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The Protestant Reformation

 

Come Out From Among Them: 'Anti-Nicodemite' Writings of John Calvin

An entire volume, newly translated from the French, providing some of Calvin's most important statements respecting worship. Calvin writes

against the 'Nicodemites:' a class of would-be Protestants who hoped to maintain their social standing by outward conformity to Romish rituals and

worship; these dissemblers claimed that it was lawful to attend the outward ordinances of Romish worship, so long as they did not inwardly receive the

heretical tenets of Rome.

 

Calvin's response is forceful. Through a series of tracts, letters, and sermons, the reformer consistently maintains that proper worship is an

essential part of the believer's duty to God. Calvin decries all forms of superstition and man-made worship. He exposes the blasphemous nature of

popish worship, and stresses the duty of true Christians to separate themselves from such polluted forms of worship.

 

This volume (over 300 pages long) includes a publisher's introduction, describing Calvin's concern for worship, and providing historical background to the individual works contained in the book.

 

Selected Writings of John Knox, Volume 2: Later Writings and Correspondence

Following the general format of the first volume of the reformer's Selected Writings ($US29.95, in hardcover from SWRB--RB), the second volume contains the following works:

 

-Conversations with the Queen (1561-63)

-An Extract from The Reasoning Betwixt John Knox and the Abbot of Crossraguell (1562)

                                                   -A Sermon on Isaiah 26:13-21 (1565-66)                   

-An Answer to a Letter of a Jesuit Named Tyrie (1572)

-Rediscovered Writings from the English Reformation (1550-52)

-Extracts from An Answer to a Great Number of Blasphemous Cavillations Written by an Anabaptist, and Adversary to God's Eternal Predestination (1560)

-Personal Correspondence (1552-58)

-Letters Chiefly from the Scottish Reformation (1559-72)

-Answers to Libels (1571)

 

On Superior Powers (Christopher Goodman)

From 1555 to 1558, Christopher Goodman served as co-pastor, with John Knox, of the congregation of English exiles in Geneva. During the course of his ministry, Goodman preached upon Acts 4:19 and 5:29: "Whether it be right in the sight of God, to obey you rather than God, judge ye. We ought rather to obey God than men." At the request of his brethren, Goodman subsequently published an expanded version of his exposition, "How Superior Powers Ought to be Obeyed of Their Subjects: and Wherein They May Lawfully by God's Word be Disobeyed and Resisted. Wherein also is declared the cause of all this present misery in England, and the only way to remedy the same." In this book, Goodman contends against both ecclesiastical and political tyranny.

 

This new edition of Superior Powers includes a scripture index, a subject index, a biographical essay on the life of Christopher Goodman, and the original foreword by William Whittingham.

 

John Knox: The Forgotten Reformer (Kevin Reed)

The present volume seeks to restore interest in Knox's theology, illustrating how the reformer's beliefs have great relevance for our own day. The individual essays in this book treat the following topics:

 

-The life of the reformer

-The biblical law of worship

-True and false churches

-The role of the faithful pastor

-The use of plain speech

-A warning against the Anabaptists

-Church government

 

 

American Presbyterian Authors

 

The Argument of the Book of Job Unfolded (William Henry Green)

This volume is not a detailed commentary; rather it furnishes an overview of the principal persons and themes in the book of Job: Job's happy estate,

Satan, Job in affliction, Job's three friends, Job's conflict, Job's triumph, Job's refutation of his friends, Elihu, the Lord, and the place of the book of Job in the scheme of holy scripture. William Henry Green (1825-1900) was a professor at Princeton Seminary. His volume about the book of Job was originally published in 1874.

 

God Manifest in the Flesh: Letters on Unitarianism; Letters on the Eternal Sonship of Christ (Samuel Miller)

The two books reproduced in this volume are thematically linked, and they furnish Miller's most extensive writings on Christological controversies.

Each book was produced with a distinct readership in mind. The first work, "Letters on Unitarianism" (1821), was written for a general readership, in order to expose the evils of Unitarianism, so that orthodox Christians would guard against the inroads of Unitarian errors (prevalent today in some Charismatic circles--RB). The second work, "Letters on the Eternal Sonship of Christ" (1823), was composed to correct the errors of a straying brother, Moses Stuart, a professor at Andover Seminary; in contrast to the first book, the second work is cast with a more academic readership in mind. Also included, as an Appendix, is Miller's "Letter to the Editor of the Unitarian Miscellany," which was a reply to a published attack against Miller, by an anonymous Unitarian writer whose article was printed in the Unitarian periodical.

 

Holding Fast the Faithful Word: Sermons and Addresses by Samuel Miller

Contents of the Volume:

 

The Gospel

The book opens with strong declarations about the first principles of Christianity. Miller explains the substitutionary atonement in "Christ Our Righteousness." He shows the necessity of "Being on the Lord's Side." Perceptive readers will note the depth of these statements, respecting the nature of the gospel, in contrast to the shallow evangelistic messages of the present day. In two missionary sermons, Miller illustrates how Christ, through the gospel, will conquer the world. There are additional sermons on "The Difficulties and Temptations which Attend the Preaching of the Gospel in Great Cities" and "The Importance of Gospel Truth."

