The Primitive Standard

The Primitive Standard

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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. Excerpt: ...ages, which some doctors are making efforts to revive in England, America, and even in Germany. Scholastic theology, which, degrading the Word of God, greatly exalts the visible Church, and, put in the same place of eminence as the truth itself, pretends that the ordinances and the acts of the Church arc the exclusive source from which the gifts of grace issue to men--that bishops consecrated in the order of apostolical succession are necessary to the existence of a church--that remission of sins and regeneration are bestowed in baptism, and that there is in the Lord's supper a true sacrifice offered by the minister in virtue of his sacerdotal character. This theology is evidently but an imperfect copy of that of Rome. Several of these doctors have even pretended that, in remainng separate from the see of Home, they deprive themselves of a great privilege, and a considerable number of them have shown by their apostacy, that this theology leads finally to Popery; that is to say, to error, spiritual bondage, aud death. Neither is the theology which will save Christendom in the present crisis that of the eighteenth century--which enthroning an insipid Rationalism, or a superficial Unitarianism, changes Christianity into a Deism coloured with some hues of Christianity and moral utilitarianism. The tempest has carried away this dry leaf, and it will never more become green. Lastly, the theology which will save Christendom is not that of the nineteenth century, which, superior to the preceding in regard to science, liberality, impartiality, and even Christian sentiment, has for its foundation the religious reason of man, not the Word of God--the sand, not the rock. The theology which is of power to save the world is that of the Apostles and Reformers, or...
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  • Paperback | 166 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 9mm | 308g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236747127
  • 9781236747129