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REFORMATION BOOKSHELF CD(Volume Twenty-six)
Reformation Civil Government (2/2)
A Defense of Liberty Against Tyrants, Civil Disobedience, Martyrs, the Right of Dissent from an Immoral Civil Government, A Covenanter's Response to Wicked Rulers in Church and State (and Unjust Taxation), Military Associations, Defensive Resistance of Tyrannical Violence, the U.S. Constitution, the Absurdity and Perfidy of All Authoritative Toleration, etc.
John Knox, David Steele, Robert M'Ward, John Calvin, Alexander Shields, Junius Brutus, Andrew Clarkson, Samuel Rutherford, Christopher Goodman, James Stewart, John Poynet, William Symington, Samuel B. Wylie, John Brown (of Wamphray), 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, C.H. Spurgeon,Jonathan Edwards,John Owen, John Brown (of Haddington), Francis Turretin, Thomas Edwards, the Reformed Presbytery (RPNA), J.A. Wylie, James Douglas, Michael Wagner, the Puritan Reformed Church of Edmonton (Session), Greg Price, Lyndon Dohms (on PRCE session), James Durham, John Howie, William Hetherington,David Steele, Samuel Miller, 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, David Scott, Alexander M'Leod, James Willson, John Cunningham, George Smeaton, Larry Birger, Francis Rouse,Dr. F. Nigel Lee, Bill Mencarow, Greg Barrow, Reg Barrow, et al.
This CD contains:
A Defense of Liberty Against Tyrants or, Of the Lawful Power of the Prince Over the People and of the People Over the Prince
Rushdoony states that John Adams said that this was "one of the most influential books in America on the eve of the Revolution." Others have also noted the great influence this book had on the thinking of the founding fathers of the United States.A Defense of Libertyalso influenced Rutherford'sLex Rexand is an important Calvinistic defense of the legality of biblically based revolution. It deals with civil resistance, God's law and more! This is the 1689 translation (180 pages). See William Symington'sMessiah the Prince(on this CD) for an excellent companion volume to this work.
Our Political Protest and Why Covenanters Do Not Vote (1872)
Was the Bishop's Death Murder? (1860)
This book deals with the death of James Sharp. He was a Resolutioner (i.e. backslidden Covenanter) turned persecuting Prelate, who after becoming Archbishop of St. Andrews began a relentless persecution of his former colleagues. He helped to revive the notorious Court of High Commission in 1664, with himself as president. This court persecuted nonconformist protestants, over religious issues, and was especially fond of doing the Royalist beast's bidding in regards to Presbyterian ministers (who dissented from both the civil and ecclesiastical Episcopalian establishment). This court had absolute power and could and did hand out death sentences (adapted from theDictionary of Scottish Church History, p. 768). "This article refers to the killing of Arch-bishop James Sharpe, in 1779, by a handful of Covenanters who providentially crossed paths with the bloody bishop -- the architect of the slaughter of thousands of innocents. In the words of a contemporary, Alexander Shields, 'Upon the 3d of May, 1679, several worthy gentlemen, with some other men of courage and zeal for the cause of God and the good of the country, executed righteous judgement upon him in Magus Moor near St Andrews'" (Editor's note in theOriginal Covenanter and Contending Witnessmagazine, vol. 2, #16, August 5, 1994). For a more detailed defense of the Protestant doctrine expounded in this short introductory book, see Shields' massive tome,A Hind Let Loose($39.99); specifically part 3, head 6: "The Suffering of Some, upon the Account of Extraordinary executing of Judgement upon Notorious Incendiaries, and Murdering Public Enemies by Private Persons in the Circumstances Wherein they were Stated Vindicated."
Six Martyrs of the Scottish Reformation (1907 ed.)
Three Heroes of the Covenant: The Life and Times of William Guthrie, Donald Cargill and James Renwick, Last of the Martyrs (1902)
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)
The Right of Dissent from an Immoral Civil Government
Shows the Scriptural basis of the position of political dissent. Provides an example by defending Covenanter dissent and separation from the constitution and government of the United States (while also demonstrating the Biblical grounds for such a position).
How Superior Powers Ought to Be Obeyed of Their Subjects: and Wherein They May Lawfully By God's Word Be Disobeyed and Resisted
Facsimile of 1558 edition. Very rare. One of the dozen most important political writings appearing in English in the latter half of the sixteenth century. In that day, a proclamation of Philip and Mary had decreed the death of a rebel for anyone found in possession of the book.
