No more sole patrons and soul auctions

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Page 1 - Then the twelve called the multitude of the disciples unto them, and said, It is not reason that we should leave the word of God, and serve tables : wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and of wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business : but we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word.
Page 21 - ... he feels that, if the laity generally had more voice in the selection of their ministers, it would ' immensely strengthen the hands, and materially increase the usefulness, of the clergy of the Church of England.
Page 12 - Patronage is the outrage on religion and morality caused by the traffic in Livings. It is most astonishing that Christian men should so long have tolerated this crying abuse ; it shows a terrible deadness to what is right and good, that this great cancer in the Church should have been allowed to exist and spread as it has done ; it is indeed a striking proof how Mammon rules religion, when the cure of Souls is sold by auction for hard cash.
Page 12 - cure of souls" bears a strong resemblance to the traffic in Indulgences, which so stirred the soul of Luther. In each case spiritualities are sold for money, and in each case appeal is made to low, hard, and worldly motives. For instance, we may see advowsons described in advertisements as
Page 24 - Eomanists ; who have no more right to join in nominating our minister than we should have in nominating theirs ; and a still larger body of irreligious or anti-religious people, whose voice in the matter would be a profanity. And as to the word
Page 24 - It will be observed that stress has been laid on the word " communicants" instead of "parish" or "congregation," and that the delegates are made to represent the communicants only. And why ? Because a
Page 36 - True that we have seen browsing here and there in the Church's precincts, tame laymen with veneration and obedience strongly developed, and chiefly belonging to the " upper ten thousand ;" who have been caught and penned up by clerical patrons, and called u Synodical delegates,"
Page 9 - Church teaching in the parish or district. None but he can legally preach and teach Church doctrines therein. And this, whether he himself teaches and preaches those doctrines or not. He has a complete and legal monopoly ; and can, and not unfrequently does, act as the occupant of a kind of " manger," which has but little relation to that of Bethlehem.
Page 39 - ... only. Nothing has tended more directly to alienate the minds of the Laity from the Church, than the harsh and capricious use of patronage ; and so long as it is vested in one individual, it will always be more or less harsh and capricious. This abuse, more than...
Page 38 - By giving the people a choice in the selection of those Incumbents, you enlist their interest in, and probably secure their support of, the system. And when resting on that broad base, the Church is really and truly the National Church, instead of being so in name only. Nothing has tended more directly to alienate...

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