An Exposition of the Principles of the Church of Scotland in Regard to the Admission of Pastors, by Ministers of That Church

An Exposition of the Principles of the Church of Scotland in Regard to the Admission of Pastors, by Ministers of That Church

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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. 1842 edition. Excerpt: ...over the persons and the property of all their subjects. The society which he formed was spiritual; so also was the government which he established. He invested the office-bearers in his Church with no jurisdiction in matters temporal; he exempted none of the members of his Church from the control of the civil magistrate. The civil magistrate, therefore, without any risk of injury to himself, may suffer this kingdom to be erected in the bosom of his own. He may allow of this "imperium in imperio;" he may lay aside the suspicion and alarm with which he might otherwise regard the rival pretensions of a rival Sovereign. The servants of Christ do not fight; they have no power of the sword, no coercive jurisdiction; and the power of the keys which they wield--the right of opening and shutting the kingdom, admitting to spiritual privileges and expelling from them, --this subordinate and delegated authority, derived from the Divine Word, rests solely on the influence which that Word has on men's consciences, and is limited by that right of private judgment or opinion, to which, as to its immediate practical effects, it necessarily appeals. But while our Lord thus emphatically disavows, on the part of his servants--the rulers in his house--all civil or temporal jurisdiction, he no less unequivocally claims for them an exclusive jurisdiction within their own spiritual province. He has a kingdom of his own; and while his kingdom does not interfere with the kingdoms of this world, they must not interfere with it. The Church is bound to recognise the authority of civil rulers, and they are bound to recognise the authority of the Church. Each party must leave the other to act independently. In particular, if the Church abstain from all encroachment on more

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  • English
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  • 9781236658401