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REFORMATION BOOKSHELF CD(Volume Twenty-seven)
The Reformation and Covenant Theology, Covenanting, Unity, Uniformity, Separation, etc.
Economy of the Covenants Between God and Man, Covenant of Redemption, Covenant of Grace (Life), Covenant of Works, Principles of Public Covenanting, Covenanted Reformation Defended, Covenant Renewal, the Ordinance of Covenanting, the Covenanter Vision, the Duty of Covenanting, the Permanent Obligation of Religious Covenants, Protesters Vindicated, Occasional Hearing and Church Discipline, Church Union and Communion, and much more!
John Calvin, Samuel Rutherford, Herman Witsius, John Flavel, John Brown (of Wamphray), John Knox, James Renwick, Thomas Boston, Alexander Henderson, George and Patrick Gillespie, John Anderson, John Cunningham, William Symington, Thomas Houston, John Johnston, James Kerr, Archibald Mason, Edward Fisher, Alexander Shields, William Wilson, 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, Matthew Henry, C.H. Spurgeon,Jonathan Edwards, John Owen,John Brown (of Wamphray),John Brown (of Haddington),Francis Turretin,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, Andrew Clarkson, David Scott, John Cunningham, George Smeaton, Larry Birger, Francis Rouse, Dr. F. Nigel Lee, 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:
The Economy of the Covenants Between God and Man Comprehending a Complete Body of Divinity (1822, 2 volumes)
"The sale of Witsius' Economy of the Covenants, increases among my friends. The translation is very just, and the excellency of the work merits a place in every Christian's library; I shall do my utmost to recommend it at all times, and on all proper occasions.No pious person on earth can forbear reading the 3d book without wonder, rapture, and devotion. It exceeds all commendation: Hervey might well say, "I would not scruple to risk all my reputation upon the merits of this performance." For my own part, I am not ashamed, nor afraid of any scorn and ridicule, that may be poured on me from any quarter, whilst I constantly aver,that the work has not its equal in the world" (Extract of a Letter from a Minister in the Country to the Publisher). Greg Price (GLP) has also provided the following: "Herman Witsius (1636-1708) wasone of the most notable Dutch theologians of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. His influence theologically was felt both at home and abroad. Witsius also excelled as a friend and supporter of the cause of the downtrodden and persecuted Covenanters (as represented by Cameron, Cargill, and Renwick). He was particularly instrumental in the ordination of Mr. James Renwick (who was ordained by the Classis of Groningen)...Professor Berkhof has placed Witsius amongst the most notable Dutch divines who embraced the Postmillennial position in distinction from the Premillennial and Amillennial positions."923 pages.
BOSTON, THOMAS (and Edward Fisher)
The Marrow of Modern Divinity
Its contents are largely taken from the works of the Reformers and English Puritans. Three members of the Westminster Assembly wrote recommendations to the Marrow. Part one of the book, "The Covenant of Grace and the Covenant of Works," is one of the best explanations of covenant theology in the English language. Part two is "An Exposition of the Ten Commandments." The whole book (of 400 pages) is in beautiful condition and this edition contains the appendix by John Brown of Haddington.
View of the Covenant of Grace from the Sacred Records
View of the Covenant of Works from the Sacred Records
BROWN, JOHN (of Haddington)
A Compendious View of Natural and Revealed Religion (1817)
In seven books. Book 1: Of the standard of all religion, the law of nature, in its foundation and contents; the insufficiency of the light of nature to render a man truly virtuous and happy; the possibility, desirableness, necessity, propriety, reasonableness, credibility, divine authority, properties, and parts of that revelation which is contained in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments. Book 2: Of God, the Author, Object, and end of all religion, in His perfections, persons, purposes, and works. Book 3: Of the bonds of religious connection between God and man, the covenants of works and grace, in their origin, parties, parts and administrations in time and through eternity. Book 4: Of Christ, the Mediator of the covenant of grace, in His person, offices, and states. Book 5: Of the blessings of the covenant of grace, effectual calling, justification, adoption, sanctification, spiritual comfort, eternal glory. Book 7: Of the dispensation of the covenant of Grace by means of the law, the gospel, and ordinances thereof. Book 8: Of the new covenant society or church, in her constitution, members, offices, and government. A new edition carefully revised and improved with the author's last additions and corrections, 600 pages. This book has recently been published under the title:The Systematic Theology of John Brown of Haddington.
