The Friend, Or, Advocate of Truth Volume 1

The Friend, Or, Advocate of Truth Volume 1

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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. 1828 edition. Excerpt: ...the Almighty has framed a church to which it is necessary men should be attached, and yet denied the means by which it is to lje ascertained. It is undeniably true that there does not subsist on earth any collection of men under a religious character, whose origin as such may not be clearly pointed out. So completely is this position sustained, that one of the most mighty hierarchies ever known has not hesitated to declare, that external ceremonies and usages are not immutable, but may be altered to suit the occasion. But this matter is so manifest as to render any further observation unnecessary in this stage of the inquiry. But when the question is urged, those who may be considered as opponents in the present dispute, give up the scheme of ordinances and seek a shelter in the term doctrines. They regard the church not so much as the guardian of the moral duty of men as of the peculiar opinions they may find it proper to entertain. Thus leaving the fair and obvious path of practical virtue, the whole of religion was made to consist in speculative tenets only. It was taught that the unrestrained privilege of private contemplation, was dangerous to the cause of christianity, because the faith proper to be received had been defined and should therefore be implicitly accepted. The doctrines so embraced were believed to possess sanative qualities, competent to salvation without the necessity of works; and if so, then of inestimable importance. Passing through many generations of men, unless some mode of preservation had been adopted, the purity conspicuous, it is said, in their original, would be liable to become suliied. In the lapse ot time, and amid various nations destitute of any common means of intercourse, numerous errors would more

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  • Paperback | 174 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 9mm | 322g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236798171
  • 9781236798176