 

The Christian Ministry

Miller considers "Christ, the Model of Gospel Ministers." He examines the call to the Christian ministry in "The Sacred Office Magnified." He shows the necessity and meaning of pastoral fidelity in "Holding Fast the Faithful Word." In a related messages, he stresses, "The Duty of the Church to Take Measures for Providing An Able and Faithful Ministry," and gives "A Plea for an Enlarged Ministry."

 

The Eldership

This volume includes Miller's original sermon on the ruling elder; his later writings on the eldership were developed from this discourse.

 

Personal and Family Piety

Miller gives warm exhortations regarding personal and family piety. He describes "The Duty, the Benefits, and the Proper Method of Religious Fasting." He treats "The Importance of Domestic Happiness," and "The Means of Domestic Happiness." An illuminating discussion on the role of women is found in "The Appropriate Duty of the Female Sex.

 

Exhortations to Christians

Christian parents are given a stern warning on the danger of educating their children in Roman Catholic schools. Later discourses cover the subjects of suicide and theatrical amusements.

 

Presbyterian Ordination (Robert J. Breckinridge)

 

A companion speech to Breckinridge's Presbyterian Government, this discourse sustains the argument that ordination is a joint governmental act

of the presbytery, not a ministerial rite restricted to preachers. Breckinridge defends the propriety of ruling elders participating in the laying on of hands in ministerial ordinations.

 

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An Able and Faithful Ministry (Samuel Miller)

 

Biblical Church Government (Kevin Reed)

 

Biblical Worship (Kevin Reed)

 

Campbellism -- The Origin of Campbellism: Its Pretensions, and Causes of its Early Success (Nathan L. Rice)

 

The Christian Education of the Children and Youth in the Presbyterian Church (Samuel Miller)

 

Christmas: A Biblical Critique (Michael Schneider and Kevin Reed)

 

Christmas-Keeping and the Reformed Faith (David Cason)

 

Communion Catechism (John Craig)

 

Confession of the English Congregation at Geneva (1556)

 

Doctrinal Integrity (Samuel Miller)

 

The Elder and His Work (David Dickson)

 

Family Worship (J. H. Merle D'Aubigné)

 

Fasting (Samuel Miller)

 

The First and Second Books of Discipline (Church of Scotland)

 

The First Blast of the Trumpet (John Knox)

 

Forbidden Alliances (George Gillespie)

 

Genevan Book of Order (1556)

 

The Guilt, Folly, and Sources of Suicide (Samuel Miller)

 

Infant Baptism (Samuel Miller)

 

Instrumental Music in the Public Worship of the Church (John L. Girardeau)

 

Letters on Revivals of Religion (Samuel Miller)

 

Making Shipwreck of the Faith: Evangelicals and Roman Catholics Together (Kevin Reed)

 

Men, Women, and Order in the Church: Three Sermons by John Calvin

 

The Necessity of Reforming the Church (John Calvin)

 

Order of Excommunication and Public Repentance (Church of Scotland, John Knox)

 

Presbyterian Government (Robert J. Breckinridge)

 

On Revivals of Religion [against Finney] (Albert Dod)

 

The Ruling Elder (unabridged book, with supplemental material) Samuel Miller

 

The Scottish Confession of Faith (Church of Scotland, John Knox et al.)

 

The Scottish Confession of Faith with Scripture Proofs from the Geneva Bible (Church of Scotland, John Knox et al.)

 

The Scottish Metrical Psalms, with notes by John Brown of Haddington

 

Scriptural Interpretation (Patrick Fairbairn)

 

Scripture Index to the Westminster Standards (Stephen Pribble)

 

Selected Writings of John Knox, Volume 1: Public Epistles, Treatises, and Expositions to the Year 1559

 

On Shunning the Unlawful Rites of the Ungodly (John Calvin)

 

True and False Worship (John Knox)

 

The True Method of Giving Peace to Christendom and Reforming the Church (John Calvin)

 

Truth and Heresy (George Gillespie)

 

The Unity of the Church (Thomas M'Crie)

 

The Warrant and Nature of Public Worship (Benjamin Morgan Palmer)

 

The Westminster Confession and Creeds (Robert L. Dabney)

 

 

Special Publications: Miscellaneous Articles and Book Reviews

 

The Antinomian Streak in the Reconstructionist Movement (Kevin Reed)

 

The Canterbury Tales: An Extended Review and Commentary Based upon the Geneva Papers (Kevin Reed)

 

Charles Finney and Revivalism (Kevin Reed)

 

Children: the Hope of the Church --The Relationship of the Church to Her Children in the Writings of Samuel Miller (Kevin Reed)

 

The Church and the Parachurch:An Unequal Yoke (Kevin Reed)

 

The Conduct and Character of Arminius (Samuel Miller)

 

The Decline of American Presbyterianism (The First Time) -- Kevin Reed

 

Of Exegesis and Eccentricity (Kevin Reed)

 

Fundamentalism: A Preliminary Look at Its Historic Features and Figures (Kevin Reed)

 

