Controversial Catechism; Or, Protestantism Refuted, and Catholicism Established
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1874 edition. Excerpt: ...of the Church? A. They serve to lead us to the better observance of the commandments of God. Thus the law of God ordains, that we render to him, the worship that is due to him; that we should fast, and confess our sins, and receive the holy communion; but the law of God does not tell us how, or when, or how often, it is necessary to perform these acts of religion; He has left it, to his Church, to settle these matters of detail. Q. Has the Church any right to appoint feast-days? A. The Christian Church has surely aright, which even the Jewish Church possessed, as we see in Esther is. and Judith xvi. Q. Have you any other way of proving that the Church has power to institute festivals of precept? A. Had she not such power, she could not have done that, in which all modern religionists agree with her, --she could not have substituted the observance of Sunday the first day of the week, for the observance of Saturday the seventh day, --a change for which there is no scriptural authority. Q. Has the Church power to appoint days of fasting? A. Certainly; for St Augustine, one of the bishops of the early and confessedly pure Church, taxed Arius with heresy, for having disputed that right. Q. Can the Church forbid us the use of certain kinds of food on particular days? A. Yes; for she did so even in the time of the Apostles, Acts xv. 29: "That you abstain from things sacrificed to idols, and from blood, and from things strangled." Q. If the Christians of these times had used these forbidden meats, would they have committed sin? A. Certainly; because, in that case, they would have violated a commandment of the Church. Q. May not Protestants say, that that which entereth by the mouth defileth not the man? A. Yes; but we reply, it is not the meat, ...
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