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REFORMATION BOOKSHELF CD(Volume Twenty-four)
Reformation Church Government (2/2)
The Nature, Powers, Ordinances, Discipline, and Government of the Christian Church, the Necessity of Reforming the Church, the Public Preaching of Women, Unity and Uniformity in the Church, John Owen Represbyterianized, On the Right of Females to Vote, the Constitution, Character, and Duties, of the Gospel Ministry, Presbyterianism: The Truly Primitive and Apostolic Constitution of the Church, the Divine Right of Church Government and Excommunication, Some Reasons for Retaining the Westminster Confession as the Basis of Ecclesiastical Union, and much more!
John Calvin, the Reformed Presbytery (RPNA), the Westminster Assembly of Divines, the Covenanted Church of Scotland (General Assembly), the famous Synod of Dort (1618-1619), Thomas Manton, George Gillespie, Matthew Henry, John Brown (of Wamphray), James and Douglas Bannerman, Robert McWard, Samuel Rutherford, David Steele, Daniel Cawdrey, Andrew Clarkson, Samuel Miller, R.L. Dabney, Thomas Edwards, William Jameson, Francis Nigel Lee, Thomas M'Crie, Alexander M'Leod, David Scott, James. M. Willson, C.H. Spurgeon,Jonathan Edwards,John Owen, John Brown (of Haddington),Francis Turretin,James Durham, John Howie, William Hetherington,John Girardeau,Edward Fisher, Robert Shaw, A.W. Pink, Loraine Boettner, Augustus Toplady, Andrew Symington, Patrick Fairbairn, William Roberts, Richard Baxter, William Cunningham,John Anderson,Andrew Clarkson, James Begg, David Scott, John Cunningham, George Smeaton, Larry Birger, Francis Rouse,Bill Mencarow, J.A. Wylie, James Douglas, Michael Wagner, the Puritan Reformed Church of Edmonton (Session), Greg Price, Lyndon Dohms (on PRCE session), Greg Barrow, Reg Barrow, et al.
This CD contains:
Church of Christ: A Treatise on the Nature, Powers, Ordinances, Discipline, and Government of the Christian Church (2 volumes, 1869)
Two large volumes. A classic on the Church and worship! This is one of the most extensive studies of its kind ever compiled.Nothing compares to it on this subject. Regarding these gems, Iain Murray writes,
"In our day, however greatly we need an evangelical revival, we need more than that. We need another Reformation, a movement which will go 'to the root of the mischief' and bring back the visible church to the pattern of God's Word in her government, ordinances and ministry. The republication of Bannerman is a step in that direction... For those who wish to study the doctrine of the Church in its several aspects as it was held by the majority of the Reformers, Puritans, Covenanters and leaders of 'The Third Reformation,' it will prove an invaluable textbook."
BANNERMAN, D. DOUGLAS
The Scripture Doctrine Of The Church Historically and Exegetically Considered (1887)
Calvin, Covenanting, and Close Communion (1996)
Barrow demonstrates how social covenanting and close communion were practiced by Calvin in Geneva. He shows that Calvin, in his desire to upholdsola Scripturaand promote further Reformation, saw the faithful implementation of these two ordinances as the means ordained of God to extend, protect, and consolidate the work of the Holy Spirit -- in the individual, civil, and (especially) the ecclesiastical battle against the man of sin in his day. This book is available in the "Free Books" file in every Reformation Bookshelf CD.
BRECKENRIDGE, ROBERT J
Presbyterian Government Not a Hierarchy, But a Commonwealth
BROWN (of Wamphray), JOHN
An Apologetical Relation of the Particular Sufferings of the Faithful Ministers and Professors of the Church of Scotland Since 1660, Wherein Several Questions, Useful for the Time, Are Discussed, etc., etc.
Necessity of Reforming the Church(1544)
Though this work is not an elaborate systematic presentation of the foundations of Christianity, such asCalvin's Institutes, it has still been correctly acknowledged as one of the most important documents of the Reformation.
