Religious Principles of the Scottish Martyrs by Andrew Symington (Sets forth the major Scriptural truths which the Scottish Presbyterians/Covenanters died for. Also introduces some of the reasons why these Scriptural teachings were held in such high esteem; showing why multitudes died the martyrs death rather than denying Christ before men in relinquishing the precious points.)
Reformation Defended Against Contemporary Schismatics by Greg Barrow (Greg Price, Dr. Reg Barrow and Dr. Larry Birger) Possibly the best history book dealing with
Reformation truth that has been published in this century! This book, of over
300 [8.5" X 11"] pages, is also offered as a cerlox bound photocopy
[$14.98 US funds] or a Hardcover photocopy [$25.00 US funds].)
Sketches of the Covenanters by J.C. McFeeters (offsite)
FREE BOOK at http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/13570
Oliver Cromwell by Dr.
Forgotten Hero: The Autobiography of David Steele by Dr. Michael Wagner (1998)
Pornography, the Anabaptists, and Doug Wilson's Civil Antinomianism (1997) by Dr. Reg Barrow (Pointed but irenic, Barrow decisively refutes the view of Doug Wilson (cf. "Cyberporn: A Case Study" [Credenda/Agenda, vol. 7, no. 5, p. 11]), many modern Theonomists and the civil libertarians, that the production and distribution of pornography is not a crime (and thus not subject to negative penal sanctions by the civil magistrate).
Saul in the Cave of Adullam: A Testimony Against the Fashionable Sub-Calvinism of Doug Wilson (Editor of Credenda/Agenda Magazine); and, for Classical Protestantism and the Attainments of the Second Reformation by Dr. Reg Barrow
Arminianism: The Road to Rome by Augustus Toplady (Reformation History Notes #1)
The Necessity of Reforming the Church (1543) by John Calvin (Written in 1543 this short book covers the principal disputes of the first Reformation. Kevin Reed summarizes the main points of this treatise as follows: "Calvin declares the biblical doctrine of justification. The reformer also unfolds the wider scope of the Reformation, as he states the need to restore biblical doctrine and practice regarding the proper means of worship, the correct administration of the sacraments, and the government of the church. Calvin defends the reformers against the charge of schism. He rebukes the spirit of ungodly toleration which masquerades as 'moderation.' The Necessity of Reforming the Church is more than just an historic monument to the Reformation. It is a spiritual manifesto, calling us to repentance in our own era of religious corruption.")
Christmas: A Biblical Critique by Kevin Reed, M. Schneider & D.W. Cason (Three excellent articles: 1.) "Is Christmas Christian?" by Michael Schneider; 2.) "Christmas: An Historical Survey Regarding Its Origins and Opposition to It of Creeds and Confessions" by Kevin Reed; 3.) "Christmas-Keeping and the Reformed Faith: A Response to Professor David Engelsma" by David W. Cason.)
Documents of the First National Reformation in Scotland
Documents of the Second Reformation, 1638-1649
Documents of the United Societies
Documents of the Reformed Presbytery
Documents from after the dissolving of the Reformed Presbytery, 1887.
Against the Unfounded Charges of Anabaptism (1997) by Greg Price
This book teaches us that "[t]he heresy of Anabaptism lives today! It has infected the modern church with its cancerous errors and heresies: anti-creedalism, arminianism, dispensationalism, independency [sectarianism], anti-paedobaptism, will-worship [anti-regulativism], perfectionism, societal escapism, religious pluralism and tolerationism [anti-establishmentarianism], denial of the perpetual obligation of social covenanting, pacifism, pietism, socialism, premillennialism, and a refusal to recognize lawful civil government as the ordinance of God. These unbiblical positions of the Anabaptists were not tolerated by the Reformed Churches of the First and Second Reformations, and neither should they be tolerated by any Church today that claims to be Reformed or Presbyterian" [Greg Price]. Far to little contemporary Reformed writing has been directed against the Anabaptists, especially in light of the fact that many of their heresies have been generally adopted by professing Christians. Even the "Reformed" community suffers from this contagion. Lord willing, this book with be an effective antidote to the "AIDS" of Anabaptist thought and practice.
