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"This collection of… CDs is a truly astounding accomplishment. There is nothing like this available to the ordinary Christian on the whole face of the earth. Now, for the first time ever, ordinary Christians can have direct and near effortless access to the very cream of Puritan and Reformed, as well as Covenanter, literature... What they used to say of the Puritan John Flavel's preaching, can be said of these CDs: they are 'hissing hot'! ... more" (emphases added).

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In all seriousness, this collection is almost impossible to describe. It has to be seen to be believed. As a pastor, my library has just increased dramatically. As a Ph.D. student in Puritan and Post-Reformation studies, I have immediate access to many of the same works for which I would normally need to access through rare book rooms of theological libraries.

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This collection of 62 CDs is a truly astounding accomplishment. There is nothing like this available to the ordinary Christian on the whole face of the earth.

Now, for the first time ever, ordinary Christians can have direct and near effortless access to the very cream of Puritan and Reformed, as well as Covenanter, literature.

These books are often in fascinating first editions and many are electronically linked and indexed for the first time. The ordinary Christian may here dig into a simply staggering wealth of literature, from devotional and sermonic material to technical and scholarly works. Even in the days of the Long Reformation itself ordinary Christians didn't get to see this kind of library -- most couldn't read for a start, and even those who could, would never have been able to afford to buy even a hundredth part of the material on these CDs. Truly we are without excuse!

And the significance of this collection goes even beyond that. No longer do we have to wait for modern Reformed publishing houses to predict that a particular Reformation or Puritan book will be sufficiently popular to make it economical to reprint, or to deem it "safe" enough to be let loose on the modern evangelical church. Rather, we are now able to see for ourselves the whole range of the Puritan and Reformed publishing enterprise, including views that are usually suppressed by most modern devotees of "Puritan" piety!

Buy these CDs while you can, and find out for yourself what the First and Second Reformations were really all about! You'll be truly amazed, and, by God's grace, will grow from being an ordinary Christian to being an extraordinary one. What they used to say of the Puritan John Flavel's preaching, can be said of these CDs: they are "hissing hot"!

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Resource 1. PURITAN DIVINES

Puritan Sermons Before the English House of Commons (1640-1641)

This is a collection of Puritan sermons preached to "the Honourable House of Commons... Assembled in Parliament" in London at various times during the years 1640 and 1641. This volume includes: "The First Sermon, Preached to the Honourable House... at their Public Fast" by Cornelius Burgess (Nov. 17, 1640); "Sions Joy" by Jeremiah Burroughs (Sept. 7, 1641); "A Peace-Offering to God" by Stephen Marshall (Sept. 7, 1641); "The Love of Truth and Peace" by John Gauden (Nov. 29, 1640); and two other sterling examples of nation-directing second Reformation sermons. Burgess, in the final sermon, exposes the Popish and Jesuitical traitors in the land, while also demonstrating how their treason was the outgrowth of their false and wicked religion, as well as their hatred for God and the truths of the Reformation. These sermons to the civil authorities were an encouragement to further Reformation and played their part in rousing the civil ministers to their calling. They also assisted in laying some of the necessary groundwork which eventually led the parliament to call the Westminster Assembly. Furthermore, they helped to stir these governors to their duty of covenanting the land to Christ, which was later accomplished in the international swearing of the Solemn League and Covenant. Over 350 pages.

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Resource 2. BURROUGHS, JEREMIAH

The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment

We live our lives in a discontented world and it is all too easy for the Christian to share its spirit. This book remedies this spiritual disease in practical biblical ways. Another in the Puritan Paperbacks series from Banner of Truth.

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Resource 3. MURRAY, IAIN H.

The Puritan Hope: Revival and the Interpretation of Prophecy

One of the most thoroughly documented historical books on eschatology and its connection to revival and missions. A powerfully encouraging study of the biblical and Reformed teaching on the Christian's hope in this world and in the prospect of the triumph of the gospel. Shows how the optimistic eschatology of Scripture made the Puritans of old, mighty men of valour in battling for the kingdom and glory of God. This is a book that is hard to put down. Published by Banner of Truth.

