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10 - Of the Soveraigns Power over the Pastors of the Church, and of the difference of their Offices

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  05 June 2012

William Lamont
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University of Sussex
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Thes. 245. The Office of Magistrates and Ministers (or Pastors of the Church) are totâ specie distinct …

Thes. 246. The Civil power is Essential to a Common-wealth (or Civil Policy) and the Pastors only necessary to its well-being; and the Pastors are essential to the Church (as a Political Society) and the Magistrate necessary but to its well being …

Thes. 247. Magistracy and Ministry are each of them Immediately and co-ordinately from Christ, and neither of them from each other. Though respectively one may be under the other in exercise, as the Object to the Agent, yet neither of them flow essentially from the other, as the effect from its proper cause …

Thes. 248. Because the Power that is One and Perfect in Christ, who is perfectly capable of it, cannot in the derived measure, be all received and exercised by one man; therefore he hath divided it, giving part to Magistrate, and part to the Pastors, to be respectively exercised under him …

Thes. 249. Magistrates and Pastors having different kinds of Power, must exercise their several Powers on one another: So that the Magistrate is the Pastors Ruler by the sword, and the Pastor is the Magistrates Pastor and Ruler by the Word.

This is unquestioned among all sober Christians: save that the Papists put in some exceptions for the exemption of their Clergy.

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Print publication year: 1994

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