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socket in a good face, is odious to a tender heart.” The passages brought against the doctrine of Christian perfection, so far from waging war against it, show its absolute necessity. Carnal and fallible man has always, more or less, differed from his Maker, both in theory and practice : and human pride strongly objects to bending its dig. nity at the feet of the Great Teacher, his prophets, and apostles. Let us learn wisdom by the errors of others. Let us ask of him who giveth wisdom with a liberal hand to those who pray in faith,
That the reader may be blessed with a perfectly sanctifying faith, and henceforth live in the happiness of a full sabcation, is the humble, fervent, and believing prayer of
Dec. 20, 1852.
No creeds should be owned but the Bibl All other creeds should be forbidden to exert any influence over us. We must acknowledge nothing as an article of faith because Justin Martyr, Martin Luther, John Wesley, Dr. Clarke, Richard Watson, and other great men say it is true; and we should be careful to throw away nothing because other divines of opposite sentiments deny it. The Bible is the only infallible rule of faith and practice. We cannot be wrong so long as we are guided in all things by its unerring truths. Those truths are the only fit and safe articles of our belief: and we should believe them and obey them because the inspired prophets foretold them, or because Jesus Christ preached them, or because his infallible apostles wrote them. Such a course would soon lead us into all the perfect will of God, and end in certain glory, honour, immortality, and eternal life.
The following scriptures, which are unmistakably plain, demand our notice, and have a divine claim upon our credit and practice; they show us the mind of God on the important subject in hand, and may with propriety be entitled articles of faith on the subject of Christian Perfection:
1. “Without holiness no man shall see the Lord.”
2. “It is the will of God even your sanctification." 3. “Be ye holy, for I the Lord your God am holy."
4. “The blood of Jesus Christ, God's Son, cleanseth us from all sin.”
5. “Jesus Christ is made unto us Wisdom, and Righteousness, and Sanctification, and Redemption."
6. “Wherefore he is able to save to the uttermost all them that come unto God through him, &c.”
7. “All things are possible to him that believeth.”
8. “If thou doubt not in thine heart, whatsoever thou sayest shall come to pass.”
9. “Therefore I say unto you, what things soever ye desire when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.”
10. “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord; though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.”
These, with numerous other passages on the doctrine of purity and holiness, should call our faith into lively and powerful action. “All things are now ready," and “this is the victory that overcometh, even our faith.”
A few minutes spent in faithful self-examination, which is a task not very pleasing to careless and unconverted professors of religion, will be a very useful pioneer in making way for what has to follow. Allow me to take for granted you are not one of those careless souls who imagine themselves safe enough with a profession of the religion of the Lord Jesus Christ, and a name to live, while they are dead-dead to spiritual religion-strangers to everlasting life. God knoweth our hearts, and we ought at least to know them ourselves. To know everything, and yet to remain ignorant of ourselves, is characteristic of great folly. “ The fool's eyes run to and fro to the ends of the earth;"