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.
God is Still a Consuming Fire CovenantersThe Covenanters were a group of faithful ministers and Christians in Scotland who worked to uphold the principles of the National Covenant of 1638 and Solemn League and Covenant of 1643 in order to establish and defend...
BLOG | Covenanters blog | REFORMED READING GROUPTop 5 Second Reformation Books of 2018Matthew VoganIt’s common at this time of year to look back at the best books of the year. Lists and reviews of books can certainly be helpful. Here are the best books published...
What we see in Chinese now is what we saw in Scotland then.
"If you only read one book on the Covenanters this should be the one. Not only does Vos provide an insightful, readable and enjoyable account but he sets it in proper context taking us from the Reformation in 1560 through the Revolution period". This commendation on...
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.
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.
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.
Overhearing the prayers of the Covenanters for the Jews ought to inspire and encourage us.
BLOG | Covenanters blog | REFORMED READING GROUP | Westminster Assembly blogTop 5 Second Reformation Books of 2017Matthew Vogan2017 was the year of Reformation with the 500th anniversary. There were no shortage of books about that. It's common at this time of year to...
There are four blessings that the followers of Christ enjoy even in the most severe trials. Hugh Mackail describes them in an attractive way.
When we turn to Scripture, it is in fact clear that all Christians should expect persecution to some degree. Here is some valuable wisdom for situations of suffering for Christ.
Were the Covenanters Puritans?Matthew VoganMatthew Vogan is the General Manager at Reformation Scotland Trust. He has written various books including volumes about Samuel Rutherford and Alexander Shields.1 Jun, 2017BLOG | Covenanters blog | REFORMED READING GROUPThe...
What privilege could be greater than to have constant access to the throne room of heaven? What will help us to express ourselves in true holy boldness?
Why doesn’t God answer certain prayers? It seems so obvious to us that they should be. But we must also recognise that there may be a purpose of mercy when our desires are not fulfilled.
A nation committing itself solemnly and entirely to God to obey His Word. It really happened in Scotland.
What do you do when one wave of grief follows another? Here is true and lasting hope for the downcast that takes seriously the reality and depth of the grief.
We are meant to be busy and active with grace to the glory of God and the eternal good of ourselves and others. Here is some biblical advice about how to do that.
Revival is a deepening and strengthening of God’s whole work not just in the lives of individuals. But what do we mean by God’s whole work?