Polemical Tracts or a Collection of Papers Written in Defence of the Doctrines and Discipline of the Church of England

Polemical Tracts or a Collection of Papers Written in Defence of the Doctrines and Discipline of the Church of England

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1727 edition. Excerpt: ... in the Govemours of the Church, it follows plainly that' none of the inferiour Clergy ought to refuse to any Christian the usual Tokens of Church Communion, in Opposition to the Judgment and Direction of their Superiors; and that no private Christian ought to treat or use another as excommunicate. who is not by the Govemours of the Church first declared to be so. Because to allow of the contrary Practice, is to put the Power of judging into every Cl1ristian's Hands; upon which Supposition it must cease in any respect to be authoritative. And yet this Practice his Lordship seems plainly to allow. For he says, he (d) does not douht lzut the Nature and Usifitlnefi of the thing is a sufficient justisieation of A NT Christians, who set a Mark upon the open Irnmoralit and Wiehednefl of an profiystd Christians, E I/'E N BT REFUSING TO TH_EM THE PECULIAR TOKENS ANDMARKS if Christian Communioit, A S WE L L A S it avoiding their company. The peculiar Tokens or Marks of Church Communion, consideredns distinct from keeping Company, are the joining together in all outward Acts of religious Worship, and more especially in the Use of the Holy Sacrament. The refusing to another these Tokens, must signify either. 1/l, the refusing to ad l minister to another these Tokens: Or, zdlj, The refusing to join with him in the Participation of these Tokens, when administred by the Hands of others. His Lordship cannot be understood to (peak in the former Sense, because he very well knows it is not the Office of every Christian to administer the Tokens of Church Communion. And in the latter Sense his Meaning must be, that it is lawful for any private Christian to refuse to join in religious Vorship with an open Sinner, whether he be declared excommunicate or not, ...
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  • Paperback | 386 pages
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  • United States
  • English
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