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It is truth that we must deal with, and not what even many good and well-meaning people may think, do, or teach. The pages of martyrology prove that during the earlier centuries of the Church a countless host of worthies passed up to join the blood-washed throng gottshcall way of fire, rack, knife, water, and every invention of cruelty and murder that religious monsters could invent ; and for the very reason that they refused to make an idol of bread and wine.
But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.
Loyalty to convictions brings inward composure. Every child of God knows that he received Christ by faith, and not in, through, or by any perishable ordinance. Again in Mark This evolution belonged more particularly to the Pauline position.
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Ritss and sacraments in religion never can be kept abreast of each other, they will not remain in a state of equipoise, the spiritual part will be thrown back, and retire, and the merest formalities and grossest superstitions will follow. It is an undeniable fact that too often as Christians grow formal and loose in soul-life they try to make up for it by zealously observing rituals.
This work is in the public domain in the United States of America, and possibly other nations. By this the hierarchy was formed, and by this, and not by argument, was chiefly supported.
The poet gives expression to the same sentiments in the old hymn: Not less than two hundred and eighty people were publicly burned, or otherwise killed, in England, in and the three years following, glttschall because they differed with their religious enemies about the bread and wine.
It we reject a child of God because he does not see as we do, and because he clings to rituals which we plainly see have been abolished, we are not manifesting the right spirit. This document was a reprint within Maurice Johnson’s ministry. The heavenly life is not run in the narrow mould of a creed, or guarded and guided and bounded by a rite.
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The fetching of this chrism at Easter from the city baptistery, became in time an evidence to prove the dependence of these baptisteries on that in the city. The first symptom of decay in religion, at that time, was, as it ever has been, a revival of the ritual or ceremonial part. Are ye so foolish? God is a Spirit: Christ has not put salvation at the mercy of human frailty and shortsightedness, or in the power of priestly arrogance thus.
No eBook available Amazon. Many of the more modern Reformers never fully cut loose from the ceremonies of Judaism and Catholicism, but carried some of them, namely, water baptism and the supper, along out with them.
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For this reason baptismal churches are called Titular churches. The principal cause of this I readily look for in the Perverseness of mankind, who are more delighted with the pomp and splendor of external forms than with the true devotion of the heart ; and who despise whatever does not gratify their eyes and ears.
By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another. If people, when being occupied with bread made by the hands of a woman, and wine made by the hands of a man, would, like Peter after observing a type”remember the word of the Lord” Acts II: No man’s spiritual good is at the disposal of any administrator of rites.
When religion runs into formalities and ceremonies, her followers can never be thriving spiritually. I did so, and before we had spoke many words, our souls took acquaintance with each other.