Episcopal Methodism, as It Was, and Is; Or, an Account of the Origin, Progress, Doctrines, Church, Polity and Statistics of the Methodist Episcopal Church in the United States

Episcopal Methodism, as It Was, and Is; Or, an Account of the Origin, Progress, Doctrines, Church, Polity and Statistics of the Methodist Episcopal Church in the United States

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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. 1852 edition. Excerpt: ...child of God. The last clause of the Article is also instructive, as it teaches not only the possibility of obtaining forgiveness at the hand of God when sin is committed after justification, but the importance of extending our forgiveness to our erring brethren, provided that in both cases there is true repentance exercised by the offender. ARTICLE XIII. OF THE CHURCH. "The visible Church of Christ is a congregation of faithful men, in which the pure word of God is preached, and the sacraments duly administered, according to Christ's ordinance in all things, that of necessity are requisite to the same." This Article teaches, 1. That the visible Church of Christ is a congregation or assemblage of faithful men; that it does not consist of the pope, or his councils, or the priesthood, nor of any order or body of bishops or ministers exclusively, but of a "congregation of faithful men," embracing the laity as well as the priesthood or ministry of the church. 2. The Church is composed of "faithful men," and although the " wheat and tares" are necessarily found together, and will continue so to be found until the "harvest," yet the true Church consists only of those who are faithful; of all others, be they popes, cardinals, archbishops, bishops, priests, deacons, or members, it may be said, as of Simon of old, "they have neither part nor lot in the matter, for their hearts are not right in the sight of God." 3. "The pure word of God is preached" in the Church; not the decrees of popes, the decisions of councils, the traditions of the fathers; not some fine system of morality, independent of the gospel, or philosophical disquisitions on abstract questions of science, literature, or...
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  • Paperback | 116 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 222g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123665403X
  • 9781236654038