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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1846 Excerpt: ...yet neither fixed to a particular place, nor yet an evangelist. That we find him in Ephesus, Corinth, and Crete. The terms of the proposition are these, That no man ought to bo ordained a minister of the gospel, without designation to a particular congregation or other ministerial charge. I said, 1. The names given to ministers xpoiOTaftevoi, j/yow/ie»'oi, shepherds, watchmen, &c, proves a particular charge, no ruler without some under him, nor captain without a company. 2. Ordination is a mission, and there must bo a terminus ad quern. 3. Ordination is to an office, not to an act or employment here or there, which is by commission. 4. Apollos might very well be a minister of Corinth, though upon occasion he was at Ephesus and Crete, as Epaphras at Rome, the pastor of Corinth Colosse, Col. i. 6, 7-5. Else an ordinary minister shall encroach upon an apostolical privilege, to be tied to no place, but alike free to all places. 6. Apollos being put in the balance with Paul and Cephas, might be an evangelist. 7. This opinion destroys election, as being no part of ministerial vocation, for he that hath no charge is not elected. Jerome saith, Presbyter is nomen officii non dignitatis. I add, nec operis. It was added to the proposition, No man ought to be ordained in a settled church, &c. Mr Calamy objected against the proposition, That it brings in a necessity of allowing men to preach before they be ordained, being only candidates. 2. It takes it for granted that election must go before ordination. He cited Mr Rutherford's hook,, that ordination is like setting of a stone in the ring, election like the putting of it on the finger, and so after ordination. 3. The proposition supposeth that, as in every new marriage there must be a new solemnisation, s...
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