Robert S. Candlish on the danger of a Reformed church reverting to sacerdotal corruptions

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Reformed Covenanter

Cancelled Commissioner
... I do not judge others. The case is very different with those who never reached our measure of reformation from what it is with us. A Church which, stopping short in the process of its emancipation from a false system, retains certain of the usages of that false system, is in a very different position from a Church which, having advanced farther in the direction of purity and simplicity, voluntarily retrogrades and returns to these usages.

To the one they may be comparatively harmless, while to the other they may prove deeply hazardous. In the former instance, the continuance of them indicates no new leaning towards ritualism, no decline from what is more pure and spiritual. In the latter instance, the adoption of them may have a significancy, and may exert an influence, of a very serious character indeed. A landing-place which is tolerable for those who are going forward, may be the reverse of tolerable for those who are retreating. ...

For more, see Robert S. Candlish on the danger of a Reformed church reverting to sacerdotal corruptions.
 
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