I. GILLESPIE against Associations with Malignants; together with the Causes of God's Wrath, agreed upon by the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, met at Edinburgh, October, 1651.
II. The Informatory Vindication; to which is subjoined, a Collection of excellent Laws, (or Eschol Grapes) in favours of our covenanted Reformation.
To which is added,
A Declaration of the Assembly, July, ult. 1648, concerning the present danger of Religion.
A Seasonable Warning concerning the present imminent Dangers, and Duties relating thereto, by the Assembly, July 27, 1649.
JUDE, Ver. 3. Earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered to the saints.
PHILIP. iii.16. Whereto we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule; let us mind the same thing.
Psal. lxxviii.6. That the generation to come might know them; even the children which should be born: who should arise and declare them to their children.
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1648-George Gillespie.-A very careful exposition of what does and does not constitute lawful confederations and associations for those who would walk circumspectly in accordance with that covenanted work of Reformation wrought in the Church of Scotland or are simply concerned to act as consistent Christians.
1648-George Gillespie.-Gillespie's dying testimony and belief that the covenanted cause will ultimately prevail.
1648-George Gillespie.-Two days before he died, Gillespie was concerned to leave a dying testimony against voluntary associations with malignants and other opposers of the covenanted Reformation.
1648-Geoge Gillespie.-Gillespie's dying testimony warning the Church of Scotland against compliance with and engagement to malignants and others hostile to the covenants. From his death bed, he warned about the very measures that would split the church into Protestors and Resolutioners. Gillespie was decidedly on the side of the Protestors.
1653-James Guthrie.-This broadside is designed to call to the attention of those who would be faithful Covenanters the various provocations that brought division and persecution upon the once Reformed Church of Scotland. This is a necessary enumeration of heaven provoking sins in a nation, church and ministry.
1687-James Renwick and Alexander Shields.-This is an extensive apologetic for the course of act taken by the United Societies during the latter end of the Killing Times. It explains their beliefs and their actions in the face of the prevailing currents of apostasy and the vicious persecution that ensued on the covenant keepers.
Public testimonies and declarations.
1679-The United Societies.-A brief declaration of the testimony of the Covenanters against all the defects of the land and a purposing to stand by this at any cost.
1680-Richard Cameron (1648-1680).-A short and terse casting off of any allegiance to the unlawful magistracy of Charles II. and his courtiers and dragoons with some reasons why on behalf of the Socieites.
1682-The United Societies.-This declaration is a further confirmation of their casting off the unlawful magistracy established in Scotland together with a series of charges against the injustice of the present government and its contrariety to the covenanted reformation.
1684-The United Societies.-In this declaration, the Covenanters complain of their mistreat by the civil authorities and the plead the unjust of this persecution together with a statement that they will engage in self defense.
1685-The United Societies.-A declaration that takes up the position of the Covenanters on certain confessional matters regarding allegiance to a king that is a covenant-breaker. It includes a very strong object to the reception of James II.
Public Testimonies subsequent to the revolution of 1688.
1791-Thomas Henderson (1757-1823).-In this introductory material, Mr. Henderson rehearses the history and contendings, including defections, between the Revolution establishment, in 1688, and the first of the Declarations following, in 1692.
1692-The United Societies.-In this early declaration, the covenanting Societies lament the defection of the three ministers (Shields, Linning and Boyd) into the Revolution church but they pledge to maintain the cause of covenanted reformation to the best of their ability.
1695-The United Societies.-This paper decries the wicked confederacies and lamentable defections that had become wide spread in the Church of Scotland contrary to their covenant engagements.
1703-The United Societies.-A testimony issued against the unlawfulness of the present magistrate, the fruit of covenanting breaking, and a plea for a return to covenanted reformation.
1707-The United Societies.-A testimony against the prevailing evils of the day (1707) with a particular emphasis upon the wickedness of the political union of England and Scotland and its violation of the covenant engagements of both nations.