Re: [Covenanted Reformation] John Knox: From Exile to the Covenant of Dun
Jerry, thanks for the clarifications. It is now obvious that in your initial comments you were using unspoken qualifiers, which you now brought forth. "For the sake of honoring the host of the Mass" ..... "kneeling before the wafers because you think they are God" .... "requiring people to receive the sacrament on their knees" are all practices that I reject.
Now about that Friendly's ice cream that I've been trying to mooch from you......
Generally speaking, when something indifferent for whatever reason
becomes corrupted with superstition, it is sometimes needful to purge
that indifferent thing due to the superstition.
Christ and the disciples celebrated the Lord's Supper, as best we can
tell, in a position no different than the position they were in
during the meal they ate. To add something that Christ and the
disciples never did, for the sake of honoring "the host" of the Mass,
is superstitious idolatry. Kneeling before God is a most proper
position for sinful man to take, but kneeling before the wafers
because you think they ARE GOD, is idolatry. And requiring people to
receive the sacrament on their knees, is even worse, as it is
assuming the perogative of Christ in requiring something in religious
worship of Him which He Himself never commanded.
--- In covenantedreformationclub@y..., Jasper Wall <jasperh98@y...>
> So then the scriptural teaching is that communion is to be taken in
a position customary to a dinner table setting? And that, while
kneeling "is not in and of itself a sinful act", kneeling if done
during communion is "a superstitious act" ?
> Now guys, I am half playing with you about this. To my recollection
I have never kneeled during communion. But I did find it interesting
that kneeling was altogether thrown out as a superstitious act. How
is it that one cannot kneel before God in one's heart, and in flesh,
without being guilty of "superstitious" worship?
> Repentant_deejay wrote:
> <<<Do we have indication that Jesus and the Disciples rose from the
normal positions they customarily took at a dinner table, and assumed
a kneeling posture to eat the Lord's Supper?
> I think that's a very good point, Jerry, and in and of itself
answers the question of kneeling at Communion.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: raging_calvinist [mailto:ragingcalvinist@c...]
> Sent: 27 June 2002 15:50
> To: covenantedreformationclub@y...
> Subject: Re: [Covenanted Reformation] John Knox: From Exile to the
Covenant of Dun
> LOL at DJ's comment!
> Kneeling, of course, is not in and of itself a sinful act. But
what is the significance of kneeling at communion?
> Do we have indication that Jesus and the Disciples rose from the
normal positions they customarily took at a dinner table, and assumed
> a kneeling posture to eat the Lord's Supper?
> I believe that kneeling to receive communion not only has no
Scriptural warrant, but that it is a superstitious act leftover from
the Papist idea that Christ was present in the elements -- in which
case kneeling before it was an act of worshiping the elements.
> Our superstitious ideas have no part in the worship of God.
> "For just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, even
so the Son also gives life to whom He wishes"
> -John 5:21
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If the King broke the covenant as we see in the
anerican Colony Then are the people free to make a new
covenant with God, without the King? "Declaration of
Oh this is does in Opera. *smile
--- "Jerry <raging.calvinist@...>"
> Next in the series on Covenanter History we'll look__________________________________________________
> at the Third
> Article of the Solemn League and Covenant:
> Article 3
> "We shall, with the same sincerity, reality, and
> constancy, in
> several vocations, endeavour, with our estates and
> lives, mutually to
> preserve the rights and privileges of the
> Parliaments, and the
> liberties of the kingdoms; and to preserve and
> defend the king's
> majesty's person and authority, in the preservation
> and defence of
> the true religion and liberties of the kingdoms;
> that the world may
> bear witness with our consciences of our loyalty,
> and that we have no
> other thoughts or intentions to diminish his
> majesty's just power and
> In this article we see that the Covenanters, far
> from making
> themselves enemies of the Government, swore
> themselves to preserve
> the rights and privileges of the Parliaments, to
> preserve and defend
> the king's person and authority. It is important to
> note the
> phrase "in the preservation and defence of the true
> religion and
> liberties of the kingdoms." The Covenanters were
> not swearing
> themselves to unconditional loyalty to usurpers,
> tyrants, or public
> enemies of the true religion. This is an important
> distinction that
> we will touch on, Lord willing, a bit later in this
> series. This
> article reiterates what was sworn to in the National
> Covenant of
> Scotland: "We protest and promise... to defend the
> king's royal
> person and authority in defence of Christ's gospel,
> the liberty of
> the subject, the administration of justice, and the
> punishment of
> Thomas Case notes that in this article the
> Covenanter binds himself
> to 1)Use the best means to inform himself of the
> particular rights
> and privileges of Parliament, the particular
> liberties of the
> kingdoms, etc., so that he may 2)Conform himself
> to what he is
> informed to be his duty. In other words, we are to
> gain an
> understanding of what rights and privileges of
> government we are
> swearing to preserve, so that we may best carry out
> our duty to
> preserve them.
> Now, we all occupy various stations in life. And
> therefore we are
> not all bound to the same level of understanding of
> the rights and
> privileges involved, nor are we all bound to the
> same manner of
> preserving them. The Covenanters bound themselves
> according to
> their "several vocations." The king, a lawyer, a
> minister, a
> a soldier, may all have varying levels of
> understanding and varying
> levels of responsibility in the preservation of the
> rights and
> privileges of the civil government and of the King's
> person and
> J.W. Shaw explains concerning the Third Article,
> "In their day, these covenants were charged with
> being seditious,
> subversive of all government; in modern times, they
> have been opposed
> as leaning too strongly to kingly government.
> Neither charge can be
> sustained. They admit the validity of royal power;
> their framers
> understood too well their own rights, and the claims
> of Christ, to
> sanction the principle of absolute or irresponsible
> power. In the
> National Covenant, the ends and obligations of civil
> authority are
> clearly stated and the engagement is to maintain
> that authority
> defence' of these ends. In the Solemn League the
> rights of
> are put first, and then what relates to the King's
> majesty: and this
> they will `preserve and defend' only `in defence of
> religion and
> the liberties of the kingdoms.' They evidently
> regarded the
> not as a law-maker, but as the executive, and were
> determined to
> restrain the royal authority within its proper
> limits. Their deeds
> evidently so declare."
> By "their deeds" Shaw refers to the fact that the
> Covenanters, at the
> time of the first swearing of this Covenant, were
> standing in
> opposition to the King's attacks against religion
> and liberty.
> Later, when the King proved to be an incorrigible
> and treacherous
> public enemy of the Church of Jesus Christ and an
> enemy of liberty,
> the Covenanters produced the Sanquhar Declaration of
> War, and
> excommunicated the King from the Church. Again, we
> will, Lord
> willing, look at these things a bit later. For now,
> here are some
> Scriptures related to the Christian's duty to the
> for further study:
> Matt. 22:21; Rom. 13:1-7; Tim. 2:1-3; Titus 3:1; 1
> Peter 2:17.
> Next up in the series on Covenanter History: Article
> Four of the
> Solemn League and Covenant.
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