The Apostolic Origin of Episcopacy Asserted: In a Series of Letters, Addressed to the Rev. Dr. Miller, One of the Pastors of the United Presbyterian Churches in the City of New York, Volume 1

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T.& J. Swords, 1808

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Page 269 - Ye take too much upon you, seeing all the congregation are holy, every one of them, and the LORD is among them: wherefore then lift ye up yourselves above the congregation of the LORD?
Page 30 - It is not lawful for any man to take upon him the office of public preaching, or minister1ng the Sacraments in the Congregation, before he be lawfully called, and sent to execute the same.
Page 32 - England ; no man shall be accounted or taken to be a lawful Bishop, Priest, or Deacon in the Church of England, or suffered to execute any of the said Functions, except he be called, tried, examined, and admitted thereunto, according to the Form hereafter following, or hath had formerly Episcopal Consecration, or Ordination.
Page 2 - THE TRUTH is, that in the NEW TESTAMENT there is no mention made of any DEGREES or DISTINCTIONS in ORDERS, but only of Deacons or Ministers, and of PRIESTS OR BISHOPS...
Page 4 - Of these two orders only, that is to say, priests and deacons, Scripture maketh express mention, and how they were conferred of the apostles by prayer and imposition of hands ; but the primitive Church afterward appointed inferior degrees, as sub-deacons, acolytes, exorcists, &c.
Page 39 - ... every person under the degree of a bishop, which doth or shall pretend to be a priest or minister of God's Holy Word and Sacraments, by reason of any other form of institution, consecration, or ordering, than the form set forth by parliament in the time of the late King of most worthy memory, King Edward the Sixth, or now used in the reign of our most gracious sovereign lady...
Page 24 - It is evident unto all men, diligently reading Holy Scripture and ancient Authors, that from the Apostles' time there have been these Orders of Ministers in Christ's Church — Bishops, Priests, and Deacons.
Page 17 - In Cranmer's paper, some singular opinions of his about the nature of ecclesiastical offices will be found; but as they are delivered by him with all possible modesty, so they were not established as the doctrine of the church, but laid aside as particular conceits of his own.
Page 282 - You have seen that the fathers of the first two centuries are so far from furnishing a single passage which gives even a semblance of aid to the episcopal cause, that, like the scriptures, they every where speak a language wholly inconsistent with it, and favourable only to the doctrine of ministerial parity.
Page 16 - By those letters," says Bishop Burnet, " it is clear, that the episcopal function was acknowledged to be of divine appointment, and that the person was no other way named by the King, than as lay patrons present to livings ; only the Bishop was legally authorized in such a part of the King's dominions, to execute that function which was to be derived to him by imposition of...

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