The Measures of Submission to the Civil Magistrate Considered (1710)
The Life of James Renwick
Renwick was "the last, and in various respects the most illustrious of the Scottish martyrs of the 17th century. Hated and persecuted in his own day, by the men in authority in Church and State -- caluminated and reproached by ministers and others, who professed evangelical sentiments and affected piety -- and his principles generally misrepresented and condemned even to our own day, -- yet there is abundant evidence to show that the Master whom he faithfully served, and for whose cause he willingly surrendered his life, singularly owned and honored him."
Against Romish Rites and Political and Ecclesiastical Tyranny(1554)
Formerly titled "A Faithful Admonition to the Professors of God's Truth in England," this letter is said to be "undoubtedly the most important" of Knox's writings (up to that time) by W. Stanford Reid in Trumpeter of God (p. 114). Furthermore Reid notes that Knox's, "[v]iews on the magistrate expressed in the 'Faithful Admonition,' were to have an important influence upon much of his future conduct, and upon the development of the Reformation in both England and Scotland."
Reformation, Revolution and Romanism: An Appeal to the Scottish Nobility (1558)
Mason states that this Appeal "is the most important... of Knox's political writings," (in the Introduction to his compilation of Knox's political writings titledOn Rebellion).
The British Electoral Franchise: Or, Why Reformed Presbyterians Do Not Vote at Political Elections (1884)
A Covenanter's Response to Wicked Rulers in Church and State (and Unjust Taxation); Containing Some Comforting Words to Those Who are Suffering at the Hand of These Beasts, for the Sake of Christ and Truth (1805 edition)
The Testimony of the Church Respecting Military Associations, etc., With the Wicked and Profane
A Shorte Treatise of Politike Power, and of the true obedience which subjectes owe to kynges and other civil Governours, with an exhortation too all true naturall Englishemen (1556)
Ponet wrote that the state's purpose was to maintain justice, and the magistrates were also subject to God's law. Remembered as an early example of Protestant resistance theory, Ponet discussed 'Whether it is lawful to depose an evil governor, and kill a tyrant?'" (Savior or Servant?, 1996, pp. 224n). 92 pages.
Submission to "the Powers That Be," Scripturally Illustrated (1828)
A Hind Let Looseor An Historical Representation of the Testimonies of the Church of Scotland for the Interest of Christ with the True State thereof in all its Periods. Together with a Vindication of the Present Testimony Against Popish, Prelatical, and Malignant Enemies of that Church, as it is now Stated, for the Prerogatives of Christ, Privileges of the Church, and Liberties of Mankind; and Sealed by the Sufferings of a Reproached Remnant of Presbyterians there, Witnessing Against the Corruptions of the Time: Wherein Several Controversies of Greatest Consequence are Enquired into, and in Some Measure Cleared; Concerning Hearing of the Curates, Owning of the Present Tyranny, Taking of Ensnaring Oaths and Bonds, Frequenting of Field-Meetings, Defensive Resistance of Tyrannical Violence, with Several Other Subordinate Questions Useful for these Times(1687, 1797 edition)
This rare Covenanter classic, concerning Calvinistic political philosophy and tactics of civil resistance, is comparable to Samuel Rutherford’sLex, Rex; in fact it could rightly be referred to as "Lex Rex volume two." It is solidly in the line of John Knox’s teachings on civil disobedienceand addresses numerous topics that are relevant to today’s Christian. "In A Hind Let Loose, Shields justified the Camerionian resistance to royal absolutism and the divine right of kings. He argued that government is divinely ordained, but the people are entitled to bring a king to judgement for wrongdoing. Parliament is commissioned by the people to oversee the nation’s affairs, but the compact between the people and their rulers does not entail a forfeiture of the people’s power to depose tyrants and confer authority on someone else. Government is by consent, and must justify itself to the consciences of the people. God has given men the right of self defence, and this extends to a a right not only passively to resist, but also to kill relentless persecutors" writes Isbell (in theDictionary of Scottish Church History and Theology, p. 773). Controversial chapter titles include: "Concerning Owning of Tyrants Authority;" "Defensive Arms Vindicated;" "Of Extraordinary Execution of Judgement by Private Men;" and "Refusing to Pay Wicked Taxation Vindicated."This book sets forth the Crown rights of King Jesus, against all usurpers in both church and state, giving a history of some of faithful sufferings endured by the elect, in maintaining this truth. It bears testimony against "the popish, prelatical and malignant enemies" of Christ and proclaims the only true basis of liberty for mankind. "The matter is argued with a vast abundance of Biblical illustration, and with much reference to Reformation and Puritan divines.It should be consulted, if practicable, by all who wish fully to understand the inner spirit of the Covenanting Movement," writes Purves inFair Sunshine (p. 202). Isbell interestingly notes that Shields was once "amanuensis to the English Puritan John Owen."Over 750 pages.
