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onclub@yahoogrou ps.com, pearl4dc <no_reply@.. .> wrote:
> I have for many years kept my distance from this Club for fear of
sinning by giving offense or being offended. I speak too much and sin
is not absent. I understand too little, for that reason. I am zealous
but not always in the right spirit. It takes me years to understand
what I said that was so wrong. I joined this month out of a desire for
fellowship and edification as a lone scattered sheep. This is my
attempt to edify my brethren. This Lord's Day I was reviewing journal
and sermon notes and rereading my notes from Mr. John Welwood's sermon
on 1 Peter 4:18 from 'Sermons in Times of Persecution' . His was a
fearful admonition for some and encouragement for others. Not knowing
my own heart I began self examination. What followed these notes were
musings on what happened to the visible church as I knew it and then
more notes on something that I read, but I cannot remember from where.
It was instructive to me and I am sharing from my notes (not an exact
copy of what was read) in the hope it will be helpful to someone.
> In our Covenants we swear 6 things:
> 1. We will endeavor to be humbled for our sins and for the sins of
the kingdom. (the plantations in the US, Canada and elsewhere were
prayerfully petitioned for in the Directory for Public Worship, so I
can safely assume we were in their prayers and contendings)
> 2. We will go before one another in an example of real reformation
requiring more amendment of life than fighting and disputes.
> 3. We will endeavor to amend our lives and reform not only
ourselves but all those that are under our charge.
> (this was a concern of Thomas Manton at the beginning of my
Westminster Confession of Faith and I fear it has not yet been realized
> 4. To endeavor to bring the 3 Kingdoms to the nearest conjunction
and uniformity in religion, Confession of Faith, Form of Church
Government, Directory for Worship and Catechizing.
> (as a former plantation of Great Britain all Westminster accepting
Reformed Churches in this nation are bound to our fathers covenants as
their spiritual posterity and their visible representation as I
> 5. To endeavor the extirpation of Popery, Prelacy, superstition,
heresy and schism in our place, calling and station - one cannot
contend for a toleration of all religions and keep this oath.
> 6. Against a detestable indifference and neutrality in this cause
that so much concerns the glory of God. How many care not for what
becomes of the (public) cause of God so that they may have peace and
quiet, indifferent as to which contending parties prevail as long as
they may have their trading again.
> I believe all true covenanters would do well to consider all these
things for they have caused us to be scattered one from another on this
dark day and to our own and our families hurt. I encourage each
covenanter to prayerfully look each to his own heart as I did to mine.
On Monday the Lord was by his gracious spirit already helping me with
#1 I have a long way to go.
> May our heavenly Father pity us as children of dust.
Thank you for your heartfelt post -- would that more of the Lord's
children were as zealous for His cause!