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The Perpetual Obligation of the Covenants

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  • Edgar A. Ibarra Jr.
    From Thomas M Crie a Presbyterian historian: The permanent obligation of the Solemn League results from the permanency of its nature and design, and of the
    Message 1 of 1 , Aug 2, 2004
      From Thomas M'Crie a Presbyterian historian:

      "'The permanent obligation of the Solemn League results from the
      permanency of its nature and design, and of the parties entering
      into it, taken in connection with the public capacity in which it
      was established... *the emergency which led to the formation of the
      covenant is one thing, and the obligation of the covenant is quite
      another; the former might quickly pass away, while the latter may be
      permanent and perpetual*. Nor is the obligation of the covenant to
      be determined by the temporary or changeable nature of its
      subordinate and accessory articles. Whatever may be said of some of
      the things engaged to in the Solemn League there cannot be a doubt
      that in its great design and leading articles it was not temporary
      but permanent.
      Though the objects immediately contemplated by it -- religious
      reformation and uniformity -- had been accomplished, it would still
      have continued to oblige those who were under its bond to adhere to
      and maintain these attainments. But unhappily there is no need of
      having recourse to this line of argument; its grand stipulations
      remain to this day unfulfilled."

      - Thomas M'Crie, _Unity of the Church_, 1821, reprinted in 1989 by
      Presbyterian Heritage Publications, p. 195

      From Mason,

      *These covenants are called an everlasting covenant, and a perpetual
      covenant, because their obligation is durable and permanent, and
      extends to future generations*. If the obligation of these covenants
      perished at the decease of the actual covenanters, they would be
      temporary, fleeting and transient in their nature indeed, and could
      have no title to these honourable appelations bestowed upon them by
      the Spirit of God." (Archibald Mason, Observations on Public
      Covenanting, 1821, p. 45, cited from _The Fall of Babylon the Great_

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