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“Moreover Protestantism-priceless as have been the benefits it has conferred on those who have joined its ranks- is yet very far from being a perfect recovery of primitive Christianity. It has risen out of the gross ignorance and superstition of medieval Romanism; it has altogether abandoned the idolatry of image worship, virgin worship, saint worship and the adoration of the priest-made wafer deity of the Latin mass; it has recovered a pure of faith and a simpler ritual, and secured for the Church a measure of liberty and independence; above all, it has circulated the Scriptures in the vulgar tongues of the nations of Christendom, and has adopted as its motto, ‘The Bible, the whole Bible, and nothing but the Bible’: but it has never completely purified itself from Romish doctrine and practice, it has never regained complete independence of secular domination, it has never got clear of union with the world. It has rejected the claim of the Church to rule the State, it has not as clearly refused the pretensions of the State to rule the Church; it has suffered worldly ambition, priestcraft, simony, and abuses of many kinds; and it has developed two strong tendencies. one to a return to the Romanish apostasy, and the other to rationalism and infidelity. The true spiritual Church of Christ is still, even in Protestant lands, but a small part of the professing Church.” (H. Grattan, Guinness, Romanism and the Reformation, 1887, 167-168)

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