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1840. Excerpt: ... way, and finally perish. If he who ought to
guide my steps aright, were careless or ignorant, or even
positively disposed to mislead me, still there is one circumstance
which, I trust, would preserve me in such a season of trial: the
portion of the Church to which I belong, has taken care that the
whole counsel of God shall be made known to her members, by means
of her public Services, and thus I am in some measure rendered
independent of the peculiar conduct of my Pastor. St. Paul tells
me, that I am to account of my Christian Minister as a servant of
Christ, and steward of the mysteries of Gody. And this he does
without reference to the Minister's personal character or
qualifications; with which I, as a layman, have very little to do.
On looking into the Ordination Service, I find, that no one is
admitted into the sacred office, until every means within the reach
of man have been used, both to ascertain his fitness, and to remind
him of the awfully responsible nature of the Ministerial officez.
He is solemnly ordained to be the servant of God, and cautiously
entrusted with the commission of our Lord. It is his ministerial,
not his personal character, with which I, as a layman, have to do.
Be the latter what it may, if he have Christ's com i 1 Cor. iv. 1.
'-See also Canons of the Episcopal Church in Scotland. mission, he
is to be esteemed by me, as an ambassador for Christ; as one
clothed with that authority, which alone gives validity to all his
official deeds. A man may have authority to preach to others, and
yet himself be of a reprobate mind. We have no reason to suppose,
that the acts of Judas, in his apostolical capacity, were not
accompanied by the Divine blessing, and as efficient to the
salvation of souls as those of Peter or John. To esteem the...
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