Letters to N. Wiseman (Volume 5)

 
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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. 1841. Excerpt: ... 4 s-' --" LETTER V. airchie'v'erf-"vitally affects the religious character of Romanism. It was no less than this: Whether in the Church of Rome, created beings receive honours which are only due to God; whether this idolatrous worship is sanctioned and encouraged by authority amongst you, and is allowed generally by the members of the Roman communion without any protests or expressions of dissent. In maintaining that such an idolatrous worship exists and is authorized amongst you; it was, at the same time, most readily admitted, that every Romanist is not necessarily an idolatera; because idolatry is only allowed and sanctioned in the Roman Church: it is not enjoined or imposed on all its members. This is a distinction which you are still unwilling to recognise, and by losing sight of it, you easily involve my statements in apparent contradiction t. Could time be spared for the discussion, it-might easily be shewn, that there is no contradiction in those statements. An intelligent reader will easily disentangle them for himself, by remembering that I have maintained, that the Roman Church is indeed deeply culpable and very corrupt in permitting Idolatry to exist within her pale; and yet that, as she does not enjoin it, (either by the decrees of Councils or otherwise,) she is not actually apostate or cut off from Christ. In a word, she is still capable of Reformation. Letter I. p. 6, 43. b Wiseman, Remarks, p. 6, 10--13. I shall only observe, that you are mistaken in supposing that I admit " an immense aggregate f idolatrous Churches into a portion? with Christ's true Church." (p. 13.) To speak of the Roman as an idolatrous Church, would seem to imply that all its members must be idolaters, which I am not prepared to affirm. Romanism, however, i. e. the m...

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