The Witness of the Spirit. a Discourse

The Witness of the Spirit. a Discourse

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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. 1882 edition. Excerpt: ...communication of the Spirit is made to the heart of the believer, and admit no sort of assurance but that which is ministered through priestly absolution, I hold no argument at all. For no argument is D possible. The assumptions of this school have no basis, either in Scripture or in Eeason; they are grounded only on perverted interpretations and worthless traditions. Every instinct of loyalty to the One Divine Mediator revolts against the man, or the system, that would plant a priest or a Church between me and my God. Many theologians, however, who have little sympathy with an extreme Sacerdotalism, hesitate, on various grounds, to admit the possibility of the attainment by the soul of any certainty as to its acceptance with God. To some, every theory of religious consciousness savours of " hysterical pietism." They regard the profession of such consciousness as a phase of fanaticism. Others hold that the doctrine of assurance involves a dangerous presumptuousness, and encourages an unhallowed attempt to interpret the mind of God by the standards of human feeling. Others, again, teach that any such assurance is out of place in a system of probation, as tending to relax the soul's proper vigilance, and to invest it with a confidence at once rash and perilous. And not a few, from morbid views as to the essential impurity of the human heart, affirm that it is impossible that, in this stage of life, it can ever attain to any absolute certainty as to its relation to God. ii. A second school of thought, while admitting the doctrine of the Spirit's witness, denies that this witness is direct and independent. A distinguished representative of this school, the learned Bishop Bull, whose sermon on the " Witness of the Spirit" Mr. Wesley characterises as...show more

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  • Paperback | 30 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 73g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236663497
  • 9781236663498