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Old Church Life in Scotland
Appendix G.—Lecturing on Scripture Lessons


In addition to what is said in the note at page 63 about the Presbyterian custom of lecturing and the Episcopalian disuse of lecturing, the following extracts from Woodrow's History may be quoted. Vol. I., p. 318, folio edition, 1721:—"The Prelates complained to the Council that the Indulged ministers lectured and expounded a portion of Scripture to the people before the forenoon's sermon; which, as it had been most iniquitously laid aside by the Prekuick preachers since the Restoration, so they alleged it was a hurtful innovation; and what the Indulged had no warrant from Authority for. . . . They (the Indulged ministers) knew that the laying aside Lecturing was one of the Badges of Conformity since the year 1662." On the 13th Jan., 1670, the following act was passed by the Privy Council:—"The Council understanding that several of the ministers allowed by their special warrant to preach, do use, before they begin their sermon, to lecture upon some part of the Scripture: and considering that this form was never used in this Church before the late troubles and is not warranted by authority, do discharge the same, etc., etc. . . How far the matter of fact is true, which the Bishops make the Council to say in their act, that lecturing was not used before 1638, in this Church, I (says Woodrow) do not know."


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