Book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1903. Excerpt: ... and Apostolical succession. As far as I see, it can oniy be accounted for by their rejection of that sacramental doctrine which is at once the great witness to, and safeguard of, the doctrine of the Incarnation. Their anti-sacramental principles led them to explain away, or make void, on Eationalistic grounds, certain of the strongest statements of Christ. The door was consequently thrown open to Rationalism. The Spirit was grieved, for the most startling words of the Saviour were made of no account. And so they who began with making void those statements of Christ, which set forth a new birth of water and the Spirit, or that we must eat His Flesh, or that as His Father sent Him, so sent He His ministers, were permitted to stumble at those sayings which set Him forth as the Only-Begotten of the Father, and the Atoning Lamb of God. CHAPTEB XI. THE EVANGELICAL SYSTEM. In the preceding pages I have set forth a part of the evidence for the truth of Church principles, which we derive from the word of God. I have brought forward direct Scripture assertions for all that I have advanced respecting the historical form of the Gospel, the grace of the Sacraments, and the functions of the Christian ministry. It is difficult to see how such statements can be set at naught, and yet they are deliberately pushed aside by a very large number of religious Englishmen. It will be needful to consider what pretext professedly enlightened men have for refusing to entertain so many direct Scripture assertions. I have read much of the popular religious literature of the day, and in it I find one ground in particular, which is tacitly rather than avowedly taken by the opponents oi Church principles, which it may be well to examine. It is assumed that we have in the Scriptures a fullydeveloped scheme of doctr...
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