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SCOTTISH EPISCOPAL COLLEGE,
SCOTTISH EPISCOPAL CHURCH.
SUBSTANCE OF A SPEECH
DELIVERED BEFORE THE PRESBYTERY OP PERTH, ON THE 30TH OF MARCH, 1842,
REV. ANDREW GRAY, A.M.
MINISTER OF THE WEST CHURCH OF PERTH.
WITH AN APPENDIX.
LONDON: JAMES NISBET & CO.
PERTH: JAMES DEWA R.
Tappan Pack, Aarre
No true Sacraments out of the Episcopal Church,
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),
Mr. Pratt's four Cases,
John Knox “ made desolate a smiling land,"
The Church is the Episcopal communion,
Mr. Gladstone's hopes,
Church of Scotland not guilty of the same exclusiveness,
Church of Scotland acknowledges the validity of Episcopal ordination, ib.
The principles of Scottish Episcopalians applied to their own orders, and
the validity of their own sacraments,
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