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(1910) [MARC] Author: Mary Karadja
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’TT’CCORDING to the Orthodox definition, the
^/« » Sacraments are " Ordained means of Grace,
necessary to salvation, instruments of Eternal Life,
which—through outward and visible signs— transfer
to the Faithful inward and spiritual Grace."
How is it that these divinely-appointed ordinances
of Grace, which ought to bind together the Members
of the Church, have turned into veritable apples of
discord ?
The reason is very simple.
The Sacraments have gradually lost their original
signification, and have degenerated into mere ritual
functions. As they repeatedly failed to transfer the
immense benefits which they were appointed to transmit,
these glaring failures gave birth to grave doubts con-
cerning their efiicacy.
At the Reformation five of the Sacraments were
simply discarded as "not necessary to Salvation."
Luther went so far as to style the Sacrament of Con-
firmation a " FiKMELUNG," which word signifies Fraud
or Cheat. If he had had the slightest notion of the
Inner Meaning of the Sacraments, he would not have
handled the pruning-knife with such deplorable alacrity.

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