The Legacy of Roger Williams (Kevin Reed)

 

Letter from Charles Phinney [Kevin Reed]

 

Ministerial Training (Kevin Reed)

 

On the Monstrous Government of Women: The Position of Protestant Reformers Respecting Female Government (Kevin Reed)

 

Presbyterian Government in Extraordinary Times (Kevin Reed)

 

Presbyterian Government (Syllabus) [Kevin Reed]

 

Presbyterian Worship: Old and New (Review regarding John Frame) [Kevin Reed]

 

The Present Evangelical Crisis (Kevin Reed)

 

Princeton Seminary and Presbyterian Polity (Kevin Reed)

 

Religious Dissemblers and Theological Liars (Kevin Reed)

 

Revivalism in America (Kevin Reed)

 

War Against the Idols (Kevin Reed)

This article is a book notice for War Against the Idols: The Reformation of Worship from Erasmus to Calvin (available in softcover for $US29.95 from SWRB--RB) by Carlos M. N. Eire (Cambridge University Press, 1986.).

 

Copyright 1999 by Kevin Reed, all rights reserved.

 

 

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CALVIN ON SEPARATION FROM FALSE WORSHIP (i.e. worship not based on the second commandment or what is now called the regulative principle of worship) AND WORSHIPPING PRIVATELY (IN YOUR HOME)

 

(From: John Calvin, Come Out From Among Them, The Anti-Nicodemite Writings of John Calvin, a forthcoming book to be published by Protestant Heritage Press, "A Short Treatise", pp. 93, 94, emphases added [or NOW AVAILABLE on the new PHP CD: "LIBRARY OF PRESBYTERIAN HERITAGE PUBLICATIONS and PROTESTANT HERITAGE PRESS").

 

CALVIN WRITES: "Some one will therefore ask me what counsel I would like to give to a believer who thus dwells in some Egypt or Babylon where he may not worship God purely, but is forced by the common practice to accommodate himself to bad things. The first advice would be to leave [i.e. relocate -- GB] if he could. . . . If someone has no way to depart, I would counsel him to consider whether it would be possible for him to abstain from all idolatry in order to preserve himself pure and spotless toward God in both body and soul. Then let him worship God in private, praying him to restore his poor church to its right estate."

 

Cited in: Appendix G in The Covenanted Reformation Defended (see below) by Greg Barrow (http://www.swrb.com/newslett/actualnls/append_g.htm ), "A brief examination of Mr. Bacon's principles regarding the visible church and the use of private judgment. Also, some observations regarding his ignoble attack upon Kevin Reed in his book entitled The Visible Church in the Outer Darkness."

 

Romans 16:17 is also very clear on this point:

 

"Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the (Apostolic--RB) doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them."

 

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Resource 2. WESTMINSTER DIVINES

The Westminster Confession of Faith (1647)

 

"The product of Puritan conflict," stated Shedd, reaching "a perfection of statement never elsewhere achieved."

 

"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," writes Hetherington in The History of the Westminster Assembly of Divines (p. 345, emphasis added).

 

"These are worth an hundred victories on the battle field. We do not fear to say of them that they are the finest transfusion into uninspired language of the sublime, awful, blessed truths of the Word of God which the Church has as yet been honored to make... Never can the Covenanters be robbed of the immortal honor of having, while at the summit of their power, published this great principle to the world" noted J.A. Wylie, in praise of the Westminster Standards (cited in Johnston's Treasury of the Scottish Covenant, p. 101).

 

Concerning the Shorter Catechism, which is one of the items also included in this book, Mitchell, in his Westminster Assembly: Its History and Standards, notes: "...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" (p. 431).

 

The WCF is the greatest of all the creeds of the Christian church. The church of Christ cannot be creedless and live. Especially in an age of doubt and confusion, it is her duty to define and proclaim the one true faith. Nowhere has the Reformed church done this so effectively as in the Westminster family of documents. This book represents Reformed thinking at its purest and best. It was intended, as part of the covenanted reformation taking place during its compilation, to be adopted as the binding confessional standard for every individual, family, court, church, and legislature in the British Isles (and all the King's dominions). Study it carefully and we think that you will see why this same goal should be covenanted to by all serious minded followers of the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

This is the definitive (original) edition of the WCF and its many related documents. It contains:

 

-Thomas Manton's "Epistle to the Reader

-The Westminster Confession of Faith (1647)

-The Westminster Larger Catechism (1648)

-The Westminster Shorter Catechism (1648)

-The Sum of Saving Knowledge

-The National Covenant (1638)

-The Solemn League and Covenant (1643)

-Acknowledgment of Publick Sins and Breaches of the Covenant (1648)

-The Directory for the Publick Worship of God (1645)

-The Form of Presbyterial Church Government (1645)

-The Directory for Family Worship (1647)

-An extensive index and more!

 

"Every effort has been made, by sparing no expense or labour... to render it the Standard Edition," note the publishers. An essential book for every Christian home, church, and state! Next to the Bible itself, no other book can furnish you with as much necessary spiritual information.

