A Discourse Concerning a Guide in Matters of Faith: With Respect, Especially, to the Romish Pretence of the Necessity of Such a One as is Infallible

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Ben. Tooke at the Ship in St. Paul's Church-yard, and F. Gardiner at the White-horse in Ludgate-street, 1683 - Faith - 43 pages
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Page 30 - Wherefore things ordained by them as necessary to salvation have neither strength nor authority, unless it may be declared that they be taken out of holy Scripture.
Page 29 - Ceremonies, and authority in Controversies of Faith : And yet it is not lawful for the •Church to ordain any thing that is contrary to God's Word written, neither may it so expound one place of Scripture, that it be repugnant to another.
Page 43 - Neither ought I at this time to allege the Council of Nice, nor you that of Ariminum : for neither am I bound to the authority of the one, nor you to that of the other. Let us both dispute with the authorities of Scripture, which are witnesses common to both of us.
Page 29 - When perverse men will raise such controversies, who is so fit, for peace sake, to interpose, as that Church where the flame is kindled ? There can be no Church without a creed ; and each particular Church ought to believe her creed to be true, and, by consequence, must exercise her authority in the defence of presumed truth. Otherwise she is not true to her own constitution. But still she acts under the caution given by St. Augustine, -f " You bind a man on earth : take heed they be just bonds in...
Page 18 - Church hath power of admitting or excluding members, else it hath not means sufficient to its end, the order and concord of its body. Every particular Church ought to believe that it does not err in its definitions ; for it ought not to impose any known error upon its members. But though it believes it does not err, it does not believe it upon this reason, because God hath made it an infallible guide ; but rather for this, because it hath sincerely and with God's assistance followed a rule which...
Page 27 - Augsburg, the Romanists and Protestants agreed in a Council as the umpire of their public difference. At this the Pope was so alarmed (saith the Sieur de Mezeray)* that he wrote to the Kings of France and England, " that he would do all they would desire, provided they hindered the calling of a Council." In the reformation of the Church of England, great regard was had to the primitive Fathers and Councils. And the aforesaid French historian was as much mistaken in the affairs of our Church, when...
Page 43 - ... they will not give attention to them. If the lusts and passions of men were mortified, all Christians agreeing in the certainty of the Scriptures, though not of any living guide ; and the words of the one being as intelligible as those of the other ; all might agree in one Creed, and put an end to those unnecessary controversies which entangle truth and extinguish charity.
Page 34 - Christian world, so widely dispersed, could not possibly conspire in the imposing of false books upon them. For particular Churches, we may of all others suspect the Roman, in reference to the Scriptures. For what sincerity of dealing may we hope for from such a cabal of men as has forged decrees of Councils and Popes, obtruded upon the world Apocryphal Books as Books Canonical, purged out of the writings of the Fathers some of the places which were con* V.
Page 7 - Communion, they fubmit thefe weighty points to' his private Judgment : What is a True Church, and which are the marks of it > What is the Roman Church * And whether the marks of the True Church do only belong unto the...
Page 28 - ... faith, as he who submits his judgment to the aforesaid authority, or also infallibility ?" Here the catholic Church is put in place of the Roman, authority and infallibility are joined together, and it is suggested dishonestly concerning the Reformed, that they lay aside the authority of the catholic Church in her General Councils. Authority may be owned where there is no infallibility ; for it is not in parents natural or civil : yet both teach and govern us. If others reject Church authority,...

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