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BAIRD, HENRY

History of the Rise of the Huguenots of France (2 volumes, 1886, 1895)
Volume one covers the period from the beginning of the French Reformation to the Edict of January, 1562. Volume two takes in the period from the battle of Coutras to the death of Henry the Fourth (1610). The author notes that "the period of about half a century with which these volumes are concerned may properly be regarded as the formative age of the Huguenots in France. It included the first planting of the reformed doctrines, and the steady growth of the Reformation in spite of obloquy and persecution, whether exercised under the forms of law or vented in lawless violence. It was the gathering and the regular organization of the reformed communities, as well as their consolidation into one of the most orderly and zealous churches of the Protestant family." The author has made use of manuscripts "previously known to few scholars -- if at all." 1127 pages, including an extensive 26 page index covering both volumes.
(Bound photocopy) $199.95-85%=29.99
(Hardcover photocopy) $49.00 (US funds)

BARROW, REG

Pornography, the Anabaptists, and Doug Wilson's Civil Antinomianism
Pointed but irenic, Barrow decisively refutes the view of Doug Wilson (cf. "Cyberporn: A Case Study" [Credenda/Agenda
, vol. 7, no. 5, p. 11]), many modern Theonomists and the civil libertarians, that the production and distribution of pornography is not a crime (and thus not subject to negative penal sanctions by the civil magistrate). Barrow demonstrates that Wilson's view of civil government (which logically results in such a monstrous conclusion) is actually a overly strict view of the regulative principle. This "hyper-regulativism" (denying lawful inferences, or what Samuel Rutherford calls "logical consequence") is then wrongly applied to the civil magistrate, rather than to worship (when rightly interpreted). He also points out the link between Wilson's view and the principles of the Anabaptists, Libertines and other antiestablishmentarian forces. With an impressive array of historical citations (primarily John Calvin, George Gillespie, Samuel Rutherford, and the Westminster Confession of Faith), and a cogent analysis and application of relevant Scripture passages, Barrow shows clearly that Wilson's view of civil government "gives birth to illegitimate offspring in the case of pornography, contradicting as it does common sense (the light of nature), our reformed fathers in the faith, and the express commands and approved examples of Scripture. In short, it is anything but the 'classical Protestant' position, and anything but biblical." Expressing his belief that many hold to this erroneous notion of the magistrate out of ignorance, he concludes his essay with a heartfelt call to his modern Theonomic brethren (and others) to study the reformation source documents now available (and adopt the historic Theonomy of the Reformation). He also provides a brief list of questions that readily manifest the socially destructive outworkings of Wilson's teaching. This is a much-needed treatment of a topic neglected for far too long. Barrow's valuable contribution is an excellent introduction to the historical theonomy of the Westminster divines and is sure to prime the reader for much productive study of the view of civil government "once delivered unto the saints" (Jude 3). This is appendix "B" excerpted from Saul in the Cave of Adullam: A Testimony Against the Fashionable Sub-Calvinism of Doug Wilson (Editor of Credenda/Agenda Magazine; and, For Classical Protestantism and the Attainments of the Second Reformation.
(Bound photocopy) $9.95-80%=1.99

BARROW, REG

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
Doug Wilson and others at Credenda/Agenda used their magazine to publicly attack and slander Reg Barrow (President of Still Waters Revival Books) in a column that they call the "Cave of Adullam." This invective was Credenda's response to Barrow_s comments on Knox Ring (where Barrow noted that John Calvin would have excommunicated John Frame for the apostasy that he manifests in his new book on worship). Numerous private attempts were unsuccessfully made (by Barrow and others) to call Wilson to repentance for this slander. Ultimately, charges for violation of the ninth commandment were brought (in accord with Matt. 18:15-17) against Wilson by Barrow. This book recounts the salient points of the controversy (and the Matthew 18 proceedings) between Wilson and Barrow -- in their actual email debates! Also included is Barrow's demonstration of why Calvin would have excommunicated Frame, Greg Price's Testimony Against The Unfounded Charges of Anabaptism and Barrow's "Pornography, the Anabaptists and Doug Wilson's Civil Antinomianism." These debates are a classic example of the differences that exist today between paleopresbyterians (Barrow) and neopresbyterians (Wilson). Wilson's charges against Barrow, of Anabaptism, separatism, etc. are all refuted under a mountain of quotations from Reformation source documents. Barrow's refutations of Wilson's spurious charges bring to light many aspects of Reformation thought that have been lost or forgotten in our day. Besides the initial controversy (over Frame and worship) and the restoration process (set forth in Matthew 18:15-17), this book should be of special interest to all of those who love the "old paths" of truth -- trod by our forefathers in the Reformed faith -- for some of the most pressing issues of our day (regarding the individual, church and state) are addressed herein. Classic statements, cited by Barrow, not only exhibit the wisdom which God granted the best Reformers of both the first and second Reformations, but also specifically demonstrate how Wilson and many other modern Protestants actually reject the Reformation at many points (all their protests not withstanding). "And they that shall be of thee shall build the old waste places: thou shalt raise up the foundations of many generations; and thou shalt be called, The repairer of the breach, The restorer of paths to dwell in" (Isa. 58:12).
(Bound photocopy) $19.95-60%=7.98
(Hardcover photocopy) $19.00 (US funds)

BATES, STEWART

The Sin and Danger of Union Between the Church of Christ and an Immoral or Antichristian Civil Government (1841)
A subject few will touch today, illustrated from reason, Scripture and experience. This lecture is excerpted from the book Lectures on the Principles of the Second Reformation
, edited by Andrew Symington.
(Bound photocopy) $14.95-70%=4.48

BEEKE, JOEL

Assurance of Faith: Calvin, English Puritanism, and the Dutch Second Reformation
In-depth studies and comparisons of John Calvin, the Westminster Confession, John Owen, William Perkins, Willem Teellinck, Alexander Comrie, and Thomas Goodwin convincingly demonstrate (with fresh insights) that the differences between Calvin and English/Dutch Calvinism, concerning assurance, arose primarily from a newly evolving pastoral context -- rather than from foundational variations in doctrine. This massive study is one of the best books on the topic of assurance that we have ever seen (maybe even the best). Limited stock remains, as this title it is likely to go out of print within the next year (or sooner). If you are a serious student of the practical aspects of theology, get a copy while you can -- you will not be disappointed!
(Softcover) $69.95-30%=48.97

BIRGER, LARRY

Terms of Ministerial and Christian Communion in the Reformed Presbyterian Church, and In Our Day, In the Puritan Reformed Church; With Explanatory Dialogue (Including "The Biblical and Logical Necessity of Uninspired Creeds")
Though not originally written with Brian Schwertley in mind, in the providence of God Birger's work has come at a crucial time. This delightful dialogue, between Hans (a paleopresbyterian) and Franz (a neo-turned-paleopresbyterian), deals with many of the accusations made by Schwertley (a minister in the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America -- RPCNA) in his recent open letter against the Puritan Reformed Church ("PRC" -- Edmonton, AB, and Prince George, BC) and Still Waters Revival Books (SWRB). In the process, this enjoyable work sets forth, in a very clear, easy-to-understand way, a number of the more controversial and misunderstood teachings adopted by the PRC and promoted by SWRB in their return to the biblical attainments of the Second, or Covenanted Reformation on the British Isles. The conversation begins with "The Biblical and Logical Necessity of Uninspired Creeds", where Hans shows Franz that Franz's rejection of uninspired creeds is itself an uninspired creed. After several months of study Franz is now interested in joining Hans' Covenanter church, but has been confused and unsettled by the charges of his friend (a member of the RPCNA). This RPCNA friend alleges that Hans' church is a continuation of the "schism" of the "Steelites", and that they are "basically Papists, putting uninspired works on a par with the Bible and then abusing (their) church authority by requiring faith in the church, rather than in the word of God." Hans then goes through and explains pertinent aspects of each term of communion, demonstrating that the RPCNA friend's (and Schwertley's) charges and objections are entirely inaccurate, vindicating in the process precious and vital truths of the Reformation. This easy-reading and mild-mannered dialogue includes an index of topics discussed and objections raised, and is
an excellent introduction to the true Covenanter position (i.e. the position of the Westminster Assembly and the Church of Scotland during the Second Reformation) and an effective antidote to the kinds of unfounded slanders circulated by those like Brian Schwertley.
(Bound photocopy) $9.95-80%=1.99

CALDERWOOD, DAVID

The History of the Kirk of Scotland (in 8 volumes)
"The extensive learning and eminent talents of the Rev. David Calderwood, his matured experience in ecclesiastical affairs, and especially in those of his native country, the persecutions he had endured for his beloved Church, and the numerous works he had written in its defence, all qualified him, in the happiest manner, for becoming a Historian of the Kirk of Scotland. Above all, when the narrative was to be one of struggle and suffering, in which the principalities and powers of the earth, as well as those of darkness, were the antagonists, the record of such a conflict fell most aptly into the hands of a man whom a monarch had in vain attempted to brow-beat, and a whole hierarchy to silence. His own heart also appears to have affectionately inclined towards this his most congenial occupation, so that, after his return from exile, he spent many years in collecting and arranging the materials necessary for such an important task. At last, when he had reached his seventy-third year, the General Assembly, for the purpose of enabling him to perfect his work, granted him an annual pension of 800 pounds Scots. Calderwood died only two years afterwards; but he lived to accomplish his purpose of writing the History of our National Church from the commencement of the Reformation to the close of the reign of James the Sixth, in two, if not three successive and copious revisals" (Preface to volume one, pp. v-vi). More on the prominent role Calderwood played in the church of his day is supplied by Johnston, in his Treasury of the Scottish Covenant
(p. 47), when he writes that "the Second Book of Discipline was sworn to in the National Covenant in 1581, and revised by the Assembly of 1638. The most important parts of the book were legalized in 1592, and again in 1690. Calderwood, the historian, edited "The First and Second Book of Discipline," printed in 1621." Furthermore, the Dictionary of Scottish Church History and Theology (p. 118) tells us that Calderwood was "excluded from the church courts when he opposed Bishop James Law of Orkney's (FES VII, 322) substitution of royal supporters in place of the Presbytery's duly elected representatives to the General Assembly. But when King James VI visited Scotland in 1617, Calderwood and 54 other ministers meeting in Edinburgh wrote a protest against the King's intention that the monarch and men of his preference should appoint forms of worship and discipline in the Church. Calderwood was required to appear with Archibald Simson before the King at St. Andrews, where from his knees he boldly opposed the King's will and asserted the freedom of the General Assembly to control the Church's ceremonies and government (emphasis added, and some today say these are points of little or no consequence -- how different from our Reformed forefathers--RB). Calderwood was deprived of his charge, imprisoned and banished. In 1619 he went to Holland, whence he issued anonymously his monumental critique of English episcopacy, The Altar of Damascus (n.p., 1621), greatly enlarged in Latin... Calderwood's writings were erudite and widely persuasive, preparing the way for the restoration of Presbyterian practice at the 'Second Reformation'... With Alexander Henderson and David Dickson he was appointed by the General Assembly of 1643 to draft a directory for public worship, to fill a need for guidelines after the episcopal conventions had been removed (in keeping with the Solemn League and Covenant--RB)." The same article, commenting on this eight volume history, relates, "it is a major source for the history of the Church of Scotland from the Reformation until 1625." This massive set (of over 6000 pages) was printed between 1842 and 1849. It contains a 171 page index and Thomson's "Life of David Calderwood. The contents are listed and dealt with chronologically by year; beginning in the preamble with the descent of the Scots from the ancient Gauls, but formally covering the period (focusing to the church) from 1514 to 1625. Documents and information available no where else (that we know of) are also included in this set. Must reading for researchers and those interested in church history!
(8 volume rare bound photocopy set) $799.95-63%=295.98
(8 volume rare Hardcover photocopy set) $395.00 (US funds)

