Sketches of the Ecclesiastical History of the State of Maine: From the Earliest Settlement to the Present Time (Google eBook)

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H. Gray, 1821 - Society of Friends - 370 pages
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Page 48 - and Thomas Vasey, to act as elders among them, by baptizing and administering the Lord's Supper. "5. If any one will point out a more rational and Scriptural way of feeding and guiding those poor sheep in the wilderness, 1 will gladly embrace it. At present I cannot see any better method than
Page 8 - His letters, say they are weighty and powerful, but his bodily presence weak and his speech contemptible!" But how often did he make the hearer lose sight of all other considerations by the merit of his address and the "impressive manner with which he delivered it.
Page 47 - has no authority over them either civil or ecclesiastical, any more than over the States of Holland. A civil authority is exercised over them, partly by the Congress, partly by the State assemblies. But no one either exercises or claims any ecclesiastical authority at all. In this peculiar
Page 48 - us ? 4. As our American, brethren are now totally disentangled both from the State, and from the English hierarchy, we dare not entangle them again, either with the one or the other. They are now at full liberty,
Page 47 - convinced me many years ago, that bishops and presbyters are the same order, and consequently have the same right to ordain. For many years I have been importuned from time to time,
Page 49 - to follow the scriptures and the primitive Church. And we judge it best that they should stand fast in that liberty, wherewith God has so strangely made them free.
Page 48 - but the matter admits of no delay. S. If they would ordain them now, they would likewise expect to govern them. And how grievously would this
Page 48 - have accordingly appointed Dr. Coke and Mr. Francis Asbury, to be joint superintendants, over our brethren in North America. As also Richard
Page 17 - our ingrafting into Christ and partaking of the benefits of the covenant of grace, and our engagement to be the
Page 48 - English Bishops to ordain part of our preachers for America. But to this I object. 1. I desired the Bishop of

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