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OR, A COMPLETE SYSTEM OF
SELECTED FROM THE WRITINGS OF
THE REV. JOHN WESLEY, A. M.
AND SO ARRANGED AS TO FORM A MINIATURE BODY OF DIVINITY,
(FROM A LONDON PUBLICATION.)
REVISED, ENLARGED, AND AN INDEX ADDED.
PUBLISHED BY T. MASON & G. LANE,
J. Collord, Printer.
PREFACE TO WESLEYANA
The opposers of Methodism have, both in their oral teachings and in their writings, often misrepresented its doctrines: some, perhaps, ignorantly and very bunglingly; some artfully and very ingeniously; and some, we fear, wickedly. By some we have been represented as teaching that man makes the first step toward his recovery from sin; that we are to expect justification by the merit of works ; that in so doing we rob Christ of his crown, and set aside the agency of the Holy Spirit ; while not a few suppose that we believe and teach the doctrine of absolute and immaculate perfection. As an answer to the first part of this charge, viz., "that man makes the first step toward his recovery from sin," we would say, Read our hymns.
" What are our works but sin and death
Till thou thy quick’ning Spirit breathe ;
O wondrous grace! O boundless love !" As an answer to the second, viz., " that we are to expect justification by works,” let the following be noticed
“ Thou all our works in us hast wrought,
Our good is all divine;
And righteous word is thine."
Your God, ye fallen race;
Be justified by grace.” To the third charge, viz., that of “robbing Christ of his crown,” we must say, Read the following:
“A guilty, weak, and helpless worm,
Into thy hands I fall;
My Jesus and my ALL."
And into nothing fall ;
And Christ be ALL IN ALL."