“As the word ‘Protestant’ is often misrepresented, a few remarks respecting its meaning may be useful. ‘Protestant’ and ‘Catholic’ are terms which, when rightly understood, are not conflicting. True Protestantism holds firmly to the truths set forth in the Creeds of the Apostolic Church, and protests only against unscriptural additions made to the Primitive Faith. Protestantism is the re-affirmation of that Faith combined with a distinct protest against those errors of doctrine, ritual, and practice which were brought, as St. Peter says, ‘privily’ into the Church of Christ (2 Pet. 2:2), but which were accepted as ‘Church teaching’ in mediaeval times, and are still too prevalent. The word Protestantism stands for the return to Primitive and Apostolic Christianity. It is the re-assertion of ‘the faith once for all delivered unto the saints’ (Jude 3). When Protestantism is negative in its declarations, it is only to preserve and accentuate some truth which is being perverted. Like the great ‘Ten Words,’ as the Jews were wont to term ‘the Ten Commandments,’ truths sometimes appear to be simply negations, when in reality they are very far from having that character, as our Lord’s summary of that Law abundantly proves (Matt 22:36-40).

The present [undertaking], therefore, although constructive, is necessarily controversial. Persons who object to controversy ignore the fact that the teaching of Christ and His Apostles was controversial. Truth was set forth by them in contrast with the errors of their times. The first teachers of Christianity were compelled to draw attention to ‘the weakness and unprofitableness’ of the old Mosaic Law then passing away (Heb. 7:18), and to oppose the ‘tradition of men’ which had perverted and misrepresented the nobler elements of that Law (Mark 7:7-9). The Apostolic Age has been described by the inspired writer as ‘a time of Reformation’ (Heb. 9:10). The Creeds of the Church were the outcome of controversy. The most brilliant periods of the Church’s history were times of controversy. The battle of truth will not be finally won until He that is ‘Faithful and True’ Himself appears on the scene of conflict (Rev. 19:11), and until that day arrives, it is faithlessness on the part of the soldiers of Christ to lay aside their armour, and to put into its scabbard ‘the sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God’ (Eph. 6:17).” ~ Wright & Neil, “The History, Doctrines, & Practices of the Christian Church” (1904)

As those who have gone before us, the Hail & Fire seeks, through this blog and other publications, to remove in some measure that uncertainty and lack of awareness on the points at issue between Protestants and Roman Catholics. We trust that our work may enable Protestant preachers, lecturers, and Christians who are unversed in the Roman controversy, to bear witness to the truth with more power and to testify in a spirit of love against all Roman errors. Those errors confuse divine truths and they prevent that exercise of private judgment that the Scripture in all places assume to be one of the first duties of man; they tend to weaken personal responsibility, destroy Christian liberty, sap the strength of those who would be faithful, and imperil the salvation of souls.

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