The True Episcopate, AAS Seen in the Original Constitution of the Church of Alexandria

The True Episcopate, AAS Seen in the Original Constitution of the Church of Alexandria

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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. 1890 edition. Excerpt: ...so designed; and then man doth invest him, and solemnize his introduction. As a woman may choose her husband, but it is not she that giveth him the power over her, but God who determineth of that power by "his law, affixing it to the person chosen by her, and her action is but a condition or cause of that capacity of the matter to receive the form. Men do but obey God, in a right choice and designation of the person; his law doth presently give him the power, with which for order's sake he must be in solemn manner invested. But matters of order may possibly vary; and though thoy are to be observed as far as may be, yet they always give place to the end and substance of the work for ordering whereof they are appointed." In this latter statement Baxter has shown the fallacy of our exclusive Episcopal writers. These have inverted the Scriptural doctrine, giving prominence to the human investiture of office, and depreciating the Spirit's work in the selection of the bishop, in answer to the prayers of his electors. Like other human perversions, the Church has sadly suffered, and the cause of Christ's kingdom been greatly hindered. RICHARD HOOKER (died 1600). This justly celebrated divine refers to the statements of Jerome with regard to the Church of Alexandria. He does not object to his testimony as to the presbyters making the bishop by election. He simply argues this point: " We cannot with any truth so interpret his words as to mean, that in the Church of Alexandria there had been bishops endowed with superiority over presbyters from St. Mark's time only till the time of Heradas and Dionysius." He attempts to reply to the assertion of Jerome, that the authority of bishops over presbyters arose from custom, and not from divine arrangement. He is...show more

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  • Paperback | 78 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 154g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123668060X
  • 9781236680600