View of All Religions

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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: ...and branches of it." Referring to the varying expositions of that passage in the Gospel of St. John (ch. xx. 23), upon which the doctrine of Sacerdotal Absolution is supposed to be grounded, the learned Prelate argues, that " those words of Christ's, if applied to all priests, must belong to them in their full extent; and if so, the salvation or the damnation of mankind is put absolutely in the priest's power. Nor can it be answered, that the conditions of the pardon of sin that are expressed in the other parts of the Gospel, are here to be understood, though they are not expressed; as we are said to be saved, if we believe; which does not imply that a single act of believing the Gospel, without any thing else, puts us into a state of salvation. In opposition to this, we answer, that the Gospel having so described faith to us, as the root of all other graces and virtues, as that which produces them, and which is known by them, all that is promised upon our faith, must be understood of a faith so qualified as the Gospel represents it; and therefore that cannot be applied to this case, where an unlimited authority is so particularly expressed that no condition seems to be implied in it... Therefore, since no condition is here named as a restraint upon this general power that is pretended Burnet on Art. XXV. A A to be given to priests by those words of Our Saviour, they must either be understood as simple and unconditional, or they must be limited to all the conditions that are expressed in the Gospel;... and thus we think we are fully justified in saying, that by these words, Our Saviour did indeed fully empower the Apostles to publish his Gospel to the world, and to declare the terms of salvation, and of more

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  • Paperback | 262 pages
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  • English
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