The Enthusiasm of Methodists and Papists Considered by Bishop Lavington

The Enthusiasm of Methodists and Papists Considered by Bishop Lavington

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1820 edition. Excerpt: ... of the party, a tolerably good assurance, and fluency of words, --may set up for circumforaneous holders-forth; and (what in fact is true) make no scruple of making their boast of being inspired; thereby collecting a maintenance, and chousing the ignorant of their money. Hence, lastly, upon occasion they can pronounce the sentence of excommunication, and with an authority equal to the Papal: "I, John Wesley, by the consent and approbation of the Band-Society, in Kingswood, do declare the persons above-mentioned to be no longer members thereof."1 I might here take notice of the irregular and unjustifiable behaviour of some of their followers at the Holy Communion. I speak from personal knowledge, and can produce other evidence, that sometimes, a little before the delivering of the elements, three or four together will take it in their heads to go away: --that sometimes, while the sentences of the Offertory were reading, they have called out to the minister, whose duty it was to carry about the bason, (though they were at liberty to give, or not give) reproaching him for asking alms of them: --that sometimes, when the minister has delivered the bread into their hands, instead of eating it, they would slip it into their pockets. This was often the case, unless they were well watched. Whether they tasted the wine, or no, I cannot say. These, I presume, are persons, who (after the example of their Teacher) "cannot find in themselves the love of God, or of Christ; that rarely, even in the Holy Communion, have any more than a cold attention; or, like M. of Pazzi, come to (he'Lord's table with disgusts and dissatisfactions." From several of these particulars we should be justified in turning Mr. Wesley's own expression upon the more

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