CALVIN, JOHN

Defending the Reformation: John Calvin Debates the Romanist Sadolet
Includes both Cardinal Sadolet's letter to the senate and people of Geneva (in which he endeavors to bring the city back to allegiance to the Roman antichrist) and Calvin's reply to this letter. After declining to dispense the Lord's Supper (because of the "unchristian spirit which prevailed in Geneva" [Beveridge]) Calvin, Conrad and Farel were banished from the city. Rome, wanting to make the most of this opportunity, called upon one of her most accomplished scholars, Sadolet, to write the Genevese. Calvin did not hesitate to reply. "The reply, besides containing a triumphant vindication of the Reformed doctrine -- a vindication so triumphant that Sadolet is said to have forthwith given up the affair as desperate, is written in a spirit of meekness and candour," notes Beveridge. Hitting the main controversies of the Reformation (including the authority of Scripture [and the church], justification by faith alone, worship, unity and schism) Calvin's letter is a masterful defence of first Reformation thought. This item is also available in Calvin's Selected Works
, volume 1.
(Bound photocopy) $9.95-50%=4.98

CAMERON, RICHARD

Angels and Offenders
Here Cameron deals with many topics including angels, church discipline, the wrath of God, humility, conversion, perseverance, independency, etc. This sermon is read (by Ruling Elder Lyndon Dohms) from the book Sermons in Times of Persecution in Scotland, by Sufferers for the Royal Prerogatives of Jesus Christ
($19.99).
(Cassette) $9.95-60%=3.98

CAMERON, RICHARD

God Defends His Covenanted Remnant
Cameron, the "lion of the Covenant," had to travel to Holland to receive ordination at the hands of two of Samuel Rutherford's former students, McWard and Brown of Wamphray (who were earlier exiled to the Netherlands for faithfulness to Christ's cause). Cameron could not be ordained in Scotland due to the fact that all the other "presbyterian" ministers remaining in Scotland had defected from the covenanted cause. But Cameron (as Elijah and others before him) persevered, as the church is often brought to such extremities concerning her public testimony. Holding to the attainments won at Westminster and in the Solemn League and Covenant, Cameron refused to yield an inch of the blood bought ground he occupied. He was later joined by a second minister, Donald Cargill, and both were eventually martyred for their unwillingness to "sell" even the least of the church's covenanted attainments (Prov. 23:23). He was said to be a powerful preacher and this sermon gives us a glimpse of what it must have been like to hear him. It covers numerous topics but focuses on Christ's victory in His church and God's anger against those who oppose his faithful servants. It contains a testimony against unlawful civil rulers and against Scotland's national apostasy (and covenant breaking). It also defends the use of defensive arms, the testimony of the Scottish martyrs during the killing times and some of the specific attainments of the covenanted Reformation. Here again we get a taste of Covenanter field preaching in days of great persecution. This sermon is read (by Ruling Elder Lyndon Dohms) from the book Sermons in Times of Persecution in Scotland, by Sufferers for the Royal Prerogatives of Jesus Christ
($19.99).
(Cassette) $9.95-60%=3.98

CUNNINGHAM, JOHN

The Church History of Scotland (2 volumes, 1859)
Chronicles the period from the commencement of the Christian era to the present century. In fact, Cunningham's first chapter begins with Druids in Scotland at the time that "the Great Founder of our Faith was preaching the gospel of the kingdom in the cities of Galilee." Concerning the scope of this set Cunningham writes, "Our best Scottish Histories are confined to particular periods. Indeed, so far as I know , there is not one which will conduct the student from the epoch of Christianity to the day in which he lives. This is the task I have undertaken; but in traversing this long tract of time I have naturally lingered longest on those periods which are either most interesting or most instructive." The importance of this title is seen in the following comments, "
The Reformation in Scotland was certainly very complete -- in no other country in the world was it so complete... Though Scotland presents but a narrow field, yet the ecclesiastical element has there had a fuller and freer development than in any other country. What Egypt is to the man who would ransack ancient temples and tombs, Scotland is to the man who would study the manifestations of ecclesiastical life... In truth, the Church of Scotland has had within Scotland a history similar to what the Church of Rome has had within Christendom. We see the same laws in operation, though on a smaller scale, and under modifying circumstances. In the career of the one we can discern the blessings which flow from a pure creed and simple worship, and in that of the other the blighting effects of a baneful superstition; but with both there has been the same union and energy of action, the same assumption of spiritual supremacy, the same defiance of law courts, parliaments, and kings. The history of either can be traced with equal precision, sometimes blending with civil history, but at other times diverging widely from it. I know only three Churches whose histories stand thus prominently out -- the Jewish, the Roman, and the Scottish. Geneva had such a Church too, but it was only for a very little season." 1209 pages, indexed.
(Bound photocopy) $199.95-85%=29.99
(Hardcover photocopy) $49.00 (US funds)

DURHAM, JAMES

Christ Crucified: Or, The Marrow of the Gospel, Evidently Set Forth in 72 Sermons on the Whole Fifty-third Chapter of Isaiah (1723, fourth edition, corrected)
The title continues: "Wherein the text is clearly and judicially opened, and a great many most apposite, truly spiritual, and very edifying points of doctrine, in a delectable variety, drawn from it; with choice and excellent practical improvements thereof. Wherein also several adversaries of the truth, as Socinians, Arminians, Arians, and Antinomians, are solidly and fully refuted. Besides, many errors in practice incident to professors, otherwise sound and orthodox in their opinions, are discovered; and many grave, deep, and very important cases of conscience, satisfyingly discussed." The preface, signed by Thomas Ridgley (and 22 others), notes that this work "equals, at least, if it does not exceed his other writings." This book aims to "prove contributive to the bringing you to a considerable growth in holiness." It contains an index (which was not available in earlier editions), enlarged print, and covers over 430 pages.
(Bound photocopy) $99.95-70%=29.99
(Hardcover photocopy) $49.00 (US funds)

FAIRLY, JOHN

An Humble Attempt in Defence of Reformation Principles; Particularly on the Head of the Civil Magistrate(1770)
The title continues: "Wherein the gross falsehoods, calumnies, and imposed sense, palmed by Mr. John Goodlet, upon the Testimony emitted by the Reformed Presbytery, are exposed and confuted; and said Testimony vindicated. As also, the seceding scheme of political principles more fully detected;-- and discovered to be inconsistent with the law of nature, light of divine revelation, and covenanted testimony of the Church of Scotland." Goold, in his The Reformed Presbyterian Church in Scotland: Its Origin and History 1680-1876
, writes of Fairly and this book, "He was very zealous and outspoken in his maintenance of Church principles, and unsparing in his condemnation and exposure of the shortcomings of other denominations. This caused him to be both feared and disliked by many outside of his own communion; yet by the ministers who were nearest his residence, and who came most frequently in contact with him, he was greatly esteemed. He was fearless of consequences in the discharging of his duties. On one occasion, when in Ireland, his scathing exposure of Popery so irritated the Catholics, that three of them resolved to disturb his next meeting by musical instruments (and remember no faithful Presbyterian used this "badge of Popery" -- musical instruments -- in their public meetings--RB). They came prepared to do this, but were so overcome by the grave dignity of the man, and by the truth he spoke, that they could do nothing but quietly listen. Two of them, it is said, became earnest Protestants. On another occasion he denounced 'unpreaching bishops,' and declared that his Lordship of Bangor was worse than Balaam's ass, which spoke once at least, and rebuke the madness of the prophet. Some were so highly offended that they resolved to waylay and stone the preacher. Mr. Fairly was aware of this, but refused to change his route. As he approached the ambuscade, a dispute arose as to his identity; some held that it was the object of their hate, others said, 'No, never a bit of him; who ever saw a mountain minister ride such a good horse?' and while they disputed he got beyond their reach. One who knew him writes thus: 'I had some knowledge of the elder Fairley; he fearlessly attacked the reigning follies of his age, and preached the Gospel in a familiar but forcible style of eloquence. In his great field days, and when contending for the Testimony of the Martyrs, he was unsparing in the use of arrows, oft broke a lance with the Pope, and drove rusty nails into our venerable Establishment, and lashed the Secession and Relief for their declensions.' so pointed was his dealing with the sins of the times, that many left his meetings when he came to the application of his discourse... He took part in the controversy with the Seceders, and published a pamphlet in reply to Goodlet, the Anti-burgher minister of Sanquhar, in which he gives a scathing exposure of the weakness and inconsistency of his opponent, and directs against him all his resources of humour and sarcasm, as well as the weightier weapons of solid argument. But it was in proclaiming the riches of the glorious Gospel to cast audiences under the open canopy of heaven, that the power of Fairley was fully disclosed. He was undoubtedly the preacher among the 'Four Johns.' He had a commanding presence, a well-furnished mind, and a fluent and forcible utterance; and when he warmed to his grand theme, his words moved the hearts of the crowds that had gathered around him, and many owned him as their spiritual father" (pp. 221-222). This book (of 283 pages) is another Reformed Presbyterian classic!
(Bound photocopy) $99.95-85%=14.99
(Hardcover photocopy) $24.00 (US funds)

FAIRLY, JOHN

The Treasure in Earthen Vessels; or, The Dispensation of the Gospel, Committed to Men of like Passions with the Hearers (1779)
A sermon preached at the ordination of Mr. William Steven, at the Bridge of Weir, on the 4th of September, 1777. 35 pages.
(Bound photocopy) $9.95-80%=1.99

FERGUSON, JAMES

The Headship of Christ Over His Church and Her Independent Jurisdiction (1841)
A lecture excerpted from the book Lectures on the Principles of the Second Reformation
, edited by Andrew Symington.
(Bound photocopy) $14.95-70%=4.48

GILLESPIE, GEORGE

Reformation's Refining Fire; or, Iconoclastic Zeal Necessary to World Reformation
This sermon, read by elder Lyndon Dohms, was originally preached to the House of Lords in the abbey church at Westminster during the days of the Westminster Assembly (on August 27, 1645). It deals with Malachi 3:2 and can also be found in volume one of Gillespie's Works
. The reading is approximately 80 minutes in length and for content this is likely the best sermon that we have ever carried. The glory of Christ is magnified in a soul stirring manner and at a level which is seldom (if ever) reached in our day. Though preaching before some of the most powerful men of his day, Gillespie does nothing to shave off the sharp edges of the whole counsel of God. He makes it abundantly clear that spiritual Reformation (individual, ecclesiastical and civil) is like a flaming fire which burns the dross of the flesh and is often hated and opposed by those that cry loudest for "Reform." On the other hand, the refining fire of Reformation which pleases God (and comes from His fatherly hands, filled with mercy, love and grace), not only turns his wrath from the nations (by granting the grace to remove the causes of His wrath), but invigorates the spirit with that iconoclastic zeal against sin (whether personal or corporate) that can only be produced by His sovereign power. Whole-hearted (covenanted) reformation is contrasted, throughout this sermon, with the half-hearted comfortable Christianity that has been common in most ages. Gillespie wields the sword of Scripture as few can in driving home a multitude of vitally important points. This sermon can be listened to over and over with increasing profit, as it contains a fullness which is almost impossible to absorb in just one sitting. Don't miss this one; it is a real gem!
(Cassette) $9.95-60%=3.98

GOOLD, W.H.

