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FIVE CHECKS TO ANTINOMIANISM.

By

THE REV. JOHN FLETCHER,

Late Vicar of Madeley

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

FIRST CHECK TO ANTINOMIANISM: A VINDICATION OF THE REV. MR. WESLEY’S MINUTES OF A PUBLIC CONFERENCE, HELD IN LONDON , AUGUST 7, 1770;

• PREFACE. A copy of the circular letter, which gave occasion to this vindication, to which is annexed a copy of the Rev. Mr. Wesley’s minutes.

• LETTER I: A general view of Mr. Wesley’s doctrine,

• LETTER II: The commendable design of the Minutes,

• LETTER III: The three first propositions considered,

• LETTER IV: The remaining propositions examined,

• LETTER V: Expostulation with Mr. Shirley.

SECOND CHECK TO ANTINOMIANISM: OCCASIONED A LATE NARRATIVE TO THE HON. AND REV. MR. SHIRLEY. THE VINDICATOR OF THE REV. MR. WESLEY’S MINUTES.

• PREFACE.

• LETTER I: The doctrine of a second justification by works defended,

• LETTER II: On Mr. Shirley’s recantation of his sermons, and free will,

• LETTER III: The prevalence and evil consequences of Antinomianism.

THIRD CHECK TO ANTINOMIANISM: IN A LETTER TO THE AUTHOR OF PIETAS OXONIENSIS. THE VINDICATOR OF THE REV. MR. WESLEY’S MINUTES.

• REMARKS ON THE FIRST LETTER: On man’s faithfulness

• REMARKS ON THE SECOND LETTER: On working for life

• REMARKS ON THE THIRD LETTER: On the word merit, and the rewardableness of good works

• REMARKS ON MR. HILL’S FOURTH LETTER: On men’s sins displeasing God, but not their persons

• REMARKS ON THE FIFTH LETTER: Finished salvation-Dr. Crisp and the Rev. W. Sellon

• CONCLUSION The present state of the controversy

• POSTSCRIPT.

A FOURTH CHECK TO ANTINOMIANISM: IN WHICH ST. JAMES’ PURE RELIGION IS DEFENDED AGAINST THE CHARGES, AND ESTABLISHED UPON THE CONCESSIONS, OF MR. RICHARD AND MR. ROWLAND HILL.

• PREFACE: To all candid Calvinists in the Church of England,

• LETTER I: To Richard Hill, Esq.; The doctrine of justification by works is Scriptural,

• LETTER II: To Richard Hill, Esq.; Justification by the evidence of works are established by the liturgy, articles, &c, of the Church,

• LETTER III: To Richard Hill, Esq.; The sober Puritan divines directly or indirectly maintain the doctrine of justification by works

• LETTER IV: To Richard Hill, Esq.; Flavel, and many other Puritan authors, were offended at Crisp’s doctrine.

• LETTER V: To Richard Hill, Esq.; Mr. Wesley’s Minutes, and St. James pure religion, are established on Mr. Hill’s important concession

• LETTER VI: To Richard Hill, Esq.; The doctrine of finished salvation and imputed righteousness overthrown,

• LETTER VII: To Richard Hill, Esq.; Mr. Hill’s arguments in defence of Dr. Crisp’s finished salvation are answered.

• LETTER VIII: To Richard Hill, Esq.; Good works not termed “filthy rags,” &c, in Scripture,

• LETTER IX: To Mr. Rowland Hill. Esq.; An answer to the arguments against justification by works in the day of judgment,

• LETTER X: To Mr. Rowland Hill, and to Richard Hill, Esq.; An answer to their remarks upon the Third Check, vindicating the Scriptural doctrine of justification

• LETTER XI: To Mr. Rowland Hill, and to Richard Hill, Esq.; Final justification by works, consistent with present justification by faith,

• LETTER XII: To Richard Hill, Esq.; How far the Calvinists and remonstrants agree,

• LETTER XIII: To Richard Hill, Esq.; The present state of the controversy

• POSTSCRIPT.

