The covenanters were some of the most abused Christians in the history of the church. Their lives and deaths are a telling account of God’s faithfulness to them and their unwavering faithfulness to Christ’s Crown and Covenant.
Sketches of the Covenanters by J.C. McFeeters with C. Matthew McMahon
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This work concerns the covenant-keeping history of the able men and women of Scotland who gave their lives to the service, “FOR CHRIST’S CROWN AND COVENANT.” Suffering at the hands of tyrants and kings who were pawns of the Devil, the Covenanters demonstrate a tearful but God-glorifying journey in the Scottish Presbyterian movement of the 17th century. The Covenanters of old were concerned with keeping their lives and doctrine pure in accordance with the God’s revealed will in the Scriptures, and to worship Christ freely being bound together by the National Covenant of Scotland. They would have rather died than deny Jesus Christ; as the Apostle says, “If we suffer, we shall also reign with Him; if we deny Him, He also will deny us.” And as the author of this work states (which was the sentiment of the Scottish Covenanters and many of the members of the Westminster Assembly), “Covenant-breaking is, possibly, the most dangerous sin.”
This work was written as a result of a visit to Scotland by the author. Out of his visit the lecture series, “The Martyrs of Scotland,” was born, and subsequently that series made its way ultimately into this present work.
This new version brings some of the language up to date, and has been carefully transcribed from the original work (it is not a scan or facsimile). It also includes more than 50 illustrations, many of which were taken and enhanced from the original work published at the turn of the century.
C. Matthew McMahon is an American Calvinist Reformed theologian and adjunct professor at Whitefield Theological Seminary. He is the founder and chairman of A Puritan’s Mind where the ministry started as an internet hub and center for students of the Bible concerning Reformed Theology and Covenant Theology. He also started “The Puritanboard” as a chat room that is exclusively for those holding to Reformed Creeds and Confessions and members in good standing in reformed churches. A Puritan’s Mind (www.apuritansmind.com) is home to Covenant Theology, Reformed Theology and Reformation and Puritan writings, articles and books. He is also the founder of Puritan Publications which publishes Reformed and Puritan works from the 17th century.