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ft1.The following are the ten sermons here mentioned: — The Second Sermon on the Witness of the Spirit; — On Sin in Believers; — Repentance of Believers; — The Great Assize; — The Lord our Righteousness; — Wandering Thoughts; — the Scripture Way of Salvation; — The Good Steward; — The Reformation of Manners; — On the Death of Mr. Whitefield. It is worthy of remark, that when Mr. Wesley published a uniform edition of his Sermons in eight volumes duodecimo, in 1787 and 1788, — a copy of which he afterwards bequeathed to every traveling Preacher, — by some unaccountable inadvertency, a copy of an early edition of the doctrinal Sermons was placed before the Printer; so that not only were the ten discourses here mentioned left out, but the benefit of the corrections which the author had made sixteen years before was completely lost to the reader. Of this edition the fifth and three following volumes consisted of Sermons selected from the Arminian Magazine.
ft3.The Holy Club.
ft4.I greatly approve.
ft5.A soldier past service.
ft6.Great is my glorifying of you: I am exceeding joyful. [The author and/or the original publisher elected not to add the points to the Greek text in this volume — AGES Editors]
ft7.Naked to follow a naked Christ. —EDIT.
ft8.Formerly I was the estate of Achaemenides, but I am now the property of Monippus. —EDIT.
ft9.So they call the Priests. . To exercise himself unto godliness. . The same desires which they cherished on earth, remain in the world of spirits . I have done nothing hitherto. . Let life be a burden to me. . I am not sure of this. . I had even then the faith of a servant, though not that of a son. . I believe not . The faith of a son. . With the full Christian salvation. . The remainder of the paragraph, which is left untranslated in the text, may be rendered in the following manner. . That is, the proper Christian faith. . I dare not say this is right. . N.B. That is, in the year 1737. Several years before which, he was elected one of the four public Teachers of the Church; which office he retains to this day. Now which of the two consequences will you choose, (for one or the other is unavoidable,) Either that a man may preach the Gospel (yea, and with the demonstration of the Spirit) who has no faith: Or that a man who has a degree of true faith, may yet have doubts and fears? . This was cruel and unchristian. . A small coin of about a half-penny value. . This is unscriptural. . This work all the married brethren and sisters, as well as all the unmarried, perform in their turns. . Mr. Cennick. . Life is at stake. . There is no going back. . To heap mountain upon mountain, like the ancient Giants, in order to scale heaven. . To bow down before any one, in token of honoring him. . That is, The proper use of images is, to honor them, by bowing down before them. . So called by themselves, though improperly. . Know’st thou the enchanted cup, and Sirens’ song? . So all the labor’s lost! . A translation of this dialogue is given by Mr. Moore in his “life of the Rev. John Wesley, A.M.,” vol. 1., p. 481. —EDIT . In the answer to this letter, which I received some weeks after, this is explained as follows: — “All things which are a commandment to the natural man, are a promise to all that have been justified. — The thing itself is not lost, but the notion which people are wont to have of commandments, duties,” etc. . The brethren answer to this, “We believe it much better to discourse out of the newspapers, than to chatter about holy things to no purpose.” Perhaps so. But what is this to the point? I believe both the one and the other to be useless, and therefore an abomination to the Lord. . “We wear,” say the brethren, “neither gold nor silver.” You forget. I have seen it with my eyes. “But we judge nobody that does.” How!
Then you must judge both St. Peter and Paul false witnesses before God “And because those professions that minister thereto (to sin, to what God has flatly forbidden) relate to trade, and trade is a thing relating to the Magistrate, we therefore let all these things alone, entirely suspending our judgment concerning them.” . This fact also you grant, and defend thus: — “The power of reproving relates either to outward things, or to the heart. Nobody has any right to the former, but the Magistrate.” (Alas; alas! what casuistry is this?) “And if one will speak to the heart, he must be first sure that the Savior has already got hold of it.” What then must become of all other men? O how pleasing is all this to flesh and blood! . To let the world go as it will: For it will go. . In the preface to the second Journal the Moravian Church is cleared from this mistake. . The substance of the answer to this and the following paragraphs is, 1. That none ought to communicate till he has faith, that is, a sure trust in the mercy of God through Christ. This is granting the charge. 2. That “if the Methodists hold, this sacrament is a means of getting faith, they must act according to their persuasion.” We do hold it, and know it to be so, to many of those who are previously convinced of sin. . “A religion,” you say, “and a Church, are not all one: A religion is an assembly wherein the holy Scriptures are taught after a prescribed rule.” This is too narrow a definition. For there are many Pagan (as well as a Mahometan) religions. Rather, a religion is, a method of worshipping God, whether in a right or a wrong manner. . N.B. I speak of Antinomian doctrine, abstracted from practice, good or bad. . Where will his like be found, for modesty, Unblemished faithfulness, and naked truth? . N.B. His father died not long after. . As one that has unawares trodden upon a snake. . Long as my writings shall your fame remain. . All the particulars of this memorable transaction are set down in “The Case of John Nelson, written by himself.” . If perchance, during sleep, the fumes of his wine had evaporated. —\parEDIT