A Letter on Protracted Meetings; Addressed to the Church in Paris [N.Y.]

9781235649349: A Letter on Protracted Meetings; Addressed to the Church in Paris [N.Y.]
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1832. Excerpt: ... exalted thoughts of himself, or both. This, according to thev sermon, is the " best frame." According to his own sermon, Brother Finney must have very low thoughts of God's holiness, or very high thoughts of his own, or both; or he must think himself in a very " bad frame; for " How can two walk together except they be agreed?" Is this the scale on which Brother Finney is labouring to raise others to the tone of his own feelings? Were not the subject too solemn, I would ask Brother Finney how high he has ascended, and how many he sees above, and how many below him, and at which company he feels the most "grieved and offended." This scale is no new thing. See 2 Cor. x. 12. From such a frightful measurement, Paul and his company stood aloof. On this principle, every real Christian must give up his hope, and none but hypocrites, or those much inflated with spiritual pride, would dare take the comfort of the sermon to themselves; and it can never be made to vindicate any thing but false zeal, false affections, and spurious conversions of every kind. Brother Finney's heart must be better than his head, or he is labouring under an awful delusion. The sermon in question entirely overlooks the nature of true religion. It says not one word, by which we can distinguish between true and false zeal, true and false religion. Indeed it does not seem to hint that there can be any such thing as false zeal and false religion. If the tone of feeling can only be raised to a certain pitch, then all is well. The self-righteous, the hypocrite, and all who are inflated with pride, will certainly be flattered and pleased with such an exhibition; especially if they be very self-righteous and very proud. False affections often rise far higher than those that are genuine: and this ...

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