Patronage Opposed to the Independence of the Church, and to the Scriptural Rights of the Christian People (1841)
A lecture excerpted from the book Lectures on the Principles of the Second Reformation
, edited by Andrew Symington.
(Bound photocopy) $14.95-70%=4.48

GRAHAM, JOHN

The Revolution Settlement of the Church of Scotland: Its Provisions, in several Respects, Inconsistent with the Approved Principles of the Second Reformation (1841)
Most modern Presbyterian denominations are the descendants of the covenant-breaking Revolution church. They imbibe their backslidden ideas and practices without even knowing who fathered them or why. A lecture excerpted from the book Lectures on the Principles of the Second Reformation
, edited by Andrew Symington.
(Bound photocopy) $14.95-70%=4.48

GSELL, BRAD

The Legacy of Billy Graham: The Accommodation of Truth to Error in the Evangelical Church (1996)
Though containing some common fundamentalist foibles, this book still offers much useful information and exhortation. It chronicles Graham's repudiation of a number of the biblical teachings which he once preached, as well as his ever increasing compromises with the emissaries of the beast and the poisonous and syncretistic beliefs (found in Romanism, Judaism, Arminianism, Modernism, Liberalism, Charismaticism, etc.) of these various religious antichrists. It calls Christians to separate from those who do not maintain the truth, citing the words of Charles Spurgeon, "I have preached God's truth, so far as I know it, and I have not been ashamed of its peculiarities. That I might not stultify my testimony, I have cut myself clear of those who err from the faith, and even from those who associate with them;" and also J. Gresham Machen "concerning those in his day who gave lip service to the Gospel, yet supported" its enemies, when he said that "the test of a man's orthodoxy is not only what he preaches on Sunday, but also how he votes in presbytery on Monday!" Because of his widespread public visibility, Billy Graham, probably more than any other contemporary figure, has been used by the forces of evil as window dressing for their unhappy and demented schemes for building a modern tower of Babel -- in opposition to the testimony that Christ's persecuted witnesses must maintain in the wilderness of the present great apostasy.
(Softcover) $9.99

HAY FLEMING, DAVID

The Reformation in Scotland: Causes Characteristics, Consequences
Hay Fleming, in his preface to these lectures, notes that "questions are discussed with considerable fulness, which have been either ignored or superficially dealt with in previous works on the Scottish Reformation. Some of these questions are of great importance... Throughout the lectures and the notes a number of hitherto unprinted documents have been used and of such the Appendices largely consist." These were the Stone Lectures at Princeton Theological Seminary from 1907-1908. Meticulously detailed, as is common to Hay Fleming works, this is a valuable resource to add to any Calvinistic library. 675 pages and indexed.
(Bound photocopy) $69.95-75%=17.49
(Hardcover photocopy) $34.00 (US funds)

HILLERBRAND, HANS J., ed.

The Oxford Encyclopaedia of the Reformation (4 volumes, 1996)
The preface notes, "The Oxford Encyclopaedia of the Reformation seeks to do justice to the whole range of events and happenings of the sixteenth century. It uses the broadest possible definition of the Reformation in order to depict not only religious life but also the related societal phenomena that in one way or another had bearing on religion... the roster of contributors encompasses scholars not only from the United States and Canada but the United Kingdom, Norway, Hungary, the Netherlands, Denmark, Italy, Finland, Poland, and Australia, to mention but a few nations at random. If nothing else, the encyclopaedia represents the creative international guild of Reformation scholars." The preface also notes that "for far too long, many interesting and important personalities of the sixteenth century, because they were not major reformers, theologians, or rulers, have fallen into scholarly obscurity... One of our major intentions was to shed new light on these fascinating figures." This set includes four beautifully bound, oversized hardcover volumes. Each volume contains about 500 double column pages. The final volume includes a massive index and maps.
(4 volume hardcover set) $795.95-13%=$692.48

JOHNSTON (of Wariston), ARCHIBALD

Diary of Sir Archibald Johnston of Wariston (3 Volumes)
The introduction to this book cites Carlyle writing, "Archibald Johnston of Wariston; ... a Lord Register of whom all the world had heard. Redactor of the Covenanters' protests in 1637 and onwards; redactor perhaps of the Covenant itself; canny lynx-eyed Lawyer, and austere Presbyterian Zealot; full of fire, of heavy energy and gloom: in fact a very notable character." The introduction further notes that Johnston was "in some respects, one of the most interesting of the leading Scotsmen who lived in those troubled times which began with the Service Book riot, the swearing and subscription of the National Covenant, and the abjuration of Episcopacy in 1637-38, and ended with the overthrow of the Protectorate and the Restoration of the Monarchy in 1660..." Calling Johnston the "Covenanter politician," the Dictionary of Scottish Church History and Theology
(Cameron, ed.) states, "From the start of the revolt against Charles I in 1637 he was at its centre, frequently acting as secretary to the rebel leaders and drafting their declarations. He and Alexander Henderson were joint authors of the National Covenant, and he frequently took part in negotiations with the King and the English Parliament in the years that followed. In 1638 he was appointed clerk to the General Assembly and procurator of the Church, and in 1641, he was knighted and appointed a Lord of Session. In 1643 he became one of Scotland's representatives at the Westminster Assembly, and in 1646 King's Advocate. He had from the start been identified with the most radical of the Covenanters, and in 1648 he helped inspire opposition to the Engagement. A leading figure in the Kirk Party regime of 1648-50, becoming Clerk Register in 1649, he was in the fore in demanding thorough purging and punishing of the ungodly in both Church and state. During the Cromwellian invasion of 1650-1 he supported the Western Remonstrance and the Protesters in virtually disowning the cause of Charles II. He refused to serve the regime of Oliver Cromwell at first, partly through opposition of the religious toleration it imposed (though he later backslid into accepting major positions under Cromwell's dictatorship--RB)... After the Restoration he was denounced as a traitor for having served Cromwell, and fled into hiding abroad. He was discovered in France, brought back to Edinburgh and executed... being generally hated and despised. Yet through his remarkable diaries one can gain much understanding" (pp. 446-47). J.C. Johnston's Treasury of the Scottish Covenant (pp. 404-405) provides us with more insight into this fascinating saint (and these unparalleled times) in the following two quotations. "For the lay elders there was the redoubted Johnston of Warriston, the most able and zealous of a group of lay statesmen who were as thorough warriors in the ecclesiastical department of the great struggle as the clergy themselves... He looked at the Covenant as the setting of Christ on His throne, and so was out of measure zealous in it. He afterwards, in old age and physical weakness, sealed it with his blood, his last words being 'The Lord has graciously comforted me; O pray, pray; praise, praise'" (Burton). "Warriston was a religious statesman. The standard of his policy was the Word of God; his great and governing aim, the Divine glory. And on this account his name has suffered obloquy from a quarter where all who would follow his steps may expect similar treatment, so long as society is composed, as it still is to such an alarming extent, of the godless and unbelieving" (Dr. M'Crie). The Treasury also notes that "it is to Johnston that the world generally has attributed the project of renewing the Covenant (of 1638--RB). This was his master-stroke of policy." It further informs us that "on one occasion he continued in prayer during fourteen hours." For a glimpse into the heart of the most thorough national (and international) Reformation thus far in history you will not get closer to the source than Johnston's rare three volume Diary! From the inner workings of the battle for the National covenant to Johnston's notes covering Cromwell, Owen's views on toleration, the Protester/Resolutioner controversy and much more, this is an exceedingly valuable historical resource. As the introduction so aptly puts it, "the great Covenanter's Diary... contained many valuable passages with relation to the history of these times, nowhere else to be found." Almost 1300 pages in total and indexed.
(Bound photocopy) $299.95-87%=38.99

(Hardcover photocopy) $79.00 (US funds)

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.
(Bound photocopy) $99.95-90%=9.99
(Hardcover photocopy) $24.00 (US funds)

M'LEOD, ALEXANDER

Lectures Upon the Principal Prophecies of the Revelation (1814)
M'Leod, a Reformed Presbyterian, here defends (in 480 pages) classic historicist Reformation eschatology from the book of Revelation. David Steele, in his massive Notes on the Apocalypse
commends this work numerous times. Steele writes, "the best works to be obtained as helps to understand the prophetic parts of scripture, will be found in the labors of those who, from age to age, have obeyed the gracious call of Christ -- who have 'come out from mystic Babylon,' from the Romish communion, from the mother and her harlot daughters, and who have associated more or less intimately with the witnesses. Among these may be consulted with profit the works of Durham, Mason and M'Leod (p. 312)... The late Rev. Alexander M'Leod, D.D., who had the works of learned predecessors before him, has successfully corrected many of their misinterpretations in his valuable publication, entitled Lectures upon the Principal Prophecies of the Revelation. At the time when he wrote that work, he possessed several advantages in aid of his own expositions. He had access to the most valuable works which had been issued before that date (1814). He was then in the vigor of youthful manhood; and he was also comparatively free from the trammels which in attempts to expound the Apocalypse, have cramped the energies of many a well disciplined mind, political partialities. At the time of these profound studies, he occupied a position 'in the wilderness,' from which as a stand point, like John in Patmos, he could most advantageously survey the passing scenes of providence with the ardor of youthful emotion, and with unsullied affection for his divine master... expressing my obligations to the Doctor's labors, to whose system of interpretation as well as to most of his details, I cheerfully give my approbation in preference to all other expositors whose works it has been in my power to consult (pp. 317-19)... Doctor M'Leod and Mr. Faber I consider among the best expositors of the prophecies on which they severally wrote... On material points they have shed much light where those who preceded them left the reader in darkness, or involved him in perplexing labyrinths. Faber preceded M'Leod, and the latter availed himself of all the aid furnished by the former; yet till the 'mystery of God shall be finished,' his people will be receiving accessions of light from the 'sure word of prophecy' (p. 321)... I can again cordially recommend to his attention the Lectures of Doctor M'Leod, as the best exposition of those parts of the Apocalypse of which he treats, that has come under my notice'" (p. 324). But Steele is not shy about pointing out that "the principal defect pervading the Lectures, and one which most readers will be disposed to view in an opposite light, appears to be, a charity too broad, a catholicity too expansive, to be easily reconciled with a consistent position among the mystic witnesses. Their author, however, deriving much information from the learned labors of English prelates on prophecy, could not 'find in his heart' to exclude them from a place in the honorable roll of the witnesses. I am unable to recognize any of those who are in organic fellowship with the 'eldest daughter of Popery,' as entitled to rank among those who are symbolized as 'clothed in sackcloth.' The two positions and fellowships appear to be obviously incompatible and palpably irreconcilable. It is true that there have been and still are in the English establishment divines who are strictly evangelical; but the reigning Mediator views and treats individuals, as he views and treats the moral person with which individuals freely choose to associate; and we ought to 'have the mind of Christ'" (I Cor. 2:16, p. 322-23, bold emphases added throughout). Notwithstanding a few shortcomings, this is probably the best book available (at present) on the book of Revelation.
(Bound photocopy) $99.95-85%=14.99

(Hardcover photocopy) $24.00 (US funds)

M'MILLAN, JOHN, Sr.

