A letter to a gentleman of Baltimore: in reference to the case of The Rev. Mr. Duncan (Google eBook)

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Princeton Press, printed by D. A. Borrenstein, 1826 - Creeds - 91 pages
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Page 10 - Do you believe the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the word of God, the only infallible rule of faith and practice?
Page 30 - Cursed be their anger, for it was fierce; and their wrath, for it was cruel: I will divide them in Jacob, and scatter them in Israel.
Page 86 - ... like so many ships, launched singly, and sailing apart and alone in the vast ocean of these tumultuous times, exposed to every wind of doctrine ; under no other conduct than the word and Spirit, and their particular elders and principal brethren ; without associations among themselves, or so much as holding out a common light to others, whereby to know where they were.
Page 24 - Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers.
Page 74 - ... the reign of Elizabeth in England), that they (the Puritans) tended naturally towards republicanism; for certain it .is, that monarchy and episcopacy, the throne and the altar, are much more nearly connected than writers of bad faith or little reflection have sought to persuade mankind. Besides this insensible, but natural inclination towards democracy, which arises from the principles of a popular church government, there was another cause why the current should set in that direction ; it was...
Page 66 - ... solemn consideration, that a part of myself is in eternity; in the presence, I trust, of the Saviour. How awful will it be, should the branch be saved, and the stock perish ! Pray for me, my dear friend, that this may not be the case ; but that I may be truly sanctified, and permitted to walk in the fear of the Lord, and in the consolations of the Holy Ghost.
Page 76 - ... malice, or from other causes. To prevent the continued existence of this wrong, is one great design of superior judicatories. And although there must be a last resort, beyond which there is no appeal, yet the security against permanent wrong will be as great as the nature of the case admits, when those who had no concern in the origin of the proceedings, are brought to review them, and to annul or confirm, them, as they see cause ; when a greater number of counsellors are made to sanction the...
Page 86 - Ocean of these tumultuating times, and they exposed to every wind of Doctrine, under no other conduct than the Word and Spirit, and their particular Elders and principal Brethren, without Associations among ourselves, or so much as holding out common lights to others, whereby to know where we were.
Page 24 - Bible,) which the most CORRUPT AND UNQUALIFIED WILL BEAR just as well as the most excellent : and which is of course, in reference to the point to be decided, NO TEST AT ALL.
Page 74 - ... only one weak strand is uncut ; when the first gale comes on it will part. Besides this insensible, but natural, inclination toward democracy, which arises from the principles of a popular church government, there was another cause why the current should set in that direction ; it was only under commonwealths that the Puritans saw their beloved discipline flourish ; the sufferance which it had obtained in France was won in opposition to the crown, and exposed to continual and imminent danger...

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