A Manual for Young Church-Members

Paperback | February 7, 2012

byLeonard Bacon

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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.1833 Excerpt: ... APPENDIX. Note A. p. 26. The subject of creeds and confessions of faith is one so much debated,--and one the relations of which to the New England churches, are so extensively misunderstood among our brethren of some other denominations, that a few additional remarks in this place seem to be demanded. Among the ordinary uses of creeds and confessions, the following may be enumerated. 1. They are used as forms, in making a public profession of'faith in the gospel. Such is their customary-use in our churches; and to such a use, provided the form is not exceptionable, I know not how any reasonable man can object. 2. They are used as terms of communion;--as when the position is taken, No man shall be received to our church, who will not subscribe, or assent to, our formulary. In respect to this it ought to be remembered, that no formulary which is designed for such a use, ought to include any thing beyond those points, the understanding and belief of which is essential to a credible profession of christianity. 3. They are used as standards of orthodoxy, or as guards against error, and securities for uniformity of belief in the ministry or amongchurches. As to the utility of creeds when employed for such a purpose, I must be allowed to express a doubt. In the first place, reason and experience demonstrate that such standards cannot secure a complete uniformity of religious opinions, even among those who subscribe them. Every formulary or summary of doctrines, drawn up by human wit and skill, or even planned under the guidance of superhuman wisdom, if it be framed in human language, or if human minds are to interpret it, must needs be liable to different constructions. This is the case with the Bible. This is the case with all constitutions, laws, treaties, contr...

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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.1833 Excerpt: ... APPENDIX. Note A. p. 26. The subject of creeds and confessions of faith is one so much debated,--and one the relations of which ...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:46 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.1 inPublished:February 7, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217425925

ISBN - 13:9780217425926

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