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APPENDIX

A Complimentary Subject Index to
Willison’s Testimony

Compiler’s note: This subject index is not exhaustive and meant only to supplement the “Contents” found in the work itself. When there is an indented list, either the first entry is of the same subject matter or the indented list that follows contains different subjects found on the same page. At times, subjects may occur more than once in the list. The list mainly follows the chronological sequence of pages and subjects found therein. Therefore, various subjects will be found more than once.

GENERAL
Preface iii
Testimony 25
Advertisement 210
Adherence 211
Postscript, 1st 212
Contents 231
Postscript, 2nd 234
Subscriber’s Names 235
PREFACE
Popishness ix, xxii
Corruptions listed viii - ix
Acts of Synods against corruptions xii
Disregard of Synods xiii
Ministers with no scruples of patronage or error xiv
Men with no scruples for orthodoxy appointed as professors and masters xiv
Acceptation of errors xv
Luther & David Ps. cxix — against loss of truth xix

Truth not sacrificed to preserve peace

Peace as Judgment

xix
Jeremiah 9:3; Rev. 21:8 xx
War — France & Spain xxi
TESTIMONY
Aurelius & Dioclesian persecutions 26
Druids 26
Paladius; Lollards of Kyle; Luther; Melanchthon; Patrick Hamilton 28

John Wicliff; John Huss; Burning of Mr. Hamilton

George Wishard; John Rough; Jon Knox;

John Wilcock; Mr. Craig; John Erkine of Dun;

Parliament & Reformation - Confession of Faith

29
Cromwell 40
Invades and oppresses Scots 40
Charles II — King 1651 41

Laws over the Church

42

Clarification of the original WCF 23 (This may be another incident [1649] after the 1647 ratification and exception stated by James Bannerman in his book,

“The Church of Christ” p 179.)

37ff.

Death of James Guthrie — 1660

Decapitated and his head placed in one of the ports in the city of Edinburgh

43
Death penalty of Charles II against preachers 45
Destruction of Family Worship 45
Forced denunciation of vows 46
Persecution to the death 47, 48
Persecution by Magistrate 51
Subscription etc. 57
Qualifications for elder 61
Colony to America 61
Confessional Subscription 62; 79
Minister visitation 64
Schools 64
Westminster Confession 23.3; 26.6 66
Renewal of covenant vows by ministers 67 (bottom) ff.
Sins against vows 68
Civil Magistrate & Church — tensions 69ff.

Profaning of the Lord’s Day

that came with union with England

Episcopal worship opposed

71-74
The abandonment of Family worship etc. 72
Worship deteriorated 72-73; 75
Humility of Divines under God’s just punishment 75
Power of Presbyterian ministers to purge scandalous and erroneous ministers 76
Riots 85
Security of the people found under King George—not God. 85
Mr. James Webster against gross false teachings of Mr. Simson — Arminianism etc. 86
Heresies stated in a way that they would seem consonant with the Westminster Standards 87

Marrow of modern Divinity laid before 1620 Assembly

Arguments from natural reason

Exceptions detailed

Rebuke of ministers not to teach false doctrine ignored

Sermons watered down, old doctrine “harsh”

88

Church elects officers; Acts 1:15, 23; 6:2; 8:14; 13:3; 14:23; 16:9; 1 Jn. 4:1; 2 Jn. 10

93
Christian choice of pastors 94,95, 98, 99, 103, 104

Acts 6; 14:23 etc., original languages

105
Evils no longer sensed 95

Unchristian contentions in judicatories

Scattering of the flock

Simonatical practices, effects of

97
National Covenant 98

Patrons

Church planting

101, 102
Rom. 12:1; 2 Cor. 5:20-10:1; Philemon 9,10; 1 Thess. 2:7 106, 107
Rom. 14:13, 19, 21 107
1 Jn. 4:1; Mt. 7:15-16 108
2 Jn. 10; Acts 17:11; Jn. 10:4, 5 109
Eusebeius, Turretine 109
Wicked Shepherds, sheep scattering, Jer. 23:1-2 110

Eze. 34

God visits church with rebukes via attacks on her Constitution

Independent schemes of church govt., new improvements

Fault finding in the Confession

Democracy

111
The Lord’ rebuke 113
Arian errors of Professor Simons still taught though he was forbidden to do so 115
Disregard for the flock and the Lord’s discipline 116
Calls received apart from Presbyteries 118
Inferior numbers for a quorum 119