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Resource 4. SMITH, THOMAS

Select Memoirs of the Lives, Labours, and Sufferings, of Those Pious and Learned English and Scottish Divines, Who Greatly Distinguished Themselves in Promoting the Reformation from Popery; In Translating the Bible; and in Promulgating Its Salutary Doctrines by Their Numerous Evangelical Writings; and Who Ultimately Crowned the Venerable Edifice with the Celebrated Westminster Confession of Faith, etc. etc. etc. (1828)

"The Work with the lives of those renowned English Worthies, who introduced and effected the glorious Reformation from popery, and concludes with those, who, unsatisfied with the splendid ceremonial and Romish peculiarities of the church of England, could not conscientiously conform to her superstitious ritual, and were therefore denominated Non-conformists or Puritans. The Reformation of the church of Christ was the sole object of both, their opinions were the same, and it will be difficult to determine who suffered most, or acted the better part. The same reasons that induced the former to labour for the Reformation from Popery induced the latter to exert themselves for the Reformation of the church of England. Their labours, their influence, and their zeal, were devoted to this desirable work, and notwithstanding that they endeavoured, by the most peaceable means, to purge the church, of which they were members, from all its antchristian impurities, they were branded with the name puritans, and many of them, for their non-conformity, suffered suspension, imprisonment, and persecution even unto death. The Work will therefore furnish the reader with a circumstantial account of the arduous conflict of religious liberty, from the days of John Wickliffe. Here he will find some of the merciless proceedings of the court of High Commission and the Star-Chamber, two terrible engine's of cruelty and injustice, whose unparalleled oppressions, and unprecedented barbarities, in place of reconciling men to the unity of the established religion, drove them farther and farther off, confirmed them in their non-conformity, alienated their minds from the prelatical priesthood, and greatly increased their own number and reputation. In a Work of this nature, it appeared necessary to give the reader some account of the errors, encroachments, and corruptions of the Romish church, that led to the long and arduous struggle before us. This he will find in the Historical Sketch of the Christian Church (From the Ascension of Christ – RB), with which the Memoirs are introduced." (Preface, pp. vii-viii). Also included is a "Short Introduction to the Lives of the Puritans." This is a major historical work, both for scope and accuracy. It covers the lives of 132 principal Reformers; among them: Ames, Baille, Baxter, Bolton, Bradford, the Burgess' (both Anthony and Cornelius), Case, Cawdrey, Coverdale, Cotton, Fox, Gillespie, Goodman, Goodwin, Henderson, Hooker, Hooper, Janeway, Latimer, Lightfoot, Ridley, Rogers, Rutherford, Sibbs, Tyndale, Vines, and a host of others. For the book-lover, researcher and student (of the historical and doctrinal struggle for Reformation), a convenient and helpful list of books by each author covered is appended to the end of each memoir. 724 pages.

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Resource 5. COVENANTED MINISTERS OF SCOTLAND

Sermons in Times of Persecution in Scotland (1880 edition)

This book (of 674 pages) 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. The original title of this book, instructive in itself, read (in part), "A Collection of Lectures and Sermons Preached upon Several Subjects, Mostly in the Time of the Late Persecution. Wherein a Faithful Doctrinal Testimony is Transmitted to Posterity for the Doctrine, Worship, Discipline and Government of the Church of Scotland against Popery, Prelacy, Erastianism, etc.... and a Sermon on the Breach of Covenant by Mr. John Guthrie." Each set of sermons in this book is prefaced with a helpful three to six page biographical notice. The following ministers are included (with the number of their sermons in this book noted in parentheses after their name): William Guthrie (17); Michael Bruce (3); John Weldwood (4); Richard Cameron (7 sermons and 1 lecture); Donald Cargill (7 sermons and 3 lectures); Alexander Peden (2); Alexander Shields (2 sermons and 1 lecture); John Livingstone (1 sermon and 1 sacramental discourse); John Welch (1 sermon and 1 sacramental discourse); John Guthrie (1). Includes illustrations and the original preface (written March 19, 1779) by John Howie (author of The Scots Worthies). An instructive and useful 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.

