Christ Jesus and freely offered in the Gospel. And the Christian Church is the sum total of all those who truly
believe, and therefore confess and propagate this truth of the Gospel.
Accordingly, the history of Christianity and of the Christian Church is essentially the record concerning this
truth, viz., how, when, where, by whom, with what success and consistency, etc., it has been proclaimed,
received, rejected, opposed, defended, corrupted, and restored again to its original purity.