A Hind let loose;
O R
An Historical Representation
OF THE
TESTIMONIES
OF THE
CHURCH OF SCOTLAND,
For the INTEREST of Christ.
With the true STATE thereof in all its periods;
Together With
A Vindication of the present TESTIMONY against the Popish, Prelatical, and malignant
Enemies of that Church, as it is now stated, for the Prerogatives of CHRIST, Privileges
of the Church, and Liberties of Mankind; and sealed by the sufferings of a reproached
Remnant of Presbyterians there, witnessing against the Corruptions of the Time.
Wherein
Several Controversies of greatest Consequence are inquired into, and, in some Measure
cleared; concerning hearing of the Curates, owning of the present Tyranny, taking of
ensnaring Oaths and Bonds, frequenting of Field-meetings, defensive Resistance of
tyrannical Violence, with several other subordinate Questions useful for these Times.
By
Mr. ALEXANDER SHIELDS,
Minister of the Gospel, in St. Andrews.

1687 Frontis.--A Hind Let Loose.
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Psal. 94:20. Shall the throne of iniquity have fellowship with thee, which frameth mischief by a Law?
Prov. 28:15. As a roaring lion, and a ranging bear; so is a wicked ruler over the poor people.
Hos. 8:4. They have set up kings, but not by me: they have made princes, and I knew it not.
Revel. 12:11. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.
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PRINTED IN THE YEAR 1687.

CONTENTS.


The Preface to the Reader.
PART I.-An Historical Representation of the Testimonies of the Church of Scotland. PART III.-The Present Testimony Stated and Vindicated.
I.-The Testimony of the First Period (Culdees). HEAD I.-Concerning Acknowledging a Corrupt Ministry.
II.-The Testimony of the Second Period (Culdees and Lollards). HEAD II.-Concerning Owning of Tyrants' Authority.
III.-The Testimony of the Third Period (Reformation from Popery). HEAD III.-Concerning Unlawful Imposed Oaths.
IV.-The Testimony of the Fourth Period (1570-1638). HEAD IV.-Concerning Field Meetings.
V.-The Testimony of the Fifth Period (1638-1660). HEAD V.-Defensive Arms Vindicated.
VI.-The Testimony of the Sixth Period (1660-87). HEAD VI.-Of Extraordinary Execution of Judgment by Private Men.
PART II.-A Brief Account of the Sufferings of the Last Period. HEAD VII.-Refusing to Pay Wicked Taxations Vindicated.

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