The Faithful and Wise Servant (1779)
This sermon deals with the authority, character and work of a Gospel minister and is based on Matthew 25:45. It was preached at the ordination of John M'Millan, junior, at Stirling, on the 11th of March, 1778. 99 pages (a "little" longer than most sermons today).
(Bound photocopy) $9.95-60%=3.98

McWARD, ROBERT

Earnest Contendings for the Faith (1723)
McWard "strongly opposed the Resolutions" and "for a sermon preached at Glasgow from Amos 3:2, in February, 1661, he was banished to Holland... He collected and arranged the papers of his preceptor, Samuel Rutherford, and gave to the world his 'Letters'" (Johnston, Treasury of the Scottish Covenant
, p. 342). The Dictionary of Scottish Church History and Theology (p. 537-38) also notes that McWard "studied at St. Andrews where he was a favorite of Samuel Rutherford" and that "when Rutherford went to London as a Commissioner to the Westminster Assembly, McWard accompanied his as an amanuensis... was a zealous Protester... in 1661 he preached against an overturning of the Covenanted Reformation by Parliament, entering a protest in heaven that he desired to be free from the guilt thereof. He was imprisoned 'for sedition and treasonable preaching... he helped with the editing and publication of Rutherford's Examen Arminianismi (Utrecht, 1668)... wrote several tracts to encourage resistance to those whom he believed were usurpers of power in the Church of Scotland. He asserted that is was not, as then constituted, 'of the genus Church at all, -- that, by its mere physical force-raid on the real Church of Scotland, it has proved itself to be absolutely devoid of ecclesiastical rights.' ... such publications rendered McWard, with his close friend John Brown of Wamphray, odious to the regime of Charles II, and diligent efforts were made to have him expelled from Holland... He continued zealous against the Indulgences, opposing the efforts of Robert Fleming, his successor, at conciliation (see Earnest Contendings for the Faith)... Wodrow characterized him as 'a person of great knowledge, zeal, learning, and remarkable ministerial abilities.'" The answers to Robert Fleming's proposals for union with the indulged (found in Earnest Contendings and as set in the historical context noted above) exhibit the true spirit of the covenanting movement in regard to numerous church issues (such as separation, schism, covenanted obligations, the nature of the visible church, attainments, etc.). The principles set forth by McWard, as a faithful defender of the Covenanted Reformation, can be easily applied to the current state of declension in the modern Presbyterian and Reformed churches. This makes McWard's book a exceedingly helpful aid, regarding a broad spectrum of practical church issues, for those seeking to maintain the original (as held to by most of the Westminster Divines) covenanted testimony in our day. 416 pages, this book contains a glossary and index.
(Bound photocopy) $99.95-80%=19.99
(Hardcover photocopy) $29.00 (US funds)

MILWAIN, JOHN

The Evil of Relaxed Discipline in the Church (1841)
Many today actually believe and preach that relaxed church discipline is a blessing to the church. Not only this, they cry down Presbyterianism in general -- the only biblical means to faithfully purge the church of errors in faith and practice. History is full of heretics that would do away with biblical presbyterian church government -- and why not, such governments would never tolerate the very heretics that try to overthrow them. A lecture excerpted from the book Lectures on the Principles of the Second Reformation
, edited by Andrew Symington.
(Bound photocopy) $14.95-70%=4.48

MURRAY, JOHN & WILLIAM YOUNG

The Forgotten Minority: The Minority Report on Song in the Public Worship of God (reprinted 1997)
This report, defending exclusive Psalmody (on the basis of the classic understanding of the regulative principle of worship), was submitted to the fourteenth General Assembly of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church (OPC) in 1947. It was subsequently buried, ignored and has, as many had hoped, become long forgotten -- until now! It exposes how the OPC flies in the face of the original Westminster Standards, the worship heritage of Presbyterianism and most importantly Scripture.
(Booklet) $4.95-30%=3.47

NASH, RONALD

Word of God and the Mind of Man: The Crisis of Revealed Truth in Contemporary Theology (1982, 1992 ed.)
Nash writes, "The views I explain and defend in this book are an important foundation of what has been the mainstream of evangelical thinking about divine revelation and religious epistemology since the end of World War II. It is the first book that attempts to trace this position back to its roots;
a systematic examination of the theoretical foundations and historical development of this position is not available elsewhere. Since many Evangelicals are beginning to drift from the former consensus about the indispensability and legitimacy of a belief in cognitive or propositional revelation, a fresh examination of this view and its major competition can be helpful at this particular time in the history of the church." Nash covers many of the "heavy hitters" of Christian and non-Christian philosophy, past and present (including a chapter on "The Christian Rationalism of St. Augustine"), in his defense of propositional revelation.
(Softcover) $14.95-20%=11.96

NEILSON, THOMAS

Evils, Constitutional and Practical, of the Prelactic Establishment of the British Empire (1841)
A lecture excerpted from the book Lectures on the Principles of the Second Reformation
, edited by Andrew Symington.
(Bound photocopy) $14.95-70%=4.48

PRICE, GREG

A Testimony Against the Unfounded Charges of Anabaptism (1997)
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 too 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 will be an effective antidote to the "AIDS" of Anabaptist thought and practice.
(Bound photocopy) $14.95-30%=4.49
(Hardcover photocopy) $19.00 (US funds)

PRICE, GREG

Each CASSETTE listed below sells for $2.55 (US funds) each, unless marked otherwise.

The Blessing of Persecution and Rejoicing in Suffering ($2.55, cassette) Our modern, comfortable, "self-esteem" Christianity will find it impossible to relate to or benefit from a sermon such as this; for this sermon is directed to the suffering and despised remnant "which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ" (Rev. 12:17). For of these, and these alone, is it said that "the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed" (Rev. 12:17). This preaching is for the faithful witnesses, as our fifth term of communion states, who are found "contending for all divine truth, and in testifying against all corruptions embodied in the constitutions of either churches or states;" those who approbate the "faithful contendings of the martyrs of Jesus;" and those who valiantly oppose "Paganism, Popery, Prelacy, Malignancy and Sectarianism; immoral civil governments; Erastian tolerations and persecutions which flow from them." Here Price shows how persecution always follows biblical peacemaking, as this beatitude (and subject of this sermon) "Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake" (Matt. 5:10) follows "Blessed are the peacemakers" (Matt. 5:9). Pointed, specific testimony to the truth of Christ (which names names) has always been hated by Satan and the forces of malignancy, and has always stirred up controversy and open opposition to the truth. But, as Price shows, the offence must be in the Gospel or the resulting suffering is not what the Bible calls persecution. Many careful distinctions are made throughout this sermon on this point, distinguishing between what is and what is not persecution. For example, Price asks, "Was Elijah a persecutor when he caused the prophets of Baal to be executed?" (1 Kings. 18:40). Is a godly magistrate a persecutor when he suppresses idolatry and heresy? What about when the magistrate (or apostate church leaders) put down those preaching the truth? Is one persecuted when he is slandered, misrepresented or even excommunicated by the ignorant and scandalous? Helpful examples are provided throughout as Price shows how Christians have and continue to be persecuted (through the forces of the civil and ecclesiastical beasts, violent oppression, unjust censures, verbal attacks, etc.). Especially useful will be the section dealing with husbands and wives (or other family members) when they are convinced of differing doctrines. The Christian response to persecution is also ably covered in three succinct points. Price shows how our response to persecution should usually follow one or more of these steps: 1) a testimony to the truth and against error; 2) fleeing the persecutors when necessary and possible; 3) by opposing the wicked with force when all other avenues have been exhausted. Biblical and/or historical examples are provided for each case. This is an amazing sermon calculated to greatly encourage those who continue to "earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints" (Jude 3).

Encouragement for the Discouraged ($2.55, cassette) While taking into account the sinfulness and frailty of human nature, and the disappointments associated with this, Price shows from the life of the Apostle Paul (and other suffering saints) how to overcome discouragement and prosper under adversity. If you have ever been discouraged, are presently discouraged, or think you may be discouraged in the future, this is a good sermon to study and listen to over and over again. Exceedingly practical and edifying teaching from the Word of God.

The Extent of God's Law, Antichrist, Beastly Civil Governments, the Family, Christian Education, Contentment and the Eight Commandment ($2.55, cassette) An amazing unfolding of the eighth commandment, as well as the rest of the decalogue, which includes numerous specific applications to various areas of thought and life (most relevant to the contemporary Christian). Price explains how to avoid the extremes of legalism and antinomianism, while expounding the classic Reformed view of the law as it applies to the individual, family, church and state.

Foundations for Knowing Christ ($2.55, cassette) Though this sermon is bound to help those struggling with assurance, it may be even more valuable as an introduction to the Gospel (and can be profitably used as a handout to the unsaved). It focuses on man's utter unworthiness and Christ's complete and absolute worthiness. In presenting the message of salvation to needy sinners, Price calls upon all to flee to Christ for shelter from God's wrath.

The Gospel in Philemon ($2.55, cassette) Contains the gospel of biblical salvation while denouncing the "gospel" of human rights.

Heart Purity and Seeing God ($2.55, cassette) This sermon is based on "Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God" (Matt. 5:8). Here Price shows how moral purity is the ongoing effect of regeneration and includes the unwillingness to tolerate evil. Numerous ancient and modern heresies are exposed (among them Gnosticism, Antinomianism, Libertinism, Asceticism, Mysticism, Pietism, Emotionalism, Behaviorism, Humanism, Socialism), as well as profaness of life -- with special emphasis of the seventh commandment ("thou shalt not commit adultery"), because this sin is often used of Satan to untrack even the best of the saints (e.g. David). Christians are also cautioned to avoid modern stumbling blocks, such as filth and pollution that often accompanies television watching and the world view often implied in modern advertising. What "heart" means in Scripture in explained and many examples from Scripture and history are given encouraging moral purity. Hypocrisy (i.e. the "false face" of religious actors) and mere external religion is rebuked, while Christians are called upon to pray "big prayers," because we have an almighty God who hears our cries and "is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think" (Eph 3:20).

Meekness ($2.55, cassette) Explains what biblical meekness is and what it is not. Shows how this is a trait exemplified among Christian leaders of the past (including Moses, Gideon, David, Calvin [refusing the Lord's supper to the Libertines upon threat of his life], Knox and Melville [opposing the civil beast]). Very practical preaching.

Peacemakers at War With Sin ($2.55, cassette) Focusing on Matt. 5:9, "Blessed are the peacemakers," Price demonstrate what this portion of Scripture means by contrasting it with what it does not mean. Using this "Turretin-like" method of proclaiming the truth some surprising results are often mined from God's Word, and this sermon is no exception. Special attention is given to marriage and family relationships, but how this verity applies to the church and the state is also covered -- the United Nations receiving its share of scathing rebukes for the false, antichristian peace it promotes. Mere external "peace" and "obedience" are condemned as Price sets his sights on promoting classic Puritan experimental heart Christianity. Showing that true peace only consists in reconciliation based on God's truth, the peacemaker's Scripture refers to are often judged by the carnal and disaffected to be the greatest trouble makers -- the Lord Jesus Christ being the prime example. He hated and fought against idolatry, covenant breaking and all other violations of God's law (as the greatest peacemaker that ever lived) to such an extent that those who desired the peace of the world tortured and murdered him. Prophets and wise men since have often fared no better in seeking to set forth the only true peace. Biblical peace is not based on compromise, pragmatism or the removal of Biblical (Reformation) landmarks, it is seen in this sermon to be based on truth and faithfulness. "Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God" (James 4:4). Heresy, the false ecumenical movement of mystery Babylon, Calvin on schism, unity and numerous other points are all addressed. "Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid" (John 14:27).

Terms of Communion: The Word of God ($4.95, 2 cassettes)
Explains and defends the first term of communion, which is "An acknowledgement of the Old and New Testament to be the Word of God, and the alone infallible rule of faith and practice." Covers the attributes of Scripture, including the necessity, inspiration, authority, sufficiency, perspicuity, perpetuity, etc. of the Word of God. Also deals with principles of interpretation (hermeneutics) and how we know that God's Word is His Word, and thus can be trusted as the absolute, inerrant, infallible and inspired truth. Touches on higher criticism and the debate over Bible versions, upholding the Textus Receptus (i.e. the ecclesiastical or received text) and the King James Version. A fine defense of Sola Scriptura which also touches on how "extra-biblical" terms of communion are not only required by Scripture itself, but are an inescapable necessity. Price is careful to point out the difference between the primary, infallible standard of Scripture and those uninspired subordinate standards, which nevertheless bind the conscience whenever they say the same thing as Scripture. A great introduction to God's Word that comes with our highest recommendation. "I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name" (Ps. 138:2).

