On the other hand there were movements, such as the Waldensian, the Wycliffite and Hussite,which are often described as "reformations anticipating the Reformation" which "set out from the Augustinian conception of the Church, but took exception to the development of the conception," and were pronounced by the medieval church as heretical for (1) "contesting the hierarchical gradation of the priestly order; or (2) giving to the religious idea of the Church implied in the thought of predestination a place superior to the conception of the empirical Church; or (3) applying to the priests, and thereby to the authorities of the Church, the test of the law of God, before admitting their right to exercise, as holding the keys, the power of binding and loosing" (Harnack's History of Dogma, vi.
Suggest reformations in the different departments of the army essential to good discipline, order and economy, and that his, character and popularity in the army would facilitate the execution of such reformations when adopted by Congress.
The actual church is always falling short of its profession; but its successive reformations witness to the strength of its longing after the beauty of holiness.
Losche, Vollstandige Reformations-Acta and Documenta (Leipzig, 1720-1729); Enders, Dr Martin Luther's Briefwechsel (5 vols., Frankfurt, 1884-1893) J.
Are vitia temporis as well as vitia hominis, and that the beginning of reformations hath the contrary power to the pool of Bethseda, for that had strength to cure only him that was first cast in, and this hath commonly strength to hurt him only that is first cast in."