Sunday, November 16, 2014

Walter Scott on Experimental Religion

In The Christian Baptist, IV.7 1827-2-5 309f, Walter Scott (under the alias of Philip) started a discussion of what he called experimental Religion (309:1), which refers to "those personal proofs and evidences of our individual adoption into the family of God, which are to be found in the character of every genuine christian" (309:1), which he finds predominantly expressed in the letter of John (presumably 1 Joh 3:1f), Peter and Jude. In this context, Scott validates that describing people as the sons and daughters of God is a legitimate view of the Campbellite position.
... the scriptures inform us that, 1st, Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ, is begotten by God. 2d, Whosoever loves, has been begotten by God. 3d, That whosoever has the hope of the gospel in him, is an heir of God; and, finally, that all christians know that they have been begotten by God by the spirit which he has given them. Thus the faith, love, and hope of the gospel, with the gift of the Holy Spirit, are all proofs our individual personal adoption. (309:2)
This,  Mormonism appears like a literal version of Campbellism at times.

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