Expository Lectures on St. Paul's Epistle to the Colossians; Being an Attempt to Apply the Apostle's Argument Respecting the Errors on the Subject of the Mediation of Christ at Colosse to the Present Circumstances of the Church

Expository Lectures on St. Paul's Epistle to the Colossians; Being an Attempt to Apply the Apostle's Argument Respecting the Errors on the Subject of the Mediation of Christ at Colosse to the Present Circumstances of the Church

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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. 1845 edition. Excerpt: ...in India, we know what difficulty we have to keep out the old remnants of heathen habits; what difficulty to eradicate the poisonous weeds of idolatrous usages and associations of thought. And if men of any talents and learning, but of unsound principles on vital points, should, with a show of piety, creep in amongst them, the feeble converts would be little able to detect their arts. And if the errors thus privily brought in should go to sap the mediation and grace of Christ, and should lead to angel-worship, to uncommanded As the Sacred Writers do the Pharisees and the Sadducees, the Herodians, the Stoics, the Epicureans, the Libertines and Cyrenians, the Nicolaitans; and even individuals, as Hymenseus and Philetus. austerities and a profound self-righteousness, we may imagine how soon Christianity would be thoroughly heathenized. Man is prone to idolatry, as we see in the case of the Israelites in the Old Testament. His fallen nature is propense to what is sensual, external, superstitious. He delights in a religion of his own. No idolatry is too gross for him if it be introduced by beguiling words, promote as it professes humility, and be generally received and practised. A golden calf, alas! is ever too popular a substitute for the invisible and all-glorious Mediator. 4. The progress of this one insidious principle of joint-mediators in the christian church for twelve centuries or more, portentous as it is, is too easily accounted for. The moment the Bible was given up as the only divine rule of faith, and justification by works was gradually admitted, idolatry began to steal in as doth a thief. Within one hundred years after these cautions of our apostle, the impiety had made some way. In the fourth century, the church of Laodicea, as I have...show more

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  • Paperback | 140 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 263g
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236560493
  • 9781236560490