#Obligation - The Preface and Bibliography towards the Rare Bound Photocopy: The Job and Perpetual Obligation of Social Covenanting
The fabric present in this bound photocopy addresses a forgotten and neglected ordinance of God: social covenanting. God's individuals occasions of repentance and thanksgiving, trial and blessing happen to be a covenanting people. Within the finest occasions of ecclesiastical and civil reformation throughout history, both chapel and condition underneath the mediatorial rule of Christ have through the sophistication of God bound themselves together by covenant to advertise and defend the real Christian religion. The very first document adopted through the Westminster Set up was basically, the Solemn League and Covenant (1644). It u . s . the kingdoms of Scotland, England, and Ireland inside a covenanted reformation of both chapel and condition to be able to preserve, promote and defend the real Christian religion (as made clear within the Westminster Confession of Belief, Bigger and Shorter Catechisms, Directory For Public Worship, and Type of Chapel Government), and to be able to expose and uproot all false teaching unlike the Scripture which standards. In addition, it wasn't just the need for the Westminster Set up to unite in covenant the 3 British kingdoms, but instead to incorporate in this covenanted reformation all the Cool Places of worship throughout Europe. Consider the aim of the Set up as made clear by Hetherington:
"There is one great, as well as sublime idea, introduced somewhat indefinitely prior to the Westminster Set up, that has not been recognized, the thought of a Protestant union throughout Christendom, not basically with regards to counterbalancing Popery, but to be able to purify, strengthen, and unite all true Christian places of worship, to ensure that with combined energy and enthusiasm they may go forth, in glad compliance using the Redeemer's instructions, teaching all nations, and preaching the everlasting gospel to each creature under paradise. This truly magnificent, as well as truly Christian idea, appears to possess came from within the mind of this distinguished guy, Alexander Henderson. It had been recommended by him towards the Scottish commissioners, by them partly introduced prior to the British Parliament, asking for these to direct the Set up to create letters towards the Protestant Places of worship in France, Holland, Europe, along with other Cool Places of worship. . . . and together with these letters were sent copies from the Solemn League and Covenant, a document that might itself make up the foundation of this type of Protestant union. The deep thinking divines from the Netherlands apprehended the concept, as well as in their answer, not just expressed their approbation from the Covenant, but additionally preferred to participate in it using the British kingdoms. Nor did they content themselves using the mere expression of approval and readiness to participate. Instructions was soon later on delivered to the Set up in the Hague, compiled by Duraeus (the celebrated John Dury), offering arrive at the Set up, and that contains a duplicate of the vow that they had prepared and tendered towards the distinguished Oxenstiern, chancellor of Sweden, in which he bound themself "to prosecute a reconciliation between Protestants in reason for religion.". . . [O]n one occasion Henderson acquired a passport to visit Holland, most most likely with regards to defending this grand idea. However the intrigues of political figures, the delays triggered through the conduct from the Independents, and also the narrow-minded Erastianism from the British Parliament, all conspired to avoid the Set up from entering farther into that really glorious Christian enterprise. Times of trouble and darkness came persecution used the great males of this amazing period pure and vital Christianity was stricken towards the earth and trampled under feet. . . ." (William Hetherington, "Good reputation for the Westminster Set up of Divines," [Edmonton, Alberta: Still Waters Revival Books], pp. 337-339).
The fabric presented herein is recommended towards the readers using the sincere prayer and confidence that God will again restore the Chapel of Jesus to some glorious covenanted reformation Body which will even exceed that certain that she'd achieved during the time of the Westminster Set up. However, once the The almighty brings that future covenanted reformation it won't be restricted to only three kingdoms of the world, but through the sophistication and energy of Christ our King, it will likely be a covenanted reformation which will encompass all the nations of the world (Ps. 2:6-12 Is. 2:1-4 Mt. 28:1-20) and can provide the chapel an obvious oneness and uniformity that (unlike pleas for oneness today) is firmly grounded upon the reality.
Greg L. Cost
Pastor from the Puritan Cool Chapel
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
The fabric found in this compilation was collected together through the session from the Puritan Cool Chapel of Edmonton/Prince George. Its 210 pages retain the following products, as indexed by the next bibliography concerning social covenanting:
1. Samuel Rutherford, "Due Right of Presbyteries...," pp. 130-139.
2. George Gillespie, "The Whole Shebang of George Gillespie," Vol. 2, pp. 71-88.
3. John Brown of Wamphray, "An Apologetic Relation...," pp. 167-175, 181-207.
4. David Scott, "Distinctive Concepts from the Cool Presbyterian Chapel," pp. 14-90.
5. William Roberts, "The Cool Presbyterian Catechism," pp. 134-152.
6. The Cool Presbytery, "A Reason and Defence from the Relation to Breaking of the bread," pp. 181-187.
7. The Cool Presbytery, "Act , Declaration and Testimony for the entire Covenanted Reformation...," pp. 11-23.
8. The Cool Presbytery, "The Auchensaugh Restoration from the National and Solemn League and Covenants...," pp. 115-140.
9. The Chapel of Scotland (1639), "The Nation's Covenant of Scotland," pp. 345-354 within the Westminster Confession of Belief (Free Presbyterian Guides).
10. The Westminster Set up (1644), "The Solemn League and Covenant," pp. 355-360 within the Westminster Confession of Belief (Free Presbyterian Guides).
11. The Chapel of Scotland (1648), "A Solemn Acknowledgement of Publick Sins and Breaches from the Covenant," pp. 361-368 within the Westminster Confession of Belief (Free Presbyterian Guides).