A History of the Baptists in Maine: Together with Brief Notices of Societies and Institutions, and a Dictionary of the Labors of Each Minister (Google eBook)

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C. Day & Company, 1845 - Baptists - 472 pages
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Page 27 - ... pretence to keep any private exercise at his own house or elsewhere, upon the Lord's days, either in Kittery or any other place within the limits of this province, and is for the future enjoined to observe the public worship of God in our public assemblies upon the Lord's days according to the laws here established in this Province, upon such penalties as the law requires upon his neglect of the premises.
Page 22 - The civil magistrate should restrain crime, but never control opinion ; should punish guilt, but never violate the freedom of the soul.
Page 26 - ... the Court tendered him liberty to return home to his family, in case he would forbear such kind of disorderly and turbulent practices and amend for the future. But he refusing, the Court required him to give bond for his good behavior, and to forbear such contemptuous behavior for the future, and ordered that the delinquent should stand committed until the judgment of this court herein be...
Page 27 - As the result of a long cherished and well organized religious intolerance, venting itself in vehement and impassioned persecution, these humble Christians became disheartened and overcome. In less than one year from its recognition, the, church was dissolved, and the members scattered like sheep upon the mountains.
Page 26 - And further, the court doth forbid and discharge the said Screven, under any pretence, to keep any private exercise at his own house or elsewhere, upon the Lord's Days, either in Kittery or any other place within the limits of this province, and is for the future enjoined to observe the public worship of God in our public assemblies upon the Lord's Days, according to the laws here established in this province, upon such...
Page 103 - In associating ourselves we disclaim all pretensions to the least control on the independence of particular churches ; our main design is to establish a medium of communication relative to the general state of religion ; recommend such measures; give such advice; and, render such assistance as shall be thought most conducive to the advancement, peace and enlargement of the Redeemer's kingdom .11 the H rid.
Page 27 - ... words tending to blasphemy, do adjudge the delinquent, for his offence, to pay ten pounds into the treasury of the county or province. And further, the Court doth forbid and discharge the said Screven, under any pretence, to keep any private exercise at his own house or elsewhere upon the Lord's days, either in Kittery or any other place within the limits of this province, and is for the future enjoined to observe the public worship of God in our public assemblies upon the Lord's days, according...
Page 22 - he was the first person in modern Christendom to assert in its plenitude the doctrine of liberty of conscience...
Page 26 - William Screven, appearing before this court, and being convicted of contempt of his Majesty's authority, and refusing to submit himself to the sentence of the court prohibiting his public preaching ; and upon examination before the court, declaring his resolution still to persist therein ; the court tended him...
Page 25 - ... cause of Christ in the new settlements, to unite in a separate church. But their desire was at once disappointed by the violence of opposition. Moved by the same spiritual despotism which had disturbed the Baptists in Massachusetts, Mr. Woodbridge, the minister, and Mr. Huck, the magistrate, awakened prejudice and hatred against these conscientious disciples in Kittery. Slanderous abuses and legalized tyranny were now to be endured by them.

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