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Tracts for the Times
Look at the Dissenters tracts for the times all sides of you, and you will see at once that their Ministers, depending simply upon the people, become the creatures of the people.
Are you content that this should be your case? How can we " hold fast the form of sound words," and "keep that which is committed to our trust," if our influence is to depend simply on our popularity?
Is it not our very office to oppose the world? Surely it must not be so; - and the question recurs, on what are we to rest our authority, when the State deserts us?
Hard Master He cannot be, to bid us oppose the world, yet give us no credentials for so doing. There are some who rest their divine mission on their own unsupported assertion; others, who tracts for the times it upon their popularity; others, on their success; and others, who rest it upon tracts for the times temporal distinctions.
Tracts for the Times
We have been born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of GOD. Now every one of us believes this. I know that some will at first deny they do; still they do believe it.
Only, it is not sufficiently practically impressed on their minds. They do believe it; for it is the doctrine of the Ordination Service, which they have recognised as truth in the most solemn season of their lives.
The office of Deacon was thus committed to you: And the priesthood thus: Whose sins thou dost forgive, they are forgiven; and whose sins thou tracts for the times retain, they are retained. These, I say, were words spoken to us, and received by us, when we were brought nearer to GOD than at any other time of our lives.
I know the grace of ordination is contained in the laying on of hands, not in any form of words; - yet in our own case, as has ever been usual in the Church, words of blessing have accompanied the act.
Now how is he able to give these great gifts?
Whence is his right? Surely they can mean nothing short of this. But whence, I ask, his right to do so?
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Has he any right, except as having received the power from those who consecrated him to be a Bishop? He could not give what he had never received. It is plain then that he but transmits; and that the Christian Ministry is a succession.
And if we trace back the power of ordination from hand to hand, of course we shall come to the Apostles at last. And for the same reason, we must necessarily consider none to be really ordained who have not thus been ordained. For if ordination is a divine ordinance, it must be necessary; and if it is not a divine ordinance, how dare we use it?
Therefore all who use it, all of us, must consider it necessary. As well might we pretend the Sacraments are not tracts for the times to Salvation, while we make use of the offices of the Liturgy; for when GOD appoints means of grace, they are the means.
I do tracts for the times see how any one can escape from this plain view of the subject, except, as I have already hinted, by declaring, that the words do not mean all that they say. But only reflect what a most unseemly time for random words is that, in which Ministers are set apart for their office.
Do we not adopt a Liturgy, in order to hinder inconsiderate idle language, and shall we, in the most sacred of all services, write down, subscribe, and use again and again forms of speech, which have not been weighed, and cannot be taken strictly?