“It has been frequently said that the grand object of preaching the Gospel, is to lead sinners to make the inquiry, ‘what must I do to be saved?’ Another subject of equal, if not of vastly greater importance to the minister of Christ is, how shall awakened and inquiring souls be treated?” — Henry Ziegler
Level of Difficulty: Primer: No subject matter knowledge needed.
- I Two Systems in Protestant Churches
- II Naming The Systems
- IIIa The Lutheran System is Scriptural; The Anti-Lutheran System is Unscriptural.
- 1 The Conversion Of The Three Thousand On The Day Of Pentecost.
- 2 The conversion of the Ethiopian Eunuch.
- 3 The conversion of Said of Tarsus.
- 4 The conversion of Cornelius.
- 5 The conversion of the Philippian jailor.
- IIIb The Lutheran System is Scriptural; The Anti-Lutheran System is Unscriptural.
- 1 Compliance with the conditions on which God has promised to pardon and save, does, from the nature of God’s attributes, infallibly bring us pardon and salvation.
- IIIc The Lutheran System is Scriptural; The Anti-Lutheran System is Unscriptural.
- IV That the old Methodist system does not differ essentially from the Lutheran system.
- 1 On faith as the condition of pardon and salvation.
- 2 On faith as the prerequisite of feeling — indeed of every grace.
- 3 On the possibility of being pardoned, and even of being in possession of perfect love, and, yet not knowing it; or not having the witness of it.
- 4 I will add a few extracts, showing his manner of instructing inquirers.
- V To make a few additional remarks concerning the more prominent mistakes and consequences of this Anti-Lutheran system.
- 1 It confounds the inward peace and consolations of believers, which follow the knowledge of pardoned sin, and which accompany a life of holiness, with the conditions of pardon and acceptance.
- 2 It mistakes the nature of pardon.
- 3 It mistakes the object of faith.
- 4 That this system leads into the folly of pleading with God for what he has already given.
- 5 This system often drives persons away from Christ, and not unfrequently leads to infidelity.
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- Lutheran Library edition first published: 2021
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