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A PLAIN ACCOUNT OF CHRISTIAN PERFECTION; THE
PRINCIPLES OF THE METHODISTS, &c.
FIRST AMERICAN EDITION.
PRINTED AND SOLD BY J. & J. HARPER,
NO. 327 PEARL-STREET.
CONTENTS OF VOLUME VIII.
IX. · 4. A Word 10 an unhappy Woman
XXIV. A Letter to the Bishop of London, occasioned by his
A PLAIN ACCOUNT OF CHRISTIAN PERFECTION ;
As believed and taught by John Wesley, A. M. from the year 1725.
to the year 1777.
1. WHAT I purpose in the following pages is, to give a plain and distipct account of the steps, by which I was led, during a course of many years, to embrace the doctrine of Christian Perfection. This I owe to the serious part of mankind; those who desire to know all the truth as it is in Jesus. And these are only concerned in questions of this kind. To these I would nakedly declare the thing as it is, endeavouring all along to show, from one period to another, both what I thought, and why I thought so.
2. In the year 1725, being in the 23d year of my age, I met with Bishop Taylor's Rules and Exercises of Holy Living and Dying. In reading several parts of this book, I was exceedingly affected : that part in particular, which relates to purity of intention. Instantly I resolved to dedicate all my life to God; all my thoughts, and words, and actions; being thoroughly convinced, there was no medium, but that every part of my life, (not some part only) must either be a sacrifice to God, or to myself; that is, in effect, to the Devil.
Can any serious person doubt of this, or find a medium between serving God, and serving the Devil ?
3. In the year 1729, I met with Kempis's Christian Pattern. The nature and extent of inward religion, the religion of the heart, now appeared to me in a stronger light than ever it had done before. I saw that giving even all my life to God, (supposing it possible to do this, and go no farther,) would profit me nothing, unless I gave my heart; yea, all my heart, to him.
my heart, to him. I saw, that “simplicity of intention, and purity of affection," one design in all we speak or do, and one desire ruling all our tempers, are indeed “ the wings of the soul,” without which she can never ascend the mount of God.
4. A year or two after, Mr. Law's Christian Perfection, and VOL. 8.-B