John Ward: He Judgeth Among The gods 

Die Mercurii 26, Martii, 1645. Ordered by the Commons assembled in Parliament, That Sir Roger North, and Mr Cage doe give thankes to Mr Goode and Mr Ward for the great paines they took in the Sermons they preached this day, at the in­treaty of the House of Commons, at St Mar­garetts Westminster, (it beingContinue reading “John Ward: He Judgeth Among The gods “

George Gillespie: Nihil Respondes

Nihil Respondes: OR, A DISCOVERY OF The extream unsatisfactorinesse of Master Colemans Peece, published last weeke under the Title of A Brotherly Examination re-examined. Wherein, his self-contradictions: his yeel­ding of some things, and not answering to other things Objected against him: His abusing of Scripture: His errors in Divinity: His abusing of the Parliament, andContinue reading “George Gillespie: Nihil Respondes”

Minutes and Acts: The Westminster Assembly and Parliament on Worship

Introduction This is a collection of (some) the Acts of Parliament, Minutes of the Assembly, and Sermons/quotes of the Divines on worship. Particularly, the focus is upon the Psalms for sung praise, instruments in worship, and holy day observances. I want to make clear that this is not a complete work of the acts orContinue reading “Minutes and Acts: The Westminster Assembly and Parliament on Worship”

Edmund Calamy: Magistrate, Keeper of the First Table

Edmund Calamy (February 1600 – October 29, 1666) was an English Presbyterian church leader and divine. Known as “the elder”, he was the first of four generations of nonconformist ministers bearing the same name. , This excerpt is taken from the 5th Edition of the Confessional Presbyterian. “Lastly, it is your duty (Right Honourable) whomContinue reading “Edmund Calamy: Magistrate, Keeper of the First Table”

William Reyner: The Magistrate to Prevent Idolatry

William Reyner (Rayner) was an English Divine that served from 1643-1652 on the Westminster Assembly. This excerpt is taken from the 5th Edition of the Confessional Presbyterian. “Execute judgement for God, every one as far as his power will stretch. First, do judgement upon thine own self for thy sin in all ways of godlyContinue reading “William Reyner: The Magistrate to Prevent Idolatry”

Thomas Case: The Civil Magistrate to Imitate God on Justice and Mercy

THOMAS CASE, M. A., MINISTER OF THE GOSPEL IN LONDON, AND A MEMBER OF THE ASSEMBLY OF DIVINES AT WESTMINSTER. This excerpt is taken from the 5th Edition of the Confessional Presbyterian. “But thirdly, Eye your rule. In this I might be large, but that I was happily prevented by my learned and Reverend BrotherContinue reading “Thomas Case: The Civil Magistrate to Imitate God on Justice and Mercy”

Gillespie: Magistracy to Exercise Coercive Powers

This excerpt is taken from the 5th Edition of the Confessional Presbyterian. “The third opinion [of liberty of conscience] is that the Magistrate may and ought to exercise his coercive power, in suppressing and punishing heretics and sectaries, less or more, according as the nature and degree of the error, schism, obstinacy, and danger ofContinue reading “Gillespie: Magistracy to Exercise Coercive Powers”

Would Jesus Have Been Right In Stoning the Woman? (John 8:1-11)

  Jesus was not a magistrate during His earthly ministry (making a distinction since He has now been given all authority to act as judge, which we see in other passages). If He picked up a stone to stone the women, acting as a judge, He would have disobeyed the Law. Moses was a magistrateContinue reading “Would Jesus Have Been Right In Stoning the Woman? (John 8:1-11)”