 

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Resource 3. HETHERINGTON, WILLIAM

History of the Westminster Assembly of Divines (1856)

 

This book is one of the best easy reading historical accounts published concerning this unsurpassed Assembly. Hetherington's purpose for writing this book is stated in the preface as follows:

 

In common with all true Presbyterians, I have often regretted the want of a History of the Westminster Assembly of Divines...Especially in such a time as the present, when all distinctive Presbyterian principles are not only called in question, but also misrepresented and condemned, such a want has become absolutely unendurable, unless Presbyterians are willing to permit their Church to perish under a load of unanswered, yet easily refuted, calumny. And as the best refutation of calumny is the plain and direct statement of truth, it is by that process that I have endeavored to vindicate the principles and the character of the Presbyterian Church (p. i.).

 

The Puritan history leading up to the Assembly (which this book takes a in-depth look at) is especially important and not only set the context for what became the major debates among the ministers present, but even dictated who was selected to this august body of scholars. Civil wars, national upheavals, emigration to the "new world" and a host of other epoch making events surrounded this momentous period of history. These debates and their resolutions have defined and directed Christian thought and national cultures ever since their original ratification -- and Hetherington is not shy about noting the significance of this Assembly when he writes,

 

But the man who penetrates a little deeper into the nature of those unrevealed but powerful influences which move a nation's mind, and mould its destinies, will be ready to direct his attention more profoundly to the objects and deliberations of an assembly which met at a moment so critical, and was composed of the great master-minds of the age; and the theologian who has learned to view religion as the vital principle of human nature, equally in nations and in the individual man, will not easily admit the weak idea, that such an assembly could have been an isolated event, but will be disposed earnestly to inquire what led to its meeting, and what important consequences followed. And although the subject has not hitherto been investigated with such a view, it may, we trust, be possible to prove, that it (the Westminster Assembly--RB) was the most important event in the century in which it occurred; and that it has exerted, and in all probability will yet exert, a far more wide and permanent influence upon both the civil and the religious history of mankind than has generally been even imagined (p. 17).

 

Hetherington covers the period from 1531 to 1662. Many consider this era a historical high water mark for doctrinal and practical Puritan precision. Also included is a chapter on the theological productions of the Westminster Assembly and six valuable appendices (one containing six biographical notices of the Scottish Commissioners including Rutherford, Gillespie, Henderson and Baillie).

This work is indispensable for understanding the work accomplished by the Westminster Assembly, Presbyterian and Independent history, Cromwell and much more. For example, consider the lofty and Christ honoring goal of the Assembly as summarized by Hetherington:

 

There was one great, and even sublime idea, brought somewhat indefinitely before the Westminster Assembly, which has not yet been realized, the idea of a Protestant union throughout Christendom, not merely for the purpose of counterbalancing Popery, but in order to purify, strengthen, and unite all true Christian churches, so that with combined energy and zeal they might go forth, in glad compliance with the Redeemer's commands, teaching all nations, and preaching the everlasting gospel to every creature under heaven. This truly magnificent, and also truly Christian idea, seems to have originated in the mind of that distinguished man, Alexander Henderson. It was suggested by him to the Scottish commissioners, and by them partially brought before the English Parliament, requesting them to direct the Assembly to write letters to the Protestant Churches in France, Holland, Switzerland, and other Reformed Churches. . . . and along with these letters were sent copies of the Solemn League and Covenant, a document which might itself form the basis of such a Protestant union. The deep thinking divines of the Netherlands apprehended the idea, and in their answer, not only expressed their approbation of the Covenant, but also desired to join in it with the British kingdoms. Nor did they content themselves with the mere expression of approval and willingness to join. A letter was soon afterwards sent to the Assembly from the Hague, written by Duraeus (the celebrated John Dury), offering to come to the Assembly, and containing a copy of a vow which he had prepared and tendered to the distinguished Oxenstiern, chancellor of Sweden, wherein he bound himself 'to prosecute a reconciliation between Protestants in point of religion'. . . . [O]n one occasion Henderson procured a passport to go to Holland, most probably for the purpose of prosecuting this grand idea. But the intrigues of politicians, the delays caused by the conduct of the Independents, and the narrow-minded Erastianism of the English Parliament, all conspired to prevent the Assembly from entering farther into that truly glorious Christian enterprise. Days of trouble and darkness came; persecution wore out the great men of that remarkable period; pure and vital Christianity was stricken to the earth and trampled under foot. (pp. 337-339).

 

Further demonstrating his grasp of the most important events of the second Reformation, Hetherington comments on the Solemn League (the epitome of second Reformation attainments), "no man who is able to understand its nature, and to feel and appreciate its spirit and its aim, will deny it to be the wisest, the sublimest, and the most sacred document ever framed by uninspired men" (p. 134). Anyone interested in the work of the Westminster Assembly -- and the men, teaching and events which were at the heart of the Puritan revolution against the forces of antichrist -- should read this book at least once. Third edition, 413 pages.

 

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Resource 4. PRAYER FOR THE PERSECUTED CHURCH (in association with The Voice of the Martyrs, Open Doors, and the Jordan Group)

Four Faces (1999, Video)

 

Infidels.

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Statistics.

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Different people call them different things. We call them family.

