THE ANTI-VOLUNTARY ASSOCIATIONS AND UNLAWFUL CONFEDERACIES HOMEPAGE.
"I recommend to them that fear God, sadly and seriously to consider that the holy Scripture doth plainly hold forth. 1. That the helping of the enemies of God, or joyning and mingling with wicked men, is a sin highly displeasing. 2. That this sin hath ordinaryly ensnared Gods People into diverse other sins. 3. That it hath been punished of God with grievous judgements. 4. That utter destruction is to be feared, when a people after great mercies and judgements relapse into this sin, Ezra 9.13,14."—George Gillespie, The Testimony of Mr. George Gillespie against Association and Complyance with malignant enemies of the Truth and Godlinesse: Written two dayes before his death. (1648).
Works Against Voluntary Associations and Unlawful Confederacies:
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.-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.
1864-William Milroy (1820-1876).-A paper written in opposition to Reformed Presbyterians joining with Union forces during the American Civil War which cites many past testimonies against voluntary associations of this sort.
1651-Hugh Binning.-This is Binning's work against unlawful voluntary associations, confederacies with the wicked, and any other religious or quasi-religious covenant making with infidels and enemies of true religion.
1877-John McAuley.-This article explains why unity is not always the best course, if we would be faithful to the Lord and his church.