Re: Slightly confused
>The Covenanters in PA, and the Covies up north (Canada, and now NY)grew from different bodies who have as of yet not worked out some
differences one with another.
"The society, presence, and mutual fellowship of the Lord's people
among themselves doth prove most sweet and advantageous...
It is therefore no little piece of Satan's work and business to mar
the comfort of any such fellowship, not only by working strife,
division, and prejudice while they're together, Acts 15:39, but also
by procuring, one way or another, their scattering into diverse
places so that they cannot enjoy that mutual fellowship which they
gladly would: for sayeth Paul, "we were taken from you for a short
time;" and this by Satan's procurment as the following verse doth
As the Child of God can no sooner enterprise that which is really
good, but usually he doth as soon meet with some impediment; so
whoever be the means or instruments for impeding us in the way of
duty, the devil himself, through God's permission, is the prime
author of that woeful work ...
When once the godly are by Satan's craft or malice disjoined, or
separate, whether in place, affection, or judgment, the same Satan
doth bend his wit to hinder their reuniting & meeting together again
in one, so great an enemy is he to that rich advantage which may be
attained in & by the communion of saints..."
From James Fergusson's Exposition of 1 Thess. 2:17,18
Something for all of us to pray about.