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The Negative Proof

From Baptist Church History or Perpetuity by W. A. Jarrel

“Turning to other denominations, we see there was nothing with the distinctive marks of the Romish church until many centuries after the first. The blasphemous title of “Universal Bishop” was conferred on Boniface the III, A. D. 606. This was the origin of the Pope and of theRomish church–originated by the Emeror Phocas. In A. D. 756 the Pope became temporal sovereign.1

See Smith’s Dictionary of Christian Antiquities, vol.2, p. 1651–1675, for a most scholarly and conclusive demonstration of the post–apostolic origin ofPopery; and with it, vol. 1, p. 209, demonstrating the none-apostolic origin of the hierarchy. *

By consulting Bergier’s Dogmatics, vol. 1, p. 488; Dollinger’s First Age of the Church, pp. 318, 319; Darr’s History of the Christian Church, p. 350; Alzog’s Universal History, p. 105, it will be seen that Baptists are Scriptural as to baptism while Romanism is an apostacy. Thus, Darra concedes that in the first age of the church, “Baptism was conferred by immersion.” Dollinger concedes: “Like that of St. Johyn, by imerrsion of the whole person, which is the only meaning of the New Testament word. A. mere pouring or sprinkling was not thought of. St. Paul made this immersion a symbol of burial with Christ, and the emerging a sign ofresurrection with Him to a new Life.”

Dollinger further concedes: “There is no proof or hint in the New Testament that the Apostles baptised infants or ordered them to be baptised. When the baptism of households is spoken of it is left doubtful whether they contained children and whether, if so, they were baptised.”1

The same thing is true of transubstantiation, confession to priests, of giving only the bread to the laity, of purgatory, of penance, of image worship, ofburning candles before the altar, of every distinctive feature of the Romish church. Thus, nothing is more certain than that, instead of the Romish church have the Christian Succession, it has the succession of being spewed out of Christ’s mouth.2 But Dr. Duncan says: “That whenGesenius, the great German Hebraist and Biblical critic, first learned what Baptist Churches were, he exclaimed: ‘How exactly like the primitive churches.'”8

The footnotes are all from:

Jarrel, W. A. Baptist Church Perpetuity or History, Published by the Author, Dallas, Texas, 1894


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July 14, 2008 at 10:36 pm

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