Remarks on Methodism, by a Minister of the Church of England [- Wills.].
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. 1813. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER VII. THE ERROR OF METHODISTS IN CONFOUNDING CAUSAL AND FINAL JUSTIFICATION.--THE LATTER SHEWN TO DEPEND ON THE PRACTICE OF CHRISTIANITY.--UNION WITH CHRIST NO UNFAILING ASSURANCE OP IT, ACCORDING TO ST. PAUL AND ST. PETER.--MORAL FITNESS A REQUISITE QUALIFICATION FOR THE DIVINE FAVOUR.--THE CLERGY CALUMNIATED AS PREACHERS OF NEW DOCTRINES.--OPINIONS THAT WERE HELD IN THE REIGNS OF ELIZABETH AMD JAMES I. UPON THIS SUBJECT, AS RECORDED BY FULLER AND STRYPE. The great and fundamental error which betrays, the Methodists into these false and dangerous opinions, appears to be this: they do not distinguish the general and unlimited act of mercy, even the atonement, which justifies all who believe the gospel, from the particular influence of divine grace, which accompanies those only who continue in the practice of religious duty, or having neglected it, repent and amend their doings, and thus become qualified for the recompense of the just. To throw a fuller light, therefore, on the point at issue between us, it will be necessary to touch briefly on the doctrine of justification, which although it be a separate article, is intimately connected with this subject. Causal or present, and final or future justification, are two things: the first is the work of God's mere grace, the last depends subordinately on the will of man. "The word Auta," says Parkhurst, f " is most usually applied to evangelical justification; to justify, to esteem, pronounce, or declare just or righteous, to acquit or Lexicon ad verb: t The authority of this learned and pious man will hardly be disputed; and his humility, the usual attendant of true excellence, well deserves the notice, and challenges the imitation of those who are little acquainted with that eminent christian ...
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