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A50242 A discussion of the lawfulness of a pastor's acting as an officer in other churches besides that which he is specially called to take the oversight of by the late Reverend Mr. Nathanael Mather. Mather, Nathanael, 1631-1697. 1698 (1698) Wing M1263; ESTC R37635 23,058 187

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none_o by_o the_o church_n and_o therefore_o none_o from_o christ_n he_o have_v none_o by_o the_o church_n of_o corinth_n for_o they_o can_v give_v he_o no_o power_n for_o any_o action_n in_o another_o church_n he_o have_v none_o by_o the_o church_n of_o cenchrea_n for_o they_o do_v not_o call_v he_o to_o office_n among_o they_o and_o therefore_o he_o have_v none_o at_o all_o for_o these_o be_v the_o two_o only_a church_n from_o who_o any_o thing_n can_v be_v pretend_v in_o this_o case_n arg._n vii_o if_o he_o may_v administer_v the_o supper_n to_o and_o in_o the_o church_n of_o cenchrea_n he_o must_v also_o fulfil_v his_o ministry_n towards_o that_o church_n in_o all_o the_o other_o act_n of_o his_o ministry_n wherein_o the_o church_n need_v his_o help_n for_o right_a to_o administer_v the_o supper_n suppose_v office_n but_o office-relation_n infer_v office-bond_n office_n be_v not_o a_o power_n or_o licence_n only_o but_o carry_v in_o it_o a_o charge_n command_n and_o duty_n but_o 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