Tracts on the Intrusion of Ministers

Tracts on the Intrusion of Ministers

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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. 1839 edition. Excerpt: ...of nonintrusion into effect, not merely because their previous professions and contendings in consistency required this, and not merely because this principle was distinctly asserted in the Standards of the Church, bat also, because it was founded on the Word of God and the dictates of reason. Every thing contained in the Word of God, bearing upon the settlement of ministers, the rights of conscience and of private judgment, the responsibilities and obligations of men, contributes to establish the great truth, that the Christian people, that is, those who are duly and regularly admitted to the privileges of Church membership, should, at the very least, have full liberty to give or withhold their consent to the settlement of a minister among them, and by so doing to secure or prevent his admission as their pastor. The statements which the apostles have left to us of the conduct which they pursued, and of the principles by which they were antmated in such matters, plainly prove that they would have been no parties to thrusting ministers upon reclaiming congregations; and as we have also to this effect the testimony of Clement, mentioned by Paul, (Phil., c. iv., v. 3, ) as one of his fellow-labourers, "whose names are in the book of life," and who was settled minister of the Church of Rome under apostolic superintendence. In his Epistle to the Church at Corinth, written during the lifetime of some of the apostles, he assures us that the apostles in preaching the Gospel over the world, appointed the first-fruits of their ministry to be bishops and deacons, (for there (vers only two orders of ordinary ecclesiastical office-bearers in those days, ) "with the consent of the whole Church." We are fully warranted to expect, that more

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