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Doch nu rijst verder de vraag of het mogelijk is in het lieden weer over te doen, wal in het verleden op zoo geheel eenige wijze geschiedde? Hierop antwoordt de Methodist volmondig: ja, en wel omdat hij het absoluut cu centraal karakter van het Pinkster wou der negeert en daarmee tenens de levenshistorie van de Kerke Christi. De Heilige Geest moet weer worden uitgestort gelijk op den Pinksterdag;1) Apostelen2) en Evangelisten3) moeten opnieuw uitgaan 0111 het Evangelie te brengen aan «gedoopte en ongedoopte Heidenen»; 4) een geheel nieuw soort van kerken moet verrijzen, °) eri de historische ontwikkeling der Christelijke waarheid moet als hallast overboord worden geworpen. s)

1) Unsworth, a. w., p. 145: God says, .. i will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh and this prediction of Joel was partly accomplished at Pentecost, but is to be accomplished in its fulness in „the last times" when the special outpouring of the Spirit will be universally experienced. — P. 183: We too must wait for the outpouring of the Spirit to fit us for Church-work and to apply the truth we teach.

2) Zie noot 2, p. 37. Slater, a. w., p. 32: The spiritual condition of the Wesleys before their conversion was similar to that of the disciples before the day of Pentecost. — Gregory, a. w„ p. 66: When the Spirit had descended on the early Church and on Wbsley.

3) Whitehead, a. w., ii, p. 499: Mr. Wesley declares that he and his brother considered the Lay-Preachers in the light of Evangelists, or Preachers only, when they received them as helpers in the work, or they never should have admitted them.

4) Wesley, Works, V, p. 108: The Heathen baptized or unbaptized.

5) Gregory, a. w., p. 14: The spiritual and moral condition of the country (England) was sucli as to imperatively require a re-evangeiization on the largest possible scale. The truth is, England had never yet (nl. vóór het Methodisme) been thoroughly evangelized. It had heen ecclesiasticized instead. — Stevens, a. w., ii, p. 353: Such was Wesley's „United Society", sueh the Church of Methodism; and as such, is it not a reproduction of the Church of the Apostolic age, and a type of „the Church of the future"? Gregory, Ihily Church, p. 156: The eariiest Christian Churelies were, in fact, United Societies.

6) Wesley, Works, V, p. 149: Whatever doctrine is new must be wrong; for the old religion is the only true one; and no doctrine can be right, unless it is the very same „which was from the beginning". Naar aanleiding van deze woorden zegt Slater, a. w., p. 37: To the universal Church it must be of interest that the theology whicli arose in connection with this burst of religious life is that of the Early Church.

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