A distinction of orders in the Church defended upon princples of public utility, in a sermon


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Página 7 - For this cause left I thee in Crete, that thou shouldest set in order the things that are wanting, and ordain elders in every city, as I had appointed thee : 6 If any be blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children not accused of riot or unruly.
Página 7 - Let him that ruleth do it with diligence.' ' The things which thou hast heard of me, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.' ' For this cause left I thee, that thou shouldest set in order the things that are wanting, and ordain elders in every city.
Página 7 - Christian morality and the fundamental articles of the faith are, for the most part, precise and absolute, are of perpetual, universal, and unalterable obligation ; the laws which respect the discipline, instruction, and government of the community, are delivered in terms so general and indefinite as to admit of an application adapted to the mutable condition and varying exigencies . of the Christian church.
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