June 1: #1 of Ten Reasons for Being a Presbyterian

As we enter the season of General Assemblies and Synods—June being the month when most of the American Presbyterian denominations convene in their national meetings—this seemed a good time to look over a little tract from the late 1840’s titled “Ten Reasons for Being a Presbyterian. We will look at one reason each day, as offered by our anonymous author, working from an original copy of the tract, which is pictured below on the right.
On the cover of the tract is this quote from the great Swiss historian, J.H. Merle d’Aubigne:—

d'AubigneJH300“The great thing in the Church is CHRIST, the blood of Christ, the Spirit of Christ, the presence of Christ among us. The great thing is Christ, but there is also advantage in a certain government of the Church of Christ. I am a Presbyterian, not only of situation, but of conviction and choice. Our Presbyterian way is the good middle way between Episcopacy on the one side, and Congregationalism on the other. We combine the two great principles that must be maintained in the Church—Order and Liberty; the order of government, and the liberty of the people.”—Merle d’ Aubigne.


Ten Reasons for being a Presbyterian.

  1. ten_reasons_for_being_a_PresbyterianI am a Presbyterian—because I know of no Church that in Doctrine, in Discipline, in Government and Worship rests so entirely on the Word of God.

The Bible and the Bible alone is the religion of Presbyterians. In all matters, whether of faith or practice, holy Scripture is supreme and sufficient. To this rule all creeds and confessions, canons and articles, opinions of ancient writers, doctrines of men, and private spirits, are to be brought for examination: “To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this Word, it is because there is no light in them.“—(Isaiah viii. 20). It is not “Thus saith antiquity,” nor, “Thus saith tradition;” nor, “Thus saith the Church;” but to the Presbyterian the sole authority is, “THUS SAITH THE LORD.”


  1. Robert McManus’s avatar

    When I first began to understand Reformed theology, my eyes were opened and I sensed a freedom of which I had been ignorant. Scripture first and last was something that I said, then I found a church that did the best it could to embody and embrace that priority in a way that was new to me.

  2. Robert Vette’s avatar

    10 Reasons would make a very good booklet to give out today. If you hear of any publisher printing this booklet please let me know as I could use 20 copies.


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