Partial Preterism Refuted #1 of 8 (Full Preterism
Refuted Also) - 70 AD, Jews, Antichrist, Counter Reformation, Jesuits, Luis De
Alcazar, Reformation, Westminster Confession of Faith, Historicism by Greg
Knowing, Loving and Living Our Reformation Heritage by Dr. Joel Beeke (MP3)
Christ, The Way, The Truth, & The Life by John Brown of Wamphray (offsite)
FREE BOOK at http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/12311
Life of James Renwick: A Historical Sketch Of His Life, Labours And Martyrdom And A Vindication Of His Character And Testimony by Thomas Houston (offsite)
FREE BOOK at http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/13781
The Covenanting Martyrs and the Revival of the Covenants! by William Roberts (From the Reformed Presbyterian Catechism).
The Heart of the Matter with Ralph Ovadal, September 17, 2010 Edition (free MP3 contains Stephen Hamilton on The St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre and Rome's Persecution of the French Huguenots and Trevor Kirkland on the The Puritans: Their Contributions to the Church, Their Suffering, and Their Struggle for Religious Liberty
Act, Declaration & Testimony for the Whole of our Covenanted
Reformation, as Attained to, and Established in Britain and Ireland;
Particularly Betwixt the Years 1638 and 1649, Inclusive by the Reformed
FREE BOOK at http://www.gutenberg.org/files/13200/13200.txt
The Auchensaugh Renovation of the National Covenant and Solemn League and Covenant With the Acknowledgment of Sins and Engagement to Duties, as They Were Renewed at Auchensaugh, Near Douglas, July 24, 1712. (Compared With the Editions of Paisley, 1820, and Belfast, 1835.) Also, The Renovation of These Public Federal Deeds Ordained at Philadelphia, October 8, 1880, by the Reformed Presbytery, with Accommodation of the Original Covenants, in Both Transactions, to Their Times and Positions Respectively by the Reformed Presbytery (offsite)
FREE BOOK at http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/12381
The Covenants & The Covenanters: Covenants, Sermons, and Documents of the Covenanted Reformation by James Kerr (offsite)
FREE BOOK at http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/19100
Martin Luther and Psalm Singing by David Steele
(Did Luther and the Reformation Lutherans practice exclusive Psalmody? What about Luther's hymns? Where and when were they used? ANSWERS HERE.)
Presbyterian Worship: Old and New by Kevin Reed (A Review and Commentary upon Worship in Spirit and Truth, a book by John Frame. Reed shows how Frame has abandoned the Reformation, both scripturally and confessionally, in regard to worship. He also gives an excellent summary of historic Reformed views and then contrasts them with the novel ideas now being touted by Frame.)
Historical Testimony, Church Union and the Second Reformation by the Reformed Presbytery
Instrumental Music in Public Worship: The Views of John Calvin by John Calvin and John Girardeau
Instrumental Music in Public Worship: The History Surrounding the Westminster Assembly by John Girardeau
Instrumental Music in Public Worship: The Heresy of Instrumental Music by John Girardeau
Plain Reasons for
Presbyterians Dissenting from the Revolution Church of Scotland. Also, Their
Principles Concerning Civil Government, and the Difference Betwixt the
Reformation and Revolution Principles (1731) by Andrew Clarkson (The table of contents contained in this file can
serve as a kind of summary of second Reformation thought concerning the church,
state, separation, schism, worship, civil dissent, church planting, opposition
to idolatry and tyranny, and much more!)
Bacon Bits: Richard Bacon's Straw Man "Steelite Controversy" Torched By Faithful Covenanters (Sometimes Called Cameronians, Steelites, etc.) by Greg Price, Larry Birger, et al.
