Subtitle: In the Private, Domestic, Social, and Civil Life of the Primitive Christians: and in the Original Institutions, Offices, Ordinances, and Rites of the Church General Books publication date: 2009 Original publication date: 1852 Original Publisher: Lippincott, Grambo Subjects: Church history Civilization, Christian Church polity Rites and ceremonies Philosophy / Religious Religion / Christianity / History Religion / Philosophy Religion / Christian Church / History Notes: This is a black and white OCR reprint of the original. It has no illustrations and there may be typos or missing text. When you buy the General Books edition of this book you get free trial access to Million-Books.com where you can select from more than a million books for free. Excerpt: CHAPTER H. THE RELIGIOUS LIFE OF THE PRIMITIVE CHRISTIANS. In these sketches of primitive Christianity, we go back to the ages immediately succeeding the apostles, to commune with those ancient professors of the Christian religion in the trials of their faith, in their inward piety towards God, and in their various domestic, social, and civil relations in life. 1. THE INWARD PIETY OF THE PRIMITIVE CHRISTIANS THE PRINCIPAL MEANS OF PROPAGATING THEIR RELIGION. The means hy which the unbelieving were converted to Christianity and to a true faith in Christ were then, as now, various; but one of the most persuasive was the blameless life of the converts to the Christian faith. Those Christians, who once freely indulged in all the vices and sins of the corrupt generation among whom they had their conversation, were now, in the midst of the same abounding corruptions, examples of the most extraordinary purity. Their enemies might hate the change; but they must acknowledge its reality and transforming power. Every Christian convert was thus an epistle of Christ, seen and read of all men. It was an argument that could not be gainsaid or resisted. No sophistry could set it aside. It wrought mightily...
|Title:||Ancient Christianity Exemplified||Publisher:||General Books|
|No. of Pages:||578|
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