Alexander Henderson on the balanced government of the Scottish Church

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... One Pastor also hath priority before another, for age, for zeal, for gifts, for his good deservings of the Church, each one honouring him whom God hath honoured, and as he beareth the image of God, which was to be seen amongst the Apostles themselves.

But none hath power or jurisdiction above others: even as in nature one eye hath not power over another, only the head hath power over all, even as Christ over his Church. The same may be seen in the Common-wealth, and in some of the offices of the Roman Church it self. And lastly, here there is a subjection without slavery, for the people are subject to the Pastors and Assemblies, yet there is no Assembly wherein every particular Church hath not interest and power; nor is there any thing done, but they are, if not actually, yet virtually called to consent unto it. ...

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