Reformation Civil Government by Dr. Reg Barrow
The Wonders of the Most High: 125 Years History of the United Netherlands 1550-1675 (c. 1678) by Abraham Van De Velde (The subtitle reads: "An Indication of the Causes, Ways and Means Whereby the United Provinces, Against the Expectation of the Whole World, Were Elevated in Such a Marvelous Way from their Previous Oppression to Such Great, Awe Inspiring Riches and Acclaim. As Related By Several Eminent Historians, and Which After the Manner of the Time are Compiled to a Necessary and Profitable Use." This book gives us an indication why the best theologians in the Netherlands were ready to swear the Solemn League and Covenant with their brethren in the British Isles [before Cromwell and his forces ruined these plans for a united international Protestant testimony]. It shows us that the best Dutch Synods agreed with the Covenanters regarding the civil magistrate [establishments], God's law, anti-tolerationism, historical testimony, true unity, false teachers, the Sabbath, "Roman feast days," worship, etc. Translated here for the first time from Dutch into English, this book may be a shocker to those not familiar with the Dutch Reformation and the faithful pronouncements of her Synods. Also available in softcover [for $19.95-20%=15.96 US funds]).
WARNING: In spite of some useful historical information at the four links above related to Reformation history, the Counter Reformation, the Jesuits, the errors of Dispensationalism and Futurism, etc., it should be noted that the authors are Seventh Day Adventists and therefore should be used with the utmost in spiritual discernment as their SDA heresies do come to the surface periodically.
+ Islam in the Bible (1/3) by Dr. Francis Nigel Lee
+ Islam in the Bible (2/3) by Dr. Francis Nigel Lee
+++ ELLIOTT, E.B. (Alexander M'Leod, David Steele, George Faber, Thomas Newton)
Islam in Revelation: An Historic Look at Protestant Eschatological Thought on the Rise and Fall of Islam
Islam in Revelation #1 (Muslims in Bible Prophecy)
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Islam in Revelation #2 (Muslims in Bible Prophecy)
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Islam in Revelation #3 (Muslims in Bible Prophecy)
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Islam in Revelation #4 (Muslims in Bible Prophecy)
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Islam in Revelation #5 (Muslims in Bible Prophecy)
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The following six excerpts make up the five MP3s noted above on Islam in Revelation. They comprise 105 printed pages read to MP3. The complete books are available at the links below.
1. Horae Apocalypticae; or, A Commentary on the Apocalypse, Critical and Historical; Including Also An Examination of the Chief Prophecies of Daniel (1862) by E.B. Elliott (vol. 1, pp. 446-469)
2. Lectures Upon the Principal Prophecies of the Revelation (1814) by Alexander M'Leod (pp. 147-163)
3. Notes on the Apocalypse (1870) by David Steele (pp. 114-116)
4. A Dissertation on the Prophecies, That Have Been Fulfilled, Are Now Fulfilling, or Will Hereafter Be Fulfilled Relative to the Great Period of 1260 Years; The Papal and Mohammedan Apostacies; The Tyrannical Reign of Antichrist, or the Infidel Power; and the Restoration of the Jews (2 volumes, 1811) by George Faber (vol. 1, pp. 177-212; vol. 2, pp. 269-288)
5. Dissertations on the Prophecies Which Have Remarkably Been Fulfilled, and at this Time are Fulfilling in the World (2 volumes, 1817) by Thomas Newton (vol. 2, pp. 222-232)
+ More Free MP3s +
+ Islamic Persecution of Christians (Jihad &
Slavery) - Peter
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+ Revival Amidst (Islamic & Communistic) Persecution - Peter Hammond
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The (Scottish General) Assembly's Letter to the
Kirks in the Netherlands"
(Edinburgh, June 4, 1644)
(Translated from Latin to English by Dr. Stephen Westcott [England] and
received in Edmonton [Canada] via email on June 4, 1997 [exactly 353 years
after its original date]. The Latin text of this letter can be found on pages
239-243 of The Acts of the General Assemblies of the Church of Scotland,
From the Year 1638, to the Year 1649 Inclusive [a SWRB rare bound photocopy, US$39.00 Hardcover
photocopy, US$19.99 cerlox bound photocopy])
Toleration and Covenanting by John Brown (of Haddington)
"The Whole Manner of Worship..." Worship and the Sufficiency of Scripture in Belgic Confession Article 7 by Wes Bredenhof (1997) (A great work for everyone interested in Reformed worship, but especially for those with a continental Reformed background. Dispels the idea that the regulative principle of worship "is something peculiar to the so-called Presbyterian tradition." This work demonstrates that the regulative principle of worship was an indispensable and foundational part of the Protestant Reformation -- being connected as it was to the battle over the sufficiency of Scripture. Also available as a cerlox bound photocopy for $2.99 [US funds] or as a Hardcover photocopy for $14.00 [US funds]).
