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order to promote and exalt the kingdom of the dear Son of d, (according to the gift and measure of grace received) I s concerned to write the following tract at sea; and considng the evil tendency of the belief and principle which hath erspread a great part of the professors of christianity, that

cannot be free from sin in this life, and that it is contrary the doctrine of the holy scriptures of both the Old and w Testament, I could not be easy in my mind, without opsing such a dangerous tenet ; for if we believe that we must vays sin, this being a sinful faith, “ according to our faith, it will be unto us ;” and if we die in our sins, Christ hath d

us, “ Where he is gone, we cannot come.” And holy recd informs us, “ That no unclean thing can enter God's king


I have, also, for the satisfaction of the true christian be-
ver, collected the following texts of holy scripture, which
aintain the doctrine of holiness and perfection ; and directly
pose that evil principle, and that doctrine, that we can never
free from sin in this life.
Walk before me, and be thou perfect. Gen. xvii. 1.
Ye shall be holy, for I the Lord your God am holy. Lev.
X. 2.-XX. 7.-xi. 44, 45.

ye shall be holy men unto me. Ex. xxii. 31.
Noah was a just man, and perfect in his generation. Gen.

9. Without holiness, no man shall see the Lord. Heb. xii. .. 14.

We should be holy, and without blame before him, in love. ph. i. 4.

To present you holy, unblamable, unreprovable, in his sight, Tol. i. 22.

If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy, or the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are. 1 Cor. ii. 17.

So be ye holy in all manner of conversation, because it is yritten, Be ye holy, for I am holy. 1 Pet. i. 15, 16.



What manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness. 2 Pet. iii. 11. Thou shalt be perfect with the Lord thy God. Deut. xviii

. 13.

The Lord said, Job was perfect and upright. Job i. 1. 8. Be ye therefore perfect, (the words of Christ). Mat. v. 48.

I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one. John xvii. 23.

Howbeit we speak wisdom among them who are perfect 1 Cor. ii. 6.

Finally, brethren, be perfect, be of one mind. 2 Cor. xii. 11.

That we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus: that ye may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God. Col. i. 28.-iv. 12.

Now the God of peace, &c. make you perfect in every good work. Heb. xiii. 20, 21.

That ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. James

i. 4.

Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of flesh and spirit, per: fecting holiness in the fear of God. 2 Cor. vii. 1.

Unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ. Eph. iv. 12, 13.

This we wish, even your perfection. 2 Cor. xiii. 9.
Let us go on to perfection. Heb. vi. 1.

Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good. Rom. xii. 21.

Ye have overcome the wicked one ; (this is twice repeated in one chapter.) 1 yohn ii. 13, 14.

Ye are of God, and have overcome. 1 John iv. 4.

Whatsoever is born of God, overcometh the world, &c. 1 John v. 4; 5.

To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life. Rev, ii. 7.

He that overcometh, shall not be hurt of the second death. Rev. ii. 11.

To him that overcometh, will I give to eat of the hidden manna. Rev. ii. 17.

To him that overcometh, will I give power over the nations. Rev. ii. 26.

He that overcometh, the same shall be cloathed in white raiment. Rev. iii. 5.

Him that overcometh, will I make a pillar in the temple my God, and he shall go no more out. Rev. iii. 12.


To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne. Rev. iii. 21.

He that overcometh, shall inherit all things. Rev. xxi. 7. Consider then, courteous reader, I pray thee, what was all this language of the spirit, all these words of God, and all

these commands, exhortations, and glorious promises for? - What is the end and tendency of them?

If the Almighty commands things that cannot be done, · what will that make of him? If his servants labour and exhort us to things not to be done, where will those absurdities land ? Surely it must centre in the mouth of the unprofitable servant, and such as charge God foolishly. And are all those fine and glorious promises made to put us on to fight against sin and satan, without a possibility of overcoming? God forbid; and may he, christian reader, forbid also that thou shouldst believe such a gross and palpable mistake and error.

Oh! that the Almighty Lord may send forth more and more his holy light and truth, and that thereby he might lead and guide the inhabitants of the earth; so that they might not give up the cause of Christ, but manfully resist, even to death, that at last they might have a crown of life.


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In the christian world, it is too generally believed, that people on this side the grave cannot be free from sin; which principle, or belief, is a great let and hindrance to the glorious work of reformation, and mightily obstructs people in their way to eternal glory, and tends to uphold the kingdom of satan, which every good christian (with St. Paul) should be for pulling down; and, in order to do this, should make use of the weapons which he did, that is, the armour of light; which weapons were, and are, “ The preparation of the gospel of peace, the girdle of truth, helmet of salvation, breastplate of righteousness, shield of faith, and sword of the spirit, which is the word of God.” This is indeed a holy war, to war against sin and satan; and the armour of light is also heavenly armour; and this holy apostle was a valiant soldier, who was also victorious in this war : Oh! who would but list themselves under Christ's banner, and fight this fight of faith, with courage, and true christian valour. Then would they witness the truth of that saying of the apostle, "That the weapons of this warfare are not carnal, but mighty, through God to the pulling down the strong holds of sin and satan. Oh! down with those strong holds, down with them; let every lover of Jesus Christ say, and pray, that the kingdom of God, and his Christ, may be exalted forever. Sin is the chief support of satan's kingdom, which Christ came to destroy and put an end to, and to bring in righteousness, actual righteousness, as well as imputative; he came to save his people from their sins, not only by imputation, but by holy action also; as his holy doctrine in his excellent sermon on the mount, and his many other divine expressions, do plainly and abundantly manifest. Now considering the great evil of this dangerous principle, I have been deeply

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