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SOME REMARKS ON APOSTOLIC SUCCESSION-THE ABUSE OF LUTHER
AND CALVIN AND THE LITURGY AS A PRESERVATIVE
OF DOCTRINAL PURITY.
“One Lord, one Faith, one Baptism.”—Eph. iv. 5.
1 Cor. xi. 18.
Second Edition, with a few alterations.
THE CONTROVERSY IS FORCED UPON US.
“ At length, however, it was thought expedient by some, that the controversy should be set up in the Church of this land, and that the publications on one side, viz: that of the Oxford Divines, should have a re-print here. Hence the far-famed “ Tructs for the Times” were issued from the press in New York, preceded by the promise of the re-print of a large selection of other English publications on the same side of the question. During the progress of these works, the most zealous efforts have been made to commend the peculiarities of Oxford divinity to the diligent reading and confidential reception of the clergy and laity of this country. Thus has the contro. versy been forced upon those, who, while the publications were confined to a transatlantic Church, and only introduced among us by scanty importations, would have been content to leave it with those to whom it especially belonged, however deeply convinced them. selves, that Oxford divinity was most justly accused."-Bishop M'Ilvaine, p. 10.
“ I feel the importance of that Litany “That it may please thee io beal down Satan beneath our feet.' The signs of the times seem to indicate that the Church of England, as it has always been the strong hold of truth, is now the grand object of a special effort, in these last days, of the Ruler of the darkness of this world.”- Bishop M'Ilvaine, p. 23.
“ The time seems at band, when we shall have to retreat upon the strong. holds of our faith ; when they that teach, and they that learn, and they that keep the watch-tower, or go forth to the battle-field, will be compelled to do for a declining Church, what for an advancing one the Apostle forbids to be done: to maintain the principles of the doctrine of Christ' instead of going on unto perfection ;' to • lay again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith towards God ;' in order to preserve and strengthen and encour. age those who stand, if we may not renew again unto repentance those that have fallen away."
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