Family Worship by Kerry Ptacek (A number of citations from historic Reformed folk [John Knox, Matthew Henry, Jonathan Edwards, etc.] covering the period from 100 AD to 1912 AD regarding family worship.)
Covenantal Lawsuits of the Church of Scotland
The Duty and Perpetual Obligation of Social Covenanting by the Session of the Puritan Reformed Church of Edmonton
Apocalyptic Interpretation from the Original Covenanter and Contending Witness magazine.
The Necessity of Reforming the Church (1543) by John Calvin
Biblical Civil Government Versus the Beast; and, the Basis for Christian Resistance by Greg Price
Christmas: A Biblical Critique by Kevin Reed, M. Schneider & D.W. Cason (Three excellent articles: 1.) "Is Christmas Christian?" by Michael Schneider; 2.) "Christmas: An Historical Survey Regarding Its Origins and Opposition to It of Creeds and Confessions" by Kevin Reed; 3.) "Christmas-Keeping and the Reformed Faith: A Response to Professor David Engelsma" by David W. Cason.
Paleopresbyterianism Versus Neopresbyterianism by Dr. Michael Wagner
A Presbyterian Political Manifesto by Dr. Michael Wagner
Samuel Rutherford Refutes Roger Williams Regarding Toleration, Sectarianism and Peace by Samuel Rutherford (1649)
Making Shipwreck of the Faith: Evangelicals and Roman Catholics Together by Kevin Reed
The Canterbury Tales by Kevin Reed
Biblical Worship by Kevin Reed
A Faithful Admonition to the Professors of God's Truth in England (1554) by John Knox
Counter Reformation is generally considered to have three aspects: the Jesuits,
the Inquisition, and the Council of Trent. In view of the significance of the
Protestant apocalyptic interpretation of history which prophetically pinpointed
step by step the events covering the whole Christian era from the beginning to
the end (i.e. Historicism - ed.), it seems justifiable to suggest a
fourth aspect, namely the preteristic
(Preterism - ed.) and
futuristic (Futurism - ed.) interpretations launched by Catholic expositors as
a counterattack." - Kevin
Reed, from his book review entitled "The Ecclesiology of John Foxe: A book
review by Kevin Reed of John Foxe and the Elizabethan Church by V. Norskov
Olsen," 1973, citing Olsen on p. 47, emphases added.
