William Wilson on the Church of Scotland’s battle against patronage

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PATRONAGE is usually defined to be the exercise of a power of presentation to a Church, which power is held solely in virtue of some secular qualification, such as inheritance or purchase. … In a matter relating to the appointment of the office-bearers of the Church, our ultimate appeal must be “to the law and to the testimony.” Were it true, as some allege, that Scripture lays down no general principles or definite rule, for the guidance of the Church in the election of her office bearers, this matter would fall to be regulated by an enlightened regard to utility; but we trust to make it plain in the course of the following observations, that we are not left by Scripture altogether in the dark, in a matter which so nearly concerns the interests of the Church. ...

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