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The perverter of Christian principles is therefore the most formidable, as well as the most insidious enemy of Christian truth.

The superstitious frauds of Popery have almost entirely destroyed the sincere profession of the gospel in Catholic countries; and the vain pretensions of Enthusiasm threaten the speedy extermination of it in the Reformed church. Many are disgusted by its arrogant presumption and affected piety; but more are misled by its claims to extraordinary illuminations and peculiar grace. . Hence, with the most charitable disposition towards the Methodists, we may be allowed to expose the pernicious tendency of their tenets and their preaching; calculated on the one part, to increase scepticism and profaneness, and on the other, to create that blind infatuation which has heretofore been the scourge and terror of mankind.

The Methodistical Doctrine of Regeneration and Grace

tends to discourage good resolutions and virtuous en-

deavours, and to create vain confidence and vague pre-

sumptions.—Various instances of its effects.--Infatuation

of Methodists exemplified in their substitution of feeling

for repentance.-The wicked released by this delusion

from the fear of future punishment .................. 64


Methodistical Doctrines obtruded on the sick and dying.-

They supersede a final judgment.--A remarkable instance

of Methodistical infatuation --Religious duties esteemed

of no account.-Practical evils resulting from such erro-

neous opinions.-Self-examination reprobated.—Percepti-

ble illapse of the Holy Spirit.--Its absolute and immediate

effect in converting sinners.—Repentance confounded with

Regeneration.-Compulsory Grace.--Infusion of this doc-

trive into the minds of children.—Its pernicious influence 99


The doctrines founded by Methodists on detached or imper-

fect Texts of Scripture contradicted by the context.-The

earnest, or witness of the Spirit misapplied, to favour their

notions of Divine Grace.-Their opinion of “ Truc-heart

Religion!” of Salvation upon mere belief, without any

regard to good works.Sudden transition from a state of

sin to a state of grace.-Confidence of Methodists that

the New Birth ensures salvation, and that no farther care

is required for its attainment ......... .............. 132


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

of 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 and James I. upon

this subject, as recorded by Fuller and Strype............ 153

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