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THE

WHOLE WORKS

OF THE

Rev. JOHN FLETCHER,

Vicar of Madeley, Shropshire.

VOL. I.

DEVON:

PUBLISHED AND SOLD BY S. THORNE,

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

PREACHERS IN THE BIBLE CHRISTIAN CONNEXION; AND IN

LONDON,

BY J: STEPHENS, 153, FLEET STREET, AND A. NORTHCROFT, 96,

CHANCERY LANE,

1835,

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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 OF 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

1834

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FIRST CHECK, &c.

A Copy of the Circular Letler, 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, Egyaseole, literally, work for the (real Protestants), to have a meeting'at Brise 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 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 fór- cease from evil, and learn to do well.' Whomal Reçantation, of the said Minutes; and ever repents, should do works meet for repentin 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 will transmit your sentimenesired that you

He that now believes in Christ, with

loon the subject ving, obedient heart. to such person as you think proper to pro- 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- 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 a nature. Not by the Merit of works, but by works, I am, Sir,

as a Condition. Your obedient Servant,

5. WALTER SHIRLEY. about

I toptat have we then been disputing

these'thirty years ? P. S. Your answer is desired, directed

afraid about words. to the Countess of Huntingdon, or the Rev. 6. Ås to merit itself, of which we have

or John Lloyd, Esqr, in Bath; been so dreadfully afraid : we are rewarded, or M. 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 Hawkstoņe, near Whitchurch, "Shropshire. - secindum merita operun ? As our works Ireland's, Bristol. S. be provided." Enquire at Mr. deserve ? Can you split this hair? I doubt,

I cannot. 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' niatter of. ley, and others, at a public Conference, held fact. "God does in fact 'justify those, whó by in London, August 7, 1770, and printed by their own confession, neither feared God bor W. PINE, BRISTOL.

wrought righteousness. Is this an exception doctrine.

to the general rule ? We said in 1744.

*). 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 exc ' righteousness? 'Fris' own' saying so is not pression. And we ought never to be asha- ' proof :'for 'we know, how all that are con. med of it.", We ought 'steadily to assert; on vinced of sin, undervalue themselves in every bis authority, that if a män'is not faithful in respect. :

Mr. Shirley,

Lodgings

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