On the Covenanters placing Britain under Christ (William White)

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Reformed Covenanter

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As God hath put all things under Christ, for the church's sake, so the Covenanters sought to place Britain under him for the same end, and we may therefore affirm, that they acted on the most enlightened principles, seeing they are the same as those by which the universe is governed.

William White, Christ's Covenant the best Defence of Christ's crown; or our National Covenants Scriptural, Catholic, and of Permanent Obligation (Edinburgh: W. P. Kennedy, 1844), p. 58.
 

Reformed Covenanter

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Another quote from William White to the same effect as the OP:

If these covenants are still binding on the country, is it not a duty of the most important nature, to bear a testimony against the ingratitude of man in breaking these vows, and for the goodness of God, in having brought the nation into such a close and honourable connection with himself.

William White, Christ's Covenant the best Defence of Christ's Crown; or our National Covenants Scriptural, Catholic, and of Permanent Obligation (Edinburgh: W. P. Kennedy, 1844), p. 92.
 

Seeking_Thy_Kingdom

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James White has just put out a tweet that is relevant to the general theme of the OP:

I absolutely agree that this does logically follow, however, connecting James White to the Covenanters also reveals a major issue. Being a Baptist Dr White would not have been in fellowship with them and outside of the national covenant. Would he have been imprisoned? Exiled? Killed?

What would be needed for this to be true is not only a redeemed people that would joyfully accept Gods righteous standards, but also a purification of doctrine.

I do believe, and hope, that the Covenanters were prototypical of what is to come. However I struggle with if the issue is not one of political and social reform but one of eschatology.
 

Seeking_Thy_Kingdom

Puritan Board Sophomore
“If these kings had been wise and allowed Scotland to retain her religion as she learned it from the Bible, never would monarchs, since the beginning of the world, have reigned over a more pious, loyal, and devoted people. But the spirit of infatuation was upon them. Ignorant of the nature of religious principle, they had no idea how little it could be controlled by human power, and how much it could dare and endure for the sake of God and of duty. Frenzied by the possession of power, these princes sought to raise their own throne above the throne of God.”

“From a century of conflict we are thus taught, that principle is stronger than power--that confidence in God is mightier than laws and armies—and that, when kings and princes cross the sacred domain of conscience, and attempt to put the crown of Zion on a mortal brow, they are the highway to ruin; and whatever hardships they may cause to their subjects, they will in the end cause greater to themselves.”

“It is rebellion to break the law of the land, when it is not contrary to the word of God; but when the law commands to do what God has forbidden, to refuse obedience is not to infringe the rights of sovereigns, but to maintain the rights of God, to maintain his sole supremacy over the conscience, which can only be maintained, by obeying God rather than man, in all cases where their commands come into collision. This principle of obeying God rather than man, has been the guardian of freedom and religion in the days that are past; and woe to the land, to the church, to the human race, when it shall generally be accounted right to obey man rather than God”

“The absurdity of putting his sceptre into a mortal hand, was strikingly shown, by the incessant changes that occurred during the ecclesiastical reign of the four first temporal heads of the Church of England. What was orthodox during the supremacy of one king, became heterodox during the supremacy of another. What one of her supreme heads built up, the next of her supreme heads endeavoured to pull down. What one of them would have burned men for refusing to believe, another burned them for continuing to believe. Edward alters the laws of Henry; Mary overturns the reformation of Edward; and Elizabeth overthrows the fabric which Mary had cemented with the blood of martyrs. Happy would it have been for England and for Britain, if these inconsistencies had taught them that no one is qualified to fill God's throne, who is not possessed of the infinite, unchangeable, and everlasting attributes of God's nature.”

Excerpt From: Rev. William WHITE (of Haddington.). “Christ's covenant the best defence of Christ's crown, etc.” W. P. Kennedy. iBooks.
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