Enid Reformed Church
Sunday, September 24, 2017
Living in Covenant
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Enid Reformed Past

     Enid Reformed Church (ERC) is a congregation of the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America (RPCNA). The RP Church began in Scotland in the 17th Century and has maintained its reformed faith for over 300 years.  

     Godly men like Patrick Hamilton, George Wishart, and John Knox brought the reformation to Scotland in the 1500s. Their desire to see a thoroughly biblical Scotland was maintained and enhanced by the work of men like Andrew Melville, Alexander Henderson, and Samuel Rutherford in the 1600s. During this time the Westminster Confession of Faith and its catechisms were written in London as an effort to unite all the churches of Britain under one thoroughly biblical confession. In the decade before Westminster, Scotland had gathered together to commit to the National Covenant (1638) in which they vowed to strive for and maintain a thoroughly biblical church and a thoroughly biblical state. Just before the Westminster Assembly met, Scotland convinced England to commit to the Solemn League and Covenant (1643) in which all Britain would seek to achieve a thoroughly biblical society. Westminster was, in fact, the result of this Covenant.  
     Shortly after the Divines completed their work, the King rejected Westminster and the Covenants and began to violently persecute those committed to them. The Scottish people who maintained their commitment to achieving a thoroughly biblical society were hunted down, punished, and even killed. In spite of this, they remained steadfast until a Protestant King came to the throne of England and promised tolerance for the “Covenanters”. These Covenanters kept their zeal for a thoroughly biblical society, ultimately forming the Reformed Presbyterian Church in Scotland.   In the 1700s, members of the RPCS transplanted their covenant heritage to the American soil and in 1745 they established the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America.
The desire for a thoroughly biblical society rekindled in the new world. The RPCNA failed to convince the newly formed nation adopt a Constitution that recognized the supremacy of Jesus Christ, as the mediator-King. Although the RPCNA has continued to call the U.S. to honor Jesus as the head of the nation, her cries have been largely unheard. In spite of this the RPCNA pursued a thoroughly biblical society in other areas and by other means. The RPCNA was the second Church to forbid slavery among its members. Roughly fifty years later, several families and even Geneva College, participated in the Underground Railroad. Similarly, many RP Churches today are very active in their opposition to abortion and endorsement of Pregnancy Care Centers.
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     In 2009, the Stillwater RP Church sought to extend this vision of a thoroughly biblical society to the city of Enid. Come share in the legacy of three centuries of commitment to a thoroughly biblical world.