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Subject:  Re: Basics Date:  10/23/2002  8:41 PM
Author:  GoldRushs Number:  220 of 301

The Popish position virtually proceeds upon the assumption that the church is for the sake of the ministry, and the Protestant one, upon the assumption that the ministry is for the sake of the church.

The Church of Rome makes the ministry the end, and the church the means; Protestants reverse this order, and make the ministry the means, and the church the end. . .

Due to this attitude, the days were dark during these times in the church, and knowledge of individual faith was almost entirely lost. The lay people did not have access to God's Word, so scholastic levels were extremely low, and the study of the Scriptures had been almost wholly abandoned on a personal level.

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