Note 13. Several living ministers who once denied Duty-faith, now hold and preach it, and thus “build again that which they destroyed,” (Gal 2:18.)

None of these, however, have made public how they were delivered from what they now see to be error, what text was “opened up to their minds, or laid on their hearts by the Holy Spirit,” and what religious emotions accompanied their con­version to their present views.

“This only would we learn of them,” did they themselves receive the life of God into their souls at their regeneration, aud were they favoured with the pardon of their sins at first, because of the conscious performance of a duty? If so, what text commanded it, and how did they feel when obeying it?

Surely the method employed by Paul in Gal. 3:2 may be legitimately employed in this discussion. Truth is learned in two ways, from the “counsel” or testimony of the Lord given through the Word; and from the instruction of the “reins,” that is to say, the experience of the heart of the heaven-born and heaven-taught man, (Psa. 16:7.) These concurrently confirm and corroborate each other. Thus Hart says of the Holy Ghost:

“Now what in Holy Writ He says,
In parts or through the whole,
The self-same truth, in divers ways,
He teaches in the soul.”

And, conversely, what “He teaches in the soul,” He explains and confirms in the Word, (l John 2:20,27.)

These brethren must have been brought to see the import­ ance of the error they have abandoned. This conviction must have been originated by, at least, one passage in the Bible. Their changed views must have stirred solemn and deep feeling, and led to much prayer ere they left their former associates.

Will no one tell “those who fear God” what “He hath done for their souls” in this matter? (Psa. 66:16.)


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