The Inconsistency of the Independent Way, With Scripture and Itself(1651)
Independence a Great Schism: Proved Against Dr. (John--RB) Owen, His Apology in his Tract of Schism (1657)
Plain Reasons for Presbyterians Dissenting from the Revolution Church of Scotland. Also Their Principles Concerning Civil Government, and the Difference Betwixt the Reformation and Revolution Principles(1731)
An exceedingly rare and important book now back in print after 265 years! TheContending Witness magazine (May, 1841) described Plain Reasons"as the single best volume penned defending the principles of the second Reformation." It sets forth "the grounds why Presbyterian Dissenters refused to hold communion with the revolution church and state," (Reformed Presbytery,Act Declaration and Testimony for the Whole of Our Covenanted Reformation, p. 154n).
Plymouth-Brethrenism: A Refutation of Its Principles and Doctrines (1879)
Croskery writes, "I have followed Hodge, the American divine, closely, almost verbally, in my treatment of the true doctrine of the Church and its unity."
DABNEY, ROBERT LEWIS
The Public Preaching of Women
DABNEY, ROBERT LEWIS
Prelacy: A Blunder - Grounded on Erroneous Exposition
Antapologia; or, a Full Answer to the Apologetical Narration of Mr. Goodwin, Mr. Nye, Mr. Simpson, Mr. Burroughs, Mr. Bridge, members of the Assembly of Divines; Wherein are Handled Many of the Controversies of These Times(1644)
Extremely scarce, this is one of the most important works answering the Independents at the Westminster Assembly. Hetherington, in his famousHistory of the Westminster Assembly, calls this work "the most elaborate" answer to the Independents' Apologetical Narration, "embracing every disputed or suggested topic" (p. 190). He continues, "It will scarcely be denied, by those who have carefully perused theAntapologia, that it furnishes a very ample and strong... refutation of the main positions taken up by the authors of theApologetical Narration. No formal reply was returned by the Independents to theAntapologia" (p. 190). 307 pages.
The First and Second Part of Gangraena: or a Catalogue and Discovery of many of the Errors, Heresies, Blasphemies and pernicious Practices of the Sectaries (i.e. Independents like Thomas Goodwin-RB) of this time, vented and acted in England in these last four years (1646)
The title continues: "Also a particular Narration of divers Stories, Remarkable Passages, Letters; an Extract of many Letters, all concerning the present Sects; together with some Observations upon, and Corollaries from all the fore-named Premises." The second part even notes that it contains a "copy of a hymn sung by some Sectaries instead of David's Psalms;" and includes replies to some pamphlets (by Saltmarsh, Bacon, etc.) against the first part of Edward's work. In short, this book is written to stay "the plague of Sectarianism," which Edwards writes, "rages more and more, putting forth the symptoms presaging death and destruction on both Church and State, if not timely prevented." The summary for theThird Part of Gangraena is listed below. 319 pages.
The Third Part of Gangraena: or a new and higher Discovery of the Errors, Heresies, Blasphemies and insolent Proceedings of the Sectaries of these times; with some Animadversions by way of Confutation upon many of the Errors and Heresies named (1646)
More against the sectarian Independents; with some special attention given to Thomas Goodwin's attempted refutation of Edwards'Antapologia
Reasons Against the Independent Government of Particular Congregations: As Also Against the Toleration of Such Churches To Be Erected in this Kingdom -- Together With an Answer to Such Reasons as are Commonly Alleged for Such a Toleration (1641)
The Hierarchical Bishops Claim to a Divine Right, Tried at the Scripture-Bar (1699)
"Ordained at Alva in 1664 he initially conformed to episcopacy, but on reading John Brown of Wamphray'sApologetical Relationhe became a convinced Presbyterian and joined the ranks of the conventicle preachers... Forrester's experience in both camps well equipped him for the ecclesiastical controversies of the day. A prolific if painstaking writer, he became one of the ablest advocates of Presbyterianism," writes Grant (Cameron, ed.,Dictionary of Scottish Church History and Theology, p. 331).
Unity and Uniformity in the Church (1881)
Houston notes that in the Apostolic church "the government of the church was one and common wherever churches were planted. It was Presbyterian, and neither Prelatic, a system of monarchial despotism, nor Congregational, a system of popular democracy." This biblical and Presbyterian uniformity was considered the apostolic, visible and doctrinal manifestation of the scriptural injunction to "one Lord, one faith, (and) one baptism."
Cyprianus Isotimus (1705)
This book clearly demonstrates that not Episcopacy, but its contrary, Presbytery, was believed by Cyprian and his contemporaries to be of divine right. Written in English, this rare work contains much valuable information defending the divine right of Presbyterianism from both Scripture and history.
