to establish as wholesome, true, and only necessary to be believed and received within that realm." Over the next four days, the Scottish Confession was drafted by six ministers: John Winram, John Spottiswoode, John Willock, John Douglas, John Row, and John Knox. On 17 August 1560, the document was read twice, article by article, before the Parliament; and the Protestant ministers stood ready to defend the cause of truth, in the event that any article of belief was assailed. When the vote was taken, the Confession was ratified, with only a few dissenting voices, who "yet for their dissenting could produce no better reason but, 'We will believe as our fathers believed.' The bishops (papistical, we mean), spake nothing." The Scottish Confession of 1560 is a lively testimony to the truth. The Church of Scotland approved the Westminster Standards over 80 years later; but the ratification of the Westminster Standards was in no way a repudiation of the previous testimony of the Church. Rather, the combined documents present a united testimony respecting the doctrinal landmarks of the Protestant Reformation. And since the latter standards are among the offspring of the former Confession, all persons of the Reformed faith should find it profitable to study the Scottish Confession of 1560." [Kevin Reed's Introduction].)
Communion Catechism (1592) by John Craig "John Craig (1512-1600) was a Scottish reformer. Previously a Dominican Friar, Craig was converted to the Protestant Faith. The Roman Inquisition condemned Craig to death, yet he escaped and returned to Scotland. In 1560, Craig became co-pastor with John Knox in Edinburgh. Later, Craig became a chaplain to James VI. At the direction of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, Craig composed this catechism, which was subsequently approved by the Assembly in 1592" (Kevin Reed).
Canons of Dort (1618-19) (These Canons, produced by the famous national
synod of the Reformed Church of the Netherlands [which included 26 Reformed
representatives from eight foreign lands] met at Dordrecht. This synod was
convened by the States General of the Netherlands and 18 political
commissioners supervised its proceedings and reported back to parliament. These
Canons condemn Arminianism as heresy. But they do much more than just
reprobating the cancer of Arminianism; they also uphold "the faith once
delivered to the saints," sometimes nicknamed "Calvinism" --
setting forth God's absolute sovereignty and predestination. The popular
reduction of Calvinism into the acronym TULIP summarizes some of the work
accomplished by this Assembly, but other matters were also discussed -- including
22 sessions on church government. After these Canons were agreed upon 40
Arminian ministers repented and submitted themselves to the truth; but another
150 apostate ministers were hardened in their error -- and either banished [by
civil power] or agreed to refrain from their "ministry.")
The First & Second Books of Discipline (The Protestant Reformation gave birth to several notable documents in the Kirk of Scotland. Among those documents, the First and Second Books of Discipline grew out of distinct stages in the development of the reformed Church of Scotland... the (First) Book of Discipline... was designed as a blueprint to transform the Scottish church and nation into a society which would be reformed in manners, as well as doctrine. Although many of its provisions were never adopted by the civil government, the First Book retained its ecclesiastical sanction for subsequent generations. Nearly twenty years later, the nation of Scotland was decidedly Protestant, and the kirk had developed a regular system of ecclesiastical courts. Nevertheless, the kirk was engaged in an ongoing struggle with the civil authorities over the right of the church to govern itself without interference by the state. Under the leadership of Andrew Melville, the general assembly approved the Second Book of Discipline. This Book treats the rightful relationship between church and state; and it gives a detailed statement of the presbyterian form of church government, as it blossomed in the Kirk of Scotland... Although the Books of Discipline were written over four centuries ago, they contain many lessons relevant for our own time. [Kevin Reed].)
