Charles J. Brown on state endowment and spiritual independence

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Reformed Covenanter

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But then it was said—You are a church established by law. If you wish to be free in your procedure from the control of the civil power, separate yourselves from the State. So long as you receive the emoluments of the State, you must obey its Courts. Nay, it was answered. Never, at least, did we so understand the terms of our connection with the State to be. The Church’s labours and work in return for the State’s livings—such we ever understood the terms of the connection to be—not the Church’s liberties, and subjection to her only King, the price of the State’s livings! ...

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