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The American Church Dictionary and Cycopedia

Generally Necessary

In the definition given in the Church Catechism of Holy Baptism and the Lord's Supper, these Sacraments are declared to be "generally necessary to salvation." From the way many persons postpone their own Baptism, neglect the Baptism of their children and ignore the Holy Communion, it would seem that they think the word "generally" in the above clause, means "usually," but not essential to religious life. This is a mistake. The word "generally" as used when the Catechism was set forth is simply the Anglicized form of the Latin word generaliter, meaning universally, always, absolutely necessary for every one who would be saved, and therefore, imperative where the Sacraments may be had.

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Miller, William James. Entry for 'Generally Necessary'. The American Church Dictionary and Cyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/acd/g/generally-necessary.html. 1901.

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