 

From Sudan to Indonesia, Saudi Arabia to Vietnam, Christians face some of the worst persecution since the days of the apostles. This live video footage chronicles first-person accounts of the suffering Church in four countries.

 

Filmed on location, Four Faces provides a passport into some of the most restrictive nations on earth. Divided into four segments, the film can be viewed in whole or in part and is appropriate for individuals, families, Bible studies, and churches (back video sleeve).

 

Filmed just this year (1999), this video includes eye witness testimony of the torture and martyrdom of Christian children as young as five years old. These courageous souls would not deny Christ even while face to face with their vicious Muslim persecutors: some were maimed and lived to tell of their experience; others paid with their lives (and now have the martyr's crown). If this video does not challenge your faith and deeply touch your soul, it is not likely much will. Get extra copies to share with your friends, the press and those in positions of authority. This documentary also demonstrates that the main request coming from our persecuted brothers and sisters is that we remember them in prayer, so please do so, even if you do not get this video.

 

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Resource 5. BENNETT, RICHARD

The Roman Catholic-Lutheran: "Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification": A Denial of the Gospel and the Righteousness of Christ

 

Bennett, a former Roman Catholic priest, writes, "There have been numerous, alarming attempts over the past five years to declare Roman Catholics as "brothers and sisters in Christ" during the dialogue between Evangelicals and the Roman Catholic Church. Now something more sinister and authoritative has taken place. "The Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification" (JD), an official doctrinal statement jointly authored by representatives of the Roman Catholic Church (RCC) and the Lutheran World Federation (LWF), has been signed on October 31st, 1999, as a joint confessional agreement. On the 482nd anniversary of Martin Luther's pivotal posting of the yet unanswered "95 theses" that ignited the Protestant Reformation, the RCC and LWF vividly confirmed their position of the serious apostasy -- to which ecumenism with Rome inevitably leads. The Lutherans of LWF have now embraced the doctrine of the Council of Trent, and in so doing have officially and formally denied the Gospel and the righteousness of Christ."

 

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Resource 6. GILLESPIE, GEORGE

The Presbyterian's Armoury (3 volumes, 1846)

 

In terms of "bang for your book buying buck," you will not find more fire-power "under one roof" than in The Presbyterian's Armoury! Can be purchased as the three volume set or individually as listed below.

 

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Resource 7. COVENANTED MINISTERS OF SCOTLAND

Sermons in Times of Persecution in Scotland

 

This book (of 674 pages, 1880 edition) records some of the most powerful sermons ever put into print, most being delivered during the "killing times" in Scotland. These faithful preachers were daily in danger of losing their earthly lives for their testimony to the truth of Christ's kingship (which they proclaim here) -- and many were eventually martyred for His covenanted cause. Includes illustrations and the original preface (written March 19, 1779) by John Howie (author of Biographia Scoticana or The Scots Worthies [see above]). An instructive commemorative sermon, "A Third Reformation Necessary: or, The Piety, Principles, and Patriotism of Scotland's Covenanted Martyrs; With Application to the Present Times," by Kerr, preached on the bi-cententary of the covenanting struggle, is also included. Contians some of the most soul stirring preaching you may ever read!

 

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Resource 8. ANDERSON, JAMES

Ladies of the Covenant (1851)

 

Memoirs of distinguished Scottish female characters (some who were martyred), embracing the period of the covenant and the persecution. The introduction notes the importance of the lives of these courageous women, when it states: "They have especially by the magnanimity with which they suffered in the cause of truth, emphatically taught us the important principle that we are in all things and at all times to do what is right; and as to the disapprobation, opposition, and persecution of men, in whatever way manifested, or to whatever extent, we are to let that take its chance, a principle, the importance of which it is difficult to over-estimate; which lies at the foundation of all that is great and good in character; which has enabled the greatest and the best men, by the blessing of God, to achieve the great purposes they have formed for advancing the highest interests of mankind, and upon which it is necessary for the good soldier of Christ to act in every age, in an age in which the church enjoys tranquillity, as well as when she suffers persecution." Samuel Rutherford's (and others) correspondence with these exceptional Christian women is noted throughout. 494 pages of soul-stirring history!

 

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Resource 9. RUTHERFORD, SAMUEL

The Divine Right of Church Government and Excommunication: A Peaceable Dispute for the Perfection of the Holy Scripture in Point of Ceremonies and Church Government in which the Removal of the Service Book is Justified. The Six Books of Erastus Against Excommunication are Examined; with a Vindication of the Eminent Divine Theodore Beza Against the Aspersions of Erastus, The Arguments of Mr. William Pryn, Richard Hooker, Dr. Morton... and the Doctors of Aberdeen; Touching Will-Worship, Ceremonies, Imagery, Idolatry, Things Indifferent, An Ambulatory Government; The Due and Just Power of the Magistrate in Matters of Religion, and the Arguments of Mr. Pryn, in so Far as they Side with Erastus, are Moderately Discussed.

