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Rev. JOHN FLETCHER,
Vicar of Madeley, Shropshire.
PUBLISHED AND SOLD BY S. THORNE,
PROSPECT-PLACE, SHEBBEAR, NEAR HATIIERLEIGH; ALSO BY ALL THE ITINERANT
PREACHERS IN THE BIBLE CHRISTIAN CONNEXION; AND IN
BY J. STEPIENS, 153, FLEET STREET, AND A'. NORTHCROFT, 96,
Rev. MR. WESLEY'S LAST MINUTES:
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:
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
IN FIVE LETTERS,
BY A LOVER OF QUIETNESS AND LIBERTY OF CONSCIENCE.
PUBLISHED AND SOLD BY S. THORNE,
A Copy of the Circular Letter, which has given occasion to this
Rev. Mr. Wesley's Minutes.
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, Egya%£o0€, 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 Per in'fact every Believer, till he comes to glory, sons both Clergy and Laity who disapprove works for, as well as from life.' of the underwritteň 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 fór- cease from evil, und learn to do well. Whomal Recantation, of the said Minutes; and ever repents, should do works meet for repentin case of a refysal, 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 your sentiments on the subject ving, obedient heart."*** *" '? to such person as you think proper to pró. 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 ? 'He that feareth God, and worketh righteous. made to such a dreadful heresy, to recom- nėss 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?” fbe cause being of so públic a 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. As to merit itself, of which we have Mr. Shirley, or John Lloyd, Esqr, in BATH ; been so dreadfully afraid: we are rewarded, or Mr. James Ireland, Merchant, Bristol, according to our works, yea because of our or to Thomas Powis, Esq. 'at' Berwick, near works. How does this differ from, for the SHREWSBURY; or to Richard Hill, Esq. at sake of our works ? "And how differs this from 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.**
I cannot. EXTRACT from the MINUTES of some late '7. The grand objection to one of the preCONVERSATIONs between the Rev. Mr. Wés- ceding propositions, is drawn from' nữatter 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, neithër feared God bor W. Pine, BRISTOL.
it wrought righteousness." Is'this ari 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 'Fris' 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, onvinced of sin, undervalue themselves in every his authority, that if a man'is not faithful in respect.