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Resource 6. PIERCE, JAMES

A Vindication of the Dissenters (1718, second edition, corrected)

Written "In Answer to Dr. William Nichols's Defence of the Doctrine and Discipline of the Church of England," this work was first written in Latin and then translated into English. It is a massive (605 pages) and detailed history and doctrinal defense of the Dissenters and "An Appeal to Foreign Divines, Professors, and all other Learned Men of the Reformed Religion." Part one covers the history and controversies surrounding nonconformity, drawing from sources ancient to the author's day (in 288 pages). Part two is titled "Concerning the Doctrine of the Church of England." It deals with separation, backsliding into Popish ways, civil resistance, the power of the magistrate and numerous other topics of importance to Reformed Christians. Part 3, "Concerning Discipline, and Modes of Worship," systematically exposes numerous specific errors of the Prelates (in worship and government), while defending the testimony of the Dissenters. Chapters in this section include, "Of the Government of Bishops," "Of Singing and Music in Churches," "Of the Public Liturgy," "Of the Sign of the Cross in Baptism," "Of Godfathers and Godmothers," "Of Confirmation," "Of the Surplice, and other Ecclesiastical Habits," "Of the Ring in Marriage," "Of Kneeling at the Sacraments," "Of the Observation of Holidays," "Of Bowing in the Name of Jesus," "Of Reading Apocryphal books in the Church," Of the Faults found with the English Liturgy," and much more. This last section is particularly revealing, as it exposes how far many, in our day, that claim to be Reformed (like Steve Schlissel), have actually backslidden into the rejected ways of Popery and Prelacy – casting off some of the greatest attainments of the Reformation (notably the second Reformation) in the process. This is especially evident in the modern "Reformed" rejection of the regulative principle of worship and the subsequent (ignorant) embracing of many worship practises which our worthy Reformed forefathers rightly abominated (as idolatry), confessed outside the church, and sometimes even gave their lives fighting against. This book might be called a miniature encyclopaedia of dissent. It should not be overlooked by those interested in the great Puritan revolution which Pierce here defends -- a revolution which is once again being revived (by the power of Almighty God) in our day and is destined to one day cover the whole earth!

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Resource 7. WESTMINSTER DIVINES & OTHER PURITANS (Gouge, Gataker, et al.)

The Westminster Annotations and Commentary on the Whole Bible

(6 volumes, 1657)

The original title read: "Annotations Upon all the Books of the Old and New Testament: This Third, above the First and Second, Edition so enlarged, As they make an entire Commentary on the Sacred Scriptures: The like never before published in English. Wherein the Text is Explained, Doubts Resolved, Scripture Parallel'd, and Various Readings observed; By the Labour of certain Learned Divines thereunto appointed, and therein employed, As is expressed in the Preface." The preface (found in the first volume) recounts not only a short history of the English Bible, but sets forth the great advantage to true Religion which accrues (contrary to the mysticism of the Anabaptists and the anti-intellectualism of the modern backsliding church) when faithful notes are "bound in" with the Scripture text – this bringing forth nothing different than the effect generated (through God's grace) by faithful preaching, faithful commentaries, faithful creeds, faithful covenants, faithful confessions, etc. Pointing out that this blessing from God was never more obvious than in the case of the Geneva Bible ($159.95, leather hardcover) and its marginal notes (and that the people knew it to be so when they were left with Bibles without annotations honoring to God), the preface further states, "hence were divers of the Stationers and Printers of London induced (by the people–RB) to petition the committee of the Honourable House of Commons, for licence to print the Geneva notes upon the Bible, or that some notes might be fitted to the new translation: which was accordingly granted, with an order for review and correction of those of the Geneva edition, by leaving out such of them as there was cause to dislike, by clearing those that were doubtful, and by supplying such as were defective. For which purpose letters were directed to some of us from the Chair of the Committee for Religion (in 1648–RB), and personal invitations to others, to undertake and divide the task among us, and so cometh in our part, whereof we shall give the world a true and just account in that which followeth." The detailed account which follows in the preface is fascinating, mentioning, among many other things, the divines' "use of... the Dutch Bibles... set forth at... Holland, by order of the States."

