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A Treatise of Miscellany Questions:

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A Treatise of Miscellany Questions:

James Dodson

WHEREIN Many usefull Questions and Cases of Conscience are discussed and resolved:  For the satisfaction of those, who desire nothing more, then to search for and finde out precious Truths, in the Controversies of these Times.

by
George Gillespie,

late Minister at Edinburgh..

Published by Mr. PATRIK GILLESPIE,
Minister at GLASGOVV.
EDINBURGH,
Printed by GEDEON LITHGOVV,  Printer to the
University of EDINBURGH,
For GEORGE SVVINTOUN, and are to be sold at his Shop
at the Kirk style, at the signe of the Angel, 1649.

CONTENTS.

Publisher to the Reader.

Chapter I.-That the Ministery is a perpetuall Ordinance in the Church, and that Ministers are to be received as the Ambassadours of Christ, now as well as in the Primitive times.

Chapter II.-Of the Election of Pastors with the Congregations consent.

Chapter III.-Whether Ordination bee Essentiall to the Calling of a Minister.

Chapter IIII.-Objections against the necessity of Ordination answered.

Chapter V.-Whether these Prophets and prophesyings in the Primitive Church I Cor. 14. and I Cor. 12.18. Eph. 4.11. were extraordinary, and so not to continue: Or whether they are Presidents for the preaching and prophesying of such as are neither ordained Ministers, nor Probationers for the Ministry.

Chapter VI.-Whether any but a Ministers, lawfully called and ordained, may adminster the Sacraments, Baptisme, and the Lords Supper.

Chapter VII.-Of Prophets and Evangelists in what sense their work and vocation might be called extraordinary, and in what sense ordinary.

Chapter VIII.-That the Primitive Apostolicall Pattern holds foorth unto us for our imitation, a Presbyterie, i.e., an Assembly of Elders having power of Ordination, with laying on of hands.

Chapter IX.-What is meant in Scripture by the word Heresies, and how we are to understand, that there must be Heresies for making manifest the Godly partie, or those that are approved, I Cor. 11.19.

Chapter X.-Of New Lights, and how to keep off from splitting either upon the Charybdis of pertinacy and tenaciousnesse, or upon the Scylla of Levity, Wavering, and Scepticisme.

Chapter XI.-Of Stability and firmnesse in the Truth.

Chapter XII.-Whether a sound heart and an unsound head can consist together, & vice versa? or whether Truth and Holines be not inseparable Companions.

Chapter XIII.-Whether Conscionable Christians and such as love the power and practice of piety, can without defileing their own conscience, or without a destructive wounding of the power of godlinesse, imbrace and hold the principles of these who call themselves the godly partie? Or whether they ought not rather to avoid these who do now Pharisaically and Donatistically appropriat to themselves the name of the Godly partie, as being indeed such, who under the pretence of zeall for the power of godlines, hold diverse ungodly principles.

Chapter XIV.-Another most usefull Case of Conscience discussed and resolved, concerning associations and confederacies with Idolaters, Infidels, Hereticks, or any other known enemies of truth and godlinesse.

Chapter XV.-Of Uniformity in Religion, Worship of God, and Church Government.

Chapter XVI.-Whether it be lawfull, just and expedient that the taking of the Solemne League and Covenant be injoyned by the Parliament upon all Persons in the Kingdome under a considerable penalty.

Chapter XVII.-Of Infant-baptisme.

Chapter XVIII.-Of the use of a Table in the Lords supper, and of the communicants there coming to, and receiving at the Table.

Chapter XIX.-That there was among the Jews a jurisdiction and government Ecclesiasticall distinct from the civill.

Chapter XX.-That necessary consequences from the written word of God do sufficiently and strongly prove the consequent or conclusion, if Hereticall, to be a certain divine Truth which ought to be believed; and if practicall, to be a necessary dutie which we are obliged unto jure divino.

Chapter XXI.-Of an assurance of an interest in Christ by the marks or fruits of sanctification, and namely by love to the Brethren.  Also how this agreeth with, or differeth from assurance by the Testimony of the spirit? and whether there can be any wel grounded assurance without marks of grace.

Chapter XXII.-Of the true real and safe grounds of incouragement to believe in Jesus Christ. Or, Upon what warrands a sinner may adventure to rest, and rely upon Christ for Salvation.