Christ Alone Has the Power

Christ might indeed have chosen to select another form of government, and to institute the visible Church either as a democracy or as an aristocracy. Either of these is a conceivable and a possible form of government, and either is compatible with the existence of a governed society. Both of them have actually existed as forms […]

Emperors Bowed the Head

As regards the Roman Emperors, immediately on their becoming Christians, their exaltation of the hierarchy was in proportion to its abject condition in the heathen period. Grateful converts felt that they could not do too much in its honour and service. Emperors bowed the head before the Bishops, kissed their hands and asked their blessing. […]

Never-Realised Colonial Episcopacy

All members of every Christian church are, according to the principles of liberty, entitled to every part of what they conceive to be the benefits of it, entire and complete, so far as consistent with the welfare of civil government. Yet the members of our Church in America do not there enjoy its benefits, having […]

Romana Ecclesia a Solo Domino Sit Fundata

That the Roman church was founded by God alone. That the Roman pontiff alone can with right be called universal. That he alone can depose or reinstate bishops. That, in a council his legate, even if a lower grade, is above all bishops, and can pass sentence of deposition against them. That the pope may […]

Hae Ye Really Left the Guid Cause, and Turned Prelate?

When the Rev. Mr. Cowper [one of the ministers of Perth] was made Bishop of Galloway, an old woman, who had been one of his parishioners at Perth, and a favourite, could not be persuaded that her minister had deserted the Presbyterian cause, and resolved to satisfy herself. She paid him a visit in the […]

The Five Articles of Perth

That the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper should be received kneeling, and not in a sitting posture, as hitherto. That the communion might, in extreme cases, or to sick persons desiring it, be administered in private. That baptism also might, when deemed necessary, be privately administered. That children, or young persons, should be confirmed by […]