+++ PARTIAL PRETERISM REFUTED (FULL PRETERISM REFUTED TOO) +++
1. Partial Preterism Refuted #1 of 8 (Full Preterism
Refuted Also) - 70 AD, Jews, Antichrist, Counter Reformation, Jesuits, Luis De
Alcazar, Reformation, Westminster Confession of Faith, Historicism by Greg
2. Partial Preterism Refuted #2 of 8 (Full Preterism Refuted Also - Matthew 24, Revelation, Daniel, Romans 11, Destruction Jerusalem, Protestant Creeds and Confessions, Ken Gentry, Greg Bahnsen, Theonomy, Stevens by Greg Price
3. Partial Preterism Refuted #3 of 8 (Full Preterism Refuted Also) - Nero, the Beast, Mystery Babylon, Historicism, Futurism, Dispensationalism, Israel, Second Coming by Greg Price
4. Partial Preterism Refuted #4 of 8 (Full Preterism Refuted Also) - Jesuits, Ribera, Heresy, Hank Hanegraaff, Christian Reconstruction, Roman Catholic Church, Pantelism by Greg Price
5. Partial Preterism Refuted #5 of 8 (Full Preterism Refuted Also) - Parousia, Milton Terry, Gary North, King, Bray, Stuart by Greg Price
6. Partial Preterism Refuted #6 of 8 (Full Preterism Refuted Also) - 666, Antichrist by Greg Price
7. Partial Preterism Refuted #7 of 8 (Full Preterism Refuted Also) - Time Periods In Revelation by Greg Price
+++ FULL PRETERISM REFUTED (MORE MESSAGES SPECIFICALLY REFUTING HYPER-PRETERISM OR HYMENAEISM) +++
1. Full Preterism Refuted #1 of 7 - The Second
Coming of Christ by Greg Price
2. Full Preterism Refuted #2 of 7 - Death Vanquished by Greg Price
3. Full Preterism Refuted #3 of 7 - Christ is Risen by Greg Price
4. Full Preterism Refuted #4 of 7 - Bodily Resurrection by Greg Price
5. Full Preterism Refuted #5 of 7 - Destruction of Jerusalem by Greg Price
6. Full Preterism Refuted #6 of 7 - Second Coming of Christ by Greg Price
7. Full Preterism Refuted #7 of 7 - The Lord's Coming by Greg Price
+++ MORE REFUTING PRETERISM IN GENERAL +++
Prophecy, Antichrist, and Eschatology (Classic Puritan and Reformed books on eschatology starting at 99 cents each)
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"And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the LORD's house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it." (Isa. 2:2, KJV).
Prophecy, Antichrist, and Eschatology
Antichrist (666) Revealed In Classic Puritan, Reformation and Covenanter Thought (More free Reformation books, MP3s and videos from Still Waters Revival Books)
Preterism, Futurism, and Historicism (More free Puritan books, MP3s and videos from Still Waters Revival Books)
Eschatology, Antichrist and the Last Days (Additional free Reformed books, MP3s and videos from SWRB)
-2. Reformation Eschatology, The Millennium & the
Victory of Christ's Kingdom (2/2) by Greg Price (Micah Series)
-3. Israel Turns To Christ (1/2) The Restoration of the Jews by Greg Price (Micah Series)
Sermons Delivered in Times of Persecution collected by John Howie
A Sermon Concerning the Believer's sitting under Christ's Shadow, from Canticles 2.3, by Adam Kae
Three Sermons on the Invitation of the Gospel by Hugh Binning
Andrew Gray's Sermon Concerning Death
Sermons and Lectures by Richard Cameron from Sermons in Times of Persecution in Scotland
Sermons and Lectures by Donald Cargill from Sermons in Times of Persecution in Scotland
Sermons and Lecture by Alexander Shields from Sermons in Times of Persecution in Scotland
17 Sermons by William Guthrie from Sermons in Times of Persecution in Scotland
Additional Sermons by William Guthrie from other sources.
Sermon at the Ordination of Alexander Marshal on 1 Cor. 3.9, by Thomas Nairn
Flee also the Lusts of Youth by Robert Bruce
A Sermon by John Calvin on Deuteronomy 2:26-37, concerning God's sovereign Providence, and his Righteousness in Hardening the Hearts of Sinners by Effectual Error, as well as commanding the slaughter of nations rebelling against his will.
Biographia Scoticana: or, A Brief Historical Account of the Lives, Characters, and Memorable Transactions of the Most Eminent Scots Worthies, by John Howie, along with many of history's best Covenanter, Reformation and Puritan books, are all on the new SWRB PURITAN HARD DRIVE.