Geneva Book of Church Order (1556) (The Genevan Book of Order grew out of early efforts by the Protestant Reformers to purify the worship of the church. These efforts found local expression in the English congregation of Geneva, and they formed the basis for Scottish Presbyterianism. [Kevin Reed])
The Order of Excommunication and Public Repentance adopted by the Church of Scotland in 1569 (The doctrine of church discipline received public sanction early in the Scottish Reformation. The church of Scotland adopted the First Book of Discipline  at the outset of the Reformation; and in 1564 the General Assembly adopted an expanded version of the Genevan Book of Order. Both of these documents set forth the general warrant for ecclesiastical discipline. Nevertheless, what was lacking was a detailed explanation of how to apply the scriptural principles of discipline to remedy offences and scandals within the church. In this setting, John Knox was commissioned to write The Order of Excommunication and Public Repentance. The Order was reviewed by several other ministers, and then ratified by the General Assembly in 1569. Based upon Matthew 18, this document sets forth specific details for handling serious disciplinary cases; and it describes the process for readmitting repentant subjects of ecclesiastical discipline. [Kevin Reed])
International Covenanted Reformation or Schism? (A Reply to Doug Wilson) by Dr. Reg Barrow
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." Expressing his belief that many hold to this
erroneous notion of the magistrate out of ignorance, he concludes his essay
with a heartfelt call to his modern Theonomic brethren (and others) to study the reformation source
documents now available (and adopt the historic Theonomy of the Reformation). He also provides a brief list of questions that
readily manifest the socially destructive outworkings of Wilson's teaching.
This is a much-needed treatment of a topic neglected for far too long. Barrow's
valuable contribution is an excellent introduction to the historical
theonomy of the Westminster divines
and is sure to prime the reader for much productive study of the view of civil
government "once delivered unto the saints" (Jude 3). 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.
Toleration and Covenanting by John Brown (of Haddington)
Of Uniformity In
Religion, Worship of God, and Church Government
by George Gillespie
Forbidden Alliances by George Gillespie (Gillespie was one of the foremost Westminster divines.)
Truth and Heresy by George Gillespie
"The Whole Manner of Worship..." Worship and the Sufficiency of Scripture in Belgic Confession Article 7 by Wes Bredenhof (1997) (A great work for everyone interested in Reformed worship, but especially for those with a continental Reformed background. Dispels the idea that the regulative principle of worship "is something peculiar to the so-called Presbyterian tradition." This work demonstrates that the regulative principle of worship was an indispensable and foundational part of the Protestant Reformation -- being connected as it was to the battle over the sufficiency of Scripture. More specifically Bredenhof also proves that "the regulative principle is in fact found... in Article 7 of the Belgic Confession." Bredenhof writes, "(t)he regulative principle was a foundational truth in the contentions of the Reformed during the 16th century, and as such it should not surprise us to find it here in the Belgic Confession. Moreover, the relationship between the sufficiency of Scripture and worship further elucidates this significance, for it is the Reformational principle of sola Scriptura which is foundational for the regulative principle. Without the sufficiency of Scripture the regulative principle falls flat" (p. 21). Additionally, the author encourages the reader to hearken back to the old Reformed confessional standards [as they are agreeable to Scripture] and to "remove not the ancient landmark, which thy fathers have set" (Prov. 22:28). This is an important book for today as the old paths of Reformed worship are under attack from not only the classic enemies of the Reformed faith [such as Rome], but also, in many cases, from those (like Steve Schlissel, John Frame, Doug Wilson, etc.) that pretend to the name Reformed regarding worship, when in actuality they are "teaching for doctrines the commandments of men" [Matt. 15:9]. Also available as a cerlox bound photocopy for $2.99 [US funds] or as a Hardcover photocopy for $14.00 [US funds]).
WESTMINSTER CONFESSION & ASSEMBLY (FREE MP3s)
· Good Newes from the Assembly in Scotland, now sitting in consultation Concerning their Ecclesiastical Government in the Church. Exhibited to this Parliament in England, Concerning this present Reformation in England, with their heartie desires this Ensuing Treatise may be forthwith enacted; for the satisfaction of all good Subjects, here or elsewhere.
· A Solemne and Seasonable Warning to the Noblemen, Barons, Gentlemen, Burrows, Ministers, and Commons of Scotland: As also to the Scotish Armies, without and within that Kingdom. From the Generall Assembly, 12 Feb. 1645. And the humble Remonstrance of the aforesaid Assembly to the King, 13. Feb. 1645.