Nazianzeni Querela Et Votum Justum: The Fundamentals of the Hierarchy examin'd and disprov'd (1697)
Walker includes this among the "principal works" and best defences of Presbyterian church government, against Episcopalian attacks.
Calvin's Convincing Antipaedocommunionism
This book is in the "free books" file in all the Reformation Bookshelf CDs.
LEE, FRANCIS NIGEL
John Owen Represbyterianized
This book chronicles John Owen's thought as he matured and ultimately re-embraced the Presbyterianism of his youth.However, it is also much more -- beinga fine introduction to biblical Presbyterianism!
In a fascinating manner John Owen Represbyterianizedbegins tracing Presbyterianism fromthe Heavenly Session in the Trinity. It continues bymoving from the Presbyterianism of the antediluvian Patriarchs to a survey of Presbyterian church government as it is revealed throughout the Old Testament. It then demonstrates how the "Older Testament Presbyterianism continues as Christian Presbyterianism" in the New Testament (all the while providing an excellent historical overview and summary of Presbyterianism as it is found throughout the complete inspired record of Scripture).
Dr. Lee also provides many exegetical proofs for Presbyterianism while furnishing numerous insights into how the original languages of the Bible set forth the Presbyterian system of church government.
This is all accomplished in an easy-reading format which even a young Christian should be able to understand -- while, at the same time, offering profound divine truths that will be much appreciated by those more skilled and mature in the use of their biblical swords.
Don't miss this one, it will save you hours of study and research while also providing many valuable insights (on church government) that would be otherwise unavailable to those who do not read the original biblical languages.Furthermore, the story of John Owen's return to Presbyterianism is extremely interesting and very well documented and easily worth the price of this book alone!
This title is in the free books file on all the Reformation Bookshelf CDs.
On the Right of Females to Vote in the Election of Ministers and Elders (1841)
Two Discourses on the Unity of the Church, Her Divisions, and Their Removal. To Which is Subjoined: A Short View of the Plan of Religious Reformation Originally Adopted in the Secession
The Constitution, Character, and Duties, of the Gospel Ministry (1808)
How Best to Secure a Return to the Use of the Psalms in the Ordinance of Praise
Earnest Contendings for the Faith (1723)
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 an 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.
Presbyterianism: The Truly Primitive and Apostolic Constitution of the Church of Christ bound together with Infant Baptism: Scriptural and Reasonable; and Baptism by Sprinkling or Affusion Most Suitable (1835)
The Evil of Relaxed Discipline in the Church (1841)
MINISTERS OF THE GENERAL SYNOD OF ULSTER
The Plea of Presbytery... Against Episcopacy (1843)
The title continues: "In Behalf of the Ordination, Government, Discipline, and Worship of the Christian Church, As Opposed to the Unscriptural Character and Claims of Prelacy: In A Reply to the Rev. Archibald Boyd, A.M., on Episcopacy." This work has been called "one of the ablest works against Prelacy ever published." Contains some interesting information on the synagogue and its relation to the church under the new administration of the covenant. 312 pages.
PRESSLY, JOHN T.
Catholic Communion, in the Present State of the Christian Church Inconsistent With a Due Regard for Truth (1836)
Open (or Catholic) communion -- as with anti-creedalism -- is foundational to the destruction of the visible church and inconsistent with a love for the truth. Pressly here illustrates why this is so, while showing how exclusion from the Lord's table (by lawful ministers) does not necessary mean that one (at an individual level) is not a Christian. 15 pages.
PRESSLY, JOHN T.
An Inquiry into the Principles of Church Fellowship (1856)
A companion volume to the authors Catholic Communion, in the Present State of the Christian Church Inconsistent With a Due Regard for Truth, this work deals with the necessity of creeds, the conditions for church fellowship, the standards for membership in the church, etc. Pressly sees faithfulness in these areas as the God given means by which the church will ultimately be united in the truth. Objections to the old Reformed views of creed based membership, ecclesiastical fellowship and close communion are also dealt with. 72 pages.
ROBERTS, WILLIAM L. (Edited by Larry Birger, Jr.)
