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The Canons of Dordrecht, Part 2, Exposition of the Canons, Second Head of Doctrine, Of the Death of Christ, and the Redemption of Men Thereby. Article 5 (continued)

Our English translation of this article is rather accurate. It might have been improved by placing the words, “together with the command to repent and believe,” in closer connection with the words “ought to be declared and published,” as the Dutch translation has them. And also the Dutch terms “verkondigd…

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The Church and the Sacraments, Views During the Second Period (300-750 A.D.), The Doctrine of the Church, The Papacy (by Philip Schaff) ….continued

While Peter himself passes over his prerogative in silence, and expressly warns against hierarchical assumption, Leo cannot speak frequently and emphatically enough of his authority. While Peter in Antioch meekly submits to the rebuke of the junior apostle Paul (see Gal. 2:11), Leo pronounces resistance to his authority to be impious…

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Part 3 – Of Thankfulness, Lord’s Day 51, Chapter 2: Asking For Complete Remission. Chapter 3: A Serious Limiting Clause

Chapter 2: Asking For Complete Remission  When we bow our heads in prayer and titter this fifth petition, it is well that we elaborate upon it somewhat, and instead of referring to the general concept sin, we say: “Our Father in heaven, please forgive the evil thoughts that arose in my…

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The Canons of Dordrecht, Part Two, Exposition of the Canons, Second Head of Doctrine: Of the Death of Christ, and the Redemption of Men Thereby

Article 4. This death derives its infinite value and dignity from these considerations, because the person who submitted to it was not only really man, and perfectly holy, but also the only begotten Son of God, of the same eternal and infinite essence with the Father and the Holy Spirit,…

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The Church and the Sacraments, Views During the Second Period (300-750 A.D.), The Doctrine of the Church. The Papacy (by Philip Schaff) …continued

Finally, in regard to the four great ecumenical councils, the first of NICE, the first of CONSTANTINOPLE, that of EPHESUS, and that of CHALCEDON: we have already presented their position on this question in connection with their legislation on the patriarchal system. We have seen that they accord to the…

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A Contrast

“There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day: and there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores, and desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s…

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The Church and the Sacraments, Views During the Second Period (300-750 A.D.), The Doctrine of the Church, The Papacy (by Philip Schaff) …Continued

Augustine (died in the year 430)) the greatest theological authority of the Latin church, at first referred the words, “On this rock I will build my church,” to the person of Peter, but afterward expressly retracted this interpretation, and considered the petra (rock, H.V.) to be Christ, on the ground of a…

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Part 3 – Of Thankfulness. Lord’s Day 50. Chapter 3: The Implications of the Fourth Petition

Chapter Three: The Implications of the Fourth Petition Secondly, having been translated into the kingdom of God’s dear Son, he seeks the kingdom of God, the things which are above, where Christ sitteth at the right hand of God. He knows that God is not ashamed to be called his…

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The Church and the Sacraments, Views During the Second Period (300-750 A.D.), The Doctrine of the Church, The Papacy (by Philip Schaff)….continued

At last the Roman bishop, on the ground of his divine institution, and as successor of Peter, the prince of the apostles, advanced his claim to be primate of the entire church, and visible representative of Christ, who is the invisible supreme head of the Christian world. This is the…

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Part 3 – Of Thankfulness, Lord’s Day 50. Chapter 3: The Implications of the Fourth Petition

Whether the wheels of industry shall be idle or busily spinning, whether there shall be labor for our hands or whether we will be without employment, whether we shall be able to work and provide for, ourselves and those that are dependent on us,—all these things depend not ultimately or…

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The Church and the Sacraments, Views During the Second Period (300-720 A.D.), The Doctrine of the Church, The Papacy (by Philip Schaff) …continued

The North African bishops and councils in the beginning of the fifth century, with all traditional reverence for the apostolic see, repeatedly protested, in the spirit of Cyprian, against encroachments of Rome, and even prohibited all appeal in church controversies from their own to a transmarine or foreign tribunal, upon…

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