The diligence given, the energy expended, the obvious humility, and the fearful trembling before God's Word which is evident in these commentators makes this truly a classic Puritan work – a work of great value! Just knowing, as Barker points out, that this commentary was "prepared mostly by Westminster divines, by order of Parliament, at the time of the Assembly" (Puritan Profiles, p. 37), certainly bodes well for the level of scholarship it contains. Moreover, with Gouge, one of the most respected English Covenanters at the Assembly playing a major role, the thoughtful student of Scripture and history ought to take note: for a theological feast of mature Puritan thought surely awaits those that sup at this table. Esteemed, by the mid-1640's, "as the father of the London Ministers," Gouge was elected as Assessor for the Westminster Assembly on Nov. 25, 1647. His detractors sometimes called him an "arch Puritan" (cf. Ibid., p. 35). Dr. Gouge's "share of the useful work consisted of Kings, and the subsequent books down to Esther, inclusive" (Smith, Select Memoirs of English and Scottish Divines, p. 534). Most of the others chosen to this work had similar credentials, though not all exhibit equal proficiency and some later backslid from attainments reached at this point. Nevertheless, when the commentators were first chosen, these Annotations were produced by some of the most qualified English Puritans – as a historical high water mark for Puritan scholarship was beginning to crest. Furthermore, in prosecuting this work the divines note, "therefore we have put ourselves to much more pains (for many months) in consulting with many more authors, in several languages, than at first we thought of, that (for the propriety of the original text, for pertinent and profitable variety of versions, for consonancy of parallel Scriptures, and for perspicuity in clearing of the darkest places) we might bring in such observations, as might not only serve to edify the ordinary reader, but might likewise gratify our brethren of the ministry, at least such among them, as have not the means to purchase, or leisure to pursue, so many books, as (by order of the Committee) we were furnished with all, for the finishing of the work, committed to our hands" (preface). As the work wore on, however, it became apparent that the original intention (of printing these annotations as marginal notes in the Bible) would no longer fit the scope and length of commentary that had been produced. Thus, the notes were not added to the Scriptures directly, but rather published as a separate commentary (which we are offering here) – except that we have divided the work into six volumes rather than the original two, because of logistics.

Brook calls this a "useful work" and says of its authors that "several of them were celebrated puritans" (Lives of the Puritans, vol. 3, p. 221n). Spurgeon comments that it "contains valuable remarks" and that "the work is probably less esteemed than it should be" (Commenting and Commentaries). In "A Narrative of His Life and Death" prefixed to volume one of Gouge's three volume commentary on Hebrews ($99.00 HP, $59.99 P), we also find this note, "He was likewise chosen by a Committee of Parliament, among others, to make Annotations upon the Bible, being well-known to be a judicious interpreter of Scripture. How well he hath performed his trust is evident to all that read the annotations from the beginning of the first book of Kings unto Job, which was his part." Furthermore, Neal, in his history, furnishes us with a helpful (though partial) list of each of the specific authors and books of the Bible they worked on in the Annotations. He writes, "Those with asterisks were not of the assembly. Rev. Mr. Ley, subdean of Chester (The commentary on the five books of Moses), Dr. Gouge (1 & 2 Kings, 1 & 2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther), *Mr. Meric Casaubon (The Psalms), Mr Francis Taylor (Proverbs), Dr. Reynolds (Ecclesiastes), *Mr Smallwood, recommended by archbishop Usher (Solomon's Song), Mr. Gataker (Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations), *Mr. Pemberton in the first edition and *Bishop Richardson in the second (Ezekiel, Daniel, and the smaller Prophets), Mr. Ley (Matthew, Mark, Luke, John), Dr. D. Featly... (St. Paul's Epistles). There were two other persons concerned in this work, who might probably have the other parts of Scripture allotted them, not here mentioned, viz. Mr. Downham and Mr. Reading" (pp. 504-505).

Additionally, as should be evident, the Annotations were not, strictly speaking, a work of the Westminster Assembly per se, but rather a work primarily by men who attended the Westminster Assembly – including a few others chosen to this task by Parliament. Notwithstanding, we thought it prudent to title this work in accord with one of the primary names by which it has come to be commonly known (i.e "The Westminster Annotations"). As with much of the literature that was produced by those attending the Westminster Assembly, or by those sympathetic to their work, the modern reader has much to gain by carefully considering the words of these spiritual giants. This work is no exception and we pray that this newly published edition will strengthen and unite the church, turn individuals to righteousness, uplift the family, and help direct the nations to the covenanting love that surrounded the work at the Westminster Assembly in the seventeenth century -- and in all this bring glory to God! 2383 (8.5" X 11") pages.

