The Anglosphere's Broken Covenant*
Rediscovering the Validity and Importance of the Solemn League and Covenant
Dr. Wagner presents a brief but powerful summary of the case for National Covenanting, and particularly, the case for the obligation that yet rests upon the Anglosphere Nations (i.e. the entirety of English-speaking civilization) to own their broken covenant with God, The Solemn League and Covenant of the Three Kingdoms (1643). For those who may be unfamiliar with the covenanted obligation that lies upon the Anglosphere Nations, this concise primer will provide the reader with an excellent overview of why God will not forget the sacred National Covenant that England, Ireland, and Scotland (along with all the Dominions of Great Britain) made with Him, who is Governor among the Nations (Psalm 22:28) and who keeps truth forever (Psalm 146:6). What makes this a matter of the utmost importance is that lawful covenants made with God (whether personal, ecclesiastical, or national) cannot be dissolved, repealed, or antiquated by the mere passage of time, by wars of independence, or by crossing an ocean to plant a daughter-kingdom. For the sacred duty of all those bound by lawful covenants is squarely founded upon the moral obligation of the Third Commandment, "Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain: for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain" (Exodus 20:7).
Dr. Michael Wagner is the author of the Christian Citizenship Guide, Leaving God Behind, True Right, Standing on Guard for Thee, Alberta: Separatism Then and Now, and No Other Option. He has a PhD in Political Science from the University of Alberta and lives in Edmonton with his wife and eleven children.
71 pages, Paperback
Pastor Doug Wilson of Christ Church in Moscow, Idaho made The Anglosphere's Broken Covenant his Book of the Month for February 2023 (https://dougwils.com/books-and-culture/books/book-of-the-month-february-2023.html?fbclid=IwAR1S1qpKiFhd8mKqkVP9A47LZZgVzitmMy7lbKE1OmXsn362C2aTiGrRTRk) and mentioned the following in his review:
"In 1643, the kingdoms of England, Scotland, and Ireland made a Solemn League and Covenant with Jehovah, promising to serve Him faithfully. In that covenant, they bound themselves to that commitment with an oath, and in addition they bound their posterity to it as well. After Cromwell’s death, in the Restoration, Charles II committed himself to the Solemn League and Covenant as one of the conditions for bringing him back to the throne. He of course broke his word, and the solemn covenant was subsequently repealed.
"The argument of this book is that a mutual covenant cannot be repealed by just one of the parties, and so the covenant is still in force—broken, but still in force. The additional arguments that Wagner mounts are that members of the Commonwealth (Canada, New Zealand, Australia) are still bound by the covenant as well. Because of the unique history of the United States, and our War for Independence, the argument for us takes a little different route, but arrives at the same conclusion. We also are bound by it.
"I think that all Christians would likely agree that covenants made centuries ago, say with the Navajo, should still be honored today. But we think that the covenant with God is just 'words on paper.' This is because we believe in the Navajo, but when it comes to God, we are functional unbelievers."