The First Covenant.

Ane Godlie Band For the maintenance of the Evangel maid be ye Erle of Argill and uyer Noble men. Subscribed at Edinburgh 3 December 1557. Cited Johnston`s Treasury  p24-5 . Hewisons  Covenanters, vol i , p11-12 Works of Knox vol 6  p 674.

“We, perceiving how Satan in his members, the Antichrist of our time, cruelly does rage, seeking to overthrow and destroy the gospel of Christ and His congregation, ought, according to our bounden duty, to strive in our master`s cause, even unto the death, being certain of the victory in Him; the which, our duty being well considered, we do promise before the majesty of God and His congregation, that we, by his Grace, shall with all diligence continually apply all our power, substance and our very lives, to maintain, set forward, and establish the most blessed  Word of God and His congregation, and shall labour according to our powers, to have faithful ministers, truly and purely to minister Christ`s sacraments to His people.  We shall maintain them, nourish them, and defend them, the whole congregation of Christ, and every member thereof according to our whole powers, and waging of our lives, against Satan, and all wicked power that doth intend tyranny or trouble against the aforesaid congregation. Unto which the Holy Word and congregation we do join us; and so do forsake and renounce the congregation of Satan with all the superstitious abominations and idolatry thereof. And, moreover, shall declare ourselves manifest enemies thereto, by this our faithful promise before God, testified to this congregation by our subscription at these presents. “

Subscribed by : A.  Erle of Ergyl.

                              Glencarn.

                              Mortoun.

                              A. Lord of Lorne.

                              Johnne Erskyne of Doun.                                      

Attached to the  Band were two resolutions in which it was resolved to insist on the use of King Edward`s Prayer Book in parishes under their control and to promote the reading of the Scriptures privately  in houses until the authorities permitted public preaching by true and faithful ministers. These resolutions were important not least because they encouraged the public at large to express their dislike of the ceremonies of the Roman Catholic Church.

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