Ordinary Guy (TM)
Can you explain what you mean by "covenanting roots"? I am not necessarily trying to bait you here, I am genuinely curious.
I suspect he's referring to the roots Presbyterians have among the Covenanters in Scotland - in the "Killing Times", etc. , when to argue that the king is NOT the head of the church and must submit himself to God's Law and that Christ alone is the ultimate authority was effectively a capital offense. This time period is extremely fascinating, and is worthy of study. You can check out the well-known history of the Scots Worthies by John Howie (available umpteen places on the web) and others like "Fair Sunshine" by Jock Purves, etc. I'm sure our friend the Virginia Huguenot can point out many other sources
Who can say anything but a hearty amen to those that would argue that the king is not the head of the church. Sounds great. Those Scottish Covenanters (a particular people at a particualr time) were right to say the Jesus was King and that Charles had no ultimate authority over doctrine or worship.
However, many folks like this document immensely in our times...which do not seem to fit those Killing Times.
Are these afraid that George Bush thinks he is the head of the church?
I don't think there has ever been an environment better in the history of the world than this modern era in America for freely worshipping as one's conscience dictates and not being dictated to by intrusive kings who usurp their authority.
What is motivation for posting the SL and C here besides merely being neat history?