Thursday, May 23, 2019

Rutherford Revised (137)

137. To William Glendinning            From Aberdeen 13 Mar 1637

(The son of the Kirkudbright minister Robert Glendinning. Just before this letter was written Bishop Sydserrf had him imprisoned because he refused to lock up his father whom the bishop had suspended form office for refusing episcopacy and declining to have an assistant of the bishop's appointing. A member of the 1638 General Assembly when he was provost of Kirkubright. He became MP for the town) 

Well-beloved and dear brother, - Grace, mercy and peace be to you. I thank you most kindly for your care and love to me, and in particular to my brother in his trouble in Edinburgh. Go on through your waters without weariness; your Guide knows the way; follow Him, and throw your cares and temptations on Him. Do not let worms, the sons of men, frighten you; they will die and the moth eat them. Keep your reward, for what is at stake in this game between us and the world, is our conscience and salvation. We need to be careful in the game and not give in to them. Let them take other things from us: but here, in matters of conscience, we must be steadfast in parting from kings, and set ourselves in opposition to the powers of the earth. Oh, the sweet communion that is for evermore between Christ and His prisoner! He does not fail to be kind. He is the fairest sight I see in Aberdeen, or in every place where I have been.
   Remember my hearty kindness to your wife. I want her to believe and put her cares on God, and make a sure work of salvation. Grace be with you.
   Yours in his only old Jesus, S.R.

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