Minutes of the General Assembly of the General Baptist Churches in England, With Kindred Records, 1910, Vol. 2
Excerpt from Minutes of the General Assembly of the General Baptist Churches in England, With Kindred Records, 1910, Vol. 2: Edited With Introduction and Notes for the Baptist Historical SocietyThis volume completes the official records of the original General Baptists down to 1811. During the nineteenth century they issued their Minutes annually in print, and those whose interest has been awakened will have little difficulty in following up the story.These volumes bring out clearly two points, as to government and as to doctrine. The General Baptists inherited from the continental Anabaptists the system of government which the Calvinists also adopted, and which has become so well known! as Presbyterian; a system of graded courts all controlled by the General Assembly. A futile attempt was made by the Long Parliament to force this on the Established Church, in the very years when the English General Baptists framed their organization. By 1660 it broke down finally in the Establishment, by 1680 many General Baptists doubted its wisdom, more challenged it in 1697, and despite brave assertions that Independence was dangerous, a partial surrender was made in 1711. In practice the control has long been abandoned, but the old affinities show themselves in that the General Baptists even to-day are on friendly terms with the survivors of the Pasdobaptist Presbyterians of 1662. The Society of Friends, which at its origin was so closely related to the General Baptists, and retained longer those peculiarities of attire, marriage, worship, and doctrine which were common to both, does yet maintain a similar system of organization. And the records of its Quarterly and Yearly meetings, dating from the same early period, deserve equally to be put before the world.In the matter of doctrine, the "General" Baptists enshrine in their title the declaration that the grace of God is available generally, for all men, and not for some only. When they first said this, they were as voices in a wilderness, for in a Calvinistic atmosphere the Articles of Religion had been revised for England, and the Five Points were sharpened at Dort just as John Smith challenged their peculiarities. The Midland Confession of 165 I must be read with the recollection of the Westminster Confession of 1646. Its companion Shorter Catechism is better known, and shows what the great Puritan party then held. Not only did mankind lack original righteousness, and suffer from corruption of the whole nature, but it was involved in the guilt of Adams first sin, it was under Gods wrath and curse, liable to all miseries in this life, to death itself, and to all the pains of hell for ever. The remedy for this was only of limited application, according to the Puritan theology, which announced that God out of His mere good pleasure, from all eternity, elected some to everlasting life. Against this ambiguity the General Baptists quoted scripture that God wished to redeem (not some, but) all men. And this was their cardinal doctrine.Most of the bodies which still pay deference to the Westminster: standards have declared their faith anew and the contention of the General Baptists has long been widely accepted, to the humanising of theology, and the revival of practical Christian effort for the salvation of men.About the PublisherForgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.comЭта книга будет изготовлена в соответствии с Вашим заказом по технологии Print-on-Demand компанией ООО «Книга по Требованию». Print-on-Demand - это технология печати книг по Вашему заказу на цифровом типографском оборудовании. Книга, произведенная по технологии Print-on-Demand (POD) представляет собой классическую печатную книгу с соблюдением всех стандартов качества, от офсетной бумаги и плотного картона до качественного клея, используемого при изготовлении. Черно-белая текстовая или полноцветная иллюстрированная книга (в зависимости от исходного файла, подготовленного к печати) может быть изготовлена в разных вариантах: - в мягкой обложке (Клеевое Бесшвейное Скрепление); - скрепление скобой (для книг с небольшим количеством страниц); - в твердом переплете с клееным текстовым блоком; Материалы, используемые при производстве книги: - бумага текстового блока - офсетная (белая или кремовая) 80 г/м2 - мягкая обложка - бумага мелованная 250 г/м2; - ламинация обложки - матовая или глянцевая; - твердый переплет - картон 2 мм, каптал, белые форзацы, прямой корешок - сверхпрочный полимерный клей; - каждая книга упакована в термопленку. Каждый заказ обрабатывается в индивидуальном порядке: каждой книге, напечатанной по технологии Print-on-Demand, присваивается уникальный номер.