|Author:||Dury, John, 1596-1680.|
|Title:||A case of conscience concerning ministers medling with state matters in or out of their sermons resolved more satisfactorily then heretofore. Wherein amongst other particulars, these matters are insisted upon, and cleared. 1 How all controversies and debates among Christians ought to be handled regularly, and conscionably to edification by those that meddle therewith. 2 What the proper employments are of Christian magistrates, and Gospel-Ministers, as their works are distinct, and should be concurrent for the publick good at all times. 3 What the way of Christianity is, whereby at this time our present distractions, and publick breaches may be healed : if magistrates and ministers neglect not the main duties of their respective callings. Where a ground is layed to satisfie the scruple of the Demurrer, and of the Grand Case of Conscience. / Written by John Dury, minister of the Gospel, to give a friend satisfaction: and published at the desire of many. Octob. 3. Imprimatur, Joseph Caryl.|
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A case of conscience concerning ministers medling with state matters in or out of their sermons resolved more satisfactorily then heretofore. Wherein amongst other particulars, these matters are insisted upon, and cleared. 1 How all controversies and debates among Christians ought to be handled regularly, and conscionably to edification by those that meddle therewith. 2 What the proper employments are of Christian magistrates, and Gospel-Ministers, as their works are distinct, and should be concurrent for the publick good at all times. 3 What the way of Christianity is, whereby at this time our present distractions, and publick breaches may be healed : if magistrates and ministers neglect not the main duties of their respective callings. Where a ground is layed to satisfie the scruple of the Demurrer, and of the Grand Case of Conscience. / Written by John Dury, minister of the Gospel, to give a friend satisfaction: and published at the desire of many. Octob. 3. Imprimatur, Joseph Caryl.
Dury, John, 1596-1680.
London: Printed by Francis Neile for Richard Wodenothe at the Signe of the Star under Peters Church in Cornhill, 1650. [i.e. 1649]
Church and state -- England -- 17th century -- Early works to 1800.
A Case of CONSCIENCE Concerning Ministers medling with State Matters in or out of their Ser∣mons resolved more satisfactorily then heretofore.
The occasion of this Dis∣course.
The scope of the Discourse.
The subject of the Discourse.
The parts thereof.
What to be considered concerning the subject of a Debate.
What to be considered about the end for which a Debate is ta∣ken up.
Why the point of difference is to be care∣fully stated.
How it is to be stated.
What to be done to handle the Question stated, so as to come to an or∣derly debate thereof.
The cause why the prepara∣tives are to be observed.
Concerning the Rules of Arguing in a Debate.
Who the men are that in∣ntagle the work of Re∣mation by Controversies
The Appli∣cation of the Rules of the debate unto the present controversie.
The generall question, or subject of debate.
The end for which it is to be consi∣dered, and what the usefulnesse thereof is.
The termes of the Que∣stion explai∣ned.
The thing questioned, or the mat∣ter of doubt.
The matters of agreement
The matters of disagree∣ment how to be thought upon. What they are in this controversie.
What the di∣stinct State of the Que∣stion is.
The Princi∣ples by which it is to be de∣cided.
The Applica∣tion of the Principles to the Doubt.
The Applica∣tion of the whole Dis∣course forego∣ing to such as pretend to de∣bate matters learnedly.
The applicati∣on of the lat∣ter part of the foregoing dis∣course is to all that in the Magistracy and Ministery pretend to walk by the rules of Love, of Righteous∣nesse and of Peace.
The heads of this applicati∣on. And the Rea∣son why to be considered.
Of the proper works of Ma∣gistrates and Ministers jointly.
Of the Magi∣strates work by himself.
Of the pro∣perty of the Magistrates way in doing his works.
Of the Mini∣sters work by himself.
And of his way in going about it.
Of the diffe∣rence of the Magistraticall and Ministeri∣all wayes of administration
And of the li∣mits of their intermedling with each others affaires.
The Rule by which the true property of humane acti∣ons is to be discerned.
The applica∣tion of this Rule to the perverse de∣signes of Magistrates and Mini∣sters.