Terms of Communion: The Westminster Standards ($12.75, 5 cassettes)
Explains and defends the second term of communion, which is "That the whole doctrine of the Westminster Confession of Faith, and the Catechisms, Larger and Shorter, are agreeable unto, and founded upon the Scriptures." Price not only explains why we need creeds and confession (answering the question: Isn't the Scripture sufficient?), but he shows how
everyone has a creed and how such statements of faith are actually inescapable -- for as soon as one says what he believes the Bible means, he has (by definition) put forth his creed ("credo" in Latin means "to believe"). There is no neutrality! He also gives a summary of the Westminster standards and the history of this august assembly, demonstrating why these standards are agreeable to the word of God. After showing how faithful creeds and confessions (i.e. human testimony) have brought untold blessings to the church he gives a history of the Westminster Assembly (setting the context for the study of the Standards themselves). The doctrines contained in the confessional standards are then summarized. Price also exposes and rebukes much false teaching and false practice (contrary to the standards) using the specific names associated with each heresy refuted. The following doctrines are covered: sola Scripture (refuting popery, neo-orthodoxy, liberalism and the charismatics), the doctrine of God (refuting Unitarianism, Oneness theology [Modalism, Sabellianism], and tritheism), God's decrees and predestination (refuting Arminianism, fatalism [Islam]), creation (refuting Evolutionism, Pantheism and New Age and Eastern mysticism), the covenant of works, Providence (against "luck" and "accidents"), the fall of man (refuting Arminianism and Pelagianism), the covenant of grace (refuting dispensationalism), Christ our mediator (refuting Arianism [JW's], Apollinarianism, Nestorianism, Eutychianism [which led to the transubstantiation and consubstantiation heresies], the free offer of the gospel, effectual calling (contra Arminianism), justification by faith alone through Christ alone (contra Rome and the Arminians), sanctification and good works (condemning antinomianism and legalism), assurance of faith, perseverance of the saints, the law of God, Christian liberty (against pretended liberty of conscience and the imposition of legalistic standards outside of the law of God), worship (against the anti-regulativists and promoters of will-worship), the regulative principle (condemning Arminianism in worship), the Sabbath (taking the high Scottish view), lawful oaths and vows (condemning covenant breaking [churches and nations included], perjury, etc.), the civil magistrate (against pluralism, false toleration, Erastianism, and for biblical establishments), marriage, the church (contra popery, prelacy and independency [all of which are forms of sectarianism]), and the resurrection and general judgement.

Terms of Communion: Presbyterian Worship and Government ($4.95, 2 cassettes)
Explains and defends the third term of communion, which is "That Presbyterial Church Government and manner of worship are alone of divine right and unalterable; and that the most perfect model of these as yet attained, is exhibited in the Form of Government and Directory for Worship, adopted by the Church of Scotland in the Second Reformation." "To many readers, the subject of church government will not seem terribly exciting. Judging from the lack of contemporary literature on the topic, one might conclude that church polity is not very important. Yet, if the truth were known, many of the practical problems facing the church are the result of an abandonment of scriptural church polity. The church is not a mere social club. The church is the kingdom of Christ (Col. 1:13), subject to his rule. In the Bible, the Lord has established an ecclesiastical government by which his people are to be ruled. Just as Christ has instituted civil government to ensure civil order, so he has established ecclesiastical government to preserve order in the church (1 Cor. 14:33). A man is not free to dispense with the church's government anymore than he is at liberty to disregard the (lawful--RB) civil authorities. We do not contend that the divine order for church government extends to every detail. Obviously, the Lord did not mandate how many times the elders of the church must meet each month; nor did he prescribe any particular attire for them to wear while performing their official duties. Such incidentals are adapted to the needs and exigencies of the time and place; according to the general rules of the word, which are always to be observed. Nevertheless, the scriptures do provide an overall plan of government which the church must follow if she is to remain faithful to her Lord. Therefore, it is important to examine biblical principles of church polity," writes Kevin Reed in his Biblical Church Government
. Much the same could be said regarding worship. These tapes are an excellent introductory explanation of the fundamentals of Divine Right Presbyterian church government and Divine Right Presbyterian worship. They are jam-packed with Scripture, history and sound reasoning and should be very helpful to all those seeking the Lord's will concerning these two important subjects. Price distinguishes between the elements and circumstances of worship (contra John Frame's heretical innovations, wherein he rejects these distinctions), while the vital issues of unity and uniformity, separation from false worship and false man-made church governments are not forgotten. All this is set in the context of faithfully approaching the Lord's table. "Now I praise you, brethren, that ye remember me in all things, and keep the ordinances, as I delivered them to you" (1 Cor. 11:2).

Terms of Communion: Covenants and Covenanting ($17.85, 7 cassettes)
Explains and defends the fourth term of communion, which is "That public, social covenanting is an ordinance of God, obligatory on churches and nations under the New Testament; that the National Covenant and the Solemn League are an exemplification of this divine institution; and that these Deeds are of continued obligation upon the moral person; and in consistency with this, that the Renovation of these Covenants at Auchensaugh, Scotland, 1712 was agreeable to the word of God." Includes the studies offered separately on the National Covenant (2 tapes), the Solemn League and Covenant (1 tape), the Auchensaugh Renovation (2 tapes), as well as two introductory lectures (only available in this set) on the biblical principles related to the ordinance of covenanting, the descending obligation of lawful covenants, objections against covenanting, etc. Roberts, in his Reformed Presbyterian Catechism
($8.99), catches the spirit of this tape set in the following question and answer: "Q. May we not indulge the hope, that, in the goodness of our covenant God, and by the promised outpouring of his Holy Spirit, 'the kingdoms of the world' at large, and the British empire in particular, will dedicate themselves to God in a covenant not to be forgotten - animated by the example of our covenant fathers exhibited in these memorable deeds? A. Yes. We have the most cheering grounds for this blessed hope; for it is written, that the nations at large in the spirit of devoted loyalty, shall cry -- 'Come and let us join ourselves to the Lord in a perpetual covenant that shall not be forgotten': and it cannot be well doubted, that the death-cry of the martyred Guthrie has been heard on high, and shall be verified -- 'The covenants, the covenants, shall yet be Scotland's (and the world's -- RB) reviving'" (p. 151). A thoroughly amazing set of tapes -- among our best!

Terms of Communion: The Martyrs and Historic Testimony ($4.99, 2 cassettes)
Explains and defends the fifth term of communion, which is "An approbation of the faithful contendings of the martyrs of Jesus, especially in Scotland, against Paganism, Popery, Prelacy, Malignancy and Sectarianism; immoral civil governments; Erastian tolerations and persecutions which flow from them; and of the Judicial Testimony emitted by the Reformed Presbytery in North Britain, 1761 (i.e. The Act, Declaration and Testimony for the Whole of Our Covenanted Reformation
--RB) with supplements from the Reformed Presbyterian Church; as containing a noble example to be followed, in contending for all divine truth, and in testifying against all corruptions embodied in the constitutions of either churches or states." Price demonstrates how and why uninspired historical testimony must be a term of communion. A number of the same arguments apply to this question (of fencing the Lord's table based on uninspired historical testimony), as apply to fencing the table based on biblically accurate creeds and confessions -- so those that understand biblical creedalism (and close communion) should have no problem with this aspect of Reformation thought. Reformation views are also differentiated from Romish views of history, church authority, etc., as they come to bear on this point. At one of the most interesting points of this study, Price also proves how one cannot even keep the inspired commandments of God without the use of uninspired history (using the fifth and ninth commandments as examples). History is here set on its biblical foundations. Testimony is also well dealt with. Testimony is defined as "That record which a witness gives (in a court) in defense of the truth and in opposition to error." Faithful biblical testimony is shown, by various examples from inspired and uninspired history, to bring the fury of the enemy. This is where the Reformation theological rubber meets the road of experimental Christianity and disinterested self-sacrifice (often resulting in suffering and persecution as the antichristian beast [ecclesiastical and civil] is stirred from his slumber by the barbs of faithful Christian witnesses as they testify to the truth and against "all corruptions embodied in the constitutions of either churches or states" -- thus the long list of Christian martyrs throughout history).

Terms of Communion: The Practice of Truth ($2.55, cassette)
Explains and defends the sixth term of communion, which is "Practically adorning the doctrine of God our Savior by walking in all His commandments and ordinances blamelessly." Contains an excellent and encouraging overview of the biblical doctrine of sanctification (individual and corporate). Explains the role of the law of God in the life of the believer, refuting legalism, antinomianism and the perfectionism of the Wesleyans, Anabaptists and Roman Catholics. Distinguishes between heresies and damnable heresies, giving examples of each (including Pelagianism, Arminianism, Dispensationalism, etc.). Explains how the "face of God" is seen in His ordinances, how to use these to grow in grace and what is meant by "blameless" in the sixth term of communion above. In short, this is one of the best tapes you will find giving an overview of the biblical doctrine of sanctification.

What is True Faith ($2.55, cassette)
This solidly Calvinistic sermon gives a detailed biblical exposition of what true faith is. It does so in such a way that everyone from children to the oldest, battle tested soldier for Christ will gain much edification. Price also explores some of the most controversial aspects of God's one Reformed and revealed religion -- as they are related to the practical application and outworking of true faith -- including the ultimacy of truth, separation from ecclesiastical antichrist, resistance to tyrants, etc. Samuel Rutherford's Lex, Rex
is cited in response to objections to the Presbyterian on the civil magistrate. In one of the most helpful sections, Price compares true faith with false faith. Questions dealing with assurance, the covenant of grace, humility, meekness, and much more are also all touched upon. In short, Puritan preaching par excellence!

PURITAN REFORMED SESSION

A Brief Defence of Dissociation in the Present Circumstances (1996)
This work explains why Christians should separate themselves from those churches which deny biblical truth and its implications. It defends this position using many
Reformation source documents. Samuel Rutherford has been especially misunderstood concerning separation. Examples of misleading and seriously flawed presentations of Rutherford's position on the church and separation have been seen in Walker's The Theology and Theologians of Scotland 1560-1750, Bacon's The Visible Church and Outer Darkness and a host of other works -- all of which overlook foundational second Reformation truths set forth by Rutherford and his fellow Covenanters. This book clearly demonstrates, from Rutherford's own actions and teaching (during the Protester/Resolutioner controversy in the Scottish church), how far off many previous works on this subject have been. One example given by the Puritan Reformed elders exhibits Rutherford's (and the other Protesters) stand regarding covenanting, close communion and separation,

In fact, the issue of faithfulness to the covenants actually rent the Church of Scotland into two parties so that the Protesters declared the Assemblies of the Resolutioners (the covenant-breaking party that developed out of the Engagers) to be unconstitutional and pretended Assemblies. The covenants were obvious terms of communion, for Protesters and Resolutioners refused to meet in the same General Assemblies together. Protesters did not recognize the unlawful courts of the Resolutioner Assemblies and would not attend them when cited to appear. Protesters were deposed from the ministry by Resolutioner Assemblies when they refused to recognize their lawful authority to rule on behalf of Christ.

