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1840 Excerpt: ... said, Shall we then number Church authority among
the Privileges of the Christian? Shall we strive to introduce again
the most intolerable of all tyrannies? "Substitute the priest for
the human understanding 1" "bow to the authority of human masters,
acknowledge human creeds, claim jurisdiction over others'
consciences, or suffer others to dictate to us?" Suffer fallible
men to " prescribe to us the Articles of our Christian faith, and
interpose between us and our heavenly Guide and Saviour'?"--Now I
believe without doubt that sentiments of this description, which
are frequently insinuated and sometimes openly expressed, instead
of being rational and enlarged, are the very offspring of prejudice
and contracted views. Yet is it not to be dissembled, that the
melancholy history of the Church of Christ has given them somewhat
of a specious and plausible air. There have been grievous faults on
both sides; a disposition to claim too much, as well as a
disposition to concede too little. Hence, as was said, the
prophetic earnestness with which the Apostle labours to impress
upon all the members of the body of Christ, the teachers and the
disciples alike, the great ends for which various gifts were
bestowed, and various offices appointed in the Church, and the
great duty of mutual love in the pursuit of Christian truth and of
our mutual edification. Hence also whilst the younger are exhorted
to " submit themselves to the elder, yea all of us to be subject
one to another, and to be clothed with humility," Christian Pastors
are directly enjoined to feed 'Dr. Channing's Letter on Creeds,
&c. 18S7-p. '6, 7, 8. and Discourses, 1833. Disc I. p. 3. III.
p. 147. the flock of God, "not as being lords over God's heritage,
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