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Still Waters Revival Books Inc.

offers a wide range of resources promoting the Protestant Reformation and a Calvinistic worldview. Our mail order catalogue contains a wide selection of items (many which are otherwise hard to find) at low discount prices. There are no membership fees and you can download a free catalogue from our root page (or request a complimentary catalogue be sent to you via the postal system). Our basic philosophy of ministry/business is to provide the very best in Christian material at the lowest possible price. This is done with the hope that the Lord will use these items to spark a great Reformation, once again, in our day.

We adhere to the original intent of the 1647 Westminster Confession of Faith and submit to elders who have vowed to uphold this standard, along with the other documents produced by this august assembly. We believe that the Scottish Covenanters have most faithfully upheld the teaching of Scripture historically, but we also carry numerous other items that appeal to the broader Reformed community, scholars, and all those interested in pleasing God individually and concerning the institutions of church, state and the family.

As time permits we will be offering numerous items free of charge through this web site.

So settle in at your favorite monitor, fasten your seat beat and get ready for the Reformation ride of your life!


FOOD FOR THOUGHT:

For even the good kings of ancient Judah, who expelled the worship of the Baals from the temple, left the Asherim and their devotees undisturbed on the hills. So rooted in communal life had these deities become, that it was unthinkable to be rid of them. In the late twentieth century the West is similarly plagued with major and minor idols, some of them all but invisible. It is hard to imagine a more important or satisfying role than to embark on the spiritual, intellectual, and political adventure of working toward stripping them, root and branch, from the land.

(Herbert Schlossberg, Idols for Destruction: The Conflict of Christian Faith and American Culture [Crossway Books, 1990], pp. 334-335)


In 1550, Calvin proudly wrote to Melancthon: "many, in order to avoid idolatry, are fleeing France and are coming to us in voluntary exile."1 Calvin often refers to idolatry as if were a plague: Once an area becomes infected with this virus, the only way the residents can escape contagion is by fleeing. Those who remain behind, surrounded by the disease, risk infection every day as long as they come into contact with its victims. Calvin was aware that not everyone was free to emigrate, but he continually stressed that for those who found it possible, it was the wisest course to follow:

Now, consider whether you can have peace with God and your own conscience while you persevere in your present state . . . We have no direct revelation commanding us to leave the country, but since we have the commandment to honor God in body and soul, wherever we may be, what else could we do? It is certainly to us, then, that these words are also addressed, 'Get thee out of thy country and from thy kindred' [Gen. 12:1]; as long as we are there constrained to act against our conscience, and cannot live for the glory of God.2
Calvin adds that one should regard as "filth and dung" everything which hinders one from being a good Christian; if anything separates one from God, who is the true life, then it can only lead to death.3

(Carlos Eire, War Against the Idols: The Reformation of Worship from Erasmus to Calvin [Cambridge University Press, 1990], pp. 260-261)

Footnotes:
1. Corpus Reformatorum: Joannis Calvini Opera quae supersunt omnia (CR hereafter), edited by W. Baum, E. Cunitz, and E. Reuss (Brunswick, 1863-80), 6.576. Also CR 55.280, CR 45.770.
2. CR 11.629-30
3. "Quatrieme Sermon," CR 8.437.

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