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CONCERNING THE WORSHIP, DISCIPLINE, AND
GOVERNMENT OF THE
IN FOUR BOOKS.
By WALTER STEUART, Esq.
TO WHICH IS ADDED,
SCOT LA N D.
RELATING TO THE
CHURCH OF SCOTLAND,
Contra Rationem,' nemo Sobrius ; Contra Scripturam, niemo Chris-
tianus ; Contra Ecclesiam, nemo Pacificus senserit.
BY J. FINDLAY, AND SOLD BY ALL THE PRINCIPAL
BOOK-SELLERS IN SCOTLAND.
To the Honourable,
Fustice. My Lord, T was Matter of Regret, especially a
bout the beginning of our happy Revolution in the Year 1689, that the Jučicatories of this Church, very much wanted fixed and established Rules, for directing their Proceedings; Or, though they had them, yet they lay fo scattered and hid, that Intrants to the Holy Ministry, and the younger Pastors, yea even fome among the more aged of that facred Order, were too much Strangers to them. The Consideration whereof, did chiefly move me to fet about this Work: And if my Endeavours herein, may but a little courtribute to the Benefit or Service of the Office-Bearers and Guides of this Church, it is a Reward greater than I deserve. However, to testify the Honour and Respect I have for your Lordship, I dedicate them to You, one of Her Honourable Ruling Elders. It gives no small Satisfaction to all honeft Men who know You, that ye still enjoy the ancient Heritage of Your Honourable Family, in despite of all theillegal Attempts made against both Your Excellent Father and Yourself, under the two Reigns before the year 1689. But above all, it is ground of Praise to God, that you Walk in the Steps of such a Father, and those of Your Pious Mother. That You may all the Days of Your Life go on, and serve Your Generation according to the Will of God, and in the End be gathered to Your godly Progenitors in his eternal glory, is the hope and wish of
T H E P R E F A C E. HAVE already, in my Dedication,
hinted at the design and Usefulness of these Collections, unto the Office-bearers in this Church; and if there be yet among them any want of Uniformity or Exactness in the Exercise of the Discipline, Worship and Government thereof, it may not without ground be imputed to our nottraining up the Students of Theology ex profeso at Universities, in the knowlege ofthese as well as in her doctrine. Therefore, to prevent all grounds for fearing of such Ignorance, and the bad Effects thereof; it were fit, that Professors of Divinity were enjoined to give their Scholars Lessons on these Subjects: and till a better compend be composed, these Collections are humbly offered, tobe recommended by Professors to their Students: for except this Subject be studied and understood by Ministers and Elders, their Memories may well be burdened with their Duty, but their Judgments, till then, shall still remain ignorant and unsatisfied about it.
Now, as for those of our Neighbour Churches in this and the other Island, who now differ from us, I hereby present them