(Facsimile, 1646, also contains: "Scandal and Christian Libertie")

 

Over 750 pages which Walker says "contains the amplest exposition and vindication of our old ecclesiastical principles." Rutherfurd here gives a classic defense of Presbyterianism, touching on both church government and "the due and just power of the Magistrate in matters of Religion." Regarding worship, he touches on imagery, idolatry, things indifferent, ceremonies and will worship. Sherman Isbell describes this book as follows: "Rutherford asserts that there is delineated in the NT a form of Church government by elders and Presbyteries which is of permanent obligation; more-over, that discipline and suspension from the sacraments are vested with church officers rather than with the Christian civil magistrate. The book also expounds the Westminster Assembly's principle that the mode of acceptable worship is regulated by the will of Christ as king speaking in the Scriptures; the Church is not at liberty to alter or invent anything in worship or government which goes beyond the pattern in God's Word. Rutherford's writings during the London years provide a significant commentary on the theology of the Westminster Confession and Catechisms" (Dictionary of Scottish Church History and Theology, pp. 735-36). Innes notes that Rutherford had "no hesitation in including among matters of faith -- first, fundamental points; second, superstructions built upon the fundamentals; third, circa fundamentalia, things about matters of faith;" making this an important look at the teaching surrounding the Scottish view of the visible church, close communion, etc. An exceedingly rare gem by this celebrated Presbyterian divine and Scottish commissioner to the famous Westminster Assembly.

 

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Resource 10. JOHNSTON, JOHN C.

Treasury of the Scottish Covenant (1887)

A massive listing (over 671 pages) covering Covenanting literature from the period of the Reformation to its publication in 1887. Contains not only the principal literary productions of the Covenanters (in the course of the long-sustained and heroic resistance offered by them to the spiritual despotism thrust against them in both church and state), but all of the chief historical documents connected with this period of history. Inspiration and courage can be drawn from the memories and associations of these events and writings. Here is one example of what you will find (from page 349 in the book): "(Richard) Camerons' head and hands, cut from his body at Airsmoss, were taken to his father, then suffering in prison in Edinburgh for the Covenant. He was asked if he knew them. 'His words,' says Dr. Kerr, 'were surely the most touching of all the memories of that cruel time: 'I know, I know them! they are my son's, my dear son's! It is the Lord: good is the will of the Lord, who cannot wrong me nor mine, but has made goodness and mercy to follow us all our days.' After which, by order of the Council, his head was fixed upon the Netherbow Port, and his hands beside it, with the fingers upward -- a kind of preaching 'at the entry of the city, at the coming in at the doors,' that told more for his cause and against the persecutors than all the words he could have spoken." A must for every serious theological student, religious library, or rare book collector who has any interest in Reformation thought and/or literature. It is a veritable gold mine of information, facts, documents, book listings & more!

 

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Resource 11. REED, KEVIN

Biblical Church Government

 

Covers the basic principles of Presbyterian church government: (1.) scriptural church officers, (2.) church courts, (3.) confessional standards, and (4.) church membership. Second (expanded) edition. "This is the best short statement (of Presbyterian principles of church government) we have ever seen," noted the Banner of Truth magazine.

 

This book is out of print from the publisher, but we have a number of printed copies left in stock. Order early to avoid disappointment.

 

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Resource 12. CUNNINGHAM, JOHN

The Ordinance of Covenanting (1843)

 

This book (of over 400 pages) is considered by many as the classic work on covenanting. Here Cunningham exhaustively 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.  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. A rare and valuable classic!

 

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Resource 13. CALVIN, JOHN, JOHN OWEN et al.

Instrumental Music in the Worship of God

 

Quotes from Calvin, Edwards, Owen, Rutherford, and numerous others citing and expounding on the old Reformed position. Instrumental music in public worship was a regulated circumstance of Old Covenant worship and thus Calvin writes, "From this it appears that the Papists, as I shall have occasion to show elsewhere, in employing instrumental music cannot be said so much to imitate the practice of God's ancient people as to ape it in a sense less and absurd manner, exhibiting a silly delight in that worship of the Old Testament which was figurative and terminated with the gospel." You may be shocked to see the strong and unanimous testimony, given by these famous and much respected Reformers, against the use of musical instruments in public worship of the one true and living God.

 

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Resource 14. WITHEROW, THOMAS

The Apostolic Church, Which Is It?

 

Shows, based on six Scriptural and Apostolic principles, which system of governing the church [Independent, Prelatical or Presbyterian] is pleasing to God. Concludes that Presbyterianism is set forth in Scripture as of divine right. Joe Morecraft calls this book "irrefutable." See Rutherfurd's Due Right of Presbyteries or his Divine Right of Church Government for more advanced treatment of this subject. Easy reading, engaging, and a good textbook for Bible study classes. 91 pages.

 

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Resource 15. GEORGE, R.J.

The Badge of Popery: Musical Instruments in Public Worship

 

Explains from Scripture, Protestant history, and the Presbyterian standards why the Reformers termed the use of musical instruments in public worship "the badge of Popery." Also appended is a large section defending exclusive Psalmody. This is an easy-reading introduction to these subjects setting forth the historic Presbyterian and Reformed understanding of biblically regulated worship. 74 pages.

 

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Resource 16. EIRE, CARLOS M.N.