FIFTH CHECK TO ANTINOMIANISM: PART FIRST: CONTAINING AN ANSWER TO “THE FINISHING STROKE” OF RICHARD HILL, ESQ. OF WHICH SOME REMARKS UPON MR. FULSOME’S ANTINOMIAN CREED, PUBLISHED BY THE REV. MR. BERRIDGE, ARE OCCASIONALLY INTRODUCED.

• SECTION I: Mr. Hill endeavours to screen his mistakes, by presenting the world with a wrong view of the controversy.

• SECTION II: His charge, that the practical religion recommended in the Checks “undermines both law and Gospel,” is retorted, and the Mediator’s law of liberty is defended.

• SECTION III: Mr. Hill’s faint attempt to show that his scheme differs from speculative Antinomianism. His inconsistency in pleading for and against sin is illustrated by Judah ’s behaviour to Tamar.

• SECTION IV: At Mr. Hill’s special request, Mr. Fulsome, (a gross Antinomian, first introduced to the world by Mr. Berridge,) is brought upon the stage of controversy. Mr. Berridge attempts in vain to bind him with Calvinistic cords.

• SECTION V: Mr. Hill cannot defend his doctrines of grace before the judicious, by producing a list of the gross Antinomians that may be found in Mr. Wesley’s societies.

• SECTION VI: Mr. Hill, after passing over the arguments and scriptures of the Fourth Check, attacks an illustration with the ninth article. His stroke is warded off, and that article turned against Calvinism.

• SECTION VII: His moral creed about faith and works is incompatible with his immoral system.

• SECTION VIII: He raises a cloud of dust about a fair, though abridged quotation from Dr Owen; and in his eagerness to charge Mr. Wesley and his second with disingenuity, furnishes them with weapons against his own errors.

• SECTION IX: The “execrable Swiss slander” proves sterling English truth.

• SECTION X: The sincerity of our Lord’s intercession, even for Judas, is defended.

• SECTION XI: An answer to two capital charges of gross misrepresentation.

• SECTION XII: Some queries concerning Mr. Hill’s forwardness to accuse his opponents of disingenuity, gross perversion, calumny, forgery, &c, and concerning his abrupt manner of quitting the field of controversy.

• SECTION XIII: A perpetual noise about gross perversions, and base forgeries, becomes Mr. Hill as little as any writer, considering his own inaccuracy with regard to quotations, some flagrant instances of which are produced out of his Finishing Stroke.

• SECTION XIV: The author, after professing his brotherly love and respect for all pious Calvinists, apologizes for his antagonist before the Anti-Calvinists

• SECTION XV: The author takes his friendly leave of Mr. Hill, after promising him to publish a sermon on Romans 11:5, 6 , to recommend and guard the doctrine of free grace in a Scriptural manner.

• APPENDIX. The remaining difference between Calvinists and anti-Calvinists respecting final justification by works.

FIFTH CHECK TO ANTINOMIANISM: PART SECOND: CONTAINING DEFENCE OF “JACK O’LANTERN,” AND “THE PAPER KITE,” i.e., SINCERE OBEDIENCE; OF THE “COBWEB,” i.e., THE EVANGELICAL LAW OF LIBERTY; AND OF THE “VALIANT SERGEANT IF,” i.e., THE CONDITIONALITY OF PERSEVERANCE, ATTACKED BY THE REV. MR. BERRIDGE, M. A., VICAR OF EVERTON, AND LATE FELLOW OF CLARK HALL, CAMBRIDGE, IN HIS BOOK CALLED “THE CHRISTIAN WORLD UNMASKED.”

• SECTION I: Sincere obedience defended,

• SECTION II: The evangelical law of liberty,

• SECTION III: The conditionality of perseverance,

• SECTION IV: Unconditional reprobation and finished salvation false doctrines,

• SECTION V: Improper concession to the Antinomians,

• CONCLUSION.