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THE PRESENT STATE OF THE CHURCH,
Christiana of all ©momtnattons,
REASONS FOR RETIRING FROM THE INDEPENDENT
OR CONGREGATIONAL BODY, AND FROM
W. H. DORMAN,
LATE MINISTER OF ISLINGTON CHAPEL.
Speaking the truth in love.—Eph. iv. 15.
PRINTED FOR THE AUTHOR, AND SOLD AT
CENTRAL TRACT DEPOT, 1, WARWICK SQUARE;
JAMES DINNIS, PATERNOSTER ROW;
AND K. J. FORD, UPPER STREET, ISLINGTON.
MAIN POINTS TOUCHED UPON.
Introductory Remarks 3
TO BELIEVERS AT LARGE.
The Holy Spirit the present portion of Believers and of the Church 12
This position practically denied by the present systems 16
Sectarian aspect of the Church 19
Remedy for this evil -*?V.". '. .,. .* 21
The true criterion of Church r^^jnbersWD C;, , 24
The bond of union of Believers, and. means to preserve it pure and dissociate from the world 27
The failure of the Church's testimony as " one" 29
Its Remedy '. 31
The diversity of Gift and Ministry 33
The ungrounded assumption of the need of the presence of one called a Minister, in order to the Worship or Communion of Believers 35
Arrangement of Service and Ministry—to the World—to Believers 37
Evils arising from not attending to these directions from the WordofGod 42
MAIN POINTS TOUCHED UPON.
TO THE INDEPENDENTS.
Remonstrance with them on their own avowed Principles .. 45
The Priesthood of all Believers, and liberty of Ministry— Brown—Milton—Neander 48
The sufficiency of the Scriptures in all matters of Faith and Practice—Dr. Pye Smith's error 53
The humble Christian's guide all-sufficient, Bishop Horsley.. 55
Spiritualizing away the plain statements of Scripture— Hooker's reprobation of this method of neutralizing the plain language of Scripture 56
The plainest and most important assertions of Scripture totally gainsaid in their pulpits, after the same way, though not to the same extent, as Neologians and Socinians 58
Popular choice of Ministers unscriptural, as to spiritual appointments, though sound as to the secular affairs of the Church 62
Recognition to be not by Pastors, but by the Church at large 67
The argument from xiipoToviu—Dr. Bloomfield—Ordination amongst the Independents 67—70
Concentration of Ministry in one person 72
Have the form of godliness, but deny the power 73
Their basis-principle the right of private judgment, not simple obedience 74
The secret management and practical working of the system. 76
Leading motives in the choice of Pastors—talent, worldly respect, eloquence 77
Little teaching of the Church, and Pastorship 82
Spirit of worldliness and influence of property 85
Assumption of Deacons—Mr. James's remark 86
Imitation of Clergy in the withdrawal of Ministers from secular callings 87
Pew-rents and Chapel-subscriptions as bad as Tithes 87
Evil results and unscripturalness ..: 91
The absence of primitive discipline—Mammon entanglement with politics—Collegiate Institutions—Religious societies —Worldliness 93
TO THE FLOCK AT ISLINGTON CHAPEL.
Pastoral affection unchanged, and also my doctrinal principles still the same, only brought more fully forth and acted on; the desire to present this publicly not met by any invitation to do so 96
The ground of my retiring from Islington Chapel found in the character of the trust-deed infringing upon conscience 103
The arrangements also of the chapel very objectionable 106
Steps of secession 109
Disappointed in my wish to set them before you U2
Conduct of the Independent Ministers of Islington • 113
Fact of Christians meeting on simple principles— The "Brethren" 115
A word to the young of the flock at Islington Chapel 116
A word on pecuniary considerations—not "a disappointed man" 117
Extension of sphere of labour—Farewell 118