An enquiry into the constitution, discipline, unity & worship of the primitive Church, by an impartial hand [P. King]. 2 pt. [separately dated 1691].

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Page 85 - Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without ; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.
Page 97 - Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery.
Page 160 - For first of all, when ye come together in the church, I hear that there be divisions among you; and I partly believe it.
Page 43 - But in respect of the case of infants, which you say ought not to be baptized within the second or third day after their birth, and that the law of ancient circumcision should be regarded, so that you think that one who is just born should not be baptized and sanctified within the eighth day, we all thought very differently in our council. For...
Page 40 - That infants were baptized, will be evident from this single consideration : baptism was always precedent to the Lord's supper; and none were admitted to receive the eucharist till they were baptized. This is so obvious to every man that it needs no proof: if any one doubts it, he may find it clearly asserted in the Second Apology of Justin Martyr, p.
Page 115 - I understand the formal pronunciation of suspensions and excommunications, the imposition of hands in the absolution of penitents, and such like, that could be done by none but by the bishop, or by persons in holy orders deputed and commissioned by him, as the sequel will evince. But as for the legislative, decretive, or judicatorial power, that appertained both to clergy and laity, who conjunctly made up that supreme consistorial court, which was in every parish, before which all offenders were...
Page 23 - When the bishop of a church was dead, all the people of that church met together in one place to choose a new bishop. So Sabinus was elected bishop of Emerita ' by the SUFFRAGE of ALL THE BROTHERHOOD, which was the custom throughout all Africa,' for the bishop to be chosen in the presence of the people."—p.
Page 49 - ... quoting what is given above, and much more, subjoins the following remark — " Here, then is a synodical decree for the baptism of infants, as formal as can possibly be expected ; which being the judgment of a synod, is more authentic, and cogent than that of a private father ; it being supposable that a private father might write his own particular judgment and .opinion only ; but the determination of a synod (and he might have added, the unanimous determination of a synod of sixty-six members)...
Page 24 - Jhall he that occupieth the room of the unlearned fay Amen at thy giving of thanks, feeing he underjlandeth not what thoufayeft ? For thou verily givejl thanks well, but the other is not edified.
Page 144 - ... because they were NOT REPRESENTED BY THEM ; and so the chief matter they had to do with them was, to give them their advice and counsel, in any difficult point proposed." " But with respect unto those particular churches whose representatives they were, the decrees were binding and obligatory, since the regulation and management of their affairs was the general end of their convening.

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