A Short Vindication of our Covenanted
Until the church comes to terms with what is written in this book it will remain weak and divided. Covenant breakers will not prosper, as this rare item demonstrates from both Scripture and history. The power packed ordinance of covenanting, (the National and Solemn League and Covenant in particular), was foundational to the second Reformation and the work of the Westminster Assembly. "By the National Covenant our fathers laid Popery prostrate. By the Solemn League and Covenant they were successful in resisting prelatic encroachments and civil tyranny. By it they were enabled to achieve the Second Reformation... They were setting up landmarks by which the location and limits of the city of God will be known at the dawn of the millennial day... How can they be said to go forth by the footsteps of the flock, who have declined from the attainments, renounced the covenants and contradicted the testimony of 'the cloud of witnesses."...All the schisms (separations) that disfigure the body mystical of Christ... are the legitimate consequences of the abandonment of reformation attainments, the violation of covenant engagements." If you are interested in knowing how to recognize a faithful church (or state), when and why to separate from unfaithful institutions, who has held up the standard of covenanted Reformation attainments and who has backslidden (and why), what it means to subscribe to the Westminster Confession (and why most that say they do so today do not have any idea of what that means), and much more concerning individual, family, church and civil duties, this is one of the best books you will ever lay your hands on. It chronicles "some instances of worldly conformity and mark(s) some steps of defection from our 'covenanted unity and uniformity,' " noting how "it is necessary to take a retrospect of our history for many years; for we did not all at once reach our present condition of sinful ignorance and manifold apostasy." Presbyterian and the Reformed churches lay under the heavy hand of God's judgement in our day, because of the very defections noted throughout this fine work. "We heard (hear) from various quarters the cry, 'maintain the truth, stand up for the principles of the Second Reformation;' and yet many of those who are the most loud in uttering this cry, appear desirous to bury in oblivion those imperishable national and ecclesiastical deeds, by which the church and kingdom of Scotland became 'married to the Lord.'" Are we married to the Lord, or have we thrown off the covenants of our forefathers; are we the chaste bride of Christ, or a harlot who is found in the bedchambers of every devilish suitor (whether ecclesiastical or civil) who tempts us with the favors of this world? Let us cry out, as with "the noble Marquis of Argyle, upon the scaffold," when he said, "God hath tied us by covenants to religion and reformation. These that were then unborn are yet engaged, and it passeth the power of all the magistrates under heaven to absolve them from the oath of God. They deceive themselves, and it may be, would deceive others, who think otherwise." Not for the weak of heart.
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Plain Reasons for Presbyterians Dissenting from the
Revolution Church of Scotland. Also, Their Principles Concerning Civil
Government, and the Difference Betwixt the Reformation and Revolution
An exceedingly rare and important book now back in print after 265 years! The Contending Witness magazine (May, 1841) described Plain Reasons "as the single best volume penned defending the principles of the second Reformation." It sets forth "the grounds why Presbyterian Dissenters refused to hold communion with the revolution church and state," (Reformed Presbytery, Act Declaration and Testimony for the Whole of Our Covenanted Reformation, p. 154n). The biblical principles contained in this book still apply today and thus Plain Reasons remains one of the best books explaining why (and when) an individual (church or citizen) should separate himself (or itself) from those (in church or state) who do not hold fast to all the attainments of our covenanted Reformation forefathers. In this regard the session of the Puritan Reformed Church of Edmonton calls this the one book that best explains why faithful Covenanted Presbyterians must, for conscience sake, remain ecclesiastically separate from all Presbyterian denominations that have backslidden from second Reformation attainments. (This being the classic corporate Calvinistic application of such commands as "Nevertheless, whereto we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing" [Phil. 3:16, emphasis added]. It is also the acknowledgement that the Lord has clearly stated in his Word that he "requireth that which is past" [Eccl. 3:15]).
