The dying man's testament to the Church of Scotland; or, A treatise concerning scandal, publ. by J. Carstares

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Página 52 - Finally brethren, farewell : be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace ; and the God of love and peace shall be with you.
Página 253 - ... to discuss the Episcopal hierarchy of the following reign. But the Covenanting leaders did believe in literally "compelling them to come in." James Durham put their viewpoint clearly when he said that the civil ruler may order subjects "to keep the Ordinances." This, he adds, "is but a constraining of them to the means whereby religion worketh, and a making them, as it were, give God a hearing, leaving their yielding and consenting to their own wills, which cannot be forced; yet it is reason...
Página 312 - Ordinances , and which is more, to the wearing out of the life and power of Religion ; yea , which is above all , there is nothing that doth more tend to the reproach of the...
Página 161 - ... visible church, nor carried so many souls to hell, as error hath done) then the suffering of it cannot but be hateful to him who loveth his church. There is no way whereby the devil reproacheth ordinances, and the word, more than by this, by turning them to the quite contrary end, as if he would outshoot the Lord in his own bow, (which is abominable to mention) and invert his own means, and turn his own weapons upon him, and suffering of this is a conniving at his design. There is no way by which...
Página 161 - ... clear. And can there danger come so nigh Christ, and he be not displeased with what strengthened their snares. This do equal, yea, in some respect, prefer the devil to him, so far as in us lieth, and so cannot but provoke his jealousy : for so the devil hath liberty to vent his lies with truth equally : and there being many lies, though there be but one truth, he hath by this more doors opened to him than the gospel hath. This doth make even the truth, ordinances, and religion itself, to be thought...
Página 161 - ... destroyed the face of the visible church, nor carried so many souls to hell, as error hath done) then the suffering of it cannot but be hateful to him who loveth his church. There is no way whereby the devil reproacheth ordinances, and the word, more than by this, by turning them to the quite contrary end, as if he would outshoot the Lord in his own bow, (which is abominable to mention) and invert his own means, and turn his own weapons upon him, and suffering of this is a conniving at his design....
Página 320 - Such defers as do not make communion in a Church , and in its Ordinances finfull , will not warrant a feparation or divifion from the fame; for» this folio weth on the former.

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