The Imitation of Christ: In Three Books

The Imitation of Christ: In Three Books

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The Imitation of Christ: In Three Books

The Imitation of Christ: In Three Books

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We have sometimes heard the strenuous argumentation of the author of the following Treatise in behalf of holiness excepted against, on the ground that it did not recognise sufficiently the doctrine of justification by faith. There is, in many instances, an over-sensitive alarm on this topic, which makes the writer fearful of recommending virtue, and the private disciple as fearful of embarking on the career of it -- a sort of jealousy lest the honors and importance of Christ's righteousness should be invaded, by any importance being given to the personal righteousness of the believer: as if the one could not be maintained as the alone valid plea on which the sinner could lay claim to an inheritance in heaven, and at the same time the other be urged as his indispensable preparation for its exercises and its joys.

It is the partiality with which the mind fastens upon one article of truth, and will scarcely admit the others to so much as a hearing -- it is the intentness of its almost exclusive regards oil some separate portion of the divine testimony, and its shrinking avoidance of all the distinct and additional portions -- it is, in particular, its fondness for the orthodoxy of what relates to a sinner's acceptance, carried to such a degree of' favoritism, as to withdraw its attention altogether from what relates to a sinner's sanctification, -- it is this which, on the pretence of magnifying a most essential doctrine, has, in fact, diffused a mist over the whole field of revelation; and which, like a mist in nature, not only shrouds the general landscape from all observation, but also . . .

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