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OF

Rev. Thomas Smyth, D.D.

EDITED BY

REV. PROF. J. WM. FLINN, D. D.

New EDITION

WITH Brief NOTES AND PREFACES

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH IN Last VOLUME.

VOLUME IV.

Columbia, S. C.
Reprinted by The R. L. Bryan Company.

EDITORIAL NOTE.

Dr. Smyth’s Complete Works comprised in these volumes are published under written instructions left by him. The cost of publication is paid by a fund which he provided.

The Editor's work has been confined mainly to proof reading and to occasional recensions of the printed text. The works are re-issued not for the general book-market, but for donation to public libraries.

J. WM. FLINN.

267946

NATURE AND FUNCTIONS

OF

Ruling Elders

WHEREIN IT IS SHOWN

FROM THE TESTIMONY OF SCRIPTURE, THE

FATHERS AND THE REFORMERS

THAT

RULING ELDERS ARE NOT PRESBYTERS OR BISHOPS

AND THAT

AS REPRESENTATIVES OF THE PEOPLE, THEIR OFFICE OUGHT

TO BE TEMPORARY.

WITH

AN APPENDIX

ON THE USE OF THE TITLE BISHOP.

BY

THOMAS SMYTH, D. D., AUTHOR OF "LECTURES ON THE APOSTOLICAL SUCCESSION," "PRESBYTERY AND

NOT PRELACY THE SCRIPTURAL AND PRIMITIVE POLITY," ETC.

PUBLISHED:

NEW-YORK, MARK H. NEWMAN, ROBERT CARTER, LEAVITT, TROW AND CO., AND
WILEY AND PUTNAM ; PHILADELPHIA, PERKINS AND PURVES, AND WILLIAM
S. MARTIEN ; CINCINNATI, WEED AND WILSON ; PITTSBURG, THOMAS
CARTER; BOSTON, CROCKER AND BREWSTER; LONDON,
WILEY AND PUTNAM; EDINBURGH, W. P. KEN-

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