Furthermore, the session of the PRC of Edmonton has noted that this book "clearly spells out the reasons why to unite with the Revolution Church (1689) or any of its descendants (The Free Church of Scotland, The Free Presbyterian Church of Scotland, and American Presbyterian Churches) is to undermine and subvert the work of the Second Reformation. The argumentation is cogent (with an abundant supply of documentation). The reading can be divided up into 5-10 pages at a time. Reasons 8 and 9 (pp. 77-91) which speak to the issue of the covenants are very helpful, as is Reason 14 (pp. 138-140) which covers the matter of terms of communion. We might also highlight Clarkson's treatment of ecclesiastical dissent (pp. 172-221 wherein he discusses schism) and political dissent (pp. 221-280). This is the best apologetic we have read defending the necessity of Presbyterians to faithfully maintain the attainments of the Second Reformation" (emphasis added). Moreover, Clarkson's section on schism, separation and the nature of the visible church (constitutionally considered) contains over 10 pages of notes and quotes taken from numerous Reformers including: Beza, Rutherford, Gillespie, Dickson, Durham, M'Ward (Rutherford's disciple), Marshall, Watson, Cotton, Owen, Burroughs, Fraser, and Case -- demonstrating that his ideas regarding dissent from corrupt and backsliding civil or ecclesiastical governments are not new, but merely classic Reformation doctrine. The book also answers a multitude of pertinent and realistic objections in sections conveniently located directly after each reason for dissent.
Moreover, the days of the revolution settlement were a time of civil and ecclesiastical confusion not unlike our own day -- the beast (civil and ecclesiastical) was attempting to devour the "woman in the wilderness" by a cunning mixture of half-truths that were designed to beguile an exhausted and persecution-weary remnant. The consequences of the actions taken in these days, by both church and state "officials," have been amplified by time and apply directly to our contemporary civil and ecclesiastical situation ("That which hath been is now" [Eccl. 3:15]).
The Reformed Presbytery's Act, Declaration and Testimony (p. 47) further explains the original historical context -- so germane to the thesis of this book -- regarding those deceptively trying days which followed the "killing times" and final martyrs' death of that period of persecution (being the death of the covenanted Presbyterian minister James Renwick, who sealed his testimony with his blood February 17, 1688).
Of the so-called "glorious revolution of 1688" and the overthrow of the Royalist tyranny the Reformed Presbytery's measured and discerning comments read, "for in a few months, God in his righteous judgement and adorable providence, overturned that (Royalist--RB) throne of iniquity on which they (the persecuting popish, prelatical, Erastian, antichristian [civil and ecclesiastical] "authorities" which were then wondering after the beast--RB) depended, and expelled that inhuman, cruel monster (the duke of York--RB), from his tyrannical and usurped power, upon the Prince of Orange's (William of Orange--RB) coming over into England, in the beginning of November that same year (1688--RB). But although the Lord at this juncture, and by this means, rescued and delivered our natural and civil rights and privileges in a national way, from under the oppression and bondage of anti-christian tyranny, arbitrary and absolute power; yet the revolution, at this time, brought no real deliverance to the church of God; but Christ's rights (by these [rights--RB] are not meant the rights of Christ personal. It is not in the power of mortals, or any creature, to acquire and secure these to him; but the rights of Christ mystical, that is, of the church, or of his truth, true worship, and religion, and professors of it as such.), formerly acquired for him by his faithful servants, lay still buried under the rubbish of that anti-christian building of prelacy, erected on the ruins of his work in this land; and the spiritual liberties and privileges of his house remained, and do still remain under the bondage of Erastianism, supremacy, toleration, etc. For it is well known, that although this man (William of Orange--RB), Jehu-like, 'destroyed Baal out of Israel, yet he departed not from the sins of Jereboam, wherewith he made Israel to sin.'"
As a second witness to the testimony also given throughout Clarkson's Plain Reasons see pages 55 and following in the Act, Declaration and Testimony for more on "the grounds of the presbytery's testimony against the constitutions, both civil and ecclesiastical, at the late revolution, anno 1689; as also against the gross Erastianism and tyranny that has attended the administration both of church and state, since that memorable period; with various instances thereof, etc."
