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A47522 The glory of a true church, and its discipline display'd wherein a true gospel-church is described : together with the power of the keys, and who are to be let in, and who to be shut out / by Benjamin Keach. Keach, Benjamin, 1640-1704. 1697 (1697) Wing K66; ESTC R19810 25,670 74

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to_o be_v prevent_v correct_v and_o remove_v i._o one_o cause_n of_o discord_n be_v through_o the_o ignorance_n in_o some_o member_n of_o the_o rule_n of_o discipline_n 18.15_o and_o right_a government_n remove_v particular_o when_o that_o rule_n in_o matth._n 18._o be_v not_o follow_v but_o one_o person_n ●●kes_v up_o a_o offence_n against_o another_o and_o speak_v of_o it_o to_o this_o or_o that_o person_n before_o he_o have_v tell_v the_o brother_n offend_v of_o it_o which_o be_v a_o paspable_a sin_n and_o a_o direct_a violation_n of_o christ_n holy_a precept_n and_o such_o must_v as_o offender_n themselves_o be_v in_o a_o gospel_n way_n deal_v with_o to_o prevent_v this_o the_o discipline_n of_o the_o church_n shall_v be_v teach_v and_o the_o member_n inform_v of_o their_o duty_n two_o another_o thing_n that_o cause_n trouble_v and_o disorder_n in_o a_o church_n be_v want_n of_o love_n and_o tender_a affection_n to_o one_o another_o as_o also_o not_o have_v a_o full_a sight_n and_o 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