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Resource 8. PERKINS, WILLIAM

The Foundation of Christian Religion Gathered Into Fixed Principles (1608)

Interestingly, just below the title on the front cover of this 756 page book we find the words: "And it is to be learned of ignorant people, that they may be fit to hear sermons with profit, and to receive the Lord's Supper with comfort." "Called 'the principal architect of Elizabethan Puritanism' and 'the most important Puritan writer, Perkins was the first theologian of the reformed English church to gain an international reputation," writes McKim (Encyclopaedia of the Reformed Faith, p. 274). This hefty tome contains the following works by Perkins: "A Golden Chain: Or, The Description of Theology, Containing the order of the causes of Salvation and Damnation... Hereunto is adjoined the order which M. Theodore Beza used in comforting afflicted consciences;" "An Exposition of the Symbol or Creed of the Apostles;" "An Exposition of the Lord's Prayer, In the Way of Catechizing Serving for Ignorant People;" "A Treatise Tending Unto a Declaration Whether a Man Be in the Estate of Damnation, or in the Estate of Grace: And if He Be in the First, How He May in Time Come Out of it: If in the Second, How He May Discern It, and Persevere in the Same to the End;" "A Case of Conscience, the Greatest that Ever Was: How a Man May Know Whether He Be the Child of God, or No (Whereunto is added a brief discourse taken out of H. Zanchius);" "A Direction for the Government of the Tongue According to God's Word;" "Two Treatises: 1. On the Nature and Practice of Repentance; 2. Of the Combat of the Flesh and the Spirit;" "A Treatise How To Live Well, In All Estates and Times, Specially When Helps and Comforts Fail;" "The Treatise of Dying Well;" "A Discourse of Conscience Wherein is Set Down the Nature, Properties, and Differences Thereof: as Also the Way to Get and Keep a Good Conscience;" "A Reformed Catholic: Or, A Declaration Showing How Near We May Come to the Present Church of Rome in Sundry Points of Religion; and Wherein We Must For Ever Depart From Them – With an Advertisement to all Favourers of the Roman Religion, Showing How the Said Religion is Against the Catholic Principles and Grounds of the Catechism;" "A Declaration of the True Manner of Knowing Christ Crucified;" "A Grain of Mustard Seed: Or, The Least Measure of Grace that is or Can Be Effectual to Salvation;" "The True Gain, More in Worth then All the Goods of the World;" "A Warning Against Idolatry of the Last Times and an Instruction Touching Religious Divine Worship;" "A Treatise of God's Free Grace and Man's Free Will;" A Treatise of the Vocations , Or Callings of Men, With the Sorts and Kinds of Them, and the Right Use Thereof." "Several of Perkins' works have been translated into Latin, French, Dutch, and Spanish" (Darling, Cyclopaedia Bibliographica: A Library Manual of Theological and General Literature, 2337).

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Resource 9. POND, ENOCH

The Seals Opened; Or, The Apocalypse Explained (1871)

After noting that he found the Jesuit (i.e. Preterist–RB) method of eschatalogical interpretation unsatisfactory, Pond tells us how he came to settle on the historic Protestant method of interpretation (i.e. historicism). Furthermore, he states that "avoiding the theories of Rationalists and Roman Catholics on the one hand, and of the Adventists (Premillennialists–RB) on the other, the plan of interpretation which we have pursued is the same which has been held by the great body of evangelical ministers and Christians in America and in England for the last hundred years." Pond aims to open Revelation to all Christians, but also deals with some controversial points in chapters which deal with the dating of Revelation and a review of Moses Stuart's Preterism. 248 pages.

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Resource 10. DICKSON, DAVID

Truth's Victory Over Error (1684, 1784 edition)

The title continues, "The True Principles of the Christian Religion, Stated and Vindicated against the following Heresies, viz, Arians, Arminians, Anabaptists, Antinomians, Brownists, Donatists, Epicurians, Eutychians, Erastians, Familists, Jesuits, Independents, Libertines, Manicheans, Pelagians, Papists, Quakers, Socinians, Sabellians, Sceptics, Vaninians, etc. The whole being a Commentary on all the Chapters of the (Westminster – RB) Confession of Faith, by way of Question and Answer: In which, the saving Truths of our holy Religion are confirmed and established; and the dangerous Errors and Opinions of its Adversaries detected and confuted... To this Edition is prefixed, A short Account of the Author's Life, by the late Mr. Robert Wodrow..." 296 pages.

