There is one party holding opinions on the subject admitting of various modifications, but agreeing in this, that they ascribe a high spiritual efficacy to the Sacraments apart from the faith or spiritual act of the receiver. By this party, the views of the Sacraments already stated are regarded as defective in the way of ascribing to Sacraments a less virtue than really belongs to them.… Read More Defective Views of the Sacraments: Inherent & Independent Virtue
There is one party who deny the grand and characteristic distinction between sacramental and other ordinances already enunciated, and hold that the Sacraments have no virtue except as badges of a Christian profession, and signs of spiritual truth. By this party, the views of the Sacraments already stated by me are held to be erroneous in the way of attributing to them a greater virtue than actually belongs to them.… Read More Defective Views of the Sacraments: Bare Memorialism
The position of the Evangelists, like the positions of the Apostle and the Prophet, must be reckoned among those provisional arrangements of the primitive Church, which formed the transition to its permanent and settled condition.… Read More The Extraordinary Office of Evangelist
“And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.” (Rev. 21:14)… Read More The Equality of Peter Among the Apostles
“They who, upon pretense of Christian liberty, do practice any sin, or cherish any lust, do thereby destroy the end of Christian liberty; which is, that, being delivered out of the hands of our enemies, we might serve the Lord without fear, in holiness and righteousness before him, all the days of our life (Luke… Read More Religious Liberty & the Establishment of Religion
“Let all things be done decently and in order.” (1 Cor. 14:40). “…there are some circumstances concerning the worship of God, and government of the Church…” (WCF 1.6). James Bannerman The Church of Christ III.ii.i.2.4, pp. 368-379. Although the Church has no power in regard to the ceremonies and institutions of Divine service, except to… Read More What are Circumstances of Worship?
James Bannerman The Church of Christ Part I, ch. 1. Many, perhaps indeed most, of the controversies which have arisen in connection with ecclesiastical theology, are to be traced back to fundamental differences of opinion regarding the essential nature and character of that society which Christ has instituted. The different or opposite notions which men… Read More Church: Five Ways Scripture Uses the Term