It [the joint General Assembly of Protesters and Resolutioners--PRC] met in St. Andrews on 16th July. . . . Rutherford, and other twenty-one sympathisers, protested against the meeting as unconstitutional. . . . There [later at Dundee, where the General Assembly of Protesters, who had separated themselves from the Resolutioners, was now meeting--PRC], on 22nd July [1651--PRC], Rutherford's cogent Protest declining the Assembly was read. Balcarres [a Resolutioner-- PRC] in vain demanded that the twenty-two absent Protesters should be reported for civil punishment for their reflections on the King, Parliament, and Church. The Assembly [of Resolutioners--PRC] ordered Presbyteries to deal with them. It was ultimately agreed to cite [James--PRC] Guthrie, Patrick Gillespie, James Simson, James Naismith, and John Menzies. They did not compear [i.e. appear at the Resolutioner assembly--PRC]. The [Resolutioner--PRC] Assembly deposed Guthrie, Gillespie, and Simson, suspended Naismith, and referred Menzies to the Commission. After the meeting of the Assembly at St. Andrews, a work was published entitled A Vindication of the Freedom and Lawfulness of the late Assembly [by James Wood, a Resolutioner--PRC], etc. This was answered by The Nullity of the Pretended Assembly at Saint Andrews and Dundee [signed by 40 Protesters including Rutherford and Guthrie--PRC](Hewison, The Covenanters, Vol. II, pp. 34,35, emphases added).

Separate Assemblies of Protesters and Resolutioners met in 1652 and in 1653 in Edinburgh. The Protesters declared the Assembly of the Resolutioners in 1652 to be "unlawful, unfrie, and unjust" (Hewison, The Covenanters, Vol. II, p. 43). It is worthy to be noted that the issue between the Protesters and the Resolutioners did not deal at all with the propriety of ministers and members of the Church of Scotland swearing the covenants, but over the issue of faithfulness to the covenants. Both sides upheld the obligation of ministers and members to own the covenants. Furthermore, unfaithfulness to this term of communion (i.e. faithfully maintaining the covenants) on the part of the Resolutioners led the Protesters to separate from their brethren to avoid schism and in order to maintain a truly constituted church. They would not serve with the Resolutioners while they maintained different terms of communion, neither would they serve them the Lord's Supper (e.g. Rutherford refused to serve communion with Blair at St. Andrews; and on another occasion Rutherford and Moncrieff debarred Resolutioners from the table at Scoonie). Such actions can only be defended if the covenants were terms of communion. Were the covenants biblical terms of communion? We testify that they were and still are biblical terms of communion. To affirm otherwise is in effect to charge the faithful covenanters (Protesters) of the Second Reformation with sin and to undermine their covenanted reformation and the biblical presbyterianism they taught and practiced.

The following excerpt gives a short synopsis of those truths which this book seeks to vindicate. The elders of The Puritan Reformed Church write:

"Though it is not necessary that a truly constituted church be absolutely pure as to the doctrine taught or embraced, as to the ordinances administered, or the public worship performed, it is, however, necessary that its constitution be founded upon and agreeable to the Word of God and that its constitution reflect the light attained to by the purest of Reformed Churches (for all reformation must be biblical reformation if it is reformation at all, otherwise it is not a reformation but a deformation, cf. Phil. 3:16). Wherefore, to adopt a constitution that corrupts the light of Scripture or the light of reformation is to adopt a false constitution. A false constitution renders a church and its courts unconstitutional. When the Confession of Faith (25:4) speaks of degrees of purity among particular churches within the "catholick church", we believe it designates degrees of purity within truly constituted churches. For example, though the church of Corinth was plagued with division, immorality, and false doctrine promoted by some within the church (and therefore manifested a lesser degree of purity than other truly constituted churches, cf. the church of Smyrna in Rev. 2:8-11), it was, nevertheless, a truly constituted church for it was constituted by apostolic authority (with apostolic doctrine, apostolic worship, apostolic government, and apostolic discipline). Thus, for a church to constitutionally adhere to Arminianism, Dispensationalism, or Charismatic experientialism (false doctrine), singing uninspired hymns or using instrumental music in public praise (false worship), Episcopacy or Independency (false government), or unrestricted communion (false discipline) is to qualify as a constitutionally false church. That is not to say that there are no believers in churches that are not truly constituted (there may be many in some cases). Nor is it to imply that ministers or elders within those churches do not courageously stand for many truths taught in Scripture. It is simply to say that authority to rule in the church must come from Christ, and if a church does not have a constitution of which He approves (as King of His church), then there is no lawful authority to rule or to administer the ordinances on His behalf."

This book is the best short introduction to questions regarding the visible church and separation which we list.
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REFORMED PRESBYTERY

Testimony and Warning Against the Blasphemies and Idolatry of Popery; and the Evil and Danger of Every Encouragement Given to It (Edinburgh, 1779)
The title continues: "And more particularly, of that toleration granted by the legislature in the revocation of the penal statutes against Papists in England and Ireland. Addresses to all professors of the Protestant Reformed religion." Very pertinent to our day, when so-called "evangelicals" lay comfortably in bed with "the great whore that sitteth upon many waters, and carries her capital character on her forehead, Mystery, Babylon the Great, the Mother of harlots, and abominations of the earth" (p. 5). Read everything that you can get your hands on by the Reformed Presbytery -- it is some of the best Christian writing you will ever find!
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RENWICK, JAMES, ALEXANDER SHIELDS AND OTHER "SOCIETY PEOPLE"

An Informatory Vindication (1687)
"Informatory Vindication (1687), a statement of principles issued by the Society People (see Societies, United) during James VII's reign. Prepared mainly by James Renwick, latterly in consultation with Alexander Shields, it was published in Utrecht. Its full title reflects something of the contents: 'An Informatory Vindication of a Poor Wasted Misrepresented Remnant of the Suffering Anti-Popish Anti-Prelatic Anti-Erastian Anti-Sectarian True Presbyterian Church of Christ in Scotland united together in a General Correspondence. By Way of Reply to Various Accusations in Letters Informations and Conferences given forth against them.'
It refuted charges brought against the 'Remnant' of schism (in their eyes a great evil)... The Vindication mourned the estrangement from other Presbyterians who had accepted the government's Indulgences or Edicts of Toleration, and expressed love for them as fellow-ministers 'with whom again we would desire to have communion in ordinances'. The separation had been forced upon the Society People by the tyranny and temper of the times, but it did not affect their position as being in the succession of the historic Kirk of Scotland. The document aimed to clear away the hostility and misunderstanding about them that had grown up in Scotland and Holland." (Cameron, ed., Dictionary of Scottish Church History and Theology [1993], p. 429) "In proof of the catholic, unsectarian, Christian spirit of Renwick and his followers, the clear statements of the INFORMATORY VINDICATION, the work which most fully and clearly defines their position, may be referred to... In these noble utterances, we have strikingly exemplified the true spirit of Christian brotherhood... This is the genuine import of the vow of the Solemn League and Covenant, which binds Covenanters to regard whatever is done to the least of them, as done to all and to every one in particular. While firmly holding fast all Scriptural attainments, and contending "earnestly for the faith once delivered to the saints," we should cordially rejoice in the evidences of grace in Christ's servants wherever we find them. We should love them as brethren, fulfil the law of Christ by bearing their burdens, wish them God speed in all that they are doing for the advancement of His glory, and fervently labour and pray for the coming of the happy period when divisions and animosities shall cease, and when there shall be one King, and His name one in all the earth. The testimony of Renwick and his associates is of permanent value and of special importance in our day, as it was directed against systems of error and idolatry, which serve to corrupt the Church and enslave the State. Against Popery in every form Renwick was a heroic and uncompromising witness. At the peril of life, he publicly testified against the usurpation of the papist James, and rejected him as having no claim to be regarded as a constitutional sovereign, and as utterly disqualified to reign in a Protestant reformed land. This was the main ground of his objection against James' toleration, for which the Indulged ministers tendered obsequious thanks to the usurper. Yet this edict of toleration was issued for the purpose of opening the way for the practice of Rome's abominations, and for the advancement of papists to places of power and trust in the nation. None of the Cameronians would, for any earthly consideration, even to save their lives, for a moment admit that a papist had any right to exercise political power in a reformed land. Our martyred forefathers we regard as worthy of high respect and imitation, for their deeply cherished dread of the growing influence of Popery, and for their determined resistance to its exclusive and extravagant claims. The system of Popery is the abnegation of all precious gospel truth; and is a complete politico-religious confederacy against the best interests of a Protestant nation. The boast of its abettors is that it is semper eadem -- ever the same. Rome cannot reform herself from within, and she is incapable of reformation from external influences and agencies. The Bible never speaks of Antichrist as to be reformed, but as waxing worse and worse till the time when he shall be completely subverted and irrecoverably destroyed. Whatever changes may be going on in some Popish countries, whereby the power of the Papacy is weakened, it is evident that the principles and spirit of the Romish priesthood, and of those who are under their influence, remain unchanged. The errors of the Antichristian system, instead of being diminished, have of late years increased. Creature worship has become more marked and general. The Immaculate Conception has been proclaimed by Papal authority as the creed of Romanism. In these countries, and some other Protestant lands, the influence of Popery in government and education, and so on the whole social system, has been greatly on the increase. Among those who have most deeply studied inspired prophecy, there is a general expectation that the period of Babylon's downfall is hastening on, and is not far distant. There is a general presentiment too, that the Man of Sin, prior to his downfall, will make some dire and violent attempt through his infatuated followers against the truth, and against such as faithfully maintain it. The 'Slaying of the Witnesses," -- which we are disposed to regard as yet future-may take place, not so much by the actual shedding of blood, though it is plain that Jesuit policy and violence will not hesitate to re-enact former persecution and massacre, to accomplish a desired purpose. It may mainly be effected, as Scott, the expositor, suggests, by silencing the voice of a public testimony in behalf of fundamental truths throughout Christendom; and of this there are at present unmistakable signs not a few, throughout the churches in various countries. The Protestant church in all its sections should be thoroughly awake to its danger from the destructive errors, idolatry and power of its ancient irreconcilable enemy; and should, by all legitimate means, labour to counteract and nullify its political influence. The ministry and the rising youth of the church should study carefully the Popish controversy, and should be intimately acquainted with the history of the rise and progress of the Papacy -- its assumed blasphemous power -- its accumulated errors and delusions, and its plots, varied persecutions and cruel butcheries of Christ's faithful witnesses. Above all, they should set themselves earnestly, prayerfully and perseveringly to diffuse the Bible and Gospel light in the dark parts of their native country, and among Romanists in other lands. By embracing fully and holding fast, in their practical application, the principles of the British Covenants, and by imbibing the spirit of covenanted martyrs -- men like Renwick and the Cameronians, we will be prepared for the last conflict with Antichrist. The firm and faithful maintenance of a martyr-testimony will be a principle instrument of the victory of truth over the error and idolatry of Rome. 'They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death,' (Rev. 12:11.) Finally -- the testimony of Renwick is valuable, as throwing light on great evils connected with systems of civil government, and with Protestant churches, and as pointing out clearly the duty of faithful witnesses in relation to them. Two great principles -- the one doctrinal, and the other practical, were essential to it, or rather constituted its whole specialty. These were -- first -- that, according to the national vows, and the reformation attainments, the whole civil polity of the nation should be conformed to the Scriptures, -- and secondly, the positive duty of distinct separation from whatever systems in the state and church that are opposed to entire allegiance to Messiah the Prince" (Houston, The Life of James Renwick, pp. 52-55). "Some of them, particularly in Scotland, loved not their lives unto death for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held. Rev. vi. 9. These refused to have communion in public ordinances not only with prelatical ministers, but even with the acceptors of indulgences or licenses from the civil power, to exercise their ministry under certain limitations. The Informatory Vindication, which certainly contains the genuine principles of church communion, held by the sufferers for the cause of Christ in that period, declares, that they could by no means own or countenance the administrations of the indulged ministers; because they considered the indulgence, in any of the forms in which it was granted by the civil power, as derived from the supremacy claimed by that power in ecclesiastical matters; as laying the office of the ministry under unwarrantable restriction; and as tending, in a great measure, to suppress and bury the covenanted reformation, cf. Informatory Vindication, Head iv." (Anderson, Alexander and Rufus; or a Series of Dialogues on Church Communion [1862], p. 294) "To the friends of evangelical truth, and the faithful witnesses for the redeemer's royal prerogatives, the services of Renwick, at the crisis in which he exercised his public ministry, were invaluable. He was eminently the man for the time. Through the influence of the unhappy Indulgence, the strict Covenanters were reduced to what they style themselves in the Informatory Vindication, a 'wasted, suffering, anti-popish, anti-prelatic, anti-erastian, anti-sectarian remnant.' By the death of Cargill and Cameron, they were left as 'sheep without a shepherd,' -- broken and scattered. Through the fierceness of persecution, and the machinations of enemies, they were in danger of falling into confusion, and of being entirely wasted and destroyed. We admire the gracious providence of God in preparing, at this particular crisis, an instrument of such rare and suitable endowments for feeding 'the flock in the wilderness,' and for unfurling and upholding so nobly the 'Banner of truth' amidst hosts of infuriated enemies. James Renwick, though a very youth when he entered on his arduous work, and trained under great outward disadvantages, had a powerful and well-cultivated mind. He was endowed with singular administrative talent, and had great tact and skill in managing men. He was an acute and logical thinker, an eloquent and attractive public speaker, and was distinguished by fertility and force as a writer. The Informatory Vindication -- his testimony against king James' toleration, with his 'Letters,' and 'Sermons and Lectures,' bear ample evidence of his sound judgment, comprehensive mind, and ability as an author. His prudence, meekness and loving disposition, combined with his sanctified zeal, and heroic courage, deservedly gave him great influence among those to whom he ministered. He was eminently fitted to be 'a first man among men.' The Lord held him in the hollow of his hand, and made him a 'polished shaft in his quiver.' The services which Renwick rendered to the Protestant cause were invaluable. He organized the scattered remnant, and imparted new life and ardour to their proceedings. He set forth clearly the principles of the 'Society people;' and in a number of able and logical papers, clearly defined their plans of action. He rendered it, in a great measure, impossible for enemies to misrepresent and accuse them falsely to the Government. He was their Secretary in their correspondence with foreign churches; and he did much to evoke the prayerful sympathy of Protestants in other lands in behalf of the victims of persecution in Scotland. The presence and influence of Renwick among the suffering Presbyterians were of the highest importance in his own day; and not to them alone, but also to the whole church of Christ in these lands, and to the constitutional liberties of the nation. So far as we can see, but for the singular power and devoted spirit of Renwick, and the firm and unyielding position which the Cameronians through him were led to assume, the cause of truth would have been completely borne down, and Erastianism, and Popery, and Despotism had triumphed. Renwick and his followers were the vanguard 'in the struggle for Britain's liberties, and for the Church's spiritual independence.' Though, like other patriots born before their time, they were doomed to fall, yet posterity owes to them a large part of the goodly heritage which they enjoy. (Houston, The Life of James Renwick [1865], pp. 36-37). Emphases added throughout the preceding quotations. This is a rare and valuable specimen of Paleopresbyterian (Covenanter) thought -- don't miss it!
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ROBERTS, WILLIAM L.

