Tracts on the Errors and Evils of the Church of England

Tracts on the Errors and Evils of the Church of England

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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. 1841 edition. Excerpt: ...complete membership. In fact, most churchmen consider themselves entitled to every political post and emolument simply because they belong to the state-church, of which the Queen is the political head. V. POLITICAL IN ITS SERVICES.--They must worship only in parliamentary appointed buildings, attend only on a parliamentary ordained priesthood, believe only in parliamentary sanctioned creeds, and.observe only the rites and ceremonies enacted by parliament. "The Prayer Book is only an act of Parliament," and must he scrupulously observed, like any other legislative act, and for the same reasons. Its being imbued with scriptural truth, and enforcing spiritual obligations, in no way affects its political character. The words and sentiments of the Bible, when incorporated in our acts of Parliament, become parts and parcels of our ordinary political laws, and as such only are regarded and enforced. In the same way the legislative adoption of various portions of revelation, in the creeds and services of the state-church, places them on a political basis, and gives them an entirely political character. By churchmen they are received and used because they are enjoined by the state, and not as inculcated by the Almighty--whose authority therein is intercepted and set aside by the intervention and assumptions of the civil power. VI.. POLITICAL IN ITS LAWS.--The codes, canons, rubrics, &c. of the state-church, were all enacted by the civil power; and it is this circumstance only which gives them force and validity in the country. By these parliamentary enactments the clergy and members of the church are ever to regulate their religious course and conduct; and it is for neglecting or violating these, and these only, they can be criminal more

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  • Paperback | 56 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 118g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236507053
  • 9781236507051