The Gospel and the Great Apostasy

The Gospel and the Great Apostasy

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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. 1799 edition. Excerpt: ...some of her hereditary, or hard-won titles of patriotism? If there be nothing in a cardinal's insignia but " scarlet vanity," how marvellous that it should have raised, in the greatest, the richest, and the freest nation of the world, such an unusual excitement! If a papal excommunication be only a harmless and ludicrous ebullition of passion, it is a no less perplexing than painful fact, that so many millions of living, men should be in greater practical and habitual terror of the Vatican's "fulminated folly," than of the thunders of the Divine law, and the dread solemnities of the " eternal judgmen." Nothing is more common at present than to hear Romanists insisting upon the distinction between temporal and spiritual power, and protesting that the pope's authority is entirely and exclusively religious and ecclesiastical, and that unqualified submission to papal supremacy is compatible with obedience and loyalty to a Protestant monarch. Volumes might be filled with extracts showing the frequency with which this sort of argument and defence is used. It is indeed the sheet-anchor of the cause. If such representations are to be credited, enough has been already said to prove that the Popery of the nineteenth century has a widely diiferent complexion and character from the Popery of the ten centuries preceding. Let pope or cardinal or bishop openly avow that such a fundamental alteration in their religious system has been introduced and allowed; let them anathematize their predecessors as they yet anathematize Protestants; or, better far, let every past anathema be repented of, and every present anathema revoked, and then they will be entitled to credit when they aflirm, that in their...show more

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  • Paperback | 68 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 141g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236815173
  • 9781236815170