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Has not the Catholic church been sometimes more, sometimes less visible? David Dickson

August 24, 2013

Quest. VI. Hath not the catholic church been sometimes more, sometimes less visible?

Yes; Rom. 11:3, 4; Rev. 12:6, 14.

Well then, do not the Papists err, who affirm, That the church hath been, is, and shall be most gloriously visible to all the whole world, far and nigh?


By what reasons are they confuted?

1st, Because the church of God in the prophet Elijah’s time was brought to that pass, that he thought none remained but himself, 1 Kings 19:10; Rom. 11:2-4.

2nd, Because for a long time Israel was without the true God, and without a teaching priest, and without the law, 2 Chron. 15:3.

3rd, Because the Lord often complains that his church and people have forsaken him, have not known him; that the faithful city hath become a harlot, that scarce a man could be found to do justice and follow truth; all which is inconsistent with that glorious condition of the visible church which the Papists dream of, Isa. 1:3, 4; Jer. 2:29; 5:1.

4th, Because in the time of the ten persecutions the visible church was much obscured and darkened. And after these storms were over, arose the Arians, who did so much trouble the church of Christ, as is clear from history.

5th, Because two wings were given to the woman, that is, to the church of God; two wings, I say, of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness to hide herself, Rev. 12:14.

6th, Because the apostle Paul did foretell that general defection and apostacy of the visible church, mentioned in 2 Thess. 2:3.

7th, Because Christ hath foretold that before his second coming he shall scarce find faith on the earth, Luke 18:8.

8th, Because the church of God is always liable to trouble and persecutions while it sojourneth in this world; but troubles and persecutions do much obscure the brightness and splendour of a visible church, Luke 21:17; John 16:2; Ps. 129:1-3.

– David Dickson, Truth’s Victory Over Error, or, the true principles of the Christian religion, stated and vindicated against the following heresies, viz. Arians…Vaninians, &c. The whole being a commentary on all the chapters of the Confession of Faith, by way of question and answer: in which, the saving truths of our holy religion are confirmed and established; and the dangerous errors and opinions of its adversaries detected and confuted, Glasgow, Scotland, John Bryce [1764], p. 217


David Dickson on the public praise of the Book of Psalms

November 3, 2012

“Is singing of psalms with grace in the heart, a part of the ordinary worship of God? Yes (Col. 3:16; Eph. 5:19; James 5:13). Well then, do not the Quakers, and other sectaries, err, who are against the singing of psalms, or at least tie it only to some certain person, others being excluded? Yes. By what reasons are they confuted? 1st, From the practice of Christ and his apostles (Matt. 26:30). Form the example of Paul and Silas (Acts 16:25). Form Moses and the Israelites (Ex. 15). 2nd, Because the singing of psalms was commanded under the Old Testament, and that, not as a type of any substance to come, nor for any ceremonial cause Neither is it abrogated under the New Testament, but confirmed (Ps. 30:4; 149:1). 3rd, From the general and universal commands in the New Testament (Eph. 5:19; Col 3:16; I Cor. 14:15). 4th, Because the apostle James says, ‘Is any man afflicted, let him pray; is any man merry, let him sing psalms (James 5:13). The meaning is not, that none should sing bus such as are merry; for then none should pray but such as are afflicted. 5th, Because by singing of psalms we glorify God, we make his praise glorious; we edify others with whom we sing as well as we edify ourselves. So the end to be proposed in singing is teaching and admonishing one another, in psalms, and hymns, and spiritual songs (Col. 3:16). Lastly, We cheer and refresh ourselves by making melody in our hearts to the Lord, (Eph. 5:19). Which ariseth, first, from our conscientious going about it as a piece of the worship to God, and in so doing we are accepted in that. Secondly, From its being a part of Scripture appointed for his praise, whether it agree with our case or not. That being the end wherefore it was designed to be sung, is sufficient warrant for our joining in the singing thereof.”

Truth’s Victory Over Error:  A Commentary on the Westminster Confession of Faith by way of Question and Answer, ( 2002), pp. 119-120).