The U.S. Constitution, Taxation, Slavery, Antichrist, Church Discipline and the Covenanters (was "Circular No. 2," 1885)
Jus Populi Vindicatum or the People's Right to Defend Themselves and Their Covenanted Religion Vindicated (1669)
The subtitle reads: "Wherein the Act of Defence and Vindication, which was interprised Anno 1666 is particularly justified: The lawfulnesse of private Persons defending their Lives, Libertyes and Religion, against manifest Oppression, Tyranny and violence, exerced (exercised--RB) by Magistrates Supream and Inferior contrare to Solemn Vows, Covenants, Promises, Declarations, Professions, Subscriptions, and Solemne Engadgments, is demonstrated by many Arguments. Being a full Reply to the first part of the Survey of Naphtaly, etc." This is Stewart's defence ofNaphtaliagainst the attack of Andrew Honeyman who became Bishop of Orkney in 1664. 508 pages.
Messiah the Prince or, the Mediatorial Dominion of Jesus Christ(1884)
WYLIE, SAMUEL B.
The Two Sons of Oil; or, the Faithful Witness for Magistracy and Ministry upon a Scriptural Basis (1850, third edition)
BROWN, JOHN (of Haddington)
The Absurdity and Perfidy of All Authoritative Toleration of Gross Heresy, Blasphemy, Idolatry, Popery, in Britain: In two letters to a friend in which the doctrine of the Westminster Confession of Faith relative to Toleration of a False Religion, and the power of the civil magistrate about sacred matters; and the nature, origin, ends and obligation of the National Covenant and Solemn League are candidly represented and defended.(1797, 1803 edition)
BROWN, JOHN (of Wamphray), Hugh Binning, John Howie, the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland & Sundry Ministers of Perth and Fife
Faithful Witness-Bearing Exemplified (1783 edition)
A collection containing:
1. An Useful Case of Conscience, concerning Associations with Idolaters, Infidels, Heretics, Malignants, or any other known Enemies of Truth and Godliness by Hugh Binning.
2. A Solemn Testimony Against Toleration, and the present proceeding of Sectaries and their Abettors, in England, in reference to Religion and Government by the Commissioners of the General Assembly of the Kirk of Scotland (With the Answer, of Parliament, to the said Testimony) and also aTestimony to the Truth of Jesus Christ; or, To the Doctrine, Worship, Discipline and Government of the Kirk of Scotland; and to the National Covenants, Against the prevailing Errors, Heresies Blasphemies, etc. (with a specific testimony against Cromwell's Toleration) by the Ministers of Perth and Fife.
3. The History of the Indulgence. Showing Its Rise, Conveyance, Progress, and Acceptance. Together with a Demonstration of the Unlawfulness Thereof, and an Answer to Contrary Objection. Also a Vindication of Such as Scruple to Hear the Indulged by John Brown of Wamphray.
4. To which is prefixed, a Preface Concerning Association, Toleration, and what is now called Liberty of Conscience by John Howie (author of Scots Worthies).
The Casting Down of the Last and Strongest Hold of Satan; Or, A Treatise Against Toleration and Pretended Liberty of Conscience(1647)
The title continues: "Wherein by Scripture, sound Reason, Fathers, Schoolmen, Casuists, Protestant Divines of all Nations, Confessions of Faith of the Reformed Churches, Ecclesiastical Histories, and constant practice of the most pious and wisest Emperors, Princes, States, the best Writers of Politicks, the experience of all Ages; yea, by divers Principles, Testimonies and Proceedings of Sectaries themselves, as Donatists, Anabaptists, Brownists, Independents, the unlawfulness and mischief in Christian Commonwealths and Kingdoms both of a Universal Toleration of all Religions and Consciences, and of a limited and bounded (toleration--RB) of some Sects only, are clearly proved and demonstrated, with all the material Grounds and Reasons brought for such Tolerations fully answered."
