Excerpt from The Doctrine of Holy Baptism: With Remarks on the Rev. W. Goode's Effects
Secondly - It has hitherto been supposed, that to look with reverence and humility at the Divine De crees, and even to employ language respecting them which was borrowed from the school of Calvin, was not incompatible with an entire admission of all which the Church of England declared respecting Baptismal grace. Man's reason may be too weak, or his knowledge not sufficiently com prehensive, to enable him to bring these two systems together with logical exactness. But this is no reason why either should be abandoned. The Doctrine of Decrees has been as widely held in the Church of Rome as in the Church of Eng land. And it is to be regretted that Mr. Goode should attempt to revive a difficulty, which was in great measure forgotten; and should tell those of our brethren who employ the language of Calvin, that they cannot receive the Baptismal services, in that sense, which (according to his own words) its expressions evidently favour.
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