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church was not a difference in kind, but in degree only, varying in accordance with their ability to put forth some portion of that moral and spiritual power by which alone Christ governs his church.

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PART II The Church in History

CHAPTER V CORRUPTION OF EVANGELICAL FAITH It is not my purpose to write an ecclesiastical history, but in order to make clear the work of final reformation, it will be necessary to present at least a brief sketch of historic Christianity, outlining particularly those leading features which show a radical departure from the true church as originally constituted by our Lord and his apostles.

In the days of primitive Christianity there was something called “the gospel,” “the truth,' "the "The faith” form of sound words,"; "the faith.To understand its fundamental nature is not difficult, for it has been preserved and handed down to us in the writings of the New Testament. According to this record, the gospel message, or “the faith,” centered in the person of our Lord Jesus Christ, who died and rose again that he might be a “Prince and a Savior, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins” (Acts 5:31). “And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem” (Luke 24:47). Around this central fact of salvation from sin through faith in Christ clustered those other truths and facts which either necessarily resulted from the new relationship of redeemed humanity

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