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)
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."
A Free Disputation Against Pretended Liberty of Conscience(1649 edition)
Written against "the Belgick Arminians, Socinians, and other Authors contending for lawlesse liberty, or licentious Tolerations of Sects and Heresies," Rutherford explains the undiluted Biblical solution to moral relativism, especially as it is expressed in ecclesiastical and civil pluralism!(Corporate pluralism being a violation of the first commandment and an affront to the holy God of Scripture). He also deals with conscience, toleration, penology (punishment), and the judicial laws, as related to both the civil and ecclesiastical realms.
Also freeon this CD are the following audio (MP3) tracks:
James Willson - Prince Messiah's Claims To Dominion Over All Governments: and the Disregard of His Authority By the United States, in the Federal Constitution (2/2)
John Howie - "James Stewart and John Knox: Scotland's 'Two Sons of Oil'" fromBiographia Scoticana (Scots Worthies), as read by Larry Birger.
John Knox - Reformation, Revolution and Romanism
John Knox - True and False Worship
William Cunningham, George Gillespie, et al.-Church and State: The Biblical View (9)
William Cunningham, George Gillespie, et al.-Church and State: The Biblical View (10)
William Cunningham, George Gillespie, et al.-Church and State: The Biblical View (11)
Greg Price - Biblical Civil Government Versus the Beast and the Basis for Christian Civil Resistance
Greg Price - Unlawful Taxation and Unlawful Civil Government (Mark #60)
Greg Price - Godless Civil and Church Rulers Exposed and Rebuked
Greg Price - History of the Assembly at Westminster
Greg Price - Covenants and Covenanting (3/7) National Covenant(1/2)
Greg Price - Covenants and Covenanting (4/7) National Covenant (2/2)
Greg Price - Covenants and Covenanting (5/7) The Solemn League and Covenant
Greg Price - Why Reformation is Certain (Micah #20)
Greg Price - Reformation Eschatology, The Millennium and the Victory of Christ's Kingdom 1/2(Micah Series, Micah 4:1-5)
Greg Price - Reformation Eschatology, The Millennium and the Victory of Christ's Kingdom 2/2(Micah Series, Micah 4:1-5)
Greg Price - Israel Turns To Christ (1/2) The Restoration of the Jews (Micah Series, Micah 4:4-6)
Greg Price - Israel Turns To Christ (2/2) The Restoration of the Jews (Micah Series, Micah 4:6-8)
Greg Price - What is Occasional Hearing? (1/3) On Biblical Separation
Greg Price - What is Occasional Hearing? (2/3) On Biblical Separation
Greg Price - What is Occasional Hearing? (3/3) On Biblical Separation
Westminster Divines / Assembly - Westminster Shorter Catechism (1648) Original Unedited Edition
Westminster Divines / Assembly - Westminster Confession of Faith (1647) & the Solemn League and Covenant (1643)Original Unedited Edition
Westminster Divines / Assembly - Westminster Larger Catechism 1/2 (1648)Original Unedited Edition
Westminster Divines / Assembly - Westminster Larger Catechism 2/2 (1648)Original Unedited Edition
Alexander M'Leod - The Two Witnesses; or, Lectures Upon the Principal Prophecies of the Revelation 8/10(1814) From the book:Lectures on Revelation.
J.A. Wylie - The Papacy is the Antichrist (1/3)
J.A. Wylie - The Papacy is the Antichrist (2/3)
J.A. Wylie - The Papacy is the Antichrist (3/3)
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).
Francis Nigel Lee - Eschatology of Victory in the Old Testament (Eschatology of Victory Series 1 of 14)
Francis Nigel Lee - Eschatology of Victory in the New Testament (Eschatology of Victory Series 2 of 14)
Francis Nigel Lee - Magnificent Millennium (Prophecy Fulfillment & Postmillennialism Series 12/12)
Francis Nigel Lee - Islam in the Bible (1/3)
Francis Nigel Lee - Islam in the Bible (2/3)
Francis Nigel Lee - Islam in the Bible (3/3)