Sunday, February 7, 2010

All-holy, immaculate, and most blessed Lady

I've seen Protestants quote Romans 3:23 ("For all have sinned...") time and again as if it stood as a perfect prooftext against belief that the Virgin Mary was sinless. I nearly fell over laughing when I came across this commentary by a well-known Baptist preacher of the 19th century:
"... 'The whole world is gone after him.' Did all the world go after Christ? 'Then went all Judea, and were baptized of him in Jordan.' Was all Judea, or all Jerusalem baptized in Jordan? 'Ye are of God, little children', and 'the whole world lieth in the wicked one.' Does 'the whole world' there mean everybody? If so, how was it, then, that there were some who were 'of God?' The words 'world' and 'all' are used in some seven or eight senses in Scripture; and it is very rarely that 'all' means all persons, taken individually. The words are generally used to signify that Christ has redeemed some of all sorts—some Jews, some Gentiles, some rich, some poor, and has not restricted his redemption to either Jew or Gentile." (Charles H. Spurgeon, Particular Redemption, A Sermon, 28 Feb 1858).

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