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Resource 11. DICK, JAMES

Hymns and Hymn Books (1883)

Greg Price calls this one of the best short defences of exclusive Psalmody. It is excerpted from The Original Covenanter magazine (Dec, 1883, vol. 3, No. 12). Here is a taste of Dick's writing, "Hymns of human composition are used so commonly now in public worship by Presbyterian churches that it is difficult to believe that the practice is not a hundred years old, and that in some of the churches it is of very recent date. On the supposition that it is good and dutiful and wise to sing such hymns in worship, it is equally difficult to account for the neglect of the churches at the time of the Reformation, and for generations afterwards. What could have so blinded the reformers as to make them reject hymns and sing the Psalms alone? How could the Westminster Divines, in framing their Confession of Faith and Directory for Worship, have been so unanimous in the blunder that the service of praise is to consist of the 'singing of Psalms?' And apart from the aspect of duty, how could the Presbyterian churches, for about a hundred and fifty or two hundred years after the Westminster Assembly, have been so insensible to the power of hymns as an attractive addition to their public services? We cannot by any means understand how it was that, if it was dutiful to use hymns in worship, the reformers did not discover the Scriptural warrant for the duty, especially as hymns had been used for centuries by the Church of Rome. Nor can we understand how they rejected the hymns and used the Psalms alone, unless on the supposition that they believed the use of hymns to be part of the will-worship of Rome. If they were wrong on this point, then Rome and our modern Presbyterian churches are right. In that case, the Puritans and Covenanters were fanatics, and Romanists were truly enlightened! And most of our Presbyterian churches of the present day were fanatical too, and did not become truly enlightened and liberal till they got back to the Romish practice!"

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Resource 12. 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 13. MASON, ARCHIBALD

The Fall of Babylon the Great, by the Agency of Christ, and Through the Instrumentality of His Witnesses: In Four Discourses (1821)

This book is made up of six sermons and one lengthy lecture. The first two sermons (on Rev. 8:5) deal with "Christ the Mediatorial Angel, Casting the Fire of Divine Judgments Into the Earth." The next two sermons (on Rev. 11:6) treat "Christ's Two Witnesses Smiting the Antichristian Earth With All Plagues, As Often As They Will." The first four sermons cover 112 pages. These works are followed with "Remarks on the Sixth Vial, Symbolizing the Fall of the Turkish Empire" on Rev. 16:12 (24 pages), "Remarks on the Seventh Vial, Symbolizing the Fall of Popery and Despotism" Rev. 16:17 and 21:5,6 (24 pages) and the final discourse, "Observations on the Public Covenants Between God and the Church" (104 pages), taking off from, "They are turned back to the iniquities of their forefathers, which refused to hear my words; and they went after other gods to serve them: the house of Israel and the house of Judah have broken my covenant which I made with their fathers" (Jer. 11:10). David Steele, in his classic Notes on the Apocalypse includes Mason among his list of "distinguished and approved interpreters of the book of Revelation." 264 pages in total.

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Resource 14. BAILLIE, ROBERT

The Canterburians Self-Conviction: or an evident demonstration of the avowed Arminianisme, Poperie, and tyrannie of that faction, by their owne confessions.... (1641)

Baillie was one of the Scottish commissioners to the Westminster Assembly. An exceedingly rare item, this book was written as the storms of the religious wars between the Puritans and the Prelates were beginning to blow. These were days when nations adopted overtly religious presuppositions and books such as this became international defences of gospel principles against the ecclesiastical (and political) forces of Antichrist – and his generation of vipers. After rehearsing some of the major incidents of Prelatical persecution against the saints of the most high God, and calling to the English for support of the Covenanted cause of Christ, Baillie gives this stirring summary of his motives in writing this book, "behold I here first upon all hazard do break my pitcher, do hold out my Lamp, and blow my trumpet before the Commissioners of the whole Kingdom, offering to convince that prevalent faction by their own mouth, of Arminianism, Popery, and Tyranny." These were brave and zealous words, for in that day such speech could eventuate in your death. This is not only a historically relevant item, but also a fine defense against the prevailing heresies of the flesh (heresy being a work of the flesh, cf. Gal 5:19-20). The two predominant heresies addressed by Baillie in this book still cover much of the professing Christian world today; these being: (1.) false, man-centered views of salvation (Arminianism and Pelagianism) and (2.) false man-centered views of worship (Liturgical innovationism: either high church or Charismatic). "Baillie fought hard against Arminianism" noted Johnston (The Treasury of the Scottish Covenant, p. 310); making this book especially valuable for today! This is the third edition of 128 pages, plus a 28 page postscript.

