Primitive Christianity Volume 1

Primitive Christianity Volume 1

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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. 1897 edition. Excerpt: ...from him. In his church services there was an address to the congregation, singing and prayer, and spiritual proceedings, as described by St. Paul, generally at the close, when they were moved by the spirits to speak, to prophecy, to heal and to give utterance to foreign languages. Baptism by immersion was the custom--the last supper was regularly observed in Rome and Smyrna. Extracts were used chiefly from the genuine portion of St. Paul's Epistles--and from the gospel of the Hebrews. But the four gospels and Acts of the Apostles were unknown. The Christians in Rome knew nothing of the graves of St. Peter and St. Paul, or of any funeral when they died, attended by friends. Their remains received no more respect than common convicts. St. John was visited at Rome by the spirit of St. Paul, and at the time of the deaths of St. Peter and St. Paul he felt a mental shock but did not know its source. He saw the tall and gloomy prison of St. Paul at Rome. In his service of over fifteen years at Jerusalem, he had considerable success, and there were three congregations--but there was a great deal of opposition and bitter antagonism, as there is now to all new ideas. There was no actual conflict, but there were frequent disturbances from the influence of the old Jewish party. In the time of St. John's service in Rome, the Epistles of St. Paul were in circulation, and he thinks nearly the half of their contents were interpolations. They had been extensively circulated before his arrival. The effect of these Pauline interpolations was to build up another sect, and produce a conflict of opinions and an influence hostile to the labors of St. John. They were not unanimously accepted, as many knew they were adulterated. What has been given from others as more

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  • Paperback | 98 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 191g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 1236661621
  • 9781236661623