THE DOCTRINE OF THE SAINTS' PERSEVERANCE EXPLAINED
The entrance into an answer to Mr. G.'s arguments against the doctrine of the
saints' perseverance: his sixth argument about the usefulness of the doctrine
under consideration to the work of the ministry, proposed. His proof of
the minor proposition, considered and answered. Many pretenders to pro-
mote godliness by false doctrines. Mr. G.'s common interest in this argu-
ment. His proofs of the usefulness of his doctrine unto the promotion of
godliness; considered and answered. The inconsequence of his arguing dis-
covered. The doctrine by him opposed, mistaken, ignorantly, or wilfully.
Objections proposed by Mr. G. to himself to be answered. The objection
as proposed, disowned. Certainty of the love of God, in what sense a mo-
tive to obedience. The doctrine of apostacy denies the unchangeableness of
God's love to believers: placeth qualifications in the room of persons. How
the doctrine of perseverance promiseth the continuance of the love of God to
believers. Certainty of reward, encouraging to regular actions. Promises
nade to persons qualified, not suspended upon those qualifications. Means
appointed of God for the accomplishment of a determined end, certain.
Means not always conditions. Mr. G.'s strange inference concerning the
Scripture, considered. The word of God by him undervalued, and subjected
to the judgment of vain men, as to its truth and authority. The pretended
reason of the former proceeding discussed. The Scripture the sole judge of
what is to be ascribed to God, and believed concerning him. The doctrine
of the saints' perseverance, falsely imposed on, and vindicated. Mr. G.'s
next objection made to himself, against his doctrine : its unseasonableness as
to the argument in hand, demonstrated. No assurance of the love of God,
nor peace left the saints by the doctrine of apostacy. The ground of peace
and assurance by it taken away. Ground of Paul's consolation; 1 Cor. ix.
27. The meaning of the word adónimos. Another plea against the doctrine
attempted to be proved by Mr. G. That attempt considered. Not the
weakness of the flesh naturally, but the strength of lust spiritually pretend-
ed. The cause of sin in the saints farther discussed. The power ascribed
by Mr. G. to men, for the strengthening and making willing the Spirit in
them, considered. The aptness of the saints to perform, what, and whence.