Popery! As It Was And As It Is; Also, Auricular Confession; And Popish Nunneries

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Monstrous, horrible, and impious, as these absurdities are, I once believed them myself. So much for the prejudices of education. The object of the following pages is to show, first, the origin of Papal power; secondly, to call ...
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Monstrous, horrible, and impious, as these absurdities are, I once believed them myself. So much for the prejudices of education. The object of the following pages is to show, first, the origin of Papal power; secondly, to call the attention of Americans to its rapid growth in many of the nations of the earth; and, thirdly, to put my fellow citizens oil their guard against giving it any countenance or support within the limits of the United States. ORIGIN OF THE TEMPORAL POWER OF THE POPE. We have no authentic evidence that the bishops or presbyters of the primitive Christian church laid claims to temporal power, much less to universal sovereignty, such as Popes have arrogated to themselves, in subsequent times, even down to the present day. Constantine, as we are informed by the best authorities, was the first to unite civil and ecclesiastical power. He introduced Christianity among the Romans by civil authority. This occurred between the years 272 and 337; but never during his reign, nor before it, was there an instance of a bishop or presbyter of the church aspiring to temporal jurisdiction. They were poor and persecuted; they were meek and humble; they were well content with the privilege of worshipping God in peace. The instructions of their divine Master were fresh in their minds — they almost still rung in their ears. They felt that they were sent into the world with specia, instructions to " preach the gospel to every creature." Their heavenly Master told them that his:! kingdom was not of this world." They felt the full force of that high and holy admonition, " Render to Ctesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's." They cheerfully submitted to the civil authorities. They claimed not the right of giving away kingdoms, crowning em...
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  • ISBN-13: 9780217787048
  • Publisher: General Books LLC
  • Publication date: 10/14/2010
  • Pages: 170
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 0.36 (d)

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Monstrous, horrible, and impious, as these absurdities are, I once believed them myself. So much for the prejudices of education. The object of the following pages is to show, first, the origin of Papal power; secondly, to call the attention of Americans to its rapid growth in many of the nations of the earth; and, thirdly, to put my fellow citizens oil their guard against giving it any countenance or support within the limits of the United States. ORIGIN OF THE TEMPORAL POWER OF THE POPE. We have no authentic evidence that the bishops or presbyters of the primitive Christian church laid claims to temporal power, much less to universal sovereignty, such as Popes have arrogated to themselves, in subsequent times, even down to the present day. Constantine, as we are informed by the best authorities, was the first to unite civil and ecclesiastical power. He introduced Christianity among the Romans by civil authority. This occurred between the years 272 and 337; but never during his reign, nor before it, was there an instance of a bishop or presbyter of the church aspiring to temporal jurisdiction. They were poor and persecuted; they were meek and humble; they were well content with the privilege of worshipping God in peace. The instructions of their divine Master were fresh in their minds they almost still rung in their ears. They felt that they were sent into the world with specia, instructions to " preach the gospel to every creature." Their heavenly Master told them that his:! kingdom was not of this world." They felt the full force of that high and holy admonition, " Render to Ctesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's." They cheerfullysubmitted to the civil authorities. They claimed not the right of giving away kingdoms, crowning em...
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