Articles on Practice

Thou hast given a banner to them that fear thee, that it may be displayed because of the truth. Psalm 60:4
The Christian in the World – by Rev D. Beaton
It was failure to understand the background that lay behind the two classes between the “natural” man and the “spiritual” man that caused all the trouble in the Corinthian Church and it is the same reason which is at work in our day causing so much trouble in the professing Church
The Church and the World – by Rev. D. Beaton
THE Church of God, according to the Bible, is the Body of Christ, “the fulness of Him that filleth all in all,” and is also represented as the dwelling-place of the Holy Spirit. It is of Divine institution and has Christ as its only Head, and is partly invisible and partly visible. The invisible part of it is the elect of God in heaven and on earth, the number of which is known only to God Himself, while the visible part are all who are in the Church on earth by a profession of religion.
Separation from the World – by J.C. Ryle
In every age of the Church, separation from the world has always been one of the grand evidences of a work of grace in the heart. Those who have really been born of the Spirit, and made new creatures in Christ Jesus, have always tried to come out from the world and live a separate life. Those who have only had the name of Christian, without the reality, have always refused to come out and be separate from the world.
Lecture on the Sabbath – by Rev N. Cameron
“There remaineth therefore a rest (Sabbath keeping) to the people of God. For He that entered into His rest hath ceased from His own works, as God did from His.” Who is said to cease from His works in this scripture? Who but Christ, and the Sabbath keeping that remains
An Address on Sabbath Keeping – by John Kennedy D.D.
If you had a heart to know the Lord, and had once tasted the joy of His communion and the peace of His service, you would not be driven from Sabbath keeping by the fear of its being dull.
Observing the Sabbath – by Rev D. Maclean
THE widespread neglect of Sabbath observance and the increasing efforts being made by ungodly men for the complete abolishment of this blessed day should cause us concern lest we imbibe the spirit of the age.
Prayer for all that are in Authority – by Rev. D.B. Macleod
The Word of God exhorts us to pray for kings and for all in authority so that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty, 1 Tim. 2: 12
Motives to Secret Prayer – by Thomas Boston
Again, dost thou so well discharge family prayer, that thou hast no escapes or failures to be matter of secret prayer? I tell you plainly, that God will not have his worship halved: he will have either the whole or nothing. Being conscientious in family prayer, which is as discharge family-duty, the more wilt thou be inclined to the practice of secret duty.
Synod’s Statement in Reference to Church-going by Public Conveniences on the Sabbath
In consideration of this, and by way of raising a testimony against Sabbath desecration, the Synod have passed a motion which in effect excludes from Church privileges those who thus use public conveyances on the Lord’s Day.
The Pagan Origin of Christmas A Reminder – by Rev W. Maclean
CHRISTMAS was originally a heathen festival celebrated on the 25th of December in honour of the birth of Tammuz (Ezek. 8:14)
The Religious Observance of Easter – by Rev D. Beaton
Again, the hot cross buns of Good Friday and the coloured Easter eggs all indicate a heathen origin. The buns are relics of the worship of the Chaldean goddess Astarte, “the queen of heaven.” It is to this custom that Jeremiah refers when he says, “The children gather wood, the fathers kindle the fire, and the women knead their dough to make cakes to the queen of heaven”, (vii. 18).
Should Christians Observe Christmas and Easter – by Rev. W.A. Aitken
The Scriptures make it plain that the Word of God is to be the guide of the Church in instituting her ordinances of worship. “What is not commanded in the word of God is forbidden.” This is the Scriptural Jaw of worship. Israel was severely chastened when she added to or diminished from the ordinances of worship which God had appointed. Speaking in his day, John Owen, the great British theologian declared that a disregard for the Scriptural law of worship “lies at the bottom or all the confusion, blood, persecution, and wars that have for so long a season spread themselves over the face of the Christian world.”
The Presbyterian Church and Church Festivals – by Prof. Samuel Miller D.D
One of the earliest practical errors which gained ground in the Christian community was the adoption of the principle that the ministers of religion might lawfully add at their pleasure to the rites and ceremonies of the Church
The Craze for Sport – by Rev. J.S. Sinclair
We now go on to observe that the love of pleasure and sport in the present day has risen to a passion.  Thousands of young men in our large cities think and speak of hardly anything else from one week’s end to another but some particular game in which they are interested. Every spare moment during their lawful business is taken up with the discussion of this game. Football, for example, has become a terrible craze. Thousands are seen flocking away on a Saturday to some particular match, as if it were a thing of the highest moment
Prayers for the Dead – by Rev. D. Beaton
There can be no doubt that the practice of praying for the dead is increasing with great rapidity. A spurious sentimentalism of a religious hue, ignorance of God’s Word, and the innate proneness of men to wander from the paths of truth lie behind the movement
Burial of the Dead – by Rev. James Macleod
As far as we know the Free Presbyterian Church of Scotland is the only Christian body which in this land adheres to the Reformed practice – “no prayers at the grave,”
Cremation – by Rev J.S. Sinclair
ONE of the latest developments of present-day heathenism is the burning, or as it is called, cremating of dead bodies instead of burying them. It is claimed that this treatment of the deceased is more healthful for the living, and quite as respectful to the dead. This is the claim: but is it supported by Scripture and right reason? We trow not.
