By J. Parnell McCarter




It is profoundly important that we understand how previous generations of Christians have defended the reformed Biblical faith in the face of opposition.  So it was with deep gratitude that I received from Mr. Al Hembd (who in turn had received it from a Mr. Campbell in Scotland) pages from a 1910 edition of the Free Presbyterian Magazine, which reported on the declaration of the synod of the Free Presbyterian Church of Scotland (FPCS) concerning reformation attainments.  Relevant pages from the magazine can be viewed at http://www.puritans.net/news/fpcs070605.pdf  (in pdf format) .


The FPCS has taken a clear official stand in agreement with the Westminster Standards as they were originally adopted by the Church of Scotland, exhibited in this quote from the 1910 declaration:


The immediate result of the Solemn League and Covenant was the Westminster Assembly. That Assembly’s work consisted mainly in producing a Directory for Public Worship,  a Presbyterian Form of Church Government,  a Confession of Faith,  a Larger Catechism, and a Shorter Catechism. These documents, which were meant to be the basis of a covenanted uniformity in religion between the Churches of Christ in the three kingdoms, were received and adopted by the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland in the years 1645, 1647, and 1648. Readers are referred to any ordinary copy of the Westminster Standards for the Acts of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland adopting those five documents. The Synod accept and adhere to those documents in the sense in which they were received by the Church of Scotland in the years specified. “



In addition, the FPCS has officially called for the repeal of the Rescissory Act, which itself had repealed the Solemn League and Covenant:


The Synod heartily concur in the above statement of the Church in 1851, and they declare that, in their humble judgment, the fact that the “Rescissory Act” has been left unrepealed on the Statute Book leaves the Presbyterians of Scotland in a dangerous position, and that effective steps should be taken for its repeal along with all the other pernicious cognate Acts of that period of our history. “



In other words, the FPCS has officially called for the re-instatement of the Solemn League and Covenant in the statute books of the United Kingdom, by its call for repeal of the Rescissory Act.


We too in our day must defend these principles and contend for the Biblical faith once for all time delivered to the saints.