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Oberlin Evangelist (Newspaper) - April 1, 1840, Oberlin, OhioThe Oberlin evangelist extra. No. 2.sasiii Oberlin wednesday april 1, 1810. Dame Steil. The Oberlin evangelist is published once in two weeks making Twenty six numbers in a volume. At the close of the year a title Page and Index will be added. Terms. One Dollar per annul always m Advance. Persons who will procure five subscribers and Forward the Money without expense to the publisher shall have one copy for his services. No subscription taken for a less period than one year. Communications to be Dir eded free of charge a a Oberlin evangelist Lorain county Thio. We publish below according to our Promise last week or. Fitch a second letter. The circumstances and design of the letter Are sufficiently Manifest from the first paragraphs. This number will be sent to some who Are not subscribers. We Hope they will read the letter attentively. Letter to the Newark n. A presbytery by Rev. Charles Fitch pastor of the free presbyterian Church Newark. Let men Brethren and fathers hear be my defence which i make now unto acts 22 1. have Only to say to any who May question the expediency of giving what will be called my religious experience in defence of my views of truth that in doing so i have followed the example of Paul. C. F. To the presbytery of Newark. Dear Brethren a after being made acquainted with my views and feelings on the subject of Sanctification you have passed a Resolution declaring them to be important and dangerous error and admonishing me to preach them no More. I must therefore say Brethren and 1 Hope to do it with All meekness and humility and lowliness of heart that i cannot regard your admonition and for the following Rea Eoas i. It is now several years since after a season of spiritual gloom and sadness i came fully to the conclusion that there was something in the religion of Jesus Christ to which i had been a stranger. I had seen myself to be a sinner before god richly deserving his everlasting indignation. I had seen that god would to holy just and Good and worthy of Universal and eternal adoration while punishing me with everlasting destruction from his presence and the glory of his Power. I had also seen in Christ a Savior who after atoning for All Mankind of the Cross was Able on the merits of that atonement to save to the uttermost All who come to god by him and on that Savior i had cast myself As my Only Hope and trusted in him and in him Only As my deliverer from the Wrath of god. Trusting thus in him my crucified Savior for my salvation i was for a time filled with great Joy and peace in believing and went on my Way rejoicing. But years passed away and to these Lively emotions of Joy in the lord i had been an almost entire stranger except for a Short season immediately succeeding my first conversion to Christ when i did taste in a Good degree the peace which those Are sure to find who come with a heart penitent for sin and Trust in a crucified Savior for Pardon and everlasting life. But i had come now to the full conviction that my religious state was very far from what it ought to he. This arose partly from what i had Learned in the Bible respecting a a the riches of the glory of this mystery which is Christ in us 1 the Hope of glory a a a a the peace of god that pass eth All understanding keeping the heart and mind of the Christian through Christ Jesus a a a and the Joy unspeakable and full i glory Tobe found in him whom not having seen w love in whom though now we see him not yet believing we rejoice a and partly from what i Learned about that time of the experience of some christians to which experience i knew myself to be a stranger. I came then to a settled determination to know with the help of god More of spiritual things. Since that time which is now some years i have As never before a a cried after knowledge and lifted up my voice for understanding seeking her As Silver and searching for her As for hid treasure that 1 might understand the fear of the lord and find the knowledge of i have sought for spiritual bread and for the water of life with an earnestness which i know i have never Felt for any of the possessions of this world. I have sought these in the Bible in the experience of eminent christians who have gone the their Reward and in the writings of living christians who seemed to know most of spiritual things. I have sought them in personal conversation with those who seemed to know most of the deep things of god and i have sought them on my Knees with Many tears and with Earnest wrestling in the name of Christ for the teachings of the holy ghost. For a Long time there was no definite Blessing that i had in my mind As my object of Pursuit except that i might have More of the holy ghost and be far better prepared than i had Ever been to live to the glory of god. But i was made acquainted in the Providence of god with some of those christians who believe that it is the privilege of All the disciples of Christ to be through the a a great god our Savior Jesus Christ who hath loved us and Given himself for us redeemed from All iniquity and purified unto himself a Peculiar people zealous of Good works a and a a through the blood of the everlasting covenant to be made perfect in every Good work to do his will by his working in us that which is Well pleasing in his sight through Jesus Christ a a a to be sanctified wholly and to have their whole spirit and soul and body preserved blameless unto the coming of our lord Jesus Christ through the faithfulness of him who hath called them a a a to be cleans de from All filthiness of the flesh and spirit and to perfect holiness in the fear of god through the promises of god which Are