The Ark of the Covenant Opened; Or, A Treatise of the Covenant of Redemption Between God & Christ, as the Foundation of the Covenant of Grace(1677)
John Owen, in his preface to this treatise writes, "I do freely declare my judgement that for order, method, perspicuity in treating, and solidity of argument, the ensuing discourse exceedeth whatsoever single treatise I have seen written with the same design" (cited in Johnston, Treasury of the Scottish Covenant, p.337). Owen, in his preface, (who also notes his long friendship with Gillespie), further underscores the importance of this work when he writes, "For the Doctrine hereof, or the truth herein, is the very Center wherein all the lines concerning the Grace of God and our own duty, do meet; wherein the whole of Religion doth consist. Hence unto the understanding, Notions, and Conception, that men have of these Covenants with God, and according as the Doctrines of them is stated in their minds, their Conceptions of all other sacred Truths, or Doctrines, are conformed." A classic, donít miss it! 500 pages.
The Ark of the Testament Opened; Or, The Secret of the Lord's Covenant Unsealed, in a Treatise of the Covenant of Grace (1661)
Walker writes, "Teaching the same doctrine as Rutherford and Dickson, Gillespie unfolds it with a richness and fulness peculiar to himself. There is little doubt his works were a quarry from which succeeding writers on the Covenant drew materials, even though in some points they diverged from Gillespie's views" (cited in Johnston,Treasury of the Scottish Covenant, p.337). Wodrow also comments, "His works speak for him, and evidence him a person of great learning, solidity, and piety, particularly what remains we have of his excellent treatises upon the Covenant of Grace and Redemption, and it is a pity we want the three other parts upon those subjects which he wrote and finished for the press" (Ibid). This is as good as it gets on covenant theology! 566 pages.
The Covenant of Life Opened;Or, A Treatise of the Covenant of Grace, Containing Something of the Nature of the Covenant of Works, the Sovereignty of God, the Extent of the Death of Christ, the Nature & Properties of the Covenant of Grace: And Especially of the Covenant of Suretyship or Redemption Between the Lord and the Son Jesus Christ, and the Seal of Baptism: With some Practical Questions and Observations(1655)
A Catechism, Setting Forth the Principles of Public Covenanting (1889)
The Case of the Accommodation (1671)
The title continues: "Lately proposed by the Bishop of Dumblane, to the Non-conforming Ministers examined. Wherein also the Ancient Prostasia, or Episcopus Praeses, is considered; and the Solemn League and Covenant occasionally vindicated." This title has been attributed to Robert M'Ward. 134 pages.
The Covenanted Reformation Defended (1998)
Unsurpassed on points related to theLordís supper, separation and covenantingas set forth by the best Reformers and best Reformed churches. This book is in the FREE BOOKS file on allReformation Bookshelf CDs.
Calvin, Covenanting and Close Communion (1996)
Demonstrates how social covenanting and close communion were practiced by Calvin in Geneva. This book is available in the "Free Books" file in every Reformation Bookshelf CD.
A Contemporary Covenanting Debate; Or, Covenanting Redivivus
Renewal of the Covenants, National and Solemn League; A Confession of Sins; An Engagement to Duties; and a Testimony; as they were Carried on at Middle Octorara in Pennsylvania, November 11, 1743 (1748)
The Ordinance of Covenanting (1843)
This book (of over 400 pages) is considered by many as the classic work on covenanting. Here Cunningham exhaustively deals with the manner, duty and nature of covenanting (including personal and social covenanting), the obligation covenanting confers,how covenanting is provided for in the everlasting covenant, how it is adapted to the moral constitution of man and how it is according to the purposes of God. If you are interested in the ordinance of covenanting this isthe most extensive treatment you will find in one book. It is a gold mine of Scriptural references and should be read at least once by everyone who calls upon the name of Christ. A rare and valuable classic!
The Covenanter Vision
Explains the nature of God's dealings with men through covenants, as well as the nature of the covenants and covenant obligation. Gives a history of the covenants and shows the basis of covenanting. A good introductory study of covenants and covenanting.
HENDERSON, ALEXANDER (and other Covenanters)
The National (1638) and Solemn League and Covenant (1643)
A Memorial of Covenanting (1857)
Written "that such as have not ready access to larger works on these subjects may be informed of the solid grounds on which the principles of federal obligation rest, andthat those who are desirous of union throughout the churches may have exhibited an approved basis of Scriptural fellowship, and co-operation for the advancement of the Redeemer's kingdom." Topics dealt with include an introduction to the nature of covenanting, descending covenant obligation, the permanent obligation of the Solemn League and Covenant, covenant renewal and its effects, duties of the covenanters and much more.
Whether Well-Composed Religious Vows Do Not Exceedingly Promote Religion (1661, reprinted 1844)
JOHNSTON, JOHN C.
Treasury of the Scottish Covenant (1887)
A massive listing (over 671 pages) covering Covenanting literature from the period of the Reformation to its publication in 1887. Contains not only the principal literary productions of the Covenanters (in the course of the long-sustained and heroic resistance offered by them to the spiritual despotism thrust against them in both church and state),but all of the chief historical documents connected with this period of history.
