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for yourself, or eternally perish, after all that he hath done aid suffered for you, and if you do not believe that he died for your sins, and rose again for your justification. ? Nor was he risen again when he hung on the cross, which yệt was a necessary part of the work that he came to do. Nor was he born again for you, for you must be born again, or you can never enter into the kingdom of hea. ven; and be as really made a partaker of the Divine natúre by regeneration, or you have no more right to call God yonr father, or heaven your inheritance, than I have ' to call King George my father, and his throne mine." He said, “ You are a strange set of people ;' and left me. () my God, take the matter into thine own hand, and put a stop to that 'antichristian doctrine, hich is spreading as a food in our land; and give the people to see the truth as it is in Jerus, and create such a hungering and thirsting after inward holiness, that they may pant as the hart panteth after the water-brooks, till all that is in them be made holiness to the Lord.
I was in hopes that I had done with that sort of people; but a third canie to me soon after in a rage, and said, « You are an enemy to the gospel." I asked, "Wherein, Sir?” He replied, “ In saying that Christ died for all, and in denying inputed righteousness." I answered, • Faith in Christ, is imputed for righteousness to every soul that believeth, and they are freely forgiven for his sake, 'received into God's favour and family, and are made partakers of the same Spirit that raised our Lord from the dead,' whereby they are enabled to deny ungodliness, and worldly lusts, and to live a godly, righteous, and sober life, in this present evil world, and to perfect holiness in the fear of God. In the scripture sense, these live not, but Christ liveth in them, and he doth actually destroy the works of the devil, and re-instamp the image of God in their souls; and I read of no other qualification to fit a soul for God's company.” He said, “You are stupid, and so are all they that follow Wesley; but I believe as I say, and so do many better men than either he or you.' I answera ed, " If you and all the preachers in England were to be
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He then went away in haste, and sent for arguments to those of his own stamp: in London, to put a stop to universal redemption and in ward holiness.: but never yet brought them to me. +
Soon after; I met with a Roman Catholic, who began 'to. condemn all sects and parties, saying, “They must all perish, that die out of the pale of the church; that there is but one true church, and that the church of Røme is it." I replied, c. Whatever the church of Rome is, you belong to Christ's church yet, for you curse and swear, and get drunk, and break the sabbath; and while you, continue to do so, you belong to the synagogue of Satan." Lut he said, "Our priests have Peter's power, and can and will forgive the sits of all that belong to our come munity."
I answered, “ Not so, for one wicked man cannot forgive another, nor forgive his own sins: no. It is God that is offended, and it is he that is offended who
must forgive the offender; one rebel cannot forgive another; it is the king that must forgive both, or both must suffer. You say also, that the wafer is the real body, and the wine the real blood, of Christ, after consecration; then, according to you, whosoever is a partaker of it hath eternal life abiding in him: but the scripture saith, that no whoremonger, or drunkard, or blasphemer, hath eternal life abiding in him ;' and you know that many of your church, that are partakers of the Eucharist, are such. Nay, St. Paul tells us, 'in the 5th chapter of the Galatians, of seventeen sorts of sinners, that shall not inherit the kingdom of God; therefore be not deceived, neither cast away the reason God hath given you. Now bring your wafer, and set it before a swine, an ape, or a bear, and they will devour it ; how then can you dare to say that it is divine ? If it be so, these brutes must be raised up at the last day; 'as well as you.” He gave me bad words. And another of them said, “ If he might have his will on më, he would have me boiled in oil:” they then left me. Oh, my God, rend away the veil of ignorance from that people, and let all nations see thy salvation !
