The faithful presbyterian ministers and Christians of the Second Reformation period are known as Covenanters. Their name comes from the National Covenant (1638) and the Solemn League and Covenant (1643). These covenants bound them to maintain the doctrine, worship and government of the Scottish Church and to promote it in the whole British Isles. The Covenants and presbyterian church government were overturned by Charles II in 1662. The Covenanters continued to adhere to them and refused to submit their consciences to anything contrary to Scripture. They were removed from their pulpits. Persecution followed in which they suffered things such as imprisonment, fines and execution.
How Not To Ignore The Failings Of Others
It is easy to criticise the failings of others, but their human frailties and spiritual failures are also burdens that weigh them down. What can we do to support them bear the load?
Engaging Conscience in Buying and Selling
Conscience in our financial transactions will motivate us to honour God and others not just seek our own personal benefit.
7 Anchors for Stormy Times
There are various signs of storm clouds brewing and breaking. When things are being shaken and are in flux we need to hold on to what is secure and immovable.
Is There Encouragement in Times of Decline?
We all know things are not what they used to be or should be in the church and society. But how should we respond? Denial? Lament? Here is a better way.
10 Ways to Take the Pulse of Our Times
If we fail to take the pulse of our times we may not discern particular dangers and snares for the church. Here is how to stay alert and watchful.
The Church has a Debt Problem
The Church has a serious debt problem and future generations will only suffer if it is not resolved. But we are talking about spiritual not financial problems.
How to Truly Nurture our Conscience, not Outsource it
It’s often the easier option to submit our conscience blindly to others rather than the Word of God. Sometimes we don’t realise we’ve done it. We need to know how to nurture rather than outsource our conscience.
Being Delivered From a Cascade of Trials
When one trial after another descends it can seem difficult to bear. Indeed we cannot bear it on our own. But there is hope and comfort amid many trials as we will discover.
Advice About Christian Living
Concise wisdom can be an invaluable guide for Christian living and experience. Here are some specific directions offered by William Traill.
5 Ways to Grow in Love for Christ
Love for Christ is how He Himself measures spiritual growth. So how do we grow in this area? Robert Traill points us to the way that Christ Himself kindles our love into a greater flame.
Are Evangelicals Forgetting God?
This seems an almost ludicrous question. But it depends on what you mean by forgetting God. It’s possible to do much for God and speak much about God without engaging much with Him. Let’s consider this question positively and indirectly by asking another one. What does it mean to set God always before us?
Spiritual Depression and Your Soul’s Recovery From it
Spiritual depression has spiritual causes and is in relation to spiritual things. The soul is in extreme heaviness and lacks comfort and peace. What can cause this and how can we address it?
God is Still a Consuming Fire
It is true that God is love and He is good but God is also holy. He is a God of both mercy and justice. He is described as a consuming fire in the New Testament as well as the Old.
The Headship of Christ in His Church in China
What we see in Chinese now is what we saw in Scotland then.
The Scottish Covenanters (Book Review)
Without wasting words Vos covers the important personalities, events, and issues necessary for understanding the importance and place of the Covenanters in the history of the church.
Abandoning Optimism for Real Hope
Optimism ignores negative circumstances but hope takes full account of it. Hope has a reason to depend on God working out the future, that reason is His promise.
The Complete Remedy For Overcoming Spiritual Discouragements
It’s also not difficult to become discouraged due to things within, especially our spiritual state and progress. How do we get out of being sucked into the spiral of despair? The only all-sufficient source of help is in divine grace.
Signs of Those Who Are Only Satisfied With Christ
How can we assure ourselves that we are those who are only satisfied in Christ? These eleven observations are worth pondering further and comparing with Scripture and our own experience.
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