Richard Cameron: The Lion of The Covenant by John Herkless

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Part of the famous Scots series, this book (of 158 pages) chronicles the life of the Presbyterian Pastor know as the “Lion of the Covenant.”

Cameron rejected his early Episcopalian persuasion, subsequent to hearing “the persecuted Gospel in the fields,” and after “the wonderful working of the Lord by His powerful Spirit upon him” revealing “a lively discovery of the sin and hazard of Prelacy,” he joined with ranks of the persecuted Covenanters, notes Howie (in “Scots Worthies”).

He set an uncompromising standard for the gospel and against the enemies of Christ, for which he was hunted and ultimately martyred. In mockery of his testimony, the wicked took his head and hands and fixed them upon the Netherbow Port, with the fingers upward.

“One of his and Christ’s declared enemies, when he looked at his head at Edinburgh, gave him this testimony, saying, ‘There’s the head and hands of a man who lived praying and preaching, and died praying and fighting.’ And wherever the faithful contendings of the Covenanted Church of Scotland are made mention of, this, to his hounour, shall be recorded of him” (Howie, “Scots Worthies”).

Herkless also states that, “[i]t is of noteworthy significance… that for over two hundred years Cameron’s name has been associated with a set of men marked by the strictest adherence to Calvinism, and by a genuine, even though severe, profession of piety. It was a remarkable testimony to their religious earnestness when Norman Macleod, referring to the parish of Loudoun, wrote: ‘I am eagerly desirous to get family worship established — of that there seems not to be a vestige, except among the Cameronians, and there every family has it.’ In this testimony stands the name of Cameron, who, by the genuineness of his religion, his uncompromising devotion to principle, and the greatness of his cause, touched the nation and fixed himself in its memory.”

Cameron was ordained at the hands of the exiled Robert MacWard and John Brown (of Wamphray), while in Holland. “He and a group of supporters issued the Sanquhar Declaration, renouncing the authority of Charles II, and declaring war upon him as a tyrant and usurper. For this he was declared a traitor, and had a heavy price put on his head” (Cameron, ed. “Dictionary of Scottish Church History,” p. 124).

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