War Against the Idols: The Reformation of Worship from Erasmus to Calvin

 

Eire shows that as the Reformation progressed the primary focus of the Reformers became upholding God's sovereign prerogative in worship -- what today is called the regulative principle of worship. Eire's War Against the Idols demonstrates the extent of the Reformers clear condemnation of Arminianism in worship (i.e. will-worship [Col. 2:23]) in rejecting all elements of worship that did not have Scriptural warrant. In fact, Calvin was so intent on highlighting this point, concerning the centrality of worship (and the application of Sola Scriptura as exhibited in the regulative principle of worship), that he placed worship ahead of salvation in his list of the two most important elements of Biblical Christianity.

 

Regarding Calvin's On the Necessity of Reforming the Church Eire notes,

 

Calvin speaks about the nature of worship and about the seriousness of the sin of idolatry in his 1543 treatise, On the Necessity of Reforming the Church, where he concentrates on the significance of worship for the Christian religion. Calvin's argument, as indicated by the title of the treatise, is that the Church had reached such a corrupt state that its reform could wait no longer. The most significant aspect of corruption singled out by Calvin is the perversion of worship, and it is in explaining this issue that he set forth the basis for his attack on idolatry.

 

Calvin begins by studying the place that worship holds in the Christian faith, and he concludes that it is one of the two elements that define Christianity:

 

"If it be asked, then, by what things chiefly the Christian religion has a standing amongst us, and maintains its truth, it will be found that the following two not only occupy the principal place, but comprehend under them all the other parts, and consequently the whole substance of Christianity, viz., a knowledge first, of the right way to worship God; and secondly of the source from which salvation is to be sought. When these are kept out of view, though we may glory in the name of Christians, our profession is empty and vain." (War Against the Idols, p. 198, citing from Calvin's On the Necessity of Reforming the Church [FREE at: http://idontkno.connect.ab.ca/books/newslett/actualnls/NRC_ch00.htm ], emphases added).

 

The scholarly translational work found in Eire's book also gives insights into the worship question not found in any other English history books (concerning Calvin, Knox, and a host of others) -- for it contains much from previously untranslated (into English, that is) Reformation documents.

 

A large portion of this book centers on Calvin, but its major thrust is to reveal the single most burning issue confronting the Reformers: purity of worship! Furthermore, this book's teaching regarding the Reformers (and their view of the Scriptural law of worship) is as applicable today as it was in the days of the first Reformation -- for it brings to light the time-tested Biblical principles which guard against the errors, excesses, and idolatries of the Roman harlot, Eastern Orthodoxy and all liturgical innovators on one hand and the modern "evangelicals," Anabaptists and Charismatics on the other. This is, without a doubt, one of the best Reformation history books available -- stirring, scholarly, relevant and edifying!

 

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Resource 17. BARROW, GREG

The Covenanted Reformation Defended (1998)

The best book on the Covenanters written in a long, long time. Deals with many foundational aspects of the Covenanted Reformation (which gave us the Westminster Standards and the Solemn League and Covenant) from numerous original source documents (from the Westminster Assembly's advice to the English Parliament on the Lord's Supper to the official records of Calvin's Covenanting in Geneva). Comprehensive and compelling, this is a shocking (and sometimes advanced) look at what really took place during both the first and second Reformations -- with extensive quotations from the writings of the major Reformers (not just quotes from what others have written about them). It conclusively and irrefutably demonstrates that those churches which today call themselves Presbyterian (and even many which claim a more general Reformed heritage) have seriously departed from the Scriptural standards and principles of these previous Spirit led Reformations. Another primary benefit of this work, which makes it uniquely useful to our generation, is that it will give the diligent reader the historical context and doctrinal foundation from which to profitably understand and apply the myriad of Covenanter books and other Puritan source documents of both Reformations (which are once again available) to our contemporary situation. "Bind up the testimony, seal the law among my disciples" (Isa. 8:16). In fact, The Covenanted Reformation Defended is uniquely valuable at this very point because it compares and applies the old Reformed/Covenanter views with modern Presbyterian and Reformed denominations and shows where various differences have developed. It is written in an easy-to-read and easy-to-understand format and is an unsurpassed work that should not be missed by anyone interested in real Reformation in our day. This is without a doubt the best book to read if you want to understand what it means to be a Covenanter and to walk in the blood-stained footsteps of the witnessing church (Christ's Covenanted and Reformed flock) (Song 1:8)! 318 pages, 8.5" X 11".

 

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Resource 18. FOXE, JOHN

Acts & Monuments or Foxe's Book of Martyrs (c. 1554; 8 volumes, 1843-49 edition)

"No book ever inflicted a wound so deep and incurable on the Romish system of superstition & bloody persecution... (it) was placed in... all churches and chapels throughout the kingdom, by order of Queen Elizabeth." (Smith, Select Memoirs [$US19.99 P; $US29.00 HP], p. 245). Contains much information not found in any of the liberally edited & severely shortened editions of this classic work which are in print today. Covering martyrs from the early church through to Foxe's day, it was one of the most influential books of the sixteenth century! It overflows with faith building testimony of the power of God to overcome the most cruel & barbarous acts of human depravity & demonic cruelty. 6890 pages. A very rare set, now back in print after 150 years!

