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OXFORD TRACTARIANISM,

THE

SCOTTISH EPISCOPAL COLLEGE,

AND THE

SCOTTISH EPISCOPAL CHURCH.

SUBSTANCE OF A SPEECH

DELIVERED BEFORE THE PRESBYTERY OP PERTH, ON THE 30TH OF MARCH, 1842,

BY THE

REV. ANDREW GRAY, A.M.

MINISTER OF THE WEST CHURCH OF PERTH.

WITH AN APPENDIX.

LONDON: JAMES NISBET & CO.

PERTH: JAMES DEWA R.

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Overture to General Assembly,

Preliminary Observations,

Doctrinal Views of Scottish Episcopalians,

The Exclusive Dogma,

Do. held by the Oxford Party,

Oxford Tracts,

Dr. Hook's Sermon before the Queen,

Oxford Lists (Note),

The Church in America,

The British Critic,

The Church and the Kirk,

The Guilt of England,

Palmer's Treatise,

Scottish Seceders,

Christian Knowledge Society,

The Exclusive Dogma held by the Scottish Episcopal Church,

Scottish Episcopal College,

The Oxford " Revival” traced to Scottish Episcopacy (Note),

Rev. E. B. Ramsay, ...

The Scottish Bishops and “the Reformed Catholic Church in Scotland,”

Dr. Greville and Rev. D. T. K. Drummond,

A Layman of the Reformed Catholic Church and the Rev. David Aitchi-

son,

Bishop Terrot,

The College Committee,

“Presbyter Edinburgensis,"

Documentary Proof that the Scottish Episcopal Body Unchurch Non-Episcopal

Denominations,

“Friendly Answer,”

Presbyterians are Schismatics, whose blood cannot wash out their sin: and

they cannot "escape the eternal wrath of God, unless through an unre-

vealed and extraordinary manner,"

“ The Nature and Constitution of the Christian Church,”

“Essay on the Festival of Christmas,"

A Prayer for Presbyterian Ministers,

Bishop Drummond-

Consigns Non-Episcopalians to “the uncovenanted mercies of God”

along with “well-meaning Heathens and Mahometans,"

Daubeny's Guide to the Church -

The Sacraments of the Church of Scotland are no Sacraments at all,

Bishop Skinner's Primitive Truth and Order,

Bishop Skinner's Catechism,

Bishops Sandford and Gleig-

Presbyterian Ministers not to be received as Ministers of Christ, ...

Bishop Innes-

A valid Baptism,

No true Sacraments out of the Episcopal Church,

Bishop Jolly-

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Forgiveness of Sins confined to the Episcopalian Communion,

In order to be Christians, we must be Episcopalians,

The only way to have communion with Christ is to receive Episcopacy,

Ordination by Presbyters is “perfectly null and invalid,”

The people of Scotland not Baptised,

Canon of Scottish Episcopal Church on the due administration of Baptism,

Rev. Mr. Cheyne,

“Primate of all Scotland” and “Rector of Blairgowrie” (Note),

ib.

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44

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51, 52

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Rev. J. B. Pratt--

Nullity of Presbyterian Baptism,

If a man were to leave the Episcopal Church, he would turn his back

on the Redeemer,

53

Mr. Pratt's four Cases,

53-58

Rev. H. Horsley-

The promise of Eternal Salvation, and the Covenant of God, pertain

to Episcopalians,

59

A Presbyter of the Diocese of Ross and Argyll-

The Episcopalian Clergy alone are empowered to preach and adminis-

ter the Sacraments, .

60

Bishop Russell

“The fixed and immoveable rock on which the Church is built,”

62

Rev. W. C. A. Maclaurin

Nullity of Presbyterian ordinances,

63

No hardness of heart in denying the name of Churches to Presbyterian

congregations,

ib.

Anglican Church excommunicates those who assert that separatists

from the hierarchy can constitute a true Church,

ib.

Mr. Maclaurin's apples,

64

Apostle Paul's opinion,

ib.

Rev. David Aitchison-

Episcopacy is the spouse of Christ and bride of the Lamb,

65

Present religious position of Scotland is unwholesome and wicked, 66

John Knox “ made desolate a smiling land,"

ib.
Mr. Aitchison's lament over the Reformation,

66, 67

W. E. Gladstone, Esq.

68

The “stewardship of grace" belongs to the Church,

69

The Church is the Episcopal communion,

ib.

The State blameworthy for allying itself to Scottish Presbyterianism, 70

Very difficult to justify the conduct of Parliament in continuing to

support the Church of Scotland,

71

Episcopalians are bound, as individuals, to “ use every fair means" for

abolishing the fundamental and essential condition of the Treaty of

Union,

ib.

Exertions of Mr. Gladstone for restoring the “apostolical system” in

Scotland,

72

Mr. Gladstone's hopes,

ib.

Tracts for all Places and for all Times

All the covenant promises are made to Episcopalians,

74

Dispensation of the ordinary means of grace exclusively belongs to an

Episcopal ministry,

74

Saving faith necessarily implies obedience to prelacy,

75

Scotsmen are implored to return to the Church of the living God," ** 76

Letter in Edinburgh Observer-

Presbyterians

stand excommunicated by the Church of Christ,

77

The argument summed up,

78

Scottish Episcopal Church nearly alone in its bigotry,

80

Church of Scotland not guilty of the same exclusiveness,

ib.

Doctrine of Confession of Faith respecting the Church,

81

Church of Scotland acknowledges the validity of Episcopal ordination, ib.

Conclusion,

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SPEECH,

&c.

MODERATOR,

THE Overture which I am to propose for the adoption of this Presbytery, is in these words :

“ WHEREAS pretensions of a very exclusive and intolerant character, pointing against the established Church of Scotland, and such other Churches of Christ as are not constituted according to what is usually denominated the episcopal form of Church Government, and amounting to a denial that the said Churches are Churches of Christ at all, are put forward with extraordinary activity and zeal at the present day by many members and office-bearers of the Episcopal Churches :

“WHEREAS great efforts appear to be making, by persons who have wealth and influence at their command, for the propagation of the principles on which these offensive pretensions are founded :

“ AND WHEREAS the Presbytery of Perth seem specially called on to look to this matter, in consequence of the reported intention to erect a College within their bounds, where the principles referred to will be taught : “ It is therefore humbly overtured to the next General Assembly,

to adopt such measures as to their wisdom shall seem meet, for providing the members of this Church with information suited to existing circumstances on the subject of her Scriptural constitution and apostolical authority; and, particularly, for having all Students in Theology thoroughly trained in those principles of ecclesiastical Order and Government, which fortify and vindicate the cause of Presbyterianism against the overbearing and

unworthy assumptions of its adversaries. It will not, I imagine, be seriously maintained, by any reflecting person, that one religious community can have nothing whatever to do with the tenets or proceedings of another. It is true, indeed, that no coercive interference with religious belief ought to be permitted ; and that the adherents of every ecclesiastical system are entitled to hold and advocate their own views, without authoritative challenge by those who cleave to a different church polity. But still we have to do with the doctrines entertained by other men, and with the mea

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