An Exposition of the XXXIX Articles of the Church of England; Written by Gilbert [Burnet] Bishop of Sarum [New-Sarum-Salisbury]

An Exposition of the XXXIX Articles of the Church of England; Written by Gilbert [Burnet] Bishop of Sarum [New-Sarum-Salisbury]

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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. 1845 edition. Excerpt: ...law upon the Gentiles i they ordered the pastors of the church to be able to convince Titus i. 9. gainsayers, and not to reject a man as a heretic, till after a first--'"IO. and a second admonition. The most likely method both to find out the truth, and to bring such as are in error over to it, is to consult of these matters in common; and that openly and fairly. For if every good man, that prays earnestly to God for the assistance and direction of his Spirit, has reason to look for it; much more may a body of pastors, brought together to seek out the truth, in any point under debate, look for it, if they bring with them sincere and unprejudiced minds, and do pray earnestly to God. In that case, they may expect to be directed and assisted by him. But this depends upon the purity of their hearts, and the earnestness of their endeavours and prayers. When any synod of the clergy has so far examined a point, as to settle their opinions about it, they may certainly decree that such is their doctrine: and as they judge it to be more or less important, they may either restrain any other opinion, or may require positive declarations about it, either of all in their communion, or at least of all whom they admit to minister in holy things. "- This is only an authority of order for the maintaining of union and edification: and in this a body does no more as it is a body, than what every single individual has a right to do for himself. He examines a doctrine that is laid before him, he forms his own opinion upon it, and pursuant to that he must judge with whom he can hold communion, and from whom he must separate. When such definitions are made by the body of the pastors of any church, all persons within that church do owe great respect to...show more

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  • Paperback | 242 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 13mm | 440g
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236622413
  • 9781236622419