Notes of a Tour in Sweden, During the Summer Of 1858

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General Books LLC, 2009 - Literary Collections - 126 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1859. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER VII. The First Sabbath in Stockholm--Professor Toren. We anticipated our first Sabbath in Stockholm with much pleasure, and we determined to spend it among our more immediate brethren. To avoid the hour of Lutheran service, which is ten o'clock, the Baptists commenced theirs at half-past eight, but as service in a foreign tongue would afford us no edification, we did not propose to attend it; the eucharist, however, being celebrated at the close of the morning service, in these intelligible actions we gladly embraced the opportunity of fellowship. The ordinance was administered by Mr Keubner in the Danish language, which is, though not perfectly, yet to a great extent, understood by Swedes. At the conclusion of it four persons, one man and three women, were brought forward as candidates for admission. They were successively subjected to a personal examination by the pastor in the presence of the Church, and questions suggested by members of the Church were also put to them. It cannot be said that to all of them this process appeared trying, but that it was so to one of the women was very obvious. More than one brother was evidently dissatisfied with her answers, and we do not think we overstate the fact when we say that she was subjected to a severe cross-examination. That she felt the torture deeply was manifest. On the vote being taken, three were accepted unanimously, and two hands were held up against the fourth. Poor thing! how glad we were that she was accepted too! We found afterwards, that, by a rule of the Church, if three hands had been held up against her, she would have been rejected. Our spirits were stirred by this incident, and we both felt we must say a few words. Dr Steane spoke first, and Mr Hinton after him, pleading for the pri...

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