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.
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.
What we see in Chinese now is what we saw in Scotland then.
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.
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.
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.
Would it not be natural to think of the Covenanters as Scottish Puritans? The short answer is: no, this would not be accurate. There are various reasons for this.
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?
These were and are powerful books–that’s why they were executed. If their principles are lost, we are in danger of losing true civil and religious liberty
People were driven to desperation under ruthless oppression. What could they do? They rose up in self-defence, but was it right to do so?
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