The Pastor and the Prelate
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Publisher: Date:8/4/2009 - General Books LLC
By: David Calderwood
Excerpt from book: THE AUTHOR'S PREFACE. TO THE CHRISTIAN READER. For no other is this intended, (not for him that readeth not, but cast- eth it by, or closeth his eyes lost he see truth, judging of things controverted by his own conceits, or upou report, and not upon trial: neither for him that is either so antichristian that he hath not the patience to read one page written against prelates and their hierarchy, or that is so unchristian that his earthly designs are his highest intentions, and estecmeth all motions about religion, that cross him or comfort him not in these, to be either seditious commotions, or nothing but idlcmcnts of indifference,) but for him who, above all things, loves to see the truth, and, above all things, lovcth the truth, when he hath seen it, that is even for thyself, Christian reader, have we entered into this comparison of the Pastor and Prelate, and at thy hands do we expect the performance of two Christian duties: one is for thine own good: That thou wilt labour with thine heart for more feeling now than thou hadst faith at the first, when it was often foretold from the word of God and the woeful experience of former times, "That this transcendent hierarchy of lordly and lording prelates, brought in upon the kirk of Christ without precept or example from himself, would prove at last the ruin of religion." Now may be seen what was said before, that the government of the kirk and the worship of God are like the twins spoken of by Hippocrates, and that the one of them dwining away, and dying among us,i the whole face of the other lookcth pale, and pitifully proclaimeth (if the cry of our sins would suffer us to hear), that religion herself is sick at the heart: for what is the daily increase of old papistry, the spreading gangrene of new heresies, the scoffing at ...