 

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Resource 19. CALVIN, JOHN

Calvin's Selected Works (7 Volumes)

These remarkable volumes contain Calvin's tracts and letters. They clearly exhibit why Calvin was one of the great saints (who defended the regulative principle of worship) and why his work was singularly blessed of God. Understanding these works will shed much light on our current situation; for many in the professed Christian community live in as great (or greater) darkness today than those who were contemporaries of Calvin. This set contains such classics as "The Necessity of Reforming the Church," "The Catechism of the Church of Geneva," "An Antidote Against Trent," "The Sinfulness of Outward Conformity to Romish Rites" and much more. Calvin's only letter to Luther, his letters to Knox, Bullinger, Beza and a host of other Reformers, along with Beza's 100 page Life of Calvin are also all included. Indexed, 3507 pages.

 

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Resource 20. Merle D'Aubigne

, J. H.

History of the Reformation in Europe in the Time of Calvin (8 volumes, 1880 edition)

 

This engaging set, comprising eight volumes, is the sequel to J.H. Merle D'Aubigne's History of the Reformation of the Sixteenth Century (in 5 Volumes, 1846, [$US34.91, cerlox bound photocopy; $US89.00, Hardcover photocopy]). In his typical easy-to-read, captivating style, the author resumes where he had left off in his other five volumes (which focused more on Luther and the period of Reform up to 1531), entering, in this set, upon the more developed Reformation thought of Calvin, Knox, et al.

 

The preface (in volume one) of this important work states it this way,

 

At the conclusion of the preface to the first volume of the History of the Reformation, the author wrote, 'This work will consist of four volumes, or at the most five, which will appear successively.' These five volumes have appeared. In them are described the heroic times of Luther, and the effects

produced in Germany and other countries by the characteristic doctrine of that reformer -- justification by faith. They present a picture of that great epoch which contained in the germ the revival of Christianity in the last three centuries. The author has thus completed the task he had assigned himself; but there still remained another.

 

The times of Luther were followed by those of Calvin. He, like his great predecessor, undertook to search the Scriptures, and in them he found the same truth and the same life; but a different character distinguishes his work.

 

The renovation of the individual, of the Church, and of the human race, is his theme. If the Holy Ghost kindles the lamp of truth in man, it is (according to Calvin) 'to the end that the entire man should be transformed.' -- 'In the kingdom of Christ,' he says, 'it is only the new man that flourishes and has any vigor, and whom we ought to take into account.' This renovation is, at the same time, an enfranchisement; and we might assign, as a motto to the reformation accomplished by Calvin, as well as to apostolical Christianity itself, these words of Jesus Christ: The truth shall make you free. (John 8:32)...

 

The reformation of the sixteenth century restored to the human race what the middle ages had stolen from them; it delivered them from the traditions, laws, and despotism of the papacy; it put an end to the minority and tutelage in which Rome claimed to keep mankind for ever; and by calling upon man to establish his faith not on the word of a priest, but on the infallible Word of God, and by announcing to every one free access to the Father through the new and saving way -- Christ Jesus, it proclaimed and brought about the hour of Christian manhood...

 

Luther transformed princes into heroes of the faith, and we have described with admiration their triumphs at Augsburg and elsewhere. The reformation of Calvin was addressed particularly to the people, among whom it raised up martyrs until the time came when it was to send forth the spiritual conquerors of the world. For three centuries it has been producing, in the social condition of the nations that have received it, transformations unknown to former times. And still at this very day, and now perhaps more than ever, it imparts to the men who accept it a spirit of power which makes them chosen instruments, fitted to propagate truth, morality, and civilisation to the ends of the earth.

 

In this extensive chronicle of international Reformation the author has made use of the archives in Geneva, Calvin's Latin letters, numerous French documents of the sixteenth century and many other sources not readily available (especially to English readers). This has greatly increased the value of this work, as a great deal of this information is not available elsewhere in English. Moreover, the broad historical and geographical range (from the Hugenots to the Netherlands to Norway and on) covered herein, coupled with the author's extensive research (in various languages) makes this an unique treasure for those seeking to "walk in the footsteps of the flock" (Song of Solomon 1:8). In fact, there are few other large Reformation histories, written by Calvinists, that rival this set.

 

Contents of individual volumes are as follows:

 

Volume 1: "Geneva And France" (466 pages)

Volume 2: "Geneva And France" (493 pages)

Volume 3: "France, Switzerland, Geneva" (492 pages)

Volume 4: "England, Geneva, France, Germany, and Italy" (522 pages)

Volume 5: "England, Geneva, Ferrara" (498 pages)

Volume 6: "Scotland, Switzerland, Geneva" (546 pages)

Volume 7: "Geneva, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Hungary, Poland, Bohemia, the Netherlands" (605 pages)

Volume 8: "Hungary, Poland, Bohemia, Netherlands, Geneva, Denmark, Sweden, Norway" (484 pages)

 

4106 pages, with an extensive 93 page general index (in volume eight).

 

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