Priesthood; The True and the False, an Expansion of a Sermon, with Notes and Appendices
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. 1874 edition. Excerpt: ...of the will or the act (sacramental or otherwise) of any of Adam's posterity, insofar, and only in so far as all are made partakers of sin and death because of Adam's transgression. In other words no creature breathing, and no creature that ever has breathed, is or has been damned because of original sin, but only because of his own actual offences, or because he has not believed in the only-begotten Son of God. Therefore it is not true that baptism bestows or confers a title to the grace of the covenant; else the children of the heathen, of infidels, of Mohammedans, of Jews, even of Baptist Christians (!) dying in infancy are lost for ever--are for ever burning in hell; for all talk about " uncovenanted" mercies is unscriptural and most dangerous. There is no uncovenanted mercy, so far as God informs us; and who is he that will dare to go beyond the word which the Lord has spoken, good or bad? No; this is not true Wesleyan theology as expressed by Charles Wesley in Hymn 129--"Adam, descended from above! Federal head of all mankind." And again in this well-known line, singing of Jesus, Charles Wesley says--"Our title to heaven His Merits We Take." "For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision ";--neither baptism availeth any thing, nor "un-baptism;" (as Thomas Jackson taught us to say, at Richmond;) but faith which worketh by love." (Galat. v. 6.) Again is the same sentiment recorded by the Holy Ghost in this intensely evangelical and antiRitualistic epistle, (vi. 15.) "For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth anything, nor uncircumcision "--neither baptism nor non-baptism--" but a new creature." (Witness the salvation of the...
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