Systematic Theology Volume 3

Systematic Theology Volume 3

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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. 1879 edition. Excerpt: ...unction. Confirmation is a service by which those baptized in infancy ostensibly take upon themselves the obligations of the baptismal covenant, and by which the candidate is recognized as a member of the visible Church. The essential of the service is the imposition of hands by those having episcopal authority. The thing done is a Christian service, and the doing it by the imposition of hands contravenes no Christian practice, and does not desecrate any sacred rite. Something which is the equivalent must be practiced wherever there is a Christian Church; and certainly the recognition of membership in the body of Christ is an interest of sufficient value to justify imposing ceremonials. But though high consideration of the service of confirmation is not only allowable, but also eminently appropriate, there is nothing in the thing itself, and there is no warrant in the Word of God that justifies or allows that conf1rmation be placed in the same category with baptism and the eucharist. Calling it a sacrament may be merely a matter of lexicography; but if by so naming it, it is intended to affirm that imposition of hands is a divinely appointed method of introduction into the visible Church, we deny, and wait the proof. The same thing may be said of orders and of matrimony. Some solemn, impressive ceremony on the occasion of the induction of candidates into the Christian ministry, and on the occasion of the joining together of persons in holy matrimony, is not only a demand of good taste, but also has the sanction of Christ's example and the practice of the wise and good in all the ages. But this does not invest any service that may be adopted for these occasions with the same or similar sanctions and importance that attach to the more

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  • Paperback | 108 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 209g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
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  • 1236580311
  • 9781236580313