The Form and Function of Apostolic Church Government
Edited by Larry Birger, Jr.
Concise and compelling, this excerpt from Roberts_, Reformed Presbyterian Catechism
(also available from SWRB), is a valuable introduction to biblical, or apostolic, church government. It demonstrates, with a wealth of scriptural quotation and discussion, that only Presbyterianism has been instituted by Christ as the government of his church. Roberts also gives a brief, but helpful, summary of what this government looks like in practice (i.e., the function of apostolic church government). His question and answer format makes for comfortable study, preparing the reader for more in-depth treatments -- such as those found in The Divine Right of Church Government, by Sundry London Ministers (written at the time of the Westminster Assembly), and Samuel Rutherford_s classic, Due Right of Presbyteries.
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RUTHERFORD, SAMUEL

Christ Dying, and Drawing Sinners to Himself (1647, 1727 edition)
The title continues (providing a nice summary for this rare valuable work): "Or, A Survey of our Saviour in His Soul-Suffering, His Loveliness in his Death, and the Efficacy thereof. In Which Some Cases of Soul-trouble in weak Believers, Grounds of Submission under the Absence of Christ, with the Flowings and Heightenings of free Grace, are opened. Delivered in Sermons on the Gospel according to John, Chap. xii. ver. 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33. Where are also interjected some necessary Digressions, for the Times, touching divers Errors of Antinomians; and a short Vindication of the Doctrine of Protestants, from the Arminian pretended Universality of Christ's Dying for All and every One of Mankind; the moral and feigned Way of irresistable Conversion of Sinners; and what Faith is required of all within the visible Church, for the Want whereof, many are condemned." The Dictionary of Scottish Church History and Theology
says of this work, "Rutherford's writings during the London years provide a significant commentary of the theology of the Westminster Confession and Catechisms. In Christ Dying and Drawing Sinners to Himself Rutherford elaborately scrutinizes the Antinomian notion that the law has no obligation for the Christian" (p. 736). This book contains an extensive index, is 760 pages in length and is an excellent example of sound and faithful Covenanter preaching, balancing both faith (doctrine) and manners (practice). Classic Rutherford!
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RUTHERFORD, SAMUEL

A Survey of the Spiritual Antichrist (1648)
The subtitle reads: "Opening the Secrets of Familisme and Antinomianism in the Antichristian Doctrine of John Saltmarth, and William Del, the present Preachers of the Army (headed by Oliver Cromwell--RB) now in England, and of Robert Town, Tobiah Crisp, H. Denne, Eaton and others. In which is revealed the rise and spring of Antinomianism, Familists, Libertines, Swench-feldians, Enthysiasts, etc. The minde of Luther a most professed opposer of Antinomianism, is cleared, and diverse considerable points of the Law and the Gospel, of the Spirit and the Letter, of the two Covenants, of the nature of free grace, exercise under temptations, mortification, justification, sanctification, are discovered. In Two parts." Also contains Rutherford's "A brotherly and free Epistle to the patrons and friends of pretended Liberty of Conscience." Putting this work into its context, James Clark, in The Life and Works of Samuel Rutherford
(in the chapter titled "Antinomianism") writes, "This is another main controversy into which Samuel Rutherford entered. The term 'Antinomian" signifies one who is 'against God's Law'. The Antinomians were a major sect in the 1640's. They denounced as 'Legalists' the Christians who, like Paul, 'serve the law of God' (Rom. 7:25). They asserted that grace removes the Law out of the Christian's life, as absolutely as it does out of his salvation. This dangerous heresy, which is still popular, makes it no fault to disobey God's Moral Law, and turn grace into wantonness. Rutherford mentioned this heresy in several of his works before publishing in 1648 his SURVEY OF THE SPIRITUAL ANTICHRIST, written specifically against the Antinomians. The subtlety of Antinomians is that they oppose the use of the Law as a positive standard for holy living in the name of the Gospel! The Apostle Paul repudiated this error in Rom. 3:31; 6:1,2; Gal. 5:13" (p. 52). This book contains over 600 pages.
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RUTHERFORD, SAMUEL, GEORGE GILLESPIE and many others (Compiled by Martin A. Foulner)

Theonomy and the Westminster Confession: An Annotated Sourcebook (1997)
A compilation of rare citations taken from Puritans, Covenanters, Reformers and others bearing on questions related to God's law, its application to society and the question of negative civil sanctions. Illustrates, on one hand, where the modern Theonomists agree with the older Reformed writers, but on the other hand, clearly shows where the Reconstructionists have fallen short of the historic testimony given by the best Reformed Divines. A great deal of research has gone into this title and quotations are taken from a number of very rare and hard to find books. Sections from the works of Rutherford and Gillespie alone cover pages 11-26. Durham, Dickson, Fergusson, Brown, the London Covenanters (of the Westminster Assembly), Burroughs, Shields, Jenkyn, Usher, Knox, Luther, Calvin, Bullinger, Bucer, Perkins, Shepard, Ridgeley, Dabney, Thornwell, and a host of others all appear in the useful reference manual.
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SCOT, WILLIAM

Apologetical Narration of the State and Government of the Kirk of Scotland Since the Reformation (1846)
Contains documents, records and historical details not easily found elsewhere (if at all). The preface notes that "this work presents a brief (344 pages--RB) but comprehensive view of the affairs of the Kirk from the Reformation in 1560, till the meeting of Parliament after the arrival of Charles the First in Scotland in 1633... The personal share however which the Author had in many of the later transactions recorded in his work, gives it a degree of value which it might not otherwise have possessed." About half of the book is made up of a second book titled "Certain Record Touching the Estate of the Church in Scotland." "This work is of a much more limited nature than Scot's Narration; but it may be deemed of greater importance, from its exhibiting, in full detail, by one of the leading sufferers, the whole iniquitous proceedings against those Ministers who were present at the meeting of the General Assembly which had been appointed to be held at Aberdeen in July 1605" (Preface, viii). Total page count, including both books bound together, equals 665 pages. Indexed.
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SUNDRY MINISTERS OF LONDON

The Divine Right of the Gospel Ministry (Jus Divinum Ministerii Evangelici)1654
As the full title intimates this book is divided into two major parts. The first part contains "a justification of the Gospel ministry in general, the necessity of ordination thereunto by imposition of hands, the unlawfulness of private men assuming to themselves either the office or work of the ministry without a lawful call and ordination, etc. Part two covers "a justification of the present ministers of England, both such as were ordained during the prevalency of Episcopacy from the foul aspersion of antichristianism: and those who have been ordained since its abolition, from the unjust imputation of novelty: proving that a Bishop and Presbyter are all one in Scripture; and that ordination by Presbyters is most agreeable to the Scripture pattern. Together with an appendix, wherein the judgement and practice of antiquity about the whole matter of Episcopacy, and especially about the ordination of ministers, is briefly discussed." Moreover, The Divine Right of the Gospel Ministry
gives us a further glimpse of how different the old and faithful jus divinum of presbyterianism (taught by English representatives at the Westminster Assembly) is from our modern, so-called "presbyterianism." Hall notes, "So strongly were they committed to this thorough-going jus divinum view that they stated the following 'four things that justly deserve to be abhorred by all good Christians: (1) An Universal Toleration of all Religions; (2) An Universal Admittance of all men to the Lord's Supper; (3) Universal Grace, that is, that Christ died equally for all, and that all men have free-will to be saved; and (4) Universal Allowance of all that suppose themselves gifted to preach without Ordination" (Introduction to the Naphtali edition, p. xxi). Hall further states that "these ministers viewed their commitments to both of these jus divinum aspects (i.e. to the divine right of Presbyterian church government and the divine right of a Presbyterian Gospel ministry--RB) as to 'the seamless coat of Christ.' Throughout this second document, the authors speak in continuity with the earlier volume with the main error to be corrected, as stated as: 'That there is no such Office as the Office of the Ministry; or That this Office is quite lost; or That every man that thinks himself gifted, may intrude into the Ministerial Office. These opinions we judge destructive to Christian Religion, and an in-let to Popery and all error, to all disorder and confusion, and at last to all profaneness and Atheism" (Ibid.). In short, when the ministry is disparaged (and open to every heretic and schismatic who calls himself to this sacred task) the truth of Scripture will be trampled underfoot, the visible church (constitutionally) rent in pieces (by those denying a biblically covenanted uniformity), and the toleration of every foul error will become commonplace (sounds like today, doesn't it?). This is an English Presbyterian classic written by some of the men who attended the Westminster Assembly. It is a companion volume to their earlier Divine Right of Church Government and should be studied in conjunction with this unsurpassed work. 351 pages.
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SYMINGTON, ANDREW

