Reformers and the Theology of the Reformation
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. 1862 edition. Excerpt: ...and abuse. Most of these have More...
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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. 1862 edition. Excerpt: ...and abuse. Most of these have been referred to already, but it may be proper now to state them together, and in this connection. They are chiefly these--1. That the sacraments do not occupy any such place in the scheme of God's arrangements, as to make the participation in them, or in either of them, necessary to the possession and enjoyment of any spiritual blessing, or to entire meetness for heaven. 2. That no spiritual blessings are derived from the sacraments, without the previous existence and the present exercise of true saving faith. 3. That the sacraments become effectual means of grace and salvation, not from any virtue--that is, any power or worth, personal or official--in him who administers them, nor from any virtue in them, --that is, from any intrinsic efficacy inherent in them, and resulting ex opere operato, --and that they do not operate certainly and invariably in conveying any spiritual blessings. 4. That the sacraments are not seals of spiritual blessings in any such sense as implies that they are attestations to the personal character or spiritual condition of those who receive them, or that the mere reception of the sacraments is to be held as of itself furnishing a proof, or even a presumption, that those receiving them are true believers, and may be assured that they have reached a condition of safety. These truths, it will be observed, are to a large extent negative. They consist mainly of denials of certain notions about the nature and necessity, the subjects, objects, and effects of the sacraments, which are very apt to spring up in men's minds, and which have been openly maintained by Romanists and High Churchmen. And when we reflect upon the extent to which these unwarranted and extravagant notions about the sacraments...