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Resource 16. EDWARDS, THOMAS

The Casting Down of the Last and Strongest Hold of Satan; Or, A Treatise Against Toleration and Pretended Liberty of Conscience (1647)

The title continues: "Wherein by Scripture, sound Reason, Fathers, Schoolmen, Casuists, Protestant Divines of all Nations, Confessions of Faith of the Reformed Churches, Ecclesiastical Histories, and constant practice of the most pious and wisest Emperors, Princes, States, the best Writers of Politicks, the experience of all Ages; yea, by divers Principles, Testimonies and Proceedings of Sectaries themselves, as Donatists, Anabaptists, Brownists, Independents, the unlawfulness and mischief in Christian Commonwealths and Kingdoms both of a Universal Toleration of all Religions and Consciences, and of a limited and bounded (toleration–RB) of some Sects only, are clearly proved and demonstrated, with all the material Grounds and Reasons brought for such Tolerations fully answered." This title (representing the English Presbyterian position) is very much akin to the Scottish view found in Samuel Rutherford's classic A Free Disputation Against Pretended Liberty of Conscience ($39.00 HP, $19.99 P). It is also comparable to the position of the Covenanted Scottish General Assembly as seen in this sample quote, "we are also very sensible of the great and imminent dangers into which this common cause of religion is now brought by the growing and spreading of most dangerous errors in England to the obstructing and hindering of the begun Reformation, as namely (beside many others) Socinianism, Arminianism, Anabaptism, Antinomianism, Brownism, Erastianism, Independency, and that which is called (by abuse of the word) Liberty of Conscience, being indeed Liberty of Error, Scandal, Schism, Heresy, dishonouring God, opposing the Truth, hindering Reformation; and seducing others" (Acts of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland 1638-1649 Inclusive, p. 333). In short, this work of Edwards' is "a treatise against the Magistrates toleration and permission of a promiscuous use and profession of all religions, sects and heresies, and a partial limited toleration of some few sects, or of any one sect, way of worship, church government different from the true religion established and settled." This book was published by the authority of the English Parliament of Edwards' day. 224 pages.

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Resource 17. BAILLIE, ROBERT

A Dissuasive from the Errors of the Time: Wherein the Tenets of the principal Sects, especially of the Independents, are drawn together in one Map, for the most part, in the words of their own Authors, and their main principles are examined by the Touchstone of the Holy Scriptures (1645)

Chapter titles include: The origin and progress of the Brownists; The doctrine of the Brownists; The origin and progress of the Independents, and of their carriage in New England; The carriage of the Independents in Holland; The carriage of the Independents at London; An enumeration of the common tenets of the Independents; It is unjust scrupulosity to require satisfaction of the true grace of every Church member; Concerning the right of prophesying (i.e. preachin–RB); Whether the power of ecclesiastical jurisdiction belongs to the people, or to the Presbytery?; Independency is contrary to God's Word; The thousand years of Christ, his visible reign upon Earth, is against Scripture (contra Premillennialism–RB). 274 pages.

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Resource 18. DURHAM, JAMES

The Unsearchable Riches of Christ and of Grace and Glory In and Through Him; Diligently Searched Into, Clearly Unfolded, and Comfortably Holden Forth, in Fourteen Rich Gospel Sermons Preached on Several Texts, at Communions in Glasgow (1685, 1764 edition)

These communion sermons cover topics such as: the great danger of unworthy communing; the great sin of not discerning the Lord's body; gospel preparations are the strongest invitations; after God speaks peace, turn not again to folly; right covenanting with God, a business of the greatest concern; heart-melting is a good frame for covenanting with God; we should stir up ourselves to covenant with God; believers' sweetest communion is with Christ in heaven; etc. The tenor of this book could be summed up in this statement excerpted from the Epistle Dedicatory and Prefatory, "Beware of all sinful dalliances with idols, whereby the soul is estranged from communion with God; for there is no agreement betwixt the temple of God and idols, from love to fellowship with him, and from zeal to his glory, bid them all, with indignation, be gone, saying to them, What have we any more to do with idols? and as to a menstruous cloth, Get you hence" (bold emphasis added. pp. xi-xii). Durham was a well-known Presbyterian Covenanter (who openly sided with the Protesters as he neared his death)and Covenanter communion sermons often produced some of the richest gospel fare one is likely to encounter. Taste of this fine feast and you will see for yourself what we mean. Over 300 pages.

