The Independent Whig: or, A defence of primitive Christianity, and of our ecclesiastical establishment, against the exorbitant claims and encroachments of fanatical and disaff̌ected elergvmen ...

John Trenchard, Thomas Gordon
Printed for J. Peele, 1732

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Side 99 - Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, thy servants, to whom thou swarest by thine own self, and saidst unto them, I will multiply your seed as the stars of heaven, and all this land that I have spoken of will I give unto your seed, and they shall inherit it for ever. And the LORD repented of the evil which he thought to do unto his people.
Side 48 - Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed: feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind ; neither as being lords over God's heritage, but being ensamples to the flock. And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.
Side 38 - If it is not evident, we cannot help rejecting it or doubting of it ; and where is the crime of not performing impossibilities, or not believing what does not appear to us to be true...
Side 62 - But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou (halt not eat of it : for in the day that thou eateft thereof, J thou (halt furely die.
Side 71 - And he began to speak boldly in the synagogue : whom when Aquila and Priscilla had heard, they took him unto them, and expounded unto him the way of God more perfectly.
Side 97 - ... that such form and manner of making and consecrating of archbishops, bishops, priests, deacons, and other ministers of the Church, as by six prelates, and six other men of this realm, learned in God's law, by the king's majesty to be appointed and assigned, or by the most number of them shall be devised for that purpose, and set forth under the great seal of England, before the first day of April next coming...
Side 120 - Popish clergy will laugh in their sleeves at this advice, and think there is folly enough yet left among the laity to support their authority ; and will hug themselves, and rejoice over the ignorance of the Universities, the stupidity of the drunken squires, the panic of the tender sex, and the never-to-be-shaken constancy of the multitude.
Side 136 - They reason against reason, use reason against the use of reason, and show, from very good reason, that reason is good for nothing. When they think it on their own side, then they apply all its aids to convince or confound those who dare to think without their concurrence : therefore, in their controversies about religion, they frequently appeal to reason ; but we must not accept the appeal, for if our reason be not their reason, it is no reason.
Side 96 - ... commonly called ecclesiastical jurisdiction: nevertheless the Bishop of Rome and his adherents, minding utterly as much as in him lay to abolish, obscure, and delete such power given by God to the princes of the earth, whereby they might gather and get to themselves the government and rule of the world, have in their councils and synods provincial made divers ordinances and constitutions that no lay or married man should...
Side 59 - ... to make it impenetrable. Scripture was not given to make work for interpreters; nor to teach men how to doubt, but how to live. The Holy Spirit has made undeniably clear and manifest, all those precepts that enjoin faith and obedience, which are the great points of religion ; and weak men cannot correct him, and do it better themselves.

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