Bannerman: Church Power For The Good of It’s People

“Authority is exercised and enforced within the Christian Church, not for the gain of a few, but for the spiritual good of the many.”

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Edmund Calamy: Magistrate, Keeper of the First Table

Edmund Calamy (February 1600 – October 29, 1666) was an English Presbyterian church leader and divine. Known as “the elder”, he was the first of four generations of nonconformist ministers bearing the same name. , This excerpt is taken from the 5th Edition of the Confessional Presbyterian. “Lastly, it is your duty (Right Honourable) whom […]

William Reyner: The Magistrate to Prevent Idolatry

William Reyner (Rayner) was an English Divine that served from 1643-1652 on the Westminster Assembly. This excerpt is taken from the 5th Edition of the Confessional Presbyterian. “Execute judgement for God, every one as far as his power will stretch. First, do judgement upon thine own self for thy sin in all ways of godly […]

Thomas Case: The Civil Magistrate to Imitate God on Justice and Mercy

THOMAS CASE, M. A., MINISTER OF THE GOSPEL IN LONDON, AND A MEMBER OF THE ASSEMBLY OF DIVINES AT WESTMINSTER. This excerpt is taken from the 5th Edition of the Confessional Presbyterian. “But thirdly, Eye your rule. In this I might be large, but that I was happily prevented by my learned and Reverend Brother […]

Gillespie: Magistracy to Exercise Coercive Powers

This excerpt is taken from the 5th Edition of the Confessional Presbyterian. “The third opinion [of liberty of conscience] is that the Magistrate may and ought to exercise his coercive power, in suppressing and punishing heretics and sectaries, less or more, according as the nature and degree of the error, schism, obstinacy, and danger of […]