Vindication of the Episcopal Or Apostolical Succession by John SinclairVindication of the Episcopal Or Apostolical Succession by John Sinclair

Vindication of the Episcopal Or Apostolical Succession

byJohn Sinclair

Paperback | February 3, 2012

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1839. Excerpt: ... Revelations, to the Bishops of the Seven Churches of Asia. We have plainly seen the gradual distribution of sacred functions among three distinct orders of Church officers; and we have more especially ascertained the right of conferring ordination to have been vested exclusively in the highest of these orders, and never in any instance to have been imparted to, nor exercised by the inferior Clergy. CHAPTER II. ARGUMENT FROM ANTIQUITY. The reader has already been prepared to find the preceding arguments from Scripture supported by the authority of antiquity; and, therefore, without repeating what has been already stated, we shall at once bring forward ancient testimonies to the fact, that Episcopacy was the original and apostolical constitution of the Church. To show the great respect for the opinions of the Fathers and for the usages of the primitive Church, entertained by judicious and wellinformed Presbyterians, I may be allowed to quote the evidence of Dr. Welsh, professor of Church history in the University of Edinburgh, before the committee of the House of Commons, on Church patronage. It will be found in note (G) at the end of the volume. As witnesses in every cause are valuable proportionably to their means of information, we shall begin with those venerable writers, who have received the name of Apostolic Fathers, because they not only lived in the days of the Apostles, and enjoyed the benefit of their instructions and conversation; but also were by them ordained to the ministry. Living at that early period, and eminently distinguished for zeal and piety in the purest and most pious age, these holy men can neither be suspected of falsehood, nor of ignorance; neither of deceiving others, nor of being themselves deceived. The first of these authors ...
Title:Vindication of the Episcopal Or Apostolical SuccessionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:48 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.1 inPublished:February 3, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217415628

ISBN - 13:9780217415620