The Quarterly Christian Spectator Volume 10

The Quarterly Christian Spectator Volume 10

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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. 1838 edition. Excerpt: ...they transgress the law of God, and become actual sinners. The believers in physical depravity say, they are born into the world with constitutional propensities intrinsically sinful, and leading directly to the choice of forbidden objects; and that under the impulse of these sinful desires they crave sinful indulgence, in the same manner that they crave food and drink. Dr. Spring and others say, they are created with moral qualities no less than with natural faculties, and are actual transgressors from the instant of birth. The New Haven divines say, they are born with such a nature, that they sin as soon as they are capable of knowing right and wrong, which is at a very early period oflife, and if not at its commencement, the time intervening between birth and moral agency is so short, as to claim no special notice; in other words, they sin as soon as they can sin, and it is not important _to know the precise moment of their first sinful act. But how can infants be saved, it was asked, if they are not born into the world sinners'! By the redemption of Jesus Christ, it was answered. If they die before actual transgres sion, they may, through the grace of God in Christ Jesus, be saved from the consequences of belonging to a fallen race, and be made holy. Again it was asked, why do they die, if they are not sinners from their birth? Why do they die before they are born, it was asked in reply; and why do animals die'! Death does not in all cases prove sin. Infants may die, because they belong to a race of beings who, in consequence of Adam's sin, are mortal. 2. Another question growing out of the discussion on the nature of sin, was, if all sin consists in man's own act, what ground of certainty is there, that all...
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  • Paperback | 298 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 16mm | 535g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236966937
  • 9781236966933