The Forgiveness of Sins; A Study in the Apostles' Creed

The Forgiveness of Sins; A Study in the Apostles' Creed

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1916 edition. Excerpt: ... there is a chance that these rejected stones may be restored to their place in the tower; but if they still lie on the ground when the tower has been built, they will never recover their position. Hermas tells the Shepherd that he had heard certain teachers affirm that no other repentance is accepted save that which precedes baptism. The Shepherd replies that ideally this is true: there ought to be no such thing as a relapse into sin after baptism, and therefore no occasion for post-baptismal repentance or remission; he who has been once forgiven should go and sin no more. Nevertheless, in the mercy of God one more opportunity of repentance is allowed, and the Church may receive again those who avail themselves of it. But the indulgence is not to be claimed more than once; if the restored Christian falls again, repentance is unavailing. 1Clem. R. 1 Cor. 51. 2Clem. R. z Cor. 16, 19. 3Hippol. /#111'/. vi. 41, ix. 15. (I owe these references to Dr. Mayor's /mle and 2 Peter, p. 97.) 1Herm. 7/is. 1 ff, mand. 4, rim. 3. I8. It is doubtless of grave and scandalous sins that Hermas is thinking when he allows but one penitence after baptism; and by 'penitence' in such cases he means a public act of penitence, leading to the penitent's restoration to Church fellowship. We have reached a stage where the disciplinary system of the Church has begun to develope itself, and it was in connexion with this movement that the Christian society began to use its authority to remit and to retain sins. The rudiments of Church discipline' are to be found in the New Testament. St Paul directs the Church at Corinth solemnly to deliver over to Satan (i.e. to exclude from the fellowship of believers) a member of the body who more

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  • Paperback | 44 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 95g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236777360
  • 9781236777362