light and the truth, and denying that freedom from sin is a Christian's duty and privilege, confess and forsake our sins— give no quarter to unrighteousness—put on the whole armor of God, that we may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil —believe with all the heart—exercise that faith which overcomes the world, and therefore that cannot be overcome by anything that is in the world—and be willing to be wholly delivered from the power of darkness, and translated into the kingdom of God's dear Son. “Whatsoever is born of God overcometh1 the world” —not half succeeds in the struggle, but wholly triumphs.
“ Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth2 righteousness is righteous [not partly righteous, and partly sinful], even as he [Christ] is righteous.”
And how righteous was Christ?
Was any sin found in him?
Did he not come expressly to do the will of his heavenly Father, and to teach his disciples to pray that that will might be done on earth as it is done in Heaven?
“He that committeth sin is [what?
a saint,3 possibly?
no, is] of the devil.”
“For this purpose the Son of4 God was manifested [what purpose?], that he might destroy the works of the devil.”
Therefore, ‘Whosoever is born of God5 doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin [what a “dangerous doctrine,” what a “delusive error,” and how ‘utterly destructive to the life and growth of true holiness’!], because he is born of God.
In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil.’
A sentiment attributed to the Rev. Edward Beecher
of Jacksonville (Ill.)
College, in the course of some lectures in Boston
, furnished another occasion for the display of Mr. Garrison
's magnanimity, towards Noyes
The stanch friend of Lovejoy
to have ‘prognosticated the speedy end of the world by “the general wickedness which prevailed, the doctrines of the perfectionists
, non-resistants, deists, atheists, and pantheists, which are all
those of false Christs.”
‘With “perfectionists,” as such,’ rejoined Mr. Garrison
we8 have little or no personal acquaintance.
We have never met with more than two or three individuals who bear that name,9 and then have had no opportunity to converse with them in regard to their peculiar religious views.
Some of their writings we have perused, in which we have found (as in other writings) much to approve and something to condemn.
We are not their