All Yea and amen in Christ unto the glory of god by us a and thus a a through the exceeding great and precious promises to be made partakers of the divine nature having escaped the corruption that is in the world through when i first knew this class of christians and read their writings i was greatly opposed to their views of truth and from what i had Learned of the mistakes and excesses of some who had professed to hold this truth and to enjoy the experience of it i was led to regard the whole subject with very great Averson. But i have Learned that truth is not to be held accountable for the mistakes which some May hold in connection with it nor for the excesses into which these mistakes May Lead them nor for the sins of those who hold the truth in unrighteousness. While i was thus crying after knowledge and lifting up my voice for understanding the lord began to teach me More and More of the love of Christ so that i was not Only restored to my first love but made to know in my own experience that the path of the just is As the shining Light which Shin eth More and More unto the perfect Day and that a Whoso follow eth Christ shall not walk in darkness but shall have the Light of the a peace of god which pass eth All understanding keeping the heart and mind through Christ Jesus and the Joy unspeakable and full of glory of which the Bible Speaks became realities to my mind and i had Learned the blessed truth that All the promises of god in Christ Are Yea and in him amen unto the glory of god by us that it is the christians privilege by trusting in Christ for the fulfilment of the promises to enjoy the fulfilment of every one of them justas the awakened sinner has fulfilled to him the Promise of Pardon when and Only when he believes for this on Christ. I had then inquired what has god promised and what is he willing to do for me if i believe for it in Christ. I examined the Bible with this principle in View and found that god had said a a i will instruct thee and teach thee in the Way that thou Shalt go. I will guide thee with mine this Promise i knew to be Yea and amen in Christ unto the glory of god by me and i therefore prayed and trusted in Christ that god would instruct me and teach me in the Way that i should go and guide me with his Eye a a into All truth respecting the doctrine of when i read the promises on this subject i found them full and explicit. A i will circumcise thy heart and the heart of thy seed to love the lord thy god with All thy heart and with All thy a a i will Sprinkle clean water upon you and make you clean from All your filthiness and from ail your idols will i cleanse you. I will take away the Stony heart out of your flesh and i will give you a heart of flesh and i will put my spirit within you and cause you to walk in my statutes and be shall keep my judgments and do them. And i will save you from All your a and i will make an everlasting covenant with you that i will not turn away from you to do you Good but i will put my fear in your hearts that be shall not depart from a a and this is the covenant which i will make with the House of Israel after those Days Saith the lord i will put my Laws into their hearts and in their minds will i write them and their sins and iniquities will i remember no i also found that Christ our redeemer was called Jesus because he would save his people from their sins a that he was manifested to take away our sins and that a a whosoever Arideth in him sin Neth i also found Many other scriptures equally full and explicit. But after All this unbelief triumphed in my mind and i could not see How it should Ever be to me a reality in this life that a the blood of Jesus Christ should cleanse me from All but As i prayed More and More for the teachings of gods spirit and searched after the truth i found that if we confess our sins a a he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from All As faithful to cleanse As he is to forgive. I found also that Christ was a a raised up a Horn of salvation to perform the mercy promised unto the fathers to remember gods holy covenant the oath which he sware unto our father Abraham that he would Grant unto us that we being delivered from the hand of our enemies might serve him without fear in holiness and righteousness before him All the Days of our when i inquired Why Are not these promises Sorieh and full made Good to gods people 1 i saw that As they were Yea and amen Only in Christ they were to be fulfilled like the promises pledging the Pardon of sin to those and Only those who believed in Christ for their fulfilment. This led me to see that if i to void be cleansed from ail unrighteousness As Well As have my sins forgiven i must believe for that cleansing in him of whom it is said a a if we confess our sins he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from All on him therefore i now endeavoured oftentimes to cast myself by trusting simply in his faithfulness that he would cleanse me from All unrighteousness. But i had yet no evidence on which i could rest a belief that i was thus cleansed. I went on thus continuing to Pray and endeavouring to Trust in Christ for this cleansing gift of the holy spirit desiring above All things to be cleansed from All unrighteousness. In this state of mind i had one Day taken my testament and a Little work on Christian perfection by Fletcher and Given myself up to Reading meditation and prayer on this subject i opened Fletcher at the following passage a my heart strings groan with deep complaint my flesh lies panting lord for thee and every limb and every joint stretches for perfect a but if the lord be pleased to come softly to thy help if he make a end of thy corruptions by

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