George Gillespie on God’s purpose in allowing heresies and schisms to afflict the church

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It cannot be unknown to any, except such as are ignorant of Satan’s devices, and altogether strangers to the Histories of former times, that when the Church cometh out of Idolatry, and out of bitter servitude and grievous pressures of conscience, all her storms are not over her head, but she begins to be assaulted and afflicted more then before with heresies, schisms, and home-bred disturbances.

Which through the manifold wisdom and over-ruling dispensation of God, who worketh all things according to the counsel of his will, is England’s lot this day, that this may be to those in whom the Lord hath no pleasure, a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, that they may go and fall backward, and be broken; & snared, and taken: that others, who are approved, may be made manifest; yea, that many may be purified, and tried, and made white; and that in the issue God may have the greater glory in making a sovereign remedy out of poisonful Ingredients, and his people may say, blessed be the Lord God of Israel who only doth wondrous things. ...

For the reference, see George Gillespie on God’s purpose in allowing heresies and schisms to afflict the church.
 
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