Reversal of unconstitutional acts

Innovations in preaching

120
God’s providence in causing leaders to act foolishly on measures 122

Selection of pastors

Multiple days used for examination of gifts, home visits, preaching by candidate

127
Causeless grounds for not calling a minister, appearance, doctrine, etc. 128
No obligation to laws of men 129
Protests against assembly, synod considered criminal 132
National fasting 140
Preaching against loose moral discourses & neglecting Christ 143

Little of Christ in people

Not much difference between heathen moralisms & preaching

144
Morality verses Christ’s righteousness in preaching 145
Preaching and the moral law 146

Christ the only source of strength

Moral preachers and presupposition of natural power

147

1 Cor. 1:18, 21, 24; 2:2; Acts 2:36, 37; 10:43, 44; 11:20-21 on preaching

149

Preaching

Eloquent moralisms that exclude Christ

Entertainment

Christless moral sermons

150

Indicators of when God is about to leave a people

God gives people up to lifeless moral sermons

151

Sermon applications

Self love, law of nature sufficient for happiness

152, 153
Catechism revised with out approval 154

Rebukes of the Lord, persistence in sin

Act against Church censures by magistrate

155

Magistrate & power of the keys

Contrary to Confession

WCF 30.1,2; 23.3

Erastianism

156
Headship of Christ, not upheld 157

William Wishart

Charitable toward heathens

Soft proceedings against

Innovative words on Confessional matters

158

Plain & ordinary sense of words necessary

Heretics put orthodox sense in their words

Rebuke to those who do not hold plains sense, Titus 1:3.

159
Zeal for truth &; humility needed toward an erring church 164

Uncharitable attacks against weaker brethren

Marking narrow failings, mistakes, magnifying errors instead of covering sins (as Christ enjoins)

167
Flock scattering by those overzealous for truth 168, 169

Judicatories overturn foundation of govt.,

make defections greater than they are

170

Episcopal Church

Differ only in govt., defections of, drift into Arminianism, corruption of worship in, slide into Popish superstitions, middle state for souls after death, corruption of Lord’s Supper (as sacrifice), absolution by priest, baptismal regeneration

171

Revivals

1732 or 1733, Saltzburg Germany, conversion from Popish superstition, 20,000 people, loss of worldly goods to enjoy pure preaching of gospel;

1735 -1736, Moravia Germany;

1736, Northampton New England, Jonathan Edwards

173

Revivals (cont.)

Oxford England, Methodists,

Whitefield, Gilbert Tennant

175

Revivals, errors in,

Pretended visions, prophecy, great multitudes, great attainments, Satan leading into error

176

Praying societies in Edinburgh

Whitefield in Scotland 1741, Cambuslang 1742

176
Psalm singing 176
Revival, effects of 179
Revival, opposition to by seceders zealous for truth 181
1 Cor. 1:27 182

Revival, reactions in

Bodily faintings, ecstasies, exampes in Scripture—

Dan. 8:27; 10:8, 9

186
Examples of effects of revival on Reformers 187
Jonathan Edwards on revival 187

Need for awareness of sin

Strict subscription

Against natural reason

Trinity

188

Against:

Popish inclinations

Holy Days held equal to Lord’s Day

Arminianism, Pelagianism

Doctrines that exalt self

Self love

Magistrates assuming power of keys

Erastianism

Toleration of sects

Sacramental test

189

Against:

Swearing by kissing gospels

Those in denial of:

National Church

Confession

Subordinate judicatories

Maintaining independency

Power of keys in hands of community not officers

190

Sins:

Atheism

Witchcraft

Fortune

Self seeking

Neglect of Family worship

191

Sins (cont.)

Opposition to Holy Spirit

Forgetting God’s mercies

192

Sins (cont.)

Following men’s teachings

193

Decaying zeal to uphold truth

Misapplication of God’s word

Contempt of others who do not agree

Natural reason above supernatural revelation

Elevation of religion of nature

Freewill

Christ as moral pattern

193
Confession of Faith, outward consent to & scarce reading of 194
Abuse of Lord’s Day 195
Parental neglect 196
Ministers, unsent but go anyway 197
Confession of Faith, warning against errorists not adhering to; WCF 30.1, 2 202

Remedies for unaccountable practices

Presbyteries have free access to moderate

203
Church Planting 204

Freedom to call minister without undue influence,

Qualifications for ministers

doctrine

godliness

experimental religion

205
Ruling elders 206
Reproach on the Confession of Faith 220
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