Since these momentous days Antichrist and his minions have sought to bury the covenanted Reformation and its attainments (upholding Christ's Kingship over both church and state) under the rubbish of democratic, humanistic, atheistic, tolerationism and a "detestable neutrality" in the cause of God and truth -- the same "detestable neutrality" so strongly inveighed against in the Solemn league and Covenant. Commenting on this defection from within professing Christendom, Clarkson writes, "It is also evident from this, that Schism from our covenanted Church consists in this, to wit, When the Members of the Church make Defection to the contrary part, that is in plain Terms, when they associate or incorporate with, assist and defend the Parties against whom the Covenant (Solemn League and Covenant--RB) was made and sworn, viz. Papists, Prelatist and their Underlings, Hereticks, &c. the common Enemies of Reformation; and fall from the Duties of Preserving and propagating the Reformation of the three Kingdoms; and refuse to join with, assist and defend those, who adhere to the Covenants, in the necessary Work of Renewing them, for Extirpation of Popery, Prelacy, Erastianism, Superstition, Heresy, Error and Profaneness, and whatsoever is contrary to sound Doctrine and the Power of Godliness; and for re-establishing, preserving, and propagating the covenanted Reformation, once happily established in these Lands, and sworn unto by our Covenants. Furthermore, Schism from our covenanted Church consists in this, viz, When Members, Ministers or others, give themselves to a detestable Indifferency and Neutrality, in the Cause of God, namely, in the preserving and propagating the covenanted Reformation of these three Kingdoms; that is to say, When Men are like so many Gallio's in the Cause of God, preferring worldly Ease, Honour and Wealth, their own Interest to the Interest of Christ, become easy, whether the covenanted Reformation in these Lands sink or swim; and, from a cowardly Disposition in some, and a malignant, perfidious Temper in others, coalesce and accord in apostatizing from the Articles of Covenant foresaid, the Cause of God, and its honest-hearted Friends; and frighted from both, as if they thought it both Sin and Shame to have it said, that they carried any warm Side to either the one or the other. I say, All Members of this National Church, who, on Account of any Combination, Persuasion, or Terror and Fear of worldly Loss, of Sufferings of whatsoever Kind, are guilty in any of these two Cases, are also guilty of making SCHISM from the covenanted Church, as is clearly manifest by the 6th Article of our Solemn Covenant" (pp. 182-184, , emphasis added).
Commenting on the common charge of schism leveled against those who would maintain the attainments of the covenanted Reformation, Clarkson writes: "Now, upon the whole of this Objection, as 'tis plain, Presbyterian Dissenters are not Schismatics, nor deserve to be so called; so 'tis a most groundless and shameless Reflection, to call them Separatists, tho' 'tis the ordinary Name of Epithet given them, especially in Print; yet to me, and I judge to many others, it is a Wonder with what Audacity, Men of Sobriety and Conscience should have the confidence to speak at such a Rate, unless they intend, in a desperate Humour, to render their Authority every where, amongst all sober persons, contemptible: For, if two Persons, walking upon a high Path-Road, on the Brink of a Puddle, the one of them by a Blast of Wind tumbling headlong into the Gulf; when weltering amidst the Glare and miery Clay, cries up to his Neighbor upon the Brink, Sir, unless you tumble over after me, I will look upon you as a Separatist: Which of the two are to be judged most insnared into the Course of Separation, whether the Person keeping the High-way, or the poor Man wallowing in the polluted Mire, Crying upon his Neighbour to unite with him in that his miserable Estate? Est solatium miseris habere socios doloris, ('Tis Comfort to Persons in Misery to have Companions.) Have not this present Church thrown themselves over into the Ditch of Pollution, in complying with these dreadful Apostates of this and the former times? And, shall these be judged Separatists, who dare not, who cannot, and may not in Conscience follow their Example? Can such as join with, and strengthen them, be able to purge themselves from the Guilt and Judgements, which accompany this shameful Defection? For an Union here (so much cried up) without Debate, is the Brotherhood of Simeon and Levi: It is an Union in the Course of Sin and Wrath, and not in Truth and Duty" (pp. 206-207, emphasis added).
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