Defective Tridents


The Tridentine view then of this most momentous dogma [JBFA], in which all subjective Christianity is comprehended, is fairly chargeable with the following serious defects: (1) a  very superficial knowledge of human sinfulness, in affirming a dispositio, praeparatio and cooperatio, on the part of man, as necessarily preceding and making way for justification; (2) a confounding of justificatio with sanctificatio in the conception of the central idea itself; (3) a most insufficient representation of the nature of faith; (4) an overvaluation of good works after conversion, investing the whole Christian life with a Pelagianistic complexion; and (5) an entire want of evangelical freedom and assurance. (85-86)

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