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- Has anyone read Turretin, when after defending presbyterian church govt, with his kind words towards those Reformed brethern that have episcopacy?
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> Has anyone read Turretin, when after defending presbyterian churchgovt, with
> his kind words towards those Reformed brethern that have episcopacy?Yes, and as I've pointed out, the framers of the Westminster Standards
also held those "wise and pious ancestors" in high regard, though more
Reformation was necessary:
The position of the Covenanters is that once that Reformation was
attained in the area of church government and worship, it was then
(and now is) great sin to put our necks back under those things which
were shaken off.
"...[T]here is a vast difference to be put betwixt a time wherein the
church is advancing in a course of reformation, and a time wherein she
is declining and sliding back from that degree of reformation unto
which she had already attained. In a time wherein the church is but
coming out of darkness, and the day is but beginning to break up, many
things may then be comported with and tolerated which may not be
submitted unto after the church hath got all these abuses reformed.
Every believer and every church is bound to stand fast in that which
they have attained unto, and not to cede in a hoof: so that Christians
living in a time wherein the church is but beginning to wrestle up
from under the heap of error and corruption, may be allowed to do many
things which must not be done when the noontide of the day is come. In
the time of the reformation begun by Luther and others, many things
might have been comported within the church (reformation being a
gradual motion that hath but small beginnings and risings) which now,
since the reformation hath been carried on, through the blessing of
God, to that degree it was advanced to, cannot be allowed. When God
hath wonderfully, by his mighty power and outstretched arm, brought a
church to a great length in reformation, it will be the duty of that
church, and of the members thereof, to adhere to that degree unto
which they have attained with all perseverance. It will be lawful for
the church which is but coming up the hill to stand at such a step
until they gain another, when yet it will not be lawful for the same
church to go backward after they have advanced. The truth once bought
should never be sold." -- John Brown of Wamphray, Apologetical
I therefore join my Reformed forefathers in thanking God for men like
Cranmer, Latimer, and others of their ilk, who did much to bring the
Church out of darkness in their land. But I also join my Reformed
forefathers in lamenting the imposition of Prelacy where it has
formerly been removed, and replaced with the Biblical form of Church
Government -- Presbyterianism.
Do you understand my doing both, Paul?