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An Appeal to Holy Scripture.
(ADDRESSED TO DISSENTERS.)
T. P. GARNIER, M. A.,
RECTOR OF CRANWORTH WITH SOUTHBURGH, NORFOLK, AND LATE FELLOW OF
ALL SOULS COLLEGE, OXFORD. AUTHOR OF THE PARISH CHURCH,” ETC.
“What saith the Scripture?”—Rom. iv. 3.
GEORGE BELL AND SONS, YORK STREET,
V.— I was converted by à Dissenter .
HE object of the writer in issuing this little book
to the public is to supply a need which he has himself felt in the charge of a parish. There were not a few Bible-loving Dissenters, leading upright lives, who it was evident had no adequate, if indeed any, conception of the sin of schism. The prevalent idea seemed to be that each one was to judge for himself in matters of faith, and that if his convictions led him to join some sect, it was open to him to do so, and that he would "be saved by the Law or Sect which he professed.”
Apart from all the evils of schism in a parish, the disquiet engendered, the obstruction, the waste of religious power that resulted, it was a constant trouble to see this disregard of the expressed will of God on the unity of His Church. It is often said, “Why not accept Dissent ?" The answer is, that as a fact there is no choice but to accept it. In all religious calculations it is a necessary factor. But so long as the Bible is the Church's rule of faith, it can never be accepted as agreeable to the will of God. Not to look on Dissent as sin (though, doubtless, in most