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PROSPECT-PLACE, SHEBBEAR, NEAR HATIIERLEIGH ; ALSO BY ALL THE ITINERANT

PREACHERS IN THE BIBLE CHRISTIAN CONNEXION; AND IN

LONDON,
BY J: STEPENS, 153, FLEET STREET, AND A'. NORTHCROFT, 96,

CHANCERY LANE.

OR A

VINDICATION

OF THE

Rev. MR. WESLEY'S LAST MINUTES:

OCCASIONED BY

A CIRCULAR LETTER,

INVITING PRINCIPAL PERSONS,

BOTH CLERGY AND LAITY,

AS WELL OF THE

DISSENTERS AS OF THE ESTABLISHED CHURCH,

WHO DISAPPROVED OP THOSE MINUTES,

TO OPPOSE THEM IN A BODY, AS A DREADFUL HERESY:

AND DESIGNED

TO REMOVE PREJUDICE, CHECK RASHNESS, PROMOTE FORBEARANCE, 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.

BY A LOVER OF QUIETNESS AND LIBERTY OF CONSCIENCE.

DEVON;

PUBLISHED AND SOLD BY S. THORNE,
PROSPECT-PLACE, SHEBBEAR, NEAR HATHERLEIGH

A Copy of the Circular Letter, which has given occasion to this
Vindication ; to which is anneaed a Copy of the

Rev. Mr. Wesley's Minutes.

Sir,

the unrighteous mammon. God will not give Whereas Mr. Wesley's Conference is him the true' riches." to be held at Bristol, on Tuesday the 6th of * 2." With regard to working for life. This August next, it is proposed by Lady Hun. also our Lord has expressly commanded us. tingdon and many other Christian Friends Labour, Egyalode, literally, work for the (real Protestants) to bave a meeting'at Bris- meat that endureth to' everlasting life. And tol, at the same time, of such principal' Perin fact every Believer, till he comes to glory, sons both Clergy and Laity who disapprove works for, as well'as from life. of the underwritten Minutes; and as the 3. We have received it as a maxim, that same are thought injurious to the very fun. “A man is to do nothing, in order to 'justifidamental Principles of Christianity, it is cation." Nothing can be more false.' Whofurther proposed, that they go in a body to ever desires to find favour with 'God, should the said Conference, and insist upon a for- cease from evil, wnd learn to do well. Whomal Reçantation, of the said Minutes; and ever repents, should do works meet for repent. in case of a refusal, that they sign and pub ance. And if this is not in order to find falish their protest against them. Your pre. Vour, what does he do them for ? : : sence, Sir, on this occasion is particularly . Review the whole affair. requested: but if it should not'suit your con. 1."'Who of us is now'accepted of God? venience to be there, it is desired that you He that now believes in Christ, with a lowill transmit you r sentiments on the subject ving, obedient heart." to such person as you think proper to pron 2.'' But who among those that never heard duce them. It is submitted to you, whether of Christ ?' it would not be right, in the opposition to be? Hethat feareth God, and worketh righteous made to such a dreadful heresy, to recom- ness according to the light he has. mend it to as many of your Christian Friends, •* 3. Is this the same with, “He that is as well of the Dissenters 'as of the establish: sincere ?»* Nearly, if not quite. ed Church, as you can prevail on to be there, ''4. Is not this "Salvation by works?" the cause being of so public à nature.

Not by the Merit of works, but by works, I am, Sir,

"as a Condition. ' : Your pbedient Servant,

* 5. What have we then been disputing WALTER SHIRLEY. about for these'thirty years ? P. S. Your answer is desired, directed "I am afraid about words." to the Countess of Huntingdon, or the Rev. '6." Ås to mérit itself, of which we have Mr. Shirley,'or John Lloyd, Esqr, in Batu; been so dreadfully afraid: we are rewarded, or Mr. James Ireland, Merchant, Bristol ; "according to our works, yeà because of our or to Thomas Powis, Esq. at Berwick, 'neár 'works. How does this differ from, for the BAREWSBURY; or to Richard Hill, Esq. at sake of our works? And how differs this froin Hawkstone, near Whitchurch, Shropshire. - sécundum merita operuin ? As our works Lodgings will be provided." Enquire at Mr. deserve ? Can you split this hair ? I doubt, Ireland's, Bristol. y 9. 10) I cannot. We

110 EXTRACT from the MINUTES of some late ' 7. The grand objection to one of the preCONVERSATIONS between the Rev. Mr. Wes- ceding propositions,' 'is drawn from niatkér of. ley, and others, at a public Conference, held fact. God does in fact'justify those, who by in London, August 7, 1770, and printed by their own confession, néithër feared God bor W. Pine, BRISTOL.

1 wrought righteousness."'Is'this'ati exception Take heed to your doctrine.

to the general rule ?! We said in '1744."* We have leaned too** It is a doubt, if God makes any exception at much toward Calvinism." Wherein ?! all." But how are we sure, that the person 1. With regard to man's faithfulness: ' in question never" did 'fear God and work

Our Lord himself taught us to use the ex« "righteousness'Iris' own' saying so is not pression. And we ought never to be asha-proof :'for 'we know, how all that are conmed of it. We ought steadily to assert, on vinced of sin, undervalue themselves'in every his authority, that if a man'is not faithful in respect. ?

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