The Churchman Armed Against the Errors of Time, Volume 1

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J. J. Stockdale, 1814 - Church and state
 

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Page 87 - at the apostles'feet: and distribution was made unto every man, according as he had need. (Acts iii.) This regulation, which arose from temporary expediency, does not appear to have been enforced by a general law of the church. Those who did not claim a share in the distribution, were not compelled to resign their
Page 129 - lusts—or vain conceits—shall they HEAP to themselves teachers, having itching ears: and they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. (2 Tim. iv.) Can a question remain in our days, whether this was a true prediction or not; whether it has been fulfilled; or where such teachers and their disciples are to
Page 149 - forgiven, and whose sins are covered. " Blessed is the man to whom the Lord imputeth no " sin, and in whose mouth there is no guile." Now this blessing is fulfilled in those who are chosen by God, through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom be glory for ever and
Page 129 - transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ—taking upon themselves the office of self-constituted teachers.—And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing, if HIS MINISTERS also be transformed, as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their
Page 16 - public teachers, till they are publicly, and officially intrusted with the work of the ministry. The same apostle says to Titus—For this cause left I thee in Crete, that thou shouldest set in order the things that are wanting, and ordain elders IN EVERT CITY, as I had appointed thee,
Page 71 - among yourselves. (1 Thess. v. 11—13.) Timothy is thus instructed in the government of the church: Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine. (1 Tim. v. 17.) And finally, the thirteenth chapter of the epistle to the Hebrews contains some remarkable passages to the same
Page 12 - Timothy—Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy—public declaration—with the laying on the hands of the presbytery. (1 Tim. iv. 14.) The presbytery, or eldership, which is here mentioned, takes in all the higher orders of the ministry, and includes the apostles themselves. Hence St. Peter and St. John acknowledge the title of
Page 82 - and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams. For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because
Page 66 - arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it; for it was founded upon a rock. But he that heareth and doeth not, is like a man that, without a foundation, built an house upon the earth—• upon a mere superficial and unstable
Page 114 - his people. Hence we may consider St. Paul as describing both the one and the other, in the epistle to the Hebrews.—Ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children —My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, neither faint when thou art rebuked of him:

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