Romanist sense of conferring grace but, as the sacramentum was the oath taken by the Roman soldier to obey his commander even unto death, so Baptism and the Lord?s Supper are sacraments, in the sense of vows of allegiance to Christ our Master.
President H. G. Weston has recorded his objections to the observance of the so called ?Christian Year,? in words that we quote as showing the danger attending the Romanist multiplication of ordinances.
? 1. The ?Christian Year? is not Christian. It makes everything of actions and nothing of relations. Make a day holy that God has not made holy and you thereby, make all other days unholy.
2. It limits the Christian?s view of Christ to the scenes and events of his earthly life. Salvation comes through spiritual relations to a living Lord. The ?Christian Year? makes Christ only a memory and not a living, present, personal power. Life, not death, is the typical word of the N. T. Paul craved the power of the resurrection but, not with just a knowledge, of it. The New Testament records busy themselves most of all with what Christ is doing now. 2. The appointments of the ?Christian Year? are not in accord with the N. T. These appointments lack the reality of spiritual life and are contrary to the essential spirit of Christianity.? We may add that where the ?Christian Year? is most generally and rigidly observed, it is there popular religion is most formal and destitute of spiritual power.
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