The Practical Works; With a Life of the Author, and a Critical Examination of His Writings

The Practical Works; With a Life of the Author, and a Critical Examination of His Writings : In Twenty-Three Volumes Volume 5

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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. 1830 edition. Excerpt: ...who professeth not godliness '. 2. He that professeth the baptismal covenant, professeth Christianity, and godliness, and true conversion._ And therefore cannot be rejected for want of aprofession of conversion or godliness. 3. But he that is justly suspected not to understand his own profession, but to speak general words, without the sense, may and ought to be examined by him that is to baptize him; and therefore though the apostles among the Jews who had been bred up among the oracles of God, did justly presume of so much understanding, as that they baptized men the same day that they professed to believe in Christ; but when they baptized converted Gentiles, we have reason to think, that they first received a particular account of their converts, that they understood the three essential articles of the covenant '. 1. Because the creed is fitted to that use, and hath beenever used thereunto by the churches, as by tradition from the apostles' practice. 2. Because the church in all ages, as far as church history leadeth us upward, hath used catechising before baptizing; yea, and to keep men as catechumens some time for preparation. 3. Because common experience telleth us, that multitudes can say the creed that understand it not. If any yet urge the apostles' example, I will grant that it obligeth us when the case is the like: (and I will not fly to any conceit of their heart-searching, or discerning men's sincerity). When you bring us to a people that before were the visible church of God, and were all their lifetime trained up in the knowledge of God, of sin, of duty, of the promised Messiah, according to all the law and prophets, and want nothing, but to know the Son and the Holy Ghost, that this Jesus is the Christ, ...
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  • Paperback | 220 pages
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  • United States
  • English
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  • 123678247X
  • 9781236782472