Ecclesiastical Polity; Its Forms and Philosophy

Ecclesiastical Polity; Its Forms and Philosophy

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1847 edition. Excerpt: ...not wait, and suffer, and bleed, till the bishop becomes a criminal, before he can be removed. There is too much at stake. Interests high as heaven are involved, interests which reach onward forever; and one had better suffer than that the whole church be harmed. It is enough that he is not a suitable man For A Bishop. But the church will infer that they need.him after they have elected and ordained him, unless there is impropriety in his conduct, and like Aaron and Hur, they will stoy up his hands. The presiding elder who becomes unprofitable on the district may be removed from that responsible office by the bishop to a circuit, and have a preacher in charge placed over him, if need be, and that too without having a crime proved or charge preferred against him. The district is not always obliged to suffer four years by the mismanagement of an unsuitable man for that office. The itinerant preacher in charge who is not acceptable as such, may be displaced from his office, and made an assistant, and.that too without any accusation.brought against-him, .or if/ He become unacceptable as a travelling preacher, the conference may locate him without his consent. When local preachers or exhorters become unprofitable, without a shade of criminality, the quarterly conference may refuse to renew their licenses; or if the class leaders are not suitable, the preacher in-charge whose assistants they are, can remove them, without trial or complaint against them. This does not apply to men in orders being deposed from the ministry, nor to members of the church who all have a right to a fair trial, and an appeal, but only to church officers as such; and why this summary mode of removal from those offices without trial or sentence or condemnation? The great answer..show more

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  • Paperback | 62 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 127g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236505646
  • 9781236505644