On special occasions in both Old and New Testaments, believers covenanted together that they would obey the Lord.
At the time of the Reformation, believers in Scotland adopted this practice for mutual protection and for the advancement of Biblical Christianity. On at least three occasions - 1581, 1638, and 1643 - the entire nation covenanted in this way.
These covenants embraced every sphere of Christian faith and life and experience, emphasizing doctrines of repentance, grace, and obedience.
They also maintained that the King (or the State) cannot govern the Church, and that the state itself must recognize the supreme Kingship of Christ.
The Reformed believers, historically known as Covenanters (from their support of the covenants), insisted on "the crown rights of King Jesus" which brought them into conflict with those who supported the "divine rights of kings."
The Banner bearing the motto "For Christ's Crown and Covenant" originated as a battle flag for these Covenanters. It first appeared in 1639 with the Covenanter Army under General Alexander Leslie, First Earl of Leaven.
During the period of most intense persecution (1660-1668) some 18,000 men, women, and children died in battle, were executed, killed without process of law, or exiled, for their faithfulness to "Christ's Crown and Covenant".
Since the end of the killing time, the Blue Banner has continued to serve as a symbol of the Reformed faith.
There are Christians today who treasure the testimony of the Covenanters and there are Churches where the continuation of this testimony and heritage which God has given remain faithful.
There is no consequence theologically of the banner of the Covenant itself, but serves as a reminder of our commitment to the great truths of the Word of God.
Are you for Christ's Crown and Covenant?
Would you consider learning more about the Reformed faith?
Below are links to Churches who are seeking to be faithful to God's Word.
Also listed are links to websites for learning more about the Reformed faith.
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American Presbyterian Church (http://www.americanpresbyterianchurch.org)
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church (http://www.arpsynod.org)
Associated Presbyterian Churches (http://www.apchurches.org)
Bible Presbyterian Church (http://www.bpc.org)
Covenant Reformed Presbyterian Church (http://www.covref.org)
Covenanting Association of Reformed and Presbyterian Churches (http://www.carpc.ccrmin.com)
Evangelical Reformed Presbyterian Church (http://www.erpchurch.org)
Free Presbyterian Church (http://www.freepres.org)
Korean American Presbyterian Church (http://www.kapc.org)
Orthodox Presbyterian Church (http://www.opc.org)
Presbyterian Church in America (http://www.pcanet.org)
Presbyterian Reformed Church (http://www.presbyterianreformed.org)
Reformed Presbyterian Church General Assembly (http://www.rpcga.org)
Reformed Presbyterian Church - Hanover Presbytery (http://www.rpchanover.org)
Reformed Presbyterian Church in the United States (http://www.rpcus.com)
Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America (http://www.reformedpresbyterian.org)
Reformed Presbytery in North America (http://www.reformedpresbytery.org)