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Class Meetings Leonidas Rosser

Class Meetings

Leonidas Rosser

Published September 12th 2013
ISBN : 9781230427874
Paperback
106 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1855 edition. Excerpt: ... part iv. (DbjerfiflttsMoreThis historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1855 edition. Excerpt: ... part iv. (Dbjerfifltts an& (&mm. chapter I. objections considered. 1. the institution of the classes is opposed to Christian liberty. This is the most popular objection urged against the institution, and we shall give it a most extended and impartial consideration, because its refutation places the institution upon a solid and immovable basis. Spirituality lies at the foundation of Methodism in all its parts. Its inherent energy is wholly evangelical, and its experimental and practical efficiency originates in the simple, spiritual, and immutable principles of divine grace. It is a substantial revival of primitive apostolic power and spiritual freedom, without the encumbrance of the pompous forms, superstitious ceremonies, and worldly admixtures, that for ages, subsequently to the times of Christ and his apostles, smothered the celestial fire which they kindled, and subjected the church to the bondage of a lifeless formality. All its usages are simple, solemn, and impressive, requiring no other conformity, and imposing no other restraints, but those which the gospel enjoins or allows. Its many helps to a holy life are so many checks to lukewarmness and worldliness- and this is demonstrative of its evangelical purity and excellence. The restraints which it imposes, are not inconsistent with, but promotive of spiritual liberty in the highest and holiest sense, which all enjoy who yield to those restraints. For, unquestionably, true spiritual liberty does not release from the observance of proper rites, and rules, and points of discipline- nor from the denial of ourselves of worldly pleasures and in little things- nor from proper restraints as to sleep, and food, and dress, amusements, conventional life, and popular feeling- nor from...