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LIVING THOUGHTS

OF

JOHN WESLEY

A COMPREHENSIVE SELECTION OF THE LIVING THOUGHTS
OF THE FOUNDER OF METHODISM AS CONTAINED

IN HIS MISCELLANEOUS WORKS

BY

JAMES H. POTTS

NEW YORK: EATON & MAINS
CINCINNATI : JENNINGS & PYE

THEOLOGICAL LIBRARY
CAMBRIDGE, MASS,

H65.629

1

BX
8217
.W 54
P6
18916

Copyright, 1891, by
HUNT & EATON,

NEW YORK.

PREFACE.

The works of Rev. John Wesley are a gold-mine of doctrine and instruction ; but, like other gold-mines, they contain a few things which are not gold. The two volumes of his sermons are nearly all pure gold. His journals and correspondence are also rich and valuable. His miscellaneous writings, however, require some sifting before their circulation in this country can be much revived. There is so much of the controversial element in them, so much of personal or merely local reference having no present significance, and so much of general discussion and argumentation pertaining to the Old World of a century ago that Americans do not feel much interested in them. Many trivial matters are also to be found, and several of the important treatises, like the French, Latin, Greek, and Hebrew grammars, have become obsolete.

But scattered along among these old documents are many literary and doctrinal gems of rarest value, needing only a new typographical background, better mechanical finish, and more modern arrangement and setting to be appreciated at their worth and eagerly sought for by all good people.

To separate these gems from their old surroundings, group them in convenient and attractive form, and to preserve them from loss in the transition has been the undertaking of the present compiler.

From the seven volumes of Mr. Wesley's works, sermons excepted, we have chosen such articles and paragraphs as seemed to us of greatest permanent value, and have formed them into this one volume, which will, we believe, be found of liveliest interest and rarest excellence.

Here Mr. Wesley as a teacher is seen at his best. Most of

these compositions were designed by him for the permanent page. They were written at different stages of his public career, and, with few exceptions, contain his most vigorous and mature thought upon the various subjects treated.

The public is invited to a careful perusal. Every thing that Mr. Wesley wrote is worth reading, and his best writings admit of long-continued and thorough study. The present and scuceeding generations of his followers especially ought to be well informed in those teachings so vital to the existence and welfare of early Methodism, and never without their deep significance and forceful bearing upon the cause of righteousness while the world continues to sin, and antichrist approaches to his reign.

JAMES H. POTTE.

CONTENTS.

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The People Called Methodists.

9 The Sum of the Doctrine

301

The Nature, Design, and General Rules of Brief Thoughts on Christian Perfection 305

the United Societies...

28 To the Rev. Mr. Dodd....

305

Rules of the Band Societies.............. 31 An Answer to the Rev. Mr. Dodd..... 306

Directions to the Bands....

Mr. Wesley's Personal Testimony.. 310

The Character of a Methodist............ 33 Letter to Mrs. Bennis.........

312

The Principles of a Methodist....

40 Letter to Lady

313

Advice to the People Called Methodists... 47 Letter to Miss Chapman.....

314

The Moral State of Mankind...

54 Letter to Mrs. Crosby..

314

The Biblical Account of Depravity.

93 Letter to Mrs. Rogers..

315

The Transmission of Sin...

100 From His Journal...

316

of Original Righteousness..

104 Body, Soul, and Spirit.

317

The Doctrine of Original Sin.

116 | What is an Arminian?.

The Religious Revival in England.... 136 God's Sovereignty...

321

How Mr. Wesley Began to Preach Meth Concerning Gospel Ministers.

odism.......

143 Upon Necessity...

826

Mr. Wesley Charged with Preaching Mad Necessity Further Considered..

841

pess......

145 | An Address to the Clergy.

847

An Act of Devotion.......

150 Consecration of Churches and Burial

Main Doctrines of Methodism ............

150 Grounds......

366

An Earnest Appeal to Men of Reason and How Far is it the Duty of a Christian Min-

Religion.....

152 ister to Preach Politics ?

867

Primitive Christianity.

176 Directions Concerning Pronunciation and

Conditions of Justification...

1777 Gesture....

369

Regeneration....

182 How we may Speak so as to be Heard

Operations of the Holy Gbost.

188 Without Difficulty and with Pleasure. 369

The Holy Spirit's Testimony to Our Con. General Rules for the Variation of the

science

195 Voice...

371

The Immediate Testimony.

197 Particular Rules for Varying the Voice. 372

Doctrine of the Witness of the Spirit De Or Gesture.....

374

fended...

199 A Word to a Sabbath-breaker............

377

Mr. Wesley's Conversion...

211 | A Word to a Swearer......

379

The Imputed Righteousness of Christ.... 220 A Word to a Drunkard.

881

A Treatise on Baptism........

.......... 223

Word to an Unbappy Woman.......... 383

The Perseverance of the Saints........... 236 A Word to a Smuggler......

............... 386

Christian Perfection.....

249 | A Word to a Condemned Malefactor...... 390

First Statement of the Doctrine........ 250 Thoughts on a Single Life................ 393

The Volume of Hymns..

252 A Thought upon Marriage..

400

The First Tract..................... 253 Concerning Dress.....

402

The First Sermon..

255 Decently Clothed

412

The Second Volume of Hymns... 258 | Inspiration of the Scriptures...... 413

The Third Volume of Hymns...

261 The Real Character of Montanus

414

The Conference Conversations... 264 Letter on Preaching Christ...

415

Charles Wesley's Hymns....

267 Salvation by Faith ...

420

Thoughts on Christian Perfection.. 269 God's Eyes are Over all the Earth

Enthusiasm Breaking In......

277 A Remarkable Providence....

425

Queries Proposed...

279 The Brothers' Steps..

A Witness of Christian Perfection...... 280 A Providential Event...

427

Farther Thoughts on Perfection. 283 An Extraordinary Cure.

428

Cautions and Directions....

292 | Murder Prevented by a Threefold Dream. 428

425

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