Oaths of Secret Societies
THE oaths and obligations binding to the unknown, which Secret Societies require of entrants are unscriptural
Male and Female Distinctions in Appearance (Synod Resolution)
In 1970, the Synod of the Free Presbyterian Church of Scotland issued a Resolution setting out the Biblical teaching on male/female distinctions particularly in relation to appearance
If a Woman have Long Hair it is a Glory to Her – by Rev. D. Beaton
If we could accustom ourselves to say, “Lord, what wilt Thou have me to do?” before taking any steps in life, we should never make mistakes. But how frequently do we forget that we are persons under authority, and then we act as from ourselves, or follow the habits of those around us.
On Dress – by Rev. D. Maclean
Observe, there are three points as to the adorning of the body. Let it be modest; let it be inexpensive; let it be unobtrusive.
Dr Thomas Manton on Dress
Consider, curiosity in clothes argues deformity of mind; a godly, serious, humble Christian is above these things
Promiscuous Dancing
The Word of God does not give a single instance in which the two sexes were united (promiscuous dancing) together in this exercise
Marriage – by Rev. James Macleod
And as such as profess the true reformed religion should not marry infidels, Papists and other idolaters; neither should such as are godly be unequally yoked, by marrying with such as are notoriously wicked in their life or maintain damnable heresies
Marrying Unbelievers – by Rev. D. Maclean
THE Rev. S. Kilpin, of Exeter, had witnessed the awful consequences produced in the Church of Christ, and in families from those who professed to be the disciples of Jesus forming marriages contrary to the command, “Be not unequally yoked with unbelievers,”
Why the Movies are Unsafe
This exceedingly solemn statement is issued by the American Motion Picture Research Council, consisting of leading educational authorities in the United States, with no religious bias or connection
Church Socials – by John Kennedy D.D.
Take these things hence – John 2: 16
Quasi-Religious social evenings are becoming an unmitigated nuisance
Differences in the Two Sacraments as Sealing Ordinances – by John Kennedy D.D.
The Ross-shire Fathers held that though in general the two sacraments were equally seals of the covenant of grace , they do in some respects differ even as sealing ordinances
The Sacrament of Baptism – by W.K. Tweedie
On what foundation are Christian fathers and mothers to rest the right of their little ones to be admitted into Christ’s visible Church? We reply, you are to rest it on the nature of the ordinance itself, taken in connection with the gospel as a system of free grace
Proof of Infant Baptism – Dwight’s Theology
Justin Martyr, born at the close of the first century, observes, when speaking of those who were members of the church, that ”a part of these were sixty or seventy years old, who were made disciples of Christ from their infancy.” But there never was any other mode of making disciples from infancy, except baptism.
Infant Baptism – by Rev. N. MacIntyre
THE question of infant baptism has been widely discussed and variously answered, and has divided Christians into Paedobaptists and Antipaedobaptists. The discussion of this subject may be designated by some as unprofitable controversy. Nothing should be done ignorantly, and Paedobaptists should have some intelligent ground for the practice of baptising their infants
The Discipline of the Church – by John Calvin
The first foundation of discipline is to provide for private admonition; that is, – if anyone does not do his duty, spontaneously, or behaves insolently, or lives not quite honestly, or commits something worthy of blame, he must allow himself to be admonished
Motives and Advice for Ruling Elders – by Thomas Boston
Consider it is a sacred office in the house of God to which God has called you; therefore let us together take that exhortation: “Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the Church of God, which He hath purchased with His own blood” (Acts 20:28)
The Lord of the Harvest and the Labourers – by Rev. J.P. MacQueen
As the late Rev. Neil Cameron, with characteristic gracious judiciousness, said, concerning such a candidate, who was objected to by some, because he was practically illiterate? What you are concerned with is the young man’s call to the ministry, and when that solemn matter is settled in his favour, it becomes the church’s clear duty to educate him as much as he is capable of benefiting by. That ought to be always so in such a connection. The educational qualification, though very important, is secondary to the spiritual in this connection.
Calling a Minister – by Rev D. Beaton
In a Presbyterian Church the main steps in the calling and induction of a minister are of a very solemn nature.