On my journey to the place where I was going to preach, I called at'a gentleman's house, where was much company: and he insisted I should stay and dine with them. I desired to be excused. He said, What is your reason? You have time enough on your hands. · I replied, ** Sir, I don't care to affront you in your own house.” What do you mean? he said. I answered, “If I affront the gentlemen at your table, it will affront you: and I do not expect to sit at the table to day, þut I shall hear the name of the Lord blasphemed, though there are two Clergymen in the company; and if I do, I must reprove them, or carry a guilty conscience home, which I will not do for all you have.” He said, I insist on you to dine with me ; and you are welcome to reprove sin ; and if I be guilty, 'reprove me first. I said, You, Sir, as soon as any one, or I should not love your soul as well as another's.". When we were seated, I had scarcely tiine to eat one M
morsel, before I had occasion to reprove; for one gentleman was a Roman Catholic, and he hardly spoke three words but one was an oath. I said to the master of the feast, “ There is one thing too deep for me; I cannot fathom it.” He asked, What is that? I answered, “When I see a man endowed with reason, and of a liberal education, run himself out of breath for no prize.” He said, What do you mean? I replied, “When such a one will damn his soul with swearing and cursing, it is like running for no prize. If he damn his soul to gratify his vain and foolish desires, he hath a sort of pleasure, though it is brutish; but the other brings neither pleasure nor credit.” Then said the gentleman, Peter swore. plied, “ He did so; but when he had done, he went out and wept bitterly. And I do not suppose he ever swore again. Sir, I wish you would do as he did.” swered, Well, I own it is not right to swear; but here are
your clergy, as you call yourself a churchman, that will swear as much as me, when they are hunting. I said, “ Sir, I am sorry to hear that ; but it will not justify either you or me, if we swear, because your priest and my minister will swear. Then another said, Do you think that Mr. John Wesley would not swear a vain oath for a hundred pounds ? I answered, " I believe he would not swear a vain oath to save his neck from the gallows: if I were sure he would, I would turn my back on him for ever.” The Roman Catholic said, I neither care what you nor he saith, for hunt I will; and I have as good a pack of fox-dogs as any in the kingdom, and a couple of as good horses to follow them, which do but cost me about two hundred pounds a year, and I can well afford it.
But I replied, “ Sir, how will you answer for spending two hundred pounds a year, when you come to give an account of your stewardship?" He answered, It is my own, I am not a steward. I replied, “ You are but a steward, Sir; • for the earth is the Lord's, and the fulness thereof, so are the cattle on a thousand hills.' He says, • The gold is mine, and the silver is mine;' and he will say to you, Thou hast taken
my gold and my silver, and spent it on thy dogs, horses, and fighting-cocks, in the room of feeding the hungry and clothing the naked, or as being a husband to the widow, or as a father to the fatherless, or as eyes to the blind, or legs to the lame. O, Sir, consider, it is but a little while, before God will say to you, « Come, and give an account of thy stewardship, for thou must be no longer steward! Then you will wish, that all you have spent in voluptuousness, and vain pleasures, had been given to the poor and needy.
Then the two Clergymen whispered together, and the whisper went round to the Roman Catholic; and he said, Why did God make dogs of such a nature, if it were not for gentlemen's diversion ? I answered, “ Who dare say, that God made them so ?" He said, Did not God make them? “ Yes, Sir, I replied, and you too, but not as you are.” He said, What do you mean? I replied, 66 When God had fmished the creation, he pronounced every thing good, and there was no death in any creature. But when sin entered into the world, then death entered into the world by sin: but before man sinned against his Maker, there was nothing in one creature that would take the life of another. No, the hare would as soon have hunted the hound, as the hound the hare. At that time the lamb would as soon have killed the lion, as the lion the lamb; and the pigeon the hawk, as the hawk the pigeon. But since the fall, the earth is cursed for man's sins, and every thing that it produces! nay, it is all a curse to man, till it is sanctified to him by prayer. And I do not believe, that you, or any who is here, go to your knees to desire God to give his blessing on your undertakings, when you go a hunting, and to enable you to use the hounds and horses to his glory, not believing that you can do any thing that will please him better.” He said, I have heard that Wesley had taught you the art of reasoning; and I find he has. I replied, “Sir, if you, or any man that is present, can disprove what I say, let them do it now."
After my return to Leeds, I went to Wakefield, and preached to a small, but serious congregation.