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FIRST CHECK TO ANTINOMIANISM;

A WINDICATION

OF THE

REV. M.R. WESLEY'S MINUTES

Of A

PUBLIC CONFERENCE, HELD IN LONDON, AUGUST 7, 1770;

OCCASIONED BY
A CIRCULAR LETTER

INVITING
PRINCIPAL PERSONs, Bo TH CILERGY AND LAITY,

As WELL OF THE DISSENTERS AS OF THE ESTABLISHED CHURCH, WHO DISAPPRoved of Those MINUTEs,

To oppose THEM IN A BoDY, As A DREADFUL HEREsy ;

AND DESIGNEd to REMOVE PREJUDICE, CHECK RASHNESS, PROMOTE Forbear ANCE, DEFEND THE CHARACTER OF AN EMINENT MINISTER of Christ, AND PREVENT SOME IMPORTANT SCRIPTURAL TRUTHS FROM BEING HASTILY BRANDED AS HERETICAL.

IN FIVE LETTERS,

- To THE HON. AND REV. AUTHOR OF THE circular LETTER.

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CONTENTS OF VOLUME I.

I. FIRST CHECK TO ANTINOMIANISM.

II. The commendable design of the Minutes, . - - - . 19

III. The three first propositions considered, - - • - . . . 27

IV. The remaining propositions examined, . - - - - - . 38

W. Expostulation with Mr. Shirley, . - - - - - - . 60

II. SECOND CHECK TO ANTINOMIANISM.

PRErAce.—The publication of the First Check justified, - - - . 67

LETTER I. The doctrine of a second justification by works defended, . . 71

II. On Mr. Shirley's recantation of his sermons, and free will, . - . 89

III. The prevalence and evil consequences of Antinomianism, . - . 99

III. THIRD CHECK TO ANTINOMIANISM.

INTRoduction.—The use of controversy properly managed, . - . . 135

Remarks on Mr. Hill's five letters, - - - - - - . 135

LETTER I. On man's faithfulness, - - - - - - - . 135

II. On working for life, . - . 136

III. On the word merit, and the rewardableness of good works, . - . 172

IV. On men's sins displeasing God, but not their persons, . - • . 176

W. Finished salvation—Dr. Crisp and the Rev. W. Sellon, . - - . 191

CoNclusion.—The present state of the controversy, . - * - . 193

IV. FOURTH CHECK TO ANTINOMIANISM.

IN A SERIES OF LETTERS TO MESSRS. RICHARD AND ROWLAND HIL-l.

LETTER I. The doctrino of justification by works is Scriptural, . - . 209

II. Established by the liturgy, articles, &c, of the Church, - - . 215

III. Maintained by the sober Puritan divines, - - - - . 222

IV. Flavel and other Puritan writers condemn Dr. Crisp's doctrine, . . 228

V. The Minutes and St. James’ “pure religion” established on Mr. Hill's

- concessions, . - - - - - - - - - - . 235

| VI. The doctrine of finished salvation and imputed righteousness overthrown, 241

VII. Mr. Hill's arguments answered, . - - - - - - 248

VIII. Good works not termed “filthy rags,” &c, in Scripture, . . .263

IX. Mr. Rowland Hill answered, . 273

X. Messrs. Richard and Rowland Hill's remarks on the Third Check answered, 283

XI. Final justification by works, consistent with present justification by faith, 295

XII. How for the Calvinists and remonstrants agree, . - - . 303

XIII. The present state of the controversy, - - - - . 321

Postscaipt.—The author's reasons for making a stand against his opponents, 329

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V. FIFTH CHECK.—PART FIRST.

VI. FIFTH CHECK.—PART SECOND.

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