Jackson, L. Charles
Set in Scotland in the colorful day of the Restoration of the monarchy under Charles II, when to preach without license from the Crown was an offence punishable by imprisonment, banishment and even death, this book tells the story of one of the most noted and loved preachers of the day, who defied the king and Privy Counsel and was in consequence branded 'rebel and traitor' for refusing to acknowledge their jurisdiction over the church. Cargill was prepared to face years of privation and constant danger, and ultimately death itself, rather than surrender the rights of Christ alone to be Head of the church
No King but Christ is a challenge to faithfulness and a striking testimony to the grace of God which enabled Cargill to face a violent and cruel death with the words: 'The Lord know, I go up this ladder with less fear and perturbation of mind than ever I entered the pulpit to preach... Farewell, all relations and friends in Christ; farewell, all acquaintances and all earthly enjoyments; farewell, reading and preaching, praying and believing, wanderings, reproaches and sufferings. Welcome, joy unspeakable and full of glory. Welcome, Father, Son and Holy Ghost! Into thy hand I commit my spirit.'