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SER. V.
ON QUIETISM AS THE

sincere cry of the believing, yet tossed soul, is acceptable to God.




EXTRACT II.

On Quietism as the means of Redemption.

"What seemed at first to break in upon my mind was so complete, that it seemed as if it were all that need be said, — a being still, and entering into quiet and rest. The Jewish nation had an outward covenant, — but now what is the Christian to do? What is man that desires redemption from sin to do? — 'Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the Heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.' So we must now not only be gathered together, but we must set to work in good earnest, and do what the Lord has furnished us with ability to do; and as he has given us the means to exercise, we ought to use all our mental powers to get our bodies quiet, under a consideration that we are now in the presence of the almighty and merciful God, who will distribute unto us according to our wants and necessities. We are to do all that we can, to be humble, and to show ourselves humble, by stilling our bodies, and keeping our minds clear of agitation and unprofitable thoughts." p. 117, 118.

"What is man that desires redemption from sin to do? — Be still," &c. Is this the Gospel of Christ, or is it another Gospel? It is indeed "not another" Gospel, but (said the Apostle) "There be some that trouble you, and would pervert the Gospel of Christ. But though we, or an Angel from heaven, preach any other Gospel unto you, than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed." Silence and stillness are valuable in their place; but where in