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Resource 19. 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 20. OWEN, JOHN

A Discourse Concerning Liturgies & Their Imposition

First published anonymously in 1662, this edition is from the mid 19th-century printing. In it Owen argues against the liturgy, the imposition of which caused (to the astonishment of the Prelatical hierarchy) nearly two thousand Puritan ministers of the Church of England to resign from their pulpits rather than sacrifice a clear conscience concerning the commanded worship of God. These men sacrificed their livelihood, families, and even their own lives rather than offend God by propagating false worship. In conjunction with this, Girardeau, in his Instrumental Music in the Public Worship of the Church (pp. 24-25 [$8.99 bound photocopy; $19.00 Hardcover photocopy) notes, "The words of the great theologian, John Owen – and the British Isles have produced no greater – are solemn and deserve to be seriously pondered: 'The principle that the church hath power to institute any thing or ceremony belonging to the worship of God, either as to matter or manner, beyond the observance of such circumstances as necessarily attend such ordinances as Christ Himself hath instituted, lies at the bottom of all the horrible superstition and idolatry, of all the confusion, blood, persecution, and wars, that have for so long a season spread themselves over the face of the Christian world.'" Bannerman, in his Church of Christ, summarizes this book as "giving the Scriptural argument against the imposition of liturgies as well as of other humanely devised elements in Divine worship, with great clearness and force"(p. 435). Furthermore, the Westminster Theological Journal (55, 1993, p. 322, 3n) notes, "Owen discusses the true nature of NT worship, especially focusing on the challenge made to it by the Church of England. His discourse regarding the imposition of liturgies is one of the most thorough and forceful arguments for the regulative principle of worship as the only principle which safely guards the Christian conscience from the abuse of church power." 55 pages.

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THE "SOUR OLD PURITANS" AND THEIR EATING FOR ENJOYMENT

by William Perkins

 

We may use these gifts of God with Christian liberty: and how is that? not sparingly alone, and for mere necessity, to the satisfying of our hunger, and quenching of our thirst; but also freely and liberally, for Christian delight and pleasure. For this is that liberty, which God has granted to all believers. Thus we read, that Joseph and his brethren with him, did eat and drink together "of the best," that is, liberally (Gen. 43:34). And to this purpose David says, that "God giveth wine, to make glad the heart of man, and oil to make the face to shine, as well as bread to strengthen the body" (Ps. 104:15). And the Lord threatens to bring a punishment upon his people, Hag. 1:6, in that he would give them his creatures [gifts of creation] indeed, but such a portion of them as should only supply their present necessities, and no more. "Ye shall eat," says he, "but ye shall not have enough: ye shall drink, but ye shall not be filled." Again, we read that Levi the Publican made our Savior Christ "a great feast" in his own house (Luke 5:29). At the marriage in Cana a town of Galilee, where Christ was present, the guests are said, according to the manner of those countries, to have "drunk liberally" (John 2:10). And at another place, in supper time, Mary is said to have taken a box of precious and costly ointment, and to have anointed his feet therewith, so as the "whole house was filled with the savor of the ointment" (John 12:3). Judas indeed thought that expense which she had made [to be] superfluous: but Christ approves of her act, and commends her for it.

 

I add further, that by reason of this liberty purchased unto us by Christ, we may [make] use [of] these and the like creatures of God with joy and rejoicing. This the profit that redounds [overflows] unto man in the use of them, that "he eat and drink, and delight his soul with the profit of his labors" (Eccl. 2:24). The practice hereof we have in Acts 2:46, where they of that Church that believed are said "to eat their meat together with gladness, and singleness of heart." And yet this rejoicing in the creatures must be limited with this clause, that it be in the Lord: that is to say, a hurtless and harmless joy, tending to the glory of God and the good of our neighbor. This condemns the common practice of the world, who solace and delight themselves in the use of God's creatures; but so [in such a manner] as with their joy is joined the ordinary traducing [maligning] of the Magistrate, Minister, and those that fear God, and will not run with them to the same excess of riot (1 Pet. 4:4).

 

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