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Father from the Spirit, by introducing a man between them, thereby giving the creature a priority, or precedence, to the Holy Ghost.
Of all such persons it may be said, that as the Jews sought to kill our Lord, because He said God was His Father, making Himself equal with God (John v. 18); so such persons justify the Jews for crucifying Christ ; for they crucified Him for saying He was the Son of God (John xix. 7). And, in so doing, they crucify to themseltes the Son of God afresh, and put Him to an open shame (Heb. vi. 7.) Surely of all such professors, it may be justly observed, where the mystery of the faith begins, their religion ends!
Remember, o believer, that Antichrist “is he that denieth the Father and the Son” (1 John ii. 22). As there were many Antichrists in the days of the apostles, so there have been since, and are existing in our days, as the awful heresy of water regeneration, &c., doth prove.
May our great and glorious Lord, who never instituted an ordinance to make a schism in the body, mercifully pardon any error in this little tract, and bless the truth contained in it, to the end whereunto it is set forth, namely, to the keeping of the unity of the Spirit, and the bond of peace, that there be no schism in the one body of which Christ is the Head—the Lord graciously grant it for His name's sake. Amen.
APOSTOLICAL IN ITS ORIGIN,
EPISCOPAL IN ITS GOVERNMENT,
SCRIPTURAL IN ITS BELIEF ;
ITS CLAIMS, IN OPPOSITION TO
POPERY AND DISSENT,
ARE CONSIDERED AND ASSERTED.
BY THE REV. THO. P. PANTIN, M.A.,
OF QUEEN'S COLLEGE, OXFORD;
BECTOR OF WESTCOTE, NEAR STOW-OX-TIE-WOLD, GLOUCESTERSHIRE.
** Remember the days of old, consider the years of many generations;
ask thy father, and he will shew thee, thy elders, and they will tell thee."
DEUTERONOMY XXXII. 8.
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-First Christian King, 9, 10.- Persecuted under Diocletian,
is impossible, 42—44.
LICAL IN ITS ORIGIN, ETC.
The Church of England, Apostolical in its origin.
Century I. Our Suviour's command, 4.-The universal diffusion of the Gospel, attested by Holy Scripture, and ancient Church writers, 4, 5.-The Church of England, Apostolical in its Origin.--Its first Teachers, St. Paul especially spoken of, 44&.-- Century II. Lucius, the first Christian king ; his history, 9-10.- Century III. Alleged persecution, 10.-Tertullian and Origen on Christianity in Britain, 10, 11.-Druidical worship, il. - Century IV. The Diocletian persecution ; and its victims in Britain, 11.-Constantine, the first Christian emperor, a Briton, 11.-Councils enumerated, and their Canons ; British bishops, when present, 12, 13.--Arianism in Britain, 13. -Orthodoxy of the British bishops, 14, 15.- Century V. Pelagias, a Briton ; Councils against his heresy in Britain, at which Gallic bishops assist, 15, 16.-Rome taken, 16.-Saxons arrive in Britain, 16.-Roman walls and forces in Britain, 16, 17. - Anglo-Saxon persecution, and eventual flight of British bishops, 17.-British and Scottish preachers, at various times, establish Christianity in North Britain and Ireland, 18. - The British Liturgy noticed, 18, 19, Amobias on Christianity in Britain, 19. — Century VI. Gildas, Kentigern, and other Britons, preach to the heathen faxons, 19.-Christianity openly professed by the Princess Pertha, in Kent, 19.--St. David, the British metropolitan, overthrows Pelagianism, 20.-Bertha, attended by Bishop Luidhard, at Canterbury, 20.- The Roman mission, under Augus. line, and King Ethelbert's conversion, 20, 21. — Century VII. Extension of the Anglo-Saxon Church, 21.-Augustine's conferences with the British clergy ; his demands, and their refusal and massacre, 21–24.-The remarkable decline of the Roman Dission, 24, 25,-Wini, the only canonical bishop, surviving, 25.