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The Tri-lemma;

OR,

DEATH BY THREE HORNS.

 

THE PRESBYTERIAN GENERAL ASSEMBLY

NOT ABLE TO DECIDE THIS QUESTION:

"IS BAPTISM IN THE ROMISH CHURCH VALID?"

AFFIRMATIVELY OR NEGATIVELY WITHOUT UNBAPTIZING

AND UNCHURCHING THE WHOLE PROTESTANT WORLD!

NO PROTESTANT CAN DECIDE IT, AND SAVE HIS

BIBLE AND HIS BAPTISM

BY J. R. GRAVES,

AUTHOR OF "GREAT IRON WHEEL," ETC., ETC., EDITOR OF

THE TENNESSEE BAPTIST, NASHVILLE, TENN.

NASHVILLE:

SOUTH-WESTERN PUBLISHING HOUSE.

1861.


Reprinted by THE BAPTIST STANDARD BEARER, INC. No. 1 Iron Oaks Drive Paris, Arkansas 72855 Electronic version scanned and prepared by LANDMARK INDEPENDENT BAPTIST CHURCH PO Box 847, Archer, FL 32618


 

PREFACE.


THE discussions, admissions, and conclusion of the N. S. Presbyterian General Assembly, were by that body evidently desired and attempted to be kept from the Presbyterian membership and the masses of the American people.

The desire and design of the author, or rather compiler of this little work, is to place the admissions and confessions made in that body in the hands of every American Christian and citizen--they belong to them. Will the reader aid in its general circulation?

"Go through, go through the gates; prepare ye the way of the people; cast up, cast up the highway; gather out the stones; lift up a standard for the people."

 


 

INTRODUCTION.


TRI-LEMMA! Tri-lemma! It is not in the Dictionaries. Pray, what is a tri-lemma asks the Reader.

When one is pinned between two difficulties, we say he is in a Di-lemma.

When he is pinned between two difficulties, and pierced through by a third, may we not say he is in a TRI-LEMMA?

Read and decide if Protestantism is not in just such a situation.

J. R. G.

Nashville, Jan. 1, 1860.

 


CONTENTS.


 

CHAPTER I.

THE QUESTION DISCUSSED.
Its importance to all Protestant sects--The difficulties it presents--The attention given to it by the O. S. and N. S. Presbyterian Assemblies,

 

CHAPTER II.

THE POSITION OF THE O. S. PRESBYTERIAN ASSEMBLY.
Its answer fatal to the Ecclesiastical claims of Presbyterians and all Protestants,

 

CHAPTER III.

POSITION OF THE N. S. PRESBYTERIAN ASSEMBLY, 1854.
The question submitted to a Committee--A Majority and Minority Report--The Assembly divided--It is found that to decide Romish baptisms valid or invalid was equally fatal to the baptisms of all Protestants--Decided that it could not expediently be decided--The Tri-lemma,

 

CHAPTER IV.

TWO OTHER QUESTIONS. 1.
Can Protestants oppose the Papacy without being slain by the Papacy?--2. Can Baptists oppose the Papacy without destroying Protestantism?

 

CHAPTER V.

THE ECCLESIASTICAL CLAIMS OF BAPTISTS.
Did Baptists originate in the bosom of the Papal Church, or receive their baptisms and ordinations from the Man of Sin?

 

APPENDIX

 
 
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