Observations on the religious peculiarities of the Society of Friends

Paperback | January 31, 2012

byJoseph John Gurney

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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. 1824. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER IV. ON THE DISUSE OF ALL TYPICAL RITES IN THE WORSHIP OF GOD. Although it is almost universally allowed among christians that when the New Covenant was established in the world by the death of Christ, the ceremonial observances of the Jewish law were abolished, there are two religious rites of a very similar description, the maintenance of which is still very generally insisted upon, as necessary to the edification and true order of the church of Christ. These rites are baptism with water, and that participation of bread and wine which is usually denominated the sacrament of the Lord's supper. So great is the virtue and efficacy attributed to these ceremonies, that they are considered by very many christians to be especial means of grace, or mediums through which grace is conveyed to the soul, and not a few theologians both ancient and modern, appear to have entertained the extraordinary opinion that the rite of baptism more especially, is of indispensable necessity in order to man's salvation. On the other hand I am informed, that in some parts of the continent of Europe, there are small societies of pious christians by whom water-baptism and the ceremony of the Lord's supper are entirely disused;9 and that such is the fact in the Society of Friends is very generally understood. It is our belief that we have been led out of the practice of these rites by the Spirit of truth; that we could not recur to them without grieving our heavenly Monitor; and that in fact they are not in accordance with the entire spirituality of the gospel dispensation. In order to explain our principle on the subject with clearness, I must remark in limine that the ceremonies in question, as now practised among christians, must be considered as constituting a part of thei...

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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. 1824. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER IV. ON THE DISUSE OF ALL TYPICAL RITES IN THE WORSHIP OF GOD. Although it is almost universally allowed among christia...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:100 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.21 inPublished:January 31, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217266517

ISBN - 13:9780217266512

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