Charles J. Brown on suffering for Christ’s royal prerogatives

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Two centuries ago, in the days of the Stuarts, it would have been impossible for the Church to purchase her freedom even at this cost. On the 1st November 1662, four hundred ministers of the Church of Scotland, substantially for the same principle of Christ’s sole kingly authority in his Church, left their churches and pleasant homes, and cast themselves and their families on the world. But it was not to poverty only, with its manifold hardships, they thus committed themselves, but, as every reader of his country’s history knows, to all manner of sufferings even unto death. And they deemed the principle worth suffering for even to death.

Well it was for the liberties of all Great Britain, as the issue proved, that they did, that they had no sympathy with those in our time who say—it is but a question about external things after all, not touching doctrine, not affecting the truths on which salvation depends. Indeed? Christ’s sole kingly authority in his Church not a matter of vital doctrine! It was well, at least, that our martyr-forefathers thought otherwise, thought that if the shepherds’ consent to the pulling down of the fence which protects the flock, and the wolf thus get in among them, it is small consolation for the sheep that it was only the fence the shepherds suffered to be broken down. ...

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