KERR, JAMES (editor)
The Covenants and the Covenanters: Covenants, Sermons, and Documents of the Covenanted Reformation
The prefatory note to this magnificent volume well describes its value: "The Covenants, Sermons, and Papers in this volume carry the readers back to some of the brightest periods in Scottish history. They mark important events in that great struggle by which these three kingdoms (England, Scotland and IrelandóRB) were emancipated from the despotisms of Pope, Prince, and Prelate, and an inheritance of liberty secured for these Islands of the Sea.The whole achievements of the heroes of the battlefields are comprehended under that phrase of Reformers and Martyrs, 'The Covenanted Work of Reformation.' The attainments of those stirring times were bound together by the Covenants, as by rings of gold. The Sermons here were the product of the ripe thought of the main actors in the various scenes -- men of piety, learning, and renown. Hence, the nature, objects , and benefits of personal and national Covenanting are exhibited in a manner fitted to attract to that ordinance the minds and hearts of men.The readers can well believe the statements of Livingstone, who was present at several ceremonies of covenant-renovation: 'I never saw such motions from the Spirit of God. I have seen more than a thousand persons all at once lifting up their hands, and the tears falling down from their eyes.'"Here we have some of the most moving sermons ever addressed to a people and their nations, given before the most solemn of occasions ó national covenant renewal!Alexander Henderson, Andrew Cant, Joseph Caryl, Edmond Calamy and a host of other Puritan Covenanters (even the turncoat Independent Philip Nye) are included here in easy to read modern (1895) type.Anyone interested in seeing the royal prerogatives of King Jesus once again trumpeted throughout the nations, on a national and international scale, needs this book -- for these men "were setting up landmarks by which the city of God will be known at the dawn of the millennial day"(Thomas Sproull cited in the Reformed Presbytery'sShort Vindication, p. 38). 442 pages with illustrations.
Observations on the Public Covenants Between God and the Church(1799)
Greg Barrow calls this "one of the best books on covenanting." It contains general observations on God's covenantal relationship with His bride (the church) and makes a number of practical inferences related to covenants and covenanting.
ROBERTS, WILLIAM L.
The Duty of Covenanting, and the Permanent Obligation of Religious Covenants (1853)
RUTHERFORD, SAMUEL, GEORGE GILLESPIE, JOHN BROWN of WAMPHRAY, GREG PRICE,et al.)
The Duty and Perpetual Obligation of Social Covenanting (210 pages)
A Testimony to the Covenanted Work of Reformation Between 1638-1649 in Britain and Ireland
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The Nature and Duty of Covenanting with God (1850)
Hephzibah Beulah. Our Covenants the National and Solemn League; and Covenanting by the Reformed Presbyterian Synod in America: Considered(1872)
Nature and Obligation of Public Vows; with an Explanation and Defence of the British Covenants (1841)
WILLSON, JAMES M.
Social Religious Covenanting (1856)
UNITY, UNIFORMITY & SEPARATION
Protesters Vindicated: Or, A Just and Necessary Defence of Protesting Against, and Withdrawing from This National Church of Scotland on Account of Her Many Gross and Continued Defections (1716)
The title continues: "More particularly, her approving of, and going into the legal establishment of the Prelatic constitutions of England. The generality of ministers swearing, in the Oath of Abjuration, to maintain Erastianism, Prelacy, and English Popish Ceremonies. Non-Jurants joining with Jurants, judicially approving that practice to be free of scandal. The Church's establishing tyranny in government, against all who will not join in communion with her, and approve her practices without redress of grievances. Wherein these and several other causes of withdrawing are proven to be justly chargeable on the Church, demonstrated to be contrary to the Word of God and Reformed principles of this Church, and just grounds of withdrawing, and setting up judicatures distinct from her; and the objections of Jurants and others fully answered."This is a classic, detailed statement of the old covenanted principles and the biblical attainments of the second Reformation (like the Solemn League and Covenant, the Westminster standards, etc.). It is also an excellent defense against the modern malignants who counsel Christ's children to remain in the backsliding and covenant breaking denominations that abound in our day.Very Rare! 270 pages.
A Modest Apology for the Conduct of Seceders, in Refusing to Join in Christian Communion with Sectarians, Latitudinarians, etc. Who Have Departed From the Purity of Reformation Once Attained to in these Kingdoms (1773)
ASSOCIATE SESSION OF XENIA, OHIO
Occasional Hearing and Church Discipline (1841)
Church Union and Communion (1819)
A sermon preached at the opening of the Synod of the Reformed Presbyterian Church in 1816, it is a much needed look at true ecumenism. It also opposes false ecumenism and the ungodly unions (based not on agreement in truth, but on other pragmatic considerations) that are so common in our day.