· The Directory for the Publick Worship of God; Agreed Upon by the Assembly of Divines at Westminster, with the Assistance of Commissioners from the Church of Scotland, as a part of the Covenanted Uniformity in Religion Betwixt the Churches of Christ in the Kingdoms of Scotland, England, and Ireland.
· The Form of Presbyterial Church-Government and of Ordination of Ministers; Agreed Upon by the Assembly of Divines at Westminster, with the Assistance of Commissioners from the Church of Scotland, as a part of the Covenanted Uniformity in Religion Betwixt the Churches of Christ in the Kingdoms of Scotland, England, and Ireland.
· The Confession of Faith; Agreed Upon by the Assembly of Divines at Westminster, with the Assistance of Commissioners from the Church of Scotland, as a part of the Covenanted Uniformity in Religion Betwixt the Churches of Christ in the Kingdoms of Scotland, England, and Ireland.
· A Declaration or Remonstrance from the Kingdom of Scotland, to their Well beloved Brethren in England. Wherein is Declared, the sense and resolution of the Generall Assembly of the Kirk of Scotland, touching the Kings Majesties Royall Person and Authority, in preservation and defense of the true Religion and Liberties of the Kingdomes. As also, their Protestation touching the Solemn League and Covenant, and Resolution to live and dye in the same. With their Desires to their Brethren of England.
· A Testimony to the Truth of Jesus Christ, and to Our Solemn League and Covenant; as also Against the Errours, Heresies and Blasphemies of these times, and the Toleration of them. Wherein is inserted A Catalogue of divers of the said Errours &c. All of them being collected out of their Authors own Books alleadged in the margin, and laid down in their own words; except one that was maintained in a dispute in Oxford, Decemb. 11. 1646. and six or seven which were asserted before a Committe of the Honourable House of Commons in the Star-Chamber, and reported to the House, Sept. 12. 1643. Subscribed by the Ministers of Christ within the Province of London, Decemb. 14 &c. 1647.
· A Testimony of the Ministers of the Province of Salop, to the Truth of Jesus Christ, and to the Solemn League and Covenant, as Also Against the Errors, Heresies, and Blasphemies of these times, and the Toleration of them. Sent up to the Ministers within the Province of London, Subscribers of the First Testimony.
Records of the Kirk of Scotland,
Containing the Acts and Proceedings of the Generals Assemblies, From the Year
1638 Downwards, As Authenticated by the Clerks of Assembly; With Notes and
Historical Illustrations, by Alexander Peterkin (1838 edition)
"The object of the present work is to present to the public, in a form that may be generally accessible, the history of one of the most interesting periods in the annals of our National Church, by the republication of the Acts and Proceedings, at, and subsequent to, the era of her second Reformation; and, combined therewith, such historical documents and sketches as are calculated to preserve the memory of an important, and, ultimately beneficial revolution," notes Peterkin in his introduction. This is one of the most valuable publications we offer related to second Reformation history and the many important questions that were debated (and oftentimes settled) during this watershed period -- before, during and after the sitting of the Westminster Assembly. It also contains some indispensable information on the Protester/Resolutioner controversy (which reveals many valuable lessons for Reformed Christians today), including excerpts from some lost books and papers written by the Protesting Covenanters. The excerpts from James Guthrie's The Waters of Sihor, or the Lands Defectione, in which Guthrie enumerates the errors of the Resolutioners, as well as the marks of malignancy, is one prime example. Other rare Protester documents (inveighing against the "pretended Assemblies" of the Resolutioners), signed by the likes of Samuel Rutherford and Robert Traill are also included. Very rare and very valuable -- a gold mine for the serious student of the second Reformation! 684 pages.
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Terms of Communion: The Westminster
Explains and defends the second term of communion, which is "That the whole doctrine of the Westminster Confession of Faith, and the Catechisms, Larger and Shorter, are agreeable unto, and founded upon the Scriptures." Gives a summary of the Westminster standards, its history and demonstrates why these standards are agreeable to the word of God.
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