19 August 1643 A.D. Scottish Commissioners to Westminster Assembly—5 Ministers & 3 Ruling Elders
Speaking of the Westminster Assembly and Confession, the Rev. Dr. Prof. James Innes Packer said this:
Packer, J. I. (2008-07-31). Concise Theology . Tyndale House Publishers. Kindle Edition.
We now return to the story.
August 19: Scottish Commissioners to the Assembly
As we read of the Scottish delegates, we cannot help but praise God for the gifts of Alexander Henderson, Samuel Rutherford, and George Gillespie. These men were spiritual giants in the faith and faithful pastors to the people of God. We have treated of them and will again in these posts. But then again, when we read the name of another—that of John Lord Maitland, the first Duke of Lauderdale, our spirits are saddened, for we know the end of his story as well. This elder who sat through years of Assembly speeches and conversations, nonetheless ended up a terrible persecutor of the Presbyterians in Scotland in later years. He showed his true colors at the last. There may very well be a Judas Iscariot in many a visible church. How we need to pray for one another. How we need to encourage one another. How we need to teach one another. As John put it, “beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.” (1 John 4:1)