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THE PRESENT STATE OF THE CHURCH,

ADDRESSED TO

Christians of all Denominations,

ALSO

REASONS FOR RETIRING FROM THE INDEPENDENT

OR CONGREGATIONAL BODY, AND FROM

ISLINGTON CHAPEL.

BY

W. H. DORMAN,

LATE MINISTER OF ISLINGTON CHAPEL.

Speaking the truth in love.-Eph. iv. 15.

LONDON:

PRINTED FOR THE AUTHOR, AND SOLD AT
CENTRAL TRACT DEPÔT, 1, WARWICK SQUARE;

JAMES DINNIS, PATERNOSTER ROW;
AND K. J. PORD, UPPER STREET, ISLINGTON.

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The Holy Spirit the present portion of Believers and of the

Church

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This position practically denied by the present systems
Sectarian aspect of the Church
Remedy for this evil.....
The true criterion of Church membership
The bond of union of Believers, and, means to preserve it pure

and dissociate from the world

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The failure of the Church's testimony as

one"

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Its Remedy

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The diversity of Gift and Ministry
The ungrounded assumption of the need of the presence of

one called a Minister, in order to the Worship or Com-
munion of Believers

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Arrangement of Service and Ministry—to the World—to

Believers........

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Evils arising from not attending to these directions from the

Word of God

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TO THE INDEPENDENTS.

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Remonstrance with them on their own avowed Principles.
The Priesthood of all Believers, and liberty of Ministry-

Brown-Milton-Neander
The sufficiency of the Scriptures in all matters of Faith and

Practice-Dr. Pye Smith's error..........
The humble Christian's guide all-sufficient, Bishop Horsley ..
Spiritualizing away the plain statements of Scripture-

Hooker's reprobation of this method of neutralizing the

plain language of Scripture........ 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 Popular choice of Ministers unscriptural, as to spiritual ap

pointments, though sound as to the secular affairs of the Church

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Recognition to be not by Pastors, but by the Church at large 67 The argument from yelpotovéwDr. 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, Pastorship ......

82 Spirit of worldliness and influence of property .....

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Assumption of Deacons-Mr. James's remark.

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Imitation of Clergy in the withdrawal of Ministers from

secular callings
Pew-rents and Chapel-subscriptions as bad as Tithes
Evil results and unscripturalness
The absence of primitive discipline-Mammon entanglement

with politics-Collegiate Institutions—Religious societies
-Worldliness..

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CHAPTER III.

TO THE FLOCK AT ISLINGTON CHAPEL.

Pastoral affection unchanged, and also my doctrinal prin

ciples 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 afrangements also of the chapel very objectionable ...... 106 Steps of secession ...

109 Disappointed in my wish to set them before you.....

112 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”

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Extension of sphere of labour-Farewell

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