Ebenezer Erskine on the Covenanted Reformation and privatised religion

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Reformed Covenanter

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See hence a good reason for that solemn work and duty of covenanting, by stretching out the hand into the Lord, as it is said of Ethiopia, Ps. lxviii. 31 This duty is warranted by scripture example, and scripture prophecy concerning the days of the New Testament, and the example of our worthy forefathers in the three kingdoms, and this land in a particular manner. As God the Father, by solemn oath, has constituted his own Son the great Manager of his house, hanging all the offspring and issue upon him; so it is highly reasonable that all the offspring and issue of the family should homologate his deed, by solemn oath and covenant, before the whole world, because this is for his declarative glory, upon whom all the glory hangs. …

There are a generation of men in our day, who set up only for a private, selfish kind of religion. If they believe with the heart, they think they have done enough. If they enjoy raptures and ecstasies of love to Christ, they are easy what come of Jerusalem, what come of the ark of God, or a covenanted reformation. Let error in doctrine, corruption in worship, tyranny in government, prevail as much as they will, it is all a matter; these are not the essentials; all is well with them if they have what they call the Spirit. But what sort of a spirit is that which follows, cleaves to, and coalesces with abjured prelacy, a corrupt backsliding ministry, and judicatories that deny the obligation of solemn covenants, and at the same time inspire men with enmity against a testimony for a covenanted reformation and all that own it? ...

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