Bishops And Councils; Their Causes And Consequences by James LillieBishops And Councils; Their Causes And Consequences by James Lillie

Bishops And Councils; Their Causes And Consequences

byJames Lillie

Paperback | January 6, 2012

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This historic 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. 1870. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER IV. After fifty-six years of ever increasing darkness, superstition, and consequent immorality, in 381, Theodosius the Great called the Second General Council at Constantinople. The former had been convened to establish the supreme divinity of Christ; the latter was called to settle that of the Holy Spirit. What blind arrogance! What impious presumption! If these doctrines are divine, it is because God has revealed them in his book. Though all the eighteen hundred bishops of Christendom had unanimously voted their truth, that truth would not in the smallest have been confirmed. If they are not revealed in the Bible, the shouts of assenting bishops would not lend them an atom of evidence. If John tells us, as he does in the very beginning of his gospel, that the Word was God, and made everything that was made, I must believe him to be divine, if I believe John to have been God's apostle. If, at the very moment when the Jews took up stones to stone our Lord, becauseHe called himself God's Son,"making himself equal with God," He told them that He was to be "honoured even as the Father," we must believe Him to be God, if we believe Him to be a faithful witness. When the Nicene Fathers proclaimed: "We believe the Son to be God," and said not one word about Christ's testimony and his apostle's, they were drawing away the faith of men from God to themselves. If a man, who before the Council of Nicaea, had refused to believe the testimony of Christ to his own divinity, believed Him to be God, after the bishops had voted it, that man would have been a believer in bishops, but not a believer in Christ. No wonder the Council of Nicaea was followed, as Mosheim assures us. by superstition, idolatry, and the "corruption of the very essence of Christianity." F...
Title:Bishops And Councils; Their Causes And ConsequencesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:58 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.12 inPublished:January 6, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217447422

ISBN - 13:9780217447423