Pulpit Sparks

Pulpit Sparks

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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. 1886 edition. Excerpt: ...Now when it came into question whether the Ordinances and Decisions of those Reformers should be engrossed in Parchment, or in Paper, Doctor Swinborne, Master of Clare Hall, gave his opinion, that paper would do the deed well enough, as being likely to last longer than those decrees should stand in force; as afterward it came to pass, they being all rescinded in the next year, being the first of Queen Elizabeth. 28. Two things more must here be well observed.+ First, that there is a grand difference betwixt founding ofa new Church. and reforming of an old. For the former, Saint Paul outstript all men in the World. The Papists brag much of King Edgar, who is said to have founded as many Monasteries as there be weeks in the year. Surely more Churches in Asia and Europe were built from the ground by Saint Paul, who strived to preach the Gospel, not where Christ was namea', lest he should build upon another man's foundation, Romans xv. 20. But reforming of Churches is an easier work, as not giving a Church the life but the lustre; not the birth but the beauty; either repairing what is defective, or removing what is redundant. Thus we acknowledge Solomon the sole founder of the Temple, though foash repaired it, amending the breaches thereof; fotham enlarged it, adding the beautiful porch thereto; and Hezekiah adorned it, covering the pillars with silver therein. 29. However, it is worth our observing, that Reformers are sometimes ambitious to entitle themselves to be founders, as being covetous of credit, and counting it more honour to make a thing, then to mend it. Thus Nebuchadnezzar boasted, Daniel iv. 30, Is not this great Babylon that I have built for the house of the Kingdom, by the might of my power, and for the honour of my...show more

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  • Paperback | 88 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 172g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236904184
  • 9781236904188