Of the duties of Love, Righteous∣nesse, and Peace joynt∣ly.
Of the duty of Christian love by it selfe.
Of the duty of Righte∣ousnesse by it selfe.
Of the duty of Peaceablenes
What is pro∣per to a Chri∣stian in these duties more then to other men.
How universal they are, and inseparable from Christia∣nity. And chiefly in leading men, and times of greatest need.
How these Rules are to be made use of to cure our diseases viz. By the disco∣very of our present con∣dition.
And our be∣haviour there∣in before God to make it our happinesse.
By the chief causes of our diseases.
Whereof en∣vy is the first.
The nature of it as opposite to Christiani∣ty.
The object of it.
Our practise about that ob∣ject
The effects of it.
The end for which this is spoken to.
Concerning State jealou∣sies and fears.
What they are.
How far law∣full and com∣mendable. Wherein un∣lawfull and discommenda∣ble. And what ef∣fects they work upon the Subjects.
How far these effects have broke forth amongst us. And how far Ministers have been faultie in contributing thereunto.
Concerning tale-bearing, and private censuring.
The effect of tale bearing is shedding of blood. And how cen∣suring doth come in there∣upon. For what end and how tale∣bearers set themselves a work. How far these evils have pre∣vailed over us.
Concerning Revenge what sort of passion it is.
How incorri∣gible it is
Concrning the Remedies of our distem∣pers. That they are twofold.
subsection single remedies
The Reme∣dies of envy
given by the Apostle Iames
How the con∣sideration of Gods dealing with us doth remedie en∣vie.
How the per∣formance of our duties re∣medie envy.
The Remedy of that which is amisse in State jea∣lousies and feares.
First, a spirituall jeallousie over our selves.
Secondly, a circumspect tryall of all things to put nothing to hazard.
Thirdly a positive way of dealing wisely.
Fourthly, A prudent carelesnesse of other mens thoughts of us.
Fifthly, A pious & cha∣ritable pru∣dency to rule our thoughts of other men.
Who they are that should apply this cure to the distempers a rising from jealousies and feares. What failing is herein. How this failing is to be remedied,
The remedy of Tale∣bearing and private cen∣suring.
By every one.
By the Ma∣gistrate.
By the Mi∣nister.
By all Con∣scionable Professors of Religion.
Concerning the remedy of revenge.
The first is Prayer.
The second is Christs Spirit. To be held forth by the Ministers.
The third is the appre∣hension of Gods venge∣ance.
Hitherto of the single Remedies. The compli∣cated follow as proper to the work of Magistrates and Mini∣sters. And why.
And herein the Mini∣ster should be the first to apply the Re∣medy of love.
The compli∣cated causes of our publick disease.
The complica∣ted Remedy thereof in the words of the holy Ghost. Which are opened in the twofold scope thereof.
And applyed, First in the conformity of our State to that of the Hebrews.
Secondly in the duties re∣commended to the He∣brews, and to be practised by us. Of which the Generall rule is, that we must not look backward, but forward up∣on our State.
The particu∣lar Duties are consider∣ed first in their order as they are to be used to∣wards the Cure. Secondly, in their distinct branches, where is 〈 in non-Latin alphabet 〉. Loosned knees, as in a Palsie.
The second part of the Directorie relating to the duty of Magi∣strates in the cure of our diseases.
The pattern of a true Christi∣an Magistrate set forth in Psal. 101. Where of the brief Analysis is given.
And brief observations raised there∣upon shew∣ing, The Su∣preme end of a Magi∣strate, Which to at∣taine they must order themselvs to their worke. By setling their relati∣on towards God in their places, And how that is to be done.
What the cause is of the present troubles and changes of government in the world, and among our selves.
A briefe Di∣gression. Concerning a correspon∣dency be∣tween Ma∣gistrates and Ministers.
The grounds upon which it is hoped.
The necessity of it.
Three points to be spoken to about it.
The Remedi∣die of the Breach how it should be brought on.
The Analyticall Table. SHEWING The heads of Matters with their Coherence.
The grosser Errata.