The Form and Function of Apostolic Church Government
The Divine Right of Church Government and Excommunication: A Peaceable Dispute for the Perfection of the Holy Scripture in Point of Ceremonies and Church Government in which the Removal of the Service Book is Justified.The Six Books of Erastus Against Excommunication are Examined; with a Vindication of the Eminent Divine Theodore Beza Against the Aspersions of Erastus, The Arguments of Mr. William Pryn, Richard Hooker, Dr. Morton... and the Doctors of Aberdeen; Touching Will-Worship, Ceremonies, Imagery, Idolatry, Things Indifferent, An Ambulatory Government; The Due and Just Power of the Magistrate in Matters of Religion, and the Arguments of Mr. Pryn, in so Far as they Side with Erastus, are Moderately Discussed. (Facsimile, 1646, also contains: "Scandal and Christian Libertie")
The Due Right of Presbyteries or a Peaceable Plea for the Government of the Church of Scotland... (1644)
Almost 800 pages long, Rutherfurd here deals with church membership, separation from the visible church, the civil magistrate and religion, communion among churches, the errors of the independents (specifically in New England)and much more.This could be considered the Lex Rex of church government– another exceedingly rare masterpiece of Presbyterianism!
Characterized by Walker as sweeping
"over a wider field than most.Most essential points which Gillespie has barely touched, Rutherfurd carefully considers; as, for instance, the nature of the visible church as such, and its constituent elements. Even in the Erastian controversy he is a necessary supplement to his great contemporary.It is something to me altogether amazing, the mass of thinking about Church questions you have in those writings."
Bannerman, in his Church of Christcalls this a "very learned and elaborate treatise."
Distinctive Principles of the Reformed Presbyterian Church (1841)
Answering a Defector (was "Circular No. 1")
Declaration and Testimony for the Present Truth (1864)
Seeks to, writes Steele, "lay before the reader some of the desolations of Zion (i.e. the church--RB)," that the readers "eye may affect his heart,-- that he may be induced to search out the causes of these desolations; and that he may be aroused to the use of such divinely appointed means as the Lord will own and bless for the healing of our breaches, which are great like the sea." Numerous other subscribers note that they "have been grieved with steps of defection from our Covenanted Reformation," especially among those "several bodies who claim ecclesiastical relation to our reformation progenitors," and set their names to this testimony with the hope of uniting "the witness for Christ in Britain, Ireland, and America, on the platform of our Church in the year 1649."
Letter Addressed to T___ B___, of P___, Exhibiting Some Steps of Defection in the Reformed Presbyterian Church (1840).
An overview of Steele's contendings and sufferings for the truth, with his reasons for maintaining the attainments of the Second Reformation -- in opposition to the backsliding of the RPCNA.
Promiscuous Communion in the Public Ordinances of Worship
The title continues: "Or, An Answer to the Question, 'Is It Agreeable to the Word of God, and Consistent with a Faithful Adherence to a Scriptural Profession, to Hold Ecclesiastical Communion With Such as Openly Oppose Some Parts of that Profession?"
WILLSON, JAMES M.
Some Reasons for Retaining the Westminster Confession as the Basis of Ecclesiastical Union
Also freeon this CD are the following audio (MP3) tracks:
Greg Price - What is Biblical (Presbyterian) Church Government?
Greg Price - What is Biblical (Presbyterian) Worship?
Greg Price - What is Close Communion? (1/2)
Greg Price - What is Close Communion? (2/2)
Greg Barrow - .DEBATE: Eschewing Ecclesiastical Tyranny (Protestant Biblical Separation)(Appendix G from the bookThe Covenanted Reformation Defended).
Greg Barrow - DEBATE: Protestant Antidote to Modern Disunity (1/5) Protestant Fundamentals of Separation and Unity(Chapter four in from the bookThe Covenanted Reformation Defended).
Greg Barrow - DEBATE: Protestant Antidote to Modern Disunity (2/5) Protestant Fundamentals of Separation and Unity(Chapter four in from the bookThe Covenanted Reformation Defended).
Greg Barrow - DEBATE: Protestant Antidote to Modern Disunity (3/5) Protestant Fundamentals of Separation and Unity(Chapter four in from the bookThe Covenanted Reformation Defended).
Greg Barrow - DEBATE: Protestant Antidote to Modern Disunity (4/5) Protestant Fundamentals of Separation and Unity(Chapter four in from the bookThe Covenanted Reformation Defended).
Greg Barrow - DEBATE: Protestant Antidote to Modern Disunity (5/5) Protestant Fundamentals of Separation and Unity(Chapter four in from the bookThe Covenanted Reformation Defended).