Excerpt from Puseyism Unmasked: Sketches for the Times
On one point the writer is anxious not to be mis understood. NO term is employed in the following pages, except to characterize a system, and as a means Of doing so intelligibly, without having recourse to circum locution. To the system also, strictly, is any expression of hostile feeling confined. And this strong feeling of decided opposition has been the result of careful inves tigation, and derived from an acquaintance with the writings delineating this theory, from the time of the first systematic efforts for its propagation, in the com mencement Of the publication of the Tracts for the Times, now about seven years ago. The writer fully believes that there are many individuals, superior to their system, failing clearly to apprehend its evils, and themselves deceived by it; and such may be startled, to find themselves called upon to admit, as the sentiments of their party, statements drawn from these writings, which shock their better feelings, and in which they dare not coincide. May the fearful tendency and anti-scriptural nature of the creed here laid open to their view prove a timely warning. May others also be deterred from rushing into the same snare. And lastly, may every reader seriously reﬂect, that a mere acquiescence Of the judgment, in any creed, however scriptural, is not re ligion. Freedom from error, therefore, in regard to that nominal belief, will not secure our eternal safety. It is the religion Of the heart, the faith Of the Gospel, carried out into the life, which alone can avail. The Scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe. Who of God is made unto us, wisdom, and righteous ness, and sanctification, and redemption. And in each heart thus receiving the Saviour, the prevailing desire will be, in the strength Of the Holy Ghost, to walk worthy OF the lord UN to all pleasing, being fruit ful IN every good work.
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