Baptist Preacher (3-4); Original Monthly
Book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1844. Excerpt: ... THE BAPTIST PREACHER, VOL. IV. September, 1845. NO. 9. PUBLIC OFFENCES, OR CHURCH DISCIPLINE: A sermon, by Rev. A. W. Chambliss, Tuskegee, Alabama. NO. I. " Now, I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences, contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned, and avoid them: for they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ."--Rom. Xvi: 17, 18. In a former discourse, we labored to show the distinction between public and private offences; and we hope we were not unsuccessful in explaining the divine law in relation to those who have trespassed against us, in our private capacity. The offence was between us as individuals, and we had the right, nay, it was our duty, to settle the matter between ourselves. We may not, until every other expedient has failed, introduce it before the public. To bring it into the church, is the very last resort. The language of the " Baptist Confession of Faith" is, "should any private matter be brought into the church, before the previous steps (described in Matt, xviii, ) have been taken, the person that brings it in ought to be severely reproved and admonished, and that publicly, before the whole church, for his irregular and injurious conduct therein,"* (p. 221.) " Let all things be done decently and in order." Having, therefore, disposed of private offences, we shall in this, and the following discourse, invite your attention to those that are public. To such, our text has allusion. " Now, I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause * " The Baptist Confession of Faith." This volume, of about 300 pages, was first adopted in London, A. D. 1699: and afterwards by the Charleston Association, S. C, A. D. 1831; and as a summary of ' Faith and Practice, ' may be said to represent the views of the Baptist churches generally: alt...
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