Headship of Christ Over the Nations (1841)
Provides Scriptural evidences for Christ's headship over the nations and the church, demonstrating the importance of this doctrine to the kingdom of Christ. A lecture excerpted from the book Lectures on the Principles of the Second Reformation
, edited by Andrew Symington.
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SYMINGTON, ANDREW

Introductory Lecture on the Principles of the Second Reformation (1841)
Covers the history and principles of the second Reformation, its overthrow, the Revolution, the rise of the Reformed Presbyterian church (and its adherence to the original second Reformation testimony), plus much more. A lecture excerpted from the book Lectures on the Principles of the Second Reformation
, edited by Andrew Symington.
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SYMINGTON, ANDREW, editor

Lectures on the Principles of the Second Reformation (1841)
Written by ministers of the Reformed Presbyterian Church of Scotland, this book contains the following chapters: "Introductory Lecture on the Principles of the Second Reformation" by Andrew Symington; "The Headship of Christ Over His Church and Her Independent Jurisdiction" by James Ferguson; "Evils, Constitutional and Practical, of the Prelactic Establishment of the British Empire" by Thomas Nelson; "The Revolution Settlement of the Church of Scotland: Its Provisions, in several Respects, Inconsistent with the Approved Principles of the Second Reformation" by John Graham; "Patronage Opposed to the Independence of the Church, and to the Scriptural Rights of the Christian People" by W.H. Goold; "Headship of Christ Over the Nations" by Andrew Symington; "Nature and Obligation of Public Vows; with an Explanation and Defence of the British Covenants" by William Symington; "The Sin and Danger of Union Between the Church of Christ and an Immoral or Antichristian Civil Government" by Stewart Bates; and "The Evil of Relaxed Discipline in the Church" by John Milwan. 472 pages, each chapter can also be purchased separately, except the preface.
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SYMINGTON, WILLIAM

Nature and Obligation of Public Vows; with an Explanation and Defence of the British Covenants (1841)
More from the author of the classic Messiah the Prince
. A lecture excerpted from the book Lectures on the Principles of the Second Reformation, edited by Andrew Symington.
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THORBURN, JOHN

Vindiciae Magistratus: or, the Divine Institution and Right of the Civil Magistrate Vindicated (1773)
The title continues: "Wherein are properly stated and ascertained, the true nature and extent of the moral power of civil society and magistracy, legislative and executive. The just instituted authority of magistrates. The inviolableness of just human laws and constitutions in general, and particularly those of Scotland. The natural and unalienable rights of individuals in, or with respect to civil society. And the true causes from which a moral relation flows, and upon which a moral obligation is founded, etc. Against the truly factious and immoral doctrine of John Thomson (Burger Associate) minister of the gospel at Donaghclony in Ireland... maintained in his pretended confutation of the principles of the Reformed Presbytery, in a pamphlet entitled The Presbyterian Covenanter displayed in his political Principles, and the Imposter detected
. To which is subjoined by way of appendix, A vindication of the constitution of the Reformed Presbytery, and of the character, ministerial mission and authority of the Rev. Mr. John M'Millan Senior, deceased, from the groundless cavils of Mr. W.W. and Seceders. By his son. The whole being humbly offered as an apologetical representation and defence of the principles of the said Presbytery, and of their people, commonly known by the names of Old Dissenters, Cameronians, etc. against the injurious charges and false imputations cast upon them, first by the established church of Scotland, and then by the Secession." Goold, in his The Reformed Presbyterian Church in Scotland: Its Origin and History 1680-1876, writes of Thorburn and this book, "He was a man of studious habits, and his 'Vindiciae Magistratus,' in defence of the principles of his Church against the attacks of the Secession, thought lacking the popular style of the writings of some of his brethren, was not inferior to any of them in thorough grasp of the truth, and power of argument. Lord Kames characterized it as the 'best defences of Whig principles;' and the late Rev. Dr. A. M'Leod, of New York, himself a man of distinguished ability, declared that he was more indebted to Mr. Thorburn, of Pentland, than to any other man living or dead." Upon his death Erskine said, "And he is gone! one of our greatest divines." Goold also notes of Thorburn that "a large amount of work developed on him in connection with the preparation of the 'Judicial Act' (i.e. The Act, Declaration and Testimony for the Whole of Our Covenanted Reformation--RB), so large that he had to be freed for some time from his work as a preacher." He "was the theologian of his Church; and in 1785 he was unanimously appointed to be Tutor in Divinity to the students of the Church." This has been called one of the best books ever written on the biblical view of the civil magistrate -- don't miss it! 236 pages.
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WELWOOD, JOHN

Heartwork, Assurance and National Judgement
Although Welwood focuses on personal sanctification, searching out the differences between hypocrites and true believers, he does not leave national issues untouched. He shows how God's anger builds in the life of backsliding individuals, churches and nations and how sometimes faithful individuals are swept away in the deluge that ensues as God's wrath is poured out upon the earth. The situation in Scotland at the time of this sermon (c. 1678) provides a perfect example illustrating this point. The forces of Antichrist (Royalist and Prelatical) were hounding the faithful Covenanters and many were suffering (even unto death) on account of their faithfulness to second Reformation attainments and covenant engagements (in the battle for the crown rights of King Jesus). At this point Welwood seeks to comfort and strengthen those saints suffering under the hand of these wicked, persecuting, "incarnate devils" -- as Welwood calls them. Occasional hearing, unlawful authorities in church and state and neutrality in the cause of Christ are all sternly rebuked. There is great edification here as this sermon encourages the Christian in his unrelenting battle against sin and defection (individually and in his duties relative to the church and state). This sermon is read (by Ruling Elder Lyndon Dohms) from the book Sermons in Times of Persecution in Scotland, by Suffers for the Royal Prerogatives of Jesus Christ
($19.99). Regarding the preacher, this arresting account of one of Welwood's last sermons is recounted in Sermons in Times of Persecution,

Preaching at Boulterhall, in Fife, from the text, "not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble are called," he remarked toward the conclusion, "If that unhappy Prelate Sharp die the death of all men, God never spoke by me" (Sharp was an ex-Resolutioner turned Prelate, who became archbishop of St. Andrews -- from his position as President of the notorious Court of High Commission he played a major role in the merciless persecution and slaughter of the Covenanters -- RB). A servant of the Archbishop was one of the audience, having come with a brother with whom he had been sojourning who lived in the neighbourhood. The livery of the servant attracted the notice of the preacher, who concluded, and rightly too, that he was in the Prelate's service. Having, after the sermon was ended, desired this man to stand up, as he had a message to deliver to him, Welwood proceeded to say:--"I desire you, before all these witnesses, when thou goest home, to tell thy master that his treachery, tyranny, and wicked life are near an end, and his death shall be at once sudden, surprising, and bloody; and as he hath thirsted after and shed the blood of the saints, he shall not go to his own grave in peace." When Sharp was informed of these words of the minister he made light of them, but his wife said, "I advise you to take more notice of that, for I hear that these men's words are not in vain" (pp. 340-341).

Of course, in 1679, a Covenanter contingent of nine men providentially met with Sharp's coach on Magus Muir (near St. Andrews). There they avenged (Acts 7:24) the death of so many of their brethren (who were murdered at the hands of this merciless madman, Sharp) and the Archbishop took up his eternal abode among the devils that deceived him. These were trying times for the people of God and the sermons that these dark days produced are unlike any others that you will likely hear or read.
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WRIGHT, R.K.

No Place for Sovereignty: What's Wrong with Freewill Theism (1996)
"Wright sets out to show what's wrong -- biblically, theologically and philosophically -- with freewill theory in its ancient, as well as current, form. In particular, he subjects the recent work of Clark Pinnock to scrutiny. Here is a fresh, powerful case for the Reformed emphasis on God's sovereign grace" (back cover). This is a well documented work which shows, better than most, how Arminianism is just the first step towards more pronounced forms of heresy and apostasy. It demonstrates how the Arminians' view "our relation to God (as) essentially democratic, balancing human rights over against God's rights" (p. 98). This, of course, leads to subjectivism, emotionalism, sensationalism, and ultimately (over generations) a rejection of God's Word (among individuals); anti-creedalism, independency and the insistence on man's pretended liberty of conscience (in the ecclesiastical sphere); and democracy (contra theocracy), so-called "human rights" and a disdain for God's law (and covenants) in the civil sphere. Wright also challenges the syncretism (false mixing) of Arminianism at various levels. Wright writes, "First philosophy, then theology and finally the theory of apologetics itself all demonstrate that apologetic method must be rooted in a fully coherent systematic theology. No one can escape taking sides in this debate, however hard they may try to straddle the fence of compromise while constructing yet another syncretism. The fence is itself an illusion, and history shows that syncretism is a characteristic besetting sin of the carnal mind. Repentance is the only real answer. According to the gospel, it is always the real answer for believer and unbeliever alike. As far as the Bible itself is concerned, the challenge to the Christian who thinks of free will as a mark of evangelicalism is to start by demonstrating this fundamental presupposition from the text by exegesis. Since Augustine summarized the thought of the age of the Fathers in order to refute Pelagians, this has proved impossible" (pp. 229-230). In short, this book shows how and why "Arminianism is at heart a form of humanism" (p. 99).
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NEW TRACTS

*The Biblical and Logical Necessity of Uninspired Creeds by Larry Birger, Jr. (.15, a humorous and instructive dialogue between Hans [a paleopresbyterian] and Franz [a neopresbyterian], demonstrating the absolute necessity of uninspired creeds. Hans shows Franz that Franz's rejection of uninspired creeds is itself an uninspired creed.)

*Corporate Sanctification: Holding Fast the Attainments of Reformation by John Brown of Wamphray; Samuel Rutherford's Disciple (.15, an overview of the Covenanter doctrine of reformation attainments by one of the great Covenanter theologians. Helpful in dispelling false charges of Anabaptism and perfectionism laid at the feet of faithful Covenanters.)

*Doug Wilson's Five Questions on the Regulative Principle of Worship Answered by Reg Barrow (.25, Barrow answers five questions that Wilson has been repeating in opposition to the classic, creedal, Presbyterian and Reformed understanding of the regulative principle of worship. Excerpted from: Saul in the Cave of Adullam: A Testimony Against the Fashionable Sub-Calvinism of Doug Wilson (Editor of Credenda/Agenda Magazine); and, for Classical Protestantism and the Attainments of the Second Reformation.)

*The Geneva Bible, Psalmody and More Credenda/Agenda Inaccuracies Answered by Larry Birger (.15, this is Birger's letter to the editor of Credenda/Agenda challenging their recent inaccurate and misleading statements concerning the Geneva Bible and Still Waters Revival Books.)

*The Visible Church: Essence Versus Lawful Form
by Larry Birger, Jr. (.25, discusses Calvin's and the Westminster Confession's view of the visible church, exhibiting the vital distinction between that which is necessary to the being of the visible church and that which is necessary for the well-being of the visible church. Clearly exposes the erroneous notion that the government of the church equals the church. Calvin listed this as a fundamental difference between Protestants and Papists, indicating that the multitude of churches in our current apostasy are (as to their form or constitution) daughters of the Roman Catholic whore (Rev. 17:5). Because they have not followed in the footsteps of the flock [Song 1:8], but instead are walking in the adulterous ways of their [constitutional] mother, these churches are schismatic. Birger concludes with 13 Scripture commands to separate from such denominations who themselves have separated from the company of the faithful.)

*What Is A Moral Person? How God Views the Church and the Nations by David Scott, John Cunningham, and George Smeaton (.25, a clear and concise summary of the biblical doctrine of the moral person; i.e. that God regards churches and nations as moral entities separate from the individual members of which they are composed. No Christian can afford not to understand this vital teaching! In many ways this is a crux of the Covenanter position, underlying as it does issues of separation, civil government, the Covenants, eschatology, etc.)

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