The Unity of the Reformed Churches
With a Pastor's heart, Calvin's concern for Church unity can be clearly seen in these letters written to Farel, Melanchthon and Bullinger. Calvin's only letter to Martin Luther is also included.
Strictures on Occasional Hearing (1820, second edition)
One of the best books on biblical separation, this book is found in the FREE BOOKS file of all the Reformation Bookshelf CDs.
A Warning Against Backsliding, False Worship and False Teachers
FRASER, JAMES (of Brae)
The Lawfulness and Duty of Separation from Corrupt Ministers and Churches Explained and Vindicated (1744)
An Admonition to Flee Idolatry, Romanism and All False Worship (1554)
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, p. 429).
SESSION OF THE PURITAN REFORMED CHURCH OF EDMONTON
A Brief Defence Of Dissociation In The Present Circumstances1996.
Recounts the Covenanter/Westminster position on biblical separation, with special emphasis on the teaching of Samuel Rutherford). This book is in the FREE books file included on each CD in the Reformation Bookshelf CD series.
A Letter From a Member of the Associate Presbytery to a Minister in the Presbytery of D---ne. (1769)
The title continues: "Wherein the Question, concerning Secession from the present Judicatories, is stated and examined." Written in 1738, this letter deals with corporate backsliding, heresy, testimony, attainments, separation, etc., and the visible church. Wilson was one of the founders of the Secession church and was known as "the tongue of the Associate Presbytery" (David Lachman,Dictionary of Scottish Church History & Theology, p. 875). He also expressed "firm support for the Marrow's theology" (Ibid.). 77 pages.
Also freeon this CD are the following audio (MP3) tracks:
Greg Price - Worldwide Calvinistic Unity and Loving One Another (1 John Series (18/27)
Greg Price - Covenant Theology and its Implications
Greg Barrow - .DEBATE: Eschewing Ecclesiastical Tyranny (Protestant Biblical Separation)(Appendix G from the bookThe Covenanted Reformation Defended).
Reformed Presbytery - An Explanation and Defence of the Terms of Communion, Adopted by the Community of Dissenters, etc. (1/2)
Reformed Presbytery - An Explanation and Defence of the Terms of Communion, Adopted by the Community of Dissenters, etc. (2/2)
Reformed Presbytery - Act, Declaration, And Testimony, For The Whole Of The Covenanted Reformation, As Attained To, And Established In, Britain and Ireland; Particularly Betwixt The Years 1638 and 1649, Inclusive. As, Also, Against All The Steps Of Defection From Said Reformation, Whether In Former Or Later Times, Since The Overthrow Of That Glorious Work, Down To This Present Day, 1876 (1/4)
Upholds the original work of the Westminster Assembly and testifies to the abiding worth and truth formulated in the Westminster family of documents. Upholds and defends the crown rights of King Jesus in church and state, denouncing those who would remove the crown from Christís head by denying His right to rule (by His law) in both the civil and ecclesiastical spheres. Testifies to the received doctrine, government, worship, and discipline of the Church of Scotland in her purest (reforming) periods. Applies Godís Word to the Churchís corporate attainments.It is not likely that you will find a more consistent working out of the principles of Calvinism anywhere.Deals with the most important matters relating to the individual, the family, the church and the state. Sets forth a faithful historical testimony of Godís dealings with men during some of the most important days of church history. A basic text that should be mastered by all Christians.
Reformed Presbytery - Act, Declaration, And Testimony, For The Whole Of The Covenanted Reformation (2/4)
Reformed Presbytery - Act, Declaration, And Testimony, For The Whole Of The Covenanted Reformation (3/4)
Reformed Presbytery - Act, Declaration, And Testimony, For The Whole Of The Covenanted Reformation (4/4)
Greg Price - New Covenant (1/3)
Greg Price - New Covenant (2/3)
Greg Price - New Covenant (3/3)
Greg Price - Covenants and Covenanting (1/7) Introduction
Greg Price - Covenants and Covenanting (2/7) Objections Answered
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 - Covenants and Covenanting (6/7) Covenant Renewal A Biblical Obligation On Posterity (1/2)
Greg Price - Covenants and Covenanting (7/7) Covenant Renewal A Biblical Obligation On Posterity (2/2)
Greg Price - What is Close Communion? (1/2)
Greg Price - What is Close Communion? (2/2)
Greg Price - What Are Terms of Communion? (1/2)
Greg Price - What Are Terms of Communion? (2/2)
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
John Howie - Biographia Scoticana: or, A Brief Historical Account of the Lives, Characters, and Memorable Transactions of the Most Eminent Scots Worthies (6/21) (Second edition, corrected and enlarged, 1781)(Contains the life of George Gillespie, Alexander Henderson,et al.)